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  1. Avatar Maribou says:

    I read a lot of good stuff this week, most notably Jane Yolen’s Merlin’s Booke from 1987. So compelling that I wonder if it was one of those books I absorbed and then forgot were external to me, as a kid.

    TVwise I am fixated on Flash and Arrow catchup, although also I was excited that the new season of Jane the Virgin has started, and Jay and I finally restarted watching the final season of Person of Interest. (We’re having trouble, you see, because once we finish it there won’t beeeeeee any more.)Report

  2. I’m reading (technically re-reading, though I remember almost nothing about it.) John Crowley’s Little, Big. It’s a fantasy novel than derives from the Alice books and A Midsummer Night’s Dream rather than Tolkien. It’s quite good so far: the prose is stunningly beautiful, and while the plot meanders, it feels like it knows where it’s going. It got amazing reviews when it first came out:

    * “The best fantasy novel ever. Period.” Thomas Disch

    * “A book that all by itself calls for a redefinition of fantasy” Ursula K. LeGuin

    * “It is hard to imagine a more satisifying work, both on an artistic and an emotional level” Paul Di Filippo

    * Harold Bloom put it in the Western Canon!

    So it’s a bit odd that it seems mostly to have been forgotten.Report

    • Avatar Maribou says:

      @mike-schilling Not forgotten in fantasy fandom, I hear about it all the time. I’ve read almost all of Crowley’s work *except* Little Big (and a very few titles from the same time period), and I think I’ve avoided it mostly because my expectations are SO high that I fear no actual book could possibly live up to the one(s) in my head.

      His book Love and Sleep knocked me arse over teakettle when I read it, knowing no context about crowley whatsoever other than that this particular book had been remaindered for $4.98 and I had more than that in trade credit.Report

  3. Not today, but soon, I plan on watching the 3d season of Black Mirror on Netlfix. I had mixed feelings about the first two seasons. Some of the episodes were downright gross and when they weren’t gross, preachy. Still, it seems to offer something, and White Bear, while also preachy in its own way, was a pretty good episode.

    I’m hopeful this next season will be better than the first two.Report

  4. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I’m reading True Confessions by John Greggory Dunne.Report

  5. Avatar El Muneco says:

    I know it was mostly a joke, but the one chapter Goldman wrote of the purported “Princess Bride” sequel was pretty mediocre…

    Mostly youtubing British panel shows. They finally started broadcasting the first post-Fry series of QI, and while Sandi Toksvig might take some time to grow into the first chair(*), even in her first episode she showed she’s up to the job, which is one of the more daunting in all television.

    (*) In addition to everything else, it accommodated the 6’5″ 20+ stone Fry for 14 series, so presumably it has quite a dent.Report

    • Avatar DensityDuck says:

      And Richard Adams wrote a sequel to “Watership Down”, which was also bad. Mostly it was a bunch of random story notes published as a novel.Report

  6. I don’t think it was a joke. Goldman really did want to write Buttercup’s Baby, but his skills as a novelist have completely deserted him, as you can see from his last few novels. One is a sequel to Marathon Man that does its best to completely ruin any good memories you might have. It turns out that Scylla didn’t die. And apparently he wasn’t gay either. And Babe appears at the end, just so we can be told he married his professor’s daughter,, just in time to find out she was murdered.Report

  7. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    “That said, the original story for Fight Club was kind of messed up and the sequel comes out and explicitly explores the whole messed-uppedness.”

    Well, the original book did as well. I watched the movie and read the book afterwards, and I was rather surprised at how much of what people liked and thought interesting in the movie was completely made up for the movie and didn’t appear in the original story at all.

    Sort of the converse of “Ender’s Game”, where almost all the good parts were already present in the original short story.Report