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Sherlock Season 3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 00:37

Well, that was a long wait for that. I’m glad I didn’t just start watching with this season or I’d be wondering what the fuss is about. the last episode was good, not great and sets up the next season. I sure hope the wait isn’t so long; it almost guarantees disappointment to build the hype for so long.

Sherlock Holmes is the quintessential Victorian ideal of “Superman”. He is in control of his appetites, his feelings, his body and his brain. Discipline in one’s studies and in exercise and of one’s emotional state will allow one to discern the truth in the external world. And take on all challenges and be the victor. His popularity shows how we’d all like to be able to remove our personal “filters” created by emotions, our past, our upbringing, education etc., such that the “truth” will finally be revealed.

Our modern understanding is that no one can escape all those “filters”.  We are who we are and can never see through another’s eyes except indirectly through art. Even then we have our own interpretations of what we see, read, hear.

The show “Elementary” shows Sherlock as a modern man. Not a superman at all. Gifted, but with many flaws. Therefore he has to rely on other people to make up for the blind spots, as it were, in his filters. He slowly becomes aware of how other people can help him in his endeavors and how he can use the people around him. He’s learning to actively use other’s filters to make up for what his miss. It’s not necessarily about affection or love. It’s respect and team work.

It’s a nice change from the ideal of the individual, alone, taking on all comers and surviving. Unfortunately, that Victorian ideal has left a long stain on the Western imagination. Team work and respect is more realistic and a sign times are changing for the better.

 
"Serious" vs. "Fun" Books PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Saturday, 11 January 2014 15:17

I suppose the title could accurately read "Literature" vs. "Genre" books but there's a lot of baggage around those terms that I'm not really trying to invoke.

I received a number of books for Christmas. I've read, and written my little reviews, of all the "fun" books; the ones that are like sit-coms on TV. Familiar characters , familiar situations, fun, light and short. It's the other books, books I asked for, that I haven't been able to even crack the covers of. I don't know why.

Honestly, part of it has to do with not wanting to cry and I'm not in the mood for deep emotion. Part of it is they might require more attention than I'm willing to give right now.  Particularly when I've got my own things I'm working on. It's like if I use my allotted daily concentration quota on one thing, like reading, then it won't be there for my own writing.

I'm just going to have to force myself to crack open the cover of one. I'll tell myself I don't have to keep reading if the first page or so doesn't grab me. Give myself permission to let the book go.  There's lots of books in the sea of the Internet. It's overwhelming, actually.

Maybe that's part of my hesitation, too. There's an tsunami of books out there. And from Twitter, Tumblr, Goodreads, etc., I'm inundated with choice. I'm more selective now than I was when younger. Then I would read anything. I'm warier of the effect on my emotional state that a book can have.

I suppose that's a good thing; acknowledging the power of books. Even the "fun" ones can supply a lasting image, or line. Something that sticks and rattles around forever in my noggin. For example, I still remember where the wasps were in "The Wasp Factory" and I read that some 25 years ago. And I still have a visceral "grossed out" sensation in the pit of my stomach.

so, yeah, I'm careful of what I read. Although I wouldn't want to miss the sensations either:)

 
Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 15:36

 

Love this title. A wonderful title for a wonderful collection of stories. Reading them felt like a home-coming for me. Not that I had read any of them before (except “The People Across The Canyon”. Pretty sure I’d read that before.) — but because these are the kind of short stories I grew up reading. The kind I want to write.

You read for the story but you know the characters completely; the way they speak, think, how much money they have, live. It’s all there, right away, without lots of back story. Most importantly, to me, is the stories are terrific and, mostly, have unexpected twists. I’m partial to a punch-line type ending, a la O’Henry.

That’s not to say all these stories are like that. There’s something for everyone here.

 
W Is For Wasted Sue Grafton PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 December 2013 01:51

At this point I have to finish the series. I've invested twenty years? More? I liked that Grafton spelled out how long it's been for Kinsey. It's not a spoiler so: 6 years. It's 1988.

I have to say I've always found I skim through a lot of these books: the descriptions of travelling, the roads taken, how research was performed (although there may now be a historical interest), what Kinsey had for breakfast, how far she jogged. I know they're added to lend realism but I skip them.  They don't have to be so long. I feel like they are there for filler and I resent it, as though I'm being taken for a ride somehow, cheated.

The plot was solid, although predictable.

All the books I received for Xmas (Grafton, Harris, Hamilton, Evanovich) -- they're all series like this. And I'm invested in them. Good or bad I'm going to read them. I figure anyone like me is in the same boat so a review won't affect someone buying the books or not.

 
Dead Ever After Charlaine Harris PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 December 2013 01:43

I really enjoyed this series.The books, as opposed to the TV show "True Blood" had a goofy, sweet feel to them. Also, the whole being able to read minds can be conveyed easier and has a bigger part to play in the books.

Eric is sexy and all but, really, given a chance to turn people you love into vampires that you can control, hmmm, can't think of too many who would turn that down. Certainly not Eric. And, if given the chance to live forever, with the minor inconvenience of having to drink human blood, how many would turn that down? Easy enough, I suppose, when you're still young and beautiful, but once age and decay sink their teeth into you I really don't believe anyone could hold out.

What am I getting at? Without giving away spoilers let's just say this series ended the best it could, really. To fit in with what Sookie always claimed she wanted for herself.

 
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