So B&N published this list of 15 space operas to get you over Firefly
(although, ew, Ringworld
I stumbled across a discussion of Firefly
on File770, and in reading the conversation, I realized something. I've always said that Babylon 5
was great storytelling with terrible dialog; I wonder if I can say that the inverse is true of Firefly
: terrible storytelling with great dialog? Hmm. Not terrible
, maybe, but: the world-building is vivid but highly inconsistent, the Western elements are shoe-horned in and make no physical sense (firearms on a spaceship
?), the racism & sexism of various elements are widely acknowledged, and the overarching plot, inasmuch as there is one, doesn't make a ton of sense (although to be fair they ran out of time). And yet it's still endearing, for the charismatic characters and the dialog, which makes real people of them immediately and makes you care about them in remarkably short time. (Witness, by comparison, SGA, where even after a season
, I knew less about the official lead than I knew about Mal Reynolds after 2 episodes.)
I'm mildly amused by this list of recommended authors for people waiting for the next GRRM.
I mean, I concur these are all great writers (err, except for the last few McKinleys: I won't read anything written after DragonHaven
, oy), but they are not exactly what I would point at if someone said, "I'm out of Westeros books, what should I read in the meantime?" I would have to ask, "Why do you like Martin?" and go from there. But I think I would recommend Joel Shepherd's Sasha
novels; Kate Elliott's Crossroads series; Sherwood Smith's Inda
sequence; maybe Elizabeth Moon's Paksennarion novels; Martha Wells' City of Bones
and The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy. (And, of course, Dunnett. But then I recommend Dunnett to everyone. Every once in a while it sticks.)538 did a week on all those bacteria in your intestines. Yay?I'm amused at Subaru's skillful use of subtext.
If you listen to as many podcasts as I do, you can't avoid the Blue Apron ads. This writer tested a bunch of different meal delivery services.
Holy cow, this archaeological find is amazing.
Oh, no, Jo Beverly died.
I was on a Dunnett mailing list with her for many years. (Dunnetwork, natch.) She was very nice, and always had good stuff to contribute.
*Reading Wednesday:Just finished: City of Stairs
, by Robert Jackson Bennett, which is supremely excellent. Seriously, it's like Alan Furst and Kate Elliott had a child and it was adopted by N. K. Jemisin. Fallen gods and reversal of empire and espionage and politics and lost histories and vikings and colonialism and the after-effects of centuries of oppression, with two excellent female main characters, set in a world using vaguely 19th/early 20th century technology (although no telephones, for some reason), but where the wreckage of the magical past continues to cause problems. I just really enjoyed the hell out of that.Currently reading:
I'm also still partway through Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
, and I put down The Very Best of Kate Elliott
to read the Bennett, because that's a library book and I didn't want it to expire.Up next: Villette
, finally. Although I'm very tempted to go find City of Blades