Long time, no posts. I hope you aren’t angry with me. I haven’t updated you in three months. Your lack of activity coincides with the arrival of Titus. Titus happens to be the Kindle I got for Christmas…
As much as I love the smell of new books and the feel of paper, it’s convenient to be able to borrow books from the library at 2 AM in the morning. Here’s a list of everything I’ve read on Titus so far (in order of reading):
- The Duchess War — Courtney Milan
- Viscount Vagabond — Loretta Chase
- When Patty Went to College — Jean Webster
- The Gentleman’s Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness — Cecil B. Hartley
- The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness — Florence Hartley
- The Heiress Effect — Courtney Milan
- A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong — Cecilia Grant
- To Catch A Heiress — Julia Quinn
- The Romance of Lust — Anonymous
- The Countess Conspiracy — Courtney Milan
- The Actress and the Rake – Carola Dunn
- The Wisdom of Father Brown — G.K. Chesterton
- Songs of Innocence and Experience — William Blake
- Lord Roworth’s Reward — Carola Dunn
- Captain Ingram’s Inheritance — Carola Dunn
- The Devil’s Delilah — Loretta Chase
- The Good Soldier — Ford Madox Ford
2. Aside from reading too much, I’ve managed to start and catch up with a couple of anime series:
- Baby Steps (an unfortunately named series, yet interesting in its own way. Prior knowledge of tennis not required)
- Carnival Phantasm (oh my god the sugar rush of fan service)
- Knights of Sidonia (a good bit of science fiction)
I also finished the first season of Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. I’m looking forward to the new season, which starts airing this month. I think it’s superior to the original Fate/Stay Night series. (The prequel Fate/Zero is still my favorite installment of the franchise, though.)
I don’t watch a lot of western animation, but Adam and I finished The Legend of Korra. We are now currently consuming the fifth season of Archer. Such a depraved lot of characters! I love how Jessica Walter plays pretty much the same mother she was on Arrested Development.
3. For live-action television, I’m ashamed to admit I binge-watched the first season of Broadchurch over one long weekend. That’s eight hours of following the red herrings and trying to fathom the shifty behavior of all the characters. That binge made for one emotionally wrecked weekend! I was so tense my nails bit into my palms, yet I couldn’t stop watching.
Broadchurch’s second season, which I’m currently watching on BBC America, lacks the intensity of the first. It does, however, make me think of a new subtitle every week.
(These subtitles have mild spoilers. To read, highlight the text below.)
The Adventure of the Dying Detective
How Ellie Got Her Groove Back
There is Only One Bed
Everybody Lies, thus Danny’s Murderer Will Obviously Get Away with It
OMG Charlotte Rampling Plays a Barrister, I Loved her in Swimming Pool, I Can’t Stop Watching Now
Hardy and Miller’s developing friendship is one of the best elements of the second season. Whenever she gives him a little punch in the arm for doing something stupid, I just have to go “aww.” They have some subtle comic moments, like the scene where Hardy offers Miller a hug and she just gives him the stink eye.
Not enough people give David Tennant the stink eye convincingly, I wonder why it’s so entertaining to watch. Suddenly I miss Donna Noble…
On a side note, I feel like I should make a David Tennant shirt. On one side it will say “The Worst Cop in Britain” and on the reverse, “the Best Doctor in the Universe.” Yeah, that sums up all my David Tennant feelings.
4. Still on the topic of live-action television, Forever continues to hover somewhere between guilty pleasure and good TV. I still believe this show exists to put Ioan Gruffudd in a variety of period costumes. By my reckoning, so far Dr. Henry Morgan has been shown wearing 1) Regency attire, 2) Victorian duds, 3) World War II gear, 4) an early ’80s suit, and 5) his natty modern suits and scarves.
The show’s team must be enamored (like me!) of Gruffudd’s old work: Amazing Grace and Horatio Hornblower. I suppose the man can’t help it if he looks good in a cravat and tight breeches.
Forever has yet to resolve its recurring immortal serial killer problem. Right now, it’s at a strange impasse, and sometimes it doesn’t interest me as much as the murder of the week stuff. I get the feeling the show’s making its mythos up as it goes along, à la The X-Files.
As to rooting for a lost cause, I’ve pretty much given up on Constantine. While some of the episodes were just bloody brilliant, nobody else seems to realize it.
I haven’t watched the last episode on DVR because let’s face it, I just know that the series won’t be renewed and I’ll be left agonizing for years over some unresolved cliffhanger. Gah. Matt Ryan deserves better than this.