listersgirl: (xander)
I would like to talk about Doctor Who and entertainment fatigue. However, the two are not related. It's just that if I don't talk about them both right now, I'll forget everything that I decided I had to say last night.

Doctor Who )

Entertainment fatigue, or, what if I run out of movies? )
listersgirl: (be like that)
[livejournal.com profile] pink_vegan and I went to see Alice in Wonderland last night. I enjoyed it very much! Totally entertaining.

HOWEVER.

3D is so annoying. It's so awkward to wear the glasses when you're already wearing glasses - mine kept sliding down and pinching my nose, so I felt like I couldn't breathe properly. I ended up holding them up for the first bit, and then I just gave up and took them off entirely. Somewhat fuzzy, but much less frustrating. And on top of that, I find 3D is distracting, and takes me out of the movie. So no more 3D for me.
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Canada Reads starts next week! I actually read all the shortlist this year - this was made easier by putting them on hold at the library literally as they were announced.

So, my own personal choices, in order from least to most favourite:

5. Good to a Fault*
4. Generation X**
3. The Jade Peony
2. Nikolski
1. Fall On Your Knees

*It's very well written, and I'd recommend it to other people, but I found it too stressful to read (far more stressful than it was intended to be), which I think left me a little angry at the book. Sorry, book!

**I had a very hard time placing this book. I love a lot of Coupland's early books, but this was never one of my favourites, and the writing style that made it so entertaining and revolutionary when it was written has been copied so often that it feels a bit pale now.

And, my prediction for the order they will be knocked off:

5. Generation X
4. Nikolski
3. Fall On Your Knees
2. Good To A Fault
1. The Jade Peony

If it weren't for the Oprah thing, I think Fall On Your Knees would totally take it, but I think the previous wide exposure is going to lead to a fairly early exit. I'm probably totally wrong, though. :)

Anyone else read the books? Have predictions?

Movies

Jan. 10th, 2010 05:23 pm
listersgirl: (stupid and clever)
So, I went to do a movie post, which I figured would be for the last 3 or 4 months, since I'm always so far behind on these things.

Apparently I haven't written about movies since *last* January.

Hi.

So, in lieu of a real movie/tv on dvd post, and knowing that I've forgotten some things, here's what I apparently watched last year:

movies )
listersgirl: (books for me)
Once again, all my library holds are arriving at once. Surely there much be a better way to work the system!

Booktalk

Jan. 3rd, 2010 02:34 pm
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Libba Bray Sweet Far Thing

I have to admit that, as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series, by about half way through this one (the third) I really just wanted it to be over. I felt it got really repetitive, like she took one long novel and stretched it out into 3 books. Not the best ending to the series.

Austin Clarke More

The winner of the Toronto Book Awards (I decided to read all the nominees this year). I liked it, but I didn't love it. Clarke is definitely a fantastic writer who creates unforgettable characters (like this Caribbean immigrant to Canada whose son has gotten involved in something dangerous), but the book was somewhat repetitive and he just kind of lost me part way through.

Anthony De Sa Barnacle Love

Another Toronto Book Award nominee, about a Portuguese immigrant to Toronto and his son's life here. Not the most exciting story, but I loved how deeply Toronto was enmeshed in the story.

Kim Edwards The Memory Keeper's Daughter

An interesting novel about a doctor whose wife has twins, one of whom has Down syndrome. Thinking to spare her the pain he went through when his sister died young, he tells her only one child survived, and sends the other to a home, but the nurse who was at the birth takes the girl home instead. It was a bit overly emotional (or maybe just too much of the same emotions), but worth reading.

Victor Gischler Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse

The cover blurb compares it to Christopher Moore meets Quentin Tarantino, and that's pretty accurate. It was funny, sometimes very funny, but why is it that in any kind of post-apocalyptic society, women characters are only ever useful for their bodies? The misogyny was a bit much for me for large chunks of the book.

Elizabeth Hay Late Nights on Air

So fantastic! Everyone should read this book. It's about a radio station in the Yukon, but more than that, it's kind of a love letter to the Yukon itself, and what it does to the people who live there. Really awesome.

Maggie Helwig Girls Fall Down

This was another nominee for the Toronto Book Awards, and the one I would have picked for the win. In the subway, a girl throws up, complaining of the smell of roses and being poisoned by the air. It spreads throughout the city. No-one can find anything. Meanwhile, a hospital photographer meets up again with a woman he loved many years ago and had never forgotten. Fascinating, emotional, and a little creepy.

A.J. Jacobs The Guinea Pig Diaries

A bunch of shorter experiments conducted by Jacobs, the man who read the encyclopedia and lived by the Bible for a year. Some of them were quite entertaining. I got the impression that he really is very involved in the things he tries, that they're not entirely so he can sell books.

Patricia McKillip The Bell at Sealey Head

A fun fantasy novel recommended by [livejournal.com profile] c0untmystars about a grand house where doors sometimes open onto another world full of rites and traditions that must be followed. Got me out of my reading slump - I definitely wanted to see what was going to happen.

Nathan Rabin The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture

Very entertaining, and I liked how the "comic essays based on my tragic life" format was filtered through specific pop culture moments.

George Saunders Pastoralia

You know, this book of short stories has been on all sorts of "best of the decade" lists, and I just don't see it. I thought the ideas behind the stories were interesting and clever, but I found the writing a bit blah. Oh well.

John Sewell The Shape of the Suburbs: Understanding Toronto's Sprawl

I enjoyed the first 2/3rds of this book, looking at the early years of the growth of Toronto's outskirts, but by the end it dissolved into discussions of committees and protest groups that the author himself was involved in, and the minutiae nearly killed me.

Lionel Shriver The Post-Birthday World

Another awesome book! The two lives that happen when a woman kisses a certain man, or doesn't. One of the things I loved about the book was that I never felt partial to one life or the other, so I was continuously curious to see how it would end, without hoping for a specific conclusion. Really quite fantastic.

Charles Wilkins In the Land of the Long Fingernails

The last of the Toronto Book Award nominees. This one is a memoir of the couple of years the author worked in a local cemetery, when he was was in university, and the utter bizarreness of the experience. A very fun book.

I also got on this big kick of re-reading Nora Roberts books. They're not as awesome as I remember them being, although I haven't gotten to the ones I liked best at the time. It's possible this is another case of things best left un-revisited, though.
listersgirl: (claude)
(This is the closet thing I have to a Doctor Who icon.)

A Doctor Who question )
listersgirl: (lost kims)
America's Next Top Model and Project Runway: Which are both over this week, although I haven't watched the PR finale yet. Both had pretty unexciting seasons, although I was very happy with the ANTM winner.

Flash Forward: I'm somewhat on the fence with this. On the one hand, John Cho, some excellent supporting characters, and an overall storyline that intrigues me. On the other, bland bland bland Joseph Fiennes and anything to do with his personal life. Also, why did no-one have boring Flash Forwards? Maybe I'll stick with this until the stated expiry date.

Dollhouse: When, you know, it's actually on.

Glee: I'm still annoyed at the over-processing of the musical numbers, and I wish there'd be more group singing and less solo-with-backup, but come on. So entertaining.

So You Think You Can Dance: But only the clips of the actual dancing, when they get posted on Tapeworthy. I can't take the judges anymore.

Veronica Mars: Again. Because [livejournal.com profile] vestra hasn't seen it yet.

And I'm waiting eagerly for the return of Chuck, Lost, and Better Off Ted.
listersgirl: (books)
Internet, I throw myself at your book-loving mercy! I've been completely uninspired by all the fiction I've read lately, so I am looking for suggestions or ideas.

What I seem to want right now: fiction, not short stories, something definitely plot-driven. Bonus points if it's funny or quippy or features awesome women. Other than that, I will take all recommendations! Go at it.
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I have a little wrinkled spot on my skirt - about a square inch - that is three perfect parallel lines from the clothespeg (things I have learned: when using the drying rack outside, use the clothespegs. It gets very windy out there!). I am obsessed with it. I can't stop touching it. It just feels so neat compared to the plain cotton smoothness of the rest of the skirt.

And there you have a snapshot of my brain at 10am on Thursday.

Booktalk

Sep. 23rd, 2009 08:43 pm
listersgirl: (books)
Steve Almond and Julianna Baggott Which Brings Me to You

Something about this book felt way too voyeuristic - I was squirmily uncomfortable through most of it, not because it was especially graphic, but it just felt weird. Hmm.

More books under the cut! )
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Why I Love Salad: An Essay in Four Points

1. Crunchy! I love crunchy foods. I crave crunchy foods. Crunch crunch crunch.

2. I like variety. I have a short attention span, even when it comes to food. The love of variety is why I'm so fond of buffets and pay-by-weight and tapas. And salads (good salads) have lots of stuff in them.

3. I know it's odd, but I think I like food better when it's presented in small pieces. Especially vegetables. I like them chopped up into little pieces! There are quite a few vegetables that I always thought I didn't like - it turns out I mostly didn't like them when they were just a large vegetable on a plate. This is why stirfries are awesome.

4. Salad dressings. Dips and dressings make life worth living.
listersgirl: (pout)
Last night I took a nap on the couch (I was actually even on my way to bed, but apparently I was so tired that the thought of brushing my teeth made me fall asleep), and my glasses got smooshed into my nose, and now I have a very hurty bruise on the bridge of my nose. It hurts to wear my glasses!

Nothing good ever comes from napping. I have got to get more sleep.

It's a fact

Aug. 5th, 2009 10:31 am
listersgirl: (muffins)
A granola bar does not fill the mid-morning hunger pangs nearly as well as yogurt. Come back to me, yogurt! I promise to be more organized tomorrow and actually put you in a container, if you promise to help me last until lunch without scaring my co-workers with the empty belly noises.
listersgirl: (mehndi)
I'm not much of a consumer, and I work hard at being a very conscious consumer. I'm not a shopper, and for the most part I only buy things that I need (I still have bowls that were in the apartment I moved into in Montreal in 1999, despite the fact that they were never mine in the first place, and are from the dollar store).

Where I fall down, though, is shoes. This is not your stereotyped "all women are crazy for shoes" story, though. I don't like shoes. I kind of hate shoes a lot of the time. And shoe shopping drives me crazy. But I'd bet that about half the shoes I buy get worn three times before being sent to Goodwill, not because I'm fickle and easily bored (...although I often am), but because shoes are nasty evil things that hurt my feet and give me blisters and make me cry. Evil! Also sneaky, because I always *think* they're going to be comfortable, as I walk around the store in them. And then, fail.

This post brought to you by the sandals that I'm attempting to break in a work today even though they gave me blisters last time I wore them, but I really don't think it's too much to ask that I have 2 pairs of sandals that I can comfortably wear, especially since I hate wearing the same shoes everyday, and one of these days it's going to be hot enough outside that I can't fake it by wearing sneaks.

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