May 16th, 2014

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tv finales post

1. Agents of SHIELD done good. That final shot! ♥ Glad they’re renewed.

2. The Tomorrow People did exactly what I thought they shouldn’t at the *very end*, and totally lost me. Up until 2 minutes before the credits rolled I was willing to forgive some of the rampant stupidities and was hoping there’d be a second season, now I don’t care, so it’s fine with me that they’re not renewed.

3. Arrow: Oh, that was a really nice hand-off to season 3.

Slightly more detail, with spoilers, behind the cut.

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(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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Recent Reads: Abandon Trilogy

I picked up ABANDON, by Meg Cabot, at the bookstore a couple months ago, and it ws the nearest handy book a few nights ago, so I foolishly started reading it at 9:30pm.

I was brave, and managed to not read more than about six chapters past the one (ortwoorthree) I’d intended to when I picked it up.

The Abandon Trilogy is a modern-day Persephone story, with quite a lot of clever interpretation of myth. Our heroine has had a near death experience and came out of it messed up not only in the usual ways but also having met (fallen for) the highly attractive youthful death deity and seen a bit of the Underworld. Her family doesn’t believe her, her life falls apart, she gets in trouble…and Death comes riding to the rescue. In disasterous ways.

It’s good stuff. Nobody in the book has a particularly easy life, with the main characters all dealing with serious loss or other issues, all of which is handled not only well but often powerfully. There’s one character in particular I absolutely love–the best friend–who is just … *good*. She’s a good person, and she makes good choices for people she doesn’t like because it’s the right thing to do, and I found her a very effective and affecting character.

There is also a thing about her which is nominally explained in the books but which I found the explanation for to be…well, wrong. Insufficient. Lacking. Not consistent with other characters in the same position. So I’d actually really like a story about her, to clear it up. I prolly won’t get it, but I’d like one. :)

Another character who seems at especially loose ends all the wya through the series, and whom I kept expecting to have Something Happen With, paid off in those regards. I’d like to see more story there, too, in fact. Another book or series starring those two! :)

The bad guys are–to great effect–not who we expect them to be (well, some are, but not others), and, pleasantly, both the hero and heroine go through a visible growth arc. Actually, nearly everyone does, which is just good storytelling. Yeah. So I enjoyed these. Worth reading!

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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man flu

My son has the Man Flu. This was an observation made by his father last night as we listened to him moan and whimper, and while I don’t know if small girls make these same sounds when sick (presumably they do), the similarities between Indy’s complaints and Ted’s when he’s sick were so exact as to be very funny. :)

Ted, however, doesn’t generally throw up on me. Poor child. This was by far the biggest throw-up he’s ever done, and he had *no* idea what was happening, but was (quite reasonably) very upset by it. Me, I always say it’s not *really* a Friday until somebody’s puked on you…

He (Young Indiana, not Ted) asked if he could watch Peter Pan, a movie which I do not like at all. In view of him being sick, I gritted my teeth and said yes, but I lasted about five minutes before I couldn’t take it anymore and said we’re going to have to find something else to watch, honey, Mommy doesn’t like this movie. “Why?” said he, and I said because it’s misogynistic and racist and he said “Oh” and I turned it off.

Possibly these are not the kinds of answers other parents give their children… (“Why does Daddy have to go to work?” “Because we live in a society that doesn’t value human beings for their inherent worth and obliges us to work for wages in order to survive.” “Oh.” / “Why is it Christmas?” “Because the Christian cult changed the date of their prophet’s birth from April to December 25 in order to hijack the solstice celebrations of so-called pagan faiths to make Christianity more palatable to them.” “Oh.” (That conversation was while we were on a bus into town. The older woman sitting behind us turned around and stared at me in horror.))

Anyway, it’s supposed to be the warmest day of the year here so far and I expect to spend it all inside nursing a miserable sad little boy. (“Mommy, this is a TERRIBLE day!”)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)