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06 March 2008 @ 12:14 pm
command performance & a damned fine book  

After finishing the revisions yesterday I took the rest of the day off, and went to see “Penelope”, under the logic that it would be charming and wonderful.

It was. I adored it. As some reviewer said, Christina Ricci, even with a pig’s nose, is still awfully cute, and so was the movie. It even had a twist I didn’t expect, which was pretty cool for a frothy sweet little fairy tale. :) *And* I *also* finally got a command performance! That was the first time I’d ever actually been the only person in the theatre for a show, and I am terribly pleased about it. :) (It doesn’t take much, does it? Still! *beams*)

Then I came home and read RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES, sequel to the astoundingly good THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA, by Scott Lynch.

It is almost impossible that RED SEAS could live up to my expectations, after how good LIES was. Therefore it is with no regret, but a great deal of astonishment that I say that RED SEAS might even be *better* than LIES. These books are a bit like Shakespeare and Casablanca: despite everybody telling you how good they are, they really are that good. I am enthralled, and can hardly imagine how he’s going to keep this up for five more books, but cannot wait to *see*.

I didn’t finish it last night. Kate came over and we went down to the pub for music, but the music was much later in starting than anticipated, and the very loud sports TVs gave me a nasty headache, so I slunk back home and went to bed rather than stay up all night reading. If I’d been a Good Kit, I would’ve gotten up this morning, walked, written a few thousand words, and then used RED SEAS as my reward for being so virtuous. Instead, the much more likely scenario happened. I got up, went for a walk, came home, and finished reading the book, pausing only for breakfast because otherwise I’d have perished of the hunger. :)

(Ted enjoyed me reading the book enormously. I kept laughing. Sniggering, actually, or snorting, or hrnfing, and at one point I whispered, “Shit,” which made Ted laugh out loud. He was not as observant of the scenes where I was silent but biting a knuckle, waiting for something I was sure was inevitable to happen. Or, perhaps, the bit where the prologue finally comes back, which caused me to sit up straight, more or less wriggling in anticipation, and then to hold my breath all the way through it. Oh, *God*, that was a good book.)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Nimtouchstone on March 6th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
I bought Lies last week, came home, read it that night, went back the next day to by Red Seas (which I'd seen on the shelf, but hadn't been willing to risk in hardback without reading #1 first). Read Red Seas the next day, finished it, handed both of them to my wife, who read them over the /next/ two days. They really are remarkably good, and amazingly so for first novels.

But then, I was in a production of The Sting when I was still in my formative years, and it perhaps influenced me a little too much ;)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 6th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
I think we've only had one command performance, which was late last year, IIRC. It's the nature of these things that, with almost entirely automated screenings, they will have sessions when almost nobody wants to go to a particular session.

I expect even one person in the room will give them more money than they can expect if they just closed it for that showing. They lose relatively little if it's entirely empty - just the cost of running the projector and for the ushers to go in and check for litter. It's not as though they could put something else on and get some customers even if it was empty, and the cost of checking every single showing for emptiness is quite possibly higher than just not caring.

As for Red Seas ... squeee!
jennifer_dunne: readingjennifer_dunne on March 6th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'll be interested to hear your thoughts when you do finish it. I was extremely disappointed in the ending, and felt it sacrificed the integrity of the book for the greater goal of a longrunning series. (kradical has referred to this as the Reset Button problem with the Star Trek novels.) I can see why he did what he did... I just don't think it should have been done. :-)

And I am extremely pleased with myself, that I managed to write that comment with no spoilers. :-D
Cyllanlilisonna on March 6th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Huh. I was pleased with the ending in general.
kitmizkit on March 6th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
I did finish it, and was totally satisfied with the ending. Huh. :)
Nimtouchstone on March 6th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
I see your point. It didn't bother me, though, because it struck me as a genre convention. Bond villains always have impractical, overblown plans to rule the world; heroes of 'caper' stories always experience sudden and radical ups and downs. I think it makes sense in the logic of this style of story, even if it's a cheap shot by a more objective standard.
Brianlogrusboy on March 6th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
As some reviewer said, Christina Ricci, even with a pig’s nose, is still awfully cute,

As I said, "What's wrong with those guys? I'd totally hit that. They could keep their damn money." Other than not being able to suspend my disbelief over that point, I did very much enjoy the film. *sigh* If there's anyone able to steal my heart from Drew Barrymore, it may well be Christina Ricci. Or you, of course. ;)
kitmizkit on March 6th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, they were all a little over the top, as was her mother, and I couldn't help thinking that, y'know, if they'd just sucked it up and sent the kid to school it all would've been fine, people would've gotten used to it even if it was weird, but...yeah. :)

*laughs* I'm not nearly as cute as Drew or Christina. :)
sammywolsammywol on March 7th, 2008 09:40 am (UTC)
The LIES sequel is go, really good!? That is very cheering news and I need cheering right now.
kitmizkit on March 7th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
I thought it was wonderful. It's heartbreaking and augh and AUGH and the character interactions are believable (you know, in as much as anybody that impossibly clever can be :)) and ... yeah. I loved it. Shall I bring it around for you to borrow?
sammywolsammywol on March 7th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
yeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeahyeah! Pleeeeze! ... Except ... better wait until we are no longer contagious. I wouldn't wish this stomach bug on, well George Bush or Fred Phelps OK but not many of my worst enemies.
pgmccpgmcc on March 7th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to let you know there are three C.E.Murphy reviews in the latest issue of Albedo 1.

I've listed the titles on my LJ here.
Ponythe1pony on March 11th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
I'm halfway through LIES now. I borrowed it from the library because of this post- I hadn't even heard of it before. I'm enjoying the hell out of it, and I have the sequel on order. So not only have you given me huge amounts of entertainment and enjoyment with your wonderful books, now you've turned me on to another brilliant author. Thank you. :)