October 2nd, 2014

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What should I watch next?

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(I've got loads of stuff kicking around unwatched, but those are some of the main ones at the moment...feel free to make suggestions about other stuff in the comments, though.)
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Books, etc. - part 2

So, those stacks of 58 books that were waiting to be read?

I've just finished one of them. Specifically, Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler.

I was going to read his Poseidon's Arrow next, but having read three Cusslers in a row, I feel slightly Cusslered out (he has certain stylistic touches and turns of phrase that can get a bit wearing in just one book, and I've harped on about his lack of credible dialogue before - either it's improving now his son's collaborating with him, or I'm just getting used to it, but it's still not fantastic). So instead, on to Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London next.

But anyway, completing Crescent Dawn = definitely achievement unlocked. Yay!!!

The poll to see what I should watch next is still open, should you care to vote or make any suggestions, but at the moment series 1 of Jeeves and Wooster is the winner by a nose, so as it's also only five episodes long, that's what I've decided to go for. After that, though, could be up to you! :-)
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Gerry Anderson's Firestorm, filmed in Ultramarionation

Or rather not filmed yet, as it's on Kickstarter, but it's reached £32,000 of a £49,000 goal after a couple of days, so I'd say it's probably a dead cert.

The teaser trailer looks interesting:

Here's hoping.

Also, I'm kind of wanting to revisit Terrahawks - my memory of it at the time was of it, well, not being much cop, but the clips of it in the Firestorm promo vid don't look too bad, and what with Big Finish launching a new range of Terrahawks on audio, I'd...just kind of like to see if maybe it was better than I thought...
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Books questionnaire...

1) What author do you own the most books by?
According to Librarything, Terrance Dicks (77), followed by Terry Pratchett (45) and Clive Cussler (23)

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Apart from multiple translations of the Bible, probably The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy & The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - for each one I've got three different editions: original publication, film tie-in, and 30th anniversary re-release.

3) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Probably the Doctor (as in Doctor Who). There've been books written about him, so he sort of counts.

4) What book have you read more than any other?
Not sure, but it could well be Come Back, Lucy by Pamela Sykes - I loved the TV adaptation, bought the book on the strength of that, and have read it multiple times since - I used to read it every Christmas, along with The Box of Delights.

5) What was your favorite book when you were 10-years-old?
I can't really remember my actual favourite, but Terrance Dicks' novelisation of Doctor Who and the Destiny of the Daleks has a special place in my affections - it was novelised within months of the original TV broadcast (I think I was given it for Christmas that year, so within a week of my tenth birthday), which meant I still had a fairly vivid recall of the episodes when I read the book. I recall doing a reading from it as part of my elocution classes.

6) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
Probably Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler. It wasn't bad, but...see comments in earlier post...

7) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
The Glass God by Kate Griffin. I love what she writes anyway, but with this in particular, she's on top of her game.

8) If you could tell everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?
Right now? See answer to number 7! :-)

9) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Probably something I was forced to read for the purposes of school. I maintain a certain loathing for Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, which, frankly, bored me rigid.

10) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
I'm not sure I've read anything by either, not even in translation. Although I've always wanted to read War and Peace.

11) Shakespeare, Milton or Chaucer?
No opinion. As Sarah says, Shakespeare is meant to be performed, not read; I've not read any Milton; and Chaucer, although I found interesting, I didn't find that interesting (although hearing it read in modern approximations of what his middle English might have sounded like is a fascinating experience...)

12) Austen Or Eliot?
Eliot, but only because I can at least claim to have read (and loved) one of her novels (Silas Marner). Which as that was one I read for school is an achievement!

13) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
I've never read much about British history in the period of 1400 - 1500 and 1600 - 1700 (despite studying quite a bit of the intervening century at school). I don't know whether that counts as "embarrassing" or not, but as I'm interested in the Wars of the Roses, Richard III and the Princes in the Tower from the first of those periods, and the English Civil War from the second, it is a gap I hope to put right.

14) What is your favorite novel?
There really are too many to just list one, I'm afraid. Although, quite possible, one of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Possibly So long and thanks for the all the fish.

15) Play?
Does Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat count?

16) Poem?
Ditto. Poetry is never something I've really read or studied.

17) Essay?
Not sure.

18) Short story?
I tend to be a novel person rather than a short story person. I mean, I'll read short stories, but I don't have any opinion on what would constitute a favourite.

19) Non-fiction?
Again, I don't really have much of an opinion. I'll happily read anything that strikes me as interesting, but can't think of anything specific that would constitute a favourite.

20) Graphic novel?
The Tintin books. Particular favourites are The Secret of the Unicorn/Red Rackham's Treasure and Destination Moon/Explorers on the Moon.

21) Memoir?
Does Pet Shop Boys, Literally count as a memoir? Because if so, definitely that. Brilliant book.

22) History?
As I said, I want to read more history, particularly in the areas I mentioned above, but for the time being it's a field I remain rather under-read in.

23) Mystery or noir?
I don't really read much of either.

24) Science fiction?
I love myself some science fiction. Probably my favourite genre.

25) Who is your favorite writer?
Douglas Adams, Stephen Fry, Clive Cussler (for all his failings), Julian May, Kate Griffin, Terry Pratchett. Probably others, including many writers of Doctor Who novelisations and spin-offery (Malcolm Hulke and Ian Marter in particular), but those are the ones that immediately come to mind.

26) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
I've not, and probably won't, read any of his works, but Dan Brown, I suspect...

27) What are you reading right now?
I'm about 50 pages into Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. Loving it hugely so far.
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When I was in hospital...

...I was told a little...mnemonic? About blood sugar levels. "Five (or it might have been four) to seven is heaven; seven to nine is fine." Since Monday - when I've been meticulously on my pill-taking regime - I've also been meticulously checking my blood sugar levels regularly. I'm quite pleased to report that up until yesterday evening, they'd all been in the range 7 - 8. Yes, it's still technically a bit higher than is absolutely desirable, but I've known it to be in the mid - high teens when I was really not taking care of it, so 7 - 8 is quite an improvement. (When I was in hospital, I was informed that over the month preceding my going into hospital, my HbA1C level was ludicrously high - in the 20s or 30s, as I recall. Which...well, I don't know much about these things, but that's bad.) Yesterday evening's was actually 4.4, which was kind of worrying (it's the lowest I've known it to be), but I know it has to be consistently lower than that to be really concerning.

But anyway, I've just taken a check, and it's 6.7 right now. That feels...pretty good.

And the foot is, gradually, on the mend.
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...looks like it could be really worth seeing.

Also, Gone Girl looks interesting. Might go to see that tomorrow or Sunday.

And I'd still like to see Pride.