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Media Monday

Haven't done this in a while, as I haven't been watching anything much of late, save Doctor Who and Agents Of SHIELD; and talking about stuff that everybody is watching seems a bit pointless somehow. I have been reading though, and I've just finished a book that felt worth a mention. It's called The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair, by Jöel Dicker, and it's a big, chunky, 600+ page whodunnit about a schoolgirl who was murdered in the summer of 1975, and the investigation that begins when her body is discovered in 2008. Although it's so big, it's a very easy read, and I found myself getting through it very quickly. So if anybody feels like a murder story that bounces about from year to year, and keeps throwing interesting hooks at you, that would be a good one to go for. Originally written in French, apparently, although I read it in English.

On the watching front, one thing that I did do was rewatch the first episode of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell today. Wednesday will be the second anniversary of the show's debut, so it felt like a good time. It's still fab. I'm appreciating Vincent Franklin as the brilliantly smarmy Drawlight a little more this time around, now that my attentions aren't so taken up with Strange and Norrell themselves. Also, he and Lascelles do some quite splendid snide bickering - typical bored, rich men about town, indulging in gossip, and getting their entertainment from other people's misfortunes. They're great side characters in the book, and they also work well in the series. If I could change anything in episode one, I think I should have liked to have seen a little more of Segundas. His role as a sort of magical fanboy is rather effective. It's nice to be seeing it all again.

This week's Last.fm top five artists:

Blondie (due in part to their new album, so I am a little bit up to date!)
Dean Martin
The Equals
Manic Street Preachers
Caro Emerald

In other news, I've decided to do that music meme that's knocking about, but since I've been completely incapable of choosing a song for the first question (I'm supposed to randomly choose one with a colour in the title, but who can randomly choose a song?), I've decided that it has to be from one of the above artists. So beneath the cut are the Equals with Black Skin Blue-Eyed Boys (released in 1970, and this is from a TV appearance in 1971).




NB: I've been pretty busy of late, and not had a lot of time for this sort of thing, and since most people have now moved to DreamWidth, I've rather let LJ slide the last week or two. I'll try to get back into the swing of things again this week.

Comments

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meathiel
May. 16th, 2017 02:26 am (UTC)
Don't you dare to move to DW as well ... *lol*

I still have to watch Jonathan Strange ... I bought the DVD months ago but haven't got around to it yet ... meh ... Too much stuff on TV that I watch and that keeps me busy.
swordznsorcery
May. 16th, 2017 04:38 am (UTC)
I know! Too much television, not enough time! I don't know how some people manage to watch so much.
liadtbunny
May. 16th, 2017 11:20 am (UTC)
Look at you getting through big, chunky books *jealous*;)

I'm glad you're getting something new with your JS&MN re-watching. Re-watching can be a dangerous thing sometimes! It's amazing what you can miss the first time (if you're me).
swordznsorcery
May. 16th, 2017 05:12 pm (UTC)
I think the thing was, when I watched the series, it had been so long since I'd read the book that I didn't remember some of the characters terribly well. And I got all caught up in the main plot, and the main characters, and how fab all that stuff was, and didn't give the others their due. Drawlight's dead good though. 2015 was a good year for Vincent Franklin. Did you see "Cucumber" over on Channel 4, at about the same time as JS&MN? It was written by Russell T Davies. Dead good.
liadtbunny
May. 17th, 2017 12:09 pm (UTC)
I had to google Vincent Franklin, I seem to have been avoiding him (too alive). I missed 'Cucumber'. It past my bedtime I think! And the odd names were confusing. I did see 'Queer as Folk' when it was first broadcast back in the day ten thousand years ago. Having a K9 in a show is a good way to get me watching;)

N.B Today I have 'Sleepy Hollow' season 2: Looks like Orlando Jones is still in it, hurrah!
swordznsorcery
May. 17th, 2017 04:18 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! More Orlando Jones can only ever be a good thing. He was so much fun on social media while the show was on the air. People kept calling him Orlando Bloom, and he photoshopped a picture of himself with the Legolas wig. Also he kept photoshopping images of himself and Tom Mison, trying to get an Irving/Crane ship going.
liadtbunny
May. 19th, 2017 11:13 am (UTC)
Lol, did he get the ship launched? I imagine he's busy playing with 'American Gods' now.
swordznsorcery
May. 19th, 2017 09:00 pm (UTC)
Sadly the fandom remained fixated on Abbie/Crane, which was very unimaginative of it! His fan art was wonderful though. I imagine "American Gods" is a bit less fun, as it's rather more serious-minded. But then he doesn't call himself Trollando for nothing.
liadtbunny
May. 20th, 2017 11:16 am (UTC)
Having watched the first ep of season 2 with Abbie giving Crane a birthday bun it's not surprising. Ichabod has a wife show runners! Katrina might as well give up and set up home with Moloch;p.
swordznsorcery
May. 20th, 2017 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but Katrina is really dull! If I was Crane, I'd go with Abbie instead.
liadtbunny
May. 21st, 2017 11:10 am (UTC)
Heeee:)
dimity_blue
May. 16th, 2017 02:47 pm (UTC)
The book sounds intriguing. *adds to the list*

I really want to watch Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Everyone keeps on saying how good it is.

I'm still here on LJ too!
swordznsorcery
May. 16th, 2017 05:22 pm (UTC)
The Quebert one is a good book. Certainly plenty to keep you interested; and like I said, even though it was long, it just seemed to zip along, so it never really felt long. JS&MN is also a fab book (and a fab series), and I would recommend it to anybody. I don't know whether to advise you to read it or watch it first! Trailer of maximum excitement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE1nsOoTJos

It's a tragedy that the show did very badly in Britain. It won a gazillion awards, got amazing critical reviews, and everybody who watched it loved it. But only about twelve people watched it. Apparently episode one was too slow, which is nonsense. Possibly they were just scared off by Marc Warren's eyebrows.
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