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Thinkin' Thinky Thoughts on a Sunday

I started reading Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys on Friday morning. On the first page I read this: Songs remain. They last. The right song can turn an emperor into a laughingstock, can bring down dynasties. A song can last long after the events and the people in it are dust and dreams and gone. That's the power of songs.

Sean Patrick has been saying basically that for almost a decade in my head, it's his basic outlook on life.

I think I'm in love with Neil Gaiman. (So I came to the party late, sue me.)

I finished the re-writes on my Renaissance story and shipped it off; if they do an e-book, I'll brag about it.

And then we arrived in St. Thomas, where the pirates lived (Blackbeard's Castle is there):

Aaaaaannnnnddddd... LJ isn't letting me upload any more pictures right now. Dang it. Check back later.

Okay, I'm afraid I'm going to be one of the people who like Once Upon A Time rather than Grimm. Jennifer Morrison aside, the former is better acted, there's more of a continuous plot, and it's so reminiscent of both Into the Woods and 10th Kingdom I can't help it. Grimm is a nice gritty story, but it seems very "monster of the week" so far and the acting is... horrible (although many of the characters aren't bad). I'll probably continue to watch it, but it's not gripping me the way OUaT is.

Am also loving Person of Interest. I tuned in for Michael Emerson, but OMG Jim Caviezel! He just ROCKS.


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Dec. 5th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Love Anansi Boys.

[hugs hugs and cheers for your work]
Dec. 5th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
I'm loving it so far! I'm adoring this man's writing -- can't believe it took me this long to read him! (I've been surrounded by his fans all this time, I was just resistant!)
Dec. 5th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Abasing Boys is quite fun.
Dec. 5th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Damn auto correct.
Dec. 5th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
ROTFLOL. Seriously.

(Since I don't have Autocorrect, I find it brings me a great deal of joy...)
Dec. 5th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Kindle Fire!
Dec. 5th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
I love Anansi Boys. :-) Have you read American Gods yet?

And we'll have to agree to disagree about this year's crop of fairy-tale shows. Maybe Once... has improved since the middle of ep 2, when I turned it off, but I thought the writing and acting were appallingly bad, and I don't mind monster-of-the-week with a continuity backstory, so Grimm gets my vote. And thus is horse racing made. *g*
Dec. 5th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
I finished American Gods on the cruise. Absolutely freakin' LOVED it.

Exactly! :) I still have a few eps of Grimm to watch, so it may still grow on me (I do love the werewolf sidekick).
Dec. 5th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
nice pics

good luck with Renn

I love Gaiman's comics, the books, less so (except his YA stuff)

Really? I thought the acting in Once Upon was absymal. I sort of watch it when the Simpson's is in commerical. Then again you aren't wrong about the acting in Grimm though I like it better. Then again I prefer one shot stories as opposed to arcs. The things that bored me in Buffy and X-Files and eventually DS9 were the arcs.
Dec. 5th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Huh. I find the acting in Grimm horrific (even moreso than the monsters).

But I love serialized television--that's what holds my attention, character development and involved storylines; although the X-Files arc could have destroyed anyone's attention.
Dec. 5th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
Oh I agree. I just think Once Upon is equally bad.

and now you know why I prefer police procedurals. This is why I adored Law and ORder (and quit watching SVU when it started about being about the cops) I like episodic. I have no idea why. It's the only thing I like that way
Dec. 5th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was gonna say -- nothing more serialized than Manga! :D
Dec. 5th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
i know and I do NOT like the episodic manga. Don't ask me. I'm weird
Dec. 6th, 2011 03:22 am (UTC)
Like Full Metal Alchemist? :D

Dec. 6th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
I know, I know. I like it everywhere but on TV, my brain is a scary thing
Dec. 5th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
I absolutely love Neil Gaiman. LOVE. (And he's a hoot on Twitter.)
You've read Neverwhere, yeah? It remains my favorite. Ever.
Dec. 5th, 2011 03:43 am (UTC)
Yes, I follow him, too. I love the fact he lives in Narnia (have you seen his pictures the last few days?).

It's next on my stack.
Dec. 5th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
I also enjoyed "Graveyard Book"
Dec. 5th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely a Once Upon a Time person, too. You're not alone!! Grimm's interesting, but it's just not... something. OUaT is so amazingly thought out and I love getting the backstories on each of these famous characters every week. Grimm is only still on my list because of The Big Bad Wolf. He's HILARIOUS. I think the problem with Grimm is that it relies on the original German tales that most people aren't familiar enough with for it to work. (And PoI is so awesome. Michael Emerson is fantastic, and I like Caviezel's kicking ass, but he almost whispers ALL THE TIME and it's a little annoying.)

I still haven't gotten into Neil Gaiman's works, although they're on my list. I've heard amazing things about Anansi Boys, however, from EVERYONE who reads it (including you and Craig Ferguson).
Dec. 6th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
YAY. I was afraid I was the only one. (I do love the Big Bad Wolf; he's a hoot.) But last week's OUaT was so cool, I adore Jiminy (and what happened to Geppetto's parents was CREEPY).

Yeah, but his whisper is SO INTENSE. I never seem to have trouble hearing him (surround sound).

American Gods rocked my world; I'm just enjoying Anansi Boys thus far; I've now read one and a half of his books and seen his Dr. Who episode, and he writes what I think (curse him!) and struggle to compose myself. I said the Doctor was "married" to the TARDIS two years before The Doctor's Wife came out, in my frustration about the whole Rose thing...

I'm going to also have to dig out Barb's copies of Sandman and finally read them.
Dec. 6th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
I actually had a dream last night that Neil Gaiman was showing me how to enter the fairy realm. There was a hint of romantic interest, too, which is weird because I'm not especially attracted to him in real life. I blame his appearance on the Simpsons. (Still chortling over, "And I can't even read!")

IMHO, Gaiman is an excellent comic book writer and writer of children's books, but a so-so novelist. I haven't read The Graveyard Book yet, but I think Anansi Boys was one of his better efforts. I have some issues with American Gods. He's also very good at short stories, IMHO. He creates lovely, jewel-like short works that read like real myths.
Dec. 6th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
He posts pictures (via Twitter) that are gorgeous, of his dogs and the woods around his place.

I LOVED American Gods. I will have to finally read Sandman now.
Dec. 6th, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
Sandman is absolutely awesome.
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