Half-assed reviews of many things.

Saturday, June 12, 2010 -- 11:50 pm
Mood: 03 Very sore feet. Stupid fishy shoes, why do you spurn me?!

I've been lazy with blogging over the last week or two, so I'll try to keep these all short and sweet!

  • Edmonton Pride Parade

    Awesome! Went with Sister and friend and walked in the parade along with the Grant MacEwan GLBT group. I was originally assigned the task of enthusiastically giving out temporary tattoos to the crowd, but I'm too shy and am not a huge people person so that fell flat pretty quick; so instead I got to blow bubbles~ X3 Much more fun. By the end of that parade I had some proper bubble blowing technique down, I tell you. *Smug*

    It was a great turn out for both the parade parties and the crowds watching. This was the first time I've ever actually walked in the parade, and only the second time I'd ever been to it at all. Every year I mean to go, and then something always comes up and it's always the same old "okay, well maybe next year." I enjoy going out and showing my support, and I really love the atmosphere and watching all of the different people laughing and smiling and just being with each other -- some unfortunately whom I'm sure don't usually feel the same easy comfort in walking hand-in-hand down the street any other day as they probably do during pride day. I wish everyone could feel as confident, open, and happy all the time as some of the people I saw today. What a thought.

  • Homeland by R. A. Salvatore

    A race of dark elves called the Drow live underground and are feared by all for their vicousness and single-minded drive for power no matter the cost, least of all when it comes to killing their own, which is practically encouraged. The newborn Drizzt is born and grows up to be not quite as malicious as his family and culture would prefer him to be...

    I don't know what to think about this book. I guess it was okay, I made it through to the end fast enough, but it was just too... evil? As in a complete over-abundance of. Usually I'm a sucker for the villain. I have a long, sordid history of always rooting for the bad guy, and almost every one of my favorite characters from any fandom has been the the villain; but my biff is that evil is not interesting unless it's dished out with some good alongside for the ride. All this story had was Evil Smiles and Evil Plotting and Evil Ambitions, where mothers kill sons and sisters kill mothers and brothers want to kill sisters and all it is is a giant clusterfuck of hate and assassination and EVIL. It made the villainous aspect of any potentially interesting character really boring and redundant. I think Homeland had potential, but fell flat.

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

    A boy with Asperger's finds his neighbor's dog dead, impaled with a garden fork in the yard; despite his father's demands otherwise, brilliant young Christopher begins his own super-sleuth story to discover who killed the dog and ends up finding out more than he bargained for.

    This one's been on my to-read list for a while, and I was more eager to read it after finishing off House Rules recently by Jodi Picoult. The Curious Incident (etc) itself was good and an interesting read. The thing that struck me the most between this book and Picoult's was how very different the first-person PoV narrative was. Picoult's character is very aware of his Asperger's and why and how it affects aspects of his life and those around him the way it does; yet his inner dialogue was for the most part precise, articulate, thought out and -- for lack of a better word -- "normal." Haddon's character, on the other hand, is a whirlwind of thoughts and stories and descriptions and feelings, served up by the way of simplified language, many run-on sentences and topic derailments. It made it a bit exhausting to follow what the character was thinking some times, but in a way I think that's the point. Different books with different takes, though both very interesting in separate ways.

  • Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

    This one was a light read with lots of laughs. Think Bridget Jones but for teens. Basically it chronicles diary-style a school year in the life of fourteen-year-old Georgia Nicolson, and predictably all manner of teenage girl drama and hyjinks ensue. There were some pretty funny bits, mostly because I remembered thinking some of the same things and using the same ridiculously silly logic at points back in my teenage days; and also because the narrator is British and uses lots of fabulously amusing English slang, terms like "nuddy-pants" and "jimjams" which are automatically hilarious to anyone who is not British.

  • Sex and the City 2

    Awful. :c It started off well enough for the first half hour or so and geared up by introducing the new life hurdles that were going to be addressed for each character -- and then they all promptly jumped on a plane to Abu Dhabi and the remaining hour and half of the whole movie was a giant boring vacation slide show. Look, here we are on a camel! Look, here we are sipping cocktails by the pool! Look, here we are singing karaoke! What? Plot, where did you go? Did you accidentally miss the plane to the Middle East that your leading ladies were on? *Story plot sits sadly alone, abandoned completely in airport waiting lounge* So very very disappointing. My sad face was very sad indeed.

  • Splice

    I have no words for this movie. We all left the theatre exchanging equal WTF expressions of "Ngggwha...?" Seriously. Here's the movie: Scientist couple create crazy human/mult-animal hybrid creature. Man wants to kill it, woman wants to raise it like a adorable monster-like puppy. Man is weary, woman loves it as a daughter. Man loves it like a daughter, woman preforms crazy mutilating experiments on it in the name of science. Man mates with it, woman is horrified and hates man. Man confronts woman. Woman loves creature! Woman hates creature! Man hates creature! Man loves creature! Man and woman go to kill creature! Creature dies, man and woman love creature, cry over loss of creature! Creature rises from the dead and swaps gender, so now she's a he who kills everything! Man and woman hate creature! Creature rapes woman and kills man! Creature is killed and woman is left impregnated with creature's own incesty, double-hybrid spawn.

    Potential sequel...? I hope not. o_O

In other news, I'm a horrible kitty mother and I forgot that everything including pet stores close freakishly early on Saturdays and now I have no breakfast for Iroh tomorrow morning. Bugger. I fear much drama and kitty woe (of the loud, especially obnoxious variety) shall occur when he notices the complete lack of tasty kibble in his bowl. :x

Lance says:
June 14th, 2010 -- 10:35 pm

I think part of the reason you may not have enjoyed Homeland is due to the fact that you're reading Drizzt in the wrong order. Try reading the books in release order, starting with The Crystal Shard (from The Icewind Dale trilogy.) This is where Drizzt first appeared, and only as a tertiary member of a larger party. In the books, he's very magnanimous and mysterious, and he drops little hints about his race's incredibly brutal culture. People loved Drizzt so much that Salvatore wrote The Dark Elf trilogy as a prequel, and it's literally just the story of how Drizzt ended up in Icewind Dale as a ranger with a magical panther. Tons of character development, obviously, but it's really only for the people that were already interested.

In summary, quit the Dark Elf Trilogy and move on to the Icewind Dale Trilogy. Come back to the Dark Elf Trilogy later, if you're curious about Drizzt. Plus, that way you get to meet Artemis Entreri, who is basically the evil version of Drizzt and totally badass.

Brenna says:
June 15th, 2010 -- 2:41 am

Ah HA. Well see, I didn't even know about that other trilogy. So this is a bit like the Star Wars series then -- you really shouldn't bother watching them in order the first time, because you first need to fall in love with the original series before you move on to the lackluster prequel set.

I now have The Crystal Shard on my to-read list~ Thanks for the tip!

Lance says:
June 15th, 2010 -- 7:33 am

You're on the right track, except that the Dark Elf Trilogy is actually quite awesome after you're introduced to the key components.

Throughout the Icewind Dale trilogy Drizzt is always met with revulsion and horror, and often has to conceal himself in towns and villages. It's in the Dark Elf Trilogy, and especially the first book, where the Drow race is really explored. You see that they are an entirely evil race, they have absolutely no likable characteristics unless you are full-on sociopathic. The fact that Drizzt is the one good Drow is what makes him so appealing, sort of a flipside of loving the baddie with a hint of good. He's the good guy who is supposed to be evil!

You also see exactly how and why Drizzt is so different from the rest of his race, and why he chooses to live in the sun which is actually quite harmful to him. I still really love the Dark Elf Trilogy because it's so well written and realized, and completely canon in the D&D universe.

And to give you a bit of hope, Homeland is about the Drow and Menzo and how evil it all is. Exile is the story of Drizzt the outcast, trying to survive in the Underdark and coming to terms with himself. Sojourn is about Drizzt finding the surface and trying to find a place in a world that hates him. You've gotten through the hardest part.

Star Wars I through III is shit. Anything good about it is smeared and mired in the shitty shit of the rest of the shitty movies. I'M STILL PISSED AND BETRAYED OVER THE DEATH OF GRIEVOUS!

Brenna says:
June 16th, 2010 -- 3:46 am

There's a Drow race in D&D? I never knew that!

I would also like to punch George Lucas in face for the shitty deal he gave Grievous' character. I'd also like to give him an extra roundhouse kick for the lameness and lack of continuity he continues to treat Grievous with in the shitty new Clone Wars series. *BITTER*

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