I'm on page 16 of the novelisation of Evil of the Daleks by John Peel, and it's making me violently angry.

Peel is a continuity obsessed fanboy, and that's fine, but there's a time and place for it. I don't normally mind authors expanding the worlds in which the original stories were set, but this is really pissing me off. The story doesn't need all this retconning, it only needs minimal background, but in the prologue alone Peel manages to tie in with Frontier in Space, Daleks' Master Plan, and Genesis of the Daleks.

The only bit that fits is later when the Doctor is thinking about his past self, who is busy on the other side of London. Given it relates directly to Ben and Polly leaving, it's a fair addition to make.

Then he manages to get the details of the Chameleon's plan from The Faceless Ones arse about, talking about their plan to invade Earth, when their actual plan was to abduct 50,000 humans and leave.

I dunno, maybe I'm just being too harsh. Or maybe I'm right to be angry that I'm being inundated by dodgy continuity by an author who manages, on the second page, to misspell the name of the Dalek home-world as Skarao.
Yes, it's happening. Only six, but hopefully they'll be popular enough that there will be more to come.

I'd been disappointed that in recent years all the novels were being turning into audio books. Audio books are good, but I was saddened by the fact that these were readily available, while the paper versions were all out of print.
dalekboy: (Rod Serling & books)
( Dec. 23rd, 2009 04:57 pm)
So, today I've had a nice little outlandish coincidence.

As is the norm, before Lex went down to sleep, he wanted a book read for him. I usually let him choose, but I was tired, so I chose. In amongst the books was a copy of the Little Golden Book of Pinocchio. I remembered mum telling me that it was my favourite book as a child, and that I always drove her nuts by wanting her to read it to me again and again. So I thought, yeah, let's read that one.Read more... )
* Today I get three wisdom teeth out!

* My teeth tend to lock into my jaw with curved and hooked tooth... thingys. So for one, they actually have to saw away a small part of my jawbone!

* Weirdly, I'm not nervous at all. I honestly expected to be. Read more... )
dalekboy: (Dalek gets bothered)
( Oct. 15th, 2009 10:57 am)
The last couple of weeks I've been wiped and emotional, my cold has come back (it never fully went away), and today I've majorly barked the back of my right foot on the wire door, hurt the index finger of my left hand mending the gate, and hurt the thumb on my right hand fixing a tap.

On the bright side I spent chunks of yesterday watching Ghost Rider, which while Nicolas Cage was a bit crap in it, I still found to be an enjoyable film. And Christopher Young did the film's music, and I almost always enjoy his work.

And I finished The Kolchak Papers which was a good read despite the huge amount of spelling errors.
It's been a film filled few days for me... well compared to normal. I mean to watch more films, but just don't get around to it. Same with TV shows. If I have the energy to do stuff, I try to do stuff, not waste my good hours (or sometime my good half-hour for the day), on fripperies. Don't always manage it, but try. Read more... )
I just checked it up on wikipedia and checked out the list. I'm not going to bore you with details, but I've seen or own 232 of the films. I don't remember much about some of them, it's been a long time, but I have seen them.

Even though I'm a film buff, this surprises me. What really surprised me was just how many really old ones I'd seen. And there's about another 36 on the list I'd be willing to take a chance on buying sight unseen.

So if I could be bothered, that would leave me with 733 films to track down to watch.

Think I'll go read a book.
Still headachey. Going to have more acupuncture and a visit to the chiropractor next week. Headaches have improved, but still pretty constant. It's the first thing that's ever laid me so low that I can't drive. Also means I'm not reading LJ, barely touching email. My majority of net/computer time is based around putting up the latest [livejournal.com profile] skeletor_hordak. (Thank God I've got several weeks worth saved up!)
So if I've been even worse at writing back over the last few weeks, you know why.

BTW, please don't write expressing sympathy, I'm giving an update, not looking for "poor little Danny" posts. I know and appreciate that many of you will hope I get better soon, that's enough. If you want to do comment, comment on anything below the cut that strikes a chord :)

What I have done recently is a bit of reading and a bit of watching. Some of it is related to my next Fandom is My Life article, some is just for me. So here's a quick rundown... Cut for length and occasionally naughty words... )
I like Pratchett's writing. The worst of his stuff is still readable and usually only suffers if he decides to labour a message, like in the book Jingo. In recent times though, I've found his work becoming a little more formulaic, good stories well told but simply put through the discworld transmogrifier. And the stories, while being enjoyable and clever, haven't had that edge of originality that was definitely present in his early work, including non-discworld fare like Dark Side of the Sun.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have half his talent, but it's with Wee Free Men and Hat Full of Sky that I am reminded that there are times where I would love one tenth his talent. It's rare that I am left sitting there wishing I could write as well as another author, not because I'm that good, but simply because there are few stories that reach the sort of level that I aspire to.* For me, these are some of his best work, bar none. The stories are engaging and clever, with good characters, a number of interesting ideas and a level of storytelling of which I had forgotten he was capable.

The main character, Tiffany, is a young girl heading towards becoming a witch. There are good solid depths to the character, layers and insecurities. She's not perfect and while that may be true of so many Pratchett characters, it's more obvious with Tiffany. You can feel that this is a similar journey towards adulthood and ability that Granny Weatherwax went through and there are many parellels between the two, but I'll let you discover that for yourself.

The thing that struck me with these two books for 'younger readers' was that they contain by far the creepiest and most disturbing ideas that we've had since Pratchett's early discworld work. The things that Tiffany has found herself up against have an edge of nastiness that reminds you that there are worse things than death. And that was the icing on the cake. An ongoing story of becoming with credibly scary threats that aren't easily beaten and require the character to keep her wits about her.

I'm ready to sit down and read the pair again. I can't give a much better review than that.

Cheers,
Danny


* I don't think I'll ever get to the level I aspire to, but hey at least I'll hopefully keep trying :)
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