Life’s a bitch and then you marry one...

  Thoughts on Reading and Other Entertainments...

I hate... I like...
Characters constantly ogling each other from their very first meeting until they jump into bed on page 7, and who are just perfect physical specimens... Characters who are odd and don't look like glossy television models with ultra-white teeth, long legs, red hair and green eyes.  (What is with that, anyway?  Do guys really like red hair that much?)
Secret baby stories Revenge...it just feels so good
Any story called "heartwarming" A good, atmospheric haunted house tale...the finest example being Shirley Jackson's exquisite, The Haunting of Hill House
Empty-headed bimbos (unless they're the victim in a good crime novel) A good, solid who-dunnit...the new Hard Case Crime books are FANTASTIC...
Family Sagas  A good sense of humor...Piers Anthony, P.G. Wodehouse, H.H. Munroe (who can resist Clovis in such masterful, yet suavely cruel tales as 'The Unrest Cure'?)
A bittersweet, coming-of-age tale... A terrifying vampire tale where the vampires finally get what they deserve--the stake...
Star Trek: Next Generation -- can anyone say, politically correct?  Honestly, these people are so sugar-coated they'll give you diabetes after five minutes.  If I was stuck on a ship for 5 years with them, I'd have to so some serious Texas chain-sawing...  Any movie by John Carpenter or from Hammer Studios - those two are primo sources for lush horror, and who can avoid loving the buff, sardonic, one-eyed Kurt Russell as 'Snake Plisskin' in Escape from New York?  Not to mention the great music, and for the guys, busty Adrienne Barbeau...
Star Trek: Next Generation movie Nemesis.  Okay, this is your brain on drugs, right?  Because NOTHING they do makes any logical sense--they obviously made plot decisions based on what cool special effect could be included, rather than if it made any freakin' sense whatsoever...

Or, am I the only one who actually understands enough science to see the major, universe-sized holes in the logic of this movie?

The Sci Fi channel isn't doing too badly either, lately, for mindless Friday night entertainment...  'Stargate Atlantis' and 'Firefly' are decent with a dry wittiness you have to love even if the stories are sometimes a little...well...just accept them, don't try to over-think them... You've got to love any science fiction where the men are moderately intelligent, and you can still play with guns...`

 

 

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Books by Amy Corwin
The Dead Man's View