swordznsorcery: (sleepy team)
( Feb. 27th, 2017 20:54)
It took effort (and I admit that I did skip some of the longer and more impenetrable chapters), but I have finished The Brothers Karamazov. Damned if I know what it's about though. I mean, certainly it's the tale of three brothers, and their father is murdered by somebody, but this apparently major event is probably only about a third of the narrative. The rest is wandering down lengthy side trails, talking of ailing schoolboys, boring monks, a veritable barrage of people with assorted ailments, and some people who may or may not be in love with each other. It must surely have been written whilst high. It's the only sensible explanation. (I'm guessing there's at least one level of allegory going on, and certainly there's comparative examples of fatherhood, and the importance of father figures, but jeepers). This is one book I'm not recommending! I've gone back to Sherlock Holmes now, and have just started The Hound Of The Baskervilles. It's a much better story, and Conan Doyle manages to tell in a dozen pages what Dostoevsky needs four hundred to even begin getting around to.

Boy Dominic remains entertaining, although it must be said that Richard Todd's bit of the plot (a short scene at the beginning and end of each episode) is infinitely more engaging than his wide-eyed son, still getting into assorted scrapes in the Yorkshire countryside. Each episode is only half an hour long though, and Brian Blessed is there, so it's enjoyable enough. Just had another Return To Treasure Island alumnus turn up, which was nice. Also falling in love with Sleepy Hollow all over again. Season four has been absolutely splendid so far.

Making use of last.fm's glorious statistics capabilities while it's still there (it seems forever in danger of falling before the unappealing juggernaut of Spotify), I see that my top five artists for the last seven days are:

1. George Harrison (14 plays)
2. The View (13 plays)
3. Kaiser Chiefs
3. Mika
3. Pulp (12 plays each)

I do like a nice list. Elsewhere I am mostly thinking about dragons for I Surrendered, and trying not to get sucked into the world of temptation that is Prompt Amnesty Week over at [community profile] 100words. Every ten weeks you get to choose any of the previous prompts. They are very prompty.

I have finished my cup of tea. Woe.

Bye.
[community profile] fandom_stocking fic for [personal profile] liadtbunny.

Fandom: Return To Treasure Island (1985)
Characters: Jim, Abed, Ben
Gen, 2700 words

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swordznsorcery: (queen)
( Mar. 22nd, 2014 18:03)
So, American television was kind enough to make a pirate series. I wanted to wait until I'd got my pretend pirate show all figured out and posted before I watched it, so I finally got around to seeing the first two episodes last night. Obviously, because it's mine, I think my show is better! But, quite honestly... boy is my show better. If only by virtue of not really existing, but still.

Ouch. )
swordznsorcery: (paradox)
( Feb. 14th, 2014 18:49)
Okay, so back in November (ish) [livejournal.com profile] sabethea made a post discussing a particular list of "One Hundred Books You Must Read", and asking for other people to make their own recommendations on a similar theme. I had intended to have a go at answering the question at the time, but there was [community profile] fandom_stocking, and [livejournal.com profile] dw_50ficathon, and some stuff involving actual real people too, believe it or not. But here now, belatedly, is a book post. There aren't one hundred recommendations, although I might just about be able to squeak that if pressed. Due to reasons of space, most of my books are packed away just at the moment though, so I have nothing to refer back to, which complicates things. Neither is this is a list of "Books You Must Read", because that sort of thing is clearly nonsense. Instead it's a jumbled and probably incomplete list of books that I've especially enjoyed, or that have made, at some point, a particular impression. Not such a snappy title, I know, but a far less obviously inaccurate one.

Books... and quite a lot of rambling, sorry. )
Day seventeen, your favourite mini series. An easy one at last! This one doesn't even require thinking; it's obviously Return To Treasure Island. Yes, it's true that Sleepers is perfect in every way, and it's also true that Edge Of Darkness is spectacular, but - and this is very important - neither one of them is Return To Treasure Island. So that's that question settled.

Everybody should watch Return To Treasure Island. It should probably be compulsory. Not only does it have pirates, and buried treasure, and swords, and sailing ships, and everything that's good except dinosaurs and sharks, but it's really, really good as well. The only bad thing in the whole series is a painfully bad actor cast as a pirate in episode one, but he dies by the end of the episode, so even he doesn't get to ruin much. Everything else is perfect. Brian Blessed is the best Silver there could ever be, and his relationship with the grown up Jim Hawkins, played by Christopher Guard, is excellently realised. Peter Lloyd, as the Jamaican slave Abed, is a study in desperation and misery, growing into freedom. The bad guys are hissable, the fight scenes are excellent, and the whole thing is carried along with this wonderful spirit of adventure. Also, some stuff explodes. And did I mention the swords and the pirates? It's brilliant, basically. Just go and watch it.

In other news, I have been attempting to eat some chocolate, but it's melted. I had forgotten about summer. I haven't seen one in years. They're pretty good, aren't they. We really ought to have them more often.
In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favourite interview, a book) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This was incredibly difficult. My first thought was to choose a really good episode of something; but then the full extent of the prompt got me thinking, because there's movies and books to choose from as well. Also, the mention of "a favourite piece of canon" suggests that the choice shouldn't be a favourite episode, but a favourite thing that happens in a particular episode. Which complicated things even further. Eventually I narrowed it down to a shortlist of about twenty episodes, films and books; but since I had no over all favourite, I decided in the end to go for the one that's arguably the least well known. There's too much good stuff out there to try deciding whether one thing is better than all the rest; and small fandoms need support. Shortlist included at the end, just because.

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A fun episode, made up almost entirely of guest stars, with the regulars pushed very much into the background. Doesn't seem to matter, though. The guest cast is of a very high calibre, and I get a good bit of Tarrant and Dayna adventuring, which generally keeps me happy anyway. It builds up to a fine bit of intrigue, too. Yet one more explodified bit of the old days, recovered for series four.

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Not being the biggest fan of TV nowadays, I haven't been paying a lot of attention to what's on over the holidays (aside from Doctor Who, obviously). Instead I spent the weekend with pirates. As it turns out, they proved to be ideal company.

Who wouldn't want to spend Christmas with pirates? )
Episode 1x09: "The Fanatics"

It's Adam Adamant! He's being evil, but I imagine that he's only working undercover. Because he's Adam Adamant! And Adam Adamant would never be evil. Being evil is naughty. Anyway. Adam Adamant and some friends are watching newsreel footage of a sheikh arriving in London. Shortly after, Adam chats on a radio to a man, who gives an affirmative, then pulls the pin out of a grenade and races towards said sheikh, who appears to be making some sort of official visit to an abandoned shed. Despite having been shot a dozen times by the sheikh's guards, the man gets near enough to throw his grenade. He then collapses and dies. So does the sheikh, the guards, and probably the cameraman. ‘Tis a massacre. Send for the Champions! But tell them not to be horrible to Adam.

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It's not easy being Jim Hawkins, you know. Okay, so admittedly it's not a problem faced by many people, but all the same...

Pirates, pirates everywhere. Hurrah! )
swordznsorcery: (jack)
( Mar. 2nd, 2008 03:02)
Woe is me, for I have run out of episodes of Jack Holborn. By 'eck, episode five's a corker, though. With battles and fires and dashing about, and jewels and gold coins and dodgy merchants, and sailing ships and dastardly slave traders and the fabulously nasty Captain Downs. And then episode six has more sailing ships, and pirates, and a nice piece of who's who, and the fabulously nasty Captain Cox. No fighting to speak of, though, which is a shame. It does have the scene where a newly bearded Judge Sharingham is carted off to a real hellhole of a prison, though, and emerges for his trial all shiny and clean, and neatly shaved to boot. Given the way prisons were in those days, doing all that lot with enough money to back you up wouldn't have been all that hard - but it's already been clearly established that he doesn't have any money. Still, it's bad form to poke fun at the second greatest piratey thing ever. Even if it is bad mannered enough to be only six episodes long, and end too damned early. On the plus side, the greatest piratey thing ever should be out by the end of the month, unless the release date gets put back. And I fully intend to bore for England on the subject, as soon as I've got it in my possession. Brian Blessed hopping about on a crutch; Christopher Guard being brilliantly swashbuckly; lots of swords, sailing ships and flintlock pistols; and a good dash of piracy, treasure and gadding about on horseback. Hurrah! Although poor Jim does end up with the wrong girl, even if he does seem to think that she's the right one. He gets hit over the head that many times, though, that his judgement isn't necessarily to be trusted. And admittedly the right girl winds up dead, so isn't really an option anyway. Nonetheless, that was not necessarily any reason to pick Little Miss Winsome. Maybe he should have listened to the other prisoners of Superintendente Garcia, and gone with Abed instead. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Way, way ahead of myself. So I shall shut up. Approximately now.
Well, the internet pixies repented in the end, and gave me 95.2% of Jack Holborn, before finally crashing, and swearing blind that that was it. Still, it's most of it. And with luck there's a DVD release in the offing, so who's complaining!

Piratical rambling beneath )
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