The Sunday Salon – Doctor Who

TSSbadge1There’s a club by our house called the Black Cat. On Friday nights, they do a Doctor Who happy hour. Basically, you get a beer, find a seat, and watch an episode of Doctor Who in the back bar. This week’s showing was the Planet of the Ood. My husband, admittedly, not a fan of the show, went and enjoyed it (at least he said he did). About five minutes in, he leaned over and said, “Wait, isn’t this your favorite Doctor?” Yes, it was the 10th Doctor. I smiled, “Yep, he’s my favorite!”  He nodded and then said, “He’s wearing red cons.” Yes, yes he is. It was a good evening.

So, yesterday I learn, like the rest of the planet, that there is to be a new Doctor. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I heart Doctor Who, even when I don’t always think the show is at its best. I was slow to love the 11th Doctor. Not because he wasn’t good (some may not agree but I think Matt Smith was a great embodiment of the Doctor) but because he wasn’t the 10th Doctor. I do love me some David Tennant. In the end, I came to love the 11th Doctor, and in a little way, believe that bow ties are cool. I still can’t get on board with the fez though… Now, there will be a new Doctor. *sigh*

Well, here’s to looking forward to the Christmas special, a return of the 10th Doctor, and a thank you to the 11th Doctor for making it so much fun. Hats off to you, Matt Smith, for joining in the fun as Doctor Who.

Today, I’m off to watch the USA vs. Germany soccer game. Funny story about this, my husband spent yesterday morning frantically searching for tickets. He finally found some good seats and we met up with a friend and off to the stadium we went. Traffic was a nightmare. Construction made it worse but we finally arrived at 2:15 for a 2:30 start ready to run to the gate tickets in hand. As we pulled into the parking lot, a large sign alerted us to the fact that the game was indeed today, Sunday, and not Saturday. After laughing off the mistake, we decided a drink was in order. Today, we plan to actually be there on time. On the correct day. Yeah…

With that, I wish you all a happy Sunday.

So, I went to see The Hobbit

We finally got around to seeing The Hobbit this weekend, in 3D. I can’t say the 3D was worth it but a few scenes were cool. Overall, it was good but I think stretching it to three movies is, well, a stretch. What I remember is that hour and a half cartoon from childhood that managed to get everything important in there which made me wonder why Peter Jackson can’t make one two and a half hour movie that gets all the major story arcs in there with some cool effects. Many great sites have reviewed the movie so if you’re interested, google. My reason for relaying this information is entirely unrelated to the actual movie.

If you saw the movie, you probably saw the preview for The Wizard of Oz. I’m not a huge fan, mostly because of the singing. I’m not sure if there’s going to be singing in the new one but the flying monkeys are still there. I don’t get flying monkeys. Just don’t. Anyway, this happened after the preview.

Me to husband: “I don’t get flying monkeys.”

Husband: “Well, I don’t get blue police boxes.”

*sigh* He’s never going to get Doctor Who.

Now, a weekly reading round up of sorts — I finished Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide which was very interesting in the way it was told. I’ll have more on it soon as I plan to write a review today. Yes, today. The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon was also good. I’ll have a review of that soon also because I plan to write a review of that tonight too. I’m planning to be busy later.

I bought three books the other morning: The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers, The Last Page by Anthony Huso, and Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht. I read a sample of The Last Page and I can’t wait to read more but first, The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I started this shortly before heading out of town for the holidays and will pick it back up today. A few pages in and it’s as good as The Name of the Wind.

My question for you today, and getting back to the first topic of this post, did you see The Hobbit? In 3D? What did you think?

The Sunday Salon – Rory’s Dad is Arthur Weasley!

If you don’t watch Doctor Who, this will mean nothing to you. Sorry in advance. Anyway, Rory’s day is Arthur Weasley! OK, Filch was in last night’s episode too. Really, mixing two of my favorite things, Harry Potter and Doctor Who — does it get better than that in TV watching land? The correct answer is no, no it does not.

Although, I may have to stop watching Doctor Who with my husband. He doesn’t get it and says silly things like, “Why are there dinosaurs on a space ship? That makes no sense.” *big sigh* I don’t want to ruin the episode for anyone who didn’t see it but I do have to say something about Amy and Rory. We all know they’re leaving (that’s not a spoiler people!) and that’s making me sad enough because I like the Ponds but then there’s this scene at the end where the Doctor is standing behind them and looks at them so sadly. He knows it’s coming and, ack, it’s making me sad. Oh, the life of the Doctor, and the companions too. If you don’t watch, here.

So as not to make this all about Doctor Who, cuz I could, let’s talk books. I read books this week. And what were those books you ask? Let me tell you.

The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma — the sequel to The Map of Time. It was good and I need to write up a review today but I’m having trouble getting starting because there’s so much going on in the book and being honest, I don’t know where to start.

Abominable by William Meikle — a short story about the British mountain climber Mallory and what really happened to him. It was fun. I bought another one of Meikle’s books, Berserker, which I thought would be a good read for October. He does an excellent job with the weird creatures.

The New World by Patrick Ness — I’ve yet to read the Chaos Walking trilogy. I know. I’m the last as I tend to be with things like this. You all love it and I want to love it too but I’m not sure so I stay away. This one was a free short story download and I thought why not. I loved it. And now I think I need to see if my library has the others. You may all be right on this one.

I, on a last minute whim, decided to sign up for Book Blogger Appreciation Week. I’m a little torn about this. I want to participate but I have mixed feeling about it too. On the one hand, it’s great to find new blogs and connect with people but I don’t know how much time I’m going to have to read everything and comment. Maybe I’ll just answer a question or two and that will be it. At least they got rid of the awards this year. It’s not that I don’t appreciate things like that but they went to the same people every year and why bother if that’s what’s going to happen. Not that I don’t think those bloggers deserve the awards because they do, but it just didn’t mean much. Anyway, there you have it. I have no idea why I’m rambling on about this so I’m just going to stop.

Last week I was super productive on the blog front. So productive I managed to schedule posts through the week of October 1. No, really, I did. I even amazed myself. That means there will be reviews! Now, if I can keep this up, all will be well.

That’s all I’m going to ramble about for now. Enjoy the day and happy reading.