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Reading: Life of Pi

January 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Life of Pi, Illustrated
Life of Pi, Illustrated by Yann Martel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a person who believes in form, in the harmony of order. Where we can, we must give things a meaningful shape. For example—I wonder—could you tell my jumbled story in exactly one hundred chapters, not one more, not one less?

Pi’s story does indeed play out in a hundred chapters, but only through some small element of cheating. Several chapters are just a couple of paragraphs long. One is just two words. Chapter breaks come almost arbitrarily, the next chapter continuing on the same subject. Across thirteen chapters Pi embraces Hinduism, Catholicism and Islam, reflects upon the nature of the divine, how atheists and agnostics view the world, the reaction when it was discovered he was following three separate religions, his request to continue with multiple religions, his parents’ verdict, and the result of that verdict. It’s not really thirteen chapters’ worth of story.

It sounds like a small complaint and in many ways it is, but I like my chapters to be meaty chunks of narrative that advance the story, so for me the book had a very stop-start feel to it, chapters not providing that break or advancement that I expected. It was only upon reading the above quote, which comes right near the end of the book, that the reason for that structure was explained, though I didn’t feel it was justified for that.

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Film – Quick Thoughts: Mulholland Drive

January 5, 2012 2 comments

Mulholland Drive
Mulholland Drive, directed by David Lynch
Written by: David Lynch
Starring: Naomi Watts and Laura Harring
My rating: 5 of 5

It starts off seeming like a fairly straight mystery, the incredibly optimistic Betty finding a woman in her home who has no memory of what happened to her or who she is. They start piecing it all together and then of course the plot gets thoroughly Lynched, in the good, “leave it up to the viewer’s interpretation” way. Naomi Watts is fantastic in the film (I’ve liked her performances in a lot of films), and it’s really excellent in general.

Reading: Altered Carbon

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Altered Carbon
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Number: 15

One of my favourite books, and the third time I’ve read it.

The book is set in the future, at a time when death itself has become something that can be managed and, if you have the money, avoided. Everybody has a chip in the base of their necks that saves their entire personality, and upon death it can be downloaded into a fresh body if you have the money (or connections who do), housed in a cheaper computer simulation or simply kept on file. Erasure (permanent deletion of a personality) is the ultimate punishment and used sparingly.

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Reading: May 2011’s Books

July 9, 2011 1 comment

Far later than intended, we have the May round-up posts, where I write a little about all the media I consumed throughout the month (June’s will hopefully go up next week, but haven’t been worked on at all yet). This month started with television, then came film, and now it’s time for the books.

Olaf is the only author returning from April, but Terry is back from February and Neil is making his first appearance since January. The other four are all new.

Sources: Olaf, Richard, Kurt, Neil, Yahtzee, Stanislaw and Terry.

I’m going to attempt to keep these relatively brief this month, with no more than a paragraph per book and to try and avoid wasting time making synopses and things, just a quick opinion. So without further ado:

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TV: May 2011’s Television

Far later than intended, we have the May round-up posts, where I write a little about all the media I consumed throughout the month (June’s will hopefully go up next week, but haven’t been worked on at all yet). This month we start with the television I watched.

There are far fewer portraits this month but it's not because I watched much less television. Read on for the explanation.

Image sources: The Host, Holtz, Brennan, Jonathan, The Doctor, Daenerys, House and Dale

Outside of this intro text and the above image everything was pretty much all written and ready to post by the 31st of May, so there was really no excuse for it not to go live on time. I’m doing things slightly different this month, commenting only on the shows that I feel I have something I want to talk about (and only doing images for those ones), so let’s get to it:

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Television: April 2011’s TV

It’s time for each of April’s round-up posts, a quick overview and assessment of all the entertainment I consumed during the month. Having finally been on time enough last month to make goals this is the first proper opportunity to see whether I was able to meet them. This month kicked off with film, then it was books and then the month’s games, and we finish with April’s television.

Six new additions this month meant making this image wasn't any less time consuming.

Image sources: Doyle, The Host, Francis, Enoch, Brennan, Jonathan, Kitty, Rick, Alexei, The Doctor, Daenerys, House, Phil, Hope, Brian and Nicholas.

There are sixteen portraits in the image above (each representing a different season/series), compared to fourteen last month, twelve in February and just five in January. Despite that increase I did actually watch less television this month (which I’ll talk about in the goals section below), it just happened to cover more individual programmes. Let’s get to it:

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Television: March 2011’s TV

April 18, 2011 1 comment

On time for once (and coming straight on the heels of February’s), here we have the March round-up posts. This month we kicked off with the books I read, followed by the games I played. Next up is the TV I watched:

That's right, this time I needed to fit even more images into this little space, though thankfully the majority carried over from last month so I didn't have to find new sources.

Image sources: Doyle, Jed, Francis, Enoch, Brennan, Kitty, the Turok-Han, Rick, House, Phil, David, Hope, Brian and Albert.

New this month to the TV round-up are individual verdicts, helping me to judge whether I should keep watching. They’ll either be Good (will definitely stick with), Okay (which means I’m not fully enjoying it, which could result in it being dropped if that continues) and Bad (which will probably be where I do stop).

Some general spoilers will follow:

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