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So, against the advice of nearly every one of you (so why did I ask? Because that noise you all make when you talk soothes me and my gigantic ego. :D) , I went to see Serenity with Mike and William (who is blogless) tonight. (I haven't seen the latter of this pair since the tabletop game we were in together went out with a whimper - it was good to get back in touch.)

And loved it. I can see where I might have done better to watch the whole series first, but, realistically, the time I'd have needed to get them bought (or, more likely, downlaoded) and then watch them all was more than I wanted to wait to see the thing. In any case, the movie did a good enough job of explaining what the hell was going on that I could figure it out. I only had to ask the hardcore fanboys I was sitting between for info on a couple of things, but otherwise it was easy to get. Of course, I don't have the same emotional attachment to the characters as someone who'd seen them all first might have. But...well, that proved to be less of a problem than I might have expected.

Did I mention I loved it! The dialogue had me in stitches as much (or, likely, more) than it moved me to awe. The story was well-paced and interesting - I was often on the edge of my seat, and I was anxious to see the mystery unveiled (no, I'm not spoiling it. :P) And, I'm sure you expected this, but I adored the main villain, the Alliance operative. Ruthless and merciless competence just warms the cockles of my black, black heart, and they even managed to humanise him, which impressed me even more. They even did the fight scenes well, both in space and on the ground. Watching River in combat is like ambrosia for the eyes.

It was even worth going to Silver City (cough, gag, spit). Though I spent more money than was probably a good idea, because I arrived over an hour early for the movie, and two floors beneath Silver City is...you guessed it, a Chapters.

You may now begin shaking your heads in dismay.

At least the toll was only two tonight - Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys and Jacqueline Carey's Godslayer, the second half of the Banewreaker duo. More standard fantasy than her Kushiel books, but so far I'm pretty impressed with them.

In any event - I know I'll need to see if I can pry a weekend free to have a Firefly marathon. After midterms. And my birthday party (which there will be an entry about shortly). Bleh.

-D.

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euph0ra
Oct. 9th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
Dammit...
Yet another thing I'll miss that I really want to be there for. I haven't seen the series either. I saw Serenity yesterday as well. I agree whole heartedly with everything you've said. Joss Whedon owns my soul. That man's ability to make me laugh and cry, be amazingly cheesy and incredibly deep without a moments notice just lays me to waste. And I typically don't like space dramas. *cowers in fear in case they start flinging stones at her*

As for American Gods, I approve :D I'd like to read that again myself. Do yourself a favor a pick up a delightful quick read called Contrariwise. These two aren't related except that the same person lent them to me. She is maddening but has fantastic taste in books...well at least she reads enough of them to have good and bad books in her repertoire. I think you'll really enjoy the story.
vlosk
Oct. 10th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
Re: Dammit...
Still need to see Firefly...

I thought you had American Gods... to the point that I'm kicking myself for not giving it back this evening, as its sitting about 5 feet from this desk!
paleshadow
Oct. 10th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
Re: Dammit...
Whoops, that's right. :) I bought Anansi Boys, not American Gods. I shall correct that. Please stare into the top of this pen for a moment?

-D.
paleshadow
Oct. 10th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Dammit...
We will get around to it eventually in any case, I am sure. :D

Contrariwise, hm? I'll keep that in mind. Remember who wrote it?

-D.
euph0ra
Oct. 10th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Dammit...
Bah...the author mispelled the word for the title. Its actually "Contrarywise". Sorry, my bad. And it is by a woman named Zohra Greenhalgh. It seems you can get it off of Amazon fairly cheaply used. It seems to no longer be in print. I thought I heard tell of a sequel but I don't see it. Shame. I really wanted to read more about that world. For the record, I want to BE a jinjirri (sp). Not sure if that is the exact spelling. Been a while since I read it.

*laughs uproariously* The only way that you and I could get through a whole series of anything would be to make certain that it was a group event. And even then I have my doubts *grins*


skloak
Oct. 11th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
Re: Dammit...
Group event indeed. Don't get me wrong, I think of him like a little brother, so I wouldn't be *in* the group. But I'd certainly encourage it.
paleshadow
Oct. 11th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
Re: Dammit...
Well, in a group of your friends, I doubt even that would help. :P

-D.
evilgetyours
Oct. 10th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I spent my money at silver city also, but I assure you it wasn't my idea. I did get to feel the heat of robo-dragons (It probably has a name) breath, so I guess that's something.

I was spared from visiting my beloved chapters because my friends wanted to go to HMV. Thank-God. I am HMV immune.

Watching River in combat is like ambrosia for the eyes.

You couldn't have said it better. After that first one, I couldn't WAIT for the next one. My friends really didn't like the movie, but they at least enjoyed the fight scenes so that's what we talked about on the ride home.

mmm, sexy books.





paleshadow
Oct. 10th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
The dragon sort of loses its appeal if you're waiting in the lobby long enough to see it twice. Granted, this was the first time I'd actually managed to see it even once, because waiting in lobbies is not something I actually do most of the time.

And while the ones I bought seem to deserve nearly every other accolade, "sexy books" is more suited for those two (because the third has scampered off somewhere) that I showed you from my bookshelf last time you were over. Also by Carey, come to think. :P

-D.
skloak
Oct. 11th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
It took you this long? Come on, I saw it four years ago, and I don't even live there. Keep up!

How many times did we see it through? Five or six? At least three for Gladiator, and then another once or twice on other occasions. Lots and lots of movies.
opendestiny
Oct. 12th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
Even I had seen it before moving to edmonton, and I can count the number of movies I've seen in that theatre on one hand. :p
paleshadow
Oct. 12th, 2005 05:05 am (UTC)
Oh, that's right, gang up on me, all of you. :P Especially you, Lindsay - you're just proving my point.

-D.
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