June 11th, 2005

A Pocket Full of Murder

Fandom Birthdays Galore!

Since Sundays tend to be insanely busy for me, I shall do the niceties a day in advance (though for at least one person on the list, it won't come too soon after all):

First, to the inimitable lizbee, who I am unspeakably glad to have as a friend, a beta, a co-conspirator (winged monkeys!), and a smashing good provider of fannish reading material -- at least whenever she gets around to finishing one of her seemingly inexhaustible store of epic WiPs. Anyone who hasn't read Girl Most Likely is missing one of the finest Snapefics of the last five years, and definitely the best characterization of an adult Harry I've ever read... among many other unexpected pleasures. May you have a birthday as delightful as you are, with no Daleks (unless you want them).

Second, to yahtzee63, who has been rightly hailed as one of the best writers in any fandom, and certainly among the best in any and every fandom where she chooses to write. Who else could pull off an Alias/Bridget Jones crossover, starring Jack Bristow for heaven's sake, and make it work? It's at the point where I could swear everything her keyboard touches turns to gold. And as if that weren't disgusting enough, she has superb editorial instincts as well -- many of the most important structural changes to Knife were made at her instigation and the book is much the better for it. Thanks so much, Yahtzee. I hope you have a fabulous day.

Third, to ase, whom I don't really know that well, but I enjoy your book reviews and other literary musings, and I hope your birthday brings you much reading pleasure.

And finally, to sgloomi, otherwise known as ultra-quirky Doctor Who profic author Dave Stone, who hasn't friended me back yet and so probably won't see this, but cheers anyway, mate.

Phew! Popular time in June to be born, innit?
A Pocket Full of Murder

Oh. My. Word.

I can't believe it. I just -- I can't -- that was -- wow. I mean, agh! I mean -- *gibbers and tears hair*

All of which means I've just watched Doctor Who 1x12, "Bad Wolf" and I think I may need a few days just to process it before I can write any kind of review. But -- man. I think this might be the best SF cliffhanger since "Best of Both Worlds Part I". If they can pull it off with an equally brilliant episode next week, it'll be better than BOBW was.

Christopher Eccleston is an incredible actor. I'm really going to miss him.