October 28th, 2006

A Pocket Full of Murder


I may be the last person in the world to watch Hornblower, and it's rather different than I'd anticipated. I thought it was an actual TV series with umpty episodes that would take me forever to catch up on -- didn't realize that it was just a few movies. But we're enjoying them very much -- the acting and production values are excellent, and Collapse ) But the really smitten one is my six-year-old son, who keeps begging for a chance to watch the movies again, and runs around the house with a plastic sword yelling "I'm Horatio!" I'd give it four stars out of five.

My husband and I also just finished the Gormenghast miniseries, and although it all fell apart at the end (much as the books do, alas -- once Titus comes to the fore, the story really loses interest and coherence), it got a lot more right than I'd expected. Collapse ) Since I'm feeling generous, I'll give it three and a half stars.

On the other hand, I really enjoyed the BBC's just-finished adaptation of Jane Eyre. Collapse ) In short, it's good stuff. Four and a half stars.


In other news, I heard back from one agent today, politely declining (on the basis of the query only, no writing sample). I wasn't too disappointed, though, because another agent's already asked to see the full manuscript. Since Knife is ahead of schedule at the moment -- I've just finished Chapter Fifteen, with either four or five chapters to go depending on whether I drop the Epilogue -- I'm feeling pretty positive about my writing at present.


lizbee, you might want to check out Margaret Atwood's last entry in the Wired Magazine Very Short Stories. Squid is the new black, I tell you.


Finally, after the on-list events of the last twenty-four hours I feel that it is my duty to inform you all that the Mary Russell fandom is a DELICATE HOTHOUSE FLOWER.

From MARS.