December 13th, 2007


Slow Decay, by Andy Lane

This is the second[*] of the three Torchwood tie-ins I bought, and I much prefer it to Dan Abnett's volume. Here, Tosh is intrigued by an alien artifact that has triggered a lethal brawl in a nightclub, while Rhys's work collegue Lucy has found a miraculous new diet, and appears to be showing an unhealthy interest in Gwen's boyfriend.

[* Although based on events related to incidental characters named in this book and the others, it should really be read last. I suspect the intended order is Second Life, Border Princes, Slow Decay. ]

Another Life, by Peter Anghelides

Last of the three Torchwood tie-ins, although I suspect it should be read first; Gwen's presented as having only just joined the team, and there are events in Slow Decay that affect an incidental character that haven't occurred here.

So, out of the three, I think Andy Lane's Slow Decay was the most enjoyable. But in all three, Ianto barely exists, and Tosh is little better. Probably because there's already practically nothing there from the TV series yet.

Lurgy and telly

My turn for the bug, it seems. Came out of nowhere on Tuesday evening, as I returned from siggav's rather fun birthday evening, so I spent the last couple of days sitting at home, watching telly.

Yesterday included This Film Is Not Yet Rated, which is quite good for getting annoyed at the MPAA without going anywhere near copyright issues, and Farenheit 9/11. Both had been lurking on the PVR for some months, so it seemed like a good time. The Michael Moore was not nearly as effective as Bowling for Columbine, but then, pretty much all of his points had been better presented in one of his books (Dude, Where's My Country, I think). Plus, there were a couple of Robin Hoods (still crap, though Lardener's Ring had a nice idea, and a guest character that blew everyone else off the screen). And three hours of MTV, on fast-forward.

Today there was more. Ultraviolet and Aeon Flux, mostly on fast-forward. They're both really, really bad, but Aeon Flux is by far the worst, for the fight sequences. Though Ultraviolet manages to have a very tedious motorbike chase, and at least three times has groups of soldiers stand in a ring (and so in each others' line of fire) [ Note to self: still haven't managed to see Bloodrayne). Also, The Musketeer, The Mummy, and Three Stories from House.

Meanwhile, katlinel has kindly cooked some lovely food, and has wrapped a metric ton of xmas parcels ready for posting.