Sunday, December 01, 2013

A Sunday Review

The Five-ish Doctors Reboot - So, before the 50th anniversary special there were eight living actors who played the Doctor on the TV show. Of them, three made it into the special, one had a minisode, one didn't want to be involved and three... well, three of them were left out. In this short movie, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy do their darndest to get into the anniversary special by hook or by crook. Spoiler: totally against the odds, they manage it. This half-hour special features cameos by just about every living Doctor Who personality of the last... oh, 50 years. Some have much bigger parts than others. I particularly love John Barrowman's bit, although Georgia Moffat Tennant's bit was also hilarious. What Colin did to his family was just lovely (nice foresight to lock the doors). And Sylv's piece with Peter Jackson and Sir Ian McKellan, whew! Overall, this adds a lot to the ... um ... mythos. And is funny, to boot. I think, however, I need an annotated version.

Here are reviews of the DCBS comic books that I've gotten around to reading and reviewing, sorted by the original shipping date:
  • Oct 2nd
  • Forever Evil #2 - The Crime Syndicate, yeah, ok. Lots of bad things happening. Yeah. I like Lex's project: nice twist on the name, at least. I suppose I will have to wait and see what happens to the rest of the DCU.
  • Green Lantern #24 - Massive destruction! Horrible events! A big villain! Oh my! ... yawn... Wake me when the "adventure" is over. Why does it always have to be world-shattering disasters? Why can't we just get a good story that isn't stretched out over five books and eight months?
  • Earth 2 #16 - Very impressive fight, but it wasn't really a lot more than that, was it?
  • Doctor Who Classics #5 - So, Sarah Jane back with the seventh Doctor. I enjoyed the story, even if it doesn't work entirely well with everything that's happened since.
  • Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #9 - I should have thought of him. I just didn't think of him as ... anything. And yet he makes a perfect villain after what the Doctor did to him.
  • The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #11 - Knowing what I know about the Oz mythos, I can't believe Jack hasn't figured it out yet. On the other hand, this *is* different. That final page... is she really back?

My library book this week was The Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman. When Leo sees himself riding a time machine with a beautiful girl, he can only begin to imagine the adventure he's in for. This book is a companion book to The Grimm Legacy, which was quite excellent. There's some character reappearances from the first book, but this book can easily be read without reading the first book. Although there are spoilers for what happens in the first book, they are vague enough that a reader would be more likely to want to read the first book to find out what happened rather than be put off by it. Anyway, this book has time travel, which has the potential to be very annoying, but manages to stay safe and cute. I like Leo and his self-doubt (along with how he handles it). Overall, a pretty good read.

My mystery book this week was The Alpine Kindred by Mary Daheim. Gold nuggets, a stabbing and a stranger from far away are all tangled in the latest adventures of publisher Emma Lord in the tiny town of Alpine. Emma's love life continues to be complicated as changes are afoot at the newspaper, thanks in large measure to the new college in town. This book benefitted from all the various plotlines and supporting characters, as there was enough going on besides the mystery, which wasn't particularly difficult to figure out, that the book continued to roll along even when the action wasn't (or didn't seem to be) directly related to the main mystery plotlines. Definitely a good read. If you want to start the Alpine series, I strongly recommend starting at the first book, The Alpine Advocate.