Reading: Dexter, Doggies, and the Penguin
Reading: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Watching: The Daily Show
Writing: novel draft
Drinking: mint green tea
From my library--
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay:
I absolutely love the premise of this, which I heard of from Bell Magazine, which was profiling the new tv series based on this book.
The idea of a brilliant blood spatter expert who everyone loves and who just happens, on his off hours, to be a serial killer...alright, little bit interesting. But it's all okay, because of Harry's Rules, the rules set up by his cop father, mean he can only kill--and very carefully--Very Bad Men, guys who ducked the system to, say, rape and kill children. Now, the premise is getting kind of awesome.
The prose of the book itself is not quite as solid, in some places it drags and drags, and overall, you have to rate it mediocre. However, the tone of Dexter is often fun when its really allowed to shine, both with his humour and his turns of phrase. It's at his best in those moments when Dexter cannot understand humans, which, really, none of us can, but Dexter thinks he *should* be able to and *wants* to be able to, and it's his unique voice that brings this above what could have been tossed as just another bland serial killer story.
I enjoyed being with Dexter enough that I went and looked for the second book at the bookstore--and I bought that mother in trade paperback.
Oh, and for the record, the tv series is a step down from the book. They changed a lot of things, for who knows what bizarre reasons, and made it even weaker. Although the guy who plays Dexter does it pretty good job.
I do a lot of my reading online. Almost all, honestly. Because I need to read, and online is current, free, interactive, and doesn't waste paper.
Over the years I've followed various forums and blogs, basically anything I stumbled across with information or an interesting voice. You can find the ones I have a longterm compulsive Feed for over on the Roll, at least the ones that have a useful RSS. Except for Ralan, who really needs a RSS (and also a search and sort)...
But I also read some magazines online, here and there, when a story catches me. It's a mixed bag, like all stories. Sometimes it's disappointing, sometimes revolting, and sometimes it's worth mentioning, so...
Little Doggies by Frank Minogue
Desert Penguin Blues by Laura Sanger Kelly