Aug. 5th, 2010

nyagosstar: (saluting keith)
It’s like a joke, but without the lead up or the punchline.

1) I came home from work on Tuesday E and I had both worked early and were pretty tired so we laid down in bed, facing each other to talk about what we wanted to do for dinner. In the middle of this conversation, she looks at me all serious like and busts out with, “You’re waiting for a train.” Two days later it still makes me giggle.

2) We were watching Top Chef last night which love, but doesn’t require all of my attention and so also simultaneously dicking around on the internets. E pulls up some old 80’s cartoons and programs on youtube—Pinwheel, anyone?—and there is the Simon the Chalk Boy cartoon. I loved it when I was little and it still has a fond place in my heart. So we watch the opening credits and who, who, Who should turn out to be the narrator? Bernard Cribbins. Seriously, Donna’s grandfather from Dr. Who narrated a children’s program something like 30 years ago. I love it.

Also, in my desperation after finishing The Knife of Never Letting Go and waiting for The Ask and the Answer—which is finally in my possession and I can’t wait to start reading—I picked up I Am Number 4. I’d heard some good things about it and some people are trying to make it into a big deal and we had it, so I borrowed it. It was good, it wasn’t amazing, but it was solid and cool, if a little bit contrived in the narrative flow. I liked the characters a lot and thought the pacing was actually pretty brilliant.

The one qualm I have with it is that the ‘author’ is a character from the story. I don’t know what is up with this trend, but I find it super irritating. When I see something like this, it makes me think that either the author is well known for another work and is trying to branch out, or the book is a amalgam corporate construct that makes me feel kind of dirty for liking. It’s an unnecessary gimmick for me to like the book. I think it’s an unnecessary marketing ploy for kids to like the book. Just stop.

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