Long time to go over, hope I remember everything
Live: The Pearl Fishers
at the Met. Lovely Bizet score, wonderful singers. THEN Snowzilla attacked. My friend and I had tickets for La Bohème
and the evening performance of Allegiance
. We decided, after some thought, that we'd better go up on Friday in case the snow stopped the trains Saturday morning. So we got tickets for Turandot
, which was very well done, Friday and then Saturday had lunch and settled into our seats at the Met to be told that a state of emergency had been declared, the mayor was stopping the trains at 2, and all the theaters were being closed. So instead of two shows in a Manhattan getting 5" or so, we sat in our hotel and watch the city get pounded - though not as badly as down in Maryland. Ah well, it was a good idea.
Film: Saw Trumbo
again with a friend who hadn't. Also saw The Force Awakens
again - a lot of fun, that movie. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
, very good, very enjoyable.
TV: Caught the first few episodes of The X-Files
reboot, and liked it. Also Lucifer
, which is a bit predictable, really, but kind of fun. The last few of this season of The Librarians
, which ended well and has me excited for next season. There's a lot piled up on the DVR but I haven't done much TV watching, really.
Read: Oh, man. Let's see. A truckload of Charles de Lint, a couple of dozen old and new. The Wildlings
trilogy was new to me and I liked it a lot, but mainly it was Newford stuff. Another episode of Bookburners
. Liars for Jesus 2
, continuing the good work of documenting right-wing distortions of American history. Midnight Taxi Tango
, a Bone Street Rumba novel, not quite as good as the first but still very readable. Two short "Sin de Jour" things, which are okay, and ended on a real cliffhanger so I'll probably try the next one when it comes out. Tad Williams' "Bobby Dollar" trilogy which was well-written enough to pull through the whole thing even though (as with many noirs) I didn't really like Bobby very much. The new translation of Dovlatov's Заповедник, The Preserve
, translated by his daughter as Pushkin Hills
- very bitingly funny and very Russian. China Mièville's two latest - the short story collection Three Moments of an Explosion
and the novella This Census Taker
- neither of which disappointed at all. Staked
, the latest Iron Druid novel, which has the feel of wrapping up, if not the series, a major part of it. And the first five of the Rivers of London series, which actually is where I saw the Bobby Dollar things advertised - but these are splendid fun, well thought out and written, and with a narrator I really like.