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21 December 2016 @ 05:40 pm
Reading, Listening, Watching  
Reading: End of the World Blues by Jon Courtney Grimwood. I thought I had a handle on this - crime and passion in Japanese with maybe super-powered incidental characters but its just taken a left turn into a castle at the end of time so, who knows what will happen next? Well written but I suspect it may turn out to be a little grim, over all, for my tastes.

Listening: Listened to Welcome to Night Vale's Sandstorm episodes which were, as [personal profile] isis has mentioned, very good. But I think that's me done with Night Vale. They seem like a good place to step off.

Watching: Watched The Imitation Game last night which was an oddly frustrating experience. I know just enough about Turing's time at Bletchley to recognise that while the basic events were present and correct, they were being dramatised almost to the point of falsehood, but didn't have the knowledge to specifically critique what was being presented. However the framing device in which Turing relates the details of his war work to a cop as part of playing an imitation game is both laughably unlikely and makes no sense at all in the context of Turing's actual imitation game - I'm sure on the page it looked like a clever device, but the problem is only works at the most superficial level and the film is trying to be better than that.

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a_cubeda_cubed on December 22nd, 2016 05:36 am (UTC)
I found End of the World Blues quite unsatisfying. It's well-written in the small - each character is well-described, and the scenes are vivid. But I found the overall setup and plotline confused and poorly executed.
louisedennis: bookslouisedennis on December 23rd, 2016 02:10 pm (UTC)
That's a shame. It's definitely passed the 50 pages test (i.e., if I can't see any merit in a book after 50 pages, I give up) but it's still early enough in the story that I was assuming an confusion on my part was because the relevant information was yet to unfold.