Ramblings from the Desert

The man who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever receive either. ~Benjamin Franklin

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Author of the urban fantasy novel, The Music of Chaos, and the paranormal romance, The Canvas Thief.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Bridget Jones, The Fountain and Stuff

Finished...
Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason by Hellen Fielding.
Is it just me or is Bridget Jones insane? Are all women this insane?

(Somewhere, my J-man is taken by the inexplicable desire to nod, driven by all the Universe, nay, all Man-kind to agree.)

I don't remember the first book very well and never saw the movie. But frankly, most of Bridget's behavior defies Reason. I would have expected her to have grown somewhat after the first book, but instead she seems to be stupider and more neurotic. It was cute the first time (book), but after an additional 338 pages of compulsions and self-help books, it's just a tired, tired schtick.

Although there are certainly some funny moments, the book is at least 100-pages too long. It seems to want to bludgeon the reader with the 'funny' rather than let it arise naturally from the situation. Take for instance, Bridget's failed interview with Colin Firth. Bridget hems, haws and rambles, annoying both Colin Firth and reader for pages.

At one point, ex-boyfriend Daniel insinuates that she is stupid and I couldn't help but agree. The problem with making a heroine so dreadfully flawed is that it makes it hard to understand what the hero sees in her. Ironically, Bridget and Mark Darcy's interactions are the high points of the novel. Sadly, there aren't enough to prop up the remainder of the novel.

As Bridget might say "Not v. good" or recommended.

All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell
An oldy, written back in 1992. I picked this from the "Community Reader Program" rack at the library (doesn't have to be checked out) several months ago and finally got around to reading it. As expected, it is well-plotted and filled with interesting tidbits about the inner workings of a Medical Examiner's office. The protagonist, Dr. Kay Scarpetta, is smart and determined.

The one thing that seems lacking is a strong sense of danger. Although Dr. Scarpetta is on the trail of a serial killer, the killer only strikes once, early in the book. The victims are described briefly giving the reader little to identify with. There is no sense that the killer is going to strike again, anytime soon. The majority of the menace comes from Dr. Scarpetta's allies, the FBI and possibly the CIA. But since the threats are leveled at someone other than Dr. Scarpetta, someone who isn't all that likeable, they don't generate any real tension.

Despite its age and ocassional references to cultural and political events of the time, the book doesn't feel too dated. Actually, the thing that stood out the most is the characters' smoking in public buildings. Kay and company are constantly smoking at work, something that just isn't allowed in any Federal (or State, of municipal) building nowadays.

Recommended.

Requested at the Library...
The Rose of the World, Jude Fisher; Industrial Magic, Kelley Armstrong; Tooth and Claw, Jo Walton; Iron Council, China Mielville; The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffengger ; Skyfall, Catherine Asaro.

After finally whittling my library pile down to zero, it's about to grow again. Oh, well.

The Movie News...
Found an interesting article regarding upcoming "The Fountain" movie. Moriarity from Ain't It Cool News got to tour the set and interview the stars. From what he says, it sounds like the on-screen chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz is gonna be good.

For comic book geeks, there's an unrelated mention of a rock opera version of WATCHMEN, written in part, by David Bowie. Hmmm.

"Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe," the movie? Hmmm. Love the books, but can't see them as a movie. Hope Hollywood doesn't ruin it.

Well...Duh...
GOP's Moral Agenda Doubted.
"The controversy over Terri Schiavo has raised concerns among many Americans about the moral agenda of the Republican party and the power of conservative Christians, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll finds."

Huh. It took the American people this long to get suspicious of the GOP's agenda and their tie to conservative Christians? Gee wizz.

Of course, one might conclude that this is the result of being led around by the nose by the press, which has its own agenda--ratings.

Listening to...
Alternative Rock station..."Walking Dead" by Z Trip/Chester Bennington. Cool Song.

Writing...
Got in a little over a thousand on Pinocchio today. Pitiful by the standards of some, but I'm a slow writer. Always wrestling with Internal Editor and trying to get Muse off her ass. The first hundred words were a bitch, but once I got rolling the scene got fun.

No word from any of the venues that have "the novel." It's only been two months at Luna, so I don't expect to hear from them yet. Both small publishers, however, are over their stated response times, one by two months.

Need to cultivate more patience.

Cheers,

P.K.

 

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