What has my attention this week?
Book: Shadow Heart by J. L. Lyon
I was lucky enough to have my dieselpunk aviation-adventure Storming nommed for the Realm Makers’ Christian speculative fiction award. Naturally, I had to take a look at some of the other books that were nominated. This one was up for the sci-fi category (Storming is in fantasy). It’s the third in the trilogy, and I haven’t read the previous two books, but the opening chapter is great: strong, vibrant six-year-old female character. Not at all what you’d expect, but really great. Looking forward to the rest of the book.
Movie: Batman vs. Superman
So I finally saw it. Maybe it was because I went in with such massively low expectations, but, unlike so many I’ve talked to, I didn’t come out of the theater hopping mad. Mostly, I just came out yawning and ready for bed. It had a lot of good stuff going for it, but never succeeded in bringing them full circle. I gave up trying to map its structure while still in the First Act, but its biggest problem was that it just never convinced me to invest in the characters.
Music: Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies by Volbeat
Someone recommended this Danish metal band to me recently. They’re nothing like the soaring symphonic metal I usually listen to. More grunge. But they’ve got a really nice sound, and I was immediately intrigued by this particular album, which happens to be made up of ballads inspired by the American Old West.
If I’m going to eat “cheap” chocolate, this is what I eat: Dove dark. Always dark. Usually, I like the plain dark, since I prefer just letting them melt on my tongue. But all that was available the last time I was looking was almond. They’re excellent too. Even though I have to chew them.
Gizmo: Book Darts
Let’s say I’m reading a book that doesn’t belong to me — a library book or a friend’s book. That means I can’t highlight any of the important stuff I want to save. So what do I do? I use these handy little bookmarks, which slip painlessly over the page and point right at the line I want to remember. I also use them to divide hard-copy books into eighths when I’m studying their structure.