Jan. 14th, 2012

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Television:
1. Avatar: The Last Airbender
2. Breaking Bad
3. Firefly

Books:
1. Hyperion, Dan Simmons
2. The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle
3. A Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin
4. Delphi and Olympia, Michael Scott.

As usual, I am late to all of these parties, but whatever. I've babbled to everyone about how much I loved Avatar, so I won't do it again, but seriously, watch it. Breaking Bad I recommend to anyone that liked the Wire. They're similar in that they both involve drugs, are popular dramas, and have very tightly crafted first two seasons.* Maybe not that similar, but might appeal to the same people. But doesn't everyone like the Wire? I love how ugly everything in Breaking Bad is, except for maybe Jesse Pinkman's perfect teeth. I'd never noticed anyone's teeth in a positive way before, so they must be special. The third season has some of the best episodes, but also one of the worst filler episodes I've ever seen in anything. Not as good overall. People seem to have been nuts about the fourth season; I'll see it when it winds up on Netflix.

It took me multiple tries over seven years or whatever to get into Firefly--I usually don't care about things in space,** so I had to like Buffy first and approach it from that angle. It was fun and it's too bad it didn't get a second season. I still think Serenity sucked. It didn't do it for me either as an ending for Firefly or a regular action movie.

Books are not in order of preference. Song of Ice and Fire gobbled up my summer reading. I think by the end of Storm of Swords I desperately wanted to read something else, but couldn't stop until I finished the series. I really hope GRRM kills off some of my favorite characters in the next book. Hyperion I loved, and it reminded me vaguely of Fifth Head of Cerberus, which is maybe my favorite book. If I've spoken to you in the last month, I probably recommended it. The Last Unicorn is just so beautiful it makes me cry, especially the bit about books written by rabbits. Delphi and Olympia is a work book. The premise: buildings at Panhellenic sanctuaries are in competition with each other. This sounds very obvious, but "spatial politics" is now how I solve all of my seminar papers.

Honorable mentions: Game of Thrones (some of the writing is lazy), the Chrestomanci books (Diana Wynne Jones, a reread, so doesn't count), Atonement (Ian McEwan), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins). Atonement I did not expect to like but did. The Hunger Games I expected to like more than I did, but suspect I would have loved it in middle school. Battle Royale does it better.

*The Wire had four practically flawless seasons, but whatever. My favorite is the second--when we were divvying up the DVDs, Dan and I both tried to trick the other into taking the first season to keep the second for ourselves. I wound up with both.

**I still haven't found a way to like Battlestar Galactica.

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