Loving – That I got to spend some time with all of my nieces and nephews recently.
Reading – A Talent for War by Jack McDevitt – This is the first of Alex Benedict books, the rest of which I have read. I really enjoy these. McDevitt is an excellent writer and he winds the necessary “historical facts” into the story without it becoming a boring pile of info. This is the only book told from the viewpoint of Alex himself, from the next book the narration is handed over to Chase Kolpath his pilot and partner. It’s interesting to see her character introduced when you already feel you know her well. These books are pure sci-fi of the future and I like McDevitt’s vision.
Listening To – Inheritance by Christopher Paolini – This is the final book in the Inheritance Cycle and I’ve saved it as my reward for completing NaNoWriMo. I’ll do a full review once I am done. Other recent books I’ve listened to are Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich (read by the always fabulous Audible Narrator of the Year – Lorelei King) and The Beasts of Clawston by Eva Ibbotson (read by David Tennant). Reviews of these will be done soon.
Watching – Fright Night. I have two confessions here. The first is that I have never seen the original so I have no idea how close this version is. However the screenplay was by Marti Noxon so you just can’t go wrong. The second is that the real reason I watched it is because of David Tennant. I love David Tennant who is strangely sexy. He is delightfully campy as the Magician Vincent Price and it’s worth watching just to see him prancing about in his leather pants and coat (I want that coat by the way). It’s clear he was having fun. Colin Farrell is disturblingly convincing as the Vampire. Has anyone actually seen him out during the day? Anyone? Anton Yelstin and Toni Collett were fantastic as always but I suspect the roles weren’t much of stretch for them. Not that every role needs to involve an oscar worthy performance, sometimes it’s just fun. The movie ended differently than I expected, in a good way, but I’m not going to reveal that here.
Buying – Clothes. Despite deciding not to buy any clothes yet I went shopping with my mother a bought a couple of very cute tops in cobalt blue and burnt orange – a colour I’ve never worn before.
Planning – Jobs to do over the summer holidays. You know, cleaning out the storage room, that kind of thing. The list seems to be growing.
Looking forward to – It looks like there will be two overseas trips next week (not including if I travel for work). I’m going to NY/Washington/Seoul in August. I’ll also be going to New Zealand at some stage using the free tickets from Qantas but we haven’t worked out when yet. I’m pretty excited as I’ve not been to any of these places before.