We've been watching an awful lot of TV< because suddenly there's an awful lot of new TV to watch. We're six episodes into the last season of Orange in the New Black, for example. Unfortunately, last night we watched three episodes of the new Netflix science-fiction series Another Life, which has a whopping 7% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which I would hazard to say is being generous. I suppose Katee Sanckoff and fond memories of Battlestar Galactica are meant to save this sad mess, but they can't even come close to making up for the shoddy sets, the unconvincingly CGI, blandly pretty twenty-something cast, and the utter absence of good direction, good acting, or any evidence that anyone bothered with a script. You just cannot make television this bad anymore. There's too much extraordinary TV to get away with it.
I'm on my third cup of coffee, and I'm still not awake.
"Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope." ~ Oscar Wilde
Oh! I almost forgot for like the fourth time, Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales got a good write-up in Booklist:
"Kiernan (Black Helicopters, 2018) takes inspiration from the atmospheric mood and geologic timescales of the Cthulhu Mythos, creating characters enmeshed in events well outside most human experience, whether by their own intention or not. She also brings her background in paleontology to tales of scholars finding unique—even impossible—fossils, whether in a coastal cliff face or a dusty museum cabinet. Some of the stories are set in the foggy New England coast that is so intimately associated with the Mythos; there is a brief appearance by someone who may have been Sherlock Holmes; one never-before-published story goes as far afield as the Martian frontier. What Kiernan has retained from the Cthulhu Mythos is a sense of vast, geologic time, transformations, and unknowable mysteries; what she has added to it are deftly drawn characters, a pleasing prose style, and a fantastic collection of settings. This will be a satisfying collection both for fans of Kiernan’s haunted prose and for readers interested in Lovecraftian updates."
And please have a look at Spooky's first puppet auction. It ends this afternoon!