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An update!

Not sure how this'll go due to a strange stuffiness in my head that's been making it hard to concentrate for the past week, but I'll deign to write a few sentences. (c: (Odd, isn't it, how I always feel most inclined to write when I'm least capable of coherent writing. Maybe it's because I'm even less able to focus enough to play video games. Anyway, whatever)

Books

So, since my last post about books, I've read

  • A Deepness In The Sky by Vernor Vinge
  • Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  • Brasyl by Ian McDonald
  • Last of the Wilds by Trudi Canavan
  • Voice of the Gods by Trudi Canavan
  • Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
and next up, starting tomorrow:
  • Rainbow's End by Vernor Vinge

I may (or may not) write a little more on them in the future, but suffice to say, I enjoyed reading all of those books, and recommend them. I hear that Orson Scott Card's books apparently go downhill a bit, but I figure I might as well keep on reading.

I'm also running out of space on my book shelf, but I can't stop myself buying new books (c:

Music(als)

So, recently I purchased DVDs for The Guild from Amazon, the ordering system of which craftily suggested that I also purchase Dr Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog. How could I not?

I did enjoy Dr Horrible when I watched it the first time on the net, but I do have to say I was a little put-out by the third act. However, time apart from it and now I enjoy it thoroughly. But! Even more awesome was the special features on the DVD (which you no doubt could find fairly easily on Youtube or whatever) including: Commentary! The Musical. It was nearly 40 minutes of more music, songs performed by the writers/actors playing exaggerated versions of themselves. Amusing lyrics and a fair variety of musical styles. Particular favourites included Nobody's Asian in the Movies performed by Maurissa Tancharoen, Heart, Broken, in which Joss Whedon sings of how stories get picked apart for the sake of DVD extras and tie-ins. Also, Neil's Turn has Neil Patrick Harris just being awesome.

Anyway, listening to it put me into this mood for musicals, and in particular I sought an old musical that my sister and I used to watch religiously until the VHS tape our grandmother had recorded it on broke. That musical is Into the Woods. And it's just as funny and awesome as I (vaguely, after 15, 20 years) remembered it to be.

It is a musical which combines several fairy-tales together, specifically Cinderella, Jack and Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood. It also links them with a story of a baker and his wife who have been cursed by a witch to never have children (because the baker's father once stole magic beans from her garden). However, she will lift the curse if they prepare a potion for her, which requires various ingredients ("the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold").

It's just such a funny, wonderful musical. If you haven't watched it before and have even any remote interest in musicals, I recommend you find the DVD of the original Broadway cast. Or you can borrow it. (c: (Once I receive my DVD sometime next week, anyway. I have to admit that I was impatient and watched it via.. other means first)

Anyway, time for sleeeeeeeep.

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sunshine95 From: sunshine95 Date: September 10th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC) (PemaLink)
Yay, Into the Woods!

We bought the Dr. Horrible DVD pretty much solely for the musical commentary, but we haven't had a chance to watch it yet.
alias_sqbr From: alias_sqbr Date: September 11th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC) (PemaLink)
Nobody's Asian in the Movies

*blinks*
*looks up on youtube*

So rather than casting any(*) Asian characters he just wrote a song about how nobody casts any Asian characters? That's very...something.

Anyway, I really must get around to watching "Into the woods", someone tried showing it to me years ago but it was a crappy copy and there were lots of loud kids around so I couldn't hear the words which kind of ruined it.

(*)Hyperbole. "Many significant" would be more accurate. I must admit I didn't notice the lack in Firefly until livewareissue went "Why are they all speaking incomprehensible Mandarin but there's NO CHINESE PEOPLE??"

Edited at 2009-09-11 01:23 am (UTC)
thanners From: thanners Date: September 11th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC) (PemaLink)
he just wrote a song about how nobody casts any Asian characters? That's very...something.
Heh, yeah. It is rather.. something. To be entirely correct, though, writing credit for that song goes to Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon.

I must admit I didn't notice the lack in Firefly until livewareissue went "Why are they all speaking incomprehensible Mandarin but there's NO CHINESE PEOPLE??"

Same, actually (c: I remember the Secret Asian Man video.
alias_sqbr From: alias_sqbr Date: September 11th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC) (PemaLink)
Heh, yes. They're there, they're just INVISIBLE :)
thanners From: thanners Date: September 11th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC) (PemaLink)
Also! Yes, you really need to get around to watching Into the Woods. Watching a crap copy with loud kids around doesn't do it justice.
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