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Crusoe and other musings

So, while I've been sort of working this week, I've been catching up on Crusoe through Hulu.com. I'm loving Hulu because I can catch up on all the shows that I don't have time or DVR space for. Crusoe is one of those shows that has a lot of promise, and it's sad that it didn't get much time or attention. It's got 13 episodes, and the story arc through those episodes makes the whole show feel much more like it's a complete BBC type series, not the first season of a dead American TV show. Frequently the BBC film shows that just end after the first season/series, and Crusoe very much feels like it was done purposefully this way. NBC really didn't spend any money promoting this show, which is sad because it really decent.

Crusoe may not be the Robinson Crusoe story that was written by Daniel Defoe, but that doesn't make it unworthy of watching. There's pirates, beautiful scenery and a really decent plotline AND then there's Sam Neill and Sean Bean. And if you like the book, there are some parts that remain intact, if not exactly used the same way. If you're in the US (or can pretend to be) I recommend checking out Crusoe either through Hulu (available through the end of March) or the NBC website - until they cancel it for good. I haven't seen anything absolutely concrete that it's not coming back but I kind of hope it doesn't. One season is really all you need, and I think anything more than that would be repetitive and pretty boring.

Anyway. I liked it.

Also - a book review.
It's nice to see another author trying out the Urban Fantasy genre from a male perspective. Especially when we're talking about the fae - I felt while reading that it sort of gave it a more realistic feel, by integrating it into the main character's reality versus constantly having him point out how pretty/different/unreal they might be. My biggest disappointment was that the whole story really feels slow for the first half of the book. Things don't really get going - like the author doesn't really break into his stride until that point - but it's like a downhill run where things move along better and more swiftly after the halfway mark. And other than the male main character, I enjoyed some of the descriptions the author used throughout the story more than I enjoyed the story in some points. There were even a few that I went back and reread a few times because they really seemed to pull me further into the scene.

Fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden files will probably like this author though. And I know I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.
Though for some reason every time I try to think of the author's name I always think del Falco instead of del Franco. Don't know what that's about.

I'm trying to think ahead for later this year and what conventions I'll be attending either with Matt or for GamingAngels. Chances are I'll give up E3 so that I can go to both GenCon and PAX, although that schedule will be rough since they're about two weeks apart. I know PAX for certain, so I've got my media pass registered for.

ETA: I completely forgot I wanted to include this link: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/view-seven-highest-peaks-earth/6267
It's a bunch of photos from the highest points on the seven different continents. It says seven highest peaks, but those are all in the same place...so one from each continent. The shots are just beautiful. I'm not sure, but I think my favorite might be #5. Elbrus (Europe): 5,642 m (18,510 ft) from Russia. Although the ones from Kilimanjaro and Carstensz Pyramid (Australia) are also really breathtaking.