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So, a brief recap in non-twitter style.

Books
I'm reading two Zombie books for our April 2nd Zombie Lit. Angels podcast. Zen of a Zombie and History is Dead. The first started out so great. The first half is all about the highly effective habits of zombies - stuff they do that make them great, and it's some of the funniest stuff I've read in a long time. The second half, I'm really not digging though. It's about how to apply those effective principles to your own life - a 90 day becoming more zombie-like guide, and it's either not as funny, or the jokes are just getting old by this point. Because of that, I'm having a hard time pushing through the last 20 pages or so, so I can just be done with it.

I also finally finished listening to the last of the Uglies/Pretties/Specials trilogy by Scott Westerfield. I really enjoyed the first two books, although there are definitely parts of them all where the YA-ness of the whole story bugged the crap out of me. But, the third book, I really started off disliking, and enjoyed it thoroughly by the time it was done. I think it put a nice wrap on the whole story. I know there's a fourth book with a new character called Extras, but I'm not quite ready to get it yet. I think I'm going to switch over to something more fun to listen to, something more...Steven Fry. The one big thing I disliked about listening to the Scott Westerfield stuff was the reader. She's got what I'm guessing is a French Canadian accent and a lot of her pronunciations were off-putting. But she does some really great voices, and the story is good, so I kept with them.

Events

shadowfell and I saw the Music as Weapon IV tour on Sunday. I really have half a mind to call up the Uptown Theater and tell them how poorly planned it was. There was a mass email stating the show started at 2pm, even though the tickets stated 7:30pm. We showed up around two - there were people waiting in line to get inside, and a bunch of people wandering the set-up area by the stage in the parking lot. There wasn't anything going on there, just a bunch of merch tents, a stage and a tattoo tent. It was free to get into the area, so we were pretty perplexed as to the whole ticketed show thing. We asked one of the Crowd Systems persons, and she told us the whole thing was over at 6pm. Well, that just didn't sound right. Eventually, with a little recon, we found out the outside/free part was over at 6pm, and doors opened at 7pm for the actual concert part inside. Yeah, except the Uptown has been really bad about 'doors open' for shows lately, and by the time we got inside, Lacuna Coil (who was the first band) was starting their last song. Not cool. Chimaira was pretty cool, or at least their newer music was. And Killswitch Engage was pretty awesome as usual.

Yesterday I went on a whirlwind (3pm to 3am) tour of Des Moines with duendegrrl and kakita_shisumo to see the Art of Bellydance/Bellydance Superstars show. It was awesome, although, I'm disppointed that they would go to Des Moines to a small theater that didn't even sell half the seats, when they could've come to Kansas City and sold-out (or near to it). Doesn't make sense to me.

This weekend, Matt and I will be doing a whirlwind (Sat aft./Sun. morning) trip to Rolla for CogCon. Not playing, just going to watch the wedding most likely. Picking up pie and coming home. Sunday evening I'll be going with the MIL and SIL to see Phantom of the Opera at the Music Hall. Our seats aren't as good as they've been in the past, but should still be fun.

Movies
Saw Watchmen finally. Liked it, although, there's some characters I really didn't like (and don't really understand why some people do), and some I liked more than I probably should have. Overall, I was really impressed with it as a movie (not necessarily a comic book movie - just a plain old movie). I know bits and pieces of the original story, as I've picked up Matt's trade from time to time, but I've never read it straight through. I might, now that I've seen the movie, but I'll be honest and say I'm not in any big hurry to do so while the movie is still fresh in my mind.

I also watched "Let the Right One In" the swedish vampire movie the other day. It was an interesting movie. I liked it for one main reason - it's not about the vampire. It's about the boy and I think they did a lot of things right in showing his life. It was nicely done, although badly dubbed, and I've heard it's also badly sub-titled. But I still think it's worth the watch.

There's a new Freddy movie in the works. I'm actually a little excited at the moment. The Nightmare series has always been one of my favs, and I think if it's done right, they can make it really frightening versus the cheesy horror thing they've done with some of the movies in the past. I'll definitely be interested to see who they cast as Freddy.

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naeko
Mar. 27th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
I literally JUST STARTED history is dead this morning for the last five minutes of work. I'm one story in.

I need to get off my ass and buy Let The Right One In- as usual, I hear everyone who read the book says it's better than the movie, so I want to go that route.
cherith
Mar. 27th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
I haven't been really impressed with the first few stories in History is Dead, but I'm hoping they get better.
shadowfell
Mar. 27th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
No! I is darkpriess now! (I sound more Sith-like everyday!)
cherith
Mar. 27th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
Haha. I fixed it. :)
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