Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima

I couldn't go one chapter in this book without at some point putting the book down to think about how beautiful it was. There are so many perfectly captured moments of beauty, describing both nature and humanity alike, that it's difficult to express how impressive reading this was to me. The only compare for beautiful …

Fargo season 3

I finished this on my long plane rides too and from Singapore these past weeks, and enjoyed it quite a lot. I could not get into season 2, and gave up about halfway through and had no plans to watch this season until a co worker highly recommended it. I'm glad I gave it a …

Solaris (film)

I watched this, partially on the plane and partially after arriving, and my first thoughts were 'they sure don't make movies like this anymore' and 'music is very overused in modern movies'. This was a very slow, quiet, and subtle movie. There were lots of long, silent shots of scenery, and of characters looking at …

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood: greed kills

I really enjoyed this novel. Yes, it's kind of a tired and overdone subject, but it was executed very well, with a lot of new elements. In the very near future, the world is dominated by corporations, who's privileged employees and their families live in compounds isolated from the 'plebelands' where the regular poor folks …

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

I found myself inspired by the end of this book. The final sentence really wraps it up, and I liked the color it gave to all the preceding (and proceeding?) stories. It's not really a spoiler, but it goes something like this: "Your efforts will be nothing but a drop in the ocean!" "What is …

The Night Manager, E01: weird sex and violent Arabs.

I haven't watched any new TV in a while, and was attracted to this one by Hugh Laurie, and also that it was written by John Lecarre--who, although I've never read him, has had many good movies based on his books. I guess I'll say spoilers, but the episodes have aired weeks ago by now, …

Doctor Who Writes this stuff?

I've been catching up on Doctor Who. I hadn't seen any of the Peter Capaldi episodes, and just finished season 8. I don't know if I'm getting older, or the show is going downhill... but, way too many of the episodes in that season were kind of lame. It seemed to be a recurring theme …