Showing posts from May, 2012

Lots of Merlin

Current Reads: Otherland Vol. 3: Mountain of Black Glass by Tad Williams                         Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich Current Writing Projects: Thesis work, focusing on the introduction for the next few weeks The first bit of news I want to share is this: SOMEDAY , that mysterious series-opening novel I mentioned in my first post on this blog, has reached the end of its first full draft. This has been an effort three years in the making, and it is far from over (I imagine at least two more drafts will be necessary). However, in a sort of celebratory mood, I am planning on going through a massive reading list of Arthurian books, some old friends and some new ones recommended by people I know over the years. Here is my starting list: The History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth (the relevant parts anyway) Le Morte D'Arthur by Thomas Malory The Idylls of the King by Lord Tennyson The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper The Crystal Cave by M

Shallow Villainy Does not a Good Story Make

Current Reads:  Orsinian Tales by Ursula K. Le Guin                          Attack of the Copula Spiders by Douglas Glover                          Sabriel by Garth Nix Current writing projects: Same as last time This weekend I watched the film The Legend of Zorro  with Antonio Banderas for the first time. I have not seen the first film with Banderas as Zorro, but I enjoyed watching the old black-and-white Disney series Zorro  in reruns when I was a kid and I thought I would give this newer version of Zorro a try. What I found was unsurprisingly a fun action movie with lots of sword fighting and acrobatics and a decent storyline. My issue with the film was its secondary villain, the one who opens the film: Jacob McGivens (whose name I had to look up because I don't ever remember hearing it in the film itself). This man appears at the start of the film with a brand of a cross scarred into his face and shouting that he is there to "Do the Lord's work," a