1. I once considered doing a blog where I'd post about events from fictions set in the future, on the dates they supposedly occurred. If I'd done it, there would have been a post due last Monday for Marty McFly's visit to the future in Back to the Future part II
. If you've noticed it's taken me almost a week to mention this, you've discovered one of the reasons I decided not to go ahead with the blog. [ETA: And if you've noticed that I have no idea when Back to the Future part II
is set, and will believe any munchkin with a doctored screencap without checking a reliable source as backup, you've discovered another
2. I've now read two novels on the Kobo. I'm finding it quite a comfortable reading experience, although I'm still having a bit of trouble with the page-turning. It's a touch-screen device, so instead of there being a Turn Page button, you tap on the screen, and it moves forward a page -- except when it moves forward two pages, or decides you really wanted a dictionary definition of the word nearest where you tapped.
One of the small but satisfying features is a result of the e-ink display, which only uses power when it is being changed. That means that when you switch the device off, the display doesn't have to go blank; displaying an appropriate image uses no more power. If you switch the device off while you're part way through a book, it displays the book's cover.
3. One of the two novels was A Little Princess
, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of The Secret Garden
. It's got some really nice scenes, mostly those featuring the protagonist's interactions with her various and sometimes-unlikely friends, but I think on the whole I prefer The Secret Garden
. The latter book also has really nice scenes featuring a protagonist interacting with various and sometimes-unlikely friends, and in addition it has the exploration of an interesting setting, and an ending that doesn't rely on a huge and improbable coincidence.
4. Mark Reads Tortall
is coming to the end of the Immortals Quartet. I had been undecided about whether I would follow on when Mark got to the Tortall novels I've never read before, but since Tamora Pierce is coming to Swancon next year it seems like a good idea to continue. Anyway, it appears I'm already into the novels I've never read before: book four of the Immortals Quartet has been completely unfamiliar apart from the cover illustration, and I've got a strong suspicion I never actually got around to reading it the first time I read the series.
(Mark is also reading Mira Grant's Newsflesh trilogy, and watching Friday Night Lights
, The West Wing
, Dead Like Me
, and Stargate SG-1
. He keeps busy.)
5. A confluence of circumstances recently led me to ponder the idea of a crossover between Sherlock
and Global Frequency
. I came to two conclusions: First, and almost immediately, that Mycroft would not be out of place as one of the shady government figures who cause the messes that the Global Frequency Rescue Organization exists to clean up; and second, that if there is any of the regulars whom I would not be surprised to learn was on the Frequency, it's Molly.
(I'm not sure they'd want Sherlock, despite his talents, and I'm pretty confident he wouldn't want to be part of any hierarchy he wasn't at the top of. John knows how to take orders, but now that he's found his place by Sherlock they've got nothing he wants -- though having put it that way, it's interesting to speculate about what might have happened if they'd found him before Sherlock.)