January 29th, 2013

politics

Links I found interesting for 29-01-2013

torchwood

Torchwood, Series One (first part)

Next in line of my Doctor Who rewatch is the first ever Who spinoff to run for more than an episode. Well, it's better than K9 and Company in oh so many ways...


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The whole of Torchwood is a guilty pleasure for me; I like it much more than I probably should (though it's worth remarking that audience appreciation index ratings were generally in the mid-80s), and it was great fun watching these episodes again.

Next up comes the rest of this first series, also Catherine Tate's Who debut and the Sarah Jane pilot.

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earthsea

January Books 8) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch - this is the Capitol's way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion. Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. "Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there's nothing you can do.'
I had almost no expectations of this book except that I expected it would be a competent enough YA novel. It is better than I anticipated, a pretty ruthless indictment of reality television and game shows (nihil sub sole novum; The Goodies were satirising this king of thing in 1976) combined with a pretty strong socio-economic critique making it one of the most politically interesting sf books for the target audience that I have read for a while. It is also well written; although one has a fairly clear idea of how the books will end, there is enough tension and well-described imminent danger to keep the pages turning, and also by the last page there remains considerable emotional baggage to sort out. So I will probably get and read the next in the series.