I'm judgy that way

I'm supposed to be writing a novel, because clearly I'm insane and signed up for NaNoWriMo. Just as clearly I'm NOT writing a novel, I'm letting you know what I think about some stuff. But quickly, so I can get back to not writing that novel.

An Echo In The Bone, by Diana Gabaldon: I think she's trying to make up for the fact that she's been dragging the Outlander series on for SEVEN BOOKS NOW, and that the last two were kind of 'meh'. Because this one is full of action and plot and lots of juicy bits, and I was actually anxious for the characters a lot. But then she kind of tacked a plot device onto the end in very abbreviated fashion, something that could have been much more interesting and extended, and left another part completely hanging, which she's never done before. Usually she tidies everything up and leaves her characters poised on the edge of a brand new day. So if you hate cliffhangers, wait until the last one is out so you can keep reading.

President's Choice "Spelt with Red Pepper" side dish: I don't know what made me decide my family was lacking in spelt, but I bought this a while ago. Hubby finally cooked it this past week, and by 'cooked' I mean 'added the obscene amount of water as directed and then obsessed over how long it was taking to boil off, finally gave up and made Stove Top Stuffin''. It did, in fact, absorb all the water eventually and was pronounced as 'um, well, not bad'. I thought it was gross. If you are medically required to ingest more spelt, for some reason, then it would be tolerable, but when you're perfectly able to eat something more palatable (like Stove Top Stuffin'), I would recommend doing so. Sorry, PC, I normally like your stuff, I guess I just don't dig spelt.

The E.N.D., Black Eyed Peas: I keep waiting for this album to grow on me, but it's not, really, other than a few songs. Also, BEP has never had to 'grow on me' before, it just grabs and shakes. I'm saddened by this, but perhaps I'm just not their target market anymore?

Chic Gamine, Chic Gamine: This, on the other hand, has TOTALLY grown on me. It was released in 2008 but, they're Canadian so maybe not too many people have caught on yet? Anyway, beautiful vocals and happy music.

Relator, Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson: I thought, really? Scarlett Johansson? But this tune is endearing and her voice is sweet and bluesy. I haven't listened to the whole album yet (Break Up), so I can't pass judgement, summary or otherwise.

Wiped! (Life With a Pint Sized Dictator), by Rebecca Eckler: I'm probably late to the party on this one. I got it from my Mom, who got it from her cousin with the comment, "Keely's blog is much better."* Which, y'know, made me blush and mumble something demur-ish. I'm half way through it, and while I don't make any claims to be a better writer, I can kind of see what she meant. It's not exceptional - it says nothing regarding new motherhood that a thousand women haven't said before. It's, at best, mildly amusing. Also, it's hard to feel empathy for someone who has a full-time nanny and two months in Maui, y'know?

The 2009 Hallowe'en Event on City of Heroes: Every year my fave MMO has a 'Hallowe'en Event', which usually includes trick-or-treating for loot and badges. This year they added a zone event for more badges, which is cool. It's okay. I just wish they'd do something, y'know...spooky.

Help I'm Alive, Metric: Help, I can't get this song out of my head.

That is all. I got this 'summary judgement' idea from Becky at Suburban Matron. You should try one, it was very cathartic.