July 21st, 2008


Where's Waldo, Part Two

More interesting and exciting things are on tap for this week! I think tonight (Monday) might be my only chance for a quiet night at home.

+ Tuesday is Spaced on DVD release day. Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes and Edgar Wright will be on hand to sign copies at the Virgin Megastore on 14th Street and Broadway. The event starts at 5 PM, and though it would be smart of me to show up before then, I'm not sure I'll be able to. I really, really want to go, but in terms of money spent and time lost, it's tough to justify. If you want to meet up there with me, it might help me commit. Especially if you're cute.

+ Wednesday night is the Shirley Jackson Awards benefit reading at the KGB Bar, starring F. Brett Cox, Jeffrey Ford, Jack Ketchum, Carrie Laben, John Langan, Sarah Langan, Peter Straub, David Wellington and Jack Womack. Word on the street is that mssrcrankypants, unnamed_horror and pgtremblay will be there too. It starts at 7 PM, admission is $5, and it all goes to the SJA.

+ Thursday night, believe it or not, I return to the KGB Bar for a reading celebrating the 10th anniversary of a literary magazine called The First Line. Friend and fellow Who Wants Cake member M.M. DeVoe is reading, as is more recent acquaintance Mary Robinette Kowal. This one starts at 7 PM too, and I think admission is free.

+ Friday I take off for Garden City, L.I. for a dear friend's wedding weekend.

Perhaps I will see you at one, some, or all of these!


While I was away, Fear Zone ran my review of Thomas Pendleton's novel Mason, which you can check out here if you're so inclined. I quite liked this one and wound up recommending it for a Bram Stoker Award.

Doctor Who: "Turn Left"

What a weird episode -- and I really, really liked it!

Ever since season two's "Love & Monsters," each season thereafter has had an episode that the Doctor is hardly in, and "Turn Left" is season four's contribution to the tradition. I thought it was a great "what if?" story with moments of real emotion and smart series continuity -- even if the giant, time-eating insect was a cockamamy and unconvincing plot device. But the whole thing was a set-up for the season finale anyway, so that's all right.

I don't know what's up with Very Special Guest Star, except that it seems like her teeth have grown too big for her mouth and she has to speak around them now like she's got marbles in her mouth. However, that final scene where Donna relates the two words to the Doctor made me all tingly!