strange_complex: (Chrestomanci slacking in style)
This is normally the time of year when I look back over the books, films and TV which I have consumed over the past twelve months. Previous posts in this series can be found at the following links: 2009, 2008 and 2007.

Unfortunately this year I am at a bit of a disadvantage in looking back over the books I have read in particular, as I have completely failed to keep on top of reviewing them. I knew I'd got behind, but have just looked at my books read 2010 tag, and it turns out that I have only actually managed to review three books this year, with the most recent written up in February. I am also behind by one film review and two Doctor Who reviews - although in both of those cases that represents a much smaller proportion of the total. I've been actively focusing on clearing the backlog of film reviews during December (I managed six - not bad), and was going to get on to the books and Doctor Who after that, but never quite made it.

Nevertheless, I am going to write up an overview post now anyway, in keeping with my normal practice, even though not everything I'll be looking back over has actually been written up here yet. And I do want to get on top of the unreviewed material, so that is a little goal which I am setting myself for January - try to write up my unwritten book, film and Doctor Who reviews for 2010, while doing my utmost to avoid accruing any more. And maybe also learn to write shorter reviews, so that this doesn't happen again in the future. Although I do believe that I resolve something of the sort around this time every single year, and I never manage it - so I may as well just accept the status quo.

Books )

Films )

Doctor Who )

Other television )

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strange_complex: (Tonino reading)
2009 was my third year of reviewing all of the (non-work-related) books I read and films I watched here in my journal, and my second year of also doing the same for Classic episodes of Doctor Who. My overviews of 2007 and 2008 are at the links, and the same for 2009 follows below.

Books )

Films )

Doctor Who )

Other telefantasy )

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On the box

Tuesday, 11 August 2009 22:09
strange_complex: (ITV digital Monkey popcorn)
This evening, the Sci-Fi channel aired the final episode of season one of Dollhouse, the latest offering from Joss Whedon. It's been a busy old time for good TV lately, with new episodes of Dollhouse, House and True Blood airing every week, and I'm here to note down a few thoughts about each of them.

House )

True Blood )

Dollhouse )

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GIP

Sunday, 4 March 2007 13:05
strange_complex: (Pompeii sundial)
I've been filling in the latest two icon slots that LJ has bestowed on permanent users. Now at last I have an icon about time - and it manages to combine Apollo, Pompeii and a line from one of my favourite Siouxsie and the Banshees tracks as well, all in one big cross-overy love-fest! Hooray.

I do wish I'd bothered to go out and look at the lunar eclipse last night, now I've seen everyone's photos of it this morning. I was vaguely aware of it, but didn't quite register that it was actually going to be a total eclipse, at a perfectly civilised hour of the evening. Oh well - your photos were good, anyway, all of you.

This morning I saw the episode of Angel from season five where just in case... and there are House spoilers under here, too )

Right. Now I am going to spend the rest of the day catching up with my Italian. We're supposed to hand in homework every couple of weeks, but I think I've done so about twice so far over the whole course. Bad Penny!

strange_complex: (Fred Astaire flying)
Last night I attended the joint birthday party of [livejournal.com profile] my_mundane_life and [livejournal.com profile] byrnsey_b, held in the Errigle Inn. We had lots of dancing, to a pretty surreal set of music: everything from Rage Against the Machine to Bananarama. And I got the chance to take the dark purple shiny dress I bought recently at the Rusty Zip on its maiden outing. Thanks to both [livejournal.com profile] my_mundane_life and [livejournal.com profile] byrnsey_b for a lovely evening!

When I got home, I wasn't quite ready to go to sleep, so I watched the pilot episode of House, M.D., which I'd taped from Channel 5 while I was out. I thought it was OK, and will give it a few more episodes, but I didn't think it was as wonderful as some people on communities such as [livejournal.com profile] indeedsir had given me to expect. The characters all seem a bit two-dimensional at the moment. Still, they're only just being established at the moment, so we'll see.

Today, I have awarded myself a day off work, because of being out last night and also because I've had a cold all week and could really do with some recuperation time. I've spent it so far Making Icons, and very enjoyable it is too. You can expect large numbers of Gratuitous Icon Posts (a bit like this one!) over the next few weeks.

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