Archive for October, 2012

Book Review: Anna Dressed in Blood

Oct
30
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Anna Dressed in Blood Cover

Title: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1)

Author: Kendare Blake

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story…

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

My Review

I’m not big on scary book in the literal sense. I’m okay with most monsters, but thrillers are pretty much out. That generally includes ghost stories (I was that kid at 5th grade camp who actually believed in those and stayed up all night trying not to wet my pants every time the wind howled or a branch scratched the window). But with so many people recommending it to me, I knew I had to give it a try.

The thing I really appreciated about this book is that it’s spooky without being terrifying. What Anna does to people as a ghost is awful, but we get to see her in another light with Cas. Instead of being afraid for her, I felt sorry for her. She didn’t want to do those evil things, so I wanted to help her more than she scared me. It was enough to make me flip through the few gory bits that had my stomach turning, so I could read about the more fun stuff.

I will say that this book wasn’t the blow-me-away success that most other people seem to find it. It was a fun book, had a little bit of a scare, and I did like it. But at the same time, it falls squarely into the YA Paranormal category that I overdosed on this summer. The high-school romance with a supernatural creature thing still turns me off a little. For example: logistics. She’s a GHOST for crying out loud. Okay so obviously she’s corporeal some of the time, but how does Cas think this is ever going to work out in a good way? SHE TEARS PEOPLE IN HALF!!! Admittedly against her will, but still!

Putting all of my own personal problems aside, Anna Dressed in Blood was very well written and executed. If you’re looking for a fun Halloween scare, this is definitely the book for you!





Media Monday: Dark Shadows

Oct
29
1 COMMENT • This post is filed under: Media Monday

Dark Shadows movie posterTitle: Dark Shadows
Media Type: Feature Film
Director: Tim Burton
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Paranormal
Summary: [from IMDB]

An imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection.

My Review

You know how I say I rarely read reviews, because I don’t want my opinion to be colored by what other people are saying? Sometimes I really REALLY wish I did. Dark Shadows wasn’t just bad. It wasn’t even really bad. It was downright horrific, and not in a good way. All the reviews would have told me that too. Why, oh why am I so stubborn?!

Firstly, there seemed to be four or five different plots going on at once. Each character has some backstory and their own secrets, but they’re all jumbled together. Most of the characters tell their backstories in quick, voice-over flashbacks (aside from Barnabas, who gets a whole 5 minutes of introduction at the beginning). The effect is very disjointed, and definitely telling rather than showing. Some of the characters don’t even get a backstory. One character in particular revealed a large secret right in the middle of the final “battle” so to speak – and I hadn’t even known she had a secret in the first place! Without the build-up and expectation, the reveal lost its power, and felt rushed and unnecessary.

Then we had the characters – clicheed to the extreme, these characters could have been funny if done in a satirical way. Instead, all of the characters were played with a straight face, no laughing required. There was hardly time between all the information-giving segments that let us know who the characters were in the first place. Add to that the fact that the POV never seems to stay put long enough to give us a real narrator and I barely made it through the whole thing – the only thing keeping me going was knowing I wanted a Halloween-ish review for this week!

As horrible as I thought the film was, all the “mistakes” are pretty easy to understand. It’s hard to transform a TV show with a lot more time to devote to developing 4 or 5 story lines into a single coherent plot. My advice? Pick a narrator and stick to it! (I would pick Vicky – she has the added bonus of being an outsider looking in on the Collins family, plus she has her own secrets to discover.) Cut out all the useless bits of information that are only there to make your job easier. (SPOILER, highlight to read: For example, did we really need to know that Carolyn was a werewolf? Talk about Deus ex Machina!) If you’re really determined to get all those storylines in? Why not do really well at one or two of them, and then MAYBE you’ll get a sequel, so you can bring in the rest.

Bottom line: Tim Burton may be great at his animated, slightly weird films, but I wouldn’t advise you to touch this one with a 39 and a half foot pole.





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 17

Oct
28
5 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description and banner borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

This week has been FULL of ups and downs.

  • Monday I took the GRE. I only did so-so on the math, but I did fan-F***ING-tastic on the English, so I’m hoping that balances out.
  • Tuesday a very close friend of the family died. I’ve been good friends with his grandchildren for going on 8 years now, enough that I always called him Grandpa. Deaths are always very sad, of course, but this one was even sadder for being so sudden – just a few days before his stroke I saw him at church and we were laughing and joking as always. He will most definitely be missed.
  • Friday I finished basic training for my new job (only a few technical things to sort out left) so I can officially begin this week! YAY!
  • Saturday at the chocolate store was completely and utterly awful. Four large corporate orders came in on rush, my boss was in a terrible mood (and passing it along) and therefore refused to help with customers, and none of the machines were behaving right, so I had to make DOUBLE everything just to be sure I got enough that was actually sell-able. THREE MORE DAYS (if I could do math, I’d probably be counting the hours).
  • Nanowrimo starts this week! I was too busy with real life to prep the blog in time, so we’ll see how long I last before giving up (on the writing, not the blog.) If you would like to join me, track my progress, or yell at me for falling behind you can find my profile here. Now if only I had a better idea of what story I was writing…

 

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

GoodReaders’ Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next. Also includes stats for the Unbreaking the Shelves Challenge)

I went through my “Read” shelf this week and added a TON of sequels that I should have already had on my “series completion” list. So basically, this week is going to look like EPIC FAIL but I figure they were technically on that list already, right? I just didn’t know it.
Read:
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Storm by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

Currently Reading:

  • Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (still)
  • Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Unbreaking the Shelves stats:

Get my “Embarrassed I haven’t read yet” shelf under 45.

  • Beginning total: 65
  • As of 10/28: 59 (WOOOT! Under 60!)

Keep my to-read-now list as close to 250 as possible. Expert level: bring it down to 235.

  • Beginning total: 253
  • As of 10/28: 265

Added:

Too many to list. Plus I’m lazy, and they’re all sequels to something I’ve already talked about.

Read 15 books off of my Series Completion list

Series Completion
4/15

EXPERT LEVEL: Read a total of 57 books from the TBR list (overshooting my original GR year goal by 25)

Total Books
17/57





One Sentence Reviews: YA fantasy edition

Oct
25
1 COMMENT • This post is filed under: Book Review

Once again I find myself with a backlog of reviews. I really must learn to force myself to write the reviews right away! Instead of spending HOURS slogging through these reviews (we’re talking 20+ reviews to write!) here are a few of them in a 1-2 sentences.

The Magnolia League Cover

The Magnolia League

A little clichéed but fun read with lots of Southern flavor. I’m curious about what happens next, but not enough to pick up the next book right away.

 

 

 

The Floating Islands Cover

 

The Floating Islands

Gorgeous high fantasy with magic, court intrigue and wonderful relationships between characters. I wish there was more than one book!

 

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side Cover

 

 

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

Light-ish vampire romance with little substance, BUT a lot more faithful to the original vampire lore, which I really appreciated.
 

Magic or Madness Cover

 

Magic or Madness

A lot harder to get into than I thought it would be! Once I did get into it, it was a fun read, but not fabulous – the Chrestomanci series did much the same thing, only better.





Book Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Oct
24
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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Cover Title: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy #1)

Author: N.K. Jemisin

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together.

My Review

Have you ever read a book, put it down when you’re finished and said “woah… what the f*ck did I just read?” That was this book for me. Not that I didn’t like it. It was a beautiful work of art, in a way. But I am still reeling and confused from it.

One of the things The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms does really well is world-building. The world is made up of several distinct and complex cultures. These cultures have a very unique mythology that isn’t based on any recognizable human religion, or maybe it’s based on ALL of them at once. And in this world, instead of seeing the gods at a distance, we get an up close and personal look at how the beliefs held by practitioners of a religion might affect a god. Plus there’s the added bonus of what one might be able to do with a god if he has an actual body (read: sexy times with the god of chaos! Not such a good idea actually, but hey, whatever makes your boat float, right?)

But gods and religion are only one facet of this incredible tale. The driving force of the story is the battle between the heirs for the throne. The intrigues reminded me a little of an adult version of Throne of Glass only instead of using their own skills, they use their gods to do their bidding.

My main problem with the book was the sheer amount of detail about the world to remember. There wasn’t a whole lot of wriggle room for my imagination, plus, the scale of the work made it difficult for me to hold the whole thing in my head. I guess I’ve been reading YA too much, because I’m out of practice at this whole high fantasy thing! As I put the book down I felt remarkably similar to the way I do when I’m leaving an art museum: Like I’ve seen something overwhelmingly beautiful that I just don’t quite understand, so I’m wandering around thinking “…what the *bleeeeep*…?”

 





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 16

Oct
21
5 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description and banner borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

  • The blog was on hiatus this week so I had more time to study. BUT there was so much awesome going around this week that I want to share!

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I said I needed ALL THE LUCK? Whatever you did – THANK YOU! It worked and I have big news!

I GOT A NEW JOB!!!

The university library where I’ve been volunteering for the last 9 months put in a grant proposal a few months ago to see if they could bring me on as a part time cataloger for a special project. Nobody figured it would get much of anywhere, because the higher-ups are all very strict about only hiring work-study students for the library (which frustrates the permanent staffers to no end because it means they don’t always get to hire the person best suited for the job). When I asked for luck a few weeks ago, I had just found out that it had made it through all the levels of approval in the library, and was headed to the provost’s office (which is both the most and least likely place it would get vetoed). Well, this week we found out it went through and they offered me a job!

Essentially I will be spending my time cataloging a HUGE room full of backlogged LPs (Long-play records, for those who might not remember what LPs are). It’s a daunting task, and they honestly don’t expect me to finish before I go away to grad school next fall. Clearly they don’t know me and my “get ALL THE THINGS done” kind of attitude =P I get my own little “office” – one corner of the room where I can set up however I want, and I can essentially set my own hours, up to 30 a week. And the best part? I get to QUIT my job at the chocolate shop! I am so incredibly excited for this job I CAN’T EVEN… *flails and squeals wildly*

*remembers I’m taking a test tomorrow and sobers up REAL fast* On the other hand… if anyone has any luck left? :)

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

  • Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) is still doing her blogiversary bash. I seriously have the biggest blogger crush on her right now, because I think I marked almost ALL of her posts this week to share. If you don’t have time for all that here are some highlights: Alexa’s guest post, Reading Changes Lives and a discussion on Book Blogging and Real Life.
  • Amanda (On a Book Bender) and Kristilyn also interviewed each other this week! If you like to stalk them like I do you’ll definitely want to read these! Amanda’s is here and Kristilyn’s is here. And seriously, if you don’t like to stalk them WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU???
  • Smash (Smash Attack Reads) confessed to having book anxiety every time she chooses what to read next. I do the EXACT SAME THING. For me, it’s the fact that by choosing to read one of the books I am by default NOT choosing another. That makes choosing difficult because I want to read ALL OF THEM right now!
  • Celine (Nyx Book Reviews) discussed a hot-button issue in her post Three Common Misconceptions about Piracy. As a musician I’m not sure I agree with all of the points she makes. But as a consumer I do. What can I say, I’m a conflicted person!
  • Danny (Bewitched Bookworms) wrote a great post about not getting burned out on blogging. I know I’ve linked to a lot of this kind of post, but I have to keep reminding myself of everything she’s saying – The biggest pressure to blogging is my own creation!

GoodReaders’ Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next. Also includes stats for the Unbreaking the Shelves Challenge)

Read:
  • The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – Need. House. Of. Hades! NOW!
  • What a Guy Wants by Nyrae Dawn – Cute but not quite as good as I was hoping.
  • Red Glove by Holly Black – OMFG what? SO CONFUSED! But in a good way!

Currently Reading:

  • Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (still)
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Unbreaking the Shelves stats:

Get my “Embarrassed I haven’t read yet” shelf under 45.

  • Beginning total: 65
  • As of 10/21: 61

Keep my to-read-now list as close to 250 as possible. Expert level: bring it down to 235. [Edit: I AM NOT FAILING! I was just failing at remembering to take them off the “to-read-now” list when I had actually read them. So I feel like an idiot, but I’m not actually failing that badly! YAY!]

  • Beginning total: 253
  • As of 10/14: 257

Added:

  • The Industry by Rose Foster (to-read-now)
  • Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce (to-read-now)

Read 15 books off of my Series Completion list

Series Completion
4/15

EXPERT LEVEL: Read a total of 57 books from the TBR list (overshooting my original GR year goal by 25)

Total Books
14/57





Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge 15

Oct
14
6 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Clock Rewinders

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Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge is where Tara @ 25 Hour Books and Amanda @ On a Book Bender shamelessly plug each other, share the fantastic posts, giveaways, or whatever else we’ve found and loved by other awesome bloggers (or authors!) during the week, and talk about the books we plan on reading in the coming week. [Description and banner borrowed from On a Book Bender]

The Corner Newsstand
(This week on Creativity’s Corner)

Behind the Desk
(My life behind the scenes)

  • I am taking the GRE a week from tomorrow *cue major flaily freak-out.* I’ve had a stress headache for the past four days straight from all the cramming. As such, I’ve decided to take a week off from posting so I have more time to study! Since I haven’t taken a math class in over 6 years, I’m gonna need it.
  • MY NOOK WORKS! Well, okay, only if it’s plugged in, and if you cross every finger, spin counter-clockwise three times and knock on wood first. I’m still looking into it, but at least I can read on it SOME.

Around the Corner
(Blog posts I found awesome since the last post)

GoodReaders’ Digest
(Books I’ve read in the past week and books I plan to read next. Also includes stats for the Unbreaking the Shelves Challenge)

Read:
  • Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (I bought Mark of Athena and I figured I’d better remind myself what happened before I started it.)
  • I also DNF-ed Warped by Maurissa Guibord. I set it down over a week ago and didn’t feel the need to pick it back up. As this is the SECOND time I’ve gotten it out of the library (the first, I turned it in without even reading the first page) I decided it really was time to give up.

Currently Reading:

  • Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett (still)
  • What a Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn
  • The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Unbreaking the Shelves stats:

Get my “Embarrassed I haven’t read yet” shelf under 45.

  • Beginning total: 65
  • As of 10/14: still 62

Keep my to-read-now list as close to 250 as possible. Expert level: bring it down to 235. [Edit: I am so failing at this one :( ]

  • Beginning total: 253
  • As of 10/14: 260

Added:

  • Velveteen by Daniel Marks (to-read-now)
  • Nameless by Lili St. Crow (to-read-now)

Read 15 books off of my Series Completion list

Series Completion
2/15

EXPERT LEVEL: Read a total of 57 books from the TBR list (overshooting my original GR year goal by 25)

Total Books
11/57





Book Review: Obsidian

Oct
09
3 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Book Review

Obsidian Cover

Title: Obsidian (Lux #1)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Summary: [from GoodReads]

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

My Review

From the number of people talking about this book everywhere I turned, I would swear it was officially declared THE book of summer 2012. Everyone and their cat thought Daemon was the greatest thing since sliced bread and gushed about Katy being a book blogger. With a myriad of recommendations like that I could hardly pass it up, now could I?

If I had written this review immediately after reading the book, it would be a very different review. I agree with pretty much everyone – the book is good. I got a little thrill of joy every time I recognized a blogger thing and I swooned over Daemon and his game of hard-to-get. But after a few steps back and at a remove of a few weeks? This seems an awful lot like a retelling of Twilight. And even after a few years to think on it I don’t have a strong opinion either way on that one.

Admittedly, some of the things I disliked about Twilight are much better, or not there, in Obsidian. Katy is much more take-charge than Bella ever was, though Daemon is just as determined as Edward that she’s a helpless girl who can’t defend herself. There isn’t a love triangle, which automatically eliminates the frustration at the obvious better choice never eve having a chance (to be clear – I am neither Team Jacob or Edward, because I don’t particularly like Edward, and I have a hard time ‘shipping anti-canon).

At the same time I have a few problems that I’m not sure will ever get resolved. The biggest one is the Lux’s story – why would they choose earth, what did they do to their enemies and how the heck are they able to stay so peaceful? I don’t exactly believe the few answers Daemon gave, but I’m afraid that’s all we’re going to get.

That all makes it sound like I didn’t enjoy the book, but while I was reading it, I really did. It’s just now that my cynical mind has had time to think… well, the shine has gone away and it’s just good, but not great. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a fluffy, fun, short-ish read, this should be perfect!





An open letter to friends of the blog

Oct
09
11 COMMENTS • This post is filed under: Blog Nuts and Bolts

I Heart YOU

Dear you,

Have I told you lately how awesome you are? Let me explain.

No… there is too much. Let me sum up.

Last week, Alissa from The Grammarian’s Reviews wrote a post about blogging coming in contact with her personal life. It was a great post about being shy talking about what we do to “real people.” Her whole point was that we shouldn’t be shy – we should be proud of what we’ve done, because heck! Running a website takes lots of work! But what it got me to think about most is the differences between people in my real life, and all of you in the blogging community. I don’t know why I never thought about the two groups in that way, but the conclusions I came to were real eye-openers. The big one? I don’t appreciate you guys enough.

A lot of us grew up much the same way as I did – the ONLY avid reader in the class, always stereotyped as the nerd etc. etc. It wasn’t that fun. Luckily when I got to college I fell into a community of readers entirely by accident. It was great for a little while, because I could always get a recommendation from somebody if I didn’t have anything to read next. We occasionally even discussed what we were reading, if we managed to read the same thing at the same time (which was rare). The biggest difference between those discussions and the blogging community, though, was that most of my friends in that community were extremely strong willed, and more often than not, we got into arguments over the books we were discussing. After a while I found my opinions on the books we ended up reading together would be completely colored by the other person’s opinions, because I didn’t want to get into an argument.

Even though it’s not what I intended to do when I started this blog, I have found myself an all new set of friends. I can be having the worst day ever and receive a comment that will turn the entire day around. I get a little nervous but mostly excited every time I have a post going up, just because I can’t wait to see what the response they’ll get. I haven’t met any of you, and have never even heard most of your voices, but I miss you when I don’t spend enough time on Twitter hanging out. Some days my entire day is made by reading a post that makes me laugh, or cry, or even just FEEL something after being way overwhelmed with everything else for the day. And some days I take that just a little too much for granted.

I’ll admit I’m terrible at commenting. I rarely comment on reviews for various reasons, even though I should. I save posts to “comment on later” and then by the time I get to it, I feel like it’s way past the imaginary expiration date. And sometimes I’m just kind of intimidated, especially if it’s a blog I’m new to, or somebody with a big presence or personality. I know I shouldn’t feel this way, and I feel incredibly guilty for not showing my appreciation. It’s there, I promise.

Recently, though, I’ve even been falling down on replying to comments here on my own blog. I love every single comment – they all make me smile. Sadly I have so much to do that I have been telling myself “oh I’ll go and do a bunch at once!” so that I don’t stop whatever I’m doing and get distracted (trust me – once I get started doing the things I don’t want to, I have to FORCE myself to keep going) and then it just keeps getting put off. I’m trying to train myself out of that, but it’s taking time.

All of that long rambling-ness to basically say that I love the blogging community SO MUCH! You guys are an integral part of my life, and I want you to know that, because I’m not good at saying it.

I love YOU!

Anne





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Image belongs to BBC

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SEASON 7 OF DOCTOR WHO.

You know what I love about television? Television is a way to extend a single story and make it last a really long time (even if you watch several seasons in a row years after the show went off the air, which I have been known to do). Because of this, there are certain kinds of television I just don’t like – reality TV shows are pretty much out, and most of the current craze of crime/cop dramas aren’t all that interesting to me either.

Every once in a while a really great show will come out that is actually concerned with the long arc. The writers have clearly planned out through at least the first season, and because they know where it’s going they thread the big arc through every single episode, even if it isn’t the main focus.

One of my favorite shows that does this isDoctor Who. I didn’t notice it at first – I was hooked enough on the time-travel idea that I made it to the end of the first season. And then they brought out the big guns – “Bad Wolf.” I hadn’t noticed it as I was watching, but HOLY CRAP they had a meme (for lack of a better word) throughout the entire season because they knew EXACTLY where the whole thing was going. My mind was blown – I hadn’t seen a long arc that good in a VERY long time!

Obviously, I’ve continued watching, and I have to admit, some seasons are better than others at the long-arc kind of thing. My personal favorite is season 5 and the crack in the wall. They did an amazing job at weaving the crack into every episode. They even made it affect the ones that weren’t related – the vampires in Venice came through one of the cracks, but there’s not another mention of the cracks anywhere in the episode! And! They hid a tiny little easter egg for those of us paying attention in an episode halfway through the season that was VERY IMPORTANT to the big season-long arc.

Then, at the end of the 5th season, I fell in love even more (if that’s possible) because they made it sound like they were going to make the arc EVEN BIGGER! They left tons of questions about why the events of season 5 happened, who made them happen, and most importantly, why the Ponds were so important. And now? The Ponds have left, their arc over, and of the questions we were left with at the end of their first season only ONE has been answered, and that one not particularly well in my mind.

Wait, what? You set up these questions, and then DIDN’T ANSWER THEM??? Why? You could have made the second, or even third Pond season arc about answering those questions (the third if you feel you MUST do the thing with River Song – while all the episodes this fall were okay, they were about on the level of a one-off special and didn’t DO anything important). And if you were never going to answer them, then why draw attention to them in the first place?

You see why I’m frustrated?

I will keep watching. A tiny part of me hopes that they gave up on the Pond story to make room for a much MORE epic storyline that I will love more. A larger part of me hopes that they’ll go back and answer the questions eventually anyway, doing with Amy and Rory what they did with Rose. But unfortunately, this is big-strike one. Too many more strikes, and I may have to say good-bye to my favorite TV show.





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