Friday, August 17, 2012


It premieres Sunday night on BBCAmerica!

Will you be watching?

View the longer trailer here. Looks like things could get pretty dark and nasty, which I confess puts me off just a little*, but I'm really looking forward to seeing how they handle 1860s forensics.

*Not sure why I'm put off. I loved the dark and nasty of THE WIRE. Why should I expect a 19th century crime show to be prim and proper? Why should I be bothered by a detective who isn't exactly cerebral and celibate? This isn't Sherlock Holmes. In fact, it looks a heck of a lot more like Gangs of New York. Maybe that's what's bothering me?

[Cross-posted at Livejournal]

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Home. For real this time.

A few days after returning from England I drove out to TN to see family. My baby brother York, who lives in Japan--and whom I haven't seen in person for years--was in town with his lovely new bride Fumiyo and her niece and nephew. Of course I was more than happy to zoom across the country to see them! The trip was a whirlwind, but I did get a chance to visit with most of the members of my oddly fragmented family, so this counts as a win. :)

I haven't sorted through all the photos yet, but here's a nice one of me with big brother Ernest and baby brother York. Those of you who haven't seen York since he was a child will be SURPRISED.

We're all grown up now!

One thing I love about driving trips is listening to audio books, and I have a few recommendations for you:

Wicked Autumn -- A pretty solid cozy mystery, but I might have enjoyed it even more had I read it myself rather than listening. (So in this case, I'm recommending the story more than the vocal performance.)

Horton Halfpott -- sold it to me as a very, very silly Downton Abbey, this was an amazing voice performance by Ron Keith! Highly entertaining and highly recommended. (I really don't understand the single 3-star rating on the Audible site.)

Odd and the Frost Giants -- a charming adaptation of a Norse myth written and performed by Neil Gaiman. Short and sweet, and Gaiman does a wonderful job differentiating all the voices.

Oh, and I also read Keeping the Castle on my Kindle. What could be better than a YA Regency romp?

(Thanks to Caroline Starr Rose, Dave Wall and Jennifer Laughran for the recs!)

[Cross-posted at Livejournal]