1. Watched The Watchmen on Saturday afternoon. Hmm. To remove all spoilers I’ll just say that the extra hour of unnecessary gore (no really, it didnt’ move the story along AT ALL and was just ishy for the sake of as much blood as possible) is an hour I’ll never get back. However, the story itself was pretty good…dark, but good. I left feeling very angry and stirred up for quite a while, which while uncomfortable is still better than leaving a movie feeling like brain cells were killed during the viewing. Oh, and I seriously want to know if Dr. Manhattan is computer enhanced. If not…well well.

2. Just finished the Obsidian Trilogy (The Outstretched Shadow, To Light a Candle and When Darkness Falls) and the first two books of the Enduring Flame trilogy (Phoenix Unchained and Phoenix Endangered). All five are co-written by Merecedes Lackey and James Mallory, and for any fan of complex, earthy, unforgiving fantasy I highly recommend them. The characters multi-faceted and flawed, the history is rich and full of background, and the evil is well, evil. It’s excellent, and neither author is shy about putting the characters in impossible situations or causing harm and death. The only drawback is the second trilogy isn’t finished, and neither author’s website has any further details. Argh!

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