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October 15th, 2007

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06:36 am
Finished A Betrayal In Winter by Daniel Abraham. It goes a long way for me to say I enjoyed it and the way it ended even though what I was hoping to happen didn't. The story went a totally different direction than I had thought it might. Now I must wait for the next one (it's a quartet, as if you couldn't tell from the titles) which I believe will be called An Autumn War.

Have read but not actually begun any of the projects in the Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: the Happy Hooker. Largely because there are too many that I want to do, I'm having trouble choosing a starting point. Yarn, I need more yarn - but who doesn't?

Oh, and I finally watched the movie Navy Seals because it was free, and because I was curious how it would compare with Suzanne Brockmann's portrayal. All I can say is, for a team dedicated to stealth these guys made an awful lot of racket. But I suppose you wouldn't really have an action movie if your guys just snuck in, got the job done quietly, and snuck out again without firing any weapons or breaking radio silence. I did like the HALO insert, and the bits with the pagers were funny, if somewhat cruel. Also, without knowing her real height, they managed to make Joanne Whalley(-Kilmer, at the time) look remarkably short, so much so that I didn't recognize her until the credits rolled.
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Date:October 15th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine was introducung a new dog to her pack. (from one to two) The two would fight with a ferocity that scared us all. But the advice she got from the on-line community was to not get worried unless the fighting turned silent. All those barks and growls and yipes were actually a good sign.

That's what the SEALS thing made me think of. It's not too surprising that the movie got it wrong, since few audience members are going to know much about them, and it takes work to write convincingly that way.
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Date:October 16th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
If you want yarn and don't mind acrylic, just let me know. I have a ton of not horrible non-squeaky acrylic you could have.
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Date:October 23rd, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)

OK, I gotta ask...

So what were you *wanting* to happen in A Betrayal in Winter?
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Date:October 24th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)

Re: OK, I gotta ask...

I guess the feminist in me was hoping that Idaan would find a way to at least have a say in her destiny, and at most actually end up in a position of power. Granted, she's definitely altered her destiny (positively or negatively we will see, I suppose) and since she's not dead yet the possibility exists that she may eventually come into a position that suits her abilities. I expect she will probably turn up again later in the series.

It's actually kind of personal, I must admit. I grew up in a subculture that dismissed my talents as nice-but-pointless because I was female, so I had instant sympathy with Idaan and her aspirations. What I liked about how it all resolved was that thread of possibility she may return, but even if she doesn't, she at least survived her attempts to live beyond the traditional circumscription of her life.
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Date:October 24th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)

Re: OK, I gotta ask...

I can respect that. There are some constraints on the story, seein' as she's at least putatively the bad guy and all. I'm interested to see that you make of the rest of the series - especially the fourth book. The third one (while probably the best structured) is the most unremittingly male. The fourth one (I think) makes up for it.

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