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All Tied Up for 8/5/2017

All Tied Up for 8/5/2017
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Ness

Summer session is over, and my internship along with it. (Although, in one of my finals, I got to throw shade at a local library and chain bookstore for the value they place on romance novels, as extrapolated from their respective organization systems, so that was actually pretty great). So, with only a 20-hour-a-week job in the archives to keep me busy, I’ve suddenly got a lot more free time than I’ve had for awhile.

In addition to trying to strongarm some people into play “Mass Effect: Andromeda” multiplayer with me, I’ve also been doing some reading. I just picked up Malka Older’s “Infomocracy” from the library because I am apparently still here for near-future dystopia. On the other hand, I also finally nabbed a copy of “A Closed and Common Orbit” by Becky Chambers, which is a companion novel to one of my favorites, “The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.” I understand there is a robot pal in “A Closed and Common Orbit,” and I cannot control my heart eyes.

I’m also hoping to get some sewing in and finish the Lou Box Top that’s been sitting half-completed on my dressform for a couple of months and finish the last hour of the audiobook for “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda (my best friend).

 

Nat

If anyone happened to catch “Atomic Blonde” and is in the mood for more spy entertainment with a female protagonist, I recommend “A Gentlemen’s Game” by Greg Rucka. It’s the first of three novels, and an extension of the “Queen and Country” comic series.

The plot revolves around Tara Chace, an MI-6 operative. Tara is a complicated individual who happens to have a job that includes killing people. This particular story follows a terrorist attack on the London Underground and MI-6’s efforts to catch the people who did it. Rucka deftly weaves politics and action throughout the novel as Tara works to carry out the orders of her government and get home alive. This was my second time reading it, and it’s held up well. I’m hoping to finish up the rest of the series (again) by the end of the summer.

 

 

Bell 

My daughter had been after me for weeks to check out a Korean drama that she was watching, but I kept refusing to watch it with her. I don’t watch TV much to begin with, but I especially don’t watch fictional television. It’s just not my jam.

Finally, my daughter got fed up, sat on my lap (she’s big enough now that I can’t get away) and played one episode of “Boys Over Flowers.”

One episode was all it took. I was hooked. I watched 20 more episodes over the next 20 hours, staying up all night and the following day. This show is so goddamn good.

The man character is Geum Jan-Di (Ku Hye-Sun), the daughter of a dry cleaner and a cashier. She is given a scholarship Shin Hwa High School, a super exclusive school reserved for the ultra wealthy.

The top of the ultra-wealthy heap at Shin Hwa are the F4, also known as the Handsome Heirs. These four boys are revered at Shin Hwa and the surrounding town; unfortunately, they’re kind of dicks. Led by the son of the school’s president, Gu Jun-Pyo (Lee Min-Ho), these four have the entire school both terrified of crossing them and worshiping the ground that they walk on.

Geum Jan-Di does not worship the ground that they walk on. She thinks Jun-Pyo is an arrogant prick—and she almost immediately crosses him.

What follows is an enthralling battle of wills between Jan-Di and Jun-Pyo. This show is a wild ride, with shocking moments followed by hilarity, cruelty eased by tenderness. It’s pretty fucking great, y’all.

I’m on episode 23 out of 25, and I have fallen deeply in love with each and every one of the characters. The writing is great, the cinematography is inspired, and the acting is top-notch. Watch this show. You can thank me later.

You can find “Boys Over Flowers” on Hulu and Netflix. And probably other places I didn’t look at, too.

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