Lately I've been getting into a few things from the outside world more enthusastically than usual. So here's a roundup:
- Death Comes to Pemberly on BBC Mystery! It's a sequel-ish to Pride and Prejudice written by a famous mystery writer. I don't usually give these Jane Austen-wanna-bes too much credit, but this seemed like fun. It was, er, interesting to see my favorite characters in all of lit -- Lizzie Bennett and Darcy -- continue their story and throw them into another crap-storm thanks to Wickham and Lydia. Lydia always ruins EVERYTHING! Once I finish it, I'm pretty sure I'll have to pick up P&P again for yet another re-read. Oh Lizzie, Iloveyouso.
- Outlander. It's only 8 episodes from Starz and if you haven't enjoyed the loveliness that is the Scottish accent, men in kilts or Jamie (hubba hubba), you really should. It's slow. And it will get annoying that she can't TOUGH THE DAMN STONES, Claire! Like a 80s-sitcom annoying. But, for now, I'll just enjoy the eye-candy. At first I was all, "why would you WANT leave Jamie??!" But upon further contemplation the alternative is indoor plumbing and not having a psychopath hunting you. So, yeah, I get it.
- Paper Towns. A John Greene book I read (I skipped The Fault in Our Stars because seriously, why would I read such a depressing book?!) and really enjoyed is being made into a movie. He absolutely deserves all the fame he's collecting now. I keep hearing and hope to soon see a picture of all the black Santas (inside book joke) on the set. Who's playing Margo?!
- The Maze Runner. We finally got out to a movie and it was mostly-faithful (surprise) interpretation of this action-packed book. I just love that feeling that someone saw the same things in a book that I did. With really sharp casting (Chuck!). And really cute boys running around all Lord-of-the-Flies-style isn't a bad way to spend time, especially if you know what's coming. Grievers!
- Steampunk YA Audiobooks. I listen to audiobooks on my commute and just finished the second in the Etiquette and Espionage series. Picture Victorian England with dirigibles, vampires and werewolves -- and a finishing school for young ladies that teaches spy tactics and polite murders. It's a lot of fun. Then, I picked up another Kenneth Opel Matt Cruise book called Starclimber. Steampunk in the 1920s and the space race reimagined.