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    The Great Game
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    A Scandal In Belgravia
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    The Sign of Three
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    The Lying Detective

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  1. Episode 1.1, "A Study In Pink"

    Just looked up Laurie's forthcoming book, "Island of the Mad" on Amazon the other day and saw that the publication date has been pushed back from this month, as originally announced, to June. This is not unusual in the publishing biz, for whatever reason. Maybe the publisher has too many titles being released at once and doesn't want them competing with each other to water down the prestigious NYT Bestseller rankings. The release of a new King novel is a Big Deal for her publisher so perhaps they wanted to clear the field for June. I predict that this book will reach very high on the NYT Bestseller lists, perhaps even #1, since it's been two years since the last MR-SH novel. Though it's set in Venice, in a warm country, I don't think of it as a beach read, though. I wonder if Laurie will take a page out of Diana Gabaldon's book and be heavily involved in the production of the show based on her books, even taking walk-on parts. I am very keen to see the casting. Hope they hurry up and get somewhere with this. Perhaps the delay in the release of Book #15 has something to do with the show . . though the manuscript will have been out of Laurie's hands for the better part of a year by now.
  2. Just a question?

    Caya, That 'certain event' gutted me so bad, I wasn't sure I could continue with GoT. But I did. Then I guess I got too complacent, or maybe I just wasn't attached to anybody else in particular because they went and *did it to me again* at the end of S3. I listened to the audio commentary track that accompanied the S3 final episode, after I'd watched it. It was just Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden speaking. Suffice it to say that those two actors *made each other cry*. Seriously, open weeping from Michelle and a more manly kind of quiet sobbing from her onscreen son. I was like, "Oh, yeah, you guys? So how do you think *we* feel out here, huh???!"
  3. Just a question?

    Hi, Cav, I don't care for Watson as a femme, either, but that is not the chief complaint I have with Ms. Liu's portrayal. You are right in saying that this actress is usually a lot more lively--sprightly, even, with a kick-butt edge. Her Joan Watson seems almost like a case of (sleepwalking) depression . . though initially I had chalked that up to too much Botox or some plastic surgery that was just a bit too tight. Lucy is 50 this year, and she looks great . . albeit, apart from Watson's too-Zen energy levels and demeanor, my other issue with her is the wardrobe. Lucy may have the body for Watson's gauzy minidresses, tights and silly little boots that Joan wears in all seasons, even in January in New York City, but should a woman of firmly middle years who is an accomplished professional dress like a not-terribly-successful 25-year-old coffeehouse singer from Seattle? With no aspersions cast on Ms. Liu's own actual intelligence (because to all appearances she is a very proficient TV director), Joan emphatically does not come across as half as intelligent as we are supposed to accept her as being. Lucy herself seems like a very vital person . .warm, smart, a philanthropist, artsy, with a lot of friends. No one disparages her work ethics or the camaraderie she brings to the set . . so why is Joan Watson such a colossal pill? This JW comes across as not terribly self-confident (look how rapidly she bailed on the surgical career after one admittedly grievous mistake) . . until she decided to become a detective in her own right, she was just kind of drifting around as a babysitter, wasting all that incredibly expensive education. She cannot stand up to her mother. She lets Sherlock Holmes steamroll over her to a large degree and will move out to avoid confrontation. Despite low self-esteem and something of a victim mentality, she is also pretty self-absorbed & tuned into what Joanie wants/needs/should have, especially when it involves money. I wouldn't seek her out for a confidante or even a cocktail party conversationalist, because she can be incredibly judgmental and quite arrogant. And she's boring. Zero on the personality meter for me. Joan should retrain as a pathologist and that way she can still practice medicine, but she won't have to worry about killing any more patients. She can solve medical mysteries like the girl Quincy of Manhattan and keep her interactions with living clients to a minimum, because frankly the bedside manner is missing in this one. You may have heard that Japan TV is launching Miss Sherlock next month, featuring Holmes and Watson both as femmes. Miss Sherlock's sidekick is Miss Wato, (Wato-san, actually if we are being formal. Since the Japanese language does not contain the letter or sound of L, it will be pronounced as 'Sherrock', which is a tiny bit masochistic on their parts, I think.) I think the same-sex pairing works better in terms of translating the dynamic from the all-male traditional pair. Though based on homoerotic hints in the trailer, this version will be decidedly JohnLock, femme edition. That is bound to make all the guys really want to tune in! P.S. Just two more posts and then you will be officially off probation, and I can send you a private message. So get busy, bruh!
  4. Just a question?

    P.S. Cav, I tried to message you just now and realized I can't until you post 6 times and get promoted to Detective Constable. So, get postin'! If you ever wanted to know what it felt like to be part of the Met ranking structure, now's your chance. I am now at the rank of DCS, just like Morse's boss, but you need not address me as 'Ma'am'. In fact, please don't. Please go to the 'Introduce Yourself Here' thread and do that. It's not that often we get new members, and I'm sure people are very curious about you and your distinctive user handle. In GoT, don't tell me you haven't bonded with 'Bronn' because I won't believe it. What a shame they use my boy Jerome Flynn so seldom. Over in the East, we've got Ser Jorah Marmont, ie, 'the Golden Bear', Iain Glen. I realize you are not bonding with these actors in quite the same way I am bonding with these actors (or, wish I could be bonding with these actors, if I'm completely honest) . . but these are worthy gentlemen. GoT would no doubt be a better show if these roles were leads rather than supporting characters. Elementary is that rarest of television birds: a show that actually improves with every subsequent season. I can't speak to the latest ones, but I've seen up through Season 4. I bailed on S1 about the halfway point the first time, but if you can power through it, S2 perks up considerably. In S2, we get Mycroft (Rhys Ifans); S3 is devoted to Sherlock's Muse & his Nemesis, Adler & Moriarty, and the show takes a singularly economical stance on these essential characters from the Casebook. We also meet Kitty Winter, a new protégé for Holmes. S4 features Holmes pere, Morland (John Noble). I owe showrunner Robert Docherty an apology, because though I at first believed him to be just an American dilettante who was hitching his ersatz caboose to the BBC Sherlock train . . in actuality, Mr. Docherty has turned out to be a more genuine Sherlockian and better writer for a modernized Holmes update than They Who Shall Not Be Named Because I'm Sick of Them. His scripts contain tons of references to the ACD stories, and many of Sherlock's dialogues are lifted verbatim right from Conan Doyle. Though I don't care for the external presentation of Jonny Lee Miller's Holmes much, JLM does excel at reeling off these chewy lines pensively, as though he had just thought of them himself. I also love his resident tortoise, Clyde. The whole show could be about Clyde and it would still be better TV than 'The Final Problem' as rendered by TWSNBNBISoT. The problem with Elementary is not its Sherlock or its setting or any of its supporting cast. For me the Final Problem with Elementary is the Watson Problem. To wit: Lucy Liu's Joan Watson is about as appealing a presence as a cheese grater on metal. Lucy seems like a sweet woman and is a talented episode director, having done half a dozen or more. Whether it's the writing for Joan or the delivery of it that's at fault . . I really can't stand this Holmes's sidekick. That makes it problematical for a yuge Watson (in other guises) supporter like me. But it's not very often that I can say that a show which I had at first dismissed as drivel actually improved in my estimation to the point where I want to see more. We could say the same about Game of Thrones.
  5. Episode 1.1, "A Study In Pink"

    Not to mention his observation to John in TSo3 about our values about attractiveness being formed in childhood. A direct dodge to Watson's direct question, "Am I a pretty lady?" rofl I'm going 'round the pitch again with Laurie King's The Moor, #4 in her series and the last one that was good in my estimation (exactly 20 years and 10 books ago, that was.) This is a strong entry in the series owing to the fact that Sherlock is an actual co-lead in it, not a vague figure who shambles in on page 200 or thereabouts to have a few lines. At this point in the story, Russell and Holmes have been married for about 21/2 years, though a more unconventional marriage it would be hard to find. They do occasionally have more conventional connubial encounters when they can arrange to be in the same room at the same time, which requires them to also be in the same city, on the same continent, too, which is not the usual state of affairs for this couple. Anyway, a Sherlock Holmes of his vigorous late middle age seems much more comfortable with girl-people and physical expressions of something resembling affection than Dr. Watson ever allowed from SH's younger self. Watson did Holmes an injustice, in painting him as this cold calculating machine who, furthermore, hated women. Sherlock is neither a misogynist nor a homosexual. He's just very, very discriminating in his choice of companions, and most people don't pass muster--men, too. Sherlock Holmes only likes brainy women, evidently, is not adverse to making passes in girls who wear glasses. Russell is a notorious myope. Really makes her unexpected skill of being a precision knife-thrower (as taught by SH) all the more amazing.
  6. Just a question?

    Hi, Cav, so glad to see you back here! I dropped by Wm.'s room the other day and saw you'd hailed me, but I didn't have time to respond. I was going to direct you to the Tin Dispatch Box(room); glad you found it on your own. My other thread dedicated to 'Other Detectives' is in the 'Miscellaneous Musings' area. Sherlock made me put it there so it would be obscure. He says, 'Why do you need Other Detectives when you have moi.' He was somewhat mollified when I said I wanted to feature only those Others who were copying him (imitation being the sincerest form of flattery.) I did manage to avoid the flu, though I did catch the Mother of All Colds early in January. We are still a mournful duo at my house, my remaining cat and I. I had to take her to the vet this week due to an upper respiratory infection. She probably picked it up from me since she doesn't go outside. Two shots of antibiotic and she's herself again. It's unlike Mr. Smith to be so silent for so long, and I haven't heard from him, either. He might be in too much pain for computer work. It's been a rough winter everywhere . . even in Atlanta. Re. Game of Thrones--do me a favor and stick with it through the S3 finale. If you still want to stop after that, it's an excellent stopping point. The show does not get better than it was in its first three seasons, and the S3 finale is quite a topper.
  7. Episode 1.1, "A Study In Pink"

    Has he got any single and like-minded buds? I'm very smart . . and very available.
  8. I am very familiar with HPB. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, given my book-addiction) I am 1-2 hours from either of the nearest stores (for me, Columbus or Ft. Wayne.) I've had some wonderful day trips to C'bus and that store. That is probably the route I would go, selling with them. I think they offer cents-on-the dollar many times, and I don't have anything that would be considered 'collectible' . . but selling on Ebay or Amazon wouldn't net me much once I factored in buying all the mailers, printing the receipts and labels, standing on line at the post office and keeping track of all the orders. I just don't see myself doing that several times a week and I don't have time to, even if I had the desire.
  9. Episode 1.1, "A Study In Pink"

    Boton, How fortunate that you, an intelligent woman and your husband found each other because he was actively looking for an intelligent mate. I would hope that a lot of men would be looking for the same, even if they openly express it in words. One would hope that the advantage to being a civilized race is that we could eventually use reason and compassion and more highly developed skills like that to supercede base biological imperatives, especially as we mature. I don't deny that these imperatives exist, but your own relationship is proof that not all men are determined to 'marry down' to some dumb bunny with a hot bod and a Daddy complex.
  10. Episode 1.1, "A Study In Pink"

    Boton is correct in observing the longstanding social phenomenon re. mating, but it sure isn't flattering about the human race, is it? She's poshed up her language but essentially men are looking for a hot, young lay, no matter how ignorant or poor she is and women will hold their nose and put up with any old goat, so long as he's got money. It goes without saying that he will remind her often, if not several times daily that his is her intellectual and economic superior. Is it down to the fragility of the male ego, do you suppose? Men are so intimidated by a woman who knows some big words they don't or who makes more money that it's a boner-killer?
  11. Martin Freeman News

    This man was born to play a Hobbit. And John Watson. Martin's eyes are dark blue but they always seem to photograph brown. Am I the only one who thinks so? I'd been watching 'Sherlock' for three years before I realized that MF's eyes weren't hazel or darker but actually navy blue. They look more blue in the vid above this one. When it dawned on me was when Sherl and John wake up in the drunk tank in So3 and John is sitting on the floor in a full blinding sunlight. Only then did I see those orbs are actually blue.
  12. I have long debated over getting into the online selling game and downsizing some of my stuff (mostly media. I don't have any clothes that anybody would want. Hell, I don't even want them!) . .but experiences like yours make me leery. I have had almost 100% positive experiences in buying used from vendors. The three or four times the item arrived damaged or late, the seller was apologetic and made it right quickly. One seller on Amazon was a scam artist, setting up a faux store and listing a bunch of recent best-sellers. I bought one thing, but after a month and no book, I went to his page and found around 50 disgruntled customers who purchased the same time as me and who also had not received their items. Amazon refunded everyone's money and they must have been out several hundred dollars from this one jerk. Sadly 'James A. Lell (not your real name)', you have ruined my goodwill forevermore from giving a newly-launched seller my business. I hope you have a long time-out in a cosmic naughty corner to wipe your conscience and think about what you did. People I know in the selling business complain about not receiving payments or of impossible-to-please customers or of being scammed themselves when they are buyers, but apart from the one time, that hasn't happened to me.
  13. Bananas have a very, very limited window of peak a-peel. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) I like them, but not when they are spotty, stringy or mushy. Or too green. Bananas are optimum for only 2 or 3 days, and in the hot weather, forget buying bananas unless your kitchen is air conditioned (mine is not) or if you are going to eat them the same day. I buy bananas one at a time in the summer and only 3 or 4 at any other time because within the 3-4 days it takes to eat them, they are already going off. I have three younger sisters and 2 of us like bananas and 2 of us don't. It's a texture thing more than taste, I think, because my mom said that pureed banana was all of our favorite as babies.
  14. Can you explain what 'marmite' is? I don't quite understand it. Is it like marmalade? I used to be a LOST fan and will always remember that Claire's (Emilie de Ravin) favorite food and #1 wish on the island was peanut butter. According to her, that made her a freak as an Australian because most of them don't like it. I had an Aussie mate in another forum that bemoaned how impossible it was to obtain grape soda in his home country. He loved grape soda and apparently they do not sell it there. I would have gladly sent him some if not for the shipping being 100x more than the contents were worth.
  15. A Collector’s Lot

    Good afternoon, Herl . . .still morning here. On my first cup of coffee! In the Reply text box in the upper left corner, next to the B, I, U, select the S with the line through it after you've highlighted the text you want 'Scratched out'. Be sure to unselect the S when you're done. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. I've noticed that this software will continue the formatting for the entire line, so if you don't want the whole line scratched (or italicized, etc.) you will probably have to go back and 'Undo' those parts.

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