Things You Should See, Read, Do!

With two jobs in addition to my writing (not including being Layla’s dogmom, which she informs me should be a full-time career), I don’t have a ton of free time to watch TV or movies or for recreational reading or shopping or whatever. Therefore, I’m pretty selective when it comes to how I spend that time. These are a few things I am glad I spend time on, and I think you will be too.

The new FOX television series Sleepy Hollow
If you’re not watching this show, you’re making a huge mistake. Fans of Supernatural, you should be tuning in. I guarantee you’ll love it.

Nicole Beharie as Abbie Mills is a strong, smart, capable woman, and we need more of those. Also, she’s beautiful and sexy without having to be sexualized, and that is refreshing as well.

Tom Mison as Ichobod Crane has great chemistry with his leading lady, and his flashes of wit and humor are the perfect balance to the weighty “save-the-world-from-the-apocalypse” drama. Plus, ladies, just look at him. Seriously, go Google and take a look. I’ll wait. …………………. Mmm hmm. Like I said.

The plot is intriguing, surprising, suspenseful, and not just a little bit scary. I’m hoping this show is around a long time.

Australian Musician Matt Corby
His soulful sound is nothing short of inspiring. If you give him a listen, I think not only will you agree, but you’ll go right out to buy every song just like I did. Here’s a sample.

Warning, he could become addictive.

John Dies at the End

The book is so bizarre and hilarious, I was pretty sure there was no way a movie adaptation could do it justice. Then I saw it was made by the same folks who did Bubba Ho Tep (one of my very favorite Bruce Campbell films), and I knew all bets were off. I ignored the reviews which were done by people who don’t appreciate B cult movies, and man, am I glad I did. Did they include everything in the novel? Heck no. That would be impossible. However, they did stay true to the spirit of the book, and I loved every wacky thing that happened.

The BBC Radio Dramatization Broadcast of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere
I have loved Neverwhere for years. I don’t know how many. Just trust me, it’s lots. I’ve been a fan of Neil Gaiman since 1989 and have read nearly everything he’s ever written. I say “nearly” simply because he’s written SO MUCH, it is of course possible that I’ve missed something, but I never did so on purpose. But this dramatization is truly fabulous.

With readers like Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Head, the tale comes alive and will remain in your thoughts long after you’ve finished listening.

Note: Unless you like having creepy nightmares, you might want to listen in a well-lit area in daylight since Benedict Cumberbatch’s depiction of the Angel Islington is chilling. Then again, if you enjoy that kind of thing, well, then by all means go right on and ignore my warning. Just don’t say I didn’t tell you.

2 Comments on “Things You Should See, Read, Do!

  1. I hadn't planned on watching Sleepy Hollow, because the updates and mashups and etc that proliferate are usually terrible. Sometimes offensively so. (I'm looking at you, Liu/Holmes). But you're right. That guy is hot. Worth checking out at least one episode.Also, had no idea John was from the Bubba Ho-tep people. That just shot straight to the top of my list.

  2. Just go into the show knowing it's not Washington Irving's tale, but in a good way. It's got several surprises, which is hard to do in a story almost 200 years old, and it's smart. And yeah…he's drool-worthy. I just watched him as Mister Bingley in Lost in Austen, and he was funny and incandescently gorgeous. His Ichabod Crane is grittier and in need of a shower, but completely charming. I hope the rest is as good as the pilot.And yeah. Bubba Ho-Tep is one of my favorites. John Dies at the End may never win awards, but it is ludicrous, creepy, and fun.

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