Good things come in threes, right? Or maybe that's bad things. Hmmm. Well, in this case I have three good things to share with you. Number one....
Friday night Tom and I went to see Maleficent and it was amazing. Visually fantastic and a IMHO a much better telling of the story. Angelina's Maleficent was beautiful, vulnerable and more than a little glorious. And sad. Maleficent has a lot to be sad about. Not for very small kids, though not because I think it might be too scary, but more that the story is told for an older audience. I intend to see it again to try and catch all the little nuances I struggled to see the first time. Loved it.
Number two.....good books.
This is Laini Taylor. Ms Taylor has written a trilogy of books that have rocked my world and I am only minutes away from finishing the last one. Sigh. I wish they would never end. They won't be over, because I'm going to read (or listen to) them all again. And probably again.
The first book is Daughter of Smoke and Bone and don't let the funky covers put you off. I can't imagine why they chose this art work for such beautiful books, but anyway, ignore the covers. These books are intended for the young adult audience and this is a perfect example of why I dislike this sort of genre labeling. Is it the fantasy aspect? I don't know, but I hope you'll read them regardless of your age. They are so well and intelligently written with a beautiful and exciting storyline and a cast of secondary characters that are so well drawn out that you feel like you know them all.....or you wish that you did. I've listened to them all and the reading by Khristine Hvam is so good. Only the Harry Potter books and the Outlander books come close to being as well read.
I have tried to articulate a fitting synopsis, but I can't. The story has more branches than a tree and each one is more vividly told than the last. Up there with my top 5 books of all time. I want to buy more pets so I can name them Karou and Akiva. I want to have eyes tattooed on my hands. I want blue hair and wings. Definitely wings and a wishbone around my neck.
I read they are making a movie. Impossible, I say, but I've been wrong before.
And three......Fire TV.
For lots of years I have had a Roku box in my office. A Roku allowed me to watch Netflix, Amazon Prime and a lot of other stations on my tv instead of just my computer. I had mad love for my little Roku. Downfall, it only works on the tv it's hooked up to. So, since summer tv viewing on cable channels is somewhat abysmal we decided to get a box for the familiy room tv and this time decided to go with Amazon Fire TV. (We have drunk from the Amazon koolaid and are now great followers of the big A.)
It came last week and is about half the size of my Roku box and twice as cool with voice control and lots of channel options. Tom took it to its intended home and hooked it up. No joy. First it couldn't find our network and blah, blah, blah (and a few bad words) later it was decided that our wireless just didn't send enough signal to reach the family room. We tried replacing the Roku with the Fire TV in my room and it worked just fine so now I get to keep it until something can be figured out for a family room fix. Yay! I feel slightly bad for abandoning my Roku and I'm quite sure there are many newer models that do all the cool things that Fire does, but sometimes you just have to move on.
So there are my Monday morning top three cool things. Good movie, good books, good way to watch tv. Any questions?