Archive for the Crime Category

Revenge 1.13: Commitment

Posted in Crime, TV with tags on February 5, 2012 by Cara Marie

I had been thinking, in Revenge, was the only way things could possibly end … not happily, but not in total devastation, was if Victoria admitted the truth.

Which isn’t going to happen. Read more »

Beckett/Castle BFFs

Posted in Crime, TV with tags on July 26, 2011 by Cara Marie

Castle is my favourite thing on the television at the moment: it is continually entertaining, and Castle & Beckett never fail to be adorable, or in Beckett’s case, totally badass.

Usually I find the ‘will they, won’t they’ romances that TV writers love incredibly frustrating. Just decide! But for some reason, I can forgive it in Castle – although I’ll still roll my eyes whenever they give us soulful gazes, yes. Because romance aside, Castle and Beckett are friends. And we’ve seen how that relationship has developed, how Kate comes to respect Rick as more than just her favourite writer, how they actually have all these things in common, and enjoy each other’s company. And that’s as good an arc for me whether it ends in romance or whether it ends in them being best friends forever. I would be happy with either.

Patterns you don’t want to see

Posted in Books, Comics, Crime, Fantasy, Horror with tags , , , , on February 10, 2011 by Cara Marie

I read a lot of Mike Carey in January. I’m a big fan of his writing: I like his complex plots, where you never get how everything fits together till the end; I like how full of myth and mystery his stories are, the dark places they go; I like how endlessly fascinating his characters are.

But when you read a lot of an author at once, patterns begin to crop up. In this case: please, Mike Carey, can we stop with the rape?

Could be triggery; also spoilers for many of Carey’s works

Maybe I should retrain in taxidermy

Posted in Books, Crime, Young adult with tags on February 6, 2011 by Cara Marie

A Pocketful of Eyes is the first book by Lili Wilkinson where I actually get the appeal. It seems I have been waiting my whole life for a book set in the taxidermy department of a museum. With added make-outs on the backs of stuffed tigers.

I think it helps that the crime-solving distracts somewhat from the protagonist’s emotional unintelligence – Bee reminded me a bit of Jaclyn Moriarty’s Bindy MacKenzie. Wilkinson’s previous books have made me cringe a lot, but in this one I was better able to concentrate on the mystery and the cute pop-culture references (it made me laugh out loud a few times).

There were occasions I felt my credulity strained, but none of them related to the central mystery – that was well-thought and well-played. The characters were a lot of fun, if occasionally over the top. I particular enjoyed Bee’s D&D-playing mother, and Bee herself was an interesting head to be in. After all, how could I not love a girl whose part-time job is in taxidermy?

It’s a solid light read: it’s got mystery, it’s got romance, it’s got humour. I am still not wildy enthusiastic about Lili Wilkinson, but I see better now why people are.

A Pocketful of Eyes is out May in Australia and New Zealand.

Some recent YA reading

Posted in Action/adventure, Books, Crime, Middle fiction, Young adult with tags , , on December 2, 2010 by Cara Marie

Boys Don’t Cry – Malorie Blackman

Five movies/TV shows, and how they came into my life

Posted in Crime, Fantasy, Movies, Romance, Science fiction, TV with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2010 by Cara Marie

The ones where I was behind the times: Lost in Austen and the Terminator movies

Lost in Austen

I watched Lost in Austen never having read Pride and Prejudice. I was just so utterly charmed by the premise that I had to see for myself!

Plot in a nut: P&P fan Amanda gets swapped with Elizabeth, and in her attempts to keep the story running as it should manages to screw everything up. She is forced to sing, tells Bingley she is a lesbian to Caroline’s delight, and gets taught by Wickham how to be a lady.

I did a set of Jemima Rooper icons (who plays Amanda) and it was so fantastic to go through and cap Lost in Austen: Amanda pulls many great faces, eats a lot of food, reads books, and there are so many scenes which are all ladies. So many femmeslash possibilities! On the people I wish to ship Amanda with, Darcy is on the bottom of the list.

Lost in Austen = pure delight, and the best pick-me-up a girl could want.

The Terminator movies

Considering my affection for AIs and robots, it is amazing it took me as long to see Terminator as it did. The Sarah Connor Chronicles was my first encounter with the Terminator franchise, but I soon corrected that, and my sister and I spent a lovely afternoon watching the first two movies. We spent a not-so-lovely afternoon watching Terminator Salvation in the theatre (I mean, there was a lot of stuff going on that I liked, but there was a lot that was just WHAT.) I was then pleasantly surprised by the third movie, which was not as awful as I had heard.

But I have posted about Terminator before, so I don’t need to go about that.

The shows I loved as a teenager: Gormenghast and Jonathan Creek

Gormenghast

My friend Ms Bird was a big Mervyn Peake fan when we were teenagers. I was a big Jonathan Rhys-Meyers fan. Watching the Gormenghast miniseries was an obvious next step for us, and we were very impressed. Death by owls! We were particularly taken by the twins, Cora and Clarice and often quoted them.

The books are massive, and I only read the first, but I think the miniseries did really well at preserving their tone, the overwhelming nonsensical ritualism, the ancient claustrophobia of the castle. The visuals for the miniseries very strong, and I can still picture many of the scenes – despite not having seen them since high school.

Jonathan Creek

You might think that the important part of Jonathan Creek is its title character who creates the tricks for a magician and solves mysteries in his spare time. No! Jonathan would never have solved any mysteries if it weren’t for Maddy Magellan, true-crime writer and general nosy-parker.

Basically: people die and no-one can figure out how it was possibly done, until Maddy fibs her way onto the crime scene, and drags Jonathan along with her. Maddy is wonderfully bolshy, and Jonathan is very dry and really would rather not be involved, but while he’s here he may as well explain how it was done. Their relationship is the best thing ever. They do hook up in one episode, but promptly decide it was a mistake and go back to being reluctant BFFs.

I first watched Jonathan Creek when I was at intermediate, I think, and again when they replayed it on UKTV last year. Luckily I had managed to forget all the solutions! Maddy is only in the first three seasons (there are four, plus a bunch of specials) and the series, though quite watchable, is not the same without her.

The one I found through vids: Misfits

Misfits

The first thing that made me want to watch Misfits was Nicky’s disturbing vid, ‘I Want to Destroy Something Beautiful‘. However, my favourite parts of the show are less the disturbing and more the ridiculous – the psychic baby being the best thing ever. And I love how they pass from the ridiculous into something empathetic and meaningful, or into something truly scary. And I think they walk that line really well, between the comedy and the drama, what touches you and what freaks you out.

This is a series I really cannot recommend enough: the first season is only six episodes long, and I think it’s brilliant. And season two starts next month!

Criminal Minds 5.09: ’100′

Posted in Crime, TV with tags on June 8, 2010 by Cara Marie

This is the episode where all the stuff with Hotch and the Reaper comes to a head.

Spoilers are brutal

Criminal Minds is back!

Posted in Books, Crime, Fantasy, TV, Young adult with tags , , on April 11, 2010 by Cara Marie

Finally, finally we are being shown the fifth season of Criminal Minds here. I am so pleased to have my show back, with the characters I love and the viewing experience that is more distressing than enjoyable.

They all need hugs at the end of 5.1: Hotch, of course (“What will my son remember about me in ten years?”), but also Reid – and why does it always seem to be Reid when the unsub tries suicide by cop? – and the doctor who was the target, saving the life of the man who just tried to kill him. Hayley, who left Hotch because he was married to his job, and now she’s left him, his job is still screwing them over. Garcia, who cares so much about the safety of her ‘family’ – and they are a family, damn it. (Point in case: how long it takes for it to occur to anyone to ring Hayley…)

Also, Garcia’s cleavage was smoking. Just saying.

I picked up Jaclyn Dolamore’s Magic Under Glass on Saturday, and it is excellent. I would go into that, but basically I would just be saying everything [personal profile] bookshop already said. It’s smart, it’s engaging and intriguing, it has a giant-house-of-secrets and I will be happy when the sequel comes out but I don’t feel like I need it. So yay! I am so happy with YA right now.

It was a good counter to the book I read just before it, which was China Miéville’s The City and the City. Which I was quite disappointed with. I was over a hundred pages into it before I actually felt any compulsion to read on – because what you’ve got is very dense worldbuilding shown against a murder mystery. And whilst I enjoy epic worldbuilding, I need to have something else in the story to latch on to. Which would generally be awesome characters and an adventure. The City and the City has neither, and so left me feeling flat. I can’t say it’s not impressive, but, having bought it, I wish I had someone to give it to because I don’t want it. Which is a pretty dire thing to think at the end of the book, really.

Magic Under Glass, on the other hand, I will be keeping forever. Except for the part where I am busy making other people read it ;)

Criminal Minds 4×20 – Conflicted (but not about how I love this ep!)

Posted in Crime, TV with tags , , on May 21, 2009 by Cara Marie

Spoilers wear dresses

First volumes of Wild Adapter and Silver Diamond

Posted in Crime, Fantasy, Manga with tags , , , on August 19, 2008 by Cara Marie

I am pretty much housebound at the moment, so ordered myself plenty of comics off Book Depository… alas, I have finished them all now. Some of it is continuing series, and I got the first volumes of a couple of new ones too. Because I really need to be buying more manga.

I got the first volumes each of Wild Adapter and Silver Diamond. They’re both shounen-ai, but one involves gangsters, and the other has guns that grow on trees. And I definitely prefer the latter. It has an intriguing fantasy realm, and a talking snake, amongst other things. Drugs and murders just don’t hold up…

Read more »