28 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday: 2-18-2017

  1. I also liked the meme about Voyager “You dumped me years ago, now you drive by my house real slow.”

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  2. I got a used DVD of “Foul Play” and watched it last night.

    Some parts hold up over time, but most don’t.

    Still worth it to see Goldie Hawn’s apartment and Goldie herself.

    And I remembered her character as a hopeless ditz, but she was more sweet and freaked out by events, but when the chips were down, able to think quickly and kind of a badass.

    To defend herself she works with any weapons at hand (umbrella, knitting needles, mace, brass knuckles, broom), asks for help, and can run like a demon.

    Sadly, the entire movie rests on the undercover cop at the beginning, who knows his cover is blown, NOT asking to be dropped off at a police station, but instead hiding the evidence in her purse and getting out of her car at a random spot in the city. Illogical.

    The extended Billy Barty scene was just excruciating. Not funny. A big comedy ooof.

    Loved Burgess Meredith.

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  3. And Pluto is also a rather interesting planet, as the recent data shows. But let’s not forget that Pluto is also a god, and like the planet he seems to get a bad rap. His situation shows up in Jim Butcher’s most recent Dresden Files novel, Skin Game, and I love how that was played out, with the truth of the matter somewhat different from what Greek myth says about the whole Kore/Persephone (or if you prefer, Persepina) affair. The only problem in reading it is that you need to read the entire cycle of books, as Butcher isn’t afflicted with Dickensitis. But it’s worth it, and besides, it has a dog in it, one of the great mythological dogs. (As you can probably tell, I’m a fan of the series)

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      1. They’re great. But be forewarned — Butcher takes a long view about metaplot development. He introduces some things that take multiple books, sometimes more than a dozen, to resolve. I also found several places where he’d introduce something and I’d wait for that trope to play out, but then stop expecting it as I figured it was something he used as set dressing, and then it’d play out. His use of so many mythic structures and mythological elements, making them into a unified whole, is worth the price of admission by itself, and then you’ve got the great characters in it and the interesting situations. I’m a total fan. And he gets one of the coolest dogs ever.

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        1. The thing I love about the Dresden books is that they have so many layers–there is this huge metaplot you were talking about, smaller overarcing plots, within novel plots, recurring relationships, evolving relationships, DEvolving relationships, and OMG ALL THE DARLINGS. If you’re a “kill the darlings” person, be warned. Butcher loves his darlings, and honestly so do I. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          1. That’s not to say tht his darlings come out unscathed. And Harry isn’t one of his darlings, as Butcher seems to take joy in running him through the wringer. But all that hell they go through makes situations like, for instance, chapters 30 and 31 of Skin Game such a thing of wonder. And yes, I also understand that The Dresden Files are the setup for his “big apocalyptic trilogy”, as Jim Butcher has said many times. Jenny, this is worth your time to read, as he’s done that postmodern thing so well — after these books mixing hard boiled PI and Fantasy seems obvious and like a natural match. And I love ^3 that he doesn’t romanticize vampires.

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      2. The TV series is how I found the books. Which are AMAZING. (Also, I am one of the few people @harriedwizard follows on Twitter, so I am officially cool. And no, it isn’t Jim Butcher, alas, but it is still Harry.) Seriously, Jenny, these are some of the best written books ever in the history of books. You have to read them. I’ll loan you my copies if you promise to give them back ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. This is why digital books were invented.
          I have to work on mine, and at some point I’m going to watch John Wick to see if I can butch up my hero, but I will get to this, I swear.

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  4. I always felt bad for Pluto being the tiniest, farthest out thing in the solar system, and since we’ve found more tiny planets farther out I like to think of it as having friends and neighbors. Also the images from that probe are flipping AMAZING.

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  5. Completely off topic – sorry. I woke after a bad dream last night, couldn’t sleep so I started re-reading ‘Getting Rid of Bradley’. I laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe. Totally made my (very long) night.

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  6. Lost my husband in November and a few months ago I found these funny wonderful books. They keep my smiling as I devour them.
    Thanks so much.

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    1. Oh, condolences.
      I often find solace here too. Humor helps, and wit lives here in abundance. Also kindness. Okay, and some degree of snark. Which is good because tears can’t flow while *laughter snorts*.

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  7. Here in this reply is the wrong place to post this, but I don’t know the right place.

    Just so you know, on jennycrusie.com the description for the short story Hot Toy is the same description as the one for Sizzle.

    Hot Toy is a fantastic read, I’m worried that folks might pass it up because of the misleading description. (I haven’t read Sizzle because of this intro.)

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    1. I just went over there and the description is right:

      “Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy gameโ€“in the arms of a sexy secret agent. ”

      Okay, I hate the “sexy secret agent” bit, but it’s accurate otherwise.

      http://jennycrusie.com/short-fiction/hot-toy/

      Can you give me a link to page that has the wrong description?

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  8. First. Thanks to those who offered up a good thought or prayer for me a few weeks ago. I’m out of the hospital and slowly recovering. And oh so grateful for blogs.

    I always felt sorry for the planet pluto, stuck out in the cold. A painting that has alays stuck with me was one of the solar system from Pluto’s point of view.

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