So I lied, no books, just TV

Well – a little bit about books.

When you’re off work sick what do you do? My general habits involve spending several hours feeling sorry for myself, and then indulging in warm drinks and watching Sherlock Holmes for hours on end. And when I say Sherlock Holmes, I mean the real thing – not that Hollywood Robert Downey Jr rubbish – I mean classical Jeremy Brett, horse and carriage, old school Sherlock Holmes.

However, I am also quite fond of the BBC show, Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The best thing about this remake is that it doesn’t actually have the pretence of being a remake – it’s a whole new interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classics. It brings Sherlock to the present day without loosing the essence of the character – he is still that socially awkward, seemingly asexual detective that everyone loves.

In support of these two Sherlock Holmes franchises I bought them all on iTunes, then broke my laptop and have not bought myself a new one, so I am now stuck with bad quality internet streaming on the laptop borrowed from my other half. Oh the sacrifices one must make to get their necessary fix of comfort TV.

On a positive note, a third series of Sherlock is expected to start production in a few months time, so, hopefully, it wont be too long before the general population can indulge in this delight once again.

Also, a note about the books: They are fabulous – I’ve gotten through all of the short stories but have not yet got round to reading the novels. All in good time Arthur, I promise I shall read them soon.

Birthday Book Haul

Sorry it’s been a while, apparently I found myself a life somewhere =D

Sometime last week I turned a year older and ended up with a few new books. Admittedly a few of them were bought by me, but with money given as gifts, so there is no need to feel guilty about spending money when I’d promised myself I wouldn’t, right?

Apparently, my mother had a rather humorous conversation with a bookseller in Waterstones, who, judging by the last few books my mother could remember that I’d read, thought I was some kind of academic [PAH!] and was unsure whether I would appreciate the selections of The Man Who Forgot His Wife and The Hundred Year Old Man…However, my mother did give her reassurance that I was non discriminate and would be happy to read any old rubbish. Thanks mum.

So far I have gotten through one book and am half way through another. And so far, I am quite delighted.

Therefore, you will find many very academic book reviews to follow.

All hail Autumn television!

Why does the US start new programmes in September/October? Is it because the winter blues are here and everyone’s too depressed to go outside? So they stay in watching TV and eat loads of cake. Well, America, I don’t appreciate that all shows are condensed into the autumn/winter months, spread them out a bit! Its not like I go out in summer, I have no social life America! Take that into account when making your schedules…

So anyway, the new season of:

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation –

A decent start, continuity from the last season which is always a good thing. And I know it’s been a few years, but I still miss Grissom. CBS, I will give you one hundred trillion dollars to bring him back! The weird bug guy made the show. But in all seriousness, the characters are good, let’s just hope for some consistently good content over the season.

CSI: New York –

Not an immensely strong season premiere, I hoped for better things from you New York! But, a decent amount of the original characters are still there. Just a pre-warning, you replace Gary and I’ll leave. Forever.

Law and Order: SVU –

Not too sure about the double episode, I didn’t think the content needed to be stretched quite that much. I’m also not entirely certain if I agree with all this conspiracy stuff. The show was good when they got victims, arrested criminals and tried them in court. Why change the recipe??

The Mentalist –

This programme is good because it is infuriating. Does that make sense? I’m not sure if I still like it as much as I did the first couple of seasons, BUT the fact that I still don’t know who Red John is will keep me watching.

NCIS –

Dun dun duuh, the terrorist is dead by the end of the programme?? Well I wasn’t expecting that! But it was pretty cool how it happened. These programmes really do have the clichés in common don’t they? I’m not sure why I continue to watch. I think its out of routine and familiarity at this stage.

Homeland –

I started watching this because my other half saw the advert and said “TCRC, I think you’ll love this” (Yes, my other half calls me by an acronym – because that is true love). So I watched season 1 and I guess I liked it enough to start watching this season too. Not too sure on the first episode, but it could develop nicely.

How I met your mother –

This is trash TV at its very best, and so frustrating. So the first episode starts off with a glimpse of the mother’s ankles – well now, that’s basically porn! Part of me hopes that this season will be the last, just so I can find out who the bloody mother is, while the other half is like, NO, carry on FOREVER!

The Big Bang Theory –

I’m kind of sad that Howard is still in space. It’s cool to watch but I do live in hope that he will return soon. This is by far the best of the returns this autumn, mainly because I can relate to the characters so well, being that I am a HUGE geek, and, obviously, a physicist. Well, I got an A in GCSE physics, so I’m probably qualified enough.

Any other shows you followers (all 7 of you) are watching this autumn?

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