Need some ideas

Dear smart friends and family:

I need something to read, preferably in audio format for my fricking two hour daily commute. I’m mostly need ideas on What’s Good, and my far, far favorite genre is hard sci fi. Any suggestions? Please? With Sugar on it?

The other thing: What are you watching on TV that I need to be TiVOing? I know Lor hates Sarah Connor, but I’m kind of enjoying it. Part of the fun is making rude comments about Lena Headey and her oh so corny come-hither attitude about everyone and everything. I know, that’s a dumb reason to watch it. But I like Summer Glau (how do you pronounce her last name??) and I almost like Thomas Dekker. Especially when he’s jonesing for Summer. Summer’s ballet is rather nice, too.

I’ve been watching Carpooling, that’s pretty funny in a male humor sort of way. I watch Hotel Babylon which is The Love Boat on dry ground (right down to the music) except for better character development.

And Medium. I like that show. I like the characters. It’s almost always interesting and I like watching the family interact. (In my mind’s eye that pudgy middle kid looks and acts a whole lot like I did when I was that age.) I like that Patricia Arquette’s weight goes up and down and nobody particularly seems to care. I love Anjelica Huston, ever since Prizzi’s Honor when she painted the lines under her eyes to get her dad to lean on Jack Nicholson. [She looked kind of sick on the last Medium I saw, I hope it’s nothing permanent.]

I like House, the episode right after the SuperBowl and then the very next one were stellar. Maybe his best yet.

I used to watch Lost but I lost interest in it. The premise of putting in the code periodically was just too dumb for me after a while. No accounting for taste, right? I mean, I watch Reno 911 sometimes and laugh my ass off if I’m in the right mood. That’s as tasteless as it gets. The movie made me pee myself.

I watched Eureka for awhile, but it’s too sugary most of the time. We watch Men in Trees on the treadmill in the morning. And whatever else there is available.

Don’t suggest reality shows, I can’t take them at all. Idol, gag me. We watch about an hour of TV on weeknights, but some nights we don’t watch TV at all. The only shows I mentioned that I’d miss if they were gone are Medium and House. And maybe not House. Oh, fuck it, it’s just TV and I don’t really care that much about ANY of it.  So much so, that I had to go back and edit this to say Like where it once said Love.  Cuz Love is too strong a for any of it.

I want Californication back, and I want Weeds back. What else am I missing?

6 thoughts on “Need some ideas

  1. I don’t watch much tv either, maybe two or three hours a week.

    if you want to give me your snail mail address I’ll send you a book. parcels from overseas are always fun to get aren’t they?


  2. can’t help you much on the tv stuff… Addicted to Weeds, and am pining for new episodes. But like any relationship, i know it’s only a matter of time before it goes bad, and i start to lose interest…

    audio books? hard sci-fi? no help there either… i tend to fall asleep with audio books, which isn’t good when i’m driving, and frustrating when i’m flying because i have to try to figure out where i was when i passed out…

    reading recommedations – just looking at the tv interests, and reading your blog, i’d suggest some david sedaris and augusten burroughs. if you want something great, yet a little depressing (who doesn’t?), Caroline Knapp’s “appetites” or “drinking: a love story” were both pretty brilliant.

    i would also be willing to ship you a book if you want to e-mail the address! that could be fun!


  3. These are all good in either audio or paper format:
    “Stranger in a Strange Land”, “Farnham’s Freehold”, and “Door into Summer” by Robert A. Heinlein.
    Anything, and I do mean *anything* by Sheri S. Tepper (my favorite feminist sociological-science science-fiction author) or (ahem) Joe Haldeman (AKA “Unca Joe” on my blog) especially “The Forever War” or “The Accidental Time Machine”.
    “The Brief History of the Dead” by Kevin Brockmeier.
    “A Fine and Private Place” by Peter S. Beagle.
    Anything by Neil Gaiman or Jonathan Carroll (though they could be described more as urban/realistic fantasy or horror rather than hard SF).
    “Alas, Babylon” by Pat Frank. Seriously, I can read this one over and over again, even though it’s kind of dated. It’s set in my area of Florida. Plus, hello- appendectomy with a steak knife and a knitting needle on a pool table! My kind of book, yo!
    If you like cyberpunk with a feminist perspective, early Elizabeth Hand is great. In her later books she’s still great, but turns more to the social sciences rather than traditional “hard” science aspects of futuristic SF. Still wonderful, though! And she’s cute as pie!
    If it’s humor you’re after, anything by Douglas Adams.
    Lastly, anything by (ahem) Jack Haldeman (my dad) or Roger Zelazny (a good friend of my dad)– if you buy anything by them and don’t like it? I’ll buy them back from you; how’s that for a recommendation?

    … should I go on…?


  4. bc says:

    Lorena – I’ve read and re-read every Robert A. Heinlein book ever written. Lazarus Long gave me my sex education (and I have red hair!) if that gives you any insight.
    I’ve read every Neil Gaiman that exists (in audiobook form).
    I heard a “A Brief History Of The Dead” and liked it a lot.
    Have you read/listened to any Neal Stephenson? They all rock, particularly “The Diamond Age” and “Snow Crash”.
    What’s the name of that one about aliens and that little boy ? Crap. I can’t remember the name w/out hearing it. It was SO GOOD and I think I bought it because you read and liked it. Changed me, for a few days, at least. Not strictly sci-fi. But that was okay. WAIT! It was The Grays, by Whitley Streiber!
    I’ve read lots of old Roger Zelazny but not much new. I’ll look for some. I already have a book of your Uncle Joe’s coming from Amazon on Monday. 🙂
    I will look up Elizabeth Hand. Cyberpunk is possibly my favorite (makes sense if William Gibson is my ATF author).
    I’ll look for “Alas, Babylon” too – I don’t think dated matters if it’s really good. I still love Frank Herbert.
    Thanks so much for the suggestions!
    If I might suggest something supernatural but not sci-fi –
    The Otori series by Lian Hearn. Really excellent. If you ever wondered where the Ninjas came from read this. If you can do it all in one chunk, I highly recommend it – you end up wishing you were still in that world.
    “The Nightingale Floor” and “Grass for his Pillow” are the first two.
    Love Lois McMasters Bujold, too. I guess it’s actually soft sci-fi. Maybe I don’t like hard sci-fi best. Maybe I like any of it, as long it’s good!


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