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And now it's time to talk about All Clear! It's been all I could think about over the weekend, and I finished it this afternoon. My thoughts on it behind the cut, while it's still fresh in my mind.

Spoilers for All Clear )

I know several of you have read it -- what did you think?
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I just finished Blackout, by Connie Willis, with perfect timing -- All Clear comes out on Tuesday. (If that's not a reason to finally get a library card here, I don't know what is.) And oh boy, I need to talk about Blackout. Surely some of you have read it?

Major Blackout spoilers here! )

I'm sure that, like, half of my questions are answered in the first half of the book. Still, have any of you read it? What do you think?
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I saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull last night.

WARNING. Big honking spoilers behind this lj cut. )

And while I'm complaining, I don't like the new favicon that Google is using -- that super-serif'd lowercase g. The capital G was so much cleaner!

On the plus side, I love Jim Broadbent! I hope that someone makes a movie of Connie Willis's Doomsday Book or To Say Nothing of the Dog, just so he can play Mr. Dunworthy.
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So I think my movie quotes were guessed quicker than anyone else's! (Except there's still another movie with the quote from #10!) I'm sure none of you will be surprised to learn that I've only seen five of the movies nominated for Oscars in any category.

I'll mostly be watching for Jon Stewart tonight.

Meanwhile, I've started reading Bellwether, by Connie Willis, which I'm not crazy about yet. I seem to only like her longer novels, like To Say Nothing of the Dog and Doomsday Book. I hated Lincoln's Dreams. I'm finding Bellwether to be kind of preachy and hand-wringy, and I'm not sure why. Maybe once the plot kicks in I'll enjoy it more.

And in other news, I'm not sure I'm ever writing a midterm from scratch again. I like having more control over the questions. Also, if they're not from a test bank, then students can keep the midterm and use it to study for the final, and they don't have to come to my office hours to see which questions they got wrong. But holy hell, writing the midterm took forever. Maybe, maybe it will save me time in the long run, if they don't have to swing by my office to see which questions they got wrong. Hmmmm.

Answers!

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The very awesome [personal profile] starfishchick asked me a few questions, so here we go:

What is your favorite meal to prepare?

Right now it might be our killer cheese enchiladas, with Mexican rice and refried beans on the side. We've done it enough times that we've gotten fairly efficient, and it's fun to spend time together in the kitchen drinking beer and sauteing onions and frying tortillas and making chile gravy. I've even gotten quite good at assembling the enchiladas -- the right hand puts on the onion, the left hand the cheese, and then the right hand rolls it up and slides it into place on the pyrex dish, while the eeee! is frying the next tortilla. Yum yum yum. (I confess that the refried beans come from a can when we make this, because we're not completely insane.)

What's the best book you've read lately?

Oooh, this is hard because I haven't read much yet this year. Does it have to be something I read for the first time? Because I recently re-read Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis, and goddamn, that book is fantastic. It's cold and bleak and hopeful and warm all at the same time.

Describe your favourite tea!

My favorite tea right now is the Tazo Awake tea, which is filling and strong, but not bitter, and is fabulous with milk. I love curling up with a cup of it in the morning and reading LJ or Chicklit.

If you're looking for an excuse to babble about yourself, comment and get three questions from me of your very own!

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