Here's the complete list. Some other familiar names on there too....
I really need to read David Durham's book. Someday. When I am neither writing a novel, nor too burned out from writing novels to want to read novels.
In other news, at coffeeem and nebula99's recommendation, I finished watching season one of The Wire. (Spoiler-free) Which was very, very good, but I don't have the mad love for it many people seem to. Too much McNulty, not enough any of the characters I cared about.
It's generally very well written, though I found that the directing can be a bit hamhanded. In places, not everywhere. Some of the most famous scenes (such as the infamous "motherfucker" crime scene investigation) [NSFW, if the word "motherfucker" wasn't your first clue. That's only the first half of the scene, for those playing along at home: it continues outside. And this clip edits off the best parts of the approach to the scene.] struck me as sort of overplayed. It's cute; it's a really clever conceit. But you know, it's also an acting-class exercise taken to the absolute limit of its weight-bearing ability. And I found the season-long narrative arc a little predictable.
The characters I adored and wanted more of were Freamon, Prez, and Daniels. I also thought D'Angelo and Omar were interesting. And Daniels' character growth, in particular, made me super happy. That's the only thing about the show that really hit me right in the kink.
I love that characters of color predominate, and I love that there are queer characters who are just part of the world.
I love a lot of the dialogue. And I love the cynicism and bitterness that inform a lot of it. I love that the characters are ethically gray; I think it would hit my kinks better if they struggled with that greyness a little. However, there's one exchange that I will love forever. The,
"Are we still cops?"
"Technically, I suppose so."
bit. I wish I'd written that.
I'd like there to be female characters who aren't either stereotypical butch lesbians, stereotypical manipulative bitches, or stereotypical good-girls-in-need-of-rescue, though. The men are so well-done; it makes me expect more from the women.
The picture of institutional poverty, desperation, corruption, narrow-mindedness, backstabbing--that? Is absolutely perfect. Dead-on.
On the other hand, when I'm looking at from a professional point of view rather than a fannish one, I like it better. It's well-structured, that dialogue is freaking note-perfect (except maybe Daniels is a little too articulate when he's going up somebody's trouser leg like a ferret on PCP, but he's so much fun to listen to I forgive him) and the male characters are quirky and layered and real, some of the best-developed I've seen anywhere.
Nice stuff. Quality. It's not the show's fault that my narrative kink lies in a different direction.
Oh, here, I'll round these up now.
Paul Di Filippo reviews A Companion to Wolves for The Washington Post
Snark, the surest sign you've gotten up in a reader's comfort zone. I think he called Carnival "yaoi" too. I think he needs to look up the word.
Guess we got teh ghey on him. Though I seem to recall that the lesbian character in Dust got past without comment...
Not that I'm saying, mind you. Just sensing a pattern here.
vatine liked Scardown
io9 blog liked "Tideline".
ravynstoneabbey liked Dust.
Popping Eyeballs liked Undertow.
And now I have to go write a novel.