Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I chose this book from Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program expecting to read the story of a modern-day daredevil, perhaps like the man who recently tightrope-walked across the falls. Instead, it tells the story of four boys wanting to cross the famous “ice bridge” in the 1960s. Interwoven with their stories are the accounts of four different people’s interactions with Niagara Falls, from a British drummer boy to escaped slaves and a European hermit. In this way, the author attempts to provide a historical panorama along with the adventure story. It meets with mixed success. The separate accounts are clearly distinguished from the main story, but it also takes us away from the first-person narrator and proves distracting. At least once I wondered where these accounts were coming from, in contrast to the main parts which were in 1st-person.
Another element that might give some readers pause is the language. While this book comes from a Christian publisher, the language is true to the setting, with side characters making racist remarks against people of African descent (although this is clearly looked down on by the main characters) and the boys use words such as “piss” and “crap.” I didn’t find it troubling at all, and thought it made the characters more realistic, but some people might be surprised to find these words.
The details were well-done and realistic, and the characters had some distinguishing facts to them. Overall, it was an interesting book, but didn’t have anything that especially jumped out at me. One of the elements that disappointed me was a description of a curious moment one of the boys had in the ice. It seemed to suggest mysterious possibilities that were never picked up.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The First Doctor considers how events are coming to a close with Susan.
David would say, later, that it hadn’t been much of a wedding.
|Seven Doctors And A Funeral Susan Foreman Campbell hasn't seen her grandfather in almost a decade. So why does he keep returning every few years now?|
|Six Lives That Susan Foreman Never Lived “The truth is we’re both curious about Susan and we won’t be happy until we know some of the answers.”|
|The Girl at the Bottom of the Garden Luke Smith has a new friend. She lives in the shed at the bottom of his garden|
Sunday, June 17, 2012
So many of my stories start with a picture: three roses darker than black and richer than crimson, a girl in a skirt of her own feathers. Some of my favorite published stories begin this way too, such as the Chronicles of Narnia and Dragons in Our Midst. Other times, the image is all that remains when the plot is forgotten.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your heart, you begin to understand there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep...that have taken hold. --Frodo BagginsAmy Williams knows that all too well. There's no way back home when her daughter will never come home. Takes place after A Good Man Goes to War and scattered throughout the rest of series six.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
The Master: (to the Doctor) Oh, your dad’s still kicking up a fuss.
Wilfred: Yeah, well, I’d be proud if I was
The Doctor: I’d be proud.
Wilfred: Of what?
The Doctor: If you were my dad.
Wilfred Mott is a companion in the sense that Samwise Gamgee is a Ringbearer--not for a long time, but his supporting role earns him the title, at least in my eyes. Not to mention that he dons the mantle officially in The End of Time. From his (initial) cameo in Voyage of the Dammed, to his reappearance as Donna's granddad in season four, he's a source of humor with a serious side. I also like how he's "older" than the Doctor, and sees through some of the things that "traditional" companions don't quite notice. And he has at least three wonderful scenes--the cafe, the Vinvocci spaceship where he begs Ten to take the gun, and the chamber at the Naysmith Mansion. I also have plans for him in my own fanfiction...
All That it Takes for Evil to Flourish The Doctor's thoughts on the scene where Wilf urges him to take the gun.
Boxing Day:Written by the brilliant Lyricwritesprose, it has Wilf and Eleven meeting up on a beach. It's mostly conversation, but such a necessary one that it would be a shame for alien attacks to interrupt it.
Cup of Tea The cafe scene in End of Time from Wilf's POV. It's not one of my best stories, but I still like it.
The Doctor's Dad Slightly AU in that Wilf didn't get trapped in the box , but a wonderful exploration of the Doctor and Wilf.
Grasshopper Duet Time for a guilty confession...I ship Wilf and Sarah Jane. They both have seen the Doctor at low points, heard him say things he wouldn't say to anyone else, and still trust him even though they're "old enough to know better." This story doesn't approach shipping, except in my mind, but I still think they should have met on the show.
Gratias Astra Wilf gets a trip to the stars.
The Faithful Soldier A collection of five drabbles about Wilf in End of Time, it really gets inside his mind.
His Turn Tearjerker, but still good.
It's Time Based on Eleven's "farewell tour," it offers another reason the Doctor would surrender to the inevitable.
New Faces I love reading about Eleven and Wilf, what can I say?
Not Remotely Important Wilf and Eleven...again
On Her Behalf Wilf said he'd look up at the stars for Donna. A one-shot about the two of them stargazing together.
Two Old Men and a Park Bench Another time Wilf might have encountered Eleven.