Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Night Work by Scissor Sisters:
Another collection of catchy, dancebeat-y songs from the Scissor Sisters. It's not too stylistically different from the later album, Magic Hour, but is equally as fun.

Final Grade: B+

The Shocking Miss Emerald by Caro Emerald:
Caro Emerald doesn't stray far from the "jazz vocals over modern beats" template that made her first album so great, but this collection of songs is just as good as the originals -- it's more expansion pack than sequel.

Final Grade: B+

Sorcerer's Legacy by Janny Wurts:
This was Janny Wurts' first book (published in 1981). I had never read it before because it was out of print, but it was finally released on the Kindle. Like her other works, this story is set against standard fantasy tropes with her unique special flavour added in -- strong female protagonists, and plots with more unfolding depth than breadth. Since it's a standalone book without endless sequels, the story is fast-paced and builds up a conflict whose resolution cannot be easily guessed ahead of time. I was a little disappointed in the final outcome, but can easily see the starting germs that eventually led to Wars of Light and Shadow, my favourite fantasy series that everyone else finds boring.

Final Grade: B

Sons of Anarchy, Season Two:
The second season of this show is a major improvement over the first. With all of the characters and settings established, the writers begin to mix the pieces together in interesting ways. The overarching plotline is solid, and kept me hooked for the whole season. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: B+

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