Saturday, September 28, 2013

Breaking Bad life/death predictions

Feeling kind of sick and nervous awaiting tomorrow's Breaking Bad finale.  Ain't no TV show ever made me feel like this before.  So, in a soon-to-be-obsolete move, I'm posting my predictions about who survives the finale and who doesn't.  Come back tomorrow at ten-fifteen to mock my utter lack of predictive ability!

Naturally, there are spoilers for previous plot developments after the jump, so don't read it if you don't want spoilers!  But man, if you're not watching the show as it airs and you want to eventually watch it unspoiled, good luck to you.  I'd avoid the internet entirely in the meantime.  Maybe kill all your friends for good measure.
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Richard Adams, The Plague Dogs (1977)

So I reread Watership Down recently.  Actually, "reread" might be the wrong word; my dad read it to me several times when I was small, but I don't think I ever read it myself.  But in any event, it had made a strong impression on me, and I wanted to know: does this hold up?  Is it as good as I remember it being?
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Sunday, September 01, 2013

Henryk Sienkiewicz, Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero (1895)

Let us read a Christian novel by an early Nobel-Prize Winner, shall we?  Quo Vadis takes place in Rome during the time of Nero.  The central plot concerns a tribune named Vinicius, (fictional) nephew of Petronius, who falls in love with a Christian girl, Lygia, and, as his uncle skeptically looks on, tries to win her, at first being all high-handed and brutal about it but, inevitably, learning more about Christianity and finally converting himself.  But then the shit really hits the fan, as the fire that destroyed Rome (at which Nero apocryphally fiddled) goes up and Christians are scapegoated and persecuted.  What will happen to our star-crossed lovers?!?
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