December 12th, 2008

20111112, Marilee

One Hour of Daylight

I didn't hear the alarm, but it was turned off when I woke up at 4pm. I guess I needed the sleep, although it will move things later today. I haven't done anything interesting today at all. Fortunately, I have media reviews!
20111112, Marilee

The Big Valley, more or less

I watched the first five discs of a ten-disc first season, and then the second season discs started coming. I checked my Netflix queue and the last discs of the first season are not available because Netflix isn't going to have them anymore. I'm not sure why they have the second season if they don't have the first.

The Big Valley is set in the San Joaquin Valley in California, just post-Civil War. It's a family of three boys and a girl, but the dead father's bastard son (a very young Lee Majors) joins in early. The matriarch is Barbara Stanwyck, and a very young Linda Evans plays the girl. The story is based on a real family that became the rich folk in the area, but continued to try to treat people fairly. Most of the episodes I saw had something to do with fairness and equality.

The makeup is way too obvious (particularly when they make Martin Landau into an Indian) although I got used to it as I watched. A lot of famous actors played guest parts in the shows. It's a good Western series with a point to make.
20111112, Marilee

The Third Lynx by Timothy Zahn

I read the first of this series for bookgroup and reviewed The Night Train to Rigel.

When this second book came up from SFBC, I decided to get it and see how it went, since some of the bookgroup guys like Zahn a lot. This is a much better book. Again, it's a train mystery on the Quadrail, but someone was killed quickly this time, which gave the agent the start of a story that ends up with energy weapons. There's an intelligence agent who spends much of his time in the way, mostly because he can't be told the truth, and a rich young woman who attracts the agent. There's a lot of twists and turns as the mystery proceeds. I stayed up later than usual last night to finish this one. Highly recommended. I'm reading the last of the trilogy starting tonight.