Finished Fever by Sean Rowe. Very Elmore Leonard like novel about a former FBI agent getting involved in the hijacking of a cruise ship.
Not bad, brisk and fast-paced, but somehow it didn't really click for me. Just seemed a bit too derivative and mechanical: Rowe doesn't seem to have found his own voice. Almost seems to have too much plot, with too much melodrama crammed into too little space.
Still, the twistiness keeps it entertaining and it's a diverting way to pass the time.
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Saw The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus at the Electric cinema. Not bad overall. Gilliam seems to have embraced digital effects, and the dreamscapes are great. However, the plot plods along, and the "imagination is good" message is one he's done many times before.
The gimmick used to compensate for the death of Heath Ledger is just about workable, but the film misses his absence: I think it would have been better if he'd been around for more filming in the base-universe.
Ate nearby at the famous Mexican cafe Taqueria: can't judge how authentic it is, but the food was devilishly good. Some of it's fiercely hot though. I'm a wimp, but R's used to hot curries and was astonished to find her dish almost too hot for her
Ignored everyone's advice and bought the Canon PowerShot SX200 camera. Looks pretty decent so far. The 12x optical zoom is impressive, and I'm hoping the bigger aperture will help with the blurry-as-hell night shots I kept getting from the Ixus. Has full manual control without any firmware fiddling. However, it does feel a bit flimsy, especially the pop-up flash, the cable-connector cover. Has a lot of little protrusions unlike the Ixus where everything is nicely flush.
It's quite a bit chunkier than the Ixus, would fit in a bag or a jacket pocket, but not shirt pocket. Will probably keep the Ixus as my wandering-around-with camera, and just use this for holidays and trips.
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