Touch by Claire North. Science fiction thriller in which a person with the ability to take over and move between bodies is hunted by an adversary. Not an original concept but very well executed. There's a lot of tension, good fast-paced action, interesting characters and it actually develops the implications of the ideas.
What I'm Watching
Have talked about it so much elsewhere that I forgot to mention seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the second day of its release. I enjoyed it a lot, helped by a heavy dose of nostalgia. It's a well-crafted, affectionately faithful sci-fi adventure movie. The downside is that the plotting is very unoriginal. I'd say it's definitely worth seeing since if you liked the first trilogy the nostalgia will keep you involved, and if you haven't seen them you won't be bothered by the unoriginality. However if you saw the original Star Wars and weren't that impressed, avoid this one too.
What I'm Watching 2
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Third in the series, watched it since it was on the Netflix free trial. Awful. Smaug is dispatched at the start and the rest of the film is basically waiting for one guy to come to his senses. While there's lots of action, there's not much tension to it, and the ludicrous physics of the CGI makes it impossible to suspend disbelief. The size disparities between races don't help either, with Orc henchmen looking particularly frail as they're wiped out by tiny dwarves and hobbits. Bilbo alone takes out three armoured Orcs on open ground by throwing handy rocks at them. The series started a bit ropy and only got worse, avoid if possible.
Had my last day of holiday, back at work tomorrow though there's the long weekend after that. Feel quite well rested, glad I got the chance to spend a few days with my parents at the start.
Tried the Netflix free trial but was disappointed by the movie selection: has fewer new big movies than my local library even: no "Age of Ultron", "Inside Out" or even "Birdman". It's probably best for TV series but I just don't have the time for those, so will probably cancel when the trial's up.
Socioeconomics. What to do when you're not the hero any more.
Random. "Radical Publisher" Verso has 90% off all ebooks till Jan 1st, I grabbed a few. I didn't know that "The global portion of 3D digital screens increased to 51% from 47% in 2013", looks like 2D screens are a minority now.
Video. Motorhead on The Young Ones.
Sci/Tech. Bladeless wind turbine.
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