I know, I know, there’s been a dearth of new posts on Taking The Short View for over a month – at least, until the drought was finally broken at the weekend with a new review of an old Hayao Miyazaki film. I can assure you that the lull hasn’t been down to any particular inattention or disinterest on my part, but more to do with the fact that I simply didn’t find anything to review or to write about in February. The television programs I was watching were all on-going series that I’d covered here in the past, and much the same applied to the things I viewed on DVD/Blu-ray. There were no film or show outings to speak of either.
I have been merrily reading away, but here my time has been taken up with two fairly long books. They’re both quite similar and in the same genre (fantasy) and neither of them have been entirely successful in satisfying me. I don’t like to be too harsh about books – as the product of one person, the criticism of a book invariably feels more personal than that for a TV show or film where hundreds if not thousands of people have been involved – so I wasn’t in a rush to write up my thoughts about them. But seeing as there’s a scarcity of other material, I guess I’d better knuckle down to it… Read the rest of this entry »