I bought two (2) CDs last week. One was Feist's new album, which I've been impatiently willing her to make for six years. The other was an album by a Japanese metal band called Aldious, which I bought largely out of curiosity.
I've listened to the Feist album about one-and-a-half times and spent pretty much the rest of the week listening to Aldious.
Finally got around to watching Ran today. It's the fifth (?) Kurosawa film I've seen and the first one I've really loved. It's quite a relief, actually. When you come across feted Great Directors and try their output and are underwhelmed, there's a heady mix of disappointment and worrying if you've missed something. But I missed nothing with Ran. Excellent movie.
My dad mentioned last Christmas that he'd written a list of all the books he'd read over the year. I liked the idea so I did it myself for 2016. And since I don't want the piece of paper kicking around anymore, I'm copying it up here. This also serves as a neat way to brag about my reading habits to the Internet at large, aren't I clever etcetera. (Seriously though, it turns out I read a lot more than I realised.)
Books in bold are non-fiction, books struck through are ones I gave up on.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (not sure if I'd already started this one or not when 1 January rolled around) The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie The Celts by Alice Roberts Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman The Children Act by Ian McEwan Tales from Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor Hokusai's Great Wave by Timothy Clark Futuristic Violence & Fancy Suits by David Wong The Other Wind by Ursula LeGuin Wild by Cheryl Strayed Kingdom Come by J. G. Ballard The Peasants' Revolt by Alastair Dunn The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison Everything's Eventual by Stephen King Japan: A Short History by Mikiso Hane The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell London: A Short History by A. N. Wilson The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro Ships and Seafaring in Ancient Times by Lionel Cassan The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu The King in the North by Max Adams Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne The Bachman Books by Stephen King The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan Half a King by Joe Abercrombie The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss Monsieur Pamplemousse and the Militant Midwives by Michael Bond For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie Judi Dench: With a Crack in Her Voice by John Miller The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells The Concise Pepys by Samuel Pepys The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence Seveneves by Neal Stephenson Half the World by Joe Abercrombie Grotesque by Natsu Kirino - and that's what I'm currently about halfway through.
Just finished episode 4 of Life is Strange, and I'm not sure about the SHOCKING TWIST in its last moments. The events of episode 5 may yet prove to justify it but at present it seems like a SHOCKING TWIST for the sake of a SHOCKING TWIST, rather than one that was properly seeded through the plot's earlier motions. We shall see.