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I skipped ahead to the end of All In because I was having conniptions

Cut to spare all of you more ranting about giant toothed hero )
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Sorry to spam you all with this stuff, but apparently every thought I have today must be expressed on LJ.

I have decided that hero of All In is quite ugly really. At least he is when he smiles and shows terrifyingly large teeth. It's a bit disturbing.

Cut to save those of you who don't care about Korean dramas )
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- Heroine sadly only makes short appearance as novice. Throws off veil with abandon and becomes dealer in casino (can't believe another nun sent her off to that job! What is the Catholic church coming to?). Hmphfff!

- Gambling rather boring to watch. As are shenanigans involving casino financing

- I was promised a love triangle that hasn't appeared by episode 9. Shame on you back of box writers!

- Can't work out if I think the hero is ugly or attractive (he's got one of those faces). But feel sorry for him a bit after he spent years in jail for a crime he committed for the heroine (not that she knows about it).

- Was shocked by appearance of male bottoms in bath house scene especially given the Victorian sentiments of kdramas re. nekkidness.

- Secondary heroine is giantess. She's got to be the tallest woman I've ever seen on Asian TV. Also her story and that of secondary hero is really, really boring.

Pat Barker's The Ghost Road was a horrifically predictable WWI novel and was really disappointing. I know it won the Booker Prize and all, but still it was WWI by numbers - complete with cameo by Wilfred Owen. It is not coming to Vancouver but will be sent off to Goodwill (if they'll take it - apparently Out of the Closet didn't take my friend's books. Or that futon matress we lugged up the stairs). The tiger in Life of Pi should eat people who refuse to take books!
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For bringing me nuns and gamblers. I do not really like nuns much having been terrorized muchly by them throughout my education but they make for excellent melodrama. Novice sister Angela, I suspect you are not long for nunishness but still there was nunning for a bit. Huzzah! And these are my first kdrama nuns!

Also: tiger does not eat kid in Life of Pi. Very disappointing. As was Shizuko Natsuki's Portal of the Wind, which needed much longer to properly work out the creepy plot (about head transplants and loss - hey, it sort of worked before he explained the details in graphic closing chapters). Though a fabulous ending paragraph which made up for not very good closure.

Here it is (it doesn't spoil anything):

"And Tsuneyo made up her mind that in memory of her father and what had happened to him, she would never forget this vison of a door in the wind, which could open up and swallow people."

Now on to Pat Barker's The Ghost Road - I am ashamed to say how much dust was covering that one. I've got to stop buying books and leaving them in piles for that magic moment when I will have time to read them all.

PS. I hope you will all be properly impressed when I say that I got up at 7:30 this morning to help a friend shift some stuff for charity people to pick up. And that between the two of us (neither of us very large) we carried a giant futon matress up the 40 steps from her house. I thought I would die at about step 30, but still it was done!


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