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I had better stop reading these detective novels I've been getting from Overdrive through the library and start some serious Hugo reading during my reading time.

 I've been indulging in the Mrs Pargeter series by Simon Brett. Simon produced the first Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio play.  I tried the first of Mr Brett's Charles Paris books but I found the sex and alcoholism a bit too much. It was the 70's but really!

I love the BBC background "Well, you'll never get a part on Dr. Who again" and the acting bits pretty cool though so might give them another try sometime.

But the wily Mrs Pargeter is a lot more fun.

I've also devoured most  of the Feng Shui Detective series by Nury Vittachi a Sri Lankan bloke who is a very interesting fellow indeed. Read his wikipedia entry.  Worth reading about. Anyway British-Australian teen girl meets up with ancient (56!) Feng Shui Master. Together they fight crime! I find it a fun read. 

But I must unwillingingly put it all aside and download the Hugo Packet and start considering my votes.

Look at the entrants for best dramatic presentation. I have seen all of them. Some I've seen twice. I don't have an easy choice ahead of me here:

  • Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)
A damn fine film, with some of the most interesting aliens and alien communication and  translation work worthy of Janet Kagan.

  • Deadpool, screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, directed by Tim Miller (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Marvel Entertainment/Kinberg Genre/The Donners’ Company/TSG Entertainment)
Irreverent, humorous and not only breaking the 4th wall but sitting next to you in the cinema pinching your popcorn. Interesting flashback storytelling and slick all round, low budget but extremely crafted. 

  • Ghostbusters, screenplay by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, directed by Paul Feig (Columbia Pictures/LStar Capital/Village Roadshow Pictures/Pascal Pictures/Feigco Entertainment/Ghostcorps/The Montecito Picture Company)
Fun modern take on the original, super cast and storytelling. If you think that the world being saved was random and not due to them, you need to watch it again.

  • Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, directed by Theodore Melfi (Fox 2000 Pictures/Chernin Entertainment/Levantine Films/TSG Entertainment)
Well, I was hooked from the word go, but I hooked up with an aerospace freak in 1987 having already read The Right Stuff. A lot of it was very familiar territory to me. It was absolutely compelling to see it through different, vital eyes. Incidentally, I'm incensed that Chris Hadfield isn't visiting Perth this time on his Australian visit. Go see him you lucky Eastern Staters.

  • Rogue One, screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Gareth Edwards (Lucasfilm/Allison Shearmur Productions/Black Hangar Studios/Stereo D/Walt Disney Pictures)
This war movie is a prime example of its kind.

  • Stranger Things, Season One, created by the Duffer Brothers (21 Laps Entertainment/Monkey Massacre)
This series is extremely well crafted. Some brilliant script work, character driven with compelling characters and a superb 80's vibe. 
And it starts off with a D&D session. The only problem with it that I have is that it has some truly gripplingly nailbiting moments. I don't enjoy horror particularly and suspense/thriller makes me want to bury my head in a pillow and I frequently do that with this series. Because there are some genuinely horrific bits but also genuinely spooky bits. I get laughed at by Poss and Rob but I really want to keep watching this show. I really like it and its characters. 


So, as you can see, for this section I have my work cut out ahead of me. Let's just say I'll be happy if any of them win! 

Poss, you haven't seen Deadpool have you? Shall we bring the DVD tomorrow?

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Date: 2017-05-19 04:49 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
No I haven't, so yes please. I've received my Hugo novels.

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Date: 2017-05-19 11:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dalmeny
A timely reminder that we need to see Arrival.

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Date: 2017-05-25 03:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] suenicorn
I have only seen Hidden Figures, which is a wonderful film, and I've bought the book, but, um... It's not spec fic, unless I'm missing something. How did it get on the list? Or do they just add up the nominations? There must have been quite a few people who just said, "Sensawunda, stuff the lack of SF! " I totally get that attitude. I went with a friend who is a passionate space freak and we loved it, because, Sensawunda.

I did read one of Nury Vittachi's Feng Shui Detective novels, great fun. They're meant to be Holmes and Watson. Speaking of which, have you come across Ellie Marney's trilogy about a teenage Holmes and Watson(a female Watson)in Melbourne? Amazingly written by a school teacher who has somehow managed not to drain her creativity in the teaching. I must let her inspire me.

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Date: 2017-05-31 06:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] suenicorn
Okay, that answers that. And Hidden Figures is a terrific movie!

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