What’s On My Radar – Week of June 24

Comic: The Wake #2

This is a fantastic new book by Scott Snyder (Superman Unchained, etc.) and Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, etc.).  I love it because it bring sin the mysteries of the deep.  The first book reminded me a lot of the long canceled tv show Surface (I really miss that show and wanted to know where they were going to go with it).  There’s a very strange world with dramatic events in the future and extremely terrifying creatures in the deep in the present.  I can’t wait to see where this 10-issue book leads.

cover of The Wake #2
And with sharks on the cover, of course I’m going to love it!

Television: Doctor Who (David Tennant as #10)

I’ve just started the second season of (the new) Doctor Who. I’ve heard great things about Tennant’s Doctor, but I loved Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor. He had such compassion and gravitas in addition to his quirk. It made sense to me considering the experiences he lived through. I have cheated and watched Blink (which I absolutely adore!), but other than that I have not seen any other episodes with the 10th Doctor. I’m looking forward to getting through as many as I can this week.


And these were actually on my radar last week, but I’m still thinking about them so I think they still count as ‘On My Radar’ and I want to share.

Film: Much Ado About Nothing

I’ve been looking forward to this film ever since I heard the news that Joss Whedon was shooting it (during his ‘break’ from filming The Avengers). Can I just take a moment to profess my adoration of Joss Whedon? Ok, that’s done.  Every time I hear/read what Joss has to say about this film, my anticipation grows.  I’ve been waiting so long for this I was giddy about its release (wide release was June 21st, select markets were fortunate enough to have already had it released).  I took the day off (as part of my birthday celebrations – it was the 20th) and saw the first showing Friday morning with my mom.  It was fantastic. Clark Gregg was magnificent as Leonato. And man can every character drink. It was a brilliant rendition of a great Shakespeare play. If I taught English and Much Ado was in my curriculum, I’d certainly have my students watch this version.

And can we take a moment to talk about Joss Whedon’s house? Um, can I move in? Or at least attend parties there? Its beautiful.

Clark Gregg as a tired Leonato

Book: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

cover of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil GaimanHere’s another thing I’ve been anticipating for quite some time and its finally here.  The book was released on Tuesday, June 18th and I planned my reading schedule to ensure I could start it as soon as it is delivered to my house.  Some good fortunate led it to be delivered on the day before and you can read my reactions here. This is Gaiman’s first adult novel since Anansi Boys and it will be his last US book signing tour (good thing I already have my ticket to see him in Santa Rosa).  I finished the book very quickly and did indeed love it.  I still intend to write a review in the near future, but probably after another reading and I’ll post my take on it over at goodreads (and probably push the feed here too). But you shouldn’t wait for that. Just pick it up and read it. It’s a New York Times #1 best seller now. So I’m not the only one who loves it.





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