Some of the new releases for the week that I found interesting (plus a trio of Samhain romances at Hot Romance on the Knob!):
Repeat ($3.99 Kindle), Neal Pollack [Lake Union Publishing]
Company of Heroes: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company’s War in Vietnam ($8.69 Kindle), by Eric Poole [Osprey Publishing]
Scotch ($6.36 Kindle), by Ted Bruning [Shire]
Off the Radar: A Father’s Secret, a Mother’s Heroism, and a Son’s Quest ($14.99 Kindle), by Cyrus Copeland [Blue Rider Press / Penguin]
You’d never know it from the snow we had over the weekend, but it’s nearly time for these two new books from Storey Publishing: How to Make Ice Cream: 51 Recipes for Classic and Contemporary Flavors ($4.79 Kindle) and Making Vegan Frozen Treats: 50 Recipes for Nondairy Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Other Delicious Desserts ($4.61 Kindle) by Nicole Weston.
Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight–and What We Can Do about It ($14.49 Kindle), by Harriet Brown [Da Capo Lifelong Books]
A trio of new releases from Schiffer Publishing that are available in paper only from Amazon, so far:
Serbian Cooking: Popular Recipes from the Balkan Region by Danijela Kracun and Charles McFadden
Eggs for Breakfast: Delicious, Healthy Recipes to Jump-Start Your Day: A Chef’s Guide to Cooking Eggs with Over 50 Easy-To-Follow Recipes ($3.99 Kindle), by Donna Leahy [Food Arts Fusion]
All prices current at the time the post is written. Most books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings: Cho Chang/Cedric Diggory
Summary: When she was young, her maamaa used call her siu chau like a particularly amusing pun.
Download: Right click and save as an mp3. (Thanks to paraka for hosting!)
Streaming available at AO3. Also available at AO3 are bonus materials in the form of:
1) Podficcer's notes re: translation choices
2) A phone conversation with my parents wherein we discuss how to pronounce the words in this story in Cantonese and Mandarin, what the words mean, translation difficulties and differences between Cantonese/Mandarin, as well as some cultural context for some of the terms in this story. (You can also listen to me evade the question of why I want to know these words and where I found this story like a NINJA :P).
(1 + 10) x 1= 11
Cross-posted to podfic_bingo
Somebody please tell the natural world out there that it's supposed to be spring?!
Published: 2013 by Momentum
Format reviewed: E-book (mobi)
Series: Aurora #1
Genres: Science fiction
Source: From the publisher via NetGalley
Reading Challenges: Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015
Available: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Google Play ~ Kobo ~ Print
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
When a distress signal is received from a black-ops space station on the edge of inhabited space, Captain Saul Harris of the UNF Aurora is called in from leave to respond. But the mission is not what it seems. Female members of the United National Forces have not been allowed to travel into the outer zones before, but Harris is ordered to take three new female recruits.
For Corporal Carrie Welles, one of the Aurora‘s new recruits, her first mission in space seems like a dream come true. Determined to achieve the success of her father before her, and suddenly thrust into a terrifying mission, she must work with her new captain and the strained Aurora crew to make it home alive.
When the Aurora arrives at the station Harris and Welles soon find themselves caught up in a desperate fight for survival. Station Darwin is not what they expected. The lights are off. But somebody is home.
What’s the first thing I do after signing up for a fantasy reading challenge? Why, dive into some science fiction, of course! What makes this weirder is that I’m not a huge sci-fi reader. However, Amanda and I travel in some of the same circles, so when there was an opportunity to check out the first of her series on NetGalley I decided to give it a go.
I’m glad I did. If you’re the sort of person who wants to know how gravity is generated on board the Aurora or why the spaceship is so big in comparison to current technology, this is not going to be the book for you. This is soft sci-fi, preferring to concentrate on the relationships between characters rather than scientific details. It particularly touches on what it is like to be a woman in a male-dominated sphere.
Carrie is a relatively likeable character, being hard-working and passionate. She also has her flaws, one of which is a huge chip on her shoulder. Of the three female recruits to the Aurora, she is the one that deals most poorly with the harassment she receives at the hands of the other crew members. This may be because she is the only female recruit who specialises in combat–being a sharp-shooter–and she strives to prove she is just as good as her male counterparts at everything, even when her petite build makes that physically impossible. She verges on annoyingly foolish sometimes with the way she argues with her superior officers, but she gained back some respect from me by being quick to admit her mistakes.
There is a diverse mix of races and nationalities among the other crew members but I found the characterisation to be a bit shallow. Class differences came a little more into play, but the focus was very much on binary gender differences in a heterosexual context. This focus was somewhat integral to the plot but I hope to see more genuine diversity later in the series.
The beginning was a little rough and verged on info-dumping in places, especially when it came to setting the scene of Fort Centralis. There was also some awkwardness with abbreviations and acronyms that were mentioned once and then never come up again in the novel. However, once it got started, it was well-paced and I devoured it in no time. Some may feel the wrap-up was a bit drawn out, but I felt it held the tension well and played to that focus on character relationships, though there were elements I didn’t agree with.
Safe to say I’m hooked. I’ve already snagged the next two in the series and am looking forward to diving in.
Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.
This is someone else's story, but this one I particularly want remember because it's part of a small number of pieces of information that tell me my dad suffered much worse physical abuse than I did. And I like the idea that he tried to reduce the harm he passed on to me. I know I've done the same.
I keep hoping that having come off the week from hell with a new shiny living room layout and soon-to-disappear mounds of furniture that I don't want, I will maybe feel better.
Then I keep eyeing the flat affect and going, right, we're doing this again/still. I mean, at least I'm getting yay-done brain points when I do things. It helps that it's all screamingly tangible. Aaaand yet it's just not lasting past the initial burst of yes, that is a thing that I accomplished. I can't say that's a huge surprise, either, it's just mentally exhausting, to go along with needing to figure out the spring + mental health combo of sleep schedule that'll work best for me.
Aaaanyway. I think I have one more pattern repeat on this scarf, and then I can bind off, clamber around for the mohair, and alternate that with the silk/cotton skein. Both of which I suspect will feel better on my hands than the Lanaloft. I swear it's more humid than it has been in weeks, I'm hydrating fine, and nevertheless my skin is Unhappy in a multitude of ways.
Also I found out that, in keeping with all my recollections, there is no nail polish that will stand up to violin. I mean maybe if I'd bothered with a topcoat, but as a rule ahahahahahno.
But I've been faffing about with the prose "Notes & Comments" part. I feel the need to back up each poem with prose explanations so that what I'm saying is not dismissed as "mere poetic license" (you know?).
So, this morning, I decided to sign up to the Camp's April session for that part, with a word count goal of 10,000 (same as last time).
Making an official commitment, now.
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Third Doctor, Jo Grant, the Brigadier, and Benton
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: gnasler
Why this piece is awesome: This cute and fluffy work feels like the perfect way to end my month of Classic Who recs. I love the way this artist can make a few lines express so much. In this work I'm particularly fond of the Brigadier's perplexed look.
Link: UNIT Group Hug
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- if I have to sleep badly, at least I can get up early and have a leisurely breakfast and commute
- TEA. Tea, Assam, hot and milky and sweet
- starting to clean out my desk meaning I have nine working days counting today in this job
- ranting about books with ungemmed
- I'm a lot more confident doing debugging and troubleshooting than I used to be
Hopefully, Scott won't have to work late. We need to cook chicken tonight, and I don't think I can get Cordelia to do that. First, she's freaked out about the idea of touching raw meat. Second, she dislikes chicken passionately and isn't likely to want to participate in making it dinner for the next several nights.
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A couple of weeks ago, a waterspout formed off the coast of a tropical beach in Brazil. The panic it evoked was merited … kinda sorta. Here’s why:
I’ve seen dust devils in person many times (driving from California to Colorado years back, we saw a half dozen, one that was so big we were kilometers away when we first spotted it), and pictures of them on Mars(!). But I’ve never seen a tornado in the wild myself, or a waterspout … or an ash devil, or a fire tornado.
Y’know what? I’m not too upset by that. Watching them on video is just fine by me.
If I can't play music on my laptop, my other option is to use the TV and the DVD player. I've got most of this music on CD. I just can't currently get to my CDs (the walker won't fit into the study what with all the junk in there, and music isn't important enough for me to do without the walker).
I don't think the sound going on my laptop would be important enough to pay to get it repaired, especially not given how long I'd be likely to be without a computer (and thus internet access and the ability to write easily). I'm not sure how old this laptop is. Three years? Four? Older? We really can't afford to replace it any time soon.
Three Weeks With Lady X
RECOMMENDED: Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James is $1.99! This is the first book in the Desperate Duchesses by the Numbers series. Elyse reviewed this almost a year ago and awarded it an A:
I really, really didn’t want this book to end. It was worth reading till two a.m., worth being exhausted the next day, worth all the feels it made me have, and it’s going straight to the top of my favorites list.
Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India.
Exquisite, head-strong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks.
But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them.
Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.
But there is only one thing that will make India his—the one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose…
His fierce and lawless heart.
Secrets of a Summer Night
RECOMMENDED: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas is $2.99! This book has a four-star average and is the first in the Wallflowers quartet, one of the best series Kleypas has written. It focuses on four friends who for various reasons are very low on marriage prospects. The first book features Annabelle, who is trying to save her family by marrying a nobleman, and Simon who is in trade, and is among the most wealthy men in London.
Sarah really liked this book because Annabelle and Simon both have to realize their own prejudices and snobbery (more on Annabelle’s side with that issue), and both deal with social expectations, too.
Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband.So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.
Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing—and persistent—admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition . . . but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.
Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon—and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon’s passionate embrace and tempting kisses . . . and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.
Married to the Viscount
Married to the Viscount by Sabrina Jeffries is $1.99! This is the fifth book in the Swansea Spinsters historical romance series. There also seems to be a marriage of convenience plot in the thick of things. Some readers weren’t too found of the hero (I believe the term “douche” has been bandied about), but other readers mentioned how they enjoyed the couple’s growth together. It has a 3.9-star rating on GoodReads.
Abigail Mercer was breathless with anticipation at being reunited with Spencer Law, whom she met once and later married by proxy. But now the dashing Viscount Ravenswood denies all knowledge of their union.
Far too many witnesses have made it impossible for the secretive Spencer to reject his “bride” without causing a scandal. So he has proposed a marriage in-name-only until they can locate his mysteriously absent younger brother — who is responsible for everything — and untangle this messy affair.
Abigail is incensed, irate…and irresistibly attracted to this handsome, infuriating man who hides his smoldering passion behind a proper exterior. So the lady will agree to his terms on one condition: Spencer must seal their bargain with a kiss.
But he finds that one deep, lingering, unforgettable kiss isn’t nearly enough. And keeping his hands off his pretty wife is going to be much harder than he thought.
The Wicked Wallflower
The Wicked Wallflower by Maya Rodale is $1.99 at a couple vendors at $2.10 at Google:Play. This is a historical romance that’s part of Rodale’s “Bad Boys & Wallflowers” series. The hero and heroine have a pretend engagement, and you know those always work out the way the characters intend. Elyse reviewed the book and wound up giving it a C-:
I liked how Blake and Emma finally come together in the end, but getting there was a little rocky. The Wicked Wallflower wasn’t a bad book by any means, but with so many Regencies out there, it failed to stand out from the rest of the pack.
Lady Emma Avery has accidentally announced her engagement—to the most eligible man in England. As soon as it’s discovered that Emma has never actually met the infamously attractive Duke of Ashbrooke, she’ll no longer be a wallflower; she’ll be a laughingstock. And then Ashbrooke does something Emma never expected. He plays along with her charade.
A temporary betrothal to the irreproachable Lady Avery could be just the thing to repair Ashbrooke’s tattered reputation. Seducing her is simply a bonus. And then Emma does what he never expected: she refuses his advances. It’s unprecedented. Inconceivable. Quite damnably alluring.
London’s Least Likely to Misbehave has aroused the curiosity—among other things—of London’s most notorious rogue. Now nothing will suffice but to uncover Emma’s wanton side and prove there’s nothing so satisfying as two perfect strangers…being perfectly scandalous together.
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe is the Audible daily deal today at $2.95. This unabridged audiobook runs for 6 and a half hours, give or take, and is narrated by Wil Wheaton. Munroe is the creator of XKCD.com. It has a 4.1-star average, and reviewers of the audiobook say that it’s great in small doses, too, so it’s a very good choice for scientifically-curious commuters who listen in their cars or on mass transit.
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask.
Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following.
Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?
In pursuit of answers, Munroe runs computer simulations, pores over stacks of declassified military research memos, solves differential equations, and consults with nuclear reactor operators. His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity, complemented by signature xkcd comics. They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind, or at least a really big explosion.
The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website. What If? will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical.
This soundtrack started—as everything concerning this story—unintentionally. After a linkspam a little while ago where I linked to a piece about openly gay pop musicians, I started randomly going through my small collection of queer music from the 90s, which reminded me of the existence of the Tom McCormack[*] album “Missing.” At the time, of course, my head was all up in “What Remains,” so I naturally jumped immediately to: waaaaaait a minute, isn’t there a song on there that starts “this is my house, this is my home”? (There was!) And isn’t there a song on there that’s about a bunch of young friends living in a house together and sometimes having sex? (There was! And neither of those two songs was the most fitting one, as it turns out!) So I started with the appropriate songs from that album and then rounded it out with some other stuff, including the two classical piano pieces that actually occur in the story itself. And voilà, I had a soundtrack.
The only one that works on a line-by-line basis is “Don’t Tell” (just imagine some of those lines in Daniel’s mouth, it’s eerie), and some work better for mood than for anything, but I’ve still tried to put them “in order of appearance” for the story. That quite frankly makes for a lot of bizarre transitions, so please do feel free to only download the ones you want, rearrange things, delete the ones you don’t like, whatever. Oh, and I apologise to non-German speakers about the last one, but if you do understand it, you will get why that song just had to be on this soundtrack (it’s a wonderful song even if you don’t understand it, though!).
1. “Home,” Tom McCormack
( This is my heart / This is my home )
2. “Disappear,” Crooked Fingers
( I'm gonna disappear / and take this sorrow far away / so you can live your life )
3. “The Time of Our Times,” Tom McCormack
( We came from different worlds to make our own / Somewhat afraid but not scared enough to go running home )
4. Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major K.279, Movement I (Allegro), W.A. Mozart (performed by Andras Schiff)
5. Piano Sonata No. 7 in B♭ major, Op. 83 (Allegro Inquieto), Sergei Prokofiev
6. “Laying Down to Perish,” Alan Doyle
( I’m laying down to perish / and God knows where I’ll go )
7. “Don’t Tell,” Tom McCormack
( Sometimes saying too much / means things you love may get broken )
8. “In Secret,” Tom McCormack
( Why be afraid to love you as if it's a crime / I want to get carried away in the light of day / if it takes a lifetime )
9. “Carrion Doves,” Crooked Fingers
( You're guilty now / but in your heart / there soon could be a change )
10. “Still,” Jupiter Jones
( So laut und so verloren war es hier / als Stille bei uns wohnte anstatt dir )
[*] Tom McCormack especially is guy-with-a-piano singer-songwriter stuff, so if that is not your thing, you will want to steer clear (zombieallomorph, that means you!).
Source text/fandom: Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series (specifically The Likeness)
Genres: Slash (Justin/OMC, Justin/Rafe). Gen. Het. In that order.
Summary: What’s left for Justin ten years on from when Lexie died, with flashbacks.
Size: 40449 words
Acknowledgements: To tangleofthorns, soupytwist, and tehomet for various combinations of beta and “picking,” and to the first of those two and tellitslant for batting things around with me in the planning stages.
I wrote this story as a Yuletide New Year’s Resolution gift for ninety6tears. Back when people first started posting their 2014 yuletide letters last fall, I read hers and became convinced that the Yuletide Gods would assign me to write for her--and though it didn’t happen that way, bits of it kept bouncing around in my head anyway. So while it is entirely possible that this story might have ended up being written even without the influence of her unfilled Dublin Murder Squad prompt, it definitely would have been a different story in several respects without it.
When I posted my 2014 yuletide story "Mother, I Climbed," I explained that there were two rather separate mysteries in The Likeness (who the victim was, and who killed her), and I also mentioned that that story spoiled one of those mysteries but left the other alone. Well, this story spoils the one the other story didn’t while leaving the first one alone (I am apparently an equal-opportunity spoiler-er). So please keep that in mind if you decide to read it without knowing the novel.
( how it came about (spoilery for both the novel and the story) )
And last but not least, there’s kind of a ridiculous amount of stuff that I came up with about these characters’ lives that didn’t end up making it into this story in the end, so if you find yourself curious about anything I left dangling after you finish reading it, I do always love being asked those kinds of questions!
Don’t Go ($2.99 Kindle, Kobo), by Lisa Scottoline [St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan], is the Kobo Daily Deal, price matched on Kindle and recently a Nook Daily Find. If you already have this one, check out several of her other novels, on sale for $1.99-$2.99.
Today’s Audible Daily Deal is What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions ($6.99 Kindle,
Today’s Nook Daily Find, price matched on Kindle, is a trio of Zombie Apocalypse tales:
Dead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse ($2.99 Kindle, B&N), by Lost Zombies [Chronicle Books]
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"Well, first off I want them to have a lot of fun reading a book about Gods scheming and betraying and beating each other to death. Those are simple pleasures, and I don’t want it ever to be said that I’m not a man of simple pleasures." - Mike Costa
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Scott and Cordelia went to the library around 2:00. Scott has put the barcodes from our library cards on his cell phone, so he didn't even have to carry my card or Cordelia's card. I had a few CDs waiting and two books, one an interlibrary loan book. I was afraid Scott would forget the interlibrary loan book because it requires going up to the front desk to get it, but he remembered.
I'm having a hard time leaving the chores to Scott. The dishwasher has been full of clean dishes for three days now, and the sink is piled high with dirty dishes. Scott only brought half of the clean laundry upstairs. That's enough for me to find clothes for today, but it bothers me. Also, I want very badly to put away my laundry, but I can't. I'm not sure I can ask Scott to do that because I'm very particular about how my stuff should be. I also want very much to change the sheets on our bed, but the clean sheets are in the basement, and I couldn't do it anyway. I hesitate to ask it of Scott (he doesn't care if the sheets get changed) as it's usually a two person job.
I was better about staying off my bad foot over the weekend because there was pretty much always someone around to fetch me water or food or my meds. All that I had to do was go back and forth to the bathroom. I'm thinking seriously about getting up with Cordelia so that she can make me coffee and carry my breakfast banana into the living room for me. I don't much want to, and I know she'd be annoyed by it, but it might be the best course of action.
I am a little concerned that I'm putting weight on my bad foot while I'm just sitting around. I'm not sure how to avoid doing that, however. The weight of my leg just naturally rests on my foot.
I did a good bit of writing yesterday, maybe as much as three pages. I've added a complication that I'm not sure I'll keep. It may be one thing too many, and I'm not completely sure the characters would go there. It's potentially interesting, but... I'm not sure.
Scott finished writing up a general overview (without mechanics) of magic for the FATE game. I haven't read it yet, I must confess. I really should since my character uses magic. I also need to spend some time figuring out my character's skills. Everybody else had that done more than two weeks ago, and the group will meet again this Wednesday. I'm just not very motivated to do book work. Plus, all the stuff I need is in a part of the dining room that I can't access while using the walker.
Cordelia's teacher just got back to me-- It's okay for her to attend the Expo on her own if Scott's not ready when it starts. They are willing to let me use the elevator, but Cordelia thinks me going would be a bad idea since it will be nothing but walking around, looking at things. I'm just glad she doesn't mind. I'm not sure exactly how they'll be able to display the projects on tables. If I'm recalling correctly, Cordelia told me the project was to make PSAs about earthquake safety.
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"Fire in the Head", first on Sharon Knight's Neofolk Romantique album, is a ridiculously awesome song about a piece of Welsh folklore: Cadair Idris and its role as a source of poetic or artistic inspiration. "Some wake mad, and some wake dead, and some will rise with a fire in the head..."
Sharon Knight's Portals Indiegogo campaign has sixteen hours to go. Check it out!
Obama battles 'superbugs' with national plan
I mean, it's about damn time. I've been saying this for years. Patients need more education so they're not in the doctor's office demanding antibiotics for the cold or the flu--both caused by viruses, which CANNOT BE CURED WITH ANTIBIOTICS. Like seriously, people, learn this simple fact, god. Farms need to massively cut down on preventative antibiotic use in livestock. Here's a better idea: Don't raise them in filthy, cramped conditions that make them prone to getting and spreading infections in the first place. Then you wouldn't need a shit ton of antibiotics just to keep them healthy.
The farm measures, from what I've read about this, aren't nearly strong enough. But it's a start. I like that the plan is to put more money into researching new antibiotics, too, because no one's really doing that, at least no one with money (basically, no one outside of academia). The drug companies dropped most of their antibiotic research programs years ago with the excuse that there was no profit in it.
And this is a few days old, but The X-Files is coming back! I'm so excited for this. Don't even care how bad it might be.
Is the novel finished: PROBABLY NOT (I might have finished it on the plane, but that seems unlikely to me, and as I’m writing this ahead of time because I am likely still on the plane, I don’t know for sure)
Today’s question: Your favorite stuffed animal from your childhood (or heck, if it’s one from your adulthood, name it too, I don’t judge).
My answer: A pot belly bear (representative picture to the right), which was a faddishly popular stuffed animal in the late 70s and early 80s. Mine was named (because I was that kid) Lt. General Potter Patton Chocolate Chip Cookie. No, I don’t remember why. It just seemed to be the thing at the time. I got it in elementary school. I really liked that stuffed bear, enough so that when I went to boarding high school, I took it with me, which was not actually an advisible thing to do. I remember the poor being kidnapped a couple of times and at least once being threatened (jokingly, to be clear) with a swirly. When I left for college I gifted the bear to a girl friend of mine. I wonder if she still has it.
Circumstances of watching it We let the six-year-old pick the film this time :-) I had been ill all week and was just out of quarantine in time to come to the film as originally planned; I'd have been really disappointed to miss it. So I went back to the Light cinema yesterday afternoon with jack and cjwatson and ghoti and their younger two, and we watched the film and then went to the Indian buffet in the cineplex and it was generally a really nice way to celebrate being better.
Verdict Home II (Worlds Collide) is amazingly sweet and original and a whole lot more fun than I was expecting.
( detailed review )