The personal weblog of Marc Zeedar.
Fri, Jun 30, 2000
Sat, Jun 24, 2000
: The Brethren
Author: John Grisham
Strangely predictable tale (very much like Grisham’s The Runaway Jury in that respect). Two days before reading this I watched an episode of Law and Order which featured prison inmates pulling the exact same scam as those in this book. It’s an interesting idea, but difficult to sustain for a whole novel, especially when there’s little else going on. But at least a Grisham book doesn’t take more than an hour to read.
Thu, Jun 15, 2000
: The Mary Kay Letourneau Story
This was a made-for-USA movie I missed the first time around. I rarely pay attention to scandals, but this story was interesting, mostly because Mary didn’t think she’d done anything wrong as the sex had been consensual. Oddly, she was treated as a rapist, which shows us the silliness of our judicial system. Well done TV movie, with good (if lurid) performances from the boy, Penelope Ann Miller (who played Mary), and the boy’s mother (who was the best).
Wed, Jun 14, 2000
: Battlefield Earth
Very entertaining, though 400 pages too long. Hubbard seems too full of himself to see the preposterousness of his premise (like library books and nuclear bombs would survive 1,000 years of decay). Still, it’s all good fun as long as you don’t take it seriously. Very much a pulp novel. Hubbard is obviously good at plotting (he’s just not much of scifi writer). I was especially impressed with the way he tied all the loose ends together via the characters’ psychology. In other words, the plot came from the characters, not from an arbitrary need to force the action in a certain direction. Example: the evil alien, Terl, is a conniving schemer who’s own paranoia and distrust for his fellow aliens help cause his downfall. So even though some things seemed to work out ideally for the humans, it wasn’t a coincidence — it was caused by the greed and hubris of the aliens.