thedeadparrot (thedeadparrot) wrote,

A rec and a request for recs

So, zulu pimped me into Leverage, TNT's latest television show about thieves, and it is AWESOME.

They heist! They snark! They are ridiculous! They have two female characters I like (though one of them is being roped into a crappy romantic subplot)! The black guy is the nerdy hacker and not the muscle! Who talks about torrenting Doctor Who!

Of course, there is a good amount of cheese to all of this, though if you can just sit back and enjoy it, it's sort of delightful. There's some unnecessary angst about the main character's son (and seriously, if it isn't daddy issues, it's son issues, but that's a rant for another time).

Overall, though, it's about people being ridiculously competent as they scam and steal from other people (bad guys, of course), and if you dug the Ocean's movies, you'll dig this as well because frequently the scams are needlessly complicated and feature ridiculous accents.

I'm not feeling fannish about it, but it is ridiculously fun.

On a similar note, Sheppard's 11 is moving forwards at a nice pace. I have reached 12,500 words and have only the actual heist left to write (that's not a spoiler, right? You guys do know that there's a heist involved?). Everything is pretty bare bones at the moment, so editing is going to involve a whole lot of fleshing out, but I am excited. Next up will be sketching out what scenes I want for the heist, then making a pass through to fill those scenes in.

Okay, so here's my request for recs: What's your favorite retelling of the King Arthur legend? I'm on a kick, and I know there has to be dozens and dozens out there, but I don't know which ones I should look into! For the record, I've read The Once and Future King, Mists of Avalon, Guinevere: Queen of the Summer Country, and I'm probably going to be looking into Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy. So, if you guys know of anything particularly awesome I haven't mentioned, please tell me about it.
Tags: king arthur is my homebody, television, writing
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