noblescientist: (HI HELEN :D)
I have to preface this with a disturbing (now resolved) development of a couple of months ago. I found myself unable to concentrate on reading anything for long enough to get more than a couple of chapters into it, unless it was a manga, because those take me two hours to read at the outside, and even I could concentrate for that long. It wasn't what I was reading, I don't think-- a few examples were Alice in Wonderland, which I've read before and enjoyed, Longfellow's translation of Dante's Divine Comedy, and Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, more specifically, Interview with the Vampire-- and I couldn't get into any of it.

Sherlock Holmes has fixed yet another of my problems.

Now, I saw something recently which piqued my interest: "First book in 125 years to be accepted by the Conan Doyle Estate into the Sherlock Holmes canon." That was all I needed to prompt my ordering and subsequently picking up The House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz, from the library. I read the first four chapters-- fifty-one pages-- one day, before having to go out and do things. The next day-- yesterday-- I not only finished the rest of the 294 pages, but my mum recommended The Seven Per-Cent Solution, which we actually own, and I tore through all 234 pages of that too. (Both brilliant reads, though neither quite in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; The House of Silk is similar to his writing style, but leaves you in a very depressing place, as Conan Doyle's never really did, and The Seven Per-Cent Solution, while an interesting alternate look into Sherlock Holmes, is nothing more than an alternate look. I mean, really, Moriarty as no more than a meek maths professor under the wrong circumstances, blown out of proportion by Sherlock's cocaine-addled mind? Interesting, but I can't see it.)
I did really love one scene in The Seven Per-Cent Solution, though; without spoiling too much, a doctor (not Watson) sends for Sherlock's Stradivarius, and he comes from the depths of depression into this brilliantly-described lively waltz, and the whole household is dancing, and he's playing passionately, and it's a wonderful plot device for a turning point as well as highlighting one of the greatest uses for music-- accentuating or altering moods as the musician sees fit. (Besides, it's hard for a passionate musician to play anything without becoming somewhat more cheerful or exhilarated. It's fun, and makes one feel good besides.)
The one thing that bothered me was the bizarre parallels from the one to the other, though minor; the same book is mentioned in both (though I can't presently bring the title to mind) as something Sherlock referenced to Watson, among other details. For some reason they stuck out at the time. I believe Horowitz must have read The Seven Per-Cent Solution and, possibly unwittingly, incorporated some of it into his own work.

TL;DR: two Sherlock books in one day makes for a very happy Eva.

In other news, on Tuesday, GameStop is having a sale for $30 off all pre-owned PSPs, so guess who's getting one? My long-term goal of buying myself a violin is not likely to happen any time soon, so I'm starting with a PSP instead, so I can at least start on playing Dissidia or Birth By Sleep. I've been carefully avoiding spoilers for far too long, and I want to play, dammit.
(Besides, as I've mentioned in a Facebook discussion, handhelds don't require me to steal the telly from my parents.)

Our Christmas tree-- though I hesitate to call it that, because the only really Christian one in the house is my father-- is up, and my cat, as usual, is under it.

I have a recital for my piano class on 21 December, I believe, after memorising 23 measures (of 35) in five classes. (Two, if you want to be picky; the first three were to learn it, the fourth memorising 11 measures, the fifth memorising the next 12...)
And while I'm back to talking of music, I may as well add this: I realised the other day that, while piano will be useful, violin may be easier for my tiny hands. I can barely reach an octave on the piano with my hand span, never mind a ninth or tenth... I know some who can reach an eleventh with ease. The violin neck is unlikely to hurt my hand so much.

noblescientist: (Methos)
Monster High: Ghoul Spirit

Main review-- spoilers )

TL;DR (Game Informer-style stats)
Total Score: 4/10
Concept: meet and connect with all the Monster High characters.
Graphics: blocky, pixelated; as if they were trying too hard for their CGI capabilities
Sound: repetitive midi-style music and unoriginal, redundant phrases every time the characters speak to you
Playability: easy controls, though with awkward angles, and overly simplistic missions make this easy for anybody over the age of ten, and boring for most over the age of fifteen
Entertainment: a one-track game with a series of absurdly easy missions
Replay Value: moderate to low

oh yeah...

Feb. 1st, 2011 09:39 pm
noblescientist: (FFX)
...did I mention I made a Barnes & Noble order? No?

Well, I ordered two games from GameStop through them, and a movie. The movie, Stir of Echoes, should be in sometime tomorrow. The games, Final Fantasy X and X-2, have been shipped and should be here... soon.

And as I'm playing through Kingdom Hearts II (borrowed from Tayla) and met Auron, I recognized him as one of Yuna's Guardians from Final Fantasy X, and wondered why in hell Hades called him "the mother of all bad guys"-- and why the mother of all bad guys would be one of Yuna's guardians!

I cannot wait to play this game.

Also, Lulu looks like Lucy Liu. (Sexiest thing to ever walk the planet ♥ Gackt is second only to her.)

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