May 26th, 2004

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Keep your eyes open, 'mericans.

Ashcroft: Al Qaeda Plans to 'Hit the U.S. Hard': "Credible intelligence from multiple sources" indicates that Usama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terror network plans to attempt an attack on the United States "within the next few months," Attorney General John Ashcroft said Wednesday.

The terror alert level is not being raised because at the moment the threat is not specific enough. But it doesn't hurt to be alert and aware for any strange goings-on in your area.
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I stayed up til almost 3am last night to finish my new DK book, The Taking. I didn't want to gobble it all up in the space of 12 hours, exactly, but it got so freaky during the last half that I was afraid I would have nightmares if I didn't get some kind of resolution. All the same, I still was awake for about a half hour after I finished the last page, cuddling my kittens far past the point that they actually wanted to be cuddled.

I'll have to reread it before I can really make a great deal of sense reviewing it, but it was good... not as enjoyable as The Face but more than Odd Thomas. There's no real humor or romance in this one, but there's still the sense of a mixing of genres. Horror, science fiction, supernatural, and a hearty dose of what I like to call the 'religious thriller'.

The last few DK books have had a very personal feel to them... protagonist versus antagonist on a small scale, with most of the general public unaware of the goings on. The Taking is much more epic, even though it focuses almost completely on two residents of a small town. In a way, it made me think of the movie Signs.
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More of that famous Moore credibility

Michael Moore and Me, by Fred Barnes.

"Reviewer Lou Lumenick of the New York Post, who gave Moore's previous movie Bowling for Columbine four stars, said the anti-Bush film [Fahrenheit 911] would be news only "if you spent the last three years hiding in a cave in Afghanistan." Still, I suppose it's not surprising they loved it in France."

ETA: Heard about this on Bill's radio news show... Democrats and Republicans Agree That U.S. Morals Are Subpar

And this made me laugh: Sex-Crazed Nations: Where Does U.S. Rank?
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Pointless ramblings

I meant to do some writing tonight. I was really juiced up for it and everything. But my right knee hurts (dunno why) and my bed is still waiting to be made and the muse is laughing tauntingly. I'm hoping it'll be easier once S8 starts, since, yes Virginia, the WiP I've been moaning and groaning over is Stargate. But I've also been thinking about -- *gulp* -- original stories with original characters. Nothing specific, of course, just things I got to thinking about while reading the Anne books earlier in the week.

There's just something so special about series characters, aren't there? It doesn't matter if it's a book series or a television series... there's just something about watching characters and the people around them grow and change over an extended period of time that makes series stand out... and that led me to thinking about soap operas, and even though they are endlessly dumb they're also addictive because of the nature of the medium: they are characters that the viewers see 5 times a week instead of only once, and most soaps on today have been around for some time.

Of course, soap opera characters ain't exactly a model for literature, even popular literature. Excluding them, then, what is it about series characters -- be it Frodo or Harry Potter or Anne Shirley or Sam Carter or Gaia from the Fearless series or Rachel from Animorphs? I mean, I cried for a good hour when I read the last Animorph book and Collapse ), and that's a Young Adult series. Is it just that they're good characters from the get-go and seeing so much of them endears them to us? Do we become more invested in series characters than simple novel characters because we've spent more time in their presence? Or is there something else?

Rhetorical questions, of course, but if anyone has any thoughts I'd like to hear 'em.
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