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Having the house to yourself for the whole day while your brother is at school

Pros: I can watch what I want and listen to Napster as loud as I want.

Cons: The house is messy. Guess who gets to clean it up before my folks come home?

I bought two books yesterday at B&N, this on top of the 5 Lensmen books (I finally got the last two in the mail today), The DaVinci Code and the new Dean Koontz book, Velocity, that comes out tomorrow and that I will be buying tomorrow because I cannot do without owning every DK book. I never have this kind of reading backlog. Anyhoo, I bought a Star Wars book, The Courtship of Princess Leia, because it sounded cute and shippy and because the SW books I actually went there to get were unavailable.

I also got an Alias novel, APO: Faina, which was... okay. It's set near the beginning of the current season, as near as I can figure... because Sydney is really annoyed with Jack and Nadia is rather cold towards Sloane up til the very end. But Marshall and Weiss are there, so it can't be too far in.

Cons: Even though the novel is written by guys - and guys actually associated with the show - the main OC, Faina, triggers my Mary Sue alarm. You know the type -- the pretty super-smart teenaged girl who can outwit the other characters and still find time to bond with Sydney. The characterizations were a little shaky at times... Vaughn has to drug Faina at one point in order to shut her up (and save her life) and Syd is disproportionately pissed off at him for it. I also lost some of the train of the plot about 2/3s in, but I don't know if it's fair to call that a con because that happens with the show too. Lastly, the copy editor in me IDed way too many instances of POV-shiftage within the same section. I guess that's something TV writers really don't have to deal with, but come on.

Pros: Plotwise it runs very much like an episode, with Syd, Vaughn, Jack and Dixon in the staring roles with Marshall, Weiss, Sloane and Nadia as backup. And there's quite a bit of nice Syd/Vaughn interaction; they both 'come right out' and think that they love the other person, and at one point Sydney even admits that she'd like to marry him. Which is right on the money ;)

Almost time for the finale! And after you've seen it (or before, I guess, if you're really certain) vote in my poll. I'm curious.


Poll #500693 Alias

Seasons 1-4 -- which is the best?

Season 1
0(0.0%)
Season 2
5(100.0%)
Season 3
0(0.0%)
Season 4
0(0.0%)

Seasons 1-4 -- which is the worst?

Season 1
0(0.0%)
Season 2
0(0.0%)
Season 3
5(100.0%)
Season 4
0(0.0%)

Who, besides Syd, is the most irreplaceable character? As in -- you might stop watching if they died?

Vaughn
2(33.3%)
Jack
4(66.7%)
Dixon
0(0.0%)
Marshall
0(0.0%)
Sloane
0(0.0%)
Nadia
0(0.0%)
Weiss
0(0.0%)
Irina
0(0.0%)
None of the above
0(0.0%)

Who wouldn't you mind seeing go?

Vaughn
2(33.3%)
Jack
0(0.0%)
Dixon
1(16.7%)
Marshall
0(0.0%)
Sloane
2(33.3%)
Nadia
0(0.0%)
Weiss
0(0.0%)
Irina
0(0.0%)
None of the above
1(16.7%)

Does Coke with Lime actually taste like it has lime in it?

Yes
1(16.7%)
No
0(0.0%)
Kinda
1(16.7%)
Can't say, never had it
4(66.7%)
Coke? Don't you mean Pepsi?
0(0.0%)


ETA: I blame Kelly. I just ordered a previously-viewed Alias season 1 boxset from half.com.

Con: Will.

Pro: Fledgling S/V cuteness!

(My bad. Icon here is by alias_jems!)
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Anyhoo, I bought a Star Wars book, The Courtship of Princess Leia, because it sounded cute and shippy and because the SW books I actually went there to get were unavailable.

That's the same EU book I started with, hee!
Pretty much, yeah, except that in addition to the 'ship factor and the missing Zahn trilogy from the bookstore shelf, CoPL at the time was (and I believe still is) the book that takes place right beforehand.

Also, CoPL introduces characters and a world/society that becomes integral to the EU universe. So good call.
Ha! All 5 Lensman books. Cool. Have you read any of them yet?

I've not read CoPL. I think I started with the X-Wing novels, though can't remember for sure. Mostly because I really liked Michael Stackpole as a writer.
I've read the first one -- a couple weeks ago, actually, because that was the only one they had at the bookstore. The other ones I had to find online, once I decided that I wanted to find out what happened *g*

Just finished the first chapter of CotP and it's pretty good... thus far the author seems to have the character voices down and I already feel bad for poor Han, even though I know they end up together ;)
The other ones I had to find online, once I decided that I wanted to find out what happened

So you liked them enough to get the rest? I think Grey Lensman is my favourite, though Galactic Patrol is good too.

Just finished the first chapter of CotP and it's pretty good

I just started reading the novelization of RotS, and it's interesting how much extra there is, but right now things seem a little off to me. Still up in the air about it.

The novelization of TPM was very good, but then it was written by a real author.
Re: Star Wars novels.

Courtship is okay, but I definitely prefer Aaron Allston's X-Wing: Wraith Squadron series - they actually lead up into Courtship a little - although they're not specifically related. Some great characters and good laughs.

I gave up on the SW novelisations after getting through to about the fourteenth year after RoTJ. Just couldn't take it anymore. Can't remember what it was called, but it was a two-book series and reasonably good.
Are the X-Wing books focused on OCs or the movie characters?

I'm a few more chapters into Courtship and I love the Han/Leia angst and the Luke/Leia platonic!love gives me wonderful warm fuzzies.
Wedge Antilles is the only movie character in both X-Wing books, although Han makes an appearance.

But yes, focused on the OCs.

I found the Han/Leia thing a bit forced, actually. :)
Now that you mention it, I think I already asked someone that question *g*

And shut your mouth, woman! Han/Leia love is extremely squishable ;)
lol.

I love Han/Leia in the movies and most of the other books. I just had major cringeness happening in Courtship

Heh. I will have to introduce you to the fanfiction of Ellen Randolph, who has written the most Godawesome SW fanfiction based on the original trilogy - both short prequel stories and a sequel. It rocketh the casbar mightily, yeah!
I just had major cringeness happening in Courtship

Heheh... I have to admit, I'm enjoying it, although I do kind of want to smack both of them for being stupid ;)
Oh the sheer smackability of both Han and Leia in this book is legendary.

I'm surprised that Luke didn't use the Force to whap them both upside.
Loads of them. They're harder to find since not all of them are on the internet, but back in the day, all fanfiction was distributed by fanzine.
I remember starting a fanfiction post RotJ, but couldn't work it out properly. I was only 11, so understandable, I guess. :)