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Now that we have NetFlix, we've been watching more movies lately. First was the animated Superman: Doomsday. Overall, it was a great film but too short. I realize the whole "multiple replacement angle" may have been too convoluted for it but it still seemed more simplistic than it really should have been. Running at only seventy-something minutes, they could have expanded it more...

Last night, we watched 88 minutes with Al Pacino, Alicia Witt, William Forsythe, Amy Brenneman, Neal McDonough and Leelee Sobieski. Going into it, my roommate thought it would be a 24-type thing but, thankfully, it really wasn't. Don't get me wrong, I like the show but I prefer originality...They did it in such a way, everybody seemed too obvious to be a suspect. I really enjoyed it.

Books

Forged in Fire is, hopefully, the first Star Trek: Excelsior novel. Telling the story of blood oath pact three Klingons made with Trill Curzon Dax. Adding Captain Hikaru Sulu to the mix wasn't hard to swallow at all. My one nitpick with it was missing an opportunity for Kang to make a comment about an incident involving Sulu in the Voyager episode "Flashback.". I know the authors, Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin, saw the episode as they've seemed to be Tuvok groupies in the past...

I also read the novelization, by Greg Rucka, of the "No Man's Land" storyline in the Batman comics back in the '90's. It was very good despite the fact it didn't always flow well reading like a collection of comic plots strung together; which, of course, it was...

The last book I finished was Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. As a librarian and a lover of cats, I absolutely loved this book. (They get a box of new books everyday! I would love that...) There was several instances, both good and painful, that reminded me of my own cats. I would say the biggest downside to the book was when Myron would digress into the history of the town and her family. Some of it was interesting but it seemed a little too pointless at times. I'm curious how this will be made into a movie...

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