Scrolling through the new release post for the week over at Dear Author, I hit one contemporary titled Full Disclosure and my brain made a full stop. I’m sure it’s a fine book and the title makes sense in the context of whatever the plot is. But all I can think of is “full and fair disclosure”, which totally kills any kind of romance or sexy vibe that it might have been going. [Unless maybe you work at the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. Which, okay, go you. But not me.]
A new comic book and gaming shop opened late last month. There has been a sign in the window since maybe November announcing that it would open; it took over the premises of what used to be an antiques shop. I stopped in today to see if they had any of the Rivers of London comics in stock. Not currently but an edition is coming out in two weeks, so they put me down for a copy.
I’m almost all the way through binge-watching The West Wing on Netflix. Man, all the male characters are prone to pedantic asshole behavior and constant disrespect for the judgment and expertise of the female characters. CJ Cregg is awesome, but she wibbles about men pretty regularly and is lied to and underestimated on the regular by Leo, Josh, Toby, and the president; only Charlie seems exempt. Donna stays Josh’s secretary way too long and he punishes her professionally because she decided she was qualified to do more than take his lunch orders – after she tried repeatedly to explain to him that she wanted more out of her job/professional life but he ignored it because it was inconvenient. Dr. Bartlett, who admittedly violated state laws, is punished far more and criticized more than her husband, the one who actually was the public official who failed to disclose his serious, life-threatening illness. Ugh.
Afterthought: I opened a book at random on my Kindle while on the elliptical. It was Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews, a series whose voice/tone I like but which is riddled with continuity blips and rather poor copy editing IMO. And a passage struck me in this book: Evdokia mentions Kate’s mother attending her own mother’s funeral. Except, wait for it, in the most recent book, Kate is told by her father than her maternal grandmother is alive and in Seattle. Now, maybe he’s lying. But the continuity blips have been bad enough through the series that I’m not willing to assume that they intentionally wrote him as lying rather than making another blip…again.