I should probably stop saying stuff like that when I start a blog, cause I post so infrequently that it ceases to be relevant.
Christmas was good. I received a lot of alcohol and books. The alcohol was my usual vice. Jack Daniels, and the boos were a new vice. The entire Night Watch tetralogy by Sergei Lukyanenko, which have recently been translated to English from the original Russian. I'm nearing the end of book 1 and I am very much enjoying it. I've always been a fan of epic fantasy or science fiction, and this is suitably epic... and suitably bleak in tone. It is a Russian novel after all, but there is a vein of optimism running through it. I love the fact that the "Others" (Magicians, Vampires, Werewolves and Shapshifters) whether they serve the light or dark are not shown as out and out good people or for that matter evil people (though both do exist in the novel) Most of the characters morality is covered in a really bleak shade of grey probably a result of living for centuries with the truce between Light and Dark which is at the centre of the novels back story. There were a couple of films named after the first and second novels (but the story that spans both films only covers the first novel), and they are very good too, if you can handle a high budget Russian film. They were made by Timur Bekmambetov, best known in the west for the film "Wanted" starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy.
Been watching copious amounts of Stargate SG-1 too. Yeah I enjoy Stargate, it's not exactly the best TV, but it is a guilty pleasure.
As for music... well i've been listening to a lot of alternative rock recently. Well I've been listening to alternative rock all my life actually, but I mean some of the newer stuff. In amidst all the samey Emo stuff where you could honestly expect the same singer and guitarists to be playing for all the bands they sound so alike... there have been a few good acts that have "broken out" of the scene that I enjoy. A few years ago I started listening to My Chemical Romance a lot. Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge was awesome and I knew they were different from their peers with that album. Then the Black Parade came out, and they are just leaps and bounds above everyone else... and surprise surprise are not doing derivative work. their music is unique to them while embracing different genre within the rock field. That of course was years ago.
Recently I have discovered the work of Coheed and Cambria. A sort of new wave of prog rock band. They too have blazed their own trail away from the Emo sameys that litter the alternative rock landscape. It is pretty much unlike anything I have heard before (in a good way) That is of course what I want in an alternative band... for them to be different. Hey i'm all for rocking out with Megadeth and Maiden... but you know what you're getting with them. Coheed and Cambria... you never quite know what you are gonna get, but it's damn likeable and their melodies are stunning. It also helps that all their albums have been concept pieces that tells a grand space opera story in the Lucasian genre. I heartily recommend checking them out.