Grimm, which I've had sitting amongst a pile of unwatched DVDs for some weeks. It's pretty good, although very much a "monster of the week" series with a Basil Exposition character involved to explain things to the main character, who has just learned that he is from a long line of monster-hunters. It follows in the footsteps of Supernatural with the spin that Nick Burkhardt is a police officer.
Mel is a big fan of another fantasy/detective drama, Sleepy Hollow. I've only seen the first couple of episodes but I'd say it looks pretty good. There seems to have been a shift towards fantasy/horror and away from science fiction, although I recently picked up the first season of Defiance, which is set in the near-future frontier town of that name, built on the ruins of St. Louis after aliens attempt to transform the planet to their needs. The pilot seemed pretty good, but I've yet to see the rest of the series, although I gather it has been picked up for a second season. I've yet to see Falling Skies, but that, too, has survived for some time now and is almost certainly worth a look-in.
I miss Battlestar Galactica! Can anyone suggest any other good SF shows that might be worth catching up with?
I've managed to stray wildly from what I was intending to write. What I meant to say was that the text for the introduction has gone out to a couple of people for checking and I'm very pleased with the response I've had back. This arrived at the perfect time as my self confidence was taking a bit of a battering as I tried to start on the next task—designing the book. I had a notion for the opening pages that looked a lot better in my imagination than it did when I put it together on Monday. I revamped it on Tuesday and it looked better... but it still wasn't right. I had another go on Wednesday but the results were still too floaty and just not right.
Thankfully, I think I nailed it on Thursday. As I write this I've put together a dozen pages that I'm happy with. It's a painfully slow process because it takes so long to clean up the illustrations to a reasonable standard.
Further information about Thomas and his career: Wikipedia, The Guardian (8 May), Daily Telegraph (8 May), The Independent (10 May).
Pan 0330-25173-2, 1977, 238pp, 80p. Cover photo
Arrow 0099-43617-5, 2001, 269pp, £5.99. Cover photo by Rob Ebden
Penguin 0140-10964-1, 1988, 239pp.
---- [7th imp.] n.d., 239pp, £5.99. Cover by Chris Brown
Mandarin 0749-31339-0, 1994, 344pp, £4.99. Cover by Peter Mennim
Arrow 0749-31916-X, 1999, 323pp, £5.99. Cover by John Dawson
I don't have anything planned for next week, but I do have a piece by Robert Kirkpatrick on penny dreadful publisher William Cate to run over the weekend.