Monday, June 16, 2008

A new comedy series

I had a new British comedy series from Netflix in the mail on Friday. The series is called Barbara, and is about the everyday lives of a Yorkshire family. I must say, the 3 episodes on the first disc weren't all that impressive. describes the series as "explosively hilarious", but I watched it and I wasn't close to exploding even once! It's a somewhat bland series made all the more unwatchable by an annoying laugh track that does "explode" about every 15 seconds . . . and nothing about the series is particularly funny. There are 2 more discs in the series, so maybe it will improve.

Finally finished Remember Me? and it turned out to be not all that bad. Since the main character has amnesia, it's a bit difficult to get to know or like her. This character, Lexi, is also very rich, beautiful and successful as the book opens, and Kinsella's books are always more enjoyable when the main character is a lovable screw-up.

I've moved on to In the Company of Cheerful Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith on the audio book front. It's as enjoyable as the other books in the series. I've read some reviews of the latest book in the series, The Miracle at Speedy Motors,which say that one of the main characters, Mma Makutsi, is treated rather badly. That seems odd. She's such a hardworking and sympathetic character in the other books. I'm anxious to find out what causes the author to "turn agin" her in the new novel!


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