I just read a very good review for Terry Pratchett's latest book Dodger on Boing Boing HERE... which reminded me that I'm waaaay behind on reviews of books and films myself.
So here's a fast up-date:
Dodger by Terry Pratchett - This novel is set in Dicken's London rather than Pratchett's Anhk-Morpork, yet the resemblances between the two cities are even greater than I had suspected. Read the review above, then buy and read the book itself. I enjoyed it.
Looper - This time-travel film is very cleverly worked out, with one of the most compelling scenes of if-something-happens-to-your-younger-self? you'll ever see. For anyone serious about their dystopian time-paradox sci-fi this is a must-see film. Intelligent. Well acted. A great creepy kid. Bruce Willis. Entertaining. And rather more gory than I'm quite comfortable with... but I'll watch it again. Great resolution.
I'm re-reading The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton. I cannot overstate the thoughtful clarity of this discussion of architecture and design and how they affect us. Every designer, every user of design, everyone could finish this book a happier, wiser person.
(Over-sell you think? Seriously, a good book.)