A link to an excerpt from the forthcoming new Gaiman, Odd and the Frost Giants.
Looks promising. The characterisation of the talking bear reminds me strongly of Prince Caspian
, but definitely in a Gaiman world. At any rate, I'm looking forward to getting hold of this.
I've been watching the TV film of 'Kidnapped'. David McCallum is a good Alan Breck, though remarkably free from either pockmarks or freckles. Generally well cast, and the adaptation is good, and so far surprisingly faithful, if you cast aside the decision to add Catriona in from the beginning. A lot of the dialogue is recognisable, even in German, and Uncle Ebeneezer still divides his parritch into two portions. My major gripe is the general cluenessness about Scottish geography. If Davie's journey from Essendean to Edinburgh takes him north of the Highland line and through some quite serious mountains, then he's very, very lost. And - if that was meant to be Corstorphine Hill, then it's too high. Edinburgh does not have mountains where the New Town ought to be, kay thnx bye. Also, why the random interlude where Redcoats chase Alan round what is very obviously an NTS site? (they've removed the interpretative boards, at least, but there's no effort to hide the concrete slabs laid at strategic intervals, and it's all very neat and tidy). Also, the Red Fox looks remarkably like a ginger version of film! Lucius Malfoy (thankfully minus the cane), though that's an observation rather than a complaint.
On a side note: why do I keep finding holes in my clothes? It doesn't seem to be moths (*touches wood, cedar for preference*)
ETA: I thought the chap playing Capt. Hoseason looked familiar! He's the same chap who played Büffel, the gruff, sarcastic hero of the charming Lilo Pulver film, Die Zürcher Verlobung
. I'm also looking forward to seeing Jutta Speidel, who I last saw as a strong-minded nun in the ARD comedy Um Himmels Willen
, as Prestongrange's daughter Barbara (a much more interesting character than Catriona, if the truth be told).