BBC Richard II (ain't exactly theatre, but close enough). Fantastic acting across the board, with Ben Whishaw, Patrick Stewart and David Suchet as standouts. Let down slightly by the bizarrely heavy-handed religious imagery (Richard as Jesus or Richard as St Sebastian - pick ONE, and then don't beat us over the head with it) but overall, great stuff.
Picked this up because one blog I read raves about this series, and I do like my YA fantasy, but was a little disappointed. Brilliant twist at the end which saved it, but otherwise a very straightforward quest plot with characters that didn't totally grab me. I've heard the series improves, so will probably get round to book 2 sooner or later (whyyyy is it not on kindle when 3 and 4 are?).
I love Novik's worldbuilding in this series, but in her eagerness to take us all around the world and elaborate on the dragon-human interaction in every corner of it, the characterisation has tended to suffer rather, with too many new characters introduced and then given too little development. This was a great improvement over the previous book, and the Inca dragons were fantastic, but I really would like to get back to England and the fight with Napoleon by the next book.
Loved the bits about the politics and the insights into court and town life; less keen on the Hamlet love-in (but then again, that's never been my favourite play).