The weather is crazy. The flu season is now year round. My stress levels are not going down and I want to sleep all the time. That would be fine if I would read in my sleep. If I sit in my favorite chair with a book, I am lucky to get 2 pages read before I’m off into some strange dreamland version of the plot. Actually, I kind of like that.
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
A Cyborg Knights book club selection, I had a lot to say about this one. But I was too sick to attend the meeting. I touched on the opening of the book last month but didn’t finish it until after the blog went up. I found most of the stories horrifying. Honestly, it was either too esoteric for me to get the whole message or it was just an excuse for a lot of killing and mystery and doing bad things to a very nice young lady. I did love the Motile Islands that figure now and then in a story and the dire pollution and mismanagement that figures in their deaths. That’s a great piece of world-building right there. But it started to feel a lot like they were all off to see the wizard. The ending turned out to be a non-event because, golly, there are more volumes in the series. I will go read the summaries, because I do want to know what happens, but I can’t take any more horror.
Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
The Expanse novels seem to be getting better all the time for me. My husband doesn’t care for them because he felt they were just patterned after Firefly but while I see some resemblance, the stories are way different. The main character changes so much, the ending surprised me, and I can’t wait to get to the next one.
The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch
I would live in the Rivers of London universe if I could. I would be a Peter Grand groupie and follow him around on all his assignments. So it’s kind of interesting to find a police officer in another country who is also in the magic department and who knows about Grant. I picked up on a bit of rivalry on Tobi Winter’s side since Peter doesn’t know about his counterpart in Germany. My most heartfelt wish right now is that they do meet. I’ll start a letter writing campaign right after I post this blog.
NanoMorphosis by Maria L. Anderson
The author of this book was on a panel with me at a recent local convention. We talked about writing-related stuff and I hoped I was making some sense. I choose the book because it’s hard science fiction, which Mike likes to read and is often hard to find because he reads so much and so quickly. The plot is interesting, the aliens evil and bird-like, but everyone is so angry. I have a hard time telling whose point of view we are in because they are so similar. Also, there is more doing bad things to a young lady who didn’t deserve what she got. I had to take a break and read something else, but I am back to it now and determined to finish it.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
A lovely young adult story that is not very sweet, not very nice, and certainly not a romance. Mike said the ending was satisfying. He doesn’t know, it seems, that the only satisfying ending for a Romance writer is a Happily Ever After ending. Ironically, the book deals with fairy tales but no HEA ending. On the whole, I am glad I read it because the humor is good and the characters totally who they are supposed to be. The guy who would have ended up with the heroine if this was a romance is not white and not hip. I loved him. I loved her. Oh well, it’s a great story so have at it.
Those were my books in the last month. Here are the movies that graced my days, none of them in the theater except a second viewing of End Game.
Only Lovers Left Alive
You take Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, and make them vampires who are named Adam and Eve. They can’t live together but they can’t stand to be apart for long. The world is going crazy, they can’t figure out a way to make it better. I was hit unexpectedly by the fact that Anton Yelchin has a role in the movie. Aw, such a sad thing to lose that talent so early. But except for that, this movie is enjoyable a second time as much as the first.
End Game (again)
So I wanted to make particular Thor jokes to my friends in the writing group, but two of them haven’t seen it. Movie Time! Off we went to see it and enjoy it just as much. I proudly say that my husband looks just like Thor. Of course, then we found out these two hadn’t seen Infinity War! They were rather lost in the movie. Also, I bet they haven’t seen Ant-Man. I’m bringing Infinity War to watch with them to our next Critique Group meeting. Ant-Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and all the other MCU movies, they’re on their own.
Dr. Strange (again)
I love this movie for many reasons. I’m not a big fan of Benedict Cumberbatch, but he’s not hard to watch on the screen. I love him for playing the role of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. But at the beginning of Dr. Strange, he’s much like I think he might be as a person. I don’t know why that is. Anyway, the special effects of the world being tumbled in on itself are so very cool. I enjoyed it the second time as much as the first time.
Side note, I had wanted to watch this some weeks earlier and we could not find it. It was on the list of movies we own (don’t go the Netflix path, just don’t) but it wasn’t on the shelf, wasn’t in the stacks of things to be reshelved, and it wasn’t anywhere around the house. So we bought a second copy and waited until it arrived to watch it. j
Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth
I have a plan to compare this P&P with the Matthew Macfadyen version so I have to watch it again, don’t I? I also listed to P&P Unabridged and may have to watch Matthew’s version one last time. The things a writer puts herself through!
Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday.