Oh, goodness, I’m ready to put this shortlist together and start on the next set of books. A lot of sequels and fun Romances waiting in the queue. I don’t know why I didn’t get much reading done but I had fun. Shall we get started?
How the Dukes Stole Christmas anthology — I finished it!
These Romances delivered a great holiday celebration, even the last one which took place in Golden Age New York City. The hero was named Mr. Duke. But it’s all perfect for the anthology. A really fun set and looks like I have more authors to add to my favorites list.
The Escape by Poul Anderson
This work of fiction was first written and published in 1953 in serial form in Space Science Fiction Magazine. So the women are prone to screaming and being weak, the men stand around explaining stuff except for the farmhand, and pretty much you are built up to an exciting end and left hanging a bit. Sheesh. However, this was a book club selection for January and we didn’t know at the time that it was Part One, later published as a novel under the title Brainwave. So I will be finishing it up soon. Overall, it’s a good story along the lines of David Brin’s Uplift series.
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
I love Harry Dresden, but watching him get the stuff kicked out of him every hecking time has been painful. This one is about the worst of the lot. In fact, he does die. But it doesn’t stick. And finally, he admits something to his love interest that was a long time coming. So to speak. Anyway, Mr. Butcher gave his wizard Harry a fairie Godmother. At least, she’s mostly evil. I hope there are more books in this series.
For the book club’s February read, The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman made the grade. I will be skimming it as I have already read it, and the best news is, we got the rest of the books in this series recently. Yay! Can’t wait to read Book 5, which should cover The Morning After.
Die Hard with Bruce Willis
Traditional Holiday Movie. You probably know the plot. It’s also an annual tribute to the Late, Great Alan Rickman. Did you know someone ( not me ) made an Advent calendar of the Nakatomi Tower? Every day a little figure of Hans Gruber drops a little bit farther down toward the square. You pull out little bits of something that causes the descent. What fun!
Scrooged with Bill Murray and one of those everyone who was ever famous casts.
The special effects for the Ghost of Christmas Future are grim and worth watching every year. Bill is at the top of his form comically and tugs at lots of heartstrings in several spots. Watching this just days after Michael J. Pollard had passed away shot an unexpected pang of loss.
Knives Out with Daniel Craig and Chris Evans and many others
Certainly an ensemble cast, there is some amazing acting going on here. This murder mystery is not your grandma’s cozy type. I’m not going to say much about it except if you haven’t seen it yet, you are not doing yourself a favor. Go! Now!
A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
My husband and I got new shelves for our DVD collection because we just don’t like being tied to what Netflix wants to offer. While finding room for my audiobooks as well, I discovered this one and realized I had never listened to it. In it went and I am so glad this little British slice of life came my way. And I can almost use slice literally. A gentleman of middle status starts having odd spells following the death of a friend. He sees a rough patch on his thigh and is convinced he has cancer. Plus his divorced daughter is getting remarried to the lower class man she’s been living with, his gay son may or may not bring his boyfriend to the wedding, and he catches his wife in their bed with her lover. Melancholy and sweet, this story pulls everything apart and watches the characters try to put things back together, better than before. I loved it.
A Stranger’s Game by Joan Johnston
I also thought I hadn’t listened to this one, but shortly into the story, I realized I had. It’s an okay story, a little heavy on the I can’t trust you anymore but I love you phases. The ending is tense and a good parable on not getting mixed up with vigilante groups. (Until I looked up the link for this title, I did not catch that it’s book 7 in the Bitter Creek series. It stands alone very well.)
There you go, that’s it for January. I hope you had a good month and will continue to do so until I tweet again. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Thursday.