My #BookSpinBingo list for July 2022 is pretty much ready to go. I don‘t think I‘ll read anything off this list in the next few days.
Relative to other Big Finish audio box sets, a so-so. This was a fast listen and made me want to rewatch the Tenh Doctor episodes “New Earth” and “Gridlock”, but I didn‘t like the male lead‘s Tenth Doctor impression, which made Ten sound like he speaks with his teeth permanently clenched.
I was so angry reading this book. There was a lot of out-loud swearing at how Boeing allowed itself to drift from quality, safety, and excellence simply to fuel shareholder profits. Not sure how closely it parallels the Netflix documentary Downfall, but probably worth a read if you watched that. Also recommended if you read Moira Johnston‘s book The Last Nine Minutes, or books about the culture at NASA in the era of Challenger.
Probably a soft Pick because I‘ve requested the next book in the series. I was more meh about it than I would have liked, but that is probably at least partly my fault, because I put it down partway through and lost all my momentum.
Probably a so-so, although it might be more of a me thing than the book. It took me two months to read this, and it‘s not very long. But I definitely liked Assignment in Brittany better. This was my April 2022 #BookSpin (which I remembered like a week after I wrote this review; hurray for late tagging 😂)
Simu Liu tells his story and that of his parents and grandparents with honesty, grace, and humour. The book is perfectly structured in three acts. Recommended even if you‘ve never seen Shang-Chi or Kim‘s Convenience.
Loved this. Now I‘m going to have to read more Euripides. I‘ve also been listening to the Hadestown soundtrack because Haynes mentions it in her chapter on Eurydice.
An earlier book in the 87th Precinct series, so a bit more tightly plotted. This takes place over a single day: the wedding of Carella‘s sister, Angela. It was published in 1959 so there are some cringey descriptions of women as viewed by men 🙄
Loved this just as much as I loved Fosslien and Duffy‘s previous book, No Hard Feelings. Actually, Big Feelings almost didn‘t happen, for reasons that are given in the book, so I was especially glad to be able to read it. Will have to get my own copy.
June 2022 #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo
Still just as good on a re-read. The part I always recommend is when Dr. Mannix talks about the actual physical processes involved in dying. Knowing this makes it easier to cope with the situation.
Of course I‘m going to devour a new Rivers of London book in a day. That‘s just what I do! This was fun.
There isn‘t much narrative drive to this story. The protagonist is taken to a strange new world and spends the whole time bandying about the latest scientific ideas for reasons that are not entirely clear to me. And the sentences take FOREVER. I‘m out.
A much-needed book spree while visiting my parents. Three Dr Who novels (Warriors‘ Gate, State of Change, Transit), two Chris Brookmyres (Not the End of the World, A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away), a collection of Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby journalism (Testament of a Generation), and a Tomson Highway play (Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing).
Continuing to enjoy these comics. I liked this one slightly more than Revolutions of Terror (Vol. 1) but slightly less than The Weeping Angels of Mons (Vol. 2).
Apparently I joined Litsy on David Byrne‘s 64th birthday. Today is his 70th birthday. Happy birthday to him and happy Litsyversary to me! 🎂🎈🎉🥳
I wanted to like this, because the concept is great, but the whole book is one long chapter with section breaks. I found it exhausting to read. Also found the second-person narration a bit odd, but would probably have rolled with it had there been more chapter breaks.
Each story in this box set features a different Master, and all are a lot of fun to listen to, but the cumulative effect is a bit predictable (of COURSE the mysterious stranger is going to be the Master in the last story: that‘s happened the other three times). Hard to choose a favourite, but perhaps The Bekdel Test because it features Missy.
A great start to what I think will be a new go-to cozy mystery series for me. I picked this up because of the BritBox adaptation starring Roger Allam, and it was a good choice.
This was a delightful book. Funny but sad, as the Greek chorus—style narration describes it. I wasn‘t sure having the story told by the residents of Everton‘s cemetery would work, but it did, and very well. I liked this story of figuring out who you are and discovering new aspects of yourself, and I liked that some of it was based on true events. I still like Rabbit Cake better, but this is definitely worth reading.
All ready for May 2022 #BookSpinBingo. I did get some reading done this month but haven‘t had a lot of energy for it, so I‘m leaving the May list extra flexible. I am off for three weeks starting at the end of next week, so hoping that will give me time to rest and recharge.
The audio edition is read expertly by Hugh Fraser, who played Hastings in the TV adaptations. This was the first Christie I read (in print) and it is still one of my favourites.
Robbie Morrison is a firm favourite of mine for Doctor Who comics, and this story is another good one. Great choice of enemy and I liked the Scottish connections as well.
Ugh, I should have read a more detailed summary before picking up this book. McMurphy is a statutory rapist and brags about his crime, and I have no sympathy for such a character.
I personally am not fond of books with multiple sex scenes in the first 50 pages and language that describes women in an objectifying way. This book felt squalid in a way that McIlvanney‘s Laidlaw series, also set in Glasgow, does not. Oh well, one less series to worry about.
I liked this, but what I *really* liked was the storyline where Matthew and Jonathan were preparing to have Matthew‘s mum over for Sunday lunch. I must be having a slice-of-life moment, so please hit me up with your favourite slice-of-life novels (or graphic novels).