What I’m reading today – Goodreads update

26.29% “Finished ‘Darwin’s Suitcase’ by Elisabeth Malartre. Good, but suffered a little by following immediately on Sheila Crosby, by comparison. It’s clever, certainly, but that’s about the minimum you expect from a pro time-travel story. Compared to the best stories in this collection – Sheila Crosby and Sean McMullen, so far – clever isn’t quite enough.

Still a good story, an important theme, and worth reccing.”

What I was reading yesterday – Goodreads update

“Finished ‘Scream Quietly’ by Sheila Crosby, and it was truly amazing. Beautiful period feel, authentic with a touch of grim humor. Characterful, idiosyncratic prose, and a gently amusing basic premise despite the hateful abusive environment. I did muse ‘wow, men really are pigs’, at points. Not gonna bother #notallmen-ing. Not all ‘rahrahtehladies!’ either.

Fab story, total rec, a highpoint thus far.”

 

 

great names in the credits

2nd post in my occasional series!  (Well, okay, I’m pretty sure I posted about it on Twitter once.)  Just an occasional call-out for a truly great, joyful, charming, funny name spotted in the long list of credits to a film or TV show, something to make you smile.

And, ta-da… Today, to bring you happy news of an amazingly-monickered individual, I have to… admit that I watched Did You Hear About The Morgans? on Netflix.  Well, I did!  I liked it, too!  Certainly, amongst the dearth of decent rom-coms on Netflix – and, yikes, they really have to step up their game in that regard – it qualifies as a minor classic.  Especially Mary Steenburgen tooling around as Mary Wheeler, the down-home country-gal special agent who plays with guns like they’re comic-book figurines brand-new in package.  And Hugh Grant, running away from slightly bemused bears.  (They seemed like a good match, Hugh and the bear. Maybe more than him and Parker.)

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Never mind the film, though.  (Well, do mind it.  Watch it.  I swear it’s good!  Good enough that I watched it in English, French, and Spanish.  So far.  Must check if it’s available in Polish.)  But the name!  What’s the memorable, funny, fabulous name in the credits?

Ta-da!  Quirt Hunt, that’s who?  Now, I don’t know who Quirt is, or what he does.  But he has a pretty amazing name, right?

Especially if it’s not just rhyming slang, an alternative to Alan Smithee for someone who didn’t want to be credited for their work on a Hugh Grant vehicle.  Big shout out to you, Quirt.  You, Hugh and the bear, I hope you had a fabulous time making this cute and daffy little film.

 

 

What I’m reading today II – Goodreads update

Alex Ankarr is 7% done with A Shadow on the Sun: Although it’s well-written I’m having trouble suspending disbelief due to the characters’ very ‘fantasy world-building’ names. It’s always a problem with made-up names, and I’m still at the point of finding them slightly risible. The story’s good so I’ll be able to shake that reaction off soon.

Honestly I’d be as happy if fantasy authors just called everyone Bill and Ted. Well, not the girls, maybe.

 

What I’m reading today – Goodreads update

Alex Ankarr is on page 112 of 544 of The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF: I’m more than halfway through ‘The Wind Over The World’, highly praised and lauded by seemingly every reviewer. Thus far I’m finding it depressing, turgid and ominous. But I suppose everything may be transformed by the ending, who knows?

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich – Goodreads book review

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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in AmericaNickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really love this book, although I’m not sure why considering just how depressing it is. I think perhaps just because of that. Ehrenreich truly tells it like it is, and there’s none of the sugarcoating of economic abuse and exploitation that you get with even supposedly impartial media like the BBC and UK liberal press these days. Also I’m into it just because I love memoir beyond any reasonable point and every detail of Ehrehreich’s wilfully grim and dispiriting experiences is fascinating to me.

There is a temptation, as a reader, to keep second-guessing her choices, and the choices of her more truly blue/pink collar colleagues. To think and hope, wishfully, deludedly, that given the same circumstances one would do better, would rise above somehow and bootstrap one’s way up. It’s perhaps the same ‘blame the victim’ mentality associated with rape, bullying or whistleblowers – it feels so much safer to convince yourself that the system works, the target slipped up and was at fault somehow, and it could never happen to you. But it ain’t so, bud.

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Image – DustinGinetz.Photography on Flickr, public domain.

Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly by Patricia Briggs – Goodreads book review

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Mercy Thompson: Hopcross JillyMercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I preferred this graphic novel short story to some of the regular installments in text-format of the Mercy Thompson story. The artwork was beautiful, the colour-scheme was perfect – moody and Gothic – and Adam in particular was beautifully drawn. He looked almost as young as he’s actually supposed to appear. (Although Mercy looked rather younger, TBH.)

It’s nice to have a Jesse-centric story, as she’s one of my favourite characters and I love her interactions with Mercy. And a genuinely unnerving old-wives’-tale Big Bad, too! Four stars all round.

ETA – must also add, as always – where the heck is the contemporary Bran-centric story, with a real romance for him? Where? WHERE? It must surely be in the works? Surely? Please?

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