Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Malarkey - A pretty stack, an excellent posting week, a Doctor with a Northern accent

It's Monday!  First things first . . . the mail.  I thought I'd gotten away with a really light mail week and then Huzzybuns fetched the mail on Saturday and I wanted to slink behind the wall when he came in with two thick parcels. Fortunately, I made up for getting a nice stack by sending two full bags of books out the door for donation and mailing out a few more. That's some colorful mail I got, last week, isn't it?   

Recent Arrivals (top to bottom):

  • No One Writes to the Colonel and other stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - via Paperback Swap (recommended by a friend in Sweden)
  • The Future for Curious People by Gregory Sherl - from Algonquin for review
  • Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth - from St. Martin's Press for review.  I actually squealed when I got this one. It's been on my wish list for ages.
  • California by Edan Lepucki - from a friend via a Canadian blogger with whom I'm not acquainted (this one's traveling and has one more stop after I read it)
  • Victus by Albert Sánchez Piñol - from Harper for review
  • The Bully of Order by Brian Hart - from Harper for review
  • The Floor of Heaven by Howard Blum - via Paperback Swap

Last week's posts:

Last week's reads:

  • The Paramedics by James O. Page
  • Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
  • Atlas: Poems by Katrina Vandenberg

Currently reading:

  • Sextant by David Barrie (non-fiction)
  • The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland


Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer - I decided to give up on Annihilation because every time I picked it up I fell asleep. And, it's due back to the library soon. I may try it another time but it definitely was not the right book for the moment. I also read just a few pages of Citadel by Kate Mosse before deciding I'll return to it later, as well. 


After we finished watching Whitechapel: The Ripper Returns (which had a very satisfying ending), we considered moving on to the next season of Whitechapel but noticed the word "gruesome" in the description, looked at each other and both shook our heads. Another day.

I wanted to restart Dr. Who from the beginning but Husband was not interested so we randomly flipped channels and then I began watching the Christopher Eccleston season when the spouse wasn't around. I've watched 5 episodes, so far, and I'm enjoying myself. I just squeeze in an episode or two whenever I'm on my own and not in the mood to read. So far, so good. I'm looking forward to Captain Jack's appearance and this time I've noticed at least 3 of the Torchwood team made an appearance in this first season of Dr. Who, not just Captain Jack but two of the women, as well. Interesting what you notice on repeat viewings.

That's all for now.  Happy Monday!

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  1. I'm curious about California - the reviews seem to be mixed.

    1. I haven't read any reviews but of the two friends who've read it, both said it started out well but they were disappointed with the ending. I hope it's not a cliff-hanger.

  2. Yeah I'd be interested to hear if the California novel is worth its hype. Love the photo of the kitties ... cheers

    1. It must be a big buzz book. I don't know that I'd have heard of California if not for friends, since I'm paying a bit less attention to the hot books, these days. Will let you know! And, thanks. The kitties are such a hoot. I love that look on Izzy's face after Fi abandoned her. :)

  3. Bitter Greens is so good - hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

    1. Oh, good, I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it! I've heard nothing but praise for Bitter Greens. Can't wait to get to it!

  4. I want to read Bitter Greens. And we love The Doctor. We do marathons quite often and are anxiously awaiting the new season this August!!

    1. I've heard Bitter Greens is a wonderful book, so I'm looking forward to it. As to the Doctor, I'm still watching the Christopher Eccleston season alone. Husband really doesn't like Rose. I'm okay with her. I just like being transported to other worlds.

      The new season of Dr. Who is just about the only reason I'm envious of people with cable/satellite. We have neither. I'm streaming Dr. Who. Otherwise, I think we have 6 channels. I don't watch a lot of TV. :)

  5. We don't have cable or satellite either. The only TV I watch is Castle on Hulu. I don't have the patience for regular television!

    1. We ditched our satellite service when reality TV became a thing (about a dozen years ago) and since it's still around . . . streaming is it for us. I forgot Hulu is even out there! I think my youngest uses Hulu a great deal -- or did. Not sure if he does, anymore.


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