People are definitely worse than zombies…

The Walking Dead, Vol. 6: This Sorrowful Life
by Robert Kirkman,  Charlie Adlard (Illustrator), Cliff Rathburn (Illustrator) 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Bloody hell, I am not even sure what to say to that. Intense, incredibly violent and way too graphic. I could not put it down and at the same time I wanted to run screaming. Unreal.

More like welcome to hell! I considered to stop reading, because it was just too much. Disturbing is a good word for it. Still, I continued and could not put it down. If you think that volume 5 was gruesome, hold on to your hat.

My daily dose of Zen…

Sir Patrick Stewart, a seemingly lovely man, started to read Shakespeare’s sonnets on Instagram. Just mentioning this, in case you haven’t noticed or aren’t on there… Lovely, really, to listen to his gorgeous voice, even if I sometimes don’t have a clue what he reads… and very relaxing.

Here is today’s offering, sonnet #10:

A Sonnet a Day


For shame deny that thou bear’st love to any,

Who for thyself art so unprovident.

Grant if thou wilt, thou art belov’d of many,

But that thou none lov’st is most evident;

For thou art so possessed with murd’rous hate

That ‘gainst thyself thou stick’st not to conspire,

Seeking that beauteous roof to ruinate

Which to repair should be thy chief desire.

O change thy thought, that I may change my mind.

Shall hate be fairer lodged than gentle love?

Be as thy presence is, gracious and kind,

Or to thyself at least kind-hearted prove.

  Make thee another self for love of me,

  That beauty still may live in thine or thee


I copied the sonnet from here, where you can also find a useful modern text adaptation.

Reading makes hungry…

I give you an excursion into bread baking!

Spelt-carrot bread

Ingredients:

  • 300 g wholemeal spelt flour
  • 100 g buckwheat flour
  • 50 g golden linseeds
  • 50 g five-grain breakfast cereal
  • 25 g mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, etc.)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cloudy apple vinegar 
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp bread spice (nutmeg, cumin, coriander)
  • 380 ml water
  • 1 pkt dry yeast
  • 150 g carrots (two medium sized carrots)
  • + a little butter or vegetable oil to grease your baking mold
  • + Bread baking mold
  • + Shallow pan

Instructions:

Start your oven on the lowest temperature.

Add linseeds, cereal and seeds to a bowl. Pour over most of your water (boiling) and let the mix stand for a little. I added my honey and vinegar to that as well.

Dissolve your yeast in the rest of your water, about half a cup,  lukewarm—not hotter! 

Add flour, salt and bread spice to a mixing bowl. Add your seeds mix and yeasty water, mix well. Cover bowl with a kitchen towel and put on a grate in your warm oven.

Peel and grate your carrots. Clean up your mess. That should give your dough a chance to rise a little. Take it out of the oven and mix in the grated carrots—gently! Set overn to 180 C.

Put the dough in your greased baking mold, smooth it out a little on top with a wet spatula and sprinkle some linseeds on top.

Ready for the oven…

Place mold in the oven. Place the saucepan with a liter of boiling water in the bottom of the oven. It keeps your bread moist and helps to get a nice crust.

Bake for 30-40 minutes. Check after 30 minutes and if needed, bake a little longer. The bread should sound hollow when you knock on it. Let bread rest for five minutes.

Out of the oven…

Take it out of the mold and let it cool. Voila:

Ready to eat!

Rough storm

Listen and watch…

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hell is empty, And all the devils are here.

I am listening/watching this on an app on my iPad. I posted about it a few days ago.

As mentioned there, my main motivation really was to watch Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi read this at me. And the hope of understanding it better. The biggest help for the understanding of the text were the annotations and explanation in the app. 

Very, very good! I recommend this app and if they bring out some other play, I will gladly pay for it and watch/listen, whatever play it might be!

Link to app

For tracking purposes I downloaded a kindle unlimited version as well and re-read some parts there as well.

How familiar am I with Shakespeare? Not very. I watched some movies and I read Hamlet about 30 years ago. The Tempest is a first for me, in any kind of medium, I think. I tracked down a movie version with Helen Mirren, that I will probably watch in the next few days.

I am not going to review the actual play, I am sure everything has been said, that could be written about it. And much more knowledgeably.

McKellen is fantastic as Prospero in the app. 

The instalove is a bit odd. They meet, they like what they see and on the spot decide to get hitched. Ok…

At times I felt the need for a translation into plain, current-day English. Some of the speeches went right over my head.

The motivations of the various characters were not always clear to me. Why did Prospero ‚abjure‘, for example, and forgive everybody?

„How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world

That has such people in’t.“

Is this where Aldous Huxley got the title for his book?

I am sure I will come back to this, re-read and discovery many new things I missed the first time around.

Aliens in between

ALIEN: In den Schatten: Die komplette Staffel

(Canonical Alien Trilogy #1)

by Tim Lebbon (Goodreads Author)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This is the German version of Alien: Out of the Shadows, which came for free from Audible Germany. And that is a full-cast, abbreviated version of the novel of the same name.

Set between the first two movies. Ripley was awoken somewhere else first and—you might have guessed already—things go downhill fast from there. Not bad. Although it was a little challenging at times to figure out what was going on. The mine reminded me very strongly of the setting of the second movie, especially the whole brouhaha with the escalator. The plot was not terribly imaginative. You basically wait for everybody to be decimated one by one with the exception of Ripley and generally just wonder who will bite the dust next.

Ripley sounds like Ripley (or rather like her German dubbing voice). Great voice casting in general. Ash is a little too repetitive for my taste.

I do not recommend this to anybody who hasn‘t seen some of the movies. As this is an abbreviated version with a lot of vague sound effects and there is little to no world building, I think it would be too meaningless to anybody completely new to the Alienverse. 

P.S.: FROM FILM TO FICTION: CREATING THE ALIEN FRANCHISE’S LITERARY CANON

https://bookriot.com/2020/03/19/alien-franchise-books/


Currently participating in this readathon:

#24b4monday #24b4mondayreadathon 

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/957268-24b4monday-readathon


And now to something completely different—OMG, is it just me or is this newer WordPress editor a major pain in the derriere? Wow.

That was brutal. And I don‘t mean the zombies!

The Walking Dead: The Best Defense (The Walking Dead, #5)
by Robert Kirkman,  Charlie AdlardCliff Rathburn

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As mentioned, we are still in prison and we finally make the acquaintance of The Governor…

Meeting the man in charge…

From that point onwards it gets really violent and brutal. We have definitely entered the world of the very, very mature reader. Wow. Good though, if you can stomach the violence. Practically makes me quake in my fluffy socks in anxiousness and fright regarding volume 6…


This weekend I am taking part in a readathon, rather unsuccessfully. You can find more under these hashtags or at Goodreads, following the link:

#24b4monday #24b4mondayreadathon

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/957268-24b4monday-readathon

Heute back ich, morgen brau ich, …

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

Rating: 4 out of 5.

“Holy doorways, Batman,” I said. “We have an entrance to Underhill in our backyard.”

And apparently marriage problems. And some annoying and unnecessary drama. Interesting things happening, too. Underhill shows up again, obviously.

I am really struggling with my review though. My reading buddies all seem to have liked this a lot. And I am giving it four stars as well, just because it‘s Mercy Thompson and it was a quick, fun read that made me laugh out loud.

Something was missing though or maybe there was just too much of a „middle-book syndrome“, as one of my GR friends put it. I kept waiting for some BAM!-moment that never came.

I can‘t quite put my finger on it. The whole „other space“ angle could have done with more development, maybe? And the relationships and interactions between the characters never got past the bare bones. The ending felt rushed? And in my opinion the whole situation concerning Adam really was just half of a book. Book #13 beckons, I guess.

On the other hand I was really pleased with myself for figuring out the who-is-who, aka the name not to be mentioned. Usually I am clueless until the last moment. Was it just so obvious?

Oh yes, extra points for her old friend showing up again! I was a little non-plussed at the sudden appearance.

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Time-line for the “Mercyverse”, including the short stories:
http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/t…

Hour 48: Just the Beginning

We’ve hit the end of our Social Distancing #StayHome24in48 Readathon and Kerry, Kristen, and I are truly astonished by the outpouring of …

Hour 48: Just the Beginning

From me as well a big thank you for initiating this! I clocked in at 13 hours and 39 minutes. Give or take half an hour, where I forgot to switch on my timer. It was fun to meet new people! As I installed the WordPress app for the occasion, I plan to be more active here in the future.

Hour 24: the halftime show

Happy second midnight (well, for your east coast hosts), readers! 👋 Time is a weird thing these days with most of us isolated/quarantined, and …

Hour 24: the halftime show

I got in a little over 10 hours of reading so far. Did a little washing and cleaning, watched a little telly and texted with friends, as we are all pretty much stuck at home. Restaurants are completely closed now. Anyway, I might sit outside on my balcony for a bit, while the sun is still out and the sky is blue… I finished my audio of False Value, I finished the rest of Storm Cursed and read the first 100 pages of Smoke Bitten. I read a few pages of Walking Dead, Vol. #5. And I started The Tempest on this amazing app… Pretty cool. Not sure if that still counts as reading, but what the heck…