My July 2022:
– Severance by Ling Ma ★★★½☆ audio, a millennial‘s coming of age, literary fiction with a touch of zombies.
– Black Tide ★★★★¼ audiobook, horror. End of the world, alien invasion meets creature feature. I had fun, couldn‘t put it down. Looking forward to everybody else‘s comments.
– The Empress of Salt and Fortune ★★★☆☆ ebook, novella, magical China, the life of an empress in very broad strokes, didn‘t do much for me.
– The Iron Duke ★★★★★ paper, StoryGraph #1 August, officially marketed as PNR, but much more steampunk-pirates-zombie-swashbuckling fun.
– Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Audio Collection, narrated by Stephen Fry:
#1) A Study in Scarlet, Watson meets Holmes. And Mormons. ★★★½☆
#2) The Sign of Four, Watson meets Mary. And we take a trip to the Andaman Islands. ★★★★☆
#3) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Bohemia, Holmes & Watson meet The Woman / The Adventure of the Re-Headed League / A Case of Identity / The Boscombe Valley Mystery / The Five Orange Pips / The Man with the Twisted Lip / The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle / The Adventure of the Speckled Band ★★★★☆
Short story anthology The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Six: (ongoing)
– YELLOW AND THE PERCEPTION OF REALITY by Maureen F. McHugh ★★★★★ how do we perceive reality? For free here: https://www.tor.com/2020/07/22/yellow…
– EXILE’S END by Carolyn Ives Gilman ★★★★☆ The painful process of repatriation of stolen art. For free here: https://www.tor.com/2020/08/12/exiles…
– INVISIBLE PEOPLE by Nancy Kress — parents find out that their adopted daughter has been genetically altered as an embryo. Besides the ethical questions this throws up, it‘s a well-written thriller. Great character development for a short story, I was with them every step of the way. ★★★★★
– RED_BATI by Dilman Dila — a conscious pet robot fighting for its life and meaning on a mining ship. Read this before in Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora and found it a bit blander this time around. ★★★☆☆
– Copra: Round One, DNF at 42 pages, eComic, StoryGraph #1 July, rip-off/homage of Suicide Squad, messy art, no plot.
– We Stand On Guard ★★★★★ eComic, StoryGraph #1 September, Canada is invaded by the US in a war for water.
– Saga #60 ★★★★★ eComic, the end of this arc. I cried.
– They’re Not Like Us, Vol. 1: Black Holes for the Young, DNF at 47 pages, eComic, StoryGraph #2 September, teens with psychic powers, took too long to get going, didn‘t like the artwork.
– Ship of Magic, paper, I am about halfway and like it. Doorstopper of almost 900 pages, very dense, so this will take a few more weeks.
– How the Earth Works, audio, Great courses lectures.
– Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Audio Collection, narrated by Stephen Fry: #3) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, all the other stories…
Specfic Movies & TV watched:
– Dune, new movie ★★★★★ re-watch. Part II end of 2023, why???
– Obi-Wan Kenobi, S1, Ep 6, season completed ★★★★☆ hard to come to a satisfying ending, when you know that they all live to fight another day.
– Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness ★★★★☆ Entertaining, a little silly, a little absurd. I think I like my entertainment to be a little less wacky. Pretty forgettable, actually.
– A Discovery of Witches, S1 completed ★★★½☆ Meh. Read the blurb of books 2 + 3, most likely a pass.
– Resident Evil, S1 completed, Netflix series ★★★★☆
(- Night Sky, S1, Eps 3… not sure if I am all that interested in continuing….
– For All Mankind, S3, Eps. 1-3 ★★★★★ OMG, I wish this was real. So cool.
And last, but not least — I finally finished my Lego tree house…
Just noticed—the format page only seems to be counting the finished books. Oh well…
3 thoughts on “July 2022 Wrap-up”
Love the stats! And the LEGO tree house! I have How the Earth Works waiting for me to listen to it, too. It’s been waiting for a while. I should probably pick it up soon.
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Lol, thanks. The stats are from StoryGraph. How the Earth Works is pretty basic so far. I‘m in lecture 4, I think… I‘ll give it a few more lectures…
Hmm. Maybe it would be ideal commute listening, then, if the lectures are not too detailed.
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