My April Wrap-up

My April 2022 came with an unexpectedly high page count.

– Tangled Destinies ★★★★¾, fanfic, SF, online, one of my favourite Star Trek AOS fanfics. Re-read. I rarely read fanfic anymore, but sometimes it‘s a nice palate cleanser.
Taken ★★★★★ ebook, UF, Alex Verus #3, best so far.
– Enchanted Living, Summer 2019: #47 The Art Nouveau Issue ★★★☆☆ StoryGraph #2, eMag, some nice photos, too much fairyland, not enough Art Nouveau — I skimmed.
The Vampire Lestat ★★★★☆ paper, fantasy/horror, the exhaustive story of Lestat. Still good, but sometimes a bit verbose.
Amongst Our Weapons ★★★★☆ audio, UF, Peter Grant #9
– Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction ★★★☆☆ StoryGraph #1, paper, non-fiction, for aspiring writers of specfic — I skimmed.
– The Renegades Of Pern ★★★★☆ ebook, something old, something other, something new. Good fun.

Buddy Read — short story anthology: (ongoing)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Six:
– AIRBODY by Sameem Siddiqui, Clarkesworld Magazine #163, April 2020 — renting the body of someone else via shared consiousness, nice idea with lots of possibilities. ★★★☆☆
– THE BAHRAIN UNDERGROUND BAZAAR by Nadia Afifi — the MC connects into the recording of another person‘s death. A trip of self-discovery. ★★★☆☆
– LONE PUPPETEER OF A SLEEPING CITY by Arula Ratnakar — probably not bad, but I couldn‘t work up any interest for the story. ★★☆☆☆

Qinaya ★★★★★ hardcover, contemporary, Issue #1, French family adopts 4 year old Peruvian girl. Too cute for words. Surprising ending.
The Adoption: CE ★★★★½ eComic, with Dennis & Nataliya, full English version of the above.
– Unnatural #1 ★★¾☆☆ eComics, TBR pile, pig girl looking for love in a restrictive society.
– Seven To Eternity #1 ★★★☆☆ eComics, TBR pile, high fantasy meets the Wild West. Good artwork, meh story.
Slaughter-House Five ★★★★☆ eComics, TBR, graphic adaptation of Vonnegut‘s classic.
– Saga #58 ★★★★☆ eComics, Alana tries to keep her family afloat and takes on dubious jobs.

Specfic Movies & TV watched:
– Picard, S2, Eps 1-9 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀 — Very good, enjoying this more than S1. Could have done without the psychoanalysis and flashbacks of the last two episodes.
– Life 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀 — great alien creature feature on the ISS with Ryan Reynolds, re-re-watch
– Raised by Wolves, S1 🐺🐺🐺🐺.75 — great start, very weird ending
– Wolfwalkers 🐺🐺🐺🐺.5 — beautifully done animation
– Interstellar 🚀🚀🚀🚀 — very imaginative
– The Adam Project ⏰⏰⏰⏰ — time travel with Ryan Reynolds
– A Monster Calls 👿 👿 👿 — animated YA monster story

Top Ten Tuesday — Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Last week‘s topic / April 12: Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To (Submitted by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse)

Well, let‘s have a look at the more recent additions to my want-to-read pile and books lingering on my TBR pile of owned books….

(covers are linked to the books in Goodreads)

Seanan McGuire is definitely high on my list of authors I want to read. I have the first five books of Wayward Children lined up and ready to go, I just need to find the opportunity to squeeze them in somewhere…

Another one is Elizabeth Bear. I keep thinking that I have read something by her, alas I can‘t pinpoint what it might have been. I have Ancestral Night on my TBR pile…

A space salvager and her partner make the discovery of a lifetime that just might change the universe in this wild, big-ideas space opera from multi award-winning author Elizabeth Bear.

I own two anthologies where she has contributed as well. And Tor offers some glimpses at her work.

T. Kingfisher has been on my reading pile for a while now as well, mainly because of A Wizard‘s Guide to Defensive Baking. My reading buddies all really liked this book.

Fourteen-year-old Mona isn’t like the wizards charged with defending the city. She can’t control lightning or speak to water. Her familiar is a sourdough starter and her magic only works on bread. She has a comfortable life in her aunt’s bakery making gingerbread men dance.

What‘s not to like about that?

That‘s it for today, back to enjoying the sunshine and reading my vampire book….

March Wrap-up

In February I read less, in March on the other hand I read more than usual. My ratings are not terribly high allover, but I did enjoy myself…

Novels and novellas:

Ring Shout ★★¾☆☆ audio, Klu Klux monsters, Stone Mountain and alternate realities.
Mickey7 ★★★½☆ ebook, Netgalley, Mickey7 dies for the colony, repeatedly. Alien lifeforms and survival.
Ogres ★★★★☆ ebook, Netgalley, another genre bender by Tchaikovsky. Very smartly done.
Gallant, audio, DNF at 51%, haunted house, YA, gothic. Not bad, actually, but didn‘t grab me. Good audiobook narration.
– StoryGraph #1 Even The Wingless ★★★★★, ebook, TBR, shockingly dark and violent offering, but very compelling.
– Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern ★★★★☆ ebook, my Pern re-read. Moreta‘s Ride, I ugly cried!
– Nerilka’s Story & The Coelura ★★★☆☆ ebook, companion piece to Moreta. Same story from a different POV. Only skimmed the added novelette, as it doesn‘t belong to the Dragonriders of Pern and didn‘t interest me

Short fiction:

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Six (ongoing), short stories:
– AN IMPORTANT FAILURE by Rebecca Campbell, ★★★¾☆, the building of a violin, climate change, loss of physical things and loss of possibilities in our lives.
– THE LONG IAPETAN NIGHT by Julie Nováková, ★★¾☆☆, Earth has gone through two cataclysms, humanity tries to establish footholds elsewhere in the solar system. Horror on a dark ice planet.

Comics / Graphic novels:

– StoryGraph #2 The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to Fear ★★★★★ eComic, TBR, Negan! Lucille is thirsty! 
– The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After ★★★½☆ eComic, TBR, more Negan! More of an in-between.
The Complete Angel Catbird ★☆☆☆☆ eComic, Angel Catbird #1-3. Margaret Atwood, what were you thinking?
– Jova’s Harvest #1 Comic Book eComic, DNF after 16 pages, not for me.
– Ham Helsing #1: Vampire Hunter ★★★★★, eComic, adorable! Thanks to whoever recommended this, I had great fun! Two pigs, a werewolf and two rats chase a vampire… so wacky, I loved it!
– Saga #57 ★★★★☆ eComic

And the rest…

Currently reading:
– The Art of Cursive Penmanship: A Personal Handwriting Program for Adults, paper

StoryGraph Reading Randomizer / backlog:
– The Solitaire Mystery, paper, TBR / February StoryGraph #2 

Specfic Movies & TV watched:
– For All Mankind, the rest of S1 and all of S2, finished — 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀, I wish this was a documentary of real life events! As a whole I liked S1 better, but the finale of S2 was out of this world! Figuratively and literally speaking… Awesome!
– Space Force, S1, finished — 🚀🚀🚀🚀, funny, surprisingly serious topics. It was good, but I doubt that I will watch S2.
– Stowaway, 2021 science-fiction thriller — 🚀🚀🚀
– Finch, apple TV+ original, SF — 🚀🚀🚀, family-friendly dystopia with Tom Hanks raising a robot, it was ok.
– Zack Snyder‘s Justice League — 💣 wtf? Not sure what to make of this. 4 hours! At least they fixed the crappy cover-up of Cavill‘s upper lip from the official movie. A lot of shirtless time with Cavill and Momoa. No idea why that man puts on any tops anyway in that movie.

First blog post

I used to blog about my daily adventures for many years. But eventually real life got busy and I got more interested living it than writing about it. I have been pretty active on goodreads for the past two years and my renewed reading adventures have been a lot of fun. One of the buddy reading groups I am a member off has just started a wordpress blog, so here I am! Again! I might blog book reviews here and I might not. I might write about other things and I might not. Time will tell. Meanwhile you can find my book reviews on goodreads, as soon as I can figure out how to set up links…