Added to Wishlist
- The Enchanted – Rene Denfield. This seems to be a mix of magical realism and horror, and sounds like it might be beautiful.
- Join – Steve Toutonghi. A sci-fi novel about shared consciousness and everything that that concept means. I like my sci-fi with a side of philosophy.
- Bird Box – Josh Malerman. This was recommended to me on my Instagram account, and it sounds like a fantastic mash-up of the horror and post-apocalyptic genres. The UK cover isn’t as strong as some of the international editions, sadly.
- The Rook – Daniel O’Malley. Urban fantasy meets Memento, by the looks of it, which sounds awesome!
- London Falling – Paul Cornell. Technically, this isn’t on my wishlist as I found it in a library sale a few days after adding it to my Goodreads ‘to be read’ list. I still haven’t read it though, so it still sort of counts…
- Drown – Esther Dalseno. A twisted take on The Little Mermaid. Yes, please.
Articles of Note
- Title and Cover Design for Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. I love behind-the-scenes articles like this.
- HBO Chief Somehow Unprepared to Face Questions About Sexualised Violence on Shows. Apparently, so long as a couple of guys get stabbed, rape is a-okay.
- Interview: Becky Chambers on The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and Creating Welcoming Sci-Fi. Some good background on The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet but not nearly enough information on the sequel!
- 10 Memories You’ll Have If You Were Obsessed With The Babysitters Club Growing Up. I get the feeling that the author of this article didn’t actually read The Babysitters Club books, but I still have all the feelings reading this.
- Eowyn Ivey’s Favourite Books About Mythical Adventure. I loved The Snow Child, and I’m really looking forward to To The Bright Edge Of The World, so it’s interesting to see the type of thing that Ivey recommends.
- Blue Cheese Stuffed Portobello Burgers with Grilled Corn and Crispy Shallots. So many good things in one burger!
- Caramac Fudge. There are not nearly enough Caramac recipes in the world.
- Philly Cheesesteak Mac N’ Cheese. There are probably enough macaroni cheese recipes in the world, but I’m always happy to add another to my collection.
- Gooseberry Tart from Swallows and Amazons. I have to say, I’m not the biggest fan of Swallows and Amazons. I actually quite fancy rereading it to see if I like it any better now than I did 15 years ago, but with so many books in the world who knows if that’ll ever happen? Anyway, I love gooseberries, so it’s all good 😉
- Toblerone Brownies. Ah-mazing.
Watching: Private Practice
I recently rewatched the most recent season of Grey’s Anatomy, and I remembered reading somewhere that the character of Amelia Shepherd had first been introduced in Private Practice. Now, I gave up on Private Practice after its first season aired, but I like having mindless TV on in the background while I cook, so I thought I’d revisit it. I’m currently at the start of season four and I have to ask – how did this programme last for six seasons? Seriously, how?? It seems like a version of adult life that teenage girls would come up with. Grey’s Anatomy is unashamed in its obvious manipulation of your feelings, but Private Practice is ridiculous. It’s just full-on drama, all the time. Addison’s in love! With this guy! No! With that guy! Wait, she’s a cheater! And she wants a baby! She hasn’t had sex for, like, six weeks! Her life is over! It’s okay, here’s another guy! Plus, it seems that, with the exception of Dell who doesn’t really count, bad things only ever happen to the women, which makes me a bit judgemental about where the writers are coming from. And let’s not forget that we got this instead of a show with Jeffrey Dean Morgan… I’m not gonna lie to you, I’m almost certain that I’m going to watch until the last episode but I’ll be thinking ‘what the hell??’ the whole time. (I love Charlotte though. She is easily my favourite, and I want her to be in pretty much every TV programme ever.)