1 show I liked, 1 book I loved, and a novel that was meh.

The Great

I saw the trailer for this series earlier in the year, and it’s now available on Hulu. Produced by Oscar Award nominee, Tony McNamara (screenwriter of The Favourite), I knew I would be watching.  Given my love of a) women in history b) period dramas and c) amazing writing, I am literally the target demographic for the show.  Add in a wonderful amount of diversity (well, in casting, not so much for the LGBTQ crowd, sorry gang), and I’m basically recommending this show to anyone who will listen.  For their roles, Nicolas Hoult and Dakota Fanning might be at their peak, and I can only think both were delighted to take on such interesting characters.  I sincerely hope there is another season.

American Royals

I think you’re probably sending a theme here.  Although I finished this book last year (oops), I didn’t manage to write a review, even though I loved it.  Imagine a world where America is ruled by a monarch.  Now, put the story in modern times, add in the first Queen apparent, and of course – some romantic entanglements.  The sequel is out this year, and I cannot wait.  (For those looking for similar, The Royal We, by the Fug Girls, is also a fab ‘what if’ royal book).

A Shadow Bright and Burning

An alternate history Victorian England? One with magic?  Well, that certainly sounds familiar.  Unfortuantely, Ms. Cluess seems determined to overload the story with so many names and people that it’s nearly impossible to keep them all straight (never mind that there seem to be no less than three love interests).  The world building is so clunky, it constantly took me out of the story.  While there are other books in the story, I have no desire to read them.  with a protagonist that kind of has things happen to her (albeit with some cool magic thrown in), this one was a struggle to finish, and I won’t be reading the rest of the series.

So, have you read or watched anything interesting recently?  Let me know!

Week by numbers.

A few updates!  I hope you’ve been well, and I’d always love to hear what sort of numbers are interesting in your life.

  • 9,628, words into the sequel to Take One at Mulholland High.  (Working title, to surprise no one, Take Two at Mulholland High).  this makes me feel good, because crossing the 10K mark always makes me think ‘now you’re on the way to an actual novel.’
  • 6,194, words into the sequel of Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek.  I’ve started this because, maybe (?) there might be some progress with the original.  Let’s see — I’ve got a call on the 20th.  It’s secondary, but fun and a little less organized than the first manuscript.
  • 1, video I made about learning how to saber champagne.
  • ??, day of quarantine it is.
  • 25, total reviews on Twenty Year Reunion.  It’s official, Hidden Gems really is the ONLY review service to use.
  • 10, kilos of vegetables I received last weekend from Emirates Bio Farm.  I was able to give a lot to a neighbor, but it certainly made for some creative cooking this week. Including…
  • First, time we made stuffed jalapeño poppers for lunch on Wednesday.
  • ALL, the cheese I bought at the store yesterday.
  • 1, alcoholic beverage consumed this week so far (yay me!).
  • 1,000 pieces of the current super difficult puzzle we’re working on.