Saturday, June 1, 2019

And Summer is Knocking

June is upon us: the end of school, outdoor pools have opened, heat has arrived, and I, like many, am reminded that I'm on the wrong end of getting in shape.

Anyway, been a couple weeks and I thought I check in.

Reading


I'm going to start here because in addition to finishing Mythos, I also read Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Landsing, and the later turned out to be one of the best books I've ever read—certainly one of the best non-fiction.  Not to take anything away from Mythos.  If you enjoy the Greek myths, it really was a terrific way to hear the stories of the God and Titans and Stephen Fry is as witty and funny as always.  Despite showing a remarkable knowledge of the subject, his book is very accessible.

As for Endurance, if you don't already know about Shackleton's Voyage to Antartica, don't look it up.  Just buy Endurance and start reading.  You will be riveted by what is not only fantastic writing—the whole book reads like the best of adventure fiction—but by the thoroughly researched true story.  Tears welled up in my eyes at the end and I am not, by nature, a crier.

Currently, I'm onto fiction and at the suggestion of my best of friends (the same friend that introduced me to Joe Abercrombie) I am reading Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.

Television

My wife and I have one episode left of Westword and I'm still on the fence.  I'm intrigued and it is well acted, the effects are great, cinematography is good, and Anthony Hopkins is in it.  But perhaps it's just too slow in its reveal.  Something isn't quite working for my wife and I, and...I take back much of what I just said.  In between writing this, we watched the last episode and the payoff was fantastic.  It's on to the second season.

I'm also excited for Good Omens.  I'm a big Neil Gaiman fan and the book, written with the late Terry Pratchett, was a riot.  I'll be watching the first episode tonight.

Movies

Nothing to report.  A lot I'm excited about, Spiderman, John Wick...but I just haven't gotten out to see anything since Avengers: Endgame, which I've seen twice.  Still amazed.  I'm still arguing perfection—Oscars all around.

Events

Tough Mudder Virginia tomorrow.  This will be my fourth.  Always a good time.

Writing

No dates yet on Scarlet and the Barrier's Fall.  As soon as I do I'll let you know.  I did however begin something completely knew and it is moving along nicely.  Haven't decided if it will be a series or stand alone yet.  The story is still revealing itself at the moment.

That's all for now.
 

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