The Week in Womble aka Oh wow its OVERRRR!


So, this week was supposed to be simple – pack the last few things in the flat up and move Friday.  Unfortunately. my buyer’s solicitor had realised a few things they should have done were not ready so I was running around to catch up and sadly still not moved!! I have however finally exchanged contracts, so this means in two weeks a new home is mine AT LAST.  So been a bit of a weird stop start week but was nice to finally know the saga is over.  I am never moving ever again!

Anathem update

Still on page 100! I should be judged!

What I read this week

The Bastard Legion: War Criminals by Gavin Smith reviewed here -  The latest in the series was the best yet with planetary warfare mixing with politics and mysterious AI

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley reviewed here – an interesting crime mystery with both a query as to who is the killer but also who was the victim.  It has an intriguing look at the dark side of friendships while giving you a classic countryside mystery.

Shelter by David Hutchinson – The planet was struck by a comet and in the devastation that followed the UK is now a series of discreet communities all suspicious of each other.  So far a dark and nasty little tale of little Englanders – I’m enjoying it a lot

Creatures – The Legacy of Frankenstein edited by David Thomas Moore – five authors deliver novellas exploring what Mary Shelley gave us 200 years ago.  Already enjoyed Tade Thompson’s grim tale of Victorian scientists going too far.

Other Media

Television –

Brexit Drama – modern dystopia with unrealistic cliffhangers and the cast all act unrealistically.  Who wrote this?

Films –

The Shining – I have only seen this once as a teenager and remember being bored more than thrilled.  I then read the book and found that better.  But sometimes nice to revisit things and I found it a different experience. It’s the tale of Jack, Wendy and their son Danny who agree to looking after a remote Hotel while its deserted in a gruelling winter cut off from everyone. The Overlook has a history of affecting its occupants and both Danny and Jack experience visions of the past. This a story of madness and Jack is the one most changed or possibly unleashed) by either isolation or the Hotel.  This time I realised there are more hints that Jack was a violent husband even before the Hotel and I think if this had been used more rather than Jack Nicholson obviously going for MAD JACK it may have been scarier than a horror film with ghosts.  It is an unsettling film and the large hotel makes the humans within it seem weak and tiny but I think its good rather than a classic.

Podcasts –

Not had any time!

What I want to read next

I’m looking at the these over the next few weeks


-          Darksoul by Anna Stephens – the sequel to another one of my favourite debuts Godblind

-          Shelter by David Hutchinson – a future UK where a disaster has turned back the clock

-          American Monsters Part 1 edited by Margret Helgadottir – the latest entrant in this brilliant Fox Spirit series with writers telling tales of their cultures.

-          The Djinn Falls in Love & other stories – edited by Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin – an intriguing look at what the Djinn offer us with a fine cast of writers

-          The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas – intriguing SF for SKCA

-          Chlorophyll and Gasoline by S J Fleming – also for SKCA a novella I’m going in cold on

-          Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams – an SF action tale

-          The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Graton – a fantasy tale based around Lear sounds intriguing too

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