Fall TV – Quick Judgement

Dear ladies and gents,

can we talk about how there was nothing to watch this summer? And when I say nothing, I do mean nothing. Well apart from Stranger Things. I LOVED Stranger Things. Even with all the bad men and creepiness factor, it was one of the most delightful things I’ve seen.

At any rate – no TV means I could read more. And read I did. I went through 10 out of 13 Mark Billingham’s Tom Thorne novels (among other things).

As much as I enjoy reading (and I do, a lot) by mid-September I was itching for something interesting to watch. Thank heavens for the Great British Bake Off.

So like a gluttonous cow I wanted to watch EVERYTHING. Here are my first impressions (I can also be a judgemental cow, so bare with):

BullLie To Me knock off. Without Tim Roth. No offense to Michael Weatherly, but he is not Tim Roth. I prefer Tim Roth in all of his twitchy glory.

The Good Place – tries too hard to be quirky. And I normally like Kristen Bell.

Designated Survivor – Jack Bauer on Prozac.

Timeless – created by Kripke. I thought I’d be ALL OVER that. It’s like Stargate Atlantis and Back to the Future mated. A bit meh if I’m honest.

ConvictionHayley Atwell is in it. And she is supposed to be this bad-ass lawyer who is also a bit of a mess. Yeah, not really buying it. Viola Davis knocked that one out of the park.

Westworld – obviously this was hyped like crazy. I get it, the cast list is stellar. First time around I switched it off after the opening credits. I saw it was long and there was no way I’d make it through the end without falling sleep (it was late, ok?). Gave it another go and it was a bit touch and go in the beginning. I thought it’d be some rape-y sh*t and I don’t have time for that. In the end, it was fine. But I’m reserving my judgement until I’ve seen at least one more episode.

Luke Cage – now I love me some Marvel. Jessica Jones is one of the best things I’ve seen in years. I love Daredevil. I *thought* I’d be all over Luke Cage. ALL OVER IT. I saw 4 episodes so far. I managed to fall asleep 3 times. Yeah, I’m all

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It’s LUKE CAGE.

So tell me dear ladies and gents, have you seen anything interesting of late?

The Kindle Experiment

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Dear ladies and gents,

I am about a year in with my Kindle experiment.

Definite advantages:

– I am still reading loads.
– It’s fantastic (FANTASTIC) when you travel.
– I have decided (finally I might add) that it’s ok to give up on a book and just stop reading if it doesn’t interest me.

Definite disadvantages:

– can’t keep track of the stuff I’ve read.
– I’m getting picky about books.
– one thing I’ve learned sucks a**? When the book is great and then the endings sucks.

What do you use to keep track of things you’ve read? I have a Goodreads account, but that is mostly so I can find stuff that might be interesting.

Stuff that peaked my interest of late (prepare for some blood and gore, no high brow stuff here):

Anything Mark Billingham – started with Die of Shame and liked it enough to seek out his other novels. Then I realized that some of his Tom Thorne novels were turned into TV series (I’m blond ok, I can be slow on the uptake).

Cosy mysteriesM. C. Beaton. OMG the lady is 80 and she writes 2 books a year (one Agatha Raisin and one Hamish Macbeth). You have to admire her output. And once you start, her books are addictive as hell. Agatha Raisin currently airs on Sky.

Megan Abbott “You Will Know Me” – this started off great and held my interest, but then the ending was just… meh.

Joe Hill “The Fireman” – gave up about half way through. Normally I really like Joe Hill’s novels. And I’ll probably finish this one. But for some reason I just couldn’t focus long enough to stay with it.

Justin Cronin “The City of Mirrors” – last in the Passage trilogy. And can I be frank with you?

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I got started and I just cannot. I’ve completely lost track and I don’t know what is happening but o!m!freaking!g! I would like to finish this sucker.

So if anyone has any recs that would be much obliged, please and thank you!

If you need some distraction…

Dear ladies and gents,

I have ODed on news of late. Stuff that has been happening in my own country, across the Europe and world in general makes me think the world is imploding.

So this would be me watching the news:

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Hey, I never said I was not vulgar. But yeah.

I’m not saying to stop watching the news (that’s just irresponsible, we need to be informed. It’s mandatory that we are informed. Look what happens when people take things at face value. Dimwits get away with shit, that’s what. UGH I’ll stop now or I’ll get a case of the stabbies again).

So we need a distraction. Good heavens do we need a distraction.

If you like noir…

hinterland

Hinterland – the original title of the series is Y Gwyll (it was produced by BBC Cymru Wales). It stars Richard Harrington as DCI Tom Mathias who moves to Aberystwyth (west coast of Wales) to take on a new job. He is dark and brooding and lives in a camper van and is great at his job. So you know, the regular noir kinda stuff. The good news is that I’m kinda late with this one (it premiered in 2013) so there are 9 episodes altogether to catch up on. Again great stuff if you like noir.

If you like crime…

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New Blood – I was surprised how much I liked New Blood. Written by Anthony Horowitz (the dude wrote a number of episodes of Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Collision, Injustice) this is a crime drama about Arash Sayyad (played by Ben Tavassoli) and Stefan Kowolski (played by Mark Strepan). Arash works for the police force, while Stefan works for the Serious Fraud Office. Two get thrown together on a complicated case involving a pharma company. This is not high brow stuff, it’s a buddy crime drama, but I liked it all the same. Also? ALL the London porn.

If you like gentle comedies…

mum

Mum – written by Stefan Golaszewski Mum is about Cathy (played by Lesley Manville), a recently widowed woman who is coming to terms with her grief after the death of her husband. The series follows her and her family over the course of a year. And now you are like – why you peddling this sad sh*t, we had enough sad sh*t?! It’s not, I swear. It’s subtle and funny and warm. Just trust me – you’ll love it.

An oldie, but goodie…

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You Rang M’Lord – if you haven’t seen this comedy written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft – OMG do! Seriously. I watched it ages ago and then revisited over the last few weeks. It’s brilliant. Then again Jimmy Perry and David Croft gave us Dad’s Army and Hi-De-Hi. The comedy is set in 1920s London and it is about the servants working for Lord Meldrum and the contrast between their lives and the lives of the upper crust people they serve. It’s funny and observant and shows how it all started to unravel back in the 20s.