This is a Good Book Thursday, June 17, 2021 June 17, 2021 ~ Jenny So the plan was that Krissie would guest post today, but then we watched Loki and disagreed about that and it slipped my mind. What did you read this week?
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I’d be very interested to hear thoughts (from both/all of you) on Loki. Hubby and I watched, and he is more enamoured than I am. I thought the 2nd episode was better than the first, so will keep with it for now, but am finding it a bit… muddled?
My current reading is a self-help book on how to deal with stress (turns out I need better boundaries, lol), so possibly not as much fun as the others than I’m sure will be along shortly 🙂
That’s Krissie and I. She loves it, I’m confused and annoyed. I think they threw away the first episode and a lot of the second, but I’ll hang in there for the third.
What’s the stress book, Frances?
I’m now reading “Burnout: The Secret to Solving the Stress Cycle” by Emily and Amelia Nagoski (only a few pages in, but feeling it has good things to say)
Just finished “Set Boundaries, Find Peace” by Nedra Tawwab, which I found very useful. Much common sense (which if nothing else is nice to read written down for reinforcement purposes), some new insights, would recommend.
Thanks – the set boundaries one sounds good. I do like commonsense!
You’re welcome 🙂
Brand new excellent book: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian.
Re-read four things by KJ Charles, getting ready for her new release next week. She gave subscribers a bonus scene that falls between The Sugared Game and Subtle Blood so that was kind of awesome.
Read a M/M contemporary that I’ll rant about on my blog sometime. 3 other M/M contemporaries that were satisfactory, one of which was by Roan Parrish and sent me back to re-read her ‘Best Laid Plans’ which works for me on every level.
Finally, we are also watching Loki and while I’m not trying to figure out where they’re going with it I already think they are missing some opportunities. Related: there’s a Tor blogger who has this to say: https://www.tor.com/2021/06/15/okay-do-superheroes-bone-or-not/
Yes! I read the new Cat Sebastian last week – so happy! And thank you for telling me about the bonus scene for the Will Darling books – I will immediately subscribe.
I’ve finished the latest from Andy Weir – “Project Hail Mary”. It was interesting. It’s about how space algae led to space travel in a hard science fiction kind of way. I liked it, although based on the last year, I do think he was rather optimistic about how people would cooperate in the face of possible annhilation.
I loved that book. You’re probably right about the optimism, but we need more positive thinking these days.
I’ve heard that the cooperation was what Obama noticed particularly about THE MARTIAN!
Finished The Shadow of The Wind! I get why my sister loves it so much (amazing world building, beautiful writing, a gothic-style mystery that unfolds slowly and ominously). And I’m glad I read it. But I don’t think I’ll ever re-read it. The world it takes place in is so dark and violent. Even the love is violent (as in Person #1 beating up Person #2 who they love, because #2 messed with Person #3, who #1 loves slightly more than #2).
Anyway. If literary gothic stuff is your thing, check it out. If creeping dread makes you feel, well, creeping dread, this may not be the book for you.
Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor. It’s a sci-fi trilogy that is completely addictive. The books are set in a world where math and science rule supreme, and advanced technologies and differences among people are facts of life.
The basic plot is that Binti, a Himba girl, is accepted to the best university in the (or any) galaxy. It’s the first time any of her people have left earth, let alone their community. Her experiences after leaving earth are what drives the story forward, along with the compilation of friends she makes along the way. And, of course, her ability to “tree herself” into a mathematical trance (trust me, it makes way more sense than it seems).
I’ve gotten so attached to the main character that I keep having to put the book down because I react so strongly to what’s happening to her!
That sounds amazing! I’ll have to try to track it down.
Yes! I loved that series!! It was wonderful to read something that took a very specific African cultural framework and translated it out into a science fiction setting. Loved the characters and the ways the protagonist dealt with her opponents.
I read several Ilona Andrews Innkeepers, re-listened to a Donna Andrews Christmas mystery. Listened to Murderbot AGAIN and just finished The Martian, read by Wesley Crusher, I mean Will Wheaton. I don’t actually want to go to space, but apparently I really like to read about it.
I’ve been looking forward to Loki, and I’ll be interested in reading your take on it, if you are so moved.
Right now, I don’t get it, but Hiddleston and Wilson are so watchable together that I’ll go back for episode three just to see them.
I would watch Tom Hiddleston read a menu.
Seems to be a pattern with these recent Marvel TV series – the first couple of episodes are set up and I wonder what’s going on and why can’t we get to the bit where things happen. Then it gets better and I forget that I didn’t love the first couple of episodes. For example…
Wandavision – ep1 and 2. I’m confused and not enough is actually happening, but the central conceit about being in a black and white sitcom is so well done it carries it.
Falcon and the Winter Soldier – ep 1 and 2. Like a romance book, Falcon and the Winter Soldier should be together from the start but they’re mostly apart at the start and it’s boring. Someone applying for a loan at the bank is not a scene I need to see in an action series. I can see where the series is going though, so I stick with it.
On my quest for novels about the Napoleonic Wars/Waterloo I’ve dipped my toes into many excerpts, the two Slightly books didn’t suck me in – very wordy and I wasn’t charmed by the protagonists.
I liked the excerpt of The Wedding Journey by Carla Kelly (before 1815, but Napoleonic Wars nevertheless). Oh how I love beta heroes. Here the chap is a shy surgeon and quite good at it, his love interest no lady.
I might come back to it, right now the eBook feels a bit expensive, the paperback even more so.
Must still try the Heyer book and some others.
I finished Miss Wonferful by Loretta Chase and liked it. Alistair was a nice chap, I liked Mirabel and especially that for a while their encounters were even better for her. The big reveal regarding the cause of his PTSD was a bit underwhelming. Who wouldn’t freak out when faced wirh amputation?
Also I kept thinking how a noble guy stays so incredibly fit (hard lean bidy, well muscled) when he’s mainly interested in fashion.
Well, sometimes I’m overly sceptical…
I also read the short story “Ramen am Rhein” by Regina Mars. Really cute and engaging. A new to me writer (German). Have downloaded excerpts of her longer books.
Must finish Book of Firsts. I got distracted by day job, my Greek and helping dd with her Latin.
It’s got to be really, really hot (hardly anybody has AC, it didn’t use to be that hot in the past), so both learning and working feels so much more difficult than only a few weeks before.
On a happy note I got my first jab. Yeah!
For something slightly different around the Napoleonic wars…you could try Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series. It’s the Napoleonic wars with dragons. Everything else the same – but dragons.
Have downloaded an excerpt, thanks!
I only hope I’ll get some time to get some reading done, there’s so much to do for the day job and the heatwave right now isn’t helping.
With even the public swimming pools booked out immediately after booking opens each day I feel trapped in the hot city and would so love to move out.
Sorry, end of rambling.
Have you tried the Patrick O’Brien books? I can’t remember if you mentioned them. There is a real cult following. My husband insisted we name our extreme polydactyl cat Aubrey because he said that polydactyl cats were also known as captain’s cats. And Aubrey’s coloring was similar to Captain Jack Aubrey.
Also Joanna Bourne’s books are mostly set in the Napoleonic era in England and France. There are many of us here who admire her books. It is probably time for me to reread them again.
I LOVE the Joanna Bourne books.
I started with the last one (by accident) and made my way through the others as I could find them, filling in the blanks as I met the characters in youth and came to see how they’d become their wonderful selves.
And it’s funny, her books came much closer than others I’d read about the Napoleonic period to making me feel as if I reMEMbered being in that time period. Not a lot about the historical detail or the battles or the politics, but a real flavor of the times.
Thanks for the recommendation! Will give it a try soon!!
I LOVE the Patrick O’Brian books!
Dodo, It was really difficult for Lord Byron to try to get a lean, muscled body (because he limped). He kept dieting. But he’s a bit of proof from history that the ideal was there.
The books always make it an effortless feature or naturw’s gift.
Wouldn’t it be funny if a novel made this a topic for the hero? Not the main issue of course, but a point of contention when the love interest likes the body that wasn’t just one more gift?
I’m finishing my third (?) re-read of the O’Brian books. And since there are 20, plus a fragment of a 21st, they lasted me all the way through COVID and beyond.
Have tried the first O’Brian some years ago on recommendation, but didn’t get hooked.
I think, for a longer series I just have to get somehow enamoured with the protagonist(s).
I liked the film Master and Commander – if the casting was good, it might explain the why: I’m just not a Russel Crowe type.
Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s series (starting with Sharpe’s Rifles) is wonderful for Napoleonic War novels. The video adaptations starring Sean Bean are also excellent, if you can find them.
Must try them.
I’ve read some other Cromwell book some years ago and I remember vividly how violently it faced the reader with the realities of war.
With the Sharpe films, I’ve only seen snippets so far – at least in those Sean Bean doesn’t die at the end, otherwise there’d be no series. LOL
This week, I read enjoyable in the moment but perfectly forgettable stuff, not really worth recommending here.
I also reread Bet me. I just love Min so much but this time round her mother’s fat shaming and what it does to Min and her sister hit me especially hard.
Someone close to me was diagnosed with anorexia a couple of years ago and it made me think a lot about my mum, sisters and my own relationship with food and I have become very sensitive to this issue.
My favourite bit though as always is the epilogue, it is the delicious cherry on top of the scrumptious cake.
I finished the third and last part of (the Liveship Traders-trilogy by Robin Hobb: “Ship of Destiny”. It was great. I love her world and her complex characters and all their flaws and faults. Character growth happened again, and some characters I wanted to strangle in the previous books I was slightly more positive about now, and others I was more positive about before I wanted to strangle now. Everyone had their reasons to what they did and for the choices they made and some of them had either been through or went through pretty awful things and acted thereafter, and I guess they thought it justified what they did… Anyway. It was a great read. Not happy, but very, very good.
I went on to read some random Swedish supposed) humour fiction, but found it prretty underwhelming. Even as feelgood it was bland.
Picked up where I left off in my reread of the 4th book of the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. It’s called “Inheritance” too. 3rd time I read it. Nice read. Works for me right now as an inbetween-books-book, for when I am looking for something else to read but haven’t found it yet.
I was very unexpectedly struck by a sudden wish to reread Lucy Dillon, so I bought “Love Dogs and Lonely Hearts”, which I’d only borrowed from the library before but now decided I wanted with a good narrator instead. Very soothing read. So much dogs. And there will be a happy ending. That feels incredibly comforting right now.
I picked up the latest Mercedes Lackey book, Beyond. It’s basically the prehistory of the founding of her Valdemar Herald series. It was okay, but I found myself wanting a bit more action and character interaction.
The Fourth Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders… Good read 🙂
I’m about half way through Something Rotten, book four of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. I don’t know who on here recommended this series, but I love it. Parts are laugh out loud funny.
So, whoever you are, thanks
I’m re-reading Sarah MacLean’s oeuvre in anticipation of her upcoming release, and may I just say, what a delight to revisit them all? Easter eggs abound, characters that are mere walk-ons show up 3 books later as a main, and so much I’d forgotten in not reading them back-to-back-to-back. She’s doing a book-a-week thing on Twitter where she’s answering questions, and it’s very clear that her devoted fans know their stuff, or have at least re-read her books much more than I have.
Sarah MacLean and Jen Prokop do an excellent podcast, “Fated Mates.” Just in case it hasn’t come your way yet.
New books this week included:
Michelle Diener’s Breakaway. It was an OK sci-fi romance, but I was not enamored.
Martha Wells’s Fugitive Telemetry 2021 has finally arrived from my library. I waited for it for months, and it was worth the wait. Murderbot as a PI, investigating a murder on a space station – I liked the concept. This novella wasn’t as deep as the others, but it was a quick and entertaining read. I missed him watching his beloved serials and discussing them, but I guess, he didn’t have time during this lightning-fast investigation.
Also, I’d like to report a success in my search for a book. A couple weeks ago, I asked a question on this forum. I remembered the plot but not the title or the author. Nobody could answer right away, but a couple days later, Doris (Dodo?) from this forum emailed me privately with the author and title of the book: Karen Robards’s Nobody’s Angel. Thank you, Doris. I ordered the book from my library.
Nobody’s Angel looks like fun. I’ve ordered it from my library too.
You’re welcome, Olga. 🙂
Finished Dick Francis readathon, for now. Will reread some of my favourites later. Bought a new to me author, Abbi Waxman, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.
I wanted to immerse myself in the Murderbot world so I read most of the fan fic on archive of our own. There’s some excellent stuff there. Now I’m back to the books themselves and into novella 3. The moments of sadness in them are really hitting me this time round.
Any that you’d recommend? I think I’d like good murderbot fanfic. 🙂
I thoroughly enjoyed https://archiveofourown.org/works/29890989/chapters/73561251, though it’s a Murderbot/Gurathin relationship and that’s not the ship I’d choose. But great story.
And this: https://archiveofourown.org/works/21764506
As last week, I’m rereading the Wearing the Cape series in anticipation of a new entry therein. I’m on Team-Ups and Crossovers now. I’ve looked at some other books, but not finished any (yet).
When I ordered a portable air conditioner, they said “Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.” NOT what someone in a heat wave wants to hear. Two weeks starts 6/20. I canardly wait.
Wait, do we get to talk about Loki? I am down for that!
I was such a downer about it, and Krissie was such a fan, that I ended up feeling bad because I’d criticized something she’d loved.
First two episodes in, only watched one time:
Hiddleston and Wilson are great together.
It’s too damn dark. Not angsty, but literally, the lighting is so dark it’s hard to see people’s faces. The only people who get decent lighting are Hiddleston and Wilson, and even them only part of the time.
Loki is too dumb in the first episode. Well, you know me and competence porn.I understand he’s arrogant, but he keeps making the same stupid mistakes.
The foreshadowing is too clunky. When Wilson says, “I trust [the people in charge here whose titles I forget] completely,” you know betrayal is just around the corner.
There are no stakes. I mean, I’m sure there are stakes that we just haven’t seen yet, but two episodes in, all I’ve seen is Loki trying to get to the Powers That Be to explain why he should be allowed to leave. He’s a trickster god and that’s his big plan?
I love a doppelgänger antagonist, but dozens of Lokis is just confusing.
Basically, they should have kicked off this plot in the first episode, not string it along until (I hope) the big push is revealed in episode three (end of which is half way through the six-episode series). My guess is that Mobius/Wilson is going to be betrayed by the bosses and join forces with Loki in an odd couple/buddy cop fight against darkness. God knows what the rest of the Lokis will be doing.
What this reminds me of so far: That first season of Legends where they didn’t reveal who the real antagonists were until the end of the season (and then Snart sacrificed himself to save the world which just annoyed the hell out off me). So part of my exasperation here may be tinged with memories of Vandal Savage and the Worst Team Leader in the History of Story.
BUT I think I need to see all six episodes at least twice before I can really critique this. That’s the great thing about a six-episode story, you can get the whole thing in one binge weekend and see it as a complete narrative.
Anytime Krissie gets to watch Tom Hiddleston in something I am pretty sure she is going to think it is Emmy material irregardless.
Krissie’s response to Hiddleston reminds of a conversation I heard once . After watching The Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day Lewis, I overheard two women. A: Julie didn’t like this movie. B: Why? I loved it. A: The first five minutes Daniel Day Lewis ran through the woods half undressed. B: But what didn’t she like about the movie?
She likes Owen Wilson, too, and they’re both great in this.
We’ve decided that I’ll watch the first two again, and then we’ll go into Slack and discuss the first and maybe the second one, using “expectation” as our craft topic because we were expecting different things. And then we’ll drill deeper on the content. Basically, I will bitch and moan and Krissie will be thrilled.
I always love hearing your thoughts on stories!
I completely agree with the lighting.
I wonder if we will still get dozens of Lokis now that we got to see who is under the hood at the end of episode 2.
I completely missed that foreshadowing, oops. I was just assuming that there were no Powers that Be. Like, they died or something and middle management just kept the ship going. But yes, I agree that disillusionment is likely upcoming for Mobius. I also felt at some points like he was already almost there but fighting against it.
I’ve only seen it once, so my grasp on it is not firm, but I did love Mobius. Competence porn with a dry sense of humor is pretty much my jam.
I was totally convinced Mobius’ lady boss is a bad person – but read somewhere that she’s based on someone’s love interest in the comics, so is probably a good person. There is that trope that if women look pretty then the male portion of the production team (and audience) regard them as being good, so they don’t bother writing anything for them to do to actually demonstrate their character.
Totally agree with Jenny’s point about Loki not being smart enough. And yet, how smart was he in the films really? Or was he just making things up on the fly there too? After all, you don’t have to be that smart to be smarter than Thor 🙂
This dark thing is, well, a thing. Either I am old and crotchety or every second show is too dark to watch. Maybe both….
If all my TV shows looked like they were covered in dark maple syrup, I might thing it was me, but there are many where I can clearly see faces, so . . .
Whoever told that first director that there were Brownie Points for Chiaroscuro has a lot to answer for.
I remember the technique being commented on admiringly in ROMEO AND JULIET, the 1960’s movie version. These days I just wonder whether the backers are economizing on the electric bill.
Tried Game of Thrones when it aired here, but couldn’t see most of it due to the darkness.
The overall darkness and violence didn’t appeal to me neither, so I gave up.
I read Winter’s Orbit and everyone is right – a really fine first book. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Am reading book four now of Martha Wells’ Raksura series. Plus I read The Island by Lisa Henry – one of her nastier books so I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. I also read When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and JA Rock – okay but not fabulous. Also I’ve been reading Laline Paul’s The Bees which is set in a hive of…bees and I DNF’d it. It was long and there wasn’t much character development – more like a lot of bee stereotypes if there is such a thing. Anyway, it was one of those books that I can appreciate the effort and the talent that went into it but I can’t much enjoy it.
Very interested in this Bees response. I adored that book — something about the balance between “this is a human in bee drag” and “no, this is someone who actually does think and feel like a bee, i.e. an alien” felt exactly right to me. But I can completely see how that incomplete departure from the human might just register as bad character writing.
Not bad character writing – just not interesting to me. And like I said I can completely see the talent in the writing.
I finished A ROGUE’S COMPANY, which was interesting . . . further adventures of Iris Sparks and Gwen Bainbridge. I think the author is pushing — perhaps unconsciously — contemporary cultural values a little more than works for me for a book set about 1947. Granted, this is one of the difficult parts of writing a book set in the past that has to sell to readers in the present. And some aspects were quite sweet, and she didn’t blithely ignore rationing coupons. A series to be read in order, I’d recommend.
Have, but haven’t gotten far into, THE KILLER OF THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER, A new suspect revealed. No idea who the author could suggest who hasn’t already been suggested, but far enough in to have read that the idea of it being a political murder is, apparently, being excluded. However, there aren’t many people in the Princes’ neighborhood whose names are recorded with any additional information about them, period, whose association ISN’T political.
Other reading was the death register of Floyd County, Virginia, 1852-1873. As reported yesterday, either it’s incomplete or my ancestors were zombies. [Actually, such registers, especially in the South, are often incomplete in the early years; registering births and deaths wasn’t automatic and some people didn’t see the benefit. Marriage recording meant the ability of a widow or widower to claim the legal share of the late spouse’s estate, and proof of the legitimacy of an heir, so that got more cooperation.]
Only four more days until THE WITNESS FOR THE DEAD, which Kindle will drop for me on Monday evening.
I am re-listening to Tamiko and the Two Janitors for comfort. I love Forthright’s worlds where everything works out without drama. I love it a lot.
And I am reading a lot of mediocre smutty smut. That is comforting too, in it’s way. Also, I am just so relieved to be able to read new things again finally. Progress.
Finished There Is No Antimemetics Division, the only “books you may like” Amazon recommendation I’ve ever glanced at and thought, yeah, okay, I actually do want to read this. Doctor Who-esque high-concept thriller about a security agency whose beat is anything capable of making you forget it exists.
Also read the first of Matt Mikalatos’s Sunlit Lands series because I like his CS Lewis essays on Tor.com. Christian YA fantasy/adventure, strongly edged with social justice. I like the characters and the individual elements, but the social justice focus sits quite heavily on the fantasy/adventure.
And the owner of one of my favourite bookshops said I needed to read Parallel Lives, by Phyllis Rose, so I started that. It’s a study of five Victorian marriages & so far I’m completely loving it. Super-well written & insightful and OMG when Victorian marriages went badly they really really went badly.
Co-signing Salpy’s Loki comment.
Thank you. I have checked Parallel Lives out from the library. It sounds just the thing for me: interesting without being so adventurous that I have to read just one more page to see what is going to happen so I stay up until 2 am.
I’m very pleased! We just did our usual Saturday morning drop-in at the bookstore & I mentioned this to the original recommender, who’s also pleased. So nice to see book recs spreading out.
I remember Parallel Lives as being gripping in its own way, plus illuminating into the mechanics of marriage. I hope you like it.
I have been rereading the Couriers series by Nita Abrams. I had forgotten how much I liked it. She wrote five and then …nothing. So I wrote her to ask if she has written anything else and she said no but might when she retires from her university job.
I have this list of authors who stopped writing… Judith Ivory, Jean Ross, Laura Kinsale. Laura London…and I periodically check to see if they have come back. So far no.
Is your Laura London the Tom and Sharon Curtis team? I could only wish they’d produced a couple of books a year all these years!
Yes. A few years ago they said they were starting to write again and did some interviews and then nothing.
Fantastic Fiction says they’ve retired from writing romance, drat.
I read The Girls I’ve Been, by Tess Sharpe and absolutely LOVED it. The structure is non-linear but the scenes set in the past are all relevant to the action in the now, not just big backstory infodumps. The story starts out as one thing but evolves into something more, and it doesn’t shy away from darkness. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Apparently it’s being developed as a movie by Millie Bobbie Brown, and it has all the makings to be brilliant.
I also reread Red, White, and Royal Blue again because while that world isn’t perfect, 2020 there was so much better than here that I would rather live there.
I started the week with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. I agree with her worldview, but many of the story lines seem to be there just to make a point and that takes me out of the story and makes me cranky. I’m not sure that I will read more of them.
I also read The Last Flight by Julie Clark. I enjoyed it. It is a thriller and was a fast read, emotionally uncomplicated and well written.
I also read Paladin’s Grace and Paladin’s Strength, both by T. Kingfisher. I loved them both, but enjoyed Paladin’s Grace more. I’m not sure why – maybe I felt like Paladin’s Strength dragged a little? But I’m still waiting eagerly for the next one.
I had exactly that response to Small Angry Planet — “I agree with you, book, but you seem to exist largely for me to agree with, which… is not enough”. I’ve seen various people commenting that Becky Chambers gets better with every book, which does make me wonder if I should try her again.
I enjoyed the Paladin books, but less than some of T. Kingfisher’s others. Paladin guilt as romantic resolution deferral device began to annoy me quite quickly. Even though I liked the characters.
I’m reading nothing new, but I HAVE started writing again. I’m working on Glimmer Girls. Don’t know how far I’ll get but at least I’m working on it. And enjoying myself, oddly.
Hooray! I loved the premise of Glimmer Girls. Glad you’re having fun with it again.
I’m still reading my way through Celia Lake’s series about 1920’s magical Britain that was recommended here a few weeks ago, for the first time, and still enjoying these new (to me) books.
I find them relaxing; not too high stakes mysteries/romances, fairly short novels that each can be read standalone, and a time period that is fairly fresh to me, with the Roaring Twenties allowing some more modern ideas into the historical escapism ambiance.
I’m reading Michael Punke’s ‘Ridgeline’. Through the Free Library of Phiadephia, on Zoom he did a virtual interview with Cristina Baker Kline.
I’m halfway through The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I’d seen it when browsing and figured it wouldn’t appeal to me. Hollywood stories usually leave me cold.
After ignoring it for a while, it was $13+, I finally dug deep into the purse. The storyline is really entertaining me, and the writing is good. With our ongoing heatwave in the west there isn’t much to do but read, and I’m glad I have this to get back to in the heat of the afternoon.
I’m frantic with readying myself for a week’s vacation on an island in Maine. It seems so long since I’ve traveled. A big issue is what I take to read. . . .
Which reminds me of books I’ve discovered at rentals, a hotel, and a restaurant. The restaurant had books to exchange with whatever one had finished — I picked up Jo Walton’s The King’s Peace. At a German hotel on the Greek island of Crete I found the next Rebus book in the series I was reading by Ian Rankin. My favorite discovery is the author Alan Bennett whose The Clothes They Stood Up In was in one Deer Isle, Maine, rental home and The Lady in the Van in another. I was given Bennett’s The History Boys, and I bought The Uncommon Reader. All terrific.
ARGH !!! The Free Library of Phila is cancelling Hoopa & Kanopy as of June 30th.
Do they have Overdrive? I’ve found more stuff I want to read there than on Hoopla.
Yes, they have OverDrive & Libby
Hoopla had a large audiobook catalog.
A local library may still carry hoopla? Mine does. Plus I have a card for Philadelphia.
Make that Hoopla
Overdrive has purchased Kanopy, so hopefully you will have access to its content through Overdrive soon.
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