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Books in April

Not a great month for reading, but in my defense, I was traveling at the beginning of the month and was very sick with the flu at the end of the month. Glad this April is over!

Kissed a Sad Goodbye, by Deborah Crombie.Collapse )

Just After Sunset, by Stephen King.Collapse )

A Very Good Hater, by Reginald Hill.Collapse )

Happy Beltaine and bring on May!

Books in March

Here's my reading for last month, not too shabby!

The Vanishing Box, by Elly Griffiths.Collapse )

Lupin Leaps In: A Breaking Cat News Adventure, by Georgia Dunn.Collapse )

A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness.Collapse )

Unto Us a Son is Given, by Donna Leon.Collapse )

The Power, by Naomi Alderman.Collapse )

Dreaming of the Bones, by Deborah Crombie.Collapse )

And soon we're off to rainy Northern California to see my family and friends - better than the ongoing snow and sleet of Montreal!

Books in December

Lots of fun reading this month!

Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny.Collapse )

The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester.Collapse )

Black Rabbit Hall, by Eve Chase.Collapse )

Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham, by M.C. Beaton.Collapse )

The Witches of New York, by Ami McKay.Collapse )

A Traveller in Time, by Alison Uttley.Collapse )

Half Spent Was the Night, by Ami McKay.Collapse )

Watch Your Tongue: What Our Everyday Sayings and Idioms Figuratively Mean, by Mark Abley.Collapse )

I'm finishing off the year by simultaneously (with the above book by Mr. Abley) reading the latest Rivers of London novel by Ben Aaronovitch, Lies Sleeping. Fun to reconnect with an old friend of a series that I haven't read for a while; and a great way to begin a New Year!

Books in November

Had a lot of time for reading this month, though more is always welcome!

Careless Love, by Peter Robinson.Collapse )

Boston Noir, edited by Dennis Lehane.Collapse )

Hope Never Dies, by Andrew Shaffer.Collapse )

The Lost Words, by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.Collapse )

Awake and Dreaming, by Kit Pearson.Collapse )

Murder at Hazelmoor, by Agatha Christie.Collapse )

I would have had another book to include, except that the delivery company somehow lost it for two days and I didn't get the new Louise Penny until yesterday afternoon, and I don't read quite *that* fast! Still, that means I get to savour it even longer....

Books in October

The month began gloomily, and bottomed out in the middle with the death of my beloved cat The Grey Mouser. She was 14 years, 8 months and one day old, and she slipped away peacefully after a lengthy illness. Not surprisingly, I promptly came down with a cold after that - I generally only get colds about once every 3 years (the last one I had was in March of 2015). Reading has been consolation this month:

Death of an Expert Witness, by P.D. James.Collapse )

Collision: Stories, by J. S. Breukelaar.Collapse )

No Night Is Too Long, by Barbara Vine.Collapse )

Lethal White, by Robert Galbraith.Collapse )

The Comforts of Home, by Susan Hill.Collapse )

Happy Samhain and Happy Celtic New Year - let's hope it's better than the last!

Books in September

Only three books read this month; in my own defense, I will note that I've got a very sick elderly cat to take care of right now, and that takes all my concentration. Here's hoping The Grey Mouser will recover!

A Way Home, by Theodore Sturgeon.Collapse )

They Found Him Dead, by Georgette Heyer.Collapse )

The House of Silk, by Anthony Horowitz.Collapse )

That's all for now, I guess....
Detective Dee (Mark Chao) heads the Bureau of Investigation in Tang Dynasty China; as a result of his protection of the kingdom earlier (in "Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame," 2010) the Emperor entrusts to him the Dragon Taming Mace, a weapon so powerful that it will serve to save the nation if needed. Unfortunately, the Empress (Carina Lau) doesn't trust Dee and, really, wants to assume complete power for herself, so she instructs one of the royal guard, Yuchi (Feng Shaofeng), to steal the Mace from Dee, knowing that Yuchi and Dee are long-time close friends and relying upon that friendship to turn to betrayal. Meanwhile, there are a number of clans of wizards who use illusion and sometimes magic to further their own ends, in particular to overthrow the Tang Dynasty....The above description only covers the relatively "normal" part of the story; throw in a bunch of seriously ugly monsters, a heavy dose of wuxia martial arts (fighters climbing the air as if it was a staircase, etc.), an extremely serene Buddhist, a totally unhinged Empress and, well, a love story between a doctor and an assassin, plus tons of sword fights and action all over the place, and you have the latest Detective Dee tale. By the way, the Four Heavenly Kings of the title feature in exactly one scene as statues, some of which are destroyed in the scene, and are never mentioned again. Go figure. I liked it all, a fitting end for 2018's Montreal FantAsia Film Festival for me!

And so another FantAsia Film Festival ends for us, 15 films over 21 days and almost all quite wonderful. This year we met at least half a dozen more new people while waiting in line - by "met" I mean spent significant time talking with each other about all sorts of stuff - and became closer to some people we'd met there before, including some of the staff. We actually were introduced to and talked with one of the co-founders of the Festival, Pierre Corbeil and his lovely wife Isabella who programs the short features, both of whom are enchanting! I am a bit sad that it's over for this year, but excited to look forward to next year's edition of the FantAsia Festival here in Montreal!