Saturday Morning Brain Drain [1/10/22]

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What I Watched: Post Mortem (No One Dies in Skarnes). I thought the show was darkly funny, but others said it gave them nightmares…go figure. I mean, as long as the dog doesn’t die, right? It is dubbed into English.

Here is the review from Forbes: Live Hallangen (Kathrine Thorborg Johansen) is found dead in the middle of a field in Skarnes, Norway. She is declared dead by the police, but hours later she suddenly wakes up on the forensic table—every coroner’s nightmare. Her brother Odd (Elias Holmsen Sørensen), who works at the only funeral parlor in town, is relieved. Live, however, has woken up with a dark insatiable hunger, and her eyes appear to glow a strange fluorescent green. While she tries to control her new dangerous and lethal urges, Odd tries to keep the family business afloat in a small Norwegian town where no one dies. Directed by Harald Zwart and Petter Holmsen, who also wrote the script, Post-Mortem is an odd sort of series (and I mean that in a good way). Don’t be fooled by its seemingly light-hearted dark humor—as if to point out the absurdity of the whole situation—this is a brutal series about vampires…Post-Mortem is a great horror series, that takes a refreshing look at the genre. The series, however, ends rather abruptly. It would be interesting to see where this story goes in a second season, as this first season feels so far introductory.

Trailer in Norwegian with subtitles

What I Read: Sweetwater and the Witch (A Harmony Novel Book 16) by Jayne Castle. This is a future-based series really like. It’s also fun because there are somewhat integrated novels, historicals that under the pseudonym Amanda Quick, and current novels under the name Jayne Ann Krentz. For example, The Jones and Sweetwater families appear all three timelines.  And dust bunnies as companion animals! Here is the blurb from the website:

If there’s something Ravenna Chastain knows, it’s when to end things. And after she almost winds up the victim of a cult that believes she’s a witch, it’s easy to walk away from her dead-end career, ready for a new start. But where to find a job that would allow her to use her very specialized skill set? The answer is clear: she becomes a matchmaker. But even a successful matchmaker can’t find someone for everyone, and Ravenna considers Ethan Sweetwater her first professional failure. After nine failed dates, Ravenna knows it’s time to cut Ethan loose. But Ethan refuses to be fired as a client—he needs one final date to a business function. Since Ravenna needs a date herself to a family event, they agree to a deal: she will be his (business) date if he will be her (fake) date to her grandparents’ anniversary celebration. What Ethan fails to mention is that attending the business function is a cover for some industrial espionage that he’s doing as a favor to the new Illusion Town Guild boss. Ravenna is happy to help, but their relationship gets even more complicated when things heat up—the chemistry between them is explosive, as explosive as the danger that’s stalking Ravenna. Lucky for her, Ethan isn’t just an engineer—he’s also a Sweetwater, and Sweetwaters are known for hunting down monsters….

Also Reads:

Wyrde and Wondrous (House of Werth Book 4) by Charlotte E. English they are back! Partying in a Fae castle, full of Misrule misbehavior. I do like the wyrdes of the Werths.

State of the Union (First Family Series Book 3) by Marie Force.  The author had a parting of the ways with her previous publisher, so her quite good 16-book “Fatal” series featuring Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland and her husband Nick Cappuano is complete. She has moved the needle more toward romance than police murder cases in the new series which follows Sam and Nick into the White House.

All Is Bright: A Christmas Romance by RaeAnne Thayne I had read this series through the first few books, but then dropped it. However, I am a sucker for holiday books – sci-fi, fantasy, romance, mystery, police procedurals – if they are set around a holiday from Halloween through New Year’s I’m there. It is a formulaic, easy read with enough backstory descriptions that reading the prior books is unnecessary.

What I Listened To: Jet Hammer – Last Night – 1981 Version (how did I miss this); Zero 7 – Take My Hand Ft. Lou Stone (just a beautiful song), Skinshape – High Tide Storm Rising (good instrumental); and The Range – Ricercar (syncopate me).

Thank you for playing Brain Drain! How are you today, dearest DeadSplinterites? What’s up with you?

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  1. Tried watching the Power of the Ring, but fell asleep halfway through the first episode.  I don’t know if it was the exposition or I was mentally exhausted from the long day of work.  Probably both.

    Will try again this weekend.

  2. I recently finished the last season of Wellington Paranormal, which is streaming for free on CW’s webite and also on HBO Max.

    It’s a spinoff of the movie What We Do in the Shadows and follows two cops who appeared in the movie. They investigate more monsters and paranormal events in the manner of bored latenight shift officers dealing with noise complaints.

    It’s very deadpan humor and took a while for it to click with me, but I think they really started hitting their stride after a while. There are thick NZ accents, so I ended watching with subtitles to help my clumsy comprehension.

  3. I watched Partner Track (Netflix) which is about a very clever and good at her job Asian woman who has to deal with sexism and racism at her law firm while competing for partner position and balancing a love triangle. Beautiful people, beautiful clothes, beautiful settings. She often saves the day with her lawyering savvy but omg the all too real microagressions enraged me. Super fun show if you like a little more serious rom com and lots of eye candy.

     

    The Good Fight is back and so is a beloved The Good Wife character, Eli Gold (Alan Cumming). I love the series.

    Speaking of wives… The wife of an old acquaintance of mine wrote her first novel. Thicker Than Gold: Book One in the Gold Series by June Harding. It’s a BDSM regency romance novel. BDSM is not my thing but I still enjoyed the book because regency and romance. It is well written… you can trust me on that because thanks to @elliecoo I’ve been on a (free from Amazon) romance novella binge which I will spare you all from. I appreciate that it has modern views of LGBTQIA+ people and relationships (though it is mostly a cishet centric novel).

  4. What I watched:  A couple of documentaries about two people who start an organic farm in California.  The Biggest Little Farm and The Biggest Little Farm:  The Return.  Getting beyond the fact that these two people were clearly richer than Croesus (which was pretty difficult for me because it further drives home the point that this project could have never been completed without fucktons of personal wealth, so forget having actual family farms doing the same thing), it was pretty enjoyable.  It demonstrated that if you farm in a way that works with nature, rather than against it, even so called pests can prove beneficial to the health of a farm–but, again, only if you have so much money that you can literally spent years and years figuring this shit out.

    What I read:  I finally got my book from the library and it is very good.  Not sure if I’ll be able to get through it by next week, because it’s 500 pages long, but I’m enjoying it enough to want to read more, so hopefully by the week after.

    What I listened to:  Our latest stop on the tour of the best engineered albums of all time brings us to The Absence by Melody Gardot.  Released in 2008, and engineered by Moogie Canazio and the legendary Al Schmitt, this was Gardot’s third release.  While Gardot’s first two albums were heavily jazz inspired, this album is loaded with influences from her world tours.  The sonics are subtle, but very clear and well engineered.  This album is not in your face, so you need to listen closely to all of the elements and their placement in the soundstage.  Which, for me, makes the album that much more enjoyable.

     

  5. I’ve really been enjoying this season of Dancing with the Stars so far. Only 2 contestants that I really really want to fucking leave. One is a tiktok dance star who has a Hulu tv show now. She’s like 19 and did competitive dance as a kid and teen, so like ugh. She’ll probably win this season. The other is Jessie James Decker who is some country musician I’ve never heard of (not surprising, I don’t follow that genre). She’s just super into the *my whole identity is being a wife and mommy and OMG this is so hard because I’m not wife-ing and mommying all the time*  schtick. Like no one else on a competition show ever had to figure out how to deal with that. Guarantee those kids had a nanny, or more likely an au pair, long before she ever stepped foot on the show.

    • The only time I watched that show is when Rumer Willis was on it. The poor woman was clearly in love/lust/obsession with her dance partner. She even got a tattoo to commemorate their partnership which she has since gotten removed. He ended up marrying another DWTS dancer who is now pregnant. D-List Dancing is a more accurate but less catchy a title.

      • Mrs. Butcher does not like the fact that I call the show “Dancing with the D List.”  This season she calls me over when Wayne Brady is dancing.  That’s literally the only point at which I watch and then I immediately leave.  I very much hope he wins (and that his knees hold up long enough to do so), but he probably wont because of the Tik Tok dancer and voting is heavily weighted in favor of audience votes.  This is probably the first time in a few years that I’ve watched any of it because it’s gotten so bad over the years.

      • I don’t even have an issue with tiktok dance star’s personality. Honestly she doesn’t really have a personality.

        It’s just the same issue I had when the gold medalist ice dancers were on or that one woman who came to fame as a main dancer on Dance Moms. If you already are a trained dancer and actively doing it, it’s just Dancing with the Dancers.

  6. Watched: I mentioned this recently but finally got through White Lotus 1st season.  Great show, very dark humor and drama.  I loved the way they made some Hawaiian songs I grew up with very dark sounding.  Definitely recommend this series.

    Listening to: Scary Pockets does some great covers & this is definitely one of them…

     

  7. I watched the last couple of episodes of Reservation Dogs. There is so much love on this show, it’s very uplifting in spite of the sadness.
    I also caught up on The Patient. I’m glad I didn’t wait to binge this one. It’s so tense, watching all at once would cause me great anxiety.

    I read Thirteen by Steve Kavanaugh. I didn’t realize it was the third in a series. But it can stand alone. It’s a legal thriller, not my usual read but entertaining.

    With Spooky Season here I’m planning on listening to the full Old Gods of Appalachia again, and read/watch horror all month. Post Mortem sounds like it would fit right in. I’m also starting a new Switch game, Cozy Corner. It’s not scary but has cute supernatural elements.

    Listening to Doggerel, the new Pixies. So far I like it.

    Nomatterday

     

    • Do you mean Cozy Grove? Looks so cute and relaxing. I’m going to add it to my list.

      Keep us posted on all the spooky/scary media you consume. I love to immerse myself in this season too!

      Currently reading Horrorstör (thanks DS for the recommendation!).

      Might start watching Them. I’m still sad that Lovecraft Country got cancelled. Evil is always fun. Added Post Mortem to my cue. Mike Flanagan has not disappointed with his Netflix series (The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Midnight Mass). I’m looking forward to Midnight Club.

  8. …have fallen behind on the lord of the rings & game of thrones prequels but did manage to watch the half-dozen or so episodes of “we own this city”…another david simon baltimore-based thing that deals with some of the stuff about that insanely corrupt gun trace task force business

    …it might make you mad…but it’s pretty good

    …feel like I’m forgetting something…but that seems to have become a regular part of my saturdays every time I make it to one of these posts?

    • @SplinterRIP, adding we own this city to watch list, thank you. As for forgetting? Even my lists have lists these days…or as my father used to tell me, “Elliecoo, you’d forget your head if it wasn’t attached”.

  9. I just finished another re-watch of Timeless. I am so disappointed that it was so short lived. What an amazing show. Thankfully, enough people complained when it got cancelled that it forced them to make a two-episode finale that was SO REWARDING.

    I know I have mentioned this before but seriously…watch it.

  10. Ahhh! I’ve been waiting for the new Wyrde book to drop! I got an Amazon gift card for doing a bunch of surveys and crap, so I’m going to grab that one asap.

    Currently reading book 3 of Charlotte E. English’s Modern Magick series. Loving these, too, so thank you, @elliecoo for introducing me to her books!

    I started reading A Novel Obsession by Caitlin Barasch, but I don’t know if I’m going to finish it. Kinda not feeling this one… new girlfriend is essentially stalking dude’s ex-girlfriend “for research” and it’s just uncomfortable to read.

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