What I watched: Utopia is a very, very strange series. Oddly pandemic-prescient, high on conspiracy theories, randomly violent, and fascinating. There are two seasons, comes to us via Amazon, originally BBC Four.
It is difficult to describe, but it is worth watching, if only because it retains the ability to surprise.
What I read: I’ve decided that I am just a lazy reader. Give me an easy genre – ninja or wizard or mystery or police procedural or historical romance – and I am a happy human. This was reinforced this week as I read two books that were translations, and genre defying. I didn’t enjoy reading them, mostly because of the unfamiliar pacing, but also because they took effort to slog through.
I read There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura. Some parts were interesting, because of the descriptions of employment agencies or city customs or snack foods…but not because of the slow, rather pointless plot. NPR, however, loved this book, and gave it a long and glowing review.
I also read Hotel Sacher by Rodica Doehnert. Centered in the Hotel Sacher of torte fame, it follows the lives of Austrian aristocracy and wealthy Germans before, during, and after World War One, with a few working-class people and the personifications of Death and Love thrown in for plot movement. I simply didn’t like any of the characters. And I am especially frustrated by the constraints under which woman lived 100+ years ago. However, the Historical Novel Society really liked the book.
I also read two wicked little books with a sociopath heroine who gets wonderfully nasty revenge on persons who harm her at work or who harm those few persons she cares about. Jane Doe, and Problem Child: A Jane Doe Thriller, by Victoria Helen Stone, are full of artfully-crafted, successful revenge for infractions both small and large.
What I listened to this week:
Crazy P – Something More
The Rapture – It Takes Time To Be A Man
Magic & Naked – Bring Me The Moon
So, dearest DeadSplinterites, how are you doing? Are you feeling all right? What have you watched, read, or listened to? Do you have any plans, fun or otherwise, for the weekend? Please do drop by and let us know what is up with you!