What I Watched: The Australian television series Jack Irish, which is very much Luther-esque, as far as “all the bad decisions all the time”. The noir-style series stars Guy Pearce (LA Confidential) as the titular character, and features Aaron Pedersen of Mystery Road fame and Marta Dusseldorp of Janet King fame. The series starts with three telemovies followed by three seasons; there are fully explored and developed characters, seasonal mysteries and crimes, and an over-arching crime tying it all together. Here is the start of the blurb from the Guardian:
There is a special place on the Australian TV landscape for Jack Irish (somewhere in a dark corner, near a liquor cabinet) – the down-in-the-mouth private investigator and debt collector whose whiskey-infused existence is spent unravelling criminal schemes and listening to shady men deliver warnings such as “tread carefully”. The endearing gumshoe is a sort of bad-arse bizarro Tintin or long-lost Australian descendant of Humphrey Bogart, played with understated noirish charm by Guy Pearce.
What I Read: Only Bad Options: A Galactic Bonds Book by Jennifer Estep. I hope that this kicks off the promised series, because I enjoyed the characters, world-building. Here is the blurb from the website:
The Galactic Bonds series focuses on Vesper Quill, a seer and lab rat who works in the research and development lab of a corporation run by a powerful Regal family. When Vesper uncovers a deadly conspiracy, she crosses paths with Kyrion Caldaren, a psion and an Imperium Arrow who is one of the most notorious killers in the Archipelago Galaxy. The series is perfect for readers who like space operas, soul mates, and enemies-to-lovers stories. The Galactic Bonds series is a mix of science fiction and fantasy. There are psions — people with mental abilities like telekinesis, telepathy, and telempathy — along with seers, spelltechs, siphons, and other folks who can wield magic. The series also features spaceships, planets, blasters, and other technology.
Also Reads: A bunch of series continuations, including the Redmond and Haze set of books 7-9 by Irina Shapiro, book 36, Dark Whisper from Christeen Fehan’s Carpathians (complete with book trailer), and J.R. Wards spinoff of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Prison Camp, book 3, The Viper. Oh, and I have been keeping up with Jezebel’s 2022 Scary Stories.
What I Listened To: Jadu Heart – I Shimmer; Bakermat – Joy (with Ann Nesby); Joy Division – Ceremony; NEIKED – “Sand & Lead” featuring Brolin; and Grandbrothers – Yonder.
Thank you for playing Brain Drain! How are you, dearest DeadSplinterites?