What I Watched: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, previously recommended by many of you – and you were right, it is great fun. It is timely in that the villain is an Elon Musk-ish creep. Here is what The Guardian says:
The first one was good … this one is better: an ingenious, headspinningly preposterous and enjoyable new whodunnit romp featuring Daniel Craig as the legendary detective from the deep south, Benoit Blanc…Glass Onion is never anything less than entertaining, with its succession of A-lister and A-plus-lister cameos popping up all over the place. And Johnson uncorks an absolute showstopper of a flashback a half-hour or so into the action, which then unspools back up to the present day, giving us all manner of cheeky POV-shift reveals. Craig’s outrageous leisure-themed outfits are a joy and Monáe gives a tremendously likable comic performance as the woman with more than one secret to reveal and more than one grievance to hold against Norton’s loathsome Musk-ish plutocrat. Are eccentric detectives the new superheroes?
What I Read: An assortment of series continuations, including Magic Tides (Kate Daniels: Wilmington Years Book 1) by Ilona Andrews, Demon Betrayed (Demon Enforcers Book 5) by Jenn Stark, and Monster In The Mirror (Shadowvale Book 6) by Kristen Painter.
Magic Tides was excellent, an as-expected continuation of the Kate Daniels series. “The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, and electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail. Magic waves feed on technology, gnawing down skyscrapers to skeletal husks. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, shapeshifters stalk their prey; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.”
Demon Betrayed was just okay. I prefer her Wilde Magic series, and am a little tired of angsty fallen angles. This book takes place after the culmination of the Wilde series, and includes characters from both.
Monster In The Mirror was a riff on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with mystery and love interests added. I like the Shadowvale series, based on the premise of a protected town and the monsters who live there. The author’s website is out of date, so this most recent release isn’t shown there.
What I Listened To: lower energy music to match my chronically exhausted state of being.
Residue – Benjamin Clementine; more* – I Believe In You; True Love (Make Me Believe) WILDES (feat. The Flaming Lips); and Big Scary – Asking Right.
Thank you for playing Brain Drain! How are you, dearest DeadSplinterites? Darling ones, how are you surviving the longest month ever?