What I Watched: The first half of season four of Stranger Things (the second part is coming in July). They focused on Eleven’s backstory, and how it affects present day Hawkins, as well as Hopper in the Russian gulag. Matt and Ross Duffer continue to offer just the right blend of horror, mystery, and comedy while excelling at time-period accurate sets and apparel. Also, there is a new character, a long-haired, stoner-dude, weirdly smart, bad boy with a heart of gold (who would have been my catnip back in the day @hannibal, re bad boys). There is a timely viewer warning before the first episode. That’s all I will say so as not to spoiler the show for DeadSplinterites.
What I Read: With the long weekend, I was able to read all the books, including:
- The Charli Cross Mystery Series, by Mary Stone. I liked this character better than those from her Winter Black and Autumn Trent series.
- Sound of Darkness: A Novel (Krewe of Hunters Book 36) by Heather Graham. Formulaic, FBI/ghosts/mystery, an easy read if you like the genre.
- A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher, as recommended by @honeysmacks. Thank you! I cannot resist a book with a sentient sourdough bread starter.
- The Golden Plan: Psychic Solutions Mystery #2 by Patricia Rice. She does The School of Magic and The Magical Malcolms historical series; this is set in the present and references some of the family traits and names from the other series. A family of magic-skilled weirdos in a small southern town meets a straight lawyer and his armed services buddies to solve mysteries and protect a young girl with “indigo powers”.
- The Dance of Love (The Book of Love 14) by Meara Platt. Again, formulaic, an easy read, historical romance with a bit of mystery. Excellent beach reading.
What I Listened To: Telefís with Jah Wobble – Falun Gong Dancer; Telquist – Light; The Districts – Cheap Regrets Edit; and School of X – Race for Caress.
Thank you for playing Brain Drain! How are you, darling DeadSplinterites? What’s up in your world? Do tell!