Finished Trail of Lightning. I’ll have something to say about it later in the week.
I need to get to work on my Classics Club Spin book, so this week I’m reading The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve. I also have two anthologies to work through: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (from the library) and Taaqtumi, an collection of arctic horror stories.
Watched two movies this week. The first was Midsommar (2019), Ari Aster’s follow up to Hereditary. It was okay. Visually, it’s fantastic. Plot-wise, it’s slow. That can be a good thing; Midsommar needed to be slow and I wasn’t bored by it. But I also have no strong feelings about it. Considering that it’s a horror movie, that kind of means it wasn’t entirely successful.
The second movie was Fast Color (2019, written and directed by Julia Hart). A few months ago I watched Brightburn, a movie that takes the Superman plot (an alien baby is brought up by rural folks) and skews it to be a supervillain origin story. Fast Color is pretty much the inverse of that movie. Instead of an alien boy willing to flex his powers against those who wrong him, Fast Color is about generations of women who have sequestered themselves to protect both themselves and others. Ruth even wonders if their powers are good for anything at all. But, instead of wanting to crush the world, perhaps the world can be renewed. The ending is maybe a little on the nose, but I enjoyed the experience of this movie.