It’s Monday, What Are You… 7/9

…Reading?

These last two weeks have been kind of blah reading-wise. Actually, blah everything-wise. That’s how it goes for me in summer. Too much heat and brightness.

Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal World of Trouble (The Last Policeman, #3) The Science of Illusions
  • Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal by Jack Kelly – This book is interesting, but it’s also slow-going. Kelly follows several threads of intertwined events; there’s just so much going on. I’m about halfway through.
  • World of Trouble (The Last Policeman #3) by Ben H. Winters – I’m over 60% finished. I’ll probably finish it this week.
  • The Science of Illusions by Jacques Ninio – Starting this today. It will probably be a bit of a “dip-in” book for the next week or so.
  • Short stories: “Secret Keeper” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam and “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” by Arthur Conan Doyle

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It’s Monday, What Are You… 6/25

…Reading?

Finished Last Week:

Fall of Man in Wilmslow: A Novel of Alan TuringThe Burglar Caught by a Skeleton And Other Singular Tales from the Victorian PressDrive

Three books? I know, amazing (for me). I’ve already reviewed Fall of Man in Wilmslow and I’ll have a review of Jeremy Clay’s Victorian press anthology The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton (hopefully) on Thursday.

Drive by James Sallis was an impulse “read”: it’s a novella and I listened to it while working on a Minecraft project. I probably won’t review it. I was mostly interested in differences between it and the movie. I would say that the screenplay took certain aspects of the novella and streamlined them into a much smoother narrative. Some of the events in the novella feel more random, more real. Both have their advantages.

This Week:

The Floating Light Bulb (An Eli Marks Mystery Book 5)Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal

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…Watching?

Penn & Teller: Fool Us is back on TV tonight if you’re in the States. Here’s a promo bit from the past week.

…Doing?

Gearing up for the release of Our Past in the Uncanny Valley. I’ll have a post on Wednesday with the cover. Otherwise, I’m girding myself for the long, hot part of the summer.

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(Apparently, the 25th of June isn’t historically a big blogging day for me…)

It’s Monday, What Are You… 6/11

…Reading?

Fall of Man in Wilmslow: A Novel of Alan Turing Summerland
  •  Fall of Man in Wilmslow by David Lagercrantz – About half way with this. It’s been a strangely fast read.
  • Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi – At the 20% mark. It’s been a strangely slow read.
  • And a bunch of short stories…

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…Watching?

I’m watching The Toys that Made Us, a Netflix documentary series. Another way to take advantage of Gen X’s appetite for nostalgia? Yes. But there are some pretty good stories behind these toys too. Plus, the series highlights the number of people behind each toy line. Nothing, even toys, is ever created by one person alone in their basement.

…Doing?

I have nothing of note on the docket for the next month. Yes, I get more excited when I have nothing going on. Well, other than work.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… 5/21

…Reading?

The Hermit The Sign of Four (Sherlock Holmes, #2)
  • The Hermit by Monica Friedman – Magical realism? Modern southwestern fairy tale? Whatever you might want to call it, I’m digging it.
  • The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle – Thus far, the best of the longer Holmes stories.
  • And “Freedom is Space for the Spirit” by Glen Hirshberg for Deal Me In, which I’m pretty excited about.

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…Watching?

On opposite ends of the spectrum: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Hap and Leonard.

Kimmy Schmidt is unrelentingly fast-paced (it’s a comedy after all) and optimistic. Hap and Leonard is as slowly plotted as a country-western song. Both have their pluses and minuses.

…Doing?

Just putting along really.

  • There are a few things that are causing me some stress, but there will be inevitable resolutions, so I really shouldn’t worry too hard.
  • I need to do a few things around my internet world to make sure we have our GDPR bases covered.
  • Summer league has started up; I like my team.
  • I’m planning a writing update for Wednesday, which will further answer “What *am* I doing?”

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It’s Monday, What Are You… 5/7

…Reading?

A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha Will Storr vs. The Supernatural: One Man's Search for the Truth About Ghosts
  • A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tales of 19th Century Omaha by David L. Bristow – Should finish this. It’s been a quick fun read.
  • A Corner in Sleep; And Other Possibilities by Ernest Edward Kellett – I have two stories left.
  • Will Storr vs. The Supernatural: One Man’s Search for the Truth About Ghosts by Will Storr – I’m apparently in the mood for nonfiction.

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…Watching?

We’ve switched over to Netflix streaming. Finally watching Mindhunter.

Also watched Manhunt: Unabomber, which was interesting, though not quite as well-made as Mindhunter. (I’m also apparently in the mood for contemporary true-ish crime…)

…Doing?

We’re pet-sitting my parent’s cats this week, which is more like checking in on them and making sure no wild catnip parties have broken out.

Summer league is starting this week too…maybe? I don’t know the schedule yet. Or the teams. Or much of anything, really.

I’m trudging onward with Uncanny Valley‘s intro materials. Maybe release by the end of the month?

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It’s Monday, What Are You… 4/23

…Reading?

I’m on the fence about Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on Saturday. It’s the same day as league finals, so I won’t be able to even attempt 24 hours. But on the other hand:

So, I feel like I could contribute to the event a little in a fun way. I don’t have a game until 2pm which means I could get maybe six hours of reading in before finals. Probably nothing after—games go until 9:30. Even though my team will probably only play two games, I’m likely to stick around and revel.

What am I reading this week? I’m mostly finishing a few things:

The Valley of Fear Hombre The Three Impostors
  • The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle – Over halfway. I love that fairly ridiculous cover.
  • Hombre by Elmore Leonard – Started on Friday; it’s going down easy.
  • The Three Impostors by Arthur Machen – Maybe a third of the way through. Machen is a bit dense at times.
  • A Corner in Sleep by E. E. Kellett – A potential favorite discovered while working on the automaton anthology.
  • “The Neanderthal in the Garden” by Guido Eekhaut – For Deal Me In.
  • “Scandle in Bohemia” by  Arthur Conan Doyle

I’m still holding out hope that Meddling Kids will become available before the end of the month. If it does before Saturday, I’ll definitely readathon.

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It’s Monday, What Are You… 4/9

…Reading?

I’m reading this book and that book and that other book over there…

Due to a research tangent I ended up reading The Castle of the Carpathians by Jules Verne last week. It was…probably not Jules’ best work. And I finished The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore. On tap this week, after my trip to the library:

The Deep The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini The Fifty Year Sword
  • The Deep by Nick Cutter – I’ve been inspired by Spring into Horror… …Inspired to leave my TBR behind!
  • The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski – See above. It is, of course, printed upside-down and backwards.
  • The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini by Ruth Brandon – Actually planned on reading this in April and I’m way behind on reading it now due to the above.
  • And short stories!

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…Doing?

April is off to a hot start. Highs have been in the 90s. Been reading, organizing and formatting Our Past in the Uncanny Valley, playing some ultimate frisbee. All the usual stuff. And along those lines, I’m trying to decide on a plan for the upcoming 24-hour readathon. League finals are that day, but maybe I’ll do an unofficial 24-in-48 readathon that weekend (since I missed *that* for New Year Fest). I have two hobbies which shouldn’t overlap…

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