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September News 2021

Autumn is here, COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be going anywhere… Boring. Depressing. I mean, autumn is fine, but the darn coronavirus isn’t, especially when there are so many unreasonable people around.

Which means that I’m doing the same old, same old: reading, watching stuff, working, avoiding people, waiting for the whole thing to be over, feeling like climbing and climbing and climbing stairs that lead nowhere… Yawn.

Currently reading: Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov. I’ve read it before, of course (over thirty years ago), but we had Foundation for our book club because of the series, so I’m re-reading the trilogy. I’m noticing different things than the ones I’ve noticed as a kid, but I still like it.

Recently read: Foundation by Isaac Asimov. Of course.

Currently watching: Foundation, when the new episodes come out. It seems I won’t be binge-watching this one; we’re both too impatient for that. For the time being, it’s interesting; they’ve changed a lot, so I’m curious to see where they’re going with it.

Recently watched: Lucifer, seasons 3-6. Yes, all of it. And felt a bit dizzy after that. Still feeling a bit dizzy. And I’m kinda sorry that it’s over; I’m going to miss them all. Of course, that’s much better than continuing the series for no good reason and with no good ideas; the ending here was fine.

Currently working on: work, when there’s any. Sometimes there’s plenty, sometimes next to nothing… Meaning, business as usual. With an occasional weirdo, like a guy who wanted a book blurb for, basically, an empty notebook. And yes, I did manage to write it.

Well, that would be it, so, see you next time!

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July News 2021

Time seems to be dragging on and on and on and going nowhere.

Or maybe it’s the heat wave making everything seem more difficult and endless.

Plus the pandemic keeps dragging on, and so many folks don’t want to get vaccinated, which leads to, as Cat Rambo noticed, this is why we can’t have nice things.

Well, it’s not like I can force, or even convince, anyone to get vaccinated or wear the darn mask or avoid crowds… So I keep staying away, reading, watching stuff, and waiting for it to be over.

So…

Currently reading: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, the first in the Wayward Children series. It’s interesting so far, about kids who went to different worlds, got kicked out, and are now at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, learning how to cope, and still hoping to find their way back to their real home.

Recently read: Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, the third in the Nevermoor series. I loved it even more than I’ve loved the previous books, and can’t wait for the next one. Great book for kids (and adults who sometimes enjoy books for kids), really.

Also recently read: a bunch of novellas nominated for Hugo and books related to them. Finna and Defekt by Nino Cipri, Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi, The Empress of Salt and Fortune and When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo, Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey, and Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark. Plus some other books, stories and novellas. I liked some better than the others (of course), and found some new writers whose books I’m definitely going to keep reading in the future. Which is great.

Go and read pretty much anything by P. Djèlí Clark, Nghi Vo or Nino Cipri. I hope you’ll love it as much as I did.

Currently watching: Masters of the Universe: Revelation. It started interesting, and now I’m not sure what to think, but it’s really fun, so I’ll definitely keep watching.

I’ve also watched a bunch of other series, the fourth season of The Handmaid’s Tale (becomes more interesting at the end), the second season of His Dark Materials (not as fun as the first one, but there’s some good stuff in it), The Outsider (slow, but I’ve enjoyed it), Loki (of course I’ve enjoyed it), WandaVision (becomes better later, then ends with the typical boss fight), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (action parts could have been better), Wellington Paranormal (the same world as What We Do in the Shadows, just with clumsy cops)…

Currently working on: work, when there’s any.

Anything else?

Got my hair cut (at home, of course, I’m not going to the hairdresser yet), and enjoying it.

And that would be pretty much it for now, see you next time!

P.S. The photo is some street art I saw this month.

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June News 2021

As it turned out, the second dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine really didn’t have strong side effects, though it still did make me tired and sleepy for longer than expected. Which is, you know, not bad at all, considering the alternative.

And then came something else that made me tired: the heat wave. I know, I know, it’s June and it’s hot, not exactly a surprise, but knowing doesn’t make me feel less tired.

And feeling tired means it takes me longer to do anything. Work. Chores. Even reading.

So, what am I doing?

Currently reading: Avanture pobednika by Vladimir Kolarić (in other words, my friend published another book, yay!). So far it’s been a fun read, though work doesn’t leave me much time for reading.

Recently read: The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin. This is the first book of hers I’ve read, and while there were things I’ve enjoyed (like city magic, including defeating a scary weird thing from another dimension with a rap battle, or with math, or simply by kicking it hard because Brooklyn…), plus the concept was interesting even if it wasn’t completely new, it left me with a feeling that it could have been told better. It could have been a lot more fun. Yeah, there was plenty of fun (she put that woman who became a meme for being racist into the book!), and I am going to read the rest of the trilogy when it comes out, but… There was this come on, you’ve got some great ideas here, and I like the concept, why isn’t the writing better when it’s obvious you can do better? feeling the whole time.

Oh, well, I’ll definitely read the next ones, too.

Currently watching: Loki, when the new episode comes out. It’s fun! And it’s Loki!

There are other series I keep planning to watch, but… Work.

Currently working on: work, when there’s any, and lately there was quite a bit. Which is good, of course, I just wish I wasn’t so tired.

And that would be pretty much it this time, see you next month! (Yes, I know it starts tomorrow)