Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Why yes, I’m a Marvel fan. And Dr. Strange is my favorite of the movies / characters. So, of course, we had to go see the new Dr. Strange movie — the first time since the beginning of COVID that we’ve been to a movie theater. Anyway . . . I loved it! Who else?

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The Bomber Mafia

Continuing on my recent obsession with WW II, I just finished reading The Bomber Mafia.  Fascinating!!   Anyone else.

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Yellowstone

I know I’m really late with this — a couple of years maybe.

I started watching Yellowstone in February and am so addicted that I’m now almost done with Season 4. And yes, I feel a bit guilty about loving something that is a wee-bit violent. But, hey it’s a David and Goliath story – right? My excuse and I’m sticking to it.

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For All Mankind

My Current Series Obsession

Knowing how I love science, science fiction, and the space program, this should surprise no one.  Has anyone else seen it?    Link to trailer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If Only by Judith Arnold

In the last couple of months, I’ve read two Women’s fiction books that I loved. The first is IF ONLY by Judith Arnold. Here is my Amazon review. I highly recommend it.

I have read a lot of books by Judith Arnold but IF ONLY may be my favorite. It has Ms. Arnold’s signature humor, along with realistic characters and great writing. However, there is a uniqueness to IF ONLY. Her main character, Ruth, is a woman in her late 60s who wonders about the paths not taken in her life. So much of Ruth’s story will resonate with women of all ages, and for me, I completely identified with Ruth. Her story may be different, but her experiences are universal. I loved it!

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The Sixth Extinction

I finished my first book for 2022: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. It was fascinating. Although I love science books, I’m mainly interested in the physical sciences vs. the biological sciences. This book, however, caught and held my interest. I highly recommend it.

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A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.
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The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Don’t you love it when you find a new (to you) author?

A couple of weeks ago I was looking for a short listen from Audible and found two (free) novellas (The Roommate and The Sisters) by an Dervla McTiernan – who I’d never heard of. So, I decided to give them a try. I enjoyed both of them (The Roommate more than The Sisters) and immediately grabbed the first of her books: The Ruin (A Cormac Reilly Mystery Book 1).

It was really good: great characters, setting, and mystery. And if you like to listen to books as I do, the narrator is really good, adding that touch of an Irish accent. I’m almost done with the second book (The Scholar) in the series, so I expect I’ll be reviewing that soon.

Now, the big question, do I rush to read the third book, like I want to, or wait and stretch out the anticipation?

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Hinterland

So, I am obviously in a British Mystery Phase.

After Shetland (which I’m still going through withdrawal over), we started watching Hinterland. It’s different, a bit darker, but really good.  Great stories, a tortured but brilliant lead characters, and excellent supporting characters.  I love it.

Thanks a couple of friends on my FB Group Pat’s Panthers for the recommendation.

On Netflix.

Any other recommendations?

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Shetland

A friend recommended this series a couple of years ago. Her comment was that it was the best TV Series she’d ever seen. So I watched it — and may have talked about it on FB at that time. And although I’m not sure I agree that it is “the” best series, it is, IMO, “one of the best”.

So, that brings us to 2021 and being locked down for a year and getting tired of everything on Netflix and Amazon. I finally convinced Jeff to watch this. (He, with the very narrow taste, which usually runs to bullets flying, etc.) Anyway . . . we just finished watching Season 5 and he said “This show is so good, in it’s own way, it’s right up there with the best.” I couldn’t agree more. It’s a solid mystery with great writing, really compelling characters and outstanding acting.
I give it 5+ Stars.

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A Difficult Year

What can I say about the past year that hasn’t already been said by wiser and smarter people than me?  It has been a difficult time, for everyone, though I know the degree of difficulty has been different for each person.  My favorite quote about this went something like — we may all be weathering the same storm, but we’re in different boats in that storm.  That brought it home to me.  So, for everyone, from those who’ve lost a loved one to this horrid virus, or who are/were themselves sick, to those struggling to make ends meet because you’re out of work, to those stuck at home, unable to see loved ones, I send my love.  I wish you well and hope this year will be better, for all of us.

Pat

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