It’s Spring-ish here in KS, which basically translates to Season of Mud. You can’t go outside without regretting it. Cold, breezy, drizzly, slimy… oh god, so much mud. And my part of Kansas is formed primarily of clay. Which means it’s clingy AF and you know what? It doesn’t smell too pleasant. It’s just disheartening. But at least it’s not ice. At some point, I will have to brave the mudpit backyard and Do Something about it. But for now, I’ve been mopping mopping mopping the floors and looking for inside entertainments.
I went to see Captain Marvel. For me, it was like a slightly better Thor. The space fantasy and the earth scenes meshed better, but had the same sort of “serious business” in space, and “banter and adventure” on earth. Apparently, space is somber. The one thing that Captain Marvel did really well for me was the ending fight segment. Usually, no matter how engaged I am in the movie, the third act of superhero movies gives me CGI battle boredom. Maybe because this climactic battle had multiple moving parts and shifting stakes, it just really kept my attention. And on a shallow note, Carol’s powers were just so pretty!
Related, since Avengers: Endgame is coming out soon, I figured I might as well sit my butt down and finish watching the interminable slog known as Infinity War. Seriously. I got through it, but I can’t think of a movie less designed to suit my taste. You’re going to give me all these super competent people and just show them losing from scene 1 onward in increasingly tedious ways? I like a good tragedy, but this was just…. grinding misery involving characters I really have grown to care for. But I’ll be there to watch Endgame.
Between the library, kindle, and the actual facts bookstore, I read a slew of entertaining books this month.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. First book in a YA mystery series with the big whodunit lingering undefined at the end, but instead of annoying me, it just made me eager to get the next one in the series. Stevie Bell, the narrator, has a great “voice” that just makes it so easy to keep reading.
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand. Another YA, this one horror. It’s a strange book that I’m still picking apart. Not so much for the events–it’s pretty straight-forward horror–but for the truly peculiar tone the story takes. It’s like a mash-up of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Madeleine L’Engle. Oh and Lovecraft. It’s reaching for cosmic truths and finding cosmic horror and it’s also about monster-killing girls. I don’t know. It was uneven, but really interesting.
Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong. Book 4 in the Rockton series and not a standalone since it not only builds on the first three books, but begins as a direct result of the showdown in the last book. I enjoyed this one a lot. I didn’t like book 3–This Fallen Prey–very much, so I dithered on whether to buy this or not. But I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket and it turned out to be a really good entry. Come to Rockton for the characters, stay for the weird conspiracies and the violent crimes.
Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet. I’m not sure where I first saw this recommended, but science fiction adventure romance! Whoot! This was a lot of fun, if a little overstuffed at the end. I can bring up the specter of Firefly here, and say, hey this book would be fun for fans of Firefly and it would probably be true.
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews. Book ten! TEN! of the Kate Daniels series and the final one. There’s so much story that gets built up over that many books that the final book was going to have a hard slog of wrapping things up, much less dealing with ten books worth of fan favorite characters. Not only did Kate have to deal with her father once and for all, but oh wait, there’s an entire new army of evil to defeat. It wasn’t my favorite of the series–felt a little cluttered and rushed–but truthfully, any Ilona Andrews book will provide an enjoyable read. I’m really looking forward to whatever they do next.