{book} life-altering lenses

Eye in the Sky by Philip K Dick Mariner Books (Houghton Mifflin), 2012 edition orig. written 1957 & published by Ace Books. Tradepaper, 243 pages. What does it say about me that this was a Christmas gift? “When a routine tour of a particle accelerator goes awry, Jack Hamilton and the rest of his tourContinue reading “{book} life-altering lenses”

{television} broadchurch

A small contingent in the ITV (UK) crime-drama television series Broadchurch worry about how the recent murder of a child is going to affect the tourism. And they have good cause to worry, because after Broadchurch, the sinister possibilities in their seaside village is enough to put me off vacating to any quaint coastal resort.Continue reading “{television} broadchurch”

{book} the dead in their vaulted arches

>>a spoiler-free review<< The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce Novel #6) by Alan Bradley ARC thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley release date: January 2014 “Young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the EnglishContinue reading “{book} the dead in their vaulted arches”

{television} wallander, series 2

Sean and I finally got around to watching the second season of BBC’s Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander. The series consist of three 45-minute episodes following the home and work life of a Swedish detective, based upon Henning Mankell novels, though not shot in order of publication. We’d seen the 1st and 3rdContinue reading “{television} wallander, series 2”

{book} hold fast

a lengthy, shockingly spoiler-free, post for Blue Balliett’s latest. This isn’t an apology, merely an acknowledgment. There are so many lovely and terribly relevant explorations …  Hold Fast by Blue Balliett Scholastic Press, 2013. hardcover, 274 pages. Where is Early’s father? He’s not the kind of father who would disappear. But he’s gone . .Continue reading “{book} hold fast”

{book} the between

The Between by Tananarive Due Harper Perennial (HarperCollins) 1995 Tradepaper, 274 pages. When Hilton was just a boy, his aged grandmother saved him from drowning by pulling him out of a treacherous ocean current, sacrificing her life for his. Now, thirty years later, Hilton begins to think his borrowed time is running out. His wife,Continue reading “{book} the between”

{book} ico: castle in the mist

ICO: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe very nicely translated by Alexander O. Smith Haika Soru published by VIZ Media, 2011 (orig. 2008) based on “ICO” an award-winning video game for the PS2 (Sony Computer Entertainment, 2001) & now PS 3. Tradepaper, 370 pages. 13 & up A boy with horns, marked for death.Continue reading “{book} ico: castle in the mist”

{book} the friday society

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress Dial Books, 2012. Hardcover, 437 pages. teen fiction. {owned} An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns–and the heroines who use them all Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants toContinue reading “{book} the friday society”

{comic} the underwater welder

The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire Top Shelf Productions, 2012; trade paper, 220 pages. Moving home with a wife after earning a degree in English Lit, Jack Joseph works as an underwater welder on an oil rig off the coast of Nova Scotia. Deep-sea work is a dangerous job, and the time to live dangerously isContinue reading “{comic} the underwater welder”

{television} wallander, series 3

PBS Masterpiece Theater presented the third season/series of BBC’s Wallander through the end of September and Sean and I were happy to be able to catch them on-line. I tried to not give too much away, and I think I succeeded. For those unfamiliar, Wallander is adapted from a series of Swedish mystery novels byContinue reading “{television} wallander, series 3”