{book} not in the least beastly or dreadful

Months later (deep, regret-filled sigh) a post on one of my favorite new books. “A marvelously funny mystery that feels refreshingly original while yet channeling the best of Dahl’s characters and Grimm in storytelling.”-my staff rec at work. The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant Random House, 2015. Hardcover, 294. Wondering what could possiblyContinue reading “{book} not in the least beastly or dreadful”

{book} a new(er) Flavia de Luce

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust A Flavia de Luce Novel, book 7 By Alan Bradley ARC via NetGalley w/ gratitude to Delacorte Press* Release Date January 6, 2015. “Hard on the heels of the return of her mother’s body from the frozen reaches of the Himalayas, Flavia, for her indiscretions, is banished from herContinue reading “{book} a new(er) Flavia de Luce”

{film} the game

Even though David Fincher’s The Game (1997) was a rewatch, it was almost like watching it for the first time. I remembered a few elements, but Sean wasn’t confirming the details. I was at the mercy of a slow and twisted mystery. If you haven’t seen The Game, you should stop at after the secondContinue reading “{film} the game”

{book} once begun

Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball Pantheon Books, 2014. 232 pages “The following work of fiction is partially based on fact.” Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same Japanese town, a single playing card found on each door. Known as the “Narito Disappearances,” the crime has authorities baffled—until aContinue reading “{book} once begun”

{film} arachnophobic

If Jake Gyllenhaal is starring in a film, we’ll watch it at least once. The debate with Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy (2013) is whether we would sit through it a second time. An indie-type film running at a slow-moving 90 minutes, Enemy benefits from a second viewing. The building winding narrative looks to startle and smileContinue reading “{film} arachnophobic”

{book} guests of city/city

a guest post: [w/ a bit of editing]: thank you, Natalya… ~~~~~~~~~ Imagine a world where instead of visiting a city within a city, you visit another peculiar place: a city that is its own country. It’s a 2-week process to get your visa—2 weeks of testing and intense learning where they tell you thatContinue reading “{book} guests of city/city”

{television} Mans

Heard rumors BBC comedy drama, Jim Field Smith directed Wrong Mans (2013) was good, and have had it queued to watch. Don’t put off the Mathew Baynton and James Corden created/written show (available on HULU) like we did. Especially if you could use a bit of post-holiday pick-me-up. It all begins by answering someone else’sContinue reading “{television} Mans”

{book} taking the case

Ivy + Bean: Take the Case (Book 10) by Annie Barrows + Sophie Blackall (illus) Chronicle Books, 2013. Hardcover, 126 pages. Modeling herself after a classic film noir detective from her mother’s favorite film, Private Investigator Bean “laughs at danger! […] And she and her assistant, Ivy, are ready, willing, and able to solve anyContinue reading “{book} taking the case”

{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”