And that was March. We are still in lockdown till the 20th of April, but both me and The Husband have managed to get ourselves new jobs. I am now working at the vaccination centers and he started yesterday as an order picker. We also had an election this month, in which we helped counting the votes. And we celebrated our third wedding anniversary. I still managed to get a Lot of reading done though, somehow. I decided to focus this month of sequels, so this wrap-up may not be the most interesting. I am glad I managed to make some good progress in some of the many series I am busy with though.
I am quite sad about the first DNF. Deceptive is the sequel to Illusive, which is a book I really enjoyed. It is also a book I read quite a few years ago now and don’t remember too much about. Not enough to get into Deceptive at least. The pacing felt really off and I didn’t care about the characters. So for now, it is a DNF (until I reread Illusive). I did also buy a hardcover copy of this though… which was half the price of the e-book, so of course I did.
I received Murder at Blackwater Bend last year through Netgalley, but after the first book failed to charm me I kept pushing this off. By now the audiobook has been made available on Scribd so I put in on on one of my walks… and once again was unimpressed. I can enjoy a high society historical mystery (see later on in this post), but it does need to have charm and wit. Which are two things that greatly lacked in this book. I just didn’t care for anything, and once the walk was over I couldn’t be bothered to continue with the book.
Rick Riordan’s books are always just fine for me, and The Titan’s Curse was no exception. And many of those issues are personal for sure. I don’t like reading about teenagers. I find them annoying and their ‘romances’ make me puke in my mouth. I also get annoyed when stories about these classic European Gods (Roman, Greek, Viking…), are all set in the US. Some (stupid) explanation was given for that in one of the earlier books, but it still rubs me the wrong way. At least we had some Italian heroes in this book. More annoyances? Of couse… the adults in here just leaving the kids to safe the world (apart from one parent, which was an epic moment that I did really love). Percy’s lack of knowledge of basic Greek mythology (like dude! How do you not know which other hero wore the Nemean lion’s skin?). Artemis approaching young girls to throw away their lives to become an immortal Huntress (including swearing of boys, because love is weakness… what if these girls are sapphic though?), and their willingness to do without giving it any thought, even when 5 minutes before you didn’t even know Greek Gods were real. So yeah… I don’t like most of the characters in this book, and the logic is non-existent. But I did enjoy the way Greek mythology was incorporated into the story, and the humour worked a lot better for me this time than it did in other books. I also thought the pacing and the way the story line was set up worked a lot better than what I am used to from Riordan. Overall, this was a book with a lot of flaws for me, but in a way it was also some easy and mindless fun.
That went on a lot longer than I had planned. Oh well… I also ended up giving Network Effect a 3* rating. Please don’t hate me. This wasn’t the book’s fault per se… more the audiobook. Which is something I have struggled with for all the other books in this series so far. I really struggle to keep focus on the audiobooks and just don’t know what is going on half of the time. I did receive an ebook of the next book in the series though, so I am excited to actually read that with my own eyes (and hopefully enjoy it a lot better).
The History of Rum is an audiobook I picked up for free and listened to with The Husband on a little road trip. It is what it says on the cover… a series of lectures on the history of rum and how it help shape the world as we know it today. Of course, it talks bout pirates and Captain Morgan. But a large part of it also talks about slavery, capitalism, abolition, George Washington… It was an interesting listen, and one I would certainly recommend.
I have read several books by James Lovegrove now, and he really does write some of the best Sherlock Holmes inspired books. I believe this was his first one, and if so he certainly hit the road running. He perfectly captures Conan Doyle’s writing style (although a bit more graphic and dark at times), and makes it feel like one of the original stories… but with a steampunk twist to it. So everything I love, basically. Lovegrove also addresses some inaccuracies and inconsistancies in the original stories, which was clever. The mystery itself is a tad obvious, but not less enjoyable. My only real issue is that the plot line of Moriarty doesn’t add anything to the book whatsoever and only serves the purpose of name-dropping. Apart from that, this was a great read.
The Anarchists’ Club is the second book following Leo Stanhope, born Lottie, as an amateur detective. This one reads more smootly than the first book. We already know the characters, and Leo’s situation, and can therefore focus more on the mystery (which is intriguing for sure). But it also looks at the dangers of being transgender in Victorian London, the massive gap between the wealthy and the poor, and what being a parent means. This book almost got a 5* rating from me, but I felt the way Leo was drawn into the case was done a bit clumsy. Otherwise, this is a series that should not be missed out on if you are looking for a historical mystery that is a bit different. I have the third book already downloaded on my phone.
This is where I usually discuss my reading plans for the coming month… but I have none. We are still going to be in lockdown for a while, but I am told that the vaccination rate should speed up a lot so I might get busy with work. Usually the Magical Readathon would be held in April, but seeing as that is still under construction it has been moved up to a later date. I do have some Netgalley books I would like to get through (I went a bit crazy…), but otherwise I will be doing a lot of mood reading. Jeey
Hoping you are well,