Thursday, November 15, 2018

The cold got me

The pre-cold yesterday has progressed quickly to a sinus cold.

I didn't take my own advice last night to go to bed. I finished season six of The British Baking Show.

Have no fear, I still have to get back to season three of Daredevil and I'm only season 6 of Criminal Minds and there are others. Oh there are others.

And only three weeks until a new season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Squee!

Nothing on TV for me tonight. We'll probably watch football for a bit. I need to do what I should have done last night.

Have a good day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hump day shmump day


Steve has a board meeting. I may watch On Demand of Monday evenings Manifest show. Or more of my beloved The Great British Baking Show on Netflix.

A cold is trying to get me.  Actually it has got me a little already.

Bah. Not pleased.

So if I were smart, I wouldn't watch anything, read a little and go to bed to try to sleep this away.

Have a good day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

You forgot, didn't you

Yeah, almost.

So this will have to be short and sweet.

Tonight Steve has a board meeting. On TV, I've got This Is Us, "Sometimes":


 Kevin and Zoe land in Vietnam. In the past, Jack and Rebecca take a road trip to Los Angeles. Jack's war story continues to be revealed.

Have a good day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday ....

And we're back.

I had a nice birthday. Very relaxing. Nothing accomplished. We had dinner at Jake's that evening.

Tonight is Arrow, "The Demon":

Felicity learns something new about Oliver that shocks her. Meanwhile, Diggle asks Curtis to go undercover for ARGUS. Dinah works with an unlikely ally

This weekend on my mystery readers' group, I posed the question about what one book would you save if all books were being destroyed? I narrowed it down to two. I ultimately chose:

THE DAUGHTER OF TIME by Josephine Tey.

Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world’s most heinous villains—a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother’s children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England’s throne? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower.

Published 1951; 299 pages. Because I've reread it many times -- I started re-reading it now. It's a contemporary golden age book solving a historical crime.

The other was DISSOLUTION by CJ Sansom.

The year is 1537, and the country is divided between those faithful to the Catholic Church and those loyal to the king and the newly established Church of England. When a royal commissioner is brutally murdered in a monastery on the south coast of England, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s feared vicar general, summons fellow reformer Matthew Shardlake to lead the inquiry. Shardlake and his young protégé uncover evidence of sexual misconduct, embezzlement, and treason, and when two other murders are revealed, they must move quickly to prevent the killer from striking again.

Published 2003; 416 pages. Best historical mystery series.

I'm still reading his newest. Being a UK edition, I don't have the Kindle version to read so it's slow going. Jumping the queue, I read this weekend THE YEAR OF THE FAT KNIGHT: The Falstaff Diaries by Antony Sher.

Antony Sher's account – splendidly supplemented by his own paintings and sketches – of researching, rehearsing and performing one of Shakespeare's best-known and most popular characters, Sir John Falstaff, in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2014 production of both parts of Henry IV, directed by Gregory Doran (his life partner). Both the production and Sher's Falstaff were acclaimed by critics and audiences – with Sher winning the Critics' Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Performance – and the shows transferred from Stratford to London, and then to New York, where Charles Isherwood in the New York Times described Sher's Falstaff as 'one of the greatest performances I've ever seen'. This fascinating book tells us how Sher had initial doubts about playing the part at all, how he sought to reconcile Falstaff's obesity, drunkenness, cowardice and charm, how he wrestled with the fat suit needed to bulk him up, and how he explored the complexities and contradictions of this comic yet often dangerous personality. On the way, he paints a uniquely close-up portrait of the RSC at work. Year of the Fat Knight is a terrific read, rich in humour and with a built-in tension as opening night draws relentlessly nearer. It also stands as a celebration of the craft of character acting. It ranks alongside Year of the King – Sher's seminal account of playing Richard III – as a consummate depiction of the creation of a giant Shakespearean role.

Published 2015; 208 pages.

Stan Lee died today.

Have a great day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Friday, November 9, 2018

It's a party ....

Tomorrow is my birthday.

No real plans yet other than I'm not cooking. One "happy birthday to me" is Netflix just added Season 6 of The Great British Baking Show today. Woot! Which is incredibly good timing because I just finished my last season of it yesterday or the day before.

Bingeing. Yes, I'll be bingeing.

 On Sunday, NCIS Los Angeles, "One of Us":

The NCIS team partners with the State Department after the murder of an arms dealer is connected to a series of crimes seemingly executed by someone with elite special forces training. Also, Callen visits ATF Agent Anna Kolcheck  in prison as she awaits her sentencing

I dunno. Photos and sneak peek scenes are showing no Densi at all. I may skim watch it on Monday instead. I need to sneak a Deeks to remind myself Densi still exists.

So otherwise it will be usual reading, writing, Interneting, napping, laundry, etc.


Have a great weekend

(heh heh snuck another Deeks. Sue me, it's my birthday)

Much love
PK the Bookeemonster

Thursday, November 8, 2018

My spirit animal

Oy such a day. Work. Long. Facebook. Stupid people.

I need a vacation. Or a four-day weekend.

Heck, just A weekend. 

Nothing on TV for me tonight. Steve has a Steelers game. It would be nice to work on the book again.

I think I offended the creative muse with my word challenge. Maybe they demand a sacrifice.

Or maybe just not try to push it and read.

Have a good day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

I didn't know I wanted it but ...

Steve gave me my birthday present early because it came to the shop today.

Oh Lordy. I always have neck issues. This is lovely. And it's not flowers. Hooray!

Steve has the gun range tonight. Nothing on TV for me. So the same options apply.

Aaaannnnd it's snowing again.

Have a good day

Much love,
PK the Bookeemonster