Joining Kat and friends. Go see what the others are up to.
Ahem. Because showing you my knitting progress required that I take pictures — after rounding up the various hats and socks I have been working on — I shall proceed directly to Reading. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200.
How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu. This book was stunning! It is a series of vignettes, some of which have repeating or related characters, some which do not, all of which happen in different time sequences. First, an archeologist joins a dig in the Siberian Arctic in 2030, when the permafrost melting has released an ancient virus. Known as the Arctic plague, it kills millions. (Sound familiar?) The various mini-plots are enthralling, the book has mysteries, and I loved it. 5✭
Dawn Girl by Leslie Wolf. Goodreads tells me I finished this book on March 11, but I have absolutely no recollection of it. Reading the synopsis didn’t help, although this is definitely the kind of book I might read. Based on the dates in Goodreads, I read it while still taking Oxycontin after the knee surgery. I guess that is why I don’t remember.
The Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara Davis. I do remember this one. It was told from two points of view and in two (three?) timelines: one POV is a French seamstress during WWII and and retired in the present in Boston; the other is a young woman in the current day in Boston; she is in limbo because her fiance was kidnapped by terrorists in Sudan several months ago, and she doesn’t know if he is dead or alive. The French seamstress had moved to Boston and opened up a bridal dress salon, whose secret is that, just as in prewar Paris, if she *senses* that the prospective bride and groom are destined to have a happy marriage, she will ensure that by sewing a charm into the bride’s dress. Yes, the seamstress has inherited that ability from her mother and grandmother and great-grandmother, etc. Limbo woman and seamstress meet and work together to have that happy ending of the title. 4✭
A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei. I came by this book sorta kinda by accident. The woman who hosted our third-Wednesday-of-the-month book group was decluttering her (amazing!) house and had piled up a table by the door with books she no longer wanted. Many were self-help books of one kind or another. I asked her if there were any novels, and she grabbed two from the table and thrust them at me. This was one. It is the story of six Chinese-American women of three generations and their journey to the land of their ancestors. Not the best book I have read, nor even in the top fifty, but I did read the whole thing — perhaps in hopes it would redeem itself? Didn’t happen. I found it extremely annoying that more than once I couldn’t tell which character she was talking about. (Story was told from all six points of view,) Pronoun antecedents were unclear. Grrr. 2✭
Zero Day Code by John Birmingham. Still listening to this one, but the Audible app on my phone suddenly decided that I could only listen to it while on the Internet — even though I had listened to the download in the car before. Grrr. Since practically the only time I listen to audiobooks is when I am alone in the car, I found this highly annoying. Especially since I never can remember to download it again when I am on wifi. Grrr x2. I predict that I will end up giving this audiobook 3 or 4 stars, but not yet.
Doc Martin.* We watched the first five seasons online, but seasons 6 — 10 were not available. Library to the rescue! I got season 6 and 7 from the library, and seasons 8 — 10 are available as well. (Spoilers ahead.) Doc has married Louisa, the head of the local grade school, and predictably his antisocial personality causes problems. Mid-season 6 Louisa takes their 9-month-old baby and leaves to think about the marriage. Martin has no idea why she is leaving and his efforts to keep her are predictably ineffective and humorous. 5✭
Cold Case. Doc Martin, above, has superseded this series in our evening viewing, mainly because my Oxi-brain did not have the mental bandwidth for a cop show. We will get back to it soon.
* I just learned from the Wikipedia article that the character of Doc Martin was based on one in the movie Saving Grace. Just requested that movie from the library, too. Yay, libraries!
I really enjoyed How High We Go In the Dark, too! Although I had to tread slowly with it, because parts were just a bit . . . creepy, shall we say? But it is one of the most well-done dystopian novels I’ve ever read. Very thought-provoking and original, for sure! Glad you liked it, too. XO
I have added How High We Go to my reading queue (and I am on the short hold list at my library!)
Thank you so much for that recommendation!
I’m now on the NYPL waiting list for How High – though it looks like it’ll be a long wait. Anticipation!