Adrian Tchaikovsky writes books that make you think and The Expert System’s Brother is no exception. Handry is our protagonist and along with his sister are a pair of orphans in their village. Their village appears to be idealised that … Continue reading
This post isn’t going to spoil any of the plot because that would be mean to other people and I am a firm believer in #keepthesecrets. What this post will do is talk about the magic and wonderment I experienced as an audience member. Continue reading
I’ve just checked my goodreads account and I’ve just realised I’ve got like 6 books currently on the go. I’ve gone a bit scattered at the moment. My main joy is reading fiction but I’ve also got an audio book on the go along with several books that could be described as self-help books.
The fiction I am reading Peter Newman’s The Seven which is the concluding part to the Vagrant trilogy, its a heavy hardback so its more for reading at home than for reading on the tube, but it appears I’m a huge hypocrite because I’m taking Becky Chambers Record of a Spaceborn Few everywhere with me and reading it whilst trying not to cry from the immense level of feels that I get. I’m also listening to Audible’s new recording of Arabian Nights which I am enjoying when I remember to listen to it…
And then there are the self-help books. I’m reading Susan Calman’s Cheer Up Love:Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate because I’ve been having a hard time recently and its been reassuring to read about someone else’s experiences and measure my own against them. Likewise Matt Haig’s Notes on a Nervous Planet because as an ever more anxious person I am always interested in other people’s experiences of it and how they cope.
Then there’s Spark Joy. I am chaos. It follows in my wake, I never feel like I can properly tidy because I can never put everything away. I’ve been reading the first couple of chapters and Yes things need to change and I’m reading this book to see if I think that this might work for me.
I’m not usually quite this scatter gun in my approach to reading but that’s kind of what’s going on at the moment. My brain feels like it needs all these different inputs and I’m kind of wanting to make lots of changes to what’s going on with me and what’s going on around me. And because I have a large amount of Herminone Granger going on inside I start with books.
One that hasn’t made it onto my goodreads list is Geting Things Done by David Allen because I have just been feeling of late that things have been getting away from me and that has to stop. there has to be control and I need to plan rather than react. Reacting to everything is exceedingly tiring. Lets kick some ass instead.
Oh Irene, this is the book where I really fell for you. I want to be you and I adore you. Also can I have a Dragon assistant…
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I’ve wanted to see this since it premiered and thanks to some serendipity I am finally going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this evening.
I will be going in completely unspoiled. I’ve avoided reading anything about the plot and I will be going in cold.
I’m not quite sure what to expect but I will be seeing parts one and two on consecutive nights.
I will be reporting back. I am fully expecting to flail. Consider this your warning.
I am dying from how ridiculous this musical is. Currently playing at the Dominion (spiritual home of the rock jukebox musical) Bat out of Hell is an attempt to make a narrative out of the three Bat out of Hell … Continue reading
Over the last couple of years every now and again I read a book by Anne Lyle and I always feel that I should be reading more of her. I’ve just finished her marvellous Night Masque trilogy with the Prince … Continue reading
Knights of the Rose should have been terrible. On paper it sounds as cheesy as anything. It ticks several of my pet hate boxes. Its a jukebox musical rock songs wanged into a quasi mediaeval story and yet this show … Continue reading
I went to see this at the Savoy and it was a a slick and entertaining production. The musical is really a vehicle for the female characters and by and large it is Effie who get’s the ‘big’ songs. I … Continue reading
I can’t stop thinking about Hamilton. I cannot stop thinking about Hamilton. I mean the show is some next level musical theatre right there. I already knew it was incredible I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for a few years … Continue reading