End of the Month Miscellaneous…

It’s been a weird time since my last post. I was kind of swamped at work, but on the other hand still procrastinated more than I should have. Probably. I don’t know. I had my annual job review yesterday and it didn’t go as badly as I expected it to be. It was fine. I was praised and my work acknowledged, which is always nice, but then my supervisor also touched the few aspects which I know myself I’ve been slacking in the last year. I promised to do better and I’m determined to do so as well. We’ll see how it will work out…

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After someone in my Twitter feed was very enthusiastic about the All Souls Trilogy I started reading book #1 a few days ago and actually enjoyed it a lot. For some reason I feel the impulse to mock the novel, which wouldn’t be fair, because I felt very entertained for the most part. Yes, I rolled my eyes at some plots and revelations, but I kept reading. And that’s fine. I know, I tend to be judgemental about books sometimes … (Fifty Shades, anyone?).

Anyway, I really enjoyed the basic idea of the All Souls world. Witches, vampires and daemons existing in the modern world. Co-existing so to speak, all in agreement that they should stay away from humans and not attract too much attention. But then a (unwilling) witch accidently (or not?) discovers an ancient and magic manuscript and all hell breaks lose. Enter a sexy, mysterious, heroic vampire, but also some evil-minded  creatures and see what happens. I loved how matter-of-factly and sometimes downright hilarious these fantastical elements are woven into a modern world. It was fun and and easy read. Except for some of the historical alchemy stuff…

I’m half-way through book #2 and I have to admit I’m not enjoying that one quite as much. I think mostly because it takes place in 1590 and not in the 21st century. I sometimes enjoy historical novels, but in this case the unusual idea of witches/vampires etc in the 21st century was what interested me in the story. It feels different in the 16th century, which might sound weird, because witches and vampires don’t / didn’t really exist in either century. And there is way too much alchemy stuff going on for my taste as well… Anyway, I will be drudging on and hoping that Diana and Matthew will return to the present at least in book 3.

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My hockey team lost every realistic hope to reach the playoffs this year, which is kind of embarrassing. And annoying. And all kinds of stupid. If they win both of the remaining two games and the team which is by now holding the last playoff spot loses both of their games, it might change. But I don’t think it will…

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At this time of day fours weeks from now I’ll be already in London, sitting in a cafe or pub or restaurant and hopefully be reading “The Road Beneath My Feet”. I can’t wait. For the trip. For the book. For the show….

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