Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Kitty Takes A Holiday

Kitty Takes a Holiday (Kitty Norville, #3)

Kitty Takes A Holiday is the third Kitty Norville book and was just as good as the first two. In this one Kitty takes a little time off from her radio show and rents a cabin in the Colorado mountains to catch her breath after her adventures in Washington D.C. Trouble seems to follow Kitty everywhere though as it's anything but a relaxing vacation. Kitty is feeling out of sorts and threatened by a rival radio show called Ariel, Priestess of the Night- in fact Kitty is so irritated she takes to making prank calls into the show. 

That's the least of her worries though when strange things start happening- someone is gutting small animals and leaving them on her doorstep, and she soon finds herself harassed by someone who doesn't want her in the area. As time goes on these occurrences take on a more sinister tone as a connection to Native American folklore is established. Kitty makes the acquaintance of a shaman who helps her out, and at the same time Cormac shows up with a wounded Ben in tow. Turns out Ben was bitten by a werewolf, and Cormac needs her help. 

I feel like the series takes a turn here with Ben being bitten. Previously a supporting player, Ben now takes center stage as Kitty does her best to help him adjust to lycanthropy, including his first full moon experience. There's always been an undercurrent of sexual tension/ attraction between Kitty and Cormac, but now Kitty finds herself pulled towards Ben, both romantically and as a member of her pack. Of course Kitty doesn't really have a pack anymore, having been driven out of the Denver group, but now with Ben- maybe she does? 

Where does this leave her not- quite relationship with Cormac? Well that's the million dollar question. As in previous books they almost go there but pull back at the last minute- and along with the Native American elements (which are downright creepy) this one explores where Kitty's feelings are- with Cormac or Ben? Is she attracted to Ben only because he's been bitten and is now sort of under her care? What does she feel towards Cormac? 

The other thing is Cormac is not necessarily a hero and that gets addressed here as well. When the shit hits the fan with a supernatural menace Cormac takes extreme measures and gets in trouble with the law over it, and Kitty has to try to save him. At the same time Kitty remembers that she first met Cormac when he came to kill her- he'd been hired to take her out- so is it a matter of chickens coming home to roost for him? Will Cormac land in prison? That's the fascinating dilemma the three of them face as this one goes on. The ending is bittersweet and satisfying and I like that as entwined as these are you can still, at least so far, more or less read them as standalones if you want. But I'm enjoying the wider tapestry and will keep reading these as long as they're this good.  

Travelers 03x06 Philip

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Travelers season 3 is here! I've been waiting for this one with bated breath ever since that crazy cliffhanger in season 2. Finally we get some answers- maybe?- about what happens now that the Travelers have been outed. Or- have they? I guess we need to watch and find out! So without further ado, here are my thoughts on episode 6 of season 3. This post will be a little spoilery- just a heads up. 

This is a Philip- focused episode as evinced by the title. Philip is receiving an update from the Director, along with a bunch of other Historians, when they are interrupted and taken by the Faction. Curiously enough we see a Historian die during the update process, which at the time it's not entirely clear why, but later in the episode we find out that Historians eventually die from the updating process. Did we know that before? Makes their dedication all the more admirable, I guess. 

At any rate the Faction has Philip in a cell and wants him to share the information the Director has provided, so they can put it to good use and save lives. As a show of good faith they even let Philip see Kyle, another Historian who was taken, and when Kyle provides them with info they show how it saves a life. Gee, maybe these Faction people aren't so bad? Well Philip's not going to cave that easy. Meanwhile Mac and the rest of the team are trying to find the missing Historians- with the help of Hall, who has been shot and is near death. 

Apparently Travelers have "black box" tech, also knows as memory retrieve technology, that they are using on Hall to ascertain where the Historians might be. Hall and his partner Luca were in a firefight with the Faction right around the time the Historians were taken, so he's their only lead at the moment. One of the things I like about this season is it feels cohesive- a lot of times with shows like this you get a mystery-of-the-week and the overarching plotline only gets advanced sporadically. Here I think pretty much every episode so far has moved the story along. Here that takes the form of, once again, drawing everything we know about the Director into question. 

Dawn from the Faction tries to convince Philip that they're on the same side- the Faction clearly believes though that the Director is failing or is outright the enemy- I keep waiting for the shoe to drop, for it to be confirmed that the Faction is right. That would be a reckoning for Traveler teams obviously. We learn that Dawn took over her host body without ensuring it was a person slated to die, however, and further that she had a role in releasing a plague that killed over a billion people. Yeah, she says, but what if the mass culling was for the greater good, and saved more people? Oh and the Director will overwrite Philip as soon as he's no longer useful, as well.     

We get more questions about Jeff too this time around. He's called in by the Director to provide tactical support to the team, and during their raid he kills a Faction member named Mitch. The only problem is- Mitch recognizes him, and mentions they're fighting Travelers before realizing that Jeff is a Traveler now. So what's going on with Jeff? Anyway the black box tech enables Mac's team to find their location and we get the shoot out that frees Philip and the other Historians- although Dawn escapes after saving Philip's life. I like her as a recurring villain at this juncture. 

Oh and Luca and Kyle were both Faction, and Kyle is the person who shot Hall. 

Short Takes

Boyd is in this one.

Protocol 3 is suspended for Faction members, and Boyd wonders what happens when you lose your team- is it Protocol 5 until you die, as she puts it? I like how the show just assumes the audience knows the Protocols, or will look them up. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Nancy Drew #2

Nancy Drew #2 picks up right where issue #1 left off- with Nancy falling into a cave after the rope she's using to lower herself is cut. She's in Bayport, her hometown, investigating the caves at Deadman's Cliff with Bess and George, as well as the Hardy boys. Something in the mysterious letter she received days ago made her think of the caves, but she's hardly been in town for a day and someone is already trying to kill her! She meets Pete, a kid passing by who just happened to notice that her friends above were unconscious, so he came to help and found her in the cave. 

There's a bit of an attraction there so Pete sticks around, and together with her friends and the Hardys she continues to dig. We also get a look back at seven years ago, when Nancy first explored the caves with her friends, and the tragedy that occurred to cut their explorations short. Nancy and Pete pair off intending to visit the caves again, but there are a few surprises in store and... more dead bodies!

Issue #1 was interesting enough that I came back for #2, and this one reeled me in a little more as the mystery deepens. We see a little distance has developed between Nancy and George, and when the friends can't find Nancy there's a humorous back-and-forth as they and Nancy crisscross town, passing each other in the process! Stuff like that along with the snarky humor keep this a fun, breezy story. And the discovery at the end has me anxious for the next one. 

Can't Wait Wednesday #56

 So here's a midweek round up of what I'm reading watching, etc. Plus Can't Wait Wednesday, hosted by Wishful endings. So sit back, raise a cuppa, and see what's new! And share what you're up to. 

This week my Can't Wait pick is  

Le Monde Perdu Vol. 1

What I'm Reading

Golden City Vol. 5: The Harrison File

What I'm Watching 

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Top Ten Books I Meant To Read in 2018 But Didn't


 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by 
That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back to The Broke and the Bookish so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

This week is Top Ten books I meant to read in 2018- but didn't. Unfortunately there are a fair amount of these, I could probably make a list twice this long. But here are the ten that come to mind, that I need to get to- one of these days.         

Wildcard (Warcross, #2)

I was looking forward to this one so much- what is my problem???  

Love & Luck

I've been meaning to read this forever seems like. 

Nine Perfect Strangers

A new Liane Moriarty book usually gets my immediate attention, but the end of the year was hectic and I never got to it. 

Watching You

Now granted this only came out a short time ago... but I haven't read it as quick as I thought 

Wild Bird

Lies You Never Told Me

Why have I not read this yet???

Onyx and Ivory (Rime Chronicles, #1)

At this point the sequel will be out before I get to it! 

Strange New World (Brave New Girl, #2)

Tuesday Tagline #126

She came to kill.  

Cover Love - Journey to the Center of the Earth

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Journey to the Center Of The Earth- is there a more evocative book title out there? Of course when this was written it probably seemed a little more plausible but there's still a lot of imagination here, and as I've scrolled through various versions of this book I've been struck by how many amazing covers there are. So here are a few of my faves. 

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Journey to the Center of the Earth (Saddleback's Illustrated Classics)

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My favorites are 

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