The Week Gone By 09/14

Hello my dear friends….!!!! I am back here again to give you all my weekly updates. I haven’t completed many this past week but I did read some wonderful books, so I think it was overall a good one and I can’t wait to share the details.

I finally finished listening to the audiobook of Chasten’s memoir and it kept me great company when I was taking walks in the sun by my lonesome. This is an interesting account of both his painful growing up years when he was still grappling with his sexuality in a not very supportive environment, as well as ultimately finding his love and standing by him during a historic presidential campaign. I really liked getting to see how the trail works for a candidate’s spouse, and how jarring it can be for someone who has led a fairly normal life. Overall, this was a very well narrated and written memoir and I liked getting an insight into his life.

I didn’t even know about this recent short story by one of my favorite authors, until I saw it nominated for the IGNYTE awards by FIYAH. It’s a fascinating tale about loneliness, wanting to have a better life, and going against one’s true nature to help others during their times of distress. It also has a bit of a spooky vibe and very beautiful writing, which definitely makes it a strong contender.

I listened to the audiobook and I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed right from the get go. The absolutely fascinating world, spectacular magic system which drew me in, and a great ensemble of characters makes this a near perfect book that I think everyone will love. So, I’m not averse to saying this is my favorite SFF debut of 2020 and will probably be in the top ten as well. And finally, it has the super adorable Mephi who deserves all the love and I can’t wait for everybody to meet him.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while and I’m glad I finally got to listen to it on audio. The author does an excellent job in making this a very accessible read, which feels like she is having a conversation with us, while also being very straightforward in expressing the facts and her opinions. It’s highly enlightening and if we go in with an open mind and don’t get defensive about our own privileges, we can learn a lot from this book and be a better ally to Black people in the future.

I’m still slowly making my way through the web series Occupied on Netflix, and it feels so realistic in some ways that it’s terrifying.

I also watched two Indian movies – V and Cargo – one a predictable commercial thriller, and the other a very unique never seen before sci-fi movie which masterfully blends the space exploration genre with Indian mythology.

I still rewatch episodes of the Untamed when I feel sad, but continue on with the MDZS donghua when I’m in a better mood and can focus. And if I’m in need for some giggles, I checkout latest episode of the chibi version of The Founder of Diabolism Q, which is so adorable and cute.

The NBA semifinals have also been pretty exciting to watch and even though I don’t have any particular favorite teams, I think I’m just rooting for LeBron James.

The beginning of the NFL season on the other hand was more interesting for me because my second favorite team Chiefs started off with such an easy win, but I’m obviously a loyal Ravens fan and rooting for Lamar all the way.

So, that’s how my week went. Did you read or watch anything wonderful that you wanna share with me? What are your plans for next week? Share all the deets in the comments below…

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  1. I’ve had Ijeoma Pluto’s book on my Kindle for a while, glad to hear you thought it was good.

    I just finished The Year Of The Witching by Alexis Henderson and it was so so good! Spooky and dark and disturbing in places and written so well. Other than that I’ve been watching the Kengan Ashura anime, which is very silly and enjoyable. Gonna start reading The Only Good Indians soon too πŸ™‚

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  2. I just started KSRβ€˜s Ministry of the Future ARC, and it is great and disturbing: in 2025 there is a heat wave in India with a wet bulb far over deadly 35 degrees centigrade. 20 Million people die. What a start!
    Bone Shard Daughter was great, though I didn’t enjoy the magic system as you did (felt more like those old programs written on cards); but I loved the cute pet 😁

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      1. SQL? Select from where? Ah, no, it was more like a Children version of Basic for me with ifthenelse and loops. Boring sort of for me 😁
        Have you read any KSR? Hard SF, clifi – his style is not for everyone.

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