Review: Attack The Block

Whelp, been a while since I wrote a movie review, hasn’t it? Haven’t really been watching movies either (or gaming, writing or reading) for a stretch, but I’m getting back into it. And I am glad I got back into it with Attack The Block!

A gang of teenagers from South London is in the process of mugging a nurse (Jodie Whittaker), when they get interrupted by an alien crashing into earth right where they are standing. They decide to kill it after it scratches Moses (played by John Boyega) in the face, and make quick work of it too. Unfortunately, this only leads to a lot more trouble.

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Review: The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

I’ve been waiting to read The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard for a while now. I wanted to buy a paperback version, but couldn’t get my hands on one. So this was the first e-book I bought for my e-reader. I didn’t know it was actually the third novella in a shared universe, so I’m definitely going to read the other two at some point.

Plot:

A mindship named The Shadow’s Child, a brewer of mind-altering brews, is visited in her office by a new prospective client. She gives her name as Long Chau, a consulting detective and wishes for the mindship to take her into space to find a corpse. It seems both an easy and a hard assignment; especially because of the trauma in The Shadow’s Child’d past. But this case turns out to be a lot harder, and more complex than either of them had initially thought.

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Review: Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb

Royal Assassin is the second book in the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb.

Plot:

Fitz came out of his first dangerous mission as an assassin, but is forever changed by the experience. Not just in health, but also in realisation of the danger that his uncle Regal truly presents. Yet he is stuck at Buckkeep with the man, and his promise to his king compels him to not retaliate. He is pulled back into the intrigues of the court, and trying to protect those he cares about. The kingdom is under attack from insidious forces from within. And the Red Raiders will soon come back to their shores.

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Query Update #15

So, I’ve not been querying in a while (and honestly not writing that much either), because of two factors. One: a colleague of mine left to get his Masters degree around August last year, and the company has not yet replaced him. Two: the Covid-19 crisis. While I can work from home, and I am an introvert, both situations do take a toll. Physically and mentally. Nothing bad, but still, can’t really get into the head space to write much/query. I find that I also seem to take rejections to my work more harshly/personally than I usually would. But that doesn’t mean I can write an update about how my infrequent querying is going, right?

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New Additions #114

 

A few more e-books to add to the collection. Sometimes I like to mix my fiction with some non-fiction. I’d been looking a long time for the Instrumentalities of the Night Series by Glen Cook, so when I saw the collection e-book I snatched them right up.

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New Additions #113

I recently bought an e-reader even though I prefer print books, because there have been instances of books just not being available in physical forms. Also I received some free books in PDF when participating in the r/Fantasy Book Bingo a few years ago, and I just hate reading on my phone or laptop for long stretches of time.

So now that I bought the e-reader, I thought to myself I should probably also buy some e-books. I am still planning on mostly buying print books, and only using the e-reader for books I can’t find in paperback or hardback.

That also left me with the awkward task of copy pasting covers in paint to make show the covers of the e-books I bought. I’m not that good in paint…but hey, a girl has to do what a girl has to do.