Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Books of Summer

Here is some of what I have been reading this summer. My choice of at least three of these has been influenced by my interest in the actor Richard Armitage.

Can you guess which three?

The books are clockwise from the top left: 1. One Step Behind, by Henning Mankell.
2. Claude and Camille, by Stephanie Cowell.  3. Worlds of Ink and Shadow, by Lena Coakley
4. The Last Kingdom, by Bernard Cornwell.  5. Urban Grimshaw and the Shed Crew, by Bernard Hare.  6. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.  7. Anybody Out There, by Marian Keyes.

At least one of these books should be an easy guess for any Richard Armitage fans. The other 2 will be easier for longtime fans to guess.

So, I am finally getting around to posting here on my long neglected blog as today is Armitage Day (otherwise known as Richard Armitage's birthday).  Although I haven't been as devoted to devouring all available information about him (as I may have been a few years ago), I still follow his career.  You can sometimes find me reading a few blogs, possibly making a comment when I am able to, and also sometimes I will be on Facebook or Twitter.

I was very pleased when someone posted a link to his film "Brain on Fire" on Youtube.  I enjoyed watching that film and learning about what that poor girl and her family had to endure.  Richard's role was a small one, but it was nice to see him in a father role.  I haven't had the opportunity to watch his television role in Berlin Station, except for the first episode which I was not overly impressed with.  I think it was because his character wasn't developed much.  I am sure it gets better with further watching.  I guess I was expecting something more like Spooks (MI-5) which I loved!

The other series I was excited to watch was Castlevania.  Thanks again to the fandom for the heads up about this series.  I probably wouldn't have thought to watch it otherwise, as it is a Manga cartoon based on a video game about Dracula and vampire hunters (not my usual thing!).  But I absolutely loved it!  And even better, I tricked my husband into watching it too!  (So I watched it twice!)  I could tell he was impressed because he actually asked me to put on the next episodes, even after he figured out that you-know-who's voice was in it.

Oh yes, and I finally caught that tiny but memorable role as King Oleron in Alice Through the Looking Glass as that movie made it to Netflix too.
To the creator of this GIF - If this is your work, please let me know and I will give you credit.

Richard Armitage, you still rule!

Happy Armitage Day!


Servetus said...

Happy Armitage Day! Wow, you did all that this summer.

Phylly3 said...

Hi Serv! Yes, I finally made some headway on my To Be Read pile. But unfortunately I didn't accomplish much else this summer.

Tristeza en el mundo said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Servetus said...

This has also been my most unproductive summer ever. But I know why -- too much newsreading.

Phylly3 said...

Yeah, I know what you mean!

Gratiana Lovelace said...

You were busy! My fiction reading these days is on my Kindle for PC--handy for reading at home or on the go.

Hi Phyllys, I nominated you for The Mystery Blogger Award. Esther had nominated me for the award. Please click my post link below describing the award, to find out if you would like to participate in this mutually supportive award process. Hugs & Cheers! Grati ;-:


Phylly3 said...

Thank you so much Grati! Sorry I didn't see your comment right away!

Unknown said...

Hi Phyllys,
Lizzy here - you might remember me as you interviewed me back in 2011 and I mentioned then the fantasy novel I’d written, featuring a knight in unshiny armour based on RA! Well, it’s finally about to be published (in about June or July) and I’m just wondering if you’d like me to send you an advance copy to read (either ebook or PDF)? I’d post the cover here (the knight on it is pretty clearly RA) if I could.
Cheers, Lizzy

Phylly3 said...

Shoot! I obviously don’t visit my blog much any more. Yes! Of course I remember you! So happy for you that your book has been published! And although I am sure it is too late, I would love a copy. I will go and look it up on Amazon though as it won’t be an advance copy any more, sorry about that!