Well it’s May now and I am now another year closer to death. So I thought it would be as good a time as any to restart this Bløg of mine!
SO HERE WE GO. The books I read in April:
DELILAH DIRK AND THE KING’S SHILLING | by Tony Cliff ⚔️👳🏽☕
I love the Delilah Dirk series!! She’s a bit Tintin, a bit Indiana Jones and even a bit of Rick from The Mummy. Her good friend (and I mean it. Which is SO refreshing!!) Selim is still by her side whenever she needs him and this time he finally gets to visit London. Turns out it’s not as nice as Istanbul. But this is the era of the Napoleonic wars and well, no shocker. They’re in London to clear her name and in turn Selim, and we, learn about who she really is and where she came from!!
It’s sosososo much fun and I am SO GLAD there’s a third book!!
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NEVER ANYONE BUT YOU | by Rupert Thomson 📷🏳️🌈👭
I’ve been a big fan of the photographer and artist Claude Cahun for years now, despite not knowing all that much about her/them. In today’s standards I suppose Claude would be seen as a non-binary artist, however at the time Claude probably saw themselves just plainly as Claude, while society viewed Claude as her and ultimately a Lesbian (with Marcel Moore).
This book is a mostly fictional, but is based entirely on the life of Marcel Moore, beginning with how they met and detailing their entire life together, and finally without Claude. I did get a bit emotional at parts because the writing was so lovely!! It is a bit slow at the start and only gets really exciting when they move to Paris and start mingling with other famous artists of that era.
All in all I really did enjoy this book and reading about their anti-nazi activism while living in Jersey and just how in love they were with each other (even if this is a fictionalized account). You gotta read this book if you’re a fan of them!!
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THE MAPMAKERS TRILOGY: THE CRIMSON SKEW | by S.E. Grove 🗺️🌲🌫️
So uh. This was kind of a disappointing end to what was a promising and fun series… :C
The first book was so much fun and so exciting and the premise was really unique and neat!! And then the second book was, again, fun and unique, granted not as commanding as the first, but still fun and a good expansion on the world established in the first.
This last installment was just.. kinda… bleh. There was some good buildup in the first third-ish, where there was some kind of spooky happening with the red fog, and I was curious to know where it was from. But then you’re kinda given the resolution for all these conflicts in the second third and everything just plateaus for AGES and you wonder, “should I keep reading…?”. Because at that point you know about everything but everyone else in the book hasn’t caught on yet!
The last third felt a bit rushed and like a very simplistic way to tie up loose ends and finish a story that started off probably more complex than the author intended it to be.
TLDR I’m disappointed with this last book but I didn’t fully hate it. Just. Disappointed.
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