Author: Alex

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I Read in 2021

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is Best Books I Read in 2021, which is going to both easy and difficult because I didn’t actually read that many books this year what with one thing and you know, the Other! So I only have a handful of books to choose my best of from and, well, I’m not sure I’m going to find 10—but here goes nothing, right? STATE OF TERROR by Hilary Clinton & Louise Penny THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave THE WINDSOR KNOT by SJ Bennett BONE CANYON by Lee Goldberg THE BONE CODE by Kathy Reichs THE LOST APOTHECARY by Sarah Penner DIAL A FOR AUNTIES by Jesse Q Sutanto I also read these in 2021 but they were actually published in 2020 … but don’t hold that against me will you, okay! THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles DEAD LAND by Sara Paretsky COLONYSIDE by Michael Mammay FLIGHT OF THE FANTAIL by Steph Matuku When all is said and done, what all …

Merry Christmas!

Dear All: It’s that time of year and me and mine are about to start our holidays, unfortunately, it looks like it will be during yet another lockdown, here in QC. The pandemic shows no sign of easing up, even a little, and it’s almost certain we’ll be “enjoying” yet another year of hardship across the board, as we battle omicron and any other variant thrown at us along the way. I don’t see an end in sight so, for now at least, me and mine are battening down the hatches (once again) and getting settled in for the long haul. Not to be broken by this despite not being able to see family, yet again, I want to take the time to wish each and everyone of you a very merry Christmas and happy holidays, stay safe everyone. And here’s to making the best of whatever 2022 will bring us. Hang in there people, this too shall pass. All the best! Love, Alex 0

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Brings

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is Books I Hope Santa Brings. Which pretty much covers every book on my current lengthy online Wish  List right now. But, as this is Top Ten Tuesday I’ll endeavour to choose only the top ten books I hope Santa might drop down my non-existent chimney in time for Christmas, on Saturday. I know I have at least four books already under the Christmas tree, but won’t know which ones till, of course, Christmas morning. I’m hoping some of them are from this list. So, here goes … GATED PREY by Lee Goldberg AT FIRST LIGHT by Barbara Nickless ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN by SJ Bennett ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Alice Feeney THE DAUGHTER OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Leonard Goldberg MURDER ON THE MARIS by Cara Black FOR YOUR OWN GOOD by Samantha Downing MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE by Vaseem Khan THE WARSAW PROTOCOL by Steve Berry RATCATCHER by James McGee Quite the mix of psychological suspense, murder-mystery, historical and a thriller …

In The Dark Spaces by Cally Black

IN THE DARK SPACES Author: Cally Black Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Format: Paperback Genre: YA | Science Fiction BACK COVER BLURB A genre-smashing kidnapping drama about Tamara, who’s faced with an impossible choice when she falls for her captors. Yet this is no ordinary kidnapping. Tamara has been living on a freighter in deep space, and her kidnappers are terrifying Crow people – the only aliens humanity has ever encountered. No-one has ever survived a Crow people attack, until now—and Tamara must use everything she has just to stay alive. But survival always comes at a price, and there’s no handbook for this hostage crisis. As Tamara comes to know the Crow people’s way of life, and the threats they face from humanity’s exploration into deep space, she realises she has an impossible choice to make. Should she stay as the only human among the Crows, knowing she’ll never see her family again … or inevitably betray her new community if she wants to escape? 0

War of the Worlds

Based on: H.G. Wells novel of the same name Produced: Urban Myth Films, StudioCanal+, UK/FR Coproduction Written: Howard Overman Starring: Gabriel Byrne | Elizabeth McGovern | Lea Drucker | Adel Bencherif | Emilie de Pressac | Natasha Little | Daisy Edgar-Jones | Ty Tennant | Bayo Gbadamosi | Stephen Campbell Moore | Stephane Caillard | Aaron Heffeman The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly The premise for the first season of 8 episodes, set in both the UK (London) and a number of locales in France (Grenoble) focuses on a handful of survivors from an alien attack from space. After picking up a signal from outer space scientists at an observatory in Grenoble, France, let the world know, we are not alone. And not long after briefing the Joint Chiefs of Staff at NATO headquarters, in Belgium, a swarm of incoming objects are detected coming in from deep space, at speed. Not days later, 2000+ large solid-looking metallic spheres hit various cities across the entire planet. 0