Goodreads Review: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

3 star review, originally posted here on August 31, 2020. I didn’t really understand the premise of the book before I started reading, but it became clear pretty quick: this is basically Jim Crow X-Files. It’s pretty clear that the author had TV in mind. In each chapter our characters embark on a new adventure … More Goodreads Review: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

Goodreads Review: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Four star review, originally posted here on August 20, 2020. I first discovered Geraldine Brooks last year when I picked up Year of Wonders and was BLOWN AWAY. I got completely sucked in, moreso than I have with any other novel in a really long time, and wanted to give it 5 stars so badly. … More Goodreads Review: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Goodreads Review: Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow

Originally posted here on July 29, 2020. I’m teetering between 3 and 4 stars here. In the end I’ve decided to round up to 4 because: 1. This worked really well as an audiobook2. The subject matter was interesting and important First off, Ronan Farrow narrates his own audiobook, which worked out great. There’s a … More Goodreads Review: Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow

Goodreads Review: Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen

Two star review, originally posted here on July 19, 2020. I’ll start by emphasizing that I consumed this one as an audiobook, which may have been a poor choice. It could easily be that, had I been reading text, I may have liked this book more. That being said… I’m surprised at my own poor … More Goodreads Review: Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristen Iversen

Goodreads Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Two star review, originally posted here on April 18, 2020. Just not my jam. The immediate storyline is boring, and the creepy dystopian twist isn’t much of a twist (you could guess it in the first chapter) and isn’t interesting enough to warrant a novel-length build-up. It’s well written, and the lightly-drizzled clues along the … More Goodreads Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

2020 Oscars: Reactions and Final Thoughts

I’ve spent the past month trying to watch as many of this yea’rs Oscar nominees as possible, and to review them as I went. Here’s yesterday’s pre-awards-show wrap-up, complete with individual links to all 14 reviews: https://helgawithouttheh.com/2020/02/10/2020-oscars-overall-thoughts-and-predictions/ I didn’t get to do as much overall analysis and predicting as I’d hoped because I ran out … More 2020 Oscars: Reactions and Final Thoughts

2020 Oscar Reviews: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Each year for the past few years, I have attempted to watch as many of that year’s Oscar nominees as possible before the awards are presented. It’s just a little personal challenge for fun, and I’ve had varying degrees of success in both seeing the films, and making predictions (ok that’s stretching the truth- my … More 2020 Oscar Reviews: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood