Friday, August 14, 2020

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey:
While the book in isolation is just good, not amazing, it really serves to highlight how strong the TV adaptation, The Expanse is. (The book maps to the first one and a half seasons of the show). I had a greater appreciation for the new side characters and plot events from the show that seamlessly fit into the original story. Worth a read if you like the show, but give it some distance so you don't have the show fresh in your mind.

Final Grade: B-

Angry Cyclist by the Proclaimers:
Amazon Music finally tricked me into a 3-month trial of Music Unlimited with its app popup ads so I've been going down the rabbit hole of looking up bands I used to listen to and seeing what they're up to. The only song this band was ever known for stateside was "I Would Walk 500 Miles". This recent album is full of lush harmonies, forgettable lyrics, and a crooning style that makes every song warmer.

Final Grade: B

Who Killed the Zutons by the Zutons:
This is the 2004 debut album of the group that wrote "Valerie", the song that led to the collaboration between Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse. It's full of fun, raw Brit-rock that makes me want to dig the other album I own out of its CD folio.

Final Grade: B+

Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga (PG-13):
We tapped out of this movie after a half hour. It wasn't awful, but it did have a wildly varying tone that couldn't decide whether it's an earnest comedy or absurd parody. You know what you're going to get when you start a movie like this, but that doesn't excuse its two hour running time. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: Not Graded

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