My media diet for January, so far


I finished watching Reacher S2. I did not enjoy it as much as the first season, mostly because of the backstory. The last episode could have been 20 minutes. They spent too much time after the action was over wrapping up the story lines.

Irma Vep, a short series that ran on HBO a while back. It’s a fictional take about a remake of a French silent film classic, the Vampires. The last few episodes got weird, but I liked it.


In no particular order …
Children of Dune (Dune, #3)Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It takes a while for this book to get going, almost like the first quarter should have been attached to the previous book, Dune Messiah, just to get to the action in this one faster. It’s a lot of setup. One the story gets momentum it’s almost as good as Dune. There’s not a lot of optimism here, either, which makes it more compelling.

Starter VillainStarter Villain by John Scalzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun, light, & easy read. It follows a lot of John Scalzi‘s standard playbook: fish out of water protagonist, established hyper competent folks who become allies, baddies with obvious Achilles’s heels, fun and unexpected secondary characters, twists, and more snark and sarcasm than you can shake a stick at. I enjoyed this, for sure, but doubt I’d revisit it.

System Collapse (The Murderbot Diaries, #7)System Collapse by Martha Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I should have re-read the previous book, but it did not stop me enjoying this. It is action packed with humor and heart, easy to devour over a weekend, though I read most of it in one day.

View all my reviews


My tracking through might be broken. Stay tuned.