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What I’ve Been Watching

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Depression and burnout has hit me hard these past couple of months. I haven’t felt like reading or listening to audiobooks so I have gotten back to listening to podcasts and catching up on some TV shows I either have been wanting to watch, or rewatching childhood favorites. So let’s dive in!

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on Hulu: My fiancé and I have been making our way through this show recently, when we both come home from work, we turn it on and watch an episode or two while we eat dinner. I grew up watching this show and I love all the characters and their quirks and individual story arcs. Something I’ve definitely missed was all the subtle looks between supervisor Gil Grissom and a fellow CSI Sara Sidle whenever something remotely sexual or romantic comes up during an investigation.

LEGO Masters on Hulu: I first heard of this show when I was binging The Masked Singer and when Will Arnett came on to be a guest panelist. I kind of grew up with LEGO, but more or less I think people who can make masterpieces with the famous bricks is fascinating. I found all the contestants to be likable and memorable. I would definitely recommend this show to the whole family.

Crime Scene Kitchen on Hulu: I thought this was a unique idea, and the premise is fun, contestants have to “investigate” a kitchen and figure out what dessert has been made based on the clues and figure out the real clues vs the red herrings. Contestants aren’t that memorable. Just like a lot of reality TV shows they are just people who are trying to solve the mystery. It’s ok, I’ll continue watching it until the season is over, and if it does get renewed for a new season hopefully tweak some of the things that make this show feel kind of bland and a bit boring.

So this has been everything I’ve been consistently watching and I hope I either recommended some new shows, or just to show some signs of life on my blog. One day the reviews will come back! Just got to wait for this spell to end and I should be back in no time!

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REVIEW: Hot Lead, Cold Iron (Mick Oberon #1) by Ari Marmell

*No Major Spoilers*

Chicago, 1932. Mick Oberon may look like just another private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. 

Oberon’s used to solving supernatural crimes, but the latest one’s extra weird. A mobster’s daughter was kidnapped sixteen years ago, replaced with a changeling, and Mick’s been hired to find the real child. The trail’s gone cold, but what there is leads Sideways, to the world of the Fae, where the Seelie Court rules. And Mick’s not really welcome in the Seelie Court any more. He’ll have to wade through Fae politics and mob power struggles to find the kidnapper – and of course it’s the last person he expected.

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REVIEW: The X-Files: Goblins (The X-Files #1) by Charles L. Grant

Meet Mulder and Scully, FBI. The agency maverick and the female agent assigned to keep him in line.

Their job: investigate the eeriest unsolved mysteries in modern America, from pyro-psychics to death row demonics, from rampaging Sasquatches to alien invasions. The cases the Bureau wants handled quietly, but quickly, before the public finds out what’s really out there. And panics. The cases filed under “X.”

Something out there is killing people, remaining invisible and unseen by human eyes until it strikes with deadly force.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The X-Files is a show I’ve been admiring for several years now. I binged season 1 and waiting for the right mood to start on season 2. Now, the thing I think has made this show such a big hit was the dynamic between Mulder and Scully. Aliens and UFOs aside, most people love chemistry between two characters. There’s that sexual tension of “will they/won’t they?” and the fact that Scully admires Mulder’s deduction skills. She just feels it’s being wasted on these kinds of cases.

This case opens like any other X-File does. Murders happen, FBI/government in high and unknown places get a whiff of it and send Mulder and Scully out to investigate. Most of the time the unreachable government is trying to run interference by cleaning up the mess that was made or trying to scare Mulder and Scully off of the case.

In this story, Scully and Mulder were joined by two more FBI agents who were secretly moles for the head of the FBI to keep tabs on whether Mulder and Scully were likely to blow to the lid on any government ops that were either “off the record” or “still in development”.

One of the witnesses to these murders was an older lady who carried around a can of neon orange spray paint to “tag the goblins”. Since this case takes place in small town USA, the sheriff thinks she’s a crazy drunk. I liked how the author not only made her a likable character, but also had the town doctor defend her honor by explaining why she spent so much time in the local tavern.

Overall, I liked this story. It read like an episode, but in book form. The characters were relatable and memorable, so if you’re already an X-Files fan this story is a great place to start with the novelizations. Even for new fans, Goblins is a great place to start on your X-Files adventure.

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Easter 2021 & Blog Update

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The past several months have been a struggle for me and my mental health. I am struggling with keeping everything update and even finding the motivation to read and write. So, I am going to go on hiatus until further notice.

I am hoping of course things will get better and I can fully return with well-thought out reviews.

Happy Easter and hope to see you guys soon!

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REVIEW: I Am Groot (I Am Groot #1-5) by Christopher Hastings

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*No Major Spoilers*

Groot is back – smaller and better than ever! When the Guardians of the Galaxy get caught in a wormhole, a pint-sized Groot finds himself out on his own, billions of light-years away from his team, on an entirely alien and unknown world full of strange creatures and societies. Seriously underdeveloped and with nobody who can understand him, Groot will need to make the journey to the center of this world if he is to find the way back to his family!