Sunday Salon – 24 June

A lovely sunny week and quite a bit of reading done; but first, other stuff…..

We visited the Cinema Museum , based in what used to be a part of the Lambeth Workhouse, whose most famous inhabitant was a young Charlie Chaplin. It’s a fascinating place full of artificers from the history of cinema – the buildings and the experience rather than the movies themselves. It’s under threat at the moment as the building it leases has been sold and although they are talking about the future with the new owners they need a lot of support.

But you probably want the all-important stats, so…….

Books read:

  • The Summer Children by Dot Hutchinson – the third in the Collector trilogy (as was – I believe there is going to be a fourth published next year). I’ve really enjoyed all three books and can recommend if you are in the market for serial killers with a touch of creepiness.
  • The Abbess of Crewe by Muriel Spark – the latest in the reading challenge and one of my absolute favourites, this is basically Watergate in a convent. Read in a single sitting while suffering from insomnia.

Books bought:

I’ve behaved a little bit better this week 😀

  • After the Party by Cressida Connolly – set in the thirties, this is “powerful, poignant, and exquisitely observed, After the Party is an illuminating portrait of a dark period of British history which we are yet to fully acknowledge.”
  • The Church of Accelerated Redemption – “Aliette de Bodard, winner of the Nebula, Locus and BSFA Awards, teams up with BSFA Award-winner Gareth L. Powell to present an uplifting short story of machines and humans, of intense emotions and cutting-age technology” A short story to sneak in between longer reads 🙂
  • The Synapse Sequence by Daniel Godfrey – “In a future London, humans are watched over by AIs and served by bots. But now that justice and jobs are meted out by algorithm, inequality blooms, and protest is brutally silenced.”

Currently reading:

  • The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers“When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The ship, which has seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.” I’m reading this several centuries after almost everyone else but I always knew I would get there; after all, hyperspace tunnels!

Out and about a lot this coming week but hope to continue my reading streak. Have a good one!


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