books, sport - pro

Playing for Pizza by John Grisham

Not great.

I hate concussion ball. That didn’t help.

Playing for Pizza is a short novel by John Grisham (2007).

… about an itinerant American football player who can no longer get work in the National Football League and whose agent, as a last resort, signs a deal for him to play for the Parma Panthers, in Parma, Italy. …

I did like reading about the food and wine. 😀

The Parma Panthers are an actual American Football team. In fact, they won the IFL championship in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

humour, TV

Flowers – season 1

The Guardian praised the series and called it “a gloriously dark sitcom about depression and rage“.

It’s DARK. Very dark.

With very smart and original dialogue. Funny.


Sometimes hard to watch.

Flowers is a British black comedydrama sitcom

… the Flowers family, consisting of depressed father and children’s author Maurice (Barratt); music teacher wife Deborah (Colman), their 25-year-old twin children: inventor son Donald (Daniel Rigby) and musician daughter Amy (Sophia Di Martino); Maurice’s senile mother Hattie (Leila Hoffman); and Maurice’s Japanese illustrator Shun (Sharpe). …

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Here’s a review with spoilers.

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Pretty Things by Janelle Brown

Two wildly different women—one a grifter, the other an heiress—are brought together by the scam of a lifetime.

Good book. Fascinating plot.

2020 technologies like Instagram, GPS and digital video cameras critical to the story.

Recommended — though it is too long. Rather than telling the same incident from two different perspectives, more skillful would have been to briefly REACT from the other person’s point of view.


Best ways to get Audio Books 2021

FREE from your public library is best for sure.

I use the IOS Libby app, though there are others that are similar.

I’m with Calgary Public Library quite happy with the selection. I can get almost any book I want — though sometimes I’m on the waiting list for a couple of months.

I gave my library a big donation in 2020 as I was using the service more than ever. by Amazon is the market leader.

I’ve bought hundreds of books over the years. They have a better selection than my library and there’s no waiting.

That said — I’m thinking of cancelling Audible next time round. Prices have never gone down and they’ve not innovated much in all the years I’ve been paying my subscription.

IF dying to get an audiobook right away in future, I’ll simply buy it.

I tried Scribd. Didn’t like it enough.

MIGHT try, another Audible competitor. But it’s the same price, same benefits, so I’ll probably cancel after my free trial. AND I hear unused credits expire in only three months. No go.

A beginner’s guide to listening to audiobooks


Butterfly Kills by Brenda Chapman

2nd in the series featuring Kala Stonechild, an intriguing First Nations woman and police detective.

One hot week in late September, university student Leah Sampson is murdered in her apartment. In another corner of the city, Della Munroe is raped by her husband.

At first the crimes appear unrelated, but as Sergeant Rouleau and his new team of officers dig into the women’s pasts, they discover unsettling coincidences. …

Quite good. An interesting plot.

I’ll continue with book #3.

books, movies

Michael Koryta – Never Far Away

Nina Morgan’s blood-stained car was found a decade ago on a lonely Florida road. Forensic evidence suggested she’d been murdered, although her body was never found.

Her disappearance left her infant children to the care of their father.

Once a pilot, mother, wife, and witness to a gruesome crime, Nina had to flee her old life to save her family.

She reinvented herself as Leah Trenton, a guide in the Allagash Wilderness in northern Maine.

She never expected to see her children again, but now tragedy has returned them to her—only they have no idea that she’s their mother—and delivered all of them back into danger. “Aunt Leah” will need some help, and an old ally has a suggestion: an enigmatic young hitman named Dax Blackwell.

Koryta is one of my favourite authors. This 2021 book is one of his best.

Most impressive are his villains. Dax Blackwell is fascinating.

Koryta’s “Those Who Wish Me Dead” should be released in film in 2021.

Rights to “Never Far Away” have also been acquired.

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