Horses, Life, A Touch of Geek

Energy Shortage

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The boys did nothing much last week. I had barely enough enthusiasm to run a brush over them and pick out their feet. Some days not even that. I hated myself for it, but couldn’t find the motivation.

At the time, I figured I was recuperating from being shaken up [Gratitude]. That was part of it. A greater part was the fact that I eat for shit when my chef is away. Without someone putting food in front of me, I forget to eat. No calories = no energy. Duh.

High maintenance and a hard keeper. Is it any wonder I am drawn to Thoroughbreds?

Gratuitous Books

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If you are here for the horses, move along, nothing to see here. If you are here for the Touch of Geek, continue.

While I was sitting about last week, I treated myself to a Kindle-fest. I have long been a fan of the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. Also, of note are the audio versions read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith.

Feeling pitiful, I splurged on the companion comic/graphic novel series Rivers of London: Body Work. The color is glorious. The drawing superb. The plotlines rely on wit rather than violent punching scenes. The female characters are good-looking (as are the male) but they are human-shaped & adequately covered. (For a fascinating take on the female form in cover art, and by extension in comics, see the Cover Posing series by Jim Hines.)

In his blog, Aaronvitch mentions The Chronicles of St Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor. I downloaded the free sample. We have a winner! The only thing better than find a good book to read is finding a good book to read that is the first in a series of six, with a seventh coming out in May.

These are not deep literature. I don’t read deep. They are amusingly clever. Something the Brits do well. Both books are in the urban fantasy genre, i.e. magic is alive & well and living among us. Rivers is also crime drama; St. Mary’s is historical time travel.

If you have not read these, enjoy. If you have, what can you recommend for me?

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