Then and Now #12 (10/11 - 10/17)
What a week! I was still recovering from my rather intense cold for most of this week, which means it was a week of following classes online rather than in person. Even though I did plenty of self-tests to know it wasn't COVID it still felt better to stay at home and not spread the cold around my classrooms. This sadly also meant I missed my Tai Chi lesson, but I was able to attend a practice session today to catch up!
I also started a new student assistantship this week, working with one of my lecturers in Leiden on an upcoming book he is editing. I'm mainly checking this like footnotes and creation bibliographies, but thankfully I'm a big proofreading/editing fan, so it's actually been kind of fun. But then on top of that I wasn't feeling 100% and had a major presentation to prerecord for Friday, so it was A LOT. Hence, I've hardly posted anything this week, but I hope to do better next week.
What I posted:
I was wracking my brain for recommendations but since I've not really done anything except work and cough, I don't really think I have anything... That's quite sad, isn't it.
I THOUGHT OF SOMETHING! How could I possibly forget that this week graced us with the return of the one, the only, Adele!
Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire (Machmillan-Tor/Forge; 1/4/2022)
There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again.
It isn't as friendly as Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children.
And it isn't as safe.
When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her "Home for Wayward Children," she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn’t save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different , Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.
She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming...
I absolutely loved the sound of this and heard some great praise for McGuire's Wayward Children series, so this is my jumping on the bandwagon. Now I just need to read the previous 6 (!) books ... gulp!
Guillermo del Toro: The Iconic Filmmaker and his Work by Ian Nathan (Quarto Publishing - White Lion; 11/9/2021)
Widely regarded as one of the Guillermo del Toro has built up a body of work that has enthralled movie fans with its
In this book, acclaimed author Ian Nathan charts the progression of a career that has produced some of contemporary cinema’s most revered scenes and idiosyncratic characters. This detailed examination looks at how the strands of del Toro’s career have woven together to create one of , the book starts by examining his beginnings in Mexico, the creative but isolated child surrounded by ornate catholicism and monster magazines, filming stop motion battles between his toys on a Super-8 film camera.
It follows him to film school, where we learn of his influences, from Kafka to Bunuel, and explores his 1993 debut , the independent horror debut which draws on the and which would recur throughout del Toro's work.
As I mentioned in my review for Mrs Caliban, I adore del Toro's films so of course I had to get into this book ASAP. I'm really enjoying this deepdive so far and its beautifully laid out as well.
The Widow by K.L. Slater (Bookouture; 11/12/2021)
The Illustrated Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth (Icon Books; 11/4/2021)
I really enjoyed the Eymologicon when I first read it because I love finding out the links between words, why we use them, where they come from, how they have changed in meaning. And this illustrated version is absolutely lovely!
So that's me! Hopefully work and university will give me a little bit more time to actually get some reading done this week. How are things over at your end of the blogosphere?