Television: The Movies

Mpepper/ October 29, 2020/ Reviews

This is a 2019 documentary miniseries from CNN that my husband and I watched via streaming. Rather than watch them in the order that Wikipedia lists, the streaming service (I can’t remember which one it was on now) had them in chronological order by era/decade. So we started with the “Golden Age” and moved to the 2000s. I’m not sure

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Books: Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

Mpepper/ October 4, 2020/ Reviews

Like a lot of people from a certain Internet era, I used to read the Hyperbole and a Half site all the time. So I was primed to enjoy this book from the start. Then again, I didn’t actually enjoy the Hyperbole and a Half book all that much, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one. The

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Movies: Enola Holmes

Mpepper/ September 27, 2020/ Reviews

This was cute. That’s kind of the only word I can come up with to describe it. We watched it for family movie night, and everyone enjoyed it (my 12yo daughter most of all). Based on the first in a series of novels by Nancy Springer, the film features Millie Bobby Brown as the titular Enola, younger sister to Mycroft

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Movies: Mulan (2020)

Mpepper/ September 5, 2020/ Reviews

So this was… okay, I guess. I don’t know what I was expecting. Maybe something epic. It wasn’t that. It was just kinda fine. It starts well enough, with a young Mulan showing off her chi as she chases a chicken through her village. Here is a girl with the energy, power, and abilities that have been traditionally reserved for

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Books: Classroom of the Elite (Light Novels 1-5)

Mpepper/ August 27, 2020/ Reviews

Ayanokouji is a first-year student at a government-run high school in Tokyo. His strangely deadpan expression leads others to believe he is morose, stupid, or maybe just sleepy. But it actually conceals a devious mind. Students at this school are divided into four classrooms, A through D. Ayanokouji is in Class D, known colloquially as “defective.” That’s because the school

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Television: Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Mpepper/ August 22, 2020/ Reviews

If you need something lighthearted to keep you from falling apart right now, this is the show for you. Based, as I understand it, on a Japanese comic strip, this is the story of Sakura Chiyo, a high schooler with a crush on the oblivious Nozaki Umetarou. (Note: I’m putting the characters’ names in Japanese order of surname first, given

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Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) Series I & II

Mpepper/ August 4, 2020/ Reviews

So let’s be 100% clear from the start. I have not read any of the manga. I have only watched the first two series. The first is from 2008-2009, the second from 2010. I hope to find and watch Book of Circus, Book of Murder, and Book of the Atlantic. And of course I’d really love to read the manga.

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Movies: Palm Springs

Mpepper/ July 25, 2020/ Reviews

This… was part Groundhog Day, part Hangover, and pretty much all stupid. So if you like that kind of thing… Andy Samberg stars as Nyles, a man who has been living the same day repeatedly for longer than he can remember. That day includes the wedding of his girlfriend’s bf Tala, an event Nyles isn’t terribly interested in, maybe because

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Books: Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry

Mpepper/ July 20, 2020/ Reviews

Richard Lloyd Parry is a foreign news correspondent in Tokyo, and this book is comprised of numerous interviews with survivors of the March 11, 2011 tsunami that hit the Tohoku region of Japan. I only heard about this book from a YouTuber of all things (Chris Broad of the Abroad in Japan channel). But I have a dear friend who

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Books: Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch

Mpepper/ July 4, 2020/ Reviews

It might be best (it usually is) to start at the beginning. Lies Sleeping is the seventh in the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series of books. I previously reviewed a number of the earlier books on my spooklights site, but I’ll give a small recap here, too. Peter Grant is a police constable in modern-day London. But he has an

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