All of these books were excellent!
X - Ilyasah Shabazz (audiobook)
Really good 'memoir', written by Malcom X's daughter. It is classified as fiction, but I felt like I learned a lot about his early life. I listened to this around the time/just after the (multiple) incidents with police and African-American deaths, and it was so sad. How have things not changed at all?
I should watch one of the movies about Malcom X.
Pratchett does not disappoint - see Good Omens for reference. Funny, educational (the guy who cleaned up the London sewers appears) and meta - what more could a person want? A young tosher named Dodger gets mixed up with a different class of people (Charles Dickens, Disraeli, Angela Burdett-Coutts) after rescuing a young lady. Much happens, including a run in with Sweeney Todd and maybe love. It's not Dodger from the Dickens book, but maybe how Dodger developed? I love that this was paired with Great Expectations.
Must watch the Sweeney Todd musical movie.
Must listen to Great Expectations, and then watch the movie.
This was certainly different, but might be a better way to 'read' poems. Sort of a Canterbury Tales, each poem is a biography of a person from Harlem, read by different readers. Each is short, and unique, and wonderful. I tried to just listen to one or two at a time, and then come back. I definitely felt the 'feel' of Harlem.
While it took a while for me to get into this one, I persevered having read and enjoyed Moriarty books before. There are two worlds, which have to be developed and set up with characters and back stories which was took a while. One in London and the other the kingdom of Cello. Once the two worlds connected however, I was hooked. I loved the references to Newton and science a lot, and the characters of Madeline and Elliot, although young adult, where very real, and facing tough decisions.
I was a tad disappointed to discover it's part of a trilogy and that I couldn't get the second, The Cracks in the Kingdom on audiobook. However, I would read the next one definitely as the last chapter or two had a lot of new information, and makes the reader want to find out what happens!
A little play acted out by the Los Angeles Theatre Works which had a Important of Being Ernest vibe to it. (The LATW will show up again with a wonderful version of In the Heat of the Night). Set in the late 1800s, focusing on explorers and anthropologists in London and a feisty woman trying to gain entrance in the Explorer's Club. There are misunderstandings, word play, and plenty of 'there, there, deary' misogyny/British Empire dismissals. Silly boys.