April 2022 Recap

What a weird month this has been. While April started with people just realising that the lockdown regulations have all but been forgotten and spring was sort of just starting, but 1 April for me started with snow coming in from no where. I can sort of remember wanting to go to work in shorts as that is somewhat allowed and being glad I didn’t. Have to say that being able to enjoy some sun of late has also done wonders for my sinus, I am obviously lying when I say that. Every time the seasons change I get massive blockages, head colds and just general “man flu” that I feel is worse than the version of Covid I had at the start of the year.

April also gave me a bit of a breather as I had a full five days of thanks to planning a official holiday day in with the two days I took of to go see Russel Howard in Rotterdam. April on the blog was, again, not that eventful. I guess it has partly to do with the changes coming to WP and the general lack of giving a shit about blogging if I do not feel like it. A partial success story for April atleast was that I managed to catch up with most of my book reviews. Also being able to finish a book I was struggling with for nearly three months helped push the slump I had into getting out of it. So I am happy. April saw me completing not one, but three buddy reads. One review will be coming up later this week if all works out and there is already another two buddy reads in the works three people, more on that tomorrow.

Lets see what you might have missed during this month that just flew past.

Reviews:

Rites of PassageRites of Passage – Mike Brooks

Rites of passage was a difficult one for me to review. Having a strong female lead in a Warhammer novel is not a bad thing. I am not a Warhammer elitist, nor do I want to come across as one. Rites of Passage is not run of the mill Bolter Porn action all the time. While the Lead has a strong personality that kinda comes with the territory, having her struggle internally with a bad hip due to age was a wise move. Being a bitch to every one beneath you just because that is seemingly what it seems or what we are lead to believe a strong female character is all about was less wise. I will always point to an older novel called Valkya the Bloody for reference as well as the Priests of Mars series to look at strong female characters, that did not even play that big a role within the main story, apart from Valkya, I mean it was a book about her becoming an emissary of Khorne. A recent read also had a good female written into the story, that happend to be the commander of Sangiunius’ ship in Fear to Tread. Forgetting to mention that in my review was a mistake I’d like to adres here and now at least.

Fear to TreadFear to Tread – James Swallow

The culprit behind my reading slump conquered, but not because it was a bad book, work just picked up and having zero to no energy when getting home did not help me progress through it at the quick pace Jenn did. The next Horus Heresy is yet another short story collection that I am getting a little bit weary of, wasn’t the book before Fear to Tread also an one?

Vampire Hunter DVampire Hunter D – Hideyuki Kikuchi

I have to say, Salty is still beaming because of how much he enjoyed this novel. He also banged out quite a good review in my opinion as well as help me take another novel of the ever stagnant Net Galley shelf.

sword of destinyThe Sword of Destiny – Andrzej Sapkowski

The second batch of short stories that was supposed to introduce us to the Witcher who goes monster hunting, yet plays back seat driver in his own series. Not a bad book, yet it felt inferior to the Last Wish.

Metal Mondays:

Fire Lake – Live to Forget
Nirvana – Something in the Way
Drudkh – Glare of 1768

Book Hauls:

Yeah I got quite a lot of books in as well as been trying out to use Instagram for my book hauls has seemed to worked. Happy that I got another ten books in the 40K Legends Collection. I have already prepared Milou with the fact that it might be 20 this coming month… Will see how that goes. I got books on three separate occasions and decided to just put it in one big haul post.

Amsterdaaaamn!

Blog Announcements:

The jig is up and the Sherlock watch along with Stooge has started, with our first posts going up next Sunday. While I have enjoyed doing the first post, I can see what Stooge meant with “what the hell did we sign ourselves up for?”. Its all just for fun though so we can make with it what we want right?

Sundays with Sherlock – A Matter of Shorts

Aaaand that was my April all  neatly brought together in one place. May will bring with it it’s own challenges, but I am looking forward to it.

Hope you have a good Sunday further.

15 thoughts on “April 2022 Recap

  1. April absolutely FLEW by. If I hadn’t journaled each week, I’d have sworn that April didn’t actually happen it went so quickly. Aye yi yi!

    And yeah, the Sherlock Watch is turning out to be WAY harder than I expected. I don’t think I’ll do any more buddy-watches after this. I am just not made to do movie reviews multiple times a month! So if you need to bail on the later episodes, no judgement from me on that.

    and 20!!!!!!! of the collectible books? Oh man, that is awesome!

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    1. Yeah 20 was no April Fools joke hehehe. The 20 in question will be the last 4 bundles of 5 that the Ebay seller has left. after that Its going to be a drag to complete the collection…

      I wont bail on you Stooge, reviewing episodes and movies is definitely not my style. I’ll leave that to the pro’s. Going to try keep my posts simple and to the point.

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      1. Glad to hear. While I’ve “scheduled” my sherlock posts, I would love to rewrite them as necessary. I couldn’t even come up with questions to ask you for the 2nd and 3rd episode though. That’s how tough the writing was going 😀

        But just email me the links if you get them scheduled ahead of time and I’ll add them to my posts.

        Oh, I added your Sher.jpg pix to the top of each of my posts so it’s obvious it’s a sherlock thing 😀

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      2. Nice😁. Didnt know you could do stuff like that. Been hard at work trying to stay awake while writing other posts, think i am calling it a day.

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      3. enjoy the rest of the day and get a good night’s sleep!

        and yeah, once you’ve scheduled a post, you can go back and edit it to your hearts content if you want.

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  2. Oh wow, what a coincidence seeing a WH40k novel here. I’m just starting Ultramarines #1 myself. I’ve sampled quite a few authors from the Black Library stable, but perhaps I’d try Mike Brooks next! Anyway, thanks for this post!

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    1. Hi Stuart, thanks for the comment. You will see a lot of WH posts on this here humble blog. Ive been sort of addicted to the books side for years now. The miniatures ive only just started dipping my toes into. If you want to have a laugh with Mike Brooks , check out his Brutal Kunnin and Gobbo’s revenge novels. From the orks perspective. I’ll be writing a review for Gobbo’s some time this week.

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  3. There was a few cold days in April. I got sick for a week. Glad that May is so much warmer.
    Those books look cool. I used to have a copy of one of the Vampire Hunter D books.

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    1. In The Netherlands one can never be too sure about what the day is going to be like, so i always am happy when the sun is out. Sucks that you were sick. Also the Vampire D book was it the novelization or the manga?

      Thank you for dropping by and sorry for this late reply.

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