My Week in Books, Movies, and TV 8/6/21

Another Olympics week means another week of no movies and very little regular TV. I love the Olympics. but I’m ready to get back to watching other things and going to bed at my normal time. My DVR is way too full with only a little more than a month before the new TV season starts. I’ve got work to do to get ready for the new season. Now, on to my week.


Another week without watching a movie. I did record Last of the Mohicans to watch at a later time. My wife loved that movie when it was first released. I will be interested to see if we still like it as much as we did then.


It was another week of watching the Olympics. It is nice to have random Olympic events on in the background during the day. I need that background noise and it is better than news or talk shows. I did manage to watch some regular TV over the week.

I just watched the latest episode of Ted Lasso this morning. It’s been a long time since I’ve loved a show as much as I love that one.

With our new Verizon FIOS plan, we now have Starz, Epix, and Showtime so I’ve watched a few episodes of the final season of Shameless. So far it is one of the few shows that did a good job of writing the pandemic into the storyline. I hope they let the Gallaghers end their time with at least the hope that things could get better.

We still watch Jeopardy every day. I think David Faber is doing a good job of hosting this week. I know people don’t like the new champion, but it is fun to watch someone win so much money.

Other random things I’ve watched when I needed a break from the Olympics – old Match Game episodes, Chopped, Impractical Jokers, Beat Bobby Flay, and Kim’s Convenience.


I finished two books this week:

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix – In horror movies, the final girl is the one left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back and defeated the killer. Lynette Tarkington is a real life final girl who survived a massacre 22 years ago. For more than a decade, she has been attending a support group with five other final girls and their therapist. One meeting, a member is missing and they later discover she has been murdered. Soon after, another’s halfway house is burned down and someone attempts to kill Lynne. Lynnette is sure these are all connected and someone is targeting the support group. Others think Lynnette might have lost her mind. While the book did drag at times, I enjoyed reading it. I like the idea of real life final girls forming a support group. It was action packed and threw a few surprises at the reader. It had a satisfying ending, but could also leave room for a sequel. I feel like there were a few things left open. I would recommend it even if you didn’t like his vampire book.

The Hollow Lands by Michael Moorcock – This is the second book in the Dancers at the End of time series. Jherek is back in his own time and still obsessively in love with Mrs. Amelia Underwood, who is back in her own time, Victorian England. While avoiding being captured by aliens who want to abduct him, Jharek stumbles on a way to get back to Mrs. Underwood, but all of this time travel could be dangerous and could propel him through time randomly. This is a very odd series, but very enjoyable. Nice, short books with action, humor, and romance. I need to track down the next book in the series.

On Deck

The Suicide Squad will be on HBO Max this weekend. I hope to watch it soon. Stargirl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine return this week. I’m sad that this is the last season for Nine-Nine. I love it. I’m sure we will watch Outer Banks season two if we remember it is available. I’m currently reading The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig.


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