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Saturday, December 31, 2016

This Coming Week, I'll Mostly Be Enjoying

An absolutely superb serial on Netflix.

Set in the here and now, Travelers involves the ongoing fight of handpicked survivors from the future who are sent on a one-way journey back to the present day to alter certain occurrences. Their hope? To prevent a stellar catastrophe from setting off a chain of events that eventually ruin the earth and puts mankind on the brink of extinction.
With me so far?
The thing is, it’s not as easy as you might think.
For while there are other groups of travelers scattered across the planet – who can provide support should emergencies arise – each are intent upon their own missions. Additionally, our intrepid travelers arrive by taking control of the bodies of those recently deceased at the moment of death. Their consciousness is downloaded as it were, across spacetime, whereupon they adopt the lifestyles of their hosts…
In our case: an FBI agent – lucky guy; a single mother struggling to raise her baby whilst fending off the unwanted advances of an abusive father (who just so happens to be a cop); a young woman with special needs who is subject to welfare checks; a college boy prone to flout the rules; and finally, a heroin junkie.
Quite a mix, eh? And quite a story too, for Travelers is as slick and tightly woven together as it is powerfully poignant. You see, if our heroes succeed, then they risk their own lives, for the timeline from which they were sent might no longer exist.
If you haven’t seen Travelers yet, do make the effort. You’ll be glad you did.

American Gods

By: Neil Gaiman
I’m only three chapters in, and am enjoying this novel immensely.
(And from what I understand, this will soon be a major new TV series?)
I’m not surprised. It’s a marvelous dark fantasy that pulls you in the moment you start. Even better, I’m sure this is a character mentioned in “Trigger Warning” a short story collection by Gaiman I recently finished and reviewed on Amazon:

See my website for the review link

So I don’t give anything away, take a look at a the blurb:
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.
Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…

I think I’ll be on this for some time. I’ll let you know what I think as soon as I’m finished.

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