What I’ve been Reading and Listening to – May 15th-21st

Following on from the idea I had last Sunday, here is what I’ve been reading and listening to over the past week.

What I’ve been reading – Sword of God by Chris Kuzneski

Sword of God

This is one of my Free Books finds, and the third of Kuzneski’s books for me. They’re very much in a Dan Brown vein (and I don’t mean that in a pejorative way, I love me some Dan Brown!), expert characters travelling the world to solve mysterious mysteries going back centuries. Kuzneski’s main characters give his books a slightly different twist, they’re two former elite soldiers, so there’s a bit more violence and gore (especially in this book) than in Brown’s novels. I’m still going very slowly with this book (Goodreads now tells me I’m 8 books behind my target, if I want to reach 100 books this year, eek!), I’m 120 pages in after having started it on Monday – which is just shocking for my standards. I’m still having trouble sitting down and focusing on reading. I’m still at a point in the book where I’m trying to figure out how everything’s connected – the protagonists are in South Korea, but there are also other characters in Saudi Arabia on a seemingly unrelated archaeological mission. I chose this out of the pile I’ve accumulated from the Free Books, because how easy the other two were to read; I found them gripping, and with all the cliffhangers at the end of chapters, I wanted to carry on reading to find out what happened next. Hopefully by next week I’ll be able to say that I’ve finished it!

What I’ve been listening to – The Bright Sessions

So, out of the pile of audio drama podcasts I’m subscribed to, this week I’ve mostly been listening to The Bright Sessions. Again, without giving too much away, the show’s description is ‘therapy for the strange and unusual’. Doctor Bright has a list of patients who have extraordinary abilities. There’s Sam, the time traveller; Caleb the empath who can feel other people’s emotions; Chloe the mind-reader; and Damien, who… Well, you’ll see. The episodes revolve around Doctor Bright’s therapy sessions with these young people, and their relationships with the world around them. Without being too spoilery, I’ve got to a very interesting point towards in season 2, which has made me appreciate the podcast on a whole other level – and that means I’ve been listening to it much more this week than I have done before. The Bright Sessions is on its third season, and I currently have 24 episodes to get through to catch up!

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