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I love a good series, especially ones with character arcs.  That said, it's almost unfair to compare the next two books.

After the snarkworthy Emerald Eye of the Tsar series, the possibility of a better read with the newest Bruno book, The Templar's Last Secret, made my day.  I like Martin Walker's series.  He does a great job of teaching you a little history within a modern framework.  The Bruno series has flirted with a lot of France's dark past.  Walker builds intricate plots that his hero, Bruno, sleepwalks through.  Bruno is a nice guy.  End of characterization.  Oh, supposedly he feels pain at the loss of the Great Love in his Life, but you get told this, instead of feeling any of his lovesickness.  Women love Bruno; Bruno loves women; he also loves to cook and is wildly popular.  Plot-driven stories aren't my favorites, but I'll still request the next book in the series from the library.  I just wish they didn't all have the same feel to them, no matter what the plot.

Hooray for Libraries!  Just as I turned old Bruno back in, I got a notice that the newest Longmire mystery, The Western Star, was waiting for me.  Just fell back in love with reading.  Johnson can really write characters.  Old Walt Longmire has actual pain and flaws and interactions with other characters who feel real.  Plus, Johnson can write and plot and, well, he's damn near perfect after all the crap I've been trying to read the last several months.  I tried limiting myself to how much I got to read each time I opened the book to make it last a little bit longer.  It worked.  Sorta.  Instead of four comfy sessions, it was two reasonable ones and one "leave me alone until the book's finished or I'll bite your head off."  Yeah, that kind of read.  Darn Johnson pulled a cliffhanger on me that kept me awake last night. 

Netflix has us in the midst of three series.  Well, two, since I'm hanging onto S2 of Borgin until we can watch it all in a go.  We're halfway through both S2 of The Expanse and Arn, Knight Templar (no relation whatsoever to the Bruno book).  The Expanse has really improved.  The look was always beautiful, but the acting?  Eh.  This season, the characters all work.  Arn was a surprise.  Most medieval movies suck so badly.  Arn looks great most of the time, the power of the Church makes sense, and it charges through its plot without spoonfeeding the audience.  If you don't know anything about the late twelfth century, you'll miss a lot of the plot and have to settle for glorious shots of Oltramare and Norway.

Real life has been all about canning.  Yeah.  Exciting.


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