February Club Notes

I am currently reading The Last Exile by E.V. Seymour

"After acting on false intelligence, officer Paul Tallis shoots a suspected terrorist in a Birmingham shopping centre. Suspended from his job, his career is over. A year later, Tallis is approached by a shadowy figure working for MI5. The offer is simple – unearth four illegal immigrants accidentally released from prison and hand them over to the authorities. The plan runs like clockwork, until Tallis makes an ugly discovery.

Now it’s down to Tallis to unravel the complicated game he has become a pawn in – and make sure he reaches the last exile before anyone else…"

I am to the point of him searching for the 3rd exile.  Tallis’s personal life is a mess as well.  He has an older brother that was favored all the time by their dad growing up.  He had an affair with his brother’s wife so he isn’t on speaking terms with his brother or father but he is still the favorite of his mother.  His Dad is slowly dying of cancer—I got the impression he would be on the UK version of Hospice IF the stubborn old man would allow it.

Otherwise my reading consists of toddler books…lots of Doc McStuffins, Paw Patrol, Corduroy, Mickey Mouse etc.

I've been reading one of my favorite authors C.J. Box. The main character is Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden who ends up getting involved in solving murders and other bad stuff.  They are great stories, not grossly violent, lots of human interest and family relationships.  I want to see several movies like Brooklyn and Hail Caesar! (Coen Brothers) but have only seen the film Youth at The Ross, which was quite good. It had Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda in it; about a musician/conductor (Caine) and movie producer (Keitel) and actress (Fonda) all growing older.  Jane Fonda seems to be acting again--which is nice to see!  I saw my first episodes of Frankie and Grace (not sure if that's the right title), a Netflix series with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and the other famous guy--can't think of his name. Very interesting and funny show about two married couples; the husbands turn out to be gay and have been in love for the past 20 years.  A good premise for lots of complex interactions!  

Recent movies—“Hateful Eight” (vintage Quentin Tarantino—very bloody, thought-provoking, and long).  “Ride Along 2” (funny, light entertainment).  “The Revenant”  (very interested to hear others’ thoughts as my husband and I thought this movie really draaaagged and required a lot of suspension of disbelief; beautiful Canadian and Argentinian scenery).  "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" (entertaining in a campy sort of way).