Sweet relief! The pain is practically under control now so resting is actually resting and recouping of much needed energy. Along with catching up on a goodly amount of sleep each night, I have also been treating myself to watching interesting television, movie watching, and book reading. Yesterday was a day of Swedish drama and biopic/movie day. Today has seen me reaching the end of The Cuckoo’s Calling.
I don’t know why I settled on the Swedish set of movie and drama to watch yesterday, but I am SO glad I did. The first piece I watched was a movie called Everylasting Moments. It was set at the turn of the 2oth Century with a woman named Maria Larsson who had won a camera in a lottery and went on to become a photographer. She was not “famous” in world standards, but within the drama of her everyday life she is truly a remarkable person. The drama of having a womanizing, alcoholic husband and seven children, one of which develops polio, was heartbreaking and genuine in the way it was told and acted. Maria Larsson’s one genuine friend was Piff Paff Puff Pedersen, another photographer and mentor. There could have been more between them, Pedersen and Larsson, but it didn’t. It was bittersweet and beautiful.
After watching the movie I went roaming in the Amazon Prime section and came across another Swedish drama series called Maria Wern starring Eva Rose. This is a crime series with the most stunning female figure I have seen in quite a while. Not only is Detective Maria Wren beautiful, intelligent, gutsy, sometimes vulnerable, and still grieving over her dead husband, who was also a policeman. In the episode “The Speechless Gods”, Maria and her team must find a killer who is sacrificing animals and people to the ancient Norse gods. Before everything is said and done, Maria’s daughter is almost kidnapped by the killer, rescued, and then Maria’s boss is knifed and abducted for the final sacrifice! There is a wonderful blending of action, drama, real acting, and intriguing story that kept me rapt for the entire show.
Maria Wern is in Swedish with English subtitles.
Today was the day The Cuckoo’s Calling was finished. I am sad to see it come to an end. The clues were there. The character development and growth were very much there. The action kept me reading and wanting to know more. Cormoran Strike is a character that will be famous as Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple! He is the perfect detective for the modern age with hints at having grown up in a different era and yet living and thriving in the modern world. I want MORE! According to Barnes & Noble, the next Cormoran Strike novel will be out June 19th this year! It is called The Silkworm.
Robert Galbraith, a.k.a. J.K. Rowling, is wonderful with her story-telling, world building, and pulling us into the lives of her characters until they become friends. One of the most interesting and pleasant characters in Strike’s world is his exuberant secretary Robin. She is every-woman who has ever wanted some excitement in her everyday life and finds it in working for her private investigator, Strike. Although Strike doesn’t want Robin to be his friend she is, and I believe there could be more later on. Discovering whether there is more between them will be a wonderful adventure in itself. There is just one problem: Robin has a fiancé, Matthew. Matthew is not pleased with Robin’s working for Strike, but tells her “Do what you want?” He is an accountant and doesn’t see why adventure is so important to Robin, and he also doesn’t believe Strike is any sort of an upstanding person. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it! I would give it a solid five out of five stars.