Saturday, September 26, 2020

Final Weekend Push (and 'The Great British Bake Off' is Back!)

Eek and all that! We're down to just a handful of days for September, and our favorite goth month is taking over. And with that in mind, I'm doing a final weekend signal boost for the September e-book sale: Guardian Angel and Desmond and Garrick. Both e-books are 99 cents each till the end of September, and two new titles will replace them once October 1 rolls around. 

And along with that, of course, is a new release! I still need to put together a scheduled post for Automata, and with any luck I'll be able to do that sometime before Monday. Once that day comes around to bite me in the ass, it's going to be really hard getting back into the blogging swing of things. But in the meantime, another final weekend signal boost for the new(ish) release of the moment: The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory.

In other news, I'm so pleased to see The Great British Bake Off (or The Great British Baking Show in the US) back on Netflix for a new season. Yay, fun escapist stuff! I really dig the first episode, the addition of Matt Lucas to the host group (Sandi Toksvig left the show earlier this year, I learned) changing the dynamics slightly but still in a very good direction all the same. He's such a mellow, funny presence that I'm sure the show will do just fine despite the shadow of the pandemic dictating the way the series is being handled. 

I'm rather bummed that we're following the UK schedule in the sense that the series is still going on over there, which means no way of bingeing episodes unless I hold off till the bitter end, and the series is complete. I find that I can't do that because for this season, I'm absolutely loving everyone on the show. It's very much a far cry from last year, which I couldn't get myself to go past the third episode. 

If the series producers paid heed to complaints about last season being mean-spirited and depressingly homogeneous in its participants, it's paying dividends this time around. Now we have a more diverse group of contestants in terms of race and age. The idyllic atmosphere is back even with the drama of an accident that ruined two bakers' moods (and made me want to crawl into the screen and give each a massive hug). 

I really hope this keeps up for the rest of the season. Circumstances outside the tent have reshaped certain things, but the familiarity of the tent, the judges and hosts, and the challenges feel like coming home. I do miss Sandi's presence (she was absolutely hilarious in the previous seasons), but we're definitely in capable hands with Matt. I'm really looking forward to upcoming episodes.

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