Humans – ITV

It was introduced to us via strange, creepy ads and has now reached its climax, its finale, with the promise of another series.

This new series is, to be honest, almost too like I, Robot but it does have its differences. It’s a Sci-Fi drama with hints of distopia as we venture into a world full of robot servants. However, some of these robots – “Synths” as they’re known – were created to feel emotions and pain the same way we do, which is where the problems all lie.

The main family is the Hawkins family, the mother and father of which are the favourite, yet controversial, lovers from Mr Selfridge: Amanda Abbington (who plays Miss Mardle) and Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr Grove). Once again, they work beautifully together and I thought it was genius bringing them together agian in a totally warped version of a period drama…with the “period” being in the future and all that.

The Hawkins family, despite Laura’s (the mum’s) objections, opt for one of these Synths and decide to call her Anita. Anita does as she says, makes breakfast, makes the parents somewhat redundant and unintentionally rubs in the daughter’s face that she has no career prospects etc. etc. but there’s something odd about Anita…she doesn’t behave like other Synths, nor does she “share” with other Synths and they can’t figure out why. As a viewer, you alreay know that Anita/Mia was ripped away from the family of sentient Synths and was resold with Mia essentially trapped inside Anita.

I’ll be honest, the first episode didn’t really thrill me, I wasn’t imediately hooked. I thought it was all a bit “yeah, we’ve done this before – robots have feelings and dreams and secrets and they’re going to take over the world blah blah blah” but I was wrong! Not totally wrong, I must admit, as it is a bit I, Robot-esque but that’s no reason to avoid it because it does eventually stray from that predictable path. There are actaully some real twists – both human and robotic. I actually can’t wait for the new series now.

Also, it has to be said, there’s quite a few well-known actors in it! I’ve already mentioned Amanda Abbington and Tom Goodman-Hill but there’s also the man who played Merlin. He doesn’t have the odd little neck scarf thing but he does have the same odd way of speaking. There are some more people that my mum recognised but I’m afraid I don’t know them at all. I honestly think this show would be good for most ages, unless they’re very young because there is some violence and brothel work amongst the PG content. There’s some light swearing but not in your face at all.

If you’ve seen it, please let me know what you think!

Happy watching,

Carenza x


The ABC Murders – Agatha Christie

If anybody read my previous Christie review of And The There Were None, then you know that this one will also be absolutely glowing!

As expected, The ABC Murders was not only gripping but intensely clever. Christie’s mind was a cave full to the brim with dastardly plots, I tell you. I think what I’ve found, though, is that she didn’t come up with many ways of killing people…just how to hide that you did it at all! Which, to be honest, is much more entertaining than some kind of extravagant method of murder – in my opinion anyway. So, this mysterious “ABC” has written a letter to the famous H. Poirot to inform him of a murder which is about to take place in Andover on a specific date. At first it is written off as a silly prank but then, on the selected date in the selected place, a Mrs. Alice A- (I would check the name but I lent the book to a friend) is murdered in her own shop! Suddenly, the letter doesn’t seem so silly. The only issue then is that they have no way of knowing where the next strike will be…Bath, Buxton, Belfast, Brighton…nobody knows but Mr. ABC himself. They will only know where to look once the next letter arrives.

As ever, this book is wonderfully written. Some of the more old-fashioned turns of phrase throw me a bit and I have to read them like two or three times but that’s okay, it’s not exactly a problem. It’s just a little difficult when all the words are basically backwards in comparison to how they would be written nowadays. It’s very Latin! Like, sometimes the adjective will come after the noun, and not just when Poirot is speaking! That would make much more sense.

If you like crime novels then Christie, the Queen of Crime, is the lady for you. Next on my reading list (whilst I’m on holiday in France) are The Orient Express, The Mystery of the Blue Train and, if I’m a really speedy book-worm, The Clocks. 

I may have to join an AAA meeting for Agatha Addicts Anonymous or something…it’s a true addiction, I just can’t get enough of them! As you’re reading this I’m probably in a French swimming pool or cafe where I will be reading more than my brain can take. Then, I’ll come home and get my A Level results and I’ll probably cry and get hammered and lose all possible reading ability…so, I better get reading while I still can and so should you! Oh, and prepare for lots of photies of France.

Happy reading and happy holidays, wherever you may be,

Carenza x

The Rabbit Back Literature Society – Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

Hello! Okay, so a while ago I wrote a kind of half review of a book I was in the midst of reading and in a more recent blog I realised I hadn’t done a full review so here we go…

And once again, I shall refer to the author as PJ because, sorry, but his name is excessive with umlauts.

Gorgeous cover!!

First of all, I absolutely loved this book. It’s so lovely and snowy and wac Gorgeous cover!!ky and magical. Ella, the infertile protagonist with lovely lips is a literature teacher who notices something crazy go down in a copy of Crime and Punishment. Following a hunch, she visits the Rabbit Back Library (her mothership) to investigate. What she finds isn’t pretty. The liquorice-obsessed librarian (a member of The Rabbit Back Literature Society) is burning books! Sacrilege!!

The founder of the Literature Society, the mysterious Laura White, gains even more mystery as the books goes on and, to be honest, I’m not entirely sure much was cleared up…I guess that’s part of the fun?

Anyway, Ella goes on this amazing, whirlwind adventure which is heartstoppingly gripping until the very end. Of course, being written by a Finnish author, it is somewhat bizarre in some (perhaps a lot) of scenes but I’m afraid you just have to get over it in some literature, it just has to be accepted.

I will say that the translation has slip up moments but they’re easy to pass by and ignore, especially if you’re used to reading translated texts. However, I must say that I was extremely impressed with the amount of beautiful poeticism in the narrative that wasn’t harmed due to the translation, it’s written so well! PJ really is a hidden, Finnish gem.

One more thing I will say (yes, this review is rather short, sorry about that) is that this book deals with some interesting social issues. Ella’s father, from the onset, is rather aloof and just likes to sit in the garden and have some very quiet, alone time. Clearly, he has some form of dementia that has caused his personality to fade away. We then get to see how Ella and her mother cope with this man – who is practically a stranger by this point – whilst mourning the father/husband they once knew. There is also another character who has basically decided to eat himself to death (slowly) because he finds life, and people, rather unbearable. And I can tell you, we see a little more of his person than I’d care to imagine but, once again, PJ did not spare any details.

So, if you’re looking to escape into some mystical land of ice and snow whilst being taken away by the hush-hush nature of The Rabbit Back Literature Society then I would very much recommend this book! It’s a book for book lovers, which I hope ‘all’ you who read this are!

Happy reading,

Carenza x