Tami Parker Other Duties as Assigned

What are you loving right now?


Books, TV, movies, Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, board games, Escape Rooms … lay it on me. I want to know the things so good you’re glad to spend your precious free time on them. <3


I recently started the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire. I’m liking them a lot (and it’s one of her earliest series, so it’s a good place to get started, I think.) She’s a marvelous author and I can’t think of anything I’ve read by her that I wouldn’t recommend.


I’m working my way through the last season of the Great British Baking show on PBS. (I won’t bother with a description, I’m sure all of you except Faith are eager for me to stop gushing about this show. /wink )

Party Game

I also picked up a board game called Escape The Room: The Secret of Dr. Gravely’s Retreat. SO much fun, especially for smallish groups of 3-5. Granted, once you’ve played it, you know the secrets … but that just means I get to play hostess for other groups of friends and supply clues. =]


I really enjoyed Spiderman: Homecoming. I feel like the recent Marvel Universe movies have been spending more and more time in dark and gloomy places. S:H brightens the world up a little with his wit and banter and I could not have enjoyed that more. The overall storyline dovetails neatly into the Marvel Universe without disrupting or being required. I was very pleased, like finding a lovely novella by an author you love in a world you adore.

Your Turn!


  • Books: Just finished “Hillbilly Elegy”, a brilliant autobiography of a man from a hillbilly family who eventually put himself through Yale law school. Funny, well-written, and offers tons of insights into our current political situation.

    If you’re into horror, “The Girl With All the Gifts” is extremely good. I’d skip the movie; they turned an excellent book into a rather routine zombie flick. Better yet, read the short story that the book expanded: “Iphigenia in Aulis”. The short story was phenomenal. Tight, concise, shocking. The book added a lot of padding that rounded out the world — but also diluted the intensity of the original short story.

    And, as a classics lover, I adored the fact that this zombie story actually DID reflect the plot of Iphigenia in Aulis (a Greek tragedy).

    TV: I love Game of Thrones; it’s the only show I watch live-ish.

    Movies: I admit I haven’t seen any that really moved me. Last one I saw (The Big Sick) was okay. Funny at times, but very predictable. Fair warning: I despise rom coms and got dragged to this thing by family. People who actually like the genre might find this a great movie.

    Exercise: I’ve finally graduated from light sparring to full contact boxing! Blew a bunch of money this week on head and teeth guards, and boxing gloves. Freakish as it sounds, I adore boxing. It makes all the other, boring exercise seem worthwhile. Like running bores me to tears… until I remember that it builds the stamina I need for long rounds.

    • Jenny: I really liked Girl With All the Gifts — I was lucky enough to go in knowing nothing about it, so the zombie bit was a nice surprise for me. I’d definitely be interested in reading the original story — where did you find it? Online or in an anthology?

      • It’s in The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013, edited by Paula Guran. Prime Books. That’s a great collection to begin with, but “Iphigenia in Aulis” is definitely the star!

        I adored the little Classics touches. Like the title of the movie. “The girl with all the gifts” is a literal translation of the Greek name “Pandora.”

  • Ooh, my turn!

    I’m in the middle of Crosstalk (Connie Willis), which is wonderfully humorous and fun despite the hectic opening (it’s necessary, it’s kind of the point, but the CONSTANT interruptions of our protagonist were giving me a little bit of anxiety). Fortunately, once the plot gets going it settles down a little bit. I’d forgotten how much I liked Connie Willis books. Definitely need to read the Oxford Time Travel books again.

    TV: Have just started watching The Worst Witch on Netflix (which is apparently based on a book series, though I’d never heard of them). It’s a kids show, but very sweet. A sort of Harry Potter for girls. Tami, you’d probably like it a lot.

    Movies: Haven’t seen anything since Wonder Woman (!!!!), but I’m hoping to get in to see Atomic Blonde before it leaves theaters.

    Other: The serial fiction podcast I listen to is running a story right now in my favorite of the author’s universes. (It’s basically Magic Uni, plus rock band). Sooooo great.

Tami Parker Other Duties as Assigned