The Secret Commonwealth ★★★★½

The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth
Philip Pullman


Genre(s) | Fantasy, Young Adult
Goodreads Rating | 4.32
Humpo Show Rating | 4.5
Published: 2019
Publisher: Penguin and David Fickling Books

The Secret Commonwealth review

Several years after the events in The Amber Spyglass, and twenty years after what happened in La Belle Sauvage, Pullman has crafted another fascinating story about Lyra, Dust and the magical elements of the world that she inhabits. The Secret Commonwealth is the second installment in the second trilogy called The Book of Dust, and it follows a twenty-year-old Lyra, Patalaimon and Malcolm as they embark on their separate journeys that take them from Oxford to Asia. At the heart of their journeys and all the other events is…roses. Continue reading

Maigret Sets a Trap ★★★☆☆

Maigret Sets a Trap
Georges Simenon


Genre(s) | Mystery, Crime
Goodreads Rating | 3.9
Humpo Show Rating | 3.25
Published: 1955 (my edition was 2016)
Publisher: Penguin Classics

Maigret Sets a Trap

A serial killer has murdered five women in successive months in the Montmartre area of Paris without anyone witnessing the murders. The police have no leads, and Maigret worries there will be another, and soon, if he doesn’t do something. He must find a way to second guess what the killer does next and quickly. Continue reading

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle ★★★★½

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Stuart Turton


Genre(s) | Mystery, Thriller
Goodreads Rating | 3.93
Humpo Show Rating | 4.5
Published: 2018
Publisher: Raven Books

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle review

Evelyn Hardcastle is going to die and Aiden Bishop will have to identify her killer by 11 p.m. the same night in order to gain his freedom from Blackheath. That is the premise for this original and atmospheric mystery that grips you from the first chapter. Continue reading

Ad Astra ★★★☆☆

Ad Astra
IMDb Rating | 7.1
Humpo Show Rating | 6.5
Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, 
Director: James Gray
Plot Summary: Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe. (IMDb)

Ad Astra

Thirty years ago, Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) led a voyage into deep space, but the ship and crew were never heard from again. Now his son (Brad Pitt) must embark on a daring mission to Neptune to uncover the truth about his missing father and a mysterious power surge that threatens the stability of the universe. Continue reading

The Chosen One ★★★½

The Chosen One
Sam Bourne


Genre(s) | Thriller, Mystery
Goodreads Rating | 3.7
Humpo Show Rating | 3.5
Published: 2010
Publisher: Harper

The Chosen One Sam Bourne

Newly-elected US President Stephen Baker hopes to shape the United States and the world with his progressive politics, but when a series of scandalous revelations come to light, his presidency looks set to be one the shortest in history. He enlists his trusted advisor and friend Maggie Costello, to find out the source of these ‘revelations’ and to help stop any more damage to his presidency. Continue reading

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ★★★½

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
IMDb Rating | 8.1
Humpo Show Rating | 7.0
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, 
Director: Quentin Tarantino 
Plot Summary: A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. (IMDb)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino cleverly blends fact and fiction into his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing for TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long-time stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Continue reading