Call Numbers: The Not So Quiet Life of Librarians by Syntell Smith

Call Numbers: The Not So Quiet Life of Librarians (Book 1)
by: Syntell Smith

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Life is a book… and every person is a chapter.

Everything’s looking up for Robin Walker. It’s 1994 in New York City, and he’s been transferred downtown to the 58th Street Branch Library. Ready to move up the ladder, Robin is excited about the opportunities that await him.

But success, personal or professional, is as elusive as a first-edition rare book. Robin struggles with his strange new work environment as this motley crew of employees generates more drama than a runaway bestseller. He doesn’t know who to believe – or who to let in. And as potential romance mingles with devious machinations, there’s no telling where Robin’s story will go. All he knows is that he must see it through to the very last page. – Goodreads

*Received in exchange for honest review*

Call Numbers definitely has a good setting. Libraries don’t seem to be used enough as a central location where events go down. There probably are other titles but I haven’t read them before. Its also a novel that reminds the readers that any location with people is a place for drama and some level of office politics. In this case, this story starts off with a new part-time clerk, Robin joining this library with their own tight-knit group of employees who reject his presence because it has hindered one of their owns future there due to their situation. As he tries to adapt to the new environment and be accepted, this group proves to have their own agenda to challenge him constantly.

Call Numbers is separated into different groups of characters and each side of the story jumping through each of these characters. There’s a lot of characters. While its not exactly hard to follow once all their personalities and plots are straightened out, its quite an information overload situation at the beginning of the book to know each of their names and their alliances and where they stand in the spectrum of this person and then what their own personal challenges are. Having more characters gives a good foundation to have more paths to take in the future of the story and fills up the book but then, it has the downfall of being hard to get into at the beginning as it can get a tad confusing to follow. Although, once the characters are more familiar, its quite an interesting group of characters to read, at least the majority of them, of course, the focal point being Robin and the two managing this library branch, Sonyai and Augustus.

Suffice to say that the characters are the star of this novel and they are quite plentiful as mentioned before. The issues they go through are real enough to understand their different situations. However, if there was something that did bother me a little more is the whole set up for a cliffhanger endings. Its rather a personal preference that books are standalone even in a series and not leaving it hanging in some dire situation to continue to read about in the next novel. It definitely affected my score a little.

Score: 3.5 out of 5

What’s Up 2020: Week 25

Bonne Saint-Jean to my fellow Quebecers (if there’s anyone reading this from Quebec)!

Almost halfway through the year everyone as we hit Week 25 and summer is finally here. The tail end of this week left us in extreme heat wave so I spent a lot of time sitting in or by the pool to cool down than sitting in my partially air-conditioned home. Plus, the Summer Game Fest started off over the last two weeks and it took us a little by surprise so had to clear out some schedule to do some coverage over at Game Warp.  Let’s see how it all went down!

READING

call numbers

Currently reading: Call Numbers: The Not-So-Quiet Life of Librarians

Sitting by the pool and reading is one of those things that I truly enjoy doing during the evening so I finally moved forward with Call Numbers. I’m about at the 25% mark (maybe a little over) and I need to get more time to read some more but its been an interesting read as its about the dynamics of these characters working at this library.

PLAYING

steam game festival

Summer Game Fest bought along the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition which was a pile (more like a mountain) of free demos to try out on upcoming or released games. It was more games than I could keep track of so I just sat down and downloaded the demos that looked like it would be my cup of tea and took a chance on it.

  • The Almost Gone
  • Moncage
  • Ami
  • Arrog
  • A Juggler’s Tale
  • Backbone: Prologue
  • Unbound: Worlds Apart
  • Slender Threads
  • Under
  • Genesis Noir

With that said, the first 5 demos in the list have already had a First Impressions post go up on Game Warp that you can check out HERE.

I’m working on the last 5 as a second batch so that should come out soon.

WATCHING

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  • The Social Network (2010)
  • Jack Frost (1997, Review)

Much to my awesome co-host’s credit and the latest season recordings for Movies and Tea, I finally got around to watching The Social Network. Biopics aren’t usually my go-to genre but this one is pretty good. Its the obvious standout of the week as I can’t say the same for the other movie I saw which was more of a B-horror comedy that I wasn’t overly enthusiastic with but then did have some fun. Still, in terms of biopics, The Social Network does do a good job especially with its characters and how its executed. I won’t say too much and leave it for you all to listen when the podcast eventually comes out (but we’re way ahead with recording so it might be a little while).

BINGING

me to us

  • Me To Us (Season 1, 2020)
  • Floor is Lava (Season 1, 2020) Review

Currently binging: Produce Camp 2020, Wonderful Little Forest, You Are My Destiny, Mr. Fox and Miss Rose, Woof Meow Story, Rap Star, Viva La Romance 4, Go Fridge 6, Yes I Do 2

It seems spring/summer season for variety shows and whatnot are all clashing together with content. I’ve been caught up on a bunch of Tencent TV series and then watching a lot of variety shows from Mango TV.  A few new things started up like Viva La Romance Season 4, the first season of Rap Star which is a contest for hip hop music and Wonderful Little Forest which is a show about taking a bunch of young kids on littler adventures to learn about nature.

The highlight for this week goes to the wrap-up of Me To Us which is a show about putting together bands and crowning a band to promote. The structure of the contest and how it puts together the voting system of both industry experts and public audience is a nice one that I’m going to probably do a TV binge post on it.  The first season crowned the band that I liked the most throughout the whole show (and the video above is one of their performances, not the final one since that’s not up yet) plus it has my all-time fave Nicholas Tse as one of the mentors. I’m really hoping that this show gets a second season. Bands have a fairly limited audience in the Chinese music landscape as boy groups and girl groups keep having these competitions, which are good but bands are such a different style and if they do, hopefully retaining the three mentors in this season.

That’s it for this week’s recap!
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?

 

What’s Up 2020: Week 24

Welcome back to another week of What’s Up 2020 as we look back at last week. In terms of entertainment, I’m definitely doing a lot more of everything. My time management does leave a little bit to desire though as a lot of things sitting in the to-do list. The next two weeks is something of a crunch time at work, its only going to slow down from this point until July. Before we get ahead of ourselves, lets check out what’s up!

READING

call numbers

Currently reading: Call Numbers: The Not So Quiet Life of a Librarian

I’m going to flat out say that I did some massive push on reading the last 2 weeks so I didn’t get around to much reading this week. I might have advanced a chapter or something. Not enough to say anything too significant at this point.

PLAYING

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  • Hidden Folks: On Tour

Currently playing: Ori and the Will of the Wisps

I actually 100% completed Hidden Folks. I wrapped up the On Tour DLC which was a lot of fun to do  and then realized that I hadn’t finished a previous level so went back to do that. Hidden Folks is always a fun and silly gaming experience that makes me laugh. Its just a black and white funkier hand-drawn version of Where’s Waldo but its just so silly with all the characters you need to find with the quirky clues that its always so impressive.

As for upcoming game to play, I HAVE TO start playing Ori and the Will of the Wisps as I’ve been pushing it back over and over again and I’m a bit tired of this unnecessary procrastination.

WATCHING

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  • Hush (1998, Review)
  • Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020)
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  • I Kill Giants (2017, Friday Film Club)
  • Humanoids From The Deep (1980, Review)
  • Jigsaw (2017)
  • Blood Machines (2019)
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

As you can see, the most abundant section goes to watching movies, which is something of a change in normal pacing as usually movie watching has been very minimal. I needed to catch up with it for upcoming double features and whatnot. I watched a few meh movies and then some odd ones as well but then one of these is for Movies and Tea. To be fair, I had some surprising hits like I Kill Giants, Jigsaw and I Know What You  Did Last Summer. I chose I Kill Giants for the Friday Film Club pick so you can check out the link above. I may have a more fleshed out review when I do the double feature. As fun as I Know What You Did Last Summer was, it was very much the expected 90s cheesy slasher flick that I enjoyed whereas Jigsaw had a few bad movie sequels in the first run so I had very low expectations for this 2017 continuation which turned out to be really fun to watch and I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would.

BINGING

queer eye 5

  • Queer Eye (Season 6, 2020)

Currently binging: Go Fridge 6, You Are My Destiny, Me To Us, Produce Camp 2020, We Are Blazing, Woof Meow Story, Mr. Fox and Miss Rose

Nothing feels better when things around are fairly negative than a new season of Queer Eye. Season 5 of Queer Eye arrives at just the right time with 10 episodes in a new location, Philadelphia. Bingeworthy as always, of course and I’ll be getting the TV binge for this up soon.

As for the currently binging section, Me to Us is going to be ending soon and that one has really caught my attention. I have a band or two that I hope will win this whole thing in the final episode coming. At the same time, the newest addition to the list is Mr. Fox and Miss Rose that I was a little hesitant to start but has proved very light-hearted and binge-worthy. Its a little bit of a fish out of water story but also a little bit of gem-hunting schemes and mixed with some romance which blends pretty well together. I’m past the halfway point and its still going pretty strong so really looking forward to see where it will take the story. Everything else is still pretty fun to watch in the currently binging.

That’s it for this weekly recap!
What have you been reading/watching/playing/binging?