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( May. 9th, 2020 04:24 pm)
I have chosen to stop trying to keep this fic post updated. Instead, you can find a full, updated look at what I've written at my AO3 account.
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( Sep. 18th, 2017 09:55 pm)
While waiting for the last of my nominated Yuletide fandoms to make it through the eye of the needle, I thought I'd make a post about my AU Exchange fic - which I keep thinking of as my Norse Wonder Woman fic, because the prompt asked for a Wonder Woman au, where she was from another mythology than Greek, and, well, the mythology I know best and have the least worries about playing with is Norse, so...

Chooser of the Slain (4248 words) by oneiriad
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wonder Woman (2017)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Diana (Wonder Woman)/Steve Trevor
Characters: Diana (Wonder Woman), Steve Trevor
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Norse Religion & Lore, Alternate Origin Story, Canonical Character Death
Summary: She was born on the day when the great wolf Sköll devoured the Sun.
When the day turned unexpectedly into night, the Maiden King Jófast cried out in the pain of her labour, and when the light returned, a far smaller voice came with it.
They named the girl Dís.
You come home from Bali, you need to start planning for Paris - ILL conference for work and then staying a long weekend after to meet up with a fandom friend from the US. That's going to be a nice trip.

Also, remind me that I need to make a planning post for tuesday? Stegelmann is nearly upon us.

What I've recently finished reading

The Role-Playing Society: Essays on the Cultural Influence of RPGs
Could have been better. I found the chapter on the Satanic panic quite interesting. On the other hand, half of the articles were about rpgs in educational contexts, which felt - they had an entire section dedicated to articles like that, and then more articles in other sections? It was too much.

Mike Mignola: Hellboy in Hell: The Death Card
Didn't feel like much happened here, really.

Dagbogen 2. september - en dag i Danmark
I got this because the National Museum was doing this project again - basically, encouraging everybody to writing diaries on a specific day and sending them in. This book is a selection of these perfectly ordinary, boring day diaries from 25 years ago. Sometimes they feel dated in dramatically ironic ways - references to Brixtofte, for instance, or when somebody wants to brag about their new computer, a Commodore 64. At other times - I think there was one of anything lgbt - a woman referring to a colleague, who was possibly lesbian. It was a very broad spectrum of people 's diaries published - in the foreword, the museum people write that they'd barely gotten through the first 100.000 diaries - but at the same time, I found so very little in the way of people like me, and I don't know if that's just because they didn't write in, if they were not selected for the book, or if the museum people had simply not gotten to those piles yet when the book was made.

Mind you, this all reminds me that I need to write down the second half of my own diary from the 6th of september before things fade too much and send it in. Guess that's one way to go down in history.

Steve Orlando: Midnighter: Hard
Not as good as Out, since most of this devolves into fairly basic fights against the Suicide Squad (which does not fully comprehend what they are dealing with), though it's nice to see Midnighter reunited with Apollo. Will need to read the Apollo & Midnighter comic soon.

Kurt Busiek: Astro City: Honor Guard
Not the strongest Astro City collection, but still quite good.

Alex Beecroft: Blue Eyed Stranger
This is nice novel. Two nice young men, each with their own issues, meet at the Medieval Markets they both attend, and most of the drama revolves around their personal issues. I enjoyed it.

What I'm reading now

Veil of Night, Grant Morrison's Multiversity comic - so far my favourite is the utopia is boring alternate, where Superman fixed everything and the next generation of heroes and villains are mostly just bored, and Paris from the Vide Verden series.

What I'm reading next

Either Fenrisfærden by Susanne Clod Pedersen or maybe one of those books lurking on my un-read shelf. Decisions, decisions.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 147
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( Sep. 10th, 2017 08:17 pm)
Apparently, Guillermo del Toro has just won the Golden Lion in Venice for his new movie "The Shape of Water" which is all about Abe Sapien getting a girlfriend.

*wanders over on imdb and kino.dk to see when I can get to see this movie I've already been looking forward to since I saw the first trailer*

22nd of February 2018???!!!

And it's not like the Danish media are posting about it on all the big news sites, either. Which is odd, considering - Golden Lion! I get that the big headlines today are all about Irma, but when I actively go looking - I can barely find anything and I went on Infomedia to search as well...
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( Sep. 8th, 2017 10:03 pm)
So, I just wanted to share this fannish thing I've been a part of this summer.

See, I'm part of a group of Legends of Tomorrow fans, who found certain aspects of the second season - unsatisfying. So, we kinda somehow managed to organize after the season ended, and, well - spent most of the summer chatting and coordinating and writing - an alternate season 2 of Legends of Tomorrow.

Which we are currently posting, one fic "episode" a day for most of september, and then the real season three will start appearing in tv in early october, so we're just in time.

And today was my day. As in my episode. Which involves the time travelling superheroes ending up in Viking Age Jutland and having to save Sweyn Forkbeard from an untimely death at the hands of Jomsvikings with high-tech axes, and there's spell-singing völvas and stuff.

And look! Kickingshoes, who are these amazing fan artists in LoT fandom and a few others (when they are not off being amazing professional artists) have done a series of Major Arcana inspired fan arts for the rewrite, and look at the one for my episode!

And I know that most people reading this DW/LJ isn't in LoT fandom with me, but I just wanted to share this with you anyway, because I feel that this is kinda an amazing project and I'm a little bit proud to be a part of it.

Episode 5: The Sorceress' Apprentice (7874 words) by oneiriad
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: DC's Legends of Tomorrow (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mick Rory, Sara Lance, Ray Palmer, Martin Stein, Jefferson "Jax" Jackson, Leonard Snart, Lisa Snart, Amaya Jiwe
Additional Tags: Virtual Season/Series, Vikings, Alternate Canon, Canon Rewrite, Mick in a viking helmet, The Viking Age
Series: Part 5 of Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 Rewrite
Summary: Having lost both loved ones and their pieces of the legendary Spear of Destiny to the speedster Eobard Thawne, the Legends are eager to track him down and bring him to justice. But a massive time aberration forces them to interrupt their search and head some thousand years back in time to a Scandinavia where two legendary Viking kings are about to meet in a battle that might change the world as we know it...

(Episode 5 of a full 22-episode rewrite of season 2 - the same broad story arc, but rewritten episodes).

And I'm back from Bali - I promise I'll make a post with photos - and back to your regularly later-than-scheduled reading meme.

Apart from reading, I'm watching stuff. Two episodes into Defenders - so far there's too much focus on the annoying guy. Also watched the pilot of the new Ducktales show - more of that, please.

And I need to start figuring out what to nominate for Yuletide, apart from Shinya Shokudo.

What I've recently finished reading

Lois McMaster Bujold: Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
I must admit, I was a bit disappointed with this book - nothing much happens, really. It continues exploring the implications of the uterine replicators, same as every Vorkosigan book, but usually they have a bit more plot outside of that. I mean, Jole seems nice enough, but - yeah. Not my favourite in the series.

Kai Ashante Wilson: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps
I'm kinda torn about this book. On one hand, it's a very well-written fantasy universe (or is it science fiction?), it's an interesting universe with the gods that went away and left their children with weird powers, I like the main characters, I like the setting, I like the writing, and I definitely want to read the next book set in the same universe.

On the other hand? Well, apart from disliking the ending (I saw Demane ending up as he did a mile away, but did they have to do that to the Captain?), well - I found most of the characters' speech annoying. I get that it's writing itself into the tradition of gritty, realistic military fantasy, but I just felt yanked out of the fiction every time one of the brothers opened his mouth. Especially the guy who kept talking French.

Benedict Jacka: Fated
A decent bit of urban fantasy a la that wizard from Chicago, with some good vs. evil sneaky politics. It has a main character with an interesting sort of magic and a few interesting minor characters, but I'm not convinced that I'll go looking for more of this.

Terry Pratchett: The Shepherd's Crown
And - apart from the last Science of book - that was my last Discworld novel. Goodbye, Discworld. And goodbye, Granny Weatherwax. It wasn't a bad book, but really - Pratchett's writing these last few years really didn't compare to how it used to be. This book - it felt so very - preachy, I suppose. Earlier books did the same thing and did it so much better - and nobody really felt like themselves. I can't help but wonder how the same tale would have been, if only it had been written 10 years earlier...

Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture
Some of the chapters were very interesting, others less so (and I am getting to the point where reading through the section of the book about "global" fandom and finding only articles about Asia is getting to be annoying. The world isn't just the Anglo-Saxon west and Asia/Africa, you know.

Katherine Arden: The Bear and the Nightingale
Very nicely written. My only complaint, really, is that it felt like it took forever to get going, and the climax felt - not very climactic. Though, since it's apparently the first in a series, I suppose that explains it.

What I'm reading now

Blue Eyed Stranger by Alex Beecroft and The Role-playing Society

What I'm reading next

Hmmm. Well, I've got the book that they published 25 years ago, last time the National Museum did the write a diary for a day thing. So - possibly that one? Speaking of - any other Danes planning on doing that? It's wednesday the 6th of October.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 141
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( Aug. 19th, 2017 02:23 pm)
What I'm doing on my holiday:

I caught a Corsola.

I've seen several temples (including a holy batcave - now I need a Balinese Batman au) and sundry other cultural sights.

I've decided that the Barong is one of my new favourite mythic creatures.

Yesterday I got up at 4 to go dolphin spotting,and today was my first, last and only bit of trekking ever - snorkeling, on the other hand, I'd not object to try again.

Tomorrow is the last transfer/sightseeing tour, and then all that's left are 3 days in the tourist town of Sanur. I have no plans for that, really- visit a bookshop to look for a book on Balinese mythology, perhaps. Well - I've been considering taking a taxi to visit the abandoned amusement park just north of town one morning, but I'm not sure that's a thing to do all alone. Though Bali in general feels incredibly safe.

So, that's the latest from the tropics. What news from everywhere else?
I've definitely got travel fever. Which is fitting. Checked in online for the plane, washed the last clothes, just need to pack and sleep and then fly around the world. As you do.

I'll be skipping the next two weeks of reading memes, on account of being elsewhere.

What I've recently finished reading

Steve Kenson: Mutants & Masterminds 2nd ed.
Not enough world between the rules for my just-reading-not-actually-planning-on-playing tastes, but that's how it goes. It was amusing to see how many well known superheroes they referenced or copied without actually saying their names.

Mike Mignola: B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess
Actual plot starts to reappear. Good.

Monster
Not the most engaging of anthologies, I'm afraid. It's not that the stories were bad, just - not amazing, mostly - and why is there always at least one or two stories in these things where the main character is a genre fiction writer? Anyway, my favourites were Luna Petersen's Thorolfs saga, a story about the vengeful dead set in the Viking Age, and Malou Shigebu's Bølgerne, where a mysterious, wild power destroys a tiny village.

Claus Høxbroe: Kongens København
Pretty wannabee Dan Turell, these poems. I mean, they're not bad, but very wannabee.

Robert Kirkman: The Walking Dead: The Whisperer War
I wonder how long he's going to keep this series going.

What I'm reading now

Seeing Fans: Representations of Fandom in Media and Popular Culture - which I probably won't have time to finish before leaving.

What I'm reading next

I'm packing a couple of books for reading on my way to the airport and on the plane (though I do hope to get some sleep during the longer night stretch, and Emirates has entertainment systems - *reads through offerings* - hmmm. Anybody got opinions about Legion?). Bujold's Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen for sure, and one or two others. And I've downloaded the Overdrive app, so if there's going to be any more reading happening, it'll be whatever I can find there. Or fanfic.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 135
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( Aug. 4th, 2017 10:30 pm)
July ended without a single summer day as the meteorologist define them around here, and so far, august is not looking any better.

I mean, around the Mediterranean they’ve got killer heatwaves, and apparently Greenland of all places have wildfires covering miles and miles (not something I expected, but then, what do I know about Greenland?) - but around here?

In Denmark, we’re experiencing a year without summer.

Two more of those and Ragnarok is a go.
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( Aug. 3rd, 2017 10:13 pm)
So - two weeks in one post, and yes, it's on a thursday. Again. Shame, shame, shame, shame on me.

In between reading and getting ready for my vacation I am occasionally hunting pokemons - no Moltres, yet. Annoying animals.

What I've recently finished reading

Dave Justus & Lilah Sturges: Everafter: The Pandora Protocol
I used to really like Willingham's Fables, but maybe I should just accept that the spin-off comics are just never going to work for me. Connor Wolf is an arrogant brat - he might have the powers to pull it off, but he's still annoying (also, was that him in the final chapter? Because this whole comic doesn't exactly leave you liking the fables, but that one was particularly unpleasant.). Frankly, the most nuanced character here felt like Hansel, and he ended up going splat.

M.D. Lachlan: Lord of Slaughter
Vikings and werewolves - though sometimes I wish this series was less mythical...

Francesca Coppa: The Fanfiction Reader: folk tales for the digital age
I rather liked this book. I mean, it's really just a collection of fanfic, though I must admit, I think the only ones I'd actually read before we're the Supernatural racebending comic and the Star Wars story focusing on Finn. The rest were new to me (and I might have tracked down a couple I particularly liked on AO3 and left notes to that effect) - not really surprising, though. Most of the fandoms and pairings and tropes featured aren't my usual thing, but most of the stories were good.

Anyway, I also like the idea of the book - I mean, it must be hugely convenient to educators wanting to teach about fanfiction and not wanting to end up setting a bunch of college students lose on some random, poor, unsuspecting fanfic writer's opus, the way somebody did a while back. And it's a nice collection of fanfic genres and tropes. So, that's nice.

Aleksandar Hemon: Nowhere Man
Well. That was - kinda bland? I mean, the concept of a story told entirely through different viewpoint characters is alwys appealing, but honestly, the life of Jozek Pronek just isn't that interesting.

Emil Brahe: Okkult mekanik
Hmmm. I liked the weird amazon-smurf creatures?

Anna Neye: Emma Gad for hvide
I like Anna Neye's writing style. Alas, between having read a fairly large number of books on the Danish Westindies, and having read a lot of tumblr post and other internet things, I must admit, this book didn't feel like it had anything new to say.

Mette Sejrbo: Varulvens forbandelse
I think I liked the story of Jonas the werewolf and his search for answers far more than the story of Emilie the young witch seeking refuge in meaningless sex in this book. Of course, as the title says, this is Jonas' book - though I suppose that means the next book will focus on the evil vampire? I hope not. (Also - every month the witches don't reveal the existence of werewolves to the world is more deaths on their hands. This is the 21st century. Pass a law that all boys turning 16 has to spend the full moon nights in a nice, secure cage to determine whether they change, and presto: no more teenage boys turning into slavering monsters and eating their tiny siblings.) (I need to learn to stop arguing with random genre novels.)

What I'm reading now

Mike Mignola's The Black Goddess and Mutants & Masterminds 2nd ed.

What I'm reading next

We'll see.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 130
35. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
This is a delightful movie. It's funny, it's absurd - I was sorry to see Bella die so quickly, though. She was a marvellous woman and killed wild boars with her bare hands, which is a skill I admire in a woman. But the story of Ricky Baker and grumpy old Hec hiding in the wilderness and gradually bonding is good. Admittedly, it has all the cliches as well - Ricky meeting a friendly family, who - in the end - takes him in, and all that. But still. It's very good.

36. Justice League Dark
Well - watching Batman just sort of tagging along with a bunch of magic users and going "hmmm" a lot (and you just know Bruce is freaking out somewhere inside) was fun. And there were several nice scenes, including Swamp Thing. But I still think that John Constantine does not fit in the main DC verse beyond brief cameo appearances.

37. Pot Luck season 1.
This was sweet and I wish Debs and her spareribs girl all the best, and I'd like a second season with more of those two.

38. Spider-Man: Homecoming
This was fun. I mean, I still need somebody to lock Tony Stark away for a couple of decades for recruiting a child soldier for his superhero grudge match (and apparently Pepper is in on it? Shame on you, Pepper! I expected so much better from you.), but Peter and his "internship" and his desperately wanting to be a superhero, that's a good story. As is his friends and classmates (I adore his school in this version!)

39. House of Cards season 4.
I think I'm getting tired of this. Maybe I should rewatch some episodes of West Wing.

40. Powerless season 1. and only
On one hand, this series never managed to be that good. I suspect it was too many recycled office comedy plots for the nerdy crowd, and too many obscure DC characters (I mean obscure - hands up, people who had previously heard about Green Fury!) for the mainstream. Also, it's humour was far too embarrassing for me far too often. That said, this show got monumentally screwed by its network. They kept postponing episodes, aired them out of order, and then it got taken off the air with three episodes not yet shown - at least two of which turned out to be some of the genuinely better episodes in a not that good season (apparently, they are now streaming the entire thing in New Zealand, so that's how the internet got its hands on them). It could have been a really good show - the concept of normal people in a superhero world is fine - but why bother setting it in the DC verse and then only having a couple of episodes that didn't shy away from the big name characters. (Don't get me wrong, I adored the Starro cameo in the pilot, but come on.) Anyway, I didn't think it was that good a show, but with that network it really didn't have a chance.

41. iZombie season 3.
Well, on one hand the season concludes with zombies standing revealed, known to the world. Which might make season 4 interesting. On the other hand, I'm not quite sure I feel for continuing to watch this.
Apparently, the cloudburst about an hour or two ago flooded the basement storage units for mine and my neighbours’ apartments a bit.

Yay.

Well, at least the only thing I had on the floor was some chairs - which have now gotten precariously stacked on top of the boxes I have on shelves down there. I'll have to find the time to give them a good scrub and if it doesn't work, they've been standing down there collecting dust for a few years now. And it was just about an inch of water, max.

(Also, my old and technically already thrown away sandals are now resting - very wet from having been cleaned - in the shower, left to dry if I need to back down. Kinda sucks not to own a pair of proper rubber boots in this specific scenario. I know you're not supposed to go barefoot in the water, but it was either the sandals or risking my nice new shoes, and just - nope.)

So - how is everybody else's weekends going?
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( Jul. 25th, 2017 08:04 pm)
I have come to the conclusion that the current lack of summer weather is clearly the fault of Netflix. I mean, they are currently filming their first Danish series ever and it's called The Rain. Obviously, Netflix has been a bit too free with the special effects budget.

Damn you, Netflix!
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( Jul. 21st, 2017 08:43 pm)
Man skal åbenbart forhåndstilmeldes for at kunne være med til Safari event'en på Fisketorvet - ifølge det de har skrevet på Fisketorvets facebook.

Der vil være 3000 billetter - jeg aner ikke, om det er mange eller lidt - og man skal åbenbart følge med på Fisketorvets facebook for at gøre sig håb om at sikre sig én, for ingen ved hvornår de lægger dem ud.

Så - hvis nogle af jer har planer om at skulle på Safari, så er det nok en god ide at holde øje?

Jeg HADER den her slags ting. Det gør mig stresset og paranoid. :-(
I wonder when we'll actually get some proper summer around here. (With my luck, in mid august.)

What I've recently finished reading

Rob Rogers: Devil's Cape

I very much enjoyed this novel - it's well-written, the setting of Devil's Cape, with its pirate past and supervillain and mobster present, is nice, and the main villains were well done, even if evil carneval freaks are perhaps too far on the wrong side of the cliché.

On the other hand, it really annoys me that this novel is basically just an origin story for three superheroes - Doctor Camelot, a legacy hero with an Iron Man-like suit and a cause to avenge the death of her father and his team, Argonaut, with mystical powers of the flight and strength and nearly invulnerable set and a twin brother with the same powers and a supervillain mindset, and Bedlam, the psyciatrist with a past as a teenage gangbanger and a curse that turns him into a devil-like creature. I mean, they are perfectly fine heroes - though the novel's attempt at making at least two of them "dark and mysterious" kinda falls flat - it's not particularly tied to the dark side of town to have been a spectacularly stupid teenage who has since reformed, or to be related to mobsters on your Uncle's side.

Also, since it is an origin story, I found them defeating the supervillain group that were twice as big as them, which had years of experience ahead of them and which had succeeded in killing an experenced superhero team - I found that it violated my suspension of disbelief. Especially since it was the new superhero team's first outing and they'd just managed to nearly have their asses kicked by a single minor supervillain.

Of course, the most annoying thing is that the story is so very clearly an origin story for the new superhero team, and look, the main supervillain is being shady in the shadows, and there's not even a hint anywhere of a sequel. I mean, there seems to be a few short stories around, but a novel? Nope.

Lidenskab og lysår

There was quite a few good stories in this anthology, but my favourites? Hmmm. A. Silvestri's I fædrelandets tjeneste is a creepy bit of Earth/alien diplomacy, Helle Perrier's DreamChild is an equally creepy tale of pregnancy in the future, and then there's Bjarke Schjødt Larsen's Den danske kulturskat, a story about a Denmark where everybody has to be "cultured" or face the consequences. I can't quite figure out if it's a right wing wet dream (since it is reads like it might be all about Danish culture) or a right wing nightmare (since clearly only a left wing government would be that intrusive and evil as to take away normal people's kids if they fail at having given them enough culture).

What I'm reading now

M.D. Lachlan's Lord of Slaughter, which is vikings and werewolves in Constantinople (well, I'm sure the werewolves will happen at some point), and Francesca Coppa's The Fanfiction Reader, which I'm wondering if [personal profile] lysanatt has opinions about?

What I'm reading next

Hmmm. Maybe I'll tell you next week

Total number of books and comics read this year: 123
First of all, I want to say thank you for writing for me. :-)

I must admit, I was very excited when I stumbled across a mention of the AU Exchange and went looking to see if it was what it sounded like - and it was! I am very fond of good AUs, both of the completely different setting type* and of the this-small-thing-was-different-and-here-are-the-repercussions type. I am very much looking forward to seeing all the fic that's going to come of this exchange.

*well, except coffee shop and high school AUs, which I must shamefully admit I've never seen the point of.

Right, a few general likes and dislikes in fic before we get to fandoms.

Things I generally like in fic: slash and gen; plot; snark; fluff; banter; happy endings; awesome characters being awesome; crack; twisty plots; surprises.
Dislikes & squicks: non-con; a/b/o, seme/uke, sub/dom and any and all similar power dynamic tropes; very kinky sex (heavy bdsm, watersport, etc.); underage; kidfic; bestiality; mpreg; pwp; genderswap; incest; OC love interests.

If you're the type that likes to stalk your recipient I'd recommend taking a look at my tumblr.

And now - the fandoms:

MCU and TV )

DC Comics )

Sanctuary )

Sense8 )

Vikings )

DC TV )
Next week I'll post on time. Next week. Maybe.

Not much news around here anyway. Starting to get the stuff I'll need to get before my summer vacation together. Working - at a university library during the summer slump - but the delivery guy seems to have mixed up mine and Spain's deliveries, so they got all of my sun and we're getting their shade, so it's not even that attractive to flex out early and head home.

What I've recently finished reading

Gene Wolfe: A Borrowed Man
I liked the premise of this book - a somewhat dystopic future where libraries does not just contain books (on any medium you'd like), but also clone copies of authors - and then the plot if basically a crime noir, except the femme fatale checks out the clone of the mystery writer/detective. It's just - I don't know if it's the crime noir plot or if it's just that Gene Wolfe is not exactly a young man anymore, it's just - I can't believe that this was published in 2015. Or that anybody would nominate it for an award. It feels like something that might have gotten published in the 80s. The sf elements - the clones work well enough, but there's not really anything new to that part, and the other sf plot gets treated the way sf elements got treated in really old, dull novels (ie. never explained how and conveniently lost by the end of the book). But mostly, it's the gender dynamics of the entire novel that just - annoys me. This is supposed to be the future and everybody feels like somebody who just stepped out of the 50s or something (of course the mystery writer was a man, of course his ex-wife was a very literary poet, of course - I'm just gonna stop here.) It might have annoyed me less if it had been an exciting read, but it wasn't even that.

Right. End rant.

ONE: One-Punch Man volume 1.
Kinda meh.

Ben Aaronovitch: Rivers of London: Night Witch
This was as entertaining as the first comic - and I must admit, I'm still just as surprised as when I read Body Work. Tie-in comics aren't supposed to be good. It's just weird.

Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter: The Long Utopia
Mostly Stephen Baxter, I suspect. I know there's just one more book in this series, but frankly? I think I've seen enough. It just feels - rinse and repeat? Yet another new species discovered in the Long Earth, once again Joshua and Sally and Lobsang to the rescue of humanity. Besides, this novel was a mess of plotlines - Stan the Next (who is suddenly a new Messiah?), the Waltzers and the whole beetle thing - and I do not feel that they got tied well together in the end.

Bernard Cornwell: Warriors of the Storm
Well - at least Cornwell has finally stopped starting the story with having Uhtred lose all he'd won in the previous novel? It's a nice relaxing read - invading viking army vs. Saxons with a few Irish people on the side (and I wonder if the tv show will ever make it far enough for me to get to see Uhtred visiting his son-in-law - probably not.) (Which reminds me - I've still got most of season 2 left to watch).

What I'm reading now

Rob Roger's The Devil's Cape, which lives somewhere in the dark age of superhero stories, and the anthology Lidenskab og lysår.

What I'm reading next

Maybe I should just start skipping this question. Half the time I get it wrong anyway.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 121
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( Jul. 9th, 2017 06:30 pm)
You know what the problem is with me watching shows like Midnight Diner and Samurai Gourmet? They leave me wanting to try about 3/4 of the dishes...
It's fun. A nice, relaxing teenage superhero romp, with an awkward hero and a perfectly fine villain. (Also, I quite enjoyed Peter's high school in this version.)

(On the other hand, I still want Tony Stark in jail for literally recruiting a child soldier - and continuing to do it. Damnit, Tony!)
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