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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.
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.

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.


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 )

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!)
Guess who is going to a work conference in Paris in the fall? And who will be staying a few extra days to tourist and will be meeting up with a friend from Legends of Tomorrow fandom for those days?

What I've recently finished reading

Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman: A Twist of Fate
And they're back to the weird mythological plot themes. And changing their minds about people killed off in previous issues. Oh well, that's superhero comics for you.

Garbi Schmidt: Ebba
On one hand, it's a very well-written novel, very evocative. On the other hand - it never feels like Ebba does anything herself? Her family arranges her first job, her employer arranges her education and work. It feels like all her life choices aren't - that life mostly happens to her. Towards the end of the book she finally takes a little initiative, planning a thing - and then her sister derails it completely and we're back to where we were.

And then there's the part of me that finds it a bit odd to read an entire book about a woman bookseller and not a single reference to Kvindelig Læseforening, considering the time period.

David Kushner: Rise of the Dungeon Master
So - basically a highly condensed history of RPGs told in comic book form. It was - less interesting than I had hoped.

Makoto Yukimura: Vinland Saga book 6.
I can't help comparing the Knud in these comics to the Knud in Martin Jensen's novels - and find him wanting. Mind you, the Knud in the comics is insane, so...

What I'm reading now

Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter's The Long Utopia (the key word here is long) and Gene Wolfe's A Borrowed Man.

What I'm reading next

Possibly Himmelbjørnens skov by Britt Karin Larsen, but we'll see.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 116
I can't quite make my mind up about the new Pokemon Go stuff. On one hand, I have a Muk I single-handedly defeated in a raid, and I've collected more coins in the last week than four weeks previously. On the other hand, it's very hit-and-miss sticking pokemon in gyms (and I'm not even bothering attacking a full onne) - they either get kicked out after five minutes or stay for three days. And as for raids - I want to raid. But I want to fight and catch the pokemons I don't have, most importantly a Snorlax, and let's be frank: unless I'm in the library garden or maybe at Fisketorvet, if such an egg hatches, there's not going to be anybody around to help me, and it's going to suck. A lot.

So yeah, I'm ambivalent.

What I've recently finished reading

Siri Pettersen: Råddenskab
Or Råta in the original Norwegian. Second book in the trilogy and Hirka is now stuck in the world of humans. Our world. And I must admit - it's still very well-written and engaging, but I did not find it quite as engaging as the first novel. I liked a lot of it - including the detail of a fantasy novel style map of modern Europe on the inside of the cover - but somehow, it felt less original than the first. Also, it was annoying that as soon as Rime had taken the beak, he pretty much stopped having pov chapters, and Hirka's part of the novel started after she'd been living on Earth for a few months, meaning we got neither of their first glance reactions to our world. And nobody got to react to Rime's tail - damnit, kid, there better be a way to fix that!

Ben Aaronovitch: Rivers of London: Body Work
I must admit, I liked this a considerable deal more than most tie-in comics I've read. Partly I think it's because it's actually written by Ben Aaronovitch himself, meaning that it actually feels like a part of the main 'verse and probably counts as proper canon, unlike most tie-in comics. It feels like a nice, little, urban fantasy police procedural that might have happened while the bigger cases weren't pouncing all over Peter Grant. Of course, part of it is probably also that, since Rivers of London is not a tv show, the comic book artist didn't try to resort to that ugly, ugly photo realistic style that so many tie-in comics use. How can fan artists so very easily make lovely, easily recognizable pictures and comics of characters, but give the job to a professional and they make comics I can barely make myself look at?

Michael Flynn: Eifelheim
This could have been a really good book. It has an interesting premise - aliens crashland on Earth, except it's back of beyond Germany in the 14th century and the Black Death is getting into gear. The Krenkl are excellent aliens, even if most of their concepts and science feel too recognizably modern, and their alienness was just being giant mantisses with a hive social structure, and the village of Oberhochwald and it's characters are interesting and lively and subverts many expectations the reader might have of medieval Germany. The writing is a bit heavy, but this part of the story mostly works for me - though I could have done without the odd mix of English and the occasional German words, which feels more like characters treating it like a second language when it does appear, instead of their first.

What doesn't work at all is the framing story set in a supposed "Now", telling of Tom the Historian and his wife, Sharon the Physicist, and how they accidentally come together to discover that there were aliens in medieval Germany. First of all - it's not set in our Now. It's set in some sort of near-future or alternate Earth, where something called cliology (apparently invented in one of the author's other books - history as pure statistics and predictive models, a bit like Asimov's psychohistory. I know that there are RL approaches to history using statistics and such, but this book just - seems to assume that that is the only sort of history that matters, and that "narrative history(?)" is - quaint and bad and mostly worthless?) dominates. Where historians specializing in the middle ages don't go to the sources, but have to be literally kicked out of their apartment by a wife tired of him disturbing her ponderings on the nature of the multiverse to even consider using sources from outside the internet. WTF? (Apparently, the author is a statistician and engineer and supposedly writes hard science fiction - honestly? His concept of historians seem mostly invented by himself.) Apart from me getting annoyed with the pseudo-historian part of the "Now" chapters, they just felt - unfinished. They never seemed to provide Tom enough clues that it'd be reasonable for him to jump to the conclusion of "Aliens!" We hardly see him do any investigating.

And then there are the parts of the "Now" chapters that set up conflicts - which the book then cheerfully seems to completely forget. There's Sharon getting told to stop her research by the head of her department, who worries it'll prove controversial - which goes nowhere past the chapter. There's Tom venturing into a library - unlike apparently every other scholar in existence in this universe, making you wonder why the library even bothers with opening hours - and meets a lonely, mousy, Asian librarian - and the book keeps hinting at them almost having an affair, except they never quite do, and all the conflict never happens. The "Now" chapters are dull, and it drags the entire book down, down, down.

So, in conclusion: I like the medieval chapters. I might have liked the Now chapters more, if they had actually allowed Tom to show his work as an actual fucking historian and not some sort of weird barely-a-parody of one, and if the promise of Tom and Sharon working together to make an amazing discovery had, you know, been kept. As is, it would have been better off without the frame story. It's annoying. And now I will stop writing about how annoying I find it.

What I'm reading now

Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett's The Long Utopia.

What I'm reading next

Garbi Schmidt's Ebba, I think

Total number of books and comics read this year: 112
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( Jun. 24th, 2017 11:51 am)
So - have tried spinning a gym, have tried attacking a gym, have tried getting a Gyarados returned to me with a grand total of 3 coins, and is currently waiting for a Rhydon, which I put on "my" gym (well, it used to be the PokeStop I can reach from my usual workdesk - I've got ownership feelings) yesterday to return.

Also tried a raid battle today in a group with two total strangers. Which was fun, except - there were a few other local gyms counting down for more raids and I only had the free pass. (Also, it was threatening rain - which is now falling.) I suspect this might be a potential money machine for Niantic - what with the whole if you want to raid more than once a day you need to buy a pass. For that day. And I can easily see a group wandering from gym to gym, battling and catching raid bosses. If the raids happen like they did today.

Except I still don't quite feel like actually spending money on this. Though maybe. If I was with a group of likeminded individuals in a prime location.

Hey, [personal profile] lysanatt? How goes the hunting and raiding on your end? Tried it yet? (I mean, you are my go-to Pokemon Go expert).

Anyway, apparently Fisketorvet will have a Pokemon Go event on the weekend 8th and 9th of July, which I assume will include raids (I wonder how many gyms Fisketorvet has now). See, if I knew I had a likeminded group to spend the day with, and possibly going to see Spider-Man with at some point, that might be a fun thing to do, and I'd probably be willing to throw a little money at Pokemon Go for a day-pass, at least, if I hadn't saved up the coins at that point. If I had a likeminded group.
I keep being a bit late with this meme. Bad me.

Apart from reading, well, there's life. I went on the summer work excursion with my department today. We headed back home to my old town of Elsinore, had a very nice lunch at a couple of centuries old restaurant, then headed out to Kronborg, where a former colleague now works and gave us a short tour. It was nice.

Apparently they now have free-ranging actors in Shakespeare mode wandering around Kronborg. Including Andrew Jeffers as Polonius (I did not immediately recognize him - my brain went: "You look exceedingly familiar. Have I threatened you before?", but it took me a bit to place him. Guess I'm used to seeing him in a dress). Guess that's one thing the Crazy Christmas Crew gets up to during the times that are not Crazy. (Which reminds me - I should make a post with a doodle soonish, shouldn't I?)

Also still playing Pokemon Go. Keeping an eye on all those new gyms that seem to be getting ready for - something. (I'm a little annoyed that the pokestop that I could reach from my work desk is now a gym, because that means I can't spin it right now...) I'm not entirely convinced I'll love the raids and legendary stuff, from what I've been reading. Eords like "most dedicated players" (or something similar) makes me less than enthusiastic.

Anyway, this was supposed to be a reading meme.

What I've recently finished reading

Gerður Kristný: Drapa
The story of a woman who was murdered by her boyfriend, retold in the strictest of old Norse poetry forms. Not as engaging as I'd hoped, but interesting.

Marjorie Liu: Monstress: Awakening
Pretty and pretty horrible. I'm not quite sure I'll remember to look for the next volume, though...

Marie Brennan: In the Labyrinth of Drakes
Cute. Not deep literature - and I think I've managed to spoil myself for something that's going to happen in the final book - but cute and fun and an easy read.

Martin Jensen: Kongens thegn
And so it ends. Hmmm. That series had its ups and downs, and I found myself disliking Winston more and more as we went along. But it's well-written and has an excellent image of the England of Knud the Great. Now - to pick a new medieval mystery series to read, because I'm not quite medieval mysteried out (actually, already decided I want to try the one set in Elsinore.)

Robert Venditti & Van Jensen: The Flash: Savage World
Why does everybody want to eat Barry?

Hans Gregersen: Mads Lange - kongen af Bali
I thought I should read something about Bali before going there, and since a Dane played a brief, but important role in their history, I thought I'd read about him. Maybe I should have picked one of the newer biographies - this is one is pretty dry and illustrated with black-and-white photos from the author's vacation to modern (well, mid-90s) Bali - and I was still left wanting a tv series.

Mike Mignola: BPRD: The Warning
And we're back in the present - I liked the former volume's trip to post-war Berlin better.

What I'm reading now

Siri Pettersen's Råddenskab, which now has Hirka Tailless running around in our world, The Long Utopia by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett (mostly Stephen Baxter, I suspect), and Eifelheim by Michael Flynn.

What I'm reading next

Probably A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe. Probably.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 109
Which it seems I completely forgot to do last week.

Apart from reading things, what have I been doing? Hmmm. Well, this weekend I hung out with [personal profile] blnchflr, [personal profile] lysanatt, [personal profile] ximeria and the lovely [personal profile] dancing_serpent. Both Wonder Woman and a nice boat trip to Flakfortet were involved. Both are recommended. It was a very nice weekend. Must do again. Though maybe not Flakfortet - it's nice, but it's not very big.

What I've recently finished reading

Daniel José Older: Shadowshaper
You know, if I had not picked this up at the library at the same time I picked up Half-Resurrection Blues, I wouldn't have touched it, because that book was so generic and uninspired. Which would have been a great shame. I very much enjoyed this story about aspiring street artist Sierra Santiago and her journey of discovering that her family is part of a magical community, the birthright of which she has been denied for various reasons. It's a very nice book.

Anne Rice: Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis
Well - that involved a lot more aliens and a lot less mermaids that I hoped for back when the title was announced.

Michelle Sagara: Cast in Honor
The more I read these books, the more convinced I get that the things I like about them are not really the things the author likes to write about. I mean, mysterious intuitive magic is all well and good, but I'm more interested in the draconic bungling at attempted courting. For instance.

Félix J. Palma: The Map of Chaos
So, this is the third book in a Spanish science fiction(?) trilogy starring H.G. Wells. The first book played with putting him in a time travel story, and in the second the Martians invaded - so, in this one he's getting chased by an invisible man. Except, as it turns out, the two previous books have each been set in different alternate worlds and oh, time travel isn't possible. What the first book had as time travel is actually jumping between different alternates, which do not match temporally. And there's a bit about a dog.

I enjoyed Wells and his wife Jane (the Wellses and the Janes, I should say), I enjoyed the general weirdness of this universe - and I hope Mrs. Lansbury got to spend her twilight years somewhere nice with her dog.

What I'm reading now

I've just started on The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan - so, all the dragons.

What I'm reading next

Probably Drapa by Gerður Kristný.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 102


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