oneiriad: (Default)
( Jun. 1st, 2017 09:17 pm)
Apparently, Netflix has decided to cancel Sense8.

Assholes. You can't just stop it there, you already skipped so many scenes, and Wolfgang is still captive, and you only just started opening up the wider Sensate world...
Another week gone by, another pile of books read. All my shows are ending - well, their seasons. Goodbye Lucifer, goodbye Prison Break, I'm catching up on Agents of Shield (I'll at least be finishing this season - not sure I'll care to go back next year, though I do find the way the show very loudly proclaims "Hydra are Nazis" ironic/amusing compared to the current official comic book line...)

What I've recently finished reading

Sara B. Elfgren & Mats Strandberg: Nøglen
Danish translation of the Swedish Nyckeln, being the third and final book in the series. I very much enjoyed this. It's a fairly standard town with a mystical connection, chosen group of teens must save the cheerleader world stuff, right up until it isn't. It's very dark and has some very well developed characters (one of the things that I really liked about the first book was that the chosen one don't instantanously bond), and then they turn everything upside down.

Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman: War-Torn
On one hand, I like that they step back from the heavily Greek Myth urban fantasy storyline, and I did enjoy watching Diana struggle with multiple heavy responsibilities and finding the right balance. On the other hand, it greatly annoys me that they hit the canon re-set button by having the Amazon men massacred. I mean, Themyscira is the island of women only, canon can't change that much, but damnit...

Satoshi Kon: Opus
It's a very nice bit of smashing-the-fourth-wall-to-bits-and-pieces bit of metafiction, but I must admit, the entire telepathic police manga that the manga artist main character is making/falls into isn't quite my thing.

Patricia Briggs: Silence Fallen
American Urban Fantasy's general image of Europe continues to puzzle me in many ways. Like - why do they keep thinking that a European supernatural community would be statically stuck in a power system from some Medieval/Renaissance period all the way up to today? In Europe? Continent that spent the last few centuries reinventing revolutions and inventing world wars? You really think the supernatural world would go untouched? And this book is nowhere near the worst offender - really, apart from how apparently the most powerful vampire lord of Europe lives in Italy, it's not that bad. Just - sometimes I wonder if anybody's done a study of the portrayal of Europe in US Urban Fantasy (possibly contrasting with the portrayal of the US in European Urban Fantasy), you know?

Shadows over Bögenhafen
Boring. Usually, Warhammer rpg books has this macabre gallows-humour thing going on that makes them an entertaining read, but not so much this one.

Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti: All-Star Western: Man Out of Time
This was fun - but then, the story of Jonah Hex stuck in the present feeds directly into one of my favourite story kinks, so it's not that surprising that I found it fun.

Mike Mignola & Joshua Dysart: B.P.R.D.: 1946
I think I like the flashback stories of the Hellboy universe better than the present day BPRD stories...

Daniel José Older: Half-Resurrection Blues
This was a very disappointing read. It's a very generic story - urban fantasy noir-ish with a main character who has to stop an evil sorcerer from breaking down the walls between the lands of the living and the dead - and frankly, the main character in question is an asshole. He's - basically a zombie - and works as a hitman for the ruling council of ghosts. So they send him out to kill a bad guy and he turns out to be the first other zombie Mr. Protagonist has ever met, and with his dying breath, other zombie asks Mr. Protagonists-who-just-killed-him to protect his sister - which Mr. Protagonist interprets as find her, put the moves on her and get into a sexual relationship with her without mentioning the awkward I-killed-your-brother bit. I think the story might have worked better if it was more willing to acknowledge that the main character is a very shady and probably a villain character himself, but seeing as he's also the first-person narrator - yeah, no. Not a particularly good book.

What I'm reading now

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older, which I wouldn't even be reading except that I picked both of his books up at the same time, and this one is so much better than HRB, and Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice. I assume it needs no introduction?

What I'm reading next

Probably Felix Palma's The Map of Chaos - excellent Spanish science fiction/steampunk/time travel/pastiche something trilogy.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 98
I just came home from seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

It was - okay, I guess. I'm possibly being unfair to it - I might have liked it far better if I'd never seen the first movie, or maybe if I had merely liked The Curse of the Black Pearl, the way audiences are supposed to. If I hadn't been fannish about it.

There were things I liked - Salazar was a surprisingly cheerful villain, the island of stars was quite pretty, and having a character with my name, well - I liked her a bit, though maybe not as much as she might have deserved in a different movie (and I found the constant witch accusations tiresome and not particularly amusing, though I suppose that's what they were meant to be - even in the chronological hodgepodge of the PotC movies (the guillotine would make it late 18th century, yes?) , to have a woman who shows an interest in basic astronomy immediately decried as a witch by every passing stranger? The only part more tiresome was the horologist "joke".)

Cutting for length and a few spoilers )
The new Pirates movie is premiering this week - today, actually, if I remember correctly. I'm thinking of going to see it after work Friday. I doubt I'll be pulled back into the fandom, I very much doubt that, but I do want to see it (and apparently get to hear a lot of people mispronounce my name. So there's that.

Apart from that? I got to see Captain Cold re-appear once more in an episode of the Flash (he's still dead - but it was okay). And I'm reading about something Danske Bank has made called June, wondering if I should try it. I'm leaning towards probably.

What I've recently finished reading

Lauren Beukes: Zoo City
This was at once an excellent and an okay book. The okay part is mostly the crime mystery plotline, which ends up with a mostly okay ending. The excellent part, though, that's the world building. Zoo City is an urban fantasy set in Johannesburg, South Africa, and it's a darker twist on the idea of bond animals a la The Golden Compass. Basically, since a bit before the turn of the millenium, people have become animalled, acquired Animals and mystical magic powers along with them (in the novel they use the word shavi, but I suspect other parts of the world uses other terms and we just don't get to see it.) The price is that you can never be very far from your animal and if something kills it, you'll die screaming from dark demonic forces called the Undertow.

Oh, and then there's the fact that the only confirmed way to get an Animal in the first place is to kill somebody. Unsurprisingly, a lot of society disapproves.

Of course, the main character is an Animalled - Zinzi's got a Sloth and a talent for finding lost things - also, the guilt of her brother's death and a giant drug debt to some very bad people who make her help in pulling online scams to pay it off. I liked Zinzi (and her Sloth) and I found the world that the book is set in intriguing (according to Wikipedia, somebody was working on a movie, but that was three years ago, so maybe not anymore) - I like the setting of Johannesburg, which feels dystopic, though I suspect that's more realistic than because of anything genre fic related, so to speak - and it's certainly different from the US and English-speaking world most of the urban fantasy I've read has been set in. The runaway teen pop star plotline that devolves into an evil murderous magic plotline didn't really engage me, but the world! Damnit, I want a tv show of this world. Or just a pile of AUs and fanfics exploring the implications of Animals.

What I'm reading now

Nøglen by Mats Strandberg and Sara Elfgren (I weren't kidding when I mentioned that they like to write long books), Shadows over Bögenhafen, Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older (not off to the strongest start), and Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

What I'm reading next

I suspect I should focus on finishing some of the ones I am reading right now.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 90
So, as usual - what's going on apart from reading? Well, summer seems to be getting closer to reality today. Nice and warm.

Oh, and I just read that Fenar Ahmad (the guy who made that Underverden movie) is going to be making a live-action Valhalla movie for his next project. "Imagine if Pan's Labyrinth, The Brothers Lionheart and The Revenant had a child together," is how he describes it. I could go for that.

What I've recently finished reading

Siri Pettersen: Odinsbarn
This is a delightful fantasy novel and I very much enjoyed the story of Hirka the Tailless, her friend Rime and this entire world. I mean, the main plot isn't that original, but it's very well-written and vivid, and I am looking forward to reading the second book, and I am happy to have read that they are making a movie out of it.

Also, I like the troll ninjas. Ahem

Genevieve Cogman: The Burning Page
This - was a less delightful fantasy novel. It felt like a bit of a mess, plotwise, and honestly? I think I might step back from this series. I like the idea of it, but the actual books aren't quite what I had hoped.

Phil & Kaja Foglio: Girl Genius: Agatha Awakens
Colourful and fun and I'll probably keep reading it online - since it's conveniently a webcomic. Though I could have used less of Agatha running around and sleepwalking in her underwear...

Martin Jensen: Ærens åg
I enjoyed this more than the last couple of books in the series - maybe because it focused fairly narrowly on the murder mystery plot. Also, at this point it's getting pretty obvious that the series protagonist is just Halfdan - between this and the last book, he's the one actually solving mysteries, while Winston is either busy illuminating or getting himself a nasty case of bad back. Poor baby. Anyway, one more book to go in this series and then I think I'll try that medieval mystery series that's set in old Elsinore.

G.D. Falksen: The Transatlantic Conspiracy
So, this is a tiny steampunk novel that never quite manages to make up its mind as to what it wants to be. Does it want to be steampunky comedy of manners set on the first transatlantic train in the world? Does it want to be a murder mystery? Does it want to be international espionage? Does it - actually, yes to all of the above, and it's just not long enough to do any of those plotlines justice. As is, it never quite managed to engage me.

What I'm reading now

Lauren Beukes Zoo City, which is a dystopic/urban fantasy take on companion/spirit animals a la The Golden Compass's Dæmons, and Nyckeln (well, Nøglen, by Mats Strandberg and Sara Elfgren, who obviously do not believe in short books.

What I'm reading next

Probably Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice. I expect crack, though whether she'll continue the glorious cracky ridiculousness that was "Prince Lestat" or go back to her weird what-am-I-reading? style crack - we'll see.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 89
So - apart from reading, this past week I watched the new season of Sense8. Which is probably not a surprise to anybody at this point. When is season three coming out again?

What I've recently finished reading

Jens Riise Kristensen: Barbariet tur/retur
Which is an interesting, but short book, about an Icelandic priest who - along with most of his tiny community - got abducted by Barbary corsairs back in the day and ended up going all the way to Algier and then all the way back. It mostly left me wondering how life was for the slaves who got stuck in North Africa, especially the women - I mean, you always hear how, oh, white woman were made concubines etc. I really could use - details. Not sordid, just - can't have been all of them, okay?

Sydney Padua: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
This was a little disappointing. And heavily focused on maths above my pay grade. I had been hoping for it to be alternate universe steampunk silliness, and there's a little of that, but mostly there's footnotes and more notes and - I like the tiny original comic better.

What I'm reading now

Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen, which is an excellent fantasy novel, and The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman, which is - a less excellent fantasy novel.

What I'm reading next

Probably the next of Martin Jensen's mystery novels featuring Halfdan and Winston.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 84
oneiriad: (Default)
( May. 6th, 2017 07:32 pm)
I am not saying that I bingewatched it, but I finished watching the last new episode early this afternoon....

I very much enjoyed the new season. Unlike the Christmas special, where very little happened, there's plenty of forward motion on all the different sensates' plotlines.

And putting the rest behind a cut, because there will be spoilers ahead )
oneiriad: (Default)
( May. 3rd, 2017 10:44 pm)
Just watched The Dark Tower trailer and find myself ridiculously excited. I mean, I can already tell it deviates a lot from the books - perhaps it's more of a sequel? - but it looks promising.
Back on it's usual day! No cinema trips this week. On the other hand, I watched the pilot episode of American Gods, which is gorgeous - Bryan Fuller was an excellent choice for that show.

What I've recently finished reading

Greg Van Eekhout: California Bones
I must admit, reading this was a very up and down experience. Sometimes it annoyed me - mostly because, while the worldbuilding you get is intriguing - it's urban fantasy in a world where magic is acquired by eating the recovered bones of extinct mythical creatures. Well, and eating other magicians - which is our hero's father's fate and thus our hero - sorry, our protagonist's tragic backstory. But on the other hand? It keeps hinting a connections to the real US in a way that leaves me wondering how much magic the rest of the world really has and what happened. Which I suppose the next books might provide.

Anyway, it's a heist novel - our protagonist, Daniel Blackland, leads a band of merry magical freaks to infiltrate the Hierarch's ossuary to steal bones and a magic sword that contains bits of Daniel. Because that's how this world's magic rolls. It's fun and I enjoy the grim bloody world and I liked Daniel and his friends. On the other hand, I'm hesitating at requesting the next book, because the description is all about a 10 year time skip and it looks suspiciously like a first person pov narrative from Daniel's adopted son, which - I'm not sure I'm up for that.

Henrik Cavling: Det danske Vestindien
This is basically a collection of short texts written by journalist Henrik Cavling during his visit to the Danish West-Indies in 1894. It's - unsurprisingly somewhat racist a lot of the time. Mostly, though, I found myself really missing a decent foreword or notes or something. All this book has apart from a reprint of the original text and pictures is a two page summary of Wikipedia's article about the islands. A foreword explaining the situation when Cavling went, perhaps delving into stuff like, say, the boy he apparently bought while in the islands - though, to be fair, this book was published in 2015 and that news story broke in 2017, so probably not that story. But still. A foreword.

That said, while it's obviously not the world's most trustworthy piece, I do find myself less and less surprised that Danish history managed to mostly forget the islands. This book makes them feel - incredibly far away, even for the late 19th century - three weeks by boat and the boat left from Germany, not Denmark - and how few people went: officials and a few soldiers and the occasional ultra-rich planter, several of which weren't even from Denmark - if this is even halfway accurate, it really weren't a lot of Danes who went to visit. And having read other books about the people who came to Denmark from the islands - those weren't exactly numerous either. You're just left with the feeling that Denmark might have ended up forgetting the islands less out of feeling guilty and/or embarrassed about our slave owning history, and more because there was so very little contact.

Thit Jensen: Stygge Krumpen 1.
This is an incredibly sex obsessed book. I mean, typical florid Thit Jensen historical novel writing, A+ for that, but the entire story has so much - well, not sex scenes. It's from the 30s, not sex scenes, just - this overwhelming narrative about how sex is natural and inevitable and how it is evil and unnatural for women to be denied sex and the joys of motherhood. Which - well. I'm sure you can see why I might not be too keen on finding it a universal evil. Also, I really hope the Cybele nunnery is not supposed to be a feminist utopia, considering them murdering children who dare to not smile and fit in.

(Also, I just noticed I forgot to put Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief in my last post. It's cyberpunk pretending to be space opera, and while it has some intriguing world building, especially of the Mars socity, I never quite found myself liking anybody in it.)

What I'm reading now

I just started reading Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen, the first novel in a celebrated Norwegian fantasy trilogy. So far, so good.

What I'm reading next

And I will be starting Barbariet tur/retur by Jens Riise Kristensen, a non-fiction work about an Icelandic priest who ended up in Algeria after being abducted by pirates. As you sometimes did in the 17th century.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 82
17. Legends of Tomorrow season 2.
I think I liked the first season better. And not just because Wentworth Miller was in it. It's just - they've replaced two cardboard hero types with a couple of suspiciously similar cardboard hero types, but no more Captain Cold. Just poor Mick being depressed and eventually betraying the team for a chance to get Len back, and - (Okay, I'm invested, but I'm still mad at the show.) (It doesn't help to have showrunners giving interviews about how they fixed the stuff that was wrong with the show, when to me it feels as if the stuff they've "fixed" was the stuff I liked. And yet I'll keep watching. I'm a sucker for time travel shows. (Just stumbled across a Spanish one the other day, which I'll need to sit down and watch.))

18. Escape from New York
Well, at least now I know what the references are about?

19. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
I must admit I was a little disappointed in this movie. I mean, it's got lovely effects, but the story - how do the Peculiars even have more children if all their kids are kept forever in time loops? For that matter, the villains were the most disappointing - you're really telling me that a bunch of adult Peculiars wouldn't have the skill set to fight other Peculiars?

20. The Accountant
I think this movie would have been far better as a tv show. I think - it wanted to do too much. It has a hero who is austistic, had a terrible childhood with a military dad who insisted the son learn martial arts and a mother that left, is now an accountant for the mob and secretly a superhero - or something. It's just - too much and not enough, you know? A tv show could have taken it's time, but this is mostly a mess.

21. La Jetée
Well, that was creepy

22 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Somebody please tell me: why would you build an computer server library on a tropical ocean planet???? Why??? They've got entire ice planets and they build the library on the sea??? Where there's salt and sand and heat and - why???????????

23. The Magnificent Seven
I'll give it points for aiming at diversity, but sadly, this was a very boring movie. It never really manages to surprise, you know? Or be properly funny? Mostly I found myself nostalgic for the tv show (well, and the old movie and the Samurai movie, but mostly the tv show.) (Also - did Red Harvest's facepaint give anybody else associations to the Confederate flag?)
As mentioned, I went to see Guardians. It was fun. It started a bit slow at first, but once it got properly rolling, well - it was silly and sad and fun. Pure entertainment. A little spoilery beyond this cut )

What I've recently finished reading

Rachel Aaron: The Spirit Rebellion
Rachel Aaron: The Spirit Eater
The first book in this series was great fun. The next was okay, and so was the third, but I'm not exactly sad that the Danish library don't have the last two. They've been moving from mostly light-hearted fantasy heist stories to a bigger, we need to save the world from the Demon (and probably the Shepherdess as well, who is creepily obsessed with Eli Monpress, our protagonist thief and mage) fantasy cliché plotline. And also, while I do think the author is deliberately working on a "neither Light nor Darkness is exactly good" kind of thing, then her main antagonist of our "heroes" - a wizard repeatedly hunting the band of thieves and trying to bring Eli back for trial - well, I'm, not entirely sure whether the author realizes that she had her basically waterboarding Eli for a bit in the last book.

What I guess I'm saying is that the series started as fun, but is moving in directions that I am not left feeling that I need to keep reading it for.

What I'm reading now

Greg Van Eekhout's California Bones, which I'm almost done with (and this one I am sad that the Danish libraries don't have the sequel to - I might need to make a special request for it), Henrik's Cavling's Det danske Vestindien, which could have used a foreword, but which is also making me get a grasp of exactly how far away from Denmark those islands were even as late as that, and the first volume of Thit Jensen's Stygge Krumpen.

What I'm reading next

Decisions, decisions

Total number of books and comics read this year: 78
oneiriad: (Default)
( Apr. 26th, 2017 10:39 pm)
Your regularly scheduled wednesday reading meme will, in fact, not be happening today, on account of the fact that I just came home from seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

It might possibly happen tomorrow.

Spoilers: I am Groot.
So, what's going on in my life. Well, I spent the Easter weekend with a group of highly suspicious individuals. And thinking that I might want to go see Guardians of the Galaxy on wednesday.

Also, I should probably get around to doing a doodle, seeing if there's any weekend this summer that people would be interested in dropping by.

What I've recently finished reading

Shirley Jackson: The Haunting of Hill House
I found myself very much liking Eleanor - the spinster who finally does something a little rebellious and then everything ends up going - less than well. She deserved so much better. And I was a little fascinated by Hill House itself - I ended up with a mental image out of German expressionist films.

Johan F. Krarup: Styrelsen

Rachel Aaron: The Spirit Thief
Another result of my need for high fantasy heists, and this one's okay. Not nearly as good as Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom (I suspect few books are), but Eli Monpress is a charming scoundrel - all the spirits of pretty much everything seems to agree - and it's a very light read.

What I'm reading now

Rachel Aaron's The Spirit Rebellion, which is still quite relaxing entertainment, and Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief, which is - I think I might have liked it better if I'd read it when it was published and not now that I've read newer space opera.

What I'm reading next

Rachel Aaron's The Spirit Eater - mostly because it's an omnibus edition.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 76
In not reading news, I just watched the second episode of the new Prison Break. I'm quite enjoying it, though I yearn for whenever we'll finally get that Michael Scofield/Lincoln Burrows hug. I've got a craving, okay?

Also, I might have bought my summer vacation.

What I've recently finished reading

Bernard Cornwell: The Empty Throne
I'm a little sad that the book didn't stick with Uhtred the Younger's pov beyond the prologue. Uhtred Senior is starting to feel a bit - same-ish? Oh well, there's only a couple more books in the series currently.

Andrzej Sapkowski: The Last Wish
I found this surprisingly enjoyable. I mean, it's a fairly standard fantasy world - a bit worn, civilization gaining on the wild lands and monster hunters not as needed anymore - and I quite liked the random fairytale narratives popping up everywhere and the faintly Eastern European feel to some of it. That said - I am hesitant to request the second book, though partly, that's because that would mean switching from Danish to English, and I don't know if the English translation would lose the feel of the story as it was in the Danish. I mean, I could wait and hope for the second book to be published in Danish, but I checked Gyldendal's website and there's not even a hit of a publishing plan, so...

Speaking of English translations - am I correct in guessing that the word witcher is not to be found in the Polish original text? Because the translator used witcher and among all the Danish words for supernaturals, many drawn from folklore, it felt jarring, and I can't help but suspect it's all the computer game's fault, that Gyldendal wanted to draw in the gamer audience by keeping that (the book cover references the game, so that's a no-brainer, really), and it annoyed me, because it just doesn't fit with the rest of the text, and otherwise the translation felt quite good, so I can't help but suspect that the translator was given an order as far as that went.

Makoto Yukimura: Vinland Saga book 5.
I still find reading about the viking age through Japanese eyes interesting, and I still think this manga's version of southern Jutland would make more sense in the deep Swedish forests.

G.D. Falksen: A Long-Awaited Treachery
I must admit, this series - I loved the first book and greatly enjoyed the second, but this one? Not so much. I mean, I like the characters, it just felt - maybe too straightforward? Too small, somehow? And not a single werewolf in sight, and I missed them.

J.M. DeMatteis: Justice League Dark: Lost in Forever
And done. Seriously, reading Vertigo characters stuffed into a DC superhero team never stops being odd. It just - everybody feels wrong.

What I'm reading now

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, which I might sit down and read a bit more of after I finish this post, and The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi, which I can so far only say starts well.

What I'm reading next

You tell me: science fiction anthology, viking werewolves, high fantasy thief or noir superheroes?

Total number of books and comics read this year: 73
oneiriad: (Default)
( Apr. 8th, 2017 11:53 am)
I'm trying to decide whether to:

A) deleted my LJ entirely

B) continue what I've been doing and crosspost the DW posts I make to LJ. Possibly disable commenting over there, so as only to get comments on DW.

C) leave my LJ as is, but stop crossposting

Decisions, decisions

(I backed it up on DW during one of the earlier panics. All that's purely on LJ are a number of comments on posts made after that. And honestly? My LJ experience hasn't been lively in years).
I am ridiculously mad at Legends of Tomorrow today. Just saying. I mean, there's bad writing and OOC and character assassination, and then there's having someone straight up murder the person he previously sacrificed his life for.

What I've recently finished reading

Cullen Bunn: Lobo: Beware His Might
I still don't get why somebody decided to suddenly make Lobo young and hot. It's all wrong.

Kieron Gillen: The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide.
This comic book series really is gorgeous, but while the entire fan culture/religious mysteries thing is interesting, it really needs to start actually revealing some of its secrets and mysteries. (Though I like how apparently they need to keep Sekhmet drunk to keep her from killing people all over the place.)

Maria Turtschaninoff: Anaché: myter från akkade
On one hand, this is an extremely well-written book with a gorgeous setting and a fascinating spirit world. It has an interesting, clever, good main character, and there are many things to like, between the gorgeous descriptions of life among the akkade, the spirit animals and also Anaché's marriage. I liked that bit quite a lot. The plot twist was interesting - not the most original, but well done. I just - I just wish this fantasy society didn't have to be so very patriarchal and oppressive, and the villain hadn't had to be essential a misogynist.

What I'm reading now

G.D. Falksen's A Long-Awaited Treachery, which has been put a little on the backburner, Bernard Cornwell's The Empty Throne, which at least didn't start with the main character losing all he had won last book for a change, and Andrzej Sapkowski The Last Wish, which might be winning me over, if the rest of it is as entertaining as the retelling of the Beauty and the Beast.

What I'm reading next

I'm in the middle of three books, meme, give me a chance? But if all goes well, possibly a tourist book on Bali.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 68
Zombies, superheroes and old tv shows

11. Resident Evil: Afterlife
Admittedly, I haven't seen any of the other RE movies (and I'm not planning to), but the plot was fairly straightforward. And it's an okay movie - not great, but reasonably entertaining. It felt very like a computer game, actually - different levels to fight your way through, with bosses along the way and new characters for your group to pick up along the way. Which - I suppose shouldn't come as a surprise, really...

12. Logan
I wonder how many people went to see this expecting a fairly standard superhero movie and found themselves watching a movie about all the indignities of old age and your own body betraying you in all manner of fun ways. (Possibly me, a bit - I'd mostly ignored trailers out of not wanting to be spoiled). But it's a very, very good movie - and far more adult than any of those Batman movies ever managed to be.

13. The Thing
You know, I need to watch 80s science fiction and fantasy. I mean, I've seen a lot, but it's just - genre movies with special effects before computers took it all over.

14. Due South season 2.
Some nice episodes, some less so (I'm sorry, I just never saw what was funny about Leslie Nielsen). Fraser is still adorable, Vecchio's fun, Thatcher's crush? on Fraser is frankly painful to watch - and then it got rounded off with a clip show episode, which made me think about the clip show as a tv show trope and how you never really see them anymore, do you? Somewhere between show formats moving from mostly episodic to mostly narrative and binge watching becoming a regular thing thanks to dvds and Netflix, they just - don't seem half as common anymore?

15. Prison Break season 1.
16. Prison Break season 2.
So - I thought I should sit down and watch this, because I've enjoyed Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell as Captain Cold and Heatwave, and since they're starting the fifth season of this in just a few days, well, I thought I should give it a try. I actually quite enjoyed the first season - it's been a while since I watched a prison show, and the escape plan narrative keeps it moving forward towards a definite goal. Which might also be why I was less than impressed with season two. It feels a lot messier, a lot more all over the place, and it keeps moving the goal posts, which feels a bit like cheating after the first couple of times. And then it does cheat the brothers out of their freedom in the end. Dangles it and takes it and it's back in jail. I wonder if the audience back in the day had the same reaction to the plot post-jailbreak and that's why it's back in jail for nearly the entire surving cast? (Including Mahone, who - sorry, not liking.) Anyway, I do like Michael Scofield, he's the kind of sneaky bastard character I enjoy, so that's something. (But it is physically impossible for me to watch the last two seasons before the show starts, and it's not like I haven't been spoiled for the main plot points of them anyway - so the question becomes: wait until after the fifth season is done and risk being disappointed after getting used to hopefully better writing or keep watching while the new episodes also air and risk getting them all tangled up? Probably the latter...)
In which I just want to grumble about the new episode of Legends of Tomorrow, because people need to stop being mean to Mick, and I want Leonard Snart back with a characterization that is just a bit similar to how he's been at, well, at some point in either The Flash or LoT, really...


What I've recently finished reading

Kim Harrison: The Witch With No Name, which I mostly read to get done with the series (and I'm not touching the new prequel series the author's started). The series started well enough, but honestly? I've gotten very tired of the urban fantasy subgenre that stars a heroine who inevitably turns out to be not just supernatural, but super special and unique. Anyway, it's the last book, and it feels like all of the sudden the author remembered that she had a bunch of big plotlines that needed to get tied up, but that's how it goes.

Brian K. Vaughan: We Stand On Guard, which - the US really is the go-to evil country these days, isn't it.

Alfred Bester: The Stars My Destination. Can I have a movie starring Dominic Purcell? Okay, okay, focus on the book - it's interesting. I mean, it's science fiction, so obviously of its time, and it never quite seemed to be able to decide whether women were kept locked up or worked sensible, professional jobs. But I did like the sheer messy world of it, and sometimes I liked Gully Foyle and sometimes I didn't

Malkøbing museum - I liked the concept a lot. A short story collection centered around the exhibits in a small town museum - it just. The clippins surrounding each short story never quite manage to do what I always look for in that sort of thing, the stories themselves were - mostly okay, except that the first couple were set in the start of the 20th century and kept trying to make their characters sound time appropriate and not quite making it. I liked the concept, the execution could have been better.

Marini: Les Aigles de Rome V. Hey, look, I could have used some more enemy mine frenemy plotline in this series, but at the end of the day, reading about the Germans kicking the Romans asses at Teutoburg was perfectly entertaining, even if French comic books have their own set of standard comic book tropes that'll make me roll my eyes.

John Arcudi: B.P.R.D. 8: Killing Ground - which mostly reminded me why I stopped reading this series way back the first time around. Oh well, I requested the next volume before actually reading this, so I guess we'll give it one more chance.

What I'm reading now

G.D. Falksen's A Long-Awaited Treachery, which is the third in an absolutely ridiculous Victorian age with vampires and werewolves I'm greatly enjoying, Maria Turtschaninoff's Anaché, which so far has gorgeous nature and life descriptions, a fascinating spirit world and exactly the sort of patriarchal society I had feared it would have after reading Maresi, and Cullen Bunn's Lobo: Beware His Might, which still has the ridiculously wrong Lobo.

What I'm reading next

Either the next book in Cornwell's Saxon Stories or the first of the Witcher novels. Well. Unless the library wants something else back sooner.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 65
So, apart from reading stuff, I'm still watching Legends of Tomorrow, and Leonard Snart is finally back (sort of - past!Len - close enough), and I badly want somebody to hit all the legends. Anyway.

And I'm about 1/3 into the second season of Prison Break (I thought I ought to watch at least some of the show before the new season starts, because Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller.) And I just noticed that Netflix has gotten a show called Samurai Gourmet, which my Shinya Shokudo loving self is thinking sounds relevant to my interests, though we'll see.

Anyway, this was supposed to be a reading meme post.

What I've recently finished reading

Joshua Williamson: Ghosted: Ghost Town
Well, that's apparently done. I must admit, this series never really hooked me. The idea of a thief stealing ghosts was definitely a good idea, it just - I never actually liked any of the characters?

Byzantium and the Viking World

Kieron Gillen: The Wicked + the Divine: Fandemonium
I'm really enjoying this comic book series. I mean, the mythology is all over the place and makes no sense, but it's gorgeous and the idea of a group of gods (from all manner of mythologies) reincarnating/manifesting in a bunch of teenagers every 90 years, inspiring fandoms and scholarship and then inevitably dying within two years? I actually like the setting.

Robert Venditti: The Flash: Out of Time

Christopher Golden & Mike Mignola: Baltimore: The Plague Ships

Gail Carriger: Manners and Mutiny
I must admit, I mostly read this one to complete this subseries. I think I've had enough of this author. Her Parasol Protectorate was fun, sort of Austen-lite with a steampunk-urban fantasy fusion, and this is the same world, just - it's gotten too ridiculous? And from what I can find, the next series don't sound like they'll be less ridiculous?

Kurt Busiek: Astro City: Lovers Quarrel

Zander Cannon: Kaijumax Season 1.
You now, I really do like the idea of this comic - a prison island for all the gigantic Kaiju monsters terrorizing the world. It just never quite - maybe it's because the art style wasn't quite my thing? Or because the plot, if you ignore the giant monsters part, was actually - kinda cliché?

Maria Turtschaninoff: Maresi
I'm sort of divided about this book. On one hand, I quite liked the worldbuilding - the red abbey, the daily lives of the sisters and novices as the year goes round, even the secret magics that they just barely make use of, and the whispers of the Witch, the death aspect of the mother goddess. On the other hand, the main plot - as far as there is plot and not just quiet following-the-life - the plot where one girl from a extremely patriarchal country seeks refuge and her evil dad follows with a crew of pirate men eager for pillage and rape? It didn't feel - well, it was way too predictable, I suppose. And honestly? I think I'm well and truly tired of that type of plots.

What I'm reading now

Kim Harrison's The Witch With No Name, which is - I must confess - another last-book-in-a-series, where I rather liked the series early on, but at this point, it's my inner completist that drives the work, and then I've just started reading Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination. (I'm imagining Dominic Purcell playing Gully Foyle, though that might just be because of the cover picture.)

What I'm reading next

Well, I don't know right now. Honestly? My choice of which book is next often has a considerably correlation with whichever book the library has finally decided I can't renew anymore... (Possibly Anaché by Maria Turtschaninoff, though I worry it will turn out to be the same sort of world played straigth as Maresi).

Total number of books and comics read this year: 59


oneiriad: (Default)


RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Powered by Dreamwidth Studios

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags