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


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