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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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( 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
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( 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 )


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