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November 1st, 2017

05:23 pm: LoT reaction post: Phone Home
Now that is pure ET.

And now I'm imagining all the Legends spending every morning waiting in line with towels and newspapers, like in those old movies. One bathroom? Well, I suppose the Waverider was never intended for more than one captain and occasional guests.

Methinks Mick's going to be developing trust issues now.

And he's back. Presumably because we're back before he died. Time travel gets weird on this show.

"Never stolen a thing in my life!" I thought eagle scouts weren't supposed to lie, or does stealing candy in the White House not count anymore?

How does Zari now know about aliens? The Dominator invasion wasn't exactly covert? Lots of people must have seen them.

Jax? Stein wanted to stay home with Clarissa and Lily, remember? Him not wanting to time travel right now? You knew this. He's there because of you, not for the adventure.

If this episode doesn't involve a sequence with young Ray riding a bicycle past the full moon, I will be very disappointed.

Somehow, Nate creeping on Ray's mum could get creepier.

Baby dominator expressing its love of musicals through mind-controlled men in black. Okay then.

And here are the bicycles! And Zari's air totem. And the moon shot.

All the ET.

Baby Ronnie. On one hand, cute, on the other - how much did Lily even meet Ronnie?

And the legends going trick and treating with little Ray in the traditional 80s ending of the kid getting his magic world friends to come and scary the shit out of his bullies. Or was that just the Neverending Story?

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October 25th, 2017

10:27 pm: Wednesday Reading Meme
So, I just found out that Legends of Tomorrow will be doing a viking themed episode this season. Cons: according to IMDB, it will be called "Beebo the God of War." I - wtf? On the pro side, there's both Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell in - about as authentic as Vikings outfits?, it's apparently one of the episodes Constantine will appear in, and IMDB lists Freydis Eiriksdottir as a guest character. I'm - cautiously optimistic? Though, seriously - Beebo? WTF?

What I've recently finished reading

Geoff Johns: Justice League: The Darkseid War, part 1
I'm sad that Captain Cold just faded out of the plot again. Did he go off to another comic?

Lisa Hågensen: Hennes ögon blå
I still think the author has a somewhat weird impression of what people working at a tiny library (four staff = tiny) actually do. Which is probably not the thing I was supposed to focus on in this horror novel about something evil in the woods.

Simon Spurrier: Cry Havoc: Mything In Action
I quite liked this comic. I like Lou the lesbian not-technically-a-werewolf, and I quite liked the hyena motif.

Gilbert Hernandez: The Twilight Children
This, on the other hand, was kinda dull. I'd rather read more Love & Rockets.

What I'm reading now

Mediernes møgkællinger by Susanne Staun, which is scary reading, and The Rise and Fall of DODO by Neal Stephenson, which has put a cat in a box.

What I'm reading next

Luderen fra Gomorra by Inge Eriksen.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 165

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08:12 pm: LoT reaction post: Zari
Amaya sleep-spidering is a lovely image.

Damnit, Stein. Damnit, show, you were being so good this year with no anti-Mick humor.

Why isn't Ray recognizing Kuasa? Wasn't she the one he fought?

And I repeat - how did Mick Rory violate any anti-metahuman act? Nate, yes, Sara - maybe, depending on how magically revived counts. But Mick's got a fancy gun and Ray's got a fancy suit. Neither are metahumans, not be the shows' usual definition. Seriously, weird near-future police state - where are you getting this nonsense?

Awwwww, Mickey - did all the bad legends punch all the ARGUS guys? Bad legends.

Was that Nate actually having a decent suggestion for once? Asking Amaya's ancestors what might be wrong with the totem seems - perfectly sensible? Admittedly, the legends aren't good at not breaking time, but honestly - it's worth a shot?

Oh, and Stein? Temporal dysplasia as an excuse for a woman being angry at men ignoring her and thinking they know better than her? Sure. Right. Let's go with that time of the month next time or something? Damnit, Stein, that's twice you've been an ass this episode.

Religion illegal in 2042? In the US? Even in a dystopia, that's too ridiculous.

Hey, team acknowledging that Mick's the resident expert on crime.

Actually, so far, apart from Stein's "joke", this is being a pretty nice Mick episode.

And I am positively disposed towards Kuasa as a villain, though I'd like her to have some lines at some point.

Okay, Jax opening the cell doors for all the captives is understandable - but I can't help but expect it to backfire. The metas in the Flash does not tend to be stable and nice people, and these guys and girls have been locked up for anything up to 21 years. (Also, I feel they're missing a golden opportunity to have an aged Rogue or somebody else from one of the shows appear.)

No, seriously. Why isn't Ray recognizing Kuasa???

Am I the only one feeling that Sara this season is - a bit unstable? Too much?

If they go with a Zari/Mick romance, I don't think I'll object.

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October 18th, 2017

08:26 pm: Wednesday Reading Meme
I still haven't caught a Suicune - I partly blame spending time in Paris on many things that weren't legendary raiding. If this keeps up, certain inviduals are getting shanghai'ed the last weekend of the month.

What I've recently finished reading

Lucien Soulban: Lockdown
Well - supervillain prison? Fun enough.

Robert Venditti & Van Jensen: The Flash: Zoom
I enjoyed reading about Henry Allen making friends with supervillains and breaking out of jail to save his son from the evil speedster.

Thit Jensen: Stygge Krumpen vol. 2.
Question: Thit Jensen was a major feminist, as far as I understand - but between this and the Valdemar novels, I'm beginning to wonder what her problem with women in positions of power was. I mean, she has a hate-on for Mother Sigbrit, and the Valdemar books hate Birgitta with a passion. Seriously, what is up with this? (And should I read "Af blod er du kommet" eller "Jørgen Lykke" next? Or a biography on Thit herself?)

Holger Philipsen: Dan Frisk
My inner historian is offended at the weird chronology of this and the horned helmets.

Geoff Johns: Justice League: Injustice League
I just read this for Captain Cold interacting with Wonder Woman and being on the Justice League for a bit.

What I'm reading now

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, which starts well, and Hennes ögan blå by Lisa Hågensen, which I suspect of not entirely knowing what work at a small library actually involves (I doubt librarians in Sweden at a library with a staff of four people are personally calling publishers to discuss e-books... though what do I know about Sweden? Maybe it is that de-centralized there, though I doubt it.)

What I'm reading next

Well, that depends - the Hågensen book will last one or two more days of train rides, so - I've got the choice between the first of Inge Eriksen's science fiction novels or a the second of the Chanur books.

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05:15 pm: LoT reaction post: Freakshow
Okay, I can see how Nate would be upset about Amaya returning to 1942 if that was how she went about it. And it's not like she didn't know about Mari at the end of season 2. She could at least have left a note.

Someone's been watching Iron Man and Avengers...

Methinks Mick's watched IT.

Awww, they remembered that Ray is an eagle scout. And allergic to cats.

While Nate is the idiot to end all idiots. Who the hell just walks into the cage of a live, unsedated big carnivore? ... And they just screwed up their nice, easy anachronism. Of course they did.

Too much Nate!drama this episode. And frankly, Ray and Jax? You really think it's a good idea to follow Barnum right now? After Nate spilled all your secrets?

Awww, Mick is kind to sabertooth kittens. Inadvisably so, but still.

This episode is just one long list of Nate being by turns an idiot and useless. Except when he's both.

Apparently there's a Global Treaty on Time Travel? With the UN? How???? That's not how anything works.

And apparently Amaya's totem is out of control? Amaya - stop saying sorry to Barnum, he's a kidnapping asshole.

Ray? You are a bad person. Shame on you.

Hello Kuasa.

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October 12th, 2017

09:27 pm: Wednesday - I mean Thursday Reading Meme
Home from Paris - ILL conference and hanging out with robininthelabyrint. Admittedly, getting home involved strikes and SAS being inefficient (aren't they supposed to actually tell you when your plane is cancelled?) and negotiating to not be put on a plane to bloody Oslo (I don't mind Oslo, but when the goal is Copenhagen, Oslo is a bit of a detour). Hopefully I can get these posts back on a regular schedule now - especially since goodreads tells me I am behind on my reading goal now. :-(

Also, I've gotten my Yuletide assignment, and must admit, my immediate reaction was: somebody ships that?

What I've recently finished reading

Steve Kenson: Freedom City
There is some entertainment in just going "Right, so this villain is basically an evil Swamp Thing, and this hero is sort of Black Panther with a different colour scheme, and this is obviously Doctor Strange, etc."

Juan Díaz Canales: Fraternity 1.

Makoto Yukimura: Vinland Saga book 7.
Continues to be an occasionally weird read, especially after the main character turned pacifist.

C.J. Cherryh: The Pride of Chanur
This was a delightful read. The poor, furless, hapless alien and the crew of lioness aliens having to deal with him and escape the bad aliens. It's fun and I need to read the rest of the books. Which will involve tracking the last three down somehow.

What I'm reading now

Lucien Soulban's Lockdown, because supervillain prison, and Thit Jensen's Stygge Krumpen vol. 2..

What I'm reading next

Always a good question. Well - there's a Flash comic the library will be wanting back soon? And I got the first volume of Inge Eriksen's science fiction series from the library, so that's a possibility. Also - Yuletide canon review.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 156

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October 11th, 2017

11:21 am: Legends of Tomorrow: Aruba-Con reaction post
Five years seems like an awfully short time to build up a functioning Time Bureau, but okay.

Why is Sara working in a crappy shop? Oh, and Nate just grew even creepier, with his Amaya-look-a-like date.

I keep having to pause this episode for embarrassment squick related reasons. Please get past this point, episode.

So, apparently only Mick and Stein are actually happy and functional in 2017. And Rip really should have, oh, I dunno - involved the rest in the Time Bureau somehow? He should have seen this coming.

At least they actually address Caesar speaking English.

"No powers. It can make the anachronism worse!" First of all, they totally stole that from the rewrite. Second of all - this is their own time??? The age of superheroes? How would Firestorm in 2017 Aruba make anything worse?

Now this. This is the legends actually being guilty of breaking history. Never give somebody in the past a history book, damnit. Even if he just pick-pocketed it. (Correction: Nate broke history. Some historian he is. (Also - Nate's a historian and carries around what looks like a very layman's history of Rome type book?))

Can we have Mick stop commenting on women's hotness? It feels like somebody discovered Coldwave and are trying to disprove it by making him aggresively heterosexual - or maybe gay and pretending not to be? I dunno anymore.

And they get to keep the ship and fly about in the end. That wasn't a very interesting opening episode.

Rip said he spent the last five years forming the Time Bureau, right? Where did they get the portal tech? The Time Masters used timeships. Where did he get the temporal portals?

Amaya seems - a bit darker this season? Channeling spirit animals to kill German poachers offscreen?

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September 27th, 2017

08:34 pm: Bi-Weekly Wednesday Reading Meme
Only a week late. Life goes on - this week trains that just won't cooperate with me, next week Paris. And before leaving I need to have signed up for Yuletide, which means I need to peruse the tagset soon.

What I've recently finished reading

Vide verden - Paris
Be prepared, as they say. Hmmm - to visit the pet cemetary or to not visit the pet cemetary?

Grant Morrison: The Multiversity
Wow. DC sure has a lot of official AU worlds.

Brian K. Vaughan: Saga vol. 7.

Veil of Night
Not very exciting, really.

Susanne Clod Pedersen: Fenrisfærden
Arnulf is back and this time he and his friend Toke and their families end up leaving Norway to move to Iceland. To the surprise of absolutely no reader this leads to a full-scale blood feud with some of the new neighbours, because Arnulf is Arnulf and Iceland in the Viking Age never knew how to quit.

What I'm reading now

Freedom City and I've still got the last six chapters to go reading the LoT rewrite I've been a part of.

What I'm reading next

Hmmm. Stygge Krumpen vol. 2. by Thit Jensen, methinks. And I need to take a look at my shelves and pick a book or two for the plane to Paris.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 152

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September 18th, 2017

09:55 pm: While waiting for the last of my nominated Yuletide fandoms to make it through the eye of the needle, I thought I'd make a post about my AU Exchange fic - which I keep thinking of as my Norse Wonder Woman fic, because the prompt asked for a Wonder Woman au, where she was from another mythology than Greek, and, well, the mythology I know best and have the least worries about playing with is Norse, so...

Chooser of the Slain (4248 words) by oneiriad
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wonder Woman (2017)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Diana (Wonder Woman)/Steve Trevor
Characters: Diana (Wonder Woman), Steve Trevor
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Norse Religion & Lore, Alternate Origin Story, Canonical Character Death
Summary: She was born on the day when the great wolf Sköll devoured the Sun.
When the day turned unexpectedly into night, the Maiden King Jófast cried out in the pain of her labour, and when the light returned, a far smaller voice came with it.
They named the girl Dís.

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September 13th, 2017

09:31 pm: Wednesday Reading Meme on a Wednesday - just a week late
You come home from Bali, you need to start planning for Paris - ILL conference for work and then staying a long weekend after to meet up with a fandom friend from the US. That's going to be a nice trip.

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

What I've recently finished reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What I'm reading now

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

What I'm reading next

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

Total number of books and comics read this year: 147

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