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August 3rd, 2017

10:13 pm: Someday Reading Meme
So - two weeks in one post, and yes, it's on a thursday. Again. Shame, shame, shame, shame on me.

In between reading and getting ready for my vacation I am occasionally hunting pokemons - no Moltres, yet. Annoying animals.

What I've recently finished reading

Dave Justus & Lilah Sturges: Everafter: The Pandora Protocol
I used to really like Willingham's Fables, but maybe I should just accept that the spin-off comics are just never going to work for me. Connor Wolf is an arrogant brat - he might have the powers to pull it off, but he's still annoying (also, was that him in the final chapter? Because this whole comic doesn't exactly leave you liking the fables, but that one was particularly unpleasant.). Frankly, the most nuanced character here felt like Hansel, and he ended up going splat.

M.D. Lachlan: Lord of Slaughter
Vikings and werewolves - though sometimes I wish this series was less mythical...

Francesca Coppa: The Fanfiction Reader: folk tales for the digital age
I rather liked this book. I mean, it's really just a collection of fanfic, though I must admit, I think the only ones I'd actually read before we're the Supernatural racebending comic and the Star Wars story focusing on Finn. The rest were new to me (and I might have tracked down a couple I particularly liked on AO3 and left notes to that effect) - not really surprising, though. Most of the fandoms and pairings and tropes featured aren't my usual thing, but most of the stories were good.

Anyway, I also like the idea of the book - I mean, it must be hugely convenient to educators wanting to teach about fanfiction and not wanting to end up setting a bunch of college students lose on some random, poor, unsuspecting fanfic writer's opus, the way somebody did a while back. And it's a nice collection of fanfic genres and tropes. So, that's nice.

Aleksandar Hemon: Nowhere Man
Well. That was - kinda bland? I mean, the concept of a story told entirely through different viewpoint characters is alwys appealing, but honestly, the life of Jozek Pronek just isn't that interesting.

Emil Brahe: Okkult mekanik
Hmmm. I liked the weird amazon-smurf creatures?

Anna Neye: Emma Gad for hvide
I like Anna Neye's writing style. Alas, between having read a fairly large number of books on the Danish Westindies, and having read a lot of tumblr post and other internet things, I must admit, this book didn't feel like it had anything new to say.

Mette Sejrbo: Varulvens forbandelse
I think I liked the story of Jonas the werewolf and his search for answers far more than the story of Emilie the young witch seeking refuge in meaningless sex in this book. Of course, as the title says, this is Jonas' book - though I suppose that means the next book will focus on the evil vampire? I hope not. (Also - every month the witches don't reveal the existence of werewolves to the world is more deaths on their hands. This is the 21st century. Pass a law that all boys turning 16 has to spend the full moon nights in a nice, secure cage to determine whether they change, and presto: no more teenage boys turning into slavering monsters and eating their tiny siblings.) (I need to learn to stop arguing with random genre novels.)

What I'm reading now

Mike Mignola's The Black Goddess and Mutants & Masterminds 2nd ed.

What I'm reading next

We'll see.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 130

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July 31st, 2017

08:44 pm: Movies and TV Series of July 2017
35. Hunt for the Wilderpeople
This is a delightful movie. It's funny, it's absurd - I was sorry to see Bella die so quickly, though. She was a marvellous woman and killed wild boars with her bare hands, which is a skill I admire in a woman. But the story of Ricky Baker and grumpy old Hec hiding in the wilderness and gradually bonding is good. Admittedly, it has all the cliches as well - Ricky meeting a friendly family, who - in the end - takes him in, and all that. But still. It's very good.

36. Justice League Dark
Well - watching Batman just sort of tagging along with a bunch of magic users and going "hmmm" a lot (and you just know Bruce is freaking out somewhere inside) was fun. And there were several nice scenes, including Swamp Thing. But I still think that John Constantine does not fit in the main DC verse beyond brief cameo appearances.

37. Pot Luck season 1.
This was sweet and I wish Debs and her spareribs girl all the best, and I'd like a second season with more of those two.

38. Spider-Man: Homecoming
This was fun. I mean, I still need somebody to lock Tony Stark away for a couple of decades for recruiting a child soldier for his superhero grudge match (and apparently Pepper is in on it? Shame on you, Pepper! I expected so much better from you.), but Peter and his "internship" and his desperately wanting to be a superhero, that's a good story. As is his friends and classmates (I adore his school in this version!)

39. House of Cards season 4.
I think I'm getting tired of this. Maybe I should rewatch some episodes of West Wing.

40. Powerless season 1. and only
On one hand, this series never managed to be that good. I suspect it was too many recycled office comedy plots for the nerdy crowd, and too many obscure DC characters (I mean obscure - hands up, people who had previously heard about Green Fury!) for the mainstream. Also, it's humour was far too embarrassing for me far too often. That said, this show got monumentally screwed by its network. They kept postponing episodes, aired them out of order, and then it got taken off the air with three episodes not yet shown - at least two of which turned out to be some of the genuinely better episodes in a not that good season (apparently, they are now streaming the entire thing in New Zealand, so that's how the internet got its hands on them). It could have been a really good show - the concept of normal people in a superhero world is fine - but why bother setting it in the DC verse and then only having a couple of episodes that didn't shy away from the big name characters. (Don't get me wrong, I adored the Starro cameo in the pilot, but come on.) Anyway, I didn't think it was that good a show, but with that network it really didn't have a chance.

41. iZombie season 3.
Well, on one hand the season concludes with zombies standing revealed, known to the world. Which might make season 4 interesting. On the other hand, I'm not quite sure I feel for continuing to watch this.

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July 30th, 2017

05:04 pm: Oh, the Danish summer weather - what's not to love about it?
Apparently, the cloudburst about an hour or two ago flooded the basement storage units for mine and my neighbours’ apartments a bit.

Yay.

Well, at least the only thing I had on the floor was some chairs - which have now gotten precariously stacked on top of the boxes I have on shelves down there. I'll have to find the time to give them a good scrub and if it doesn't work, they've been standing down there collecting dust for a few years now. And it was just about an inch of water, max.

(Also, my old and technically already thrown away sandals are now resting - very wet from having been cleaned - in the shower, left to dry if I need to back down. Kinda sucks not to own a pair of proper rubber boots in this specific scenario. I know you're not supposed to go barefoot in the water, but it was either the sandals or risking my nice new shoes, and just - nope.)

So - how is everybody else's weekends going?

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July 25th, 2017

08:04 pm: I have come to the conclusion that the current lack of summer weather is clearly the fault of Netflix. I mean, they are currently filming their first Danish series ever and it's called The Rain. Obviously, Netflix has been a bit too free with the special effects budget.

Damn you, Netflix!

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July 20th, 2017

08:14 pm: Might As Well Call It The Thursday Reading Meme
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

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July 13th, 2017

07:19 pm: Wednesday Reading Meme - not on a wednesday
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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July 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...

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July 6th, 2017

10:32 pm: Just came home from seeing Spider-Man Homecoming.
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!)

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July 5th, 2017

10:31 pm: Wednesday Reading Meme
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

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July 1st, 2017

10:58 pm: Movies and TV Series of June 2017
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