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March 22nd, 2017

10:02 pm: Wednesday Reading Meme
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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March 15th, 2017

06:34 pm: Weekly Reading Meme
What did you recently finish reading?

Oldtidssagaerne 2., which are an interesting read, though - also occasionally repetitive, at least when they start going: and then the king kidnapped the princess and kept her for a bit and then sent her back home and she was pregnant and the son grew up and etc.

Cullen Bunn's Lobo: Targets - why the hell did they make Lobo suddenly young and hot for the New 52? Why?

Mark Waid's Daredevil: The Daredevil You Know, which is getting boring.

Marie Brennan's The Voyage of the Basilisk. Well - it felt a bit lose as far as plot goes. I mean, it's interesting, seeing different parts of this world and their dragons, but plotwise - let's sail around and scientifically look for dragons didn't feel like much.

Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga book 4. - there is something very curious about reading about vikings in a manga. And not just the occasional moment of wtf? (Because I'm fairly certain that southern Jutland did not have vast forests to be cleared for farmland in the viking age. Not quite like that.)

Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman: Bones, which I maintain a perfectly entertaining urban fantasy comic as long as you pretend it has absolutely nothing to do with the DC superhero.

Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray's All-Star Western: Gold Standard, which was a bit meh, but ends with Hex stuck in 21st century Arkham Asylum, so - maybe it gets better?

What are you currently reading?

I'm almost done with an anthology called "Byzantium and the Viking World</b>, which mostly has me wondering why all the current viking tv shows are all about the west (probably because they are either English or US productions). England, France - who bloody cares? Give me the journey down the rivers, give me Byzantium, the City - give me the Varangian guard - or just a viking who has been in the Varangian guard, goes with Ragnar to Paris, gets into the fancy Paris cathedral and goes - "Pretty. Bit tiny and a bit rural, but pretty."

What do you think you'll read next?

Possibly The Haunting of Hill House, possibly something else. I have options.

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March 13th, 2017

11:22 pm: London Toast Theater has announced what this year's Crazy Christmas Cabaret theme is going to be.

Looks like it's Star Wars this year. (And Trump. To be fair, I suspect he's going to be a recurring theme for the next few years.)

I wonder if I know anybody who might be interested in joining me...

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March 8th, 2017

08:14 pm: Yesterday I bought a new bed (to be delivered next week) and got Thai food from the new takeaway place around the corner. Today I went to an afternoon showing of Logan.

I feel that I am using my vacation very productively, don't you?

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07:13 pm: Reading Meme - trying something new this month
Instead of my monthly round-up post, I thought I'd try doing a weekly meme - if nothing else, it should get me updating my DW a bit more often.

What did you recently finish reading?

Jan Guillou's Äkta amerikanska jeans, which - I was actually disappointed in this one. I've been enjoying the series well enough - grand scale family saga, following a Norwegian/German/Swedish family through the 20th century. It just - didn't feel like it was really a part of that. I mean, the book itself is - fine, I suppose. We're at the third generation, main character is a boy named Eric, born in '44, and we're now in the 50s. The early part of the book mostly reminded me of Far til fire, truth be told, and then they move to Stockholm and it's all 50s culture and the occasional girl, and I just - listen. I read Rifbjerg, I read Panduro. I am certain Sweden already has equivalent writers. I do not feel that Scandinavian literature was truly missing yet another narrative about being a teenage boy in the 50s and his discovering pop culture and girls, okay? Even if clearly this is partly Guillou channeling his own childhood (and it might be an interesting companion book to his Ondskan, which it actually has a crossover with), but - it's published as part of a family chronicle series. And apart from a bit in the early chapters, we follow the family embarrassment in this book, the poor, disgraced relatives that nobody has contact with. Which isn't much family saga, okay?

Britt Karin Larsen's Der vokser et tre i Mostamägg, which is also a family saga book. First book, about the Forest Finns in Northern Sweden in the 19th century. It's got lots of a nature and nature worship and strong women characters, so I think I'll give the second book a shot, even if I'm not quite convinced yet.

Robert Kirkman The Walking Dead: Call to Arms, which has me wondering whether Negan ships Rick/Negan.

Kurtis J. Wiebe: Rat Queens: Demons

Kurt Busiek: Astro City: Private Lives, which remains one of my favourite superhero comics. Nevermind Agents of SHIELD or Powerless or Powers, give me an Astro City tv show. But a good one. Don't ruin it.

Brandon Sanderson's The Final Empire, which - listen, I read Leigh Bardugo's Crooked Kingdom, which is lovely, and I found myself wanting to read more fantasy heist novels. So I googled and this kept coming up, and - well. It doesn't feel very heist-y, even though it's a crew of thieves that the story is about. And while the setting has potential - basically, Sauron won in this fantasy world - it's just. Kinda dull? Very standard high fantasy, which - frankly? Wasn't what I was looking for.

What are you currently reading?

Right now, I'm about halfway through the second volume of the new Danish translation of Oldtidssagaerne, specifically about halfway through the saga of Hrólfr Kraki, which has so far been mostly about his ancestors - and incest. Is there some sort of thing in Norse sagas where incest produces superpowered boy children? Also, I just started reading Marie Brennan's The Voyage of the Basilisk, mostly because it was a more convenient format than the sagas for taking with me in the train,

What do you think you'll read next?

Honestly? Not entirely sure. There's a couple of comics I need to read, because the library wants them back soon, so probably them - being the fourth volume of the Vinland manga and the first volume of a Lobo series that seems to have made him young and handsome, which - why? Anyway, as for not-graphic literature - not sure. We'll see.

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March 1st, 2017

07:24 pm: Movies and tv series of February
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07:10 pm: Books and Comics of February 2017
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Total number of books and comics read this month: 16
Currently reading: Äkta amerikanska jeans by Jan Guillou and Der vokser et tre i Mostamägg by Britt Karin Larsen

Total number of books and comics read this year: 37

Right. As an experiment, I am going to try to steal the reading meme a few other people are using and try to do weekly updates next month at least. If nothing else, it should make me post more to my DW?

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February 1st, 2017

08:41 pm: Movies and tv shows of January 2017
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08:33 pm: Books and Comics of January 2017
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Total number of books and comics read this month: 21
Currently reading: Smertensbarn by Mette Finderup and Mørke guders templer

Total number of books and comics read this year: 21

Which reminds me, I really should get around to doing some statistics on the books I read last year.

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January 23rd, 2017

06:09 pm: So, let’s see if I’ve understood this correctly: if it’s a tv show the former Danish minister of culture likes, then it’s serious business and an outrage and something to be brought up in parliament when he can’t get his fix straight from the source, unimpeded by geolocking and annoying things like creators’ rights.

But when it’s a tv show someone else likes, it’s just too bad and we best be good little consumers and wait patiently for someone to potentially, at some point in the next 5-10 years if we’re very lucky, acquire the rights to show it on some random tv channel in DK, because you wouldn’t download a car, now would you?

I wonder if Bertel can spell hypocrite...

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