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Things I've finished watching recently

The Librarians S3: CASSANDRA KISSED A GIRL. Yep. That's basically my main take-away of this season.


Things I finished reading a while ago

2016 & 2017 )

I read too many comics.
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2016

A YEAR OF MARVELS: JULY INFINITE COMIC (2016) #1, by Chuck Wendig (scenario) and Juanan Ramirez (art): This is SUPER CUTE. Mind you, I read it when it came out, so I might be forgetting stuff, but I am so there for Bucky + kids.


Star Wars: Shattered Empire, by Greg Rucka (scenario) and Marco Checchetto (art): This was enjoyable, if a bit disjointed. I enjoyed seeing Leia kicking ass on Naboo and the art is great. Shara Bey is amazing.



2017

One of the books I'm currently reading just said:
On a chanté sans fin les cloches d'Is. Il n'est poète breton qui ne les ait entendues

"The bells of [Ys] have been endlessly sung. There is no Breton poet who has not heard them."

WHY YOU GOTTA CALL ME OUT LIKE THAT, MAN

More memes

Jan. 19th, 2017 09:05 pm
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1. 2016 Reading Wednesday some more )


2. Fandom Snowflake Day 2 )


3. Comment with a fanfic trope and, if you'd like, a character/pairing, and I will tell you:
• how likely I am to write it
• A few lines of theoretical fic

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My wrist really hurts lately and idk why. I'm hoping it's only temporary and not linked to the back pain. Anyway, going to go easy on posting, I suppose.

And so, I'm cancelling the giant post of all the books I read in 2016 and didn't talk about. Have part of it instead.


What did you finish reading

Cixi de Troy, by Christophe Arleston (scenario) et Olivier Vatine (art): This is a spin-off from Lanfeust de Troy, telling the story of Cixi between volumes 5 and 6 of that series. Same writer as the main series, different artist. A lot happens in quite a short time! I like Cixi a lot and tbh I'd been wanting to know more about that period of time where she was exclusive mistress to omnipotent tyrant by day and DRAGON RIDING VIGILANTE fighting said tyrant by night, which this comics trilogy is at least partly about, so yay! Also, pirates. Also also it makes it canon that Cixi is bi. Way back when I reviewed Mike Carey's Lucifer, I mentionned "it feature[d] the longest roadtrip I have read for someone to get an abortion that they cannot get through other means" -- this book is the basis of comparaison for that. In both cases the fact that outside magical forces prevent these women from seeking an abortion is treated as a violation, fyi. Anyway. I quite enjoyed the friendship between Cixi and her maid, and Cixi and her dragon.


What are you currently reading

A satirical newspaper that comes out on Wednesdays. I'm reading Le Canard Enchainé, Journal satirique paraissant le mercredi, because it's Wednesday and if I'm going to buy a fucking newspaper, I'll be damned if it's a newspaper that isn't independant.


Stuff finished in 2016

Mostly comics )


Stuff finished in 2017
Also mostly comics )


What are you reading next

In French: a book on Parisian folklore, a book of first-hand accounts of the Paris Commune (with an eye both to the general history and to writing a Rogue One AU) and a book on Brittany. Also, comics.

In English: fuck if I know, mate.

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Marie des dragons intégrale by  Ange (scenario) and Thierry Démarez (art): The titular dragons look more like the aliens from the Alien franchise, but this was still pretty enjoyable, even if I didn't like the ending that much. I did enjoy the slow creeping sense of something being wrong until we get the raving madmen endlessly reciting the names of kings of France and we're told by characters that those weren't kings of France. Surprise! This is an alternate universe (ish). I with the colouring wasn't so muddy.


Les aigles de Rome 4,
by Enrico Marini (art and scenario): Well, I feel towards this one pretty much exactly like I did towards book 1, 2 & 3. To wit, that I really enjoy the art, but not the story. At least this volume had more violence and less sex so felt more balanced? I'll still probably read book 5 when it hits the library, though, because I am very weak to the combination of "enemies who like each other ", Romans getting their asses kicked and pretty art.


More stuff I read this year and haven't talked about yet )


I have also finished my re-read of Les Quatre de Baker Street. Currently there are no coherent thoughts.


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READING

What did you finish reading

2015

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Asgard, by Rick Riordan: It's been ages since I read this, given that I read it when it came out, way back in October 2015. Anyway, I enjoyed it a lot. Sam was my favourite and I remember being pretty down with the Loki characterisation. (And now I can go buy the sequel.)

The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan: I read this in early 2015! I am so bad at this reading Wednesday thing lately, wow. (But now I've officially talked about everything I readin 2015. Woohoo!) I also enjoyed this, but the worldbuilding didn't work quite as well for me here as it did in the other series(es) of Riordan's I've read. Also, I did not expect as much Isis/Seth shipping fodder as I got (it's my crackship of Egyptian mythos).


Tbh my fellings about both of the above are that they're pretty much exactly what one would expect of "Rick Riordan Does Norse Myths" and "Rick Riordan Does Egyptian Myths" respectively, so for people who like that sort of thing, it is the sort of thing that they like. /is a person who likes that sort of thing, is a case in point


2016

Everything below the cut is stuff I read at various points this year and didn't talk about already. I'm going to try my best to get through the whole list before the end of the year, but if you want to hear about anything in priority, don't hesitate to ask. With the exception of The Grass King's Concubine, they're all comics.

List )


What are you reading now

Have made no progress on:
Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier
Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa
La Controverse de Valladolid by Jean-Claude Carrière

However! I have been re-reading Les Quatre de Baker Street in preparation of buying volume 7 soon (thoughts forthcoming) and I have missed these kids (+ cat) so much! There are so many great moments, but I think my favourite(s) is Charlie being the one to see through Holmes' disguise(s). At least in the first 3, which is as far as I've gotten this re-read so far. Volume 5 has my favourite panel, in which Billy and Charlie as scrambling out the window in a desperate move and run into Tom, who is just casually entering through the window. AS YOU DO.


Sophonisbe, by Pierre Corneille: CORNEILLE WROTE A PLAY ON THE SECOND PUNIC WAR AND NOBODY TOLD ME?! Anyway, I listened to the production on the France Culture website and daaaaaaaaaaamn that is one hella good play. In places I had to refer to the text on Wikisource, because I'm not great at voices. (All translations below by me.)

The play follows the broad lines of history. Before the play, Sophonisba (daughter of a General of Carthage) was going to marry Massinissa (Numidian king) and they were in love with each other. Unfortunately, Massinissa allied himself with the Romans, which lead Sophonisba to follow her head over her heart and marry Syphax, a Numidian king allied with Carthage, instead. The amount of choice she had in making this decision is something she doesn't always think of as the same. Within the play Sophonisba encourages Syphax to fight Laelius' army, allied with MAssinissa. Syphax loses, Massinissa and Sophonisba sort-of maybe get married and things degenerate.

I guess you could say it's a play about how far people are willing to go/what they're ready to sacrifice for love, power or pride.

This play gave me an even better appreciation of Sophonisbe and quite frankly everybody in it is a flawed and complex human being, but her most of all. *adopts characterisation wholesale*

I was surprisingly fond of Laelius. He starts off a lot harsher than I usually think of him, but then it becomes obvious that he's trying to be 'bad cop' (to Scipio's presumed 'good cop') and at one point he stops that and starts trying to make everyone happy, or failing that, making sure they stay alive.

Neither Hannibal nor Scipio appear in the play, but their presence is felt. Scipio's especially.

I liked that there seemed to be a fundamental cultural misunderstanding between the Romans and the Carthaginians/Numidians. The latter take it as read that Syphax' capture makes his marriage to Sophonisba null and void while the Romans are like "Married's married, what the hell?".

(Also, I ended up shipping Laelius/Massinissa and Massinissa/Scipio -- Sophonisba literally tells him "Vous aimez Lélius, vous aimez Scipion" / "You love Laelius, you love Scipio" OKAY -- and Scipio/Sophonisba -- idk, there's this whole thing about getting Scipio to marry Sophonisba himself to keep her safe and what if.)

The entire thing's in verse and there are more rhymes with Carthage than I expected! My favourite is "suffrage". But I also really love "En un mot, j’ai reçu du ciel pour mon partage / L’aversion de Rome et l’amour de Carthage." ("In one word I have received as my lot from above / From Rome dilike and from Carthage love") because oh, Sophonisba.

I was very pleasantly surprised by the amount of SICK BURNS in this play. Seriously, it is fucking savage by moments. At the end of Act 1, for example, Sophonisba has this to say to Syphax: "Je vous répondrais bien qu’après votre trépas / Ce que je deviendrai ne vous regarde pas" ("I would tell you that after your demise / What happens to me is for you to surmise"). Damn girl, find you some chill.

The line that's been stuck in my head since I listened to the play is from Laelius (to Massinissa), though. "Ce n’est qu’à leurs pareils à suivre leurs exemples ; / Et vous ferez comme eux quand vous aurez des temples". Laelius is referring to the gods with "leurs" so it translate more or less to "Only their equals can follow the gods' examples / You might do the same if you had temples". (NOBODY HAS ANY CHILL.)


I also listened to Neil Gaiman's How the Marquis Got His Coat Back, a short-ish Neverwhere sequel. It was okay. The plot twists/reveals could be seen from space, though.


I also listened to a bunch of podcasts but idk if these fit here or in the Watcing Monday posts or somewhere else or what.


What are you reading next

To-read list )


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READING

What did you finish reading

2015

Sandman Overture by Neil Gaiman (scenario) and J. H. Williams III (art): Well, that is certainly a published comic book. I wanted to like this a lot more than I ended up actually liking it.

I didn't care for meeting the Endless' parents -- yeah, that's a thing now apparently. /does standard comics thing of "only canon that matters is canon I like"

The plot was pretty eh, overall, I have to say. Tbh, I always considered what happened immediately before Sandman to be best left unexplained, because any explanation was (a) not needed and (b) unlikely to live up. As it turns out, I was bright on both counts. I did like the call forward with "Hope", though.

The art is very pretty. Unfortunately, sometimes it's very pretty at the expanse of legibility.

So all in all, it's okay and made disappointing by the fact that I expected better.


Stuff I read and didn't talk about )


What are you reading now

Have made no progress on:
Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier
Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa
La Controverse de Valladolid by Jean-Claude Carrière

I can never remember/make up my mind: do I talk about US comics as they come out in floppies here or not?


What are you reading next

To-read list )




WATCHING

Star Wars Rebels: S03E05:
THE LAST BATTLE OF THE CLONE WARS! Clone Trooper Captain Rex vs Super Tactical Droid Kalani, winner takes all.

SO I SHIP REX/KALANI NOW SORRY NOT SORRY the "old enemies who find common ground and respect each other" dynamic just hit me where I live, okay?

I am having ALL OF THE CLONE FEELINGS, seriously. Cody*! "Clone Order 66"! "A good soldier follows orders", Rex, noooooooooooooo!

I am so glad Rex didn't die. SO GLAD.

It may have been my monitor, or the lighting or whatever -- and I fully expect to be Jossed by the next episode -- but Sabine's hair looked blue and white to me in this ep and I'm going to headcanon it was because she dyed it that way to honour Rex (and if it's back to pink-ish newt ep, I may have to write fic about the fallout of Agamar, re: Rex).

* I cannot believe when the preview came out I thought "Oh hey they got Cody's voice actor back just for this scene, that's sweet". Self, Cody and Rex have THE SAME VOICE ACTOR.


Lucifer: S02E03, S02E04 and S02E05: I can't quite remember what happened when, so you get three for the price of one. I continue to enjoy this ridiculous show greatly. Character interactions are gold and I love how many of the characters are women (Dr Linda, Maze, Chloe, Ella, Mum, Trixie). Dr Linda was a phone sex operator, omg and then there was a bar fight. Lucifer and Dan geeking out over action movies were cute. I grow impatient about getting to see CHLOE AND MAZE ROOMATES HIJINKS. I'm kind of sad Uriel is gone already, for some reason I tend to like Uriel best in ~classic angelology~ and his power here was pretty cool. I do like that we got canon confirmation that angels can be female (Azrael/the angel of death is "she"). Faced with the lack of non-binary/ungendered angels, I'll take 'angels can be male or female, it's whatever'. Also, Tom Ellis does Righteous Fury really well.


Legends of Tomorrow: S2E02: Are we done with the Nazis yet? Like. Seriously. I know Timetravel To WW2 is a well-used trope, but are we done yet? One episode is pretty the price I agree to pay when I get into a timetravel show, twice is trying my patience. At least Sara leading the crew is now oofficial.


Class: S01E01 and S01E02: Well, that was unexpectedly violent. I thought this would be a kid's show! (I did not follow the promos at all.) And yet I was really charmed by all the characters, from super-smart Tanya to Ms Quill the freedom-fighter-turned-reluctant-teacher/bodyguard to April whose bravery comes from kindness.


Luke Cage: S1E07: No progress.


Nirvana in Fire: E06: Have made no progress.


Miraculous Ladybug: S01E02: This show gives REALLY GOOD PARIS, I have to say. To the point that, despite the fact that I was watching the English dib (my search for the Korean dub remains fruitless), I ended up thinking "Genre la meuf va au Troca pour trouver un pigeon. Genre!" ("Like the girl goes to the Trocadéro to find a pigeon. As if!") in French, which usually never happens -- I certainly didn't think in French while watching Legends of Tomorrow, even though it was nominally set in Paris this week. So ML gives great Paris, including aaaaaaaaaaaall the subtle social clues. Yikes. I think I went to school with some of those people. Adrien's social clues are unambiguous, but Marinette's are more confused. Then again, I'm only two episodes in.







DID YOU KNOW X-23 WAS GOING TO BE IN A MOVIE



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What did you finish reading

2015

Tumulte à Rome, by Odile Weulersse: SECRET TWIN MISTAKEN IDENTITY SHENANIGANS DURING THE SECOND PUNIC WAR. This is relevant to many of my interests. One of the twins (the Roman one) has the world's biggest crush on Hannibal, it's sweet. To the point where other people comment on it, even. I could have done without the weird epilogue, but other than that an enjoyable read. (It was a paper book loaned to me by a friend -- who knows me so well.)

More stuff I finished and didn't talk about )


What are you reading now

Have made no progress on:

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier

Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa: Unpopular opinion time! Free/blank verse is not poetry. That said, I quite like the prose in this. "Sweetheart, was I talking war in my sleep / again?" OUCH.

La Controverse de Valladolid by Jean-Claude Carrière: This is a book about the Valladolid debate (aka "are Native Americans people? The Catholic Church debates"). It's a short-ish, somewhat fictionalised retelling of the debate. It's an interesting, yet infuriating book, because the question of what being human means is an interesting one but not in this context because OF COURSE THEY'RE PEOPLE FFS WHY IS THIS A DEBATE so it's infuriating. So far I have only read up to the end of the pro-people opening argument. I expect to be even more infuriated.

The author did in the opening raise the excellent point that the 'discovery' of the Americas was basically the same as a "first contact with aliens" situation, inasmuch as neither side knew anything about the other.


What are you reading next

List )
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Je suis le capitaine Henri Villon et je mourrai bientôt.

Non, ne ricanez pas en lisant cette sentencieuse présentation. N’est-ce pas l’ultime privilège d’un condamné d’annoncer son trépas comme il l’entend ? C’est mon droit. Et si vous ne me l’accordez pas, alors disons que je le prends.


I am captain Henri Villon and I will die soon.

No, don't smirk when reading that pretentious opening. Isn't it the last priviledge of the condemned to proclaim their death however they wish? It is my right. And if you don't grant it to me, then let us say I'm taking it.


That's how the story starts. Or ends, rather.

Le Déchronologue is the story of Henri Villon, a pirate captain in the Carabbeans of the 17th century. The story is told in non-linear order, jumping from 1653 when those first lines in the prologue are penned to 1640 when the first chapter starts. From Villon on his futuristic timeship being blown up to Villon as pirate captain investigating maravillias is quite a jump, but it's not the story's greatest jump.

Every chapter begins by telling you when and where it's set, for example "Archipel inexploré de la Baja Mar (CIRCA 1652)" ('Unexplored archipelago of the Baja Mar (circa 1652)') a chapter which immediately follows "Désert du Yucatan (FIN DU TEMPS CONNU)" ('Yucatan Desert (END OF KNOWN TIME)').

That's right. We're travelling to THE END OF TIME. #YOLO

So that's the structure of the book. A book that jumps around in time, because it's a book about timetravellers fucking with the timeline and the tenacious pirate captain who decides to fuck back.

The entire book (excepting epilogue) is told via Villon's journal of the last 13 or so years of his life, written on the eve of the last battle (where he gets blown up in the prologue). Villon is uncompromising with his faults (or other people's), a right bastard at times, an honourable man more often, utterly devoted to his quest for knowledge about what the maravillias are and what they can do, moody, tenacious, with a sharp wit and sense of irony, stingy on backstory and, very importantly, a survivor of the Siege of La Rochelle.

Villon's not just French, he's a Protestant Huguenot -- you can imagine how much that endears him to the Catholic Spaniards chasing him.

That Villon is a survivor of the Siege of La Rochelle is one of the first thing we learn about him and it informs SIGNIFICANT parts of his characters. It may not look like it at first, but Villon is deeply self-hating, bordering at times on nihilism, and has massive issues regarding women and children. In fact, his very drive to figure out the maravilias is born of what he did/was complicit in the Siege of La Rochelle.

If you don't know what happened at the Siege of La Rochelle -- or you're like me and you learned about it in school and later you forgot -- it's eventually revealed in text what happened. It comes in the book after several ominous references to it -- Villon at one point has a very bad acid rip and hallucinates the screams of the children, that sort of thing -- and in the specific scene after he's been pushed about on both the fact that he's a Huguenot and that he researches the maravilias. This is what he has to say about it:

— Moi j’y étais, au siège de La Rochelle, au nom de la Réforme et de la foi. Et je fus de ceux qui en chassèrent les plus faibles quand la famine fut sur nous, pour gagner encore un peu de temps et préserver les assiégés en état de combattre. Je les ai vus et entendus, ces malheureux, bannis sur nos ordres, errer et agoniser chaque jour un peu plus, piégés entre nos murs et les rangs de l’armée de monsieur de Richelieu qui avait refusé de les laisser passer. Et si c’est diablerie que de promouvoir des moyens de conserver boissons et aliments des années durant sans risquer de les voir se gâter, si c’est diablerie de produire de la lumière sans flamme, de soigner l’incurable et de s’efforcer de sauver son prochain, alors Satan est mon maître et je suis son serviteur, et je compisse vos gueules de rats putrides !


"I was there, me, at the siege of La Rochelle, in the name of faith and the Reformation. And I was one of those who drove out the weakest when famine was upon us, to win a little more time and keep the assieged able to fight. I saw and I heard them, those poor souls, banished on our orders, wander and die slowly every day a little more, trapped between our walls and the ranks of Richelieu's army who refused to let them through. And if it is the devil's work to promote ways to keep drink and food for years without risking that they'll rot, if it is the devil's work to produce light without flame, to heal the incurable and try to save your neighbour, then Satan is my master and I am his servant, and I piss on your stinky rat faces!

Like, wow, okay, Villon. OKAY. I understand perfectly, but at the same time, it is hilariously enough not the only time in the book where Villon calls himself Satan's servant/footman.

So that's Villon.

The book is populated with a very varied cast, from the nigh incomprehensible Féfé de Dieppe to the Baptist, who ends literally able to walk through time. Also Brieuc. I really like Brieuc, who is probably the kindest person in the entire book -- something Villon really admires (I ship them) -- and dies for his trouble. The most prominent of the secondary characters, however, are Sévère, Mendoza and Arcadio, all of whom are both interesting in their own right and have fascinating relationships to Villon.

Sévère is not her real name. She's a timetraveller who is no longer allowed to timetravel and so has to rely on Villon. Well. She doesn't HAVE to, but she does. Villon is madly in love with her, something he realises is a great weakness -- but he saved her and as I've said above, he has massive issues about not being able to sav women -- and it's something she finds... useful, I guess. She doesn't dislike him and she's not just using him, but she is using him and they both know it. She likes him, even, by her own admission but "not like that" and Villon respects that. He can't stop himself from hoping she'll love him back, but he respects that she doesn't.

Mendoza is a Spanish corsair. You can imagine how he (Catholic, Spanish, corsairr) feels towards Villon (Protestant, French, pirate) when they first meet. It does not go well! Mendoza basically tortures him and they remain hilariously polite towards each other. The next time they meet, Mendoza helps Villon escape from jail, sort of. Then Mendoza tries to go back to Spain CROSSES HIS OWN TIMESTREAM somehow survives with his sanity sort of intact and becomes Villon second-in-command as well as the owner of the journals we're reading. (I ship it.)

Arcadio is Villon's one-time cellmate who forms an unlikely friendship with him. The most important thing about Arcadio, though, is that he's a Maya. Specifically, he's an Itza from Noj Peten. As such he has a bone to pick with the Spanish Empire and the Itza having been granted, via the vagaries of timetravel bullshit affecting the world in the story, the means to fight back against the Spanish, they fight back. They fight back with gusto, because the Spanish Empire might be the Spanish Empire, but it doesn't hold a candle to machine guns and time cannons or even something as simple as easy long-distance communications via radios. The Itza are presented as entirely justified in wanting revenge from the Spanish -- by no means are Spanish atrocities glossed over, from the first chapter we are introduced to the idea that the Spanish have resorted to human experimentation to figure out the maravilias, including deliberately exposing captives to malaria -- but as time goes on Villon starts to see that the religious zeal of the Itza reminds him far too much of La Rochelle.

There is one more thing to talk about and it's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN. Spoilers, it's not actually the Flying Dutchman, it's actually AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER. Specifically, the USS George Washington.

Because see, while all the radios and boxes of quinine and machine guns and mp3 players and history books (lol forever at Villon's reaction to learning about Mary Read and Anne Bonny) and cheap IKEA furniture is being thrown back to the 17th century for anyone to grab, sell and use, so has a mysterious vessel that pirates and corsairs of the time alike decide to call the Flying Dutchman, because it is unlike anything they have ever seen both in firepower and mode of propulsion.

In the climax/end of the book, Villon and what's left of the all the fleets, pirate or not, of the time (plus some timetravelling pirates, like François le Clerc and SIR FRANCIS DRAKE, not even kidding), all go up against the Flying Dutchman. They have a plan. It's a great plan! But in the end they're 17th and 16th century pirates and they're going up against a fucking nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

They die. They all die. Including Villon, who told us so right there at the beginning and Sévère who dies in his arms before the ship gets blown up.

But.

But Villon's ship isn't just a 17th century pirate ship, is it? It's Le Déchronologue, which has been equiped with time cannons by one of the various parties of time travellers fucking with the time stream. And so in the end, in what is for me one of the most striking images in the book, a flurry of time displaced Déchronologues appear and then disappear through a tear in time, taking the Flying Dutchman with them.

We're told of this by Mendoza, who had been told to stay behind. Having met the Americanos during their short-lived alliance with the Spanish, it was decided he'd be best able to save the city if all else failed.

I won't say I'm not sad Villon died, because I am, but I was a fitting end and could have ended no other way. He tried so hard to convince everyone, even himself, that he wasn't a hero, but he was, in the end. And he was never going to let an injustice stand or let predetermination win out over free will.


(And now I shall go re-read the book in chronological order.)

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Prince of Cats, art and story by Ronald Wimberly: It's a comic that's both a retelling of Romeo and Juliet (by me mate Billy Shakes) in 80s -- I want to say Harlem, but it's been too long, definitely a big US city though -- and a PoV shift to the titular Prince of Cats, Tybalt. It was okay. Unfortunately, I think I was missing about 80% of the cultural cues I should have been getting, so I didn't get as much from it as I could have. The setting and PoV shifts didn't really bring anything new and instead made it predictable, because it's, you know, Romeo and Juliet. Also, the art didn't grab me.


The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl v1, by Ryan North (story) and Erica Henderson (art): That is certainly a published comic book. My issue with Squirrel Girl is that it's quite good at Squirrel Girl (and assorted peeps) but quite bad at... everything else. And even when it's not bad, it falls into "so close and yet SO FAR" for me. I especially don't like that the non-Squirrel Girl/established Marvel characters are flattened into caricatures. The Doctor Doom arc could have been SO GREAT and instead it was... that. The art is nice, though.


Spider-Gwen v1, by Jason Latour (story) and Robbi Rodriguez (art): I enjoyed this greatly! The art's not really my thing, but I like Gwen A LOT (as long time readers of this blog will know, that's A Thing with me) and the reimagination of the Marvel characters in this new universe are really interesting. FELICIA, omg (and Matt Murder-dock is a hilarious pun).


List of stuff I still have to talk about:

A list )


I'm adding Infomocracy by Malka Older (via [personal profile] netgirl_y2k ) and Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan to my to-read list. But I'm not allowed to read the Riordan book until I've finished talking about the books I've already read (at least 2015), because this is ridiculous. And not until I've finished reading Le Déchronologue, because I need to finish reading it before yuletide sign-ups end and see if I still want to request it then.

To-read list )



CURRENTLY WATCHING

Airing shows:

Star Wars Rebels: I was meh on the season premiere, but last week's ep gave EXCELLENT MAUL. This week's upcoming ep promises to focus on Sabine, who is my FAVOURITE and so I am looking forward to it immensely.

Lucifer: Trixie continues to be adorable, Mazikeen continues to have chemistry with everyone, Dr Linda continues to take no shit, the new girl is pretty fun so far and so's Mom. On the other hand, AMENADIEL NO.


Completed shows

Luke Cage: On episode 6 (finished 5, haven't started 6). It's okay so far, but Claire just showed up so I hope it picks up! (Also, lol at them working in the Retro Power Man look. A++ would lol again)

Nirvana in Fire: Weirdly enough I am at the exact same place in this as in Luke Cage. To wit: finished 5, haven't started 6. Am greatly enjoying this, even if I am confused by ALL THE CHARACTERS. They change costumes and/or surroundings a lot and I'm mildly faceblind, so it's not great. I can tell maybe five people apart for sure and have about three names to go around. On the other hand: Lady General/Lady Spy! I am here for this.

Miraculous Ladybug: It's cute. Superheroes in Paris! Not an all white cast, yes THANK YOU. (I cannot fucking stand Hollywood Paris -- it doesn't look like the Paris I know at all.) Have seen one episode so far. It was the English dub, I wanted the Korean one.

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What did you finish reading

I am going to go through all of these, gdit.

List of finished books I didn't talk about before )


Le Jardin des silences, by Mélanie Fazi: So I read this back in 2015. I KNOW. Anyway, I bought the book at a convention, because the author was there and seemed pretty cool -- which she is!

This book is an anthology of short stories. According to the author's website, it contains the following: Swan le bien nommé, L’arbre et les corneilles, Miroir de porcelaine, L’autre route, Les Sœurs de la Tarasque, Le pollen de minuit, L’été dans la vallée, Le jardin des silences, Née du givre, Dragon caché, Un bal d’hiver, Trois renards.

Swan le bien nommé is a retelling a fairytale. It's okay, but it didn't leave a lasting impression on me.

L’arbre et les corneilles is vaguely fairytale-esque. It was fine, but I still dunno what the fuck what up with it. Too much was left utterly unexplained.

Miroir de porcelaine was the one where I almost put the book down, because I felt like all the narrative voices were too similar. The end was rather disappointing.

L’autre route is my favourite! Some of the images from it have stuck with me all this time, as has the line (translated) "Last week they were tortoises and I didn't know how to dance" which was chilling in context. It's about a dreaming road. I've read about all sorts of dreaming things, including cities, but never about dreaming roads. It does excellent work providing an answer for a question I didn't think to ask myself before I read it: What do roads dream of?

Les Sœurs de la Tarasque is my second favourite. Or equal favourite? Anyway, it's GREAT. I have to admit that I was kind of going *headtilt* at it being set in Brittany despite all the talk of the Tarasque, because that's not even remotely Breton folklore, it's Southern France folklore. But then it was explained! And okay, so it's not ever explicitly said it's set in Brittany, so it could have been on an island off the southern coast of France, but the love interest is called Lénaïc so pfffffffft. It's 100% set in Brittany. Anyway, I was also telling myself that I was ~reading too much into things~ and no way was it going to be lesbians, but it was lesbians! Or at least one lesbian and I think Solène is meant to be bi? Also, Lénaïc turns into a dragon.

Le pollen de minuit was weird. Okay, but weird.

L’été dans la vallée could have done more with its concept, because the ending was rather abrupt, but it was still fine.

Le jardin des silences is my third favourite. The titular "garden of silences" is a garden that appears to Séverinne when she goes walking alone at night and gives her back pieces of her past: an old hat, her former boyfriend, her younger self... The way the story is set up, you're first meant to think Luke was abusive -- she talks about how he forced her to throw away the hat -- but it turns out that the reason Luke made her throw away the hat/etc was BECAUSE THEY WERE ROBBING BANKS and then things turned to shit. I really liked the way the past is slowly uncovered and how Séverinne comes to terms with what happened.

Née du givre gave EXCELLENT CREEPY.

Dragon caché was okay -- but I really could have used some trigger warnings for it.

Un bal d’hiver was melancholy and bittersweet but utterly lovely. I got really invested in the old widow and her sort of romance with the ghost of a WW1 soldier.

Trois renards was also amazing! I think [personal profile] yhlee would really like it. It features someone making magic via music and summoning animals, including foxes. It's very eery and beautiful.

Overall, I would reccomend the book. But maybe skip the first three stories.


What are you reading now

Have made no progress on:

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier
Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger (apparently somebody nommed it for yuletide, with Villon, Sévère and Brieuc, but not Mendoza?)

I am participating in [personal profile] yhlee's Sun Tzu Read-Along now.

Also, I went digging about for my copy of Vercors' Les Animaux Dénaturés, because sometimes a body needs to read about deeply uncomfortable arguings about what it means to be human, but I couldn't find it which is a bummer. I did find my copy of La Controverse de Valladolid by Jean-Claude Carrière which is a different flavour of deeply uncomfortable arguings about what it means to be human and so may scratch that itch. We shall see. For now it is fucking savage towards the Spanish Empire circa 16th century (for good reason).

I also found Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa which I am enjoying so far.


What are you reading next


old list )

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What did you finish reading

My old list:

A list )
I read a bunch of stuff since then, I think, but my last reading wednesday was back in July so all I know for sure is that I finished Grass King's Concubine and it was GREAT. /adds to list

Why do I still have stuff from 2015 on this list. WHY.


What are you reading now

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne: Stalled.

Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier: Reborrowed this from library!

Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger: I'm still a chapter and a half from the end of the book. My plans to nominate and request this for yuletide are no longer happening. I have to say that unless something completely unexpected happens I still expect to reread the book right after I'm done, except in chronological order this time. (Book is non-linear.)


Partial list of comics I am following and/or haven't caught up with, which I will add to as I remember them:
Also a list )


What are you reading next

The letters from [community profile] swrarepairs ! And not just because I am the mod* in charge of the letter spreadsheet, but also because I want to write so many treats.


To read list )


* What, you thought there was only one mod? "Always two there are. A master and an apprentice."

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Saturday 16 [personal profile] spywindow ran Read a Book in One Sitting Day 2016. I couldn't do it then, as I was on Ahch-To, but I did it on Friday 15, during the trip to Ahch-To. (Ahch-To went great, btw.)

I read Terry Pratchett's The Last Hero.

I really enjoyed this! But I wished there'd been more women.

Okay, so first of all you need to know I'm one of the people who get literal chills when reading a really good line. This makes reading Pratchett almost a physical experience. He has a lot of really good lines. Also, I laughed and cried while reading this book. I must have been a sight.

Anyway, this book is great and I greatly enjoyed it. I'm just not sure I should have read it, under the circumstances -- it's about going out in a blaze of glory over dying slow.

"There are other stars."




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Confession: For the past week or so, I have been getting home and then going to sleep pretty much right away, so I haven't read much of anything. Including DW/LJ, etc.

I have been planning my GB trip this August, by increments of about 10mn every day and did have a fairly hilarious moment where I had a map of Wales open in one window and a map of Brittany in the other and at one point got confused by which was which -- turns out Welsh and Breton placenames are even more similar than I thought!

I'm flying out August 3, btw. This is actually happening!


What did you finish reading

Surprisingly enough, after that little speech, a bunch of comics!

Here's a list (of finished arcs only), hopefully to be detailed when I am not falling asleep at my keyboard:
Year of Marvel: July
Lucifer v2 1-6
DC Comics Bomshells 1-36 (Year One)
Spider-Gwen v2 1-6
Toil and trouble 1-6
Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders 1-2
The Spire 1-8

I'm done with reading [community profile] ladybusiness . I was reading the community for media recs. I was not reading to be called a "shit garbage eater". Truthfully, I have/had other issues with the community -- and epecially the way the posters seem to consider it their private space LOL NO -- but that was the last straw. (Three strikes policy, go me! Enacting change and what not.)

I guess the above list of comics can join the following list of things I should talk about:
2015
Le Jardin des silences
Prince of Cats
Sandman Overture
Spider-Gwen v1
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl v1
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Asgard
The Red Pyramid
Tumulte à Rome

2016 (finished)

Marie des dragons intégrale
volume 4 of Les aigles de Rome
Cixi de Troye
Plogoff
Star Wars Shattered Empire
Star Wars Princess Leia


I fail at booktalk.


What are you reading now

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier

Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger: This book continues to be amazing. I read half a chapter, a whole chapter, another chapter. Given the non-linear nature of the book, that means I've gone through three completely different periods of the narrator's life.

During the first half-chapter, Villon, our narrator/protagonist has: made it to the Itza capital as a guset/prisoner, gone on THE WORST TRIP EVER (with hints that the siege of La Rochelle was even more fucked up than I thought it to be before) and learned some more about where the maravillias come from. Tbh, I thought the kid at the end was Arcadio-as-a-child due to timetravel fuckery at one point, but I guess not.

During the whole chapter, Villon had some serious talk with Sévère and Mendoza about fighting The Flying Dutchman SPOILER THE FLYING DUTCHMAN IS AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER. Also, he is absurdly in love with Sévère: "Mort de moi, je lui aurais confié ma vie, les mains liées et sa dague sur ma gorge!" ("Death of me [this is an expletive, fyi], I would have trusted her with my life, hands bound and her dagger at my throat.") Like, damn, Villon, rein it in. Also also, I really enjoy all aspects of the Villon and Mendoza relationship, be that at this point in the timeline, when Villon is ruling a floating city and Mendoza is his second-in-command despite being screamingly insane as a reslut of having crossed his own timestream or earlier when Mendoza helped Villon (and Arcadio) escape the Spanish jail in, iirc, Carthagena by conveniently losing his knife.

During the other half chapter: Villon meets Mendoza for the first time! By getting captured by Mendoza because Villon is a French pirate, Mendoza works for the Spanih crown and the year is 1640 in the Carabbeans. It's not entirely unlike Beaton's Nemesis comic.

In conclusion: This book continues to be insane in the best possible way.


Partial list of comics I am following and/or haven't caught up with, which I will add to as I remember them:
Lucifer
Scarlet Witch (maybe?)
The Wicked + the Divine (sort of. When I remember it exists)
Doctor Strange
Mockingbird
Vote Loki
Detective Comics
Han Solo
Stargate Atlantis Back to Pegasus
DC Bombshells
Contest of Champions
The Beauty
New Avengers
Grayson
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
The Ultimates
Batman & Robin Eternal
Spider-Gwen
Switch


What are you reading next

More comics, probably. Right now I'm considering:
Black Panther
Monstress
Silk

Maybe something in French, idk.

MAYBE SOME COMICS IN FRENCH


To read list )

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WHAT I FINISHED READING

REMEMBER THAT TIME SOMEONE WROTE ME A NOVEL? THAT NOVEL IS WHAT I READ THIS WEEK.


WHAT I'M READING RIGHT NOW


People's requests for [community profile] history_exchange (sign-ups are open!) . I need to check each requests individually to make sure people don't game the system, but I haven't any problems so far either this year or last year. My participants are cool people.

(Also, the story I'm doing art for in WIP Big Bang -- I dropped out on the writing for that, I have too much going on. Art occupies a different space in my life than writing does, and I was going to have art in it anyway, so now it's art-for-someone instead of art-for-me. But no pressure!)


WHAT I'M READING NEXT


To-read list )

Also, This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War by Samanth Subramanian, via [personal profile] brigdh .


TV

IS ANYONE WATCHING CLEVERMAN IS IT ANY GOOD TALK TO ME PEOPLE I HAVE CONFLICTED FEELINGS OVER THE TRAILER



And by "conflicted feelings", I mean: It looks awesome! But it's yet another dude getting superpowers and there's a kid getting shot in the trailer, sooooooooo idk. On the other hand, it seems like it could be a really interesting story! Also, the characters aren't quite grabbing me yet. Are there some prominent female characters? (Then again, I don't think I'm in any fit state to judge the merits of anything based on a trailer right now, so idk.)
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READING

Finished reading

Books read )


Le papyrus de César, by Jean-Yves Ferri (scenario) and Didier Conrad (art): The latest Astérix album. Not my favourite, but quite good, although I do wish they hadn't explained some of the jokes, much less this much.


Still reading

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger
Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier


Mostly I am doing research for my [community profile] jukebox_fest story. (Why do I do these things to myself, etc.)


Partial list of comics I am following, which I will add to as I remember them:
Lucifer
Scarlet Witch
The Wicked the Divine (sort of. When I remember it exists)


Reading next

IDK.

To read list )


TV

I am going to be out of ongoing shows after this week, what with Lucifer wrapping up a little while ago, Undergroung wrapping up last week and Legends of Tomorrow wrapping up this week. WHAT WILL I DO? (Watch some more Clone Wars, apparently.)

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This week is Eurovision week, I was not kidding when I said that was all I was doing.

READING

Finished reading

Books read )

Scarlet Witch #6, by James Robinson (story) and Marguerite Sauvage (art): I am breaking my own rule of not speaking about ongoing comics until enough to collect in a tpb/a whole arc has come out. It's not really a rule, but even if it were, I feel that this issue deserves its own post.

First off, I have to say I really loved the art this issue, especially the Art Nouveau influence on the composition and page structure.

I wish it had been enough to redeem the story for me.

The story is set in Paris. As you know, reader-Bob, I am a Parisian born and bred, which means I can be pretty strict about depictions of Paris in fiction. However, I have long ago decided that Marvel Paris has some significant differences with ours, the most notable one being that the plan autoroutier pour Paris went ahead as expected -- this was the only way I could make sense of a scene in Matt Fraction's Journey into Mystery. (There will not be a test, you do not have to remember this.)

The comic had some pitfalls concerning the use of French -- more on this later -- but I was reading merely along, until I came across this bit of dialogue, by French superhero Alain Racine:
"It happened the day after the attacks in the city." "There was so much fear, so much confusion. I was everywhere, trying to be. The hunt was on for the perpetrators, I'm sure you know. It was on the news everywhere."

WHO THE FUCK OKAYED THIS

My thoughts went pretty much blank for a minute, because who the fuck thought this was okay? It's kept very vague whether this applies to the attacks in Jan 2015 or November 2015, which only makes it worse. If you're going to exploit national tragedies for cheap, throwaway, unnecessary melodrama, at least have the guts to commit to one.

I've talked before about how I hate to see human-made tragedies co-opted by the in-human, but wow, this reaches new heights of bullshit. And yes, I am not rational about this, yes there have probably been similar cases in comics before. I don't care. I know a guy who was in the stadium when the bomb exploded outside in November, I spent an entire afternoon in January trying to find the names of the hostages as the hostage crisis was happening so I could tell a friend if he had family among them (spoiler: he did), I spent a week in November not knowing if a friend had been at the Bataclan -- which seemed unlikely but what if -- (he was not) and I could go on, so NO I AM NOT RATIONAL.

This has really soured me on the comic, I have to say, especially since it's so pointless. I have no qualms with tragedies, even recent ones (although, yikes, too soon here, imho), used in fiction, as long as it's handled sensitively. Obviously what "handled sensitively" is very YMMV, but I would be very surprised to hear anyone include "throwaway line to explain why some dude was so busy he couldn't save his wife" in their definition.

ANYWAY.

This said, it is time to talk about the mistakes in the French in this comic. I wouldn't normally care, but it has a character point out "that isn't gramatically correct, not in France" so that makes it fair game. You want to talk about French like you know what you're talking about? I'll judge you as if you did.

There is mention of a group of bankrobbers called "les Apaches Nouveaux". It should be "les Nouveaux Apaches". (Fyi, it is from the Apaches, a part of the criminal underworld of 1900s Paris -- credit where it's due, this is pointed out in the comic.) Also, I feel really bad for les Apaches de Paname, who are lovely folks and don't deserve this bullshit.

There's a dude named Joubert. Marc, but I was reminded of the running joke concerning Brian Joubert on the Guignols: *falls down* *falls down again*

Then we have the above nitpick about Le Peregrine not being proper French (correct) and his name being Le Faucon Pèlerin (also correct), which makes it all the more hilarious when Wanda is soon after referred to as "La Sorcière Ecarlate", because she is not, in fact, la Sorcière Ecarlate in the French comics.

She is la Sorcière Rouge.
 
And I can prove it )
Penultimate panel:
Wanda: "Pas tant que ça, crois-moi..."
Wanda: "Les gens tapent encore plus fort sur les mutants."
Billy: "oh mon dieu, tu es..."

Last panel:
Billy: "LA SORCIERE ROUGE."
Billy: "Mon Vengeur préféré."
Billy: "J'y crois pas que j'ai dit ça tout haut."
Wanda: "Ne t'en fais pas..."

This from my copy of Young Avengers V1 -- picture cropped so you can see it's the actual, physical book. This is the official Marvel translation in France.

Now, I am not saying that Panini, the company in charge of publishing Marvel comics in French in France, is without its translation blunders. This very volume, for example, translates "Hawkingbird" once as "le Faucon Moqueur" and once doesn't translate it. However, the names of most superheroes have been consistent. (Except Wolverine. Wolverine was Serval for a very long time, until he became Wolverine again. And Sue Storm is Jane Storm, idk.)

So Wanda is la Sorcière rouge.

AND SHE DESERVES BETTER.

(Also, wow, he is so not dressed for traipsing around the Catacombes, if that's where that one flashback takes place -- and if not, where the fuck does it?)

But hey, at least the art is pretty and Paris looks recognisably like Paris.


I am going to make some "Wanda Maximoff deserved better" signs one day and it will apply in every single continuity, both instory and outstory. JUST YOU WAIT.


Still reading

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger

Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier: I have just started reading this. It's pretty entertaining so far and I'm learning stuff -- I had no idea l'homme rouge des Tuileries was supposed to be someone specific, for example.

It's also reminded me how much I love the expression "l’âme damnée". It's an expression that translates to "damned soul" and is used to refer to someone's most loyal minion -- "Dark Vador est l'âme damnée de Palpatine" (Darh Vader is Palpatine's damned soul) is hilarious, because puns. I like puns.


I have also been reading the newspapers and wow I am pissed.


Partial list of comics I am following, which I will add to as I remember them:
Lucifer
Scarlet Witch
The Wicked the Divine (sort of. When I remember it exists)


Reading next

IDK.

To Read List )


TV

I have thoughts on the recent Lucifer finale and on other stuff, but it's quite late over here, so some other time.

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I have spent a not insignificant amount of time searching through the online database of recipients of the Légion d'honneur. There's an alphabetical by last name list and a search function. (Fyi, I did find the person I had originally gone looking for.)

In case anyone wants to see if they have any ancestors/namesakes who got the Légion d'honneur.

Even though the people in the database are only those deceased before 1977, it does have everyone awarded from 1802 on and it's possible to get more recent records if you have a specific query.

It's super interesting! The oldest person I saw in the database was born in 1768. 1768! And sometimes when you input an uncommon last name they are all from within 50km of each other -- birth places are listed -- it's pretty hilarious.

The Légion d'honneur (Legion of honour) is the highest French honour for military and civil merits. It's got five levels of distinction, the lowest being Chevalier (Knight) and the highest Grand Croix (Grand Cross). Most of the recipients are French, some are not; some are famous, most are not. All are listed in the database (supposedly, I haven't checked individually).

Simone Veil is Grand Cross and I mention her because she's a badass. She's the main driving force being the legalisation of abortion in France, a survivor of Auschwitz and a member of the Académie Française*.


* When you get elected to the Académie Française (French Adacemy), you get given a sword and called an Immortal. THAT IS SOME HIGHLANDER SHIT RIGHT HERE.


READING

Finished reading

Books read )


Lucifer v1 (Vertigo comic) by Mike Carey (writing) and Peter Gross, Dean Ormston and various (artists) (1999 - 2006): This is not to be confused with the current Lucifer ongoing (writing by Holly Black, art by Lee Garbett).

I reread this recently because after the TV show was announced I decided to offer this for yuletide and I got matched on it. (The fic I ended up writing was The Devil's Party, ~3k of post canon gen.) Issue 1 of the new run came out Dec 16 2015 so I was afraid I might be Jossed at the last minute by a canon formerly closed for almost ten years, but I wasn't, entirely -- in fact, I may have gotten some stuff right.

All text, no pictures )

Anyway, A++ would totally reccomend.


Still reading

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger

Partial list of comics I am following, which I will add to as I remember them:
Lucifer
Scarlet Witch
The Wicked + the Divine (sort of. When I remember it exists)


Reading next

Adding: The Library at Mount Char - Scott Hawkins (via [personal profile] netgirl_y2k), The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (via [personal profile] isis ) and Anna Cowan's Untamed (via [personal profile] skygiants ).

To read list )


TV I'm watching tomorrow, probably.

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I spent a lot of time this past week dealing with [community profile] nightonficmountain related stuff. There were several issues, some of which I was responsible for, some of which I was not. At one point I was both "comes back with pizza to find everything on fire" and "mod laughing alone with salad" making me "mod with salad on fire" -- this metaphor got away from me. Anyway, [personal profile] morbane is amazing and a lifesaver. You're the best, Morbane.


READING

Finished reading

Continuing me making my way down the list of stuff I read in 2015. (I know. Shut up.)

Books read )

Chats d'oeuvre, by Susan Herbert (read in 2015): It's a book redoing classic works of art and movie posters with cats as the stars. It's cute, but that's it.


Still reading

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne

Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger: One more chapter. Everything still batshit and amazing. Villon (our narrator) experiences first hand the effect of time canons and some of his crew get really fucking creepy after catching a case of the oraculars -- I'm being glib, there's no such thing as the oracular, but that one guy does say something to the effect of "the Oracle of Deplhi saw the paths of the future, I walk its crossroads" and given this book it could be totally literal!


Partial list of comics I am following, which I will add to as I remember them:
Lucifer
Scarlet Witch
The Wicked + the Divine (sort of. When I remember it exists)


AND fannishly I am reading the fancomic Star Wars Destinies and it is very good!


Reading next

idk.

To read list )


WATCHING

This is as far along in these shows that I have watched. I would love to talk about any of these. No spoilers for currently airing shows, please, but I don't care about shows that are complete.

I'm going to try and move this to another post at some point (Telly Tuesday?).

Jessica Jones (s1e2 00:00)
Supergirl (s1e3 00:00)
Agent Carter (s2e3)
Lucifer (s1e13 00:00)
Legends of Tomorrow (s1e12 00:00)
Clone Wars (s3e16 00:00)
Underground (s1e7 00:00)
Shannara (s1e6 00:00)
Daredevil (s2e1 00:00)


Lucifer: OMG WHAT WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT WHAT I thought this would be the last episode, but there's one more. (13 episodes, it's pretty fitting.) I am both excited and apprehensive. Please everyone be okay.

Also, I love the friendship between Chloe and Lucifer -- even though she doesn't believe he's THE Lucifer, she does believes he believes it, so when it matters she'll play along. Also also OMG MAZE IS AMAZING OMG. Some brilliant acting from all three of the supernatural trio and I really enjoyed that fight scene.

Also also also, I love that the show sticks to its guns with regards to Lucifer only ever wanting "to be [his] own man" and with regards to the philosophy of Lucifer is a giant dork, humans are the real evil.


Legends of Tomorrow: I loved this episode. It had all the Western tropes I love. It reminded me of the third Back to the Future movie, but in a good way. KENDRA AND SARA ON A ROADTRIP I loved it and mostly got two things out of that scene: aw, past!Carter was called Hannibal (this show knows me too well) and the obvious loophole to "loving non!Carter dudes doesn't work" is LOVE A LADY Sara is right there (also, I wouldn't exactly call whatever happens when you love Carter working, old!Kendra) I really loved Captain Cold this epsiode, but then I always love Captain Cold. I am forever entertained by Wentworth Miller on this show and this episode's black ensemble looked really good on him. And I like that he got to bond with Stein. The Jonah Hex/Rip Hunter vibes were massive. All this said, I would have liked slightly less Ray and slightly more Jax.


Underground: I feel like every week I praise the twists on this show, but guys IT HAS THE BEST TWISTS but they are so good and I don't wanna spoil them but I wanna talk about them but... also I am now shipping all combinations of Rosalee/Noah/Cato, idc.


Clone Wars: I don't even know what is going on with this fucking show anymore.



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Entirely on purpose this time.

READING

Finished reading

I'm going to slowly make my way through this list, one book at a time. See if I don't!

Books read )
D'un monde à l'autre (La Quête d'Ewilan, tome 1) by Pierre Bottero (read in 2015): The last time I tried re-reading a book I loved from my childhood, it was the Livre des Etoiles series and it didn't go so well.

So I was kind of apprehensive with rereading the La Quête d'Ewilan trilogy, but there was no need! THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING.

The book follows Camille and her best friend Salim, teenagers from a small French town. Camille semi-accidentally discovers that she has magical powers and is in fact the titular Ewilan. In an interesting twist on the "normal teenage girl discovers she's from another world" trope, she is not the heir to a throne (or two, like Tara Duncan is -- kind of what that crossover now, ngl). She's the child of two very powerful magic users who sacrificed themwelves to save the kingdom from the Ts'liches.

The Ts'liches are the main antagonists of this trilogy. They are a cross between a giant lizard and a giant praying mantis, they're two meters tall at least and they are fucking terrifying. I love them, they're amazing fantasy villains.

One thing I didn't notice when reading these books the first time was how racially mixed Gwendalavir is. The first three people met in Gwendalavir are Bjorn (blond), the next one is described by Salim as "as dark as he was" (Salim has Cameroonian origins, fyi) and Edwin who I imagine as looking like Alexander Siddig because that's exactly what he's described as looking as.

Also, Ellana appears in this book and I love Ellana a lot! I especially love that while Ellana ends up falling in love with Edwin and taking Salim on as her apprentice (she's a Marchombre, a rogue/thief type of thing), the friendship between her and Ewilan is given a lot of narrative weight.

The plot of this book involves Ewilan going on a very dangerous quest to the Beaux-Arts of Paris to find her older brother, so he can fight in the war against the Ts'liches in her stead. Normally I would be angry to have a girl hero be replaced by a boy hero, but here it's framed pretty explicitly as the adults going "EWILAN YOU ARE A CHILD your brother is an adult. We're not involving children in this war if we can avoid it" which is an entirely reasonable stance for responsible adults to take.

As it turns out, Ewilan's brother (a) has not inherited his parents' power, (b) wants nothing to do with this war, holy shit are you people bonkers and (c) actually enjoys life on Earth, by contrast with Camille and Salim who have no reason to stay, as they are friendless and neglected by their families -- part of the reason they go looking for Matthieu is even that they think they can leverage that into being able to stay in Gwendalavir.

In light of (a), (b) and (c), the adults reluctantly agree to let Ewilan help with the war effort. She is both The Ultimate Magic User (their magic is called Drawing -- "le Dessin" -- and I really like how it works) and one of very few people who can not only teleport, but teleport between worlds, but she is also only thirteen and they really were hoping they wouldn't have to involve a child in this war.

I need to read the other books already. There's another two in this trilogy, another trilogy and then the Ellana-focused trilogy.


Still reading

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne

Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger: I read a whole chapter of this this week and omg this book is batshit in THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY.

I had to flip back to the first chapter to remind myself who a specific character was and in the process remembered that I am shipping Henri Villon/Yves Brieuc pretty hard and also, wow, I love all the research that went into writing this book. The siege of La Rochelle! Motherfucking Richelieu's siege of La Rochelle (yes, the one from the painting)! Villon was there and he is so sketchy about the whole thing.

I want to do a chronological reread at some point. The book is in non-linear order.

Things that happened this chapter: someone was talking about "gaudy, mismatched furniture [from the future]" and so I am choosing to believe that tense scene happened in a room entirely furnished with cheap IKEA knock-offs, Villon arrived in Tortuga while blaring some (iirc country) music through speakers on his boat as you do and Villon and Le Vasseur's conversation basically boiled down to "I'm not threatening you, I'm just saying I know how you die AND YOU DON'T neerneerneer".

I just really love all the clever things it's doing with the concept of "Pirates of the Carabbeian + time travel".


Partial list of comics I am following, which I will add to as I remember them:
Lucifer
Scarlet Witch
The Wicked + the Divine (sort of. When I remember it exists)


Reading next

Changes: I have decided I would read City of Blades and I've added Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds via a rec from [personal profile] yhlee . I have also decided that I wouldn't read two books by men in a row (comics somewhat excluded from this, because tracking down authorship of comics is a hassle).

To read list )



WATCHING

This is as far along in these shows that I have watched. I would love to talk about any of these. No spoilers for currently airing shows, please, but I don't care about shows that are complete.

Jessica Jones (s1e2 00:00)
Supergirl (s1e3 00:00)
Agent Carter (s2e3)
Lucifer (s1e11 23:00)
Legends of Tomorrow (s1e11 00:00)
Clone Wars (s3e11 00:00)
Underground (s1e6 00:00)
Shannara (s1e6 00:00)
Daredevil (s2e1 00:00)

Lucifer: MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZE! I am fascinated by every single interaction she has with everyone, be that Dr Linda (I ship it), Chloe, Lucifer, Amenadiel or Trixie.

Legends of Tomorrow: I am really enjoying this team of losers. That's right, you have superpowers! Good on you for remembering this time.

Clone Wars: I keep boggling at how bad at politics Anakin is, seriously. He's a very all-or-nothing kind of guy and as Aaron Burr would say politics is "the art of the compromise / Hold your nose and close your eyes". (I have a file of Clone Wars notes, lmao.) Ahsoka's new duds are cool.

Underground: THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD. Seriously, it has the best twists.


OTHER STUFF (Reading related)

I seem to be mostly in a "fanfic" phase, reading wise. If I were to post about the fics I was reading, would anyone be interested?

Also, I occasionally find interesting stuff on the internet, I probably should toss them in these.

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