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2017-07-21 05:01 pm

Book List Apr/May/June '17

April:
Short Fiction:  Jo Walton's a Burden Shared & Sharon Lee/Steve Miller's Cutting Corners.

New Read:  Joe Hill's the Fireman.  Apocalyptic-Dystopia involving self-combustion plague.
  • Joanne Harris' Jigs & Reels.  Anthology, decent not great.
  • Richard Castle's Driving Heat.  I actually bought like 4 or 5 more of these at once, all fairly cheap e-editions.  But this was the only one I finished as I just got bored with the series.  Kind of like how I skipped the final season or two of Castle.
  • John Wick's Daughter of Fate7th Sea tie-in novel I got for free as part of kickstarter-ing the new edition of the rpg.  Pretty good and like the better tie-in novels makes me want to play the game (again).
  • Ian Thomas Haley's the Bulletproof Badge.  Short fiction collection that ties into Haley's "Just Cause" supers series.
  • Poul Anderson's Midsummer's Tempest.  Combo Shakespeare fanfic and Roundhead English Civil War historical romance.
  • Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking.  I think this was Fisher's last memoir.  Funny if dark, like her.
  • Michael Swanwick's Not So Much, Said the Cat.  Another short story collection, all very good.

Reread:  M. Magdalene's Curvy vol.1-3.  This nekkid magical adventure webcomic is actually finishing up right now.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs:  Faith Erin Hicks/Jordie Bellaire's the Nameless City: vol.2: the Stone Heart
  • Kristen Gudsnuk's Henchgirl
Total:13


May:
Short Fiction:  Allen Steele's Sanctuary Ramsey Shehadeh's Red & Rich Burlew's How the Paladin Got His Scar

New Reads: Adam Christopher's Standard Hollywood Depravity.  I keep trying and yet something about Christopher just never clicks with me.  This one is robots + noir + free will issues = ennh.
  • T. Kingfisher's Jackalope Wives & Other Stories.  Anthology of Ursula Vernon short fiction.
  • Marko Kloos' Fields of Fire.  Mission to Mars!
  • Walt Boyes/Bjorn Hasseler (ed) Grantville Gazette vol. 68-70
  • Megan Abbott's You Will Know Me
  • Ellen Datlow/Terri Windling (ed)  Black Swan, White Raven.  One of several of their fairy tale short fiction anthologies.
  • Avery Duff's Beach Lawyer.  Sometimes you just want to try stuff outside your normal wheelhouse.  And sometimes that just means reading an ok legal thriller full of lying liars who lie.
  • Foz Meadows' a Tyranny of Queens.  Sequel to An Accident of Stars and hopefully not the last visit to the setting and characters.
  • S.J. Delos' Some Kind of Hero.  Reformed villain supers fic.
  • Ian Thomas Healy's Just Cause Stories vol. 2 & Jackrabbit: Big in Japan.  The humor in this second Jackrabbit book feels a bit forced.  Especially the older ladies lust for Jackrabbit bits.
  • Joan Aiken's the Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Reread:  Terry Pratchett's the 5th Elephant, the Truth, Nightwatch, Going Postal, Thud!, Monstrous Regiment, Making Money, Unseen Academicals, Snuff & Raising Steam.  Just went on a big Pratchett binge to start off May.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs:  Ben Fleuter's Sword Interval vol.1
  • Kieron Gillen/Salador Larroca/Leinel Francis Yu's Darth Vader: the Shu-Toran War
  • Kieron Gillen/Salvador Larroca's Darth Vader: vol.2: Shadows and Secrets.  Gillen and company's Darth Vader series was really, really good.  Successfully works with an evil lead and one who's early and final story has already been set.
  • Ryan North/Erica Henderson's the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe.  Squirrel-Girl beats up everyone!  Even Squirrel-Girl!
  • Chris Claremont/Brent Anderson's  X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills

Total:28



June:
Short Fiction: Jessica Reisman's Bourbon, Sugar, Grace & Shira Glassman's Knit One, Girl Two.

New Read: Seanan McGuire's Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, Every Heart a DoorwayVelveteen Vs. the Seasons.  The first is about ghosts and moving on.  Then the start of her new-ish "Wayward Children" series about kids who travel to magical worlds (and sometimes come back) and the last is the latest collection of her "Velveteen" stories.
  • R.J. Ross' Rocky Road.  More "Cape High" popcorn.
  • Maggie Stiefvater's the Raven Boys & the Dream Thieves.  Modern fantasy centered around the search for sleeping Welsh king in Virginia.
  • Ellen Klages' Passing Strange.  1940s San Francisco lesbian counter-culture with a dash of magic.
  • Chuck Wendig's Thunderbird.  Latest "MIriam Black" book.  With south-western doomsday prepper cult.
  • Charlie N. Holmberg's the Paper Magician, the Glass Magician & the Master Magician.  Enjoyable, if a little slight, trilogy of magical historical/romance/adventure.
  • Karen Diem's Human.  Second of her "Arca" supers series.
  • Sharon Lee/Steve Miller's the Gathering Edge.  Most recent "Liaden" book.
  • Rachel Manjic/Sherwood Smith's Rebel.  Third of their "the Change" books.  Still the best Gamma World game setting.
  • V.E. Schwab's a Darker Shade of Magic
  • Pen & Cape Society (ed) the Good Fight 3: Sidekicks

Reread
: Michael Stackpole's  X-Wing: Rogue Squadron; Wedge's Gamble; the Krytos Trap & the Bacta War.  One of my favorite bits of the Star Wars 90s EU book line.
  • Jeffrey Brown's Incredible Change-Bots Two.  I know I'd read this before but everything about it seemed unfamiliar.
  • Kate Beaton's Never Learn Anything From History
  • Rick Remender/Daniel Way/Marjorie Liu's Punisher: Franken-Castle.  This is exactly the kind of crazy that I like to see when mixing Punisher with a supers setting.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs
:  Christopher Hastings/Irene Stychalski/Gurihiru's the Unbelievable Gwenpool: Head of M.O.D.O.K.  Hasting's is a great comedic writer and I just adore Gurihiru's art.
  • Brandon Montclare/Amy Reeder/Marco Failla's Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur: Cosmic Cooties.
  • Jason Aaron/Kieron Gillen/Mike Deodato/Salvador Larroca/Mark Brooks' Vader Down.  Vader is just super scarily competent in this one.  Like end of Rogue One scary.
  • Kieron Gillen/Salvador Larroca/Juan Gimenez' Darth Vader: vol.4: End of Game.
  • Faith Erin Hicks' the Adventures of Superhero Girl (Expanded Edition).  Just enough new material for me not to count this as a reread.
  • Ben Aaronovitch/Andrew Cautmel/Lee Sullivan/Luis Guerrero's Rivers of London: Body Work
  • Mike Maihack's Cleopatra in Space: the Golden Lion.
  • Rick Remender/Jerome Opena/Matt Hollingsworth's Seven to Eternity: vol. 1: the Godwhisperers.  I know this new Remender series gets a bit of positive buzz, but it didn't connect with me at all.
Total: 32
lurkerwithout: (television)
2017-07-18 03:45 pm
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Streaming Watch 7/10 - 7/17/17

Haven s.3:  Only got thru thing for last week, which is only the mid-point of the series but feels like it could be a final season.  Mostly because many of the major mysteries are basically resolved.  The barn, the Colorado Kid and Aubrey's reincarnations.  Plus the season's main villain the Bolt-Gun Killer aka the Skinwalker.  Also, Duke actually remembers he has a kid (even if he never brings up his recently deceased wife).  I do hope that in s.4 Vince & Dave get some consistent motivation though.
lurkerwithout: (comics)
2017-07-17 04:31 pm

Weekly Pull 7/12/17

Groo: Play of the Gods #1: By Sergio Aragones, Wordsmith Mark Evanier, Colorists John Ercek & Tom Luth & Letterer Stan Sakai.  New Groo, same one-joke and continuing to riff on religion.

The Unbeatable Squirrel-Girl #22: Writer Ryan North, Artist Erica Henderson, Color artist Rico Renzi & Letterer Travis Lanham.  Maureen, Tippy and Nancy win a trip to the Savage Land.  Dinosaurs, rowr!

Bug! The Adventurers of Forager #3: Storyteller Lee & Michael Allred, Colorist Laura Allred & Letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot.  This issue's Kirby Cameo, Atlas the Great!

lurkerwithout: (gaming)
2017-07-14 04:30 pm
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Pathfinder: Brendan Session 3

We start with the duel against Triffaccir about to begin and the return of Matt's wizard and Eric's arcane archer.  After a few rounds with the rest of the group observiving Bill's cleric spots that Triffy isn't what he appears.  This leads to Sillius the wizard wandering over under an anti-magic shell.  Which is aggravating in that it suprresses all MY magic items and buffs, but does reveal that Triffy is a disguised efreet.  This quickly turns the duel into a mass combat with the efreet taking flight and unleashing mutliple scorching rays.  Eventually the evil genie is defeated by a mulitude of enchanted arrow strikes from Thrumm the A.A, spells from Terry the cleric and the witch and flying attacks by Terry's celestial dog mount and Krogar the Pig (given flight by me).  Sillius, the high level wizard, mostly tried to get the efreet to look at him and his symbol of stunning.  Of course getting hit by a half-dozen rays did mean Terry died before the end of the fight.  Of course at our level thats a pretty short term effect.

So the first of our Defeat the Queen goals was accomplished and I got some new blood to drink so I could learn scorching ray.

lurkerwithout: (eastman)
2017-07-13 05:25 am

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Tom Holland is pretty great as Parker/Spider-Man, espcially the 15-year old rookie part of it.  Michael Keaton's Vulture falls into the mid-range of Marvel villains, right on the edge of the top tier, as he has actual motivations and some personality beyond I Am The Bad Guy.  Among the character cameos is a very stealth set-up for Miles Morales using Donald Glover.  Oh and Jacob Batalon's sidekick/best friend Ned was pretty good.
lurkerwithout: (television)
2017-07-10 11:21 pm
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Streaming Watch 7/3-7/10/17

From Dusk 'Till Dawn s.1:  I only watched the first three episodes and then the series finale.  And it was very much not good.  Even on a specialty tier network like El Ray I can't believe it got three seasons.  Making Richie Gecko's psychotic delusions actual psychic visions was..almost clever though.  And his actor was a step up from Tarantino.

Chewing Gum s.2:  I liked and even empathized with most of the characters in the first season.  This time around, I mostly just found them selfish and irritating.  Until the end when again they become more sympathetic again.

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King:  Comedy special for Minhaj, who is a writer for the Daily Show.  Funny and good, but not great.  I liked the stuff from his childhood with his immigrant little sister the best probably.

Girlboss s.1:  I went looking for reviews after I finished and maaaaaan did a lot of reviewers hate this.  I wouldn't call it A-level television, but the actors were good, the overall story arc was interesting and it was often amusing at least.  Plus it has Hutch from the Middle.

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2017-07-09 05:26 am
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Weekly Pull 7/5/17

Giant Days #28: Written by John Allison, Pencils by Max Sarin, Inks by Liz Fleming, Colours by Whitney Cogar & Letters by Jim Campbell.  The mystery of the locked garage.  OooooooOOOOoooo.

Zodiac Starforce #1: Written by Kevin Panetta, Art by Paulina Ganucheau, Colors by Sarah SternLettering by Christy Sawyer.  Chapter 2, "Cries of the Fire Prince".  Even though I never got into Sailor Moon, I do like magical girl adventure comics.

Jem & the Holograms: Infinite: Writer Kelly Thompson, Artist Jenn St-Onge, Colors M. Victoria Robado & Letters Shawn Lee.  The Holograms and the Misfits travel to a parallel Earth ruled by a version of their A.I. Synergy.

The Wicked & the Divine #29: Writer Kieron Gillen, Artist Jamie McKelvie, Colourist Matthew Wilson, Letterer Clayton Cowles & Flatter Dee Cunniffe.  The remaining Pantheon team-up again to try and capture Sakhmet.  Who kind of killed and rage-ate some of her groupies.  Oh that wacky Sakhmet.
Rat Queens #4Writer Kurtis J. Wiebe, Artist Owen Gieni & Letterer Ryan Ferrier.  Barrie's smugness finally draws down some SMIDGEN RAGE!  Also a gregarious mimic in a ruined temple crawl.

lurkerwithout: (television)
2017-07-04 01:09 am

Streaming Watch 6/26-7/3/17

Haven s.2:  Several new long-term cast additions.  Notably Jason Priestly as Son of Mayor Charm and Adam "Edge" Copeland as Dwight the Cleaner.  Plus lots of Mythology mixed in with all the Monster-of-the-Week.  Especially for Duke's family history and the coy secret back-story of Dave & Vince.  Though going from the season finale to some kind of Christmas special is kind of weird.  They should probably have moved those around in the schedule.

Moana:  Rewatch, still gorgeous with great songs and perfect line-readings from Dwayne Johnson as Maui.

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2017-07-02 05:33 pm

Weekly Pull 6/28/17

Astro CIty #45: Writer Kurt Busiek, Artist Brent E. Anderson, Lettering & design John Roshell & Jimmy Betancourt of Comicraft & Color art Peter Pantazis.  The 70s iteriation of Mr.Cakewalk/Jazzbaby/the Bouncing Beatnik/the Hopping Hippy/etc Glamorax and the probably origin of the Broken Man.

Heroines #2: Creator/script/art Ted Naifeh & Letters Taylor Esposito.  The female hero team goes on their first planned mission.  Which is basically a success despite killer robots, a villain in a patriotic banana hammock and someone getting shot.

Saga #44: Artist Fiona Staples, Writer Brian K. Vaughan & Lettering/design Fonografiks.  The freak-show result of human/centaur fucking.

Shutter #29: Writer Joe Keatinge, Artist Leila Del Duca, Colorist Owen Gieni & Letterer John Workman.  A montage of flash forwards showing glimpses of the next thirty years.

Lumberjanes #39: Written by Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh, Illustrated by Ayme Sotuyo, Colors by Maarta Laiho & Letters by Aubrey Aiese.  Trickster spirits can be such assholes.

Saucer State #2: Writer Paul Cornell, Artist Ryan Kelly, Colorist Adam Guzowski & Lettering Simon Bowland.  T-minus 1 year to "official" alien arrival.

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2017-06-29 02:03 pm
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Baby Driver

Mom didn't think this movie qualifies as a musical.  Me, I say the way every sequence, big or small, is perfectly choreagraphed to the soundtrack makes it a musical.  And that soundtrack is pretty amazing.

Also its a really good crime (reluctant crook subgenre) movie.  The love interest could maybe have used a little more depth but Lily James is still pretty good with what she has to work with.  Ansel Elgort is a delight.  And the high-end talent make for a great supporting cast of quirky crooks.
lurkerwithout: (gaming)
2017-06-28 02:14 pm
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Pathfinder: Brendan Session 2

Despite being two players down, started back into the finale of the Crimson Crown.  This session saw my pirate, Bill's halfling cleric (with celestial dog pokemon) and Frazer's half-orc fighter (with witch girlfriend) tracking down the "hero" Tiramasu (Brendan: That's not his name!  Me: Don't care).  Taffamassoo (Brendan: Still not his name!) is running a false flag operation, using a hired gang to stir up trouble as "rebels" who he then drives off.  Then gives a heroic speech about the Queen and tosses money to the people.

We track down a trio of the thugs as they're out strong-arming and easily dispatch them.  And then interogate them at our new base (found by the two PCs who weren't there).  After that is a confrontation with the remaining dozen members of the gang.  One where someone is apparantly granting the "rebels" wishes.  But then Trifaccir (Brendan: His name is, oh no thats it) shows up (after Krogar has been turned into a pig) and challenges us to take him one-on-one.  So Fenyx steps up to fight the duel.  Which is where we end for the night.
lurkerwithout: (television)
2017-06-26 11:41 pm

Streaming Watch 6/19-6/26/17

Haven s.1: Sort of based on one of King's novellas, though there are a couple call-outs that put the show somewhere in the King multiversal-canon.  Good but not great, with the X-Files-ish mix of "monster" of the week vs. over-reaching story arc episodes.  In this case the "monsters" are the "Troubled", or waves of pyschic power manifestations every generation.

GLOW s.1:  Dramedy based on the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling show from the 80s.  Great work from the leads Allsion Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron; though all the supporting cast are terrific.

lurkerwithout: (comics)
2017-06-25 02:20 pm
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Weekly Pull 6/21/17

Lumberjanes: Faire and Square #1: Written by Holly Black & Illustrated by Marina Julia.  'Janes go to a Nottingham themed medieval fair and have to help with a dragon.  Back-up short about telenovellas by Gabby Rivera, Gaby Epstein & Jim Campbell.

Invincible #137Writer Robert Kirkman, Penciler & partial Inker Ryan Ottley, Inker Dexter Vines, Colorist Nathan Fairbairn & Letterer Rus Wooton.  Thragg's forces approach Earth and Nolan rallies the other Viltrumites.  Leading to Rex/Robot making some kind of supreme dick power-move.

Knights of the Dinner Table #244: E-i-C Jolly R. Blackburn with Development Team Steve Johansson, David S. Kenzer, Brian Jelke & Barbara Blackburn.  Gary finishes up running a game for the Muncie crew and things move on to the Warehouse Loot Crawl.

lurkerwithout: (Keeyoot keetom)
2017-06-24 11:51 am
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2017-06-19 11:26 pm
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Streaming Watch 6/12-6/19/17

Fleabag s.1.  Phoebe Waller-Bridge's lead veers along from sympathetically tragic to frustratingly self-destructive.  And Waller-Bridge is charming enough to keep things just teetering on the more positive take.

F is For Family. s.2.  Opens with Frank still unemployed and the family dependent on wife Sue's not-Tupperware sales job.  Bill Burr and Laura Dern really sell the anger and love of the married couple and their hopes and crushing disappointments.  The characters and story arcs of the kids are good, but not as great.  As for the supporting cast stand-outs are Sam Rockwell as coked-up radio station manager Vic, T.J Miller's newspaper delivery middleman Randy and David Koechner adding more depth to the previous season's airline middle management Bob Pogo.

lurkerwithout: (comics)
2017-06-18 03:01 pm
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Weekly Pull 6/14/17

Bug! the Adventures of Forager #2: Lee & Michael Allred Storytellers, Laura Allred Colorist & Nate Piekos of Blambot Letterer.  Bug Forager teams with the Losers, Sandman, Sandy and Blue Beetle to free Nanda Parbat.

the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #21: Writer Ryan North, Artist Erica Henderson, Color Artist Rico Renzi & Letterer Travis Lanham.  Dorreen and Nancy go on vacation to the Negative Zone.  And the city is left in the protection of Chipmunk Hunk, Koi Boy and Brain Drain.

Bitch Planet Triple Feature: "Windows" Cheryl Lynn Eaton and Maria Frohlich.  "Without and Within" Andrew Aydin and Joanna Estep.  "The Invisible Woman" Conley Lyons and Craig Yeung, with colors by Marco D'Alfonso.  Three Bitch Planet penitentiary adjacent stories.
Copperhead #14: Writer Jay Faerber, Arist Drew Moss, Colorist Ron Riley & Letterer Thomas Mauer.   Sheriff Bronson vs. the Killer Worm Assassin!

The Damned #2: Written by Cullen Bunn, Illustrated by Brian Hurtt, Colored by Bill Crabtree & Lettered by Crank!  Big Al provides Eddie with a lesson while other interested parties gather around Pauly Bones and his mystery score.

Jem and the Holograms #26: Written by Kelly Thompson, Art by Gisele Lagace, Colors by M. Victoria Robado & Letters by Shawn Lee.  Final issue (though I guess there are some mini-series and the like planned)


lurkerwithout: (Keeyoot keetom)
2017-06-17 03:59 pm
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lurkerwithout: (television)
2017-06-12 11:23 pm

Streaming Watch 6/5-6/12/17

Dr. Strange: Rewatch
He Never Died: Sort-of vampire story with Henry Rollins.  Rollins does disconnected ancient immortal very well.

Wynonna Earp s.1: I'm all about the snarky lady demon-killers with sidekicks and bad boy love interests.