|laceblade (laceblade) wrote,|
@ 2012-12-13 09:38 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||a: hurley kameron, a: sharp margery, books, comics, comics: angel & faith, comics: buffy, comics: captain marvel, comics: saga, comics: tmnt, fanfiction|
I'm a person who's often in the middle of a bunch of things - I never read just one thing at a time.
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp/illustrated by Garth Williams. Because this weekend I realized Netflix streaming had The Rescuers Down Under & so I re-watched it and then jesse_the_k tweeted at my squee and was like, "There are books!" SO THEN I PUT IT ON HOLD.
The books are way more sexist than the movie, although I'm much more familiar with the Down Under sequel than the original Rescuers movie.
INTERESTING DEVIATIONS: In the book, the organization = "Prisoners' Aid Society," not "Rescue Aid Society." From the first page: "As everyone knows, mice are friends of every prisoner."
No mouse can entertain this poet who's stuck in a hella secure prison, so the mice decide to spring him.
Bernard is way more paternalistic, and Bianca seems to faint willy-nilly & is kind of a sheltered moron. UNFORTUNATE.
God's War by Kameron Hurley - reading this as an e-book. We're discussing it at beer_marmalade on Monday. I'm not sure I'm quite as enamored with it as a bunch of other people are? The premise is neat, but "cool premise" is not as effective a hook on me as it is on many other sf/f fans. Hoping that the characters will grow on me a little more.
I've Been Trying to Reach You by thememoriesfire - this is a Glee fanfiction AU. After having her baby, Quinn transfers to Carmel High School, where Rachel Berry is the lead singer in the elite competitive Glee team, Vocal Adrenaline. Basically, Rachel is popular and Quinn is not. Faberry endgame (I think), but Quinn also starts a band with Santana, Sam, and Puck and I <3 this as I <3 all fic written by thememoriesfire. Still sad that she had to leave fandom, but glad for all of the fantastic writing she left behind.
It's kind of disturbing to see a well-adjusted Quinn Fabray with loving parents.
The North Remembers by Silverblood - hella long Game of Thrones fanfic continuing right where A Dance With Dragons left off. This author remembers ALL OF THE PLOT POINTS and her pacing is much better than George RR Martin's has been of late. There are already 80+ chapters, and this author intends to wrap everything up before she's done.
The writing is similar to Martin's. She highlights some character POVs that Martin has yet to do, including Val, Meera Reed, Jeyne Westerling, Sandor Clegane, etc.
I'm ~30 chapters in, I think. I highly recommend this, even to people who don't normally read fanfiction. I suspect that in the end, I might prefer this to George RR Martin's ending, if the future books turn out anything like DWD did.
SANSA STARK HAS AGENCY. It's awesome.
Stuff I'd started but is now on backburner:
Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath by Sigrid Unset - I'm in this for the longhaul, but needed to drop it for a little bit.
What did you recently finish reading?
For the last couple of weekends, I've been trying to catch up in the single-issue comic series I get from the comics shop. I'd like to decrease my pull-list if possible.
In general, I still seem to prefer manga to U.S. comics. In particular, I don't really care for the superhero genre, and even though I enjoyed the Avengers movie, I'm not into that fandom and can't seem to care much about the big titles.
"Saga" by Brian K. Vaughan/Fiona Staples - I love everything about this series & it's staying on my list.
"Captain Marvel" by DeConnick - I like the art style the more recent issues way more than I did in 1-3. Carol Danvers seems pretty cool, and at the advice of coffeeandink I also checked out Avenging Spider-Man #9 and #10 (where Captain Marvel makes her debut) and Avengers Assemble #9 (which she's hanging out with the movie!Avengers). Avengers Assemble #9 reads very much like a fanfic! I don't care much about Iron Man/Hulk/Captain America/Thor, though, so. This is a series that's fine to read, but I'm not sure I care enough about it to keep it on my pull-list. I could just get the collected volumes from the library as they're released, on a delayed schedule. SOMEHOW I NEED TO DECIDE.
"Buffy Season 9" / "Angel & Faith" - Firstly, I find both of these much more enjoyable than Buffy Season 8 (and I liked most of Buffy season 8). Buffy season 9 has made a few weird choices, but I'm still here for it.
Angel & Faith is all about Catholic guilt and redemption and doing good things every day to try & make up for the bullshit you've pulled. The writing is fantastic imo, and I really, really, really love this series.
I'm not 100% caught up with these yet, and I'm about to start the new Spike and Willow spin-offs.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I'm not great at planning this shit out in advance.
After Monday, my book club will be reading Here We Cross, a collection of queer sf/f poetry for our January meeting.
Historically, I loathe poetry but I've never read any sf/f poetry. Most members of our book club haven't, so we're kind of excited to try this.
I should be getting a copy of Chris Colfer's Struck by Lightning soon, which is a supplement to his movie of the same name. I'm hoping to like this a lot more than I liked The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell.
Still need to catch up on the Buffy/etc. comics. I also need to catch up on all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics being pulled for me rn to determine whether I'll continue reading them. I had really liked the first 8 comics of the main series and the one-shot spin-offs of each turtle.