Sep. 12th, 2017 08:29 pm
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I've mentioned it elsewhere, but I'm auctioning off a story for [community profile] harvey_fanaid. Offering Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Marvel. Bidding is up to $30 (somehow!!).


Sep. 6th, 2017 08:53 pm
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I lucked out recently with a couple of five-star reads all in a row. Finally caught up with Kelly Thompson's "Hawkeye" run, and it's better with every issue. I'm really looking forward to reading the "America" crossover. ("America" hasn't been quite what I wanted, but it's significant and I am definitely Not The Target Audience, just an appreciative bystander. I suspect Gabby Rivera and Margaret Stohl are both in the same boat right now - they have potential, but they're still feeling out the ways that comics are a different beast from noveling.)

After (finally! for the first time!) watching Practical Magic on Netflix, I picked up the book and was immediately... "charmed" is a little disingenuous, since parts of the story were melancholy or downright wild, but we'll go with that. The prequel book about the Aunts is releasing next month, so I apparently picked the right time to finally give Alice Hoffman a go.

What really blew me away, though, was Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem. I am several years late to this party, but oh gosh it was fantastic. At times it read more like a thought experiment or a simulation than a novel, but most of the core characters were genuinely rounded - Ye Wenjie, the scientist responsible for first contact, particularly struck me as a brilliantly-drawn figure. The technical portions were dense but still understandable; the bits I needed the most help understanding primarily concerned China's Cultural Revolution, although there were plenty of helpful footnotes. Two main takeaways: I cannot wait for the second book to arrive, and I really need to read more hard science fiction.

(On a fandom note, I've been turning over the thought of a Hickmanvengers retelling that lands somewhere between The Three-Body Problem and The Library at Mount Char, which was another wholly enjoyable book club pick that was equally haunting in a totally different way. It would have to be about Doom and Tony to hold my interest, but can there ever be enough cosmic horror with either one of those two? Survey says "no way.")

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