Apparently my brain decided it had too many things to track, so livejournal/DW got pushed over the edge. But I'm still around! Just not... here.
I do use tumblr. More than I should, in fact, although that tends to go in spurts. I was internet-free for a month this summer, more or less. And some days I'm too busy to do any social media of any kind.
Anyway! I've been reading books lately. Or least attempting to do so.
- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was a bust. I didn't finish it, and don't care enough to try again. (I didn't know about Johnny Depp's film adaptation until later, so his ridiculous comments weren't a factor in liking or disliking the book.)
- I did at least finish Magic Bites by Kate Andrews, but I didn't care enough about any of it to keep reading the series.
- Seanan McGuire's tenth book in her series with October Daye came out last month: Once-Broken Faith. It was an enjoyable foray into her fae world. As usual, McGuire has nicely competent prose ad plotting.
- McGuire's other pen name is Mira Grant, and I read her three zombie books that started with Newsflesh. Mixed feelings on one element, but it was still an interesting series.
- E.K. Johnston's A Thousand Nights was gorgeous; highly recommend this retelling of Sheherazade.
- The Memory Keeper's Daughter was a compelling look at America's recent treatment of people with Down Syndrome. Kim Edwards clearly did her research in creating this compelling fictional family.
- Justin Cronin's vampire(ish) trilogy ended with The City of Mirrors. I still rec the first book (which I loaned to someone, but I don't know who?), but the other two... eh.
- More post-apocalyptic narratives! Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, gets an enthusiastic thumbs up from me.
ETA: Whoops again, I forgot to mention Discount Armaggedon
by McGuire. Fine pulp fiction, I'd say. Very pulpy: monsters, competitive dancing, enemy/love interest boy, etc.
Also, I'm reading Taraji P. Henson's memoir Around the Way Girl
, but I have a long way to go in that. Oh, and I haven't even mention the four or five re-reads I've done, but now this is getting way too long.
So... TV catchup post soonish? First I have to actually watch the TV that I'm behind on. Yikes. (Mostly I've been rewatching Parks and Recreation
while grading papers, because my beloved Law & Order
isn't on Netflix anymore. It was such a perfect grading-papers show!)Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/289592.html. Comment where you wish.
Shipping is messing up my TV shows. Or rather, my changed perceptions of romantic pairings has altered how I enjoy (or don’t enjoy) certain shows. I used to go along with whatever canon ships were presented, and that was that. At least for the most part. Now I’ve gotten more picky, and certain ships have become deal-breakers if the writing does nothing to call out / fix the problems in the ship.
I’m gonna blather about Jane the Virgin and Agent Carter and the ships I dislike on those shows, AND how Brooklyn Nine Nine managed to win me over. This goes behind a cut. Spoilers, obviously. ( B99, JtV, and ACCollapse )Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/289338.html. Comment where you wish.
So I had a real problem with ( Jane the VirginCollapse )Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
continues its uneven writing, but I'm currently fairly pleased with the villain currently inhabiting the body of Grant Ward. Mostly it's schadenfreude, I'll admit. And I'm okay with that! Lance Hunter annoys me SO MUCH, but actor Nick Blood is so gorgeous that it's... confusing at times. Heh. Mostly I'm here for the May and Daisy show, though. Oh, and Bobbi. I love Bobbi.
Relatedly, Agent Carter
finished season two, and aie. That was not the season I'd hoped for. I've already complained about the show's treatment of Jason Wilkes, the show's one and only addition in the name of diversity. The writing for him didn't really improve overall. *sigh*
Need to catch up on Supergirl
(only one episode behind, but it looks like it's a very good one). The show itself has generally trended better since the beginning of this first season. The fandom is terrible, alas, but I mostly stay in my little corner of the internet.
CBS is going to burn through the short fifth season of Person of Interest
, starting in May and ending in June. Two episodes a week, apparently. Honestly, I'll be relieved to have it done. The actors and writers have mostly moved on, since filming ended in December, I believe. Sarah Shahi is going to be the lead in a contemporary update of Nancy Drew
, which we all know I'll watch even if it's terrible. (Maybe not all of it, but I'll certainly give it a try.)
Book update in a few days? Maybe?Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/289127.html. Comment where you wish.
I haven't finished the book I planned to read for Black History month: Ida: A Sword Among Lions
. It's about Ida B. Wells, and if you don't know who she is, look her up now
. I do intend to finish the book, but it's so grim, and it's still early days!
One thing I've done instead? Watch the eleven episodes of Superstore
's first season. It's on NBC, and commercial-free in the 'on demand' section of the TV service I still haven't cancelled. Aie. Anyway, I didn't like it in the beginning, but I wanted background noise for while I was grading papers, and suddenly I was watching ALL of the episodes and they were fun. The season finale in particular worked really well with everything that came before it.Agent Carter
's treatment of Jason Wilkes continues to be a major frustration, but I'm still watching. Just two more hours left. I think they air tonight? Or maybe tomorrow night? I don't usually watch until later in the week.
And I'm back outta here. Later!Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/288838.html. Comment where you wish.
Wow, this may be my longest ever accidental livejournal hiatus? Oops! And hi!
I took a four week art class on painting with acrylics, which I've never done before. Acrylics are fun! I want to continue. For now, though, I'm going to switch to a drawing class, because a work friend of mine and I were talking about art and decided to take this one together. We start this week.
I've read... ( books by Mira Grant, Daniel José Older, and Andy WeirCollapse )
Lastly for books, I finished a re-read of the Harry Potter
series in January. Yes, all seven books. Yes, for the fourth time, I believe.
TV! I'm behind on Jane the Virgin
. There are enough writing missteps that I'm hesitant to catch up. I'm sure I will eventually. I'm team "Anyone but Michael unless he goes through some serious character redemption". Even though I like Michael and most of the story he's been getting. But not the part where he's a possible romantic partner for Jane.Galavant
came back for a fun second season, and if you're wanting a very silly comedy with fourth-wall breaking songs, I'd recommend it. It's short! There's a mostly-happy ending! Characters actually evolve in interesting ways!Agent Carter
has also returned and... well. ( a mixed bagCollapse )Supergirl
and The Flash
are both still on my watch list. TF continues its tradition of writing women terribly, and SG continues its tradition of removing consequences from the characters it likes. To the point where I'm almost rooting for Maxwell whatisface, the villain of the piece. Ah well.
On to movies! While Star Wars: The Force Awakens
wasn't exactly bold new territory in the storytelling realm, it was (mostly) exciting to watch, and they did make at least one bold choice by casting John Boyega (black British) as one of the leads. From what I've read, the (secondary) role of pilot Poe was initially going to be played by a black man, and Finn--Boyega's role--was going to be a white man. Instead we have Boyega in a leading role, and Poe played by Guatemalan-born Oscar Isaac.
Boyega was fantastic, by the way. Actually, the acting was very good all around, at least by Star Wars standards. The dialogue wasn't the clunky mess that Lucas wrote in the earlier films, whiched helped. All in all a good (re)start, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes next.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/288691.html. Comment where you wish.
Like a lot of Netflix subscribers out there, I binge-watched their newest original offering, Jessica Jones
. It was grim, but very good. The themes of power and abuse make for a very dark show, even though it wasn't as physical violent as, say, Daredevil.
It's very much a film noir sort of show, with a hard-edged detective as the leading character (complete with first-person voiceover) and a life-changing traumatic event in that character's life as a focus.
Many, many posts out there highlighting the potential upsetting nature of various elements of Jessica Jones
, so I'll refrain from adding to that. It's definitely at the far edge of what I'll watch; I wouldn't want it any more grim. I will say that ultimately the show had a hopeful message: you're not the same after tragic events, but you can move on anyway. (And if you want a list of what I can recall about the possibly triggering dark stuff, lemme know.)
What else? For me there was a bit of a lull in the middle; episode seven in particular was a bit annoying. But as a whole it was a strong season one, and I'm looking forward to more.( a few spoilers and a critiqueCollapse )
Moving on: the trailer for the newest Captain America movie (Civil War is the second part of the title, I believe) doesn’t interest me. 1) In what world are Steve and Tony friends? Work buddies at best. Which is a valuable thing, but… 2) Bucky is a pawn in all of this, and I’m not emotionally invested in Bucky. 3) Marvel movie-verse is severely lacking in women, and I’m just tired of that. It was especially noticeable after watching Jessica Jones
. I may well be DONE with CA/The Avengers and the "Only one woman per team allowed" thing they have going on...Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/288360.html. Comment where you wish.
I'm going to put the real world on hold for a bit and talk about TV.
So, about Jane the Virgin
this season... ( aie, love trianglesCollapse )
Hm. I thought I had more to say about that, but... not really in a coherent way.Supergirl
's debut reminded me that ( cast spoilers, general reactionCollapse )
I stopped watching Empire
. ( spoilers for 2.01Collapse )
I can name at least three other shows I've quit that fit this pattern as well. Sorry, Taraji P. Henson! I'm gonna miss seeing you on the little screen.
Like JtV, The Flash
hasn't been as strong its second season, though I'm hopeful for improvement. ( spoilersCollapse )Sleepy Hollow
is still causing my hope to dwindle, but I haven't quite given up on it. ( ehhhCollapse )Elementary
is back, but only two episodes so far. Nothing much to report yet. I will say that the makeup artist has done an incredible job making John Noble resemble Jonny Lee Miller. It's amazing.
Good heavens, one of these shows is gonna get cut simply due to time factors, right? The only reason I'm mostly caught up right now is because I took a sick day last week. The show most likely to get pushed back to "wait until it gets to Netflix" status is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/288026.html. Comment where you wish.
Hey, Person of Interest
stuff! Not that the show is back--season five is still on hold, with no official start date. Anyway, reminder that Grimorie started a tumblr-based rewatch comm, watchofinterest
. We're in mid season two so far. You can actually post comments there and reply to them, rather than reblogging.
Also, I wrote a very belated episode reaction post
for season four's "Terra Incognita". (It's on the Carter LJ comm.)
On to TV that's currently on air. The Flash
has been less shiny in its second season, but I'm not close to that nebulous stop watching point. I did stop watching Empire
; it hit that questionable consent issue too much in episode 2.01, and I bailed. I still love Cookie Lyon, but I'll just have to 'watch' via gif sets on Tumblr.Brooklyn Nine-Nine
is having a decent third season, although I'll be honest: 1) there could be a fifty percent reduction of Jake Peralta content and I'd be pleased, and 2) still not that excited about this new canon pairing. I don't hate it, but eh... see #1 and my lack of interest in Jake.
Dean Winters was in one or two episodes of B99, and I'm still impressed with how much I haaaaated his 'Vulture' character. Acting -- it's amazing. (I loved his turn on T:TSCC, so it's funny to hate him so much as another character.)Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
continues its interesting and problematic existence. So many fascinating ideas! So much failure in some of the writing! I do enjoy it--I wouldn't watch it otherwise--but it consistently leaves me saying "What a mess" after I've had time to mull over an episode.
Anyway, I really liked the flashback episode showing ( spoilery thing for 3.05Collapse )
I'm behind on Jane the Virgin
, which is due in part to the love triangle returning to the forefront. I like Rafael reasonably well, but he and Jane have a lot to learn about how to deal with each other. I like Michael too, but even though he and Jane understand each other, I'm still anti-Michael when it comes to Jane. He lied to her. A LOT. And I'm not feeling forgiving of it. So I basically don't have a pairing that I really want to happen right now
, which makes the love triangle storyline annoying.
Books: still re-reading Harry Potter. Currently in book four. Aie, poor Harry.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/287755.html. Comment where you wish.
Tomorrow Was Made for Somefandom:
Person of Interestsummary: Reese and Carter are unprepared to navigate the turbulence in their tentative relationship through a year of shocks and challenges. At critical moments, when things seem about to flame out, Fusco, Shaw, and Finch provide crucial assistance.
(shorter summary: mostly not-sappy pregnancy fic)characters & pairings:
Joss Carter/John Reese, Harold Finch, Lionel Fusco, Sameen Shaw, Taylor Carter, original charactersrating and contents:
around 38KNote 1 blacktop50
did most of the heavy lifting on this co-written story.Note 2:
AU from just after 2X22on AO3
(complete at 13 chapters) or on FF.net
(will be updated regularly)
May post a link soon to my thoughts about collaborating on this story.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/287711.html. Comment where you wish.
The students in my school district get two - TWO
- days off this month that we (the faculty and staff) have to work. *cue the jealous grudge*
Anyway. Maybe I'll get some fanfic written tomorrow? I actually have an idea that's tickling my brain enough to make me write notes. Lacking a fandom that really says Love me!
means no fanfic production of late. This started before Person of Interest
killed off Carter, by the way. The transition from procedural to full-on sci fi show had me already losing that level of interest (heh, interest) that my brain apparently requires to produce fic on a semi-regular basis. Killing Carter rather cemented it, however.
(Depression may be a factor as well. But I wrote that multi-chapter fic with depression, so I'd guess it's not the biggest element in writing production or lack of it.)
Co-written PoI fic is pretty much finished, thanks to my co-author. I'll post a link once she starts putting chapters online. It really did end up being a hybrid story of what I like and what she likes, which is fascinating
Er. Anyway. Last two Person of Interest
1) we're doing a rewatch
on Tumblr, which has reminded that I really did love that first season of the show. Grimorie chose a format that allows for actual comments on the posts, so you don't have to reblog to talk about the episodes. Like back in the day, yeah? I'd say I miss back in the day, but when it comes to PoI fandom, I really really don't.
2) There are spoilers out there for the upcoming season, which is being filmed right now. No air date yet (it's going to be a mid-season replacement). This teaser trailer
from whatever con is going on now is silly and pretty spoiler-free. So enjoy.
Books: nothing of interest to report recently, though I have some recs that I intend to explore soon.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/287407.html. Comment where you wish.
Yay, book nine of Seanan McGuire's October Daye series came out earlier this month. I made time to read it this weekend. It's an enjoyable series, with a direct forward narrative and characters I like. Having them set so deeply in fae-land makes them a bit more distant to me than, say the Rivers of London series (which is pretty much like our London plus some magic/magical creatures), but McGuire's clean writing style and coherent universe makes for a good read in spite of that.
I broke my fabric-buying moratorium. *face of shame* This teal dress
was lovely, but not quite something I'd wear, with the large fabric-covered buttons down the back. (Why would you want large, lumpy buttons running down the back of your dress or shirt? They'd be uncomfortable when you sit!) Also, the neckline is higher than what I like. So I found some teal fabric with a very subtle herringbone pattern, and ordered it. And I'm sorting through patterns; I have it narrowed down to two right now.
It's been a hectic start to the school year, but my classes are good. Most of them, anyway. There's a good enough balance in them to make for a nice chemistry.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/287103.html. Comment where you wish.
Quick update! It was summer and I did things! Most of them were fun! Summer is fleeting! So is this post!
Okay, maybe not so fleeting for the post. I guess I'll highlight the new experience: I got to see (the northeast corner of) Ohio for the first time. It was so pretty. Apparently summer is far more fleeting there than it is here, when we're talking about the season itself and not the break from work that students and teachers have.
So yeah... full summer (briefly) in Ohio, high temperatures well below what they are here, wildflowers in bloom everywhere. It was gorgeous. And I went swimming in Lake Erie and lived to tell the tale! It actually wasn't as cold as I expected. (This does NOT mean it was warm. Just... not super-cold.)
Also spent some time in DC and Oklahoma again. And goofing off in my own home. It was lovely.
No real news to report for media consumption. Last night I finished rereading the Rivers of London
books, the five in print as of now. I wanted to see if there were hints about [spoilery thing that happened at the end of book three], among other things. And I enjoyed them about as much as I did the first time around, so yay.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/286922.html. Comment where you wish.
I was just about to type one-handed while on hold on the phone, but they finally answered my question. Or rather, they said they'd call me back. We'll see...
Anyway! Season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
was better than season one. Or it just works better as a binge-watch show, perhaps. (Yay, Netflix!) Certainly watching them in a short amount of time helped me get through the Coulson stuff, since he's never going to be my favorite. I really enjoyed hating Ward--what a good villain he makes. But mostly I enjoyed the characters I grew to like the most: Bobbie Morse, Melinda May, Jemma Simmons, Skye...
Ooh, speaking of Skye, that was a really great arc for her backstory. Kyle McLachlan and Dichen Lachman were amazing in their roles connecting to her. So if Coulson isn't your favorite but you're willing to put up with him, I'd say give season two a try. Definitely not perfect, but an enjoyable run.
Book series rec! Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London
series starts with Midnight Riot
(in the US / in the UK the first book title is the same as the series title). Newbie policeman stumbles across a good witness for his case, only the witness is a ghost. And so begins Peter Grant's introduction into a different side of London. There are five books so far, and while a lot of storylines are definitely in the middle as opposed to done, I can safely say that Lesley May is getting one of the more interesting arcs. And Peter is a very good POV character: observant, caring, occasionally an idiot. I'm waiting impatiently for the next book.
Been doing some sewing of the tailoring/modifying variety. Chopping sleeves, shortening hems, etc. It always takes more time than I think, but I'm slowly adding things I'll actually wear back into my closet.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/286456.html. Comment where you wish.
I finally finished The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo.
It was mostly awesome, which is high praise for nonfiction from me. Especially nonfiction that isn't a memoir or autobiography. So if you have any interest in how Alexandre Dumas' biracial father fared in revolutionary France... or in Napoleon, or the French Revolution itself, you should read it. It was fascinating. Be patient with the prologues, though; they will eventually end. That's the less awesome part.
I also read Sunshine
, by Robin McKinley. I finished it, and didn't even begrudge the book's existence, but I'm not keeping it on my Kindle. I'm still trying to diagnose why I didn't love it. The ideas behind the world-building were interesting, although I think they were introduced in strangely lumpy ways. I liked most of the characters, and honestly, some of them could have been fleshed out more. (Hehe... fleshed out... vampire novel... okay, enough silliness.) Anyway, if you're really
into (fictional) baking, vampires, and minimal (though still present) love triangles, maybe give it a try? Otherwise, eh.
In book and TV news, there's an adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
on British TV now. I remember reading the book years ago and thinking, "Why all the hoopla for this
?" Unlikely that I'll try the show, especially considering that I'd have to take some trouble to find it.
I've managed to watch eight episodes of Drop Dead Diva
, which isn't exactly breathtaking speed, considering that I watched the first one two months ago. The second-hand embarrassment thing is a bit of a problem every once in a while, but so far I've genuinely enjoyed all of the episodes.
And now that season two of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
is on Netflix, I may try that again. Having tried two episodes of s2 so far, I'm reminded of my dwindling appreciation for Agent Coulson, which could be a problem. I particular dislike his tendency to give speeches. *sigh*Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/286019.html. Comment where you wish.
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On a less sob-filled note... Drop Dead Diva
continues to be sweet and delightful. I've only watched six episodes so far, because other things have gotten in the way, but I do like it. The sixth episode started with a dream sequence with Tim Gunn, and the tone was just right.
Netflix also has a newer offering, Witnesses
(Les Témoins). It's a French murder mystery, six episodes. It's... well. Thumbs up overall, but the first four episodes were definitely better than the last two. The woman in the lead was consistently interesting, and there was good forward momentum overall. But some of the concluding elements were just too implausible. Also, cell phones exist, and the last episode sort of forgets that. Heh.
Currently reading The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo.
It's about Alex Dumas, father of Alexandre Dumas (The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Black Tulip
and lots of others). It's very interesting, but long enough that I'm not burning through it at my usual speed. The prologues (TWO of them) are a bit too adoring in tone, but after that it's fine.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/285820.html. Comment where you wish.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron -- ( spoiler-ishCollapse )
Enough about that. Jane the Virgin
had its first season finale last night. ( o_OCollapse )Person of Interest
has been renewed for a fifth season, but only for thirteen episodes. Honestly, that's okay with me except for ( spoiler for mid-season fourCollapse )
Reading a very silly book about a witch and a vampire in love, and I've almost deleted it from my Kindle twice already. The worldbuilding is interesting enough, but the romance part is so very predictable, and not in a good way. Also: Her eyes floated up to his.
Heeeeee. I didn't know witches had detachable eyes!Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/285321.html. Comment where you wish.
Author Maggie Stiefvater has a book series, The Raven Cycle (still incomplete), that starts with The Raven Boys
. Apparently it's fairly popular; I had to wait to check out the digital copy from my library.
I like Stiefvater's prose more than some other recent YA novels, but it was hard to distinguish between two of the main characters' voices. So... I doubt I'll read more anytime soon. Maybe try something else by her where there aren't four teenage boys to recognize.
TV: Person of Interest
has yet to be renewed or cancelled for a fifth season. And I'm left indifferent by this. ( spoilers for 4.20 and 4.21Collapse )
So for me, cancellation is not a "bring tissues" kind of event. Remember when this show was THE show for a while? The only show to inspire me to write a multi-chapter fic. (It's been over a year since I've posed any fanfic, by the way. PoI isn't THE show now, but neither is any other show, apparently.)The Flash
caught my attention again, and I caught up on recent episodes. Thank goodness ( spoilers for 1.20 and a warningCollapse )
Anyway! As someone who never got into comics as reading material, this show is a fun watch. Pretty people, and Barry "No Chill" Allen is a goofy and happy superhero, in spite of angsty (dead mother) backstory. Tom Cavanaugh as the ambiguous Dr. Harrison Wells is great. I love Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and robot boyfriend Eddie Thawne (he's not really a robot), and Barry and Iris...
Also caught up on Elementary
, which currently deserves the secondary title of Friendship is Magic
, or something of the sort. Alfredo! Detective Bell! CLYDE!!!
And just one episode until I'm caught up on Jane the Virgin
again, so maybe I'll wait to post about it. I'll just say that it's living up to its telenovela roots.Posted at Dreamwidth: http://rose-griffes.dreamwidth.org/284917.html. Comment where you wish.