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Rivers of London aka Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch. Fun! I like this sort of thing (police procedural + geek discovers magic) and look forward to reading more in the series at some point. I wouldn't call it unmissable or anything but it was a fast read I wanted to keep reading.

Deadpool. I guess technically I watched this rather than read it. Did not enjoy (and am left baffled by how much my mother loved this movie (???)).

Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey. So technically I didn't read this either, in that I started reading the pdf excerpt they gave me in the packet and it seemed to be missing lines at many of the page breaks, to the point where I found it unreadable. Also did the thing of describing what all the women looked like and none of the men and tralala life is too short to read dude authors who piss me off in the first chapter. Feel free to make the case for this book in a comment if you think it's worthy of a second chance; I am queued for it at the library so might get a readable copy one of these days.

Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex, Stix Hiscock. This was pleasantly not bad! I mean, I don't think it deserves a Hugo, but it was competently-written porn-comedy. The pole-dancing scene with the nipple lasers was fun. I thought there was a little too much dick (did dinosaurs even have dicks? come on, you're writing xeno, sexualize the cloaca) but it was better than watching Deadpool.

Ms. Marvel Vol 5: Super Famous. A strong installment of a terrific series. Ms. Marvel reminds me of Buffy at its best in how it literalizes issues, except with a much more diverse and interesting cast.

Paper Girls Vol 1. Super-compelling in characters, premise, and pacing; I can't wait to read volume 2.

Date: 2017-06-20 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] glynhogen
Re: The Expanse books, some fun stuff goes on and there are varied and significant women (including as viewpoint characters, though they get less time than the men). Since they're structured as various different genres (hardboiled, zombies, monster hunt, etc.), you might bounce off one but not necessarily another book/POV. So...maybe? But the only criteria for it being a slog is that it feels like a slog, and that holds extra true for popcorn books.

Did they give you a chunk of the screenplay for that episode of the show or something? FWIW, I find the show quite diverting, like that they got a diverse cast (with, I think, one instance of whitewashing, which doesn't really count because she's onscreen for about forty-five seconds), but also feel that in most cases where they diverged from the books (that I can remember) they made a less interesting choice.

Date: 2017-06-28 07:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mst3kforall
Regarding Deadpool: The things I laughed at in Deadpool were a lot of what I considered to be "old man" jokes, like the whole thing about Ikea furniture lines, 70s music, fourth-wall stuff like "Superhero landing! They all do that" or "almost like they couldn't afford any of the famous XMen" type of comments, making fun of Ryan Reynolds' acting ability, etc.

I absolutely loved the way that Leslie Uggams' character gave back every bit of crap Reynolds' gave her. And I loved the title sequence.

I know enough to be embarrassed about it though; the movie was incredibly sexist and juvenile.


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