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Media Update

Update. I don't remember alll the pre-vacation stuff, so I'mma reconstruct this as best I can.


~:~books~:~
(and comics)


feb - may 7

The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
The Queen of Attolia, MWT
The King of Attolia, MWT
A Conspiracy of Kings, MWT
---- all rereads, all brilliant ♥
* Sandman Vol II, Neil Gaiman
---- I tried to reread this. But then I realized it was so incessantly dark and I hated the art style. So I stopped a couple chapters in.
Fairest, Gail Carson Levine
Dave at Night, Gail Carson Levine
---- reread
---- holds up well. GCL is a writer I would advise to kids, definitely.
Alif the Unseen, G Willow Wilson
---- excellent book, after a slow start. I was frustrated, though, that we had the main character we did - Alif was a little brat most of the book, and a lot of the folks around him were a ton more engaging and charismatic.
Kampung Boy, LAT
---- lil comic about a boy growing up in a kampung. Good stuff :D
My Side of the Mountain, Elizabeth George Speare
---- reread
---- a childhood book of mine - orig school reading, but it was what got me onto a string of survive-in-the-wild books. loved it/them, and upon reread: still enjoy, although things are so impossibly easy for the MC. No diarrhea, colds, illnesses, accidents, or, really, danger at all.
Bloodhound, TPierce
King's Man and Thief, Christie Golden
---- reread
---- good friggin god, this was so painful that I was eyerolling half the book and eyebrowing the other half. Too much Western/English influence on everyone even though it's not supposed to be so; everyone who's good is obvious and everyone who's bad is stupid. lulzy.
* The Whispering Mountain, Joan Aiken
---- started to reread, then put aside because vacation.


may 7 - jun 8

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N K Jemisin
---- reread
The Broken Kingdoms, N K Jemisin
---- a brilliant series. The more I reread/read her, the more I love her writing. The first book was never gut-level close for me - things happened, but everything felt removed, despite it being good. But the second book - guh. Just wow. Very, very vivid and real, and I loved it even better than the first.
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
---- skimread this. Irritated me immensely: it was a pop book that used the shock value of a taboo subject (OMGINTERSEX) to tell a sappy, insipid coming-of-age story. Far too much way-back-in-history, far far too much stilted writing, and the MC's transition was far, far, waaaay too easy: you don't absorb the quirks, mythology, and social habits of another gender over the course of a couple weeks! One hundred irritations here.
Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson
---- see Whenever Pico Makes An Entry About This (because I have some serious thoughts on this, you guys.
The Last Legends of Earth, A A Attanasio
---- surprisingly much better than I thought, and I went into it thinking it'd be good! superb handling of a huge subject, multifaceted & multicultural humans, and a time-loop story I didn't hate? Sign me right up for more Attanasio!

jun 8 - jun 26
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
---- reread
The Girl who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson
* The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, Stieg Larsson
---- unfinished
First Test, TPierce
---- re(rere)read
Page, TPierce
---- re(rere)read


~:~movies~:~


feb - may 7

Casablanca
---- rewatch
On the Waterfront
---- rewatch
Frozen

may 7 - jun 26

Wadjda
---- plane movie. fantastic.

~:~shows~:~


feb - may 7

Kurt Wallander, 2005
---- eps 1-4
Game of Thrones
---- up to ep S3 E4

may 7 - jun 26

Kurt Wallander, 2005
---- ep 5
Game of Thrones
---- eps S3 E4-S3 E6
Korra
---- S3 eps 1, 2, 3
---- ALL THE HEARTMARKS
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