shinyjenni: Buffy smiling (buffy)
All-New, All-Different Avengers: The Magnificent Seven
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States - Sarah Vowell
Cheer Up, Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate - Susan Calman
The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories - Terry Pratchett
New Avengers: Everything Is New
All-New Wolverine: The Four Sisters
The Wicked and the Divine: Commercial Suicide
Buffy: The High School Years: Freaks and Geeks
Star Wars: Dark Force Rising - Timothy Zahn
Angela Queen of Hel: Journey to the Funderworld
Twilight Robbery - Frances Hardinge
Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling and Cracking Up - Mary Beard
Deadly Election - Lindsey Davis
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel You Really Got Me Now


Lafayette in the Somewhat United States (three stars), Buffy: The High School Years: Freaks and Geeks (four stars) )


Didn't finish: Constantine the Hellblazer: Going Down )
shinyjenni: Natasha Romanov (natasha)
Title: What About Everything
Vidders: [personal profile] shinyjenni and [personal profile] silly_cleo
Fandom: MCU
Character/Pairing: Ensemble
Music: Carbon Leaf
Content notes: Some fast cuts and bright flashes, some violence.
Summary: "I am not in need."
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] cosmic_llin and [personal profile] purplefringe for betaing, and to [personal profile] sol_se for Agents of SHIELD help!
Download: here (3:44 minutes, 163MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )
shinyjenni: Polly; text reads "now let me tell you 'bout the way she looked, the way she'd act and the colour of her hair" (polly way she looked)
The Gathering Storm - Kate Elliott
Spider-Women
Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell
Deep Space Nine: Prophecy and Change ed Marco Palmieri
Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh
First Class Murder - Robin Stevens
The Doomsday Book - Connie Willis
Maresi - Maria Turtschaninoff
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen - Lois McMaster Bujold
A Fatal Thaw - Kate Shugak
Fans of the Impossible Life - Kate Scelsa
Spectacles: A Memoir - Sue Perkins
Nightwing: Love and Bullets
Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Bernice Summerfield and the Glass Prison - Jacqueline Rayner
Strange Star - Emma Carroll
The Good Immigrant ed. Nikesh Shukla
Hellblazer: Black Flowers

I read a lot of things this month, but apparently used up all my words on complaining about Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. /o\

spoilers )

Didn't finish:
The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell
I really liked Cornwell's Arthurian trilogy when I read it lo these many years ago, but I just didn't connect with this one. Nothing wrong with it, I just couldn't get into it, and I have so many other things to read that I didn't feel like sticking with something I wasn't into.
shinyjenni: Peggy Carter watching Jarvis sew up the wound on her leg (peggy jarvis)
Title: Welcome to New York
Fandom: MCU (Agent Carter season 1 (plus one clip from season 2), Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, Agents of Shield)
Character/Pairing: Peggy Carter
Music: Taylor Swift
Content notes: Some bright gunfire flashes
Summary: "It's been waiting for you."
Notes: This vid was BESET by technical difficulties but FINALLY it is DONE. \o/
Download: here (3:33 minutes, 155MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Carter Beats the Devil - Glen David Gold
Scarlet Witch: Witches' Road
Full of Briars - Seanan McGuire
Regeneration - Stephanie Saulter
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Girl From Everywhere - Heidi Heilig
A Cold Day For Murder - Dana Stabenow
Washington: A Life - Ron Chernow
Nightwing: False Starts

Carter Beats the Devil (four stars), The Girl From Everywhere (four stars), Nightwing: False Starts (four stars) )

Didn't finish: The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo )
shinyjenni: Close up of Jaylah from Star Trek Beyond (jaylah)
Title: Find It And Keep It
Fandom: Star Trek Beyond
Characters: Jaylah, ensemble
Rating: All ages
Content notes: none
Summary: Jaylah's friends have presents for her.
Words: 1923
Also at: AO3 | Tumblr

Find It And Keep It )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Dusty Answer - Rosamond Lehmann
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: BFF
The Assassin's Curse - Cassandra Rose Clarke
Wildthorn - Jane Eagland
Signal to Noise - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Child of Flame - Kate Elliott*
Mockingbird: I Can Explain
Reflections: On the Magic of Writing - Diana Wynne Jones
Tell the Wind and Fire - Sarah Rees Brennan
Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K Jerome
To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis
Hemlock and After - Angus Wilson
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel You Know It's True
Sex Criminals: Three The Hard Way

*with a certain amount of skimming; it's book four of seven, over 800 pages long, and there are some storylines I just do not care about any more. /o\

Wildthorn (two stars), Signal to Noise (two stars) )

Didn't finish: The Long War )

Short stories I enjoyed this month:
Flying Magic (Stephanie Burgis): Delightful short story set in the Kat, Incorrigible universe, in which Kat has to deal with her own children. <3
Fire Watch (Connie Willis): wonderful and also heartbreaking.
Superior (Jessica Lack): v. enjoyable m/m romance, with superheroes.
shinyjenni: Janeway sitting at a table, smiling (janeway)
I made an Imzy account! I don't really know what it is or what I'm doing with it yet, but it looks interesting. (I also have invites if anyone wants them!) And it displays very nicely on my phone, which I appreciate.

In other news, everything is still Star Trek forever and it's great. Still ridiculously in love with Star Trek Beyond (should I go and see it again over the bank holiday? Probably not, but I want to), also I have returned to my TOS watch-through and am thoroughly enjoying it. I LOVE EVERYONE ON THIS SPACESHIP.
shinyjenni: Close up of Jaylah from Star Trek Beyond (jaylah)
Title: Anthem
Fandom: Star Trek Beyond
Character/Pairing: Kirk, Enterprise crew
Music: Delta Rae
Content notes: none
Summary: "Give me something I can hope for."
Notes:
1. Thank you to [personal profile] such_heights for betaing! ♥
2. I am almost certainly going to remaster this when the DVD comes out, because that's the sort of thing I'm into. ETA: and indeed I did. All links should now be updated; give me a shout if not!
3. So I went on a weirdly similar emotional journey to Kirk while I was watching this film. I've been pretty glum about a lot of my fandoms recently, specifically in a way that's made it hard to be enthusiastic about new canon; and then this film, for which I had no expectations at all, came along and just captured my heart and made me feel like hope wasn't such a silly idea after all. ♥ So, in conclusion, this vid is as much about me as it is about Kirk.
Download: here (1:24 minutes, 60MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )
shinyjenni: Close up of Jaylah from Star Trek Beyond (jaylah)
I went to see Star Trek Beyond again on Monday in an attempt to beat the post-Nine Worlds slump (nb this plan was a roaring success, A+ recommend; I think it helped that I was wearing the necklace I bought there), and it turns out I have enough extra things to say about it to make another post. (As before, this is basically all squee, because that is where I am right now.)

spoilers )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Courting Magic - Stephanie Burgis
Witches of Lychford - Paul Cornell
Binary - Stephanie Saulter
The Ships of Aleph - Jaine Fenn
The Blackmail Blend - Livia Day
Robin: Triumphant
Rubyfruit Jungle - Rita Mae Brown
The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter - Rod Duncan
Shadow Scale - Rachel Hartmann
House of Secrets - Stephanie Burgis
Cuckoo Song - Frances Hardinge
Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves - James S.A. Corey
Chaos Choreography - Seanan McGuire
The Case of the Missing Moonstone - Jordan Stratford
Shadowshaper - Daniel José Older
The Raven King - Maggie Stiefvater

Binary (four stars), The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter (three stars), Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves (five stars) )

Didn't finish: City of the Beasts - Isabel Allende )
shinyjenni: Janeway sitting at a table, smiling (janeway)
I saw Star Trek: Beyond at the weekend and while it wasn't perfect, I enjoyed it a great deal. Here are some of the things I loved about it:

spoilers! )

And then the SDCC Star Trek panel happened and now there's a BEAUTIFUL TITLE for the new show and a LOGO and also FOOTAGE OF A SPACESHIP and it's set in the Prime universe and right now everything is Star Trek and nothing hurts.
shinyjenni: The four ghostbusters heading into battle (ghostbusters into battle)
Saw Ghostbusters last night in the swanky new cinema that's just opened near me! I was a bit worried going in, as Paul Feig's films haven't previously clicked for me the way I want them to, but I needn't have been: I really really enjoyed it! More thoughts under the cut:

spoilers )

I impatiently await all the vids and, in the mean time, commend to your attention the Doubleclicks' efforts in that department.
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "&hearts; books" (hermione hearts books)
The Hidden Oracle - Rick Riordan
Robin: Reborn
Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes
Star Wars: Lando
Star Wars: Princess Leia
Dragonflight - Anne McCaffrey
The Hearing Trumpet - Leonora Carrington
The Eleventh Doctor: Serve You
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire
Arrows of the Queen - Mercedes Lackey
The Eleventh Doctor: Conversion
Hellblazer: Red Sepulchre
Death by Silver - Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold
Under the Skin - EE Richardson
Glitter and Mayhem eds. John Klima, Lynne M. Thomas, Michael D. Thomas

Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes (three stars), Star Wars: Lando (three stars), Star Wars: Princess Leia (four stars), Dragonflight (two stars), Every Heart a Doorway (three stars), Death by Silver (five stars), Under the Skin (three stars) )

Didn't finish: A Brief History of Seven Killings )

Short stories I enjoyed this month:
Two's Company by Joe Abercrombie. So this was a little on the grimdark side and also full of gore, and yet somehow also a hilarious delight? Not sure how that worked but I'm pleased about it. Plus, queer lady narrator who is 1000000% done with everything, excellent.

Kid Dark Against the Machine by Tansy Rayner Roberts. I just have a lot of feelings about superheroes, I don't know if you knew. ♥ ♥ ♥ Plus, a version of Batman that (just about) stayed on the right side of my Batfeelings is not something to sneeze at.
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
I did a "things I have loved this year" roundup post last December, but I don't want to wait until next December to do another one, so I am doing one now instead. Here are some things I have loved since last time I posted about loving things:

- Knights of the Old Republic 2. Friends, I loved this game so much. I was worried that my ongoing Force Awakens misery would get in the way, but thankfully I appear to have successfully partitioned my Star Wars feelings, well done me. I've been thinking a lot about why I loved this game so much even though it is very definitely an example of "let's make the sequel DARKER", which I am not often here for, and this is what I have come up with: spoilers both vague and specific. Wait, no, only general, I forgot to mention to specific one /o\ ) A caveat: this is in no way a finished game; even with the restored content mod it is still effectively KOTOR 2, part 1, and I still ran into several game breaking bugs, but that aside, I really recommend it and found it an incredibly satisfying experience.

- SUPERGIRL SUPERGIRL SUPERGIRL. I love that we have a superhero show where our heroes solve problems with honesty and bravery and kindness. I love that Kara is sweet and kind and also allowed to be angry and have the show validate her right to be angry. I have never watched The Flash and yet the crossover episode was the greatest gift that TV has given me in a long time. I am weirdly fond of Max Lord chaotic neutraling all over the place. spoilery things I loved )

- The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery. I talked about this when I read it, but what a glorious book. It made me so happy.

- The new Mockingbird comic! I love how this is funny and unusual and unflinchingly, explicitly feminist. I'm really excited to see Chelsea Cain making such a bold and confident comics debut, and I can't wait to see what she does next. (Hopefully more Big 2 superhero stuff, as that is, let's be honest, where my heart lies.)

Those are some things I loved in the last six months (ish) that I remembered about when I came to write this post! \o/
shinyjenni: Kaylee and River from Firefly; text reads "family" (kaylee river family)
I had a great weekend at Vidukon, hanging out with some excellent humans, watching vids and dodging low flying Mass Effect spoilers. :D Here is the vid I made for Premieres:

Title: Supernova Girl
Fandom: Multifandom (see below for complete list)
Music: Zenon
Content notes: Some bright strobe-y lights
Summary: Zoom, zoom, zoom.
Notes: Premiered at [community profile] vidukon_cardiff 2016. Thanks to [personal profile] silly_cleo for Farscape help and for suggesting the song, to [personal profile] cosmic_llin for Star Trek help and beta-ing, and to [personal profile] isagel for tech help! Mass Effect footage from fuschelfu and Operation SFX; starfield image from freelancah-d2k5mcu.
Download: here (2:50 minutes, 124MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )

Full list of fandoms )

List of characters in order of appearance )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
A Rose-Red Chain - Seanan McGuire
Thor: Goddess of Thunder
The Raj at War: A People's History of India's Second World War - Yasmin Khan
The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
1602: Witch Hunter Angela
Fly By Night - Frances Hardinge
Luna: New Moon - Ian McDonald
The Oracle's Dilemma - Amber Darke
Ms Marvel: Super Famous
Captain Marvel: Rise of Alpha Flight
The Snow Queen - Joan Vinge

Fly By Night
I loved this - it was both very reminiscent of Diana Wynne Jones and Joan AIken, whilst also being very much it's own thing. Best of both worlds!

Luna: New Moon
This was a sci-fi novel with lots of brown characters, queer characters and women, so it would have had to have worked quite hard to lose me. It wasn't perfect, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next in the... series? Trilogy? Not sure. (I hope it is less typo riddled than this one was, though. :/)
shinyjenni: Tom Baker reading Doctor Who Weekly (shocking)
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith
Sea of Poppies - Amitav Ghosh
Doctor Who: City of Death - James Goss
Tooth and Claw - Jo Walton
Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders - Kate Griffin
Secret Avengers: God Level
JLA: World Without Grown-Ups
If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home - Lucy Worsley
Doctor Who: Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark - Andrew Hunt
Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice
New Avengers: The Reunion
The Coldest Girl In Coldtown - Holly Black
Kitty Peck and the Child of Ill Fortune - Kate Griffin
The Blue Castle - L. M. Montgomery

Doctor Who: City of Death (two stars), Tooth and Claw (three stars), The Coldest Girl In Coldtown (three stars), The Blue Castle (five stars) )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
(Slightly belated due to me spending the first week of April in the Lake District with some of my favourite people. <3)

Warlords and Wastrels - Julia Knight
The Fair Fight - Anna Freeman
The Corn King and the Spring Queen - Naomi Mitchison
Midnighter: Out
The Martian - Andy Weir
Catseye - Andre Norton
Ex Machina: The First Hundred Days
Blood of Dragons - Robin Hobb
Tremontaine Season One
Born With Teeth - Kate Mulgrew

The Martian
I've never been a fan of puzzles, largely because I go from "oh a puzzle" to "WHY CAN'T I SOLVE THIS I HATE EVERYTHING" in the space of about ten seconds, but as it turns out I really enjoy watching other people solve them. So I liked the Watney-POV sections of this book very much! The other sections I was less enamoured of - they felt a bit flat, partly I think due to the contrast between single character first person conversational and multiple character omniscient third person style, but also I thought the prose just wasn't that great. :( I did however really like how throughout the earth-based sections there was this sense of everyone coming together to rescue Watney and the feeling that they were determined to rescue him if it was at all possible, no matter the cost in money, resources, time etc. ♥

Didn't finish: The Trials of Masculinity: Policing Sexual Boundaries 1870-1930 - Angus McLaren
This sounded really interesting - looking at how masculinity and heterosexuality were constructed and policed through the legal and medical systems - but ultimately I found it pretty frustrating. I felt like it didn't make strong enough connections between the legal cases it examined (I didn't get as far as the medical section) and what it was trying to say about masculinity as a construct, and when it picked exemplar cases instead of looking at trends, didn't adequately justify their selection either in terms of how they contributed to the argument or why they were characteristic of the period. The wide and slightly unfocused geographical sweep didn't help either - the main focus seemed to be England, but the introduction talked about "Western culture", and cases from France and British Columbia also came up. So I stopped reading it and read a comic instead.

A short story I enjoyed this month: Flightcraft - Iona Sharma. Really beautifully written story about flight and magic and aftermaths. <3
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Angela, Asgard's Assassin: Priceless
Spider-Woman: Spider-Verse
Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400-1070 - Robin Fleming
Euphoria - Lily King
Captain America and the Mighty Avengers: Open for Business
Captain America and the Mighty Avengers: Last Days
Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo
City of Dragons - Robin Hobb
Ultimate Spider-Man: Deadpool
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer - Sydney Padua
The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family - Annette Gordon-Reed
Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Suicide Squad: The Nightshade Odyssey

Captain America and the Mighty Avengers: Last Days (four stars), Six of Crows (four stars), Ultimate Spider-Man: Deadpool (two stars) )

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