shinyjenni: Pixie, a young woman with pink hair and pointy ears, looking down (pixie)
Batman: Gotham By Gaslight
Ayahs, Lascars and Princes: Indians in Britain 1700-1947 - Rozina Visram
*Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter - Pamela Cox and Annabel Hobley
*Family Secrets: Living With Shame from the Victorian Era to the Present Day - Deborah Cohen
Black Widow: The Tightly Tangled Web
Original Sin: Thor and Loki: The Tenth Realm
The Republic of Thieves - Scott Lynch
Heroes for Hire: Control
Green Arrow: The Archer's Quest
New Avengers: Breakout
Storm: Bring the Thunder
Truth: Red, White and Black
She-Hulk: Time Trials
The Last Camel Died At Noon - Elizabeth Peters
Heroes For Hire: Ahead of the Curve
*New X-Men: Academy X: Choosing Sides
*New X-Men: Academy X: Haunted
*New X-Men: Hellions
*New X-Men: Academy X: X-Posed
*New X-Men: Childhood's End, Vol 1
*New X-Men: Childhood's End, Vol 2: Crusade
The City of Silk and Steel - Mike Carey, Linda Carey and Louise Carey
*Phonogram: Rue Britannia
*Star Trek: The Crimson Shadow - Una McCormack
Posse of Princess - Sherwood Smith
She-Hulk: Laws of Attraction
The Hippopotamus Pool - Elizabeth Peters

(Another month of Marvel Unlimited! Though I read all the stuff I was really excited about last time I signed up, so most of this fell on a spectrum from "this was fine" to "this didn't quite annoy me enough to make me stop reading it", Truth: Red, White and Black being the honourable exception.)

books and also comics )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Demon Knights: The Gathering Storm
Avengers Assemble: The Forgeries of Jealousy*
Star Wars: Heir to the Empire - Timothy Zahn
Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon - Jane Austen
Men At Arms - Terry Pratchett
Elektra: Reverence
Stray Souls - Kate Griffin
Guardians of the Galaxy: Angela
Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the Twenty-First Century City - Anna Minton*
X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back*
Death and the Maidens: Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle - Janet Todd
Not Ordinarily Borrowable, or Unwelcome Advice - Thomas Thurman*
Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo
Superman: Up, Up and Away*
Secret Avengers: Let's Have A Problem
The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black*
The Woken Gods - Gwenda Bond
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie

only SLIGHTLY late )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
*Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary - Anita Anand
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo
New Grub Street - George Gissing
*X-Force: Hide/Fear
Mighty Avengers: Not Your Father's Avengers
*Agatha H and the Airship City - Phil and Kaja Foglio
Arsenic For Tea - Robin Stevens
Star Wars Omnibus: Knights of the Old Republic, Volume 2
Library: An Unquiet History - Matthew Battles
*The Oracle's Secret - Amber Darke
*The Quick - Lauren Owen
Red Sonja: The Art of Blood and Fire
X-Men: Bloodline
A Face Like Glass - Frances Hardinge
*Quicksilver - RJ Anderson

The Quick
This is a book that I found very hard to rate, because I found it a pretty compelling read, and I think in many ways it was a good book, and yet every time I wanted it to go one way, it went the other, so that by the time I finished it only the fact that it was a library book stopped me from dropping it in the bath in sheer frustration. It's also a hard book to review without spoilers, which is why I'm reviewing it out of order and under it's own cut. spoilers ) So in conclusion: The Quick might be a good book! I think I liked it! But I also hated it.

onwards to other things I read this month )
shinyjenni: Cass sits cross legged, wearing her Batgirl costume, reading a book and rubbing the back of her head (cass)
The Prefect - Alastair Reynolds*
Ms Marvel: Generation Y
The Wicked + The Divine: The Faust Act
The Golem and the Djinni - Helene Wecker
Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
The Deeds of the Disturber - Elizabeth Peters
Bitter Greens - Kate Forsyth*
DC/Wildstorm: Dreamwar*
Property - Valerie Martin
Countdown: The Search For Ray Palmer*
Above World - Jenn Reese
X-Factor: Hell on Earth War
The Woods: The Arrow*
Doctor Who: A Fairytale Life
The Lost Girl - Sangu Mandanna
She-Hulk: Disorderly Conduct
Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley
Ultraviolet - RJ Anderson
Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming

words )
shinyjenni: Steph eating popcorn and wearing 3D glasses (does it have a bat on it?)
*Monstrous Affections ed. Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
X-factor: Breaking Points
X-factor: Short Stories
The Vagrants - Yiyun Li
Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors - Brian Hayles
X-factor: Change of Decay
The Princess Curse - Merrie Haskell
Hawkeye: L.A. Woman
Star Trek/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 Volume 1
*Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens
Vixen: Return of the Lion
The Red Panda: Mask of the Red Panda
Fool's Errand - Robin Hobb
Saucer Country: The Reticulan Candidate
Loki Agent of Asgard: I Cannot Tell A Lie
*World's Finest
*Spirits Abroad - Zen Cho
*Hild - Nicola Griffith
*Rat Queens: Sass and Sorcery
Sex Criminals: One Weird Trick
Doctor Who: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible - Marc Platt

I read a disproportionately high number of comics this month )

I also read the Sleepy Hollow miniseries, but since Boom don't seem to have announced the trade yet I can't list it properly, grumble grumble. Anyway, it was pretty good, definitely recommended to fans of the show (who don't mind that lieutenant is spelt leftenant in all of Ichabod's dialogue /o\). The backup stories by Noelle Stevenson were particularly delightful.
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Gatty's Tale - Kevin Crossley-Holland*
Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 6
X-Factor: Together Again for the First Time
X-Factor: The Road To Redemption
X-Men: S.W.O.R.D.: No Time To Breathe
Araña: Heart of the Spider
Ms Marvel: War of the Marvels
Journey Into Mystery: Fear Itself Fallout
Journey Into Mystery: The Terrorism Myth
Black Widow and the Marvel Girls*
She-Hulk: Superhuman Law
Knights of the Old Republic: Days of Fear, Nights of Anger
Star Trek: The Never Ending Sacrifice - Una McCormack
Journey Into Mystery/New Mutants: Exiled
Journey Into Mystery: The Manchester Gods
Black Widow: Homecoming
Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her
Araña: In The Beginning
Lion in the Valley - Elizabeth Peters
Araña: Night of the Hunter
Mighty Avengers: Family Bonding
The Mighty Thor/Journey Into Mystery: Everything Burns
Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol 2
The Way We Live Now - Anthony Trollope
Spider-Girl: Family Values
Joan of Arc: A History - Helen Castor
Daughters of the Dragon: Samurai Bullets
Star Trek Voyager: No Man's Land - Christie Golden*
Throne of the Crescent Moon - Saladin Ahmed
Seven Days of Joyeux - Tansy Rayner Roberts*
Lords and Ladies - Terry Pratchett
Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater
Flygirl - Sherri L. Smith
Lagoon - Nnedi Okorafor
The Handbook for Dragon Slayers - Merrie Haskell*

(Explanatory note: I took advantage of a cheap deal for a month's subscription to Marvel Unlimited in December and attempted to read ALL THE THINGS before it ran out...)

books )
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "♥ books" (hermione hearts books)
(Still taking prompts, though with the caveats that I'm answering them in a random order, and also that current posting rate suggests it will take me til January, if not February, to answer everything...)

[personal profile] lokifan asked for my top five children's fantasy novels! (Er, I filtered this through my brain and it kind of interpreted "top" as "ones that made a big impression on me", which may not have been what you meant - sorry!) I did try and stick to children's books rather than YA, though there's one on here that probably is YA - it was published under the Point Fantasy imprint over here, iirc.

anyway, books! )
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "♥ books" (hermione hearts books)
Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements - Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Diamonds and Deceit - Leila Rasheed
Black Panther: Who Is The Black Panther?
Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution - Laurie Penny*
The Middleman: The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation
Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress - Sarwat Chadda
Green Arrow: The Sounds of Violence
Komarr - Lois McMaster Bujold
X-Men: Powerless
Amelia Cole and the Unknown World
Legend - Marie Lu*
Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, ed. Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios*
Pratchett's Women: Unauthorised Essays on the Female Characters of Discworld - Tansy Rayner Roberts
Ship of Destiny - Robin Hobb
Athena's Daughters ed. Jean Rabe
50 Roman Mistresses: Scandal, Virtue and Womanhood in Ancient Rome - Tansy Rayner Roberts*
Servants: A Downstairs View of Twentieth Century Britain - Lucy Lethbridge
The Paying Guests - Sarah Waters

words )
shinyjenni: Martha and Liz from Doctor Who, with the TARDIS and a Christmas tree in the background (martha liz christmas)
Happy December, everyone! Thanks for all the December talking meme prompts - I did this whole thing where I couldn't decide whether to reply to all of them or just some of them, and ended up replying to none of them, but they are all great and I am looking forward to talking about them! (Also, still taking prompts, if anyone wants to add anything. :D)

I am going to start off with this one from [personal profile] chaila: Books/comics/media you're looking forward to in 2015?

(Possibly I should have saved this one for the end of the month, when it'll be nearly 2015, but I do what I want, Thor.)

Books-wise, I'm never really aware of what's coming out when! /o\ I thought Sarah Rees Brennan's A Tale of Two Cities retelling, Tell The Wind and Fire, was out next year, so I could flail about that, but apparently it's not til 2016? So mostly what I'm excited about is series that I'm already reading that I presume will have new books next year: Seanan McGuire's Incryptid and Toby Daye series (the latter I will probably read in a giant racing tumult of FEELINGS), the last of the Raven Boys Quartet (...ok, technically I haven't read the third one yet, but I loved the first two SO MUCH), Ancillary Mercy (again, haven't read Ancillary Sword yet, but Ancillary Justice was basically everything I ever wanted).

Comics! Next year's Peggy Carter series is definitely something I'm looking forward too, mostly because I LOVED Kathryn Immonen's work on Journey Into Mystery. The Spider-Gwen one-shot was really fun and I'm excited to see it be expanded into a full series. G. Willow Wilson is writing... four issues, I think, of X-Men, so that should be a good time. I'm trying to start trade waiting more stuff (leading to the "should I start cancelling stuff off my pull list?" dilemma), so even though they've technically already started I'm looking forward to getting Captain America and the Mighty Avengers and Thor. I am looking forward to Marvel having so many female-led solo titles that I don't feel the need to buy them all! Though given She-Hulk is definitely for the chop and things are looking dicey for Elektra and Storm, this is of course not actually a given.

DC-wise, I am (possibly unjustifiably) pretty suspicious of Convergence, but given that Greg Rucka and Gail Simone are involved in the two-issue minis I think they're probably safe? So I'll probably get The Question (GREG RUCKA WRITING RENEE AGAIN AW YEAH! Also I really like Cully Hamner's art) and Batgirl (not convinced by the summary for this one, but Batgirl!Steph and Black Bat!Cass ACTUALLY INTERACTING YESSSSS), and possibly some more - I'm vaguely tempted by the all-female Justice League one, though the art is pretty eh. Sadly I am deeply uninterested in Dick/Babs, so probably won't bother with Nightwing/Oracle despite my love for both those characters. :/

Other media! STAR WARS STAR WARS STAR WARS. Other than that, it's superheroes all the way: Age of Ultron, Agent Carter, the Teen Titans and Supergirl TV series if they get going next year... I really love superheroes and none of the current TV ones are particularly appealing to me, so I have my fingers crossed for those two!

Plus all the other cool stuff coming out next year that I've forgotten about! (Another reason I should probably have waited to post this: other people's lists to jog my memory. OH WELL.)
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties - Rachel Cooke*
Princeless: Save Yourself
Green Arrow: Quiver*
Unmade - Sarah Rees Brennan
Princeless: Get Over Yourself
The Mad Ship - Robin Hobb
Doctor Who: The Gallifrey Chronicles - Lance Parkin*
Doctor Who: The English Way of Death - Gareth Roberts
The Ghost Bride - Yangsze Choo
The Mummy Case - Elizabeth Peters
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
If This Is A Man/The Truce - Primo Levi
Star Wars: Razor's Edge - Martha Wells*

*reviewed )

I didn't get round to reviewing half the stuff I meant to this month! I also really recommend Princeless, Unmade (...though I recommend reading the two previous books, Unspoken and Untold, first), The Ghost Bride and Ancillary Justice.
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
*Ultimate Spider-Man: Hobgoblin
Queen of Nowhere - Jaine Fenn
*Mighty Avengers: No Single Hero
Dark Goddess - Sarwat Chadda
*Sparrow Hill Road - Seanan McGuire
Doctor Who: The Shadow of Weng-Chiang - David A. McIntee
The Winter Long - Seanan McGuire
Doctor Who: The Deadstone Memorial - Trevor Baxendale
The Outskirter's Secret - Rosemary Kirstein
*Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China - Jung Chang
*Secrets and Sapphires - Leila Rasheed
*All-New X-Factor: Not Brand X
*New Mutants: Return of Legion
Lazarus: Family

Didn't finish (content notes: discussion of the first two things covers (mostly non-sexual) consent issues and, in the second one, incest):

Secret Avengers: Reverie, The Enchantment Emporium, The Copper Promise )

Anyway, some things I did finish:

under here )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire
Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 3
Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 4
The Minority Council - Kate Griffin
*Mars Evacuees - Sophia McDougall
Ultimate Spider-Man: Superstars
Amala's Blade: Spirits of Naamaron
The Drowning City - Amanda Downum
A Reckless Magick - Stephanie Burgis
Ship of Magic - Robin Hobb
Justice League of America: Dark Things
*The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls - Anton DiSclafani
Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 5
Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol 2
Shadowplay - Laura Lam
The Wine-Dark Sea - Patrick O'Brian
Small Gods - Terry Pratchett

Not much I felt like writing about this month, possibly because I read a lot of things that were part of a series.

the two things that weren't )
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "♥ books" (hermione hearts books)
*Ash: A Secret History - Mary Gentle
Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman
The Curse of the Pharaohs - Elizabeth Peters
*Ascension - Jacqueline Koyanagi
*Knights of the Old Republic: Commencement
Bringer of Light - Jaine Fenn
*Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 1
*Howards End Is On The Landing - Susan Hill
*Glamour In Glass - Mary Robinette Kowal
Justice League of America: Team History
Wolverine and the X-Men Vol 2
Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations - Mary Beard
The Severed Streets - Paul Cornell
*New Mutants: Back to School
Knights of the Old Republic: Flashpoint

Didn't finish: The Best of All Possible Worlds, Karen Lord; Selling Out, Justina Robson )

some things I did finish )
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "♥ books" (hermione hearts books)
Brothers in Arms - Lois McMaster Bujold
Guardians of Paradise - Jaine Fenn
*Secret Avengers: Run the Mission, Don't Get Seen, Save the World
Uncanny X-Force: Torn and Frayed
*X-Men: Reckless Abandonment
Side Jobs - Jim Butcher
*Wake - Anna Hope
Prodigy - Marie Lu
Mirror Dance - Lois McMaster Bujold
Memory - Lois McMaster Bujold

words )
shinyjenni: Clara looks at a model of the TARDIS that Amy made (clara)
*So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy ed. Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan
Rachel Rising: Fear No Malus
Blue Beetle: End Game
*Keeping It Real - Justina Robson
The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver
*The Ides of April - Lindsey Davis
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters
The Steerswoman - Rosemary Kirstein
All The Windwracked Stars - Elizabeth Bear
*Team Ups of the Brave and the Bold
*Morning Glories Vol 1
Wakulla Springs - Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages
Clarissa Oakes - Patrick O'Brian
*A Confusion of Princes - Garth Nix
Cold Steel - Kate Elliott
The Neon Court - Kate Griffin

words )
shinyjenni: Natasha Romanov (natasha)
what happened to April, I don't understand.

Seven Soldiers of Victory Vol 1
Rachel Rising: The Shadow of Death
Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany
*X-Treme X-Men: Xavier Must Die!
*X-Treme X-Men: You Can't Go Home Again
*X-Men: X-Termination
She-Hulk: Single Green Female
*A+X = Amazing
Mistress of the Empire - Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
*Shades of Milk and Honey - Mary Robinette Kowal
The New Moon's Arms - Nalo Hopkinson
Avengers Academy: Final Exams
Inheritance - Malinda Lo
Legend - Marie Lu
The Road to Middlemarch: My Life with George Eliot - Rebecca Mead
*FF: Family Freakout

Didn't finish: Tender Morsels - Margo Lanagan. I could see why this book has good reviews but it just wasn't for me at all: it was so full of horror and unpleasantness that reading it felt like an endurance test and I caved 150 pages in.

I meant to write up more of these but then I did not do that )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Have I really not posted since the last one of these? Huh.

A Local Habitation - Seanan McGuire
An Artificial Night - Seanan McGuire
Alif the Unseen - G. Willow Wilson
Late Eclipses - Seanan McGuire
Devil's Kiss - Sarwat Chadda*
One Salt Sea - Seanan McGuire
Runaways: Homeschooling*
Consorts of Heaven - Jaine Fenn
Secret Avengers: Mission to Mars
Ashes of Honor - Seanan McGuire
Doctor Who: Wheel of Ice - Stephen Baxter*
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett
Chimes at Midnight - Seanan McGuire
Valour's Choice - Tanya Huff*
Huntress: Year One
The Governess Affair - Courtney Milan*
The Midnight Mayor - Kate Griffin*

stars = things I said things about )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater
Uncanny X-Force: Let It Bleed
A Tangle of Magicks - Stephanie Burgis
*Adaptation - Malinda Lo
*The Shadowed Sun - NK Jemisin
*The Long Earth - Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
*Ironskin - Tina Connolly
*Voices from the Past ed. Scott Harrison and Lee Harris
Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues
Runaways: Rock Zombies
Discount Armageddon - Seanan McGuire
*Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack and Ancient Code and the Uncovering of a Lost Civilisation - Margalit Fox
Midnight Blue-Light Special - Seanan McGuire
Doctor Who: Secrets of the TARDIS
Rosemary and Rue - Seanan McGuire
*Stuff Matters: The Strange Story of the Marvellous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World - Mark Midiownik
*Doctor Who: To The Slaughter - Steven Cole
*The School for Good and Evil - Soman Chainani
White Tiger: A Hero's Compulsion
Reaper Man - Terry Pratchett

some thoughts on some things )

I am also aflail with love for Seanan McGuire's stuff, but not really in a way where I wanted to say things about the individual books? READ THEM, THEY'RE GREAT.
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
*Raising Steam - Terry Pratchett
*Adventures with the Wife In Space - Neil Perryman
Team Human - Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
Doctor Who: Festival of Death - Jonathan Morris
Principles of Angels - Jaine Fenn
Fantastic Four: New Departure, New Arrivals
*FF: Fantastic Faux
*Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega
*Astonishing X-Men: Weaponised
The Shattering - Karen Healey
*The Woman Reader - Belinda Jack
X-Men: Storm
X-Men: Blank Generation
*A Madness of Angels - Kate Griffin
*The Rook - Daniel O'Malley
*Flying Higher: An Anthology of Superhero Poetry ed. Michael D. Thomas and Shira Lipkin
*Superman: Secret Origin
*Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis
*Shadows on the Moon - Zoë Marriott
*Avengers vs X-Men: Avengers Academy
Ultimate Spider-Man: Carnage
*The Girl Who Would Be King - Kelly Thompson
*Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain - Charlotte Higgins

contains intermittent grumpiness from the start )
shinyjenni: Tom Baker reading Doctor Who Weekly (shocking)
I read 194 books this year (of which 82 were graphic novels), and if you add in the twelve volumes worth of single issues I read, that takes me over 200, hurrah! (The volumes in question: Saga Vol 2, Captain Marvel: Down, Avengers Assemble: The Enemy Within, Hawkeye: Little Hits, Young Avengers: Style > Substance, Young Avengers: Alternative Cultures, Fearless Defenders: Doom Maidens, Fearless Defenders: The Most Fabulous Fighting Team Of All, Journey Into Mystery: Seeds of Destruction, X-Men: Primer, Li'l Gotham Vols 1
and 2.)

Here is a roundup post, which like last year's has GRAPHS.


Links to all my monthly books and comics posts: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December



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