shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Fear Itself: Heroes for Hire
Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500 - Henrietta Leyser*
Enemies at Home - Lindsey Davis
Saga vol. 5
Superman/Batman: World's Finest*
The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria - Max Adams
The Small House At Allington - Anthony Trollope
Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch
Rat Queens: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth*
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
New Teen Titans vol 2
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever - James Tiptree Jr
Tomboys and Bachelor Girls: A Lesbian History of Post-War Britain 1946-1971 - Rebecca Jennings*
Musketeer Space - Tansy Rayner Roberts*
Trust Me - Malorie Blackman*

Didn't finish: Bel Canto - Ann Patchett. I feel SLIGHTLY guilty for just abandoning this halfway through, but it was annoying me and I have a lot of other things to read, and also I spoiled myself for the end and it didn't seem worth it. It had that literary novel thing where there was a constant subtext of "by the way this is all SUPER MEANINGFUL JSYK", and I didn't like the fact that it was explicitly set in a mishmash of stereotypes rather than an actual South American country, and the few women mostly only got to be seen through the men's eyes rather than having point of view sections and ugh I just didn't care.

a selection of things I did finish )

(Quick housekeeping note: I have run out of room for new tags on LJ, which is why they are a little sparse over there. /o\ Also, because I haven't mentioned this in a while, my decisions about which things I write about are pretty random, feel free to poke me for opinions on things I haven't said anything about if you want! ♥)
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Avengers Assemble
Wilful Impropriety edited by Ekaterina Sedia*
Soul Music - Terry Pratchett
Spider-Gwen: Most Wanted?
Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois*
The Unreal and the Real: Outer Space and Inner Lands (Selected Stories vol 2) - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Agency: A Spy in the House - Y.S. Lee*
All New X-Factor: Axis
Manhunter: Street Justice*
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield

Didn't finish: The Road Home - Rose Tremain. reasons )

Rogues gets its own cut because I said something about every story and it got long )

everything else )
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
Jubilee
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.

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