shinyjenni: Tom Baker reading Doctor Who Weekly (shocking)
All Systems Red - Martha Wells
The Bone Readers - Jacob Ross
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal - Ben MacIntyre
Assassin's Fate - Robin Hobb
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Enigma Tales - Una McCormack
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
The World of Arthur Ransome - Christina Hardyment
Swallowdale - Arthur Ransome
Black Panther: Worlds of Wakanda
The Voyage of the Basilisk - Marie Brennan
Snowspelled - Stephanie Burgis

All Systems Red (five stars), Assassin's Fate (five stars), Station Eleven (five stars), Black Panther: Worlds of Wakanda (three stars), Snowspelled (four stars) )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Honourable Friends? Parliament and the fight for change - Caroline Lucas
The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Orangeboy - Patrice Lawrence
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet vol 2
Sister Mine - Nalo Hopkinson
The Dark Lord of Derkholm - Diana Wynne Jones
Giant Days vol 1
Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl
The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars - Dava Sobel
Fool's Quest - Robin Hobb
The Magpie Lord - KJ Charles

Giant Days vol 1 (four stars), The Magpie Lord (five stars) )

Short stories I enjoyed this month:
Beauty, Glory, Thrift - Alison Tam: contained SPACE and WOMEN, so off to a good start, but also an interesting plot and a world I wanted to see more of. Plus quietly optimistic when it could easily have gone a different way.
shinyjenni: Fourth Doctor and Leela coming out of the TARDIS; background text reads: "excitement adventure really wild things" (really wild things)
Larklight - Philip Reeve
Wonder Woman: The Circle
Wonder Woman: Destiny Calling
The Pearl Thief - Elizabeth Wein
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet vol 1
In the Teeth of the Evidence - Dorothy L. Sayers
Black and British: A Forgotten History - David Olusoga
A Tyranny of Queens - Foz Meadows
A Cold Blooded Business - Dana Stabenow
It's A Don's Life - Mary Beard

Larklight (three stars), The Pearl Thief (five stars), In the Teeth of the Evidence (three stars), A Tyranny of Queens (five stars) )
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "♥ books" (hermione hearts books)
(slightly belated as I've only just got internet again /o\)

Labyrinth Lost - Zoraida Córdova
God's War - Kameron Hurley
There Will Be Phlogiston - Alexis Hall
Weird Space: The Baba Yaga - Una McCormack
On the Edge of Gone - Corinne Duyvis
A Death at the Dionysus Club - Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold
Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee
The Commodore - Patrick O'Brian

God's War (four stars), There Will Be Phlogiston (five stars), Ninefox Gambit (five stars) )

Didn't finish: With the Lightnings - David Drake )

A short story I enjoyed this month:
Extracurricular Activities - Yoon Ha Lee: The last section of this felt a little rushed, but otherwise it was great. Space shenanigans where everyone's queer! YES PLEASE THIS PLEASE
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? - Paul Cornell
The Lost Child of Lychford - Paul Cornell
A Fashionable Indulgence - KJ Charles
Sorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho
Tremontaine season two
Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
Voices - Ursula Le Guin
Déjà Vu - Ian Hocking
Star Trek: Killing Time - Della Van Hise
Star Trek: City on the Edge of Forever

Sorcerer to the Crown (five stars), Déjà Vu (three stars) )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
A Natural History of Dragons - Marie Brennan
Hurricane Heels - Isabel Yap
The Ultimates: Omniversal vol 1: Start With The Impossible
We Need New Names - NoViolet Bulawayo
Star Trek: The Lost Era: One Constant Star - David R. George III
Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner: A Story About Women and Economics - Katrine Marçal
Crown of Stars - Kate Elliott
Black Light Express - Philip Reeve
Speak Gigantular - Irenosen Okojie
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch
Saga vol 7
Hellblazer: Stations of the Cross
Star Wars: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon
Spider-Gwen: Greater Power
Spider-Woman: Shifting Gears: Baby Talk
Tropic of Serpents - Marie Brennan

(I am currently in the process of changing jobs and moving to a new city, so did not really have the wherewithal to say things about books this month! /o\)

Star Wars: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon (three stars) )

Didn't finish: Everfair - Nisi Shawl )
shinyjenni: Cass sits cross legged, wearing her Batgirl costume, reading a book and rubbing the back of her head (cass)
In the Ruins - Kate Elliott
Dead in the Water - Dana Stabenow
Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman vol 2
The House of Shattered Wings - Aliette de Bodard
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street - Natasha Pulley
As I Descended - Robin Talley
Hellblazer: Staring at the Wall
New Avengers: Standoff
Ms Marvel: Civil War II
All New Wolverine: Civil War II
H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald
Dragons At Crumbling Castle and Other Stories - Terry Pratchett
Star Trek: Articles of the Federation - Keith R. A. DeCandido
Siege: Battleworld
Railhead - Philip Reeve
Crooked Kingdom - Leigh Bardugo
The Graveyard of the Hesperides - Lindsey Davis
Girl in Translation - Jean Kwok
Jolly Foul Play - Robin Stevens
The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid

As I Descended (three stars), Railhead (four stars), Crooked Kingdom (five stars) )

Didn't finish: Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson )
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: 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 - Dana Stabenow
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: 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: 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: 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: 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)
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: 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) )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
Gotham Academy: Welcome to Gotham Academy
Dragon Haven - Robin Hobb
Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who ed LM Myles and Liz Barr
The Pulse: Thin Air
Ms Marvel: Crushed
The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects - Deborah Lutz
A Man Lies Dreaming - Lavie Tidhar
Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us - John Hills
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Resistance is Futile - Jenny T. Colgan
Ms Marvel: Last Days
The Pulse: Secret War
The Pulse: Fear

Gotham Academy: Welcome to Gotham Academy (five stars), Dragon Haven (four stars), Companion Piece (five stars), The Brontë Cabinet (four stars), Resistance is Futile (four stars) )

Didn't finish: Black Wolves, Astro City: Life in the Big City )

A short story I enjoyed this month:
The Spy Who Never Grew Up by Sarah Rees Brennan, in which Peter Pan is recruited into the Secret Service.
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "&hearts; books" (hermione hearts books)
Quarter Days - Iona Sharma
Silence: A Christian History - Diarmaid MacCulloch
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Uprooted - Naomi Novik
The Paradox - Charlie Fletcher
Star Wars: Shattered Empire
The Burning Stone - Kate Elliott
The Sibyl in her Grave - Sarah Caudwell
All-New Ghost Rider: Engines of Vengeance
The House of Eyes - Patricia Elliott
Wolverine and the X-Men: Death of Wolverine
Legends and Liars - Julia Knight
Ultimate Spider-Man: Silver Sable
Karen Memory - Elizabeth Bear
The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
Operation S.I.N.: Agent Carter
Star Trek DS9: Hollow Men - Una McCormack
The Gospel of Loki - Joanne Harris
The Dragon Keeper - Robin Hobb
The FitzOsbornes at War - Michelle Cooper

Didn't finish: Charm - Sarah Pinborough. Retelling of Cinderella with a rather unlikeable main character and added horror elements. Not terrible but not really my thing and not good enough to make me continue regardless.

Uprooted (three stars), Star Wars: Shattered Empire (three stars), The House of Eyes (three stars), Star Trek: Hollow Men (five stars), The Gospel of Loki (two stars) )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Cranky Ladies of History ed Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely
Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan - Shrabani Basu
Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early American Republic - Cassandra Good*
Flunkeys and Scullions: Life Below Stairs in Georgian England - Pamela Horn*
Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade
Star Trek: A Stitch in Time - Andrew J. Robinson
Spirit, or the Princess of Bois Dormant - Gwyneth Jones
X-Men: The Burning World
Clariel - Garth Nix*
Catwoman: Keeper of the Castle*

Didn't finish: Darkspell - Katherine Kerr. I sort of liked the first book in this series, and I was sort of enjoying this one (although, so slow), until spoilers, also content warning for rape )

other things )
shinyjenni: Silk swings purposefully into action (silk)
Wolverine and the X-Men vol 7
Wolverine and the X-Men vol 8
Silk: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon*
King's Dragon - Kate Elliott
Daggerspell - Katharine Kerr
The Castle Behind Thorns - Merrie Haskell*
Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways: Feuds, Frauds, Robberies and Riots - Terry Deary*
Fool's Fate - Robin Hobb
On Liberty - Shami Chakrabarti
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic vol 3
The Oversight - Charlie Fletcher
The Shortest Way to Hades - Sarah Caudwell
Star Trek: The Missing - Una McCormack
The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III - Philippa Langley and Michael Jones*
Space Hostages - Sophia MacDougall

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