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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.

Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500
This felt slightly more like a collection of essays than a book, but the essays were all interesting so I didn't mind! It gave a great insight into the texture of women's lives in the period.

Superman/Batman: World's Finest
I think the thing I liked the most about this comic (other than the scene where Clark awkwardly gives Bruce a Christmas present and Bruce awkwardly invites Clark to spend Christmas at the manor, which was a thing of beauty and a joy forever) was the mingling of the supporting cast. Alfred and Lois clearly hitting it off was a highlight, but I also enjoyed Alfred and Clark working together, as well as the dynamic between Bruce and Lois, which I desperately want to see more of. Oh, and I am basically in love with all the very fifties civilian outfits Bruce wore in Metropolis. :D

Rat Queens: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth
As with the previous volume, this was a bit gorier than I like, but done with such gusto and with such great characters that I didn't mind. I really liked getting to see some of the women's backstories, and seeing them begin to mature a bit: can't wait to see more of them! I also enjoyed Stjepan Šejić's art, which was a really good fit for the book. I'm sad he's not doing any more, but excited to see what Tess Fowler does with it. :D

Tomboys and Bachelor Girls: A Lesbian History of Post-War Britain 1946-1971
Fascinating and readable account of lesbian history and culture. I did have one major issue with it, though: the fact that it never mentioned bisexual or trans people. I mean, obviously its major focus was on lesbians and that's fine, but it seemed like a mistake not to at least mention the possibility that women who had relationships with both men and women might have been bisexual, or that people who had male personas and/or lived full time as men might have in fact been trans men, or might have been non binary. Other than that, this was really great!

Musketeer Space
In which Tansy Rayner Roberts rewrites the Three Musketeers so that it's full of women and queer people and brown people, and also it's in space, and it's AMAZING. :D It's heartbreaking and delightful in equal measures, and, having been reading it as a weekly web serial, I am so sad it's over.

Trust Me
This was a quick, entertaining take on the teenage vampire novel, but given the status quo at the end of the book my feelings on it are mostly "I wish this had been the set up for a series." /o\ Also, it's a 2013 edition of book published in 1993, and the text has clearly been modernised, but... in a slightly half-hearted way? It felt like 2003 more than 1993 or 2013: Jayna sends e-postcards but otherwise never uses the internet or email, and there's lip service paid to the idea that she has a mobile phone, but it's only a few mentions and they mostly feel a bit tacked on. It was weird.

(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! ♥)

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Date: 2015-08-03 11:42 am (UTC)
ext_3965: (Books - Too Many Books I Need To Read)
From: [identity profile] persiflage-1.livejournal.com
Oooh! What did you think of Max Adams and Ben Aaranovitch's books?

Also I am RIGHT NOW! reading The Invisible Library!

Also, if you want a random non-fiction rec, and haven't already, grab Helen McDonald's award winning 'H is for Hawk' - it is beautiful and moving and so gripping. (Sorry, I just read that over the weekend and my head is STILL full of it!)

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Date: 2015-08-04 02:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] shinyjenni.livejournal.com
The Max Adams one was really interesting - I really liked how it conveyed how complicated and, I suppose, sophisticated the political situation of the time was. Also having read Hild fairly recently and studied in Durham it was fun to see all these names I knew popping up all over the place. ("Oh, that's who Aidan was!") And I just love Ben Aaronovitch's books - I was a little sad that it didn't resolve the thing that happened at the end of the previous one, but I also appreciated the breathing space and the moments where we get to see that Peter isn't dealing with it as well as it sometimes seems. Plus I just love the world so much.

Hurray! Isn't it fun?

Ooh, thanks! That's been vaguely on my radar for a while; now it's on my library wishlist. :D

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Date: 2015-08-04 05:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] persiflage-1.livejournal.com
*nods* I enjoyed the Max Adams one, too. Very well written.

Yes, I agree about Peter seeming to be dealing with stuff better than he really is.

It was great fun! I finished it over breakfast this morning and wondered why I didn't have the next one already!! :D

It had been on mine, too, and then, for some reason I can't now recall, I just decided that *now* was when I was going to read it.

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Date: 2015-08-05 08:31 am (UTC)
ext_23287: (clara)
From: [identity profile] shinyjenni.livejournal.com
It's weird how that happens sometimes! Suddenly you're just really in exactly the right mood to read something specific.

I just checked and Genevieve Cogman's next book is due out in October, which is closer than I was expecting! \o/

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Date: 2015-08-05 01:31 pm (UTC)
ext_3965: (Books - Too Many Books I Need To Read)
From: [identity profile] persiflage-1.livejournal.com
October? That's excellent news, thanks for sharing!

Absolutely!

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Date: 2015-08-05 02:29 pm (UTC)
ext_23287: (she was my friend)
From: [identity profile] shinyjenni.livejournal.com
You're welcome! :)

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Date: 2015-08-04 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravenskyewalker.livejournal.com
Bel Canto is one I've "meant" to read for years, but considering I never feel drawn to actually do it, and this entry gives me a good idea why... I think I'll continue to avoid it.

I'd be interested to know what others think of Aaronovitch's series. Personally, I enjoy it, but at least in the US versions of the books, they either weren't edited or A. and the editor don't understand how commas are used. Also, unknown if this only happens in the US versions, but Lesley starts out Leslie, then switches over between books. Very helpful... (The US version of the first book also had a controversy, because Peter was in shadow, looking like a big, presumably thuggish and scary black guy [despite being mixed race and probably looking like Obama], and was seen with a gun, though he doesn't carry. Sigh.)

Someone suggested that Peter Capaldi could play Nightingale, but I see him as more Anthony Stewart Head. :-)

I loved H is for Hawk. I've read too many reviews complaining that they don't understand why grieving a death could cause someone to train a killer hawk, but it made sense to me. She was in a wild frame of mind, and had experience with hawks, etc. IMHO, it was excellent. (Fortunately, the author is in a better frame of mind these days. She said in an interview that she's much more cheerful and it was kind of difficult to remember the state she'd been in at that time. She did a good job expressing it, though.)

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Date: 2015-08-04 05:48 pm (UTC)
ext_3965: (Books - Too Many Books I Need To Read)
From: [identity profile] persiflage-1.livejournal.com
I love the Peter Grant books - they're probably my fave urban fantasy (along with Rachel Aaron's brilliant 'Heartstrikers' series (Nice Dragons Finish Last and the newly published One Good Dragon Deserves Another - which I helped beta!)!

I'm not too surprised the US editions are weirdly edited - I know BA has moaned about that issue on Twitter in the past.

I'm glad to hear HM is in a better place now. I confess, I wept in a lot of places - in part because it's not that long since I lost my dad (although he'd been ill, it was still a surprise) - it was different circs (my dad and I were not-quite-estranged, for a start) but I could still relate. And yes, her deciding to train a hawk made absolute sense to me!

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Date: 2015-08-04 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravenskyewalker.livejournal.com
One part of H is for Hawk that definitely hit me hard enough to bring tears was when she was reflecting on her father's stories, was unclear on one detail, and the thought passed through her mind that she could call him up to ask. Ouch...

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Date: 2015-08-05 05:01 am (UTC)
ext_3965: (10 + SJS Hug School Reunion)
From: [identity profile] persiflage-1.livejournal.com
Yeah! I've been there myself with other people I've lost.

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Date: 2015-08-05 08:38 am (UTC)
ext_23287: (silk)
From: [identity profile] shinyjenni.livejournal.com
I think that's probably a good idea! /o\

I love it! The sense of humour really works for me, and I love how the magical and mundane aspects of policing are blended together. :D I have noticed the odd copy editing slip up in the copies I've read, but nothing too dramatic. I didn't notice Lesley's name changing, but I read library copies so can't check! Is the Leslie spelling more common in the US? (The fact that Chrome's spellchecker objects to the former and not the latter suggests that it is. ;)) (Ugh, yes, I remember reading about that. :/)

I don't know who I'd pick for Nightingale, but I could definitely see either of those options!

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Date: 2015-08-05 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
What did you think of Her Smoke Rose Up Forever?

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Date: 2015-08-05 08:41 am (UTC)
ext_23287: (silk)
From: [identity profile] shinyjenni.livejournal.com
I didn't like it as much as I wanted to, alas. I definitely respected it, but the stories were all very much Not For Me - lots of grim awfulness and despair - which made it less of an enjoyable reading experience than I wanted it to be. :(

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Date: 2015-08-05 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravenskyewalker.livejournal.com
I read a bunch of Tiptree years ago, and... yeah. Her stories were intense, but very much on the grim side. I read the last story she wrote (or had published) before her suicide (in which she also killed her husband), knowing the context I just mentioned, and thought, "Wow, I see why that happened." It was a haunting story about someone who died and wandered in spirit, possibly forever, because that was the only afterlife.

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Date: 2015-08-06 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
Ahh, that's understandable.

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Date: 2015-08-09 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kmazzy.livejournal.com
I was gutted to hear about Stepan Sejic not continuing with Rat Queens. His art is just delicious. I need to find more. The only other thing I've read is Sunstone (odd lesbian S&M lite).

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Date: 2015-08-12 12:18 pm (UTC)
ext_23287: (clara)
From: [identity profile] shinyjenni.livejournal.com
Yeah, it's a shame! It looks like he's done a lot of covers, but not a huge amount of interiors outside of this, Sunstone and Witchblade.

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