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last week was Marvel-ous

Having rewatched Ant-Man about five more times during the past week, it seems safe to say that I have developped a certain fannish fondness for it. I blame Hank Pym; Scott is a likeable enough hero, but Hank Pym is just the kind of arrogant, manipulative jerk-with-maybe-a-heart-of-gold that I tend to get attached to. (I don't think he shows up in Civil War, but hopefully he'll be in the next Ant-Man movie?)

I also rewatched Guardians of the Galaxy, which was still fun, and Jurassic World, for uh Chris Pratt related reasons? (The dinos weren't bad, either, but, look, sometimes I'm just in the mood to watch a movie because it's got a hot lead actor/actress?)

Book-wise, I finally figured out how to add my Lord Peter Wimsey books on Librarything (they didn't have an obvious ISBN on the cover, and of course it would never do to simply add another edition; that is not how you which is, of course, to say: I Librarything! I resisted the temptation to rate them all four-out-of-five stars, committing myself to a reread at some point. (It may have been ten years since my last one.)

Currently in the early pages of Elizabeth Bear's Carnival, after bouncing off of both Sharon Green's Silver Princess, Golden Knight (which did not live up to my nostalgic memory) and Jacqueline Koyanagi's Ascension (which did not live up to my possibly overly high expectations, and which I might give another try at a later date).

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Jul. 13th, 2016 10:57 am (UTC)
I don't think Ascension lived up to my admittedly low expectations, either. I read it with my LGBT Sci-fi book club, and the nicest thing anyone had to say about it was, "Well, she meant well."

I'll be interested in your thoughts on Carnival, which I just finished a few weeks ago.
Jul. 20th, 2016 03:36 pm (UTC)
Short version: absolutely loved it; it's got everything I want out of a romance novel. (Which it wasn't, but, well. It kind of felt like one, all the same?)

I was a tiny bit worried for a few pages that the message was going to be that a society ruled by women was naturally superior to one ruled by hm man-made AI-ish computers? but all three societies turned out to be based on good-sounding ideals turning out to be not so ideal in reality/practice. (In a sense, the 'I'll forget I ever disagreed with this thing we just democratically decided to agree with' thing creeped me out the most.)

I loved the compare and contrast, the politicking, the verbal fencing and (obviously) the relationship between the two male leads. (Lesa was liked, but it took me a bit longer to love her and I never felt quite as much for her as I did for the other two.)

Throughout the book, part of me kept wondering if I'd have enjoyed the book as much if the two leads had been a lesbian couple, sent to a male-dominated society. (I decided that they'd still have been brilliant, but New Amazonia would have creeped me out a lot more than it did in its current form. Make of that what you will; it probably says quite a bit more about me than about the book.)

... All right, so that kind of turned into the not-that-short version. Ahem.
Jul. 13th, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
My friend is SO into everything Marvel, she would totally love what you wrote here... while I have never really seen any of those and am usually not that much into the whole Superhero genre. At least not with movies. I did hear a lot of good things about Ant-Man, though. Maybe I'd give it a try eventually :)
Jul. 14th, 2016 06:03 am (UTC)
You've seen Deadpool, though, I think?

I uh blame Robert Downey Jr. for my getting into the Marvel superhero genre; I loved him in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Sherlock Holmes, so then, naturally, I had to watch Iron Man, too. And so it began. ;)

(I'd probably rec IM over AM, although neither really compares to Deadpool. But, I mean, what character does?)
Jul. 13th, 2016 06:24 pm (UTC)
Ascension had a lot of good ideas, but they didn't mesh well together.
Jul. 14th, 2016 05:57 am (UTC)
I went into it for the 'stowaway engineer falls in love with dashing spaceship captain among a crew of misfits and also, there's a plot about saving the galaxy' thing, which I read in a review somewhere and made the book sound like hm, Firefly, but with a female Wash? (Flawed comparison is flawed, but ... )
Jul. 14th, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
It has a different feel from Firefly. Though I've never been big on Firefly either.
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