sasha_feather: sirius black from harry potter films (sirius black)
My battery cord came in the mail today! After about a week offline, I'm not planning on catching up with the internet.

I read:
The Inexplicable Logic of my Life, by Benjamin Alire Saenz (disappointing)
The Halcyon Bird by Kat Beyer -- fun and fast read
Thor, goddess of Thunder -- super fun, irreverent, great art
(logging these on goodreads if you want to read more of my thoughts)
some fanfics

I watched some mediocre movies from the library, and watched the Oscars. I am, naturally, very proud on Moonlight.

The best thing I watched was "Legion" on Hulu, which I'm excited about. It's a beautifully shot, stylish superhero show. The first episode is like a short movie. There are some scary scenes (psychological horror), but not much gore. David has been in and out of mental institutions for most of his life, told that he is schizophrenic. Later he's told that all of his strange experiences are due to his powers as a mutant who has pschic powers. But he's not sure: just because you have powers doesn't mean you're sane.

It's a fascinating premise, very suspenseful, and I can't wait for the next episode!!

Media

Feb. 4th, 2017 12:06 am
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I finished reading the Ancillary books and just loved them. They are so thoughtful and interesting, and Breq is such an appealing character, partly because she is angry all the time. She is allowed to be angry. She is competent and effective. She's a wonder.

Yesterday I watched Crimson Peak, which I mostly liked, but the ending was quite violent. The cinematography was beautiful, with strange bright colors, like the heroine's yellow dress.

I've been catching up on Elementary Season 4. I loved the episode about a local superhero, "You've Got me, Who's Got You?" I love how Sherlock takes care of Clyde the turtle (tortoise? don't know). I catch myself thinking about Joan's outfits at odd times. Just when I think, oh, that dress is my favorite, she'll wear another one that is even better. She is my favorite in all ways: a badass brilliant mature woman who can handle anything and uses fashion like a weapon.
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*I'm trying out lowering my topomax dose from 75 mg to 50.

*The weather is cooler thank goodness.

*I survived a large family gathering over Labor Day.

*I called Building inspection for city of Madison; a guy is coming tomorrow to look at the AC unit.

*Forgot to link it here-- I wrote a blog post at WordPress about working on anti-harassment for WisCon; in response to Jim Hine's io9 article. He RTed it so it got a fair number of hits!
https://accessthis.wordpress.com/2016/09/01/not-looking-away-a-follow-up-to-jim-hines-article/

*I'm reading a long DA:I fanfic called "Stuck in the Puzzle". I don't know this fandom at all, but the fic is really good so far.

*New photos of the dog:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sasha_feather/
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Sell Your Body to the Night by [archiveofourown.org profile] dsudis. Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles, explicit, 121K words.

I've been thinking about this one for days since finishing it. Stiles becomes a runaway sex worker in San Francisco, living in poverty. I was utterly pulled in to Stile's emotional state, the way his world narrows down to the things he can cope with, and how he focuses in on his time with Derek because it is what makes life tolerable. This was a controlled, slow story that led the me expertly right where it wanted to go. Also there is a great water sports scene plus Laura Hale being awesome.

Some Legends are Told by elisera. Derek/Stiles/Lydia. AU. 23,921 words. explicit.

Lydia is in line to inherent the throne, and her country has been at war for many years. She takes charge and does things her own way. It is awesome. I enjoyed the way that the relationship between these three slowly develops. Also, it isn't only about their relationship-- they also have a war to fight and a country to run. The setting reminded me of some YA fantasy novels that I love (Kristen Cashore and Megan Whalen Turner books), and it was also great to read a story where Derek doesn't magically heal.
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[personal profile] boxofdelights asked: Is there a book you loved, as a kid, that you would still recommend to kids like you were?

Lots of them! I loved reading had access to lots of books. I'm focusing here on books I read in elementary school.

Some books are classic for a reason. Written in 1900, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a childhood favorite of mine. I also read the sequels. I enjoyed the fanciful characters and illustrations and the wildly imaginative world. There were quite a few girl characters besides Dorothy. Ozma, for instance, starts out life as a boy but a spell is broken (or something) and she is revealed as princess Ozma.

Marguerite Henry has many rather sentimental books about horses; I especially loved Born to Trot, which again had wonderful illustrations. King of the Wind, Brighty of the Grand Canyon, and San Domingo: the Medicine Hat Stallion were also favorites.

I read many of Roald Dahl's books, which are fun and clever, and sometimes have a bit of a dark side. Matilda was a favorite of mine, and there are many many more to choose from.

I was just discussing with Jesse how I loved reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, about a boy who survives alone in Alaska after the small plane he's in crashes into a lake. It's the details of living in the wilderness the were great to read about. I read some other Gary Paulsen books but they didn't stick in my mind the way this one did.

I have not gone back and re-read most of these; but I have very fond memories of them; some of them I read repeatedly. I use to enjoy taking all my books off the shelf and re-arranging them.
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I really liked The Hospital Suite by John Porcellino, a graphic memoir focusing on the author's experiences with illnesses. He has mysterious and severe gut pain, which turns out to be a tumor (non cancerous) requiring surgery. He loses a lot of weight and has trouble gaining it back. Eventually, though natural and alternative medicine, he starts to feel better physically, but then his old problems with anxiety and OCD act up, causing problems with his marriage. There are some intense descriptions in here including self-harm, thoughts of suicide, OCD symptoms, and food issues, which some readers will no doubt want to avoid or approach with caution.

I loved the no-nonsense honesty of this book. Porcellino doesn't have a lot of regard for his doctors, who misdiagnose him and don't show him much compassion. He furthers his studies with Buddhism and finds comfort in koans. Especially stark for me were panels depicting experiences of pain and mental illness, successfully using simple line drawings to show tension and pain.

What I continually admire from graphic memoirists is their ability to be so forthright about their experiences. Body, mind, soul, relationships are laid out on the page for all to see. I wonder if the simple cartoon format works as a distancing mechanism for the author.

Highly recommended.
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Some things I've been reading:

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. Really enjoyed this! Some of the comics were emotional, so I read it in short bits. The one about the toy parrot made me laugh so hard I gave myself a coughing fit. Some of these I had read before on the web; some are new material. The comics about depression are in here, and may be difficult for some readers.

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh. I hated this a lot. The art and colors are gorgeous but the story was not for me at all. I don't need to read about dysfunctional lesbian relationships where the people seem like unhappy liars and then one of them dies. This is a love story?

Stand Fast in your Enchantments by [personal profile] devildoll. I loved this Teen Wolf story a lot! I just started reading TWoof even though I don't watch the show much-- I've really been enjoying fanfic and looking for new things to read, and this is what my friends are into. This Derek/Stiles story is largely about communication. At first Derek can't speak because he's trapped in wolf form, and then later because he's just bad at talking about his feelings, or bad at talking, and I can relate to that a lot (it seemed like/reminded me of selective mutism). Luckily, Stiles is a very good problem solver. This fic also keeps going after the point where a lot of stories would end, and I loved that-- it deals with the consequences of a traumatic event in their lives, the fallout, and they really have to live with the complexities of being in a relationship. It's not easy for Stiles and Derek, and the ending is earned. Totally excellent.
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I recently finished 3 YA novels-- pretty darn good for me since I hardly ever read novels any more!

Inheritance by Malinda Lo. Not as good as the first book (Adaptation). This book couldn't quite decide if it wanted to be a relationship book or a thriller, and so the pacing felt off. It went slow, slow, slow, SUPER FAST, and then a whole bunch of fascinating stuff was packed into the afterward. I personally found the relationship stuff a bit boring, with the exception of Reese's friendship with Julian, which was an awesome queer friendship and very realistic. I liked the fast pace of the first book, and this time around I kept wondering where the story was going.

I appreciate this book for political reasons-- ie representation-- because the types of relationships portrayed here are just not seen very often in Sf/F or mainstream literature. Lo does really well with race, orientation and gender, and types of relationships. There was one use of "so OCD" language in this book which surprised me, and another instance where a person with a body difference (a deformed arm) was seen as being horrible. So, not the best on disability, which was disappointing since the first book had some cool embodiment things going on (Reese's body changing without her knowing what was going on, etc).

Overall, just kinda "meh" on this book. :/

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gibert Murdoch

Set in rural Wisconsin, this book is about DJ, who is running her family's dairy farm more or less by herself, because her dad is temporarily disabled. Her younger brother (who almost never talks) is her only help. This summer, quarterback Brian Nelson comes to the farm to help out and to "learn how to work".

The strength of this book is DJ's voice, the realism of the setting and people, and how DJ changes over time. She makes assumptions and mistakes, and she needs to learn to connect with people and talk about her problems. I really enjoyed this book, despite the football theme!

There is one scene of homophobia in the book. It didn't bother me much due to context-- ie, Reese is a dumb kid who has learned stupid messages, and that's what's being presented-- but it might bother other readers.

Half-World by Hiromi Goto

A beautiful, creepy tale about a 14-year-old girl, Melanie, who must venture into the Half-World, a place where the dead try to work out their traumas before they can join the spirit realm, in order to rescue her mother. She is tasked with trying to restore balance to the realms. I liked this story's focus on how one is only responsible for one's own choices, and how Melanie ultimately solves problems using courage and kindness. Melanie's guides are older women. Recommended.
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[personal profile] quarter_to_five asked: December 9th - what's your idea of a perfect rainy-day book?


I don't read many books any more, and I still don't know why, but I do read a fair amount of fanfic. So if I were to read for a good chunk of time I would probably want a long fic, or several medium-length ones, to settle in with. Fan fic just seems to scratch the itch for me lately, and perhaps it doesn't matter why. But I think it has to do with reading about queer characters.

I did recently read Malinda Lo's Adaptation, mostly all in one day. I particularly liked that one because of the queer characters having adventures! I have a warm memory of lying in my parent's bed, probably when my dad and brothers were away on a scouting trip, reading The Wizard of Oz-- I had an edition with beautiful illustrations. Oh Oz! <3
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Recently finished
Hey, I actually read a book! It was Malinda Lo's Adaptation, a science fiction young adult book that we read for book club.

I really enjoyed this and read most of it in one day. It is fast paced and has a mystery element that keeps the tension going. I identified with the protagonist, Reese, who is exploring romantic/sexual relationships. She is an independent person who is afraid of intimacy and afraid of her feelings for others. Because of some spoilery things that happen in the book, she experiences some changes in her body that lead to this delicious and creepy feeling of alienation from her own self. The relationship with Amber felt very realistic to me. One thing about Malinda Lo is that I trust her to have good queer representation, and I trust her on issues of race. That is true for this book. The book ends a bit abruptly, but I am told it picks up right where it leaves off in the next book, which I am going to request from the library.

I also recently finished Hawkeye #1 (comic), called "My Life as a Weapon". I liked the first parts better than the last parts, but overall thought it was beautiful and fun. I especially liked the dog parts.

Currently Reading

I started and bounced off several fanfics today while at the doctor's office. So, nothing.
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Recently Finished

Cartographer's Craft by copperbadge. I loved this! It is a long alternate Harry Potter book 7.

I am told this is a classic of the HP fandom, but I was never really in the HP fandom. It is about the Marauder's Map, the Horcruxes, the war, werewolf rights, and many other things. The premise is that Sirius Black gets a second chance at life, when a 16-year-old version of him manifests out of the map. I love the insights into the characters and the warmth of this story.

Reading

I am very slowly reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. I am too tired to read at night lately and have been watching TV shows instead.
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I'm on a lot of meds right now-- antibiotics have been added to the mix!-- and not really feeling suitable for human activity. I had a quiet day.

Recently Finished

Crucible of Gold by Naomi Novik. I liked this a lot! A return to form after the Australia one (which was boring); this Temeraire novel is a page-turner. Temeraire, Laurence, Iskierka, Granby, and company venture to South America to attempt to treat with the Inca, and later with Portuguese colonials. I appreciate how Laurence's views get challenged, how different cultures have different systems of dragon-human relations, and I especially liked a spoilery thing concerning a character. It was nice to read a fast-paced, fun novel.

Reading

Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb. The last of the Rain Wilds books. I just started this one, and expect to enjoy it. It picks up right where the last one left off. Hobb is especially good at character-based conflict and emotional character growth, sometimes to an almost painful degree. I appreciate that there are gay characters in this series, although so far they are all men.
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Recently finished
Um, I think the last thing I finished reading was some hockey RPF fic by [personal profile] thefourthvine. I liked it even though I know nothing about the characters.

Currently Reading
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold. This is light and fun. There are a couple of annoying things about it, like the comments about the female protagonist's appearance, but mostly I am enjoying this as a bit of a candy book, a romantic space opera.

Still slogging through Far From the Tree on my Kobo, but annoyed with it. My annoyance stems from the fact that it is not a disability studies book. It is rather, about parenting. I mean, it's still interesting, but. It's also long! I could be reading something else! I might give up, or I might keep stubbornly slogging through. I am almost done with the disability chapters.
sasha_feather: ken watanbe with a horse and dog (ken wantanbe with pets)
First, a brief me-health update: I completely forgot to give myself my shots this week. I even forgot to pick up my Enbrel from the pharmacy. I only remembered just now because my knee started hurting. I really don't like forgetting things. I am also getting PT again, for my shoulder.

Second, Sorcha-health update. Twice on Sunday her back legs sort of gave out briefly and she staggered and caught herself. It looked like a drunken stumble. This was alarming and I took her to the vet the next day. The vet said she has a lack of reflexes in her hind legs. They offered me a referral to a doggie neurologist which I said I would think about. It doesn't seem that they did any blood work, which I may call back and request. It looks the medical term for this symptom is "ataxia". While she normally has tremors in her hind legs, they seem to be more pronounced lately, and happen while she is walking, not just while she is standing.

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Third, Reading Wednesday!

I am Currently Reading

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon.

Chapter One was definitely the slowest and densest. Still, I don't think I will finish this book before it's due at the library. It is also heavy and hard to carry around. I may purchase the e-book. This is not an activist book. It's chiefly about parenting and families. It's still quite good and wrestles with a lot of identity issues that I find fascinating. In general it includes a lot of first-hand accounts of parents and children.

Chapter 2: Deaf. A nice overview of D/deaf history and cultures, and the difficulties therein. The politics of this world are really complicated and fraught, and while they make some people's lives profoundly better, the politics can also stand in the way for others. A dense chapter with a lot of information.

Chapter 3: Dwarf. I definitely learned things in this chapter. One of the issues brought up is that this identity is considered humorous to the wider culture.

Chapter 4: Down's Syndrome. Briefly talks about institutionalization, independence, and mainstream vs. special education.

Onto the next chapter, Autism!

I am also reading:

Tangles by Sarah Leavitt. Graphic memoir. I love this so far. It's a funny and heartbreaking account of her mother's Alzheimer's disease.

I recently finished

I love Led Zeppelin by Ellen Forney. I think she is my favorite graphic writer/artist! This book is oversized and NSFW. Includes a handy how-to section, collaborations, and misc. comics. Interesting and fun.
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A couple notes I wanted to make while reading Far From the Tree.

p. 17: "Much of the debate around sexual-orientation laws has turned on the idea of that if you choose homosexuality, it should not be protected, but you are born with it, perhaps it should. Members of minority religions are protected not because they are born that way and can't do anything about it, but because we affirm their right to discover, declare, and inhabit the faith with which they identify. [...] This cripple-like model of homosexuality is depressing, but as soon as ayone posits that homosexuality is chosen or mutable, lawmakers and religious leaders try to cure and disenfranchise the gay people in their purview..."

I have blogged about this before here, so it was nice to see him cover it. It's particularly nice to see the way he frames it: the defensive position is held only because of attacks by lawmakers and the religious right.

p. 5: "We often use illness to disparage a way of being, and identity to validate that same way of being. This is a false dichotomy." [Here he talks about the wave-particle dual nature of light.] "A similar duality obtains in this matter of self. Many conditions are both illness and identity, but we can see one only when we obscure the other. Identity politics refutes the idea of illness, while medicine shortchanges identity. Both are diminished by this narrowness."

It is important to remember that models are incomplete ways of describing the world. Models are developed because we are unable to fully understand the world; it is simply too complex.

Models are sometimes in opposition with each other but not always: Most disabled people use medicines and support certain charities but also rely on the social model of disability to help us understand our place in the world and world for a better standard of life.
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Today I woke up feeling off. I completely forgot what day it was, missed an appointment, and was late for another appointment. (My face and shoulder are hurting a lot and it's hard to think.)

This is not totally unheard of for me; even though I'm normally a very reliable person, when I get especially stressed or sick I tend to forget dates and times and miss appointments. It's one of my indicators for how well/badly I'm doing. I feel bad about it, though.

Anyways, Reading meme:

Recently finished

The Nao of Brown, graphic novel, by Glyn Dillon.

I loved this and think nearly everyone should read it! The watercolors are amazing, with lot of reds, white and gray, and realistic faces and bodies. Nao is a half-Japanese, half-white woman living in England and working at an upscale designer toy shop. She has a form of OCD that manifests as intrusive, violent thoughts. This book is about her friendships, her Buddhist practice, and her relationship with a washing machine repairman. I loved it!!! Content warning for suicide ideation, some violent imagery, mentions of past rape.

ATLA: The Promise by Gene Luen Yang et al.

I enjoyed these as a continuation of the TV show. Light and fun, but with real political weight concerning colonies and mixed-nationality families.

Air by G. Willow Wilson (comic)

I didn't get much out of this. Meh.

Currently Reading

Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon.

This book is about children who have different identities than their parents. "Vertical" identities are those such as race that are passed down. "Horizontal" identities are those such as queerness and, often, disability that are not passed down but are different from one generation to the next. He has chapters on various disabilities, a chapter on transgender children, one on children conceived through rape, one of children who are criminals, one on children who are prodigies. This book is 700 pages long; I am on page 34 and am reading slowly to try and absorb a lot of complex musings on identity. The author is gay and writes some about that; he also is dyslexic and Jewish; he interviewed more than 300 hundred families for this book. It's a lot of food for thought.

What do you think you'll read next?

I still have huge pile of comics out of from the library.
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The reasons I like graphic works include:

They are gorgeous and fast to read, and fun to re-read. I can get a lot of information from them with a little bit of time investment. Some of the ones presented here helped me learn about other cultures.
When I have "reader's block" I can still read graphic works.
They are "picture books" for grown ups! Some have very complex themes. The combination of words and pictures convey emotions very well and make them very good and handling tough topics.

Most highly recommended:

Barry, Lynda. One! Hundred! Demons! About the awkwardness of growing up.

Bashi, Parsua. Nylon Road. Memoir of growing up in Iran and living as an adult in Switzerland.

Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home. Memoir of growing up in a funeral home with her closeted father and somewhat dysfunctional family.
". Dykes to Watch Out For. Comics of lesbians and their lives in the 80s.

Forney, Ellen. Monkey Food: the Complete "I was 7 in '75" Collection. Memoir of her childhood and quirky, lively family; very funny.
". Marbles. Memoir of being diagnosed with Bipolar disorder.

Glidden, Sarah. How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less. Memoir of a Birthright trip to Israel, which the author has many mixed feelings about. Watercolor.

Katin, Miriam. Letting it Go. A Holocaust survivor has an adult son who announces he's moving to Berlin. She must cope with this reality, and decides to visit Berlin with her husband. A coming-to-terms tale, in colored pencil.

Redniss, Lauren. Radioactive. A non-fiction book about Marie and Pierre Curie.

Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis. Memoir of living in Iran. Black and White.

Yoshinaga, Fumi. Ooku. Tiptree winner, this manga is a alternate Japanese history where due to a plague, women outnumber men 4:1. The female Shogun keeps a harem on men known as Ooku.
". Not Love but Delicious Foods Make me so Happy! A manga author and her friends tour different restaurants in Toyko and enjoy their food immensely. The author has various social disasters.

Recommended with caveats:

Bell, Gabrielle. Lucky. Whimsical comic diary of living in NYC as a young artist. Funny and endearing. caveat: contains the r-word which makes her sound like a jerk. Black and white drawings.

Medley, Linda. Castle Waiting. Really beautiful tale of a castle-as-refuge and a pregnant woman who journeys there. Fantasy with a domestic flair. caveat: contains racist depictions of gypsies. Awesome black and white drawings.
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Recently Finished

Maus I and II by Art Speigelman

I've thought about these a lot since finishing them.

Lucky by Gabrielle Bell

A funny comic diary and reflections on the author's life as a young artist in NYC. I loved this! She takes odd jobs, lives in tiny apartments with other artists, and hangs out with her boyfriend. She knows how to construct a funny and very short tale about her real life and the characters she meets. I wish she hadn't used the r-word a couple of times in this book.

Currently reading

Castle Waiting by Linda Medley. A reread for me of this gorgeous graphic novel. It's a very comforting book. I hadn't noticed the racist portrayal of the gypsy woman before. :(

Monkey Food: the Complete "I was 7 in '75" Collection by Ellen Forney.

Very funny tales from Ellen's childhood. Her parents are Unitarian pot-smoking professionals. I'm not very far yet.

What will you read next

More comics! For my lightning talk at WisCon!

Not Love but Delicious Foods Make Me So Happy! by Fumi Yoshinaga

And some other comics, specifically by women, especially by women who are women of color and/or Muslim. (Thank Twitter Friends for helping me!) Not all of these will be included. I obviously have to read and select from this list.
On my hold list at the library:
Air by G. Willow Wilson
Cairo by G. Willow Wilson
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (have read before)
The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi
The Magical Life of Long Tam Sack by Anne Marie Fleming
Nylon Road by Parsua Bashi
Ooku by Fumi Yoshinaga (have read before)
Forget Sorrow by Belle Yang
Everything by Lynda Barry (have read some of her other works)
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden (have read)
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I enjoyed Iron Man Three! It had heart and character, and was fun and exciting. Very enjoyable. Also PEPPER.

Some of the previews we saw:

The Hangover III: Seriously? Dudebros and Manchildren central.

Star Trek Into Darkness: I will see it and hope it doesn't suck

Thor II: Looks good! Jane and Darcy are in the preview, and Thor's mom.

White House Down with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. Eh.

Monsters U: the preview wasn't funny. Don't know if I will see this.

Currently Reading

Just started Maus by Art Spiegelman.

Recently Finished

Marbles by Ellen Forney, a really great graphic memoir about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It was an engrossing read, with great art. Recommended.
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Recently finished

Saga volume 1, graphic novel, by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples.

[personal profile] were_duck and [personal profile] laceblade have been talking this series up, and they are so right (as expected). The art alone is worth the ticket price, although I got this from the library so paid nothing, heh. The story is also great. Can't wait for the next one. It's about a young couple who have just had a baby. They are military deserters from opposite sides of a galactic war, a never-ending war, and they have had enough. They are being hunted by their respective military forces and by bounty hunters. There is a nice mix of fantasy and SF in this universe.

Reading

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Non-fiction account of an Olympic runner, Louis Zampirini, turned WWII bombadier, who then survives in a life boat on the Pacific Ocean for 47 days. Where I am now, he's in a Japanese POW camp where the conditions are horrible. This book is intense! I told my girlfriend she had to read it too, and she swiftly caught up to where I was (and will probably finish before me).

I picked this book up because it's by the author of Seabiscuit, which I haven't read but I love the movie. Hillenbrand has CFS and is an accomplished writer. I'm really enjoying this book.

What I plan to read next

Is it worth reading the next Temeraire book? The one that took place in Australia was kind of boring. I do enjoy those books for light fun reading, and I see the new one is out, so I'm curious what people think of it.

I also have Cold Magic out from the library.

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