Sailor Moon Crystal: things are coming to a crunch! This show really isn't very good but it's cool to see all the Sailor Moon mythology play out after seeing bits of it all over the place, and it's a compelling if kind of silly story.
Korra: Continues to be good! Asides from hitting a bunch of really awful buttons about invisible physical disability, which it hopefully won't be doing any more. Curious to see how everything is going to get resolved.
Strange Empire: Based on the pilot, a really good Quality Western set in 19th century Canada centering on *gasp* women and POC
. With a badass Métis (First Nations/European) female lead and an autistic science nerd as secondary female lead. Unfortunately the first episode, while overall hopeful, hit my "bad things happening to children" button with a great big hammer. It was all very subtle and tasteful but there was a LOT. Will be waiting until the season is done and seeing how the children fare before watching more :/
A Mosque Among The Stars (a book of muslim scifi): The first one and a half stories were so depressing and awful I had to stop. Can someone let me know if there are any that AREN'T about death, doom, and horrible things happening to children? Also they were both very much critiquing the mainstream US pov about muslims from the inside, and while that's legitimate, part of the appeal of the collection for me was a break
from the mainstream US POV.
The Posterchildren by Kitty Burroughs: Gave up on this on the last trip to Melbourne, on the plane this time realised I'd forgotten to add many more books in the intervening years (aside from "A Mosque Among The Stars" :/) so read some more. Continues to be well meaning but stilted superhero YA, I may finish it out of curiousity idk. It is pretty diverse, which is nice.
How to Capture a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare: Added to the kindle for the way back. Was exactly the light fluffy regency romance where NOBODY DIES I needed. Only a novella, and really not very deep, and the hero is a bit too much of a jerk at the start, but it's overall pretty cute. Does the whole "wounded war veteran thinks he is Too Broken for the Sweet Heroine" thing, and the side pairing felt shoehorned in.
Laura's Wolf by Lia Silver: A contemporary romance about a war veteran werewolf on the run who ends up taking shelter in a cabin owned by a ex con artist who has her own demons and secrets. This was a whole bunch of things I've been looking for for ages, especially in romance novels. Informed and sastisfying treatment of disability! (PTSD and magical-but-believable physical Werewolf Issues, both treated like actual disabilities not just convenent angst) BOTH partners a mixture of screwed up and nurturing! Fluffy romantic (mild) femdom! Fat female protagonist! Female werewolves being just as common as and equivalent to male ones! Paranormal romance with no gender essentailism about women being natural victims and men natural predators! Background mogai characters! Two lonely people find solace in each other...and then find even more solace in some close friends! And it was fairly thrilling and a nice romance. Not the MOST thrilling, romantic, or sexy book I've ever read, and a bit heavy handed with the therapy talk in parts (the author is a PTSD therapist and it shows. Mostly in a good way) but it made me pretty happy. A bit heteronormative in parts. Reminded me a bit of the Liaden books in both good and bad ways. I knew going in that the author was in fandom but it was only after finishing I found out it's rachelmanija
, who moves in a lot of the same circles as me though we don't actually know each other.