Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey: I quite liked this, a believable slow burn dystopia set in a Texas town that's become a military border zone. It's a pretty realistic take on what it would be like to be born with mild super powers (super strength) as a disprivilged person in a police state, ie not actually that helpful. It's overall quite compassionate, and optimistic enough that I didn't get depressed despite the dark subject matter (which includes rape and child abuse), though without giving any spoilers the ending while not entirely unsatisfying was the sort of thing that puts me off a lot of YA. Still, the main character is mixed race, poor, and queer, and it's an entertaining and easy read. There was a lot of stuff to do with class and race which seemed mostly ok to me but I'm hardly an expert. I remember seeing someone complain that while the main character's LI is a girl every other important person in her life sems to be a man, and that's definitely true. The female characters aren't bad they're just backgrounded.
I read some ACTUAL POETRY for this “Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative” course that's starting up soon: Ithaca
by C.P Cavafy, which gains an extra layer of meaning when you know the author was a Greek immigrant, and Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came
which is basically this guy going for a walk and FREAKING OUT about everything, I'm not sure if we're supposed to like him but I wanted to punch him. "He must be wicked to deserve such pain", huh.
Currently reading "The Magic in the Weaving"/"Sandry's Book" by Tamora Pierce. It's...ok, very kids-fantasy, and she mentions the black character's blackness every two paragraphs. Still, it fills in the time waiting for busses pleasantly enough.
I keep forgetting to say, we've been watching Cowboy Bebop at the fortnightly Wednesday video nights. And now we're finished! It really is a great scifi show, despite the random points where it makes NO SENSE and the way it veers from being quite diverse and humanising everyone to falling into sexist/racist etc cliches. Next up: the movie. Let's see if I enjoy it more now I'm not expecting it to tie up any loose ends from the show.
After that it's either Sailor Moon or Princess Jellyfish, or I try connecting up my laptop and we choose something from Crunchy Roll.
Speaking of Shinichirō Watanabe, I tried Kids on the Slope, his latest story of a reckless fighter, uptight dark haired guy and seemingly-flighty-but-actually-clever girl, this time set in a highschool in 1960s Japan. Being reminded of the end of Cowboy Bebop made me look up the end which made me decide to put off watching more until I'm in the right headspace. Still, it's quite good.
Still watching and enjoying Natsume's Book of Friends and Free.
Flight Rising was down for a few days and I missed it more than I expected. Since it came back I bought a breeding pair of shiny shiny
dragons (..and an extra male
by mistake, oops) I find playing puzzle games to earn extra treasure quite relaxing, it's partially filled the hole in my life left by Glitch.
Still playing my douchebag Aeducan through Dragon Age Origins, just murdered Wynne. The only thing that's given me pause so far was letting that demon inhabit the little girl, but it's not like I had the persuade points to save her anyway. (I deliberately haven't given him any persuade points, that way I have to murder and/or intimidate my way out of everything) Morrigan, naturally, finds him quite charming :)