I have a cold. I DO NOT WANT A COLD. THIS IS A VERY VERY BAD TIME FOR A COLD. So to distract myself from how much I really don't want to be sick (aaaargh moving and holiday ahhh), here's what I've been reading and watching etc.
The Circle of Magic: Tris's book by Tamora Pierce: On pause while I finish the library books below but enjoyable enough so far.
Lois Lens Lesbian Secretary by Monica Nolan: this is the delightfully cheesy tale of a 50s cheerleader who gets a job as a secretary in the big city and tries to figure out why she keeps having these FEELINGS around girls in tight sweaters and why none of the women she meets seem to have boyfriends. It's unfortunately hipster racist and overall not worth thinking about very hard but otherwise fun, like if Enid Blyton fell into a vat of soft porn.
The Little Book of Hindu Deities by Sanjay Patel: Not enjoying this very much. The author was raised as a Hindu but I'm not sure he is one, and there's something irritatingly twee about the tone. Also he has these "amusing" asides which assume attitudes I don't share eg that men having long hair is weird and girly.
The essentials of Hinduism: a comprehensive overview of the world's oldest religion by Swami Bhaskarananda: An accessible guide to the basics of Hinduism by someone who obviously loves the religion. It was very conventional and he did that typical thing of dividing attitudes neatly into "not actually part of my religion" and "part of my religion thus unambiguously awesome (except for a few bad apples doing it Wrong)", but he was obviously trying to be even handed and open minded and I certainly learned a lot.
(I read these last two because I'm writing a character from a Hindu background and have become frustrated with the "lol those wacky Hindus" attitude of secondary sources)
Sleepy Hollow: fun cheesy supernatural buddy cop drama in a small town with a ~mysterious past~. He's an 18th century soldier transported forward in time! She's a no nonsense cop! Together they're trying to stop the apocalypse! I find them both quite charming which helps a lot.
Orphan Black: Up to episode 4! I WILL FINISH THIS ONE DAY.
Marvel: Agents of SHIELD: Joss Whedon does a B grade family show about a Secret Government Agency Saving The Day. Ok, though some of the one liners felt forced and I had a few "JOSS NO" moments along with the "Teehee, this is definitely a Whedon show" moments.
Free: Season one is over and ended on a happy satisfying note that still left me hoping there's a season 2.
I already reviewed Dear Esther and Ristorante Amore.The Knife of the Traitor
: a silly macabre visual novel, it's very cheesy and rushed and feels like the people who made it were very young but I enjoyed it well enough and it's certainly a change from the usual. You play an amnesiac Evil Princess who's woken up with a knife in her throat and has to figure out which of the people who might justifiably want you dead stabbed you. The other characters are all male and there's romantic elements but it's not really a dating sim. I rolled my eyes a few times at some unfortunate choices in the writing but the art was pretty good, someone obviously had fun with the character design.