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22 June 2015 @ 01:30 pm
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01 February 2016 @ 02:30 pm
Festivids is live! :D And I received the most amazing Supergirl vid about the Danvers sisters, Saved The World Today. It's SO GOOD and also I cried a lot whilst watching it. SISTERS. ♥

Herein find a selection of recs for some of the other vids that I liked:

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For those who like guessing, I made two vids this year! I think they are both deeply obvious, but then I know which ones they are.

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01 February 2016 @ 10:55 am
Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
Gotham Academy: Welcome to Gotham Academy
Dragon Haven - Robin Hobb
Companion Piece: Women Celebrate the Humans, Aliens and Tin Dogs of Doctor Who ed LM Myles and Liz Barr
The Pulse: Thin Air
Ms Marvel: Crushed
The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects - Deborah Lutz
A Man Lies Dreaming - Lavie Tidhar
Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us - John Hills
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Resistance is Futile - Jenny T. Colgan
Ms Marvel: Last Days
The Pulse: Secret War
The Pulse: Fear

Gotham Academy: Welcome to Gotham Academy (five stars), Dragon Haven (four stars), Companion Piece (five stars), The Brontë Cabinet (four stars), Resistance is Futile (four stars)Collapse )

Didn't finish: Black Wolves, Astro City: Life in the Big CityCollapse )

A short story I enjoyed this month:
The Spy Who Never Grew Up by Sarah Rees Brennan, in which Peter Pan is recruited into the Secret Service.

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Cut down (and somewhat rewritten) version of the fandom meme, because I didn't feel like doing the whole thing:

Biggest fannish surprise of the year: How much I loved Supergirl! I was always planning to watch it, but I wasn't terribly enthusiastic, since I've never particularly connected with the character, and DC is really not doing much for me at the moment, but then the sneak peek came out and I fell for it completely. ♥ ♥ ♥ I love how it's unafraid to be silly or earnest, I love how Kara can be sweet and kind and also a complete powerhouse (I love her confident superhero walk), I love how much it seems to like its characters and how much they like each other. I love its cheerfully unsubtle feminist anvils. Watching it just makes me happy.

I was also... pleasantly surprised isn't quite right, but something like that, by Jessica Jones. I wouldn"t call this paragraph spoilery at all but just in caseCollapse )

Not quite a surprising thing, per se, but an honourable mention goes to Steven Universe for consistently living up to the hype. ♥

(Also, there was some musical about American history or something, idk.)

Biggest fannish disappointment of the year: Clariel and Convergence: Batgirl #2 were strong contenders, but for the sheer magnitude of the drop from the heights of excitement to the depths of despair, it has to be The Force Awakens. :(

Biggest fannish anticipations for next year: New stuff wise, I think it's just Luke Cage? Oh, and Sarah Rees Brennan's Tell the Wind and Fire! Probably there is also stuff happening that I don't know/have forgotten about. Otherwise, it's mostly more of what I already love: Supergirl, Agent Carter, Brooklyn 99, the last Raven Boys book, the new Captain Marvel comic (which is going to have ABIGAIL BRAND IN IT YESSSSSSS). And catching up on stuff from this year that I haven't got round to yet (Ancillary Mercy, your time is SOON). And going to see Hamilton! :DDDDDDD

Vidding meme:

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02 January 2016 @ 04:32 pm
Quarter Days - Iona Sharma
Silence: A Christian History - Diarmaid MacCulloch
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Uprooted - Naomi Novik
The Paradox - Charlie Fletcher
Star Wars: Shattered Empire
The Burning Stone - Kate Elliott
The Sibyl in her Grave - Sarah Caudwell
All-New Ghost Rider: Engines of Vengeance
The House of Eyes - Patricia Elliott
Wolverine and the X-Men: Death of Wolverine
Legends and Liars - Julia Knight
Ultimate Spider-Man: Silver Sable
Karen Memory - Elizabeth Bear
The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
Operation S.I.N.: Agent Carter
Star Trek DS9: Hollow Men - Una McCormack
The Gospel of Loki - Joanne Harris
The Dragon Keeper - Robin Hobb
The FitzOsbornes at War - Michelle Cooper

Didn't finish: Charm - Sarah Pinborough. Retelling of Cinderella with a rather unlikeable main character and added horror elements. Not terrible but not really my thing and not good enough to make me continue regardless.

Uprooted (three stars), Star Wars: Shattered Empire (three stars), The House of Eyes (three stars), Star Trek: Hollow Men (five stars), The Gospel of Loki (two stars)Collapse )

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Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: One Last Time - Hamilton soundtrack
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30 December 2015 @ 02:58 pm
Since it is nearly 2016, here are some things that made me happy in 2015, sorted vaguely by category. There were probably more, but I can't remember what they were right now.

- Peggy Carter, punching people so pleasingly, and realising that trying to win the respect of her male colleagues is trying to win a rigged game. If they don't value her, that's THEIR problem.
- Kara Danvers, dorky ray of sunshine and superpower.
- Jessica Jones, bruised and cynical and fundamentally heroic.
- Kamala Khan, noblest of dorks.
- Carol Danvers, punching the sky. The last issue of her comic made me cry; I am looking forward to seeing her have space adventures with Abigail Brand next year.
- Possibly stretching the definition of "hero" a tiny bit, but Loki: Agent of Asgard was one of my favourite comics of the year, despite the endless crossovers it got tangled up in, and I am sad it's over.
- Age of Ultron gave me NATASHA and WANDA and MARIA and HELEN, and also some boys, some of whom were also quite good, and it was GREAT. And then [personal profile] purplefringe made Wolf Like Me, a beautiful Natasha vid, and everything was excellent.

- I played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and fought a lot of lightsaber battles and lost a lot of money playing Pazaak and it was GREAT. Also this one time I found a gong and I clicked on it and it went bong. (I ask for very little in a computer game.)
- [archiveofourown.org profile] kathkin's lovely Second Doctor era fic made me very happy this year.
- seeing "The Trouble With Tribbles" and "Trials and Tribble-ations" (aka "Kirk Is Super Done With Everything About Today" and "Jadzia has the best day ever") with many excellent humans.
- reading Una McCormack's The Crimson Shadow and still wanting to draw hearts around it months later, for reasons of GARAK, and also spoilersCollapse )
- my gaming group is slowly starting to work its way through Mass Effect. I AM EXCITE.

- Sarah Caudwell's Hilary Tamar mysteries, recommended to me by [personal profile] raven, are a gem: witty and delightful.
- I read Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor the other day and, oh, my heart. People trying to be kind and to act rightly in difficult situations. ♥
- I followed Tansy Rayner Roberts's Musketeer Space, a retelling of The Three Musketeers, but with lots of women and queer people and brown people, and also set in space, as it was being serialised, and I loved it SO MUCH. Highly recommended! I want to read a million more things like it.

- Hamilton! I feel like I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said at length elsewhere, but I really love it and am so excited about the fact that I'm going to see it next year. :DDDD
- Sense8! I didn't talk about this anywhere, but I really enjoyed it. I loved that it took its time and really immersed us in the characters, and I liked (almost) all the sensates and their associated humans a whole lot.
- Person of Interest's Sameen Shaw. PRECIOUS VIOLENT WEIRDO. <3
- KORRA. The last two seasons were SO GOOD.

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18 December 2015 @ 10:05 am
major spoilers, also this is not the squee you were looking forCollapse )

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Current Mood: crushedcrushed
Current Music: Copenhagen (Let Me Go) - Vienna Teng
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16 December 2015 @ 10:07 am
Friends, I really love Supergirl. Here are some reasons why, plus a few things I love less about it.

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02 December 2015 @ 02:33 pm
Cranky Ladies of History ed Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely
Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan - Shrabani Basu
Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early American Republic - Cassandra Good*
Flunkeys and Scullions: Life Below Stairs in Georgian England - Pamela Horn*
Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade
Star Trek: A Stitch in Time - Andrew J. Robinson
Spirit, or the Princess of Bois Dormant - Gwyneth Jones
X-Men: The Burning World
Clariel - Garth Nix*
Catwoman: Keeper of the Castle*

Didn't finish: Darkspell - Katherine Kerr. I sort of liked the first book in this series, and I was sort of enjoying this one (although, so slow), until spoilers, also content warning for rapeCollapse )

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04 November 2015 @ 02:10 pm
Black Dove, White Raven - Elizabeth Wein*
The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal - EK Weaver
Sex Criminals: Two Worlds, One Cop*
The Wicked and the Divine: Fandemonium*
Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design - Charles Montgomery*
Gemsigns - Stephanie Saulter*
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Power
Alpha Flight
Gullstruck Island - Frances Hardinge*
Swords and Scoundrels - Julia Knight*
Feet of Clay - Terry Pratchett
My Name Is N - Robert Karjel
Secret Avengers: The Labyrinth
The Sirens Sang of Murder - Sarah Caudwell
Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical - Stacy Wolf
Prince of Dogs - Kate Elliott

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01 October 2015 @ 09:36 am
Wolverine and the X-Men vol 7
Wolverine and the X-Men vol 8
Silk: The Life And Times of Cindy Moon*
King's Dragon - Kate Elliott
Daggerspell - Katharine Kerr
The Castle Behind Thorns - Merrie Haskell*
Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways: Feuds, Frauds, Robberies and Riots - Terry Deary*
Fool's Fate - Robin Hobb
On Liberty - Shami Chakrabarti
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic vol 3
The Oversight - Charlie Fletcher
The Shortest Way to Hades - Sarah Caudwell
Star Trek: The Missing - Una McCormack
The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III - Philippa Langley and Michael Jones*
Space Hostages - Sophia MacDougall

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09 September 2015 @ 12:29 pm
- I went to Nine Worlds! Like a month ago. What even is time. Anyway, it was great, highlights this year included... well, basically the entire Star Trek track, but especially pictionary and the worldbuilding panel. :D On Thursday night [personal profile] such_heights and I ran a Star Trek vidshow: here is the playlist, as well as the playlist for [personal profile] such_heights's excellent Friday night vidshow. On Friday I cosplayed Regency Wonder Woman (based on this fanart); on Saturday I cosplayed Fairytale Stephanie Brown, from the last issue of her Batgirl run (Timehop helpfully informed me that exactly a year earlier I'd also been cosplaying Steph); and on Sunday I was Deanna Troi, not Trio as autocorrect would have it, in a knitted Starfleet uniform. (I did not do the hair, as my hair will not do that. My hair has Firm Opinions on what it will and will not do.)

- Fic rec! [personal profile] happydork wrote basically the perfect Wanda Maximoff fic, Pour Back The Ocean. It is wonderful. ♥

- Question for people who know how to vid games: if I wanted to capture a little bit of footage from a game I'm playing on my PC, what's the easiest way to do that? It's for a multifandom vid, so I only need a few seconds. (I know I could probably find a playthrough on youtube, but this is the first game I've played on my own as a grownup, so I am quite keen to capture some of my own authentically inept gameplay if possible.)

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02 September 2015 @ 01:09 pm
The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It - Owen Jones
Black Widow: Last Days
The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge*
Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism - Laurie Penny
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Comic Collection #1*
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf - Ambelin Kwaymullina*
Doctor Who: Cat's Cradle: Warhead - Andrew Cartmel
The Hallowed Hunt - Lois McMaster Bujold
Thus Was Adonis Murdered - Sarah Caudwell
Loki: Agent of Asgard: Last Days
The Golden Fool - Robin Hobb
Maskerade - Terry Pratchett
Phonogram: The Singles Club
The Summer Prince - Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Shepherd's Crown - Terry Pratchett*

Didn't finish: 1610: A Sundial In A Grave (Mary Gentle) - what a disappointment. I was so impressed with Ash, by the same author, but this really failed to live up to it. It's a lesser book - less compelling, less complex - and the characters were neither likeable nor interesting enough to make up for a lack of likeability. And it threw in one of my least favourite tropes as a twist: spoilersCollapse ) Blargh. Maybe it got better after I gave up on it (about a quarter of the way through), but I was really not up for finding out.

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03 August 2015 @ 11:18 am
Fear Itself: Heroes for Hire
Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500 - Henrietta Leyser*
Enemies at Home - Lindsey Davis
Saga vol. 5
Superman/Batman: World's Finest*
The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria - Max Adams
The Small House At Allington - Anthony Trollope
Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch
Rat Queens: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N'rygoth*
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman
New Teen Titans vol 2
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever - James Tiptree Jr
Tomboys and Bachelor Girls: A Lesbian History of Post-War Britain 1946-1971 - Rebecca Jennings*
Musketeer Space - Tansy Rayner Roberts*
Trust Me - Malorie Blackman*

Didn't finish: Bel Canto - Ann Patchett. I feel SLIGHTLY guilty for just abandoning this halfway through, but it was annoying me and I have a lot of other things to read, and also I spoiled myself for the end and it didn't seem worth it. It had that literary novel thing where there was a constant subtext of "by the way this is all SUPER MEANINGFUL JSYK", and I didn't like the fact that it was explicitly set in a mishmash of stereotypes rather than an actual South American country, and the few women mostly only got to be seen through the men's eyes rather than having point of view sections and ugh I just didn't care.

a selection of things I did finishCollapse )

(Quick housekeeping note: I have run out of room for new tags on LJ, which is why they are a little sparse over there. /o\ Also, because I haven't mentioned this in a while, my decisions about which things I write about are pretty random, feel free to poke me for opinions on things I haven't said anything about if you want! ♥)

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01 July 2015 @ 11:25 am
Avengers Assemble
Wilful Impropriety edited by Ekaterina Sedia*
Soul Music - Terry Pratchett
Spider-Gwen: Most Wanted?
Rogues edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois*
The Unreal and the Real: Outer Space and Inner Lands (Selected Stories vol 2) - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Agency: A Spy in the House - Y.S. Lee*
All New X-Factor: Axis
Manhunter: Street Justice*
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield

Didn't finish: The Road Home - Rose Tremain. reasonsCollapse )

Rogues gets its own cut because I said something about every story and it got longCollapse )

everything elseCollapse )

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24 June 2015 @ 09:15 am
- I got an Instagram account! So far it is mostly craft stuff, probably there will be comics too. There are always comics.

- Speaking of, not sure how I feel about the new Captain Marvel team, partly because I loved Kelly Sue DeConnick's run so much and I'm worried that we're going to lose the supporting cast she established, but also because I am worried that no S.W.O.R.D. in the new Marvel Universe might also mean no Abigail Brand. D: But on the other hand it might mean Carol and Abigail working together and I am ALL FOR THAT.

- Really enjoying Down and Safe, the new Blake's 7 podcast by Liz Myles, Amal El-Mohtar, Scott Lynch and Michael D. Thomas! I love Blake's 7 so much and it's great to hear four such excellent people talking about it. ♥ They have just the perfect combination of enjoying it, appreciating its many good qualities, and being thoroughly entertained by its... less impressive elements. It makes me happy.

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17 June 2015 @ 02:06 pm
aka VidUKon recs post. SO MANY GOOD VIDS. :D

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older vidsCollapse )

...plus probably like a million other vids, but these are the ones that I loved enough that I remembered about them without even opening the con programme, and this post is on the long side already, so I should probably stop here for now. ;) But I definitely recommend checking out the other vids shown: oodles of great things there! (I'd especially rec watching the Brief History of the World show in order if you get a chance...)

(Also: behind on answering comments, behind on leaving comments, sorry, will get there eventually, probably! ♥)

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14 June 2015 @ 10:36 pm
I went to [community profile] vidukon_cardiff this weekend and it was awesome. So many great vids! I am planning to do a recs post sometime soon, but for now, here is a post about the vids I made for it; I premiered two vids this year, and I feel like between them they sum up quite a lot of things about me. For Premieres itself, I made a Young Justice vid, New Romantics, in which teenage superheroes are v. heroic and also have a lot of feelings. And for [personal profile] purplefringe's Tropes vidshow, I made Weapon of Choice, a multifandom vid about weaponised women, which I have been planning for about four years and FINALLY finished. :D (I also submitted Salute to Vidder's Choice, and took the opportunity to remaster it and add in a character that I missed. :D)

And now I need to go and sleep off all the feelings I had this weekend.

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08 June 2015 @ 03:00 pm
Title: New Romantics
Fandom: Young Justice
Characters: S1 ensemble
Music: Taylor Swift
Content notes: One bright (camera) flash
Summary: "I'm about to play my ace."
Notes: Premiered at [community profile] vidukon_cardiff 2015!
Download: here (3'42 minutes, 159MB) or here (68MB) | subtitle .srt
Also available from: AO3 | Tumblr

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08 June 2015 @ 02:55 pm
Title: Weapon of Choice
Fandom: Multifandom - Agent Carter, Babylon 5, Buffy, Dark Angel, Doctor Who, Firefly, Fringe, Legend of the Seeker, MCU
Music: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Content notes: some fast cutting
Summary: "I don't think I'm gonna be taking any more orders." A vid about weaponised women.
Notes: I've been planning to make this vid since 2011 and finally premiered it in [personal profile] purplefringe's Tropes vidshow at [community profile] vidukon_cardiff 2015. Huge thanks to [personal profile] purplefringe for motivating me to finally finish it, and for betaing! ♥
Download: here (2'50 minutes, 124MB) or here (68MB) | subtitle .srt
Also available from: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

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