March, oh, March. Let’s just see what I’ve been up to in March. You know, apart from trying to recover my feet and get back up. ^_^ Let’s go!
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd: I think my main let-down about this book was how little it actually was about the body that Fergus found in the bog. It sounded like we’d get some rough balance between their two lives, but we get little more than the bare bones of the historical story. Outside of that, I enjoyed the book. Its plot was a little predictable in places, but the characters and the personalities carry it through. (My main gripe would have been when Fergus speaks up in a room full of archaeologists and experts on the field. I’m pretty sure at least one of them should have had the same idea Fergus did.)
City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault: My thoughts will come later, but in short: SQUEE! *lobs a pillow at Larryn because Larryn* I heart this book so so much and I want to use it to set up a writing curriculum on How To Include Characters’ Sexualities Overtly Yet Without Labels. *spins* This is glorious and lovely and I highly recommend it if you enjoy political fantasy and queer fantasy. Read iiiii~t.
The Elephant Party and Other Stories by Paul Biegel: A friend gave me this book because they knew I wanted to try some more Paul Biegel in translation. I didn’t think any of the stories in this were any good, I’m afraid. I can see why this one hasn’t been reprinted at all.
Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron: This was amaaaaaaaaaazing. I loved this! I loved how slowly everything built up and the twists and turns and revelations and the world-building and just whoo! <3<3<3<3<3<3 (My eloquence. Let me show you it.)
Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott: I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings and, clearly, something saw me push through in two reading sessions, but I can’t say I enjoyed the book much. It was okay, but it didn’t blow me away. The superficialness and the handwaveyness of the setting bothered me and neither the main romance nor the protagonist’s drive for vengeance worked for me. Also this book comes with a trigger warning for on-screen explicit self-harm and, in my opinion, badly handled self-harm that’s more a plot device that showed up when convenient than an integral part of Suzume/Rin/Yue’s character. Not to mention that the way the book handled Akira’s gender unsettled me in ways I don’t really have words for but that would make me hesitant to recommend it to transgender readers without some large caveats. 🙁
Who Is Willing by M.C.A. Hogarth: Yay, space adventures! More stories about Alysha Forrest. I love Alysha and I love her discovering her self and her morals. I did find that it… annoyed me more than I’d expected to see her be the only person to make any kind of effort to get to know the Nayshi and the Platies. Alysha does have her own prejudices to deal with and these form the emotional heart of the book, but I wished we’d seen just a few more people make more of an attempt the way that Alysha did.
An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows: This is… An odd book for me. It’s well-written and intriguing, but somehow it’s just not holding my interests at all. T_T
City of Betrayal by Claudie Arseneault: One day, I will talk about this. That day is not right now. Suffice to say I find it very hard not to squeal at you all and start a livetweet of my reactions.
A Courtship of Dragons by Becca Lusher: Awww, Estenarven and Mastekh are so cute together. <3
Dragongift by Becca Lusher: Whooo! More Rift Riders stories! Very curious to see where this is going to go. So far (and by ‘so far’ I mean ‘we’re on chapter 2 still’ we haven’t yet had any answers for the questions left by the previous book. We do, however, get to deal with the aftermath.)
Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan: I picked this game up as part of a Humble Bundle at some point and only just got around to checking it out. It’s an ARPG set in an African fantasy world and it shows. It’s glorious. The art is beautiful and, while I’m not a fan of the combat system, it’s still fun to use. I haven’t played much of it yet and right now I have some smaller issues with the writing, but overall I’m really intrigued by the narrative and looking forward to seeing how the story unfolds and the system continues.
Torment: Tides of Numenera: Last month, I said that I hoped I wasn’t near the end of the game. Alas, I was. I have to admit that I’m actually a little disappointed because I thought the environment would be bigger. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s a ton of replay value and I enjoyed myself a lot, but it wasn’t… what I thought it would be based on the hype surrounding it. It felt short and cramped. Even though I did my best to explore every single option available to me, a single playthrough took me, what, 25 hours when I’m used to them taking upwards of 40 hours. It’s a noticeable difference. Storywise, I liked it. It was fun to discover the setting and the story behind it and I loved some of the tougher choices in the game.
Beauty and the Beast: Yes. I did watch it. I… have to admit I wasn’t much impressed by anything but the expanded backstory for the Beast and the increase in scenes where he and Belle bond. (Belle is my demisexual Disney princess headcanon, so of course I liked that.) I… am heartily unimpressed with Cogsworth and Lumière as well as with LeFou. And the scene where the wardrobe dresses men up in fancy French dresses just did not strike me as funny. The songs… I get that Disney wanted to make them fresh and new, but I really hated some of the changes. Disney, you’ll have people who want to sing along with these because they have for years, why are you purposefully tripping them up? And… Yeah. I just. When I heard we were getting a live action remake, I admit that I was expecting something I would love even more than the animated film because it’d be longer and we’d have a chance to fill it with all the things we’ve learned and… I felt like the film tossed or altered most of what I loved about the original. T_T
Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.