a bit ago and it was... fine. I liked the acting a lot, and I liked that it was about working-class women and why the vote mattered to them. It was generally well done all around, but I expect movies about suffrage to give me A LOT of feelings. I cry watching the Lady Gaga suffrage mash up. This one didn't really have any moments where I was really emotionally engaged. Probably worth a watch if you're either interested in the history, or don't know anything about the history, but eh.
Just got back from Mockingjay: Part II
, which I also liked fine, and also didn't blow me away. Lawrence was amazing expected, and I really like the relationships and the music and screening, but meh, again. Didn't blow me away, and I generally like this series. I enjoyed it more than I did the book, in any case.
I've fallen instead into Netflix and am about a series and a half into The Almighty Johnsons
which I should have way more problems with than I actually do on grounds of misogyny, and everyone being kind of horrible people, but it's got the girl for Whale Rider
and brothers and feelings, and I'm pretty well addicted. Unfortunately for the fandom, the most jerkish brother is played by one of the cute dwarves from The Hobbit
so that means almost all the fic is about him being a poor woobie, and the oldest brother is much more my flavour of manpain. Oh well.The Captive Temple (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice #7) by Jude Watson
So did anyone care about the Mystery Plot, cause I sure did not. Mostly I was just invested in Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan working things out while they were both being giant dorks. Points to both for a small amount of self-actualization. No points for a total failure at implementation. At least they are trying? They have both agreed that they should not listen to Yoda, anyway.The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson
I liked a lot about this story, not the least the amalgamated SF-F setting and world building, which was really fantastically put together. The voices of the characters were well done, and the writing itself was gorgeous.
I am, however, 100% over tragic gays, especially when they have tragic rapey backstories, so there is that. Also, too many entrails.Persians by Aeschylus, translated by C. John Herington and Janet Lembke
I think people are terrified of letting this play just stand on its own, and have consequently introduced and end-noted the poor thing half to death, which is interesting for extra context, but it really does stand very well on its own. This is a very fine translation, and really gets across the drama and pathos of the story, and is powerfully told, though of course it's not a light touch with the moral of the story. I'll have to read this again without checking out footnotes and such.The Day of Reckoning (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice #8) by Jude Watson
I liked this one! Qui-Gon got his act together and apologised for being a dick over the last three books! They worked as a team with Obi-Wan snarking all the way! Evil mining companies were distroying the environment, and had to be stopped! More like this would be great. Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson by Lyndsay Faye, narrated by Simon Vance
I swore I'd never read another Ripper book, but everyone told me this one was great, and I'm a sucker for Sherlock Holmes pastiche, so gave it a go. Mostly it had everything I want from Holmes story, with lots of h/c moments, good deducting, a strong feel of London, and some great OCs. I was well please.
Until the ending. I was perfectly happy with the solution to the mystery. And the action climax as great, and I liked all the character beats, but... Faye did that thing again.
She has this habit of addressing issues by including characters to express the points of view that the main characters leave out, and giving them lots to do, and then totally undercutting them for drama! Or in this case, for no decipherable reason. Which made me annoyed enough to like this book a lot less than I otherwise would.( Spoiler )The Fight for Truth (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice #9) by Jude Watson
Obi-Wan is made to go to school, and Qui-Gon has a temper tantrum and overthrows the government. It's pretty great. Though the tone was brought down by the reminder that all of these characters will soon be miserable and/or die. The Empire sucks.