Feb. 6th, 2016

muccamukk: Peggy, with briefcase, entering a room, the light of the hall silhouetting her. (AC: Silhouette)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
I got half way through and decided that life is too short to finish this. I adored the movie, but the writing is sucking the life out of the fun parts, and adding weird sexual assault subplots, and generally being kind of terrible. No way worth slogging through for little bits of missing scenes, or Poe being a woobie.

I remember the Star Trek one by him also being terrible, but at least that was narrated by ZQ, which improved it slightly.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
I'm having a difficult time articulating why I disliked this book so much. I really feel like I'd be down for the gay steampunk adventures of the Japanese in London.

Part of it was that it was pretty awful at female characters, as in there was one, and she spent her whole time disliking other women because she was masculine and therefore smarter than them, and then acting like an idiot about everything. I think it passed Bachdel only because she mocked some suffragettes.

Part of it might be that it felt too constructed for its own good. Because of the nature of the title character, there had to be a lot of careful balancing of moving parts, but honestly the end felt less like a Xanatos Gambit and more like a Xanatos pile up, with the author just flinging plans at the wall for no reason, and then setting the resulting chaos to the music of Arthur Sullivan. Maybe I'm not smart enough to read this book, but I didn't get what was going on, and I didn't care.

Mostly I guess the characters were jerks; I didn't care what happened to them, and the romance was underplayed to the point where instead of making me root for the characters, I just made me more tired of them.

I know people who adore this book, but it didn't work for me at all.

Nenya and I also rewatched Avengers: Age of Ultron, which I still think is great, and very much enjoyed, even if the fight scenes were a bit long. Then we watched the Reconstructed fan edit of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which had less Jar Jar and no midichlorians but was otherwise mostly the same. I hadn't seen that since it came out, and liked it a lot more than I expected to. It dragged in places and some of the acting was wooden, and the CGI had aged terribly, but mostly it was interesting and fun.

Agent Carter 2.04. I'm continuing to enjoy this season, although, Spoilers )
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