Reading/Watching/Gaming/Etc November 2014

Posted November 30, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 3 Comments


Monthly Round-up. The text 'monthly round-up' beneath a wrapped package. What I've been up to the past month.

It’s that time again! What have I been up to this month? Click to find out!

Next month, and yes I’m a little early with this note, I expect will be far less busy in terms of my posting. We’ll see.

What I've Posted

What I've Read

The Card Sharp by Laura Lam: Quite a lot of fun. It’s an interesting look into Drystan’s past. It stands on its own pretty well, and I think if you wanted to learn about this world through short stories, is is probably one of your better entry points. It requires less knowledge of the first book to make sense.

Demon Hunter and Baby by Anna Elliott: My thoughts will be shared in December. But, to give you a sneak peek: urban fantasy that I actually enjoyed more than disliked!

The Fisherman’s Net by Laura Lam: this is a stand-alone fairytale (of sorts) from Laura Lam’s Micah Grey series. As such it stands on its own pretty decently. You’ll want at least Pantomime read to get the most out of events, but I think it should make sense if you’re entirely new to this world.

The Second Mango by Shira Glassman: My thoughts will be shared in December. Sneak peek: Very enjoyable.

The Snake Charm by Laura Lam: Possibly my least favourite of the Vestigial tales. I just didn’t quite get on with it. While it explains enough for readers unfamiliar with the world to read this, you’ll get much more out of the story if you read Pantomime first since the writing presumes some familiarity with the characters.

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce: You know those books where pretty much everything you know about it suggests it’s your kind of book and then you read them and… you don’t click with the story? That’s what happened with me and this book. Roughly. It’s largely a wrong-book-wrong-time thing because I did like what I read before abandoning it. I liked the way the narration was woven together, the way the story called just enough attention to its structure to be unsettling, the way it toyed with reader perception. I liked the characters and the mystery. I wasn’t put off by the first person sections and their structure. I also wasn’t connecting to it. It’s the kind of book I’d do best reading in a group-setting, the kind of book that I’d gladly read cover-to-cover for university classes and yet would never consider picking up for myself. As I’m not reading this for a group discussion or a course, I’d rather spend my time reading something else. I’d be happy to pick it up again at a later date if anyone wanted to read along with me, though. ^_^ I only failed to finish because I know I’d do better reading it in a more social setting, not because I disliked it.

The Tarot Reader by Laura Lam: Another pretty good entry point to the Micah Grey series if you’re looking for something shorter first since this stars a completely different character. It also sets, or seems to set, up events in the book to some extent, so it’ll be interesting to see how those turn out. Quite a lot of fun and very intriguing!

Vinny the Armadillo Makes a Friend by Maggie Hogarth: My thoughts are here. It’s so lovely. <3

What I'm Currently Reading

Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint: Still no progress since the last update. Um. Oops? (I told you this was a slow read.)

Lightspeed Issue #49: Women Destroy Science Fiction! special by various authors: I’m not too far into this and I plan to take this one particularly slowly, so I can at least try to say something sensible about each of the stories (and post those up around the kickstarter event for Queers Destroy Science Fiction coming next year).

What I've Played

Dragon Age Inquisition: After a few initial days of weakness, I’ve managed to focus on NaNoWriMo again, but I’ve played a bit of it. While I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen so far, all I can say to you if you’re interested in getting the PC version of this game is this: wait until they release a fix for this crash-to-desktop issue. Ugh. I expect games to be somewhat buggy on release. I do not expect games to be this crash-prone. (Also, we’re going with that plot, are we, Bioware? Colour me disappointed. Please do something more interesting with it than you seemed to be doing.)

Kisima Inŋitchuŋa (Never Alone): I just wanted to get a brief impression of what the game was like and promptly lost what remained of my morning because of the sheer beauty of this game. It’s a puzzle platformer which… To be honest, is something I’m not a big fan of. I’ve played some in the past and they’re extremely hit-and-miss with me with a strong leaning towards ‘miss’. However! This one is a definite hit of the “I want to tell all my friends and convince them to buy a copy” variety. It’s fun, it’s beautiful, it’s balanced very nicely (for my abilities anyway), though the bola controls are a bit finicky and sometimes the hot spots are a little small and hard to find. It also comes with short videos on the indigenous cultures of Alaska. I’ll happily recommend it. It’s gorgeous and I look forward to talking about it in more detail once I’ve finished.




What I've Watched

Sailor Moon Crystal: My thoughts can be found here.

Pacific Rim: Whoo! I finally watched this! Although I keep feeling I watched this last month. :/ But hey I watched it and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the plot of it. The plot’s continuously put me off watching because it didn’t sound like anything I’d enjoy. But it was pretty neat actually, and I liked the diversity of the cast a lot.


3 responses to “Reading/Watching/Gaming/Etc November 2014

  1. I’d be interested in doing a read along of Some Kind of Fairy Tale, provided I can get my hands on a copy from the library. It’s a book I’ve been meaning to track down anyway.

    The ‘Australians’ in Pacific Rim made me laugh so hard. They’re so not what actual Australians are like and their accents were terrible. Still, the movie was pretty fun.

    • If the library has a copy we could also do a buddy read/discussion post like the couple I’ve done with Memory? That could also be fun. ^_^ (Just… Probably not until at least February for either of us.)

      Awwwww. At least it amused you, though? I’m still surprised by how much fun I thought the film was when I finally saw it.

      • It turns out the library has several copies. I shall email you so we can arrange the details.

        Truthfully, I was a bit annoyed at such lazy writing, even though the rest of the movie was reasonably good fun.