What I’ve Been Up To February 2015

Posted March 3, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 2 Comments

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

What I've Posted

What I've Read

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson: Do you know when you read a book and you just… don’t know what to say about it? That’s how I feel about this book. It was beautiful and painful and sometimes soft and warm and innocent and wise and… Well, I couldn’t tell you why or what. I’d recommend it, though, and let you discover Woodson’s memories just the way I did: without much more knowledge than the title and description give you. (But if I can find coherence, I shall give this the stand-alone post it deserves.)

Dark Rebel by Becca Lusher: Ooooooooooooh… Nope. No, that’s all you’re going to get. Also, I hearted this draft a lot. I hope I can squee about it properly to you all sometime soon.

Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint: HUZZAH! It goes here now! After spending at least a year dipping in and out of it, I finally hit my stride and finished it in two days flat. I love de Lint’s way of weaving together the fantastical and the mundane and I really like the characters. This book especially had a lot of thinky thoughts and discussion points to offer. <3

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis: My thoughts can be found here.

Shadowplay by Laura Lam: My thoughts will come next month. For now, I thoroughly enjoyed this. I wouldn’t recommend reading it as a stand-alone, though. Read Pantomime first.

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente: Not my favourite, I have to admit. I don’t know. It just didn’t strike me as lush and delicious that Valente’s writing usually is. Something about it just didn’t sit quite right by me. It’s still a beautiful, thought-provoking tale, but… I didn’t click with it at all.

Thief of Songs by M.C.A. Hogarth: I will be surprised if this doesn’t find its way into my “Favourite reads of the year” list at the end. It’s adorable and sweet and gentle and fluff and lovely and all things I love about Hogarth’s writing all wrapped into one and I hope I can find words to give it a post of its own because FEELS. <3

Women Destroy Fantasy by various authors: My thoughts can be found here.

What I'm Currently Reading

The Very Best of Charles de Lint by Charles de Lint: I… honestly, I’m not sure why I started it now. I think I just wasn’t ready to leave Newford? But then currently I’m not reading about Newford, so who knows… I’m enjoying it, though.

What I've Played

Divinity: Original Sin: So close to the end game now. So close. I might’ve finished it on Friday, but apparently there were things I’d left undiscovered that were necessary to finish the game. So I spent most of my gaming time trying to find those and fix them. And find more effective and creative ways of killing enemies.

Frozen: Free Fall: I finally finally finaly beat all the winter levels! WHOOT! Now I only get to play Olaf in the summer levels. Boo. But they’re pretty levels? It’s just Olaf was my least favourite character. (How dare I! *gasp*)

Mahjongg Towers: This is… the game I play when I really really really need to reset my brain because every inch of me is out of emotional cope. It’s an interesting situation. I do like games like this. They’re fun and challenging and easy to pick up and put aside as time constraints require. But I usually only play them if I need my brain to stop and reboot, which makes it sound like they’re not games I enjoy playing.

War for the Overworld Beta: I was curious to see how the game’d progressed since I last played. But then I wound up playing the proto-campaign levels instead and those don’t tell you too much. Still,I had fun.

I… could have sworn I’d played more than this, but apparently not. Oh well. This month was All About The Editing anyway.

What I've Watched

The Black Cauldron: Old School Disney! :O I think this is the only one of Disney’s older cartoon films that I haven’t seen before? Maybe? I liked it. It’s a bit shorter than I would have liked, but that’s what you get when you try to capture two novels’ worth of characters in one 90 minute film.

Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: My thoughts on Act Zero and Act 1 will follow soonish. I have finally tracked down copies to rewatch, so I’ll be adding the show to my Comment On Sailor Moon Crystal Episodes rotation. As a preview: I compare. A lot. And also go “ARGH!” a few times and have already identified one big red flag to watch out for in future episodes that I missed out on entirely ten years ago.

Sailor Moon Crystal: My thoughts on episode 15 and on episode 16. Let’s just say that I am neither impressed nor amused.

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2 responses to “What I’ve Been Up To February 2015

  1. Wow, you read a lot in February! 😀 Nice to hear you had some good reads. I tried Six-Gun Snow White too (because Valente! Fairyland!) and it didn’t quite click with me either…I think maybe it was too distant? Or maybe I just had the bar set too high after Fairyland!

    • I was really surprised! I don’t normally read this much in February.

      Could be. I think for me it was largely that the mesh of setting and fairytale elements didn’t quite come together. A bit like trying to read two different stories at once. I was really disappointed because I’ve loved (or at least thoroughly enjoyed) most everything else Valente has written that I’ve read.