I’ve not finished much of anything lately, but I’m in the middle of SILENCE by Michelle Sagara (and am enjoying it a lot), and I just received an arc of WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley from HarlequinTeen.
Jurassic World: I’ve loved Jurassic Park, movie and book, for most of my life. I even love the second and third movies. Of course I’ve been stupid excited for Jurassic World since the first glimmer of it appeared. The second concrete information dropped, I was as worried as I was excited, because it looked like it was White Dude Saves the World, No Need for Anyone Else.
I watched it opening weekend, despite my concern. I loved the dinosaurs. I loved the raptors, as I always do. (Ever since Clever Girl, raptors have been the dinosaurs of my heart.) I loved pieces of the rest of the story, but it was terrible, too, and with just a few casting tweaks, it could have been awesome. I think Seanan McGuire said it really well: The park is open; your ticket is not valid.
Brave: J and I saw this in theaters when it first came out back in 2012; we’d been watching my mother slowly dying for years. A couple months later, she was dead. I hadn’t seen it since. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to watch it again, but it was lovely and wonderful and full of joy and feelings. It hurt. But it hurt in a good way.
House: J has started watching House. I mostly do other things while it’s on, because I have little interest in spending time with white asshole male characters like House, but I am entertained by how often I catch the beginning of an episode and am able to ask J if he’s sure he isn’t watching a horror movie.
iZombie: I’ve been delighted by this season to no end, right up until the episode in which Liv eats the brains of a murder victim who had a “psychotic break” according to the show, and then shitting all over mental illness and people who have mental illnesses abounded. It made me want to burn everything. I’m still furious, and not sure I’ll be able to keep watching. (Though I did finish the season with J.)
Titus Jones: It has been all Titus Jones mashups all the time around here, especially during writing and cardio. My favorites include “Bad Things Will Roll With the Devil” and “Dance Alarm”.
Sims 3: Haven’t played in awhile, so I created a new Sim and sent her out into the wide, wide world. She, her daughter, and her granddaughter have each promptly fallen in love with the cleaning person and wanted to become a vampire. This, even though the daughter passes out every time something startles her, from a fire alarm to meeting a werewolf for the first time. She then never learned to come in out of the sun and promptly burned. Oh, Sims.
Civilization V: I don’t care about fighting wars or killing barbarians, I just like building cities and creating a world of culture and science and wonder. So I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. It’s fun. I’m sure I’ll get back to world domination at a later date.
Nations: Oh, man, this game. It’s so simple, just building a nation, finding flora and fauna, researching technologies, building an army — but it is wonderful, too. Plus there’s a card collecting aspect to it that fulfills my desire to collect things without me spending actual money or filling the house with things.
Marvel Puzzle Quest: My writing group and I have an alliance, and it is so much fun. I play this every night before bed, because matching colors relaxes me, and the Marvel characters add a pleasant wonder to it. I’ve been a comic book fan most of my life. This, at least, doesn’t tend to break my heart.