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That Inevitable Victorian Thing by EK Johnston takes place in an alternate universe where Queen Victoria I named her daughter Victoria (instead of her son Edward) as her heir and had her descendents marry nobles of colour from all over the British Empire.

In the near future, Crown Princess Margaret secretly goes on vacation in Ontario during the debutante season. There, she meets Helena and August, a young couple about to get engaged.

I had heard that this book had polyamory, but it turned out that there was quite a lot of cheating before that, which is not how polyamory is supposed to work... Apart from that, it was a lovely novel, with diverse main characters. Margaret is Black, August has half-Irish, half-Hong Kong Chinese origins and Helena learns during the story that she's [Spoiler]intersex.

Black Panther

This morning, I went to see Black Panther and it was amazing! ^__^

The plot was layered and the visuals were gorgeous. T'Challa was awesome and I also loved Shuri, Nakia and the Dora Milaje. <3 I've never seen that many women in a Marvel movie before!

As usual, there are 2 mid/post-credits scenes. SpoilerCollapse )

Here and Now

I've just watched the pilot of Here and Now, the new show by Alan Ball (True Blood), and it was pretty great. ^__^

It deals with a multi-racial family: the children are a Black woman, an Asian man, a gay Latino man (with a boyfriend who's also listed in the main cast, so that's promising) and a white teen girl. Even if it was just a realistic show, it would be engaging, but there's also something weird going on, possibly of supernatural nature. I'm intrigued.

Thanks for the heads-up, gpgurl50! :-)

Signal Boost

All of Rebecca Crunden's novels are free on Kindle for two days! You'll find the relevant links here. Note that Kindle Unlimited subscribers always have access to these books.

For more information, I talked about A Game of Wings and Marks here and the Outlands series there. <3

Rosewood

I've just watched the two seasons of Rosewood, a great police procedural about a private pathologist teaming up with a detective.

This show has a lot of Black and Hispanic representation. :-) There's also a major f/f couple with an established relationship. Over the course of 44 episodes, they don't die, they don't fake!die, they don't even get shot. Pure bliss! ♥

The only thing I didn't really like was the "will they? / won't they?" between the two leads. I found their other relationships much more interesting.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Solitaire is an excellent YA novel by Alice Oseman (of Radio Silence fame, which I talked about here). It's about grammar school life, friendship and blogging.

Solitaire is not as queer as Radio Silence, but it's got a secondary m/m pairing, Nick and Charlie. ♥ They're super cute together, but they also have some tough scenes, as Charlie has mental health issues (content warning for eating disorder and self-harm). The author draws a webcomic called Heartstopper, where Nick and Charlie are the protagonists. I haven't read it yet, but I've seen some reblogs here and there. Now that I know more about the characters, I'm going to read it properly. :-)
I'm all caught up with the first three tomes of The Outlands Pentalogy by Rebecca Crunden. ^__^ Catherine, the daughter of the King's Hangman, and Nate, one of the leaders of the rebellion, must run away from Cutta together. This is sci-fi not only because it's a dystopia, but also because some characters have powers (which is more relevant to my interests).

Each tome has a different POV: Catherine – who's a woman of colour – in Book 1, Nate in Book 2, and then Book 3 is the one with the m/m pairing. ♥ It's written so that you can start with Book 3 if you're only here for the m/m, but the stories are related, so it's definitely worth it to read the first two books. Also, Nate rocks! <3

Pity there aren't any fanfics yet, because now I'm in the mood for [Not canon but still spoilery]some Thom/Kitty/Nate action. Sorry, not sorry, Charlie! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Tengoku by Rae Magdon

Tengoku by Rae Magdon was a beautiful stand-alone novel. :-) Two female samurai go on a quest, along with two brothers and a wolf yokai.

This queer story rooted in Japanese folklore was a nice find. If you watch anime, you'll be in familiar territory. If you don't, there's a glossary at the end of the book. Actually, there were a few terms I didn't know, so that was helpful to me as well.

This is an f/f romance where one of the women is trans. I really like the phrase used by the author, "lady of autumn" (summer to winter / yang to yin / male to female). A few other characters are also LGBT, including a non-binary minor character with they/them pronouns.

The Silvered by Tanya Huff

The Silvered by Tanya Huff was amazing, though darker than most of her other stories (except the Blood books, which were also quite dark). ^__^ She's always been a great writer, but her recent novels have had even more solid writing. This one-shot was published between Books 2 and 3 of the Gale Women trilogy and I can feel the similarities in her writing style, even though one is heroic fantasy and the others are urban fantasy.

Aydori is a country ruled by werewolves (werewolves in heroic fantasy, I love it!) and elemental mages. The Kresentian Empire is more oriented towards science and technology (it's got a bit of a steampunk vibe), and yet takes political decisions based on what the Soothsayers see. That's how Aydori ends up under attack and five female mages get kidnapped, while the sixth one and a werewolf go to their rescue.

This is the straightest book I've read from Tanya Huff. XD It was very good het, of course. And it's not like there wasn't any m/m at all: a few mentions here and there, as well as a lovely minor pairing late in the story. I also enjoyed the focus on the female characters, including the rather resourceful captured mages.

Black Lightning

I'm already quite busy with the Marvel shows (I even dropped the Marvel/Netflix ones post-Defenders), so I probably won't go back to watching DC series, but I like checking out the pilots to know the basics.

The Black Lightning pilot was very good, maybe even better than Luke Cage. But why do Black superhero shows have to be so focused on Black gangs? Sure, they're giving a lot of work to Black actors, but it doesn't seem like good representation to me. If you want to give me Black villains, give me scientists who mess up, give me aliens looking for a new world, give me people who want to fight the system but go too far... I'm really looking forward to the Black Panther movie, which takes a different approach from these series.

Hakyuu Houshin Engi + Citrus

Hakyuu Houshin Engi is a remake of the anime from 20 years ago, also known as Soul Hunter. The manga is based on a Chinese literary classic about various Gods and the Yin Dynasty.

I owned the VHS set and really liked it, and yet I remember very little of it, which is why I've decided to watch the new adaptation. It feels strange that Shinkohyo isn't voiced by Ishida Akira any more, though, as he was perfect for the role. ^_^

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Citrus is a new yuri anime. I haven't read the manga, but it's fairly renowned.

This looks as problematic (content warning for dubcon – why am I not surprised?), and yet as fascinating, as Netsuzou TRap. I guess I'm just glad we're now getting GL anime, I'll get pickier once we have more options.
The Magicians is back and I have good hopes for this new season. I enjoyed S2 a lot more than S1 (which deserved all the content warnings), especially the increased focus on the portal fantasy aspect.

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Into the Blue by Pene Henson was such a lovely m/m romance! ♥ Ollie takes part in surfing competitions. Tai coaches him and shapes his boards. They've been friends and housemates for a long time, but maybe they can become more.

This is a slice-of-life novel rather than a sports novel. Even during the competitions, it remains a very relaxing and peaceful read. In this grey winter, I appreciate some sea and sunshine, even of the fictional variety. :-) As for the romance aspect, it flows well with the rest of the story and there's a reasonable amount of explicit content (I can get bored with too many sex scenes, but that's not the case here).

Since most of the book takes place in Hawaii, there's a lot of Asian representation, including Tai who is Samoan. The female characters are great and make me want to read the author's f/f romance, Storm Season (it's unrelated to Into the Blue, I only mean that I like her style).

Star Trek: Discovery S1E10

Star Trek: Discovery is back from hiatus. SpoilersCollapse )

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everybody! <3

I hope 2018 will be better than 2017 for all of you.

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I'm still making my way through Yuletide fics. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Ann Leckie's Provenance, which was released very recently (at the end of September), got 3 fanfics! ^__^

Les Porteurs 2 by C. Kueva

Les Porteurs 2 by C. Kueva was great. ^__^ I talked here about this French YA book series where children are born intersex, choose their gender at 16 and get the corresponding hormonal treatment.

This second tome is focused on Gaëlle, Matt's girlfriend. It's not a sequel, apart from the last few chapters. Most of the plot runs parallel to Matt's story, but since they don't spend that much time together, it's mostly new content, with a different approach to the conspiracy. It also includes a lot of new scenes with Flo, the genderqueer character, who is my favourite. <3

This made me very excited about Book 3, which I assumed to be about Flo, so I was disappointed to find out that it'll be about Lou. I don't know if this is still supposed to be a trilogy, or if the author plans on writing more, but creating a series on such a topic and not making the non-binary character a protagonist would be a weird choice...

If you're looking for YA novels with an intersex protagonist and don't speak French, I strongly recommend the Micah Grey trilogy by Laura Lam. :-)

LGBT YA in Translation

LGBT YA in Translation is a great resource listing 30 different languages! If you want to share, it's here on Tumblr and here on Twitter.

I'm learning through this that a bunch of novels from Interlude Press/Duet Books (Interlude Press's YA branch) are going to be translated into French in 2018.

I'm sticking to the English versions, but that might interest some of you. :-)
The Doctor Who Christmas Special had a lot of funny lines, despite the bittersweet mood.

I haven't seen the Old Who series, so the nostalgia effect of seeing the First Doctor was a bit lost on me. The meeting between Ten and Eleven a few years ago was more meaningful to me.

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Thirteen is finally among us and I can't wait to see her episodes! \o/

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Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns is an excellent sci-fi novel, but too focused on technical aspects for my taste. It would work well as a movie, but as a novel, it's a bit dry, unless you're a fan of hard sci-fi.

Adda and Iridian have just graduated from engineering school and don't want to toil for corporations for little money, so they decide to join Adda's brother on a crew of space pirates. Unfortunately, the security AI on Barbary Station wants to get rid of its intruders.

Adda and Iridian are an established couple, which is an approach I like and actually don't encounter that often. The pirate captain is non-binary. There is a lot of POC representation, including the two leads, and Adda is on the autism spectrum.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! ♥

I hope everybody is having a great time. I had a family meal yesterday, so I'm just going to have a quiet day and start reading Yuletide fics.

Jumanji 2

Today I went to see Jumanji 2 and it was fun! ^__^ Of course, the video game approach isn't as charming as the board game one, but I had a very good time.

I like that one of the characters got genderbent. It'd be great if some blockbusters had actual trans representation, but since it's not gonna be the case in the near future, I'll take what I can get.