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Midnight, Texas + People of Earth Season 2

I've watched the first episode of Midnight, Texas and it was great! ^__^ It's urban fantasy from the same book writer as True Blood, but I got into this show much faster.

It stars the handsome François Arnaud (Oscar in Blindspot), Dylan Bruce (Paul in Orphan Black) and Arielle Kebbel (Lexi in The Vampire Diaries). There's also a cat. :-)

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People of Earth, the sitcom about aliens secretly living among us and abducting people, is back. Fun times! XD I can't wait for Ozzie and Jonathan to meet again.

Borderline by Mishell Baker

Borderline by Mishell Baker was great. It was the only Nebula nominee that I didn't already know about (well, I had probably seen the title in a couple of monthly release lists), so I looked it up and it sounded interesting: urban fantasy with faeries (which is starting to be a well-represented genre on my shelves), set in Hollywood.

Millie, the protagonist, has borderline personality disorder and moves either with leg prosthetics or with a wheelchair due to a failed suicide attempt. This might make the book sound dark, but personally, I didn't think it was. It wasn't light either, of course, but I always found it matter-of-fact about disability, both mental and physical. Well done!

The Americans Season 5 + The Saint

The Americans Season 5 was excellent, probably my favourite so far. ^__^

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A few years ago, there was a failed attempt at rebooting The Saint and they've finally released the pilot. I've never seen the original series, but since Eliza Dushku played a major role in this new episode, I was curious to watch it. Unfortunately, there were barely any other female characters and they only appeared for a few minutes, so I can't say I was impressed.
Today I went to see Spiderman: Homecoming and it was great! :-) I've seen the movies with Tobey Maguire and skipped the ones with Andrew Garfield, because they were looking a bit repetitive. But I really liked the humour brought by Tom Holland's Spidey (kind of a mainstream Deadpool) in Cap 3, so I wanted to see this one. I also enjoyed that it was fully integrated into the MCU.

They clearly made an effort to have a lot of actors and actresses of colour in the secondary roles. It'll be even better once diversity reaches the leads. I can't wait for Black Panther.

They are back to the usual 2 mid/post-credits scenes.

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The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie was a super fun read! It's the sequel to The Abyss Surrounds Us, the YA Pacific Rim with lesbian pirates. :D

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Tremontaine by Ellen Kushner et al.

I've previously talked about the way Serial Box publishes stories here. Now out in paperback, Tremontaine is written by Ellen Kushner, Alaya Dawn Johnson (much love for her novel The Summer Prince!), Malinda Lo (I've read all her books so far), Joel Derfner, Patty Bryant, Racheline Maltese and Paul Witcover.

It's a prequel to Swordspoint, the first novel in Ellen Kushner's bi-normative fantasy of manners series. I personally prefer reading in publication order rather than in chronological order, but each book more or less deals with a different generation, so it works both ways:
- Publication order: Swordspoint (m/m) / The Fall of the Kings (m/m) / The Privilege of the Sword (f/f) / Tremontaine (m/m & f/f)
- Chronological order: Tremontaine / Swordspoint / The Privilege of the Sword / The Fall of the Kings

I've mostly heard of Tremontaine for its QWOC protagonist, but now that I've read it, I find that the m/m pairing has much more substance than the f/f one. Another protagonist is a girl on the autism spectrum, with a passion for mathematics and navigation. She's my favourite character and I wish she had been more present in the last few episodes. Finally, there's Diane, Duchess Tremontaine, a familiar figure to Swordspoint readers.

Dive + Hitorijime My Hero

Dive is the new series from the noitaminA timeslot.

After the swimming anime, here comes the diving anime! ^__^ I don't know if it'll be as slashy as Free, but Tomoki is clearly a bb!gay with a big crush on Yoichi. <3

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Hitorijime My Hero is a shounen ai anime about a vigilante and a student that used to be bullied into running errands.

This looks like it's going to be a slow burn story. Hopefully it will be cute. :-)
I'm so excited that we're getting a new Saiyuki series! \o/

This is an old fave and it feels great to see these characters again. <3

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In Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou, Inaba's dorm burns down and he ends up renting a room in a complex full of ghosts.

I'm always in for a slice-of-life youkai anime. :-) Ishida Akira is in this one and a few other seiyuu I love are also part of the cast, though they haven't appeared yet.

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Netsuzou TRap is a yuri short (9 minutes per episode) about two girls who have boyfriends but who "practice" together.

Wow, that was very different from what I expected. Content warning for mind games and dubcon. But it was done in a fascinating way and it felt new because that kind of thing usually happens in BL (too often in BL, actually...), not in GL.

Killjoys Season 3 + The Catch Season 2

Killjoys is back and Dutch is her usual badass self.

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I'm all caught up with the second season of The Catch. It was entertaining, though I think S1 worked better for me.

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Queen Sugar is back with 2 episodes this week, and damn, it's not pulling any punches.

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A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows is the sequel to An Accident of Stars, one of my favourite reads of 2016. It's an amazing portal fantasy series focused on a cast of diverse women, including a little f/f, some polyamory and trans representation, with the new addition of an incredibly well-written boy on the autism spectrum.

This tome deals with the practicalities of Saffron's return to Earth, keeps telling the story of the world of Kena and Veksh and introduces new ones. That last part was expected, as the series is entitled The Manifold Worlds, and I'm sure we'll discover even more in the future. I don't know how long this series will be, but the potential is definitely there for a saga.

Yena, a character I absolutely adore, gets a bigger role in this volume. SpoilersCollapse )
Underground Season 2 was very impressive. Aisha Hinds and Jasika Nicole joined the cast. All in all, there was a stronger focus on women, especially Rosalee and Elizabeth. SpoilerCollapse )

I really like how the show uses background music that is obviously modern (rap, for example). The effect is quite striking.

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The first season of The Handmaid's Tale was absolutely fascinating. With the finale, we've reached the end of the book, so I'm curious what they'll do with S2.

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You Me Her Season 2 + Shadowhunters S2E12

I'm all caught up with the second season of You Me Her, the f/f/m romcom. It was super cute and maybe even better than S1. <3

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Michael Hogan guest-starred in two episodes. :-)

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Wynonna Earp is back! In most cases, I'm not big on shows with a western vibe, but apparently it works for me when it's about two sisters fighting demons. XD I hope they won't mess up the f/f pairing, though.

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Dark Matter is also back, with a solid season premiere.

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I'm glad Shadowhunters is back from its hiatus since 1) there's not much to watch right now, 2) the show really grew on me during S2A and 3) it's doing such a great job with LGBT representation. We have an m/m couple, we recently got a canon ace major character and now there's a queer woman. Not the one I was thinking of, though, so expect another one in the near future. ;-)

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Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr is a great m/m romance/fantasy novel. I remember reading some of her original work on LJ way back and it was excellent. She then went on to create LT3 Press.

Every 75 years, commoners compete in the Tournament of Losers Charlet to marry nobles, in order to bring a fresh perspective to the ruling families. Rath enters the tournament only to get the stipend he needs to repay his father's debts and intends to quit after that.

As you can guess, this is a book that plays with tropes. I liked the variety of the challenges: some fighting, some questing, some competence tests... though the 3rd challenge could have benefited from an extra chapter instead of an ellipsis. And I really loved the dynamics between Rath and Tress, which will probably appeal to fans of Richard/Alec from Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint. ♥
Hooten & the Lady is a super fun British show. ^__^ Ophelia Lovibond (Kitty in Elementary) plays Lady Alexandra Lindo-Parker, a female Indiana Jones who works for the British Museum. Michael Landes (has anyone ever watched Special Unit 2?) plays Ulysses Hooten, a treasure hunter who's a bit of a crook. They end up working together on different missions all over the world.

I had a great time watching the first season, I hope it'll get renewed. Thanks for the rec to ms_geekette. :-)

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That's it, I've finished reading the Class tie-in novels. I posted about the first two here and here.

Class: The Stone House by AK Benedict is a haunted house story, but not in a very creepy way. It's more of a strange tale, like you could see in a xxxHolic episode. I liked the feel of it.

There are several chapters from the POV of a Syrian refugee teen girl stuck in the house. She develops a friendship with Tanya. As usual, Charlie/Matteusz don't have many scenes, but what they get is really lovely. <3

All in all, I think this is my favourite of the three.

12 Monkeys Season 3 + Still Star-Crossed

I've finished watching 12 Monkeys Season 3. It's strange how Syfy decided to air all the episodes over a weekend. At least they had great timing, with most of the spring shows done and the summer shows not yet started.

In terms of time travel, this series stopped making sense in the middle of S2, but it's got enough internal consistency and solid writing that it more or less feels like it's still making sense.

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The pilot of Still Star-Crossed was pretty great. ^_^ I'm not sure we need a Romeo and Juliet sequel, but the execution is good. It's a Shonda Rhimes show (based on a novel by Melinda Taub), so there's a lot of POC diversity. I hope there will be some LGBT representation as well, but so far it's all straight.

I didn't remember that Anthony Head was going to be in this. Lashana Lynch is amazing as Rosaline.

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Have some book rec lists from Autostraddle: 8 f/f high fantasy books, 8 f/f sci-fi books and the latest one, 8 f/f urban fantasy books, with more recs in their respective comment sections.
I'm all caught up with Black Sails Season 4, the final season of the show. It was mostly great, though not as strong as Season 3 in my opinion.

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Becky Chambers's A Closed and Common Orbit is the sequel to the wonderful The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, but with new characters that were quickly introduced in the first book. Since the characters I had grown to love so much weren't there any more (not even a cameo *sighs*), I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it. It turns out it was also very lovely, though the first one remains my favourite.

Sidra's story – an AI monitoring a ship, then being limited to one physical body – is reminiscent of Breq's, from Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice, another sci-fi novel I adore. Of course, this is a Becky Chambers book, so don't expect a fight against Anaander Mianaai in here. XD The focus is on day-to-day life and interactions with humans and aliens of different cultures.

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There's no f/f this time, but Tak changes gender (physically and in terms of pronouns) several times during the book. :-)

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde tells the story of three friends at a convention: two girls, who are the POV characters, and one guy.

Charlie is at the con as a Youtuber and an actress promoting her first movie. The dyed pink hair on the cover art is hers. :-) She's Chinese Australian and bisexual (the word is used on page). She gets an adorable f/f romance with a Black Youtuber/actress. ♥

Taylor and Jamie are at the con as fans. Taylor has Asperger's, but it's pretty mild. The focus is mostly – kinda heavy-handedly – on her anxiety issues.

This super fun book is a page-turner. ^__^ If you're interested in queer novels about fandom, I also recommend Alice Oseman's Radio Silence, which I talked about here.

Sense8 Season 2

Sense8 is back! \o/ This is my favourite show, but somehow I wasn't as excited by S2 as I was by S1 and the Christmas Special. I'm not sure why exactly, though I guess it has to do with the bigger focus on BPO.

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Conviction

Conviction is a show where Hayley Atwell leads a team in charge of re-examining possibly wrongful convictions. It was better than what I expected based on the trailer, though it felt too formulaic. SpoilerishCollapse )

I find the parallels between Hayley Atwell and Sebastian Stan's careers funny:
- They both played Captain America's old-time partners.
- Sebastian Stan played the President of the United States's gay son in Political Animals (after playing the King's gay son in Kings), while Hayley Atwell plays the President of the United States's bisexual daughter in Conviction.

The show has several other LGBT characters, but not a single same-gender relationship is developed and I dislike the m/f relationship that gets all the focus.

Anyway, it was nice seeing Manny Montana (Johnny in Graceland) again. <3

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