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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

The 5 by Iza Moreau

In The 5 by Iza Moreau, five women with completely different backgrounds – a woman from a family of inventors, the vessel of a Goddess, the reincarnation of a novelist, a former prostitute and an amnesiac – are invited to join a class. When it turns out that the professor who contacted them doesn't exist, they decide to team up and start investigating.

Come for the diverse women (three of the main characters are WOC and there's canon f/f), stay for the weird plot! This novel successfully mixes several genres: mystery, fantasy and sci-fi, with a touch of fourth-wall-breaking. I love this kind of cocktail, especially when the author makes it work. It was quite the experience! ^__^

Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black

Holly Black's Modern Faerie Tales are a great urban fantasy trilogy with female protagonists, as well as several POC and LGBT characters. These are original stories (like Melissa Marr's wonderful Wicked Lovely series), not rewritings of traditional tales.

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Note that the one-shot The Darkest Part of the Forest is officially unrelated, but the author has mentioned that it's set in the same world. I read it last year and loved it. It has an amazing m/m pairing. ♥

American Gods

I've watched the pilot of American Gods and it was even less for me than I expected after seeing the trailer. I was potentially interested because I enjoy stories about mythologies, both real and fictional, and because I like Ricky Whittle. But in the end, nothing interesting happens, it's just gratuitous violence and sex. Boring!

In case some of you feel the same, here are a few amazing series about Gods you can watch/read instead:
- Noragami
- The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin
- The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

This morning I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2. It was fun and had some great music.

Groot and Rocket were the best, as usual. <3 Everybody got some good character development. I just didn't like Star-Lord's dad.

PSA: There are five (5) mid/post-credits scenes. The 4th one is perfection.

The Handmaid's Tale

I've seen the first 3 episodes of The Handmaid's Tale, the adaptation of the feminist classic by Margaret Atwood. I've read the book in uni, but as it was a dozen years ago, I don't remember the details.

This is a very intense series, especially difficult to watch in the current US political climate. You never feel like it's done for voyeurism's sake, like with Game of Thrones or other similar shows. I strongly recommend it, unless you're already feeling depressed.

Content warning: [Spoiler]In addition to other, more obvious things, Bury Your Lesbians. This is done on purpose, as a denunciation of homophobia, so that works for me. What I can't stand is when LGBT characters get "randomly" killed and the writers justify their historically-loaded choices by saying that they didn't kill the characters "because of their sexuality".

Travelers

Travelers (not to be mixed up with the old Traveler, starring Matt Bomer and Aaron Stanford) deals with one team of time-travellers who are part of a large network in charge of saving humanity. Only their consciousnesses travelled through time, taking over the bodies of people about to die. In addition to their missions, they have to keep living their hosts' normal lives in order not to be discovered.

You guys, I watch a lot of time travel series and this is definitely one of the best! :D It has solid writing and knows how to keep you in suspense. I'm quite fond of all the characters, especially Trevor. <3 And since it's a Canadian show (technically a coproduction with Netflix), it even has a couple of familiar faces from Continuum.

The Magicians S2E13

I'm glad I kept watching The Magicians after all. Season 1 had so much horrible content that it was barely watchable. Season 2 still had some, but less so, and finally started exploiting the good stuff.

I especially love what they did with the portal fantasy. It started at the end of S1, but S2 gave it a much bigger focus. And we got some canon m/m/f polyamory with it. ^__^
This morning I went to see The Fate of the Furious and I enjoyed it. I had actually kept my expectations a little lower than usual because I'm not big on the current "hero vs hero" trend and because it's sad that Paul Walker isn't with us any more. ;__; But the result was satisfying and very diverse as usual. ^__^

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Yay, Doctor Who is back with a new companion, Bill! I already like her a lot. <3 SpoilerishCollapse )

Anyone in the US started to watch Class? So much love for this show! ♥

Bookburners by Max Gladstone et al.

Serial Box (I'm digging the pun) publishes stories in a format similar to TV shows: the different episodes are written by different authors and released online on a weekly basis. After a long wait, they're now starting to release these stories as paperbacks. I first heard of them for Tremontaine, which is part of Ellen Kushner's wonderful Swordspoint series (with both m/m and f/f), but it's not out as a paperback yet. I was also interested in Bookburners, because it's created by Max Gladstone, the author of another favourite series of mine, The Craft Sequence (with a trans female protagonist in the third tome).

Bookburners is written by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty and Brian Francis Slattery. Some books, when opened, release demons into the world. They get tracked down by a special team. Think Warehouse 13 and The Librarians, but with a serious, horror-ish approach. It's a good read, but without the genius of The Craft Sequence.

As usual with Max Gladstone's work, women and POC get well represented, with 3 protagonists out of 5 in both cases. There are a few minor LGBT characters, but they're only characters of the week. I liked the friendship between two of the female protagonists and shipped them a little. A romance between them would have definitely held my interest more than the canon m/f.

Kabukibu + Natsume Yuujin-chou Roku

I've watched the first episode of Kabukibu. It's great that we're getting a kabuki anime! :D Kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theatre where all roles are performed by men (while Takarazuka has an all-female cast).

This anime is based on a light novel series and is chara-designed by CLAMP.

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I'm so happy Natsume Yuujin-chou is back for a 6th season, and so soon after the 5th one at that! ^__^

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Power Rangers

Today I went to see Power Rangers and I had so much fun! :D I liked the series as a teen, but I think I only watched a couple of seasons because the narrative structure was too repetitive for my taste. It works better as a movie because they get the time to develop the characters. Also, this is a grittier adaptation, as is the trend, but the WTF factor is still here, so I'm satisfied with the balance.

Let's talk about diversity now! \o/ There are 2 women out of 5 protagonists, plus a female villain, which is not that frequent. There are a Latina, an Asian guy and a Black guy. And we've got not one, but TWO types of representation that we basically never see in Hollywood: SpoilerishCollapse ) Thank you, Haim Saban, for delivering the goods in a first movie, whereas many franchises go on and on with only the bare minimum.

PSA: There's a mid-credits scene.

Boruto + Boku no Hero Academia Season 2

To nobody's surprise, Boruto is replacing Naruto. Yes, I'm still watching. I'm not going to say no to adult!NaruSasu, for all that we're probably going to see Sasuke once in a blue moon, as usual.

I like the new characters too. And there was a nice parkour scene. :-)

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Boku no Hero Academia is back. It's a pretty good superhero anime.

Not much happened in this episode, between recapping last season and introducing what's going to happen now, but it looks like the next episode will be more fun. ^__^

Iron Fist

I'm done watching Iron Fist and I enjoyed it. I don't know why the critics have been so harsh with it. Sure, the Marvel/Netflix shows tend to be too dark and gritty for my taste and to have pacing issues, but I didn't feel like these problems were more present than usual with Iron Fist. I agree that the martial arts were unimpressive, though.

I liked Finn Jones in Game of Thrones (Loras Tyrell) when I was still watching it and I like him as Danny Rand too. Jessica Henwick, who's wonderful at playing Colleen Wing, was also in Game of Thrones (Nymeria Sand), as well as in Star Wars Episode VII (Jess Testor, who appears for a second, but who's been femslashed with Rey a lot).

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Today I went to see Hidden Figures, the movie about the Black women working for NASA during the space race! \o/ It was released only two weeks ago in France and I wasn't sure it would find its way to my countryside cinema, but it finally made it this week.

This movie was so interesting. I'm usually not a big fan of biopics, but there wasn't a single moment where I was bored. There were also a few really moving scenes. Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer all did an amazing job. :D And I didn't know that Mahershala Ali and Aldis Hodge were in this.

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Alice Oseman's Radio Silence is about a girl who does art for Universe City, a "Welcome to Night Vale meets Doctor Who" podcast. There are a lot of fun parts, some depressing scenes too (Aled's abusive mother! *shivers*), but it's always fascinating. It's obviously been compared to Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, though I can't give you more details about that because I've only read Carry On.

All the characters are relatable and very diverse. The protagonist is a bisexual mixed-race British/Ethiopian girl. ♥ Some of her friends are of Indian and Korean descent. There's an m/m couple. <3 Someone is demisexual. It's the first time I've seen an on-page use of "demisexual" in a novel, though I can think of a few characters that more or less fit the definition, and it's actually not that frequent either to see "bisexual" on page. \o/ As for the Universe City podcast, the protagonist is agender.

Into the Badlands Season 2

Into the Badlands is back for 10 episodes instead of 6. ^__^

The plot is a bit strange, but it's got some of the best martial arts on US TV. It could be less gory, but it's done aesthetically enough that I don't mind as much as usual.

There's a new character played by Nick Frost.
I'm still making my way through the Class tie-in novels. I posted about the first one here.

In Class: What She Does Next Will Astound You by James Goss, it's all fun and games until someone loses their life. As you can guess from the title, it deals with Internet culture, fast-spreading challenges and clickbait titles. For example, one of the chapters is named "15 cats that look shockingly like Miss Quill". XD

The story takes place after episode 3, which should technically mean more Charlie/Matteusz, but I don't think there's much more than in the first book. They have a bunch of scenes in the first part, but then we don't get to see Matteusz again. :/

Note to my US flist: Class will premiere on BBC America on April 15th, right after Doctor Who Season 10.