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Raising Dion + Cloak & Dagger

Raising Dion was excellent. It was a new approach to superhero stories. I saw the short film way back and I'm glad Netflix decided to make it a TV series.

Dion's mother is played by Alisha Wainwright (Maia in Shadowhunters) and his father by Michael B. Jordan.

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I was able to watch the first two seasons of Cloak & Dagger on Amazon Prime Video. For a Marvel show, it was of average quality. Some episodes were good, but others were boring.

I'm not sure I'll watch Season 3 if it happens, though I'm curious about the crossover with Runaways.

The Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore

The Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore was awesome! ^__^ Gracelings are people with a magical talent. Several major characters have telepathy and you know how I love telepathy stories.

These are long fantasy novels, but that doesn't stop them from being page-turners. Book 2 is a prequel and takes place in a different country, so it can be read before or after Book 1. Book 3 is mostly a sequel to Book 1, though it has a few elements from Book 2.

They have slow-burn, very shippable m/f pairings. We know through a quick f/f flashback that the protagonist of Book 2 is bisexual. Book 3 has minor m/m and minor f/f.

If you enjoy this trilogy, check out Jane, Unlimited by the same author. It's a multi-genre f/f novel loosely based on "choose your own adventure" books.
The Politician was weird, but interesting. It's my first show by Ryan Murphy.

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Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak was pretty good. When Jarrod, his childhood best friend, comes back to town, Aidan discovers that he (Aidan) has missing memories.

The plot was interesting, but a bit too slow. SpoilerCollapse )

There was major m/m. They got together early in the book and communicated well. Yay for a supportive relationship! <3

Have a fanart! Diverse Book Fanart is a great Tumblr to find new books. :-)
The novella Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan was excellent. Two criminals are prisoners in the cave system of an uninhabited planet.

This is f/f telepathy, so of course I had to read it. It was definitely up to my expectations. <3

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The novella Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh was great. The spirit of the wood meets the new landowner.

This one is m/m. I hadn't heard of it before, but it was first published as an original story on AO3.
People Like Us by Dana Mele was great. After the death of one of her classmates, Kay starts getting blackmailed.

This is a solid YA thriller. I'm a little proud that I guessed who the killer was.

This isn't an f/f book, but there are several queer female characters, including the protagonist.

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Carnival Row was pretty good. It was created by Travis Beacham, who also wrote Pacific Rim, so of course I was interested.

Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne played the leads, but I cared much more about Mr Agreus' storyline. He's a Black Puck who bought a house in a rich human neighbourhood. Fighting speciesism one day at a time! <3

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Shanghai Fortress is a Chinese sci-fi movie. I enjoyed The Wandering Earth, so I thought I'd try this one too. Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as The Wandering Earth. It was mostly people shooting at alien robots, which was a little boring.

The I-Land + The Dark Crystal

The I-Land was pretty good. Too bad the second trailer spoilt the reveal, marketing people should know better. I would have watched a second season, but apparently it's a mini-series.

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The Dark Crystal TV show was good, but not exceptional. I remember thinking the same thing when I saw the movie on TV way back. I still watched it in its entirety because there's not a lot of heroic fantasy out there, but I won't watch a second season if it happens.

Running with Lions by Julian Winters

Running with Lions (look at that pretty cover art!) by Julian Winters was a lot of fun! ^__^ Like every summer, Sebastian goes to a football camp (that's soccer for you, US peeps). This year, Emir, his childhood best friend, attends for the first time.

You guys know that I love queer sports stories. This one was very cute. Well, it's from Duet Books, and all the books I've got from them are a big pile of cuteness, so that was to be expected.

Elite Season 2

Elite is back on Netflix! \o/ This new season was just as fun as the first one. There were several new characters. I especially liked Cayetana's storyline.

There wasn't any more m/m/f, but there was still a lot of m/m. <3

Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby

Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby was excellent. On the Carpathia, Xandri is in charge of communications with alien species.

Xandri is autistic, which gives her a unique perspective when it comes to communicating with aliens. I thought this was very well done, especially the little tricks she used to feel better when she was overwhelmed.

There's f/f/m flirting, which might lead to more in future books. :-)

Good Omens

The Good Omens mini-series was brilliant! An excellent adaptation of a wonderful book. I read it about 15 years ago, when it was popular in the Sirius/Remus fandom, and I still remembered a lot of details.

I'm not entirely sold on Michael Sheen as Aziraphale, but David Tennant is perfect as Crowley. And Mireille Enos is great as War. (It's super practical that you only have to move your mouse and Amazon displays the names of the characters currently on screen and the names of the actors playing them. That saved me a few visits to IMDB. A+ feature!)

Of course, I ship Crowley/Aziraphale, but that's nothing new. They're basically an old married couple. <3

The Sumage Solution by GL Carriger

The Sumage Solution by GL Carriger is a werewolf/mage m/m novel.

When I posted here about The 5th Gender (same author, different series), I said it could have had more plot. Well, The Sumage Solution has almost no plot at all. I loved the characters, but there were too many sex scenes for my taste.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video has a wide offer now, so I decided to go for it in addition to Netflix. ^__^ I can finally join you guys and watch Good Omens. I'm also very interested in Carnival Row, which has just been released.

Dark + Wu Assassins

Dark is a German show made by Netflix. It's an interesting but confusing time travel story. It's hard to keep up with who's who, especially which kid is which adult 33 years later.

One of the kids is deaf and there's a little bit of f/f.

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Wu Assassins was good, but not exceptional. It's like Iron Fist, but with an Asian cast (+ Katheryn Winnick). The fights look good.

HTGAWM Season 5

Netflix France has finally updated HTGAWM. Yay! ^__^ Season 5 was excellent, as usual.

This show is so diverse and has one of my favourite m/m pairings. SpoilerishCollapse )

A Time of Prophecy by Rebecca Crunden

A Time of Prophecy by Rebecca Crunden was great. It's the final book of The Outlands Pentalogy and it's a good conclusion to it.

My OT3 didn't happen, but I like the canon pairings, especially the m/m one. ♥ I'm going to miss these characters.

Tales from Ardulum by JS Fields

Tales from Ardulum by JS Fields was great. It's a collection of short stories (and a few illustrations) set in the world of the Ardulum trilogy, which I talked about here.

Of course, there's some f/f, but there's also a gatoi/gatoi story where one of them is trans.

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey was great. A PI without magic is hired to investigate a murder in the magic school where her sister teaches.

If you like Harry Potter, you'll probably enjoy this too. I love magic schools.

This isn't an f/f book, but there are several queer female characters (including the murder victim :/).

Not Your Backup by CB Lee

Not Your Backup by CB Lee was super fun. It's the third book in the Sidekick Squad series. Structurally, I found it stronger than the first two.

This tome is focused on Emma, who doesn't have any powers, but who's great at creating plans. Emma's on the asexual and aromantic spectrum. She's dating a trans boy and her best friend is in an f/f relationship.

Book meme Part 3

Here's an update to my book rec list. I hope it'll be helpful to you. Don't hesitate to ask if you're looking for something specific.

21. Witchmark by CL Polk: m/m murder mystery/fantasy. This book has an interesting investigation, which is directly linked to the fantasy worldbuilding.

22. Micah Grey by Laura Lam: fantasy of manners with a bisexual, intersex protagonist. Intersex representation is very rare and this series does a great job with it, while depicting life in a circus.

23. The Gardener's Hand by Felicia Davin: f/f/m heroic fantasy. With polyamory and telepathy, this series was made for me. The worldbuilding is great too, as it is set on a tidally-locked planet.

24. The Root by Na'amen Gobert Tilahun: portal fantasy with some m/m. This book starts with two different stories, one set in our world, the other set in a secondary world, until its diverse characters travel through the portal in Book 2.

25. The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake: m/m urban fantasy (YA). This book is a page-turner. Loosely inspired by Rapunzel, it creates a very original story, like a modern fairy tale.

26. The Wicker King by K. Ancrum: m/m fantastic (YA). Is it real or is it all in his head? This book is very intense. It's also a mixed-media story, with photos, drawings, playlists...

27. Ardulum by JS Fields: f/f science fiction. Here's another series with telepathy, one of my favourite tropes. There are many alien species, some close to humans, others very different.

28. The Amberlough Dossier by Lara Elena Donnelly: m/m spy thriller. I don't know much about spy stories, but these books set in an invented world are fascinating.

29. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: m/m romcom. I'm not a big reader of romcoms either, but this book is a page-turner. Its protagonists are the First Son of the United States and the British Prince.

30. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore: f/f theft mystery/spy thriller/horror/parallel universe sci-fi/portal fantasy (YA). This multi-genre story is loosely based on "choose your own adventure" books. Little by little, all the pieces start to fit together.