It’s a new year, and a new set of lists! I’m going to continue my monthly culture consumption, and I’m adding a bit of commentary to a few of the categories. Not much, nothing like my old reviews, but they’re better than nothing! If you want me to talk further, or if I don’t talk about something you’re really interested in, just comment and let me know.
CULTURE CONSUMPTION: March 2014
My goal for 2014 is essentially one book a week. In March, I totally failed this goal. In my defense, there’s been plenty of other things clamoring for my attention, but still.
12) Curties & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger: I enjoyed the previous installment to this series quite a bit, and finally settled down to read this sequel, which was a lot of fun. One of the things reading these prequel novels does is make me want to re-read the Parasol Protectorate series to even more fully enjoy all the Easter Eggs found in these YA novels. But some of the best Easter Eggs don’t need refreshing, as Carriger brings back Lord Akeldama, which was quite fun. (YA/Steampunk)
13) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: I enjoyed Fangirl quite a bit, and I’d heard such rave reviews for Eleanor & Park that I had to snatch it up when it went on sale for my Kindle. I flew through the thing when I first started, but once life got in the way and kept me from picking up my Kindle as often as I’d like, I wasn’t engaged in quite the same way. I don’t think that’s a fault of the book so much as it is a commentary on the state of my mind, but I was engaged more at the beginning than I was the end, though the entire book was an utterly engaging read no matter when I picked it up. The ending was a wee bit more ambiguous than I’d like, but overall, it was a very enjoyable read. (YA)
None this month. I know, shame on me….
Graphic novels first:
None. And I’m officially behind on graphic novels I need to read….
So I’ve got a ginormous pile of comics to read thanks to my husband spend a single Sunday going through EVERYTHING, and I’ve just not had the time or proper focus to really tackle it. But I did get to read some. Black Widow continues to be a fave, but I’m not wholly on board with Loki: Agent of Asgard and the verdict is still out on Captain Marvel, which was the first time I’ve been able to grab one of her titles.
Black Widow #4
Captain Marvel #1
Jupiter’s Legacy #4
Loki: Agent of Asgard #2
Rover Red Charlie #4
Star Wars #14
Star Wars: Legacy #12
The Wake #6
The Walking Dead #122
The Walking Dead #123
Wonder Woman #28
Nothing in March. There’s movies I wanted to see, but none I had the time for.
Not much in March. American Hustle was quite enjoyable, and Twenty Feet from Stardom definitely deserved its Oscar.
The Hangover III
Twenty Feet from Stardom
It’s the time of year that shows are starting to wrap up, so for the next few months, expect to see quite a few of these:
Almost Human, Season 1: despite episodes airing out of order, I was quite engaged with this show, if only for the dynamic between Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban) and his android Dorian (Michael Ealy). Loved, loved, loved the dynamic between those two. The world-building was also quite interesting, and I loved the futuristic yet gritty sheen that was the show’s trademark. The season (series?) ended on an up moment, not so much a cliffhanger, though previous episodes introduced plot elements that obviously have not had time to develop, which will get time to develop if the show gets picked up for a second season. I hope it does, but I’m not holding my breath. Regardless of whether or not it gets a pick-up, though, it’s worth watching.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Season 1: what a delightful comedy. It never tweaked my radar initially because I wasn’t interested in an Andy Samberg-fronted comedy. But I kept hearing so many good things that the husband and I marathoned it on Hulu Plus during the holidays, and we’ve been hooked since. I can honestly say it’s become one of my favorite comedies, not just because it’s good-hearted, but because it’s funny in unexpected ways and because the characters are actually competent, and that’s where the humor happens. Loved, loved, loved this show, and I can’t wait for season two.
That’s it from me! Also, feel free to share whatever 2014 stats you’ve got! How many books? How many movies? What were your favorites? Lay them on me!