How is it June already? I mean, seriously! Time flies when you’re having fun, that is if you consider books, comics, movies, and television shows as fun! Feel free to peruse my list of entertainment consumed, and tell me what you consumed yourself. Got any recommendations? Lay them on me!
After reading Rachel Aaron’s 2000 to 10,000: How to Write Faster, Write Better, and Write More of What You Love last month, I decided I absolutely had to give her space opera (written as Rachel Bach) a go, just to see how her methods described in 2K to 10K translated into her actual fiction. Obviously, the first book hooked me, so much so that I finished reading it instead of watching the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, and then I promptly downloaded the rest of the trilogy to the Kindle app on my iPhone and kept reading!
Also tackled this month was my good friend Jen Brooks’ debut novel, and of course, a last-minute Hugo Best Novel nominee.
17) Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach
18) Honor’s Knight by Rachel Bach
19) Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach
20) In A World Just Right by Jen Brooks
21) The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
May finally allowed me to catch up on all the comics! That being said, I still have a stack of hardcovers waiting on me, but when it comes to individual issues, I’m good!
I hadn’t planned on picking up any of the Convergence stories, but I couldn’t resist the two-parter about Nightwing and Oracle. Jem and the Holograms continues to delight (SUCH A BETTER adaptation than the movie teaser!), and the Alison Hendrix issue of Orphan Black was a helluva lot of fun. And Ms. Marvel had two fantastic and utterly appropriate shout-outs to Star Trek and Star Wars: I literally laughed out loud.
Graphic Novels: none
American Vampire: Second Cycle #7
Black Widow #17
Black Widow #18
Coffin Hill #17
Coffin Hill #18
Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle #1
Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle #2
Fight Club (Free Comic Book Day Sampler)
Fight Club 2 #1
Fight Club: Ash Can Edition
Jem and The Holograms #2
Jem and The Holograms #3
Ms. Marvel #15
Orphan Black #3
Shadow Show #5
Star Wars #4
Star Wars #5
Star Wars: Darth Vader #4
Star Wars: Darth Vader #5
Star Wars: Princess Leia #3
The Dying and the Dead #2
The Walking Dead #141
May continued the trend of catching up on franchises, which included the original Mad Max trilogy. I’d only ever seen the first movie, and re-watching it made me realize I kind of actually hated it. I can’t say I was too big on the franchise even after getting caught up before Fury Road. But watching Fury Road? Damn. Consider me a fangirl from this movie on. The MRA can have Mel Gibson’s stuff. I’ll take Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron any day.
Also, the hubby and I are currently in the process of re-watching both the Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. I hadn’t seen The Incredible Hulk since we saw it in theaters, and despite loving me some Edward Norton, and despite the fact this adaptation was miles better than Ang Lee’s Hulk, the movie…. actually isn’t that great. I’d be happy if they continued to ignore it, and frankly, I’m happy keeping Bruce Banner/Hulk as a supporting character. We really don’t need another Hulk movie. Same goes for Spider-Man, for that matter…..
Lastly, Coherence was a fascinating little indy SF movie. I have some plot issues with it, but on the whole, it’s a fantastic character study with great tension.
* = repeat viewing
Avengers: Age of Ultron (in theaters)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Mad Max: Fury Road (in theaters)
Max Max Beyond Thunderdome
Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace*
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones*
The Incredible Hulk*
May was the month for ALL THE FINALES! Some notes: I was happy with the Mad Men finale. Sorry to see The Following get canceled just as it was getting good, but the finale worked well for a series finale. Also, despite enjoying the show, I think the next season of Once Upon a Time should be the last. Based on how Season 4 ended, which was great, I really don’t know how much higher the stakes can get, and I’d rather see the show go out while it’s ahead, especially after what I felt was a rather bumpy season four with some rather contrived writing.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 2
Louie Season 4
Mad Men Season 7
Modern Family Season 6
New Girl Season 4
Once Upon a Time Season 4
The Big Bang Theory Season 8
The Following Season 3
That’s it from me! Also, feel free to share whatever 2015 stats you’ve got! How many books? How many movies? What were your favorites? Lay them on me!