Culture Consumption: July 2016

So Happy August! I bring you the belated Culture Consumption for July, but at least this month, I know where the month went: Speculative Chic! So far, so good, but starting a fanzine meant less time for other things, like…oh, I don’t know…READING. I still managed some movies and television though, so let’s take a look at what July had to offer, shall we?


I’ve been meaning to read Genevieve Valentine’s work for a while now, and I’m not sure just what it was that prompted me to finally sit down with Persona (perhaps because the sequel, Icon, had just come out?), but I did. I ended up tearing through the book, which was easy to do, because it hits the ground running so fast it doesn’t feel like a novel. I sat, I read, I conquered, and then I downloaded the sequel and did it all over again. Fascinating series, and the kind of SF that really grabs my attention. I moved on then to Yoon Ha Lee’s novel debut, because I did NOT stop hearing about it. This beast took me a while, because I was in the process of getting Speculative Chic ready to launch, and because despite being space opera, the book is very cerebral, very fascinating, and demands a close eye while reading. Definitely interested in the sequel.

22) Persona by Genevieve Valentine
23) Icon by Genevieve Valentine
24) Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee


unfollow-7-coverNow that we’ve converted over to mostly digital and/or hardcovers, I’m getting even lazier with my comics. Sure, I have some individual issues to read, but I’m in a position of asking myself if I care to come BACK to a series, after letting it pile up in my TBR for months and months? Of course, I have been busy, but comics may be few and far between from this point on.

Individual Issues:

Unfollow #5
Unfollow #6
Unfollow #7


So July was an interesting movie month. Yes, I watched The Force Awakens again. It’s my happy movie. And of course, I watched Ghostbusters (my thoughts are detailed here). I also re-watched Moon, which I still really enjoy but lacks some power now that I’ve had four season of watching Tatania Maslany play 20+ characters in one show, but no doubt: Moon helped pay the way for that show, at least technologically speaking.

ghostbusters-poster-kate-mckinnonAnd yes, I watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: underwhelmed and unimpressed. I think there’s glimmers of good there (I may be tired of seeing Batman’s origin story in every incarnation, but I liked how it was done as opening credits here, and also it delights me to see Neegan and Maggie from The Walking Dead playing Bruce’s parents), but it’s just weighed down in bloat and bad writing. Really, there should’ve been another solo movie for Superman, and that movie could’ve dropped more hints of a conflict with the Bat coming down the pike.


* = repeat viewing

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Ghostbusters (2016)
Rebel Without a Cause
Star Wars: The Force Awakens*
The Big Short

Television Shows

It was an interesting month for television. We’re continuing our Cheers marathon, of course, and that show is eleven seasons, so we can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Also got a hold of Veep, which remains a very awkward and painful show to watcPenny-dreadful-season-3-600x816h, and I’m flabbergasted that it got renewed, based on where the season ended. And speaking of endings, Penny Dreadful came to a surprise final season, which apparently the writers were working for since season two but wanted to keep it secret so the fans wouldn’t freak out. And I have mixed emotions about this last season. No doubt, it featured some fantastic moments, especially from Eva Green (her stand-alone episodes are always amazing, and “A Blade of Grass” was no different), but the end left me uncomfortable with what the show ultimately had to say in regards to its female leads, and that requires more pondering.

Oh, and my husband is on a mission to introduce his parents to better television, so we’re showing them Justified, which is fun, because I still remember last year’s finale, and can make connections now that I’m rewatching from the start.

* = repeat viewing

Cheers Season 8
Homeland Season 5
Justified Season 1*
Penny Dreadful Season 3
Veep Season 5

That’s it from me! Also, feel free to share whatever 2016 stats you’ve got! How many books? How many movies? What were your favorites? Lay them on me!


4 thoughts on “Culture Consumption: July 2016

  1. My big push this month was to read Seveneves. I kept getting distracted into re-reading things, though.

    I have not read any of the books you read this month, though they are all on my mental TBR pile.

    New books read:

    1.Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold. 4 stars. Novella. It’s nice to see more Penric.
    2. Quien Esta Bajo la Cama?, by Ally Nathaniel. 4 stars. I’m trying to teach myself Spanish. This is a children’s bedtime book about a monster child concerned about humans under the bed.
    3.Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson. 4 stars. I enjoyed this, though I can see how it would not be for everyone.
    4. A Wizard Abroad, by Dianne Duane. 4 stars. For Mark Reads.
    5. Wylding Hall, by Elizabeth Hand. 3.5 stars. Novella.


    1.Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, by Lois McMaster Bujold. 5 stars.
    2. Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, by Lois McMaster Bujold. 4 stars
    3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. 5 stars. It was good to remind myself what an awesome book this is.
    4. Unveiled, by Courtney Milan. 4 stars

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  2. I’ve heard rumors about the end of Penny Dreadful that make me wary, although I’m still going to see it (as soon as I can get a hold of it) because I enjoy the characters so much.

    Persona looks fantastic and the cover is gorgeous.

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