Previously, in Trip's Life...

31 August 2019 - Saturday

Ken and Ayse and Jus and Nonny went to the water park all afternoon, so we brought them food from Taiwan so they didn't have to cook. The special mango chicken received glowing praise.

Nigh-weekly anime:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 174-175: Villain lair sequences! Usagi hogging all the information! Fangirl Ami! Minako chasing her dreams!
  • RWBY 3.8-9: Penny vs Pyrrha, fight!
  • Fruits Basket (2019) 22: Hanajima's tragic backstory of tragedy.

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  • Witch Hat Atelier vol 3 (Kamome Shirahama): Disabled representation, but maybe the points went into paying for a superpower?

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30 August 2019 - Friday

Yay, it's Friday!


Finished season two of Elementary. I'm not going to say Mycroft is the smarter brother, but he is much smarter and a better brother than Sherlock ever gives him credit for.


Read:

  • Duskfall (Christopher B Husberg): I liked it okay, but I think it counts as extruded fantasy product. The naming does not really work quite right, and the Catholic Monlithic Church has political power and a creation myth but apparently no actual guidance for people living their lives.
  • Dragon Flight (Jessica Day George): Sequel to Dragon Slippers. It looks like dragons just take 2x effect from [SPOILER].
  • Wayward vol 1-2 (Jim Zub, Steve Cummings, John Rauch, Tamra Bonvillain, Marshall Dillon): When I first read the first few issues a million years ago I thought it was awesome, so I picked up all the available trade paperbacks, but these days I am more dubious about a comic set in Japan written by white guys. One of them lives in Japan, though, and the MC is new to Japan, so I guess that's okay? Anyway, teenagers are unexpectedly manifesting superpowers and the youkai are not best pleased at being replaced by new magic.

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29 August 2019 - Thursday

Made it home. Dead.


Read:

  • Crossfire (Lindsay Buroker): Fourth book in the series. The ruthless space pirate is becoming more sympathetic, and one of the other ships might finally be lifting off (but not the main character and the princess he has a crush on, she's probably as evil as the rest of the royals anyway). Apparently in the future, security paradigms are not any better. Last book for now, but things are not even slightly resolved so I hope there are more.
  • Dragon Slippers (Jessica Day George): YA fantasy, a seamstress from the sticks meets some dragons, and adventure and commerce ensue. Does not follow the D&D3.5 rules for appropriate form factors for magic items.
  • Lost Pages of an Old Book (Carlos Marin Delgado): A noir detective gets mixed up in philosophy, AI, transhumanism, and conspiracy. Mostly philosophy.

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28 August 2019 - Wednesday

Again no Mike, so we ate tacos and played Eclipse Phase 2. I think I might kind of suck at this, since my character is completely unarmed and we just got ambushed by gangsters with bombs and guns.


Read:

  • Mockingbird vol 2 (Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Sean Parsons, Rachelle Rosenberg): A cruise ship convention is the ideal environment to be trapped in with a smart-ass superhero.
  • Hero Code (Lindsay Buroker): Next book in the space opera series, we find out why the roboticist's mysterious background is so mysterious, and also there seem to be some kind of feels going on with various appropriate or inappropriate pairings (all het, boo). The nature of the mysterious background makes the MC a lot like the MC of something I tried to write back in a day, but I never got beyond part of the first chapter and I can't write anyway, so whatever.
  • Sparrowhawk (Delilah S Dawson, Matias Basla, Rebecca Nalty): Biracial bastard girl in Victorian England gets tricked into going to Faerie. It does not go well for anyone. The last line is augh.

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27 August 2019 - Tuesday

The bus was super-late again today. I thought people would learn how to drive their kids to school, but no, they still suck. Maybe I need to get up earlier and just accept that car culture will always try to screw up public transit.


Did I actually call it in Elementary? Or did we mishear someone calling him "sir"?


Read:

  • Man-Eaters vol 2 (Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Rachelle Rosenberg, Joe Caramagna, Lia Miternique): Okay, something is definitely going on with this particular (incipient?) werepanther and her family, but apparently we have to wait for vol 3 to get more than hints!
  • Shockwave, Ship of Ruin (Lindsay Buroker): First two of a space opera series about a surprisingly non-hapless robotics professor, his autism-spectrum bacteriologist housemate, a bounty-hunting old lady, a killer catgirl who just wants to be loved, a knight who is also an underwear model, a murderous pirate, etc. Lots of witty banter and feels, but also lots of serious space opera action and politics and murder and doom. The planet the main viewpoint characters come from has a society that's too much like modern US, but the characters can have the tension between "home" and "these guys suck they don't even like our friend the genetically-engineered murder cutie".
  • Mockingbird vol 1 (Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Ibrahim Moustafa): Same writer as Man-Eaters and it shows. It entertains me, but it would probably be 34659% better if I actually knew Marvel stuff.

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26 August 2019 - Monday

Sleeping all of Sunday doesn't seem to have had delayed benefits either. Also the bus failed me again.


The Princess and the Frog was pretty cute, and the blonde girl was actually a good friend to Tiana!


Read:

  • O Maidens In Your Savage Season vol 3 (Mari Okada, Nao Emoto): No, short writer girl, don't do it! You can do better!
  • The Book of Mayhem, The Book of Lies (Melissa McShane): Next two in the series, our heroine deals with more threats to the magic bookstore including family, more factional infighting, perfectly reasonable rules against fraternization, and unknown enemies who are just beginning to be revealed.
  • Ran and the Gray World vol 4 (Aki Irie): A weird mix of Ran's school (or at least student) life, creepy spirit infestation, and impending end of the world!

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25 August 2019 - Sunday

Because I am tired all the time, I tried sleeping way way in and not doing it by hitting the snooze button ten thousand times, but even though I slept for like eleven hours and kept my brain inflator on the whole time, I did not feel energetic and alert when I got up. Also I had wasted most of the day being useless. Well, begin as you mean to go on, right?

I did manage to go shopping a little, mostly for comics, and it turns out the first N-3 volumes of Astro City are quite hard to come by. Am I going to have to use Amazon? That would suck.


Veronica Mars 1.3: Never take teenage boys along when you're doing anything important. Even if you have amazing driving powers.


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24 August 2019 - Saturday

I actually managed to get up and showered and everything before the cleaners, so I could go shopping early, even though I don't need to get back and be on call. Yay me, I guess.


Nigh-weekly anime:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 173: What?! Two separate groups of Sailor Somethings running around!?
  • RWBY 3.6.5-3.7: Mostly backstory for the horrible thing involving Pyrrha.
  • AKB0048 8: Ayse pointed out that it's quite unusual for shoujo to have a leader not sacrifice all her dreams for her followers.
  • Fruits Basket (2019) 20-21: Hiro is really the master of the false dichotomy. I think we need an ancient Greek philosopher to smack him over the head. Or maybe just Hanajima to emit waves at him.

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23 August 2019 - Friday

I made it to Friday, but after Wednesday night and Thursday night, I am pretty lethargic. I did a work thing, but only one.

I had no brain and Marith didn't make a decision, so we watched Elementary. They might be slipping genres. Also, isn't Mycroft supposed to be the smarter brother? His plan must be very subtle in that case.


Read:

  • The Book of Secrets, The Book of Peril (Melissa McShane): First two of a series about a young woman who unexpectly inherits a magic bookshop and is roundly hated for it. She also has to deal with horrible monsters, factionalism among people who should be fighting the monsters, secrets, lack of documentation, and terrible guys.
  • Ms Marvel vol 10 (G Willow Wilson, Nico Leon, Ian Herring, et al): It's pretty sad when you can't even have a slumber party without supervillains showing up!

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22 August 2019 - Thursday

And this little piggie went snorb snorb snorb all the way home. And then had to hydrate and inject and dose the cat and eat dinner, which is nto like going to bed.


Read:

  • Magic For Liars (Sarah Gailey): People have been talking about this on the Slack, so I finally bubbled it to the top of the list and read it, and it was quite good! Synopsis: A muggle PI has to investigate a murder at Hogwarts where her sister teaches, and feels ensue. So many feels, and also lies to hide the feels, and some magic, and more feels. I cannot write.
  • The Agony House (Cherie Priest, Tara O'Connor): YA about a haunted house in post-Katrina New Orleans and a mysterious comic book. Despite the actual serious threats to the characters, it doesn't feel very tense, and I'm not sure why. No romance.
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur vol 6 (Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain): Wait, who is what now? Did I miss some other Marvel series? Or did I just miss vol 4-5 of this one? I think it's the latter.

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21 August 2019 - Wednesday

Birthday barbecue for Ken! Also, because Mike is busy doing something like having a wedding anniversary, we played more href="https://rpggeek.com/rpg/43545/eclipse-phase-second-edition">Eclipse Phase. Apparently my character's past fork was not good at leaving notes, so I'm trying to do better this time. Also, robot bug flirtation! (I can't flirt at all.)


Read:

  • Skeleton Key vol 3: Telling Tales, Skeleton Key vol 4: Cats And Dogs (Andi Watson): I mean, there's a lot to be said for hopping vampire hockey, but otherwise I feel I have evolved beyond this. Or maybe I'm used to comics that have evolved beyond this. Or maybe I just don't like the art style.
  • Sefira and Other Betrayals (John Langan): It's not Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror, but it has a lot of the same vibe, especially the title story and also "Bloom". Tentacles up!
  • The Lore of Prometheus (Graham Austin-King): The problem with any "human experience/faculty X is the key to magic" setting is that we should either be swimming in magic now with 7G+ humans on the planet, or it should never have happened in the past when there were hardly any humans.

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20 August 2019 - Tuesday

It's only Tuesday, and the bus has made me miss my train twice this week! I blame the tens of thousands of parents who have to each drive their child to school in a separate SUV, while texting.


No brain. Watched more Elementary. They could have gone so much deeper into the wacky world of sovereign citizens. (Maybe they do in a later episode, we're not even through the second season.)


Read:

  • Skeleton Key vol 2: The Celestial Calendar (Andi Watson): Not as good as I remembered it. I think after this readthrough of the series, I will send them to a good home.

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19 August 2019 - Monday

HAPPY HAPPY KEN-DAY!!


Because no one had any brain, we watched Elementary instead of anything cool. Also I made a root beer float with salted caramel ice cream, because that's all I had. It was okay.


Read:

  • Skyward (Brandon Sanderson): Possibly ties in to Sanderson's overarching cosmology, but I don't care. Teenage girl becomes a fighter pilot on a doomed planet despite her family's terrible history. Lots of banter and trash-talking, not much romance, many mysteries and revelations, Doomslug the Destroyer, M-Bot, people objecting to highly militarized society even when there's an external enemy. Also feelings.

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18 August 2019 - Sunday

Last year about this time I was all, "I'm gonna get a passport and then I can go to Worldcon in Dublin and see Kit and it will be great" and now I'm all, "Wait, it's Worldcon?" So uh maybe I kind of suck. A lot. I didn't even go to the Extinction Rebellion meeting with Dave, because I wasn't up to commuting another four hours on one day's notice, which is really pretty lame of me.


On the advice of our pocket fronds, we tried watching Parks and Recreation. The pilot didn't grab us, so we skipped to the second season, which is supposed to be better, but meh. Marith thinks she may be off sitcoms for good, since she can't stand "humor" where people are ridiculed for not being cool.


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17 August 2019 - Saturday

I guess it finally had to happen that being on-call required me to help customers, but bleah.

I did manage to shop expediently and bring the makings for figs with goat cheese to Ayse and Ken's, though.


Nigh-weekly anime:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 171-172: The left-overs from last season are now finally dealt with! We know it's for sure this time, because new adversaries are appearing in the previews!
  • RWBY 3.5-6: Yang! How could you?
  • Fruits Basket (2019) 18-19: Kisa! Ritchan-san!

Read:

  • Komi Can't Communicate vol 2 (Tomohito Oda): More friends for Komi! Also social situations! But her friend group is getting large enough to have internal conflict, and she's only a fraction of the way to her goal. Poor Komi!

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16 August 2019 - Friday

Yay, I made it through another week! Although I still suck and can't do anything with computers. (Let's not even mention doing something productive with computers.)


I don't remember how much Veronica Mars I've seen, but the second episode seems kind of familiar. Also it makes me want to guillotine all rich people, or maybe just all white people.


Read:

  • Skeleton Key vol 1: Beyond the Threshold (Andi Watson): I started rereading this because I remembered as being good. But now I also remember the first volume was kind of meh.
  • Gunsmoke & Glamour (Hillary Monahan): A US Marshal with a sixth sense for magic falls in love with a faerie con artist even though he's supposed to arrest her as soon as she leaves some evidence he can't ignore, befriends a trans doctor and a ridiculously horny faerie, offends witches, and generally gets into trouble in a magical West. (Okay, more of a South.) Contains lots and lots of sex, and also doom.
  • Lucifer's Star (CT Phipps, Michael Suttkus): Grimdark space opera. Everyone named character, including the first-person protagonist, has the blood of innocents on their hands, everything they find out about what's going on shows the universe is a worse place than they thought, rampant betrayal, torture, etc.
  • Exhalation (Ted Chiang): I skipped reading "The Life Cycle of Software Objects" because I've read it and it gave me too many bad feels, but all the other stories in this collection were equally amazing. The gate! The parrots! The predictor! The prisms! The philosphy! The entropy! I Kermit flail!

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15 August 2019 - Thursday

Ugh, Thursday night commute. If anyone has a brilliant idea for overcoming this ("use a car" is not brilliant, and "nurture the gig economy" makes it the opposite of better), I'm open to suggestions.


Read:

  • Treason of Hawks (Lila Bowen) wraps up the series about everyone's favorite trans multiracial monster-hunting were-vulture cowboy. Unfortunately, although the big threat of this book does link back to the first book and bad things Rhett did, the lack of references in the intermediate books makes the big reveal feel kind of flat, and I don't like the way some characters were killed off-screen.

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14 August 2019 - Wednesday

We successfully played the Home Team branch of Mike's 13G game, while eating the traditional Indian food of Brooks. This session, in addition to explaining a tiny bit of the decades of accumulated Glorantha lore to Kelsey, we chased a kite through an adjacent clan's tula with the power of bribery, and tried to avoid a fight with weird Lunar barbarians.


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  • Medusa in the Graveyard (Emily Devenport): The ship finally gets where it was going, the weird stuff from the end of Medusa Uploaded comes to fruition, Oichi must decide whether murdering everyone with a robot squid is the way she wants to live her life, and then things get trippy.

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13 August 2019 - Tuesday

Well, at least Tuesday isn't Monday. And I only actually have two meetings, one of them short and the other requiring no input from me (although other people asked the question I thought of, after I thought it, so I guess I could have contributed, but meh, no one wants to hear from me).


No watching, I am trying to be useful this evening (and not succeeding).


Read:

  • Man-Eaters vol 1 (Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Rachelle Rosenberg, Joe Caramagna, Lia Miternique): Menarche has a small chance of turning a girl into a ravening were-panther. Femininity gets an even worse image, the Establishment dopes the drinking water with birth control pills to prevent menstruation (opening a vast market for Manly Water, and in fact Manly Everything, No Girls Allowed), everyone lives in fear. We see a lot of in-world propaganda informational materials, which is a great way to do tonal world-building.
  • The Citadel of Weeping Tears (Aliette de Bodard): Space opera with the empire based on Vietnamese culture instead of Roman. Feels a little bit like Yoon-Ha Lee's "Hexarchate" series but definitely different, less sharp-edged.
  • On A Red Station, Drifting (Aliette de Bodard): Backstory of one of the secondary characters from The Citadel of Weeping Tears, showing the less glittery parts of the empire.
  • Dept.H vol 1 (Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt): Murder and mystery and family drama on a deep submarine station, with weird art that doesn't do it for me.

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12 August 2019 - Monday

The train was randomly late, but today was not too busy.


The Internet made Marith want to see Veronica Mars, so we watched the first episode. Compost the rich. Also, compost men.


Read:

  • Giant Days vol 7-8 (John Allison, Max Sarin, Whitney Cogar, Liz Fleming): Christmas! Susan's family (which explains so much)! McGraw, how could you?!
  • The Raptor & The Wren and Vultures (Chuck Wendig): Last two books of the "Miriam Black" series which is about birds and death and extremely poor life choices and cussing. As far as I can tell from my dim memories of the previous four books, all the plot threads do come together and tie up in a gigantic knot of doom, which Miriam handles with cussing and wanton violence.
  • The Promised Neverland vol 11 (Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu): Eh, that wasn't a very cunning plan, even if it does move the characters another step toward their ultimate goal.

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11 August 2019 - Sunday

After missing two fortnightly sessions, we once again gathered (minus Deirdre, but with Edie who is back from camp) to play Sentinel Comics RPG! We are on the fifth issue (last of the three unordered ones) from the starter kit and Dave is still managing to beat them into shape. I don't want to spoil a published adventure, but what this issue promised, it delivered on! Even if Dave had to nerf it to keep us all from being killed.

I figured out what was going on right away, but none of us could roll better then double 1s to persuade the NPC, so it didn't matter. Sheesh.

Everyone is having fun, so we plan to make our own characters and force Dave to run original material once we finish the starter kit. Apparently we need to read Astro City...


I had no brain because it is too hot, so we just watched some Elementary. Sadly, I don't think they're exaggerating about the pettiness of what people will murder over.


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10 August 2019 - Saturday

I have my Saturdays all worked out, but today was a mess because Aspen's vet appointment was right in the middle of shopping time. We did get her taken in and ultrasounded and sampled and admired, though, and I rushed through shopping and got home in good time to be on call all afternoon.

I did not have to do anything while on call, so I was useless and didn't even manage to do laundry correctly, and we were late getting to Ayse and Ken's for chicken chile verde.


Nigh-weekly anime:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 169-170: Mirrored doom finally abducts Mamoru, with predictable effects on his future offspring!
  • RWBY 3.4: Coco and whatsisface get defeated in the tournament by the Evils.
  • Fruits Basket (2019) 16-17: Uotani's troubled past and new fangirl.

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9 August 2019 - Friday

Yay I made it to Friday!


This season of She-Ra only has six episodes (so it should really be like 2b), but the last two go harder than we expected from a kids' show! I hope they are not too much for Jus.


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  • Wicked Saints (Emily A Duncan): Very goth. Divine mages vs maltheistic blood mages, only the entire magic system is probably built on a lie (to be explained in later books). Love and betrayal and hot evil boys.
  • Reticence (Gail Carriger): Fourth and probably last in the trilogy about the new generation. Final major character who didn't have a squeeze gets paired off, and new supernaturals get discovered.
  • The Haunting of Tram Car 015 (P Djeli Clark): Hey, it's more in the world of A Dead Djinn in Cairo! The snappy dresser is only a bit character in this one, but multi-ethnic cross-dressing nerd victory!
  • Saga vol 4-9 (Fiona Staples, Brian K Vaughan): Not the end, but the comic is on hiatus for at least one year from last August, so who knows when there will be more? Hopefully if there is, there will be some thematic development, because it's getting to be just more and more of the same doom. My current theory is that every named character except Hazel is going to end up dead.

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8 August 2019 - Thursday

Thursday stuck at work forever, but I accomplished a few things and didn't actually die. Much.


Read:

  • The Private Life of Elder Things (Adrian Tchaikovsky, Keris McDonald, Adam Gauntlett): Stories about assorted creatures from the Cthulhu Mythos. Very canon in the monsters, but it gives a little tiny bit of insight into their thinking. Lose 1d10 SAN.
  • Alien: Echo (Mira Grant): It's got all the important Alien bits: xenomorphs, colony planet, acid blood, ovipositors, idiots who don't believe in the threat. Also queer female protagonist!

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7 August 2019 - Wednesday

Aspen's kidney numbers are not great. I need to take her in again on Saturday for ultrasounding and more blood and urine draws.


After the kerfuffle about D&D5, we have returned to Mike's 13th Age Glorantha game, and spent the session making up characters for the home team. I think I will be an Orlanthi ninja, because that's not ridiculous. Anyway, Mike started it when he offered the chance for our tribe's history to include "hid in No Wind during the time of darkness". Also Thai food.


Read:

  • The Moon Etherium (L Rowyn): Post-scarcity fantasy, conspiracy and magical intrigue and romance and invstigation.
  • Terminal Uprising (Jim C Hines): Sequel to Terminal Alliance, heroic ex-zombie janitors continue to investigate the aliens who are saving humanity from the zombie apocalypse, and continue to find out disturbing things.
  • Saga vol 3 (Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples): Finished rereading what I had read before. Yep, that's the sex and violence and doom I remember!

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6 August 2019 - Tuesday

Today everything was thrown off and I was completely useless because I had to work from home so we could take Aspen to the vet at noon. Bah.

But Aspen was such a good kitty even though she got poked and prodded and cruelly oppressed! She even had some urine in her bladder so the doctor could get a sample! I don't think it was because she was too unwell to resist, because while I had her wrapped into a purrito and we were waiting for the terribly understaffed vet techs to come back, she was craning her head around and looking out the window to see what was happening in the hall and stuff. But she needs to be a good kitty who eats more.

Anyway, probably her kidneys are old, but we will have to wait for the test results. In the meantime, subcutaneous fluids every evening.


More She-Ra! Entrapta is still working for Hordak, that is sure to go well.


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5 August 2019 - Monday

Hey, there's a new season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power! First two episodes, new ship!


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  • The Affair of the Mysterious Letter (Alexis Hall) is part genderbent Sherlock Holmes pastiche, part Cthulhu pastiche, and all New Weird. The consulting sorceress Sheherazad Haas is kind of over-the-top, but maybe I'm just not remembering original Holmes well enough. Her housemate/partner/straight man John Wyndham is a good barometer for what is normal, so we can see just how crazed SH is. He may spend too much time apologizing for her foul mouth, though. Six tentacles up!

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4 August 2019 - Sunday

So useless! More useless than that!

So useless I watched two episodes of Elementary! (Okay, Marith helped.) The return of Lestrade. Also, chickens.


Read:

  • Satan's Secretary vol 1 (Kamotsu Kamonabe): Meh. Demon Lord (JRPG style, not the Christian Satan) kidnaps a terrifyingly efficient human secretary, and workplace reform ensues.
  • Skyward vol 1-2 (Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett, Antonio Fabela, Simon Bowland): The premise is that one day, "Earth's gravity drops to a fraction of its former strength", which certainly is cinematic and allows for exciting microgravity action scenes, and is an obvious hook for a plot, but I can't help recognizing that absolutely nothing works that way.
  • Our Dreams at Dusk vol 2 (Yuhki Kamatani): More issues of gender and identity, with a maybe-trans kid. Main character's gay crush may be noticing him back, but no idea whether that's good or bad. No one knows what's up with Someone-san.

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3 August 2019 - Saturday

Why is it so hot? I didn't order this!


Nigh-weekly anime:

  • Sailor Moon Stars 168:
  • RWBY 3.2-3: First appearance of Qrow, which makes it Marith's favorite episode.
  • Fruits Basket (2019) 14-15: Visiting a grave, then visiting a lake house. Momiji's tragic backstory.

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  • Tomo-chan is a Girl vol 4 (Fumita Yanagida): He's definitely seeing her as a girl now, if not as a romantic prospect.

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2 August 2019 - Friday

Yay Friday! Boo capitalism!

The internet told Marith that Megamind is good, so we watched it, and it actually is! I was worried when it got to the bit about the romantically-frustrated white guy, but it worked out!

Also I did laundry, and then extra laundry because Aspen is not good at using the litter box. Good thing she's going to the vet on Tuesday!


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  • Giant Days: Early Registration (John Allison): At the beginning of the series, Esther and Daisy and Susan all know each other and have some backstory. The references are enough, so in some sense this volume didn't need to exist, but it's always good to see them being wacky.
  • Ancestral Night (Elizabeth Bear): Space opera about socialism and mental health, or at least involving socialism and mental health during the downtime in the space chases and star whale encounters. Also pretty good "everyone is a cyborg now".
  • They Promised Me The Gun Wasn't Loaded (James Alan Gardner): Sequel to All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault, and with a different member of the team as first-person narrator. I'm really dubious about the Watsonian explanation for superhero tropes, but hopefully it will tie into some overarcing plot. (Since there are four superheroines on the team, there must be two more books.)
  • Saga vol 1 (Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples): Reread, so I can read the new volumes. Wow, I forgot how much language, sex, nudity, and violence there is. Also, it looks like racism and war might possibly be less than ideal.

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1 August 2019 - Thursday

Ugh, late work night. Thursday coming right after Wednesday is a pain, but at least it makes Friday even happier? Tonight I had leftover Ethiopian, because I actually managed to take lefotvers home and eat them!


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  • Giant Days vol 6 (John Allison, Max Sarin, Liz Fleming): Oh no, I am almost out! Will I ever learn whether Esther defeats Ingrid in an iron cage death match?
  • The Merciful Crow (Margaret Owen): It's American racism (down to being hunted by white-robed assholes with torches) but in a fantasy land with a completely different reasons and also mammoth riders. Certainly it shows that racism is garbage, but I don't know if it shows it more than another approach would.
  • Because Internet (Gretchen Mcculloch): No, communication in the internet age is not degenerate, it is a amazing and creative and emojis fill the role of gesture and punctuation and capitalization fill in for tone of voice because we are now so literate that writing is as common and informal and nuanced as speech! Get back on my lawn!

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