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City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett — This books had absolutely magical writing, smooth and insightful and full of imagery. Renay reviewed it here a while ago and I definitely agree with her reservations RE treatment of non-straight characters. But I loved reading the books and living in this world, even with it's flawed (oh so flawed) approach to sexuality. It was just such a delightful read up until The Problem happens, and I— I can't help it, I mostly loved this book. It's a love with major reservations, but I can't deny the experience that came before The Problem. So this is still, despite its major flaw, some of my favourite media of March — Ira

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab — This was a delightful fantasy romp. I like fantasy, but the epic flavor sometimes does too much and it becomes a lot like work to get through it. This novel is a dangerous, fun little jaunt through parallel Londons that gives you one, straightforward story and hints at further adventure (the sequel is out now!). There's complicated interpersonal relationships, thieves who discover they're not as cold-hearted as they suspected, arrogant magicians who learn to appreciate what they had when it's too late to go back, and downright vicious villains who are cruel and nasty but also powerfully motivated by a strong core of belief. Highly recommended if you want really cleverly done reluctant partners story with an agonizing relationship between young men who have a lot of feelings about each other angst-fest. — Renay

Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh — I did it! I finally read a Cherryh novel, and despite some reservations about racial politics, by the time I got to the last fourth of the novel I was invested. This is such a slow burn book, but it does a triple somersault and sticks the landing at the end with its Big Reveal. And although the politics are labyrinthine and bemusing in the first half, as the story pushes on toward the inevitable conflict, all the bits and pieces you pick up reading that first half fall into place, both plot and characterization-wise. It was very thinky! It was also unexpectedly lovely in its interpersonal relationships, unspoken and between the lines, but no less wonderful for it. Although I am still very amused by the space station using tape. :D — Renay

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff — I don't know how I missed this book when it first came out, because it's everything I love in one book: highly intelligent, observant young woman, space, space battles, AI, zombies (sort of), sass, more sass, romance that's subtle and deft, and found footage. The whole book is a series of chat transcripts, memos, descriptions of video, and scans of paraphernalia like blood-splattered flyers. I gobbled it up and can't wait for the sequel. It does need a disclaimer that people with mobility issues might have trouble with the hardcover or an ebook version because it does some textual shenanigans that requires turning the book around/upside down—reminded me of House of Leaves—but I heard the audiobook was great and highly recommend this if you can find an accessible copy! — Renay

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow — I picked this up on a whim at the library—although, obviously, it was on my reading list, since I loved Sorrow’s Knot—and I couldn’t put it down. Just… royal kids with the weight of the world on their shoulders, supreme AI intelligence that behaves like a pop culture-obsessed jerk from 2005, and a young woman coming to terms with life, death, and love, but not who she is? Greta’s strength of will is so remarkable. Also, I totally screamed when CERTAIN PEOPLE started making out. So good. — Clare

Star Wars Headspace produced by Rick Rubin — I was knee deep in an EDM Spotify playlist meant to help me focus when, suddenly, Alec Guinness was talking to me. I checked Spotify to find that I had stumbled onto ATTLAS’ “Sunset Over Manaan”. Star Wars Headspace is an EDM album that samples sound effects and vocals from the Star Wars films, but none of the score, which makes for a delightful alternative soundscape for the series. None of the songs are standouts, but that’s not the point: it’s a nice hour of background music to settle into while you’re doing other stuff. I’ve been writing to it and enjoying it. — Clare

Zootopia - dir. Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush — Adorable animated film set in a city populated entirely by animals. The story centers on the first rabbit to serve on the police force. Fun, hilarious, and beautifully imagined, with nice (if imperfect) messages about difference and discrimination. — KJ

Date: 2016-04-07 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.pip.verisignlabs.com
I know who they made out in The Scorpion Rules and you had to scream about it! I know who it was! Ah gosh I liked that book a ton, and I so appreciated that it kept surprising me all the way throughout. I can't wait for the second one.


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