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Each month, we look back over the media we loved in the previous month, from books to film to video games and more.


Poster for The Post Cover of The Cloud Roads Cover of Six Wakes

The Post by Steven Spielberg — Although not the definitive film about the release and significance of The Pentagon Papers (that would be the documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America, which I highly recommend), in part because it plays fast and loose with some of the facts, I found this movie compelling for two main reasons: its viewpoint on the perils of access journalism and the importance of a truly free press, and the depiction of a woman (Post publisher Kay Graham, played brilliantly by Meryl Streep) holding a position of power in the face of opposition from men who think she's not up to the job. Worth watching for the acting performances alone.

The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells — I've been meaning to read this series forever, and since it's now a Hugo finalist I decided it was a good time to start. In a way I regret it, though, because now I'm sad that I don't have time to marathon the rest of the books until after the voting period is up. The tale of Moon, a shapeshifter who finds his people and saves them from destruction, is compelling, and the world that Wells has created fascinates me. I'm excited to get on with the rest (but not until August).

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty — This book has gotten a ton of buzz, and it's easy to see why. A gripping, page-turning, murder mystery about six clones on a generation ship, I was just as compelled by the reveals about each character's backstory as I was eager to figure out whodunit. Maybe my favorite of the Best Novel finalists (although I haven't read Provenance yet).


Cover of The Stone Sky Poster for Ocean's 8

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin — I've finally reached the end of this trilogy, and – without spoilers – I can definitely say that it sticks the landing. It's heartbreaking and incisive and surprising, it explains things that I didn't even think to wonder about, and it resolves almost every loose end to satisfaction, and just – the families that have been built throughout the series, and the way the world is still growing even in the last book... It's broke my heart and I enjoyed it a lot.

Ocean's 8 — I was terrified going into this that I'd somehow managed to set my expectations too high, and I wasn't going to be able to enjoy it as much as I dreamed, but friends I am here to tell you that Ocean's 8 was exactly what I wanted. It was smart, it was funny, there was a really slick heist, there were fantastically competent people doing things that they're good at... Oh, it was lovely. The costumes and the music and the cinematography (especially for the tours around the Met!) were perfect, the storytelling was really good, and I love all of the relationships in it. Especially Debbie and her brother (that ending is so sincere and lovely!) and the friendships that grow, and Debbie's relationship with Lou... (I'm pretty sure that it says that Debbie and Lou are queer, please discuss.). And the way that it subtly talks about how women are noticed and treated, especially women of colour, and friendship between women! I highly recommend it if you haven't already seen it.

... Especially if you want to see something that replicated the experience of watching the Met Gala (at least via twitter)and judging people's costumes because they're not even trying to be on theme, because it's definitely got that!

Date: 2018-07-11 02:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
KJ: You will not be sorry about the quality of the rest of the Raksura books, but you may be sorry that you had to put off reading them! They just get better. You may also want to check out Martha's Patreon, where she's still posting occasional Raksura snippets. And there's some damn good fanfic being posted on AO3, too.

Date: 2018-07-11 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] susanhatedliterature.net
I just finished The Cloud Roads today, really enjoyed it. But like you KJ I'm putting off reading the sequels, for a little while at least.

Date: 2018-07-16 02:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aoftheis
The Raksura books are one of my favourite series in the whole world — I'm jealous that you get to read them for the first time! Such amazing, expansive worldbuilding; I love the Raksura society.


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