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Our Favourite Media of January 2019

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


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Fanwork Recs — February 2nd 2019

Fanwork is awesome and sharing fanwork is even more awesome. Join us as we keymash and squee over our favorite fanwork, from fic (both written and podfic) to art to vids and meta and back again.

If you find something you love, we encourage you to comment/favorite and let the creator know you enjoyed their work. :D o/


Recommendations included:
  • Final Fantasy VIII – art (1)

  • GLOW - vid (3)

  • Hamilton – art (1)

  • Mass Effect - meta (1)

  • MCU – art (1), vid (1)

  • Ocean's 8 - vid (3)


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What fanwork have you loved recently?
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Adventures Elsewhere — January 2019

Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet recently! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D


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Sidetracks - February 8, 2019

Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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[personal profile] spindizzy2019-01-29 10:31 pm

Short Story Long: Ghosts, pigs, and JAEGER AUNTIES (29/01/19)

Okay, SLOWLY wrapping up my reading from 2018! This is the last of the short fiction I read, and I think I managed to luck out into finding some pretty good ones! (If you have any recs for short fiction that you love: PLEASE PLEASE SEND ME LINKS, I am always here for more!)


  1. The King in the Cathedral by Rich Larson [Jump]

  2. Stone Hunger by N. K. Jemisin [Jump]

  3. On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts by Richard Park [Jump]

  4. The Fisherman and the Pig by Kameron Hurley [Jump]

  5. The Steadfast Tin Automaton by Alex Singer [Jump]

  6. What to Do When It's Nothing But Static by Cassandra Khaw [Jump]

  7. Valedictorian by N. K. Jemisin [Jump]

  8. The Trojan Girl by N. K. Jemisin [Jump]


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Reading Goals


Reading goal: 174/180 (8 new this post) Prose: 96/90 (8 new this post, 60/97 short fiction) Nonfiction: 6/12 (0 new this post)
#getouttamydamnhouse: 24/50 (0 gone this post)
#unofficialqueerafbookclub: 64/50 (2 new this post; The King in the Cathedral, The Steadfast Tin Automaton)
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The YA Agenda — January 2019

Jenny is the magnificent and discerning co-host of the Reading the End bookcast. She blogs about books and other sundries at the very entertaining Reading the End, where you can go for even more book recs in genres other than YA. She is also a champion goal-setter and loves a good library book sale.


In the first month of 2019, I have elected to address one of my major regrets about this column: I do not talk enough about sequels. In part, this is because I want to introduce people to books, and sequels are a harder sell—which as I’m writing this seems like a flimsy excuse. In another part, it’s because I am often behind the times on first books, which makes it harder to recommend second ones. Standalones or firsts-in-a-series are easy recs, by comparison.

But that does leave a bunch of amazing sequels out in the cold, YA Agenda–wise, and I’ve chosen to start 2019 off by talking about a few of the ones I loved this year. Read more... )

Anticipated January YA Releases )
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[personal profile] renay2019-01-28 02:33 am

Let's Get Literate! February 2019 Books

I'm excited for way more books than I will ever read. I've accepted this as my lot in life and I'm resigned to my fate. Here's some of the books coming out in February that caught my eye. Read more... )

What books are you excited for in February, on this list or otherwise?
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Sidetracks - January 24, 2019

Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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[personal profile] renay2019-01-20 09:52 pm

Let's Get Literate! Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat



Hello, it's me, coming in a decade late with Starbucks, a book everyone was excited for ages ago, and outdated memes.

I remember when Captive Prince was an online sensation in circles adjacent to mine (it was fun reading familiar usernames in the back of the second volume that I started immediately after I finished the first), but I didn't read it during that time. I bought the first book in 2016 and it sat on my shelf, and we considered each other dubiously until early January. I have tried a chapter of Dunnett and it seems like it would be very neat but there's just so much of it in very tiny print. She's the author I've heard Pacat's work compared to most often so I was all over uncertain. Turns out there was really no reason to be worried because Captive Prince is great (potentially that means I should really give the Dunnett book I have another try). Read more... )
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Fanwork Recs — January 17th, 2019

Fanwork is awesome and sharing fanwork is even more awesome. Join us as we keymash and squee over our favorite fanwork, from fic (both written and podfic) to art to vids and meta and back again.

If you find something you love, we encourage you to comment/favorite and let the creator know you enjoyed their work. :D o/


Recommendations included:
  • Crossover: Hellboy/Moomins – art (1)

  • Six of Crows – art (3)


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What fanwork have you loved recently?
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[personal profile] bookgazing2019-01-14 11:38 am

Bookgazing's Favourite Books of 2018

I'm putting 2018 away with a quick wrap up of the books I most enjoyed reading last year. Not a lot has changed between now and when I posted my Favourite Books of 2018 (So Far) list, except that I read Washington Black, and LOVED it, but I figure it's always worth repeating yourself when it comes to books you love. I also added an Honourable Mentions list, so you get twice as many books to explore.

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Sidetracks - January 10, 2018

Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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[personal profile] renay2019-01-10 12:43 am

Let's Get Literate! The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells



My first book of 2019 was The Cloud Roads, which was a reread for me. I've declared 2019 the year I reread books without shame so I can catch up on all the series I'm following. The Cloud Roads is about polyamorous cuddle murder dragons fighting some chompy murder dragons with a side of dark secrets, biological warfare, and navigating complicated relationships in a very specific hierarchy where the rules are invisible because just like you, dear reader, our Hero is an Lone Outsider.

Many of us love Martha Wells for her excellent stories about Murderbot in the Murderbot Diaries. Having read all of those and The Cloud Roads, so far what I'm getting is that Martha Wells likes to write stories about sulky people who are resentful that they aren't immune to needing companionship and figuring out how they get to a place where they can accept it. The Cloud Roads is about Moon, a lone shape-shifter who is often mistaken as one of the evil Fell and thrown out of the groundling settlements he's been trying to belong to since the rest of his family was killed.

That all changes when he meets another cuddle murder dragon called Stone, but accepting Stone's offer to travel to the Court of Indigo Cloud to meet Moon's people—the Raksura—comes with six heaping bags of shenanigans from both inside (Salty Queens) and outside (chompy murder dragons).

The main draw for me in this series is the relationships, because there's a lot of neat power dynamics and potentially legit poly representation in later books. Although, this book doesn't shy away from mentioning poly sexual relationships and is solid "I don't know him" about toxic masculinity, leaving most of that to the Queens of the Court. Refreshing and novel! I have high hopes for later books and the relationships that Moon chooses for himself.

Maybe you've been sleeping on Martha Wells and her secondary world fantasy, or have finished Murderbot's adventures and are looking for the next place to go. Spending some time with the Raksura should be on your list. If you like disgruntled protagonists, shape-shifters, cuddling among pals, murder-via-poisoned-ally, and reading about the heroes eating raw animals, The Cloud Roads may be for you! Please join me in reading about the poly cuddle murder dragons.
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[personal profile] owlmoose2019-01-09 03:07 pm

KJ's 2018 Media Roundup

Reading Goals


I did pretty well with my 2018 reading goals, considering 2018. I read 47 books, only three short of my goal of 50. Of these books, 19 were by authors of color (better than my 40% target), and I read books by 11 new-to-me authors of color (beating my target of 10). For more details, and the run-down of my goals for 2019, click here.

Books )


Movies, TV, and Other Media )

One other goal I've set for myself is to write more reviews in 2019, so I hope you will see more of my favorites written about throughout the year, rather than only in bursts at the end. And I hope you'll share your favorites, too!
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Adventures Elsewhere — December 2018

Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet recently! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D


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Roundtable: Anticipated 2019 Books

It's 2019 and we are excited for some books! We had a conversation and here it is!


Read our book chat! )

Just see the list of books )
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[personal profile] spindizzy2019-01-04 06:43 am

Eight Book Minimum: The Ghost of 2018 (04/01/19)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Friends, enemies, people just passing through: 2018 is gone and I could not be happier with this fact. I took December off reading (I know) which seems to have sent me into a frantic binge of manga and graphic novels, so that's something to look forward to! In the meantime, I figured I might as well catch up on the reviews that I've started for what I read last year, and then I can yell about my reading goals in a couple of weeks when I've finally figured out what I read last year!


  1. Jem & The Holograms Volume 1 by Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell [Jump]

  2. Kiss of the Rose Princess by Aya Shouoto [Jump]

  3. Rat Queens Volume 1 [Jump]

  4. Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card Volume 1 by CLAMP [Jump]

  5. My Solo Exchange Diary Volume 1 by Nagata Kabi [Jump]

  6. The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximel by KJ Charles [Jump]

  7. Mail Volumes 1-3 by Housui Yamazaki [Jump]

  8. His Sweet Restraint by Chifumi Ochi [Jump]

  9. Sweet Whispers of Night by Chifumi Ochi [Jump]


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Reading Goals


Reading goal: 107/180 (9 new this post) Prose: 62/90 (1 new this post) Nonfiction: 4/12 (0 new this post)
#getouttamydamnhouse: 24/50 (0 gone this post)
#unofficialqueerafbookclub: 41/50 (6 new this post; Jem & The Holograms, Rat Queens, My Solo Exchange Diary, The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximel, His Sweet Restraint, Sweet Whispers of Night.)