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The Book of Joan, by Lidia Yuknavitch. This work was my first foray into cli fi (climate fiction), a genre still in its relative infancy, and the narrative wove Earth, space, body, politics, gender, sexuality, and identity so seamlessly that I repeatedly gasped and wowed and oh noed and holy crapped through the two days it took to read the book. A brilliant piece, well worth the emotional wringer it puts the reader through.
Heir to the Empire, by Timothy Zahn. I really owe Star Wars: Rebels for this one. I’m rather unfamiliar with the Star Wars extended universe (which I’m told has now been relegated to the scrap heap and no longer considered canon), but having been introduced to Mitth’raw’nuruodo via SWR, I couldn’t ignore stories surrounding such a riveting character. To be honest, I found Zahn’s newest book, Thrawn, a bit flat for an origin story (that’s a whole other post), but HttE picks up and holds my interest. We’ll see if that can hold me until the final season of SWR premiers!
Princess Jellfyfish, by HigashimuraAkiko. I received Volume Five yesterday and had finished it within an hour and ten minutes of getting it in my grubby little paws. AND OH MY GOD ALL THE FEELS. The women of Amamizukan buckle down to [___], Shu finally takes a leap and [___], Tsukimi is blown away by [___], and Kura… Sweet, sweet Kura holds his breath as he watches [___] and doesn’t know [___]. Side note: I can’t help but hear all of the dub cast’s voices as I read the manga. That makes Hanamori all the more hilarious. WHEN DOES VOLUME SIX COME OUT ALREADY?!
Attack On Titan, Season Two. You guys. YOU GUYS. First, the dub performances were superbly all out this season. And given the agonizing death, injuries, and general trauma, it was critical for the cast to absolutely bring it. Mike McFarland, as always, pulled brilliant performances from the cast, with special nods going to Jessica Calvallo (Hange Zoë), Elizabeth Maxwell (Ymir), Bryn Apprill (Krista Lenz), David Matranga (Bertholdt Hoover), and Rob McCollum (Reiner Braun). CANNOT WAIT FOR SEASON THREE IN 2018!!! ***WARNING! THESE LINKS LEAD TO SPOILERS! CLICK ON THEM AT YOUR OWN RISK!***
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I just finished binge-watching season four, and you know a show is spectacular when it can thrill you even when you already know a spoiler or two. Massive kudos to Mallory Janson for her portrayal of AIDA/Ophelia; her work alone is reason to watch 6+ episodes in one night.
Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot. I didn’t realize how much I needed this film. I wrote in another post how much I’d hoped that Rogue One would be the rally cry for strong women, only to be devastated by it in the long run. Wonder Woman, by contrast, was everything I’d desperately craved, as it centered on a woman who made her own choices, loved however she pleased, fought for what she felt was right, and lived to love and fight another day. Yes, there are other powerful female characters out there, but I never identified so strongly with them as I have with this incarnation of Diana. I cried, finally having what I never did in all my thirty-seven years. I’m so grateful.
Attack On Titan, Season Two, by Sawano Hiroyuki. You guys. Oh my god. You guys. For real. With a few remixes from the season one OST and a boatload of new tracks, Sawano hits a homer over the wall(s). The Beast Titan’s theme is especially riveting and terrifying, while “Attack on D” (disc two, track seven) really tears your heart out with a spoon. Like the Wonder Woman album, this soundtrack is especially good for writing. 10/10 would recommend.