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What I’m Doing Wednesday (June 17)

Reading

This week’s reading is Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett and Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach.

Watching

I got completely caught up on Game of Thrones this week in time to see the finale live.  My overall thoughts are that this was a weaker season – everything interesting seems to have been saved for the last three episodes of the season, which made the rest of it pretty slow. I am also deeply disappointed with how the Dorne plotline – possibly my favourite in the entire series in the books – was handled. That said, this season was saved for me by the fact I loved Arya and the House of Black and White, Tyrion the always amazing, and – most of all – the battle of Hardhome in episode 7, which was SO AWESOME.  I was basically ecstatically happy the whole time.  I guess I love watching ice zombies ruthlessly slaughter people?

Playing

achievement unlockedWhooooo.

 

What I’m Doing Wednesday, June 3

What I’ve been up to in the past week –

Reading
Just started Vicious by V. E. Schwab last night and I’m already 200 pages in, so I’d say that’s a good sign.  Also: about to pick up the first volume of Saga, which came into the library today, thanks to the recommendations of Wendy and Tiara over at The BiblioSanctum!

Watching
I need to recover from all darkness and despair of watching season 2 of Hannibal, so The Clone Wars has been my show of choice this week.  Lightsabers and happiness and heroes always winning is the perfect antidote to that horrible (but wonderful??) season finale.

Playing
This week in Dragon Age Inquisition: in playthrough no. 1 the Hinterlands dragon obliterates me 3 times on nightmare before I finally vanquish her on the fourth attempt, and in playthrough no. 2 I discover why the game’s rating is upgraded from partial to full frontal nudity (thank you, Iron Bull romance).

What I’m Doing Wednesday (3)

I missed this last week! But that’s ok because it gives me a little more to write about this week.

Reading
You know how sometimes you put books on hold at the library and nothing comes for ages… and then all of the sudden everything comes at once? That happened about a week ago, when in the course of three days I received:

  • A Creature of Moonlight, Rebecca Hahn
  • The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley
  • Six Days and Three Months, Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Killing Moon, N. K. Jemisin
  • The Palace of Illusions, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson
  • The Tale of Two Cities, Gail Carson Levine
  • Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie

…The first three of which I have finished so far. So expect some combination of these books being reviewed in the next while.

Playing

  • I’ve started playing the Tomb Raider reboot. So far, “set everything on fire and hope for the best” is a surprisingly sound tactical choice.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition, probably for the rest of my life. So many dragons to kill! So much elfroot to collect!

Tough Traveling: Beloved Mounts

Just today I came across this great feature Tough Traveling at Fantasy Review Barn, which explores favourite tropes of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Such a great idea! I’ve thrown down a couple of my favourite fantastical steeds off the top of my head for this week, and I’m hoping to start joining in the fun on a regular basis.

Bill the Pony, The Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien)

When I think of fantasy mounts, the first ones that come to mind are those of Tolkien, primarily Shadowfax and the beautiful horses of Rohan. But then I remembered Bill the Pony, faithful steed of Samwise Gamgee and truly the most beloved of mounts. Seriously, is there a more heartbreaking moment than Sam saying goodbye to Bill outside of Moria? I don’t think so. Bill the Pony: ultimate badass, tenth member of the Fellowship of the Ring, and true hero of The Lord of the Rings. 

Drogon, A Dance with Dragons (George R. R. Martin)

So this is a fairly liberal interpretation of ‘mount’, since Daenerys rides him only once, very briefly. BUT it was so epic that it definitely deserves an entry on this list. I know I can’t be the only one hoping that if/when Dany finally gets to Westeros (probably 10 books from now) Drogon and Dany will have become a fantastic dragon-riding team raining death and destruction down on everyone.

The Bog Unicorn, Dragon Age Inquisition

I remember when it was announced that Dragon Age Inquisition would feature mounts. I was so excited! And then that one of preorder bonuses would be a mount that was…. a unicorn! What?! There are unicorns in the world of Dragon Age?! And I imagined myself riding around Thedas on a gleaming, sparkling unicorn, daisies sprouting under her hooves, adoring townspeople cheering us as we went about righting wrongs and destroying evil.

And then I saw the Bog Unicorn:

bog unicorn

That’s right, this “unicorn” is a rotting undead horse corpse with an old rusted sword driven through its head.

Best unicorn ever.

What am I Doing Wednesday (2)

This is a regular feature about what books you can expect to be reviewed in the near future as well as any TV, films, or video games I’ve seen/played throughout the week.

Reading
–   A great week for reading – I checked some heavy hitters off of the TBR list with Wild Seed, Alif the Unseen, and The Left Hand of Darkness, plus the unexpected addition of Fairest by Gail Carson Levine for some lighter material.
–   After months on the waitlist, I also picked up Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie from the library. Given my rapidly increasing backlog of books to review, though, it might be a while before I get to it. And also because:

Playing
–   BioWare totally pulled a Beyoncé and unexpectedly dropped Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC this week, which I will be playing the heck out of that for the foreseeable future. Nothing eats up all your free time like the awesomeness of a BioWare game!

Watching
–   Still Person of Interest, and I’m only a couple of episodes behind now. I ship Root and Shaw like nobody’s business. They would be the most amazing beautiful and slightly sociopathic couple ever to grace television with their presence.
–   Plus they have the most appropriate ship name ever, Shoot:

shoot

Love these ladies.