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This is not a list of 2020’s best books,  because I hardly read any new stuff this year.

This not a list of “the best books I read this year!”, because let’s be honest, I hardly finished any books at all this year.  My attention span went on strike this year, and I’ve already forgiven myself.

With all that in mind, this is a list of the books that brought me joy this year.  to be frank, these were the books that got me to stop doom-scrolling.  Some of these, I didn’t even review.  oops.

I’ve linked to my reviews, and if these look good please consider getting yourself a copy through Indiebound or Bookshop.org.

 

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin – one of my favorite comfort reads. Great story, hella fun characters. Mythology that is alive and well. Really excellent sex scenes.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – I did not expect to laugh my head off so much while reading this!  If you ever want a deep dive in my wacko sense of humor, read this book. I also really dig the formality of the face paint.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing  by Hank Green – what an absolutely ridiculous book! And I couldn’t put it down! I loved the dichotomy between the fast paced social media world that seemed dark and always raining, and the dream world where it was silent and whatever pace you wanted and sunny all the time.  And I might have cried at the end.


Ration by Cody Luff – I don’t even know what genre this is. is post-apocalyptic horror a thing? It might be that.  Typically this kind of book would be too dark and too scary for me, but man, Ration hit me in the sweet spot.

Machine’s Last Testament by Benjanun Sriduangkaew – We created an AI who would help us become better people, and then abandoned the AI. That AI grew up and now runs a planet where humans gotta behave really, really well to earn citizenship. What could possibly go wrong?  Never read Sriduangkaew? this novella is an excellent place to start.


Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee – Jedao and Cheris’s youth? mouthwatering meals? Jedao learning what he likes? Orphans, loyalty, and long simmering anger? OMG YES PLEASE.

The Twice Drowned Saint by C.S.E. Cooney – I loved this novella. it is over the top in the absolute best way, it feels like an old timey candy store. the writing is. . . luscious. Yes, that’s the word, luscious.

The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – I was tempted not to put this book on this list, because this is gut-punch of a book with oh, so many triggers wasn’t exactly joyful to read, but? I really needed to know what happened at the end and Dickinson’s world building is just so. damn. good.

Star Trek: Collateral Damage by David Mack – who’s the jerk who really enjoyed this book and didn’t review it? me.  Oh noes, poor me, I’ll have to re-read this highly enjoyable book again next year and review it then! I also need some rec’s for Star Trek books that are as good as this one.

 

I also watch a whole lotta Star Trek Deep Space Nine this year.

 

What books brought you joy this year?

 

 

What better time to close out Deep Space Nine season 3, than with the close of the calendar year?  And? there’s now a DS9 Rewatch page at the top with links to all my previous posts! neat!

(also, I have ulterior motives. There’s a very specific S4 episode that is a MUST WATCH during Vintage Scifi month!)

I zipped through the last 6 episodes of the season, so these are going to be fairly short episode summaries. Unless, you really do want to read 3000 some words of me talking about how much I love Avery Brooks? We ah, can totally do that!

Anyway!

The Die is Cast (ep 21) – This is part two of “Improbable Cause”. Odo and Garak are embroiled with Enebran Tain, the previous leader of the Obsidian Order. Tain has welcomed Garak back with open arms and imprisoned Odo. In the interest of time, let’s get right to the scene that this episode revolves around. Tain needs information out of Odo about the location of the Founders, and Garak is going to get the information out of him, one way or another: through torture. At first, Odo laughs off Garak’s attemps, because he doesn’t feel pain or hunger the way humanoids do. So Garak brings in a machine that stops Odo’s ability to change into a liquid state, and he just sits there and waits. How long can a shape shifter go, without reverting back to a liquid state to rest? No one knows. I kept expecting this scene to give me Babylon 5 Londo torturing G’kar vibes, but Garak and Odo are not and never have been friends, so it was more a Sand dan Glokta scene. Odo stuck it out, and what he did reveal to Garak wasn’t what Garak expected. And me? I feel betrayed by Garak, even though I should have seen that betrayal coming right from day one. Garak has the ability to be nice, but he is a horrible human being. I don’t know how to feel about him, I feel very betrayed. I know it was make up and special effects, but I can’t bear to put up an image of Odo being tortured, so here’s a pic of the two of them, pre-torture. I’m a sensitive soul, ok?

Odo, you have no idea what’s coming, do you?

There is a whole ton more big plot stuff that happens in this episode – Enebran Tain teaming up with the Romulans, their fleet going through the wormhole to attack the Founder’s homeworld, the Jem’Hadar defending the planet, Sisko bringing the Defiant in to try to rescue Odo, and a fantastic twist/betrayal that I didn’t see coming. The closing scene of the episode, Garak apologizes to Odo, and the two of them seem to reconcile. Well, I don’t feel apologized to. I’m still pissed at Garak, on behalf of Odo.

Explorers (ep 22) – A much needed light-hearted episode after the heaviness of The Die is Cast! Sisko has learned of the blue prints of an ancient Bajoran light-ship, that supposedly used solar sails to fly from Bajor all the way to Cardassia. Needing a creative outlet, Sisko decides to build the ship, and hopes that Jake will go along with him on their adventure. At first, Jake is reluctant to go, but eventually agrees to the trip. Meanwhile, Bashir is intensely nervous, because he’s about to come face to face with Dr. Elizabeth Lense, who was first in their class. Bashir would have been valedictorian if it hadn’t been for that one wrong test answer! He both loves his assignment on DS9, and is also jealous / resentful of Dr Lense’s opportunities.

is that a gorgeous ship OR WHAT

Sisko builds the light-ship, and O’Brien keeps telling him this hunk of junk will never be spaceworthy. It looks like a beautiful outer space sailboat, in my opinion! Sisko is insistent on flying the light-ship, and if they run into trouble they can just beam back to the station, or someone can come get them. And off they go! It’s a beautitful scene to watch the sails unfurl, and to see Sisko and Jake finally have some uninterrupted family time. Jake has news for his father! He’s been accepted into a college level writing program! But if he goes, he worries his father will be all alone. And yes, the light-ship runs into problems, just like the ancient Bajorans likely ran into. They get caught in some kind of techno-babble storm, lose their communications and navigation array, and are welcomed into Cardassian space. The Cardassians are forced to admit that ancient Bajorans were technically savvy enough to fly on solar sails to Cardassian space! And Bashir does meet with Dr. Lense. She’s proud of what she does, but also kinda bored, and she’s a bit jealous of him, since he had the opportunity to work directly with epidemiology on Bajor, and truly help save lives. I hope we see Dr. Lense again, she seemed to be a positive influence on Bashir’s recent downiness.

Family Business (ep 23) – hoo boy is this episode problematic! An auditor shows up at Quark’s bar, says he’s in deep shit for something his mom did, and Quark better financially clean this up, right now. What did his mom do, that was so terrible? She ran a business and made money, and in the Ferengi culture, it is illegal for women to have money, own property, own businesses, and wow does it get worse. Quark and Rom head off to the homeworld, to knock some sense into their mother, Ishka. What greets them is horror upon horror, not only is Ishka speaking directly to a man she’s not related to (the auditor), but she has the gall to wear clothes. Yes! In Ferengi culture, women do not wear clothing. Or, I assume, leave the house? But, thanks to computers and her brain for business, Ishka has managed to amass a small fortune. And as punishment for her crime, Quark has to pay back all the profits she earned. There’s explanation and “it’s our culture, we were raised this way”, and that Ishka has a great head for business, but wow, I couldn’t get past the problematic-ness. In later seasons, Ishka literally saves the Ferengi economy, but will she get any respect at all for it? I guess we’ll see.

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Hey, so you might remember that I when I’d put some books on hold at the library, I thought I was getting the first Tamsyn Muir novel, and OOPS, I put the 2nd book in the series on hold instead.   Following the advice of literally everyone who said “for the love of anything that is holy, do NOT read these books in the wrong order!”, I bought a copy of Gideon the Ninth, and binged the shit out of it, before reading the sequel, Harrow the Ninth.  And who is  awesome, and managed to read both of these before Harrow was due back at the library? Yep, this girl!

I suck, and didn’t have time to write a formal review, let alone two. So, here is some random thoughts about these two books.  There’s approximately eight billion reviews out there for Gideon the Ninth, so I kinda didn’t feel obligated to write up some formal, stuffy review.  Since I’m talking about both books here, there (eeeek!) might be some mild spoilers.  Also? since these books are snarky and sweary, so are my thoughts on them!

some random thoughts on Gideon the Ninth

  • I’m more than a little in love with this cover art.
  • ooh, Scif-Fantasy, I love it already!  the Ninth house is kinda a shithole? but damnit, it’s their shithole, and they love it. and like, um, how come there is plenty of grown-ups living there, but like, no kids? That one sentence explanation doesn’t explain enough. There better be more explanation later.
  • This book is 100% my sense of humor. Like, if you ever wanted to know what kind of jokes I like, just read Gideon the Ninth.
  • so, um, is this The Hunger Games (but with snark) in space?
  • Ummm. . .  this book is making me want to do a lot of push ups. (I can do ten in a row now! up from zero a year ago!)
  • blah blah blah, hunger games stuff. and then THAT SCENE.  I don’t mean the “I wanna fight that thing!” scene, I mean the scene with the room that she’s gotta walk across. All she has to do is walk across the room, get something at the other end, and walk back, and OMFG I GET IT NOW. All the hype? That was the scene in which I understood all the hype!
  • yo, bone magic is fucking cool.
  • I love how Muir describes things! the unexpected adjectives, the sharp and spiky metaphors, SO FUN! SO EMO!   I fucking LOVE IT.  I am dying laughing because Harrow talks in a fashion that is totally normal to her and her family, but everyone else like “why are you talking like you’re in some 1920’s vampire movie?”
  • omg, the memes!  the references!  I shouldn’t love them, things like this are supposed to throw me out of a story, but all I LOVE ALL OF THEM! they just made the scenes and the dialog even funnier!
  • Teacher is kinda weird?
  • Gideon and Harrow’s face paint is very cool. I love how much their face paint is “a thing”.
  • Seriously, can I have babies with this cover art. Unrelated, I haven’t laughed this hard in ages!
  • Ah, I get it, I think. They can work together and share knowledge, or hoard all the knowledge and keys for themselves. Which is better? sharing what you know and letting people be your equal, or being more powerful because you have knowledge that someone else doesn’t have?
  • I LOVE how drastically different all the houses are!  and their necromancy is different, I freakin love all this world building!
  • I’m getting a kick out of how queer everyone is. Like, people can have crushes on whoever they want, who cares what gender someone is. Very cool. I really like how Muir describes people – their eyes, how they move. their eyes. seriously, the eyes have it.
  • I really dig the sparing scenes.
  • I love that Gideon just does whatever the hell she pleases. Like, she answers to NO ONE.
  • Harrow, you did what?? Srsly, why the hell did you do that??? and now you have feelings for who?
  • Harrow, your parents did WHAT?  i actually can’t tell if that is awful/disgusting, or genius, or falls into doing what you gotta do so you can do what you gotta do.
  • OMG THAT END.  THE COST! I super can not wait to reread Gideon the Ninth next year, because since I know what’s going to happen, I can actually focus on the day to day in the story, and find all the nuggets that I was reading too fast this time to catch.
  • Yeah, the annoyance of having to learn to fight with a rapier, and leave a broadsword behind? Yep, i get it now.  Pretty. Fucking. Genius.
  • Dude! the cost for that IS EXPENSIVE, as it should be, right?  Things like that should cost you, and I deeply appreciate that everyone involved in the transaction understands the cost. or at least, they claim to.  Tanstaafl, you know?
  • um, I think I might have cried a little at the end.

totally unrelated, but I’m going to use a chicken carcass to make chicken broth. I’m using a dead chicken to make something. . . is that necromancy? hen-omancy?

LOL, confused yet?  I tried not to spoil too much.  Let’s move on to Harrow the Ninth!

  • where are all my fave characters?
  • I’d gotten so used to Gideon’s voice, that it’s strange to read a story from Harrow’s point of view.  I personally, feel rather parallel to Gideon’s inner monologue and general attitude towards life, and I don’t relate as well to Harrow.
  • Andrea! focus! this book is NOT from Gideon’s point of view! get over it!
  • 2nd person perspective? really? ok, I’ll give it a whirl. better be worth it.  Also, what the fuck is going on?
  • So, Harrow is hanging out with a fellow necromancer, the two of them are hanging out in the other girl’s over-decorated apartment, and I LOVE how Harrow describes the apartment, it was a perfect description of visual sensory overload, which I can totally relate to!
  • Awww, Harrow is such a cute little nun! She really has drank the Ninth House kool-aid, she really does believe in everything she’s supposed to believe in, she really is a prudish little nunlet who is grossed out when grown ups kiss each other, and that makes her even more adorable!
  • Seriously.  This isn’t how it happens. What the fuck is going on?
  • John, you gotta explain this. all y’all grown ups can not keep hiding behind closed doors and not be explaining shit to the kids.
  • Still kinda annoyed my fave peeps haven’t shown up yet.
  • All the different ways to paint your face have different names and different religious meanings? Harrow I’m sorry I thought you were a silly little nun because i’m loving the symbology and communication through face paint, tell me everything about all the different ways to paint your face! I NEED this appendix!
  • Harrow, what the fuck did you do to yourself, and why would you do that to yourself? Can you please not be a stubborn idiot for five whole minutes at a time?
  • Yeah, that’s not how it happens either. try again.
  • why does that guy keep trying to kill Harrow?
  • hahahaha! that was a really good yo-momma joke!
  • Sorry blondie, she’s just not that into you.
  • um, I don’t really get all this river stuff? Maybe it’ll make sense later.
  • WAIT. WHAT? back up, you’re going to have to explain, or I’ll just have to read this passage a few times, because this is super insane and cray-cray and holy shit!
  • Huh.  looks like someone hoarded their knowledge.   I bet they would have been the jerk who wouldn’t share any of their keys.  What a jerk!
  • yep, the eyes have it.  Also, this book wins for best dad joke possibly EVER.

In the end, I think I enjoyed Gideon the Ninth more than I enjoyed Harrow the Ninth. That doesn’t mean Harrow is bad (far from it!), it just means I preferred the narrative voice of Gideon.  That said, in Harrow the Ninth, there is a whole ton of “what the hell is really going on here”, that broke my brain in the most wonderful way!  And all that explanation, it needed to be in the second book. If all that had been revealed in the first book, everything that happens in the first book wouldn’t have been anywhere near as effective.

hey, so when does the third book come out?  I hope that book has a lot of bones in it.

Omgosh, it’s nearly January!!  that means there is still plenty of time to put up your holiday decorations, plenty of time all winter to make cookies and pies and breads, AND that means it’s almost Vintage Science Fiction Month!

 

What have I got on my TBR for January? I’m happy you asked. 🙂

so far:

R.U.R., a science fiction play by Czech writer Karel Capek (thanks Gutenberg.org!)

Robinson Crusoe on Mars, a 1964 movie

At least one vintage scifi magazine from the Luminist Archive

I’ll probably reread Clifford Simak’s Way Station because I just love it so darn much

I might cram a Vonnegut in there, because he’s so enjoyable to read

And there’s a good chance I’ll flip through the beginning of the Big Book of Science Fiction and the Big Book of Fantasy, edited by the Vandermeers, to see what catches my eye.

 

“scientifically authentic!”

 

 

Wondering where to link your reviews to? There is a big ‘ole chaotically beautiful comments section on my Vintage SciFi Not-A-Challenge tab. Just leave your link in the comments and everyone will be able to find it (and I’ll easily be able to tweet it to the masses!)

 

Looking for my previous Vintage Scifi blog posts and reviews? on the word cloud over to the right, click “Vintage Scifi” and get ready to have your TBR explode.

 

Want to hear me and Red Star Reviews talk about Vintage Science Fiction month? We did a podcast!

Are you interested in hosting guest posts, or writing a guest post for another blogger? uhh. . . couple options here, since I’m not quite that organized. Leave a comment in this post that you’re interested in hosting a guest post and/or writing one, and if you’re on twitter, tweet with #VintageSciFiMonth that you’re interested in hosting a guest post and/or writing one, and we’ll cross our fingers that writers can connect w/hosts and vice versa.  We’re on twitter as @VintageSciFi_ (underscore at the end)

are you here to have fun and talk about science fiction and fantasy that’s older than we are? HELL YES.

(yes, fantasy counts. Yes audio books, plays, radio plays, movies, TV shows, e-books, and any other media count)

 

The only rule of Vintage Month is it’s gotta be older than me (written in 1979 or earlier), or older than you. You choose which.

 

looking for a badge or an image you can use in your Vintage Scifi Month posts?  Scroll back to the top of this post and grab that beautiful red and yellow “Red Alert for the Interstellar Patrol!” badge.

 

See you soon!

 

 

How many weeks now have I been saying I owe you a DS9 blog post? yeah, it’s been more weeks can I care to admit.  wanna see my previous DS9 posts? here you go.

I watched these episodes at least a week ago. Why did it take me so long to blog about them? It’s weird, while I was watching 3 out of 4 of these episodes, they felt like filler. (Why couldn’t it just have been four hours of Sisko and Jennifer??) And then as time passed, I was like “hey, those were pretty okay, if not actually pretty decent episodes!” yeah, some of them were total filler, but that doesn’t mean they sucked. And not every episode of Deep Space Nine is a gem you know.

Visionary (ep 17) – yay, an O’Brien episode! He’s just a ton of fun! Due to technobabble that caused minor radiation poisoning, O’Brien finds himself randomly jumping 6 hours into the future, and once he figures out what’s happening, he realizes he can jump to the future, talk to his future self, and jump back to the past and remember the conversation. The b-plot is that there are Romulan negotiators on board, to get records from the Defiant, since they gave us the cloaking device for that ship. Something fishy is going on with them, and Kira really should never be left alone with Romulans. best line of the episode is Kira screeching “I’m always diplomatic!”. There’s a c-plot line about someone who has really excellent transporter skills transporting a device behind a panel in the wall. I want to know more about THAT! Imagine the hijinks! Quark could transport drinks away from people’s tables, Odo could transport wayward teenagers directly to the holding cells, no one would have to walk to someone else’s quarters for a tryst, you could just transport there. . . there’s so much potential here! Oh, anyway.

When will then be now? Soon.

There is a TON going on in this episode, what with Romulans and Kira looking like an idiot (poor Kira, always the bridesmaid), and Klingons in the brig, and games of darts, and Odo being his wonderfully paranoid self. O’Brien jumps into the future to see that the station explodes, and he figures out what needs to be done to save the station. Have you ever played Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time? This felt a little like that – go into the future to see what’s going to happen, then come back to the present to change the future to have a better outcome. To save the station, he has to take a potentially fatal dose of radiation, and jump to the future. He does, and does, and it was very creepy to see him showing the signs of radiation poisoning. I won’t spoil the end, but the station doesn’t blow up, O’Brien lives to be awesome another day, there is a ton of technobabble and “maybe if we connect this thing to that other thing and throw some stuff-waves through it . . . it just might work!” and of course it does, and the episode comes to a neat close. Pretty intense for a filler episode, actually!

That last time that O’Brien goes into the future, he sees something come through the wormhole, and the look on his face is mixed shock/terror. What did he see????

Distant Voices (ep 18) – Bashir is turning 30, and he’s more than a little cranky about the inevitable march towards middle age. OK, so when do we find out (or is it in an earlier season that I skipped) why a 20-something doctor who could have any job he wanted, asked to be sent out to the frontier? What was he running away from? Anyway, a just-as-cranky alien approaches Bashir and demands to buy bio-mimetic gel, which is a super controlled medical substance, because you can do all sorts of creepy genetic shit with it, like cloning and make bio-explosives (bio-explosives sounds like something out of a Kameron Hurley book. When she does it, it’s cool. When Star Trek does it, it’s illegal) Of course, Bashir says no, so the alien tries to steal some from the infirmary and when caught by Bashir, the alien taser’s him. Bashir wakes up on the floor, to find the station nearly empty, save for Quark, Garak, Dax, Kira, O’Brien and Odo, an the creepy alien who says he’s trying to kill Bashir and everyone else. Nearly everyone is acting incredibly strange, and Bashir’s hair keeps turning greyer, and then silver. He’s aging at a rapid rate.

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My library has switched to curb-side pick up only, an boy have they got this down to a science!  you put your books on hold, show up,  tell them what parking spot number you’re in and what your library card# is, and a few minutes later a guy comes out and puts a bag of books in your backseat or trunk. I wasn’t sure if i was texting a bot or not, but because I appreciate the service I still texted a thank you and that I appreciate the library.

so, library books. I’ve not been a library patron for YEARS. why you ask? well, for a few years there, I was getting more ARCs each quarter than any normal human could read in a year, I had access to a ton of used bookstores, AND my finances were suddenly such that if I wanted a book, I could generally afford to just go and buy it. ($27 for hardback? fuck that, I’m waiting for this book to be in paperback!)

But?

with ARCs come an obligation.  With purchasing books, comes an obligation.  The publicist won’t be made if i email them a crying emoji, saying work’s just been so busy that I didn’t get a chance to read the book they mailed me.  And I spent $27 on a hardback. . . and got 50 pages into it an DNF’d?  whether or not there is a real, concrete obligation to read (and try to enjoy) an ARC or a purchased book, there is a mental obligation that someone made some kind of investment to get this book to me, so damn it, i should try to enjoy it.

Ah!  not so with library books!  Let’s say I get 50 pages into a library book, and decide it’s not for me. no harm no foul, i just return it. Let’s say I take 3 library books out, and work is really busy and my parents need me, and yadda yadda yadda, an i don’t get a change to read even one of those books, and I return them completely unopened? The library doesn’t care.  The library isn’t judging me.  there’s no obligation. and right now, where I am in my life? zero obligation sounds like the good place.  there is something so very freeing about getting random books from the library.

so anyway,  I got some books.

 

in no particular order:

Goldilocks by Laura Lam – this got such good reviews!!!  and. . .  50 pages in I realized I am not the right reader for this book. It might be the best book that was ever written, but this is not for me.  I thought about hate-reading it, and then realized the world has plenty of hate in it and doesn’t need me to add more. I’m just going to take this book back to the library and be done with it.   If you loved this book, Yay! I am super happy for you!  it’s not for me.

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhoarse – I will be getting to this very soon!  because. . . .

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – oh shit, this is book 2, isn’t it?

crap, I put Harrow on hold at the library instead of Gideon.  Damn it.  LUCKILY there are three bookstores in my town and I knew at least one of them would have a paperback copy of Gideon, which I bought today! and while I was at the bookstore, i bought another biology / anatomy book, because that shit is fascinating.

60 pages into Gideon the Ninth and . . . . this is my sense of humor!  Snark and insults, and really funny descriptions of things!  If you are among the five people on earth who haven’t read Gideon the Ninth, apparently the gist is this – there is the Emperor’s house and eight other great(ish) houses.  The Emperor is calling for a noble heir and the heir’s cavalier to come to the capital and compete in a contest of wits (and other stuff) .  The winner will win a whole bunch of awesome stuff, and also not be dead.  For Gideon and Harrow, this is their chance to finally get off their awful backwater planet. also, Gideon and Harrow kinda hate each other.

Wait, is this a sci-fantasy necromancer version of The Hunger Games, but with more snark and way better humor? (and I’m kinda hoping for some sex too)

also, I had thought her full name was Harrowhawk, it is Harrowhark.  Hawk and hark mean totally different things.

 

I freakin LOVE that cover art, by the way.  (ok, so, so far, everything about my experience with Gideon is completely the opposite of my experience with Goldilocks. that’s uhhh… interesting, i guess)

So what happens if it takes me forever to read Gideon the Ninth and I’m not done with it and Harrow the Ninth is due back the library, and someone else has put that title on hold so I can’t renew it?  nothing. absolutely nothing.  I will not be breaking my obligation to anyone, if i don’t get to these library books, or if i don’t finish them, or whatever.

Usually when i hear “no obligation”, it means that if i don’t jump through a bunch of hoops that are on fire, they’ll charge my credit card for six months of subscription, but I can “cancel at anytime”, and to be honest, the hoops are literally on fire so it’s just easier to let them charge my card. . .  but library are actually truly no obligation.  All I have to do I take them back after 3 weeks.

 

reading more Gideon will be my reward for writing these other blog posts I’ve been meaning to get to:

Some more Deep Space Nine season 3 (woah did Nana Visitor get to chew some scenery!  woah was it cringy to watch!)

The Broken Kingdoms and Kingdom of Gods, books 2 and 3 in N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance Trilogy.

and as soon as I finish Gideon I’m reading Trail of Lightning!!!


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