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2023 Books

2023 Books

It gives me some small, obsessive joy to catalog my book reading throughout the year. Hey, it’s cheaper than drugs. Due to an abundance of whip-through series (I’m looking at you Murderbot, Sandman, etc.) I got a lot of stuff read this year. Ratings are x/5. Because Goodreads. I’ve also written mini-reviews for many of these on there (I’m working on it. I seem to have broken the site temporarily).

Of course, I’m eager to discuss anything, get recommendations, etc. (If you hated something I loved or vice versa—that’s okay! Books are one of those beautiful things that can hit people differently.) I can promise you that if you excitedly come to me and say, “I loved this book!” I will also read it, no matter what sort of genre it is. So share your favorite books on the year!

Speaking of Goodreads--if you are on it too you should be my friend so I can shamelessly steal your highly-rated books and recommendations for my own list.
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Star Trek TOS Season 2, Part 3

The end of season 2! Where it's all "goddamnit, we sprung for the blonde [male] wigs for the 'natives' so WE ARE GOING TO USE THEM."

Also, every time Leonard Nimoy is put into civilian cloths, yes. He's fine in his uniform, but something about him in civvies is hot every time. Well. Except that Nazi uniform time (read on).
Irreverent recaps ahead:
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Star Trek TOS Season 1 Part 4

We've come to the end of the first season! Man, 29 episodes a season is a lot.
Overall, there are a lot more episodes that are more fun than they have any right to be. Only a few clunkers. We see cool, weird stuff like Uhura sometimes wears a gold command dress (in more than one episode!), Nurse Chapel changes hair color a few times, every time Leonard Nimoy is in civilian clothes, he's inexplicably hot, fun crew inconsistencies and flirtations, etc., etc.

And there's all the 60s junk. Star Trek is extremely progressive...for the time. Leonard McCoy can not respond to an order several times because he's distracted by a purdy lady (boys will be boys!)...but any ranking female officer has a second delay and she gets truly bitched out by Kirk. Kirk has a very strange reaction to a lot of the women who are subject matter experts. Like we're in the present day and a company calls in a woman consultant and certain dudes just HATE her for doing her job.

I guess this isn't a 60s thing. This is just a thing. Anyway. Onto the reviews.
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Star Trek TOS Season 1 Part 3

It would have been really fun to do a kind of MST3K style walk-through for these episodes. There are so many little things that are silly or fun or weird or don't make sense (WHY DO WE EVEN HAVE THAT BUTTON?! Spock is going to do telepathy through a wall to get the guard to give them their doorknob back! Etc.).

Alas. I'm motivated to do the me-style reviews, but only SO motivated. These aren't overly thorough recaps, after all.

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Dumb Geek Fun

I watched the Dungeons & Dragons movie with D last night. It's big dumb fun. The movie plays very much like you're being guided through by a slightly unhinged dungeon master. Which--if you've ever played D&D (or sat in on games as a kid...) immediately feels cozy and familiar. Geek Joy.

No one ever takes it too seriously--but in a way where everyone is fully invested (they know they're making something fun, but are also aware that it's a quality product). It takes a bit from Monty Python's Holy Grail, a bit from LOTR, a bit from Witcher...which makes sense considering the era and the world-building and the origin.

It's longer than it probably needs to be, though. Much like many d&d games where you keep getting choose-your-own-adventure split off quests that split off into other quests.

Anyway. That's what I've been watching. And rewatching Lower Decks. Which is Best Trek. I really want to cosplay something Lower Decks, but my choice would be Tendi and I dunno if I can commit to that much green body paint.
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2022 Books

2022 Books [Reposted from FB]

As is my own weird and obsessive tradition--here are the books I read in 2022! There were some very long and some very short books this year. So even though I read slightly less than last year (less pandemic coping!) I feel like it comes out about the same. I’ve got a few books in-progress that might squeak in before 2022 ends, but why not just start 2023 strong? Ratings are x/5. Because Goodreads.

Open to discussing anything, getting recommendations, etc. I’m also on Goodreads—if you are too, be my friend so I can steal your highly-rated books for my own list. ;)
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My 5 highlighted books are a smattering of different types of books that stuck with me for one reason or another. Anything on the above list that I rated 5/5 is worth a read/recommended…but who wants to sort through 80-some books?
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