Jun. 11th, 2017

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Graceling seemed to me to have a weird final battle that restated the problem rather than solved it, but only on an emotional level, so it did tidy up the plot as required.

And them it rounded off the book with a bunch of being weird about disability.

It was a slog to read, never kept my attention, didn't really be politics because magic, had way more kissing than I expected, and just weren't what I was looking for at all.

I'll send it to the charity shop and confidently expect it to find its reader there.
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I am listening to The Diary of River Song, the Big Finish Audio adventures.
They're proper adventures, with death defying danger and plots and so forth.
But I keep on tripping over the thing where the story thinks the important things about River thematically are that she's married and that she's been manipulated. And, like, yes, that's... that's a whole multi season Thing, I can see why they're picking it up from there. But it means it's about women's victimisation and struggle for agency, sort of in capital letters, even though she's just doing a bunch of stuff that would be perfectly reasonable for the Doctor.

... they warned us when we started the Cultural Studies degree, but did I listen? Noooo, I thought all the meta would make it more fun...

I look forwards to her swanning in to somewhere and nicking stuff and acting all in control. She has done some good bits of that but the whole backwards and in high heels theme is the fun bit of River Song.
beccaelizabeth: my Watcher tattoo in blue, plus Be in red Buffy style font (Default)
I like it.

I have now listened to series one, ending with the one with Paul McGann.

Now that was fun. And twisty.

Read more... ) All the best toys and some lovely angst. And River being both clever and criminal. What's not to love?

Read more... )

... also all the thematic baggage of being married to the Doctor bothers me much less when she's actually interacting with the Doctor, because a, then we get the Doctor, and b, then we get it underlined that a lot of his life involves being messed around and escaping from it too. They have a lot in common, like that.


Basically my only irritation with the set is I couldn't get the volume right, the theme music was loud and other bits were mumbly, but since I'm listening on a very cheap device that's almost certainly me anyway.

Many stars, plenty good, will order more like this soonest.

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