I finally finished the Imperial Radch trilogy by Ann Leckie last week (that’s the Lord of the Radch in the picture). I say that like it took a long time, but I actually just banged out all three, one right after another over the last 2 months. I really enjoyed the series, but I feel like the voice of the main character wasn’t as strong in the second two books. The first one was so solid. The other two were still really great, but I missed that one aspect in them.
I’ve shifted gears and moved on to Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. To be honest, Nigeria in the late 1800s is just as foreign to me as 5000 years in the future, with ship AIs that have humans plugged into them. My education really didn’t cover anything about African history and I’m fairly confident portrayals in the movies are at the very least inaccurate.
I’ve just gotten started on the book and I’m interested to see where it goes. I understand the context and everything, but it’s still frustrating to read about cultures where wives are treated as status and property. There’s been a fair amount of wife beating in the story so far, although not in any detail, which is good. It’s definitely a drastic change from the Radch where everyone is regarded as “she” and gender isn’t really a thing.
In other news, I feel like I need to watch The Force Awakens again. My Rey Funko Pop! is staring down, judging me. I think she’s disappointed. I haven’t really been excited about a movie since TFA. I haven’t seen Dawn of Justice or Civil War. I’ll probably catch the new X-Men movie in the theater, but honestly, I’m not going to be there opening night or anything. There’s just not a lot of movies that have me excited this summer.
I suspect we’ll get as many of the old World or Warcraft gang together to go and see that in the theater. I don’t think the movie will be that great, but I think we’ll have fun and I’m good with that.
So yes, more fun all around!