Open Thread: What are you reading/listening to/viewing/playing

(posted by chris the cynic)

Any, all, or any combination of:

What are you reading?

What are you listening to?

What are you viewing?

What are you playing?

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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12 thoughts on “Open Thread: What are you reading/listening to/viewing/playing

  1. anamardoll August 5, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Reading: Xanth! I just finished Castle Roogna (#3) and am starting Centaur Aisle.

    Writing: Still working on my faerie novel, and am halfway through Chapter 3. It’s a little intimidating because I still don’t always feel like a “real” (I.e., skilled) writer, but then I remember that my novels don’t have gratuitous rape in them and that moderately-decent fluff lit is a GOOD thing to have available and that encourages me, ha.

  2. froborr August 5, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I reread some Discworld while I was laid up sick over the weekend. No particular order; I went for Reaper Man first, then Witches Abroad and now Guards, Guards.

    I’ve been seriously loving John Oliver’s new show, it’s some of the best satire I’ve seen in ages. Started watching The Leftovers, sort of vaguely enjoying it but also troubled by the slow accumulation of squares it’s building up in Christian Apocalyptic Fiction Bingo. Got a couple episodes behind.

    I’ve also been watching Farscape. So far I enjoy it just barely enough to keep watching–episode 10 in particular seemed to be the beginning of a noticeable upward leap in the baseline quality of the show, and since it’s only had one really bad episode. Just watched episode 17 last night, the one where the ship got split into its component colors, and it was weird and entertaining and nicely creepy. I like when the show hits that register, it should do it more. Also less focus on John, more on actually interesting characters like Pilot, Rygel, and Chiana please. I think I basically just want a weird, slightly creepy show about puppets and fascinatingly off-putting acting choices. In space.

    Also John is usually written as a confused fish out of water, but the actor usually plays him as a confident, swaggering Hollywood leading man, and the combination registers in my brain as “smug, condescending douchebro who refuses to admit that he’s way out of his depth.” Also he keeps derailing interesting stuff about Aeryn exploring ways to challenge herself outside of combat into boring-ass romantic subplot. I kind of hate him.

    I played a very little bit of Mario Kart on Sunday, which is the first time I’ve touched a video game in months.

  3. alexseanchai August 5, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I’m rereading Mercedes Lackey’s The Fairy Godmother because comfort read. At least, that’s why I picked it up. The level of sexism and classism in the society Lackey describes for Otraria is unsettling, not to mention the casual racism and heterosexism and possibly cissexism a tad more blatant than simply having no trans characters–in the list of reasons why some young women’s happy endings never come, along with ‘prince is too old’ and ‘prince is too young’ and a couple others, is ‘prince is actually princess’. And this is in a country where magic makes everything go right.

  4. chris the cynic August 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I have internet right now and primary computer is due to arrive back home tomorrow. Woo!

    I’ve been reading stuff I’d really rather not read but it felt necessary to keep up to date on it. I’m not going to talk about that beyond what I just said.

    I haven’t been listening to stuff because since– OH MY GOD I HAVE SOUND! I totally didn’t put that together, but today is the first time since I sent primary computer in for repairs that I have access to sounds on computer. There are all sorts of things I haven’t been able to listen to, I just need to remember what they are and go listen to them.

    The most recent thing I watched is Ocean’s 11 (new not old) and while it definitely has problems I still think it holds together really well as a movie.

    The most recent thing I’ve played is some Mario 3-d world thing that Lonespark’s kids insisted I had to play (and then wouldn’t stop complaining about how I played it.)

  5. chris the cynic August 5, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    @Ana, is this one going to be more upbeat so that I won’t have to shy away from reading/betareading?

    [Edited to add:]
    I’m a site admin here, why am I getting flagged as spam? (Twice.) What happened to the spamtrap basically never catching an actual comment?

  6. Lonespark August 5, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I watched Maleficent! It was nifty! Chris wrote a blog post about it! Please to be discussing, others who have seen it or are interested in the story generally!

  7. Lonespark August 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I have been reading Ana’s Xanth decons. I only read one book that I don’t remember much, except that I didn’t like it. But the decons are interesting. I get hung up on how much it didn’t need to be horrible, but it is. Which means, I guess, that the horrible bits didn’t register that way for anyone involved.

  8. Silver Adept August 6, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I’m trying to stay ahead of my own deconstruction schedule, which seems more difficult to do with each passing week that I don’t get back to the literary criticism.

    I’m also wickedly behind on my video games. Curse you, adulthood. You make it possible, yet you thwart me from taking advantage.

    I’m also reading Ana’s Xanth as well as a few different things around, gatherig material for my regular link-dumping posts, so it’s a grab bag of everything, and I don’t have enouh time to do it all justice.

  9. froborr August 7, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Count me as another reading and enjoying Ana’s Xanth decons.

  10. alexseanchai August 7, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I’m thinking about writing a Sailor Moon (probably original anime) epic fic wherein (twenty-year-old spoilers!) Tsukino Ikuko either is Queen Serenity reborn or is in contact with her spirit, such that Ikuko knows what’s going on with their mutual daughter even though Usagi doesn’t tell Ikuko anything.

  11. Steve Morrison August 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Dead tree books: I’ve been reading Tolkien’s Beowulf translation-and-commentary, and also rereading the Discworld books to keep a bit ahead of Mark Reads Discworld. Ebooks: I’m currently reading Mark Twain’s Speeches, Tristram Shandy, and Around the World in Eighty Days. (I’ve been going through everything by Twain which I can find online, and taking advantage of Project Gutenberg to read a lot of classics I’ve never read.) Web: too much to list, but I’ve also been reading Ana’s Xanth posts, but also read Piers Anthony’s newsletter for August. (The latter may have been a mistake.) I haven’t watched anything for quite a while.

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