The year in reading is going fairly well in comparison to last year. Sixteen books and novellas read (compared to 27 total last year). The reading is up in part because of the January furlough: I had time to do things like go to the gym everyday, and cook a lot from scratch, and find things to do that were free since I was being frugal.
Favorites: Knife Children, a novella by Lois McMaster Bujold, and City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty.
Disappointments: The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie (could not bear the second person POV) and Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs (political/policy reasons as well as irritation with narrative choices).
Honorable mentions: Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone.
SPOILERS for ENDGAME
I’m not huge Marvel Comics Universe fan. I’ve never really been able to get into comics or graphic novels, although there are a couple of series that I’ve tried and liked. But the whole Avengers/Captain America thing? Eh. I’ve seen maybe a quarter of the whole series, none of the Iron Man, Spiderman, Antman, etc. Have seen various trailers and clips of the different Captain America movies. Caught a couple of episodes of SHIELD and Agent Carter (which I really liked, go, Peggy Carter). Movie-wise, I’ve seen the first Avengers movie, Black Panther (excellent), Infinity War (meh), Captain Marvel (which I LOVED), and now Endgame. I don’t really have opinions about most of the wrap up of storylines, but I have to say I found the Steve Rogers wrap up disappointing. Not because I expected him and Bucky to ride off into the sunset together, or because I dislike Peggy as the romantic love of Steve’s life. The disappointment stems from the complete lack of agency Peggy had, and the erasure of Bucky’s importance to Steve. Bucky was his childhood BFF, whom he apparently broke laws to rescue; they had one scene together and almost no dialog before Steve does the thing. Peggy had zero lines and was literally the reward Steve gave himself. Their relevance as independent characters was reduced to nothing. I get that there was a lot to fit into the finale, but that’s shoddy character-handling.