Fun Things

I finished season one of The Expanse last night, and I have to say I'm enjoying the shit out of it. So, I've finally broken down and started reading the novel. So far, it's following the television show almost exactly--or rather, I should say the show followed the book exactly. There are some minor changes, but not much. Frankly, I don't understand why they made Holden's love interest a white woman. That puzzles me, but whatever. I still don't care for Miller that much. We'll see if that continues. I'm looking forward to reading about Chrisjen Avasarala and Naomi Nagata. They are my two favorite characters, hands down. I gushed about Chrisjen on the SF Signal podcast a couple of weeks ago. She is, without a doubt, my favorite portrayal of an older woman in SF to date. She's powerful. She's intelligent. She's diplomatic. And she retains her femininity without being a stick figure. I also love that her husband appreciates her strength and supports her. From what little I've seen, they're a team, and that meshes well with my own experience of marriage.[1] Naomi? Naomi is a bad ass and a gearhead without being the stereotypical Gun-toting Fucktoy. And hey, she sports a mohawk. I love mohawks. Hopefully by the time season two comes out, I'll have finished the first and second books. [crosses fingers]
I'm still waiting for the next season of Killjoys and Dark Matter. Let's just say, I love the new Syfy. If only they'd change the name back to Scifi. [sigh]

On Netflix, I'm super happy with Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and I'm looking forward to Luke Cage, Black Panther, and Iron Fist too. Also, I'm enjoying the hell out of the latest season of Peggy Carter. (Of course she has a Bletchley Circle connection.) Marvel has clearly made me into a convert. Go, you mad bastards. May you continue to take risks and be successful. [blows kiss] DC, you go right ahead with pumping out those mostly naked fanboy fantasies. [sigh][eye roll] I suppose someone has to because, you know, women are only ever super hot, white, and crazy. All others are invisible, right?

In other news, I finished Melville's Moby Dick and enjoyed it. I've read Billy Budd too. I suppose it's inevitable that I'd like Melville. I'm a big fan of Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Both were Melville's influences. My short fiction read this week is The Poison Eaters and Other Stories by Holly Black. On my non-fiction list are Not Abba by Dave Haslam and The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined by Steven Pinker. I'm also making my way through The Steal Like an Artist Journal because I need to find the joy in creating again. Last summer was tough one for me--creativity-wise. It happens. Time to put that behind me and move on.

Anyway, I hope you're having a great weekend. And if you have any recommendations for uplifting things on the internet, I'd love it if you'd bring 'em. :) Just no cat pics or fuzzy animals. Those are dead easy to find on my own.
[1] Dane and I have been married for going on 15 years. We've been together for 22.