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As usual, my blogging has been non existent - well, it is me. The fact that I'm finally making a post at night after being drugged in bed with a dizzy migraine all day is just how I roll. Mostly, it's because I randomly ran across an awesome book vlogger on youtube today and I'm feeling inspred. Let's face it, it probably won't last. What gives me hope is that I've no been using to do lists to organise my life on an almost daily basis for over a month now and it's been working. Mostly. Migraines and 'meh' days still happen. I've already starting semi-scheduling minimum reading and TV time, so perhaps it will work for blogging too. Perhaps if I put it on the weekend list?

So, lets start with what I've been reading in the last month-ish.

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina
I read this back in late February. It's been on my to-read shelf since I saw Ambelin speak as the Guest of Honour at Continuum in Melbourne in 2014, but I hadn't got around to it (the story of my life). I finally picked it up as part of my determination to read more authors of colour. Ambelin is an Indigenous Australian author from Western Australia and this is the first novel in her YA series The Tribe. It's post the environmental apocalypse and shares the stories of a group of young people with illegal powers living in a forest on the outskirts of society. It literally covers the interrogation of the leader of these children, Ashala Wolf, over a few days. But more is going on than you think. It's about memory and friendship, power and dreams, and doing what's right. I really enjoyed it.

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
I read this in the lead up to attending Contact 2016 which was held in Brisbane over Easter, with Ben as a GOH. Again, this was a book that had been sitting on my kindle for a couple of years, so I took the opportunity to read it. It's a London police procedural with magic and gods. It's the firstiin the Peter Grant series and is very enjoyable. I particularly liked the characterisation of the Thames and it's subsiduries. Enjoyable, will probably read more eventually, but not as gripping and mind bending as my other experience in a similar sub genre, Paul Cornell's Shadow Police series.

Uncanny Magazine Issue 6
I'm a wee bit behind in my Uncanny Reading (I supported both Kickstarter campaigns) but have picked it up again as my bus ride reading. This issue had a fun middle grade Scifi story, "Find A Way Home" by Paul Cornell and the bizzarity of the glitter frogs in "And Never Mind the Watching Ones" by Keffy R.M. Kehrli. As always there was some excellent essays and I think I'm starting to connect to the poetry more (I blame my current uni studies - "Biting Tongues" by Amal El-Mohtar rang clanging bells).

I also ended up re-reading all three volumes of A Tapestry of Lives by Jean Sims, one of my favourite Pride & Prejudice variation and extensions. I am currently over 600 page sinto the final book of The Obernewtyn Chronicles, The Red Queen by Isobelle Carmody, which is awesome, but requires large chunks of time (it's 1108 pages!).

TV wise, I've not watch much of note, though in the last week or so I've been catching up on a lot of Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery (a half hour interview show where she takes guests to their childhood homes & schools). I also finally watched episode 1.04 of Daredevil on Sunday and OMG the violence was so graphic I had to turn away and block my ears. I will persist with season 1, as it's Marvel, but I don't know whether I'll go further.

Now, I should stop here and try & sleep, so as to avoid missing another day of work.


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