Face the Ravenclaw

This week’s Verity! is out. I have not heard it yet, but I ASSUME they are all very excellent and correct about how great Face the Raven was. If not, I shake my head in fannish sadness at em.

Also, the first special ep of Down and Safe arrived safely on Monday. It’s almost two hours long, features LISTS of our favourite Blake’s 7 season 1 episodes, and is all totally, completely relevant. Sort of.

I’ve finished watching Jessica Jones, which was AMAZING. It’s so nice when I feel like I’m being pandered to, and that was one well of a pandering to me and my interests show, despite surface-wise seeming not my thing what with the detective-noir. I wish to write tons more about it, but for now I will say, give the first episode a try, and if you like it, and it wasn’t too dark for you then it only gets more and more awesome; and while horrid stuff happens, if you’re okay with ep 1, you should be okay with the rest of it.

Damn, it’s just so good to have a show where women are allowed to be pissed off and angry and virtually every conversation has at least one woman in it. It FEELS so good, like, watching it, I feel…I don’t know quite what the right word is…validated? Uplifted? Refreshed? All those things but more somehow.

Anyway…I’m giving The Flash a shot now, and I NAIVELY asked a comic book question or two on the Twitters and have got the exact response that I deserve. YARG.

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Please do not aim your ships at us

Look, yes, obviously you shouldn’t drink and drive, especially if what you’re driving a a 7000 tonne fucking SHIP, and yet I still feel everyone should take a moment today to commemorate the end of the no doubt noble career of the Russian sailor who drank half a litre of rum before aiming his ship at Scotland and ramming us at full speed. Naturally, Scotland being a GIANT FUCKING LAND MASS, came off slightly better in this encounter. The vessel has been scrapped, Scotland remains unscathed. No sailors were injured. But possibly they might stop sticking liquor cabinet on ships that have a zero tolerance to drinking policy.

I live on podcasts and wine, apparently

Yes, I owe this blog, um…four posts about Doctor Who. And I will make them. It’s just this has turned into a ridiculously busy time, and I’ve had to do a smidgen of prioritising, alas.

What I have found time for, however, is a few extra podcasts. So if you just have to find out what I thought about Sleep No More (Macbeth does murder sleep!), I scrambled for some thoughts before recording, mere minutes after the episode concluded, an episode of Incomparable’s TeeVee podcast with the smashing and very real Jason Snell (I have a problem, because I mostly hear him on Total Party Kill, so I do think of him as a little bit fictional). I’m also aaaaacting, daaaarlings, on this month’s Reality Bomb as the Spoiler Cops have returned in another ridiculously fun skit.

And, I just recorded an episode of The Cornell Collective last night which should be out this Friday. (Spoiler: it was awesome, also some super nifty behind-the-scenes tidbits from Jamie Mathieson.)

And there’s a special episode of Down and Safe, brought to you courtesy of our generous Patreons, that I have to source a couple of sounds for, and it will be with you tomorrow.

And in the interests of making this a well-rounded blog post, I shall mention something Non-Podcast Related: Adrian Tchaikovsky’s fantasy novel Guns of the Dawn has just come out in paperback. And it is amazingsauce. Think, if the Napoleonic Wars had gone on and on and Britian really needed to recruit women into the army and the Bennet sisters ended up going to war. That is basically what happens. And it is every bit as nifty as it sounds. And if you don’t think that sounds nifty, first, for shame, and second you should buy it anyway because I really really want a sequel and the only way to get one is if the first books sells well. (I mean, I do have an alternative plan, but, between you and me, I suspect it’s illegal, immoral, and likely to make Adrian terribly upset with me, so I’d rather not do that.) (Also, while you’re at it, may as well get Children of Time too…it’s proper good sci-fi, and a book I heartily recommend for consideration for Hugo nomination next year.)

Farewell, delicious readers! The word mines await!

Fantasycon loot

Mmm, books. There were many books at Fantasycon, and many freebies, but I was v conscious of the six hour train journey and limited luggage space, so I tried to be strict with self and was less so than I intended but never mind. Books!

(Also, cons that give out canvas tote bags with the con pack? *LOVE*)

FantasyCon15 Books

It was also a superb con, with ridic good programming, and I had a smashing Doctor Who panel. I’ve been on a fair amount of Who panels, and seen even more, and in my experience general ones at cons not specifically about Who tend to be a bit so-so. This one wasn’t. It was fun and funny, and there were some brilliant anecdotes from the other panellists. And I only mentioned The Time Monster once.