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Books

115. The Very Best of Kate Elliott by Kate Elliott -- 3 stars (sff)
116. The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher -- 2.5 stars (sff, audio)
117. Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills -- 3 stars (ya)
118. My Love Story!! Volume 5 by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko -- 4 stars
119. Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution by Laurie Penny -- 3 stars (n-f)
120. The Sport of Baronets by Theresa Romain -- 3 stars (rom)
121. The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez -- 3 stars (sff) ([community profile] 50books_poc: Book 21)
122. For Real by Alexis Hall -- 3 stars (rom)
123. Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall -- 3 stars (rom)
124. Gotham Academy Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan et al -- 4 stars
125. He's My Only Vampire Volume 4 by Aya Shouoto -- 2.5 stars
126. The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh -- 3.5 stars (ya) ([community profile] 50books_poc: Book 22)
126.5 Carry On by Rainbow Rowell* (ya, audio) -- 4 stars
127. Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (ya, audio) -- 3 stars
128. The Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman (ya, audio) -- 3 stars
129. The Whitechapel Fiend by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson (ya, audio) -- 3 stars
130. Nothing But Shadows by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (ya, audio) -- 3.5 stars
131. The Evil We Love by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman (ya, audio) --2.5 stars
132. Pale Kings and Princes by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman (ya, audio) -- 3 stars
133. Bitter of Tongue by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (ya, audio) -- 3 stars
134. The Fiery Trial by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (ya, audio) -- 2.5 stars
135. Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire -- 3.5 stars (sff)
136. Born to Endless Night by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan (ya) -- 3.5 stars
137. Angels Twice Descending by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman (ya) -- 2 stars
138. Idol Dreams Volume 2 by Arina Tanemura -- 2 stars
139. Library Wars Volume 14 by Kiiro Yumi -- 3 stars
140. Library Wars Volume 15 by Kiiro Yumi -- 4 stars
141. My Love Story!! Volume 6 by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko -- 4 stars
142. A Silent Voice Volume 6 by Yoshitoki Oima -- 3.5 stars
143. Thor Volume 1: Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron et al -- 3 stars
144. My Love Story!! Volume 7 by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko -- 3.5 stars
145. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire -- 3 stars (sff)

Books: 22
  sff: 5
  romance: 3
  ya: 13
  non-fiction: 1
  *re-read: 1
Manga/Comics: 10
[community profile] 50books_poc: 2

Movies

9. Captain America: Civil War (May 14) -- 3.5 stars

Good movie! Politically incoherent but a good movie. It's an experience to watch this when your background is in political science and your friend's is in international relations because we looked at each other with identical expressions of disbelief when Stark started arguing in favour of the UN administrating the Sokovia Accords. REALLY? I think they should have made another imaginary international organization a la the World Council because anyone even somewhat familiar with the UN will immediately think about its immense failures as a peacekeeping entity (I was sitting there thinking 'Sam! Bring up Rwanda! Srebrenica! There are actual historical examples of cases when the UN failed horrifically to prevent atrocities! You're ex-military; there is no way you weren't taught this! Yes, they've had some successes but there's still more than enough there to lend some teeth to Steve's concerns about placing that power in their hands. Not to mention Rhodey's argument that they'd be respecting the wishes of 117 nations is bullshit; there are 5 nations in the UN with veto power and they're the ones that'd be holding your reins').

All of which is funny because in what universe does a movie manage to emotionally place me on the side of Team Give Americans Unilateral Powers of Intervention With No Accountability! Like, what. That is a morally horrific position.

Basically the MCU is really not set up to have a discussion of the place of superheroes in international politics because the only possible conclusion is superheroes are the worst idea ever and you would need at LEAST a full mini-series to work out the social and political implications and start stumbling your way to some kind of workable regulations to make them less the equivalent of Superheroes: All the Problems With the Police With Even Fewer Ways to Render Them Accountable!

In conclusion: Team T'Challa. Bring on the Black Panther movie. 3.5 stars

Television

Game of Thrones 5.01
iZombie 1.01, 1.02
Outlander 1.01, 1.02
Penny Dreadful 2.01, 2.02, 2.03, 2.04, 2.05, 2.06 2.07, 2.08, 2.09, 2.10, 3.01, 3.02, 3.03

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