My April 2022 Wrap-up

My April 2022 came with an unexpectedly high page count.

– Tangled Destinies ★★★★¾, fanfic, SF, online, one of my favourite Star Trek AOS fanfics. Re-read. I rarely read fanfic anymore, but sometimes it‘s a nice palate cleanser.
Taken ★★★★★ ebook, UF, Alex Verus #3, best so far.
– Enchanted Living, Summer 2019: #47 The Art Nouveau Issue ★★★☆☆ StoryGraph #2, eMag, some nice photos, too much fairyland, not enough Art Nouveau — I skimmed.
The Vampire Lestat ★★★★☆ paper, fantasy/horror, the exhaustive story of Lestat. Still good, but sometimes a bit verbose.
Amongst Our Weapons ★★★★☆ audio, UF, Peter Grant #9
– Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction ★★★☆☆ StoryGraph #1, paper, non-fiction, for aspiring writers of specfic — I skimmed.
– The Renegades Of Pern ★★★★☆ ebook, something old, something other, something new. Good fun.

Buddy Read — short story anthology: (ongoing)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Six:
– AIRBODY by Sameem Siddiqui, Clarkesworld Magazine #163, April 2020 — renting the body of someone else via shared consiousness, nice idea with lots of possibilities. ★★★☆☆
– THE BAHRAIN UNDERGROUND BAZAAR by Nadia Afifi — the MC connects into the recording of another person‘s death. A trip of self-discovery. ★★★☆☆
– LONE PUPPETEER OF A SLEEPING CITY by Arula Ratnakar — probably not bad, but I couldn‘t work up any interest for the story. ★★☆☆☆

Comics:
Qinaya ★★★★★ hardcover, contemporary, Issue #1, French family adopts 4 year old Peruvian girl. Too cute for words. Surprising ending.
The Adoption: CE ★★★★½ eComic, with Dennis & Nataliya, full English version of the above.
– Unnatural #1 ★★¾☆☆ eComics, TBR pile, pig girl looking for love in a restrictive society.
– Seven To Eternity #1 ★★★☆☆ eComics, TBR pile, high fantasy meets the Wild West. Good artwork, meh story.
Slaughter-House Five ★★★★☆ eComics, TBR, graphic adaptation of Vonnegut‘s classic.
– Saga #58 ★★★★☆ eComics, Alana tries to keep her family afloat and takes on dubious jobs.

Specfic Movies & TV watched:
– Picard, S2, Eps 1-9 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀 — Very good, enjoying this more than S1. Could have done without the psychoanalysis and flashbacks of the last two episodes.
– Life 🚀🚀🚀🚀🚀 — great alien creature feature on the ISS with Ryan Reynolds, re-re-watch
– Raised by Wolves, S1 🐺🐺🐺🐺.75 — great start, very weird ending
– Wolfwalkers 🐺🐺🐺🐺.5 — beautifully done animation
– Interstellar 🚀🚀🚀🚀 — very imaginative
– The Adam Project ⏰⏰⏰⏰ — time travel with Ryan Reynolds
– A Monster Calls 👿 👿 👿 — animated YA monster story