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All Tied Up 7/9/2017

All Tied Up 7/9/2017
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I was originally hestitant to read “Grace and the Fever” by Zan Romanoff because I had somehow gotten the impression that the author was a man, and I am not here for guys writing about teenage girls and fandom. But a recent episode of the Reading the End bookcast had the Jennys interviewing Zan Romanoff, who is not a dude, and they convinced me to read it. I’m enjoying it a lot so far! If you were into boybands as a teen (and if you still are), definitely pick this up.

I’m also in the midst of my bad decisions playthrough of “Mass Effect: Andromeda.” It’s going poorly (but not as poorly as my eventual darkest timeline PT will). So many people are going to be so mad at me. Sorry in advance Peebee, Drack, Avitus, Cora, Jaal—you know what, it’ll be faster to just say this: Sorry in advance, everyone in Andromeda.

Finally, the latest Cat Sebastian romance—“The Ruin of a Rake”—just came out, and it is delightful. It’s in the same universe as “The Lawrence Browne Affair,” which was phenomenol. Reading this when my summer class reading gets too heavy. (Yes, tell me more about metadata.)




I have discovered a new interactive fiction game, thanks to a Twitter recommendation, called “Zarya 1.” In it, you support a group of astronauts as they track down the source of a mysterious signal on the moon. It’s fun—and yes, you can total party wipe, so be careful out there spacefarers. It’s available on Steam and Android.

I’ve also continued to enjoy “American Gods” quite a bit. Things that seemed overdone and tropey come back in truly fresh and surprising ways. Plus, Gillian Anderson appears as David Bowie and that’s pretty amazing.

I’ve also started my first ever watch of “Babylon 5” after learning that the show’s creator, J. Michael Straczynski, worked on “Sense8.” It’s delightfully ’90s cheese, complete with weird-haired aliens and polyester costumes, and I’m enjoying it so far.



“Last Cinderella.” Picture courtesy of


I needed something light after Tokyo Ghoul ruined my life a few weeks ago, so I moved on to live-action Japanese dramas. I just finished “Last Cinderella,” which tells the story of Sakura Toyama, a 39-year-old unconventional (by Japanese standards) hair stylist who ends up in a relationship with a man 15 years her junior.

Full disclosure: I started watching this show because of Haruma Miura. I loved him in another Japanese drama (“You Taught Me All The Precious Things”), and while I’m not saying he’s the most gorgeous man I have ever seen, I’m also not NOT saying that … because:


Haruma Miura in “Last Cinderella”


You see what I mean?

In addition to being blessed with a perfect face, he is also a consistently good actor and a particularly convincing crier whose tears, I’ve found, have the power to destroy my soul. (Too much?) In short, I’m a mere mortal who came for the eye candy but stayed for the show’s fun tropes and surprisingly sexy scenes. I mean there’s a love triangle throughout the series and even a Let’s-Pretend-We’re-In-A-Relationship subplot. This is my bread and butter.

All-in-all, I was not disappointed! The show starts out fun and over-the-top, with delicious twists and turns that made me want to marathon it in one sitting (I did not), but there are plenty of heart-pounding, gut-wrenching moments as well. For a show with only eleven episodes, I was not expecting to get so attached to the characters, but the writing made me really sympathize and root for all of them. While I didn’t agree with the characters’ sometimes sexist and fat-shamey comments, the actors are very likable and really kept me engaged throughout the story, right up until the dramatic last episode.

It’s also peppered with adorable, super-relatable haikus about life.



Click here to start watching on Crunchyroll!


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