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Provenance by Ann Leckie

I really enjoyed the Ancillary series and recently reread the first two before reading the third, enjoying them just as much the second time through.

I liked Provenance a lot too, but for one small thing (see under 'Bad').

Good: the characters, the different human societies, the alien Geck, the writing, the way Ingray slowly learned what she was capable of and that others saw her in a much better light than she did. Also, there's a cool reference to Nilt and the purchase of a rug there which I might have missed had I not reread the Ancillary series recently. I also really liked the three genders on Hwae and how people choose theirs and their name when they become (or decide they want to be) adult. Can we have that in our society, please?

Puzzling: why were two weapons used in the murder, and by whom? There are hints pointing to at least three people but it's never made clear unless I missed something.

Bad: just one fairly small thing but it irritated the hell out of me whenever I encountered it: the title Miss. Men get Mr, nemen get Mx, but women are saddled with the insulting Miss, and that's in a society that doesn't seem to have marriage. WTH? What's wrong with Ms? That's just so wrong in a book that handles gender so well otherwise.

Anyway, if anyone has any theories on the 'puzzling', I'd like to discuss them in comments.  :-) Also posted on Dreamwidth, with comment count unavailable comments.
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AO3 stats meme

As I now know there are at least a couple more lurkers like me around, I feel as if I should post more instead of mainly reading and commenting because there are more people here than I thought.

I might have done this meme once, but I thought I'd have another look, and the first sort by hits was very surprising. So here goes (though I'm not in the league of astrogirl and thisbluespirit because small fandoms and gen).

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Lockdown meme

Here in NZ Aotearoa we're on level 4 which is one of the strictest lockdowns in the world - and it's working, just 9 new cases today. We can only leave home to buy food or if we're essential workers. We may go to level 3 next month which will allow a bit of movement in the local area. But more in this meme that others have done...

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Picard!

Very enjoyable and promising, and never boring.

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Pity about the lens flares. Is that an accepted thing in SF now, dammit? Like shaky camera work (which stopped me watching BSG), it raises an artificial barrier where there shouldn't be one between the viewers and the story they want to immerse themselves in. Patrick Stewart, I'd have thought you would have said no to such a distracting device. I'm enjoying the technical advances made in the 20 or 30 years since Picard was a captain though.

I'm definitely looking forward to more, and so far it seems to be more my thing than Discovery (though I do love Tilly and Reno).

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First day of 2020 here

We woke up to eerie yellow skies this morning with smoke from the Australian bush fire being blown across the south island, and it's been getting darker all day. We have the lights on at midday and the unlit rooms are dark and gloomy. It feels like post-9pm twilight except for the colour.

This photo is from a local photographer. My phone camera compensated for the yellow light so I couldn't get a photo of my own. The moon was deep red last night.

Aussie bush fires turn our skies yellow and orange

It's now become more orange and the street lights are on. I hate to think what it's like over in Oz. Be safe, everyone!

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Wishes of happiness

I see this didn't turn up here because cross-posting is no longer working. It won't be too late for some of you anyway!

Wishing you light, love, and joy, whether you celebrate or not!

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Christmas video from the Bern Police

A fun Christmas Star Wars video from the Swiss police; you don't need to know any German. I love the sign at 1:22 - the Empire could well argue that it doesn't apply to them. At the end you can see the labels on the gifts: "Für Luke von Papi" and "Für Leia". :-D

Translation of their festive greetings:
We wish you happy holidays.
May the Force of peace and serenity be with you.
Your Canton Police Bern

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

We went to The Rise of Skywalker on Thursday (1 hour's drive each way) - and it was fun! So much better and much more upbeat than The Last Jedi despite the inevitable lens flares - seriously, we want to be immersed in a story, not distracted by a camera which isn't part of it. But that stupid Abrams quirk aside, it was entertaining, fun, and a very satisfying end to the series. As in The Force Awakens there were some nice nods to A New Hope (still my favourite).The lighting on Leia when inserted into various scenes wasn't quite right which was slightly disconcerting but it was still good to see her.

Longest credits ever but we sat through most of them just for the music; I love John Williams' Star Wars scores. This is one I'll watch again when it comes up on Disney Plus.

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Now to watch Star Wars Rebels and The Mandalorian, yay! (I've been distracted by playing the awesome Heaven's Vault game.)

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Scum, Villainy, and Rebels (Blake's 7/Star Wars Original Trilogy)

Here's another instalment in my ongoing [community profile] intoabar  series in which Vila ends up in various different universes which has become a Thing. This time it's the Star Wars original trilogy.

Title: Scum, Villainy, and Rebels
Author: [personal profile] vilakins
Prompt: Vila Restal goes into a bar and meets... Leia Organa.
Fandoms: Blake's 7, Star Wars Original Trilogy
Word count: 3281
Rating: General audiences
Contents: No warnings needed
Summary: Vila asked Orac to take him somewhere no one would ever find him.

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