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Science Fiction

Watched The Expanse S6E6

Watched Babylon's Ashes from m.imdb.com

Inners and Belters fight side by side with the crew of the Rocinante in a last, massive, desperate battle with Marco and his Free Navy, with the fate of the Solar System, the Ring Gates, and of all humanity hanging in the balance.

Classic Holden at the end.

Rolled my eyes at the very symbolic handmade dinner after a season of internal strife πŸ™„

Not thrilled about the Inaros men’s endings, I had a way I thought would be better.

The space paratrooper attack was not great. Bobbie’s bit was cool even if it didn’t make sense with the show’s internal logic.

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Science Fiction

Watched The Expanse S6E4&5

Watched Redoubt from imdb.com

A controversial decision puts Holden at odds with his crew. On Ceres, Avasarala struggles to contain an escalating humanitarian crisis. Drummer's growing faction stage a daring raid. Filip makes an unexpected discovery.

This is dragggggging. Apparently even worse if you’ve read the books.

Wait is there seriously only one more episode? Uhhhhh….

 

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Science Fiction

Watched The Expanse S6E3

Watched Force Projection from m.imdb.com

Avasarala, with the Combined Fleet of Earth and Mars, takes the war to Marco. Filip and Marco’s relationship is tested. The war becomes more perilous and personal for Holden and Naomi when the Rocinante is suddenly forced into a battle.

Marcos Inaros is not a nuanced character apparently. Won’t take long to turn the belt against him if he follows this path. His new second in command already thinks he’s an idiot.

The previous episode still irritates me — the ship is that strategically vital and a single Mars marine can take it? You don’t have an autodestruct plan in place? For real?

Called it on the Laconia plotline πŸ™„ Not sure where it goes next though πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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Science Fiction

Watched The Expanse S6E1&2

Watched Strange Dogs from m.imdb.com

The Rocinante crew make a startling discovery on an asteroid. Avasarala and Bobbie contend with the devastation on Earth. Drummer and her family must make a heartbreaking decision. On Ceres, Marco and Filip’s struggles turn inward.

Feeling meh so far, hopefully after a few more episodes we’ll get back into it. Too many plotlines, too much politics that’s hard to follow, especially since I continue to struggle with the belter accent. Marcos Inaros struggling to keep that accent in some spots. Having a hard time keeping tabs on this many spaceships. Our spaceship family on the Rocinante is fraying at the seams, frustrating to see them all squabbling.

CGI looking not great. But at least Avasarela’s outfits are still on point. Some of the action happens too quickly for me to follow and I have to get DH to tell me what just happened. At once point I thought there were three spaceships in a scene rather than two because I couldn’t track the movement of one of them.

I really don’t care about the little girl who accidentally killed a baby “bird,” it can’t compete with the other scenes in places we know with people we care about, and the child actor is not up to the same standard as the adults — please stop dragging out this storyline and get to the point. I imagine it would be even duller if I didn’t have a vague idea from DH why that planet is important.

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Society

7 factors in outcome of war

Bookmarked The State of the Russo-Ukrainian War by Timothy Snyder (Thinking about…)

The TELLMES tell us that Russia is losing

seven underlying factors that tend to decide the form of armed conflicts: time, economics, logistics, landscape, mode of combat, ethos, and strategy (the TELLMES)

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Comics Fantasy

Read Eighty Days

Read Eighty Days

A pilot wants nothing more than to fly. Or so he thought, until he crosses paths with a mysterious thief whose tricks draw him into unchartered territory and new adventure. In a life where the truth changes as quickly as clouds in the sky, the pilot must decide for himself what freedom really means.

β€œMap A Course, Arrive Safe Home. That’s The Measure Of Your Achievement.” A pilot wants nothing more than to fly. Or so he thought, until he crosses paths with a mysterious thief whose tricks draw him into unchartered territory and new adventure. In a life where the truth changes as quickly as clouds in the sky, the pilot must decide for himself what freedom really means. Award-winning cartoonist A.C. Esguerra presents an unforgettable love letter to flight, the quest for freedom and the greatest adventure of all – love.

Early page

Enjoyed this graphic novel set in an alternate early 20th century world with an invented fascist government. Told partially in epistolary format through logbooks and telegraphs which works reasonably well. The story works, though it shifts midway in genre and central characters due to plot happenings. Incorporating Sable more into the early parts of the book would have helped the transition. Relationships are important to the story moreso than character per se. I would have been interested to understand Jay’s backstory, which I think could have deepened his choices and struggles later in the story.

I understand the limitations of the medium, forcing tradeoffs in how much story you can tell. To make this a single volume graphic novel it couldn’t delve further into these things — I could see this working as a multi-volume work that centered the romance more, with deeper characterization. Or, potentially turning the focus of the book to Sable rather than combining her story with Jay and Fix’s romance — her arc is the most dramatic.

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Political Commentary

Crowdfunded war

Bookmarked

A special kind of modern hell.