And a happy to all my trans siblings, 'cause family is one helluva lot more than blood-kin. They are the people, including the strangers, who unconditionally support you and are willing to stand by your side.

Public Service Announcement: For those who haven't, this is the last day you can bank this financial year's Trans Lobby/Big Pharma payoff cheques. If you do not, then it will roll into next financial year's calculations.

If you have not received your cheque, please, do not worry. It's yet another bogus conspiracy theory dreamt up by the usual 'phobes.

Incidentally, for the entire length of time it took me to do those posts, my Windows Update counter has crept from 88% to 94%. Keep this up MS and another power cut is going to scrag another drive.

...This is a series that is really dark, and really, really, really, well written. Also looking forward to Julie's re-debut (rebut?) with 'Sorry Jones'.

...The storyline in The Barbed Coil is markedly more unique (not fully unique, but much better than the first trilogy), so much better written, and has a much better tendency to grab you in the feels.

And then she started a new series. The Sword of Shadows. And you know how I said that Julie improves in parsecs? It feels like it's been written by a completely different author to the first trilogy, even though it's set in the same world. Really looking forward to its completion...5/?

...And that's J V Jones. Her first trilogy really showed that it was her first published work. It was okay, at best. The writing wasn't polished, the storyline was deeply formulaic, and the pacing was off. So it was readable, but it wouldn't have been something that would have been placed on my must-read again list.

But then she wrote a stand-alone book and the difference was amazing. I describe Brandon Sanderson as having improved leaps and bounds. Julie improves in parsecs...4/?

...Tad Williams. Love the Osten Ard books. Not so keen on the other series though (Otherland and Shadowmarch). I mean they're good, but to me they lack the spark that made Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn really work.

And there's so many other writers as well, far too many to mention, but there is one who I truly believe deserves special mention.

...3/?

...as are Robin Hobb's.

Elizabeth Haydon's Rhapsody books also hit the spot with me. Suitably myffic, and grand in scale. Love them.

Brandon Sanderson. Excellent. I've watched him improve leaps and bounds as a writer and I'm so impressed, especially with what is promising to be a truly epic-in-scale series, The Stormlight Archives.

...2/?

So fantasy:

Adrian Tchaikovsky - Brilliant. It's a Kinden Surprise (aha, aha, ah. No? mmm, fewer Kinden puns then I guess)

Pratchett, of course, and really looking forward to the new Watch series coming out on the small screen.

The Fionovar Tapestry Trilogy. So overlooked, but a delight to read. So emotionally well written that as a survivor, I've only ever been able to read sections of the end of the first book once.

N K Jemisin who's works are mind-blowing. . .1/?

...to do it justice. Helps that I love Riley's accent. And Nomi, well damn but representation matters and fuck that is good to see. Doesn't hurt that Jamie Clayton is a bloody wonderful person as well.

Think I'll start a separate toot for fantasy.

6/6

...on the other hand - Farscape. Just the utter genius that is Farscape. A show that went, 'Let's take every sci-fi trope in the book, throw it at the storyline, but not hit the reset-switch at the end of an episode. And let's not be coy about the love stories. Front and centre please, with a lot of brutal honesty.' Best two depictions of a romance in sci-fi ever: Crichton and Aeryn Sun, seconded only by Crichton and D'Argo.

And Sense8 is, well, Sense8. So good I lack the words... 5/?

...the casting decision of Bradley Walsh. Oh he can act, no question of that, but do you really need to bring a big name to cast an unneeded shadow when Jodie Whittaker is about to make history? I mean, seriously, that's not something they've ever felt they needed to do since the reboot).

What else is there. Liked B5 at the time. It's still good, but I don't think it's aged well given what's happening in the world now.

...4/?

intensity and emotional honesty in the acting especially in the quiet moments, the War Doctor was the War Doctor and stunning, and 12, well 12 mostly underwhelmed me until his final series, because I had no connection to Clara at all. None. Did not give a fig, which has got to be a first for me and a companion. But 12s final series with Pearl Mackie was a delight because Pearl was so spot on as a companion. Fairly obviously, really looking forward to 13, although a bit worried about... 3/?

...actually liked the bipolar and intense nature of 6, loved 7 and thought he was really let down by the quality of the writing at the beginning, 8 is stunning despite the film, I know 9 can act so I can't work out why he phoned so much of his performance for Nu-Who, 10 OMG, 10 with Billie Piper, 10 with Freema Agyeman, 10 with Catherine Tate, 10 with Katherine Jenkins and most importantly, 10 with Kylie [catch me while I swoon; ah Kylie], loved the character and acting for 11, so much... 2/?

So then, whilst my PC is slowly repairing itself by installing W10 on a new HD because yesterday's power-cut trashed my old boot drive, more about me:

Who am I? I'm not Spider Woman; sorry to disappoint.

I like my sci-fi, although these days I get most of my sci-fi via visual media, and I love fantasy, and I get most of that through reading (woohoo, Sanderson!)

I love Doctor Who (Loved 1, 2, 3, 4, was 'meh' about 5 until he started in on Jodie Whittaker now he's right on my shit-list... 1/?,

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Hello everyone. Just to warn you, I'm new to this platform, and wildly flailing around until I can work out which flail does what.

Word of warning, I occasionally descend into Britishness, with all the weirdness that can entail...

Pip pip, tally ho, etc etc...

I will pass on the unlimited rice pudding though. Horrible stuff.

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