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Reading "The Handmaid's Tale" for the next book club meeting.

I've avoided it for a long time because I thought it would be too much, but I like it so far.

Serious and scary issues addressed, but with just a sprinkling of hope (which tbh is about all the hope I can make room for a lot of the time these days) and w/a focus mostly on the narrator as a person you almost start to meet as a friend. Softens the blow a bit and makes it easier to handle.

I wrote a list of a bunch of smaller (5 item) lists of favorite media-things on my blog.

blogs.booktoot.club/zephasauru

It was a fun diversion.

*sigh* Back to real life.

good omens, misogyny, depression, current events (uspol), feminism quote from last post and new book to read 

Further investigation shows that quote is from someone named Lindy West, who apparently wrote a book called "Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman."

Well.

That's...extremely appropriate actually and I think that's gonna go on my reading list for the next month. Might be a nice counterbalance to the depressing content in The Handmaid's Tale. And, you know....life.

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good omens, misogyny, racism, fatphobia, homophobia 

I remember reading at some point that feminism is the slow realization that the things you love hate you and I feel that hard.

On the other hand, it's wonderful to realize how far we've come with pop culture. Still a long way to go, obviously. But when I first read it I just sort of accepted that I was the butt of the joke for most people. I'm glad we've gotten to a place where I expect better. I hope we'll keep working and getting better.

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good omens, misogyny, racism, fatphobia, homophobia 

It's frustrating because I really, *really* enjoy a lot of this book. It was one of the first things I read as an adult able to read what I wanted w/o worrying that my mom would see it and start screaming at me over it, and it helped shape both my humor and my values/beliefs in a lot of ways. So it's hard to read it again after a little over a decade since my last read and find out I'm kind of not welcome in it.

2/3

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good omens, misogyny, racism, fatphobia, homophobia 

Specific things in the book that got to me.

1) a character who "would have been" romantic if she wasn't fat. πŸ™„

2) The huge imbalance in how women and men are treated by the narrator. Male bigot? Most people like him, he's just racist in a broad, funny way it's hard to mind. Women who talk a lot? Will never marry and if they do their husband will come back from the grave to finally tell them to shut up.

3) Casual violent homophobia.

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Book club starts sooooooooon!

I am excited. In case you couldn't tell.

Thoughts on Good Omens

1 - It's longer than I remembered. I keep thinking "oh I must be almost at the end" but there's still 3.5 hours left and this is like the 4th time I've thought that.

2 - There's kind of a lot of misogyny? And fat-hate? I didn't remember that at all and I don't think it fits w/the overall tone of the novel, so much of how media was in the 90s just took it as a given that women talk too much and fat women can't also be attractive. Glad we're doing better, slowly.

Also playing a lot of Final Fantasy XIV lately. First time I've liked an MMO enough to keep at it more than a few weeks.

I've learned I really like playing healer and also tanks are precious brave people because it's a very stressful job.

Also I like making cute outfits.

(Re)reading Good Omens for a local-but-online book club.

I love this book. I probably didn't need to read it again to discuss it tbh but I'm glad I decided to do it anyway.

Seems like it's been a long time since I posted, so just thought I'd let everyone know I'm still here, I'm fine, my life is just kind of a busy chaotic mess right now.

Not a lot of reading happening, but I did start watching Cobra Kai. It's kind of terrible, but a little reassuring to watch something where there are no heroes, just terrible people trying to be a little bit less garbage. I can do that, probably.

Umbrella Academy season 2 was very good.

Now I have to rewatch the whole thing.

Non-book, family drama, toxic relationships 

My mom called in the middle of my regularly scheduled game night. Since she knows that's a thing, and since she called me yesterday and rarely calls more than weekly, I picked up thinking it might actually be an emergency.

It was not.

It was framed as questions related to my job, but now I think what actually happened was my dad wanted to talk to me but thinks they need an excuse since I hung up the last time he called and no longer ask for him. Ugh.

Found a new book today, might be the first on my "wow I have to read that" list for the year.

A Werewolf In Riverdale, by Caleb Roehrig

It's a novelization of Jughead: the Hunger!

That's a really good comic you should read if you like horror and Archie.

I'm excited.

Reasons I'm excited right now:

- Got my first ffxiv character to the visiting-other-cities spot and joined all the guilds I wanted for him

- Umbrella Academy season two is up Friday!!!

- I have a day off Friday!!!

- Saturday after work I get to record a podcast!

Work has been kind of a lot lately but this should be a good couple of days.

FFXIV 

Yeah, I like it a lot. I have two characters going and I love them.

1 - lalafell conjurer, when he gets to 10 I'm gonna just do all the gathering/crafting classes and not fight anything. ACNH in FF!

2 - catboy arcanist, now also a rogue/blacksmith/armorer/culinarian.

Gonna also make an au ra thaumaturge probably when that opens up in August.

I like magic classes.

Started playing FF XIV. I've been *kind of* interested in it for a long time but not quite sure I was interested enough to spend the money.

I somehow didn't realize there was a free trial version.

YAY now I have a whole new thing to make cute avatars and run around being cute in!

That's literally all games are to me.

My partner and I have been watching X-Files recently. He's re-watching but it's been awhile, I'd never seen a single episode.

I'm interested, but it's extremely ridiculous and I worry that if I'd watched it younger it would have seemed perfectly sensible.

Also Mulder is The Worst.

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