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I Am Legend, Sirens S2, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, The End of All Things, Lock In, Unlocked, Fire Season.

I Am Legend: One of those movies where I can see what they're trying to do but it doesn't quite click. It's got all the postapoc cliches, pretty much hits the points and moves on. Obviously a bit of a character piece, and almost works as that. Maybe it's just a bit too obvious and smarmy, especially with the theatrical ending.

Sirens season 2: Why was this cancelled when worse sitcoms keep getting renewed? It's consistently funny, the characters have a great balance of likeability and flaws, it has the occasional "aw" moment without being saccharine...all on Netflix now, just watch it.

Myriad Colors Phantom World ep 1-8: This was...weird. We really liked the premise and the off-the-wall worldbuilding of the first couple of episodes, then it stayed at a simple monster-of-the-week high school show.

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (Lois McMaster Bujold): All very fine, but a bit light on plot...definitely an indulgence for long time fans rather than an entry point for the new reader. It's a chance to spend a little time with Cordelia and get some different perspective on things in the past. Consider it perhaps an epilogue to the Vorkosigan saga, at least for now.

The End of All Things (John Scalzi): The Human Division was slightly better, not quite the same level of gut punch here. But it's a good place to leave the OMW universe for a bit, with most of the stray plot threads resolved and a lot of the thematic issues addressed. I don't think that could have been done from Perry's perspective.

Lock In (John Scalzi): One of Scalzi's best and I'm excited to see more in the universe. If there's a problem, it's that it's too short and winds up a bit quickly. He hits a lot of points of disability politics and, most importantly, refrains from pontificating: different characters have different ideas. That's okay. No need for a resolution. There's also a brilliant "oh wow" moment on race, at least for idiots like me.

Unlocked (John Scalzi): Glad I read it in the order of Lock In first; I think it works better to see the results and then how society got there.

Fire Season (David Weber and Jane Lindskold): A little less patronizing than the first Star Kingdom novel, and thus smoother read, but still a remarkably unsophisticated narrative. As with the first, it's carried by the simple fact that treecats are awesome.
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