2014 roundup

Books

January

Ancillary Justice – Ann Leckie 4 out of 5
He Said, Sidhe Said – Tanya Huff 3 out of 5
Rule of Three – Kelly Jamieson 4 out of 5
The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo – Zen Cho 5 out of 5
Chimes at Midnight – Seanan McGuire 4 out of 5
The Secret History of the Mongol Queens – Jack Weatherford 4 out of 5
Powers – Ursula Le Guin 4 out of 5
Conservation of Shadows – Yoon Ha Lee 4 out of 5
Scattered Among Strange Worlds – Aliette de Bodard 3 out of 5
Writing the Other – Nisi Shawl + Cynthia Ward 3 out of 5
Writing Fight Scenes – Marie Brennan 4 out of 5

February

The Warrior’s Apprentice – Lois McMaster Bujold 4 out of 5
On a Red Station, Drifting – Aliette de Bodard 3 out of 5
The Lord of Opium – Nancy Farmer 2 out of 5
Red Unicorn – Tanith Lee 5 out of 5 (reread)
Why Do Dramas Do That? – Javabeans + Girlfriday 4 out of 5
You Don’t Have to be Evil to Work Here But it Helps – Tom Holt  3 out of 5

March

Making Sense of Japanese – Jay Rubin 4 out of 5
Evenfall – Sonny + Ais 4 out of 5

April

The Girl With All the Gifts – MR Carey 5 out of 5
Remember Me – Soichiro Irons 3 out of 5
One – Nancy Kress 3 out of 5
Mittens – Phoenix Baker 4 out of 5
This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor – Susan Wickland + Alex Kesselheim 5 out of 5
Rocket Surgery Made Easy – Steve Krug 3 out of 5
While We Run – Karen Healey 4 out of 5
The Magpie Lord – KJ Charles 4 out of 5

May

The Steerswoman – Rosemary Kirstein 4 out of 5
The Outskirter’s Secret – Rosemary Kirstein 5 out of 5
Tokugawa Ieyasu – Stephen Turnbull 3 out of 5
Samurai Women 1184–1877 – Stephen Turnbull 3 out of 5
Japanese Warrior Monks AD 949–1603 – Stephen Turnbull 3 out of 5
47 Ronin – John Allyn 2 out of 5
Botchan – Natsume Sōseki (trans. Matt Treyvaud) 5 out of 5

June

A Guide to Living with Hypermobility Syndrome – Isobel Knight 3 out of 5
ZZT – Anna Anthropy 4 out of 5
Invisible: Personal Essays on Representation in SF/F – various 4 out of 5
All You Need is Kill – Sakurazaka Hiroshi 3 out of 5
Day by Night – Tanith Lee 4 out of 5

July

We Have Always Fought – Kameron Hurley 3 out of 5
Dragons Can Only Rust – Chrys Cymri 4 out of 5
Dragon Reforged – Chrys Cymri 2 out of 5
I Am a Cat – Natsume Sōseki 4 out of 5

August

Touch – Michelle Sagara 4 out of 5
Cast in Flame – Michelle Sagara 4 out of 5
Prisoner – Lia Silver 4 out of 5
Laura’s Wolf – Lia Silver 3 out of 5
Pleasure – Dusk Peterson 2 out of 5

September

The Winter Long – Seanan McGuire 4 out of 5
Survivor in Death – JD Robb 4 out of 5

October

The Martian – Andy Weir 2 out of 5
Spirits Abroad – Zen Cho 5 out of 5
Ancillary Sword – Ann Leckie 5 out of 5

November

The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison 4 out of 5
Prince of Silk and Thorns – Cherry Dare 4 out of 5
Stranger – Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown 4 out of 5
Wallflower – Heidi Belleau 5 out of 5
Foxglove Summer – Ben Aaronovitch 3 out of 5
Apple Polisher – Heidi Belleau 4 out of 5
Love Lessons – Heidi Cullinan 3 out of 5
Bliss – Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau 3 out of 5

December

Night’s Master – Tanith Lee 4 out of 5 (reread)
The Future Falls – Tanya Huff 3 out of 5
Screenwriting 101 – Film Crit Hulk 4 out of 5
The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell – Mira Grant 2 out of 5

Comics

January

Lazarus 1 – Greg Rucka + artists 4 out of 5
Angel Sanctuary 1–8 (reread) – Yuki Kaori 3 out of 5
Fullmetal Alchemist (complete) – Arakawa Hiromu 4 out of 5
A Boy and a Girl – Jamie S Rich + Natalie Nourigat 2 out of 5
Pandemonium  – Chris Wooding + Cassandra Diaz 4 out of 5

February

Children of the Sea 5 – Igarashi Daisuke 3 out of 5
Silver Spoon 1–2 – Arakawa Hiromu 4 out of 5
Grand Guignol Orchestra 3–4 – Yuki Kaori 3 out of 5
Wild Com. – Tamura Yumi 3 out of 5
Attack on Titan 4 – Isayama Hajime 4 out of 5
The Devil Does Exist 1–3 (reread), 4 – Takanashi Mitsuba 4 out of 5
Saiyuki 1–4 – Minekura Kazuya 4 out of 5

March

Saiyuki 5–9 – Minekura Kazuya 4 out of 5
Neon Genesis Evangelion 13 – Sadamoto Yoshiyuki 3 out of 5
The Unwritten 8 – Mike Carey + Peter Gross 2 out of 5
Just a Girl 1–2 (complete) – Taniguchi Tomoko 3 out of 5

April

Deadman Wonderland 1 – Kataoka Jinsei + Kondou Kazuma 3 out of 5
Ristorante Paradiso – Ono Natsume 4 out of 5
Don’t Puke on Your Dad – Toby Morris 3 out of 5
The Life Story of Bucky Barnes – Ed Brubaker + Marc Andreyko + Chris Samnee 4 out of 5 (reread)
Red She-Hulk: Route 616 – Jeff Parker + Carlo Pagulayan + Wellinton Alves 4 out of 5 (reread)
Dark X-Men – Paul Cornell + Leonard Kirk 4 out of 5 (reread)
Hinterkind 1 – Ian Edginton + Francesco Trifogli 4 out of 5

May

Avengers Arena 1–3 – Dennis Hopeless + artists 3 out of 5

June

Kaze Hikaru 1–5 – Watanabe Taeko 4 out of 5
House of Five Leaves 1–2 – Ono Natsume 3 out of 5
Dororo – Tesuka Osamu 3 out of 5

July

All-New X-Factor 1 – Peter David + Carmine Di Giandomenico 3 out of 5
My Love Story!! – Kawahara Kazune and Aruko 4 out of 5
Kaze Hikaru 6–8 – Watanabe Taeko 5 out of 5

August

Lazarus 2 – Greg Rucka + Michael Lark + Santi Arcas 3 out of 5
Unwritten 9 – Mike Carey + artists 3 out of 5
Conditions for Paradise – Morishima Akiko 3 out of 5
20-Year-Old Girl x 30-Year-Old Maiden – Morishima Akiko 3 out of 5
Lonely Wolf, Lonely Sheep – Mizutani Fuka 3 out of 5
Cirque Arachne – Saida Nika 3 out of 5
Sweat and Honey – Okazaki Mari 4 out of 5 (reread)
The Day I Become a Butterfly – Yumeka Sumomo 4 out of 5 (reread)
Same Cell Organism– Yumeka Sumomo 2 out of 5 (reread)
Love My Life – Yamaji Ebine 3 out of 5
Seconds – Bryan Lee O’Malley 3 out of 5
My Faith in Frankie – Mike Carey + Sonny Liew (reread) 5 out of 5
Kaze Hikaru 9 – Watanabe Taeko 4 out of 5

September

Avengers Undercover – Dennis Hopeless + artists 3 out of 5
How to be Happy – Eleanor Davis 2 out of 5

October

Through the Woods – Emily Carroll 3 out of 5
Noragami 1 – Adachitoka 3 out of 5

November

Unwritten 10 – Mike Carey + artists 4 out of 5
Akira 1 – Otomo Katsuhiro 4 out of 5
The Flowers of Evil 1 – Oshimi Shuzo 4 out of 5

December

The Flowers of Evil 2 – Oshimi Shuzo 3 out of 5
Hinterkind 2 – Ian Edginton + Francesco Trifogli 4 out of 5
Finder: Third World – Carla Speed McNeil 3 out of 5
Suicide Risk 1 – Mike Carey + Elena Casagrande 2 out of 5

Movies

January

Oldboy 3 out of 5
Robo Vampire 1 out of 5
I Love Maria 4 out of 5
Mandrill 2 out of 5
Resident Evil: Retribution 2 out of 5
The Heroic Trio 3 out of 5
Go Goa Gone 3 out of 5

February

Rurouni Kenshin 5 out of 5
12 Years a Slave 5 out of 5
Elves 3 out of 5

March

Dallas Buyers Club 3 out of 5
Creatures from the Abyss (does not deserve anything)
Ace Attorney 5 out of 5
The Seventh Curse 4 out of 5

April

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 5 out of 5 (twice)
Battle of the Damned 1 out of 5
Judge Dredd 2 out of 5
Dredd 5 out of 5 (rewatch)
The Wind Rises 3 out of 5
Aguirre: Wrath of God 2 out of 5
Police Assassins 3 out of 5
Man of Tai Chi 4 out of 5

May

The Tournament 3 out of 5
Showdown in Little Tokyo 3 out of 5
The Crow 3 out of 5 (rewatch)
Samurai Cop (deserves nothing)
Dragon from Russia 2 out of 5

June

X-Men: Days of Future Past 4 out of 5
So Close 3 out of 5
One Missed Call 2 2 out of 5
Tiger Blade 3 out of 5
Jiang Hu 4 out of 5
Maleficent 4 out of 5
Attack the Block 5 out of 5
Edge of Tomorrow 4 out of 5
Vengeance 3 out of 5

July

What We Do in the Night 3 out of 5
Reincarnation 2 out of 5
The House of Magic 2 out of 5
Why Don’t You Play in Hell? 5 out of 5
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness 2 out of 5
Black Coal, Thin Ice 3 out of 5
Mothers 3 out of 5
We are the Best! 4 out of 5
Boyhood 3 out of 5
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets 5 out of 5
Life After Beth 3 out of 5

August

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 3 out of 5
Killers 3 out of 5
Snowpiercer 5 out of 5
Disco Godfather 1 out of 5
Schatjes! 2 out of 5
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 out of 5

September

Into the Storm 3 out of 5
Black Tight Killers 3 out of 5

October

Crying Freeman 3 out of 5
Battle Royale 5 out of 5 (rewatch)
Devil Foetus 2 out of 5
Technolust 3 out of 5
Raising Arizona 1 out of 5
Elysium 2 out of 5
Under the Skin 2 out of 5
The Dead Lands 4 out of 5
Slumber Party Massacre 3 out of 5
Strange Circus 5 out of 5

November

De Mai Tinh 3 out of 5
Naksha 2 out of 5
Frankenstein’s Army 1 out of 5
Haunted 3 out of 5
Mockingjay: Part One 5 out of 5

December

The Replacement Killers 4 out of 5
War 3 out of 5
The Ninja Mission 1 out of 5
The Rocket 3 out of 5
Lust, Caution 3 out of 5
Big Hero 6 5 out of 5

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