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29 December 2014 @ 11:04 am
New Year Retreat  
For New Year's Eve this year, I'm taking myself on a little personal retreat in Provincetown (which I've never been to!). My goal is to be offline as much as possible in favor of reading, walks on the beach, movies, meditating, and spending time at the spa. I feel super good about this; I'm looking forward to some concentrated self-care and time away from my day-to-day that is really built just around me.

I'd love some recommendations for:

1. Good places to eat in P-town
2. Absorbing books (I especially like feminist scifi/fantasy and/or engagingly written natural history or science writing.)
3. Entertaining movies (I love action/adventure, comedy [but no comedy that's mean or built around embarrassment-humor], uplifting dramas.)
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
blkblk on December 29th, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
Excellent plan!

I recently read Zoo City by Lauren Beukes and enjoyed it. It's urban fantasy with a magic backdrop that was very interesting but didn't overshadow the storyline and the characters.
Jonathan Woodwardwoodwardiocom on December 29th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
I've been greatly enjoying Tanya Huff's "Valor" series about a space marine sergeant. It's feminist in that it's written by a woman, about a woman, whose gender is almost entirely incidental to the plot. You'd have to like military SF, though, because it's very military.
born from jets!!!catness on December 30th, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
I have this entire set and also whole-heartedly recommend it. If you like military sci-fi.
chenoamegchenoameg on December 29th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
Have you read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by Jemisin yet?
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on December 29th, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
I second this, although the waiting for the next one makes me hesitant to recommend starting now. If you have not read Ancillary Justice yet, it is a must-read. It has a sequel, but stands alone very well.
dreams_of_wingsdreams_of_wings on December 30th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
All the Jemisin books in that world are out now, actually...
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on December 30th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
Rushes to buy the most recent...
Beahbeah on December 29th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
You might enjoy the "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" trilogy. And there is a restaurant on the main drag at the opposite end from the ferry terminal that has fantastic brunch with head-sized muffins. I can't remember the name -is on the land side, it has outdoor seating right on the streetside patio in good weather, and it's also an inn. That probably distinguishes it not at all, but it's what I've got.
What do you think we are, Monkeys on Sticks???goat on December 29th, 2014 07:50 pm (UTC)
My favorite places to eat in ptown:

The Mews
The Lobster Pot (even if it is super touristy)
porpurina: reading is sexybloodstones on December 30th, 2014 01:10 am (UTC)
I'm currently reading The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson, and while at times he waxes poetic for longer than is strictly necessary, I actually stayed up late reading last night because I wanted to know what happened next. (Spoiler alert: I'm pretty sure it's that they figure out cholera is spread via contaminated water.)
Unfair and Unhelpful: literacytb on December 30th, 2014 02:18 pm (UTC)
(Saw this on friendsfriends.)

Napi's is my favorite restaurant in P-Town. Good food and quirky decor, and I think it would feel warm and welcoming on a winter's night.

Don't know who you've read in sff or your style prefs so I'll just list some I've read recently:
N.K. Jemisin: anything
Alaya Dawn Johnson: The Summer Prince
Nalo Hopkinson: Sister Mine
Ekaterina Sedia: The House of Discarded Dreams

For lighter fare I like Seannan McGuire's October Daye books.
dreams_of_wingsdreams_of_wings on December 30th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
Seanan McGuire's Incryptid Series are really fun and fluffy, and I really liked her "Indexing" as well.