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Ordered the final book and it arrived today. In an unprecedented effort of self control, I managed a single sketchbook painting before giving in and reading for the next 4 hours. 

IT WAS SO GOOD. GUYS. THIS SERIES. IT'S THE BEST. IT WILL DESTROY YOU.
(Link to freece/CS Pacat's LJ)

I should probably try and do some actual work now.
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OH MY GOD GUYS, OH MY GOD. GET THEE OUT THERE AND BUY THEM RIGHT THE FUCK NOW.



Captive Prince: Vol #1
Paperback: $12.99
Ebook: $3.99
ISBN 9780987507303


Captive Prince: Vol #2
Paperback: $14.99
Ebook: $3.99
ISBN 9780987507310


DON'T THEY LOOK FUCKING GORGEOUS?

More info @ Freece's LJ. 

International customers may have to wait until release day, I can't find them on Amazon.co.uk yet, but still. EXCITE.
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OMG Did China Mieville swallow a fucking dictionary as a child? I mean, I am loving it, but still.  (The City and The City, full review to come once I'm finished.) 



I go round thinking Teen Wolf is this nice but silly wolf show and then it cracks out something utterly, vicious and gruesome and I'm SCARRED I TELL YOU. SCARRED.

Season 2 Spoilers )

I love shippy, romantic stories with creepy stalkers, dubious consent, fucked up powerplays, and Stockholm syndrome-y screwedupness. I really do. I know they're wrong and IRL not at all sexy or good or in any way approximating positive, but in fic or films or tv? LOVE 'EM.

But I can't get into the whole Paranormal Romance, Alpha male, Edward Cullen style creeper craze. I just can't.

I think I've worked out why.

... (Teen Wolf S2 spoilers under the cut) )
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-- You sign in, search for your book, download, and read.

It could work like the downloadable BBC iplayer stuff. Your book stays 'alive' for 3 weeks, more if you renew it, just like paper-copy books. We already have online searchable book catalogues for most libraries, whether state-run or private (university libraries, for example). You could read it online, like the normal iplayer, but that discriminates against people who don't have constant (fast) internet.

We have Google books, which is almost there, but still doesn't have all the content ever. We have a bunch of projects and archives for books which are no longer under copyright. Basically access is still limited because no seller wants readers to be able to download entire copyrighted books for free. This is why treating it as a time-limited borrowing of books, (instead of keeping them forever) wouldn't necessarily eat into book sales any more than a real library does.

Yes people could hack/crack and keep them, just like you could rip a CD/DVD borrowed from the library, but if you're going to pirate, you'd just pirate directly, I think, not bother with the library. Instead this would encourage people who would normally pirate, to do things the legal way. I mean I don't always want a permanent copy of an ebook, if I could borrow it for free instead of buy/download, I'd be up for that.

What is does do, is help people read. People in cut off areas who can't make it to a library, (or, um, can't be bothered the trek to the library). People who want a book on the spur of the moment (hm, there's traffic on the way to work, my bus journey just became a half hour longer - tada! I can download a book for free!)  People who want to access books in a different language to the country they're in. People who want obscure/speciality books. That's the great thing about ebooks vs paper-books, you don't need all that shelf-space.

MAKE IT HAPPEN GUYS.

Or link me to where it already has? Do any of your local libraries have an online ebook section?

A quick google came up with the World Digital Library which seems much like Project Gutenberg in that it looks to mostly be non-copyrighted stuff. And Worldcat.org, which is a searchable database of libraries, but has no login/download abilities. Also there's Scribd, which, since content is user-uploaded, is deliciously illegal.


((My thoughts were sparked by Charles Stross' recent articles about the death of DRM.))
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I wrote a grand total of fuck all today. Very fail. I've signed up for three separate challenges (because I hate myself, clearly). One I wrote some for but now can't face continuing. One has imploded in a a fiery fit of FML, this plot bunny is made of suck, and the last I'm now afraid to start because it has plot and I'm worried it'll make like the FML suck bunny of fire and death and awful terribleness.

So instead have random unrelated things I have been doing to distract myself:

I made this for dinner. I now have enough to feed a small army. (Well, fine. A very small army. Of four.)

Cooking blather )



I'm reading The Journey of the Soul: The story of Hai bin Yaqzan by Ibn Tufail which is an allegorical tale that follows the life of Hai bin Yaqzan, and talks about, variously: the path towards enlightenment; enlightenment thorugh spiritual experience vs enlightenment through knowledge; society vs solitude; religion vs spirituality; and the scientific method.

It's all fairly interesting stuff. Just... not exactly my kind of stuff. I'll review properly it when I'm done, but for now, I quite liked this bit:

"If the universe is an event, it must have a cause and if it had a cause, why did it act when it did and not earlier? Was there something which influenced the cause? But if there was nothing except the cause, how could anything influence it? Was the explanation simply that the cause had experienced a change in its essence? But if so, there must have been a cause that caused this change."

... And then his head exploded.



Trailers )

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Over the past week or so I've been listening to audio books by Anne Bishop and LK Hamilton, (because hearing sex scenes narrated makes me giggle.) I've finally got bored of them -- for all that they're my comfort books, they're not really books that stand up to multiple readings. And so, I did a bit of googling for things in a similar genre. Unfortunately if you type 'fantasy' and 'romance' into google you get a billionty Anita Blake clones. The better ones of which I have already read and the shittier ones I can't face working through.

Does anyone have recs for authors more similar to Anne Bishop? As in not the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance genre. I'm not looking for a 'spunky strong' heroine with love triangles and alpha male werewolf/vampire/[insert supernatural being here] romantic subplot. Or main plot, even. I'm looking for dark/erotic world-building. The plot and characters are sort of secondary to that, though I would like it to be fem-centric.

Anyway, I ended up finding a few that didn't exactly fit what I was looking for, but seemed interesting nevertheless:

Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody - is okay )


The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear (Books 1 and 2 of The Kingkiller Chronicles) by Patrick Rothfuss - are rather good )


The books I'm not reccing:

Geist by Philippa Ballantine - is boring and badly written )

The Crown Conspiracy by Michael J Sullivan - is formulaic with clunky writing )


Next on my list:

- Thief With No Shadow by Emily Gee. Which is unobtainable by my usual means, but luckily cheap enough secondhand from amazon.
- Charles' Stross Merchant Princes series. Which were, I believe, recced to me previously when I asked for political intrigue.
- Guy Gavriel Kay's Lions of Al-Rassan. Also recced, but I've seen mentioned in various places since.
- The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. Which I've had for a while and never got round to reading, but since I've circled round to fantasy again albeit not high, I might give it a go.




Categories/Labels for Fantasy sub-genres. )
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I wasn't lying when I made those last straw posts. I've finally had enough. That's not to say I'm dropping my white men fandoms. I'm not. I love them, I'm not going to deny that. But I've reached the point where I just can't stand to continue as I have been, complaining and still doing nothing.

So here is my first step on the path to hypocrisy-free media consumption and critique. For every white men centric source I consume (tv/film/vid I watch, book/fanfic I read etc) I'm going to consume two things about women or POC, a corresponding source if I can, but if not, fic for film or book for vid or any permutation is fine, as long as it's two for every one.

It's not exactly arduous! More media to enjoy!

The same rule however, is going for fanworks. I've got my Wolf!Stiles fic to post soon, and after that I'll create two female/POC centric fics/fan works. (Oh, and a twofer only counts as one.) They don't have to be equivalent size, it's more about opening my mind to the possibilities, it's not like I don't have fics about women and POC rattling around in my skull, but instead of rattling and back burnering, I'm pushing them to the front.

Plus I can work on original fic as well, (in fact that should probably take priority, um). So my work won't always appear up here, but when it's fandom related it definitely will.



The Queen's Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner. )



Takers (spoilers) )


I fail at memes )



Aliens, and TMI )



THAT'S WHERE I SAW HAWKEYE. )
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In Barcelona. Have a job! Only 8 hours a week but whatever it´ll cover rent. IT´S A START. OKAY? Am using flatmate´s v weird Spanish keyboard laptop and her dongle internet thing, still no internet in the flat. ¡Dios mío!

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Ok, so do you ever get this thing where you get a soundtrack/music in your head? I don´t mean a tune stuck in your head, I mean, for example, when I'm making up stories, or daydreaming. I get a soundtrack in my head. If I focus too hard on it, it disappears into silence. Usually I don't notice it's there, but if I do, If I sort of half focus, like looking at something out of the corner of your eye, I can listen to it.

But I'm not consciously deciding what note comes next. I don't even decide what style/genre of music it is. It just seems to happen.

IT'S NOT WEIRD. I'M TOTALLY NORMAL. SHUTTUP.

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A packet of reviews (SPOILERS ABOUND):
Remember that OMG FILLUMS post I made a while back? )



Bookses - Malinda Lo´s Ash and Huntress )
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I am planning a lesson about Alice in Wonderland. I'm looking for an abridged text to use with my students, and I came across this.

"...But when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT- POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet..."

I couldn't help but read the CAPSLOCK as if the narrator had suddenly STARTED SHOUTING! (The internet has broken me) And then I realised what it really needed was some CAPSLOCK SWEARING.

... Some helpful enabling later (thank you [livejournal.com profile] gelise!) and this is the result:

THE WHITE RABBIT. THAT GQMF. )


I should probably get back to planning the damn lesson now... Can't I just have the students all make GQMF posters for each other? That's useful shit, right?
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Rec: Compromise series by mercredigirl

Written for Eid Ka Chand and Days of Awesome 2010, a celebration of Muslim and Jewish characters in transformative fiction, this series involves two short character studies of X-Men members Sooraya Qadir (Dust, an Afghani Muslim) and Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat, a USAmerican Jew).

From the second part, Kitty POV:

"She doesn't pay Dust much notice, no more than she – a senior X-Man – would pay to any newcomer; but then Dr McCoy offers the girl some bacon on her baked potato, and Kitty can sense how Dust freezes up and fishes for a suitable answer.

Oh, Kitty thinks. Oh, my dear, my sister."


This got me so choked up. The Jewish/Muslim situation always makes me want to throw things, but most especially because we have more in common than we do with anyone else. It's the same hurt you get when you see family ripping each other apart.


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Stupid games invented by my family )

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'Salem's Lot by Stephen King )
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Did get SOME writing done whilst away. Not as much as planned though. Have a quote from D with the C. (This is how I make [rewrite] notes to myself...)

And he flipped them back over, the wound in his thigh giving a slight twinge at the sudden exertion after so many days spent riding, and so many nights spent... riding. [HAHAHA. NO.]

That fic, srsly, cracks me the fuck. up.

Collected glass from the beach, white mostly, some pale blue, some green, one dark blue, woot! Also got a bunch of stones with holes in, just in case I ever have to see through a fairy glamour. YOU NEVER KNOW.

The old Adam West batman was on while we were there. SAME BAT-TIME, SAME BAT-CHANNEL. I kinda want to do a rewrite of Batman Begins/Dark Knight in the old style way. BUT THERE IS NO ROBIN. HOLY TRAGEDY BATMAN!

Managed to catch up on TGW, but utterly failed to watch any SGU. I felt too bad watching tv instead of writing. I know, I fail at this holiday lark.

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BRAIN TURN OFF TIME )

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TGW s2 e18-23 )
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A bird flew in through my window today. It made a small circle of my room, it's wings beating loudly, then slipped out again.

It was so unexpected, I felt my heart clench in my chest.

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I've been reading the King of Attolia again, )

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Rewatched The Eagle avec la famille. )

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I am a very active writer, as in I will read parts out loud, act parts out, wave my hands about and squint at the air. I also scream at the screen, bounce up and down when I think of something, scowl at characters, occasionally flap my hand about like I'm trying to fly, and stick my tongue out at my laptop.

I leap about like I'm on drugs, basically. Is this normal? Do other people do this?
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Sebastian seems to be the name people use to refer to: 'past, slightly predatory lover.' Literally, I keep coming across OCs called Sebastian who fit that role. To the point where, when I came across it last, I did a double take, thinking it was an actual character from the show - 'that ex-Sebastian' as opposed to an OC the writer just made up.

I now feel bad for all people named Sebastian everywhere. It's a perfectly nice name, why the evilness? Is it the sibilance?

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I have often bemoaned the lack of fic finders. But. Actually. They seem to be everywhere. Clearly I am an idiot. Non exhaustive list of links at the fanlore entry and more links compiled by [livejournal.com profile] lothy  here. (Plus, those links were compiled ages ago, so. Yeah. Idiot.)

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Kage Baker - Could have sworn I already recced Anvil of the World and House of the Stag? But I can't find it, so maybe I imagined it. I found her through [personal profile] snarp's recs here.

Baker very much had her own writing style, think Terry Pratchett, you'd know his writing anywhere, right? Same with Baker. Also, talking similarities, it's all very humorous and ironic fantasy. (Well, fantasy and scifi, but I read Anvil before starting the Company series, so.) But she's a lot sharper than Pratchett. Also, no footnotes.

In general, I like the characters, banter and narrative style. The plots are maybe a bit... fast? Not very detailed? There's a 'broad brush-strokes' sort of feel, if that makes any sense at all? IDK. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, sometimes you don't want thick, heavy, Gormenghast-style prose.

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The reason I like Sherlock/John is the reason I like Miranda/Andy (Devil Wears Prada). Also Snape/Harry, Draco/Harry, Gabriel/Sam... um, there's more, I'm sure. It's the: "One person with all the cards//the naif without any."  Which is, yes, is simply an extension of the powerless!kink. Because I'm nothing if not predictable. (Also my Elijah/Damon fic totally fits here).

Not every fic with that pairing has that dynamic, obvs people interpret characters differently, but it crops up.

Specifically, I like fics narrated by the naif, where the 'person with the cards' is very inscrutable and impossible to read - to the naif, but not to the reader, who of course knows there's a ship there.

I actually think a lot of White Collar OT3 fic is like this. No, Neal isn't exactly a naif, but when it comes to relationships, he's not all that great, and when it comes to emotional honesty... he's totally pwned by Peter and El. So in that situation, Peter and El, either working as a team, or sometimes El in particular, are the card-holding characters, and Neal is all unsure and freaked out by being unsure. Yum.

Recs anyone? I'm sure there are more pairings that fit, it's not exactly an unheard of ship dynamic.

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Also, I have a total kink for Miranda doing the pursed lip thing she does in the movie. In fact non-verbal communication of any sort, with Andy totally understanding her. I need that. I love DWP fandom.

Why have I not raved about it before? I lose. DWP fandom is basically my femslash fandom girlfriend. We have this casual relationship, we see other people, but keep coming back. It's been going on for years.

I'm going to stop talking now.

I live!

Mar. 22nd, 2011 10:48 pm
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My computer died. Is still dead in fact. And then I proceeded to kill A's as well. I'm just waiting for this one to die next. IT'S NOT MY FAULT. I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING. I just have some anti-tech forcefield, or something >_<.

So. This is why the sudden silence. Also all my files and documents are stuck on the dead computer. Which has put a spanner in both fandom and revision works. To be fair, more of an excuse on the revision front than an actual obstruction, but shhhhh.

On the procrastination front, have done a good deal of baking since getting home.

I am lost without a computer. SRSLY. Without lj I have no one to talk at. (as a result, this post is epic long, guys). I couldn't read fanfic, or check my flist properly or ANYTHING. These couple of days have been hellish.

... I am sort of worried for myself. Clearly, yes, I have a problem. Internet addiction is very real. I should probably get some twelve step book or something.

Or, you know. Some self-control.

"Transition" by Iain Banks (I am not impress) )

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Die Hard 4 (needs Nikita crossover) )

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What should happen in Justified (OT3, yes I am predictable) )
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Michael/Mahone. Latest 'ship obsession. Also? Lasting a lot longer than Xander/Spike. Epic rec post gonna go up on [livejournal.com profile] nemo_recs. I even read RPF for this. Srsly this ship/fandom has taken me over.

Does anyone have vids? I've seen [livejournal.com profile] sdwolfpup 's two, but the others I've found are all no longer hosted.

Thoughts on S1-3, some spoilers )

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Also, in the continuing saga of making C into a smaller me - I managed to hook her on Cliff McNish's Doomspell trilogy, which stands out in my memories for one reason and one reason only - Dubcon femslash. (Okay technically that's two reasons? Shuttup). And yes, the witch's Alien- style double jaw thing, and possibly the purple teeth spiders, and the snake, and possibly, like, flying magical babies? Or something? IDEK man, those books were pretty insane.
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Guys, guys, guys. I love the library. No really. I love the library. It has Prison Break seasons 1-3... NOW I HAVE PB SEASONS 1-3, and I have 4 on reserve. \o/ Man I'm not gonna get any studying done.

Also, so I am actually incapable of returning a book for C without going and finding another one to take out and make her read. THERE IS SO MUCH AWESOME LITERATURE OUT THERE. MUST MOULD HER INTO A SMALLER ME. READ FANTASY ALL DAY LONG.

So, PB.

Wow, this show really is absurd. All these tiny (and not so tiny) coincidences that Michael bases his plan on. I love how all his flashy/insane/clever plots manage to hide away all the TOTAL ABSURDITIES.

Managing to get in the correct prison. Being paired with someone like Sucre, not T-Bag. Getting Sara as his doctor. Abruzzi deciding to help, not torture further. Building the Taj Mahal replica for the warden?! FFFF. Thing is though, the show knows it and doesn't care. (I mean, "Properly propagated." = LOL forever.) That makes all the difference - doing it knowingly, with a wink at the audience, instead of taking themselves oh-so-seriously.

Michael is soooooooooooo pretty omg. HIS EYES. UNF. And Linc is so ugly, it's lols. Actually, boring as well. Skip skip skip. Linc the sink (lame nick-name, man.) Also I forgot how boring LJ was back then, IDK I think he grew on me, I could be wrong. Same goes for Veronica. She never grew. Skip skip skippy skip. At least all the losers tend to share scenes, that cuts down on time.

FUCK. T-BAG IS SO CREEPY. I'D FORGOTTEN HOW FUCKING, FUCKING CREEPY THAT BASTARD IS.

Sara Tancredi is adorable as ever. I hated that they 'killed' her off in such a crap way. Yay for bringing her back again.

I like that I've forgotten most of the plot details here, I remember the basic plan, but the details are all new. I love the intro, and the scene transitions rushing through the guts of the prison building. Ah SHOW. YOU ARE FUN.

Random thing that is bugging me: - OK, so Abruzzi? I have this image of Peter Stormare saying "frreeaaak" in this weird, drawing it out sort of way, possibly with his face all up in someone else's. Does he do that? Is it in Constantine? It can't be in PB, his character isn't wacko enough. It's totally pissing me off. But I can't remember enough to google. Don't you hate that?
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Fic's stalled. And X/S craving has run itself out.

Wooh! Fickleness.


I am such an lj fangirl. Okay lj and dw occasionally, but journal-love, basically. Journals that look pretty and have customised comment pages so that you can read fic without your eyes melting and draining out your sockets.

I read A LOT on the computer. I read fic, I read books, I read blogs and mags and newspapers. I barely do ANY paper reading nowadays. MY EYES. THEY ARE FUCKED. Tiny green print on a black background? NOT FUCKING HELPING, OKAY?

It's mostly a modern internet thing, now we have journalling sites, we use them instead of web pages/archives (*ignores existence of AO3*), now we go for minimalist colour schemes, not OMG THE COLOURS EVERYWHERE. Which is fine, except when I go off on an old fandom kick and have to trawl through eye-pain-making websites.
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So. Openings. Thinking more on what I said about names and made up words in my Companion to Wolves review.

I stand by it, but...

You can get away with introducing unknown names without giving fuckloads of exposition... how? By giving us a solid opening.

explanation, example (JC Grimwood) )

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Melusine and The Virtu by Sarah Monette )

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