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Quick fic rec for you this morning, a snapshot of the relationship between Supernatural's Special Agent Henrikson and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Agent Ellison. Gen, spoilers through "Jus in Bello" and "The Demon Hand" respectively. Requiem (Casualties of the Human Condition) Go read, it's delightful!

Furiously writing fic, being poked with needles (less furiously), and working on Tuesday's presentation about society and dissent. Amongst other things! I have also got my hands on the latest and final Codex Alera book by Jim Butcher, oh yes.
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I am torn between starting the next Codex Alera book (having just finished Cursor's Fury) and the latest Temeraire book. What a fantastic dilemna to have.


Oct. 28th, 2008 07:58 pm
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Hot damn, if Jim Butcher doesn't write some of the best battle sequences I've had the pleasure of reading.

That was entirely gripping. And I may have failed to call PGSM, but oh I totally nailed the social intrigue on this one. If you're a fantasy fan, you really should give Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series a chance.

Well. Now that Academ's Fury is taken care of, I suppose I should get back to my studies.
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At the library, I had a fit of nostalgia - or possibly massochism - and picked up a copy of Knife of Dreams, the eleventh book in the Wheel of Time series. Wish me luck! I also borrowed a BSG book (I am sometimes that kind of fan) and, after accidentally stumbling into the drama section, grabbed another four books there. One about contemporary canadian drama (it's all going to be terribly, wonderfully academic), da Kink in my Hair (a good read and undoubtedly excellent when performed), and two anthologies, one of which contains The Unnatural and Accidental Women, which I really didn't pay proper attention to last time I read it. I'm looking forward to the second chance! That same anthology has also got a Betty Lambert play, which is good news to me as I really got into Jennie's Story, both for the story and all of the symbolism and metaphor underneath it. (That was the one paper I ever turned in early as an undergrad!)

da Kink in my Hair is a very well known play (now turned television series?) by trey anthony and, as the cover says, celebrates the voices of black womyn. Some of it was culture-specific, and other parts translated perfectly well no matter what colour skin you're wearing. The monologues about love at an advanced age, sexual abuse, and suicide have stuck with me in particular. The Unnatural and Accidental Women is a dramatization of the murder of ten aboriginal women in Vancouver that took place over a thirty-year time span. We studied it in Contemporary Women Playwrights, just over a year ago now, but like I said, I didn't really give it my full attention - plays that came up at the end of term never did. Which reminds me - I also really need to track down a copy (hell, a production!) of At Her Feet.

Of course, I didn't walk away from the library with a single book that was on my to-read list. That would have worked out far too well. Happy reading to the rest of you!
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Dear friends,

Reading Ender's Game. Back when that's done.

[livejournal.com profile] akeyoftime
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I'm always building up To-Read lists, which invariably get lost or forgotten, so that every few months, maybe once every year or two, I start over. Some books find their way back on, some stay forgotten. The current list looks a lot like this (except that it's handwritten and on two pieces of scrap paper).

-Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
-Wicked (because I've already read half of it, damnit)
-The Lost Steersman (and anything else in the series!)
-The Language of Power
-Anansi Boys
-The Picture of Dorian Gray
-A Confederacy of Dunces
-Watership Down
-Ubu Plays
-Wide Sargasso Sea
-Feminism and its Discontents
-Reading Lolita in Tehran
-Decoding Adversiting
-The Vagina Monologues
-Feminist and Religion/Women and World Religions (or some variation on this theme)

If you're read that list (well done, you), you may have already guess that I picked up the second half of that list in an acadmic bookstore :P I think I am going to have to make a point of reading A Confederacy of Dunces this summer, since it's been on my lists since high school.
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Regarding "Empire of Ivory":

That is a cliffhanger worthy of the name!

Thank god it's only till early July, when "Victory of Eagles" comes out.
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I'm going to try this really neat, new concept. It's called "living within my spoons". I'm being a little bit glib because I've been given this advice ever since my diagnosis, almost seven years ago. I know it's the best possible way to get by with chronic illness, but I haven't had the luxury that I've got right now, which is that I've got no job, no classes, nothing to demand spoons when I haven't got them. This post on Fighting Fatigue (a blog) talks about energy envelopes and while it doesn't explain enough to use the system it's talking about, I am going to work with the 0-100 scale at the bottom of the entry. My health has been bad and I've been fighting it - it can't hurt to try working with it.

I'm not sure how this is going to interact with my social life (and with LARP in particular), as the general goal is to work with the day's limits. I can usually tell in the morning what kind of shape I'm in and maybe I'll actually start doing what needs to be done in the afternoon hours, when I am at my peak, rather than doing more in the afternoon, because I am at my peak. I really want to take advantage of this opportunity now that I realise I have it.

I have also started reading American Gods, which Gaiman has made available for free on the net for the next few weeks. Four chapters in and I am so, so hooked.
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I am reading a Hardy Boys book for my paper in my kids lit class. While this is exactly the kind of material I am looking for (to rip to SHREDS), I have to wonder just how sexist/racist/classist a book has to be when the 1955 edition warns you that the book, as it was published in the 1930s, may be offensive to some readers.


1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, like your favorite lyric to your current favorite song. Or your favorite kind of sandwich. Something random. Whatever you like.
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.

Here's what [livejournal.com profile] missdeep wanted to know about me.

1. A CD that helps you relax.
I don't actually listen to very much music, largely because my computer had a nasty habit of overheating on me, but aural stimuli can be really hard for me to process, especially if I'm trying to do something else at the same time. I do have relaxing kind of music iTunes playlist though, which includes: Piano Concerto in A Minor (Grieg), True Colours (Kokopelli), Symphony of Sorrowful Songs (Gorecki) and a few more.

2. Favourite Enterprise captain?
Picard. Actually, I quite liked the Captain from Enterprise C, who seemed like she had a really practical, solid head on her shoulders, but we saw so little of her. The entire Original Series tends to make me want to kill someone whenever I watch it, so Kirk is definitely out, and without having watched Enterprise all the way through, I found Archer a little bit too stiff, a little bit too bland. Picard, on the other hand, was such a rich and wonderful character and I really love that he seemed to be a diplomat first. Some of the other Captain were intellectually curious about other species and cultures, but Picard really seemed to balance everything well. Of course, it doesn't hurt one bit that Patrick Stewart is a brilliant actor.

3. Have you pre-ordered the final Harry Potter book?
I have and there is so much anticipatory squee!

4. Manga you've thought about reading but never gotten around to picking up.
I was always interested in Clover, but the volumes I found were generally very expensive and I am iffy about buying manga I don't know anything about in the first place. I think it was the gorgeous artwork that draw me in, more than anything else.

5. Daggy song you don't want to admit to liking but secretly play whenever you're alone.
If I had a copy of it, I'd play Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" on repeat, probably while dancing around and singing.


Jun. 10th, 2007 03:22 pm
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Black Powder War was excellent, though I am not so sorry to have raced through it in less than 48 hours, as it was mostly a set-up book. (Even if there were not a preview for the fourth book at the back of this one, how could the series be done? Nothing has been properly resolved!) The first book works pretty well as a stand-alone, but all the rest appear to be hopelessly entangled in each other, which is just fine with me. I really want to research the era now, to see just how much has been changed with the introduction of draconic aerial corps.

I am trying very hard not to speak like the characters (and to a lesser extent, the narration) do; the book is set at the very beginning of the 1800s. I would very much like to set myself to re-reading the entire thing right now (much like Iskierka's enthusiasm), but I know Dad wants to get his hands on it and it's time to get back to studying. It's been a lovely break! (Sadly, I cannot say the same for the characters in the book. What long, busy period!)
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I think I would like to start commiting half an hour to an hour of each day to writing. This may be difficult, however, as my life is currently devoted to catching up at summer school (with that last opera paper floating around at the back of my head) and to reading A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Which is actually sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes genius. I also sometimes wish that Toph had a different name.

It's nice to finally *want* to write again. I hope the impulse sticks around.

I had to go pick up some supplies for my project last week and hapily, Joyee was working that day. Then, earlier this week, I ran into Peter while out with the dog. I'd have walked right past him, so I'm glad he recognized and called out to me! Both encounters were brief, but they were still quite nice. Friends for the win! Especially when they come with hugs and smiles!
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Exploding (re-rolling) two zeros into two zeros into two zeros into a nine and a zero was fun. Ten success on three dice and all that. I like Mage. Even if I did go over ten paradox (naughty, naughty). I love Exalted's charms, but there's a real appeal in being able to do anything you can explain away. Um... more, perhaps, after I've napped.

Edit (5pm): Wow crashed. I begged out of work for the day, but I'm still working the party tonight. At least I will be well fed and watered there! (I am not working the whole night, just the first few hours.) I'll just keep raking in these hours so long as my body can take it, as it's back to the phones tommorow too! Mage exacerbated things, but this crash was coming sooner rather than later anyway, so it's no harm done and I am not sorry in the slightest to have gone.

I'm about two-thirds of the way into "Throne of Jade". (It's probably the reason I'm using so many big words.) Volley's grown on me, but I am still not overfond of him. I am also trying very hard not to think of Hammond as some annoying sycophant (because he's not the latter, at least), but it's very hard when I am so very much on Lawrence and Temeraire's side. Basically, I am enjoying it fantastically and I've got post-its in the book marking off fantastic little passages I want to quote out.

And now, I shall go get all prettied up and ready to go play hostess. Ta da!

A letter.

Dec. 15th, 2006 02:16 pm
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Father dearest -

I understand the siren-song lure of the Temeraire books (in this case, Throne of Jade), I really do. But it was lent to me and I would rather like to read it first and to not have to chase you down just to find it every time I want to read it. I won't take me all that long. Believe me.

Your loving daughter,


Dec. 15th, 2006 12:59 am
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44 hours of work now? Something like that. I have it all recorded in a notebook.

I am mostly ready for the one-shot tommorow, though I really should finish spending my experience points. I know where they are going (backgrounds and spheres!), so it's just a matter of making sure I have all the costs right. I'll do that once I'm done here.

I've settled (more or less) settled on a name and I've found some books to read as research for this summer's larp character. I seem to be pretty settled, though again, four and a half months until I actually put it into practice. This time last year I still thought I'd be playing Natalie. Still, this concept unites a whole bunch of things I find really neat. It will also be hot, yo.

And now, I'll go poke my nose back into Throne of Jade, because the adventures of the dragon Temeraire are so very, very endearing.
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I finally got around to visiting Elliot's (a used bookshop) tdoay. I anticipate spending far too much money there. Three stories of floor to ceiling books and *good* books. I picked up up "Master Harold" and the Boys by Athol Fugard, as well as a novel by Marivaux, but there was so much more I could have hapilly splurged on. It is a store that makes me very happy, so much so that I don't care that I can't breathe properly inside it. Why in the world have I taken so long to visit it? My fourteen year old brother picked up Plato's Republic. I am irrationally glad to have picked up something with a little class myself because of it.

My paper's coming. Slowly. But coming! Then I have some Harry Potter fanfiction (yes, I really did write) to type up, polish and find a beta for. I haven't re-read it since last night, so I don't know how it's actually come out. Time to find some desert and then back to work!


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