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Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Time:10:17 pm.
Avengers (again, because it was a long weekend): dribs and drabs of thoughtsCollapse )

And a couple more recsCollapse )

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Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Subject:avengers recs
Time:9:11 pm.
Put Iron Man 1 on a few days ago; interesting to see in the light of Avengers. cut for spoilersCollapse )

A few Avengers recs! (...out of the long list I've been bookmarking for later feedback/recs) Cut for length and possible spoilers.Collapse )

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Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Time:9:45 pm.
I didn't really technically have time this weekend to see Avengers again, and yet...Collapse )

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Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Time:3:34 pm.
Aveeeeeeeeeeeeeeengers! (spoilery)Collapse )

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Time:11:02 pm.
Oh, Slings and Arrows season 1. ♥

I only intended to watch episode 4 today, having parceled out the first three episodes over previous days. But at the end of four, how to stop with Darren Nichols sent on his way and Geoffrey taking over the Hamlet? At the end of five, how could one turn off the television on a thread that thin? So onward it was.

Eta: Hmm, also, for good or ill, I think all my post-VVC earworms have been driven out by the Slings and Arrows theme song. "buck up, you melancholy Daaaaaane."

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Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Subject:Vid recs from VVC 2011
Time:9:32 pm.
As per usual, I spent most of my time at VVC in vidshows. So, a woefully non-comprehensive set of vid recs. The master list of where to find vids is found here:


recs from Friday"s shows, cut for length: Riot Grrls, Constructed Reality, Nearly New, Also Premiering, Remembering Sandy, Club VividCollapse )

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Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Time:9:20 pm.
This year, my catch-up-on-an-older-show-through-DVDs-during-the-summer plan brought me to The Middleman, about which I had heard many good things, all of which turned out to be true. I found the 12 episodes that the show got to be adorable; it was a goofy, witty, kind, funny, silly, warm-hearted bundle of zestful joy. Natalie Morales as Wendy Watson, the pragmatic, smart-on-her-feet, snarky protagonist who ends up as the apprentice to the straightlaced, upright MiddleMan felt recognizable: a woman I might know.

I found myself wanting to take the characters and cross them over with other shows: make them into wizards and Reapers; have the MiddleMan meet dS's Fraser so they could compare cleaning tips for uniforms; and obviously you could have them meet the Doctor without any trouble at all. Amy Pond and Wendy Watson: they would be wonderful together. (Also imagine, if you would: the human version of the Tardis meeting Ida.) (Huh. I actually am not entirely sure how that would go.) I *completely* wanted Wendy and the Middleman to have a fake badge-off with Sam and Dean.

I also found myself wanting to map other fictional universes onto the Middleman setup and see how it would go. Matt Keesler reminded me vaguely of a younger Peter Krause in his Casey McCall days, plus the rapid patter/banter/repetition in phrases in the dialogue reminded me of Sorkin's dialogue, so: Casey McCall as the cleancut MiddleMan; Natalie as his apprentice; Dana as her best friend who's a performance artist (my god, can you not imagine Dana Whitaker organizing the *shit* out of art crawl, and keeping Pip well in line); Jeremy as Tyler, the boy who almost was a Middleboy; Danny as Natalie's guitar-playing, low-key friend; and Sally Sasser in Ida's role (after all, Danny did compare her to an android once).

Or there's the West Wing version: Donna, of course, is our Middleman-in-training, to Jed Bartlett (natch). Josh is Tyler; Sam is Donna's earnest BFF roommate, and Mrs. Landingham is Ida. Or possibly Toby Ziegler is Ida. He would make an excellent cranky android.

Or Josh Lyman is the Middleboy in training to kickass hero CJ Cregg, with Sam as his earnest BFF roommate and Leo as the android who punctures Josh's moments of hubris with well-placed sarcasm.

Or Ronon Dex, apprentice in training to Teyla--she saves the world a lot. I'm not actually sure who the BFF roommate is in that scenario, given that John Sheppard pretty much has to be the laconic guitar-playing guy in the hallway, but I do know that the cranky android is of course played by Rodney McKay.

Or, because The Middleman having once been a SEAL reminded me of Hawaii Five-O: Kono as apprentice to Steve the Middleman, Chin as her cousin and BFF and roommate, and Danny as cranky android.

Anyway. Clearly, I've been getting way too much amusement out of this. Returning to the actual show, and the things I adored about it.

cutting for vague spoilersCollapse )

In short, love love love. Btw, I am not sure if I want to read fic at the moment, but does anyone know of any good Middlevids out there?

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Time:10:28 pm.
Book rec: Mary Roach's Packing for Mars, about some of the oddities of space travel and the preparation for it, was a breezy, fast read with lots of interesting trivia--not all about space, even. I'd vaguely known that space takes its toll on the bodies of astronauts, but didn't realize the degree, or quite how much preparation goes into areas I hadn't thought about. A good nonficton summer read.

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Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Time:1:34 pm.
Book rec: Midnight Riot, by Ben Aaronovitch. First in an urban fantasy series starring Peter Grant, a new cop in London, finding out about and tapping into unexpected undercurrents of magic after he encounters a ghost on a case. Snappy and relatively well-paced (I felt the end went a bit wonky); the first person narration is tight and engaging; and the banter between Grant and his mentor Nightingale made me grin quite often. Aaronovitch's depiction of London is diverse and multi-ethnic--Grant himself is mixed-race--and vibrant. I think probably people who liked Lindsay Davis's Falco series would like this as well.

Off to track down a copy of Moon Over Soho, the second book in the series...

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Friday, March 18th, 2011

Time:9:00 pm.
Oooh, man. If you're a fan of fairy tale retellings or clever horror stories or precise, knife-edged first person prose, go check out Lyrstzha's Sleeping Beauty take, Unhappily, which she's doing as part of a fannish project "of zombie-themed ultraflashfic in a modest smörgåsbord of fandoms."

"I don’t care what you’ve heard; there were never any fairies involved. There wasn’t so much as a handful of pixie dust in the whole disaster, if you want to know the truth. It was never anything but flesh and blood and the most horrible misuse of an alembic I’ve ever seen from beginning to end, honestly."

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Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Subject:recent reading (january/feburary 2011)
Time:11:02 pm.
Someone on my flist (thank you, whoever you were!) mentioned about a month ago that Carla Kelly had a new book out, and The Admiral's Penniless Bride came via interlibrary loan today. Only about 70 pages in, so I suppose it could go horribly awry, but I'd forgotten how much I *like* Carla Kelly's characters. They have texture. They are damaged in ways that feel genuine, not for more drama but simply because life can be brutal sometimes. So pleased to read new material from her!

Also read: Picked up Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series since Rachelmanija made them sound intriguing. Fast reads, and they get more engrossing as the series of five continues; I finished the fourth at 10:30 and started the 5th right away that night. A couple of brief vaguely spoilery impressions and thoughts: behind the cutCollapse )

Before that...hmm, what was there? A reread of McKillip's The Cygnet and the Firebird because reading The Bards of Bone Plain made me crave vintage McKillip.

Reread of Dawn Treader because I'd seen the movie courtesy of a friend (thanks, J!) with tickets. (The visuals mostly matched my imagination, and that visual of Lucy opening the door to Coriakin's house was especially evocative. I liked the actors very much. The plotline...sigh. It's not that I can't see why they found it necessary to change things, I just wish their changes had been *better.*)

Then I reread The Silver Chair, just because.

The first third or so of The Dragon Book, a collection of stories about dragons, before I had to return it to the library.

Sarah Monette's Corambis, the fourth and final book in the series that started with Melusine. Like Melusine, a page turner; read it in a rush. Liked seeing Corambis and getting a sense of their magical customs, very different from what we'd seen before. Liked the new character who narrated parts of the book, Kay Brightmore. Still like Mildmay the best, and wish we had gotten more of him than we did. Was more or less pleased with where the series ended. Went back and reread Melusine afterward (still a page turner even though I knew what happened.)

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Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Subject:2010 in books
Time:7:25 pm.
Looking back, I think I had a plan to booklog at the end of each month since I'd gotten out of the habit of doing it after each book. Evidently this lasted through March. Um.

It actually wasn't a great year for reading, overall; my reading time tends to be during my lunch hour at work, and I ended up working through a lot of those instead of reading, and then gravitating to fanfic in the evenings. I read a bunch of things very slowly, over a period of weeks and sometimes multiple library renewals; others I didn't finish at all. Oh well. Better luck this year.

April 2010 through December 2010, what my online library record + Amazon orders + memory inform me I read, in random categoriesCollapse )

First books of 2011: reread of Lindsay Davis' Silver Pigs and Turner's The King of Attolia, + McKillip's The Bards of Bone Plain (not quite yet finished).

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Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Subject:yuletide 2010 and yuletide madness 2010 recs
Time:3:25 pm.
Hurray, I actually made it all the way from A to Z in the archive this year. Using the AO3 Share function to paste my bookmarked recs here.

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
Gaiman's American Gods + American Gods/Sandman; assorted Jane Austen; Sherman Alexie;
Bisclarvet (Marie de France); Beowulf/mystery fandom;
Mary Renault's The Charioteer; Chronicles of Prydain; Chinese Mythology; Georgette Heyer's Cotillion; Maureen McHugh's China Mountain Zhang;
Dark Is Rising; Dead Like Me; Robin McKinley's Damar series; D.E.B.S; Discworld;
assorted Fairy Tales; Frasier; Friday Night Lights; Foxtrot/Calvin and Hobbes;
Golden Girls;
Jemisin's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms; Hereville;
Joan of Arcadia;
Lymond Chronicles; Lord Peter Wimsey; LadyHawke;
The Mountain (Carter and Grammar song); Main Hoon Na;
Nero Wolfe;
President's Daughter series (White);
Queen's Thief/Attolia series;
Sandman; Some Kind of Wonderful; Sports Night;
Temeraire; Those Who Hunt At Night (Hambly);
Un Lun Dun (Mieville);
War for the Oaks; Young Wizards (Diane Duane);

cut for length. quasi-alphabetical order by fandomCollapse )

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Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Time:11:06 pm.
I won't have time to dive into the archive until tomorrow, but my Yuletide story is a marvel that made me beam with happiness. It's for one of my favorite novels, Peter Beagle's The Innkeeper's Song, which I recommend quite a bit if you haven't read. And if you have, go read Half-Told: I asked for Lal and Soukyan and their prickly, solid friendship, and my Yuletide Writer delivered that in spades, in a story that captures the tone and voices of the book so perfectly, with flashes of humor and an environment of storytelling. I'm pretty amazed by how well the writer just *got* all the things I love most about the universe in the story.

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Friday, December 24th, 2010

Time:1:07 pm.
Dear Yuletide author, should you happen to come here:

FYI, I'm heading away from home and internet access now and won't be back until possibly the evening of the 25th and more likely mid-day on the 26th. I am very much looking forward to reading the story you wrote for me then. THANK YOU!

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Time:11:59 pm.
Category: things that are adorably awesome!

Barry Deutsch's YA graphic novel, Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword. The tagline is: "Yet Another Troll-Fighting 11-Year-Old Orthodox Jewish Girl," which pretty much encapsulates the awesomeness of this. Mirka wants to fight dragons! She has an incredibly awesome stepmother! And an adorable younger brother among other siblings! There is a witch and a troll and a pig, and the illustrations are lively and fun, and there will hopefully be many sequels to this.

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Time:9:00 pm.
Detroit 1-8-7, season 1, Home Invasion/Drive ByCollapse )

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Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Time:12:41 pm.
Happy birthday, thepouncer!
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Friday, November 26th, 2010

Time:11:07 am.
Happy birthday, Butterfly!
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Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Subject:Dear Yuletide author...
Time:3:07 pm.
Dear Yuletide Author:

Hi, and thank you in advance. I am so excited about the idea of a story in any of these fandoms, you have no idea. So I hope you have as wonderful a time writing as I will reading. :)

My general likes: Women kicking ass. Friendship. Friendship on the line to becoming romance. Character studies. People being competent. People surpassing their own expectations. People being a bit stoic. Banter. Epistolary stories. Outside POVs. Gen. Het. Slash. People who aren't friends grudgingly respecting each other. Road trips. Teams and ensembles.

My general dislikes: Infidelity. Character bashing. Incest. Noncon. Love triangles. Extreme jealousy/possessiveness/stalkery tendencies that are meant to read as romantic.

specifics about my fandom requests behind the cutCollapse )

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