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Since I have a joyously unexpected half an hour free, have some quotes from 84, Charing Cross Road. (I expect I'll watch the film soon and post about it and then you all will get sick of me posting so often.)

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At work, trying to eat lunch while simultaneously typing this without getting food all over the keyboard, but I have to do a books update before I start forgetting what I've read, so:

- The Cursed Child! Scorpius is adorable, and his bromance with Albus is just ridiculous. <3 How are they not a couple by the end? Time travel is the best, and I loved all the timey-wimey stuff. Then Snape appeared and I kind of lost it and read through the rest through a haze of snot-nosed nostalgia. I don't think I'm going to write a detailed review of it, but I'm happy to talk about it if anyone wants to!

- Yesterday, I spent the whole evening reading: rare and so so enjoyable. I finished Breathing in Colour, a book about a British woman (Alida) who comes to India in search of her lost teenaged daughter (Mia). The reason I bought the book years ago (apart from the fact that it was on sale at a huge discount) was that the daughter is a synaesthete, and I've been interested in synaesthesia ever since I discovered Keats. Parts of it are a bit strange. The author clearly knows a lot about the tourist spots in India, but the descriptions play up the 'exotic' element a little too much, and sometimes the trauma Alida is feeling -- because of not just Mia but also a past tragedy, which is revealed to us in bits and pieces -- is just badly written. But the descriptions of Mia's experiences as her senses merge into each other are pretty decent. Mia's younger sister Kizzy drowns in the bathtub as a baby, and we're left wondering until the end of the book if Mia, who'd been terribly jealous of the new baby, was responsible for Kizzy's death.

- After 'Breathing,' I started and finished 84, Charing Cross Road. Which completely broke my heart. It won't take you more than a couple of hours to read, and it's so worth it. Is there anything better than a book about books? Answer: it's a book that has letters about books written to each other by real people over the course of multiple decades. The wonderfully rude Helene Hanff is an American writer who orders books from Marks & Co, a British bookshop, and corresponds with many of its employees and their extended families, most notably Frank Doel, the chief buyer. I was left wondering what happened to some of the people the others lost touch with; will have to read the next book, in which Hanff describes what happened when she finally got to visit England. For those interested, here are Goodreads' lists of Books about Books and Books about Bookstores.

- Re The Book Thief, which I mentioned last time that I was loving, I watched the film after finishing the book. Both are gorgeous, but they're also relentlessly tragic.

- Now reading: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which is a quietly beautiful book about the friendship between a Chinese-American boy and a Japanese-American girl during the 1940s, at a time when people of Japanese origin are being forcibly sent to internment camps. The story begins in the present time from Henry's point of view, and I guess I'll find out soon enough what happened to Keiko in the past. Fingers crossed.

- I've read a couple of lovely Femme Remix fics, so, in the spirit of enjoying fannish things and passing on the joy, here's a rec: Behind Layers, Minerva McGonagall/Poppy Pomfrey. There are a couple more but I'm out of time now, so I'll save them for next time.



Jul. 27th, 2016 11:06 pm
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A Big Bang rec: Splintering in Slow Motion, a J2 fic by cyndrarae with art by [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal ♥. Mind the warnings. The author linked to an article on high-functioning depression. An extract from the article:

Cantopher believes that it is the strongest people who suffer from depression. "Give a set of stresses to someone who is weak, cynical or lazy and he will quickly give up, so he will never get stressed enough to become ill," he writes. "A strong person, on the other hand, will react to these pressures by trying to overcome them." In other words, he keeps pushing himself to do more, to achieve more, to be that high-functioning individual, because nothing is worse than being a disappointment (whether to himself or to others).

It's time we stopped trying to make people with mental illness fit the mold. Or, perhaps, consider that the mold is a whole lot different than what we thought.
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I've enjoyed the last two episodes very much. In lieu of a reaction I'm going to link to the NY Times review of the finale. It's got spoilers for everything, but here's a non-spoilery bit I happen to completely agree with:

...it does make me consider how the sense of mystery will likely begin to dissipate from “Game of Thrones,” as longtime theories are confirmed and we pivot toward the final clashes. It’s unavoidable as the story begins to contract toward its conclusion. But I’m already feeling a little melancholy about the show becoming more about big battles and resolution and less about uncovering new pieces of this captivating world.

Isn't this the problem with most shows that have crossed 3+ seasons? I didn't think any of GoT was predictable, but that's probably because I don't read GoT fic or fan speculations. As for the argument that shows ~must get predictable about certain things once the end is near: for now, I'm sticking to my belief that the ways in which stories are told are way more important than the actual plot. In other words: show, don't tell. Setting up a showdown between two major characters may be inevitable, but the way in which it happens needn't be.
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Let's celebrate Charlie!
The Charlie Bradbury Fanwork-A-Thon!
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Let's celebrate Charlie!

to promote, just copy/paste the text below (comes with the banner above; more banners/codes under the cut!):

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Thanks to the very awesome [livejournal.com profile] endeni for the gorgeous banners (and for giving a proper title to what I was very intelligently referring to as the "Charlie fanworks thingie").

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Questions/Comments/Suggestions? Post them here!

Want to post recs or links to already existing fanworks? Post them on this thread! (I don't know about you guys, but I'd especially love to see your episode reactions to 'The Girl with the Dungeons and Dragons Tattoo' and other Charlie episodes!)
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Belated happy Galentine's Day! Have some recs.

My gift is so so pleasing! Scared at Night, The X-Files, pre-series. What more could one possibly want than a Dana and Melissa fic that has the 'Sibling Bonding' tag?

+ some recs )
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Belated happy [community profile] galentinesday! Have some recs.

My gift is so so pleasing! Scared at Night, The X-Files, pre-series. What more could one possibly want than a Dana and Melissa fic that has the 'Sibling Bonding' tag?

+ some recs )


Sep. 10th, 2014 10:39 pm
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Calling all Jack Davenport fans! We’re going to rewatch/discuss a bunch of Jack’s stuff, starting with Ultraviolet, The Talented Mr Ripley, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Ultraviolet is a six-part BBC miniseries starring Jack Davenport, Idris Elba and Susannah Harker. Join us for the rewatch hosted at [livejournal.com profile] amerally’s LJ—the discussion post for episode 1 will be up on September 20th!

Do spread the word! (To promote, just copy/paste the text below.) The episodes are available on Hulu, but if anyone has trouble accessing them, let me know and I'll get them to you one way or another. *g*

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Come talk to me about The X-Files at the [livejournal.com profile] xf_is_love month. ♥ Signups here.
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Okay, now this is just unfair.



Jun. 29th, 2014 11:05 pm
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People are awesome. <3

The amazing [livejournal.com profile] secretlytodream is offering ~three videos - yay! - and so so many of my favourite writers/artists/podficcers/vidders/betas are offering works too. I'd list them all but there are way too many brilliant things to choose from, so go have a look. :-)

The lovely [livejournal.com profile] ash48 has already made a bid on my first offer, but I've put up a second offer for fic here. So if there's something you'd like me to write for you (I'll be happy to consider writing for fandoms other than the ones I've listed, but let's talk about it first) I'm totally happy to write one more fic. :-)
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~We Love Women! Multifandom Friending Meme~
We Love Women! Multifandom Friending Meme

If you love the awesome women in fandom, come on over and make new friends!
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Since many of us had a blast with this meme last year, here it is again!

~We Love Women! Multifandom Friending Meme~

If you love the awesome women in fandom, come on over and make new friends!

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If any of you lovely artists would like to make banners for fandoms that aren't represented in the ones above, I'd be very happy to add them to the list.

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