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According to the episode summary in the paper, "Michael causes a problem."

If you missed that one, it's really good! I liked it almost as much as my favorite episode of "House."
6th-Jun-2009 08:11 pm - Yuletide NYR Challenge
Here's something interesting to those who like small fandoms: an anonymous donor is offering $5 to charity for every New Years Resolution story posted to the Yuletide archive in the months of June, July and August. The details are here. The list of unfulfilled NYR requests is here.

Speaking of NYR fics, here's mine:

Title: The Hay-Scale
Fandom: Citizen Kane
Rating: PG
Summary: In 1890, Harvard undergrads Charlie Kane and Jed Leland approach an academic question in an all-too-characteristic manner.

Charlie cared what he had to say, even if he often disregarded it.
12th-Jun-2008 12:24 pm(no subject)
I've finally gotten around to starting Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and so far it's not bad if you like that sort of thing. But.

Some of you may recall me ranting about Darrell Sweet's cover for an L.E. Modesitt book. Sweet's cover for The Eye of the World is, objectively speaking, not quite as terrible, but it is one of the most hilariously egregious examples of gendered proportion that I've ever seen. Since this is a fantasy book, maybe I should clarify that this is not meant to be an elf riding with an orc, or anything like that. It's a woman on a mare, next to a man on a stallion.

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Also, she truly is a powerful sorceress, to judge by her enchanted foundation garments. Any more uplift and her boobs will be at her neck.
11th-Jun-2008 09:34 am - Postcard stories
I've been looking at the Waterstone postcard stories this morning. JKR's is very cute - "Elvendork! It's unisex!" And I'd like to congratulate Neil Gaiman on his very neat printing. Some of the other authors should take a lesson.

I have a lot of experience trying to puzzle out different types of handwriting, but after long minutes, this is what I'm getting from Margaret Atwood:

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For the love of God, you're raising money for dyslexia, Margaret Atwood! It should not be that hard!
So I dreamt last night that I was a teenager again.

And a student at the fabled American Hogwarts.

As was David Cook from American Idol.

David was dueling against an angry blond guy, the American equivalent of a Slytherin I guess. I bet on him to win, and he did! But I forgave the debt, because the other wagerer couldn't afford it. And I could.

Because as it turned out, I was Lily Potter II.
1st-Jun-2008 04:48 pm - Quidditch Noir
nude quidditch
A new genre of my own invention!

Dry Mouth Morning, Ludo Bagman, pg

Freak Collision, Rita Skeeter, Doris Purkiss, pg

Seriously, I find it odd that the last two fics that I've written both deal with obscure Quidditch players, given that I usually find sports (real or fictional) a colossal bore.

I'm sorry I've not been seen much around LJ for a while - work issues, health issues, general malaise, the usual reasons.

I've been spending a lot of time with books. I reread the first four volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, and also discovered some interesting new (to me) stuff:

Under the Skin, by Michel Faber; The Horned Man, James Lasden; The Cup of the World, John Dickinson; The Scar, China Mielville; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, M.T. Anderson; Owl in Love, Patrice Kindl, to name a few.

I'm crap at writing book reviews, because I always become very self-conscious about the inevitable gaps between my own reading experience and someone else's, but I found all of these memorable and thought-provoking.

I'm going to try to catch up a little on friends' journals; please drop me a comment to direct me to the good stuff, if you like :).
24th-Jul-2007 08:51 am - DH Wanking
are you 'puff enough?
It's been three days, and I just can't seem to accept that spoilerCollapse ) is gone. I know, I know, it's just fiction, but how much would I have loved to spoilerCollapse ). I just can't understand why JKR would tease us about spoilerCollapse ), only to have spoilerCollapse ) turn out to be such a damned spoilerCollapse ).

Well, I hoped I would feel better for getting that off my chest, but it's not working.

21st-Jun-2007 07:02 pm - Worst. Foreshortening. Ever.
I've been very depressed lately, and so I've been reading more escapist fiction, but also more inclined to be cranky and fault-finding. Hence this post. I just finished Shadowsinger, the fifth and final book in L.E. Modesitt's "Spellsong Cycle," and I've enjoyed this series, every book of which is all about women using magic to unleash UNGODLY DESTRUCTION upon evil misogynists and then angsting about it. By the fifth book, the angsting gets a bit repetitive and the magic = nuclear weapons metaphor unpleasantly heavy-handed, but still, satisfying when the womanhaters get toasted.

I consider it a guilty pleasure, partly for reveling in the violence, but also because Modesitt is one of those prolific writers who just don't get any less stilted with practice. He's the sort who seems to think that avoiding the word "said" at all costs is the hallmark of Good Writing.

But what I really want to bitch about share is the jacket art, by Darrell Sweet, who has had great success as a sci fi/fantasy illustrator despite a sometimes shaky grasp of human anatomy.

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Based on the cover, I had read quite a ways into this one wondering when the new dwarf character was going to be introduced. I finally realized that he is meant to represent the heroine's love interest. He's described in the text as "stocky," but I don't think this is actually meant to be a euphemism for rhizomelic dwarfism.

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The heroes travel with a radical-seperatist army of women soldiers, whom Sweet represents here metonymically, as a blow-up doll in armor.

So, what should I read next? You can see, my standards are not high.
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