New Forever Knight Movie

May. 24th, 2017 10:09 pm
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Okay - for those interested, the premise and backstory of the new Forever Knight Movie has been released.

For more information you can follow the FK Movie facebook page.

Reading Wednesday

May. 24th, 2017 09:36 pm
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[personal profile] lady_ganesh hooked me up with some really good stuff: Maggie Stiefvater's YA series The Raven Cycle. This consists of

  • The Raven Boys (finished!)
  • The Dream Thieves (finished!)
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (finished!)
  • The Raven King (still reading, unlikely to finish tonight)

Also, apparently some extra-story authorial snippets exist (I only just discovered this while checking the titles of the main series).*

In the little town of Henrietta is a posh boarding school called Aglionby. The mascot of the school is a raven. Eccentric local girl Blue, the scion of a houseful of psychic women (including her mother, Maura), thinks Aglionby boys are nothing but trouble. Local wounded-at-the-core boy Adam is attending the school on scholarship; he has managed to become best buds with the charming and earnest Gansey (that's his last name), whose circle also includes the tough-but-brittle bad boy Ronan. And then there's Noah, who shows up somehow at the off-campus digs that Gansey and Ronan share in an old factory.

Gensey is obsessed with the local ley line, which he thinks will lead him to the tomb of the Welsh hero Owen Glendower. The others are drawn into his search—including Blue, who starts out as somewhat of a mascot but becomes something much more. There are dreams, magic, terror, and lots of fast cars.

Parts of this seem to be the love child of Alan Garner's The Owl Service and the better "After-School Special" types of teen novels, but it's very involving and tremendous fun. The writing has some weaknesses, especially when Stiefvater seems to be marking time until she can get to the Good Bits, but she's very good at action sequences and the spookier parts are truly chilling.

Cut for long and maybe a spoiler or two )

What Am I Reading Wednesday - May 24

May. 25th, 2017 01:40 am
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What I Just Finished Reading

Two months' of back issues of four magazines, and the WaPo and WSJ. Subscriptions are destroying my ability to novel.

What I Am Currently Reading

The Devil's Feast – MJ Carter
Still rereading, and enjoying catching more little character nuances I didn't fully note the first time around.

Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
Woah, this got very dark in a way I'd not seen coming, but I like it when novels surprise like that.

Clariel – Garth Nix
We're really starting to get some intimations that all in the capital is not as rosy as it may first appear. I am very much intrigued.

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom – John Pomfret
I wish my ARC copy contained the color plates. And yes, still truckin'.

The Wasting of Borneo – Alex Shoumatoff
Shoumatoff is a passionate and engaging writer, but his naivete can grate. To wit: “The Dalai Lama didn't remember me when I went to see him again several years after a two-hour private audience with him” but the second time Shoumatoff visits the elephant Bubbles at a commercial exotic animal reserve, the elephant “immediately zooms in on me...wraps her trunk around me and pulls me to her breast and raises her right foot for me to rest on. [Her handler] tells me later he's only seen her do this three times...” To Shoumatoff's mind, this is confirmation of his unique understanding of human-animal bonds that have been forsaken by the majority of humanity. Whereas this skeptical reader thinks it more to do with the fact that Bubbles is a captive, trained animal with 27 years of cinema and circus shows behind her, whose handlers saw a mark and a golden opportunity to generate good PR for their $250-a-head show at their “unusual and controversial operation, which, it has to be said, is not held in high regard by the animal-rights community.”

What I'm Reading Next
Thick As Thieves. Thick As Thieves. Thick As Thieves. Thick As Thieves. And that's how I'll be spending my long weekend.


Tumblr etc. Jargon Question

May. 20th, 2017 02:16 pm
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If something is tagged fandomedit, where fandom is (duh) a fandom, does it refer to photo-edits (such as finding a photo that looks like a character and then editing the photo somehow)?

Or am I totally off base, and if so, what does actually mean?

Harmony (Parkhurst)

May. 19th, 2017 08:11 pm
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3+/5. This book was really painful for me to read, because it was so emotionally accurate. It's about a family with a daughter Tilly on the autism spectrum, variant PDD-NOS, Asperger's-like. Tilly is, I think, in 7th grade? She is exceptionally intelligent and also has an exceptional amount of information about her chosen topics (statues). She also has severe meltdowns, often in public, some for which the cause isn't necessarily known. She appears to have some sensory processing issues. She has a lot of social difficulty, including sexually explicit speech and using extremely derogatory terms (e.g., bitch) to describe everyone around her. She is kicked out of several schools, the last being a special-ed school for children like her. At the time of the book, she is being homeschooled, but even that is fraught. Her parents uproot their family to be part of a camp for special-needs children like Tilly, led by a charismatic child-advice guru who might or might not be the answer to their hopes.

Most of the book is from the perspective of Iris (Tilly's younger neurotypical sister) and Alexandra (the mother). Iris loves her sister, even often likes her; is ashamed of her sometimes, struggles with the sacrifices her family has to make for her sister. Alexandra bears a crushing weight of… everything, of feeling like a failure for Tilly's failures, of anxiety about what her child will become and what her life is going to be like.

And it was like reading about a dark mirror of my own life. Cut. )

Anyway. The only thing about it was that the descriptions were really stunning, the characterization and writing were great, but I felt like the ending was a little… abrupt, and it didn't quite deliver on the answers to all the hard emotional questions it was asking.

(edited 5-21-17 for wrong author, oops)

random pointless update

May. 19th, 2017 10:17 pm
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I haven't been up to much lately. Work has been crazy and all of my free time at home has been playing Prey... which is totally my fault but it's an awesome game. :P

I'm usually not one for First Person Shooters (usually play RPG's in third person) but it's amazing. Very few cut scenes or characters to interact with. It's mostly just you on the space station trying to avoid Typhons. And jump scares because the damn enemies can turn into random shit like coffee cups.

Yeah, won't look at coffee cups the same.

Now that I've finished maybe I can get back to writing... or get distracted by something else. :P

Every Woman Author Letter

May. 18th, 2017 09:00 pm
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Dear Every Woman Author,

Thank you so much for writing for me. :)

I’m open to lots of stuff and am so excited to get fic for one of my pairings. One thing I really want is a happy ending. I don’t like downer endings.

I have a list of my likes and dislikes; then, I go into more specific stuff about the fandoms I requested. There’s lots of stuff there, but, most importantly, I want you to have fun. I’m sure I’ll enjoy anything you make that doesn’t have my squicks. :)

Click on one of the links below, and it will take you to the part you want to read.

Likes and Dislikes
Mass Effect
Dragon Age

Likes and Dislikes )

Mass Effect )

Dragon Age )

Original )

Thank you so much!
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Ummm, yeah. A few characters have been selected for the new upcoming Forever Knight movie. Nick Knight will be there, played by Zac Taylor. Janette will now be Lily (or Lily is taking the role with Nick that Janette had played, not quite sure about that) and be played by Tara Reynolds. Brett Santry will play Don Schanke. Not quite sure how that will be worked in. And I think they will have LaCroix as well.

Info released on Horror Society and the FK Movie facebook page. They have many images up already.

What Am I Reading Wednesday - May 17

May. 18th, 2017 02:29 am
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What I Just Finished Reading

Summerlong – Peter Beagle
This was indeed not my cup of tea. I connected with none of the characters, the majority of the narrative is a wish fulfilment fantasy, and the big reveals (and what happens subsequently) were visible from a mile away. The volume concludes with an About the Author so pompous that readers may be forgiven for wondering why, in a world graced with Beagle's genius, anyone still bothers with Shakespeare.

What I Am Currently Reading

Japan and Korea – Frank Carpenter
In which we move on to traditional crafts; it's neat that what Carter wrote about 90 years ago still goes on in Kyoto today.

The Devil's Feast – MJ Carter
I'm a third of the way through the book and narratively, now the real fun is beginning. Carter has a tendency to deliver history lecture as chunks of dialogue, but it's far more natural here than in The Infidel Stain. But when she does show, she does it so very well.

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet – Charlie Holmberg
I'm still very much enjoying this novel. It's a darker, more adult narrative than any of Holmberg's previous books, and I'm interested to see how she develops certain elements, such as ethnicity and religion, that she introduced in the early chapters.

Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
This novel--about the denizens of a school for children who have been expelled from fantasy realms and are desperate to get back--has a classic Holly Black vibe. The social commentary is laid on a bit thick in places, but I'm fine with that because it's good commentary.

Clariel – Garth Nix
In which we learn some intriguing things about our protagonist, and encounter a Charter Mage who is going to teach her more.

Uprooted – Naomi Novik
I've reached what I think of as the second part of this novel, where the cast of characters and setting both undergo a major shift. I remember liking the first part better; we'll see if that still holds true during this reading.

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom – John Pomfret
Still truckin'.

Ugly Koreans, Ugly Americans – Min Byoung-chul
Still truckin'.

What I'm Reading Next
I will keep on truckin' through the above.

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