15. A song that is a cover by another artist
Battle Beast - Push it to the Limit
Originally by Paul Engemann, from the soundtrack of Scarface.
Follow the adventures of the ship Hallows, an Intergalactic Urban Search and Rescue/Emergency Services Team. A mage named Dani and their ghost husband Emmanuel co-captain the ship Hallows as they recruit their crew and have various adventures.
A digression. When I was a little cho, I loved books with main characters like Dido Twite in Joan Aiken's Wolves series and Goth in James Schmitz' The Witches of Karres: wiry, adventurous girls who could almost be mistaken for boys. I knew I would never be any of those girls, because I was chunky and unathletic and bookish and shy and near-sighted.
Last night I finished Provenance by Ann Leckie. People who wanted more hardcore space opera (and yes, I think it's OK to call it that) like the Ancillary trilogy have been grumpily posting their displeasure with the book around the Intarwebs. Because although Provenance is set in the same universe, and people in the story are talking about the events that occurred in that series, the star of Provenance is not an unstoppable corpse soldier turned engine of vengeance, like Breq. The protagonist is, instead, a chunky, self-deprecating, messy, naive young woman named Ingray Aughskold. And whether you enjoy Provenance, I suspect, will have a lot to do with whether you sympathize with Ingray or think she's a fool.
Ingray has Mommy issues. Mom is a powerful politician who adopted three children, intending to eventually make the most suitable one her heir. This is not an uncommon practice on the world of Hwae. One child made herself scarce as soon as she could legally do so, leaving Ingray to complete with their confident and obnoxious brother Danach. Both Ingray and Danach are certain that Danach will be the heir; nevertheless, Ingray would like to secure some of their mother's regard for herself. So she invests all her own money in a scheme that starts with breaking a famous thief out of the smarmily named prison world Compassionate Removal and goes on from there. As james_davis_nicoll puts it, it is "a very bold scheme, a scheme so well planned that it does not go off the rails until shortly before the book begins."
If the book sounds like a caper novel, that is indeed one part of what it is. It is also a coming-of-age story, a story that addresses the idea of symbols and what part they play in our personal and national stories, a novel that explores families and what parents can do to children, and a science fiction story full of aliens and robots and stolen starships. I enjoyed it quite a lot.
Next, I've started a non-fiction book that is not much like anything I would have picked on my own, but a book club has started at work, and it involves some colleagues that I should get to know better, so. It's called The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds. The blurb describes it as "How a Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality." I'm about 5% of the way into it, and so far author Michael Lewis has been discussing the idea of using statistics to help make better choices in selecting athletes for pro sports teams. I suppose this is a topic of great interest to many, but not to me, so I hope the book gets into something else quickly.
I also have waiting for me the first volumes of two new-to-me manga series, Golden Kamuy and Complex Age, and also the first collected volume of the comic The Wicked and the Divine.
What I Just Finished Reading
The Parable of the Sower – Octavia Butler
I never connected emotionally with any of the characters, but the book was an interesting exploration of how new religions are founded.
Monstress vol. 2 – Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
The art continues to floor me and the storyline is as inventive as anything in recent memory. It's going to be a battle not to break down and start buying individual issues instead of waiting for the next TPB.
What I Am Currently Reading
The End of Your World – Adyashanti
An interesting exploration of what happens after a meditator has her first “opening” or “enlightenment” experience. (Spoiler alert: the work is just beginning.)
The Waking Land – Callie Bates
Thirty pages in, our main character has been taken hostage by the king after her family either failed in, or was framed for, an attempted coup. The world looks to be built of equal parts Renaissance Europe, British Isles, and Grimm's fairytale, with a bit of medieaval witch hunting thrown in. A lot of attention has been paid to a ghostly woman's repetition of the phrase mo cri, mo tire, mo fiul, which any reader with a basic knowledge of Scots Gaelic will recognize as “my heart, my land, my blood.”
Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
The premise is rightfully famous, but Bradbury's prose is clunky and his execution cartoonish.
China: A New History – John Fairbank & Merle Goldman
The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell
Another Gaiman cash cow, largely redeemed thus far by Riddell's gorgeous illustrations.
Melusine – Sarah Monette
I'm only a chapter in so far, but woah, this is dark.
What I'm Reading Next
I just got my hands on a copy of Linnea Hartsuyker's The Half-Drowned King, as well as the first two volumes of Saga.
On 7 Oct they were doing some more filming and in the morning had a quick live Q&A while finishing getting ready for the shoot. It was an unscheduled, quick last-minute idea so probably explains why there were not any questions. Sean is still planning to release a longer trailer/demo on Halloween, potentially being around 8 or up to 10 minutes.
On 10 Oct new promo photo stills were released, which include their characters of Nick & Natalie (below), Vachon, LaCroix & Lily, Jason (a werewolf), and Nick & the new red and white car. So far, no vampire is wearing any of the face prosthetic makeup or plastic Photoshop effects like they had in the last ones, so I am glad about that.
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14. A song that you would love played at your wedding
This is actually hard, since I don't really listen to much wedding-y music/love story happy music. After consideration of many songs (frex Indica - Pidä kädestä (translation), Indica - Täältä pois (translation), Dream Evil - See the Light (lyrics), Battle Beast - I Want the World (lyrics), Nightwish - Alpenglow (lyrics), Within Temptation - Covered by Roses (lyrics), Within Temptation - See Who I Am (lyrics), and the ever-traditional Finnish wedding staple Tehosekoitin - Hetken tie on kevyt (translation)), I came to the conclusion of...
14. A song that you would love played at your wedding
Nightwish - Sagan
Because, well, anyone willing to stick with me for the long haul is going to be a COLOSSAL NERD and also probably some sort of science fan, so. I mean, the song has a friggin' space rocket launch as an effect! It's happy and hopeful, too. Also, "Beware the very first unkind word" is good marriage advice AFAIK.
And I do want someone who'll make me wonder and understand and smile with me when I lift my gaze to the stars.
This year for Yuletide, I've asked for:
- Drive Angry, a 2011 standalone supernatural/action B-movie;
- Pegasus, a YA fantasy novel that is the first book, but probably the only book, in an incomplete trilogy by Robin McKinley;
- The Shadow, a 1994 superhero movie based on a radio drama + pulp novels (I only know the movie);
- Simoun, a 26-episode fantasy/war anime from 2006;
- Soon I Will Be Invincible, a standalone light sci-fi/superhero novel by Austin Grossman;
- and Sucker Punch, a 2011 standalone fantasy(?)/action movie.
Crossovers or fusions between these fandoms, or between one of these fandoms and another rare fandom I know, are welcome.
On AO3 my username is Morbane.
Do-Not-Wants: harm to hands, addiction and substance abuse, amnesia.
I love original characters, outsider character perspectives, and worldbuilding. I love competence and loyalty. I like uplifting and hopeful messages, and protagonists who champion them. I also like genuinely terrible characters and tragic arcs, and villains with strong motivations and critiques of the protagonists' goals. Characters are welcome in any shade of grey. I like seeing characters screw up and then learn (or not) from their mistakes. I love magical realism, dramatic weather, trains, telepathy, and dragons. I like getting a strong sense of time or place. For porn, I love xeno, voyeurism, dubcon, noncon, telepathy, praise kink, and awkward-but-not-emotionally-disastrous sex; intense oh-god-I-can't-believe-it's-so-good sex; gentle and loving sex. I love emotional intimacy whether or not it comes with physical intimacy. I love mentors and protegé(e) relationships, and relationships between characters who are juggling multiple identities. I love seeing the relationship between two characters at one point in time, and then seeing it again when the relationship is very different. I'm just as interested in break-ups as get-togethers. I like Big Damn Hero moments, and also days in the life, or stories about people who are just trying to make it by in a weird world. I love it when authors incorporate something about which they have specialized knowledge, however mundane that thing is.
You're welcome to write in past or present tense, and in first, second, or third person. Epistolary and found-media formats are welcome.
( Drive Angry (2011) )
( Pegasus - Robin McKinley )
( The Shadow (1994) )
( Simoun (Anime) )
( Soon I Will Be Invincible - Austin Grossman )
( Sucker Punch (2011) )
1½ lbs apples (to make a little applesauce)
1 pint cider (ditto, although the Mr. might also drink some)
red and yellow cherry tomatoes
2 heads garlic
½ lb. farmhouse cheddar cheese
I also pulled a package of CSA lamb stew meat out of the freezer when I got home: not to make stew, but kebabs instead. It's still too hot to make stew. Ditto winter squash, although one of the booths had some lovely Red Kuri.
So grocery store run should only be non-food items, skim milk, Siggi's yogurts for me, some breakfast cereals, long pasta (spag, linguine), Flackers flax seed crackers, and parmesan cheese. Maybe a few oranges too.
ETA: And berries! how can I forget those? They're in the icon ... .