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...but The Force Awakens was amazing.

Now I want to rewatch the original trilogy.

(I am so screwed.)

Wednesday Reading

Jul. 26th, 2017 09:58 pm
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After I finished re-reading The Story of the Stone by Hughart, I continued on with Eight Skilled Gentlemen (also a re-read). Both books are considerably weaker than Bridge of Birds, but they're both still amusing and full of interesting little details.

Most of the other things I've read this week have been online articles that are research for the same project that got me re-reading Master Li and Number Ten Ox.

After several days of that (and writing, and work being chaotic and stressful), I wanted something pleasant and easy. So I spent some time on Big South American River, looking up favorite children's authors. I discovered that not only has someone put a number of my favorite Sally Watson historicals into e-books, they also included Poor Felicity (although the author herself seems to have re-named it The Delicate Pioneer, which strikes me as a really "dead" title). I first read this at a Girl Scout summer camp, where I was a pudgy bespectacled weirdo bookworm who hated sports but was totally unafraid of snakes and bugs, and I haven't seen it since.

Felicity Dare is a sickly, rather spoiled 19th-century Southern (U.S.) girl whose parents lose all their money in bad investments and decide to go out west to settle in Oregon/Washington territory. Both parents die along the way, leaving orphaned Felicity to her good-natured but hapless uncle. They end up in what eventually becomes Seattle, where Felicity gradually becomes healthier because of being out in nature (shades of The Secret Garden!), makes friends with kids who would definitely have been considered below her social class back East (include some Native Americans), and learns to forage, cook, and shoot a rifle. There's also an ongoing feud with a rough-hewn boy who despises her for most of the book. In the end, when her snooty cousins show up at last (they went by ship instead of overland), she has to confront their faulty assumptions and her own grudges.

It's fun, slight but with lots of interesting details, and an easy, fast read (aimed at about 10-13 year-old readers).

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Jul. 26th, 2017 10:15 pm
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OOMish: After a few rounds at the firing range, Cassian and Ibani explore the library and are reminded of the long reach of the Sith and their Empire.

Tiny tag: Cassian Andor, contains mentions of the death and destruction that defines Sith and the Empire.

reading wednesday

Jul. 26th, 2017 07:59 pm
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• What are you reading?

Chimera, by John Barth. Last read in college, when I was studying computer science, and everything Barth said about alphabets and stories seemed to be a direct reflection of something Turing discovered about numbers and computing machines. "The key to the treasure is the treasure."

• What did you recently finish reading?

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel. I had been putting this off, because my non-SF-reading friends were saying it was really good but my SF-reading friends were finding it disappointing, which usually means I'll find it disappointing. Turns out it's really good!

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson, for Tawanda book group.
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Title: Subtraction
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Joss Carter/Zoe Morgan/Sameen Shaw
Warnings/Content: Canon character death, mourning, threesome
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Vengeance might feel good but it doesn't make things right.

Also at the Archive

Subtraction )

Title: Recovery
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Sickfic, Root lives, post-series
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Shaw says she has no bedside manner, even though she hasn't left Root's side since the shooting.

Also at the Archive

Recovery )

Title: Favours
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: John Reese/Kara Stanton
Warnings/Content: Pre-series, canon-level violence,
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Kara loves to show John just how much she cares.

Also at the Archive

Favours )

Looking for a book

Jul. 26th, 2017 06:19 pm
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Looking for a book that would have been published by 1957.

Involves a boy who goes through a small door in a wall in the back of a garden. He time-travelled back to the 19th century, and became somehow caught up in a conflict between two wizard or magicians or sorcerers, one good & one evil. That's what we got - help me Obi Wan.

Escaping (Picture #12) -- original

Jul. 26th, 2017 09:05 pm
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Title: Escaping
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 161
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Posted by Nat Brehmer

Wicked Horror is the author of Seven Upcoming Reboots That Actually Sound Promising. Wicked Horror is the internet's only horror fan site for free original horror movies, news, review & more.

There’s a lot of horror content coming our way over the next few years, just in terms of things that have already been announced or have been in various stages of development over time and are finally seeing the light of day. Because of that, it can get hard to keep track of everything. While the remake trend has wound down a bit, we still see plenty of reboots on the big and small screen. Old properties are being rebranded and reinterpreted.

I always try to hold out hope, but not everything looks good. There’s so much that’s being remade for no rhyme or reason, things that leave you scratching your head. Even then, marketing might not be putting their best foot forward in accurately promoting great material. That happens all the time.

For the purposes of this list, though, we’re taking a look at some things that are coming our way and show great potential. Even if they haven’t dazzled us with a trailer yet, these movies and TV/streaming series are promising and I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

We won’t be covering direct sequels like Cult of Chucky and Jigsaw for the purposes of this list. Instead, we’re solely focusing on remakes and reboots—any attempt to resurrect a dead property by catering to a new audience.

Leatherface

I’ve been defending this one—just the idea of it, I should say—way before the trailer was finally released and actually made people want to see it. I don’t think a prequel to the 1974 film was at all necessary, but I love the directors and think that if it’s done right it could really be unique and special. Many of the Chainsaw entries fall into the trap of remaking the same story over and over and I already really want to root for this one for not doing that.

LeatherfaceFlatliners

I’m a little on the fence about including this, but I didn’t think the trailer was that bad and therefore I remain a bit optimistic about it. For me, the weirdest thing about this is that everything about that trailer feels like a TV series, not a feature film. So I’m not sure how that’s going to go. There’s also quite a bit of confusion as to whether or not it’s a true remake or actually a loose sequel. I’ll guess we’ll have to wait and see on that.

FlatlinersHellboy

It’s definitely upsetting that Guillermo Del Toro will not be able to complete his planned trilogy, but it’s also not shocking. He met with Mike Mignola and Ron Perlman for what was clearly announced as the last meeting to see if it would ever happen or not, and the consensus was no, it just wouldn’t ever be feasible. My guess is, Del Toro wanted to go even bigger for the third and final entry and that wasn’t a direction that made sense after the lukewarm box office of Hellboy II. Now we’re getting a scaled-back reboot written by Mignola and directed by The Descent’s Neil Marshall, starring Stranger Things’ David Harbour in the title role. There’s still a lot to be excited about there.

Hellboy 2004The Haunting of Hill House

I still think The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is one of the scariest horror novels ever written. I love the original Robert Wise film. I’m not sure if it needs to be a series, but if anyone can make that work, it’s Mike Flanagan. This is a filmmaker I trust, without a doubt. I know he has a vision for it or he wouldn’t be attached in the first place, and that’s what excites me.

The-HauntingSpawn

Todd McFarlane is finally getting to do his hard R, microbudget Spawn reboot and I couldn’t be more excited for it. If done right, it could be a cross between Seven and It Follows. It’s about a cop investigating a string of murders and discovering this entity that we know as Spawn right at the center of it. I’m exciting for the return of this character and definitely curious to see how this gets reinterpreted for the big screen.

SpawnHalloween

Blumhouse’s Halloween doesn’t hit theaters until October of next year, but man, I cannot wait. It’s so exciting. I don’t know what’s gonna happen with it, but David Gordon Green and Danny McBride have demonstrated a clear passion for the source material and know what makes it work. The fact that Carpenter’s involved is amazing. The production being at Blumhouse at least makes me believe that it will actually happen, which is already more exciting than the last few attempts.

Michael Myers in HalloweenIT

It is so exciting for so many reasons. Chief among them being the fact that we got a really good first trailer and the reports from Comic Con are that that footage was great as well. There’s a lot of hype surrounding this, but that’s way better than the insane blast of negativity it got when first announced. The kids look like the characters in the book, which is fantastic. It looks genuinely scary and seems to retain so many of the core themes and rich mythology of the book.

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40 Day Anime Meme - Day 14

Jul. 26th, 2017 08:47 pm
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14 -- what is your favorite action anime?

How the fuck are we actually defining this? This is like 95% of what I watch...

You know what... since I haven't had a chance to really talk about it yet, let's go with Kiddy Grade. I adore Kiddy Grade, a fact that usually confuses anyone who is peripherally aware of the series but hasn't actually seen the whole thing. But Kiddy Grade is basically everything I like in anime, rolled into one. Action, drama, intrigue, pretty girls, pretty boys, robots, space fighting, humor, plenty of UST, amazing amounts of room for poking at the universe, etc. It is basically my anime happy place. ^_^

An auspicious start to any post:

Jul. 26th, 2017 08:34 pm
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So, I was having a minor crisis on Twitter, re: Dreamwidth and the soul-crushing inadequacy I feel every Reading Wednesday because I am not reading ... well, novels anyway. I used to be a hopelessly devoted reader, but sadly college cured me of the habit. My local library, alas, is also not that great when it comes to books -- I sigh daily for the great and beautiful Minneapolis Central Library! Even thought that ledge was extremely dangerous, re: falling icicles.

ANYWAY, I WENT OUT AND BOUGHT TWO (2) used books -- The Complete Short Stories of Flannery O'Conner and Jane Fairfax by Joan Aiken. Usually I've got no time for published Jane Austen fanfiction, but it is Joan Aiken, so we'll see.

This afternoon I got two very nice comments on some old, old Stucky fic (like, written before Winter Soldier came out Stucky fics) and I got to wondering how I'd tackle this pairing now, in the year of our Lord 2017, and if it'd be different than how I did it it back in 2011/2012. They say every cell of our body changes in seven years...

I might just try it out to get out of my sports anime rut. I think the Cap side of the MCU is the only part I'm actually caught up on. I don't really follow anything else, although I'm looking forward to Black Panther and also RIDICULOUS BEARD STEVE AHAHA (CEvans finally did it! He finally got to wear a beard to work!)

Also d'you think I'd be able to watch Thor 3 if I skipped Thor 2?

World Fantasy Nominations

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:55 pm
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Posted by Steven H Silver

The ballot for this year’s World Fantasy Award has been announced. The winners will be announced at a banquet at the World Fantasy Con held in San Antonio, TX the weekend of November 2-5, 2017.

Novel

  • Borderline, by Mishell Baker
  • Roadsouls, by Betsy James
  • The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North
  • Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff

Long Fiction

  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
  • Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
  • “Every Heart a Doorway,” by Seanan McGuire
  • “Bloodybones,” by Paul F. Olson
  • “A Taste of Honey,” by Kai Ashante Wilson

Short Fiction

  • “Das Steingeschöpf,” by G. V. Anderson
  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” by Broke Bolander
  • “Season of Glass and Iron,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Little Widow,” by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • “The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me,” by Rachael K. Jones

Anthology

  • Clockwork Phoenix 5,, edited by Mike Allen
  • Dreaming in the Dark, edited by Jack Dann
  • Children of Lovecraft, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Karen Joy Fowler and John Joseph Adams
  • The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

Collection

  • Sharp Ends, by Joe Abercrombie
  • On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, by Tina Connolly
  • A Natural History of Hell, by Jeffrey Ford
  • Vaculi Magia, by L. S. Johnson
  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, by Ken Liu

Artist

  • Greg Bridges
  • Julie Dillon
  • Paul Lewin
  • Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Victo Ngai

Special Award, Professional

  • L. Timmel Duchamp for Aqueduct Press
  • C. C. Finlay for editing F&SF
  • Michael Levy and Farah Mendlesohn for Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction
  • Kelly Link, for contributions to the genre
  • Joe Monti, for contributions to the genre

Special Award, Nonprofessional

  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Neile Graham, for her work as Workshop Director of Clarion West
  • John O’Neill, for Black Gate
  • Malcoln R. Phifer and Michael C. Phifer, for The Fantasy Illustration Library, Volume Two: Gods & Goddesses
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny
  • Brian White for Fireside Fiction Company

Lifetime Achievement

  • Terry Brooke
  • Marina Warner

For more information…

Scribe Awards

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:42 pm
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Posted by Steven H Silver

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers presented the the 2016 Scribe Awards, given for the best in tie-in fiction from 2016, on July 21.

  • Best Original Novel – General: Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn, by Ace Atkins
  • Best Original Novel – Speculative: Assassin’s Creed Heresy, by Christie Golden
  • Best Adapted Novel – General and Speculative: Assassin’s Creed, by Christie Golden
  • Best Short Story: X-Files: “Love Lost,” by Yvonne Navarro
  • Best Audio: Dark Shadows: Blood & Fire, by Roy Gill

For more information…

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Jul. 26th, 2017 08:27 pm
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  A co-worker asked the other day whether I’d ever wanted to do something because I read about it in a book. She’s been reading Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and is feeling oddly tempted by the thought of curling up in a dry well.
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Title: Aftershock
Fandom: Agents of SHIELD
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Leo Fitz/Framework!Grant
Warnings/Content: Angst, drinking, forgiveness
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Fitz can't leave Grant standing on the doorstep in the rain. (Set post S4 finale, but before that future scene in the diner.)


Also at the Archive

Aftershock )

Title: Date Night
Fandom: Captain America
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Warnings/Content: Flirting, Sam showing off, Steve's notebook of modern facts
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Sam knows he's being ogled.

Also at the Archive

Date Night )

Title: Air Show
Fandom: MCU
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Steve/Bucky/Sam/Natasha
Warnings/Content:
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: After they've found Bucky, they need some time to hide out and recover. (Set after Winter Soldier, on the road trip that should have been.)

Also at the Archive

Air Show )
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Posted by Germain Lussier

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is one of the most well-represented movies in pop culture art. The reason being it’s such a vibrant, wide-ranging movie, it offers almost innumerable visual interpretations. One such example is this new one by Tom Whalen, which is chock-full of detail and eye-popping brightness.

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Check-In – Day 26

Jul. 26th, 2017 07:20 pm
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Sometimes, life is a dungeon crawl. Sometimes, it's more of a match-three puzzle game. So ... what's it been for you today? What have you been doing?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Question for today: On a scale of 1 to 10, how disgusted do you usually get with your first draft of a longer work?

まるです。

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by mugumogu

 

まるさん、掃除機をかけたいんですけど。
Hey Maru, I want to vacuum there.

まる:「どうぞお構いなく。」
Maru:[Please don’t bother.]

いつものことながら、どいてはくれませんよね。
Ok. I know that you do not intend to avoid it.

まる:「今忙しいので。」
Maru:[I am busy now.]


まるに近づくとハウスダストを検知するランプが点灯。
When the vacuum cleaner approaches Maru, the lamp to inform house dust turns on.

 

i have an idea…

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:47 pm
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Posted by Wil

I have this idea to make something as a unique art project. It is either the craziest, dumbest, most impractical thing ever … or it’s a crazy, dumb, impractical thing that will be awesome.

I will need exactly one million people, from anywhere in the world, to make it happen. I wonder if that’s possible.

Feel free to speculate, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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