comment amnesty?

May. 24th, 2016 23:46
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So I have, um...53 unanswered DW/LJ comments, according to my email inbox, as of this writing. Admittedly, some of them are probably alerts from the Goblin Emperor kinkmeme, not comments I actually have to answer. But. Uhhhm. :|

Given that, and given that Dreamwidth seems to be very picky about whether and when it will let me log in, would anybody mind if I kind of, um, draw a line under all that and start anew? It's not that I don't want to talk to you, it's that I probably owed you comments back in like February and I'm not completely convinced that necro-commenting is worth it at this stage.

If there IS an active conversation we were having that you wish I'd get back to already, please feel free to ping me! Like I said, it's not that I don't want to talk to you. <3

The Hollow Crown: Richard III

May. 25th, 2016 06:37
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Aka the one with the inevitable compare and contrast. Not only did I watch various versions of the play throughout my life, but I had to write a paper on it decades ago in school, so.

I am determined to play the villain... )
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I really loved this book. :-) ([personal profile] madgastronomer, this review is for you. :D)

I wasn't quite sure what to expect going in, because I'd heard so many conflicting reviews of it. But it made me smile so much, and made me go "awww" so much, and made me so fiercely proud of Cordelia, and so fond of Oliver Jole (an accomplishment, since we only really meet him in this book), and made me actually care about Sergyar. It was gentle, it was sweet, it was funny. I really, really liked it.

My two-word summary of GJRQ:

Cordelia's free.

Of Barrayar, for the most part. As she says at one point, she's given forty-three years of her life to the Barryaran Imperium--which eats its children and stifles its women and emotionally stunts its men--and she damn well deserves another forty-three years on her own terms. Thankfully, she's Betan, which means that at 76 she's really only in early middle age. This book is the story of the beginning of the second half of her life. And I am so glad.

I also loved loved loved that Aral gets to be actively queer here. Of course, he would always have been bisexual whether or not he ever slept with a man again. And I've heard people dislike that he and Cordelia were in a poly marriage with Jole, on the grounds that bisexuality =/= polyamory. And, sure, not everyone bi is poly. But some of us are. And for myself, I am more annoyed these days with the trope that bisexuality = having a disastrous same-gender fling in your youth and then settling down with an opposite-sex partner, never to seriously consider m/m or f/f again. And given that Aral's disastrous youthful fling was with Ges Bloody Vorrutyer? Hell yes, I loved that he got to have a happy, healthy, loving, long-term marriage (de facto if not de jure) with a man. For me, Bujold finally came through on the promise of Aral's bisexuality that she'd given us way back in Shards of Honor and Barrayar. Hell, Aral was never my favourite, but getting to see his soft squishy insides...I kind of begin to see what Cordelia loved about him.

Oh, and the two surviving members of a poly triad trying to learn to love again after the death of the third...I might just have a bittersweet narrative button already primed for that, ready to be hit by the right story. <3 Or to put it in other words...I've written that fic.

I've also heard people (based, I think, on an excerpt from a book reading well before the novel was released) decide that this book relegates Cordelia to the role of the slashfic yenta, set aside so the boys can get together. Not at all what I got out of this book. For one thing, Aral and Cordelia have a rock-solid marriage that goes down deep to the bones of the earth; they were also married for twenty years on their own before Oliver showed up. That Aral is bi, and Cordelia is Betan (read: not shocked by polyamory or queerness or kink), and melodrama was never an option...does not mean that Cordelia has in any way been set aside. (They also, you know, talked about it before Aral up and kissed a boy. It's not a thing he did will-she or nil-she.) Being poly, or in Cordelia's case, poly-compatible monogam-ish, does not mean that the first couple that comes together isn't real and true, any more than it means that any other part of a poly family is a secondary add-on. And if anybody thinks Aral Vorkosigan could toss Cordelia aside, or indeed that Cordelia would ever allow herself to be sidelined like that...they haven't been reading the same series as I have, that's all I can say. And I say this as someone who doesn't OTP them as hard as many people. The strength of their relationship is just so clearly underlined throughout the series that it's impossible to miss.

This book is about grief and about choosing what to do with the second half of your life, after you've lost someone who was the world to you. It's about "grownup things", not because of the babies, but because of that.

(As for the babies: I am not, personally, all that invested in having children (okay, I don't actually want any of my own at all), but Cordelia absolutely always did want kids. And, y'know, I'm always going to be more interested in fictional babymaking when it's done with tech rather than pregnancy. Miles and Cordelia may be slightly mad for having/wanting six kids, but you know what, so did my mother. Without a uterine replicator. It's not necessarily a sign of thinking children are interchangeable widgets, thank you very much.)

The romance itself is very sweet. Oliver Jole was basically a non-entity to me at the start of the book, but by a few chapters in I liked him a lot and was cheering for him and Cordelia. The fact that half the book is written from her perspective and half from his meant that I got to both watch the inside of Cordelia's head and watch someone else admire her, which was pretty great. (Have I mentioned that Cordelia is my fave?)

And Sergyar! I had no real feelings about Sergyar before this. I pretty much figured giving Aral and Cordelia the job of administering it was Bujold's way of getting them out of the way so Miles could have plot. (Which it probably was.) But with this book she's sold me on the sheer weirdness of it on a xenobiology level. And you know, I always hated that Cordelia had to give up her career in scientific exploration, along with her Betan culture, to settle on Barrayar and marry Aral. So the fact that she can have SCIENCE! in her life again? Is pretty amazing. :D

Freddie Haines: fantastic teenager. :D I loved the line about the quandary involved in praising a kid for having done something well in the course of doing something they shouldn't have done at all. Kaya Vorinnis, also cool. Miles...well, he seems to be settling in to fatherhood and counthood all right, though I was far more invested in him when he was a Dendarii Mercenary. (My prejudices in this canon may make more sense if you realize that I never cared that much for Barrayar per se. Who needs yet another patriarchal empire?) Also loved the Cetas in this one, and am curious about how that's all going to go: Sergyar is a planet with a Barrayaran majority, sure, but also Betans, Komarrans, and a few Escobarans and Cetagandans as well. It's not going to be Barrayar in miniature...and not just because of the Vicereine.

So, yes: that soft spot I have for canon poly with queer elements and middle-aged folks, in a space-opera setting? A+ work, Bujold. A+. To quote Gandalf, I have no longer any fear at all for any of them.
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The very last episodes of “Person of Interest” are airing tonight, but I'm not ready to begin talking about that just yet. The last episode, ever, of “Grimm” or “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” may already have aired, but I'm not ready to talk about that just yet.

I've discussed the anticipation which has become as much a part of certain fandoms for me as the sci fi theme or the snarky characters. Tonight, I want to talk about the inevitable endings, the closing of books and the shifting patterns in our lives as we close the gaps.
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2016 brings the 20th anniversary of Forever Knight's cancellation, and our 7th annual Forever Knight ficathon! Sign-ups are open until June 25. Stories come due on September 25. Come play!

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May. 25th, 2016 00:30
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Gestural communication in bonobos and chimpanzees shows turn-taking and clearly distinguishable communication styles

Doc McStuffins S3E11 showcases real world African American female pilot: Bessie Coleman (The quote is correct in stating that Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman to get an international pilot's license, however, it would be equally true and much more accurate for the Bessie Coleman doll to state that she was the first American of any race or gender to accomplish that. And she did it precisely because of race and gender barriers in America, so yeah.)

Use of parasitic wasps to fight ash borer grows to 24 states

How an Ad Campaign Made Lesbians Fall in Love with Subaru

A 5,000-Year-Old Beer Recipe from China Has Just Been Unveiled

Electricity from seawater: New method efficiently produces hydrogen peroxide for fuel cells

For years doctors in the US made little attempt to save the lives of premature babies, but there was one place distressed parents could turn for help - a sideshow on Coney Island.

Robotic grippers based on granular jamming (Video)

Which Rock Star Will Historians of the Future Remember?

What I learned trying to keep up with my 4-year-old daughter at the royal game.

A Gilded Age painter’s springtime New York

Study: Kids have 'and/or' problem despite sophisticated reasoning

In Sweden, an Experiment Turns Shorter Workdays Into Bigger Gains

Smaller cities across US opening high-tech crime centers

She had 9 husbands and 10,000 pieces of glassware

Did Dinosaurs Enjoy the Stars?

Refugees and scholars: Colleges offer war-torn a route to US

I Was Ready to Go to Prison for My Anti-War Beliefs. Then One Man Changed My Life.

Using a Green Light to Bring Crime to a Stop

How Did President Zachary Taylor Actually Die?

Yale's gender neutral bathrooms part of changing climate

Texas immigration facility to house transgender detainees

Now Displaced by New York’s Gentrification: Feral Cats

Bank of America $1.27 billion U.S. mortgage penalty is voided

Louisiana set to expand hate-crimes laws to include police (ARGH.)

She went to a historically black college. So did he. Their sexual assault case was a disaster.

Freddie Gray verdict: US police officers who kill rarely get punished, but they might get rich

Shake-up in Israeli politics prompts 'seeds of fascism' warning

Germany: right-wing violence rose over 40% last year

With eye on South China Sea, China's neighbors weave new security web

Buses and Bulldozers: Refugees are removed from Greek camp

Wednesday 25/05/2016

May. 25th, 2016 07:53
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1) Boyfriend gave me a surprise shoulder massage yesterday evening because I couldn't sleep because I was way too tense for who knows what reason. Lovely surprise. And it did help a little. Also, lying in his arm, snuggled close to him, also helped for letting me fall asleep. 

2) I have a super yummy salad with me for lunch. And boyfriend was pleasantly surprised this morning when he discovered his salad was already made last night and he didn't have to make it this morning.

3) Remembered to bring my sporty clothes with me for my physio appointment right after work.

Read "Offering" on Oglaf

May. 25th, 2016 00:34
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Heroes are good, you want more heroes, here is a creative way to get that.  (Not safe for work.)

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May. 24th, 2016 22:32
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Cartomancy!

Halloween Tarot: Justice



Vintage Wisdom Oracle: Harmony



aaaaaand a sigil that's for a project I've been working on.
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In one fell swoop, the collection is revealed and closed!

There's a ton of good stories in it right now (I'm still working my way through it) and more have been added between collection open and close! So take a look. Explore. Remember to kudos! Or even comment, if the spirit moves you.

Thanks everyone for a great year! Thank you to Morbane for all your help!

See all of you next year, hopefully!
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The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics made over a thousand dollars.  \o/  So I decided to close out one of the linkback poems in thanks for general support.  You can now read the whole of "To Choose a Direction."  Enjoy!

thready

May. 24th, 2016 22:24
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Julia Blackburn, Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske (2015): Craske went to sea, and then he went to WWI and returned unable to do much besides paint and embroider, with considerable support from his wife, Laura. The marriage preceded his dysfunction. I wanted more about his art, but Blackburn's point is that a life is elusive, hence our having mostly her attempts to gather information and feel, via e.g. an acquaintance who could phone an old relative who may or may not have known him. There is much about (Blackburn's sense of) Norfolk and fishing culture, too, and a bit about Blackburn's partner which pertains thematically. (Can one have a spoiler about a dual-threaded remembrance?)

Sylvia Townsend Warner collected Craske's work, unsurprisingly.

Something Craske remembered, which Blackburn ?quotes in italic amidst her narrative:
We used to cure the fish as it came in season. This is the list as far as I can remember:
Haddock, smoked; Codling, smoked; Whiting, smoked; Herring Pouch, smoked; Herring, bloatered; Herring, kippered; Mackerel, kippered; Cod's Roe, smoked; Sprats, smoked; Crabs, boiled; Lobsters, boiled; Crayfish, boiled; Winkles, boiled; Oysters. (p. 53)
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The Flash 2.23 The Race of His Life )

I'm pretty close to giving up on this show, to be honest. I find the storytelling frustrating, as it was here, and there's not enough keeping me invested to really care beyond the Barry-Joe relationship. I know that they're shaking up the writers' room, though, so I may stick around to see what the S3 premiere holds...but for right now, I am not optimistic.

Ebook roundup full of cats

May. 24th, 2016 21:34
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The Jewel and Her Lapidary

The Jewel and Her Lapidary

Recently acquired from Kobo:

Temptations of a Wallflower, by Eva Leigh. Historical romance. Third in a romance trilogy by the author Zoe Archer writing under a new name.

The Jewel and Her Lapidary, by Fran Wilde. Fantasy. This is a novella release from Tor.com, and I grabbed it since I liked the sound of the blurb and really liked the cover art. (Relatedly, I also really liked this post on tor.com, in which the artist describes the process behind the cover art’s creation! It’s a pretty neat exploration of how cover art can be made in this digital age we’re in.)

Breaking Cat News, by Georgia Dunn. Comics. Grabbed this after seeing Dear Author review it. It’s a glowing review, and all I needed was one look at the included sample page in that review to go YEP I NEED THIS. It’s a brand new collection, the first released by the artist, who posts on Mondays and Thursdays at breakingcatnews.com. As of this writing, I have already read both the ebook and the entire archive on the site. Recommended. ^_^

16 for the year.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

Free Book – Ebert’s Bests

May. 25th, 2016 04:06
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Ebert’s Bests ($0.00 Kindle), a short (40 page) title by Roger Ebert, is this month’s free book from The University of Chicago Press.

Book Description
Roger Ebert is a name synonymous with the movies. In Ebert’s Bests, he takes readers through the journey of how he became a film critic, from his days at a student-run cinema club to his rise as a television commentator in At the Movies and Siskel & Ebert. Recounting the influence of the French New Wave, his friendships with Werner Herzog and Martin Scorsese, as well as travels to Sweden and Rome to visit Ingrid Bergman and Federico Fellini, Ebert never loses sight of film as a key component of our cultural identity. In considering the ethics of film criticism—why we should take all film seriously, without prejudgment or condescension—he argues that film critics ought always to engage in open-minded dialogue with a movie. Extending this to his accompanying selection of “10 Bests,” he reminds us that hearts and minds—and even rankings—are bound to change.

Also: The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival opens May 11 and we have just published a new edition of Ebert’s Two Weeks in the Midday Sun: A Cannes Notebook!

Sign up for the free book from the University of Chicago. You’ll need to enter your email address, then check your email for the link to download the book. Mine arrived within seconds — you’ll get a link to download the DRM-Free EPUB book this month.

        
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A couple of good deals on audiobooks are available this week. First, Downpour’s Deal of the Week is The Martian Chronicles The Martian Chronicles ($11.49 Kindle; $19.56 Audible), by Ray Bradbury, narrated by Stephen Hoye [Blackstone Audio] for $3.95 (DRM-Free), while at Amazon, you can get The Adventurers (Kindle; $39.95 Audible), by Harold Robbins [RosettaBooks], narrated by Gregory Linington [Audible Studios] for $1.99 if you buy or borrow the Kindle edition first (and right now, it’s free to buy, although that could change at any time).

The Martian Chronicles

A Publishers Weekly Pick of Best Genre-Bending Books

Like Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man, The Martian Chronicles transcends the genre of science fiction to become a twentieth-century classic.

Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the red planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars—and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world with its ancient, dying race and vast, red-gold deserts cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever.

In connected, chronological stories, a true grandmaster enthralls, delights, and challenges us with his vision, starkly and stunningly exposing our strength, our weakness, our folly, and our poignant humanity on a strange and breathtaking world where humanity does not belong.

The Adventurers

Harold Robbins, a novelist known for steamy passion in his works, stirs up passion of a different kind in The Adventurers, a story of revolution and danger in the sultry jungles of South America.

As a young boy, Diogenes Alejandro Xenos, witnesses the murder of his mother and sister by a band of marauders. As “Dax” grows to adulthood, he channels his fear and hatred into a desire for revolution, swearing revenge on those in power as he upsets the status quo. His actions make him an outlaw, living on the fringes of society in a land turned upside down with corruption. He is wanted by men and women alike-but for very different reasons.

This epic tale of escape from the horrors of a third-world regime is one of Harold Robbins’ most ambitious novels ever, combining his trademark sensuality with political intrigue and a globe-spanning variety of exotic locales. Lose yourself in The Adventurers.

        
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This poem came out of the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "love" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Note: Yona's having a baby! Offstage childbirth, male mothering, minor angst, and baby-typical chaos ensue. But it's mostly fluff. :D

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Willful Child

May. 24th, 2016 23:05
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Steven Erikson is better known for his doorstopper Malazan epic fantasy novels, some of which I read and liked, although due to the fact that I don't read as fast as I'd like, I fell out of the series and never finished it. Still, I liked his writing. And a couple years ago, when I saw he'd put out a Star Trek parody called Willful Child, I convinced my husband to pick it up. Part of it was curiosity as to whether Erikson could pull it off. While Star Trek parodies are by no means new, it sounded like such a 180 from what I remembered of Malazan that I had to see if it was any good.

It took me a couple years to get around to reading this. This book is over-the-top hilarious, with metacommentary on sf tropes--probably from more sources than just Star Trek, although my lack of pop culture familiarity undoubtedly means that I missed a lot of other references. (I suspect one section is lampooning Farscape, for instance, but have only seen one episode of that show.) Thus we have Ferengi-parodies who attack other starships by flinging junk at them, everything from curbside sofas to lawn gnomes; Terran Marines with names like John "Muffy" Slapp; and what i consider to be the book's crowning achievement, a sequence that manages to parody both "The City on the Edge of Forever" and "The Trouble with Tribbles" at once.

That being said, this won't be for everyone, even people craving a Trek parody fix. While Captain Hadrian Sawback, the novel's protagonist, is both certifiable and a certifiable genius, he's also lecherous, xenocidal, and callous in the extreme. Pretty much every character is a caricature, but whether or not you'll like this novel probably depends pretty heavily on whether you think Hadrian is funny or maddening. I liked the novel for what it was; your mileage may vary.

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