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I know! I thought I wasn’t going to do it and then I was just like I WANNA I LOVE A BANDWAGON.



Day 1

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I feel like these three together represent a lot of my fannish interests & obsessions.

Resting With The Enemy - hurt/comfort, forgiving oneself and others, recovering from the war

Utter Cockslut (A Worthy Cause) - limit-pushing kink within a loving established relationship, multishipping, D/s and assorted kinks

Dashing Heroics - snarky banter, Auror fic, getting each other on a deep level even if you’re really different

Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


The works of Diana Wynne Jones. She was a British author of children’s fantasy novels and a star beyond stars; she’s a huge and acknowledged influence on some of today’s best-loved novelists, like Neil Gaiman and Frances Hardringe. She was also incredibly original; her novels varied enormously in plot and character and world.

this ended up being 600 words )

Day 03

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


See here.
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I haven’t forgotten the drabble offer, fyi, and I’m going to do my best to get to all of them!

first, here is the sadly tiny books list for 2016 )

the top 5 and honourable mentions )

Top 5 books of 2015

Thursday, 4 February 2016 11:36 pm
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I thought this might be a fun post, especially since I love other people’s book review/rec posts but am terrible at making them myself.

Below is a list of the (shockingly few) books I read in 2015. They were all recommended or by authors I already knew I liked so I actually liked all of them; Frost didn’t get me to buy the next book in the series but I quite enjoyed it.

2015 books )

the top 5 )
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(Quick fyi: am at my dad’s in Geneva with my family this weekend, so I can’t reply to comments until Tuesday. But please do leave them! Apologies.)

A little while ago I finished Roz Kaveney’s Tiny Pieces of Skull. I feel like a bit of an idiot going all ~commentary about it but! am not at a con to have a long drunken discussion about it so this is basically that in Livejournal form. You should all read it and then come and talk to me about it :)

It’s basically a fictionalised memoir of Kaveney’s time in the trans scene in Chicago in the late 70s and it’s brilliant. The alternative title is “A Lesson In Manners” and it very much is a comedy of manners )
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I am off to Eastercon in a little bit. Just for the day, sadly, but there are lots of fabulous people I'm excited to see again, and I'm bringing along a book or two I hope to get signed :D

The subject of fabulous people and signed books has made me realise I never posted about Roz Kaveney's “Resurrections”. This is a scandal and outrage.

It's the third book in a quartet, and is where a lot of ongoing mysteries pay off: obviously this review could very easily be STUFFED with spoilers. I am going to avoid them heroically, however.

So these books are up the street of a LOT of you, I think. queer ladies in a fantasy that's epic and urban at once with twists and turns and many many great side characters )

Those of you who've read are welcome to spoil in comments but please put a warning in the subject line/first line.

And now I'm going to quote a few of my favourite lines from Revelations because the prose really is very pretty. These are more spoilery but not for any of the OMG twists or anything. It's difficult though – a lot of my favourite lines are perfect because this is the third book, and they reflect really nicely on the characters and themes and imagery that have come before, so if you're coming to it cold they won't have the same effect. Still, pretty.

out-of-context pretty )

GNU Terry Pratchett

Friday, 13 March 2015 10:53 am
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A couple of links:

The End
For Terry Pratchett
What can the harvest hope for, if not for the care of the Reaper Man?

My internet didn't work for like fourteen hours yesterday, and then I went to bed. So when I woke up a little bit ago, I immediately went to catch up on shiz and saw “with the loss of Sir Terry” and said out loud, “oh no.”

I keep reading little tributes to him and having to stop for a twenty-second cry.

Or remembering books of his I've loved and having to have a thirty-second cry.

Or thinking about how, the British SFF con scene being what it is, Pterry and I have – had – mutual friends and how devastated they must be. That is the bit that's reminded me of the physical pain in the chest that comes with grief. To quote [tumblr.com profile] januarium, I know “so many people who were good friends with him, and people who were good friends with his work.”

God. I don't usually get upset, not really, over the death of public figures – not that it's wrong or silly to be, I suppose I just don't usually feel a personal connection. The only one I can remember before this was Diana Wynne Jones. But with authors it's different, at least for me. You read so much of their voice and their philosophy, and in Pterry's case (and Diana Wynne Jones') their generous response to people and life, and. Possibly this is a weird comparison because this was someone I did know and love very personally, but – I remember in the minutes after my uncle died, his brother said, “the world seems somehow smaller.” And the world seems smaller again today.




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Go to the closest book to you. Turn to page 206. The first sentence explains your love life in 2015.

...

"On the day of the dead, when the year too dies"?

Fuck you, Greenwitch.



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Cecilia Tan, aka [livejournal.com profile] ravenna_c_tan, is giving away an ebook of The Siren and The Sword to anyone who donates $10 to the Organisation for Transformative Works between now and Friday 17th December at noon. (Her timezone, presumably, though the post doesn't specify. I think she's somewhere on the east coast of the US.) If you're one of the first five to donate $25, you can get a signed paperback or an audiobook download from Audible.

The Siren and The Sword is erotic romance, and fantasy, and 'new adult' - it's the first book in her Magic University series - so I think it'd suit a bunch of us really well. :) A lot of you, particularly those who share my taste for Harry/Draco or Snaco, will have read Cecilia's excellent fanfic.

Plus, of course the Organisation for Transformative Works is a great cause in itself. Those of you who've been around long enough to remember Strikethrough here on LJ might also remember the conversation after it: about how fans needed somewhere we couldn't be ToSed, needed an archive of our own. And now we have one, thanks to the OTW.

Donating $10 to the OTW also gets you a year's membership, which includes things like the ability to vote in OTW elections.

I also agree with Cecilia on this point:

I believe that as corporations realize there is money to be made and material to be exploited, the right of fans to create transformative works is one that will need to be defended even more zealously than it was when they were just calling us “pirates” and “molesters” for doing it.

Go! Donate! Get yourself a book!



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I was tagged over on Tumblr to do this. Feel free to ignore me tagging you if you’re not in the mood :)

I tag [personal profile] woldy, [livejournal.com profile] marbletables, [personal profile] kabal42, [livejournal.com profile] inglevine, [livejournal.com profile] sophie_french, [livejournal.com profile] sunclouds33, [livejournal.com profile] drarryxlover, [livejournal.com profile] gillo, [livejournal.com profile] kikimay, and [livejournal.com profile] ceciliaj. Also TEN IS NOT ENOUGH, haha, particularly when I am using this to get book recommendations :)

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!

see how I am not using the cut text to make a ~touched by books innuendo because I am a grown-up )
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I'm finished with these! It was fun. And long-winded.

[livejournal.com profile] kikimay asked for my top five Angel the eries romances )

[livejournal.com profile] sabathea asked for my top five Diana Wynne Jones books )

[livejournal.com profile] prunesquallormd decided to make everything worse by asking for my top five Diana Wynne Jones characters )

[livejournal.com profile] twillery suggested my top five Harry Potter spells )
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1. If you have an AO3 account, please go and fill in the AO3 census! It took me less than five minutes and definitely won’t take you more than ten. It’d be interesting - plus there is always very little demographic data on fandom and the stuff we have is all pretty old. So do fill it in!

cut for a small rant, Legend of Korra, what I’m reading, and a plea for help with a title )

June books

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 01:14 pm
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SO MUCH REVIEWING

PROBABLY BECAUSE I'M NOT VERY GOOD AT IT

Twilight Robbery by Frances Hardringe )

The Small Hand by Susan Hill )

For My Lady’s Heart by Laura Kinsale )

May books

Monday, 22 July 2013 02:30 pm
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May, apparently, was children’s fantasy month.

Heriot by Margaret Mahy )

Fly By Night by Frances Hardringe )

Verdigris Deep by Frances Hardringe )

March books

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 11:28 pm
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Yeah... I’m very behind on that whole “fifty books this year” thing, although I’m totally still gonna do it.

The A-Z of Punishment & Torture by Irene Thompson )

Line and Orbit by Sunny Moraine and Lisa Soem )

February books

Wednesday, 6 March 2013 08:29 pm
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First, I read The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong )

I read very little in February. That was partly because Tet was in February - Vietnamese New Year - and I always read more when I have work. It was also because I slogged through 150 pages of Amanda Downum’s The Drowning City before I gave up.

I’m actually rather pleased that I gave it up; I’m one of those people who will read any amount of dross rather than not finish a book. This, like my love of rereading, probably has its roots in the fact that I was a passionate, devouring bookworm a long time before I was allowed to go to the library by myself. (The joy of getting out a whole twelve books, all mine for three weeks, from when I was ten or so... God it was heady.) So I reread and I read stuff too young or too old for me and I would never not finish a book - particularly because if you’re going through a book every three days or so it doesn’t matter as much if you’re not enjoying it.

But the internet is much better competition for my attention than telly ever was. So I am going to try to be the sort of person who says NO. The Drowning City is probably quite a good book; it didn’t annoy me or strike me as badly written. It just didn’t engage me, it was full of description which created atmosphere but also bored me, and I didn’t care much about the intrigue even though I liked quite a lot of the characters. I might go back, because it strikes me as a me-problem rather than a book-problem. But I wasn’t especially pleased that a book about a city in an Indian-analogue country, colonised by an Arabic-analogue empire, had as its main character a white girl. Her role as a spy from another nation was interesting and she wasn’t the only viewpoint character, but come on, really? I also found the mention of everything smelling of eucalyptus, with lots of eucalyptus trees about, really threw me. It was very early on, while I was sorting out the world in my head, and just... really? India now does in fact have plenty of eucalyptus, but it really confused me: is this a faintly renaissance-y medieval-y age in which they’ve discovered Australia?

Also “the Necromancer Chronicles” is a silly name.

Anyway, I opened this book (on my Kindle) saw I had more than half to go of this fairly short book, and felt a sinking feeling. At which point I decided to sod this for a lark and read Her Majesty’s Will instead, since it had been recommended by one of my flist. ([livejournal.com profile] selenak, I think? Lemme know and I’ll credit!)

This was absolutely the right thing to do, because THIS book was pure joy.

Her Majesty’s Will by David Blixt )

January books

Wednesday, 6 February 2013 08:32 pm
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I swear I’m going to do better at posting about the books I read this year! I will not always talk this much. Remember: ALL OF THE SPOILERS.

My first book of 2013 was Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones )

Then I read a very good YA book with fairly explicit sibling incest. I still don’t click with YA that well, but... yeah. We’ve come a long way since Judy Blume. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma )

And then I read YET MORE YA, of a very different mould - The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong )

Last of all I read The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong )

June books

Tuesday, 9 October 2012 04:05 pm
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...WOW failure to read in June. What was I even doing that month?

Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones )

From the Devil’s Pulpit by John Agard )

The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy )

May books

Monday, 8 October 2012 06:46 pm
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Only three books, so you’d think this would be a very short post. You would be tragically wrong.

The City & The City by China Mieville )

Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones )

Dark Lord of Derkholm )

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