all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (saucy wench)
"Submissives do NOT need a dominant to keep them in line in order to function in the world. Most submissives are incredibly strong, competent, completely normal people who just happen to get off on giving up control to their partner."

GOD THANK YOU AMEN.

(This is re: BDSM romance novels, btw. You would not believe how irritating this particular trope is. Every once in a while it's sort of romantic, in a completely unrealistic way [just like vanilla people falling apart in romance novels without their SO], but it seems like this happens ALL THE TIME in BDSM romances. It makes me crazy.)

(Yes, I read BDSM romance novels. Even the really, really trashy ones. It's one of my many vices. I like to think it's there to balance out the fact that I have something like one alcoholic beverage every six months, and one not-wild-at-all party per year. I can't be all boring.)

I don't have any really awesome icons to go with a post about BDSM romances, so have some young Colin Firth.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (storm-bringer)
I just finished reading a chapter-by-chapter review of Eclipse that basically came to this conclusion:

"This is the worst thing I have ever put in my brain."

And I kind of agree, but I also think a lot of other works of fiction for young adults wouldn't stand up to the kind of scrutiny the Twilight "Saga" gets. There's so much fluff out there that's really only different because it didn't get as immensely popular. I, personally, have read and enjoyed books at least as fluffy and uneven and downright bad as Twilight, and just as full of heteronormative codependence and emotional abuse.


Of course, I didn't model my own ideal relationships on th--


Well, shit. We really are all screwed.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
I think Diane Duane has come up with an exasperated oath to rival my current standby. (Christ on a crutch, if you must know. Picked it up from my father.)

"Powers that Be in a bucket!"

It makes me giggle.
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It's suddenly 3 am and I'm shouting at this fanfic that it needs a better peril.

Maybe I should go to bed.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (in my dictionary)
Oh, livejournal. How I wish I could talk about Lost here. But I can't, because people who don't watch it are probably sick of hearing about it, and people who do watch it may not have seen the most recent episode and I really don't want to give spoilers.

So instead I will merely say that with every passing episode, I love Ben Linus more.

Also, on a completely unrelated note, I love how you pretty much just look at Thriii and she'll start purring. Then you pet her, and the purring amps up to 11. It's adorable.

Had a lovely day of lazing. Made rice pudding, sat outside with the cats, read Blackout. I'm about 170 pages in out of 491, and I would be farther along than that if it hadn't turned out that this book follows about 6 different people in different times and places (so far) and thus requires rather careful reading so as to not get confused. I'm loving this idea of there being too many historians time traveling to the 40s to observe WWII. It totally makes sense to me--if there were time travel, I think this is exactly what historians would be doing. Not all in WWII Britain, of course, but seeing what happened first hand, without having to question the reliability of your source documents or deal with someone else's bias. And arguing over who gets to go to the really juicy bits first/at all. I will try to remember to give a fuller review after I've finished the book, but for now suffice it to say that I'm enjoying it.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (reading is sexy)
Need to remember to apply for financial aid, as it is v. unlikely that any colleges will be spontaneously offering me juicy scholarships this time around.

Going on a book run after class. Connie Willis has finally written another time travel book to go with The Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog. It's called Blackout, it's set in the 40s, and word on the street is that it's going to be followed toward the end of the year by a companion volume titled All Clear.

I am seriously dorking out over here. Anyway, I'm going to the bookstore to see if they have it (please have it, please have it), and if they do and I pick it up and read it and the first page or so isn't utterly repulsive, I will be using up a whole B&N gift card on one book, because I seriously love her time travel books.
all_strange_wonders: (memory still bright)
The Anvil of the World is one of my favorite books. I was ecstatic when the House of the Stag came out, as a sort of prequel/sequel to it. Kage Baker is one of those names that will make me pick up any anthology, whatever the topic, because I'm sure that even if every other story sucks she will knock it out of the ballpark with hers.

Which is why I'm really sad to hear that she died in January. There aren't a lot of authors whose next work I've looked forward to with such eagerness, and I really loved her touch with fantasy. She certainly belongs on the list of writers who have influenced me, and she will be missed.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (heart geeks)
"…as most people intuitively realize, the things that grow and fester in a sealed skull aren't always fit to share."

Going on a Spider Robinson kick. Yay! I think I need a dose of hippie sci-fi.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
The only bad thing about this idea of going to the beach for my birthday (besides the part where I say to my parents, "I'd like a cheap motel room somewhere near the national seashore at Hatteras for my birthday. You can come too, if you want") is that my preorder of A Wizard of Mars will not have come yet, owing to the book's Official Release Date being the 14th.

Books and the sea- what could be better?
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (stardust)
I'm trying to remember the Stardust quote about lovers being madmen and poets, but I can't recall it properly, and I can't look it up because someone *ahemgwen* still has my copy of Stardust.
all_strange_wonders: (flaming bentley)
Reading Kushiel's Dart instead of more books from the library pile. It's not like they're going to be due soon or anything, right?
It's been a while since I was in the mood for this particular book--it's pretty dense, with lots of politics and complicated interpersonal relationships, and recently I've been on a YAF kick. Something I read the other day put me in mind of it, though, so here I am.
Kushiel's Dart has an extra touch of weird for me, because I've got a tiny little red speck in my left eye. Having that be the mark/cause of the main character's (rather extreme) masochism is just a little… strange. I may think being tied up sounds like a good time, but burning and knife-play and all the other crazy shit Phèdre enjoys even when she doesn't want to definitely don't. And yes, it's fiction and I am real, but that doesn't stop the weirdness, because as we all know reality and I have only a nodding acquaintance when I'm deep in a book.


Edited twice for stupid. Good grief.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (in my dictionary)
Douglas Adams is dead.

I feel the need to point this out, since I noticed in the bookstore today (Gothic Charm Schooland Don't Panic) that Eoin Colfer has written a 6th book in the HHGTTG trilogy.

This, to me, feels like heresy and rampant commercialism. I mean, if they really wanted someone to write another HHGTTG novel, I feel like they should have picked someone who had a more similar voice and style of writing. I picked up And Another Thing…, as it's titled, and read the first few pages, and it just doesn't strike that same chord as the Adams books.

It's possible that if enough people have really positive things to say about it I'll give it another try, but that really doesn't seem very likely to me.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
Diane Duane has finally given us the real, true, definite release date for A Wizard of Mars. Hooray! April 14th, 2010. I will be treating myself to a preorder with really good shipping for my birthday. Unfortunately, it sounds like there won't be much on Dairine or the gone-but-maybe-not-really-dead-we-hope Roshaun, but I'll take what I can get. At least it will tide me over until the next book… which will hopefully be published before I die. We're talking about a 9 book series (counting AWoM) that started in '83. The gaps between books range from 1 year to 8 years. They were coming pretty quickly until her publishing company went through a bit of a shakeup, so the whole fanbase is pretty much holding it collective breath and crossing its collective fingers.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (huh?)
Re-reading the Young Wizards series means that I'll never be able to think of the phrase "just good friends" the same way ever again. I mean, it's already a kind of "…really?" phrase in everyday life, but in YW it seems to be a codeword for "OMG TENSION but not really because we're just good friends. Really good friends. Really, incredibly good friends who have awkward conversations about how we're just good friends". Which is adorable, but that connotation is now pretty much welded into my brain.

Because really, if you actually have to say that you're just good friends, chances are pretty good that you're trying to dance around one or both parties being interested in something a little more intimate than that.
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Peter S. Beagle is… wow.
I will never be able to write like that, not in a million years.
(For the record, I'm fine with that.)
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
I love being able to have open windows. It's one of the things I miss most about living in Boone, where the summer temperatures are mild enough to make it possible, and where the lack of air conditioning at Long Street makes it impossible to do without. The character of a house is just totally different. In winter I would crack my windows in spite of the cold, and crank up my baseboard heaters to make up for it.
Unfortunately, the opportunities to throw open all the windows are much more limited down here. Letting out even a tiny bit of precious cool air is inconceivable once summer really sets in, and the opposite is true for winter since I no longer have any extra heat sources.
Today, however, was perfect, as tomorrow and Monday ought to be. I'm even leaving my window cracked through the night, although it leaves me vulnerable to be woken by some asshole with a leafblower or a lawnmower or a chainsaw who feels that 6 am is the perfect time to get some yard work done. Or, even better, by the people who live behind/besides us (the house is in a different neighborhood, so their backyard faces the south slope of our lot), who occasionally go in for a spot of major construction at 2:30 or 3 in the morning, table saws, floodlights and all. It is absolutely worth the risk. In Boone, I had an evening ritual of going around closing and locking all of the windows, because a) you never knew when it would rain, and b) I was living alone in a house where you could reach every window but two very easily from the ground, and I'm paranoid as hell. Here, however, I'm in much more danger of someone smashing through a glass door than I am of having someone figure out how to get to my window, and it's not supposed to rain.

Oh, and I bought the new Black Jewels book, started reading it around a quarter till seven, and finished it after many interruptions at about a quarter til twelve. Considering that it's 429 pages long and I was hoping I could stretch it out into two afternoons of reading, perhaps I should have paced myself. Too bad I've never really been good at that. At least tomorrow and Monday I should be well set up with things to occupy me. Tomorrow in addition to church and lunch afterwards, we're going to see Richard Thompson! I haven't seen him live since I learned enough of the words to enough songs to sing along, so that's exciting. Then I've got class Monday (a one-day school week. seriously. our spring break is the 10th through the 13th) and choral society. Our next concert is only one piece, but it's the Verdi Requiem with the NC Symphony. The score looks more like a novelette than anything else, and the brief sing-throughs we've done assure me that it is going to be an absolute beast. I'm not really looking forward to the rehearsal, but I'm crazy enough that I'm going anyway. After that I suppose I'll have to turn to the library for amusement.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (suspension of disbelief)
Sometimes I forget why large parts of my life have consisted of shoving my nose in a book, not coming out again until I'm paying my library fines, and then diving right back in to a new batch.
Partly, of course, it's because I love books- deeply, passionately love stories conveyed via the written word.
But in large part it's because I simply can't cope with reality, and because I don't understand and am so often disappointed by people- both humanity as a whole and individuals.
Or maybe sometimes I understand them too well.

Well, now I remember. I went through two books yesterday, which only leaves me seven to get through the weekend. Next time I'll take a bag.
all_strange_wonders: An illustration of Nita from the Young Wizards story "Uptown Local". (Default)
I've finished three hats since December 18th- my highest concentration of FOs to date. I will post pics later.
I finished reading Emma, finally. Much slower than some of Austen's other work, and thus slightly less enjoyable, but I feel enriched by the experience nonetheless.

Next up:
Persuasion
Mansfield Park

Also, finishing Happy New Year.

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