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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 03:01am on 20/03/2012 under ,
I would like to talk about The Hunger Games.

It took me a week and a half to read the trilogy. It would have been a week, but my copy of Mockingjay (the third book) was stolen when I was a quarter of the way through it. Seriously! I got my friend's copy Saturday and finished a couple hours ago.

I expected to hate the ending, or at least feel dissatisfied. People spent all week making warning noises, cringing whenever the ending was mentioned, suggesting I have hard liquor at hand, looking at me almost pityingly. I assumed that it was done poorly, the ending botched and unsatisfying.

What I didn't expect was to love it.

Let me explain. MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE TRILOGY AHEAD. )

There's no mistaking it. This is about as brutal of a series as I've ever read. It ranks right up there with A Song of Ice and Fire. The fact that this is a "young adult" series that has twelve year old girls screaming both boggles and irritates me to an extent, but if some of them absorb anything outside of the romance, then perhaps that is a good thing. It asks difficult questions and doesn't really pose any answers. It's violent, unrelenting, and told through the eyes of an extraordinary young woman who doesn't think of herself as anything special.

I'm really glad I jumped on this particular bandwagon. It wasn't anything like I expected, but what a hell of a ride. I'll be thinking about it for a long time to come.

I can't wait to see the movie. But every time I say that, and hear about the hysteria surrounding it, I get rather uncomfortable. It feels too much like the citizens of the Capitol getting all buzzed about their yearly Games. Of course we're not cheering real deaths, but this movie is going to be largely about a group of children killing each other. That is profoundly disturbing. My excitement is about meeting Katniss and all the rest, about seeing this terrifying dystopian future brought to life. I don't know how the last movie will remain PG-13/aimed at young adults, but I look forward to seeing what they can accomplish on the big screen with a story so huge, daunting, and important. And with such a kickass girl at the heart of it all.
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Tumblr is really obnoxiously addicting and I kiiind of wish I hadn't joined? BUT THERE'S SO MUCH PRETTY! I started following too many people though, and people reblog each other a lot so things get redundant, and AHHH TAKING OVER. So not okay. BUT. PRETTY. Also there's a lot of love out there for one Jacob Pitts which makes me everso happy. <3

It's also a really interesting venue in which to stretch my Photoshop muscles - I really, really love working on larger canvases, layering images and colors, so that's a whole lot of fun. I just made something I sort of love a whole lot, so I thought I'd pop over here and share it with Livejournal, my first and TRUE love. ♥


(Click for hi-res)

My first idea was just to layer two of the pretty parachute shots on one another, but then I came across the picture with the flames and went hmmmm... so I threw that on top and LOVED it. So I tweaked and textured and I'm really happy with the outcome. Paratroopers! ♥ Do let me know what you think! :)

Today I have been beyond unspeakably exhausted. It was really unpleasant actually. I barely made it alive through lab meeting. Note to self: GO TO BED instead of fucking around on the internet. This is an ongoing problem and my life would be MUCH BETTER if I actually managed to go to bed at a human hour instead of delaying it all the time. My average bedtime is 2 AM, and I wake up at 7 AM. Not really all that healthy! If you see me on Twitter at a stupid hour, yell at me? :)

Anyway, after lab we went out for drinks at happy hour to celebrate one dude getting a postdoc, one paper getting published, and the arrival of two new members of the lab (including me! :)). I hung around for a while and chatted, but did I mention I was tired? So I bowed out a little early and went to Borders, which was VERY fruitful. I bought Eugene Sledge's widely lauded book, With the Old Breed. From what [livejournal.com profile] newredshoes has said while reading it, I know this book is going to get me right in my heart. I'm both thrilled and a little nervous. (I still haven't watched last night's episode of The Pacific, so please don't spoil me!)

I also bought GUY GAVRIEL KAY'S NEW BOOK!!! :DDDD I've been following his blog a bit during the publishing process and EEE I am so excited. The summary looks intriguing and fascinating, as always. I CAN'T WAIT. I love him sfm. ♥
Mood:: 'tired' tired
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 11:28pm on 11/04/2010 under , , ,
A couple days ago, I finished the most incredible book. It's called Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson and it is truly a tour de force. It's also a beast, clocking in at 1130 pages in my paperback version, but honestly? Worth every page. I had my doubts at first, doubted whether I'd be able to stick with it, whether it could really be that good, but my dad had read it in three days (!) over Christmas and I was intrigued. Three months later, I have an incredibly battered and spine-creased copy that I can only gaze at in awe now that I know what it contains.

I'll give a spoiler-free pitch outside of the cut, then go into details behind the cut in case anyone wants to come flail with me/help me wrap my head around it. So! Cryptonomicon is an epic story about three different lives. There's an American code breaker in World War II who's personal friends with Alan Turing and whose mathematician perspective on life is both fascinating and frequently hilarious. He's my favorite. There's also an American Marine who starts in Guadalcanal and goes on a wacky ride around the world, getting caught up in all kinds of crazy missions that he doesn't really understand. Then there's a modern day (read: late 90s) computer scientist/entrepreneur who is working in the Philippines to develop the first major "data haven" in the world. He also happens to be the code breaker's grandson! All three of these lives are separate for the first, oh, half of the novel, but slowly they start to wind in towards each other, crossing and parting and crossing ways again, until at the end it really is all one story and you are astonished at the sheer skill it took to weave that many strands of narrative into a satisfying and startling conclusion. At first I was a little put off by how plot-driven it was, how the characters were almost sketches of people, but over time, the three main characters especially became quite vivid and sympathetic and I found that I definitely never wanted to leave the book without finding out what happened to them.

Now some specific, spoilery flailing that perhaps will only interest Elle! )

Elle Elle come talk to me about Cryptonomicon! Tell me your favorite parts and whatnot, because I will likely be all "OMG YES THAT!" and it will help flesh out my memories of the whole book, as well as perhaps my understanding of the story? Cause I'm not sure I got everything, haha! Anyway, COME FLAIL. ♥

Reading that book felt like an accomplishment, goddamn. Been a long time since a book felt that satisfying. Next up: Stephenson's Snow Crash! :D
Mood:: 'enthralled' enthralled
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Day 01 → Your favorite song
Day 02 → Your favorite movie
>Day 03 → Your favorite television program
Day 04 → Your favorite book

The future )

Oh dear. Another toughie. I was an ENORMOUS bookworm when I was a kid - through high school, really, I could pretty much be found with a book in my hand at any point in my day that didn't explicitly require being in a class or talking to people. I was also a massive re-reader so I've read some books 5 or 10 times. So I have some favorites from my childhood that probably wouldn't still have the same power. But I think I have an answer...

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. Now these have never gotten old. I reread them pretty recently, and I can pick them up and reread them at any time really. They're the only old books that I made SURE came to grad school with me - I have an incredibly battered copy of the three books in paperback. There's something about the uniqueness of vision that propels these books above and beyond so many of their peers. Pullman constructs incredible characters to inhabit that world, so you feel grounded and emotionally invested. And the two primary characters, Will and Lyra, are CHILDREN, but he doesn't treat them as inferior - instead he takes their unique experiences and constructs them as full human beings. We watch them literally grow up in the course of the story. And they fall in love, and it is beautiful and fumbling and pure and exquisite. But back to the world-building - the beings that Mary Malone encounters in a parallel world, the mulefa, are some of the most exquisite "other" beings that I have ever encountered in fiction. The concept of a daemon is enrapturing and so deftly handled. I'm sure that a lot of the religious threads go right over my head, but despite that, these books are a thoroughly enveloping experience that I feel for a long time after every read. And the ending is one of those that makes me sob every goddamn time, even though I know exactly what's coming. I think I cry for a whole chapter. Ugh my heart.

I think we can pull out a theme here - if something makes me cry really hard, I love it. Idk! I'm a sucker for the well-done tragedy. When it feels earned, and I feel invested enough to lose myself to that grief, then I think a story has truly succeeded. It's an interesting metric but it's certainly held true for all of my preferences! (Exception: Boondock Saints, haha)

Runner up: Anything by Guy Gavriel Kay. ANYTHING. He transports me!
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] sorchasilver, a TV meme!

Pick your five favorite TV shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions. Don't cheat!

1. Supernatural
2. Friday Night Lights
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
4. Bones
5. Firefly

(This is kind of a "now" skewed list - I love far too many TV shows!)

The questions! )

I do so love TV! I'm in the process of deciding what to watch next. I feel SO BEREFT without any more Bones or Big Bang Theory to watch! I finished both in the same night, after months of devouring them together. It's strange - they're completely different shows, but my emotional focal point for both is the same. An oddly matched pair (a geek meets a sexy yet semi-awkward cool person) that is obviously magnetically attracted yet cannot seem to acknowledge it themselves. Both do a sort of yo-yo of requited and not. And it's VERY FRUSTRATING. But I love them both so much. (OMG PENNY GROW A SPINE!!!!!!!!)

I am going to continue with Freaks & Geeks, because it is all kinds of charming, but I need something else as well. Generation Kill? True Blood? Legend of the Seeker? How I Met Your Mother? Help, o wise and all-knowing flist! Tell me about characters I will love (without spoilers!), because that is my key to loving any show.

In other, sad TV news, Stargate: 90210 is made of a million kinds of fail. At this point, I'm wondering how the fuck these people ever gave us Atlantis. SGA was not close to perfect, but it was deeply charming and showed real heart sometimes. I'm wondering if that was truly a result of the cast and its glorious chemistry, because I'm seeing none of that in the SGU bits we've gotten. UGHHHHHH.

In other happier news, I'm LOVING Naomi Novik's His Majesty's Dragon. LOVE!!!!!! Will Laurence, come here and be my empathetic, elegant boyfriend right now!! I fell in love with him within two pages and he has only endeared himself to me further. It's fascinating living inside his head because he is such a product of his time, but lacks any sort of malice in his prejudices. For instance, when he's shocked and appalled by a female dragonrider wearing men's clothing, and muses that riding dragons must be very trying on her slight frame, he's not repugnant, simply a fascinating example of the mindset of that time. He has no hostility towards her, merely surprise and curiosity. I love himmmmmm somuch! And Temeraire, oh Temeraire! *draws a lot of hearts*

Now I'm going to watch last week's Leverage, which I somehow forgot about!
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Theory: the lyric "you come around because I love your face" is a not-so-subtle response to all the fangirls (myself included) whose most frequent response to Brendon Urie is "omg Bden, your FACE"? It's just a fangirly exclamation that seems to be most often applied to Mr. Urie himself, and the lyric itself is super bizarre otherwise (not that the song makes much sense in general :P).

It's a super fucking catchy line though. I am very excited to hear this album! My favorite thing is the abundance of cheerful, melodic electric guitar. An easy way to my heart! (Do we know who's playing bass on this recording? Was it before they went their separate ways? I mean... we all know that Brendon could be a band ALL ON HIS OWN, even without Spencer, so I wouldn't be surprised if he was doing it all except the drums, but I am curious.)

I think I need a new Panic! icon, i.e. one of Brendon and Spencer.

My two cents on the Other Half: I think the Young Veins is a strange and vaguely disturbing name (veins are kind of squicky okay, despite my spending a whole summer taking them straight out of rats and studying them). I like the song fine, but it still sounds really retro in a pretty derivative way, and that was what displeased me about Pretty Odd. I do think that Ryan's getting better at singing, but I just... he'll never be a Brendon. So... it's a good song, but not my favorite. We'll see. (I do think, however, that these two songs highlight in neon orange with a few spotlights and wailing sirens the totally real musical rift between the two halves of Panic. I just can't imagine the people who made those two songs sitting in the studio and trying to make music together. So... it makes sense. I just hope they're on good terms.)

I AM excited about the new Cobra album. Two weeks eeeee!

The new The Used video for Blood on my Hands is disturbing in all the best ways. The cinematography is unsettling and fantastic, and Bert is just as insane as usual! I just wish the camera made a little more love to his bandmates, but what can you do. I also like the twist that he's a serial killer who kills serial killers! HELLO DEXTER. Hahaha. Made of awesome. I'm still faintly disappointed about the album as a whole, but I do like it, and a couple songs have really grown on me (particularly Empty With You).

Bandom is AWESOME right now, you guys. MCR SHOWS IN LA THIS WEEK WHICH MEANS PHOTOS AND VIDEOS AND REPORTS AND DEFINITELY NEW MUSIC AND EEEEEEEEEE. They're still my most MOST favorites. :> (Oh, and there's THIS. Gerard Way, you HYPNOTIZE ME.)

Today in the Life of Anne: my professor/PI called me SMART. *beams*

Completely unrelated piece of news that might be of interest to some: Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett's new book is out! It's called Shadow Magic and you can get it from Amazon. However, I looked up some reviews and... the book is about different characters! :( It's a sequel to Havemercy but entirely different people are the focus. I'm rather disappointed, I must admit - Hal! Royston! Thom! Rook! I loved them so much and needed more. But I trust them a whole lot as authors, so I'm obviously still going to pick it up. I'm just kind of surprised.
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Guy Gavriel Kay is a cruel and fickle master. I just spent about an hour sobbing over the last 100 pages of his gorgeous novel, The Lions of Al-Rassan. I always feel so drained, overcome, awed when I finish one of his books. He is the TRUE master of surprise - I've never outguessed him. And this story was one of the most sweeping, intimate, and heartbreaking I've ever read.

Spoilery spoilers. )

Well, he's certainly made me think, and again he's made me almost rupture my ribs from sobbing. Completely unsurprising. I don't know why I let this last Kay novel slip by me for so many years (I think an offhand comment by a friend that it was his weakest work? LIES ALL LIES) but I'm kind of glad I did, because it meant I got the treat of a brand new Kay over my last long vacation for many years. (Eek.) And now I'm basically ruined for all other authors ever. :P

Now that I've completed Kay's whole repertoire (tiny though it is - curse your slow, careful writing!), I can rank his books in order of my preference.

  1. A Song for Arbonne
  2. The Lions of Al-Rassan
  3. The Sarantine Mosaic (2 books)
  4. The Fionavar Tapestry (3 books)
  5. Last Light of the Sun
  6. Ysabel
  7. Tigana


Tigana is the only one of his books that I ever felt at all dissatisfied with. The ending is just too gratuitously painful, without any of the satisfaction that Lions gave. It denies meetings that feel necessary and brutally withholds closure for most of the central characters. I finished that book angry at Kay instead of worshiping. Other than that, the rest of his books are simply genius. I haven't read Last Light in a very long time, so I think that will be next on my re-read list. I know I've made this recommendation before, but seriously, if you love an intelligently-told story about fully-drawn characters and their parts in grand but not grandiose events on the world stage, you will love these books, I promise.

Now I need something else to read! A review of Lions mentioned a Scottish historical fiction writer named Dorothy Dunnett - has anyone read any of her stuff?
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 08:16pm on 02/03/2009 under , , , , ,
I got home from school around 5, collapsed on the couch to watch an episode of Pushing Daisies with Michelle (Soooooo cute omg. I WANT TO SMISH LEE PACE. I gather this is a common sentiment), then promptly fell asleep for two hours. Wtf wtf. My body is like ????? wtf did you just DO to me and now I'm just kind of zombieing around. I haven't eaten since noon and that was a PB&J sandwich so I hope I start feeling hungry soon. o.O Being sick is weird.

Let's do a fun meme, started by [livejournal.com profile] expastic.

What is your current ringtone for a) calls, b) texts, c) picture messages, and d) alarms? Right now, right this very second. No changing it, no cheating!

Calls: "Extraordinary" by Mandy Moore
Texts: "The Fear" by Lily Allen
Picture Messages: Nothing special, just a boop noise
Alarm: Varies, but often "Headlines Read Out" by We The Kings, "Break the Sky" by The Hush Sound, or "Dark Days" by The Used (or one of the two above)

It's SO FUN to be able to completely customize the sounds my phone makes, right down to exactly what part of the song I want to hear. None of those clips start at the beginning of the song, but instead at the best part (usually the chorus), like "I am not the kind that will lie" for WTK. &myphone; (I use myxer.com to customize my clips, for anyone that's curious!)

Ughhhh zombieing. I'm going to go back to reading A Storm of Swords. Which, to [livejournal.com profile] skyfalling, Spoilers! )
Mood:: 'sick' sick
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 01:47pm on 29/01/2009 under ,
Oooooh.

I just finished George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones, the first of the Song of Ice and Fire series. I'd read it before, but like 5 years ago, so I remembered basically nothing (EXCEPT THE DEATH OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTER >:( ). I am just... stunned, and so invested in all of these people. (Except how he KILLED MY FAVORITE CHARACTER, ughhhhhh so bitter.) What a magnificent tapestry Martin weaves, and I can't wait to find out where it goes next.
Lots of spoilers, don't read if you want to read the book! )

&JON; &ARYA; &DANY; &NED;

Okay, I just had to share :)
Mood:: 'impressed' impressed
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 10:46pm on 05/07/2007 under , , , , , ,
Because I like to make lists. They're fun and organized and put things into perspective. These are just random lists, not a meme or anything.

OTPS, characters, and tv shows! )

Okay that's enough listing for tonight. I'm going to go read some Interview With The Vampire before I go to bed. Which is, by the way, the sexiest book ever, just like the movie, especially with visions of a pale Brad Pitt with luscious full lips and careful sharp consonants dancing in my head. Mmm.
Mood:: 'tired' tired
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 01:23am on 02/07/2007 under , ,
This SGA novel is AWESOME. I swear, it's one long McShep fic! I assume it's going to lack porn at the end, but hey, I'm one happy camper. The page I'm on is killing me with the slash. An excerpt that gives me joy:

"Then Kavanagh had taken up more important question-asking time by apologizing for Rodney and Sheppard's behavior. Rodney had snorted derisively, but before he could comment on Kavanagh's behavior, Kolesnikova [female engineer on a mission with them] frowned at him and said in a whisper, "You and the Major talk to each other as if you are badly-raised eight year olds. Not everyone finds that attractive."

Rodney allowed himself a restrained sneer. "The fact that our professional communications function on a level that Kavanagh doesn't comprehend is not my problem." Focusing his annoyance on Kavanagh made it easier to pretend he wasn't worried.

Rodney had always hated relying on other people, who were inevitably fallible and wrong and usually stupid, but once they had arrived in Atlantis it had startled him how quickly he had come to rely on Sheppard. It had occasionally been difficult to reconcile the fact that the surfer/pretty boy type who qualified for MENSA but couldn't be bothered to join was the same person who had stalked and killed Genii in the city's corridors like they were cockroaches, could snap a man's neck, and was crazy enough to attack a super-Wraith with a belt knife. But Rodney was over that now."


Um. Just try to tell me that couldn't be directly from a McShep fic! *flailyhands* PERFECTION. I love the author's Rodney-voice (which is impressive!) and seriously, John and Rodney are the only characters getting any real development or focus. IT'S AWESOME.

*clappyhands of joy*
Mood:: 'enthralled' enthralled
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 06:44pm on 28/06/2007 under , ,
Yay! I just received the Stargate Atlantis novel that I ordered from Amazon, "Reliquary," on many recommendations and the tip that it is FULL of McShep. Gleefully, I opened it to a random page and read in the middle of it. This is what I found (roughly paraphrased):

Rodney: "Oh stop it, you know if things were reversed you wouldn't stop trying until you saved me or you were dead, so quit arguing!"
John was oddly touched... etc. etc.

Okay, VERY roughly paraphrased, I swear the writing is far better than that, but guys. TOUCHED. ON A RANDOM PARAGRAPH ON A RANDOM PAGE.

I'm going to love this book *beams*
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 08:40pm on 19/06/2007 under ,
*sniffles quietly*

I just finished the last book of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, for what must be the fifth or sixth time. And once again, I was swept away, uplifted, dashed to pieces, and then oh so tenderly put back together. This story is exquisite, epic, daring, unique, wonderful.... I haven't the words to do it justice. If you've read it, I hope you know what I mean; if you haven't, you should.

I'm a little bit apprehensive of this becoming a trilogy of movies. The first one will be exciting and fun, but the second and more so the third get into such subtle and achingly beautiful themes of loyalty and love and goodness and right and wrong and truth that I can scarcely imagine them in a loud, flashy Hollywood movie. This story grabs my heart and tugs like nothing else (I am in floods every time; this time was absolutely no different) and it's hard to imagine that depth translating to screen. Especially since it rests on the shoulders of two 13 year old children to convey that depth, that power... I don't know. I want them to be amazing, but I have my doubts. Especially if, as rumored, they're taking the religious aspect out of the movies... because that is so fundamental to the books, but in a way that turns traditional religion on its head and questions every assumption it makes. That's why they're taking it out, because wouldn't want to ever offend anybody, oh no! *scoffs* So yeah. I'm holding back on judging prematurely, but I am worried.

Um. I didn't mean to take this post to bitch and doubt. I just needed to say something. Finishing this book is always so... profound.

*ponders quietly*
Mood:: 'peaceful' peaceful
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 07:07pm on 07/07/2006 under , ,
MONA!!!!

Look!!! Go Ask Malice - A Slayer's Diary It's the story of - you guessed it - FAITH!! And the summary, while not exactly what you talked about, rings very true with your ideas. Female watcher - check. Terrible mother - check. This sounds AMAZING, and I totally want to read it!! *flappy hands* This timing is insane! Eeee!
Music:: Flyleaf - "So I Thought"
Mood:: 'excited' excited
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 07:13pm on 29/06/2006 under , ,
Mini icon inventory:

Supernatural - 64!
BSG - 10
Kane - 6
Harry Potter - 5
Firefly - 4

Um. Who's obsessed? Oh that's right, me.

So a little more about Tigana, more specific this time because I decided I wanted to have my thoughts down for future reference. Don't look behind the cut if you haven't read it!

Tigana, let the memory of you be like a blade in my soul )
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 04:49pm on 29/06/2006 under ,
So I just finished Tigana.

*SIGH*

For ONE thing, he leaves it with this massive cliffhanger, and I just kinda stared and went ".....BZUH?!" It comes completely out of the blue, in the middle of the warmfuzzy happy ending, just WHAM. The last sentence of the freaking book. And there's no sequel!! Very frustrating.

And besides that, the reunions I desperately wanted to happen DIDN'T. It was so frustrating because they were THIS CLOSE and no one knew the truth about who everyone was and ARGH. This is what I get for getting my heart set on two relationships in a book that isn't really about specific relationships. It's about the bigger, grander story. Which was, actually, gorgeous and majestic and sweeping and Kay is still a master storyteller. But I felt a little cheated because everything was just so HUGE that the people kind of got lost in the shuffle.

So, slightly let down. But still a magnificent book, and I'm going to start rereading the first one of his I ever read, because I LOVED it and it's been long enough that I don't remember any plot details, only that the end BROKE me. And in a less frustrating way than this one did.
Mood:: 'frustrated' frustrated
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posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 09:55pm on 28/12/2005 under , , , ,
I have much to say! All movie and book and TV related, because I am lame like that. The order of business, because this post got very complicated:
  • Faith video
  • Going to Borders and buying movies
  • Thoughts on Floating
  • Dark Angel
  • Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

    First I have to announce that I FINISHED MY FAITH VIDEO!!!!! *dances about wildly* Do you know how happy this makes me??? Let me give you an idea. I put it off and promised myself I would finish it over spring break. Yes, I do mean the one that passed, oh, 8 months ago. So I've been working on this thing for literally a year, and FINALLY it's done. There are still a few small parts I need to tweak, but it's a whole product and I'm proud of it and YAY. Look for that in a few days :)

    Today, I spent 2 hours in a Borders, all by myself. I've never gotten to do that before (I've always got family around pestering me to leave) and it was SO nice. They were having a 3 for 2 sale on all DVDs so clearly I spent a large portion of my time there. I also read the beginning of Interview With A Vampire, which was quite good - I'll have to finish it some time. This is what I bought (as compensation for the woeful amount of media I got for Christmas):
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Fight Club (deluxe edition - Sean's gonna love me for that)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Lost official magazine, issue #2

    And in one of my few fandomy real-life encounters, when I was checking out the guy at the counter said "Oh, they have a magazine?" and I was like "Yep! Are you a fan?" and he was like "Of course!" Then he talked about how he didn't like Michelle Rodriguez, haha. But it was quite cool. I'm excited to see Reservoir Dogs, and Fight Club is just a kickass movie.

    Now for thoughts about Floating, a lovely, obscure little film that I highly recommend. First, some spoiler-free thoughts, because 95% of my flist hasn't seen this movie, so you wont be able to read the spoilers. But basically, in a nutshell, my thoughts consist of: Norman Reedus and slashliekomg. Norman. Ohhhh Norman. What to say about him. Which should I address first - talent, or looks? Hm. Well, in terms of talent, this boy has got some serious chops on him. He's got this intensity to him that makes him seem to vibrate even when he's just lounging around with his pals. His body language is devil-may-care, yet carefully controlled at the same time. He can convey so many levels of emotion, it's incredible. I have so much respect for him, and will definitely be picking up more of his movies.

    As for his looks.... *THUD*. Seriously. This boy was a Prada model before he was an actor, and you can *totally* see why. He spends at least half of this movie either shirtless or in a tank top, and OMG. I've never seen such perfect arms. He's got muscles that are well-defined and powerful looking, yet also lean and lithe and graceful. They're perfectly toned and tanned and I want them. Guhhhh. I also love the tattoos all over him (quite familiar from Boondock Saints, because apparently they never cover up Norman's own tattoos) but find it quite amusing that even though they tried to turn the "Norman" on his chest into some swirly design, you can totally still see the N and parts of the other letters. Hee. Also, his mouth is, um, perfect, with that adorable mole giving him this great asymmetry. In conclusion - HE IS THE SEX.

    As for slash - Norman's character, Van, finds this friend, Doug, and they become really close. Like, at a level that you would not ever expect of 19-year-old boys. Parts of it are just so homoerotic. The wrestling, half naked, in Doug's bedroom, and then the very physical "dancing" in a mosh pit at a club - totally metaphors for sex. And they have swimming races, which just, guh. And then on an emotional level, they connect so thoroughly - they just listen to eachother, also not something you'd expect of teenage boys. Further, spoilery thoughts... )

    So yeah, I really loved this movie. I highly recommend it! Err, I just realized I didn't give the basic plot - Van's a teenager who had a great life, but his dad lost his legs in a car accident. His mom divorced his dad and then split, so now Van has to take care of his dad alone, and they moved into a cruddy house. So he didn't get to go to college with all of his friends, which is the main thing that eats at him through the film, the lack of direction in his life. It's really just a wonderful story, and I'd compare it to Life as a House, with the troubled (beautiful) young man struggling to find himself.

    I watched the first episode of Dark Angel, and I think I'll hold off on judgement. So far, I'm not terribly impressed - the acting and writing could be better - but I'm definitely willing to give it a chance.

    I also recently finished William Gibson's "Pattern Recognition," on a recommendation from my dad. It was great! Gibson has a fantastic writing style. I loved how utterly contemporary the story was - it centers around this online forum for discussing these mysterious bits of "footage" that have been leaked anonymously onto the internet. The main character is very active in this forum, and she's very internet and tech savvy. When she firsts meets someone, she asks "If I Google you, I'd get...?" which is just such an awesome question. I loved that I could totally identify and jibe with that whole attitude. The conclusion was compelling and satisfying. Just - what a great book. So now I've started "Mona Lisa Overdrive," also by Gibson, which is so far more weird but just as fascinating. I think I might have found a new author to love! :)

    Hmmmm. Did anyone read all that? If so, I am stunned. Haha.
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    exsequar: (FF SimonRiver blood is thicker)
    posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 03:51pm on 12/09/2005 under , , , ,
    My dad had surgery today. My mom doesn't know too much, but it apparently went okay. I think he's still in the hospital. She's going to bring him home later today. He'll be in pain for a while :( I really wish I could be there with him... sigh. Apparently my siblings are fighting a lot too. I really don't miss that. I'm really not homesick at all, I'd just like to be with my dad.

    On a happier note, I got two packages today... Firefly and Wraeththu! Most of you know about the first (Serenity is soon, squee!) but the second is a book series that [livejournal.com profile] the5thmarauder recommended to me, another fantasy series with serious gay content *smile* It's a huge book, almost 800 pages, but that's because it's a whole trilogy in one volume. So. I'm excited for that (no idea how long it will take me to read, with the little reading time I have) and I'm also glad to have Firefly. I also got an email that Lost has shipped, so that should be here in a day or two. Yay.

    college is still easy, woohoo.

    Ummm. I love you all, and I really miss talking to my girls as much as I used to :( We really got spoiled with the summer, and being online like, 24/7 and you guys staying up to ungodly hours in Germany and England so I could talk to you :P I miss youuuu. *huggles*

    To give this post a purpose, I'll make a rec... I found the website of a great vidder last night. The first thing I saw of hers was a curt/Brian vid, definitely the best one I've ever seen (although there really aren't that many out there). Then I watched some Simon/River, a Simon/Mal (haha), some various Firefly, and a Faith & connor (kicking ass, not shippy) one. There's stuff from various fandoms, but it's principally Firefly. If you do like Velvet Goldmine I would recommend watching the c/b vid though. So enough of me prattling on, here's the link: Obsessive24
    exsequar: (SLASH post)
    posted by [personal profile] exsequar at 11:55pm on 23/08/2005 under , ,
    New header! I got a little bored of the other one, but guess what! The new header is ALSO Ewan/Hayden, and the color scheme just happens to still work, so I'm keeping it :P So, not a major change in any sense, but I still like it. It's purty. *pets the boys* It's by [livejournal.com profile] falanyel_86, thank you!

    Now, just for my darling [livejournal.com profile] novafairy, I present you with a list of scenes from Nightrunner book 2, Stalking Darkness, that just drip with gay gorgeousness ^_^ I finally finished it, and following the list I will give you some thoughts ^_^ MAJOR spoilers for the book behind the cut, btw. Do not read if you havent read it. I warn you!

    Oh my pretty boys )

    I love you Steffi ♥ :)

    Now for my opinions...
    Again, SPOILERS. Beware! Even worse in this one. )

    Now that I have bored you to death, I am off to bed ^_^

    PS I love [livejournal.com profile] candlesandcloth! I'm just overflowing with love for her, I had to share ;) "Your makeup stains my pillowcase" indeed! Teehee...
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