wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (bden kiss kiss)
Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they're used.

--Max Brooks
wishfulclicking: (bey has a clue)
I still haven't settled into this Fall's TV schedule. Right now Glee, Mad Men, It's Always Sunny, Community are definite. Criminal Minds is on my maybe list because of the cast shakeups and how poor the spinoff episode was; also there's the issue that I think the show has given me everything it can now and I'm not feeling as attached. I'm definitely giving Undercovers a chance too but I'd be very surprised if I became fic fannish about it.

What are some thoughts on the new Fox show 'Lone Star'? When I first saw the clip, I was impressed but I mentioned how it felt more like a movie than a show that would have seasons behind it. So the show looks good but I wonder how many people are going to stay committed to a show about a con man. I'm going to give it a shot though unless it interferes with the other shows.

I just wrapped up Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and I enjoyed it. Nice YA steampunk with strong male and female characters. I'll talk more about it later but Alek did seem younger than his age. But later, I have a host of books to mention and I'm too tired to go into detail.

Have I mentioned that I've been keeping up with soccer (more on those exploits later) but I've fallen for Arsenal with a soft spot for Liverpool. This happened after watching a number of last season's matches and just reading different blogs and watching the current season. It was not a quick decision. After some time watching games, I'm ready to make predictions--

Arsenal v Sunderland - I think they can pull out a win here, hopefully they can keep a clean sheet too but I won't exactly bank on it. //crossing fingers// (Yes, I'm still riding a 6-0 high. Let me swim in that for a bit)

Liverpool v Manchester United - Hmmm, last week I was distressed about this b/c I didn't want to see a massacre on the field but after the Europa match (4-1 !) now I have hope for more of a fight. Still, I think United may win this one but I hope Liverpool prove me wrong.

Those are the ones I've thought about but I do like Blackpool--every time they play they make me smile, maybe it's the tangerine.

Hopefully I can catch some Serie A and La Liga this weekend.
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (typewriter)
He was a story at least, even if he never became anything else.

--Nick Hornby
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (how it ends)

Oh, sir, you surely know that life is full of infinite absurdities which, brazenly enough, do not need to appear probable, because they're true.

--Luigi Pirandello
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (bden kiss kiss)
WordRiot is hosting free fiction from various authors just for today. There's over sixty stories there (I think) and I did end up downloading some to read later. I read one and it was okay but I don't regret reading it. All of the stories are short--novellas, really--and don't require much of a time investment.

Check it out.
wishfulclicking: (beyonce with book)
This was the book I picked up in the middle of Fahrenheit 451 and then didn't put it down because it felt like one of those books that if I stopped, I wouldn't pick up again or by the time I did pick it up again, I'd have to skim through the beginning to pick up all the threads.

In the middle of reading the book I wrote down that it mostly made me want to pick up As I Lay Dying Again because it had the distant mother trope and I preferred it with Addie than Norah in this book. So this book isn't that memorable for me and I only picked it up over some years ago because it was less than a dollar and it played with time (something which came to annoy me more than I thought it would) and it had multiple pov because that is something I'm interested in.

Mostly this book was about what makes us turn out the way we do, and are certain things predetermined. It dealt with feeling trapped in a life that is usually of our own design. How did the connections between blood affect things? Did they have any sway on our lives? Those are questions that I really enjoy seeing explored in fiction.

Just this novel felt like I was reading it through a haze of vaseline over the pages, making everything ill-defined and a dream like quality. The prose was easy and flowing so it was not a task at all to read, but also, there wasn't many moments that made me pause and dwell on what I had just read. One thing that kept on running through my head was the quiet tragedy found in living.

One quibble I had was the kids felt oddly written in this book. Another issue I had was that all the time hopping felt borderline unnecessary.
wishfulclicking: cassie from skins (skins: cassie)
I signed up for [community profile] fandom20in20 round 3 with Elfen Lied as the first choice. It should be fun, I haven't really played with an animated source yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

Last night I started You Remind Me of Me, a book that I'm finding easy to read if not completely remarkable. We'll see how I feel once I finish it. Fahrenheit 451 improved for me a bit, but I need quiet moments so I can soak it all in when I'm reading.

Last week I posted about that webcomic TJ and Amal. If that's something you're interested in (and yes, I highly suggest you give it a look), here is a dw feed for it that I made. Don't be scared because it's already on chapter 9, I breezed through all of the back parts in one quick go.

wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (chase internets)
When I first saw this article I thought 'oh, twenty-four hours without media, no problem' and then I realized that included my ipod and then it became a lot more challenging. Even so, I think I could do it and I'm probably going to give it a shot; my productivity would maybe increase if all I could access was a blank piece of paper and books.

Three Weeks for DW is off to a fantastic start. Refreshing my sub-list actually produces stuff, and I had to skip 60 just to keep up at one point. So far I've been mostly commenting to stuff and I added my name to a meme; but I do plan to post.

Keeping up to date with book posts, especially any books that would fit with [community profile] feminist50. There's going to be one mega one because while I have been reading, I have not been posting about them.

At least one fic for [community profile] chromatic_fanfic

Maybe something for [community profile] stayintheroom also, though as weird as I am about posting fanfic, I'm even weirder about original stuff.

I'm thinking about joining an icon challenge but maybe I'll just stick to making small batches. You know, ease into something before I flake on another challenge.

Oh, I finished The Book Thief today and I cried during the last twenty pages it felt like, yeah. I'll post fully about it later.
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (life)
I thought you might be too old for such a tale, but maybe no one is.

--Markus Zusak
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (glee: dianna glam)
When she came to write her story, she would wonder exactly when the books and the words started to mean not just something, but everything.

--Markus Zusak
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (bden kiss kiss)
“I volunteer to be the comfort of the in-between.”

--Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (haley in b&w)
How can you spend hours every day trying in small ways to figure out who you are, then have a near-stranger give you a sentence of yourself that says it better than you ever could?

--Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
wishfulclicking: eva green awash in blue (eva green in blue)
Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always gets where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through a obstacle, go around it. Water does.

--Margaret Atwood

wishfulclicking: moving gaga clip from Telephone (gaga AOK)
I fail again and again, fail more often than I succeed, but that doesn't mean I don't give it my best effort.

--Paul Auster
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (retro aquilera)
Immortality and mortality didn't mix well: it was fire and mud, only the fire always won.

--Margaret Atwood
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (bh annie sad)
Now that I'm dead I know everything. This is what I wished would happen, but like so many of my wishes it failed to come true...Death is much too high a price to pay for the satisfaction of curiosity, needless to say.

--Margaret Atwood
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (gaga and beyonce)
If there's one thing you can say about human beings, it's that we're always hungry.

--Sass, Wiegand, Pearson, Hattikudur
wishfulclicking: stack of books (books)
Alright so far I've read 11/50, and I decided to look back and see if I've changed my minds on any of the books.

The first ten:

Fanboy & Gothgirl
Point Omega
American on Purpose
Street Love
The Other
The Hour I first Believed
The Fourth Bear
The Big Over Easy

That's two nonfiction titles, four YA books, so I'm feeling good about the variety I've reached so far. I've ditched at least two books, and I have some other ones I'm currently reading. Two graphic novels are on my to be read shelf. This goal is definitely doable even if I am behind my weekly book plan.

Out of those ten American on Purpose, Geektastic, The Other, The Hour I First Believed, and The Fourth Bear were my favorites but besides Fetch I've enjoyed all of them.
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (colors)
And I thought about sunsets, and how the amazing thing about sunsets is that no matter how many you see, it always feels as if that specific sunset was generated for you and you alone.

--Douglas Adama (Samantha)
wishfulclicking: man in black and white pulling back a curtain to show moving sky (books: alex reading)
Both of these were YA fiction with male protagonists and neither one really wowed me.

FB&GG: The main character felt like an actual fleshed out teenaged boy in this, I definitely felt some sympathy for him even though I was aware of the dangers of first person narration; by definition they are also unreliable so how he was perceiving things (bastard stepdad, distant best friend, bullies) was not always how things were. I appreciated how Barry Lyga noted this and had this resolved by the final chapter. Fanboy's best friend is black and he doesn't feel like a caricature.

Kyra, the Goth Girl, is okay. She felt a little half formed but that just seems to be a function of the narrator. You only get to see what the protagonist sees.

This is my second time reading Barry Lyga's writing. I'm not opposed to reading more.

Fetch was a quick yet boring read. I picked it up because I had some mandatory sitting time (getting hair done is a little trying) and it seemed like something I could speed through. I was correct. Calder, the protagonist, is a Fetch, which is mostly like a grim reaper mixed with an angel. He's 330 years old in Fetch but has the appearance of a 19 year old mortal because that's how old he was when he died. The Fetch's main job is to be present at life or death moments and assist the spirits that decide to leave the mortal realm; the Fetch is not to try and persuade the soul's decision. At one Death Scene Calder spots a mortal woman, who he later calls Glory, and decides he is in love.

Um, ok.

When I saw the words Supernatural Romance on the cover, I thought I knew what to expect: supernatural boy wanders around, spots girl, forsakes vows/universe, goes after girl, gets girl either by gaining mortality after 'dying' or the girl becoming supernatural herself. I wasn't expecting the story inserting itself in the Romanov story, including the massacre.

Here's the thing: I don't mind historical fiction, I've even read and enjoyed some; but if a romance story is going to take place during a major event, it needs to be close to epic and probably a part of the action to hold my interest. Calder wasn't an interesting protagonist and I've always detested that immediate Fall in Love thing so many romances have, so Calder's 'emotions' just had me waiting for the truth to happen--which it did.

My main issue was I couldn't care about Calder and his problems, which made the book a chore to get through because Calder kept on flashing back to his past.

Isn't it funny how it sometimes seems easier to talk about the things you didn't like than what you actually enjoyed? Yeah, so I'm stopping now. Fetch isn't a poorly written book, just not enjoyable for me.

That brings me to 9/50 and 10/50. A fifth done with my goal! YAY!!!


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