kaydeefalls: tosh has a geekgasm (geek out)
CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY THIS YEAR

By which I mean Yuletide, by which I mean it opened a lot sooner than I was expecting! I got a fukking awesome gift fic: What the Fuk Is That?, a bit of excellent bantery team!fic for Tanya Huff's "Valor" series.

Which, okay, let's pair this with a book rec: everyone in fandom needs to read the Valor books (also called "Confederation" series) like YESTERDAY, because it is everything you have ever wanted and I weep daily that there is no real fandom for it. Sci-fi/space opera adventure war stories starring a totally kickass female Staff Sergeant in the Marines; well-thought-out alien species and worldbuilding, featuring our closest allies, the aliens that will eat just about anything in sight and the aliens that will screw just about anything that moves; a total absence of anything resembling predetermined gender roles or heteronormativity; canonical gay (and completely badass) alien couple (of the species that eats everything, not the one that fucks everyone); compelling overarching mystery plot that develops as the series progresses; and just all-around excellent storytelling. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

And then read this fic, too.

sweet!

Jun. 4th, 2008 10:11 am
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (desire)
Jacqueline Carey is doing an event at the Borders near my apartment on my birthday.

Clearly, this is fate. I can hold off buying Kushiel's Mercy two more weeks for this. \o/ !

book rec?

Apr. 25th, 2008 08:18 pm
kaydeefalls: "you certainly know your trash," deasey said. (i know my trash)
Okay, so I just finished reading the first Kushiel's Legacy trilogy, by Jacqueline Carey, and I am in raptures of love and adoration. Now, I know she's written a second trilogy in that universe -- I think the last book is just coming out this month, actually -- and, y'know, my inclination is to go out and continue merrily along. Which I probably will anyway. But I was wondering: have any of you read it? Does it continue in awesomeness? Because while Imriel is cool and all, I love Phedre and Joscelin and Hyacinthe times a billion, and...I don't know. I guess I just want to make sure it stays good before I go out and buy the rest.
kaydeefalls: kim&jeremy&dana running sports night (control room)
I have some Sports Nights icons now. I seem to be going through a textless phase of icon-making. Anyway, I think I shall use this as my directing icon, because it is the control room and Dana is kind of like a director, in a TV news sort of way. I wish I could give orders straight to my actors' ears in the middle of a play soemtimes, that's for damn sure. Anyway, last night was the first rehearsal for one of the two short plays I'm directing as part of a new works festival in June, and oh, bliss. It's been so long since I've directed my own damn show, I almost forgot how happy it makes me. I mean, first rehearsal, so some awkwardness, and getting the cast sorted out, and flying by the seat of my pants as always, but that's part of what makes it fun.

And tomorrow I'm leaving work at noonish to get on a plane and fly home for Passover, which makes me very happy indeed. I've missed NYC. Family shall be, as always, stressful and argumentative and endlessly entertaining, and there will be seder, and possibly catching up with old friends, and a day and a half off of work, and respite from the general suckiness and loneliness that has been my life in Chicago of late.

I think, secretly, the best part of moving to D.C. will be taking me that much closer to home. Not my parents, necessarily -- we get along much better when we only see each other a handful of times per year -- but I really am an East Coaster, and more specifically a New Yorker, at heart. Chicago's a great town, it's entirely possible I'll move back eventually. But it's not home.

In other news, I started reading Kushiel's Dart a couple of days ago, and I'm loving it to bits. Although every now and then it hits me that I'm reading incredibly kinky smut at work. :D

top fives

Apr. 10th, 2008 04:04 pm
kaydeefalls: history: just one fucking thing after another (thank you mr. rudge)
For the Top 5! meme, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] such_heights:

Top 5 History Boys moments )

Your 5 favourite fics you've written )

Your 5 most read books )

Also, [livejournal.com profile] ldmoonflower asked for Top 5 Ben&Jerry's flavors, but you know what's weird? I almost never eat ice cream, so I really don't know. A lot of them look tasty, but generally my sweet tooth calls for cookies/cupcakes or candy, not ice cream. Unless it's the middle of summer, and even then, not so much. It's weird. I really like ice cream. I just never crave it.

oy.

Oct. 22nd, 2007 02:53 pm
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (and now for something completely differe)
I really kind of hate it when I figure out the twist in a mystery-type book long before the end. It's one thing when I have a couple of guesses, and am working on confirming them. But when I've known for certain who the mysterious Mr. C is for the past eight chapters and there are still over a hundred pages left, it really robs me of all enjoyment of the book, no matter how well-written and engaging it may be, because I just kind of want to bash the main characters' heads together and yell at them for being complete morons. (This is Connie Willis's To Say Nothing of the Dog, incidentally, which I was really quite enjoying until I figured it all out halfway through and now have to slog through the rest watching Ned and Verity get all worked up over their own utter stupidity and wanting to strangle them both.)

I very much hope I turn out to be wrong, and there's actually a brilliant unforeseeable twist at the end, because that will at least make reading the rest this book worthwhile. Right now it's just frustrating as hell.

oh, man.

Sep. 7th, 2007 08:19 pm
kaydeefalls: frodo's ship disappearing into the sunset (frodo lives)
In other news, Madeleine L'Engle just passed away. Her books were never quite at the top of my favorites list, but I still loved them quite a lot, and she will be missed.

And Sandy & Dennys were totally the original Fred & George. I'm just sayin'.

oh, <3

Apr. 21st, 2007 03:23 pm
kaydeefalls: "you certainly know your trash," deasey said. (i know my trash)
I'm rereading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay for the first time since I first discovered it my senior year of high school, and suddenly I remember why this is the only LJ icon I have used consistently (and never even temporarily retired, even back when there was no option of buying extra userpics) for the past four years. Because this is the greatest book ever.

Oh, Joe Kavalier. Oh, Sammy Clay. Oh, the Escapist. So much love.
kaydeefalls: "you certainly know your trash," deasey said. (i know my trash)
Okay, I've been wanting to pimp these books out since about a third of the way through the first one, but I figured I'd better wait until I'd finished out the series first, just in case the author went nuts and fucked everything up. But she didn't, and in fact they just kept getting better, so! Book rec! The Crown of Stars series, by Kate Elliot, which is comprised of seven books (the last of which just came out this spring): King's Dragon, Prince of Dogs, The Burning Stone, Child of Flame, The Gathering Storm, In the Ruins, and Crown of Stars. I'd never heard of either the books nor the author before randomly stumbling across the first book in the bargain basement of a bookstore in Dublin, but oh, I'm so very glad I did.

What I really love about this series is that it takes a number of your standard fantasy-world cliches -- the varied races (humans/elves/orcs/uruks/what-have-you), for example, and the medieval Europe-ish setting -- and completely change the way you look at them. For example, the elven race is not all-knowing and benevolent and immortal and wise-yet-fading; rather, they are an angry, often cold-hearted race constantly at war with humankind, with a fascinating culture reminiscent of the Aztecs or Incas, and lord knows they aren't any longer-lived than us. And then, the sort of uruk-hai race (here called Eika) -- they aren't mindless evil beasts, they've got their own culture and history that's just as compelling as anyone else's, and we follow an Eika's POV for a significant part of the books. And the human culture, which is deliberately based on Christianity but has a lot of really well-crafted alterations, just enough to make it new and interesting, and which does what I've very rarely seen done in this type of fantasy: an almost matriarchal society, in which women are often considered superior to men, particularly in matters of administering lands and succession. And also, no evil overlord to be destroyed, and no destinies, and none of that other crap that so frequently pops up in these things. There's one primary character who could appear to be Mary-Sue-ish, but she's compelling and flawed and very wonderful, so I really don't care. (Also, is it possible to create a strong female character without having the Mary-Sue accusation hurled at you these days? But I digress.)

And there's even a bit of canon slash, which was the greatest thing ever, since I'd been privately slashing these two characters for quite a while and then they HAD SEX, and I just sort of gaped at the page for a few minutes because I'm so unused to seeing canonically gay (or bisexual, one of them is bisexual, or possibly just heteroflexible but who CARES) characters in medieval-type fantasies. So much awesome. But anyway.

So. Yes. If you're into fantasy, read these books. So worth it.
kaydeefalls: confused!pippin asking "meh?" (meh?)
So I bought this book yesterday, fantasy thing by no one I'd ever heard of, but it looked interesting and skimming through the first few pages didn't burn my eyes out (with fantasy, it can be very hit or miss), and it was in the bargain bin of the bookstore, so, hey! New book!

And then I discover a most interesting bookbinding error, in which pages 37-84 are MISSING and, instead, we have pages 501-548 where they should be. Pages 501-548 are in their proper place as well. So that's a bit too much of the end of the plot and not nearly enough of practically the beginning. This? Is the sort of luck I have. I can't even buy a BOOK right.

I've lost the receipt, unfortunately, but I'll try returning it anyway, in the hopes that shoving the ersatz pages into the clerk's face and going WTF will somehow result in an exchange. I'd like a proper copy of this book, y'know. The first 36 pages were interesting.
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (do we all have our thinking caps?)
Over the long weekend with the Boyfriend's family, his younger sister and I deliberated over fully casting the fantasy movie version of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. It took us several hours, but we're (mostly) satisfied with the results. presenting the fantasy cast of Strange&Norrell, with explanations )
kaydeefalls: "you certainly know your trash," deasey said. (i know my trash)
I HAVE BEEN STRUCK BY A BOLT OF BRILLIANT.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. In the theoretical imaginary movie version in my head. Ian Holm as Mr. Norrell.

THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN. I HAVE DECLARED IT SO. SOMEONE GET ON THIS. NOW.

OMFG HI.

Apr. 19th, 2005 04:14 pm
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (squeefully yours)
Hi. I just listened to Neil Gaiman talk for an hour. I sat in the second row. He was about ten feet away from me for an hour. And [livejournal.com profile] newredshoes asked him a question about fannishness and got him to sign a card. And I WAS IN A ROOM WITH NEIL GAIMAN (and about fifty other people) FOR AN HOUR HI.
kaydeefalls: "you certainly know your trash," deasey said. (i know my trash)
So so so I received the book Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell for Christmas and started reading it over winter break but didn't finish it and brought it back to college with me and then had no time for reading so never read more than a couple of pages at a stretch and then this past week I've had time again and tonight I was only about 100 pages away from the end which is not very much at all given the length of this book so I said fuck it and spent the past couple of hours reading and I just finished it and OMG BEST BOOK EVER. I have a thing for endings and how things come together and this was INCREDIBLE and WONDERFUL and everybody needs to go out and buy this book NOW.

As you were.
kaydeefalls: "you certainly know your trash," deasey said. (i know my trash)
Wandering the Village after dinner tonight, I passed an old bookstore that was having a used book sale outside. I perused.

Then I bought myself A Dictionary of Angels (including the fallen angels).

It's a dictionary of the angels. Like, ALL of them. Almost 400 pages' worth of angels. Some have long passages of description (Gabriel gets practically two full columns), others are barely noted (well, who the heck has ever heard of Kered?). It's, like -- I can finally go back and look up the angels from His Dark Materials. Understand arcane references. Make my OWN arcane references.

This is so cool.

Hey, did you know Metatron has 76 names? (My parents didn't even know who Metatron was. I wept.)

...and in other news, since it's past midnight, Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] versaphile!
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (squeefully yours)
Girl With a Pearl Earring, a really lovely book by Tracy Chevalier, is being made into a movie, due to be released this December.

Starring Colin Firth.

...

::melts into puddle of squee::

...you may now return to your regularly scheduled fandom.
kaydeefalls: confused!pippin asking "meh?" (meh?)
I am exactly 31 pages into Good Omens, and it's already shaping up to be the Best Book Ever. Not only that, but it's a Dom/Billy shipper:
It meant that Crowley had been allowed to develop Manchester, while Aziraphale had a free hand in the whole of Shropshire. Crowley took Glasgow, Aziraphale had Edinburgh...

See? Crowley created both Manchester and Glasgow. Obviously, Dom and Billy were Meant To Be.

Yeah.

dum dee dum

Jul. 4th, 2003 07:05 pm
kaydeefalls: "you certainly know your trash," deasey said. (i know my trash)
Barry White died. This is very sad. I foresee that millions of people will listen to his music this weekend in memoriam, and, subsequently, a disproportionate amount of babies will be born about nine months from now.

In other news, have gone out and bought myself my summer reading:
Good Omens, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
American Gods, Neil Gaiman
Wicked, Gregory Maguire
Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Yupyup.
kaydeefalls: "you certainly know your trash," deasey said. (i know my trash)
Ehm, yes. GIP. Because, really, he was SO talking about fanfic. Or something. Right. (Deasey is so obviously the sort of person I will grow up to be. I weep.)

I shall stop raving about this book now, I promise.

::sniffle::

May. 1st, 2003 07:18 pm
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (thousand voices)
I've been putting off reading the last few chapters of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Much as I love this book and want to know what HAPPENS, I always feel vaguely depressed after finishing a truly good book. Like, "well, NOW what am I supposed to do with myself?"

But I finally caved in and finished it.

I'm going to go have a nice cry now. Not that it's a sad ending, exactly, but...yeah. Not exactly happy either. Beautiful aching wonderful, and. Yes. Crying.

I don't usually use my LJ to rec real books, but this? Incredible. Read it. Now.
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (the killer plotbunny)
Few things in life quite compare to the perfect beauty of reading an excellent novel on a plane and pondering its lovely homoerotic undertones and slash potential and then suddenly it TURNS INTO A SLASHFIC RIGHT THERE ON PAGE 352. A long, beautiful, accurate, well-written slashfic, no less.

...DUDE!

My love for this book has just grown exponentially much. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon. Read it. Now. (No, it's not Kavalier/Clay. They're cousins. That's just icky. ::whistles the oh-no-I-don't-write-Merry/Pippin-nope-not-me song innocently::)
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (one song glory)
Because my brain is exploding from the Márquez and I'm procrastinating. That first-line-of-books meme from a while back. Except, last lines this time.

last lines. whee. )
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (romeo & juliet)
It seems like a crime to be writing an AP Hell mini-essay on this passage. It's too beautiful/painful to be analyzed to death.

Possibly the most heart-wrenchingly sad and gorgeous passage in 20th century literature. )

Sorry, Tolkien. Love your books, but even the Grey Havens, Mount Doom, and Cirith Ungol together have nothing on this.
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (random wackos)
All but one of my books reside in my bookshelf, and I'm certainly not gonna list the first lines of every book I own. So I just chose my favorites. c'mon, all the cool people are doing it! )

And will someone please tell me why I am now beta-ing a Viggorli? This is really not my pairing...
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (squee!)
Instead, New Line] is developing another possible trilogy drawn from children's novelist Philip Pullman's fantasy series, "His Dark Materials," which includes "The Golden Compass," "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass." This time, a precocious 11-year-old orphan girl raised by Oxford scholars is the heroine. Playwright Tom Stoppard is writing the screenplay for the first movie. New Line says it could be ready for release in 2005.

The man who brought us Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead AND The Invention of Love is writing the screenplay to the Philip Pullman trilogy? Say it with me: KICK ASS!!! Now if only they can find some kids who can act...

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