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Fyi, might be away for a bit.

2015 books and what not

One day I'll finish talking about these.

  • Books read in French
    • Chats d'oeuvre
    • D'un monde à l'autre (La Quête d'Ewilan, tome 1)
    • Le Jardin des silences
  • Comics read in English
    • Lucifer v1 (Vertigo comic)
    • Prince of Cats
    • Sandman Overture
    • Spider-Gwen v1
    • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl v1
  • Books read in English
    • Fragile Things
    • Magnus Chase and the Sword of Asgard
    • The Red Pyramid
  • Books about Ancient Dead People
    • Darkness Over Cannae
    • Le papyrus de César
    • Tumulte à Rome


Finished reading

I also need to talk about the Marie des dragons intégrale and volume 4 of Les aigles de Rome. I really need to stop being so busy.

Tattúínárdǿla saga: If Star Wars Were an Icelandic Saga by Jackson Crawford: Here on the internet. I LOVED THIS. An dthat goes for both the language and the story.

Look, it has the th/ð/d confusion you get in Norse translations and everything! There are translator notes and passive-agressive digs at other scholars and different versions of the manuscripts. As someone with more than a passing acquaintance with several translations of the Eddas and various sagas, I was laughing my ass off the whole time. The fucking kennings and heiti. The stupid titles. The overly literal and awkward translation. The diacrtics that come and go. The ridiculous pagan vs christian shit shoehorned in places and the way you can tell with century (broadly) each part of the manuscript if from given the way that issue is treated. The version in actualfax Old Norse. All this to say: A++ skalding, would read again.

THE SITH ARE SEIÐMENN! That's brilliant. But not quite as brilliant as LEIA KING-KILLER. (My only two complaints are that I wasn't too fond of the ending and I wanted there to be a Lightsaber the Blue too. Idk the blue swords are the prettiest.)

Surprising absolutely nobody, the confrontation(s) from chapters 13 to 15 (the ending of Revenge of the Sith) broke my heart:
(I lie, they're not actually in a poly relationship in this, but it's my review and I'll shill out the OT3 if I want to.)
Come with us and live in your kingdom with your living child. If you stay here, you will die, and the infant inside you as well. Why will you not say, yea or nay? Anakinn comes and with him death. He is the king’s man. He will kill you and the child!”
Queen Pathema wept, but did not speak.
Viga-Obivan looked upon her with doubt, and said, “Anakinn is the father. Or is he not?”

“Viga-Obivan gave me an account of your terrible misdeeds,” said Queen Pathema.
“What deeds were these?” asked Anakinn.
Queen Pathema said, “He told me that you had become a Seith-man, that you serve King Falfathinn who oppresses my country, and that he bade you kill all people and living things in the Jedi Fjords, even children. And I Queen Pathema bear your child, Anakinn Sky-walker!” And men wondered when they heard this, for it was well-known that Anakinn the sky-walker was a freedman.


Anakinn the Sky-walker attempted to pull himself away from the lava, but his clothes began to burn, and soon he began to burn too. He said to Viga-Obivan, “I hate you!”
“You were my brother, Anakinn!” said Viga-Obivan Kvaeggansson. “I loved you!” But he turned away from Anakinn and walked off, and Anakinn the Sky-walker burned in silence.


No lie "Anakinn the Sky-walker burned in silence" is fucking powerful. (Hey, there's a reason the Eddas have endured and that reason is that even awkward translations will sometimes hit pure emotional gold.)


Yeah so the language is VERY much like traditional translations of the Eddas, so if that's not your thing (which it could very well not be! I know it took me ages to get used to it back when I first started reading the Eddas) then this will not be an easy read for you. But man, like I said, I have read tons of bad Old Norse translations so I am laughing my ass off at this because everything's there.

A woman was named Leia; she was the daughter of Beilorgana, king of the Aldiran Regions in Ireland. Relations were cool between Beilorgana and Falfadinn, for Falfadinn, King of Norway, claimed to be King of Ireland as well, and he raided widely in the Aldiran Regions.


The king himself wanted to deal Lúkr his death blow. But Princess Leia stood behind Jabbi, and she took up her chains and swept them up under the king’s neck and strangled him to death. It is for this reason that she began to be called Leia the King-killer.


Leia King-Killer, that's brilliant.

Eagerly awaiting the tale of Reginleif that is called Scavenging Rey and Far-born Fundinn who seek Lightsaber the Blue, fyi.



Currently reading

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne and Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger.

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Date: 2016-02-24 10:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yhlee
I wish I were familiar with the Eddas! Alas. (Too snowed under to take up a new reading project, haha.)

Take care, wherever/whatever you're doing!

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Date: 2016-02-25 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ericadawn16.livejournal.com
Thank you for posting the Star Wars literature!

I've never heard of it before although I did read one of the Star Wars by Shakespeare books.

Also, I haven't been a fan of Squirrel Girl but they had #1 for a dollar so I tried it and it was fun, how's the whole volume?

P.S. I heard Gwenpool might be getting a whole series...I'm so confused at this point.

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Date: 2016-02-28 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dhampyresa.livejournal.com
I hope you enjoyed the Star Wars!

Which #& did you try? They renumbered recently, iirc.

Whaaaaaaaaaat. Why Gwenpoool. I love Gwen, but Gwenpool is not who I would have picked.

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Date: 2016-02-29 06:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ericadawn16.livejournal.com
I did, it was interesting.

I'm not sure of which series but it had Squirrel Girl moving to college and her roommate has a cat. Plus, she has to fight Kraven the Hunter.

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Date: 2016-02-29 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dhampyresa.livejournal.com
That's the first number 1, then. I enjoy Squirrel Girl, but I feel like the characterisation is a bit flat.

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Date: 2016-03-01 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ericadawn16.livejournal.com
This was my first experience with Squirrel Girl. Tumblr and most of the internet acts like...well, I have felt at times like I'm somehow being a bad female by not reading it?

I had been kind of turned off before, both from this attitude and to be totally honest...the artwork was too...weird for me.

It was a decent dollar issue but I'm sad to hear the characterization is lacking overall.

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Date: 2016-03-02 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dhampyresa.livejournal.com
The characterisation issue is most evident with pre-existing Marvel characters, for example Doom in the most recent arc. It's very disappointing because it could be much better! It's funny, but ultimately I value characterisation over humour.

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Date: 2016-03-03 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ericadawn16.livejournal.com
That's why I enjoy Deadpool, it has humor AND the guest characters always sound like themselves.

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