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Missed a week there. oops.

CURRENTLY AIRING SHOWS

Star Wars Rebels
: S03E08 & S03E09: Those two eps focused mostly on Ezra and Kanan, who I don't really care for. (Quite frankly at this point the only explanation for Ezra's Hondo-related stupidity is that loves has blinded him.) I totally called the revel in "Inside Man", but I thought they'd leave it for the finale. But it was super well done! I loved everyone's reactions from Zeb's apologectic "I didn't kill him, so I guess we're friends?????" to Hera still not trusting Kallus to Chopper's enthusiasm. ALSO NEXT EPISODE WE GET MAUL YES


Lucifer: S02E10 & S02E11: Also a show with a reveal that was well done but came unexpectedly early. The show also keeps throygh expected characters into situation where they have to interact and it's great -- Dr Linda and Lucifer's mom? DAN and Lucifer's mom? Amenadiel and CHLOE's mom? Who also apparently knows Maze, I want to see that! I continue to really enjoy this stupid show and really look forward to the second half of the season.


The Librarians: S03E02 & S03E03: Also quite fun. I feel like this season is slightly too manichean in its views of Egyptian and Norse myths and/or that our interpretations don't quite match up. I prefer my Frost Giants not as evil but as amoral forces of nature -- but lol at Stone telling a roomful of Frost Giants his favourite natural disaster was global warming at their reactions. I'm going to headcanon that Anubis was under Apep's influence in the werewolf episode.


Legends of Tomorrow: S02E07: This was the final episode of some sort of crossover I didn't follow. I ship Sara/Kara now, idc that they're in different universe.


Class: S01E07 & S01E08: Episode 7 is made of tropes I love (people coming to care about each other despite differing interests! PEOPLE MEETING THEIR GODS AND RAGING AT THEM) so that was amazing. It's even a fucking roadtrip episode, in a way. My favourite of the eps this season. The season finale was also quite good, if heartbreaking. There's something almsot poetic in Charlie having to kill April to be able to use the cabinet when she was the one who made it so he didn't have to use it the last time. I thought the show would pull its punch with that and have Charlie's people show up again, but no. MATTEUSZ LIVES! I was so worried about him and Tanya but they both lived!


NOT CURRENTLY AIRING

Luke Cage: S1E010: I feel like I'm watching this more out of obligation that anything by now. I just DO NOT CARE about Diamondback. And there goes the obligatory CAin and Abel reference.

Miraculous Ladybug: S01E03 to S01E16: This show is super cute! And continues to give excellent Paris, despite how empty the streets are (animation budget!). I have vague amorphous thoughts about Paris and this show and this show in general, but for now suffice to say that what I ship most is not the two-pople love square but Alya/Ladybug.

Nirvana in Fire: E06: Have made no progress.
 
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CURRENTLY AIRING SHOWS

Star Wars Rebels
: S03E07: Eh. Teenagers, more teenagers, not enough Sabine and Sato and his nephew don't look related to me (but then I'm bad at faces). Thrawn and Sato's ~worthy adversary~ brief dialogue made me ship it.


Lucifer: S02E09: DR LINDA! Standing up to primordial forces of the universe for her patients <3. Chloe helping Lucifer kill Lux. Maze deliberately embarassing Amenadiel, aw. This show continues to be great fun.


The Librarians: S03E01: IT'S BACK! :D I was worried for a moment that they were going to make Seth the bad guy -- there was a close-up on a dog-headed god carving and I was ready to rant especially since it was Anubis -- but it was Apep, so all is forgiven! (Seth gets a bad rep.) I shoudl have trusted the show more -- after all, it's the show that named Lancelot as the son of Ban. Anyway, Antikythera mechanism!!! I loved Cassandra this episode and Eve and Jenkins and Ezekiel and the Stumpy shoutout, but Jake had my favourite line with "'Pure Evil'? As opposed to 'fake evil'?".


Legends of Tomorrow: S02E06: It's my favourite Western genre: timetravelling western! (Look, there's Back to the Future III, this episode and one other from this show at least, that's three examples, that makes it a genre.) I ended up shipping Sarah/Jonah, ngl -- if nobody writes that fic and calls it "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy", I will be very disappointed with fandom.


Class: S01E06: This was a really lovely bottle episode and in real time on top of that! Creepy concepr, really well executed. I loved getting a better view of the characters, including their darkest sides. Matteusz and his dodgy Narnia analogy, awwwwwwwwwww. Quite excited to see what Quill's been up to.


NOT CURRENTLY AIRING

Luke Cage: S1E09: STILL don't care about bloody Diamondback. Especially with his Bible obsession or whatever -- and yet nobody's made an Esau and Jacob reference or even a Cain and Abel one. I spend all the time he's on screen dreading one anyway.  Also, the music from the credits grates on me. I WOULD WATCH HOURS OF MAD SCIENTIST!CLAIRE, THOUGH.

Nirvana in Fire: E06: Have made no progress.

Miraculous Ladybug: S01E02: Have made no progress.

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OH HEY SO I'M FINALLY CAUGHT UP ON THE SHOWS I'M WATCHING


CURRENTLY AIRING SHOWS

Star Wars Rebels
: S03E06:

FINALLY A SABINE AND MANDALORE EPISODE I AM HERE FOR THIS

I appreciated getting the glimpses we got into Fenn Rau's captivity: play space!chess with Sabine and hahaha Kanan's "More like a cranky guest". I feel bad for Fenn Rau. He wanted to do what was right for his people.

Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo as Mandalorians!

So Sabine's mom is maybe working for the Empire?! WHAT

SABINE GOT A JETPACK! :D She's been wanting one for ages.

I'm hoping this episode means we'll get more Sabine content for the rest of the season.


Lucifer: S02E06, S02E07 and S02E08: Trixie accepting Maze's real face is my favourite scene, but it's very very closely followed by Maze and Dr Linda. "He's not dead, but trust me, he's going" places quite honourably -- I needed that, thank you, show.

CANNOT BELIEVE LUCIFER BROKE DR LINDA but thankfully she got over it.

I'm really enjoying Ella. Chloe and Maze roomates hijinks are amazing. Mum is up to no good, but frankly what I want most right now is for Azrael to show up about her knife.


Legends of Tomorrow: S02E03, S02E04 and S02E05: YES FINALLY WE ARE DONE WITH THE NAZIS

This show remains ridiculous, yet entertaining. I quite like Amara, but I'm meh on Nate, as far as new additions go. Still don't really care about Ray, either and the whole ~am I a hero without my suit~ thing isn't helping.

REALLY enjoying Sara as captain, though. I also continue to enjoy Jax and Stein -- especially totally rational fear of zombies. Poor dude.


Class: S01E03, S01E04 and S01E05: April continues to be my favourite -- I have A Thing for characters who tell the world "you will not break me and you will not take my kindness from me" -- but poor Tanya! I feel so bad for her! And the intro with her dad was really well done. Matteusz's "I don't like guns" is probably the hardest I've laughed at this show. Idk, something about the delivery really got to me.


NOT CURRENTLY AIRING


Luke Cage: S1E08: I feel like I should be more invested in this. It's entertaining, but I don't care about Diamondback and him being Luke's secret brother (?) so it makes the show lackluster for me. Less of that, more of Misty, Claire and Shades, please.

Nirvana in Fire: E06: Have made no progress.

Miraculous Ladybug: S01E02: Have made no progress.

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READING

What did you finish reading

2015

Sandman Overture by Neil Gaiman (scenario) and J. H. Williams III (art): Well, that is certainly a published comic book. I wanted to like this a lot more than I ended up actually liking it.

I didn't care for meeting the Endless' parents -- yeah, that's a thing now apparently. /does standard comics thing of "only canon that matters is canon I like"

The plot was pretty eh, overall, I have to say. Tbh, I always considered what happened immediately before Sandman to be best left unexplained, because any explanation was (a) not needed and (b) unlikely to live up. As it turns out, I was bright on both counts. I did like the call forward with "Hope", though.

The art is very pretty. Unfortunately, sometimes it's very pretty at the expanse of legibility.

So all in all, it's okay and made disappointing by the fact that I expected better.


Stuff I read and didn't talk about )


What are you reading now

Have made no progress on:
Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne
Paris fais nous peur: 100 lieux du crime, de l'étrange et de l'irrationnel, by Claudine Hourcadette et Marc Lemonier
Warhorses by Yusef Komunyakaa
La Controverse de Valladolid by Jean-Claude Carrière

I can never remember/make up my mind: do I talk about US comics as they come out in floppies here or not?


What are you reading next

To-read list )




WATCHING

Star Wars Rebels: S03E05:
THE LAST BATTLE OF THE CLONE WARS! Clone Trooper Captain Rex vs Super Tactical Droid Kalani, winner takes all.

SO I SHIP REX/KALANI NOW SORRY NOT SORRY the "old enemies who find common ground and respect each other" dynamic just hit me where I live, okay?

I am having ALL OF THE CLONE FEELINGS, seriously. Cody*! "Clone Order 66"! "A good soldier follows orders", Rex, noooooooooooooo!

I am so glad Rex didn't die. SO GLAD.

It may have been my monitor, or the lighting or whatever -- and I fully expect to be Jossed by the next episode -- but Sabine's hair looked blue and white to me in this ep and I'm going to headcanon it was because she dyed it that way to honour Rex (and if it's back to pink-ish newt ep, I may have to write fic about the fallout of Agamar, re: Rex).

* I cannot believe when the preview came out I thought "Oh hey they got Cody's voice actor back just for this scene, that's sweet". Self, Cody and Rex have THE SAME VOICE ACTOR.


Lucifer: S02E03, S02E04 and S02E05: I can't quite remember what happened when, so you get three for the price of one. I continue to enjoy this ridiculous show greatly. Character interactions are gold and I love how many of the characters are women (Dr Linda, Maze, Chloe, Ella, Mum, Trixie). Dr Linda was a phone sex operator, omg and then there was a bar fight. Lucifer and Dan geeking out over action movies were cute. I grow impatient about getting to see CHLOE AND MAZE ROOMATES HIJINKS. I'm kind of sad Uriel is gone already, for some reason I tend to like Uriel best in ~classic angelology~ and his power here was pretty cool. I do like that we got canon confirmation that angels can be female (Azrael/the angel of death is "she"). Faced with the lack of non-binary/ungendered angels, I'll take 'angels can be male or female, it's whatever'. Also, Tom Ellis does Righteous Fury really well.


Legends of Tomorrow: S2E02: Are we done with the Nazis yet? Like. Seriously. I know Timetravel To WW2 is a well-used trope, but are we done yet? One episode is pretty the price I agree to pay when I get into a timetravel show, twice is trying my patience. At least Sara leading the crew is now oofficial.


Class: S01E01 and S01E02: Well, that was unexpectedly violent. I thought this would be a kid's show! (I did not follow the promos at all.) And yet I was really charmed by all the characters, from super-smart Tanya to Ms Quill the freedom-fighter-turned-reluctant-teacher/bodyguard to April whose bravery comes from kindness.


Luke Cage: S1E07: No progress.


Nirvana in Fire: E06: Have made no progress.


Miraculous Ladybug: S01E02: This show gives REALLY GOOD PARIS, I have to say. To the point that, despite the fact that I was watching the English dib (my search for the Korean dub remains fruitless), I ended up thinking "Genre la meuf va au Troca pour trouver un pigeon. Genre!" ("Like the girl goes to the Trocadéro to find a pigeon. As if!") in French, which usually never happens -- I certainly didn't think in French while watching Legends of Tomorrow, even though it was nominally set in Paris this week. So ML gives great Paris, including aaaaaaaaaaaall the subtle social clues. Yikes. I think I went to school with some of those people. Adrien's social clues are unambiguous, but Marinette's are more confused. Then again, I'm only two episodes in.







DID YOU KNOW X-23 WAS GOING TO BE IN A MOVIE



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CURRENTLY WATCHING

Airing shows

Star Wars Rebels:
S3E03
: It has been AGES since we got an episode where Sabine got the starring role!
She looks really good with dark hair and the dark uniform and hahaha she beat up Governor Pryce. "My clan taught me better" yesssssssss
Have Kallus and Sabine ever interacted before? Kind of sad we didn't get to see her pass his message along to Zeb Garazeb Orrelios. (Kallus is the new Fulcrum, calling it now.)

S3E04: WHOA HERA DAMN. I want the main arc of the season to be Hera vs Thrawn high stakes space chess (and for the voice acting on Thrawn to sound a little less bored).
Did not expect to feel bad for Chopper -- but then he went back to blowing shit up.
My crackship sails on! They were both on screen at the time at least once this episode; that makes it not a crackship anymore. (It's Sabine/Numa, for the curious.)

[community profile] starwarsfruitbowl is doing weekly Rebels watching posts. (Or I am, rather.)


Lucifer: S2E02: This is a stupid show and I love it so much. I am always 100% there for people getting righteously angry about stuff and boy howdy does Lucifer have stuff to be angry about. I am also always there for fish out of water situation so everything dealing with Mum is gold. I have no idea what's going on with Amenadiel, but I don't like it. I continue to love Ella as a character -- she's a great foil to Lucifer. (I continue to ship Dr Linda and Maze.)


Legends of Tomorrow: S2E01: I did not expect this show to be back so soon! It was entertaining. I could have done without the new dude being, well, a dude, but alas.
This week they did the tried and true "Timetravel vs Nazis" episode. In an unlikely twist for the genre, the Nazis didn't win WW2 in that new timeline. I know I was suprised too. I appreciated that Stein was the most affected by this. Anyway, they win against the Nazis.
Also appreciated the physics nerding out and Mileva Marić getting her due credit.
Then they get scattered in time and space. I think that was supposed to be Arthurian times? Hey, non-Breton Arthurian folks, is it reasonable to assume something set in Tintagel 831 is meant to be Arthuriana?
It's cool that they haven't forgotten Sara's bisexual.
Okay, was I supposed to know who the speedster at the end was? And Justice Society of America!


Not currently airing shows


Luke Cage: S1E07: IN YOUR FACE COTTONMOUTH and that's all I have to say.

Nirvana in Fire: Have made no progress.

Miraculous Ladybug: Also no progress.


Fanvids


Toy Soldiers from Deirdre on Vimeo.


BOOM! CLONE FEELINGS.

I'm quite impressed the vidder managed to not jar me by switching between early Clone Wars, late Clone Wars (there's a definite shift in the animation about halfway through*) and even live action at one point.

* Late Clone Wars has my favourite animation of the Star Wars cartoons. It goes late Clone Wars > early Clone Wars > Rebels. Rebels is weirdly smoothed and streamlined, early Clone Wars is spiky. Late Clone Wars strikes a good balance. /CGI animation feelings
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Prince of Cats, art and story by Ronald Wimberly: It's a comic that's both a retelling of Romeo and Juliet (by me mate Billy Shakes) in 80s -- I want to say Harlem, but it's been too long, definitely a big US city though -- and a PoV shift to the titular Prince of Cats, Tybalt. It was okay. Unfortunately, I think I was missing about 80% of the cultural cues I should have been getting, so I didn't get as much from it as I could have. The setting and PoV shifts didn't really bring anything new and instead made it predictable, because it's, you know, Romeo and Juliet. Also, the art didn't grab me.


The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl v1, by Ryan North (story) and Erica Henderson (art): That is certainly a published comic book. My issue with Squirrel Girl is that it's quite good at Squirrel Girl (and assorted peeps) but quite bad at... everything else. And even when it's not bad, it falls into "so close and yet SO FAR" for me. I especially don't like that the non-Squirrel Girl/established Marvel characters are flattened into caricatures. The Doctor Doom arc could have been SO GREAT and instead it was... that. The art is nice, though.


Spider-Gwen v1, by Jason Latour (story) and Robbi Rodriguez (art): I enjoyed this greatly! The art's not really my thing, but I like Gwen A LOT (as long time readers of this blog will know, that's A Thing with me) and the reimagination of the Marvel characters in this new universe are really interesting. FELICIA, omg (and Matt Murder-dock is a hilarious pun).


List of stuff I still have to talk about:

A list )


I'm adding Infomocracy by Malka Older (via [personal profile] netgirl_y2k ) and Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan to my to-read list. But I'm not allowed to read the Riordan book until I've finished talking about the books I've already read (at least 2015), because this is ridiculous. And not until I've finished reading Le Déchronologue, because I need to finish reading it before yuletide sign-ups end and see if I still want to request it then.

To-read list )



CURRENTLY WATCHING

Airing shows:

Star Wars Rebels: I was meh on the season premiere, but last week's ep gave EXCELLENT MAUL. This week's upcoming ep promises to focus on Sabine, who is my FAVOURITE and so I am looking forward to it immensely.

Lucifer: Trixie continues to be adorable, Mazikeen continues to have chemistry with everyone, Dr Linda continues to take no shit, the new girl is pretty fun so far and so's Mom. On the other hand, AMENADIEL NO.


Completed shows

Luke Cage: On episode 6 (finished 5, haven't started 6). It's okay so far, but Claire just showed up so I hope it picks up! (Also, lol at them working in the Retro Power Man look. A++ would lol again)

Nirvana in Fire: Weirdly enough I am at the exact same place in this as in Luke Cage. To wit: finished 5, haven't started 6. Am greatly enjoying this, even if I am confused by ALL THE CHARACTERS. They change costumes and/or surroundings a lot and I'm mildly faceblind, so it's not great. I can tell maybe five people apart for sure and have about three names to go around. On the other hand: Lady General/Lady Spy! I am here for this.

Miraculous Ladybug: It's cute. Superheroes in Paris! Not an all white cast, yes THANK YOU. (I cannot fucking stand Hollywood Paris -- it doesn't look like the Paris I know at all.) Have seen one episode so far. It was the English dub, I wanted the Korean one.

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I have spent a not insignificant amount of time searching through the online database of recipients of the Légion d'honneur. There's an alphabetical by last name list and a search function. (Fyi, I did find the person I had originally gone looking for.)

In case anyone wants to see if they have any ancestors/namesakes who got the Légion d'honneur.

Even though the people in the database are only those deceased before 1977, it does have everyone awarded from 1802 on and it's possible to get more recent records if you have a specific query.

It's super interesting! The oldest person I saw in the database was born in 1768. 1768! And sometimes when you input an uncommon last name they are all from within 50km of each other -- birth places are listed -- it's pretty hilarious.

The Légion d'honneur (Legion of honour) is the highest French honour for military and civil merits. It's got five levels of distinction, the lowest being Chevalier (Knight) and the highest Grand Croix (Grand Cross). Most of the recipients are French, some are not; some are famous, most are not. All are listed in the database (supposedly, I haven't checked individually).

Simone Veil is Grand Cross and I mention her because she's a badass. She's the main driving force being the legalisation of abortion in France, a survivor of Auschwitz and a member of the Académie Française*.


* When you get elected to the Académie Française (French Adacemy), you get given a sword and called an Immortal. THAT IS SOME HIGHLANDER SHIT RIGHT HERE.


READING

Finished reading

Books read )


Lucifer v1 (Vertigo comic) by Mike Carey (writing) and Peter Gross, Dean Ormston and various (artists) (1999 - 2006): This is not to be confused with the current Lucifer ongoing (writing by Holly Black, art by Lee Garbett).

I reread this recently because after the TV show was announced I decided to offer this for yuletide and I got matched on it. (The fic I ended up writing was The Devil's Party, ~3k of post canon gen.) Issue 1 of the new run came out Dec 16 2015 so I was afraid I might be Jossed at the last minute by a canon formerly closed for almost ten years, but I wasn't, entirely -- in fact, I may have gotten some stuff right.

All text, no pictures )

Anyway, A++ would totally reccomend.


Still reading

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

Partial list of comics I am following, which I will add to as I remember them:
Lucifer
Scarlet Witch
The Wicked + the Divine (sort of. When I remember it exists)


Reading next

Adding: The Library at Mount Char - Scott Hawkins (via [personal profile] netgirl_y2k), The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (via [personal profile] isis ) and Anna Cowan's Untamed (via [personal profile] skygiants ).

To read list )


TV I'm watching tomorrow, probably.

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I spent a lot of time this past week dealing with [community profile] nightonficmountain related stuff. There were several issues, some of which I was responsible for, some of which I was not. At one point I was both "comes back with pizza to find everything on fire" and "mod laughing alone with salad" making me "mod with salad on fire" -- this metaphor got away from me. Anyway, [personal profile] morbane is amazing and a lifesaver. You're the best, Morbane.


READING

Finished reading

Continuing me making my way down the list of stuff I read in 2015. (I know. Shut up.)

Books read )

Chats d'oeuvre, by Susan Herbert (read in 2015): It's a book redoing classic works of art and movie posters with cats as the stars. It's cute, but that's it.


Still reading

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne

Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger: One more chapter. Everything still batshit and amazing. Villon (our narrator) experiences first hand the effect of time canons and some of his crew get really fucking creepy after catching a case of the oraculars -- I'm being glib, there's no such thing as the oracular, but that one guy does say something to the effect of "the Oracle of Deplhi saw the paths of the future, I walk its crossroads" and given this book it could be totally literal!


Partial list of comics I am following, which I will add to as I remember them:
Lucifer
Scarlet Witch
The Wicked + the Divine (sort of. When I remember it exists)


AND fannishly I am reading the fancomic Star Wars Destinies and it is very good!


Reading next

idk.

To read list )


WATCHING

This is as far along in these shows that I have watched. I would love to talk about any of these. No spoilers for currently airing shows, please, but I don't care about shows that are complete.

I'm going to try and move this to another post at some point (Telly Tuesday?).

Jessica Jones (s1e2 00:00)
Supergirl (s1e3 00:00)
Agent Carter (s2e3)
Lucifer (s1e13 00:00)
Legends of Tomorrow (s1e12 00:00)
Clone Wars (s3e16 00:00)
Underground (s1e7 00:00)
Shannara (s1e6 00:00)
Daredevil (s2e1 00:00)


Lucifer: OMG WHAT WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT WHAT I thought this would be the last episode, but there's one more. (13 episodes, it's pretty fitting.) I am both excited and apprehensive. Please everyone be okay.

Also, I love the friendship between Chloe and Lucifer -- even though she doesn't believe he's THE Lucifer, she does believes he believes it, so when it matters she'll play along. Also also OMG MAZE IS AMAZING OMG. Some brilliant acting from all three of the supernatural trio and I really enjoyed that fight scene.

Also also also, I love that the show sticks to its guns with regards to Lucifer only ever wanting "to be [his] own man" and with regards to the philosophy of Lucifer is a giant dork, humans are the real evil.


Legends of Tomorrow: I loved this episode. It had all the Western tropes I love. It reminded me of the third Back to the Future movie, but in a good way. KENDRA AND SARA ON A ROADTRIP I loved it and mostly got two things out of that scene: aw, past!Carter was called Hannibal (this show knows me too well) and the obvious loophole to "loving non!Carter dudes doesn't work" is LOVE A LADY Sara is right there (also, I wouldn't exactly call whatever happens when you love Carter working, old!Kendra) I really loved Captain Cold this epsiode, but then I always love Captain Cold. I am forever entertained by Wentworth Miller on this show and this episode's black ensemble looked really good on him. And I like that he got to bond with Stein. The Jonah Hex/Rip Hunter vibes were massive. All this said, I would have liked slightly less Ray and slightly more Jax.


Underground: I feel like every week I praise the twists on this show, but guys IT HAS THE BEST TWISTS but they are so good and I don't wanna spoil them but I wanna talk about them but... also I am now shipping all combinations of Rosalee/Noah/Cato, idc.


Clone Wars: I don't even know what is going on with this fucking show anymore.



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Entirely on purpose this time.

READING

Finished reading

I'm going to slowly make my way through this list, one book at a time. See if I don't!

Books read )
D'un monde à l'autre (La Quête d'Ewilan, tome 1) by Pierre Bottero (read in 2015): The last time I tried re-reading a book I loved from my childhood, it was the Livre des Etoiles series and it didn't go so well.

So I was kind of apprehensive with rereading the La Quête d'Ewilan trilogy, but there was no need! THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING.

The book follows Camille and her best friend Salim, teenagers from a small French town. Camille semi-accidentally discovers that she has magical powers and is in fact the titular Ewilan. In an interesting twist on the "normal teenage girl discovers she's from another world" trope, she is not the heir to a throne (or two, like Tara Duncan is -- kind of what that crossover now, ngl). She's the child of two very powerful magic users who sacrificed themwelves to save the kingdom from the Ts'liches.

The Ts'liches are the main antagonists of this trilogy. They are a cross between a giant lizard and a giant praying mantis, they're two meters tall at least and they are fucking terrifying. I love them, they're amazing fantasy villains.

One thing I didn't notice when reading these books the first time was how racially mixed Gwendalavir is. The first three people met in Gwendalavir are Bjorn (blond), the next one is described by Salim as "as dark as he was" (Salim has Cameroonian origins, fyi) and Edwin who I imagine as looking like Alexander Siddig because that's exactly what he's described as looking as.

Also, Ellana appears in this book and I love Ellana a lot! I especially love that while Ellana ends up falling in love with Edwin and taking Salim on as her apprentice (she's a Marchombre, a rogue/thief type of thing), the friendship between her and Ewilan is given a lot of narrative weight.

The plot of this book involves Ewilan going on a very dangerous quest to the Beaux-Arts of Paris to find her older brother, so he can fight in the war against the Ts'liches in her stead. Normally I would be angry to have a girl hero be replaced by a boy hero, but here it's framed pretty explicitly as the adults going "EWILAN YOU ARE A CHILD your brother is an adult. We're not involving children in this war if we can avoid it" which is an entirely reasonable stance for responsible adults to take.

As it turns out, Ewilan's brother (a) has not inherited his parents' power, (b) wants nothing to do with this war, holy shit are you people bonkers and (c) actually enjoys life on Earth, by contrast with Camille and Salim who have no reason to stay, as they are friendless and neglected by their families -- part of the reason they go looking for Matthieu is even that they think they can leverage that into being able to stay in Gwendalavir.

In light of (a), (b) and (c), the adults reluctantly agree to let Ewilan help with the war effort. She is both The Ultimate Magic User (their magic is called Drawing -- "le Dessin" -- and I really like how it works) and one of very few people who can not only teleport, but teleport between worlds, but she is also only thirteen and they really were hoping they wouldn't have to involve a child in this war.

I need to read the other books already. There's another two in this trilogy, another trilogy and then the Ellana-focused trilogy.


Still reading

Contes et récits de l'histoire de Carthage by Jean Defrasne

Le Déchronologue by Stéphane Beauverger: I read a whole chapter of this this week and omg this book is batshit in THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY.

I had to flip back to the first chapter to remind myself who a specific character was and in the process remembered that I am shipping Henri Villon/Yves Brieuc pretty hard and also, wow, I love all the research that went into writing this book. The siege of La Rochelle! Motherfucking Richelieu's siege of La Rochelle (yes, the one from the painting)! Villon was there and he is so sketchy about the whole thing.

I want to do a chronological reread at some point. The book is in non-linear order.

Things that happened this chapter: someone was talking about "gaudy, mismatched furniture [from the future]" and so I am choosing to believe that tense scene happened in a room entirely furnished with cheap IKEA knock-offs, Villon arrived in Tortuga while blaring some (iirc country) music through speakers on his boat as you do and Villon and Le Vasseur's conversation basically boiled down to "I'm not threatening you, I'm just saying I know how you die AND YOU DON'T neerneerneer".

I just really love all the clever things it's doing with the concept of "Pirates of the Carabbeian + time travel".


Partial list of comics I am following, which I will add to as I remember them:
Lucifer
Scarlet Witch
The Wicked + the Divine (sort of. When I remember it exists)


Reading next

Changes: I have decided I would read City of Blades and I've added Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds via a rec from [personal profile] yhlee . I have also decided that I wouldn't read two books by men in a row (comics somewhat excluded from this, because tracking down authorship of comics is a hassle).

To read list )



WATCHING

This is as far along in these shows that I have watched. I would love to talk about any of these. No spoilers for currently airing shows, please, but I don't care about shows that are complete.

Jessica Jones (s1e2 00:00)
Supergirl (s1e3 00:00)
Agent Carter (s2e3)
Lucifer (s1e11 23:00)
Legends of Tomorrow (s1e11 00:00)
Clone Wars (s3e11 00:00)
Underground (s1e6 00:00)
Shannara (s1e6 00:00)
Daredevil (s2e1 00:00)

Lucifer: MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZE! I am fascinated by every single interaction she has with everyone, be that Dr Linda (I ship it), Chloe, Lucifer, Amenadiel or Trixie.

Legends of Tomorrow: I am really enjoying this team of losers. That's right, you have superpowers! Good on you for remembering this time.

Clone Wars: I keep boggling at how bad at politics Anakin is, seriously. He's a very all-or-nothing kind of guy and as Aaron Burr would say politics is "the art of the compromise / Hold your nose and close your eyes". (I have a file of Clone Wars notes, lmao.) Ahsoka's new duds are cool.

Underground: THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD. Seriously, it has the best twists.


OTHER STUFF (Reading related)

I seem to be mostly in a "fanfic" phase, reading wise. If I were to post about the fics I was reading, would anyone be interested?

Also, I occasionally find interesting stuff on the internet, I probably should toss them in these.

dhampyresa: (This is my life)
I got so caught up in stuff (for my own ref: five! HAHAHA FIVE!), including [community profile] nightonficmountain noms approval that I forgot it was Wednesday. My bad.

Books what I read )

Still reading

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


I managed to read one chapter of Le Déchronologue. This story is batshit in the best possible way. SERIOUSLY. It is so good. SO GOOD.

I have also caught up on the Lucifer v2 comic run and I am enjoying it so far. I'll wait until the end of this arc to talk about it, though.

Speaking of the devil, I am officially all caught up with Lucifer (so episode 9, as I write this). Way back when the trailer came out, I said I was "cautiously interested". I've grown ever more fond of this show as it went on, in a cheesy, dorky, surprisingly enjoyable given everything, but not terribly challenging sort of way -- which, tbh, is exactly what I want in my visual entertainment right now.

Then the ending to episode 9 hit me like a ton of bricks. Specifically, the first minute or so of this vid:


Look at him. Look at how angry he is.

It's always been my favourite interpretation of the Lucifer myth when it's not about power alone, but about free will. When it's not so much about reigning in Hell as it is about not serving in Heaven. About being free.

I never thought the show would get anywhere close to this sort of metaphysical interrogation, because it seemed so far content to be Lucifer learns to human (guest-starring supernatural shenanigans). It hasn't been afraid to shake its own status quo (see the endings of the last two episodes), but it hasn't gone into anything like this before.

It's a really pleasant surprising that it's gone there. I am always here for Predestination vs Free Will.

I am, always and forever, Team Free Will. And if that makes me of the Devil's party?

Then hell yes I'm gonna party.


(I have can watch about 30mns of TV a day, currently. I'm keeping up with Lucifer, Legends of Tomorrow and Underground, currently, while filling the rest of the time with Clone Wars. Actually, let me show you wtach my "have watched up to this point" list is: jessica jones (s1e2 00:00), supergirl (s1e3 00:00), agent carter (s2e3), lucifer (s1e10 00:00), legends of tomorrow (s1e9 00:00), clone wars (s2e13), underground (s1e2 00:00), shannara (s1e6 00:00), daredevil (s2e1 00:00), ds9 (can't remember where I stopped), orphan black (ditto). Idk that I will finish watching all of these, but so far I still want to watch more.)


dhampyresa: (Gwen Stacy)
Like I said previously, I wrote 8 fics for yuletide: 1 assignments, 6 full-length treats and 1 madness treat (presented here more or less in the order in which I wrote them). Now you get to hear me talk about them and be a giant nerd. At length.


The Devil's Party (2987 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lucifer (Comic)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Lucifer Morningstar, Elaine Belloc, Mazikeen, Beatrice (Lucifer), Rachel Begai, Lady Lys, Duma Angel of Silence
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Summary: Lucifer returns from the Void in Hell. Lucifer returns from the Void in LA. Both these things are true.
Assignment )


Lion Champion (1376 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Nancy Whitehead, Doreen Green, Tomas Lara-Perez, Ken Shiga
Summary: Nancy's life takes a turn for the unexpected.
Treat )


Hunter's Moon (1293 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Gwen Variants (Marvel Comics Covers)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Gwenverine/Laura Kinney
Characters: Gwen Stacy | Gwenverine, Gwen Stacy | Gwoot, Laura Kinney
Additional Tags: Post-Apocalypse
Summary: Gwen's day gets weird.
Treat )
All's Fair (1006 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hellenistic Religion & Lore
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Ἄρης | Ares (Hellenistic Religion & Lore), Αθήνα | Athena (Hellenistic Religion & Lore)
Summary: Ares and his sister have a complicated relationship.
Treat )


Ogygia (1570 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Scipio Africanus/Hannibal Barca
Characters: Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus
Additional Tags: What-If
Summary: Hannibal was captured after Zama.
Treat )


Zero Sum Game (1357 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fantastic Four (Comicverse), Marvel Secret Wars Battleworlds
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Victor von Doom, Reed Richards, Valeria Richards, Franklin Richards
Additional Tags: Secret Wars
Summary: It's not the Sheriff who finds the ship, it's the Foundation.
Treat )


Lies told by firelight (1533 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Loki: Agent of Asgard
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Loki (Agent of Asgard), Verity Willis
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Summary: As it turned out, what Loki had meant when he'd said "I need a break. So... Let's skip ahead a bit" was "Let's do yuletide".
As it turned out, what "Let's do yuletide" meant was "Let's spend the end of the world telling stories about stories".
Treat ) totally guessed it was me based on those).

Because I wrote this fic ON THE PLANE. I did everything on that bloody flight, from canon review (canons I could have reviewed from my hard-drive: Agent of Asgard, Spider-Gwen, Mulan) to brainstorming to writing to editing to... Yeah. Everything but post the thing.

You wouldn't know this from the posting date though, because it's dated as one day BEFORE my flight, for reasons of it being a meta joke for it to be posted on the solstice (makes sense if you read the fic). I don't think anyone caught it, but I am ridiculously proud that I thought of this meta reference so now you get to hear about my brilliance.

Loki's feelings about yuletide that prompt Verity's "Wow. You're actually a gigantic sap." are totally my feelings about Yueltide and fic exchanges in general. Whatever, I'm a sap, I own it.

I really like " "I'm the Skald," Loki said. "The mythmaker at the end of everything. The narrator of sinners and sorcerers. The deceiver. The storyteller." " as a line, but my favourite is "There was something ugly in the way Loki said that last word, something twisted and sharp like barbed wire.". I'm quite fond of "a campfire vigil for the internet age" as a phrase.

(Doom actually is signed up for yuletide, but he's changed accounts to one Loki doesn't know about. It's cool, Loki is going to write his old account a fic anyway.)

(Loki is female through most of the fic because of how hot my recip said she was as Goddess of Stories and yeah, I can only agree.)

Yeah, I think this fic turned out really well, given the givens.


God Games (512 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ambition (ESA Short film)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: The Apprentice (Ambition short film), The Master (Ambition short film)
Summary: This is how the world is made.
Madness )

dhampyresa: (SCIENCE SMASH)
 First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR y'all! I hope 2014 is awesome for you.

I got two fics for yuletide: Transverse orientation by perryvic and/or Zaganthi (I honestly have no idea what's up with the authorship of this fic) in the Lucifer (comics) fandom, a reunion fic between Elaine and Lucifer that is pretty great and a treat, The Horsewoman's Tale by skazka ([livejournal.com profile] samgrass ) in the Demon Knights fandom, a fic where Horsewoman and Ystin (+ Al Jabr) tag along with the pilgrims from Canterbury Tales while looking for a weird saint relic. You should all read it, even if you know nothing about Canterbury Tales, because I didn't, but it was utterly awesome anyway.


I wrote 6 fics, in 6 fandoms. I'll do reveals in alphabetical order of fic title since that (coincidentally) puts my main assignment first.

Fandoms are: Norse mythology/Sundown: Whispers of Raganrok, Batgirl v2, Ancient History RPF, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and Demon Knights )

In total, I wrote 13 701 words of fic and almost 2k on those very same fics. (I tend to overthink things and could write many more words on these fics (up to and including full-on DVD commentary), like for all my fics, but I've already bored you enough as it is. Unless you'd like to ask me to.)
dhampyresa: (Epic shit happening on the internet)
Dear Yuletide Writer, thank you! I genuinely love all of these fandoms and would love absolutely anything you write in any of them. Seriously, I mean it. If that's all you wanted to know, fell free to stop reading right now. If, however, you'd like a better idea of my general likes and dislikes and specific prompts for specific fandoms, read on.

My previous letters are here and my ao3 account is here.

General Information )

HERE BE SPOILERS! I'm assuming you're at least as far along as I am in all of these fandoms. Let me know if that's not the case.

Demon Knights )

Fantômette )

Locke & &Key )


Lucifer (Comic) )


Tara Duncan )

Ultimate Spider-Man )


I kind of run out of steam in places there, sorry about that! But I legit love all of these, so have as much fun as you can writing, I know I'm going to love reading it ♥.

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