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fics! fics! fics! [Dec. 2nd, 2015|07:42 pm]
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I fell into the black hole of Sherlock fanfics. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve read any fics in this fandom, so it’s been lovely finding deliciously awesome fics.

Best one of the lot has to be The Fallen series by Engaged. So far it has two long fics, Ten Days and The Slash Man. Ten Days is a post-Reichenbach story in which John is kidnapped several years after Sherlock’s death, and bad things happen to him. A really exciting suspense/thriller of people trying to find him is intercut with awful scenes with John and the bad guys. It’s taut and utterly gripping. The Slash Man is the aftermath, which has angst, tenderness, and the most beautiful depiction of a deep platonic love I've ever read. The suspense/thriller aspect is fully functioning and super exciting (with nursery rhymes thrown in!), the story is even more complex than in the first one. The author is writing the third story, which I am so looking forward to.

Also been enjoying AUs:

Left by lifeonmars, S/J, in a world where almost everyone has a Knack, being left-handed is an obvious sign that you don’t.

Empathy by Blind_Author, S/J, John is an empath and it kinda sucks. Post-Reichenbach, so angst is included.

The Lazarus Machine by Kelouisa, S/J, Regency arranged marriage AU. John marries Sherlock because his family needs the money, Sherlock marries John because Mycroft promises him freedom if he does. The class relations, forensics, policing, and medicine are out of place in Regency England, but whatever. The way John and Sherlock gets closer is too wonderful. Pity it’s a WIP that hasn’t been updated in a while.

Blind Series by inspiration_assaulted, S/J modern day arranged marriage AU, John marries Sherlock so that Mycroft can arrange for him to stay in the Army and Sherlock marries John so that he can get access to his trust fund. It’s a long distance thing at first since John is deployed. They are OOC and younger than they should be (how long does it take to be a full doctor in the UK? John is awfully young at 25 to be a full doctor…), but the fic is just so damn romantic! The first time they meet is...cinematic. I wonder what the BGM for that scene would be?

This one is Captain America/Marvel Universe (I got sucked into reading new fanfic after hearing that the new Civil War trailer came out), but another arranged marriage fic I fell in love with: just say you do by biblionerdo7, modern day AU with pre-serum artist Steve/former POW PTSD Bucky in a marriage of convenience. Bucky is screwed up, Steve is weak in body but strong in spirit, and there is lovely, lovely falling in love after the fact.

I love you like rob by tolieawake is a silly Steve/Bucky fic, but….so….so….sweet. Toothachingly so. But it made me smile.

I need to document more fics, but I want to get back to reading. XD;

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various and sundry [Dec. 1st, 2015|06:12 pm]
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The more I hear about the literary novel A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, the more it sounds like beautifully written fanfic. It’s about four friends, but it centers upon one of them who has a dark past. I read the wikipedia entry for more plot details, and it's just…so….over-the-top. “spoilerish?”Collapse ) I might flip through the book at the bookstore one of these days just to see how the writing is. I’ve heard the author in interviews and she is a very pleasant interviewee. I was pleased that everyone I’ve heard say her name basically didn’t mangle it.

Read an article, Evangelion, Depression and Why Hideaki Anno is the Lars von Trier of Anime, that is exactly about what the title says. I'm assuming I will be disappointed (possibly enraged) by the last movie, whenever it comes out.

I’m sick and tired of hearing commercials for the sci-fi podcast The Message in the podcasts I listen to. When I came across the article Fiction Podcasts Are Trying Too Hard to Be Like Serial, I realized why. I heard the first episode of Serial way back when (before it got huge) and did not like the format. So The Message was designed to turn people like me off. XD

I particularly enjoyed the November 27 episode of the Empire Film Podcast because the hosts geek out on the Captain America: Civil War trailer and there's just a lot of hilarious inneundo re: Steve and Bucky.

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it's movember! does anyone actually do NaNoWriMo nowadays? [Nov. 4th, 2015|08:24 pm]
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New Ameiro Paradox by Netsuke Isaku is out!!! My copy is in the mail and *knocks on wood* should arrive in a week or so. Along with the new Ten Count manga by Sakurai Rihito. I was disappointed by Ten Count volume 3 because it felt gratuitously smutty without enough of the psychological stuff I really enjoyed in the first two volumes, but I’m hoping volume 4 will be good.

Had a laugh listening to an episode of the Guardian Books Podcast because the music editor read Morissey’s new fiction book and it was awful. He called it the worst book he’s ever read. The sex scene he excerpts is….I don’t know if there’s a word for it, the entire scene is really rather repulsive, with an erect cock called a “bulbous salutation.” If you’re wondering, yes, Morissey is the singer Morissey.

So Kekkai Sensen actually ended. It was an okay ending, but I think they should’ve tightened it up to a normal episode length and aired it back with the rest of the episodes. I think it lost a lot by having such a long gap, and I thought it was flabby enough that they could’ve cut stuff out. But at least it didn’t suck. :P

Read some fanfic for the series, though sadly there doesn’t seem to be much. Am gravitating towards Klaus/Leo even though I don’t believe in the pairing at all. I think it’s because I stumbled upon an author, nekokoban, who writes very lovely stories with that pairing.

meminerunt omnia amantes is a longer fic in which Klaus is hit with a curse and there is a bit of angst. The author recently followed up with To Those With Love, which is set after the first fic and has Leo meeting Klaus’s family. Who are charming, if overwhelming. I hope there’s more in this universe. In an unrelated story, Climb Every Mountain, Leo wants to get it on with Klaus and is frustrated. It’s really adorable. Leo’s attempts to get advice and the unwanted advice he does get are just awesome.

Also got into Wincest. I figured I’d dive in one of these days, just hadn’t gotten around to it. Lots of crap, of course. What is killing me is all the alpha/omega fics. They are everywhere in all fandoms, so you hit them constantly. I’ve read a bunch, a handful were actually good* (or at least decent), but a lot of it was just too….icky? I hate the biological determinism and don’t see the point. The Wincest ones I do like tend to be set when they are younger, back when they are with their dad (who, according to fandom, was a terrible father. Is this canon?). So much teenage angst! So much incest angst! With demons, etc. thrown in! Lovely, lovely stuff.

So far my favorite (though a WIP) is Brothers by Sera_Necto23. It’s really fucked up and I assume the characters are nothing like canon, but the author really puts together a world and a dynamic that just works. Also, very dirty. And angsty.

*One “good” alpha/omega fic I came across is a Free! Sousuke/Haru one called Boundary Waters. It’s one where the alpha/omega dynamic comes about from some kind of attack in a war or something. Haru’s rage at the crappiness of a world gone bad and he having drawn the short straw is very well portrayed.

Another Free! Sousuke/Haru fic I thought was very well done was another AU, Artist, Imitate Thyself by orphan_account. Haru is an art student who likes sex very much. He hooks up with Sousuke and continues on as AWB (acquaintances with benefits). It gets serious and quite a bit angsty.

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bah, humbug [Jul. 29th, 2015|09:06 pm]
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I really dislike Facebook. I've gotten like 20 friend requests in the last couple of days by totally random people from other countries. WTF? I actually logged into Facebook to ignore all the requests. Looked through the feed to see what people posted...though most things looked like it was stuff people liked? I just don't see the point of it.

I was amused by one of those ecards in my feed: "YOLO-Becuase Stupid people don't know what Carpe Diem means." I don't agree with the sentiment, but I LOL'd.

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bah! [Jul. 27th, 2015|03:57 pm]
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I listened to a segment on Fresh Air called From Upspeak To Vocal Fry: Are We 'Policing' Young Women's Voices? that featured a journalist, a linguist, and a speech pathologist. It was interesting and also very frustrating. I don't know of any statistics specifically on the phenomenon, but every time I hear about issues on vocal fry and/or upspeak, it's always in relation to women. I remember This American Life's segment on it, and I just learned of 99% Invisible's auto-response to complains about women's voices in the Fresh Air segment (screenshot of text here). Apparently it's never about how men speak, it's always about how women speak. The comments to the Fresh Air interview just pissed me off. They talk about how these verbal tics irritate them in both men AND women. Soo....how come these radio programs/podcasts never seem to get any complaints about the men? I mean, if the men doing these things are just as irritating, shouldn't there be complaints about them as well? In particular, Ira Glass points out that he does it and has never gotten a complaint about it. The speech pathologist didn't give any ground either (of course, she was all set to defend her stance, being the "enemy" and all). The linguist cited some data to back her up, but the speech pathologist had anecdotes and...her personal opinion that it was "irritating." Really? Is that all you got? 

I find certain voices annoying, but I know it's me and I choose not to listen to them or I get over it. I don't send insulting emails complaining about them. 

Belatedly discovered Vance Joy's hit from last year, "Riptide." Being me, I looked for covers and found some good ones.

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shigatsu wa kimi no uso [Jul. 19th, 2015|05:48 pm]
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I was itching to watch something so I finally bothered to watch the rest of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

I’m glad I put off watching the rest because I could watch the stuff with Tsubaki without wanting to hurl something at the screen. My hate for her has calmed down, now I just want her to not be on the screen. :P

The melodrama was…a bit much. The best parts were naturally the parts to do with the music, especially the performances. Lovely, lovely bits, and seeing Kousei grow was great. Wish the rest of it was toned down and more was devoted to everything to do with music. Ah well. Overall, I enjoyed the series once the abuse of the beginning went away.

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why is summer so hot??? [Jul. 18th, 2015|07:20 pm]
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Can I say that this delay of the last episode of Kekkai Sensen is utterly ridiculous? I’m not so invested in the series that I care a lot, but it’s so irritating because it's just one more episode! Unless the ending is spectacular, I can’t imagine people being super happy about this. :P

I got my orders of books. The sequels were good, the new books were meh. So Mad Cindarella by Yamamoto Kotesuko was the end??? I loved it (as I loved this entire series), but I’m so sad not to see any more of the crazy interactions of unrealistic rich people. I especially loved Takahiro barging into a meeting and declaring his awesomeness (with Yuuta commenting that he’s saying “Fucking” a lot…). I like how adorable Yuuta and Saku are, how balanced a couple they make and how even the sex makes sense (and that they actually had sex way before the end of the series! Being cock-blocked to the nth degree is so prevalent in BL and such a cop-out).

Also enjoyed Junjou 19, though the resolution was…swift? I don’t know, I thought it’d take longer? I liked it, but I was surprised. Also, anime! I am not a fan of Mizuki (these kinds of characters just need to be put down), but any Junjou anime is good in my book.

New installment of Yoshihara Rieko’s Nijuu Rasen series was good. For a while there she was dragging in all of her books and it felt like she was phoning it in, but the new volumes in this series and the Kusare-en no Housoku series I feel like she’s actually doing plot and stuff. I missed Naoto’s classmates (they don’t appear at all!) but I like a lot of the developments in this volume. I was wondering how they’d resolve the whole thing with the dad….I like it! I wish the damaged little sister also was resolved in the same way, but I’m hoping she doesn’t take up too much space in future volumes. I just don’t care about her.

I think the thing that made me happiest was the sequel to Takao Riichi’s oni story I mentioned before in this post. I was hoping for a sequel, and got a real sequel! I was so disappointed that the werewolf one by her I also loved didn’t get a true sequel but only a spin-off, so I was happy to see more of the characters I care about. It sounds like there might be more volumes, too! Love love love this one.

I’m really disappointed in this season’s anime line-up. That shimoneta one in particular. I am repulsed by any anime with characters who wear panties as a mask. Ugh ugh ugh. I might try the snow white one and/or ushio to tora since they look decent. I know Ushio to Tora is old-school shonen, and it sounds like it’s been done right. And I still have Baby Steps to love (even though I'm not looking forward to this upcoming match...).
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Already July? [Jul. 7th, 2015|07:07 pm]
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I haven't been on LJ in forever. I only logged on lately to look at the pics of the new Viewfinder manga that haven't been compiled in a book yet. For some reason I've been rereading the published manga as well as fanfics. Apparently a new volume will be coming out later this year, so I look forward to actually reading the newer chapters. I really don't understand why I like this manga...Asami just doesn't make any sense to me, so I can't connect with him. I know he's a fantasy, but I feel like the artist is trying to make him less that and more...real? Not sure if it's working.

I'm currently waiting for two book orders that are on their way to me. Junjou 19, a sequel to a book I really loved, some random bits and bobs. I am also so looking forward to the third season of the Junjou anime that should be airing in Japan today! XD

I've also fallen head over heels for a tennis anime called Baby Steps. It's a sports manga with (mostly?) realistic play and athletic ability. People aren't doing magic tennis in this one. XD The main character is a super nice guy who works crazy hard, and his opponents are basically nice as well. The romance is sweet and not overly contrived. It's so refreshing! The second season is airing now and I am so impatient for each episode. I seriously considered buying all the manga out now (34 volumes?) but I don't want to spoil the manga by reading ahead. I'll wait for this season to end before I buy the manga and devour it all.

I'm also watching Kekkai Sensen, which is uber stylish (the opening, by Bump of Chicken, is SO AWESOME) but I don't connect with anyone so it feels very empty. It also hasn't had any new episodes recently so I'm wondering what's happening with it...

Also watching the Arlsan Senki anime, though I'm a couple of weeks behind on that one. I watched the old OVAs and miss the old art. I liked connecting back up with the characters, though! Arakawa didn't change them too much, so they felt familiar.

I only got through half of Shigatsu wa kimi no uso. I plan on finishing it, but I got the feeling that the best friend, whom I dislike a lot, will be very prominent in the second half so kept holding off. One of these days I'll marathon the rest...
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fanfics for the win [Jan. 17th, 2015|04:27 pm]
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I was in a Japanese grocery store and was caught up by the music they were playing. Really old j-pop, apparently all from anime. One of the ones they were playing was My Will by Dream, the first Inuyasha ending song. I did a search by the lyrics of the chorus and “anime ending” and hit the jackpot. Man, what a nice song! I gotta remember it next time I go to karaoke.

Aaah, I love FF7 WIPs to get sucked into: Off the Line by seam is an AU in which Cloud the trooper is given a VR machine to help with insomnia and starts playing the popular MMORG Terra Online. He ends up making a splash. Hard to explain, but it’s 38 chapters and going strong, and I really want to know what happens soon.

Speaking of FF7 WIPs…Green Dreams by I-Mushi is being updated! It got updated I think once last year, and another chapter just went up the other day!

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what i'm watching [Jan. 11th, 2015|05:37 pm]
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I saw the new episode of Shigatsu wa kimi no uso and kinda wished I didn’t. I already want to watch the next episode! I still don’t like Kaori’s interactions with Kousei because I just am put off by her so much, but I am looking forward to what comes next. So exciting!!

I also skimmed through the new episode of Aldnoah Zero after reading some posts on it. I love the “fuck Slain” meme! That kid is so irritating, I don’t think I can ever watch the show in a normal way. I always have to fast forward when he’s on screen, so the ending of the previous episode made me want to scream. I still wish he’d just die (in an appropriately horrible manner), but it’s a nice feeling to know that many people feel the same as me. As always, the music in this show is great.

The new episode of Kuroko no Basket felt really choppy to me. Even the commercial breaks are choppy and odd. Also, high school Haizaki looked so unlike middle school Haizaki it made me very sad. He’s become very unattractive. The Seirin team interview was pretty fun, though. Especially Kagami and Aomine all recognizing their rivalry with each other.

I’ve also started rewatching the live action version of Adachi Mitsuru’s H2. Ahh, I like this show. While I think some of the comedy does not work in live action (or at least the way Japanese programs like to do “comedy”) I do like the actors who play Hiro and Noda. They are such a great combo. On the other hand, I’d forgotten how much of a turn off Hikari is. I don’t know why, but she rubs me the wrong way. I’m wondering if it’s the actress. I haven’t read the manga in so long (lent it to a friend years ago…) so I can’t remember how she was in it.

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