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( Apr. 8th, 2017 11:53 am)
I'm trying to decide whether to:

A) deleted my LJ entirely

B) continue what I've been doing and crosspost the DW posts I make to LJ. Possibly disable commenting over there, so as only to get comments on DW.

C) leave my LJ as is, but stop crossposting

Decisions, decisions

(I backed it up on DW during one of the earlier panics. All that's purely on LJ are a number of comments on posts made after that. And honestly? My LJ experience hasn't been lively in years).
I am ridiculously mad at Legends of Tomorrow today. Just saying. I mean, there's bad writing and OOC and character assassination, and then there's having someone straight up murder the person he previously sacrificed his life for.

What I've recently finished reading

Cullen Bunn: Lobo: Beware His Might
I still don't get why somebody decided to suddenly make Lobo young and hot. It's all wrong.

Kieron Gillen: The Wicked + The Divine: Commercial Suicide.
This comic book series really is gorgeous, but while the entire fan culture/religious mysteries thing is interesting, it really needs to start actually revealing some of its secrets and mysteries. (Though I like how apparently they need to keep Sekhmet drunk to keep her from killing people all over the place.)

Maria Turtschaninoff: Anaché: myter från akkade
On one hand, this is an extremely well-written book with a gorgeous setting and a fascinating spirit world. It has an interesting, clever, good main character, and there are many things to like, between the gorgeous descriptions of life among the akkade, the spirit animals and also Anaché's marriage. I liked that bit quite a lot. The plot twist was interesting - not the most original, but well done. I just - I just wish this fantasy society didn't have to be so very patriarchal and oppressive, and the villain hadn't had to be essential a misogynist.

What I'm reading now

G.D. Falksen's A Long-Awaited Treachery, which has been put a little on the backburner, Bernard Cornwell's The Empty Throne, which at least didn't start with the main character losing all he had won last book for a change, and Andrzej Sapkowski The Last Wish, which might be winning me over, if the rest of it is as entertaining as the retelling of the Beauty and the Beast.

What I'm reading next

I'm in the middle of three books, meme, give me a chance? But if all goes well, possibly a tourist book on Bali.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 68
Zombies, superheroes and old tv shows

11. Resident Evil: Afterlife
Admittedly, I haven't seen any of the other RE movies (and I'm not planning to), but the plot was fairly straightforward. And it's an okay movie - not great, but reasonably entertaining. It felt very like a computer game, actually - different levels to fight your way through, with bosses along the way and new characters for your group to pick up along the way. Which - I suppose shouldn't come as a surprise, really...

12. Logan
I wonder how many people went to see this expecting a fairly standard superhero movie and found themselves watching a movie about all the indignities of old age and your own body betraying you in all manner of fun ways. (Possibly me, a bit - I'd mostly ignored trailers out of not wanting to be spoiled). But it's a very, very good movie - and far more adult than any of those Batman movies ever managed to be.

13. The Thing
You know, I need to watch 80s science fiction and fantasy. I mean, I've seen a lot, but it's just - genre movies with special effects before computers took it all over.

14. Due South season 2.
Some nice episodes, some less so (I'm sorry, I just never saw what was funny about Leslie Nielsen). Fraser is still adorable, Vecchio's fun, Thatcher's crush? on Fraser is frankly painful to watch - and then it got rounded off with a clip show episode, which made me think about the clip show as a tv show trope and how you never really see them anymore, do you? Somewhere between show formats moving from mostly episodic to mostly narrative and binge watching becoming a regular thing thanks to dvds and Netflix, they just - don't seem half as common anymore?

15. Prison Break season 1.
16. Prison Break season 2.
So - I thought I should sit down and watch this, because I've enjoyed Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell as Captain Cold and Heatwave, and since they're starting the fifth season of this in just a few days, well, I thought I should give it a try. I actually quite enjoyed the first season - it's been a while since I watched a prison show, and the escape plan narrative keeps it moving forward towards a definite goal. Which might also be why I was less than impressed with season two. It feels a lot messier, a lot more all over the place, and it keeps moving the goal posts, which feels a bit like cheating after the first couple of times. And then it does cheat the brothers out of their freedom in the end. Dangles it and takes it and it's back in jail. I wonder if the audience back in the day had the same reaction to the plot post-jailbreak and that's why it's back in jail for nearly the entire surving cast? (Including Mahone, who - sorry, not liking.) Anyway, I do like Michael Scofield, he's the kind of sneaky bastard character I enjoy, so that's something. (But it is physically impossible for me to watch the last two seasons before the show starts, and it's not like I haven't been spoiled for the main plot points of them anyway - so the question becomes: wait until after the fifth season is done and risk being disappointed after getting used to hopefully better writing or keep watching while the new episodes also air and risk getting them all tangled up? Probably the latter...)
In which I just want to grumble about the new episode of Legends of Tomorrow, because people need to stop being mean to Mick, and I want Leonard Snart back with a characterization that is just a bit similar to how he's been at, well, at some point in either The Flash or LoT, really...


What I've recently finished reading

Kim Harrison: The Witch With No Name, which I mostly read to get done with the series (and I'm not touching the new prequel series the author's started). The series started well enough, but honestly? I've gotten very tired of the urban fantasy subgenre that stars a heroine who inevitably turns out to be not just supernatural, but super special and unique. Anyway, it's the last book, and it feels like all of the sudden the author remembered that she had a bunch of big plotlines that needed to get tied up, but that's how it goes.

Brian K. Vaughan: We Stand On Guard, which - the US really is the go-to evil country these days, isn't it.

Alfred Bester: The Stars My Destination. Can I have a movie starring Dominic Purcell? Okay, okay, focus on the book - it's interesting. I mean, it's science fiction, so obviously of its time, and it never quite seemed to be able to decide whether women were kept locked up or worked sensible, professional jobs. But I did like the sheer messy world of it, and sometimes I liked Gully Foyle and sometimes I didn't

Malkøbing museum - I liked the concept a lot. A short story collection centered around the exhibits in a small town museum - it just. The clippins surrounding each short story never quite manage to do what I always look for in that sort of thing, the stories themselves were - mostly okay, except that the first couple were set in the start of the 20th century and kept trying to make their characters sound time appropriate and not quite making it. I liked the concept, the execution could have been better.

Marini: Les Aigles de Rome V. Hey, look, I could have used some more enemy mine frenemy plotline in this series, but at the end of the day, reading about the Germans kicking the Romans asses at Teutoburg was perfectly entertaining, even if French comic books have their own set of standard comic book tropes that'll make me roll my eyes.

John Arcudi: B.P.R.D. 8: Killing Ground - which mostly reminded me why I stopped reading this series way back the first time around. Oh well, I requested the next volume before actually reading this, so I guess we'll give it one more chance.

What I'm reading now

G.D. Falksen's A Long-Awaited Treachery, which is the third in an absolutely ridiculous Victorian age with vampires and werewolves I'm greatly enjoying, Maria Turtschaninoff's Anaché, which so far has gorgeous nature and life descriptions, a fascinating spirit world and exactly the sort of patriarchal society I had feared it would have after reading Maresi, and Cullen Bunn's Lobo: Beware His Might, which still has the ridiculously wrong Lobo.

What I'm reading next

Either the next book in Cornwell's Saxon Stories or the first of the Witcher novels. Well. Unless the library wants something else back sooner.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 65
So, apart from reading stuff, I'm still watching Legends of Tomorrow, and Leonard Snart is finally back (sort of - past!Len - close enough), and I badly want somebody to hit all the legends. Anyway.

And I'm about 1/3 into the second season of Prison Break (I thought I ought to watch at least some of the show before the new season starts, because Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller.) And I just noticed that Netflix has gotten a show called Samurai Gourmet, which my Shinya Shokudo loving self is thinking sounds relevant to my interests, though we'll see.

Anyway, this was supposed to be a reading meme post.

What I've recently finished reading

Joshua Williamson: Ghosted: Ghost Town
Well, that's apparently done. I must admit, this series never really hooked me. The idea of a thief stealing ghosts was definitely a good idea, it just - I never actually liked any of the characters?

Byzantium and the Viking World

Kieron Gillen: The Wicked + the Divine: Fandemonium
I'm really enjoying this comic book series. I mean, the mythology is all over the place and makes no sense, but it's gorgeous and the idea of a group of gods (from all manner of mythologies) reincarnating/manifesting in a bunch of teenagers every 90 years, inspiring fandoms and scholarship and then inevitably dying within two years? I actually like the setting.

Robert Venditti: The Flash: Out of Time

Christopher Golden & Mike Mignola: Baltimore: The Plague Ships

Gail Carriger: Manners and Mutiny
I must admit, I mostly read this one to complete this subseries. I think I've had enough of this author. Her Parasol Protectorate was fun, sort of Austen-lite with a steampunk-urban fantasy fusion, and this is the same world, just - it's gotten too ridiculous? And from what I can find, the next series don't sound like they'll be less ridiculous?

Kurt Busiek: Astro City: Lovers Quarrel

Zander Cannon: Kaijumax Season 1.
You now, I really do like the idea of this comic - a prison island for all the gigantic Kaiju monsters terrorizing the world. It just never quite - maybe it's because the art style wasn't quite my thing? Or because the plot, if you ignore the giant monsters part, was actually - kinda cliché?

Maria Turtschaninoff: Maresi
I'm sort of divided about this book. On one hand, I quite liked the worldbuilding - the red abbey, the daily lives of the sisters and novices as the year goes round, even the secret magics that they just barely make use of, and the whispers of the Witch, the death aspect of the mother goddess. On the other hand, the main plot - as far as there is plot and not just quiet following-the-life - the plot where one girl from a extremely patriarchal country seeks refuge and her evil dad follows with a crew of pirate men eager for pillage and rape? It didn't feel - well, it was way too predictable, I suppose. And honestly? I think I'm well and truly tired of that type of plots.

What I'm reading now

Kim Harrison's The Witch With No Name, which is - I must confess - another last-book-in-a-series, where I rather liked the series early on, but at this point, it's my inner completist that drives the work, and then I've just started reading Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination. (I'm imagining Dominic Purcell playing Gully Foyle, though that might just be because of the cover picture.)

What I'm reading next

Well, I don't know right now. Honestly? My choice of which book is next often has a considerably correlation with whichever book the library has finally decided I can't renew anymore... (Possibly Anaché by Maria Turtschaninoff, though I worry it will turn out to be the same sort of world played straigth as Maresi).

Total number of books and comics read this year: 59
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( Mar. 16th, 2017 05:46 pm)
It seems that I've managed to (to steal somebody else's choice of words) excavate my apartment to the point where I'm actually considering whether I should invite people to a meet-up - perhaps in late spring? Around St. Bededag, maybe?
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( Mar. 15th, 2017 06:34 pm)
What did you recently finish reading?

Oldtidssagaerne 2., which are an interesting read, though - also occasionally repetitive, at least when they start going: and then the king kidnapped the princess and kept her for a bit and then sent her back home and she was pregnant and the son grew up and etc.

Cullen Bunn's Lobo: Targets - why the hell did they make Lobo suddenly young and hot for the New 52? Why?

Mark Waid's Daredevil: The Daredevil You Know, which is getting boring.

Marie Brennan's The Voyage of the Basilisk. Well - it felt a bit lose as far as plot goes. I mean, it's interesting, seeing different parts of this world and their dragons, but plotwise - let's sail around and scientifically look for dragons didn't feel like much.

Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga book 4. - there is something very curious about reading about vikings in a manga. And not just the occasional moment of wtf? (Because I'm fairly certain that southern Jutland did not have vast forests to be cleared for farmland in the viking age. Not quite like that.)

Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman: Bones, which I maintain a perfectly entertaining urban fantasy comic as long as you pretend it has absolutely nothing to do with the DC superhero.

Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray's All-Star Western: Gold Standard, which was a bit meh, but ends with Hex stuck in 21st century Arkham Asylum, so - maybe it gets better?

What are you currently reading?

I'm almost done with an anthology called "Byzantium and the Viking World, which mostly has me wondering why all the current viking tv shows are all about the west (probably because they are either English or US productions). England, France - who bloody cares? Give me the journey down the rivers, give me Byzantium, the City - give me the Varangian guard - or just a viking who has been in the Varangian guard, goes with Ragnar to Paris, gets into the fancy Paris cathedral and goes - "Pretty. Bit tiny and a bit rural, but pretty."

What do you think you'll read next?

Possibly The Haunting of Hill House, possibly something else. I have options.
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( Mar. 13th, 2017 11:22 pm)
London Toast Theater has announced what this year's Crazy Christmas Cabaret theme is going to be.

Looks like it's Star Wars this year. (And Trump. To be fair, I suspect he's going to be a recurring theme for the next few years.)

I wonder if I know anybody who might be interested in joining me...
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( Mar. 8th, 2017 08:14 pm)
Yesterday I bought a new bed (to be delivered next week) and got Thai food from the new takeaway place around the corner. Today I went to an afternoon showing of Logan.

I feel that I am using my vacation very productively, don't you?
Instead of my monthly round-up post, I thought I'd try doing a weekly meme - if nothing else, it should get me updating my DW a bit more often.

What did you recently finish reading?

Jan Guillou's Äkta amerikanska jeans, which - I was actually disappointed in this one. I've been enjoying the series well enough - grand scale family saga, following a Norwegian/German/Swedish family through the 20th century. It just - didn't feel like it was really a part of that. I mean, the book itself is - fine, I suppose. We're at the third generation, main character is a boy named Eric, born in '44, and we're now in the 50s. The early part of the book mostly reminded me of Far til fire, truth be told, and then they move to Stockholm and it's all 50s culture and the occasional girl, and I just - listen. I read Rifbjerg, I read Panduro. I am certain Sweden already has equivalent writers. I do not feel that Scandinavian literature was truly missing yet another narrative about being a teenage boy in the 50s and his discovering pop culture and girls, okay? Even if clearly this is partly Guillou channeling his own childhood (and it might be an interesting companion book to his Ondskan, which it actually has a crossover with), but - it's published as part of a family chronicle series. And apart from a bit in the early chapters, we follow the family embarrassment in this book, the poor, disgraced relatives that nobody has contact with. Which isn't much family saga, okay?

Britt Karin Larsen's Der vokser et tre i Mostamägg, which is also a family saga book. First book, about the Forest Finns in Northern Sweden in the 19th century. It's got lots of a nature and nature worship and strong women characters, so I think I'll give the second book a shot, even if I'm not quite convinced yet.

Robert Kirkman The Walking Dead: Call to Arms, which has me wondering whether Negan ships Rick/Negan.

Kurtis J. Wiebe: Rat Queens: Demons

Kurt Busiek: Astro City: Private Lives, which remains one of my favourite superhero comics. Nevermind Agents of SHIELD or Powerless or Powers, give me an Astro City tv show. But a good one. Don't ruin it.

Brandon Sanderson's The Final Empire, which - listen, I read Leigh Bardugo's Crooked Kingdom, which is lovely, and I found myself wanting to read more fantasy heist novels. So I googled and this kept coming up, and - well. It doesn't feel very heist-y, even though it's a crew of thieves that the story is about. And while the setting has potential - basically, Sauron won in this fantasy world - it's just. Kinda dull? Very standard high fantasy, which - frankly? Wasn't what I was looking for.

What are you currently reading?

Right now, I'm about halfway through the second volume of the new Danish translation of Oldtidssagaerne, specifically about halfway through the saga of Hrólfr Kraki, which has so far been mostly about his ancestors - and incest. Is there some sort of thing in Norse sagas where incest produces superpowered boy children? Also, I just started reading Marie Brennan's The Voyage of the Basilisk, mostly because it was a more convenient format than the sagas for taking with me in the train,

What do you think you'll read next?

Honestly? Not entirely sure. There's a couple of comics I need to read, because the library wants them back soon, so probably them - being the fourth volume of the Vinland manga and the first volume of a Lobo series that seems to have made him young and handsome, which - why? Anyway, as for not-graphic literature - not sure. We'll see.
Books )

Comics )

Total number of books and comics read this month: 16
Currently reading: Äkta amerikanska jeans by Jan Guillou and Der vokser et tre i Mostamägg by Britt Karin Larsen

Total number of books and comics read this year: 37

Right. As an experiment, I am going to try to steal the reading meme a few other people are using and try to do weekly updates next month at least. If nothing else, it should make me post more to my DW?
Books )

Comics )

Total number of books and comics read this month: 21
Currently reading: Smertensbarn by Mette Finderup and Mørke guders templer

Total number of books and comics read this year: 21

Which reminds me, I really should get around to doing some statistics on the books I read last year.
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( Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:09 pm)
So, let’s see if I’ve understood this correctly: if it’s a tv show the former Danish minister of culture likes, then it’s serious business and an outrage and something to be brought up in parliament when he can’t get his fix straight from the source, unimpeded by geolocking and annoying things like creators’ rights.

But when it’s a tv show someone else likes, it’s just too bad and we best be good little consumers and wait patiently for someone to potentially, at some point in the next 5-10 years if we’re very lucky, acquire the rights to show it on some random tv channel in DK, because you wouldn’t download a car, now would you?

I wonder if Bertel can spell hypocrite...
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( Jan. 1st, 2017 03:32 pm)
Another year has come and gone, so I think it's time for another of these posts.

As always, I'd like to start with the fic I wrote for Yuletide:

Kvæði (3517 words) by oneiriad
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Í Gøtu Ein Dag | In Gota one Day - Xperiment (Music Video)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tróndur í Gøtu | Trond of Gota (Í Gøtu Ein Dag)
Additional Tags: Tróndur never quite letting go of his Faroe Islands
Summary:Tróndur rose from his grave with a moan.
He staggered to his feet, leaning heavily against his great staff, and looked around him as he gasped for breath. The grass was green and the cliffs were tall and the sea was wild as ever, and the only living thing near him was a sheep, grazing and not the least bit interested in the man who had risen from the dead nearby.

It was based on this rather lovely music video, which you should all go look at.

It did - well, the recipient liked it and almost nobody else even saw it? I think? Though out of the 10 hits it had gotten pre-reveal I had 3 kudos, so - I dunno. I really hope the yuletide mods do something about that tag wrangling issue before next year...

Right, stepping away from the sulking and turning to look at what else I got up to fic-wise.

I think this was pretty much the last year I could be said to be properly in Vikings fandom. They killed off Athelstan long ago, last episode they finally gave Ragnar his death-by-snake-pit, and most of the other characters I used to love have either gotten killed off or character assassinated (Lagertha being a primary example of the latter). Anyway - I wrote two pure Vikings ficlets this year. Hagiographia, which plays with the idea of Ragnar meeting Athelstan's son Alfred while Ragnar's besieging Paris and Alfred is on a pilgrimage to Rome, and Birds of a Feather, a tiny Athelnar soulmate ficlet. And I wrote The Sweet Hereafter, which is a Supernatural crossover with Benny Lafitte waking to find himself dead and in Valhalla with some of the dead Vikings vikings.

This year was also the year that saw me sliding into a new fandom, though - Legends of Tomorrow (well, and a bit The Flash, but mostly where there's character overlap) - which then promptly proceeded to kill off my favourite character. And the DC CW shows keep teasing that they'll bring him back, but - so far we've gotten a flashback, a hologram and a suicidally depressed pyromaniac hallucinating him. I'm beginning to lose hope.

Anyway, I started of carefully with Snowed In, where Barry Allen has accidentally run himself back to the middle ages and needs a rescue. Then there was The Saga of Kollr, a double-fix-it crossover with Vikings where Leonard Snart's the one stranded in medieval times, specifically the viking age. Because that theme apparently appeals to me. Femme Fatale, a Sandman crossover with the late Leonard Snart being offered a new job, and Little Spider Lost, a crossover with Captain America: Civil War, where the big airport battle gets interrupted by Wanda accidentally moving all the heroes to another universe - and Spider-Man landing in Central City and ending up with Captain Cold and Heatwave.

And then there were the Coldwave fics, because shortly after falling for the character of Leonard Snart I fell for the pairing Leonard Snart/Mick Rory (I really need to sit down and take a look at Prison Break this year), and somewhere along the way I wrote several ficlets, mostly AUs. Rogues in Twilight is a crossover with Sergei Lukyanenko's Night Watch universe, while First Impressions is a tiny Age of Sail AU. Hervararkviða is a Viking Age AU (because I have a hard time letting go of certain interests, perhaps?) and The Start of a Beautiful Friendship is a Wild West centaur!Mick Rory AU (what can I say? I like the mental image of him as a centaur - one of those huge draft horse breeds) (also, look! It has fan art!.) The Play's the Thing and Gotta Catch'em All are tiny, silly ficlets, while Never Laugh At Live Dragons was written for a prompt asking for the pair of them to be dragons, but neglecting to require that both of them knew this tiny fact about the other. Meanwhile, Snowflake revolves around a Leonard Snart having come unstuck in time/the multiverse, so to speak.

And because Coldwave is lovely, but Coldflashwave is a nice bit of added spice from time to time, I ended up writing Making Up Is Hard To Do, which is quite possibly the smuttiest thing I've ever written, and I'm currently also working on Panopticon, a Coldflashwave prison AU, that I got distracted from by working on my yuletide story.

So, it's been a fairly productive year, at least as far as fanfic's concerned, and there's a couple of those stories I'm actually very happy with.
Books )

Comics )

Total number of books and comics read this month: 16
Currently reading: Haabet by Mick Vraa and Livets barske lektie III by Helene Th. Svolgart

Total number of books and comics read this year: 250
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( Dec. 18th, 2016 06:32 pm)
There are three mystery works in my gifts on AO3. That's - unexpected.
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( Dec. 8th, 2016 12:08 am)
So - apparently they've accidentally deleted Yuletide?

Which reminds me, I really should sit down and write that story.


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