Book #8 - Jane Eyre

Sep. 2nd, 2017 07:38 pm
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


I don't think I have to say much about a classic like this. Here's my short summary anyway:

Jane Eyre gets sent to an orphanage by her ill-meaning aunt. After growing up, she applies for a job as a governess. Jane immediately falls in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester. But not all is as it seems at Thornfield Hall.

I hadn't read it before, and when I saw the adaptation with Toby Stephens, I wanted to know how it differs from the book. I threw out another book from my challenge (Mirage by Matt Ruff) and added Jane Eyre instead. It think it's only slightly cheating, since it's been on my bookshelf for ages, so definitely part of Mount TBR in that sense. ;)

cut for rambling, and 'spoilers', if you can call it that, of a 200-year-old book )

Just not my thing. 2 out of 5 stars.



1 - 4 stars - The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet [DW]
2 - 2 stars - The Abyss Surrounds Us [DW]
3 - 4 stars - Neuromancer [DW]
4 - 4 stars - A Local Habitation [DW]
5 - 4 stars - The End of Mr. Y [DW]
6 - 3 stars - The Curse of Chalion [DW]
7 - 5 stars - Ancillary Justice [DW]
8 - 2 stars - Jane Eyre [DW]

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:37 am
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Thinking of dear Mewsie today, one year on. I miss your presence, my friend.

Desert Son - Masterpost

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:23 pm
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Title: Desert Son
Artist: [personal profile] nywcgirl
Author: [personal profile] sandy79
Word Count: ~4,800 (so far)
Characters/Pairings: Neal Caffrey, Peter Burke, Sara Ellis, Matthew Keller, Kate Moreau (mentioned), other White Collar characters; Neal Caffrey/Peter Burke, Neal Caffrey/Sara Ellis, Neal Caffrey/Kate Moreau (past), Elizabeth Burke/Peter Burke (past), Matthew Keller/Kate Moreau, Elizabeth Burke/David Siegel (mentioned), Neal Caffrey & Matthew Keller, Peter Burke & Sara Ellis
Rating: T
Warnings: none
Spoilers: none (since AU)
Adventure lies ahead of them... )

So I made a thing

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:02 pm
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... mainly because I never can quite stop myself, even when I remind myself how many comms I already have:

[community profile] mystery_mansion






It is a comm for all things mystery, crime and detective-related! News, reviews, discussion, links, promotions, fests, fanworks of all kinds etc. etc. You know the drill. (Fictionally speaking, whether TV, book or other.)

I wondered if there was one when I wrote my Daisy Dalrymple ficlet and went looking, and found that, technically yes, but not only had it not been updated in 4 years, it had rules that didn't make it clear what it did and didn't cover, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a (hopefully) more general and open one anyway.

I will promote it presently. In the meantime you can feel free to join, and also please tell me obvious authors/detectives/shows I left off the profile (although I can't have them all). Also above is a handy banner for promoting in your own journals and communities (as appropriate).

If anyone is interesting in co-modding, that would be great.


Also there is a new prompt up at [community profile] b7friday! It is the inevitable spooky one, but spooky is good, right?

[Catch-up] Inktober - Day 20 (Deep)

Oct. 21st, 2017 01:27 pm
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Forever chasing these prompts... :b

Title: Deep
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: DCU, Aquaman
Characters/Pairings: Aquaman (Arthur Curry)
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 20, word prompt: Deep. I am SO EXCITED about Jason Momoa as the new Aquaman. Painted with Indian Ink. In addition to the ink drop, I tried a couple other techniques - scraping the paper afterwards to reveal small patches of white, and using salt crystals to create a rough texture.

Since it's an underwater scene, I've included a second version with a blue digital tint. I *love* the effect - that wash of colour really makes it come alive! :)

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork )

Random Doctor Who Picture

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:46 am
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I recently listened to the Doctor Who Book Club podcast on Relative Dementias. They quite liked it but thought it wasn't completely in control of its themes, there was too much incidental stuff to bring up the page count and its descriptions of action were confusing. All criticisms that could probably be aimed at many of the Doctor Who novels.

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Oct. 20th, 2017 07:27 pm
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Hello! I'm locked out of my Yahoo email account and probably won't be back on it until tomorrow. Sorry for being slow to replying to any email!

(I left my ipad at work but have my work laptop with me at home so was using that. But I had to log in to my Yahoo account, which I never have to do on my ipad and many tries later I was locked out. Will go in to work tomorrow morning to retrieve my ipad. I was planning on working on performance appraisals this weekend at home but maybe will just stay at work for a few hours instead.)

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Oct. 20th, 2017 12:23 pm
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So at work here we do something called Reflections at the start of meetings. My understanding is that it used to be more weighted toward explicitly Christian prayer. Fortunately it's not that slanted though occasionally someone will start praying to almighty father, at which point I stop listening.

So anyway! I've been waiting all the time I've been working here (about 4 years now) to use this bit from Council of Elrond: "I have not called you to me, strangers from distant lands ..." But now I have the opportunity. Am leading a project to launch a new company intranet site and have a kick-off meeting next week. Cyril says, sweet!

Happy Froday. Cannot wait for the weekend to start :-) Am eating a chili dog with leftover chili from yesterday. Yum.

Friday Five

Oct. 20th, 2017 05:49 pm
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From [community profile] thefridayfive:

1. What book frightened you as a young person?
I don't know. I can think of TV things that did, and books I didn't like, or that left an unpleasant taste behind, one way or another, but I don't remember being terrified of anything in a book. I was always on the wimpish side in my reading, just in case something would scare me.

ETA: If it counts, when I was 11, our class tutor read us a Sweeney Todd story, and that definitely scared me!


2. If you had to become a ‘living book (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
I would prefer not to become a living book, as that sounds very uncomfortable for me and everyone else around me, so I'll go for Love That Dog because it's about the shortest book I know. (It's also good, though, and contains bonus poetry.)


3. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
The BBC Miss Marple (Nemesis in particular), and I do mean Joan Hickson. She sprayed somebody in the face with insecticide. Also some random thing where a cake was poisoned that I saw when I was four, that I think was some old b&w film comedy and was the worst/scariest thing ever. Also when I was about four, I was scared of the theme music to Doctor Who and when it came on would stick my head under a cushion and yell for someone to turn it off. So, ironically, I put an end to DW-watching in my house for about six or seven years, until I got into it myself. (It only ever scared me in the good way after that.) Also probably, as it turns out, Assignment Six of S&S, and that episode of Bergerac where Alfred Burke was so good he had to murder people. And Fraggles! Fraggle Rock was pure nightmare fuel. I still shudder if I see or hear of a Fraggle. The weasels in the (stop-motion) Wind in the Willows! TV was full of terrifying things when I was small.


4. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
I am very wimpish about horror! It would be quicker to give a list of things I would watch, although that would still be far too long for a meme. But nothing that's primarily a gore-fest, anyway, unless I had to for some reason. I've been learning lately to be a little less wimpish in my watching, although only a little so far, and it's paid off.


5. Do you have any phobias?
Nothing at the level of a phobia, but I am scared of the future, fish, and over-eating (and poisoned cake, see above). And shop-window dummies.

[Catch-up] Inktober - Day 19 (Cloud)

Oct. 20th, 2017 10:49 am
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I always seem to be a day or two behind on these... :b

Title: Cloud
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Firefly
Characters/Pairings: Serenity
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 19, word prompt: Cloud. Serenity soaring above the clouds. ^___^ Painted with Indian Ink, using a combination of regular brush work for the clouds and the Ink Drop technique for all the rest. I've included a second version with slight digital tint.

I came across another really cool tutorial type vid: PAINTING MOONS with Indian Ink, and it inspired me to try my hand at this piece.

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork )

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Oct. 19th, 2017 03:04 pm
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Dang! Color me pleased as punch. I have the most recommended comment on the NY Times article reporting President Bush's speech today where he raked Trump over the coals. I commented:

Wow. Hell has frozen over. I agree with W.

Over 500 people agree with me so far.

Strange days. I believe this is the first time I've ever referred to him as "President Bush" and not asshole or Shrub or W. I guess he seemed presidential to me though maybe it's just the comparison with the current asshole in chief.

Project Runway thoughts and other shows--Mindhunter, Schitt's Creek )

Chili potluck today. I ate two bowls and have needed a nap ever since. I made the mango salsa and it was enjoyed :-)

Raining so hard this morning when I left that Harry would not only not go outside, he wouldn't even go near the door lol.

And one link to a NY Times article entitled Dear Men: It's you too.. Brilliant, logical, common sensical, it aligns with my own experiences and thoughts. The author is being vilified in the comments of course.

b&w updates

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:14 pm
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Since I was complaining a few posts ago about the lack of James Maxwell in Subway in the Sky, I should say:

a) That paid off - [personal profile] swordznsorcery pointed me to this Design for Loving campaign sheet from eBay, which has a large pic of Mr Maxwell, plus a synopsis and cast list, and then [personal profile] liadtbunny pointed out that it is up on the BFIplayer here (although only for rental, and I'd have to watch it online and not keep it and rip it and cap it, but still; if lack of JM overcomes me anytime, I could do that). Plus, bonus pic!* (It was 1962, though. I can't remember why I had 1958 in my head. I should know by now there is no 1950s JM, however much I want to make that not be true.)

And b) my other film, The Third Secret, which I will have to talk about properly sometime (it was very pretty and complicated) coughed up a satisfactory cameo. Cut for pictorial proof )


* I don't know why James Maxwell looks like he's in a threesome there, though. Don't these people know that he only ever makes worshipful love to people's hands and would be tragically in the way?
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Title: Graceful
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Avatar: Legend of Korra
Characters/Pairings: Korra
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 17, word prompt: Graceful. This is my very first attempt at using India Ink with a paintbrush. I found the following video on YouTube to be particularly helpful: How to Draw and Paint Animals with Water: Ink Drip Technique.

The ink drip technique is SO COOL! I only have black ink right now, but would love to get my hands on other colours. So in addition to the original piece, I've also included a digital blue-tinted version below, which I rather like. :)

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork )

New Edits

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:04 pm
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My newest edits (click to see in full size)... First one is McQueen from Space: Above And Beyond, and the second Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

  

Also found the header of one of my old Star Trek site layouts, and thought I'd upload it too:

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Oct. 19th, 2017 07:03 am
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And now a word from Lord Elrond on the occasion of [personal profile] elwendell's birthday.



Love you! I hope you have a good day!

Good times.

Oct. 19th, 2017 06:07 am
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I had a good time seeing John and Hank Green on Tuesday. It was seriously amazing to see these two guys who have thus far just lived in my computer in real life. They were both funny (particularly during their advice podcast segment), and the whole thing was really great. I'm glad I got a chance to go, and I kind of hope I get to do it again in the future. :)

(I also found out Tamora Pierce, who is basically one of the founding authors of YA as a genre, particularly YA fantasy, is going to be in Nashville on November 3. I WANT TO GO SO BAD, BUT I DO NOT WANT TO GO ALONE. UGHHHHH.) 

Yesterday was also a pretty good day. I finished up an amigurumi jellyfish I started on Tuesday [link], and went to the movies with my brother to see The Princess Bride. And then also found out that both Spirited Away and Little Shop of Horrors are returning to theaters briefly around my birthday and UGH I ALSO WANT TO SEE THEM SO BAD. So that's also a thing. UGH.

But all in all the last couple of days have been pretty good. I'm glad. :)

What I've Been Reading Wednesday

Oct. 18th, 2017 09:52 am
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What I've Finished Reading

I finished up The Castle of Otranto and it continued to be delightfully OTT and ridiculous right to the very last line. I laughed a lot. Especially at the last line. The charm of it is, I think (other than gloomy castles and giant suits of armour and what have you), that it's very hard to tell if the whole thing is some kind of joke, or just bits of it. This seems to have been the question for 250 years, and, indeed, the next book I read, The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve is quite openly The Castle of Otranto, the more rational (and therefore possibly not-truly-Gothic) remix.

As Clara Reeve says in the introduction, certain elements of Otranto, "destroy the work of imagination, and, instead of attention, excite laughter." (Walpole apparently responded that hers was, "So probable, that any trial for murder at the Old Bailey would make a more interesting story." Hmm, wait, a novel featuring a real life murder...? Shame he didn't try it, heh.)

It does indeed tail off into a long, plodding fixit of everything, though. It's rather like a tumblr-recommended fixit version of Otranto where everything is relentlessly put right and all the bad people are punished or grovel and apologise to the good people. I liked the beginning with the locked up haunted wing with the murdered body in it very much, though, mixed with a more recognisable setting. Also its hero Edmund has an amusing tendency to weep over people. (The best bit was at the end where he flung his arms round both his mentors legs at once and they had to stop him and then he still had to hug them and weep over them.)

But, given that it's still only about 130 odd pages and has a haunted East wing, it was readable and fascinating to compare to Otranto. I'm glad the collection had them both.

I also read another Daisy Dalrymple (Dead in the Water), which you could probably tell because fic happened. My friend is coming to see me again this week - I have hopes she might be able to lend me some more, because the only others I've found are quite a few books on from that. (Obviously, I'm looking forward to seeing her with or without books, but with books is always better.)


What I'm Reading Now
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, which, as promised by [personal profile] aralias, is very light and enjoyable and just my sort of thing. I seem to be okay with it, too. \o/ (The only downside is the inevitable comparison to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which can do it no favours. It's a shame she didn't set it, say, 20 years later or earlier to mitigate that. Although, of course, I'm only 100 pages in; there are no doubt very good Plot Reasons.)

(I'm still note-taking from A Mad Bad and Dangerous People? and technically sort of reading Desolation Island, but have not progressed far with either since last time.)


What I'm Reading Next
Well, if my friend does bring me some more Daisy, there'll be that. And once I've finished Sorcerer to the Crown, I might try the next Gothic novel in the collection, which is Mistrust by Matthew Gregory Lewis (author of The Monk).

Culture consumed

Oct. 18th, 2017 04:02 pm
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DVDs
  • Ella Enchanted - Very pretty reworking of some of the fairy tale tropes, especially focused on the fickleness of fairy gifts and human nature. There are some cringy scenes, and I really really struggle with the pushing of the agenda finding a perfect ever after partner is a thing that teenage girls/young women should be looking for (and yes, a little bit there is that for the young man, but he seemed that bit older). I'm dithering on giving this one away, or whether I would watch it again (will check with youngest). 7/10
  • Finding Neverland - Aii, movies that make me cranky. There is 'based on a true story', and then there is 'killing someone off at the wrong point in history so that you can make a scandal where there wouldn't have been one'. Supposedly about JM Barrie, his friendship with the Llewellyn-Davies family, and the writing of Peter Pan. I'm not intending to ever watch this one again, because shouting at the screen is not actually one of my hobbies, regardless of how much I indulge in it. 3/10
  • Hinterland, S1E1 "Devil's Bridge". Billed as a "Welsh Noir Crime Thriller", it wasn't surprising that this was on the dark side, and that the crime aspects opened with quite the nasty crime scene. There are a lot of dark elements in this story, and in some ways it isn't the opening murder that is the darkest part. I'm hoping that some of these will continue into the other episodes of the season, because there are historical crimes/events referenced that haven't been dealt with. I'm not going to specifically reference them here, because learning about them is an important part of the story, and wouldn't want to spoiler people who might be inclined to watch it.

Books
  • ICO: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe. Novelisation of the computer game of the same name. Very pretty story, lush language and detailed set pieces. Pacing is a bit wonky, probably reflecting said origins as a computer game. Some fascinating world-building, but no idea how true it might be to the original game. 8/10
  • The Traitor and the Tunnel by Y S Lee. In this, the third of the four existing Mary Quinn mysteries, author Y S Lee has upped the ante, sending Mary in to the royal household to investigate a sequence of petty thefts. The story feels even more convoluted than the previous one that I read, which is quite the challenge. Characterisation is detailed and considered, the world-building and sense of place descriptive and evocative (although more so at the visual level than the tactile or olfactory), while the story thunders on at a great rate. An enjoyable read. 8/10
  • The Wicked and the Divine: Imperial Phase Part 1 by Gillen/McKelvie/Wilson/Cowles (Vol 5 of the trade paper back collections of the comics; issues 23-28). The conspiracy elements are ramping up, the remaining avatars are splitting in to camps, and the woman who might have been able to explain what was going on shared tidbits of information unevenly amongst her favourites before her death (in a previous volume) so no-one really has any idea of how bad things are going to get. The plot line of the coming Great Darkness gets a lot of attention, and the morality of the gods gets delved into. 9/10


I'll note that I'm not being particularly critical in my reading, or it might just be that these three really were all of a level. I enjoyed them, I'd probably be willing to reread them, but I'm not really feeling like recommending them all over the place. Except maybe the Lee, because actually that one has a lot of really interesting details that I don't see elsewhere (the graphic novels have a new conceit, but there are two many complex conspiracy theory comics out there for me to point to this one as special).

Random Fandom Meme

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:35 pm
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Randomly memed from [livejournal.com profile] dimity_blue:

Choose five series fandoms (no peeking before you choose them), list them, and then answer the questions behind the cut.

1. Once Upon a Time
2. Blake's 7
3. Doctor Who
4. Dracula (1968)*
5. Sapphire & Steel

Cut for questions and answers )


* Yes, I did fail to read the instructions when I made the list. *handwaves*

75 Shadowhunters Icons

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:06 pm
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Here's 75 icons on the TV series Shadowhunters. Some made for [livejournal.com profile] character20n20 (20 icons + alternates) and more Shadowhunters icons made for other icontest challenges communities.

24 Magnus, 11 Alec, 7 Magnus & Alec, 6 Izzy
6 Jace, 11 Clary, 6 Jace & Clary, 4 Sebastian

Teasers:


See the rest here )