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I looked back on the fiction books I read this past year and decided to rate the ones I thought were my top ten. Two thoughts occurred to me: (1) I didn’t read that much for pleasure because I read a lot for the three graduate classes I took earlier this year and (2) I didn’t enjoy a lot of the books I did read for pleasure. Anyway, here’s my list (after much soul searching). What does your list look like?

10) Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews: I read the entire series this year and I’m lumping into one as though it were one big book. Urban fantasy is normally not my thing. I don’t like the first person narrative, I don’t like the lack of emphasis on the romance, and I also don’t like that the same coupleRead more... )
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kdbleu at that book meme...

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.

2) Italicize those you intend to read.

3) Underline those you LOVE.

4) Strikethrough the books you’d rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read (or finish).

5) ASTERISK ** next to books partially read (and add a comment explaining).


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Random TV Watch Update…

There are several things I love doing and watching TV is definitely at the top of the list. I have not found an addiction/passion to rival what I felt for Smallville (and Clois in particular) but I’ve been having a blast watching some shows this year that a carry-over from last year. Some new shows are decent but nothing to rave about. What are you guys watching and do you disagree/agree with my thoughts below? What's good that I don't have on my list?

Epic Long Post Under Cut....  )
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So I thought I'd share this lovely Clois vid that gives a nice overview of some of the best Clois moments on the show....


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Hurricane Sandy landed in my state and I found that I had plenty of time on my hands. After flipping through my Kindle library for a few minutes, I arrived at the conclusion that I didn't have anything on there that I was really interested in reading. Ever since I finished "Cinder", I've been hankering for a book series of that sort, but haven't found anything that satisfied that itch.

My son had just finished up "Mark of Athena" and had been pressuring me to read the sequel to the "Percy Jackson" series for awhile. When I told him that I was at a loss on what to read, he rummaged around until he found all three (massive) books in the series and handed them to me. With absolutely nothing else to do, I armed myself with a flashlight and settled down to read the three books that have been published so far. 

I have to admit that I've been really enjoying them so far. I've finished the first two in the series and am now on "Mark of Athena" (I hate that I'll have to wait a year in between books from now on). The books are fairly cookie cutter and seem to follow the exact same formula every single time, but I can't help but be drawn into the story and I find myself rooting for the characters. I thought the Percy Jackson series (the first one) was a little childish but I read them with my son because I like to know what he's up to in the book world. This series is a little more racy than the first one (the characters are 13-17 and there is a lot of "he kissed her" and "she kissed him" going on) but it still very much reads like a kid's book series. It's been a little odd to do the head-hopping but I can understand why Riordan chose to write it that way. 

Anyone else reading this sequel or has read the original? What are your thoughts on it? 

I'm also thinking about diving into the books series called "Hex Hall" and since I'm fan of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, I thought I'd give his new young adult novel a try. Anyone read those and have any thoughts on them (good or bad)? 
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Just read an awesome book by an author named Marissa Meyer (the book is called "Cinder"). I'll post a detailed review later but I just wanted to post my absolute delight in finding out that she was a fanfic author first - on Livejournal no less - and then starting writing original work. Now, she's a NYT bestselling author. 

On her LJ blog, I came across this link she posted about fanfic authors. I have to say I'm utterly bemused to see that Jasper Fforde would look down on fanfiction when his entire Thursday Next series is BASED on the idea that there are no original stories and that everything is a copy of everything else. And even his seris is essentially a meta way of looking at fanfiction - the premise is that people can go into well known classics and change things around. What is that? META FANFIC. 

For those who want to check it out... 

http://www.fuelyourwriting.com/fan-fiction-worth-a-writers-time/
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A few months ago, I was running in and out of my local Barnes & Noble and a book caught my attention. I had absolutely zero time on my hands (my husband and kids were waiting for me in the car) but I stopped and picked up the book to take a look at it. Imagine my surprise when I read the back cover and found out that the story was about a girl who is the daughter of two superheroes. The girl does not have powers of her own and has to deal with what it means to the be the "normal" daughter of two larger than life super-powered beings.

Naturally, as a Superman fan, this intrigued me. There are a lot of Superman fanfics floating out there about kids that Clark Kent and Lois Lane have together (and probably a lot about kids that Wonder Woman and Superman have together, but I'd rather stick a fork in my eye than try to hunt those down). In every fic I've read, the kids always have super-powers. I never considered what the story would be like if the kid didn't have superpowers. Of course, if the kid's mother is Lois Lane, chances are that the kid won't feel too bad about it.

Maybe.

Anyway, I put the book down and made a mental note to download onto my Kindle later. But, as these things go, I couldn't remember the name of the book! Now, finally, I managed to hunt it down. It's called: After the Golden Age. This month is going to be insanely busy for me but I'm hoping I'll have enough time to read it.

http://www.amazon.com/After-the-Golden-Age-ebook/dp/B00457X8EE/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
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Jade and I have started a brand new experiment. It's part RPG, part collaborative fanfic writing, and part writing improv. If you're interested in finding out more, check out the site: http://aonceandfuturething.proboards.com/index.cgi.

We're looking for people to take on characters (particularly members of the Justice League) and to join in on writing the story. If you're not interested in writing but want to read the story that takes shape, that's perfectly fine, too. The way we imagine it, readers will have the ability to read SIX parallel stories at one time, at the very least, and you'll get to see lots of fun Clark & Lois interaction, along with maybe a Batman & Wonder Woman romance.

Let me know what you think and if you're interested in participating. I should stress that this is an experiment that Jade & I hope works out and we'd love to get as many people involved as possible. If you're not interested in writing and happen to know someone who is a huge Catwoman fan or a Flash fan or a... well, you get the idea. If you know someone who would love to come play in our Justice League sandbox, feel free to pass it on.

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Rescue Me is the latest by Rachel Gibson; it’s a (very loose) follow-up to Any Man of Mine which was, in turn, a very loose follow-up to Nothing But Trouble.

I’ve read the other two books in the linked series and, unfortunately, I found this book to be the weakest of all of them.

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Finally had a chance to watch it. Loved it. Very odd, but I'm shipping Black Widow and Hawkeye like nobody's business. What is odd about that is that (1) I had SJ with the passion of a thousand suns and (2) I know NOTHING about them because I'm not a Marvel universe fan.

Anyone else joining me on this shipping bandwagon? And anyone know what the deal is with them in canon?
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Now THIS is more like it! First of all, we get Clois banter. (With shirtless Clark no less.) Second, no Chloe.


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Wow... so... wow.

That was incredibly short. Very, very short. I was wondering why a person would wait until May to read the first "collection" of stories and now I realize why. Because absolutely nothing happens in the first section.

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Wonder Woman is wearing pants!! OK, no, that's not why it's awesome. But it helps.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] xenokattz at A kafrillion Yes's: Lauren Faust's Super Best Friends Forever

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Real Life has a been a b***h so I haven't had a chance to post here (or wander around) in a LOOONNNGGG time. It doesn't help that I write a lot for grad school now (and it's performance appraisal time at work so I'm writing a lot for that, too) and so I just don't want to come on here to write for the hell of it.

But I miss you all (really missing the Smallville fandom lately) so I thought I'd post a bit about random things and see what you all are up to....


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[Error: unknown template qotd] Probably "Hunger Games" - which was last year. I've read a lot of books SINCE then but none that qualify as "great".
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You guys going to read it? Thoughts?

I could do without the Chloe Sullivan-Queen business. Will post more later on how I feel (still processing it), but what do you guys think???

Meme...

Jan. 31st, 2012 01:36 pm
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] ellenemi at Meme...
snagged from [livejournal.com profile] svgurl

I'm running a test to see who's reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun!
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So, I read recently that the CW just ordered a pilot for a Green Arrow show. (HITFIX LINK.) Sadly enough, it looks like poor Justin Hartley is going to have absolutely nothing to do with the project. (I say "poor" Justin Hartley because the "Aquaman" show didn't get picked up - where he was the lead - and he played third/fourth fiddle in SV for years and - now - his character is going to get his own show, but some other guy is going to play the lead.)

So, here's my question - are you going to watch? Are you excited by the prospect? And did you also let out an evil cackle and say to yourself, "Clearly, the CW is missing the numbers that "Smallville" used to generate for them. Those bastards." )

Personally, I think it would have been better for them to do a show on the Flash. The Green Arrow seems too poised for angst and tragedy. And I also can't help but feel that this is DC Comics' way of putting on a Batman show without greenlighting Batman.

Also, I think I'm having difficulty imagining someone other than Hartley playing the GA. And here's - of course - the shipping question. Do you guys think they'd have the Black Canary on the show from the beginning? I guess the "star crossed" lovers thing works a hell of a lot better in the GA/BC relationship than it ever did with Clark/Lana. But honestly? It kind of seems like a drag when you know that Ollie cheats on Dinah and that they just split up in the comics.

What do you think? Will this be another "Smallville" or will it be "Birds of Prey"?

The other bit of Pilot news that caught my eye was the two orders of "Beauty and the Beast". (EW LINK.)


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Oh, it's so much fun when my love for two fandoms collide... (credit to littlepaperstars)....
 
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Apparently, they're planning on building a new Harry Potter theme park. I was able to convince my husband to go to "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" in Orlando this past year and it was a great experience. But there were a lot of things they needed to work on and the place could definitely have been bigger and better. So this makes me beyond excited for two reasons. (1) I love Harry Potter. (2) I love Los Angeles.

So, basically, I have a feeling that I'm going to be camping out in LA for about 2 weeks around 2015.

Full article can be found HERE.

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