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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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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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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???
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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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Whenever I see news items like this one, I miss LA with the passion of a thousand suns. If I were still there, I'd convince a good friend to stand with me in line starting 12pm and I'd camp out until 6pm in the hopes that two seats would open up.

I live fairly close to NYC but (1) I don't find a lot of these types of cool things in NY as much and (2) none of my friends here have a passion for TV or film in the same way my friends in LA did.

So... yeah... really missing LA and my friends there a lot right now.


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Just found out (unofficially) that I got into the Masters program that I have been dying to go to for quite awhile now. I heard about this program about a year ago and immediately fell in love with it (and the school). Back in my undergrad days, I wasn't able to go to the school I wanted (or major in what I wanted) so I didn't want to pursue a grad degree I wasn't passionate about. Now, thank God, I'm not only going to be studying a subject I will enjoy, I'll also be going to an Ivy League school!!!

Now I just need to figure out how to make a day last longer than 24 hours so I can balance a full time job, 2 kids, and part time grad school in a way that doesn't make me go crazy. (Or make me give up any of my TV addictions!)
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Ugh. It just started out as simple lower right back pain on Saturday night. Fast forward to Monday evening and I'm checking myself into the ER to figure out how the hell to get the pain to stop. Get diagnosed with kidney stones - even though the doctor couldn't find hide or tail of one - and am sent home with tons of pain meds. Next day, I'm not only still in pain, but I'm totally sick because of all of the pain medication. My regular doctor checks me out and informs me that it's just a back problem & I have to sign up for physical therapy and take muscle relaxers. I end up getting a fever (since when does chronic back pain come with fevers??) and I'm incredibly uncomfortable all night (muscle relaxer didn't work). Today, I wake up and feel much better. BUT I can't go to the bathroom... nothing happens. And so I decide to take some pills for that... fast forward to about 4pm and I'm in massive pain. BAD cramps. Feel like I'm in labor (it's not a pleasant feeling) and I'm really nauseated. Throw up a few times, etc. And now... I'm exhausted. The cramping kind of comes and goes. I can't really keep anything down except a little bit of Coke. 

On top of everything else? I got my period. 

WTF. Just WTF. I have no clue what this is and what the hell is going on. I don't want to go to the ER again. They ran a bunch of tests last time and clearly had no clue what was going on. It's not like an MRI is going to look any different a couple of days later. 

UGH. Just ugh. 
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My wand: ALDER WITH UNICORN CORE, TEN INCHES, SURPRISINGLY SWISHY (Not particularly happy about how it looks, but stoked that I got a unicorn core.) 
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Life has been crazy busy. It all started with Hurricane Irene. Then it was Eid. Then I had tons of work at work (still do). And then I had to go to Chicago for a wedding. Just got back and work is... yup, you guessed it, incredibly busy. And the in-laws are in town. 

So - unfortunately - that means that fanfic writing in on hold while Real Life takes a priority. It really sucks because I've got all this great stuff buzzing around in my head, but no time to actually put fingers to keyboard to get it typed out. 

How is everyone else doing? I hope you had a great Labor Day! 

For all you writers out there: does this ever happen to you? That your Muse is more than happy to come out and play, but you have no time to indulge? 



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Lately, I feel like I've been in full-on avoidance mode. I have graduate school application essays I need to finish up & I just have one more draft to edit and then I'm done. But I'm not doing it.  I'm avoiding certain projects at work that need to be DONE already. I've got a long list of chores at home that I'm... you guessed it... avoiding.

I don't know if my "blah" state is because it's the final leg of the summer, or because it's Ramadan (although, I'm not fasting right now), or just because of other issues. I'm currently not speaking to my parents because of a variety of reasons. It could be because of that.

No idea.

Anyone else ever go through these sorts of patches? Where you KNOW, on an intellectual level, that you just need to get shit DONE, but - emotionally - you find it difficult to get your mind where it needs to be? 
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I had originally planned to not even try, but then I saw that a lot of people who attempted to do it actually managed to get access. So, I figured it was worth a shot to at least try for the last two days. (I'm MidnightSpirit38.)

I managed to stumble across the Day 6 clue (which was: how many chapters are in HBP; multiply that by 14) and got in! Two things sucked, though: 

(1) My son didn't manage to get in - when he went on, there were already too many people and his computer is much slower than mine. We tried to do it on my computer, but the site wouldn't let us both register at Step 6 at the same time. He is a sweetheart and told me to do it (since he figured I loved HP more than him), but we're going to try to get him one tomorrow.

(2) When I typed in the "answer" URL, it redirected me to a page that pretty much only looks like an ad for Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I was so taken aback (and figured I'd done something wrong) that it took me about 4 tries to figure out that there was a magical quill floating around. I think that if I had be quicker about it, I may have been able to hand it over to my kid, since my computer was much faster.

Anyway... at least he'll still be able to check the place out and see what's going on, since I got access. I hope he gets his own username tomorrow, though.

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"Time" Magazine had a great article on fan fiction:

The Boy Who Lived Forever

I don't read much fanfiction (nothing outside of Clois "SV" really and even that has stopped), but I am really excited to read the recommended fic by padfoot4ever. It'll be my first HP fic ever.

Can anyone recommend good Harry Potter fics to me? I would love to read on Ginny & Harry post-Book 7. I'm a canon freak and so I must have all canon characters together.

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SO EXCITED!!! 

Ginchy won my
offer for a Smallville Clois fanfic. Not only did she already pay the donation amount, she was sweet enough to pay the HIGHER bid ($60) even though her $45 bid was the winning bid. Thank you to everyone who bid in the auction. I wish I had the time and ability to write a fic for each and every single one of you. I can only hope that the people of Japan are able to come back from this quickly and I'm glad that I'm able to help in this (teeny-tiny-microscopic) way.

Now... on to fanfic details...

The general idea behind the offer was that the winner could pick any extra characters and/or scenario. It seems from my conversations with Ginchy that what she wants MOST is a "Clark and Lois meet Bruce Wayne for the first time" fic.

So, stay tuned for some Bruce Wayne, folks....


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 I have no problem with this. None at all. Ironically, I did a post (quite awhile back) on what I would have done if I was TPTB for "Smallville" and I said that I would have cast Amy Adams as Lori Lemaris in my version of "Smallville". Weird. 

I still don't have high hopes for this movie (not a Snyder fan) but I am happy with this choice. Let's hope AA rocks it. 
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I have placed an offer on the Help Japan community to write one Clois fanfic for the highest bidder. The donation that the bidder pledges should go to one of the charities listed on the Help Japan community (all proceeds, of course, going to help the country of Japan).

The fic will be 1-3 parts long (depending on how the story goes) and the winner can choose the story, setting, or any other details they definitely want included. They can also decide if they want a different pairing included in the fic, along with SVClois.

If you're interested, you can place a bid
HERE.

Help Japan is a community that was created on 11 March 2011, to raise funds to assist Japan after being hit by both an earthquake and a tsunami. It is a multi-fandom, multi-media auction with the intention of uniting everyone with the one cause: to help Japan.

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I don't know if anyone has been following this story or not, but a lot of folks seem to have problems with the idea that Batman comics' has introduced a character that is Muslim (a practicing Muslim) and is also a super-hero. Because, of course, all Muslims are terrorists and, therefore, it's IMPOSSIBLE for a Muslim to not be a jihadist. *eye roll* 

"The Daily Show" just did a segment on this story. First of all, I would have loved this regardless, because it's (a) about DC Comics (b) got Aasif Mandvi in it, whom I adore and (c) it's mocking racist bigots. 

But the thing that also makes it cool is that they interview someone from a website I actually follow. Comics Alliance is a pretty cool website and I think that Sims' is a pretty funny columnist. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of Batman (more of a Superman and Wonder Woman fan) but I think a lot of his columns are pretty interesting. 

For those who haven't seen it, here's the video: 

You’re watching Chris Sims on 'The Daily Show' 3/01/11. See the Web's top videos on AOL Video

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