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One Salt Sea (October Daye, #5)One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just when you think McGuire’s done her worst, she throws in a kidnapping and you realise no-one is safe.

As well as some cracking plot, this book added some fantastic back story and world building, and is the first, but probably not the last, in the series to get the full five stars.

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Mirrored from P.R. Kaye's Presence.

Just five things...

Apr. 30th, 2017 10:04 am
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I was thinking about the five things that I'd love to have done today, and they are all excessively optimistic:

  1. Get the house clean and tidy
  2. Finish reading A Prayer for Owen Meany
  3. finish 16 mug rugs (I have four partially done)
  4. Get the washing under control (there is not enough line space, so unless things get dry quickly, this can't happen)
  5. Read the relevant bits for the current assignment and make notes about how they inform my assignment.

In reality, I'd be happy to have the kitchen and bedroom tidy, a couple of loads of wash done, and progress on everything else. So, first, a shower and a cup of coffee, and then I'm going to get to it.

1.16 The Sum of its Parts

Apr. 30th, 2017 09:41 am
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1.16 The Sum of its Parts

First aired 26 February 2001

The crew is contacted by a drone from the Consensus of Parts, a race of sentient machines who live in the space between galaxies. It claims to have been sent to make contact with them, but the drone proceeds to take overAndromeda in an attempt to escape his destruction. Through the drone, its 'master' tries to force Rommie to join the Consensus.

Fizzle. Perhaps if the drone were less ridiculous looking?

But check out this - a new vid for the Vids in Space challenge. It's Chasing Twister by Colls.

Doctor Who 10.03 - "Thin Ice"

Apr. 30th, 2017 11:05 am
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Such is my fondness for the show this season that I'm almost ready to get a Twelfth Doctor DW icon. THAT IS THE LEVEL OF MY COMMITMENT.

'Human progress isn't measured by spoilers.' )
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Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 5 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: Souta and Yume attend an old friend's wedding.

Chapter 16: An Education

Daily Happiness

Apr. 29th, 2017 01:59 am
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1. I get to sleep in three days in a row!

2. I had to fire someone today, which was unpleasant, and just generally made the day really emotionally draining, since it was on my mind all day leading up to it. But at least now it's over. And hopefully the store will be a more pleasant environment with them gone.

3. I finished up some more manga tonight, so it looks like I will manage to squeeze in one more chapter to post before the end of the month for sure. (And maybe another if the typesetter gets back to me.)

4. Look how big this Jasper is getting! He's six months old today.

Vid: 16 Tons (Alien series)

Apr. 30th, 2017 11:10 am
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Title: 16 Tons
Recipient: [personal profile] sol_se, for [community profile] equinox_exchange Spring 2017
Fandom: Alien series (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection)
Music: 16 Tons, by My Terrible Friend
Length: 1:53
Download: 1012x424, 23.9MB .624 mp4 | 1012x424, 38.8MB xvid avi
Original post: on AO3
Content notes: Violence; not as much gore as you might expect

Summary: Ripley needs a better employer.

Streaming + lyrics )

Meme me!

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:26 pm
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Give me a fandom and I will tell you

1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed

Any show/video game/movie I've talked about on here is fair game (though I can't guarantee I've seen all seasons). (Tags, AO3 list)

Brining back the Friday vid rec!

Apr. 28th, 2017 09:51 pm
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Hopefully this attempt to resuscitate vid recs lasts longer than my last one.

Out of the Spring Equinox vidding exchange is a fabulous Farscape vid that made me want to hug the show.

Never Fully Dressed by Anon

Vid post where you leave feedback.

FFX: A Guardian's Legacy (2017 edit)

Apr. 28th, 2017 05:16 pm
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Title: A Guardian's Legacy
Fandom: FFX
Rating: Teen-ish
Wordcount: A lot. Currently at 29/46 chapters.
Characters: Auron, Kinoc, Braska, Jecht, Paine, Baralai, most of the main cast of FFX, lots of OCs. Main pairing is Auron/OC, with a side of Paine/Baralai, and others (particularly Tidus/Yuna) in the background
Spoilers: Yes, lots, for FFX and FFX-2.
Notes: As I mentioned in my monthly writing goals post, I decided to take on a different kind of project this month: cleaning up and reposting an older story that hadn't yet made it onto AO3. Although the posting is only about two-thirds done (I plan to put up two or so more chapters every day until it's done), I finished the big editing pass today, so I thought it would be a good time to share my progress so far.

Summary: The story of Auron -- warrior monk, guardian, legend -- and the family he left behind.

Posted on AO3

more on the asthma meds

Apr. 28th, 2017 09:56 pm
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I'm starting to think that the montelukast (sp? too lazy to go look it up, hoping I've typed it correctly enough times that it will just happen that way) is having an effect on the asthma a little ahead of the doctor's predicted 'two to three weeks'. This is only a tentative thought at this point, but the last two doses of the steroid/beta agonist mix (this morning, this afternoon) have not been associated with the sensation of my chest loosening which was the symptom that alarmed my usual GP enough to start on the merry-go-round of medication modification. This is despite most of my other allergy related symptoms being a bit higher than they have been (eyes are scratchy after being horrid ?yesterday, ears are irritating, skin is just horrid, nose is a little on the clogged side). If that becomes the consistent pattern, I'll be very happy about that, because it will mean that the steroids are doing their job, rather than having the beta agonist being the main thing (at least, that is my understanding of what is going on). I'm less happy about the twice a day dosing, but I'm very happy with the pain level drop (even though I've been eating Things My Body Doesn't Like) (teaching and running around day, did not even register pain at a 'maybe I should take a painkiller'. Took one yesterday, but that was after dinner and pain levels had ramped up).

Daily Happiness

Apr. 28th, 2017 01:59 am
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1. I posted manga! Might get another chapter or two posted before the end of the month, but if not I've at least gotten seven chapters posted this month, which is not bad for as distracted by Zelda as I've been. :p

2. Speaking of Zelda, I didn't play much today, but I did do a bit more exploring in the mountains around Hebra Tower and found two more shrines. I think I'm going to leave off any more exploring there until I get those snow boots, though. It's just such a pain to move so slowly in the snow...

And then I went to turn in some gourmet meat to that guy to finish up a quest and suddenly started to get a blood moon. As soon as I saw the signs, I immediately transported to the shrine at the top of Mount Satori or whatever its called and then flew down to Washu's Bluff and this time I made it in time and finished that shrine quest! (I tried it once before, but landed literally right as the blood moon phase passed and the platform light blinked out.)

I also had enough bits and bobs of Guardians to buy one piece of the ancient armor! I need to kill some more Guardians, though, because now I need a ton more parts. :(

3. Tomorrow is Alexander's birthday, so we went out for karaoke and dinner today. We went to Jollibee, which is a Filipino fast food chain. Everything was delicious, but the peach mango pies were especially good. And the halo-halo. It's a good thing it's not very close by, otherwise I'd be going there for dessert way too often. -_-

4. Carla got some cute pics of sleepy Chloe tonight.

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Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4)Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

McGuire is hitting her stride with Toby Daye, and I raced through book four. Aside from a few slight pacing inconsistencies I loved it.

Once again McGuire doesn’t hold back with the emotional twists, and neither the reader nor the characters escape unscathed.

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Mirrored from P.R. Kaye's Presence.

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Apr. 27th, 2017 10:51 pm
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All right, folks, what are your May Day plans?

Making connections

Apr. 27th, 2017 10:07 pm
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1. I've been reading a bit, I downloaded the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (set in the same universe as Six of Crows) to learn a bit more about the in-universe backstory. And, um... well, it's definitely earlier work. It reads a lot like the Valdemar novels. That's not necessarily a bad thing, they're chatty and fast-moving, but boy are they full of heterosexual feelings and all the pretty boys want are heroine but she's so conflicted and initially so mousy-looking and... well. There's also a lot of digging into "how does magic work" which I disliked so much in the Valdemar universe. On the other hand, they're light and entertaining and I like some of the characters an awful lot (Nikolai, honestly, is my favorite at the moment.) It does not have the awesome characterization and sense of purpose that made Six of Crows so good, so I am looking forward to finishing the last book in the trilogy and moving on to the 6oC sequel.

2. One of my facebook friends posted about how he didn't understand how Ocean's Eleven could make Danny Ocean the protagonist without spending any time setting up how it's morally okay for him to rob the mark, and I'm thinking... have you ever seen a movie? It just made me remember how much I like heist movies. And con movies. Man, I want to watch Focus again.

3. My desktop's media hard drive died. I bought a new one with some of my tax refund, but I still need to install it and see if I can recover any of my data. If I can't, I may cry. I haven't been sleeping very well and right now I'm only dealing with the thought of perhaps losing all that media forever by suppressing my feelings.

4. I had a really upsetting conversation with one of my coworkers, not because he's a bad guy but because I had to be doing the mental dance of "Wait... are you actually not a good guy? Do I have to reign in all of my opinions around you?" He was really startled to find out how upsetting I found the whole conversation and really apologetic when I told him, but ugh. Man, sometimes I miss my old coworkers. Not because they were all terrific (some of them were, but not all) but because I knew who I could and couldn't talk about things with. Don't talk about movies with D, because she thought that Crash was a great movie, loves The Expendables, and hated Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Talk about politics with M, because she's great and well-read and thoughtful even if snarky. Et cetera. Learning about a whole new ecosystem of people while we're all under stress and all competing for the same positions is hard.

5. Chatted with my professors about lab joining and everything is tentatively going well, though obviously nothing can be settled any time soon. I think I would love to join either the lab I'm in now or the lab I was just in, but there's the question of who has room and which student is a good fit. And that won't get resolved until we get nearer the end of the term.

6. No, YOU'RE number six.

Scanlations: Love Buzz ch. 11

Apr. 27th, 2017 07:40 pm
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Title: Love Buzz
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Young King
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Heterophobia Fansubs
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Five years ago, pro wrestler Fuji Kaoru disappeared one day before a match. Now she shows up at her old gym out of the blue, with a five-year-old daughter in tow. But not everyone is willing to welcome her back with open arms.

Chapter Summary: Fuji finally gets her head back in the game, but makes the mistake of tagging out to Machiya at the last moment...

Chapter 11: Who's the Hero Here?

Weekly Reading

Apr. 27th, 2017 06:45 pm
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What are you currently reading?
I actually made progress on The Mayor of Castro Street this week! I read two chapters, which brings me to almost halfway through.

I also read the first chapter of The Invisible Library and it's really good so far, but then I just haven't had a chance (or haven't made time) to read any more...

I have also technically started More All-of-a-Kind Family, but haven't actually read any of it yet.

What did you recently finish reading?
Well, I read the first two All-of-a-Kind Family books and they're so good! I'm so glad I happened across them and decided to give them a reread.

What do you think you'll read next?
Really just those books in progress!

meal notes

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:12 am
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Pushed my luck a bit last night, and went out for dinner, caught up with some people I don't see often - lovely chat. Meal was also lovely, but I spent some hours in the middle of the night sitting up because I was too nauseated to lie down (I did try, and gave up, and tried again a bit later), and I have felt the meal in its progress through my innards, so I'm guessing there was something in it that I should avoid. And in the hope that recording these things for posterity will help with tracking down the culprit(s), recording as much detail as possible. (Because of the venue, there was one appropriately sized gluten free meal, so I ate that, even though I would have rathered something actually vegetarian)

Meal: salt and paper squid - copious quantities of battered (quite soft batter) squid with just salt and paper as added flavour, as far as I can tell.
Side 1 - chips with sweet chilli dipping sauce (of which I had a little) and aioli (of which I had a reasonable amount)
Side 2 - 'salad' - carrot, onion, a chunk of tomato, lettuce. Pulled what I could see of the onion out. Some kind of dressing
Drink - on tap cider, water
also, stole abandoned veggies off other people's plates - a bit of tomato, some carrot.
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Picked this up in Oxfam, having seen the original French version recommended in language learning forums. (Someday...)

I hadn't heard of Marguerite Yourcenar before this, but she have been a sort of Belgian Mary Renault. Mid-century female writer, bisexual, spent most of her life living abroad with a female partner, wrote historical novels about gay men in the ancient world. (New Yorker article about her)

Her style (or the translation, which was done by her partner) is self-consciously literary in a way that makes Mary Renault look like the middlebrow hack writer that she was. (Kidding, except in the sense that I'm not.)

And although I'm not that far through the book, she seems to have had a rather more humane outlook than Renault. An interesting read.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 27th, 2017 01:38 am
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1. Day off tomorrow! We're doing stuff (probably) but not until the afternoon, so I can still sleep in and relax in the morning.

2. I played a little Zelda tonight and found three shrines, two stables, and Hebra tower. That leaves only the two Gerudo areas that I don't have the towers for yet. I'm actually kind of sad to have so much of the map filled in. I remember when I first got off the great plateau and realized how huge the world is, it was so exciting, and now it's like, aww, I only have a little bit left to explore. ;_;

3. Somehow I don't have any new pics of kitties, but luckily I have plenty of backstock to choose from. Here's an explorer Jasper from a week or so ago.

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