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I read The Selection books in 2014 and I enjoyed them. An interesting premise that I had really seen before, even I knew how the books would end. So I was excited when I found out that there were two follow up books dealing with the next generation.

The Heir fit well into the world that Kiera Cass created. We were introduced to Princess Eadlyn and quickly dived into the set up leading into her selection. This book ended with Eadlyn down to half a dozen prospects and developments in her family forcing her to take a hard look at herself.

The Crown however sped along, with Eadlyn picking the guy I figured she would but an ending for the political events that came out of left field - along with a revelation about a character's background that was totally unexpected (maybe the tie-in books brought up hints of this?).

While I liked The Heir, the ending that was slapped together in The Crown was nearly farcical and left the whole series with a bad taste.
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I've been on a real book crazy lately - averaging a book a day for the last few weeks!

Maybe it's to distract from the fact that my life is starting to stagnate again. Blah...
nestar: (HenryV Made to be Ruled)
When I was packing for my time in KS I made the choice to bring only one non-school book with me, The Complete Works of Shakespeare.

I set a goal to go through and read the plays that I haven't yet. Since that day, I've change the goal slightly: I will read, listen, or watch the plays I hadn't yet.

So in the interest of making lists (I do love lists)...

What I've Read (Seen, Listened to, Acted In, etc): 18/39
Comedies
A Midsummer Night's Dream -R,S,A
As You Like It - S
Love's Labour's Lost - R,S
Much Ado About Nothing - R,S
The Merchant of Venice - R,S
The Merry Wives of Windsor - R
The Taming of the Shrew - R,S
The Tempest - R, S
The Two Gentlemen of Verona - R
Twelfth Night - R,S

Histories
Richard II - S
Henry IV, Part 1 - S
Henry IV, Part 2 - S
Henry V - S (aka, thank you Hollow Crown)

Tragedies
Hamlet - R,L
King Lear - R
Macbeth - R,A
Othello - L
Romeo and Juliet - R,S,A


Yet to be Read (Seen, Listened to, Acted In, etc):21/39
Comedies
All's Well That Ends Well
Measure for Measure
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
The Comedy of Errors
The Two Noble Kinsmen
The Winter's Tale

Histories
King John
Henry VI, Part 1
Henry VI, Part 2
Henry VI, Part 3
Richard III
Henry VIII

Tragedies
Antony and Cleopatra
Coriolanus (soon to be watched)
Cymbeline
Julius Caesar
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida
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Avengers
I watched Iron Man 1 and 2 on Sunday - wow, in the rush of "OMG! Clint/Natasha 4ever!" I forgot how much I ship Happy/Natale. That whole bit in the car, then his insistence on helping with the attack... he's like a puppy who just wants her to love him.

Stargate
So right around Christmas I started watching Stargate: SG1; I am now halfway through season two and I have questions.

Twice now Teal'c has gone back to his home planet to rescue his wife and son (the second time even bringing them back to Earth just to get them away from the BigBad) yet as soon as that bout (or should I say episode) of danger is over with he sends them back - WHY?!

If BigBad can kidnap and brainwash your son once, what would keep him from doing it again? Really, just bring the family over and move Teal'c into family housing.


Hunger Games
I saw a promo still from the new movie and my first thought was "who is that creeper breathing on Katness", then I found out it was Finnick and I was sad. When I read the book I pictured Finnick kind of like LL Cool J, but with a swimmer's build (Annie I thought of as a young Halie Berry, and the old lady who takes her place as the grandma from Mulan).


Les Miserables
If you haven't seen it yet, wait for the DVD.

Spoilers and ranting this way... )
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I just finish "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo".

The third day after I started I was in the back room when the trailer for the movie came on.

Trailer and me rambling about all kinds of plot points... )
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Previous days here... )

Day 27 - A pairing that you loved and ended up hating?
Christine/Roule “The Phantom of the Opera”


With the black & white movies and the stage musical, Christine was set up as the damsel and Roule was clearly the hero; and when I was 12 I was willing to go with that.

Then I read the book and came to understand that The Phantom was a real man (with a name!) who hurt and loved and lived while Roule was a whinny baby who was told he couldn't have the toy he wanted.


Christine seized Raoul's arm and clutched it with a strength which no one would have suspected in so frail a creature.
"Then you were listening behind the door?"
"Yes, because I love you everything ... And I heard everything ..."


Christine entered, took off her mask with a weary movement and flung it on the table. She sighed and let her pretty head fall into her two hands. What was she thinking of? Of Raoul? No, for Raoul heard her murmur: "Poor Erik!"
At first, he thought he must be mistaken. To begin with, he was persuaded that, if any one was to be pitied, it was he, Raoul. It would have been quite natural if she had said, "Poor Raoul," after what had happened between them. But, shaking her head, she repeated: "Poor Erik!"
What had this Erik to do with Christine's sighs and why was she pitying Erik when Raoul was so unhappy?
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Hey guys, I have stuff to talk about!

Last week I was at the library and looking out at me from the CD rack was "Wonderland" the musical.

Could she be the one, you know?
Tin man, lion or scarecrow?
Wait that's from a different show


I almost drove off the road when I first heard that.

And then I realized that by switching a few songs around I could have a squeal to "Alice" - which I then plotted out ::head desk::



Previous days here... )

Day 26 - A pairing that you hated and ended up loving?
Christine/Eirk “The Phantom of the Opera”


I was first introduced to this fandom through the old black & white movies and then ALW's musical.


The B&W's were trying to play up the horror aspect of the story and the musical didn't really delve into the love between Christine and The Phantom (who they never name).

And then I read the book.

The man's voice spoke again: "Are you very tired?"
"Oh, to-night I gave you my soul and I am dead!" Christine replied.
"Your soul is a beautiful thing, child," replied the grave man's voice, "and I thank you. No emperor ever received so fair a gift. THE ANGELS WEPT TONIGHT."

"My anger equaled my amazement. I rushed at the mask and tried to snatch it away, so as to see the face of the voice. The man said, 'You are in no danger, so long as you do not touch the mask.' And, taking me gently by the wrists, he forced me into a chair and then went down on his knees before me […] And the voice, the voice which I had recognized under the mask, was on its knees before me, WAS A MAN! And I began to cry... The man, still kneeling, must have understood the cause of my tears, for he said, 'It is true, Christine! ... I am not an Angel, nor a genius, nor a ghost ... I am Erik!'"


"Oh, I hate him!" cried Raoul. "And you, Christine, tell me, do you hate him too?"
"No," said Christine simply.
"No, of course not ... Why, you love him! Your fear, your terror, all of that is just love and love of the most exquisite kind, the kind which people do not admit even to themselves,"
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Previous days here... )

Day 14: Your favorite book pairing.
Anne Elliot/Fredrick Wentworth "Persuasion"


The first Jane Austen book I read was Pride & Prejudice, for a while it was my favorite, then Emma, and then Persuasion.

This isn't the first blush of love, the overcoming of personalities or situations - that happened eight years ago.

Cut for lots of talking and vids... )
nestar: (Firefly SingALong)
Day 01 - What is your current favorite ship?
Day 02 - What was your very first ship?
Day 03 - A pairing that needs to happen now?
Day 04 - The pairing with the most chemistry?
Day 05 - The pairing with the least chemistry?
Day 06 - Best kiss?
Day 07 - The most heartbreaking scene?
Day 08 -
The pairing with the most baggage?
Day 09 - The most believable relationship?


Day 10 - The least believable relationship?
Jo/Mr. Berh “Little Women”

This one just grates. It was only a few years ago I found out that there was a huge outcry when Jo refused Laurie, it got LMA so upset that she wrote this pairing instead.
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I did some sewing today, go me!

I also got most of my books for this and the next module ordered, at some fairly awesome savings (www.dealoz.com).

I also got my uniform for the golf tourny next week.

Now, )

Fic writing woes... )
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Posting mostly to let you know I'm alive ::waves::, but more importantly...

I have a Neverending Story icon!!!!!
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Books. I could give up tv, the internet, chocolate, but never books.
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I missed yesterday, so here is two in one!

Day 01 → Your favourite song : Glasglow Love Theme by Craig Armstrong
Day 02 → Your favourite movie : The Cutting Edge. And in my world the Disney type made-for-preteen follow ups never happened.
Day 03 → Your favourite television program : Um... On right now or Ever? On Right Now - Big Bang Theory. Ever - Firefly
Day 04 → Your favourite book : I could no soon choose a favourite star in the heavens.
Day 05 → Your favourite quote : Depends on the day, "Life's tough, get a helmet." seems to be a good one.

Day 06 → Whatever tickles your fancy :
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy :
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad :
Day 09 → A photo you took
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 → A fictional book
Day 14 → A non-fictional book
Day 15 → A fanfic
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 → An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 → A talent of yours
Day 20 → A hobbie of yours
Day 21 → A recipe
Day 22 → A website
Day 23 → A YouTube video
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 → Your day, in great detail
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail
Day 27 → This month, in great detail
Day 28 → This year, in great detail
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy
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Go to urbandictionary.com and type in your answer to each question in the search box, then write the FIRST, MOST AMUSING, OR STRANGE definition it gives you.

This will mess with your mind.. )


* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Books are fun... )


When you see this, post (in your own journal) your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya ("prepare to die!") speech.

It's not really cheating... )
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Snagged from [profile] julielu
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see, I've read 42, though I have quite a few that I want to read soon.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Put an asterisk next to the books you'd rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read.
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who haven't read 6 and force books upon them

Icons

May. 13th, 2008 11:38 pm
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[personal profile] trystan830 asked a question in her LJ about the use of "Character Death" and other warnings in fanfiction, when source material doesn't come with a warning. Someone made a joke about the header for "Hamlet" and that sent my brain running.

Here are the first four icons, more will come. If you have a book you would like to see in this style leave me the title, rating, ship, and warnings.



Please feel free to use, just comment and credit.

Edit: I took out the fancy coding.
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Snagged from [personal profile] madamruppy  these are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, italicize the owns you own but have not read. I have to say, I read a lot of classics when I was in school or this list would have a lot less bolded.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion - I got through half of it.
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses

Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice - Like 50 thousand times
Jane Eyre

The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Iliad
Emma - See note from P&P
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged Ugh!
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales

The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo

Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility - See note from P&P
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park - See note from P&P

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist

Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables - got through about 5 chapters, then my head exploded from the sheer amount of NOTHING!!!
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion - See note from P&P
Northanger Abbey - See note from P&P
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down - You no have mates, you no have chicks, you stupid bunnies!!!
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield

The Three Musketeers
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My sister just got back from the library and handed me somethings.

"Girls Gone Mild" by Wendy Shalit.
I've been waiting for this book since Nov! I loved her first book, "Return to Modesty".

"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
The two disc version with special features and alternate filming!

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