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A book meme! I love round-up memes and had also been vaguely meaning to write up my book-reading, so I immediately copied this from [personal profile] naye.

How many books read in 2016?
86 books -- this is my log. 70 were new-to-me and 16 were re-reads.

Fiction/Non-Fiction ratio?
Nonfiction: 1 1/2 (I started a book about geopolitics in early November. WHY, you ask. I asked myself this, and put it aside to finish when it's less depressing.)
Fiction: 85

Male/Female authors?
male: 27 (this is skewed by the fact that one third of these books were the same author)
female: 57
other: 2

Most books read by one author this year?
I read nine books by Adrian Tchaikovsky, since I started a re-read in December of his 10-book (excellent!) Shadows of the Apt series. Also he published like three things this year, what the hell dude.

Any in translation?

Not counting re-reads, because I am utterly unobjective about books I like enough to have read more than twice, it was probably The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison, which was just mind-bending.
Runner ups up include A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwabe, with was DELIGHTFUL, and Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. And shoutout to Goldenhand by Garth Nix because LIREAL.

Least Favorite?
Gilded Cage by Vic James, which is an utterly offensive piece of rubbish. (You want my review?
Runners up were The Traitor Baru Cormorant, which was also infuriatingly offensive and also boring, and The Boy with the Porcelain Blade which was just stupid.

Hexwood, Diana Wynne Jones (1993)

I read several books on their release day, but the most recent of those was The Burning Page, Genevieve Cogman (late December 2016)

Longest Title?
The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles, Carolyne Larrington

Shortest Title?
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson

Book that most changed my perspective:
Well, World War Z made me realise that I'm actually sick of zombies? And I found There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom really insightful (title associated trans issues for me but it's about being the "problem boy" in a ~yr 5 class)

Favorite character:
Mulaghesh from City of Blades. I didn't like the first book that much, but this one was about a different character and WOW I LOVE HER. She's a disillusioned, ex-General and life-long soldier who's being forced to help out in a political mess in a hostile colony before she's allowed to retire. And I just fell in love. (Sadly the third book is about a dude I don't care much about, so ugh.)

Favorite scene:
I have read Bitterblue several times now, and the last few chapters in particular are just so important to me.

Favorite quote:
I read most of these books on kindle; sadly I don't have time to skim for quotes!

What do you want to read in 2017?
These ones which I'm too lazy to type out, books already on my kindle, more good fantasy, the continuations of all the series I'm partway through...

Any recs?
frith_in_thorns: (DW Rise)
Now that I'm back from holiday in the wild reaches of the Cotswolds (well, kind of excessively civilised really) and about to head off to a New Year party, let's do this!

2016 )
frith_in_thorns: (SW Leia)
1. Your main fandom of the year?

I haven't really done fandom as such. I think Star Wars and Star Trek between them have taken the majority of my actively-thinking-about-fandoms time.

2. Your favourite film watched this year?

For once this is a hard question because I've actually seen quite a few films, way more than usual! But I think it has to be Moana, which was glorious.

3. Your favourite book read this year?

I loved The Fifth Season, rather to my surprise, and the sequel. (I had not got on with Jemisen's books previously.) Also Ninefox Gambit was really good. I read lots more that were really good too.

4. Your favourite TV show of the year?

Star Trek DS9! I finally got around to watching it, after a long time of certain friends talking about it incessently, and it deserved the hype :)

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?

Twitter and the lovely crowd there, aka the Julian Bashir Face Appreciation Society.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

DS9! It was SO GOOD and everyone in it is SO GREAT.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

I hated the new Newsflesh book, which was a real shame. Also hated how tumblr fandom fell into Bernie-cult.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?

Julian Bashir, who is a darling.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

Jadzia Dax :D

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Finally getting Goldenhand, the Old Kingdom follow-up for Lireal, was wonderful!

11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

I don't really miss any fandom in particular anymore, but I do still really miss just being in a fandom -- just the socialness of it and the endless positive feedback loop that being a minor BNF ficwriter always gave me. (I know it's terribly gauche to admit, but I write so intensly for readers that even when I was churning out fic like 50% of it was directly from prompts that other people asked me to write, and the rest of it was written directly from me to my friends because I knew they'd like it. It's hard to describe, but I really fic-write as conversation. And without that, most of the drive is just... not really there.)

12. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

Not sure. I always feel I should try getting more into book fandoms, but I am just not so keen on reading fic about books. There's a sort of uncanny valley for me in regards to the authorial voice.

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Mass Effect Andromeda and Sunless Skies! Also the next Star Wars. And Jemisen's next book. And more Toby Daye.
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Meme I took from [ profile] pooh_collector:

Everyone should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

In no particular order:

1. Pan's Labyrinth

2. Howl's Moving Castle

3. Catching Fire

4. Pacific Rim

5. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

6. The Lord of the Rings (if I have to pick one I choose The Two Towers)

7. V for Vendetta

8. Cold Mountain

9. Serenity

10. Alice Through the Looking Glass (1998 British TV movie version)

I will expand on why I picked any of these in comments if anyone's at all interested!
frith_in_thorns: Mako Mori with an umbrella above her head in the rain (PR Mako Mori)
Day 10 - A song that makes you fall asleep
All Good Things (Come To An End) — Nelly Futardo

I just really love this one. It's had a lot of repeat plays. This is one I used to have on loop to work/revise to in sixth form, actually, because it's nice relaxing noise.

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Day 11 - A song from your favourite band
Speed the Collapse — Metric

This was a really hard question to answer -- I have quite a lot of bands I love! But I haven't used a Metric song for any of my other meme answers, so I'll go with them. This is also one of my favourite apocalypse songs. (I have a lot of favourite apocalypse songs.)

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Day 12 - A song from a band you hate
A Light As Bright As Ours — Sandi Thom

Yeah, this is the "I wish I was a punk rocker" singer. Which is one of the most annoying songs I know XD But this one is okay! Although I have no idea why I have it in my music collection -- I think may be one my sister added way back when she used to steal my laptop...

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frith_in_thorns: Katara against a background of ice, bending a blue wave of water (AA Katara)
Day 07 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Bow to the Crown — Heather Dale

I listened to Heather Dale a lot right before my Finals. (She's good listening on the way to job interviews, too!) For people unfamiliar with her she is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and that's what her songs are. Medieval style, with chivalry and quests but also lady knights and magic and all these stories about fictional places which are basically out of ren-faires or Merlin or something. And they're delightful.

This particular one is about knights fighting in a tournament. (Deliberately, there are no genders attached to either the knights or their sweethearts, which I think is a lovely touch.) It was great pre-Finals music to listen to!

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Day 08 - A song that you know all the words to
Piazza, New York Catcher — Belle & Sebastian

This question was a bit tricky to answer -- I just automatically pick up and memorise song lyrics, and therefore I know pretty much all the lyrics to all my songs. But I really like this one, and it's a fun song to sing along to!

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Day 09 - A song that you can dance to
Never Look Away — Vienna Teng

This is my favourite song from her newest album. And it's so great! you are made of nebulas and novas and night sky / you’re made of memories you bury or live by I also think this would make a great vid song -- I want to make a Warehouse 13 team vid to it.

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frith_in_thorns: Mako Mori with an umbrella above her head in the rain (PR Mako Mori)
Unrelated note: I've had to turn off anon commenting on LJ. I've been getting an enormous volume of spam, about one an hour! They're currently enabled on DW -- I'll see how this goes.

Day 04 - A song that makes you sad
Samson — Regina Spektor

This is one of the songs which no one will ever convince me is not about lesbians, because it totally is. (Note: please don't actually try to convince me.) Also I've spent the last year planning in my head how I want to do a Myka/HG vid to it, and definitely plan to make it after Warehouse 13 finishes airing.

I love the sweetness about this song, and the sadness. It's got beautiful lyrics. We couldn't bring the columns down, no we couldn't destroy a single one / and the history books forgot about us and the bible didn't mention us, not even once.

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Day 05 - A song that reminds you of someone
Pressure Suit — Aqualung

This is song which I was given by Esvan, during the period of my life when I was in 6th form and had literally no one to talk to (and he was in his first year of uni) and I was just incredibly lonely and depressed and suicidal. But he sent me a song and I played it over and over and over and just. It's such a good song. Somewhere far beneath your pointed tongue and teeth is where you really are and just the repeated it's alright was so much what I needed right then, and yeah. Esvan's song. ♥

Dammit, now I'm crying.

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Day 06 - A song that reminds of you of somewhere
Fire And Rain — James Taylor

Years ago, we went on holiday each summer to France, to the Alps and to the south. We'd drive there, and go between campsites which were all in the middle of nowhere, with all the camping stuff for three weeks wedged into one car (because apparently it cost a load to take the little trailer on the ferry). But basically there was a lot of driving. And we'd all make one or two mixtapes each to be played in the car (except my mother, who was too busy actually organising the holiday). My sister's tapes were universally hated by everyone else, being comprised of Atomic Kitten and the Sugarbabes and the like. Mine were bizarre mixtures with Steeleye Span wedged up next to Snow Patrol and the end-songs from LOTR and Death Cab for Cutie and Cat Stevens in a way that I thought was great. And dad's tended to be made of the exact same songs every year, even though he made new ones every time. (This meant that I never had to put them on mine unless I wanted a duplicate, which worked great for me!)

So this song is France. There are actually lots that are, the ones that dad repeated every year -- James Taylor and Neal Young and Carol King and other artists I can't remember although I could still sing you their songs. But I picked this one here because it's a specific place to me -- driving through a golden evening on a high, narrow road above a long reservoir that we'd spent all day beside. Cork oaks beside the road, all glowing gold in the sunset. That's this song.

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frith_in_thorns: Hardcover books standing upright (.Books)
I have started 30-day memes in the past and never finished them. This may happen here, but I'm hoping not. And I can actually ramble on about songs for a surprisingly long time!

Also I'm doing three questions at once. That might help too.

Day 01 - Your favourite song
King And Lionheart — Of Monsters And Men

This has been my favourite song since pretty much the first time I heard it. It's good to listen to in all moods -- happiness, sadness, depression... Many of my favourites songs are ones where the lyrics are along the lines of "yeah, things are shit, but you can go on", and this is a prime example. Howling ghosts they reappear in mountains that are stacked with fear, but you're a king and I'm a lionheart. It's just lovely the whole way through.

Also the official video is gorgeous. (I recommend viewing HD and fullscreen.)

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Day 02 - Your least favourite song
Blood — My Chemical Romance

There is a very simple reason why this is my least favourite song. When my sister was in her emo years she realised that I wasn't a fan of MCR and found this song rather annoying. So she put her speakers against our dividing wall and played it very loudly. For hours. And hours. And hours.

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Day 03 - A song that makes you happy
Wicked Girls — Seanan McGuire

(I can't find a youtube embed of this song, so I uploaded it to my tumblr. You can play it here.)

This is the song I'd been wanting for all of my life without knowing it. Especially as I grew increasingly dissatisfied with the fates of the girls in the books I'd read since I was a child. (Then of course I got into sci-fi and computer gaming... :P) This is a song about how we deserve better stories, and it's beautiful.

It's also another example of songs I find very motivational when I'm massively down. Our roads may be golden or broken or lost, but we'll walk on them willingly knowing the cost ... We're wicked girls saving ourselves.

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The "Ask Me About My Writing" meme! As seen just about everywhere on my flist.

Just ask me general questions because I don't know how I would answer the suggested ones :P
frith_in_thorns: Hardcover books standing upright (.Books)
Happy New Year everyone! (I owe a million replies and comments to things, but am waiting until I get back to my proper computer and keyboard!)

Meme - 2013 in review (life version) )
frith_in_thorns: Hardcover books standing upright (.Books)
Meme brought over from FB:

List 10 books that have stayed with you. Don't take but a few minutes, and don't think too hard - they don't have to be the 'right' or 'great' works, just ones which have touched you.

1. The Little Bookroom, by Eleanor Farjeon
2. The King of the Copper Mountains, by Paul Biegel
3. The Wind on Fire trilogy, by William Nicholson
4. Feet of Clay, by Terry Pratchett
5. The Lion Tamer's Daughter, by Peter Dickinson
6. The Tin Princess, by Philip Pullman
7. Catkin, by Antonia Barber
8. The Wanderings of Odysseus, by Rosemary Sutcliffe
9. The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien
10. Skellig, by David Almond
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Default)
This looks interesting. (Via [ profile] embroiderama)

Give me a topic, and at some point in the next few weeks I'll ramble about it. It can be anything from fandom-related (TV shows, books, computer games) to life-related (aspirations, identity, political beliefs) to pizza preferences to whatever you want.

My rambles will probably be brief, or not, depending on the subject.

Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet (although my favourite compliment I have ever received was "The thing I like most about you is that you have a strong opinion on everything, and you can explain it in enormous detail," so I can usually find something to say :D)

Topics: you can get an idea from my tags/from the stuff I usually ramble about/from things you maybe wish I talked about more but don't. Lurkers, passers-by, etc, all welcome -- don't be shy. :-)

Topic list (mostly for my reference):
The October Daye series
Favourite children's programme
Being poly
Post-anklet headcanons
The Mechanisms in Fallen London
What I like in an original character
What makes me love a book
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Meme from [personal profile] veleda_k.

Give me a character and I'll tell you my

frith_in_thorns: Diana Berrigan in a winter coat, looking down and smiling (WC Diana)
Like many other equally silly people, I'm doing nano this year -- except I'm ignoring the official targets and going for at least 1000 words per day. It seemed like a good time to actually write the YA SFF story I've had floating in my head for at least three years, with all the characters fully-formed.

However, I'm really bad at focusing on things for more than a few thousand words. So I thought I'd also do the timestamp meme that's been floating around, so that I can dip into other things as a distraction :) Rules copied from [ profile] sholio:

In a comment, give me the name of one of my fics and let me know what you want ("a missing scene from El's point of view", "what happened right after the explosion", "ten years later in this universe", "AU in which Peter got shot instead of Neal", etc) and I'll try to write a commentfic of at least a hundred words for you!

Or, if there's something specific you want that isn't a timestamp, you can ask for that instead. Most of my White Collar stuff is on AO3 here, and Fallen London stuff is in a sticky post on my journal.

Disclaimer: I will try very hard to fill at least the first few, but as is fairly evident to anyone who's hung around my journal for any length of time, I can be really awful with these things. Also I am still incredibly unlikely to write sex scenes.

That said, please do leave me prompts! I really enjoy writing fics for you guys :)
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (ALoK - Lin - inspection)
The move is pretty much complete, although I'm still cleaning Ba Sing Se -- if it isn't absolutely flawless we're pretty sure the Dai Li landlords are going to gouge our deposit. Well, they're probably going to attempt it anyway, but I want to give them as little ammunition as possible.

To give me something interesting to think about while I continue to scrub marks out of the walls which were there when we moved in, a meme.

You post a topic, list, category, whatever, in comments. (examples: "Five Dates X Regretted Going On," or "Five Things Y Has On His Shelf", or "Your Five Favourite Songs About the Apocalypse). I'll answer with a list of five things.
frith_in_thorns: Diana Berrigan in a winter coat, looking down and smiling (WC Diana)
I'm sitting in Pret waiting to go see Pacific Rim. Based on everything I have heard, expect squeeing to follow.

In the meantime, a meme! Stolen from [personal profile] sholio.

Name a TV show, movie, book, comic, etc, that you're pretty sure I haven't watched/read (or at least not more than an episode or two), and I'll tell you what I think it's about.



frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Neal 1)
I have not been around very much lately, and have been terrible at interacting with people. I need to start fixing that! So, a talky meme, because I have missed talking.

From [personal profile] veleda_k:

The Top 5 Meme: Ask me my top five fannish anything and I'll tell you.

(If you are not a fandom person I will also answer random top-5 questions.)
frith_in_thorns: Hardcover books standing upright (.Books)
Meme, from [personal profile] veleda_k:

If you give me titles for stories I didn't write, I will respond with details of those non-written stories.

(With the caveat that I may also blatently steal your title ideas. I HATE COMING UP WITH TITLES.)
frith_in_thorns: Hardcover books standing upright (.Books)
Meme! From [personal profile] carawj.

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. But here’s a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: “Ah, there’s Parker… she likes money and cereal.” I’d love it if everyone who’s friended me did this. (Yes, even you people who I know really well.) Then post this in your own journal. In return, ask me anything you’d like to know about me and I’ll give you an answer.
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Neal+Peter 1)
End of year meme: Fandom Edition!

I am talkative this evening. )

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