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Having a hard time maintaining a presence on the internet. I think it's more mental than situational but the mental is because of the situational, does that make any sense? I don't feel interesting lately so I don't feel like I'm depriving you of anything by not posting entries, but I'm sorry for not keeping up with what you've been posting about your own lives. I'll try to stop reading LJ on my phone, which ruins everything.

Anyway, just to have something to write about, I decided to make a list of everything I'm currently reading, and the different slots they all fill.

Kindle book: The Three Musketeers. Always on hand for when I've got a few minutes to fill while I'm out. Not too far in yet, but it's fun. Light and fast-paced. Next up is The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

Paperback: The Silmarillion. Once I'd started this, I went a few months without picking it up, but I'm coming closer to the end now. Mostly I read a little bit at a time just before bed. The story of Beren and Luthien was the best. Next up is American Gods.

Audiobook: Summer Knight. I'm on the final half hour or so and I think it's my favorite Dresden book so far. I'm also feeling more certain that the issues I was having were mostly due to not being an audiobook person, but I just don't have another slot for these and I need biking entertainment. Next up is whatever Dresden book is up next.

Re-read: The Eye of the World. Since I'm not actually reading, I feel like I should have been able to finish this in an afternoon, but at least I know I'm not getting nothing from it. I usually pick this one up when I want to read but I'm too tired for a "real" book. Next up is the rest of the whole dang Wheel of Time.

Poetry: The Complete Works of Robert Frost. As I've described before, one (or several, or part of one) every night before the light goes off. Pretty far through, but the sad thing is there's a play at the end I intend to skip, so I won't be able to say I've read the complete works of Frost. Next up is a little book called Good Poems.

Non-fiction: A guide to raising chickens. :) It's just been sitting on the coffee table for ages and sometimes I remember I should learn beyond the basics for these animals which are under our care. Next up is probably something from the library about sewing or sculpting.

Comics: Catching up on Buffy S10. Most issues are good for a few minutes of entertainment, like when I'm eating breakfast, and it's nice to pay two bucks instead of four. Next up is Hellboy or Y: The Last Man or something by Scott Cloud.

Fanfiction: Very occasionally. Lately, my standards are that it has to be by someone I consider a friend, who writes for fandoms I love, writes well, and has similar ships/views to mine. Hence the very occasionally, and why I don't know what's up next.

Okay, and for the hell of it, here's also what I'm watching.

Supernatural: watching with Taaroko through S5.
Breaking Bad: watching S4 with Simon, alternating with Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones: watching S5 with Simon, alternating with Breaking Bad.
Firefly: never did finish watching with Simon, probably will at some point.
Gargoyles: rewatching with Taaroko through S3.
Daredevil: rewatching S2 by myself.
Adventure Time: watching S3 or maybe S4 by myself.
Animaniacs: watching S2 by myself.

Next up is Poldark with Simon, Luke Cage when it comes, Agents of SHIELD when it's back, and Doctor Who at some point.

Am I the only one who has designated uses or buddies for specific types of media? I'm trying to figure it out for music, too - cooking music, art music, etc.

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The Glue of the World: The Lion Guard

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...Is everything I've ever wanted from an app game. It's intricately constructed, interacts with the real world, pacifies my need to collect things, doesn't hold you hostage to the time or money you put into it, and is, often if not always, freaking adorable.

My age range missed the Pokemon craze when it first hit the States, but I always thought it was a neat idea for a playable fantasy world. Now I get to enjoy a little part of it!

Don't ignore the horror stories (please, device distraction is a serious danger in our world), but do ignore the haters. This is good clean fun. Any time you want to hear about what my latest Eevee evolved into, all you have to do is ask.

(Team Instinct, btw.)

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Title: Superspeed
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Avengers/MCU
Wordcount: 1243
Summary: Wanda meets the Barton family.
Notes: Written unexpectedly thanks to a request from within the flist. (Thanks for the inspiration!)

But if you’re Wanda, that means Mister Pietro was your brother, right?Collapse )

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The Glue of the World: Hamilton - My Shot

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Just some stray observations since I doubt anyone is going to want to follow me through this journey regardless of how long it takes (and boy it may take a while).

Robert Jordan all like, "Here's fifty characters! Ten of them are main characters. Ten are moderately significant characters. Seven are only there for a scene in which they say or do something you need to know about, sixteen are there to give some texture to the setting. Eight are utterly unimportant. Five are immediately interesting, nine are annoying, ten are memorable due to some detail in their description, twelve are boring. You'll figure out which is which eventually. Good luck!"

This is the clearest evidence I've found so far for how much faster I used to read, and I'm genuinely dismayed. All I've done so far is skim - not read, skim - through the first four chapters and the time I've spent on it makes the rest of the book look downright intimidating, not to mention the next eleven (twelve?) books in the series of equal or greater size. I must have been around fourteen when I first discovered this series, and I used to plow right through them. I know I've read at least some of them multiple times. How does that work?

Everyone knows we owe Game of Thrones to A Song of Ice and Fire. It could be argued that we owe A Song of Ice and Fire to The Wheel of Time. Epic fantasy, the kind composed of multiple consecutive doorstops and no spin-offs or guest authors, didn't really become popular until Robert Jordan began churning them out. (He also popularized "WHY IS THE NEXT BOOK TAKING SO LONG, THAT CLIFFHANGER IS KILLING ME".) Lately, GRRM got nostalgic about the first cover to A Game of Thrones - not the first copy I owned, but the first one I read. Check out whose rec is on top.

I just love the little icons at each chapter's header. I had forgotten about those. Dice it's a Mat chapter, wolf, you get Perrin. The Wheel + Great Serpent could be anything, and is apparently copyrighted. What are the crows, I wonder?

Even when I thought these books were the pinnacle of fantasy literature, I noticed a couple of annoying devices that I soon decided I would never, ever employ in my own writing. One was the characters' oft-repeated observation that their adventures aren't like "the stories" - substitute "movies" or the Sansa Stark version "songs" depending on your setting. The other was the use of light and darkness as metaphors for good and evil. They're both this author's favorites, and they show up early, although at this stage it's mostly "Oh it's an Aes Sedai, like in the stories" for the former. The latter is in no short supply. Not sure how to keep track of the forces of evil? You don't have to. They'll have the word 'Dark' in their name.

Jordan apparently feels the need to assign a love story to every. Single. Character, and none of them ever do much for me, but I think I really like the way Rand starts out with a girlfriend and the cracks are already showing. Makes it much harder to predict who will end up with whom.

I studied the map for a while and didn't really remember any part of Randland's geography except for the Two Rivers and the Spine of the World. However, I do think I deserve accolades for remembering most of the weird pronunciations that Jordan puts on his invented words and names. (Cairhien? Nynaeve? Angreal? You're just doing this to mess with us, aren't you?) I haven't even cracked the index yet, hoo-boy.

One thing he named well, though, was the series. I mean it! Short and sweet, nice ring, referenced often in the books, good use of symbolism. The wheel in question is actually a spinning wheel: time isn't just rolling along, it's creating. And considering the sheer length of this collection is its defining feature, pointing out the time investment gives it a meta layer which makes me feel oddly warm about it.

The other books I'm reading right now are The Silmarillion (still!) and The Three Musketeers. Probably a good time to not have any comics, though I do miss Squirrel Girl.

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Fanfiction:
Write some B/A fic totaling at least 5000 words: Worked on it.
Complete a fic of any length for the GotG fandom: Posted two chapters.

Original fiction:
Nothing this month.

Art:
Draw centaur porn: Inked it and colored the characters. Now I just have to fill in a background, scan it, and ask God for forgiveness.
Make something for my nephew and/or nieces: My nephew asked me to draw a horse in his sketchbook the other day but I don't think that counts. I may do a sculpture of their cat, since they liked the one I did of Blackie.

Reading:
Finish a book a month: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Better than I expected, actually. Hester Prynne and her ambiguously demonic little daughter are interesting characters, and Puritan New England is a setting I just haven't seen too often.
Read one poem every night before going to sleep: Didn't even try while I was away, but back to it now.

TV:
Catch up on Game of Thrones: Finished S4, purchased and started S5.

Other:
Nothing this month.

So sad to not cross off a single item, but thus is the fruits of traveling. At least I worked on a couple things.

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By now you've already seen this, but:



Loving that music choice, and the attention to detail: coin tricks, Wednesday's white suit, Laura calling Shadow "puppy".

I pre-ordered the book with this new cover because come on, that's just cool. I hardly ever buy books - got too many free ones around me to finish before I die, anyway - but I expect the library's got a long waitlist and I really want to reread before I watch.

...Because I'm pretty sure it's been upwards of fifteen years. I remember it pretty well - specific scenes more than plot points - but I was younger then and I bet there's a lot I missed. I know I didn't figure out who Mr. Wednesday was until he identified himself, and I feel like now I would have guessed it just from the trailer.

If you want to prep for the show without reading the book, or if you want to prep for the book, I'd recommend researching various pantheons. I won't give away which gods appear, but it's extra fun when you know your mythology enough to recognize them when they do.

The copy I read the first time was a hardcover that was passed around my group of friends, one by one, when we saw each other at parties or camping thingies. I think we even all wrote our names on the inside cover, but I can't remember who actually owned it.

The other reason I wanted to talk about this show again is that when I first heard about it I wanted to make a "cast Shadow" pun, but now the right moment has kind of passed.

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The Glue of the World: The Decemberists - Mariner's Revenge Song

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On the flight to Ireland I decided it was finally time to give the third Hobbit movie a chance. I was wrong. There's never going to be a reason that movie deserves a chance. It felt like it had been written by tearing up a copy of Twilight, a printout of a young person's Tumblr, and the scripts for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and then taping the pieces together at random and hoping for the best. My God, what an ugly mess of a film. I fell asleep in the middle and never want to find out what I missed.

On the way home I had intended to rewatch Zootopia but the lineup had already changed, so I tried Ice Age instead (it was the one with dinosaurs). Not really a fan of that series but I love prehistoric mammals, so it passed the time. I wish children's movies would stop with the wink-nudge-it's-a-penis jokes, though. There are other ways to entertain the adults in the audience.

After that I put on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but without committing to it, and I got bored after the first ten minutes or so and played the trivia game with my husband instead.

Near the end of the flight I felt desperately uncomfortable and needed distraction, so I chose one that I would have to pay attention to even though I hadn't planned on watching it and didn't have enough flight left to finish it: Room. The description of this movie kind of sounds like a particularly tasteless horror movie, and I'm not even into straight-up drama, but I was curious anyway.

As it turns out, there's nothing tasteless or horror about it. The inhumanity that sets the stage isn't the point; the real story is the love between a woman and her son, and the amazing things they can do because of it. When I turned it off before landing, I was at a place near the middle which could have served as the happy ending I wanted, and I thought about just pretending that was the whole story, but then it was on my mind all day and ended up being the first thing I watched when we got home. Best movie I've seen in a long time, seriously.

This was right before/during all the SDCC announcements, but somehow the name and pictures of Brie Larson just didn't click at the time. But I get it now! The brilliant actress who played Ma in Room is going to be Carol Danvers! My familiarity with the character comes mostly from the long stretch in which she shared a body with Rogue (because back then, when things changed in the Marvel Universe they actually mattered), but I know she's also associated with Marvel's cosmic stuff, so that's exciting. Excelsior!

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Chapter Title: Pick a Direction
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Wordcount: This part, 2346
Rating: General/Teen
Notes: The delay wasn't quite as long as last time, but shame still rains down on me. I actually managed to work on it here and there while I was away, even without a keyboard to type on, but inspiration is still running dangerously low. To that ends, let's discuss the GotG2 news that came out of SDCC:

I know some people don"t like knowing too much before they go into the theater so I"m keeping it under a cut!Collapse )

And now on to the new chapter:

He’s got access to the entire Knowhere database and he offered us his help. You’re just mad because he chased you that one time.Collapse )

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I'm back! Recovering seems to be taking longer than it usually does because the traveling on Sunday was rough and we came back to a lot of things that need immediate attention (I don't even have my evil noisy burd back yet. HANG IN THERE, FAMILY). But now I crave fandom and internet and you lovelies.

Tonight I think is all booked up by burd retrieval, apologizing to family on his behalf, and buying a better vacuum cleaner, but tomorrow I may go wild and turn on my home computer. Until then, some quick notes on what I want to talk to the internet about, which mostly boils down to SDCC announcements:

American Gods
Wonder Woman
Captain Marvel
GUARDIANS OF THE FREAKIN' GALAXY, VOLUME FREAKIN' TWO
All the Netflix MCU, all of it, all of it
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Legion
Agents of SHIELD
John Barrowman dressed as Squirrel Girl, if I can find that picture again
Some movies I watched on the plane
Pokemon Go
A musical I saw
Game of Thrones S4
The comic book character on my shirt recognized by a security agent in DUB
The usual stuff

Tell me if I'm forgetting anything. Or maybe I didn't mention it because I haven't heard about it yet! In which case, yes, I would like to hear about it. The end of my biggest vacation of the year means woe and I don't need to tell you about the depressing state of the world today, so cheer is more welcome than ever.

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An interview with BKV right when I needed one.

A few quotes I want to hang onto and mull over:

But yeah, I think it’s always harder for artists. Their job is several times more difficult than a writer’s. It’s physically demanding and it just takes more time. For a page that a writer could dash off in an hour, it’s gonna be a day or two of an artist’s life, and I think they’ve always been taken for granted.

The dichotomy of artist and writer in the creation of a comic book has always fascinated me, because I wanted to be both. Over the years I've swung more in the direction of writing but I still agree with BKV here 100%.

There is no good that comes from dwelling on your own stuff. You just gotta be like a shark and keep moving forward.

Hard lesson. I go back and read my own writing alllll the time, and I think it's becoming harmful in the same way that my obsession with feedback is.

What’s the status of the Y: The Last Man film adaptation?
It’s actually over at FX right now, so it’s a television series. It’s very slowly coming to life. No news I can share, other than that it’s all chugging along happily.


WHAT. WHY WAS I NOT INFORMED OF THIS?!

But yeah, it was right away with Saga, and I think a lot of that is a credit to Fiona. This is a weird book. There’s a lot of bizarre, tough-to-swallow shit and Fiona makes it so accessible and inviting.

Fiona Staples is a truly astonishing artist, the best I've ever seen in comics. Most series that are published in an indefinite run have a revolving door of artists, which is usually a fantastic benefit because you get to see all kinds of interpretations of the characters, adding unexpected depths to the story. This one? I don't think there's anyone else out there whose art would be worth losing Fiona Staples for even a page.

I just feel like artists have a responsibility to be good. That said, I think it’s much harder to be good without trying to reflect some aspect of the real world, and the real world has never been just a straight, white guy world.

Concise. Accurate.

It almost baffles me that people are so concerned about comics being adapted into a TV show or a movie, as though it means comics are just a glorified blueprint for something else.

I remember hearing that he always intended Saga to be something that couldn't be adapted to the screen, which I really respect. Superheroes and even stories like Sandman came into being because they only worked in one medium, and at the time, I'm sure nobody was anticipating the way that technology would eventually change that. Now that superheroes have been so thoroughly mined for movies and TV, Sandman and its like probably aren't far behind, and that's an unhappy thought - just because it works doesn't mean it works well. So it's a relief knowing that Saga will always be as it is now.

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Chapter Title: If You Ever Need a Helping Hand
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy
Wordcount: This part, 2857
Rating: General/Teen
Notes: We're back! To make up for the delay, this one has a special guest appearance.

Quick recap (as an additional apology for the delay): The team has dropped Groot off on a garden planet so he can heal, with Drax staying at his side as a protector. Although Rocket planned to stay as well, Groot wouldn't allow it, and now Peter and Gamora are taking him to a medical specialist to see to his own injuries. Nobody on the Milano is feeling that good about the situation.

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Tomorrow is Independence Day, one of my favorites. I like being patriotic to the tune of mindless fun and lots of explosions.

Twenty years ago (and I'm crying because I'm so old), I went to the movies and saw Independence Day starring Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith. It was awesome. It was mindless fun. There were lots of explosions, and the POTUS gave an immortal speech about how we're going to defeat all the aliens because we're Americans dammit and for the sake of morale so is everyone else. For some reason, I got the novelization for Christmas that year (one of two such movie books I can recall reading in my life; the other was Ferngully), and it wasn't half bad.

I loved Independence Day. I couldn't wait to see it again. I'm not sure why I never did, except that the last twenty years (so old) have gradually replaced my eagerness to watch movies with the ready availability of the movies I used to want to watch.

Anyway, I figured that all ended up working out pretty well, because I could hang onto that lovely memory of an action movie that may or may not have actually merited my enjoyment of it when I stepped into the theater twenty years (old and brittle, weeping for the past) later to watch Independence Day: Resurgence. I can't remember what day of the year it was the first time, but today is July 3rd, which is darn close to the day itself so that's pretty cool, right?

Please take heed. Learn from my mistakes. I care about you.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE IS A PIECE OF CRAP. The same president was back, but he didn't even make me feel patriotic! There's a new president and she makes you want to slap her! Chris Hemsworth's little bro is in it and I feel so so bad that his career has taken this turn. Someone saves a dog, but it's a stupid little dog! There isn't even a national monument blown up to pay tribute to the iconic White House scene! There is a hive queen alien the size of a neighborhood block who prances through the desert chasing a school bus like a giant spider-pony.

That last one wasn't actually a complaint, but just trust me, this movie is really bad. You know how sometimes you go to a cheesy blockbuster movie expecting it to be so bad it's good, and then it's just really bad and you feel all sour and cheated afterward?

....Surprise. This wasn't that. I feel great. I watched a stupid alien movie and I feel great.

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

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The Glue of the World: The Witcher

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Fanfiction:
Write some B/A fic totaling at least 5000 words: Worked on it.
Complete a fic of any length for the GotG fandom: Worked on it, but didn't complete a chapter. Ouch!

Original fiction:
Complete my original short story "Retronym": Named the characters! Well, that was a long time coming.

Art:
Draw centaur porn: Finished the linework. Speak now and you can help choose their colors. :)
Use my sewing machine: Wham!

Reading:
Finish a book a month: Dracula by Bram Stoker.
Finish the Age of Apocalypse event before the movie: Yup, and in the end, it wasn't worth it. I'm cancelling my MU subscription until I start feeling enthused about X-Men again.
Get a Wheel of Time refresher: Retrieved my copy of The Eye of the World from my parents' house. The receipt was still in there, from like 2002 or something. <3
Read one poem every night before going to sleep: Doing okay with this.

TV:
Catch up on Game of Thrones: Purchased Season 4 and watched most of it.

Other:
Nothing this month.

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I put off writing a post on this because I wanted it to be more of a "Squee! Character analysis! Theories!" thing, and so far I'm not quite feeling that. Instead it's mostly going to consist of examining why I don't love this series as much as I wanted to.

(Note I'm not saying I don't love it. Just not as much as I wanted to. My standards are pretty high and I'm factoring that in.)

Basically, I'm not sure if the series itself isn't doing it for me, or if it's genre fatigue, or if I'm just irked by listening instead of reading. Even though I'm on Grave Peril now which means I've been at it for a fair number of hours, in my own view I'm still pretty new to audiobooks. My mind wanders a lot, especially on a bike ride, and I keep losing my place and having to go back. Even then, it's entirely possible that I've missed some really important stuff which would have completely changed my outlook. The narration is great (hi Spike!), but it takes some effort for me to separate the voice from the story; the characters all end up sounding the same, and since it's first person and Dresden already has a bit of a magical PI thing going on, the noir aspect is emphasized too much for my tastes and makes me wish for visuals to go with it.

And as far as the magical PI thing goes, that might also fall under genre fatigue. I like urban fantasy and I can't really remember the last time I read a book in the genre, but it's all the heck over TV, and part of me kind of prefers it that way. There's never all that much variation in the setting; the devices in play are cool because they look cool. I don't particularly love werewolves, vampires, demonic intervention, or the Masquerade for their own sake, so if I'm going to fall for a story that uses them, it's going to have to do something new and unexpected. Either that, or just be a really, really good story that happens to use the urban fantasy backdrop.

I don't want to make it sound like I've already encountered every idea that the series uses, but generally, the encounters with the supernatural tend to follow a set sequence: introduction of a familiar bit of mythology, exposition on how it differs or doesn't from common belief, and Harry employing his occult power to use it or deal with it as needed. The last thing to pique my interest was the invitation rule, because I love the invitation rule and I've never seen it apply in various degrees, and to characters other than vampires. But that's a pretty small thing when the worldbuilding is so integral. It doesn't help that the narration is prone to "I'm a wizard" and "See, magic is...", which would be exciting things to hear if one believed in wizards or cared about learning a new magic system.

But the point is that the urban fantasy elements and the worldbuilding might be someone else's favorite thing just like me and the invitation rule (or, you know, if a telepathic griffin showed up or something). So I'm chalking all of this up to genre fatigue, or a trope distinction I've been thinking about: What's the difference between a wizard and a superhero? I actually thought about asking that question in its own entry, because it's not rhetorical, I really am interested in your answer. So if you care to, stop and think about it and tell me your conclusion before you continue on to mine.

A superhero has a limited number of trademark abilities, which are more or less static. A wizard (or witch, sorcerer, mage, etc.) can cast a spell for any purpose. It turns out I like superheroes more than wizards, which feels odd because I was a voracious reader of fantasy novels long before I ever picked up a Marvel comic. But with superheroes there's more dependence on a team of varied talents, and fewer openings for a deus ex machina. Or I just like designing characters based on one weird thing they can do that nobody else can do. So maybe this isn't genre fatigue, but it might be a little bit of genre indifference.

Evidence toward me just not liking the books/author is harder to pin down and perhaps nonexistent. I like the characters well enough, but I'm not that attached to any of them, with the possible future exception of Michael Carpenter once I see a bit more of him. I appreciate the humor though it hasn't made me laugh out loud yet. The writing style may not be especially quotable, but it's solid.

I guess all I'm saying is I need more time. If I'm still ambivalent after five books, I'll ask for incentive to carry on but probably won't give up. If I start to get the feeling that the problem is with listening, I'll try cracking an actual book.

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1.) The story is told entirely through the format of letters and diary entries from various characters, plus the occasional news article.

2.) Van Helsing doesn't show up until a quarter of the way through. He's described as an old man, a professor and doctor, but he's the keeper of all the vampire lore that isn't acquired directly during the story's action.

3.) First stake through the heart, then chop off the head, then fill the mouth with garlic. Oh, and trim the stake so the tip stays in there. Yeah, you're gonna need to open up a coffin for this to work. The most useful thing for a vampire hunter to have on hand? Eucharist.

4.) If there's a main character, it's Mina Harker. She ends up carrying the team a lot, but doesn't seem to hold it against them.

5.) Aside from Dracula, Van Helsing, and the Harkers, there are a few other characters and I'd never heard of them. One is American!

6.) It's not scary, but honestly, most books aren't, are they? I never really read much horror so maybe I'm missing something. In any case, a couple significant character deaths do happen, and for its time, I imagine this was seen as gripping and terrible.

7.) This quote: "I have a kind of belief in a Winchester when there is any trouble of that sort around." Yeah yeah, you know the kind of Winchester he meant, but it made me smile.

8.) Also this quote: "Whilst they played wits against me, against me who commanded nations, and intrigued for them, and fought for them, hundreds of years before they were born, I was countermining them." See, here it occurred to me that I've never actually seen a screen adaptation of the original Dracula, because I recognized this line from its bastardization in, you guessed it, the movie that Billy Fordham lip-syncs to in "Lie to Me."

9.) The name of Vlad Țepeș doesn't appear. Wikipedia says that Stoker might not have even known the legend that well, and that he just liked the moniker "Count Dracula."

10.) Not only can he turn into a wolf (or bat, mist, etc.), but he has the power to command wolves. There aren't any wild ones on hand in England, so he goes to the zoo to recruit. That was my favorite part.

If you decide to read this book, it will probably be for the same reasons I did and not based on anyone's recommendation, but for whatever it's worth, I'd encourage you to go for it. The great thing is that, whatever classic status it's achieved over the decades, it was written for cheap thrills, and fun is fun.

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All Places Are Alike to Me: at work
Mad-Eye: predatory predatory

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I should have bought or otherwise found a way to listen to Hamilton: an American Musical as soon as I started hearing about it, but even if I had I doubt I ever would have managed to get tickets back when it was possible. So I'm late to the game as usual, but as for a live performance, we'll call this one a maybe someday.

Spoiler alert: America wins the Revolutionary War.Collapse )

Anyone else like musicals? Anyone else like this one?

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All Places Are Alike to Me: in the greatest city in the world!
Mad-Eye: I am not throwin' away my shot
The Glue of the World: the world turned upside down

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I'm back on the Daredevil train, slowly working my way through the second season for the second time. Considering that I watched the first season three times within the first couple months it aired and still craved it, I'm kind of sad that the magic apparently isn't there anymore, but it might not be the show's fault.

Just finished the first full Elektra episode.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: annoyed annoyed

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Just one thought about S3, and nope, it"s not about the Red Wedding.Collapse )

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Mad-Eye: aggravated aggravated
The Glue of the World: TMBG - I Should Be Allowed to Think

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