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Books Lately: Poodles, Pop Culture, and Promotional Gifts

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For comics I'm still on Sandman: A Game of You, for classics I'm about to start one of Mark Twain's less popular novels, and for poetry, well, after months of ignoring the Keats on my nightstand I finally started picking it up again. Maybe the man won't singlehandedly kill my love of poetry after all.
Lucifer/Chloe

Another damn Lucifer fic because I have no self-control.

Title: Come Home with Me
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Lucifer
Pairing: Deckerstar
Wordcount: 1325
Notes: Okay, NOW I'm done writing Lucifer for a while. All further plot bunnies will be steadfastly ignored.

Hadestown influenced this one, and you'd think Lucifer would map to Hades and thus Chloe is Persephone by default, but I can't help it, I'm seeing some Orpheus/Eurydice in there too. That's where the title comes from. There's also a reference to my favorite of the Greek mythological couples, Cupid/Psyche.

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Read it on Ao3.
Bone run

And on the road to Hell there was a railroad station...

My obsessions don't usually overlap too much but while I was still in the grasp of Lucifer, I fell into another in the car on the way home from my first Fauci Ouchie. On the showtunes station on Sirius, the DJ introduced a song saying the show, Hadestown, had been #1 on Broadway for the past two years. I'd never heard of it but I like Greek mythology, and then the bass voice that began it was spellbinding, and then there was a back-and-forth with a soprano, which is my favorite thing in musicals, and then the soprano sang, "Where are you now, Orpheus?" and I was like, cool, I know this one!

So I looked it up when I got home and I haven't stopped listening since. Unlike most of my favorites, for this one the appeal isn't in quick patter and clever rhymes; it's the story. The myth of Hades and Persephone is woven together with Orpheus/Eurydice and given a vaguely post-apocalyptic setting and a New Orleans vibe, and every single line serves the motivation of the characters and the themes of destiny and doubt and love.

It's incredibly beautiful. Around the halfway point, the adorkable head-in-the-clouds Orpheus finds out Eurydice is gone and he needs to do whatever it takes to find her, and the expression of his determination is so genuine and moving it's like entire volumes of character development went into a few seconds of song. The myth is barely altered, which is staggering when you think about how old it is. For humanity to hold onto a story for so long has to mean there's truth in it, so in a way, it really happened.

I did notice that between that and Lucifer I seem to have a Hell theme going on, which is...amusing and hopefully coincidental. :) Meanwhile I've been rereading The Amber Spyglass, and didn't remember until getting to that part today that this is the one where [Spoiler cut just in case anyone is watching the HBO series without reading the books.]Lyra and Will go to the land of the dead which is in many ways just Dante's Inferno.

Cut me a ticket, I guess I'm boarding the train. What's your favorite Hell story?
Everything Is Changing

Lucifer Fic

Title: One Dance With the Princess of Hell
Author: Kairos
Fandom: Lucifer
Characters/Pairing: Lucifer/Chloe, Trixie
Wordcount:
Summary: It's really hard to be a rebellious teenager when one of your parental figures literally invented rebellion.
Notes: I don't know, it just happened. Spoilers through 5A.

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Read it on Ao3.
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Books Lately: Going Off the Script

Finished Flowers for Algernon. Great book. Then I went to Missouri to visit my sister and left my library behind.

Tess has a good collection herself, so I chose a selection at the beginning of my stay and kept them in a little stack, but over the two weeks I only got through two: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The former was a good read, pretty short and simple, rather depressing in the way that classic tragedies are. The latter was a chore from beginning to end. I've been meaning to get to it for a while since it seemed like a book that everyone but me had read, but I came away with no enlightenment on why it's assigned and lauded all over the place. Depressing in the way that's just depressing.

But at least I got to scratch another square off my poster. Also got to check the Steinbeck off of my other list. Speaking of those, I decided on my next read by finding the first book that showed up in both, and accordingly downloaded The Great Gatsby (another one that everyone's read but me). Haven't started it yet, since I wanted something that wasn't a classic.

To that end, I had recently finished another Pelted'verse, Some Things Transcend - not my favorite in the series, but still good enough that I wanted to keep going - and now I'm on Dreamhearth. I have vague goals of straightening out the chronological order without checking to see which one's next.

I also brought a paperback to MO that we had in the house and I didn't think Simon or I was likely to read (I think it's titled Sing, Unburied, Sing), and traded it to Tess for her copy of World War Z, since she and Mom both read it a while back and loved it. It will probably take some time before I get to it though.

Now that I'm home I'm back to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I think I read it years ago but this time I'm making it count. Only problem is it's part of a Mark Twain collection in a huge hardcover just like The Gulag Archipelago Vol. 2, so having them both going at once is taking up a lot of coffee table space.

Poetry hasn't changed. I'll never get through Keats. Haven't been reading any comics lately and starting to feel the lack, so, vintage X-Men to be continued soon. That's all the news for now. Sorry if anyone likes The Catcher in the Rye.