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Coming back from an extended beer run to Marin County (you know where to look at evidence) I'm popping in just to note that the Supergirl showrunners totally read my fanfiction:

The scene, incidentally spoilery for the beginning of 2x18 ''Ace Reporter'' )

Sure, I'm the only person to notice...but still filled with the warm glow of knowing that my Karacterization was on point there.

FMK: The Snow Queen

Apr. 28th, 2017 08:28 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
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So, it turns out The Snow Queen is not high fantasy and is a fairy tale AU. Oops.

About the only other things I knew going in was that I had really liked Vinge's Cat books (not actually books about cats, books about a dude named Cat, sorry), that she had at one point been married to Vernor Vinge, and that I was pretty sure that years ago I had heard a rumor that her husband was a total POS.

...turns out that I was unable to find anyone saying anything bad about Mr. Vinge, but her current husband is Mr. Banned-From-Wiscon himself, so apparently I have been thinking poorly of Mr. Vinge for years for no reason. Sorry, sir! See, this is why this stuff needs to be out in the open, not whispers.


Anyway, as for the book itself: it's well-written, I didn't hate any of the characters, the world-building and plot mostly hang together (at least until the very end, anyway), the concepts are interesting, there is no compelling reason I shouldn't have liked it, and yet I never quite managed to get into it. It isn't even that it's not my thing, because it *should* be my thing, and yet )

Anyway, short version: You could probably do a Snow Queen retelling that used the story in a way that worked for me (I should really get my hands on The Raven and the Reindeer) but this was not it; and I would totally read an entire novel about Ngenet and Jerusha (as long as Jerusha got to finally show a tiny bit of minimal competence which she never actually did in the book - a plot line about how she is unfairly treated as incompetent because she's a woman doesn't work if she never actually is competent); and I should have listened to my instincts and run when the summary on the back ended with "...the one man fated to love them both."

...interestingly I also read Makt Myrkranna today (having never read Dracula all the way through) which is also about a pretty, innocent young man who gets lured into the clutches of an ancient powerful beautiful cold devouring woman and her consort, and how his true love traveled across a continent to rescue him and save the world, but somehow I don't have any of the aforementioned complaints about it. A++ worldbuilding, dude does not let heterosexuality make his choices for him, lady makes reasonable choices based on the knowledge she has at the time and caring about him as a human being she is fond of who is in trouble.

I also read Pale Guardian, but I think that's actually the first Ashers book in which nobody ever has to rescue James, so it doesn't quite fit the set.

(eta: no, wait, Simon rescued him at least once in between Simon and Lydia repeatedly rescuing each other, nvm. On a motorbike.)

(I have been sick lying on the couch all day, which is why all the reading suddenly. Also I still have four more library books and two fmk waiting lalala.)
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2qosDZn on April 28, 2017 at 03:00PM

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Apr. 28th, 2017 10:07 am
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[personal profile] baranduin
Good morning and Happy Froodday! Another week, another dollar or two ...

Stuffses:
- Been out of metformin for most of the week (going to pick up refill today). No adverse effect on BG at all (100 this morning) but let's not get silly. Though it does always make me wonder about the efficacy of metformin, not that I care to experiment much!
- Looks like the latest attack on the ACA has already folded its tents for the moment. Why do I get an image of Snidely Whiplash? "Curses! Foiled again!"
- In praise of tofu: I've been eating a whole lot of stir fries lately where my protein is tofu. I used to add the tofu toward the end of the process but now put it in at the beginning. That means it browns a bit and has a more irregular texture.
- In praise of tofu 2: Crumbling is more delicious that cubing or slicing. That way all your saucy flavors you add work their way into the tofu. So more flavor and more interesting texture.
- Here's an Anke Eissman drawing of Bilbo I don't think I've seen before. I really like this.


A painting of Bagshot Row I know I haven't seen before, does anyone know the artist's name? )

Have a lovely day, flist!
monanotlisa: (kara/lena - supergirl)
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It really didn't warrant its own post, but post-swim I made some tiny blue corn masa griddle cakes (somewhere between tortillas and unfilled gorditas or tlacoyos) sprinkled sea salt across them; roasted fresh rockfish with ancho chili and lemon in the same pan; ground two carrots into a fresh salad...and gobbled it all up. I love twenty-minute meals.

::

So the Supergirl showrunners did remember this series is about Kara Danvers aka Kara Zor-El, her beliefs and values! Yay. Supergirl 2x18  )

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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.

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Apr. 27th, 2017 09:20 am
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Midnight Fluff report.

I opened the patio door early this morning so Harry could go out before I left for work. About ten minutes later, I wandered toward the kitchen and watched MF run for his life out of the kitchen back onto the patio. He fled to the corner of the patio. I shut the patio door. He immediately returned to the patio door and looked at me winsomely. Harry was inside and growling.

What to do? Call [personal profile] hanarobi to give me some backbone. "Don't feed him! He's a player! He's playing you! Be strong!"

I gave Harry a can of food and when I left the house, MF was nowhere to be seen, probably casing the rest of the neighborhood in case someone else left their patio door open.

I hope MF is all right ...

Science and History

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:26 pm
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So last Saturday was a good one: We joined the San Francisco March for Science, only one of several Bay Area Marches for Science reported about in the San Jose Mercury News article linked here -- the paper's count seems off, though. Based on the aerial drone shots and mathematical calculations per the official Facebook page, it was closer to 50,000 in SF alone.

If you are interested in images rather than text, check out the three shots I posted on Instagram -- #1 (fannishly relevant to all fans of the true Captain America), #2 (that captures members of our Berkeley scientist group), and #3 (the most heartening one in many ways, also nerdy).

At night, then, we made it to HAMILTON: second time for me, thanks to an invitation from my wife's family to both the musical and the dinner before. My in-laws are the sweetest and most generous...as well as representative; most of the audience of this musical cast only with actors of color were wealthy White-looking people. (Sally has written a HAMILTON review, plus her tag has more entries.)
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2oy3ZZM on April 26, 2017 at 06:17PM

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Apr. 26th, 2017 07:53 am
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Awww, Germany, what you doing booing Ivanka?

Good job! I'd boo her too. ♥ Germany

Happy hump day! I'm working at home waiting on plumbers to come back and fix a leak they fixed Monday except not fixed. Nuts.

FMK #9: Second Books

Apr. 25th, 2017 07:07 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
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Note to self, things your circle is v. interested in: Library classification. Canadian art.

So, back on the wagon with FMK! I posted about Growing Up Weightless yesterday and I am very nearly done with Snow Queen. After that Electric Forest should be quick and then I will be caught up! Except the six library books! But we aren't talking about those!

Fewer of you than I thought voted that you change your poll answers after reading the comments! I am apparently in the more easily swayed group. :P


This week's theme is I Read the First One And It Was Good But For Years I Could Never Find The Next One But Then I Did So Here It Is Yay

(In a it's the first one I couldn't find instead of the next one, but close enough.)


How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

If you want to be extra-helpful, bear in mind that it may have been two decades since I read the first on, and note whether I need to re-read that one first.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

Poll: Adams, Cherryh, Ellis, Gibson, Handeland, ab Hugh, Jones, Kotzwinkle, Lackey, Monette, Snyder, Watt-Evans, White  )

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