faevii: "I take my noodles very seriously" (srs bizness)
One of the things that I never really notice while I'm reading a book, but never fail to notice once I start talking about said book, is whether there are any good female characters in it. Or how female characters are treated in general, or how many there actually are.

This is why I almost think of Havemercy as a guilty pleasure of sorts. I mean, I don't really have guilty pleasures; I enjoy things for the aspects that I like and am perfectly capable of doing so without feeling bad about the aspects that I don't like. However, some mild embarrassment does creep up on me occasionally, usually coupled with instant defensiveness. ("What?!," I demand of my imaginary critics. "I only like this for the ...")

Havemercy (this is not a post about Havemercy, much as I may be giving off that impression) is a very entertaining book and I am looking forward to reading the sequel whenever I can get my hands on it, but evidently it has some issues. How can a book written by not one, but two women be so completely devoid of interesting female characters?! I have read it twice by now and I'm almost certain that during the first two thirds or so, only a single one is even mentioned - and she's an exaggeratedly awful person. Later several more appear, but it's not like we find out much about those.

That said, may I please marry Royston?? I'm in love with his words, of which he has so many (can definitely relate there, ha). I am also fascinated by all the things that he notices, mostly because I wouldn't. I think the ability to Notice Things is something that attracts me in people in general - perhaps a survival trait, as at least one person in a couple should probably have it. :P

Another book I have recently read for a second time is The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. When I started to read it for the first time, I think I mentioned on here that I had some trouble getting into it, but it turned out to be pretty awesome in the end. In order for me to enjoy a book, it needs to have at least one out of the following: fascinating characters, a fascinating plot or a narrator with a fascinating "voice". The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms doesn't really have the latter, hence my original lack of enthusiasm. However, I came to love it soon enough as the fascinating characters started to appear and the plot became apparent ... and from time to time the narrator did have something witty to say, too.

Obligatory fansquee: NAHADOTH. (That is really all I need to say.)

Also, I rather love the whole mythology of the book's world and what the gods are like in it and the scenes that mess with reality a bit and and and- NAHADOTH.

Ahem.

Anything else that I reread while I didn't have internet, I already commented on when it was new. And then I had the pleasure of being able to read something that was new: Patrick Rothfuss's The Wise Man's Fear, the long-awaited sequel of The Name of the Wind.

When I sat down on my bed with that very large book in my hands, I hesitated to open it for a moment, afraid that I would be disappointed. Ten minutes later I was as absorbed in the story as always, so I guess I needn't have worried, but I must confess that it really wasn't as good as its predecessor. This came as no surprise to me, since in my opinion The Name of the Wind is practically perfect. In The Wise Man's Fear, I noticed several too drawn-out descriptions, one minor continuity error and a handful of things that seemed repetitive, which wouldn't even have bothered me in any other book and only stuck out in this instance because it came after something that had none of those things.

... that I noticed. Which, you know. But never mind.

Elodin was quite unexpectedly promoted to the position of Favourite Character - I never realised how his previous portrayal had been bothering me until it stopped. Basically, if I were to start listing my favourite scenes, it would go something like "That time when Elodin was on that roof, that time when Elodin was on that other roof, that time when ... OH SHIT DID THE THING ON THAT ROOF REALLY HAPPEN." I don't know what he's doing on roofs all the time, but it leads to awesome so that's okay.

And! Another favourite scene was when Mola totally saved the day. Here we go again with the female characters - I think PR's doing a fine job of it.

I could say more, in fact I suspect I could write several essays, but I'd better stop here. :)
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OMG. I'm done with the first season. Well, not the first-first, you know what I mean - first of the newer ones. I had SO MUCH FUN ... but now there's a new Doctor and I'm all confused! I'd been afraid of that moment from the beginning because I really liked Christopher Eccleston and I knew he was going to disappear eventually. It happened earlier than I'd hoped. :(

Also, this is kind of funny - I amuse myself with my own ignorance. So, the day I downloaded all those Doctor Who seasons, I also downloaded some Torchwood because I had this vague inkling that they were either connected somehow or just liked by a lot of the same people (this is what you get from lurking around the edges of fandom). No, of course it didn't occur to me to do some research first; whyever do you ask? :P

Anyway, I had no idea that Torchwood was actually a spin-off, and likely wouldn't have found out for a long time if I hadn't liked Captain Jack Harkness so much* that I googled him in a reckless attempt to somehow find out if he was going to return later without spoiling myself in the process (!!) - so guess how surprised I was when I discovered that he had his own series! And it was already on my computer! XD

Sometimes I enjoy exploring new fandoms this way ... "Oh, this is interesting - and that, too - wait, those are connected? OMG, there's more of this stuff?!" Research would only ruin the fun. :P I know, I know, I'm abusing smilies today. It's not my fault, I'm in New Fandom Mode! I can't help it!!

*When I say "like" ... I'm not even sure what I mean. I'd probably hate him if he were real. But ... but ... what is this "reality" you speak of. Have I met it?

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Saturday, October 9th, 2010 10:57 pm
faevii: (happiness)
I'm trying to distract myself by watching Doctor Who. It's working. :D :D :D

Excuse me for squeeing about five-year-old episodes, but I've just met Jack. "What are you Captain of? The innuendo squad?" LMAO I LOVE THIS.

Wheeeeeee!! *continues watching*
faevii: (happiness)
I finished reading The Name of the Wind and it was just as much fun as the other two times. Oddly enough, I checked my old journals and discovered that both times it was also either September or early October. Now I almost want to turn that into a habit and reread the book around the same time each year. :D

You know what happens when I read books, right? (Hint: It involves quotes.)

Bits that stuck out to me this time:

It felt exactly like someone had hit me in the head with a church.

"You know how hard it is to find a pretty girl with the right sort of ears," Bast said matter-of-factly.

If not for him, I would never have become the man I am today. I ask that you not hold it against him. He meant well.

The sky was a featureless grey sheet of cloud that looked as if it wanted to rain but couldn't quite work up the energy.

I sorted these by length, haha. Just so the longer ones would be at the end and I could easily stick them all under a cut. )

And then, of course, there was the part that reminded me of why I ended up choosing the name faevii instead of various other options ending in -vii (other than the fact that [livejournal.com profile] tavii was already taken): "You see, there's a fundamental connection between seeming and being. Every Fae child knows this, but you mortals never seem to see." Aaah, stop me from quoting the entire page again! I love that conversation.

I slightly regret that I decided to reread it so early, though. Now I still have to wait ages until the sequel comes out!!
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The only way I get to see any new (or at least relatively new) movies these days is when Daniel either wants to waste money by renting one and I don't feel like talking him out of it or he persuades me to watch one on a streaming site with him. Either way, I usually look forward to it once the decision had been made because I do enjoy the whole experience, but I never react with much enthusiasm when he suggests a title. It's either "No way, not that one!" or "Alright, why not."

... well, that's what it was until he suggested Sherlock Holmes, that is. XD In that case my reaction was closer to OMG YES PLEASE WHEN CAN WE START. :O (I'm sure that wasn't at all suspicious. "Uhm. I mean. People on the internet ... said it was ... good?") He'd already seen the first half online once, but had to stop due to bad quality or something. Yesterday he rented it and we watched it properly.

I have to admit that I am not familiar with the original novels or any earlier screen adaptions, although something tells me I must have at least read an abridged version of The Hound of the Baskervilles at some point. Maybe for school? No idea, I just remember random fragments of the story. (This being me, we're talking about exciting fragments such as "Holmes and Watson sneak around in the dark near a building for some reason.") I may have read a lot of books in my life, but somehow I apparently managed to dodge all the classics. I have oodles of those on my "one day I'll get around to this" list.

Just like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead made me want to read Hamlet (which I still haven't finished though), the Sherlock Holmes movie made me want to read the novels. I know they're very different and all, but I'm not looking for the written equivalent of an action movie anyway when I'm picking out books.

That said, I loved it. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Incidentally, Holmes and Watson reminded me of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in one scene. Just the one, but very intensely - I would be most delighted if anyone could guess which. :D And of course I also kept seeing House and Wilson in their place, but I suppose that was inevitable.

Micro-reviews of other movies I've seen lately:

1) Daybreakers: Pure lulz. Vampire called Edward, need I say more. Not entirely bad though.
2) Clash of the Titans: Meh. Fun to watch, but painfully predictable in every imaginable way. Prepare for urge to facepalm at clich├ęs.
3) The Book of Eli: This one almost deserves a post of its own. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. Maybe more on this later?

Random Music Love

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 01:36 pm
faevii: (happiness)
Songs I am absolutely addicted to at the moment:

1) Patrick Wolf - Oblivion (♥ "danger, danger, danger" ♥)
2) IAMX - The Great Shipwreck of Life (that beat kills me dead)
3) The Cure - The Lovecats (:D :D :D)
4) The Kills - Tape Song (I'm not really into the rest of their stuff though)
5) Bon Jovi - Love Lies (uh, yeah ... o.O)

Marina & the Diamonds' "Oh No!" and Gossip's "For Keeps" deserve a honorable mention because I've grown the tiniest little bit sick of them lately, but they definitely would have made the list until about two weeks ago.

Also, John Frusciante's entire album The Empyrean and a few songs by Madrugada (@[livejournal.com profile] spurious_sanity: totally your fault! XD).

WHAT AN ODD MIX, I know.

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