Music Monday Meme

Oct. 16th, 2017 05:20 pm
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But let's start with a PSA: My name is spelled ExtraPenguin, with both the E and P in capitals. All-lowercase variants are sometimes necessary due to limitations in eg URLs, but the proper version is ExtraPenguin. As far as shortened versions/nicknames go, EP and Penguin are fine.

15. A song that is a cover by another artist
Battle Beast - Push it to the Limit
Originally by Paul Engemann, from the soundtrack of Scarface.

Poem Line for Title Suggestions Post

Oct. 14th, 2017 08:11 pm
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I maintain Poem Line for Title, a Tumblr page that randomly selects a quote from a list and then displays it. Now, this is of course limited by the pool of available lines, so if you have suggestions on poems I could crib stuff from, this is the post to post them in! (Yes, I have gone through the_rck's GDoc.) Press Ctrl+U to view the source; line two (begins var titles = [") contains the entire quoteset.
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If the end of the fiscal year doesn't get you, the allergies will. Life has been miserable for going on two weeks now...

What I Just Finished Reading

The Parable of the Sower – Octavia Butler
I never connected emotionally with any of the characters, but the book was an interesting exploration of how new religions are founded.

Monstress vol. 2 – Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
The art continues to floor me and the storyline is as inventive as anything in recent memory. It's going to be a battle not to break down and start buying individual issues instead of waiting for the next TPB.

What I Am Currently Reading

The End of Your World – Adyashanti
An interesting exploration of what happens after a meditator has her first “opening” or “enlightenment” experience. (Spoiler alert: the work is just beginning.)

The Waking Land – Callie Bates
Thirty pages in, our main character has been taken hostage by the king after her family either failed in, or was framed for, an attempted coup. The world looks to be built of equal parts Renaissance Europe, British Isles, and Grimm's fairytale, with a bit of medieaval witch hunting thrown in. A lot of attention has been paid to a ghostly woman's repetition of the phrase mo cri, mo tire, mo fiul, which any reader with a basic knowledge of Scots Gaelic will recognize as “my heart, my land, my blood.”

Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
The premise is rightfully famous, but Bradbury's prose is clunky and his execution cartoonish.

China: A New History – John Fairbank & Merle Goldman

The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell
Another Gaiman cash cow, largely redeemed thus far by Riddell's gorgeous illustrations.

Melusine – Sarah Monette
I'm only a chapter in so far, but woah, this is dark.

What I'm Reading Next
I just got my hands on a copy of Linnea Hartsuyker's The Half-Drowned King, as well as the first two volumes of Saga.


Music ...Monday Meme

Oct. 10th, 2017 08:48 pm
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As usual, let's pretend it's Monday. I have a Yuletide assignment I'm digesting. Canon review may be in order, but thankfully next week is light on scheduled stuff.

14. A song that you would love played at your wedding
This is actually hard, since I don't really listen to much wedding-y music/love story happy music. After consideration of many songs (frex Indica - Pidä kädestä (translation), Indica - Täältä pois (translation), Dream Evil - See the Light (lyrics), Battle Beast - I Want the World (lyrics), Nightwish - Alpenglow (lyrics), Within Temptation - Covered by Roses (lyrics), Within Temptation - See Who I Am (lyrics), and the ever-traditional Finnish wedding staple Tehosekoitin - Hetken tie on kevyt (translation)), I came to the conclusion of...

14. A song that you would love played at your wedding
Nightwish - Sagan
Because, well, anyone willing to stick with me for the long haul is going to be a COLOSSAL NERD and also probably some sort of science fan, so. I mean, the song has a friggin' space rocket launch as an effect! It's happy and hopeful, too. Also, "Beware the very first unkind word" is good marriage advice AFAIK.

And I do want someone who'll make me wonder and understand and smile with me when I lift my gaze to the stars.

dear yuletide writer

Oct. 9th, 2017 03:03 pm
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Thank you for writing for me, and I hope you have fun. I ship the listed characters (including brothers!) and yuleporn is always welcome, but so long as there are overwhelming EMOTIONS (platonic or otherwise) I am a happy reader!

General likes and dislikes )
Beauty and the Beast (TV 1987) )
Buzzfeed Unsolved (Web Series) )
The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison )
The Martian (2015) )
Washington Capitals RPF )

The Traitor Baru Cormorant

Oct. 6th, 2017 10:49 pm
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I finished it today. I was drawn to it enough to add it to my Yuletide requests!

I love Baru Cormorant. She is competent and she is ruthless, and she inspires loyalty. She uses assets to the best of her ability. She is driven. I also love her relationships with the dukes – especially Tain Hu. The loyalty kink was very button-press-y. Baru being willing to do anything to succeed at her goals was amazing.

I loved the worldbuilding. Falcrest taking over places with economics! A complex Aurdwynn with its own problems and history! Nebulous powers behind the throne and the promise of cutthroat politics!

ending spoilers )

Now, this is not a thing I'd rec without caveats – there's homophobia, the threat of government-mandated eugenics, some sexism, and the whole imperialism shit – but if one likes competent female characters and economic worldbuilding, it's worth checking out. There'll be a sequel, The Monster Baru Cormorant, that I'll nab when it comes out.

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