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23 July 2005 @ 12:26 pm
Jeans are quite inflexible, are they not?  

Er, so. I could bore everyone to tears with my tales of: Leaving work! woe!, pretty boy dentists shipping Harry/Hermione! and doing Darth Voldemort "I'm your father, Harry" impressions!, and having two spongers living in my house!, and veruccas! and not in the Roald Dahl sense either!, but I think the exclamation mark abuse has traumatised enough people already.

On more important notes, Have started The Blind Assassin, for my father keeps threatening to steal it from me for the plane; is good. I already bought Ender's Shadow and The Dark is Rising for the plane meself. Since HBP took me eleven hours, I thought I'd better stock up for twenty-two. I hope Ender's Shadow rises above the utter, utter shlock that was Children of the Mind ... dammit, I hate to see "souls" as a storyline anywhere but in the Bible, I'm sorry but there it is. A question, for anyone that's read CotM -- DID QUIM REALLY DO THAT OMG?

I was going to buy the new Robin Hobb, Shaman's Crossing, but I remembered the UTTER BADNESS of the Tawny Man trilogy -- what is it with my faves writing piss-poor continuations? JK, Hobb, Card, if you run out of steam do a George RR Martin and don't write for six years. Or even an Auel, don't write for sixteen. If you write better, less Mills and Boon style CRAP, then it'll be worth the wait, TRUST MOI. Also, Hobb's dedication was to "Sugar and Caffeine, which kept me going through many long nights of writing". Smacked of the Pit, where everyone claims to have written stories on the strength of three litres of Pepsi and what have you. Yuck. And was twenty-four euro, too.

And Sarah Waters. Oh, lord, hand me a razor and I'll give you my wrists. A note, to anyone that either thinks she's good or has thoughts to read her books:


You have to also have things like:

-- Plots with any sort of point to them -- any at all!

-- Characters that you can empathise with, who aren't just a sounding board to bounce whatever stupid plot idea comes into your head off of

-- Preferably a lack of random commas stuffed in wherever there's a white space
and repetitive use of "I think" when it's written from a goddamn "I" POV -- I can never recall if that's first or third

-- And, last but not least, not be writing absolutely terrible erotica dressed up as fiction.

It's not a good thing that by the end of the book you want Nan King to fall of a cliff and die because it wouldn't even make a difference to anything. Tipping the Velvet -- blah. Fingersmith -- double blah. I dislike when authors say from the beginning that, basically, something bad is going to happen and then, when it does, the bad doesn't live up to the buildup.

Tipping the Velvet is also a nineteeth-century euphemism, in case anyone cares. And for those reading Orson Scott Card ... so is "quim". That was the one point in TtV in which I actually paid attention, because it was a hilariously crap analogy. Oh how I laughed.
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: "Under the Weather", KT Tunstall
Insufferable, man.: cluescynicalpirate on July 23rd, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
pretty boy dentists shipping Harry/Hermione!

You are wrong. I would dearly love to know more of this heresy.

(So, bad femmeslash, oui?)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 23rd, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
He was vair bouncy -- first words out were "So, did you finish Harry Potter?!" I'm there, "You what now?" ... but he saw my picture in the paper, as one of the first people in the queue. *facepalm* Long story short, he's seen the first film and actually liked it, but hasn't had a chance to read the books -- and he's sure, from the film, that Harry and Hermione were due to end up together.

ME: *flail* But ... RON!! ajfskjcl

HIM: Oh, no, I saw more of a Harry and Ron dynamic going on!


Really terrible. Even if it did anything for me, that still wouldn't. >.>
kabeyk on July 23rd, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
It's one am and I'm totally zonked out, but, oh my god, yes! Totally agree about Sarah Waters. Bit too focused on the gay lady-sex, she annoys the hell out of me.

Also, I can't touch velvet, makes me cringe, so sod euphemisms, just ugh.

However, hot dentists shipping H/Hr is a good thing; means they think of you as Hermione to their Harry, their mate and intelligent equal and want to have your babies, as opposed to if they shipped H/G and therefore thought you were a bit of a slapper who used to have a childish crush on them but they've decided they don't mind.

every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 24th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC)
Point, dude. If it was supposed to be hot, and the characters were clearly enjoying it too ... why did we not see this? Anyway, she's delusional, because m/m is muchly much more interesting ... ahaha.

I LIKE YOUR REASONING. Funny thing is, "Harry" was his codename between Aislinn and I, because he has green eyes! :P

BTW, you should write me a going-away fic. Really. Not to beg or nuttin' ...
kabeyk on July 24th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
You going on Wed? How long fooorr? Will you not be on lj at alllll? Wah. Give me a prompt and I'll see what happens. Wah.x

every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 24th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
Five weeks -- but try stopping me getting on lj! I hear tell there's broadband in those parts, and if I get a cardy thing ... if not, I shall find me an internets cafe. Yar!

Harry/Draco, durr.

I'm having SUCH problems with it, myself. Mainly because I want to write on the plane but then it's all MUST. HAVE. PLOT. FOR. PLANE. And nothing's happening. Poo. :(
kabeyk on July 24th, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)
Heh, okay, I needed the excuse! I'll see what I can do. I don't have my copy of HBP, mind, so god knows how it'll turn out. I'm scared now...

(I had a Remus/Bill plot, but it's pants now.)

I always decide to write on the train, then spend an hour and a half staring out the window, so a very long plane journey would be crap without plot.

(Anonymous) on July 24th, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
Ooh, look, Bill/Remus would be peachy also. I'm vair easy, so long as we could have some Tonks/Fleur bashing. "Those bastard women! They should have realised I was gay all along!" ... ahaha.

I don't know why people diss staring out of windows so much. Whenever you've something else to be doing, there's nothing more enticing!
Ginbackinblack on July 23rd, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
I've just started to read Hobb (in fact, just finished Royal Assassin today). Is the Tawny Man trilogy utter crap? :(
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 24th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC)
Not to fear! The Assassin books are excellent and the Liveship Trilogy is awesome. I just disliked how much things were tied up in the Tawny Man, but that's just me. Don't be put off at all! LT are some of my favourite books, ever. xD
NumberNine: needle-y cactuarhappyreaper on July 24th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
Dude, Quim did NOT do that. Anyway, no worries, Ender's Shadow rocks (the Shadow saga is v. different from the Lusitanian novels, the focus for the former being more on geopolitics rather than science-fiction).

And for those reading Orson Scott Card ... so is "quim".
I have no idea what you're talking about.

Oh, and did you know, there is an upcoming RPG for the Enderverse?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Sirius/James mangascoradh on July 24th, 2005 05:38 am (UTC)
It was the biggest "OMFG" moment ... I could nearly believe it, too, because he was such a git when he was small! I loved "Ender the Destroyer" and all that, but I hated Novinquha and the whole plotline to CotM, basically. I'm interested in seeing more of Peter, though. xD

Female reproductive system-y thing? Eurg.

No; I'm not really into RPGing. Is there a big fan following for it? I would've thought Card would come out against ff, much like Hobb.
NumberNinehappyreaper on July 24th, 2005 09:12 am (UTC)
How about the plotline to SftD? I liked Quim, though, when he was 15, and never thought it was possible for him to molest Quara. As for Peter, you won't see much of him in Ender's Shadow, but you definitely will in the subsequent novels.

The fanbase is of course nothing like HP's, but we do have a few LJ comms... I'm not too sure about his stand on it, but I don't think he much cares one way or the other.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 24th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
Did I think it good? No. Did I enjoy it at the time? Yes. The fatal contradiction inherent in everything I find myself reading: I like it at the time. Then a vague sense of unease and disquiet creeps up on me, and a few minutes after I close the last page I exclaim "Wait! That was shit!" And so it was for the other books ... although Speaker was good. I was in terror that the piggies would come and vivisect me the first night I read it. I loved how public opinion of Ender changed, but, as in The Tawny Man, I wanted to see more of the effect of his revelations re his identity coming to light. It should have been a lot more shock and horror ... and I seriously took umbrage against the shoving of the Catholic doctrine down my throat. What, three, four thousand years in the future, if we haven't managed to eradicate parasitic religions, we should at least have evolved different and new ones.

He's definitely anti-gay marriage, which led me to believe that he'd have a negative stance on that too. :)
NumberNinehappyreaper on July 25th, 2005 10:41 am (UTC)
His stand on homosexuality is crystal clear, though I'm willing to overlook that, along with his religion, for his brilliant writing... I know people have slashed characters in the Enderverse, but I suppose other than that little bit there isn't much fanfic to begin with, so there really isn't much for him to complain about. ;]

The Tawny Man? I guess the novel was already too packed, though actually I think they could probably squeeze in a little more without much harm done, because it is fairly important how people felt about the whole thing. Shock and horror, yes; but in Speaker the public wasn't yet privy to Ender's true identity, and the ones who were, mainly the Ribeiras, were rather removed from the community. Partly because of that, and given who they are, their worldview and thus their reactions would be entirely different.

Card tends to propagate common themes and messages in his novels, and that includes certain bits of religion. And I believe Catholicism can never be eradicated; at the most, it may be modified and/or absorbed into compatible religions. I think he's a Mormon, anyway.
Caitcoralia13 on July 24th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
Ooh! I loved Blind Assassin! Let me know what you think of it! And have a good flight!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on July 24th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
In the 80 pages since this morning, I'm liking it a lot! But Dad is threatening to steal it from me ... I told him, buy your own, or PICK ONE FROM THE FIVE HUNDRED BOOKS ON MY SHELF. But no, he's been meaning to read this one "for ages". Which begs the question, why wait so long?

Still ... I recall I never finished War and Peace, so that'll be coming ...
Caitcoralia13 on July 26th, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
Good luck hanging onto it!