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01 October 2005 @ 09:11 pm
Of ships and sealing wax  

I know, I suck. *puts guilty hands up* I have been reading my flist, I swear -- I did notice the skip200 -- but I keep falling asleep on my keyboard before I can comment. Going around with button marks on your face is one surefire way to get many, many stares from your flatmates. I will be good, oh I will be good! Love me?

The only thing is, of course, I've only gone and signed up for slashfest -- twice -- and I have the_eros_affair story to submit and OMG Big Bang to get working on SophieSophiewhatdidwedo?!! so my free time will be writing time. But pretend you didn't read that.

Tuck Everlasting is so sad! My kind of love story.

When I signed up for the Sci-Fi society I noticed the librarian had a few books, including Neverwhere. I mentioned I'd never read it and could not find it for love nor money and hey presto! Quoth she: "This is an emergency!" and signed it out to me right there. It's very cool and outre, but I do wish he'd stop using so many commas. Gaiman? Waters? Superfluous commas does not equal superior writing, do you hear? Um. That is all. Back to axioaxillary muscles, wahey!

Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: Popstars or Pop Idol or whatever the hell
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Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on October 1st, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
offload some to me
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Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on October 2nd, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
Damn you, wednesday.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 2nd, 2005 10:49 am (UTC)
I know! That's what I was thinking. Let's put it in perspective, though:

Lily/James -- can be for anytime.

Most of the stuff I've sent -- has already been posted on my fic lj; I just want to clean it up for posting to archives, so again, no urgency.

That Harry/Draco you have -- should come first. Eros Project? Because I have to post that before Nov 5.

The rest for slasfest -- hasn't even been written yet. So no worries.

So really, only one is demanding your attention, and you have another month for it!!

amazing vaguely humanoid armadillopersoncryptid on October 1st, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
I loved Neverwhere for the story, the characters and the setting, but I'll admit that the writing was slightly flawed in a way that I haven't noticed in other works of his. I suspect it has to do with it being the first novel he did all by himself. I don't remember thinking about the commas, but I did think there were a couple of places where he sounded very Douglas Adams in a way that contrasted against his regular voice, and that some scenes were written in a way that made me suspect he drew a bit too much straight from the mini series; things that may have looked very cool on screen, but didn't flow that well in writing. 'Course, it's been some time since last I read it and I may have forgotten some of the impressions (time for a reread, methinks).

In any case, Gaiman hits so many of my buttons through the sheer shininess of his imagination that I'm willing to forgive quite a lot. *squees about the copy of Anansi Boys that hopefully is on its way here already*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Douglas Adamsscoradh on October 2nd, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
My god! You went into my brain and extracted my opinion only you put it concisely!

1. Douglas Adams! Yes! His humour was very lugubrious, calculated and essentially unfunny; clever, yes, humourous, NO. I just finished it today, btw. He'd have been better off to keep it all dark.

2. Vandemar and Croup -- if they could bring down gods and heroes and any number of formidable foes, why is Door such a great adversary? Not to mention that there were too many suspects and not enough suspense; and Islington's and the marquis' motives were NOT EXPLICATED ENOUGH OMG.

It was a miniseries?

Oh, I heard about that! In the Waterstones magazine! I dearly wished to have someone nearby to squee about it and Thud! and Feast of Crows with. Yummy.

Not that I liked American Gods that much ... I wouldn't call Gaiman a master of characterisation by any means.
amazing vaguely humanoid armadillopersoncryptid on October 12th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
See, I don't think he's that dark, really -- the trappings are often more or less horror influenced, but he doesn't put his characters through the paper shredder unless it's unavoidable. As in Pterry's books, there's room for hope. And I do think he has a good sense of humour, even if that isn't the most notable thing about his writing. Heh, it was quite recently that he mused in his blog about how many people seem to think that he wrote the beginning of Good Omens as a dead serious piece of dark fantasy and that the Pterry came along and put all the funny bits in there afterwards. :P But his humour is quite different from DNA's, so in those places where I felt he tried to emulate him, it just didn't work. I've really only noticed that in Neverwhere, so I'm guessing he was still trying to find his voice there.

I think a bit of fleshing out would have helped the book -- he didn't have to turn it into a brick like American Gods, but just a bit more for characterisation and deeper plot... Heh, I'm an unabashed Marquis fangirl, and don't mind him staying dodgy and mysterious, but Islington certainly could've used more depth.

Yep, it was a mini series before it became a book. I've heard both good and bad things about the series (pretty much unanimously bad about the budget and effects, alas), but I still want to see it, and not only because the Marquis looks ridiculously hawt in it. ;P

I have Anansi Boys now. *snuggles it* Haven't had time to start reading yet, though; got an evil examination assignment coming up.

I'd call him a master storyteller and good at characterisation when his characters get enough screen time to grow three-dimensional. But hey, different strokes...
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 16th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
That's actually what I thought, too. Did he say if it were true or not, or was that a denial? I can see his hand in places, like when Hastur comes down the telephone line and eats all the telephone salespeople. I have to say, thought, that whoever came up with the idea of Adam being a Greek godling has my eternal devotion. It makes me want to ship him left right and centre. Canon beauty! Whoo!

I just think it was so obvious that the Marquis wasn't dead. Also, did I say this already? But if the two assassins were so proficient at killing gods, why did Door give them so much trouble? And why did they kill Door's family in the first place? Who gave the order, and why? Obviously the uniting of the Underground was the point of the story, yet you see it what, twice? Gah.

Yes, I hear it had glowsticks. :P He wouldn't be my type, now, I must say ... I prefer more conventional looking blokes, although blue or green hair is nice.

YES BUT BUT THE A FEAST FOR CROWS? I may have it in my hands this time next week ... I've reread the first one and a half and I'm in love. omg.
amazing vaguely humanoid armadilloperson: lurkingcryptid on October 19th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm quite sure that his point in mentioning that was to say it wasn't true. He's also said something about how sometimes people would guess which parts are his and which are Pterry's, and as often as not, they'd be wrong. (You're right about the salespeople-eating scene, though -- that's actually the only specific scene I've seen him claim as his own.)

His humour is quite notable in his blogging and interviews, I think. It's usually kept rather discreet in the other books, but it's there occasionally... not quite the same as Pratchett's humour, it's more low-key, but they do seem to work rather well together. Douglas Adams, OTOH, is just too zany and random for Gaiman to emulate successfully.

Anansi Boys is supposedly a funny book. I'll have to get to it now... Gads, I have hardly had time to read anything lately. I feel so dirty. >_<

Hmm, circumstance, I guess? Literature is full of heroes that really aren't any match for their foes, but win anyway because of a set of circumstances. Had things played out differently, they would't have stood a chance. If said circumstances are plausible and not a blatant Deus Ex Machina, I'm okay with that convention. Re: the uniting of the Underground, that again could have needed more fleshing out.

Heh, regarding the 'looks like it was filmed in a basement or rave' comment... from what I've read, they actually filmed a lot of the scenes on location, getting access to some closed-up stations. Maybe it's one of those things where the real thing actually looks less like the real thing than a set, made to capture the essence of the real thing, would. (Hmm, I have a feeling that I'm badly paraphrasing Pratchett here, but I don't know from where...)

I may be able to get AFfC for a belated birthday present in November sometime. It I don't, I'm ordering it, even if I'll have to spend my last monies. No way I'm waiting for the pocket version to come out -- that won't 'til May, fer crissakes. X(
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on October 1st, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
holy fucking christ, you too? It's like trying to find virginity in Aphrodite's crotch!

I'm very seriously considering getting it from america. Even if the American cover sucks arse.

Have you read any other gaiman, apart from good omens?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Godscoradh on October 2nd, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)
I know! You need to join your scifi society too. They have the Sandman comics, so I be renting those next.

I think I have the American cover. Sort of grey with a big purple blodge? Anyway, the spelling is all American. Yuck.

Only Of Smoke and Mirrors and American Gods. Tbh, crime and all as it is, I don't like him that much. He's all style and no substance. Give me Pterry any day!
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on October 2nd, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
After reading too many authors that are all substance, but have all the style of a dead mouse, he's damn well refreshing.

American Gods is truly fantastic though.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 3rd, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
I didn't think that much of it. I know that's a crime, but there you go.
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on October 5th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
It's all right, I already think you're a philistine.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 6th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
It's nice when people gauge me correctly.
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on October 7th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
I could plum your inner depths if you want.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 16th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
I prefer stewed apples.
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on October 17th, 2005 03:46 am (UTC)
Stewed? Ew.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Frog cardsscoradh on October 3rd, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
Okay darl, consider yourself friended. xD
henbock on October 4th, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
getting it off my chest (the hair that is!!!!)
hi im so sorry for the delay in getting in contact with you but i hope things are going well and all the people in our course are cool nad that your housemates are really nice i was living with a lithuanian girl who i never aw and then she moved out and now trheres a really geeky and tense first year who looks like hes been on hunger strike all his life and hes really nervous and eager to please nd he uses way too much cheap deodorant and it stinks the house out!!!! ahhhhhh the onthe girl i living is also a first yr who has hot friends in a cool likes pink floyd kinda way and they smoke pot and play monopoly at the same time i had a high night that night!!! If you wanta come down and c te freak fest just say the word that little patch on my floor is yours there is only just enough room for me in the bed which may hopefully cause a few problems! wb asap if you can c ya
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 4th, 2005 08:41 am (UTC)
Re: getting it off my chest (the hair that is!!!!)
Not that I reckon you'll manage to see this before 2006, but here I am! My flatmates are one step away from being murdered; there are 15 empty litre bottles of barcardi on the floor at last count. I wouldn't mind that if they weren't such NOISY drunks and I didn't have so much study and need so much sleep!! I'm glad you got a house okay anyway; mine are all girls -- see my later posts, it tells you a little about them. Otherwise I'm exhausted, overwhelmed, stressed and with far too many crushes for my own good -- what else is new?

OMG they've come back from the off license AGAIN.
henbock on October 6th, 2005 10:28 am (UTC)
Re: getting it off my chest (the hair that is!!!!)
im actually tired of college already the landlady was up last nite giving out about one of the housemates and that one of our housemates is too noisy which is a load of shit and oh ya there was this lithuanian girl in the house and she moved out but she told the landlady that it was the other girls fauolt which is a pile of shite as shes done nothing wrong and the lithuanian was really weird, tight and filled the fridge with weird smelly stinky food i hate her the land lady that is not the lith..... so how many in your house are they douin medicine 2 and r they all in frst yr the fella in the house is also really annoying as hes so spineless and pathetic and he listens 2 rap its doin my head in!!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 6th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
Re: getting it off my chest (the hair that is!!!!)
I have two Arts, one Finance and one crappy business course of some description. The guys across the hall play BASS. With SPEAKERS. At NIGHT. Nothing can beat the annoyingness of that, man.

I wish there was someone in my apartments that would stop people making noise! Oh, the bliss!
denial_girldenial_girl on October 9th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
Neverwhere = my crack.

I'm a comma whore myself, so I never noticed anything. Strangely though I did see some weird commas in Good Omens.

Yep, it was a BBC miniseries first but it's not very good, mostly because the budget must have been as large as my last paycheque (i.e. TINY). I bought it a couple months ago because I loved the book so much. The book version is 100 times more detailed and fleshed out, and I think it would be very confusing without reading the book first. Plus it looks like it was filmed in a basement or else a rave, complete with glow sticks. Cheesy is the word.

And I assumed the reviews I read were exaggerating when they said the Beast was a cow. They were not.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on October 16th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
Better than the cocaine, I hear. xD

I'd hazard a guess they belonged to Gaiman ...

Knowing the BBC up until a few years ago, it probably WAS a basement with glowsticks. And they thought it the English answer to Star Wars.

Like, a real cow? OMFG. In India, people have to move aside when they walk down the street ... or highway ... or bridge ... but terrifying, slavering creatures of the night they are not.
denial_girldenial_girl on October 17th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
I think it was one of those Scottish cows that are all shaggy with the big hours, but a normal cow nevertheless. I thought they'd at least put some extra horns on it or something but they just left it.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Green Dracoscoradh on October 21st, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
Wow, that REALLY sounds full of bladder-weakening terror. Not.