Daddy-Long-Legs, by Jean Webster

Sep. 22nd, 2017 06:56 pm
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The power dynamics in the romantic relationship in this book continue to be awfully uncomfortable for me, but I continue to reread it on a semi-regular basis anyways because I am just so endlessly charmed by Judy's narrative voice. I love Judy so much! But Jervis Pendleton can go jump in a lake.

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Plotting

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:57 am
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There's a nonzero chance Brenda's lawyer in the Chief AU will be Jack Raydor.

I like Gavin, but he doesn't bring anything new and exciting to the story. Everyone has done Sharon and her BFF Gavin, but I feel like we don't see Jack as much, and do we ever see him with Brenda?

It also might let me use my favorite, you-can-pry-it-from-my-cold-dead-hands headcanon (Sharon and Jack have excellent hate sex any time Jack blows through), and I am all about doing that with this fic.

But first I have to get Sharon and Brenda through this fight. Sharon doesnt want to fight and it's annoying me. Sharon! This is Brenda! She's yelling at you! Why don't you want to yell back?
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The first time I read this book was in high school english class. I remember clearly how delighted I was to read this book at the time. High school english is heavy on the Serious, Depressing & Literary, but this book had whimsy. It was still about serious topics (particularly focusing on censorship and free speech) but it managed to be that while also being a charming and fun read! REVOLUTIONARY. It felt all the more special because it wasn't supposed to be on the syllabus but my teacher managed to talk the english department into letting him teach this book instead of the Serious, Depressing & Literary book we were supposed to be reading.

Rereading it now, I don't love it as much as I did in high school, I think because I'm not comparing it to all the books one reads in high school english classes, and ultimately although this book is much closer than those to the kind of book I most like to read it's still not quite my jam. But it's still definitely a good book.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 10:25 am
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The project of the past few days (in addition to watching Riverdale and finishing up giffing every televised episode of Galileo) has been attempting to revive my HTC Status (named Kou).

I loved this phone. I still love this phone, but it was a piece of crap phone for anything but the basic 'calling people' purpose of most cell phones and one other thing: writing on. It was meant to be a texting phone, with a full QWERTY keyboard, plus a tiny 320x240 touch screen.

I wrote most of "Darkest of Marks" on it before it broke. The charging port no longer works at all for charging. Recently I discovered that a piece of hardware exists for externally charging phone batteries, so I bought an extra HTC Status battery and that as well, charged up the battery I had and the new one. After putting it in, my phone started up just fine. Of course, it might be inconvenient to have to pull the back off every time the battery drains down, but in testing the functionality of it over the other steps I'm taking to revive it, I discovered that battery life is excellent.

I have been thrown back forcefully into my past annoyance over the tiny size of the internal storage, however, even though all I want to do is make it into the world's smallest word processor, so I can write fanfic on it. The phone is rooted, so I tried to remove as many apps from it as possible to reduce the load on the internal storage, but in doing so, I messed up something about the touch screen unlocker.

So, I went on a quest to find a custom ROM, and did succeed in doing that, but then ran into problems with updating Google services on it. It keeps trying to update to the most current version, which is huge in size and only wants to live in the internal storage, because it keeps force closing when I attempt to move it to external storage. I might be able to live without Google Play on it, but I really just want the original ROM on it, so now I'm about to flash a version that has had the bloatware stripped from it back onto it. I wonder if it's at all possible to remove Google Play completely.

I can't help but feel I'm wasting my time on this, but it's an interesting way to pass that time. *sigh*

[For those curious, the apps I need on it and can't live without in order to write: Notepad, Jota Text Editor, Link2SD (manages internal storage), Twilight (red filter), CoolReader (reading app for documents), TextCounter, Battery Indicator (needs to live on the internal storage), Astro File Manager (to delete and manage files), WiFiFileExplorerPRO (to get files from the phone to my laptop), Fora Dictionary, and DisplayBrightness (a widget manager for screen brightness).]


*crosses fingers*

ETA: Yay, it works!

third-day story

Sep. 14th, 2017 12:51 am
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Five Things Naomi Novik Said:

We took a responsibility on and I know that -- even during the darkest moments of the Board where I literally thought that the entire tech staff would quit and there would be no one to run AO3 -- that what kept people on [as volunteers] even though there wasn't any kind of good resolution to the problems, it was the inertia of not wanting to drop the ball.


Now, I read this Q&A at least ten times before it was posted, and every time I read that, I had the same thought: "Wow, wild times. I'm glad I wasn't around for that."

It didn't occur to me until tonight that yes, I was. I very much was. And I don't think I ever appreciated until this moment just how close we came.

Not-exactly-fmk: Gor and Yuletide

Sep. 12th, 2017 07:05 pm
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So in FMK reading adventures, I finally finished the first Gor book, that was voted K early on but I decided I wanted to read before dumping just so I could say I had.

I should have trusted y'all: it was mostly just incredibly pointlessly bland, occasionally rising to actively annoying. It wasn't even really bad enough to be interestingly bad. There was a lot more flying around on giant soulbonded warbirds than I expected, tbh (somehow I had though that Tarnsman meant "man of the mountain lake country" but I think that was giving him too much credit for having a vocabulary,) but the warbirds are so badly wordbuilt and lacking in individual personality and the flying scenes so lacking in joy that the only time I actually cared about them was when the abused half-starved ones were about to eat the MC and I roused enough to cheer them on. The plot is built on bad characterization and improbable coincidences; the language aspires to basic competence; you can very easy disassemble it into its component stereotypes; and all sense-of-wonder or hints that the MC is not a sociopath are missing. Also amused that the author refuses to comment on whether it's John Carter of Mars fanfic (it's really badly done John Carter of Mars fanfic, omg.) I understand the series gets far more batshit later, but I don't think I need to read far enough to find out.

Also, thank you all for your help with picking a yuletide nomination! I shall be ignoring the clear preference of the poll, and nominating Mr. Trash Wheel RPF. He didn't win, but he did win the vote of everybody I know who has taken a selfie with him, and their votes count 10x, sorry.

(this is Mr. Trash Wheel: )

I will also be nominating Professor Trash Wheel and a five foot long West African Ball Python as characters, of course. I am stuck on who should be my fourth nom, though. A modular robotic eel that hunts for water pollution? Lynyrd Skymmer? Some other celebrity of the waters that I don't yet know about?


Clearly there's a market for Always Coming Home, though. Someone else should nominate it. (If I requested it, it'd just be as "tell me a story of the Valley", so I don't care about characters.)


Meanwhile, I re-read The Girl With The Silver Eyes to prepare to nominate. That one does hold up very well! Things I had forgotten about this book: the muumuu wearing old fat lady who lives alone with her cats and her books and gives no fucks and is #rolemodel. The fact that Katie can TALK TO CATS. The constant references to other YA fantasy/sf novels by the same imprint that she is reading. How much this book distrusts all adult men. How much this book also distrusts all non-readers. How yes they have psi powers and are super-smart, but they're also explicitly non-neurotypical in a way that read a lot more Autism Spectrum than any of the books about supposedly autistic kids that I was reading at the time, and that's more of an issue for them than the psi powers.

The book really needs an active fandom if only so we can have epic fanwars about whether they spoilers )

Anyway I am stuck for character noms there too, because I want all the kid characters but I also want Mr. C, Mrs. M, Miss K and Jackson Jones.

public domain book recs pls?

Sep. 12th, 2017 03:27 pm
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I am going on a 2.5 week overseas trip in about a month's time, and the most important part of any vacation is, of course, making sure you have packed enough books. Which means it's time to restock my e-reader. I don't buy many ebooks (because if I'm going to spend money I usually prefer to have a tangible copy to hang on to) so it is TO PROJECT GUTENBERG to replenish my ebook supply.

So I am looking for recommendations of books in the public domain that I would enjoy reading. There's a vast world of totally-enjoyable-yet-forgotten books out there and I don't know how best to trawl its depths so please let me know of any favourites of yours! (or, y'know, books that aren't your favourites but you think would be up my alley anyway.)

Or tbh I would also be in the market for recommendations of interesting historical romance ebooks for purchase at affordable prices, with the important caveat that there be zero rape (or threat of rape, or general rapey feel), and there needs to be a sense that the main characters actually like each other as people instead of just being hot for each other's bodies. Some actual groundedness in the historical setting would be nice too. I love a great deal of Courtney Milan's oeuvre, for a sense of the kind of thing I'm looking for here.

FMK #23: Long Book Is Long

Sep. 12th, 2017 01:51 pm
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Last week's F winner, after a very close race, was a tie between Beguilement and Daughter of Witches! I picked Beguilement because I know I'm keeping the rest of Lyra regardless, so Beguilement is more likely to lead to me dumping several books at once. K winner was The Death of Sleep, so goodbye Lunzie!

The comics bonus round winner was Asterix le Galois. Of course the bonus round I threw in because "comics are fast and easy!" gets won by one where I'm going to have to review a whole other language first... There was no K majority for the comics round, although I'm curious about the fact that Maison Ikkoku nearly got it, because I had not idea there was active dislike for Maison Ikkoku out there.

I am going to spend two days of next week trapped in a car with a couple of cats and almost no luggage space, so it's time to finally roll out the LONG BOOKS ARE LONG poll. That way I can only pack one and be reading it all week. :P

I don't know if I'll have internet next Tuesday but likely not (we are helping sister move) so there may be another break in fmk next week.

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.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

Poll: Adams, Asaro, Clarke, Coville, Delany, Hobb, Hunt, Jemisin, Lynch, Melville, Michalson, Pynchon, Stephenson, Williams, Williamson )

yuletide etc.

Sep. 9th, 2017 01:48 pm
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So, Yuletide noms are open!

I am definitely nominating:

The Saga of Burnt Njal (with characters from Njal's generation - all the existing fics are post-canon about Kari)
The Girl With The Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts (because we all had a discussion on one of [personal profile] rachelmanija's FMK posts about how we all wanted MORE after we read that.)

I can't decide on number three, and I'm pretty sure the other stuff I definitely want to request will have other noms. So:

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22


My third yuletide nomination should be:

View Answers

Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin
15 (68.2%)

The Hidden Almanac (the podcast)
6 (27.3%)

King's Blood (Steve Jackson games)
1 (4.5%)

Mr. Trash Wheel RPF
4 (18.2%)




I am also trying to at least finish the first chapter of the Discworld Sedoretu fic before I let myself read any of the fics that are now revealed in the fest, but I have not yet. :/

Instead, have some reviews of the CDs I bought for $.10 each this morning:

Delmarva Groove Kings
Genre: Is "Groove" a genre?
Local kitsch factor: Well, "Delmarva" is in the title, but they appear to actually be from Clinton, which isn't really Delmarva? Also we're pretty sure the bridge on the cover is the Golden Gate, not the Chesapeake. 2/5
Cover art: Oil painting of a viking ship sailing past a decaying suspension bridge against a red sky. -1 point for not being the right bridge and for not having any cover credits so I can't track down the original. 4/5
Song titles: Titles include "Northeast Corridor Blues", "Evil", and "Dueling Hillbillies on the Mother Ship". 4/5
Music: Ehh? Some of the songs appear to be just screaming over boring electric guitar chords, but some of the more bluesy ones are pretty okay. 3/5
Comment: This was originally a benefit to pay for someone's cancer treatment. Why do I still live in a county where people think it's ok that you have to sell benefit CDs to pay for someone's cancer treatment.

Celtic Fury - O'Malley's March
Genre: Basic American Celtic
Local Kitsch Factor: Yep, it's O'Malley as in Governor Martin O'Malley! This was his band's first CD, that they put out while he was still just on the city council. 5/5
Cover Art: Black-and-white photo of the band. TERRIFYINgLY BAD PHOTOS. Two of them look like they are planning to lure you into a white van, one of them looks like he is wearing a human mask and hasn't quite learned how to make it smile yet, and one of them looks like they stuck a dead person's head on a mannequin. O'Malley hardly looks sinister at all in comparison, which may be a first. 1/5
Song Titles: Mostly your basic sort of Celtic standards, but there is one called "Mickey Chewing Gum" and one called "Streets of Baltimore". 3/5
Music: Would hire them to play on one of the outdoor stages at a street fair. Competent. The lead singer sounds weirdly insincere about everything he sings, but maybe that's just because I know it's O'Malley. 3/5
Comment: It's autographed by the whole band! I wonder if I could sell the Governor's autograph for more than I paid for the CD. ...Actually I probably know some people who would pay me at least twice that just to burn it while cackling.

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