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New year, new layout. I'm going with a Nero banner this time. I think my infactuation with him will last as long as the game does, so best give him banner time while the urge is hot.

As years went, 2008 was okay. Some of it was fantabudastic, some of it made me wish I'd been born anyone but me and some of it was just fine.

I passed my OU course with a distinction, wrote two original novels, attended [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk, found several new fandoms, read a shit-load of books, comics, magazines and fanfic, got to know my family a little more ...

No wonder I'm exhausted!

My favourite books of 2008 were Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider books, Mark Haddon's A Spot of Bother and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.

My favourite film was Iron Man. Not a good year for films. I actually found The Dark Knight to be somewhat of a disappointment. I feel a chick-flick phase approaching.

My fabourite TV shows were Torchwood, Doctor Who, Merlin and The Apprentice (When is that back on? I need some Sugar).

My favourite fandom was Torchwood (Jack/Ianto).

My favourite fics were Time Enough (Jack/Ianto) by [livejournal.com profile] veronicaluv, It Didn't Start Like This (Jack/Ianto) by [livejournal.com profile] szm, Take a Sad Song and Make it Better (Harry/Draco) by [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic and Drop Dead Gorgeous (Harry/Draco) by Mistful.

My favourite dog was Indy, my favourite socks the red, stripy, fluffy ones, my favourite PJs the purple Eeyore with checked bottoms, favourite slippers the red slip-ons with pom poms. Fav perfume J-Lo Glow, fav body cream Molton Brown Yuan Zhi, fav people YOU GUYS!!!

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
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My copy arrived promptly from Amazon today although, disappointingly, it was only the standard version and not the super-duper collector's edition which I so couldn't afford but I preordered months ago and thought fuck it I'm not cancelling.

I rather enjoyed it. The stories were cute and well-written and I loved Dumbledore's notes between each tale. I lol'd several times and when I was done I decided I really missed Harry and Hogwarts, all the magic and intrigue.

I'm gonna cut for spoilers now.

OMG! )
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Finished reading the latest three Torchwood books this morning. Good! Definitely worth getting. I couldn't fault Pack Animals, especially when you consider there was naked Ianto. Skypoint was an enjoyable read with some cool Tosh and Owen moments, but it needed to be about a hundred pages longer; it felt rather rushed and the result was minimal emotional content. Almost Perfect was hilarious. Gwen was a blast and Rhys was brilliantly funny. Poor Ianto was a little OOC at times, but one could argue there was a major reason why that was. Almost Perfect is the first TW novel to have only Jack, Ianto and Gwen, and as much as I love and miss Tosh and Owen, I was pleased with the amount of page-time Ianto got. Bless him and his Labrador bag, haha.

All three are definitely worth getting, along with the previous three, Trace Memory, Something in the Water, and The Twilight Steets.

The first three, Another Life, Slow Decay, and Border Princes I would only reccomend to die-hard fans who simply must have everything that says Torchwood on the front -- uh, fans like me. They are decent stories in their own right, but they lack characterisation and that Torchwood feel that we all love. I somtimes wonder if the first three novels were commisioned before the show was aired or even before it was filmed. The reason that book adaptions of motion pictures are often so dire is because the author is given a tight deadline and a script and told to go ahead and convert it into a novel. Because the movie often hasn't been filmed at that time or is still in production, the author finds it hard to visualise the characters and their quirks, the pace and feel of the plot that can only be bought to life by an actor on the screen. Just a thought.
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A thousand apologies to everyone on my other journal for the rampant spamming today. I don't usually like to cross-post, but I do like doing my little book reveiews and this time they are relevent to people on both journals.

Stargate:Atlantis )

Torchwood )
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Yesterday I posted a request for book recs featuring Dragons. I got a massive response and I want to say THANK YOU, and share all the recs back with you all. I posted for help at this and my main journal and at four different book communities, and I've linked them all in This Post

If you want to put the recs in your memories, please feel free, but do so from the from the post in the link and NOT from this post as I will be locking it.

Again, thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!!

Book Pimp!

Sep. 9th, 2007 02:06 pm
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Yesterday, I finished The Savage Garden by Mark Mills Amazon.co.uk - Amazon.com

In 1958, Adam Strickland, a young Cambridge student, travels to Villa Docci in Tuscany to study a sixteenth-century garden. Designed and laid out by a grieving husband to the memory of his dead wife, it is a mysterious world of statues, grottoes, meandering rills and classical inscriptions.

But tragedy has hit the Docci family more recently. The German occupation during World War Two had a devastating impact on them, and the tensions between collaborators and partisans were played out within their own tight circle.

Adam is fascinated by the Doccis and increasingly aware that there are dangerous secrets hidden within the family domain.The garden itself starts to exercise a powerful influence over his imagination, its iconography seeming to point to some deeper, darker truth than was first apparent. And what really lay behind a killing at the villa towards the end of the war?

Past and present, love and intrigue, intertwine in an evocative mystery which vividly captures the experience of an innocent abroad in the uncertain world of post-War Italy.







The reviews for this book have mixed and seem to vary from some saying it's boring as hell to others saying it's a masterpiece. I think it depends on what you're expecting. Yes, this is set in the crime thriller genre, but please don't expect a 'thrill a minute' or a 'heart-thumping thrill ride'. This is a slow burning account of secrets and discovery, a beautiful picture of post-war Italy, an intriguing and pleasurable look at how an aimless young scholar finds himself feeling suddenly alive.

The Savage Garden is well written with beautiful descriptions which are weirdly simplistic and never fall into dreaded purple prose. The characters are all mapped out vividly and are all likeable in an odd sort of way. My favourite character has to be Harry, Adam's troublesome brother who appears part-way through the book. I would jump at the chance to read a follow-up novel involving Adam and Harry and another mystery; they play very well off each other.

If you're looking for something to blow your mind, this isn't it. If you're looking for something to make you smile, laugh and care about a main character, if you're looking for a intelligent, comfortable, well written novel to pass the time and leave you with a feeling of wanting to go on holiday -- preferably to Italy -- this is for you.
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Excitement of the day:

I've just phoned O2 and upgraded my mobile to the Samsung d900i. I was going to get the U600, but I finally decided I couldn't cope with the touch sensitive buttons. I changed my tarrif while I was at it and for £5.00 less a month, I get double the free minutes I had and 5 times as many texts. The catch is that I can't upgrade for two years, which suits me because I don't upgrade every year due to my Lazyitis.

I've also just finished chap 4 of Parity Transformations and have sent to Ame for damn good betaing. I'm not happy with it so I think I'll be revising long into the night. Hee!


Now for some pimping of some published works:

Civil War - This is a Marvel title, which isn't normally my thing, but I was forced to read it by my Marvel Swapsie Buddy. The Government passes an act that forces all super heroes to register and submit to training. This effectively means that their true identities are to be put on record. Obviously, there are some super heroes who are not willing to go along with it, including Captain America and the Young Avengers. Brilliant art, wonderful storyline which actually gets you seeing both sides of the argument, and several good comedy moments. On the basis of this graphic novel, I am actually considering becoming a Spiderman fan. :oO

The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney - Set in Canada 1867, a man is murdered and a woman's 17 year-old son disappears. She sets out across a dangerous and desolate land to find her boy, Francis, and the murderer in order to clear Francis's name. I don't know what attracted me to this book in the first place, other than the fact that Amazon had it really cheap, but I'm glad I went to the trouble. It's beautiful, engaging and wonderfully detailed. I completely fell for most of the main characters, especially Francis (you'll see why). Read it!
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Remember a while back I said that I was going to read every Buffy and Angel Novel I could find and review it for you guys? Well, I wasn’t lying. I’ve been reading but not reviewing. Okay, so I was half lying ~g~ Whoops.

I shall now provide you with four book reviews and two comic reviews. Have a peek inside the tag if you want to see what I’ve previously read and babbled about.

Contains some spoilers.

Queen of the Slayers )


Apocalypse Memories )


Tempted Champions )


Obsidian Fate )


One-shot comic – Spike: Old Wounds )


Angel comic series, Angel: Old Friends )
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Continuing my efforts to read and review all the Buffy and Angel novels ever published, here is my opinion on Spark and Burn.

Cut for book babble and a certain amount of book spoliers )
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Here is the first of my many Btvs/Ats book reviews. Don't expect an intelligent discussion beyond 'It was good.' or 'It was crappity crap, crap, crappity crap.' Are we good? Cool.

I finished reading The Lost Slayer late last week. Coming in at 573 pages, it's one of the more chunkier books in the Buffy verse. Penned by Christopher Golden, the novel is actually a very intriguing mixture of action, plot, mystery and suspense.

This is the 7th Buffy novel that I've read and I have to say that it is the best by far. If you're only ever going to read one of these books in your life, make sure it's this one.

After a mysterious warning, from the Spirit of a past slayer, of bad things to come - a mistake that she will make - Buffy's soul is thrown forward 5 years in time and into the body of her 24 year old self. Sunnydale is *very* different and Buffy must do battle with a shocking adversary, find a way to escape her body, and go back in time to fix whatever mistake she made.

This book definitely sucked me in. A real page turner. I thought the characters were well defined and totally like the Joss characters that we all know and love. Even the characters in the future that were well and truly changed by circumstance were still how I imagined them to be.

I laughed, I *almost* cried, and I was thrilled to see evol!Spike once again.

Go! Read! I demand it!

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