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October links, recs, and some whining. - The Lyorn's Den

Fri Oct. 28th, 2005

03:42 pm - October links, recs, and some whining.

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Without further ado: Links.

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FANGIRLING

Steven Brust has a livejournal!


AMAZING THINGS

Traveling in Africa: Life next to mount doom.

The Food Timeline. Since when were we eating what?


ART

Making Light links to movie trailers that never were:
"A post-production house organized a competition where assistant editors 're-cut' trailers for famous movies to try and make them seem like different movies."

Last Unicorn author ripped off by filmmaker, struggling and penniless. Maybe you'd like to buy a book...

Zombies and Zeitgeist

German link: Elend und Schlampigkeit der dt. Literatur. Schoene Verrisse.


COMPUTERS

World of Warcraft and Spyware


TESTS

Another Geek Test: The SF/F Opening Lines Test .
I only get an "average". Must read more...

The Fashion Style Test. It's a classic 4-variable test. Pretty pictures. Quite fun. I also like my result.

Will you live to be one hundred?. Has some small strangenesses, but not bad.


FUN & WEIRDNESS

The Onion: Pittsburgh unprepared for full-scale Zombie attack!

Need a job? Know the right people? try Cronyjobs.com!

The plunger incident. AAAARGH!

Ferret capes. Trademarks. Surreal.

How to steal 5 mio. Euro

Not only for Pastafarians: Pasta evolution. With pictures. Had me ROTFL.

Encyclopedia of advanced silliness. See for example, Papa Smurf, fanatical Smurfist, or The War on Terra.


RECENT READING

Terry Pratchett: Going Postal
Snail mail vs. Internet: The rematch. On the Discworld.
Quite good, but not as elegant as some of his other books. The tech in-jokes are pure gold. The main character is supposed to be a con man and does some cons, but he seems a little of a plot device to me. As con man characters go, I prefer Mr. Wednesday (from Neil Gaiman's "American Gods").

James Luciano: Labyrinth of Evil
This is a prequel to "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith" and came highly recommended, and as I quite enjoyed the movie and still have a sentimental fondness for Star Wars in general, I wanted to give it a try. So far I'm stuck at page two in a battle scene that utterly fails to capture my attention. Maybe next month.

Lois McMaster Bujold: A Civil Campaign
Re-reading it for the umphteenth time, still love it. It's a comedy of manners, with lots of relationship confusion, which is usually a genre I wouldn't touch with a 12' pole. But this book is in a series, I already know and love the characters, there's political intrigue, incredible dialog and enough plot relevant SF topics to keep me happy, it's one of my favorites in the whole Vorkosigan series.


RECOMMENDED STORIES

Title: The Adventures of Icarus, the Invisible Poltergeist
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: After the Rain (you'll find her in every house on Fictionalley)
Length: 7,800 words
What it's about? MWPP having fun in school and playing some pranks which are actually very funny.
Why read it? Fun, good Remus voice, very good Peter.
Why not read it? Not your kind of fun.

Title: Family Therapy
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: Gemma DW
Length: 18,000 words
What it's about? When Harry is nine, he and the Dursleys are sent to family therapy. The story is the notes of the therapist.
Why read it? Authentic, and while this "clash of the worlds" is very hard to integrate into a story, the author has done it well.
Why not read it? The integration, while well-done, still has some rough edges. The authenticity leads to some redundancy, when the same procedures are followed and the same memos written every week, so you need either speed reading skills or some patience. Also, there's some therapist's jargon and shorthand, which gets explained, but still takes some getting used to.

Title: Three Nights at the Riddle House
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: lizbee
Length: 1,500 words
What it's about? Hermione gets kidnapped by Voldemort. They get drunk and play monopoly.
Why read it? It is very silly.
Why not read it? It is really very, very silly.

Title: Registration
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author: Sam Vimes
Length: 6,500 words
What it's about? Remus and Sirius wait in line to enroll currently-being-born Harry at Hogwarts. They wait, they joke, they talk to everyone (or their parents).
Why read it? Funny, clever, with occasional flashes of unexpected and well-placed seriousness.
Why not read it? Not in the fandom.



In other news, I feel like a ghost in the Winchester House. One day the stairwell's gone, next day the entrance door. And the sound of the pneumatic hammers never stops. I'd love to move my haunts to some quiet ruined castle on some misty moors, or to a hotel room, but my cats, while in a permanent state of panic due to the noise, would panic even more if I tried to get them away from the sofa where they can hide under. I wish for a snowstorm, so the work will have to stop. I know that it's not very wise to wish for a long lasting snow storm when you live in a house that currently lacks a roof, a front door and half a wall, but getting woken up by pneumatic hammers every day before sunrise makes me very, very grumpy. Yesterday, there was no running water (again), the windows are blind with dirt, the cats are neurotic, and I want my money back.