BOOK: TEN GOOD SECONDS OF SILENCE BY ELIZABETH RUTH
This book is about a mother and daughter, Lilith and Lemon Boot, and their respective journeys. Lilith is a psychic specializing in lost children who works with the police in Toronto and Lemon wishes she knew who her father was. Throughout the story we're given extensive flashbacks to Lilith's time in a Vancouver mental hospital and her relationship with fellow patients Randy and Mrs. Moffat, both of which contribute to her life and the story significantly.
I loved this book at first. I found the author's prose lush and interesting but as the novel wore on I began to find it overly self-indulgent and rather random. The story itself was quite interesting though teenage Lilith and teenage Lemon were shockingly bland narrators at time. Lilith was written in first person style and Lemon in third person omniscient so we both knew all their inner thoughts and I found it a little ridiculous that their inner monologue contained the same writing style as every other part of the book.
It also contained random portions where we followed Lemon's friend Jan and her male friend James. Both of these ended up being important in the end but were far too brief and not common enough throughout the book and that made it seem as though they could have been edited out completely to the same effect.
My biggest pet peeve is that whoever was in charge of making sure this book was ready to be printed was an absolute moron. I probably caught a dozen spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes - and we're talking glaring mistakes. There were quotation marks IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE; where there should have been to signify that someone had stopped speaking there were none and then they would start up again in the middle of a sentence. I don't even know. It took me right out of the book, obviously, because I had to get my pen and circle it.
Though I did enjoy most of the book, I found the emotional payoff quite rushed in the last three pages of the book. I also thought the author was trying to emulate the style of the vastly superior Ann-Marie MacDonald and just didn't succeed. It wasn't a bad novel, just a little overly indulgent and lacking in decent character development.
BOOK: CATCHING FIRE BY SUZANNE COLLINS
I started this book on a trip during the summer, put it down and forgot about it. Not on purpose, just that I have a habit of losing books. I picked it up night before last and got just as addicted as I was the first time.
I found this novel quite similar to the first, following Katniss Everdeen and her lifestyle in the impoverished District 12 and her determination upon being forced into the Hunger Games yet again. The stakes were upped significantly in this one, in politics and in Katniss' emotions and I found that quite a good progression for the story.
I know that a lot of people don't like the third book but I'm going to try to keep an open mind because I found the first two quite fascinating. Katniss continued to be a pretty amazing protagonist and though I don't usually like first person perspective I liked following her thought progression, her reasons for doing things because of how unusually stoic she is outwardly.
So far this is one of my favourite young adult fantasy series. It's very gruesome, probably more gruesome than any book I've ever read, but I'm getting used to that in YA after reading Libba Bray's rotting fantasy world in her Gemma Doyle Trilogy and the macabre world where street kids shoot up faerie dust in Holly Black's Modern Faerie Tales. I actually like it a lot in the genre.
I'm really interested in stabbing a lot of Sanctuary watchers right now for a multitude of reasons.
Number one being the kiss at the end of the latest episode.
But close behind in the number two and three spots are that stupid 'Sanctuary Obvious Statements' tumblr and basically how the fandom will shit on you if you don't think the show is the most perfect show that ever existed. It's not the first four seasons of The West Wing, okay?
I actually feel like I might have a rant coming on about heteronormativity and how male and female characters in an intense situation are assumed to be sexually attracted to each other but if they're female characters then "there's not enough character development" or whatever.
I just want to smack these assholes a lot for ruining my enjoyment with their small brains.
Ooh, changed my layout. Not sure if I like it or not.
I should type up my thoughts about The Good Wife and Sanctuary and Lost Girl but I'd mostly be a Debbie Downer (I should use a diffferent term since it's my Mom's name). They're all okay but just okay to me. I have a lot of thoughts, deep and otherwise, about various television shows but never seem to type them up.
Maybe later, if someone will discuss them with me. Because obviously I know my own thoughts, but I like having intense discussions with other people where I want to pick into their brains about various shows.
Or maybe I've just had three glasses of Italian Amarone and I'm feeling smiley.
Is it my final FINAL draft that needs to be in on October 31 for horrorbigbang or just my final draft but I can still tweak it. Does someone else post it or do we post it?
Plot related The Good Wife question: if Kalinda happened upon Will and Alicia fucking, should Alicia know she's there or not?
So many questions.
Except when I have a break up. I can never ever tell my mom that I've broken up with someone or they've broken up with me. I just cannot say the words. But she knows anyway because I get sad and no longer mention her name. I think it's because my mom always really, really likes my girlfriends and thinks I should treat them better.
My mom brought this back for me from Denver. Not that we can't get it in Canada but our family can never resist a bookstore. And even though the Canadian dollar is back below the US dollar it's still cheaper to buy stuff in America. We're still forced to pay way more than the exchange rate for books and DVDs so our family tends to either buy online from America or stock up on stuff when we visit.
Let me just leave the America/Canada comparison with an anecdote about how hilarious it was when we were watching Buffalo channels a few years ago and the news seemed to be airing a legitimate piece about how Canadians were ruining Christmas because they kept crossing the border and buying everything off the shelves.
Anyway, back to the book. The blurb: "She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. If you could pile all HeLa cells ever grown onto a scale, they’d weigh more than 50 million metric tons—as much as a hundred Empire State Buildings. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. "
And holy crap. The author very clearly has an intense connection to the story and claims to have spent more than 10,000 hours interviewing everyone who came into contact with Henrietta, spending a lot of time in particular with her children. I feel like her emotion flows through every word. But I can only read a little bit at a time because I keep getting overwhelmed by the racism and misogyny in the story, not to mention the complete lack of medical knowledge at the time. I had to put the book down for several hours today when I finished reading about them sewing tubes of radioactive materials in her vagina and uterus.
It's both horrifying and fascinating. I'll report back when I finish.
So, if you follow me on tumblr or are someone who I complain to a lot on gchat (*cough*Erin*cough*) then you know that I'm capping for rawr_caps now. It's one of my favourite places to go for caps because they always offer downloads as well as a gallery. And all the caps are actually sorted so you get 500-800 decent caps rather than 2000 where more than half are blurry with movement.
I cap with them now and sometimes I get a little stressed because I'm now capping Terra Nova and The Good Wife which are currently airing shows and I get stressed because I want them out there for the fans as soon as possible. This is made slightly more annoying by the fact I absolutely refuse to cap anything with a logo. I don't care if it's the highest definition ever in the world, I will not cap it. Which means I often find myself waiting 12 or so hours extra to find the logofree 720p downloads. Frustrating.
This is all by way of saying that I'm gonna be sorting tomorrow and if I don't find the hardware that makes my headphones work with my laptop I will be going crazy.
Here's all my posts over at Rawr. (By the way, I enjoy that I can search all the posts someone has made in a comm.) Shows capped include Sanctuary (blu-ray S1-3 and HD once the new season airs), The Good Wife (S1-current), Stargate SG-1 (DVD S1-10), Damages (S3 & 4), Private Practice (S3-current) and Terra Nova.
I hope to get to the following ones as soon as possible: The West Wing (S1-7 from the refurbished HD eps, not the DVDs), Stargate Atlantis (blu-ray S1-5), Xena, Rome, Caprica and ER. So there's that.
I honestly have reached the point where I'm bored of television.
I literally cannot take anymore teenage hate while assholes get woobified as long as they're white men. I'm sick of women being at each other's throats over men. I'm sick of queer characters getting killed off. I'm sick of non-white characters getting the shaft in general.
The only two shows I'm remotely excited for anymore are Game of Thrones which doesn't come back until April and Spartacus: Vengeance, and my excitement about that is really hindered by Andy Whitfield's death.
Okay, that's a partial lie. Happy Endings makes me exceedingly happy. Penny Hartz is literally my happy place.I guess if I'm going to be fed up with straight white men then
I should really be writing my gym going down other than in my meal tracker, but you know.
I, uh, only ran 3km today, though it was mostly at a 7min/km pace, which is faster than I usually go. Until I almost fell off the treadmill and accidentally pulled the emergency stop cord which ended the thing. And I just did not feel like starting over.
I did another few minutes of weight training and whatnot before coming home and completely wiping all of that out by making and eating a lot of tacos.
Alright, I have legitimately made a decision. Since this is apparently the year I make resolutions and stick to them I'm making another resolution.
I am actually going to finish writing The Cauldron of Rebirth/Flesh and Ash during NaNo this year. I've been plotting it and making outlines and characterization profiles and researching for years now and it's just time for it to be fucking DONE.
I figure I still have about 30k words to write of my Grey's Anatomy Big Bang and my Horror Big Bang based on where I am in those stories and what still needs to be written so there's a worry I might burn out there. The Horror Big Bang only needs to be 10k words, I believe but I think it's going to end up significantly more than that because I'm halfway there and I've only written a few scenes. Somehow I feel that I need 15k words to even get to the point where I could legitimately have Alicia and Kalinda have sex without it being completely out of character. And they're fighting zombies so I have no idea why I'm worried about correct characterization in such a way anyway. And, as you guys know that I FUCKING HATE CARY WITH THE FIRE OF A THOUSAND SUNS, I'm a little miffed that I think I might actually need to write him for a bit before he gets torn to shreds by a zombie. I'm actually even considering having him and Kalinda have sex. What even is that. I think it might also include Alicia/Peter sex and Alicia/Will sex. So basically zombies have 'aliens made them do it' powers.
Compared to my Grey's Anatomy story where I feel like I've written dozens and dozens of scenes (because I have) and I'm still short on words. I'm having a bit of a love/hate thing with that story though because I love the story, despite my complete lack of medical knowledge, but I can't bring myself to go back and watch some Grey's episodes because it legitimately makes my teeth itch now. But I might do that tomorrow because I want to get Alex and Arizona's mannerisms correct.
After last night I'm now four episodes behind in posting Damages caps. Whoops! I absolutely ADORE the show but I just find it the most boring show to sort caps for.
I've got episode 6 uploaded to the FTP but not to the rawr-caps galleries. And I'm halfway done sorting through episode 7 so I'm getting there but it's slow work.
My bandwidth is taking a serious beating this month with all the shows I'm capping.