Hey so the fic I wrote for yuletide this year was the following!
One Step (1786 words) by sophia_sol
Fandom: Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Areida & Char & Ella (Ella Enchanted), Char/Ella (Ella Enchanted)
Characters: Areida (Ella Enchanted), Ella of Frell, Prince Charmont
Summary: On Ella and Char's first official state visit to Ayortha after King Jerrold's death and King Char's crowning, I did not expect to see them for more than a brief night's stopover. What would keep them in Amonta, after all, when the politics happen in the capital?
And now that reveals are past, I can also post my book thoughts about this book without revealing what I wrote for yuletide!Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
A charming retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella! I read this book a lot as a kid, and I still really like it. The basic premise: Ella was given a gift/curse by a fairy as an infant, and as a result she must be obedient to any direct commands from anyone.( Read more...Collapse )This entry on Dreamwidth | comments
My yuletide gift this year is just SO GOOD!!! I am utterly thrilled. My author wrote me a fic about the album Splendor & Misery in the style of the album and it is EVERYTHING I COULD HAVE WANTED, gosh. Highly recommended!
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(3625 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Splendor & Misery - clipping. (Album)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: The Computer & Cargo 2331
Characters: Cargo 2331, The Computer (Splendor & Misery
Additional Tags: Loneliness, Artificial Intelligence, Finding Selfhood, What Makes for a Non-Human?, POV Second Person, Formatted to be Read Aloud, Impossible to Tag
“you have learned love but not self-consciousness, because love does not beget self. there’s no need for heart and body to love; no need for mind or soul though you have both, programmed for one and grew the other like a struggling sprout in a crack on the pavement, just for him, just like him. ”
The Passenger and the Computer, in the midst of the all black everything. Time once more has meaning, and humanity must be redefined.
I haven't reread the Emelan books in forever and I was in the mood so I reread the five that I own! Which are the four Circle of Magic books plus The Will of the Empress, since I was never as into the Circle Opens books (possibly because they're all about serial killers). At any rate it works very well to read just these five books as a complete set.( thematic spoilers onlyCollapse )This entry on Dreamwidth | comments
And so we embark on the period where for approximately a month straight I read almost nothing but lots and lots of Courtney Milan and Tamora Pierce.
The following two are the first Courtney Milan books I have ever read. They are the beginning of her new contemporary romance series. I don't know why I started with these instead of her copious quantities of historical fiction, given my general preference for reading stories about the 19th c over the 21st c, but I did! And clearly it worked because it inspired me to keep reading her books. Courtney Milan writes really compelling romance novels, I must say.Trade Me, by Courtney Milan( Read more...Collapse )Hold Me, by Courtney Milan( Read more...Collapse )This entry on Dreamwidth | comments
Yooooo so latest gender update! Is that I have been experimenting with pronouns irl and have realized that they/them pronouns make me a lot happier than she/her. So please use they/them for me going forward. Thanks!
(for ppl who know me irl: please continue to use she/her for me in front of people who don't know I'm agender, because I am not ready to be out to everyone.)This entry on Dreamwidth | comments
Terry Pratchett is just such a good writer, gosh. Okay so like, obviously this was a reread. But I haven't reread this one for a lot of years at this point! And it's really great.
One thing I noticed while reading it is something that I'd never consciously recognized before about Pratchett's writing. Which is his style of setting up a series of facts and leaving the reader to connect them and draw the obvious conclusion of whatever you're supposed to gather from the scene. It's really effective!( cut for a mild spoilerCollapse )
I love the way this kind of thing makes the book feel like a collaboration with the reader.This entry on Dreamwidth | comments
Eh, it was a perfectly reasonable kids' book that I found totally uninspiring. There wasn't anything glaringly wrong with it, but I didn't get emotionally invested in the characters or the plot or anything.
I did like that in the context of this story's worldbuilding dragons' genders have no visual cues and dragons don't say anything about their genders, so dragons get referred to by nonbinary pronouns and titles. On the other hand the pronoun used for dragons is IT. And no, that wasn't me all-capsing for emphasis, that's actually how the book writes IT throughout. The dragon Meenore is one of the major characters in the book, which means that the pronoun IT gets shouted at you by the text a lot
over the course of the book. So that's both a plus one and a minus one for nonbinary representation, I guess. Sigh.
Other than that...I am just super lacking in anything at all to say about anything in this book because I just didn't care.This entry on Dreamwidth | comments
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly
Oh look another historical novel about a tomboy living in rural 19th century USA!
This one though was written in the last few years and is set in Texas in 1899. Calpurnia (often known as Callie Vee) is the middle child of seven children, and all her siblings are boys. But instead of just a general interest in adventure/hijinks, she has an interest in SCIENCE, encouraged by her grandfather. Much to her parents' despair.
There was a lot to love about this book! Some good characterization, especially of Callie and her grandfather.( Read more...Collapse )The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly( Read more...Collapse )This entry on Dreamwidth | comments
This is a novelized account of the author's grandmother's childhood. The author wrote in the 1930's and the book's events take place in the 1860's in rural Wisconsin. In a number of ways the book has a similar feel to the Little House books, and I get the impression that comparisons are made between these books rather a lot!
Caddie, the main character, is 11 years old and quite a tomboy. The book doesn't have much of an actual through-line plot (other than the question of Will Caddie Ever Learn To Be A Lady?), and mostly consists of telling a series of anecdotes about Caddie's adventures and experiences. It's charming enough to make up for its lack of forward momentum, and her adventures are never so hair-raising that I found reading the book stressful.( Read more...Collapse )This entry on Dreamwidth | comments
At any rate the world doesn't stop having good books in it just because everything else is horrible.
Here's a collection of short book thoughts about some books I liked, that aren't substantive or spoilery enough thoughts to get their own posts.The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex
A reread. Still an impressively successful and delightful book! A kid's book about alien invasion(s), told from the point of view of a young biracial girl, with the conceit that it was written by her for a school project with a goal of it ending up in a time capsule. Tip is a really engaging narrator, and the themes the book is addressing are all well handled, and it's just all SO GOOD. I have a lot of feelings.
is pretty much exactly right for what happens after the book imo. I love this fic. (though really I ought to read the ACTUAL Smek sequel at some point I think. There is one now!)Quilting: Poems 1987-1990, by Lucille Clifton
An interesting collection of poems written by an African-American woman. Worth reading, though I have nothing to say about it because I'm not comfortable enough yet with poetry to have the words to describe it.Dogsbody, by Diana Wynne Jones
A well written and charming book, as is to be expected from DWJ. I'm not the right audience for it, since I don't particularly care one way or another about dogs, and our main character is fairly thoroughly a dog for much of the book. But DWJ is a good enough writer to keep me invested despite this, and I did care an awful lot about Kathleen!The Emperor's Soul, by Brandon Sanderson
A reread. I still love this book. But do I have anything else to say about it that I didn't say last time? No.The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now, by Ryan North, art by Erica Henderson
A total delight, just like the last two Squirrel Girl tpbs! I love Ryan North's sense of humour, and Erica Henderson's art is perfect for the story. Doreen and her friends are all amazing, and I love just about everything about this book.
However. The last two issues in this collection are a two-part crossover with Howard Duck. The first part (done by the Squirrel Girl team) was just about as good as the rest of the series but the second part (done by the Howard Duck team) I just wasn't as into. It wasn't as funny or as charming, and I didn't like the art as much, and I just didn't care as much. It's too bad that this is the note the book ended on, because the rest of the book had me gleeful all the way through.This entry on Dreamwidth | comments
I keep on trying to write up my thoughts on the recent US election to post here and keep failing. I just don't know what to say that other people aren't already saying, more eloquently than me. I spent basically all of Wednesday in tears or near it. I am horrified at what the next four years are going to be like for people in the US, as well as for the rest of the world given the US's outsized influence.
I wish I could have hope that things aren't going to be that bad...but evidence does not seem to be on my side on this one.
I can't believe this happened. I can't believe this is really reality now.This entry on Dreamwidth | comments