shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
(slightly belated for a variety of reasons inc. my incompetence)

Are You My Mother? - Alison Bechdel
Three Parts Dead - Max Gladstone
Jughead vol 2
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome - Mary Beard
Black Widow: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Most Wanted
Contact - Carl Sagan
Once Broken Faith - Seanan McGuire
The Girl of Ink and Stars - Kiran Millwood Hargrave
In the Bone-Setter's Waiting Room: Travels Through Indian Medicine - Aarathi Prasad

Three Parts Dead (three stars), The Girl of Ink and Stars (three stars) )

Didn't finish: The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman )

Short stories I enjoyed this month:
Some Cupids Kill With Arrows (Tansy Rayner Roberts): a delightful little confection of a story, involving speed dating and Greek gods. "Letting men finish their sentences was overrated. That was the life lesson she was taking away from speed dating night."
Light, Like a Candle Flame (Iona Sharma): Funny, moving and quietly beautiful.
shinyjenni: Close up on Stephanie Brown as Batgirl; speech bubble reads "it's only the end if you want it to be". (here we go)
Firstly, two things I keep meaning to post about:

1) Does anyone remember the fan-made video version of this Batgirl page that went round a while ago? And if so, do you have a link for it? I can't seem to find it! Found! Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] ladymercury_10!

2) I went to see Neil Gaiman speak at the Cheltenham Literature Festival a while ago, and it was really good! The Festival've now put video of the event online; I recommend it!

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Secondly, December posting meme! [personal profile] beccatoria asked "Tell me your five favourite things about Steph and Damian (canon or things you know ARE canon, the comics just never got around to letting us know!)".

EEE STEPH AND DAMIAN. I love their dynamic SO MUCH. :D Here are five things I love about them (mostly general things rather than specific moments, as I have lent my Steph!Batgirl comics to [personal profile] silly_cleo):

1) "There's room in our line of work for hope, too." Steph models an alternative model of heroing for Damian, and on a meta-level this allowed Bryan Q Miller to define explicitly what Steph stands for: belief that things can be better, and a determination to make them better.

2) That she can tease him and not take him seriously, which I think is good for both of them. It's good for Damian, because he takes himself far too seriously, and he needs someone to break him out of that, but who also cares about him enough not to hurt him in the process. And it's also good for Steph: she's spent so long being criticised by Batpeople that I think having one who she doesn't take seriously could help her regain her confidence. Having Oracle (and Cass) in her corner helps, but I think it's also good for her to learn that just because someone's criticising her, it doesn't mean they're right, and it doesn't have to come down to listen to them or defy them; she can just ignore them if she she thinks they're wrong. I also find their mutual grumpiness hilarious. ♥

3) This one is mostly headcanon: I like to think that eventually Dick and Steph become friends, and the thing they bond over first is teaching Damian the noble art of quipping ("Lesson one: puns, and why they are the best"). (Damian is displeased by basically everything about this. Especially when Christmas rolls round and Dick invites Steph over to "help decorate the mansion", which quickly turns into festooning Damian with tinsel and baubles whilst he hisses at them like an angry kitten. Meanwhile Alfred does all the actual decorating himself, as usual.)

4) THE MOON BOUNCE THING. I love her trying to teach him about how to be a child. (I imagine at least some of this is because she didn't have the most idyllic childhood herself.)

5) That deep down he sees her worth, however much he might protest. ♥
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "♥ books" (hermione hearts books)
Happy New Year, everyone! I will repeat what I said on twitter: may all your endeavours prosper and your beards never grow grey. ♥ This year I resolve to be a little braver, kinder and happier than I was last year, and also to clean the marzipan off my laptop's touch pad.

Here are the books I read in December! I sort of ran out of steam with writing about them, so some comments are more desultory than others.

The Graveyard Book, The Janus Conjunction, Have His Carcase, The Far Side of the World, Delusions of Gender, Parallel Lives, The Siege of Krishnapur, I Shall Wear Midnight, Fahrenheit 451, Murder Must Advertise, The Raw Shark Texts, Ash )

Total number of books read in 2010: 103, or possibly 106, or 114, depending on how you count A Dance to the Music of Time. (ETA: wait, I read the fourth About Time book this year too! That absolutely counts. So make that 104, 106 or 115 books this year. :D)

Total number of books read so far in 2011: 1. It was Geraldine MacCaughrean's The White Darkness, and I recommended it: a tough, strange, involving, moving, wonderful book.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (victoria)
- Off to visit Hetty, a friend from university, this weekend, woop! Last time I saw her, in February, I introduced her to Buffy. She is now four episodes into Angel season 5. This time I am taking her Dead Like Me so we will probably spend a lot of time watching those two. She lives in the middle of the countryside so we may also go for walks and things, I've never been there in the summer before. *hopes for sunshine*

- Mini-stories by various famous authors; I have only read the ones by JKR (sweet, and her handwriting is lovely) and Neil Gaiman (fun!) so far, but it looks like there's some good stuff in there.

- Yesterday I watched an episode of Adam Adamant Lives! and there was no Montage of Unconsciousness. It was most unsettling. I will stop going on about this program eventually, I promise.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (victoria)
- Off to visit Hetty, a friend from university, this weekend, woop! Last time I saw her, in February, I introduced her to Buffy. She is now four episodes into Angel season 5. This time I am taking her Dead Like Me so we will probably spend a lot of time watching those two. She lives in the middle of the countryside so we may also go for walks and things, I've never been there in the summer before. *hopes for sunshine*

- Mini-stories by various famous authors; I have only read the ones by JKR (sweet, and her handwriting is lovely) and Neil Gaiman (fun!) so far, but it looks like there's some good stuff in there.

- Yesterday I watched an episode of Adam Adamant Lives! and there was no Montage of Unconsciousness. It was most unsettling. I will stop going on about this program eventually, I promise.

2007

Jan. 12th, 2007 12:29 pm
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I am going to have a go at listing all the books and films wot I read and see this year, hopefully with not entirely uninteresting comments about them. Of course this is all dependent on a) me not being lazy and b) me working out how to edit posts (I've done it before but can never remember how) (ETA I worked it out! It was indeed very obvious). So here goes:

Books of 2007 )

Films of 2007 )

2007

Jan. 12th, 2007 12:29 pm
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
I am going to have a go at listing all the books and films wot I read and see this year, hopefully with not entirely uninteresting comments about them. Of course this is all dependent on a) me not being lazy and b) me working out how to edit posts (I've done it before but can never remember how) (ETA I worked it out! It was indeed very obvious). So here goes:

Books of 2007 )

Films of 2007 )

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