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Jul. 25th, 2017 11:29 pm
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Today I read two more entire books? I don't know, apparently I've just magically found my Intensive Reading Skills.

One of them was even thesis-relevant, so props to me. I took pictures of useful pages on my phone, so now I need to go back through my gallery and make notes, but anyway, work is being done. It was also just a very beautiful and sometimes very sad book. I sat in the library and cried quietly a couple of times in the middle of it. So if anybody else wants to read a series of autobiographical vignettes about a young girl in China during the Cultural Revolution with a faintly magical realism kind of feeling to it, When Huai Flowers Bloom - Shujiang Lu . I have read A Large Number of these memoirs by now, and this one stood out.

The other one was What's Left Of Me - Kat Zhang , which was very Young Adult Dystopian Fiction in tone, but with a surprisingly original premise: all humans are born as two distinct personalities in a single body, but over the early childhood years, one of them will fade, leaving only the stronger person. So the main relationship in the book is between Eva and Addie, who share a body (the plot being that neither ever faded, and thus as a Hybrid (here we are with the YA Dramatic Capitalised Nouns), they are a threat to the American Way Of Life). There are romantic subplots, but I enjoyed that the focus was on the two girls and how they navigated sharing something so fundamental.

Books!

Jul. 24th, 2017 06:36 pm
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Today I unintentionally sat down and read the entirety of Size Zero , a memoir by a French woman who had a brief and somewhat horrifying career as a supermodel and wound up with an eating disorder.

Mostly I am just kind of bemused that I went from idly browsing the library new books display to sitting down for an hour and a half and finishing thing book in one go, given it is not at all my usual genre, and recently I've been having trouble finding the time and motivation to read the (also very readable) autobiographies I must read for my thesis.

I guess it just proves that Literally Anything is more appealing that the thign you have to do.

Anyway, it was quite engaging and quite compelling, so I guess that was an hour and a half unintentionally well-spent.

Doctor Who!

Jul. 17th, 2017 01:38 pm
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So the new Doctor is female! I am so delighted. I honestly suspected they would tease us with this all season and then chicken out when it came to it. But they've gone ahead. Assuming we stick with the female Master, too, then the m/m ship that my teenaged self grew up with is suddenly a queer women ship, and that is very exciting!

So what I'm hoping is that the new showrunner will also not be useless, and I can fall back into this fandom.

FYI

Jul. 16th, 2017 08:43 pm
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[personal profile] balsamandash is currently giving tarot readings here!

A fic!

Jul. 14th, 2017 07:43 pm
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So being a disorganised person, I did not do things correctly at Yuletide last year (I still posted a fic, don't worry, I'm not terrible, but it was not timely), so here is the NYR fic I have written in order to redeem myself.

The source canon can be found here and is a small and lovely thing you might enjoy regardless of whether you read my fic or not. Featuring mermaids, women in love, and science.

A Connoisseur of Beauty (1451 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Ladies' Guide to Collecting Mermaid Love Songs - Aimee Picchi
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Miss Holst/Miss Mori
Characters: Miss Holst (Collecting Mermaid Love Songs), Miss Mori (Collecting Mermaid Love Songs)
Additional Tags: Pre-Slash
Summary: Miss Holst is interested in the classification of mermaid songs. Miss Mori is interested in the study of beauty.

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