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From bibliogramma: "100 MUST-READ SCI-FI FANTASY NOVELS BY FEMALE AUTHORS" by Nikki Steele. Interesting list, I guess.

Bolded the ones read, commented on a few. I've read about a quarter of the list, which sounds about right, as my taste in sci-fic/fantasy runs mostly to the lighthearted.

Read more... )

*side-eyes*: They missed out The Changeover by Margaret Mahy. And The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper.


Have dominion, Queen Helen, Magician's Nephew, Narnia, by edenfalling

God Save the Queen, RPF, Captain America et al, by copperbadge

Only Begotten and sequel, Whosoever Believeth, Lucifer/Damian crossover, and something like, canon is its own warning?, by astolat
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Anyone who feels like it should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

In no particular order:

1) Labyrinth
2) A Chinese Odyssey Part 1: Pandora's Box and Part 2: Cinderella, the 1995 Stephen Chow adaptation/re-imagining of Journey to the West. Cracky as hell, and the last time Stephen Chow had an original idea. This should probably count as two movies?
3) Ringu. This is purely here to explain why I dislike mirrors. Also, how I should never watch horror movies.
4) Wu Yen. If I were any sort of normal Anita Mui fan I'd name Rouge, but I have an unbearable weakness for slapstick comedy and it isn't, mind, just anyone who can cross-dress as fantastically as Anita Mui did in this.
5) 2046. Sequel, of sorts, to In the Mood for Love. Think Cloud Atlas was good? Pft.
6) Infernal Affairs 1-3 (Yes, I'm cheating)
7) Hu Du Men. Because Josephine Siao.
8) Princess Mononoke
9) My Lucky Star. Because Tony Leung.
10) How to Train a Dragon

This list obviously says a lot about the type of Hong Kong movies I like and how few Western movies I've watched or feel strongly about. Honourable mentions: The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, the first 10 Stephen Chow movies. Also, how much do I love Tony Leung? A lot.


Golden Week, Hikaru/Akira, Hikago, by mousapelli

Nature and Nurture, John/Sherlock, AU, Completed (!), by earlgreytea68
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It always cracks me up inside:

Whenever my other boss wants to tell me that a student has cancelled a class, he says, "Luce-san, _______-san CANNOT come tomorrow," and then makes the Ultraman gesture (crossed forearms in front of his face).

(I just reply, "Okay.")


There's a Dreamwidth meme, where my flist reading list is posting day by day. To save myself the hassle, here's mine for all 21 days.

The entire meme, just for the hell of it )
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You were born during a First Quarter moon

This phase occurs in the middle of the moon's waxing phases, after the new moon and before the full moon.

- what it says about you -

You test everything. You're sometimes unhappy with what others think is "good enough". You pointing out things you see wrong with the world, even if others are afraid it may cause some unrest. When something isn't right, you're the one who's not afraid to make dramatic changes. You're good at keeping your head in a crisis and reminding people that it takes a shakeup to fix things.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at

That's quite a generalisation. Overall accurate, but generalisations often are. But I like the picture.


Dear lawyer

It is not polite to tsk out loud (or sigh) when the defence counsel launches another (admittedly what seems to me, too, like a meaningless) line of questioning. Especially as the judge has been super patient; you should, too. You're just making yourself sound like an ass.

Also: do you realise your habit of switching your train of thought every two seconds has thoroughly confused the witness? Take a deep breath and think. Also II: I find it pathetic that apparently you can't remember the name of the guy in the witness box.


I've recced this before, but it was WIP then, and now it's completed!
Getting Better, a Sherlock AU by [profile] onedergirl29 where both Sherlock and John are single parents when they first meet. Fic is from POV of Sherlock's son, 21 chapters total.
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The World Book Day meme, for which I'm desperately late, but still...

The book I am reading:
Jewellery of Tibet and the Himalayas and 周汝昌传 [aka Biography of Zhou Ruchang].

The book I am writing:
It's not a book.

The book I love most:
The physical book or the work itself? If the former, it's got to be my Shorter OED for being so lovely (if so damnably heavy, both of them) to touch (smooooth, thiiin, delicate onion-skin paper) and sigh over (I don't know so many of these words!) and to read; coming close is my compact volume of 唐诗三百首 [Three hundred Tang poems] for being small enough to squeeze into the mess that is my table and also, it's extremely readable.

Also my ebook device.

If the latter, too many to name.

The last book I received as a gift:
Um... a friend gave me some cast-off textbooks once?

Sadly, I've never really received a book/books as a gift. Family and friends feel that it is unhealthy to encourage me in my sins. However, I was once given a book on Qin Shih-huang as a prize for taking part in an amateur historical production in school. Well, it was given to the entire cast, but the others rejected it in horror because it was a book, so I got it by default. Nyah nyah.

The last book I gave as a gift:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to my student.

The nearest book on my desk:
Other than 唐诗三百首?
楚辞 by 屈原 (aka the guy who has rice dumplings thrown in the river every fifth of fifth in his honour, so goes folklore. Famous for 离骚)

You can tell I don't own many Chinese books by the way I keep them close.


From [ profile] crack_van: Graduate Vulcan for Fun and Profit, general, Star Trek reboot, by [ profile] lazulisong

Living Lore, summary: London dreams of Sherlock Holmes, by Silver Pard.

Alien Abduction Blues, Mycroft, also by Silver Pard.
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Book meme

Where is your nearest library? How long does it take you to get there?

It's about 15 minutes by foot from my office. There is another one nearer to my home, but amazingly that one takes 20 minutes to get to.

How often do you use it?

A few times a week, or couple of weeks if I've borrowed some really engrossing stuff, like knitting books. :p

How old were you when you started visiting libraries?

About 10? I had to wait until my big sister was old enough to go there on her own, and then she took me.

What's the first book you remember borrowing from the library?

Can't remember.

What's the last book(s) you borrowed from your library?

A travel guide to Britain. Then another. And another. Er, and a book on Tibetan jewellery.

Where's your favourite library? What's special about it?

The one near my office. ^__^ Actually I kind of hate the shelving system. (ETA: No, I hate it lots. HATE!!!!) But it houses a nice little open-air cafe, which has cheap coffee, cakes and great natural light for reading. My favourite thing is to borrow a book, a reference book with big photographs or a light novel, go out to the cafe and sit and read, and then return the book again when I'm done with coffee and cheesecake.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen in a library?

Weird? But a library contains everything!

Do you like your librarians? Do you even know them?

Sort of. Not really. I go in and out like a lurker.

What's the most helpful thing you've found (out)in a library?

Photocopying machines. Heh. Also that you can borrow your textbooks instead of buying them.

And that sometimes novels are arranged by genre.

Do you borrow before you buy, instead of buying, or randomly alongside purchased books?

Both. Sometimes I borrow while waiting for the book I've ordered, and then when my copy (finally) arrives it remains unread.


Won't Let You Choke, John/Sherlock, by [ profile] deepbluemermaid

A Catch, White Collar/Sherlock crossover, by [ profile] ariadnes_string
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Never Leave a Trace 1/3, 2/3, 3/3, Elizabeth/Neal/Peter, AU, White Collar, by [personal profile] sam_storyteller

Via crack_van: The Carriage Held But Just Ourselves and Immortality, Torchwood/Discworld crossover, by [ profile] _seven_crows


The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who have always influenced you and will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes, and they don't have to be listed order of relevance to you. Tag at least 15 friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what authors my friends chose.

1) Wu Cheng-en
2) Cao Xueqin
3) Whoever wrote The Investiture of the Gods
4) Shakespeare
5) Poets of 300 Tang poems
6) Margaret Mahy
7) Elizabeth Peters aka Barabara Michaels
8) Jonathan Gash
9) Louise Erdrich
10) Gu Long
11) Jan Morris
12) Georgette Heyer
13) Terry Prachett
14) P.G. Wodehouse

*draws a blank*

15) ______



1. At least it finally went away. I didn't start getting migraines until a few years ago, and it usually needs an initial hefty dose of painkiller if I see it coming (literally so; flashing lights whee!). Then it's just like being underwater, wearing a helmet that's too small with goggles that goddamn *sparkle*. (How much do I hate flashing icons? Lots.)

2. Just as well I'd planned to watch Deathly Hallows on Saturday.
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Meme first: If you see this, post a poem in your own LJ.

I was going for a Tang poem, but spotted this and thought it a lot of fun. From here:

Foreign Objects
By Bruce Covey

Hemlock is high in soluble fiber.
A self-directed bullet contains no fatty acids.
Asphyxiation eliminates 2nd-hand smoke.
Carbon Monoxide is nitrate-free.

Sleeping pills reduce the body’s need for sugar.
A blow from a sword is high in iron.
Hanging flushes the body of its toxins.
Cyanide cleanses potentially harmful resins.

Bleach cuts cholesterol levels.
Jumping simulates weightlessness.
Drowning ensures hydration.
Smoking improves eyesight.

An oncoming train is filled
With many fruits and vegetables.
Running a car into a tree reduces
The need for red meat consumption.


Reminds me of Dorothy Parker's "Coda", heh.



What if Bertie Wooster were Batman?. Yup, what the title says.

From crack_van: Miscommunication, Uhura/Spock, Reboot! Star Trek, by [ profile] salr323


Ursula on writing


Also, I wish that more people were writing the March themes for 31_days. Not just because I think the themes are evocative (for me, at least; I haven't felt like that about previous months') but also um, I have sort of private agenda. You see, I've been writing and posting a Hikaru no Go/Spirited Away crossover fic there since this month started, very short updates only, and it's starting to look like I'm spamming the comm. -_-;;;

Just in case you're interested in reading a fic whose chapters are being written and posted nightly and I'm definitely forewarning, is WIP and may end up abandoned:

Title: Twice the River 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 so far.
Series: Hikaru no Go, Spirited Away.
Summary: I tried to write a Sai comes back story and it intersected with Spirited Away.
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Recced by [ profile] crack_van: Two Worlds, Will/Bran, long fic, angsty, The Dark is Rising, by [profile] rhymer23.


From [ profile] aishuu:

the five words meme )


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