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So I fire up my Kindle to check something and Kindle saw fit to introduce me to:

Three Daughters: A Novel by Consuelo Saah Baehr, of which the description goes:

Born in rural Palestine, just before the dawn of the twentieth century, Miriam adores her father and is certain his love will protect her, but she soon finds that tradition overrides love. Uprooted by war, Miriam enters a world where the old constraints slip away with thrilling and disastrous results. Miriam’s rebellious daughter, Nadia, is thrilled with the opportunity for a modern life that her elite education provides. But when she falls in love with an outsider, the clan reins her back with a shocking finality. Nijmeh, Nadia's daughter, is an only child and the path her father, the sheik, sets for her is fraught with difficulties, yet it prepares her for her ultimate journey to America, where she finds her future.


Anyone else feels like they've read this book before?

Of course, it's gotta be America, y'know? You can't get your future anywhere else. The path of going against tradition, of pre-marital relationships, rebellion, falling in love, and teen angst has to ultimately end in the land of Mickey Mouse and Starbucks. Yup.

This is not America-bashing.

This is not an endorsement of the novel. (But also not a condemnation - read whatever you want.)

But this description is hilarious. I've not read this novel, but I enjoy, in a purely unironic way, of how similar it seems to be those Wild Swans-ish narratives, except it has sheiks, apparently: y'know, oppression by government and tradition in your homeland, breaking free, escape/journey to America, yay to individualism and acceptance forever and ever. Yeaaaah. It is, as they say in fandom, nice fic. The really weird thing about these sort of narratives is how unironic the authors seem to regard the US as this ultimate life goal and font of good capitalism. Then again, I guess if you're escaping Oppression and Evil Dictators, there isn't that much time for navel-gazing.

By the way, has anyone else noticed that once these heroes/heroines make their way to the US, they don't go anywhere else? It's kind of a downer. Just think, you get through evil customs and jump through immigration hoops, you get citizenship and then, wham, condemned to Picket Fences, USA, forever. It's fine for RL hopefuls but this is fiction: we need more car chases.
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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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