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Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 R and I started watching this with the plan to finish it before WisCon. We’ve watched 4 or 5 episodes so far. At this point this season is goofier and lighter than season 1 and feels a bit more like other Treks I’ve watched. There’s more focus on ethical dilemmas and such witch is very Star Trek focus. Also there are many many awesome older women. Some of them are mothers though none of them raising small children. Still it's good to see more fictional moms. I hope some of the awesome older ladies get to interact with each other.

Golden Kamuy up vol 8 by Satoru Noda This all that’s currently been translated into English so I have to stop here for the moment. I’m still really enjoying the historical setting and all food details. However these volumes got pretty gruesome and also spent a lot of time alway form core character hanging out with less nice people. And there were some villainous tragic queers. So that wasn’t great. But I do like the main characters and will probably read more when it is available.

Yotsuba&!, Vols 8-9 by Kiyohiko Azuma Still very cute! I have few more volumes out form the library.

Not For Use In Navigation: Thirteen Stories by Iona Datt Sharma I am working my way very slowly through this. "Akbar learns to Read and Write" was lovely meditation on learning. I have one novella "Quarter Days", left I've read it before so I know its really good. But I’ve gotten sick and this isn’t the kind of thing I can read when sick -- to much detail to miss. So something to look forward to when I feel better.

I also got a couple of the Hugo shortlisted art books out of the library. I wouldn’t have called The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition an art book but it sure is pretty. Makes me want to do an Earthsea reread. Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History is fun to look at for nostalgia but not really my favorite kind of art.

And I’ve read quite lot of Guardian fic. Maybe I need a way to keep track of the fic that I read? I don’t k

New flashfic: Love Touch (R-rated)

Apr. 24th, 2019 08:10 am
china_shop: Zhao Yunlan suggestively biting the tip of his thumb (Guardian - thumb-biting)
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Apparently tentacles weren't enough? Here's some more schmoopy Dixing-powered sex:

Love Touch
~1,570 words, R-rated, Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan, established relationship. Much thanks to [personal profile] trobadora for beta. No spoilers.

Summary: Along with everything else Shen Wei is, he’s a scientist, and he’s been accumulating Dixing talents for decades. At least some of them have practical applications far beyond fighting bad guys, but as far as Zhao Yunlan knows, he’s had precious few occasions to really try them out.

Zhao Yunlan is more than happy to be his guinea pig. Really, it’s the least he can do.

English Guardian Fic Masterlist

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:32 pm
naye: a handshake: shen wei & zhao yunlan (guardian - hands)
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With the help of [personal profile] flamebyrd's fantastic bookmarklet I went ahead and pulled all the Guardian fic listed as being in English off AO3 into one single spreadsheet, then manually weeded out all the non-English stories that had ended up in that list.

The curated result might be helpful for those who (like me) want to keep track of what they have and haven't read, and get an overview of all the amazing fics this fandom has to offer:

English Guardian fic on AO3 Masterlist

The curated list currently has 601 stories ranging from 100 to over 90,000 words, for a total wordcount of 2,662,170!

I recommend that those who want to use the spreadsheet go to File > Make a Copy, which should create a copy on your own Google Drive that can be filtered, sorted and edited.

As for updates, I will try to stop by with a new version in a while, but if anyone else feels that they'd like to do more regular upkeep then please do! The spreadsheet is absolutely free to use in any way, including reposting in an edited format.

Be Here, Be Mine (Guardian, Weilan)

Apr. 23rd, 2019 03:28 pm
syriala: shen wei caringly putting his jacket on zhao yunlan (the jacket)
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Something small to alleviate the painful-ish thing I posted yesterday. You can either read it here on AO3 or read it directly here under the cut, whatever you like better.

Be Here, Be Mine )
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There are two aspects of Danganronpa V3 I haven't been able to stop thinking about recently:

- the optional scene where Kokichi pushes Shuichi onto a bed, and Shuichi is simultaneously terrified and turned on, and Kokichi goes 'lol just kidding' and runs away, and Shuichi's reaction is 'oh my God COME BACK YOU COCKTEASE.'

- a detail about Kokichi's bedroom that [personal profile] keltena brought to my attention.

Here is the fic I was morally and legally obliged to write.

Title: Crowded
Fandom: Danganronpa V3
Rating: somewhere on the PG-13/R border
Pairing: Kokichi Oma/Shuichi Saihara
Wordcount: 2,200
Summary: Kokichi manages to tempt Shuichi into his bedroom. Shuichi is unsettled by what he finds there.
Warnings: It's hard to work out how to warn for this. Dubcon elements? Less dubcon than it looks like it's going to be at first.

Crowded )
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Tales from the TBR

The book: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The summary:

In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live and work side by side – while below the surface, tensions and hostility simmer.

The newest member of the royal court, a uniquely gifted musician named Seraphina, holds a deep secret of her own. One that she guards with all of her being.

When a member of the royal family is brutally murdered, Seraphina is drawn into the investigation alongside the dangerously perceptive—and dashing—Prince Lucien. But as the two uncover a sinister plot to destroy the wavering peace of the kingdom, Seraphina’s struggle to protect her secret becomes increasingly difficult… while its discovery could mean her very life.

How I found it: I don't remember the exact circumstances leading to the purchase of this specific copy last year, but I've been aware of the book since it came out in 2012. From the mid-90s through the early 2000s, Rachel Hartman wrote a minicomic, set in Goredd some years earlier, called Amy Unbounded, which was a delightful coming-of-age story about a young girl having adventures and learning her place in the world. (Sadly, the series is out of print, but it's worth tracking them down if you're interested, especially if there's a young girl in your life who needs an introduction to the world of comics.) So Seraphina went on my mental TBR, but I'm sure you all know how that can go.

What inspired me to read it now: Hartman's latest book, Tess of the Road, is a finalist for the Lodestar (the Not-a-Hugo Award for Best YA Book), and although I gather that it's not a direct sequel, I still wanted to read the Seraphina duology first.

The verdict: I have no idea why I waited so long to read this book, because it's a delight, although I could wish that the main character had read the situation and not waited quite so long to have some key honest conversations. (I find this trope particularly irritating, which is why I rounded my Goodreads rating down to four stars instead of up to five.) I fell in love with Seraphina as a narrator immediately, and I also adored Princess Glisselda and her best friend Millie. And also the prickly scholar Orma and the dashing and dogged Prince Lucian Kiggs. I could sit here and name favorites all day -- this world is full of fascinating characters, almost all of whom are easy to like (or dislike, in the case of many of the antagonists). Hartman's worldbuilding is both deep and intriguing, especially in the cases where she only drops hints -- draconic society, Goreddi religion (especially the heretic St. Yirtrudis -- I'm dying to learn more about her), the details of Goredd's relationship with its other neighbors. I also like her take on dragons: they are humanized and alien at the same time, just as any sentient species living among us would be. There are dozens of stories left to tell in this universe, and I will read every single one of them.

More thoughts, with spoilers. )

The primary goal of this Tales from the TBR series is to encourage me to read books that I already own. Although successful in this case, I have to call it a mixed success, because as soon as I finish this, I'm buying the sequel, because I have to know what happens next. Worth it, I'd say.

More Guardian icons

Apr. 22nd, 2019 09:11 pm
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This month's activity at [community profile] icontalking yielded no fewer than 46 Guardian icons (of 97 total), so I thought I'd link the post here, too:

Song Set icons here

The Guardian icons were made by [personal profile] extrapenguin, [personal profile] abyss_valkyrie, [personal profile] green, and myself.
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This is my first tentative dipping into Guardian fic and it's more of a character study than anything else I think, set between canon. It's for a title challenge and it's so damn fitting for Shen Wei, especially with all his pining.

You can find Sometimes Goodbye Is Better Than See You Soon on my AO3.
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It's the Little Things Han Chen/He Kaixin fic. Rated G, 594 words.

Trials and Tribulations Shen Wei and Da Qing, no powers AU fluff. Rated G, 616 words.

Da Qing icons.

Detective L icons

Apr. 22nd, 2019 01:49 pm
tinny: Bai Yu (or in fact Zhao Yunlan) wearing a flower crown and looking sweet and innocent (otome) (guardian_baiyu flower crown otome)
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So we all know by now that Detective L, starring Bai Yu, has started airing this weekend, and I made a bunch of icons from the first two eps, if anyone's interested:

the rest @ my journal
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On the docket to discuss today: Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. We may or may not go see Captain Marvel again on Tuesday; since I haven't really written up my thoughts on that film in any detail, it deserves its own post, and I want to get down my Infinity War feelings while they're still fresh.

I don't have much to say about Ragnarok that I didn't already say when I first saw it. It was the only Thor movie we watched for this project, and I do think some of the things I love about it come out more strongly in comparison to the other two. Maybe I'll need to have a separate Asgardian marathon one of these days.

And then, there is Infinity War. Let's put this one behind a cut. )

x-men cinematic universe

Apr. 21st, 2019 09:41 pm
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icon count : 128
canon : x2, x-men: the last stand, x-men: days of future past
notes : a batch of rogue and kitty pryde icons!

{ Right this way @ [community profile] musemoji }

Unsorted linkspam

Apr. 22nd, 2019 12:19 am
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I've surely shared this classic Easter story before, but if you haven't read it, please do: "The 1969 Easter Mass Incident". The hilarity, it burns. "Content Warnings: Religion, food, symbolic cannibalism, symbolic gore, penis mention, Blasphemy, SO MUCH BLASPHEMY, weapons, war mention. Mind the warnings and your health always comes first. Its a HILARIOUS story, I promise."

Unsorted linkspam:

"‘Ugly Delicious’ Explores MSG Myths in ‘Fried Rice’: On his Netflix show, David Chang looks at the state of Chinese food in America".

"Layers of Deceit: Why do recipe writers lie and lie and lie about how long it takes to caramelize onions?" [2012]

"Autism Self-Diagnosis is not Special Snowflake Syndrome". [2015]

"The Myspace Dragon Hoard (2008-2010)". "A wide-ranging collection of 490,000 mp3 files from, accomplished using unknown means by an anonymous academic study conducted between 2008 and 2010."

"Do People in an Arby’s Know About “Sir, This Is an Arby’s”? Investigating the internet’s favorite joke on the front lines".

And a small heap via [personal profile] conuly:

--"Behind the New, Gloriously Queer Emily Dickinson Movie".

--"Why there’s so little left of the early internet". [BBC]

--"The Strange Beauty of Salt Mines".

--"How A Seed Bank Helps Preserve Cherokee Culture Through Traditional Foods".

--"Killer Rabbits in Medieval Manuscripts: Why So Many Drawings in the Margins Depict Bunnies Going Bad".

--"These ballroom dancers teach a gender neutral way where both people lead". [CBC]

--"How Social-Media Surveillance of Teenagers Led to a New Kind of Policing".

--"The world’s happiest people [note: the Danish] have a beautifully simple way to tackle loneliness".

--"The Extremely Real Science behind the Basilisk’s Lethal Gaze".

--"Webcomics: an oral history: Featuring the artists behind XKCD, Questionable Content, Dinosaur Comics, and more".

Translating chengyu idioms

Apr. 21st, 2019 10:44 pm
mecurtin: I am on the lookout for science personified! (dinosaur science)
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There is a scene where Zhao Yunlan says:

which are 2 classical Chinese idioms, chengyu.

[personal profile] solo's current translation:
Be indebted to you?
Kneel and kowtow?

- which is accurate, but doesn't convey the *flavor*. I don't know if anything could, in English: ZYL is using elevated, elegant language (sarcastically), quoting the classics as a scholar-gentleman would. Quoting Shakespeare is too dramatic, the King James Version too religious.

Or we could use solo's translations, and put a note up above, like "Quoting" or "Quoting Romance of the Three Kingdoms"?

Chengyu have got to be an ongoing headache in Chinese translation; what kinds of solutions do other translators use?

Ficlet: Entwining (R-rated)

Apr. 22nd, 2019 10:02 am
china_shop: Zhao Yunlan suggestively biting the tip of his thumb (Guardian - thumb-biting)
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So, uh, I've committed tentacle porn. (Except it's only R-rated, so really just schmoopy tentacle smut?) ~850 words, established relationship, no warnings apply.

Entwining (or here on AO3)


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