darlingfox: ([noblesse] the one and only)
I got two lovely Yuletide fics! *____* It was my first year participating and omg, two Noblesse fics, the surprise almost killed me! ...Well, okay, maybe not literally but I was so pleased and surprised! Apparently I've been very nice this year.


The Expected Change (1023 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Noblesse (Manhwa)
Rating: General Audiences
Summary: Rai had refused to hibernate again and now, Frankenstein was beginning to think that it would only be a matter of time before the consequences became apparent.

Devotion (1015 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Noblesse (Manhwa)
Rating: General Audiences
Summary: Frankenstein thinks to himself about the nature of his relationship with Rai.


Thank you very much, Yuletide Santa (or Santas if there's two of you)! :D
darlingfox: ([misc] read and learn)
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown.


You'd think I'd run screaming at the sight of the words "a woman of extraordinary beauty", but I was in the mood for historical fiction and I thought that I could try this one since it was new in the library.

I gave up around page 50 since nothing interesting had happened by then. Life is too short to waste on yet another mediocre love-at-first-sight romance novel. There's nothing wrong with liking them or, indeed, in the romance novels themselves if they're well-written. This wasn't. Elizabeth wasn't a likable character and the first person narrative was very distracting instead of immersing.

Even worse for a novel which is supposed to be historical, there was no sense of time or place. I might have continued reading if the setting would have felt like 15th century England, but it didn't. The characters might as well have lived in the Lalafantasyland in the year of the Unicorn.


Note to self: avoid novels with "extraordinary beauties" in the future. It never ends well.
darlingfox: ([misc] read and learn)
While browsing my tags I realized that I'd completely forgotten a book meme I started last year. ...Oops? Well, back on the metaphorical horse it is! This'll count as part of the body since bones are, in fact, part of the body.


Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs

crime/mystery

A forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, her relationship with Det. Andrew Ryan on the rocks, welcomes the distraction of an unidentified New Brunswick skeleton from Québec's cold case unit. But when the bones are determined to be that of an adolescent girl, Brennan is convinced they belong to her childhood friend, Évangéline Landry, who disappeared at age 15. Now Brennan must come to terms with Évangéline's possible death, while trying to ignore her feelings for Ryan as they investigate a series of teenage abduction murders that could be tied to the mysterious bones.
- says Amazon. com


And because I'm feeling lazy, I'll just copy+paste my Goodreads review (you can connect to Goodreads with your Twitter! omg technology):

I do like the series as a whole and Tempe as a character, but this book was a disappointment.

It seems that when Reichs chooses an issue she wants to write about, she will write about even if there isn't enough plot for a whole novel. I think this might have been better as a short story: the main plot would've been tighter and the unrelevant side "plots" would've been absent.

Or maybe a stricter editor would've helped. For one, maybe Tempe's never ending questions would've been cut out. Readers can actually think, the author doesn't have to tell us what we should be asking. Also, when every chapter ends in a dramatic cliffhanger, it loses it's effectiveness in about three chapters.

Still, this was entertaining enough a read and I know I'll read the next Tempe book, too. I wasn't too bored, I finished this and at no point did I want to throw the book against a wall.
darlingfox: ([atla] fight like a girl)
You know what's wrong with this?





Everything!

It's nothing like I imagined in my mind when I read the book. That has to be some kind of a record, right? Nothing is right, not the actors, not the settings, not the humour, nothing. Did I mention the actors? Not one of them looks like I imagined them, not Stephanie, not Ranger, not Morelli, not even Grandma Mazur.

These books are my favorite popcorn for the brain reading and I would've loved to see a movie version that was actually good. But no, of course not, silly of me to think they'd put some thought into it. They should've made this ten years ago and cast Sandra Bullock (always my Stephanie), Dwayne Johnson (Ranger) and Queen Latifah (omg she would've been perfect Lula). Or, you know, someone else than those people you see above.

In conclusion: damn it. >:(
darlingfox: ([girl genius] skeletons in the closet)
Another 'Top 100" list, this time AFI's list of 100 most romantic movies of the last 100 years (very heavily skewed to the 30s-60s era of Hollywood).

Bold the ones you've seen, italicize the ones you mean to see, underline the ones you couldn't make it through.

Read more... )
darlingfox: ([naruto] I spy with my little eye)
Does LJ have a code like this?

And by this I mean something like user name=brad site=livejournal.com which would give a username/link from LJ to DW/IJ/whatever with appropriate userhead? I could swear I've seen the DW community circle thingy somewhere on LJ but IDK what coding the poster used or where I saw it.
darlingfox: ([misc] read and learn)
Stolen from [personal profile] viridian_magpie.

Bolded - have read
Underlined - read a book from a series or stopped reading a single book at some point

Read more... )
darlingfox: ([kuroshitsuji] you have amused me)
There needs to be a fic along the lines of

Doctor Who 06x07 spoilers )
darlingfox: ([naruto] I spy with my little eye)


from this article


Context: The car's been seen in several cameras (police & city's) around Turku and the police ask people to call if they see it. XDDD

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