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traveling to: Sherwood Forest
feeling: ecstaticecstatic
calliope tune: "Forever"-Rex Smith
knight in shining leather
22 August 2030 @ 02:06 pm
TV seasons to watch/finish watching

Angel s5
Bones s4&5&6&7&8&9&10&11
Buffy the Vampire Slayer s1&2&3&4&5&6&7
Bronco s3&4
Lawman s2&3&4
Zane Grey Theatre s4&5
T.J. Hooker s4
Little Men s1&2
Bourbon Street Beat s1
Lancer s1&2
Surfside 6 s1&2
The High Chaparral s1&2&3&4
The Ponderosa s1
The Second Hundred Years s1

Miniseries & Films

Upcoming TV I want to try/watch

Humans - s2 - October 30
Salem - s3 - November 2
Teen Wolf - s6 - November 15
Emerald City - premieres - January 6
The Originals - s4 - January 29
Outsiders - s2 - January
Drew - premieres -
IZombie - s3 -
Reign - s4 -
When Calls the Heart - s4 -
The Shannara Chronicles - s2 -
Sleepy Hollow - s4 -
Outlander - s3&4 -
Anne - premieres -
Powerless - premieres -
Still Star-Crossed - premieres -
Time After Time - premieres -
Midnight Texas - premieres -
Knightfall - premieres -
The Frankenstein Chronicles - s2 -
12 Monkeys - s3 -
Legion - premieres -
Daredevil - s3 - 2018
Iron Fist - s1 -
Turn - s4 -
Zoo - s3 -

Upcoming Films & Miniseries I want to try

Dark Angel
Lewis and Clark
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Man At Arms
A Gown Of Spanish Lace
Wreck It Ralph 2
How To Train Your Dragon 3
Oz the Great and Powerful 2
The Croods 2
Sherlock Holmes 3
Thor 3
World War Z 2
Beauty and the Beast
Prince Charming
The Sword In the Stone
Maleficent 2
Star Trek 4
Robin Hood: Origins
Pirates of the Caribbean 5
Descendants 2
The Avengers: Infinity War part 1
The Avengers: Infinity War part 2
The Legend Of William Tell
Hansel and Gretel: Death's Messengers
Dragonheart 4
War for the Planet of the Apes
Kong: Skull Island
The Death Cure
The Little Mermaid
A Court of Thorns and Roses
The Light Between Oceans
Rose Red
Voice From the Stone
Doctor Strange
Mary Poppins 2
Tinker Bell
Tulip Fever
Black Widow
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors
Assassin's Creed
Mary Poppins Returns
Bitter Harvest
Pacific Rim 2
Despicable Me 3
Wolverine 3
The Greatest Showman on Earth
Now You See Me 3
Swallows & Amazons
A Storm in the Stars
Deadpool 2
New Mutants
Devil in the White City
Justice League
Wonder Woman
The Mummy
Hacksaw Ridge
The Silver Chair
The Promise
Power Rangers
To Walk Invisible

feeling: lonelylonely
calliope tune: "Red Rubber Ball"-Cyrkle
knight in shining leather
06 October 2016 @ 10:09 pm
I finally got my hands on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season ten comics, and I'm having a second childhood.


Some of the very best things about it:
• Spike and Buffy back together, cuddling in bed (with a bonus fuzzy kitten in Spike's arms).
• Buffy saying Spike makes her happy.
• Willow admitting Spike's a good person now.
• Spike wearing black nail polish again.
• Spike and kittens. Enough said. <333
• Xander calling Spike Buffy's "snuggle bat". (Truly the best.)

It's not the same as an episode, and I'll forever be miffed that we never got a filmed Spike/Buffy reunion after he died and came back to life, but I'm just so absolutely delighted to see the maturity and stability of their relationship (and that the comics are considered canon is a dream come true).

feeling: goodgood
calliope tune: "A Girl Like You"-Edwyn Collins
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29 September 2016 @ 10:52 pm
Next on my reading list was Sunshine by Robin McKinley, a vampire fantasy. And despite not enjoying one of the author's previous books, I was intrigued enough by the summary to give this one a try.

Summary on the back: There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts. Vampires never entered her mind. Until they found her...

My thoughts: First of all, I should say that my initial reaction to this book is that it was the strangest vampire book I've ever read. Not necessarily in a bad way, just in a weird one. The world-building is unique and quite rich, with a True Blood sort of feel, and a fusion of Southern Gothic and dystopian genres, set in a place where humans are fully aware of supernatural creatures, but haven't accepted them. And despite the focus on vampires, other creatures, most notably demons and magic-users, play a large role in the story. At times the world-building felt over-stuffed, at others lacking enough explanation. But for the most part I enjoyed the tone and setting.

The characters were a bit harder for me to get into. With the exception of Con, I didn't really care about any of them. Sunshine isn't the worst protagonist I've read, but her "special" uniqueness and uncanny ability to succeed at anything left her feeling like a Mary Sue, even if the romance was much more toned down than I'd been expecting. None of the supporting characters were interesting to me at all, and the plot lagged every time the focus was shifted from Con and Sunshine's interactions which gave the story an uneven feel, with fast-paced, intriguing chapters followed by slow, unimportant ones. I was satisfied with the ending, but less impressed by Sunshine's increasing "vampireness" and the defeat of the villain toward the end.

What kept me with it was Con. I've never come across such a deliciously unusual and completely unique portrayal of vampires before. Sunshine's vampires are unquestionably more than human and unearthly, from their appearance, to their speed, to their lack of understanding of basic human mannerisms, which makes Con's brand of humanity completely compelling. Whenever he appears he steals every scene, leaving me wistful that the entire book couldn't have been centered solely on him and the other vampires, or at the very least, from his perspective.

Overall, Sunshine was an odd book, with some frustrating moments, and an incredibly fascinating perspective on vampires that redeemed the tale.

feeling: awakeawake
calliope tune: "Crying"-Roy Orbison
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I'm a bit late posting this, but...


Mine is a mink. :D

feeling: nerdynerdy
calliope tune: "Safety Dance"-Men Without Hats
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I enjoyed Princess of Thorns so much that I bumped up Of Beast and Beauty to next on my list. And while I didn't love it quite as much, it was still a wonderful re-telling of Beauty and the Beast.

Summary on the back: In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds. Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe. As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

My thoughts: I fell in love with Stacey Jay's writing style in the last book, and Of Beast and Beauty definitely didn't disappoint. Both Gem and Isla were flawed, but likeable protagonists, and Needle was a lovely side character. While I wish the background characters and world were slightly more fleshed out, I loved the unique richness of the world which had the feel of a fantasy land crossed with dystopian over-tones. I adored the re-imagining of the enchanted rose into a garden of blood-fed roses, and the entire concept of the story was extremely creative and imaginative. I loved Needle and Isra's relationship, and, while I wasn't 100% behind Isra and Gem's romance, I did appreciate that it wasn't instantaneous, my main problem with so many YA books. I also liked that, despite the dark tones, the story never felt gruesome or gritty, retaining the fairytale feel. Despite the completely changed world, the story still kept the elements of Beauty and the Beast - there were times when I realized what something was surprised to be (and did a little "Ah!" at the cleverness of the way it was re-imagined).

There were a few things I found awkward - especially Gem's son, who seems to be everything to him at the start, and presumably an important part of the story, only for him to die, and be barely mentioned by his father by the end; the baby's mother served no point whatsoever, and the rest of Gem's family seemed a loss of potential. But ultimately the fast pace and beautiful descriptions made me a fan of the book.

feeling: dorkydorky
calliope tune: "I'm Telling You Now"-Freddie & the Dreamers
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Next on my reading list was Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay, a retelling of various fairytales (yes, I'm attempting to read my way through every retelling there is). And after quite a few dark and disappointing books, it was a complete delight.


Summary on the back: Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago. Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?

My thoughts: While initially a sequel of sorts to Sleeping Beauty, Princess Of Thorns ends up being more a retelling of The Wild Swans, which was a pleasant surprise. It's a fusion that works quite well, and the fast pace and entertaining writing style hooked me from the beginning and never let go. Aurora and Niklaas spent much of the first part of the book as friends, and when the relationship turns romantic, it's much more believable than most YA fiction I've read. Aurora was also a refreshing protagonist, both courageous - she saves both her brother and Niklaas - and likeable. And Niklaas, although a bit selfish at first, grew on me throughout the book, making it easy to root for the two to get a happy ending. I loved their banter, and the "drunk" scene was hilarious. Also I adored how Niklaas doesn't overreact when he finds out she's a girl - and still has just as much, if not more admiration for her.

I loved the world-building, even though I wanted more of it - I needed more fairies and ogres! - and the lighter, more magical feel of the story. A lot of re-tellings aim for a much darker, complex world, so it was a joy to find a story stripped back to the fairytale roots, where magic simply is, and happily ever after is unquestionably on the last page. It was also a complete treat to read a book so utterly lacking in the common YA tropes of insta-love, love triangles, and annoyingly prickly heroines.

Overall, Princess of Thorns was a delight, a brisk and thoroughly entertaining story.

feeling: chipperchipper
calliope tune: "Everyday"-Buddy Holly
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I've been waiting to read Cinder by Marissa Meyer for quite some time as so many people have mentioned it. And it finally came into the library this week.


Summary on the back: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.

My thoughts: I really loved the concept of Cinder, with it's futuristic setting a delightfully unique concept for a fairytale retelling. Despite my initial skepticism, the story of Cinderella worked surprisingly well within the world, and I liked the little quotes of the original story between each part. I also greatly enjoyed that it was China - I'm eager for more Asian heroines/heroes in fiction - as opposed to a fantasy land. I found the political intrigue a bit overwhelming, the twists predictable, and the romance rushed, but I was intrigued by the plague and the entire concept of the cyborgs - in fact I would have happily spent the whole book focused on that with the other elements excluded!

Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed by the world-building. I wanted more explanations, more descriptions of the world surrounding the characters. While the medical and technology aspects of the storyline were very rich and detailed, everything else was quite lacking, making it difficult to slip into the entire world, and the unevenness of the writing style was a bit jarring. The Lunar concept was strangely unnecessary and seemingly dropped out of nowhere. As much as I appreciated the offbeat feel of the characters, I had a hard time bonding with them, particularly Cinder and Kai, who I found somewhat unlikable and flat. The joyless tone of the plot made it a bit difficult to wade through to the end, and I found myself wishing for a bit of fairytale magic to cheer things up. I was left with mixed emotions - impressed by the concept, but disappointed by the way it was presented. But I did adore the sci-fi, rather than fantasy, tone, and would love to see more fairytale re-imaginings lean that direction.

Ultimately, I found Cinder to be a highly creative and unusual re-imaging of Cinderella that fell flat for me in terms of plot and characterization.

feeling: discontentdiscontent
calliope tune: "Indiana Wants Me"-R Dean Taylor