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traveling to: Sherwood Forest
feeling: ecstaticecstatic
calliope tune: "Forever"-Rex Smith
 
 
𝒜 𝒷𝒶𝒹 𝓂𝒶𝓃 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓉𝒽 𝓈𝒶𝓋𝒾𝓃𝑔.
22 August 2030 @ 02:06 pm
TV seasons to watch/finish watching

Bones s11
Buffy the Vampire Slayer s4&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

Upcoming TV I want to try/watch

Bones - s12 - January 3
Emerald City - premieres - January 6
Sleepy Hollow - s4 - January 6
Outsiders - s2 - January
Reign - s4 - February 10
Legion - premieres - February
The Originals - s4 - March 17
Iron Fist - s1 - March 17
IZombie - s3 - April 4
When Calls the Heart - s4 -
The Shannara Chronicles - s2 -
Drew - premieres -
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 -
Daredevil - s3 - 2018
Turn - s4 -
Zoo - s3 -

Upcoming Films & Miniseries I want to try

Lewis and Clark
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Man At Arms
A Gown Of Spanish Lace
Gambit
Wreck It Ralph 2
How To Train Your Dragon 3
Oz the Great and Powerful 2
Sherlock Holmes 3
Thor 3
World War Z 2
Beauty and the Beast
Pinocchio
Prince Charming
The Sword In the Stone
Genies
Gigantic
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
Mary Poppins 2
Tinker Bell
Tulip Fever
Black Widow
Assassin's Creed
Mary Poppins Returns
Bitter Harvest
Pacific Rim 2
Despicable Me 3
Moana
Wolverine 3
The Greatest Showman on Earth
Now You See Me 3
Swallows & Amazons
Dunkirk
Charlotte
A Storm in the Stars
Gifted
Deadpool 2
New Mutants
Devil in the White City
Ballerina
Justice League
Wonder Woman
The Mummy
The Silver Chair
The Promise
Aladdin
Passengers
Power Rangers
Pilgrimage
To Walk Invisible
The Zookeeper's Wife
Silence


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feeling: lonelylonely
calliope tune: "Red Rubber Ball"-Cyrkle
 
 
 
𝒜 𝒷𝒶𝒹 𝓂𝒶𝓃 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓉𝒽 𝓈𝒶𝓋𝒾𝓃𝑔.
Next on my reading list was The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, a dystopian and magical fantasy. And while not quite what I originally thought, I quickly fell in love with it.



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Summary on the back: The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing. It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

My thoughts: My initial thought was it was very weird and confusing. But the more I read, the more I loved it, especially as it started dipping into some of my favorite tropes. The world-building is fantastic, with a vivid and richly detailed list of powers, unique words, and places, giving an almost dizzying amount of information. But once I got the hang of it I was entranced by it, particularly the dreamscapes, the characters who have the ability to throw their angels or spirits as a weapon, Paige's ability to leap into the body of a butterfly, and the half mythology, half fairytale feel of the main characters' relationship.

I was a bit meh on the supporting characters - all of whom are fine, just not especially exciting or unique enough to make me invested in their fate. But I liked Paige, who, surprisingly, despite her powers and age, never seemed to slip into the more annoying characteristics of YA protagonists. Warden, likewise, was an intriguing character, morally ambiguous at first, and sympathetic. I would have loved to know more about his past, as well as the Rephaites in general, whose immortality and feeding off of human auras give them an almost vampire-like quality. While the plot was a bit muddled at times, the characters' slowly changing relationship and gained mutual trust kept me interested, and the ending was both poignant and hopeful.

Overall, despite a somewhat over-whelming feel, The Bone Season was a gripping and impressive story that left me eager to plunge into the sequel.


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feeling: thirstythirsty
calliope tune: "Video Killed the Radio Star"-Buggles
 
 
𝒜 𝒷𝒶𝒹 𝓂𝒶𝓃 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓉𝒽 𝓈𝒶𝓋𝒾𝓃𝑔.
Next on my reading list was Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde, a wonderfully old style vampire novel.



Summary on the back: When Kerry's little brother forgets his stuffed bear at the laundry, Kerry ventures out at 11th p.m. to retrieve it for him. The laundry is deserted and kind of spooky, and while she's there three men burst in, dragging a bound and bloodied young man they insist is a vampire. Kerry helps him escape, only to be caught up in a desperate game between vampire hunters and their prey.

My thoughts: I've been nostalgic for the vampire genre of my teen years (before it changed so much) so Companions of the Night was a pleasant surprise - a very much old-style and refreshingly unromantic - for a romance anyway - tale. The story is straight-forward and nearly simplistic, but the air of mystery makes it compelling. I loved the vampire mythology, with them straddling a line between somewhat more human than typical vampires, and yet entirely other-worldly. I have a fondness for vampires that can mesmerize, too, which was a nice addition to the story. For all his offbeat friendship/romance with Kerry there's always a non human air about Ethan, personified in his deception, manipulation, and matter of fact way of talking about the habits of vampires.

While the characters are a bit underdeveloped it strangely aided the story, particularly in the case of Ethan. It's never revealed if anything he tells Kerry is the truth in regards to his origins or behavior, and you never learn exactly how old he is. I would have liked to have known more about Kerry, who, despite narrating the book, never gets much exploration beyond the surface, but her character wasn't a Mary Sue and far from annoying. I also would have liked a bit more of Ian, as well as the other background characters, especially the hunters, all of whom seemed a bit one dimensional. But the plot was well-written and so fast moving, that I didn't really mind.

I adored the ending. While so many vampire novels let me down in this aspect - I'm not fond of the human character turning into a vampire so they can live happily ever after - this book avoided that conclusion entirely, finishing with a realistic closure. While its open-ended enough that its possible Kerry could see him again, I loved the idea of it simply being a chapter in both their lives, personifying how young Kerry is and Ethan's (possibly ancient) immortality, and how neither of them fit in each others' worlds. Companions of the Night was a breezy, and largely nostalgic-feeling adventure that kept me turning pages and left me wishing for more.


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feeling: sicksick
calliope tune: "Mambo Italiano"-Rosemary Clooney
 
 
 
 
𝒜 𝒷𝒶𝒹 𝓂𝒶𝓃 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓉𝒽 𝓈𝒶𝓋𝒾𝓃𝑔.
28 October 2016 @ 02:53 pm
I have a new kitty! She showed up on my front porch, and kept crying to come in. She's so incredibly sweet and cuddly. She's getting treated for an eye infection and fleas but she's otherwise healthy - although very tiny at only seven pounds. Her name is Willow.


 
 
feeling: happyhappy
calliope tune: "Here I Go Again"-Whitesnake
 
 
𝒜 𝒷𝒶𝒹 𝓂𝒶𝓃 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓉𝒽 𝓈𝒶𝓋𝒾𝓃𝑔.
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.


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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).


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feeling: goodgood
calliope tune: "A Girl Like You"-Edwyn Collins
 
 
 
𝒜 𝒷𝒶𝒹 𝓂𝒶𝓃 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓉𝒽 𝓈𝒶𝓋𝒾𝓃𝑔.
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.


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feeling: awakeawake
calliope tune: "Crying"-Roy Orbison