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03 January 2013 @ 03:53 pm
Work is not engaging me. Therefore, I’m stealing from namarie24!

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25 July 2012 @ 01:58 pm
Day 9 - The first book you ever read
I honestly have no idea. I know that I didn’t want to read on my own ever. I only wanted people to read *to* me. But then something changed in 3rd grade and I started reading on my own. Voraciously. I know I read through all the dinosaurs in the K-3 section of the school library and had to get permission to start in on the 4-6 section. I remember being obsessed with (a possibly imaginary because I’ve never once found evidence it actually exists) monster encyclopedia of all of Maurice Sendak’s Wild Things. I read and reread Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs so many times I’m amazed my copy still exists but somehow it does and I’ve read it to the Captain and the Rani. But first book? Who knows.


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23 July 2012 @ 03:59 pm
“Bushwacked” is not an episode I rewatch. In fact, I think I’ve only seen it twice before. It’s fucking scary and gross and it freaks me out. Watching it again I discovered something interesting: it’s extremely good. Reavers ain't men. Or they forgot how to be.Collapse )

On the other side of the coin is “Shindig”. I rewatch this one so frequently I wasn’t sure there was anything left for me to discover. I was wrong. OHMYGOD it’s Reverend Steve Newlin! He’s the pathetic prospective client that Inara hangs up on before taking Atherton’s call! You know, they say mercy is the mark of a great man. [stabs his opponent] Guess I'm just a good man. [stabs him again] Well, I'm all right.Collapse )
 
 
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02 July 2012 @ 03:36 pm
I’m a little afraid to admit it, but I’m gonna have to side with the Fox executives on this one: “The Train Job” makes a better first episode. As much as I love “Serenity”, I kept feeling like it was a bit ponderous and preachy. I felt none of that with “The Train Job”. I think it was a perfect example of the difference between Telling and Showing. Time for some thrilling heroics.Collapse )
 
 
 
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29 June 2012 @ 01:07 pm
Day 8 - Book that reminds you of a certain place
There aren’t too many books that immediately remind me of where I read them. And even though I always bring books when I travel, the fact that I read it in, say, France, doesn’t usually come to mind first thing when I think of it. However. With Smilla’s Sense of Snow, I always think of Syria before I remember the plot. It was just such an amazing contrast to be in this desert, while reading about Iceland and northern Europe.

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27 June 2012 @ 04:12 pm
Thank you, nqllisi, for reminding me that I had let this meme slide!

Day 7 - Book that reminds you of someone
I have a lot of books that remind me of people. I’m in a book club. I know several authors. (Hi to you all on LJ!) I love discussing what I read with friends in person and online. I’ve exchanged books with many people in many jobs over the years. But I just keep circling back to one: my grandma. Grandma Wilma recommended books to me my whole life, everything from Anne of Green Gables to the Clan of the Cave Bear. But I didn’t return the favor until the last year of her life. I don’t know why. Busy in college? Not reading something I thought she would like? I’m always over-thinking my recommendations because I think reading taste is so personal and it’s always right, even if it’s trashy. If you like it, you like it. Period. My field crew (I think it was the NoDak crew, we exchanged more books than any other crew) was passing around Memoirs of a Geisha and I loved it and I bought Grandma a copy and she loved it. And I was so proud of being able to bring her happiness and enable her to escape in a book. I think of her every time it comes up now.

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26 June 2012 @ 04:12 pm
I’ve been wanting to do a complete rewatch of Firefly for a while now. Sure, I’ve watched random episodes here and there, but I’ve only watched it straight through twice: once when it aired and once when I bought the DVDs. I rewatched the first episode, “Serenity”, the other night and was both impressed and underwhelmed. You're gonna come with us.Collapse )
 
 
 
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12 June 2012 @ 12:59 pm
Day 6 - A book you can only read once (no matter you love or hate it)
This is super tough. I’m really overthinking the “only read once” part of this instruction. I mean, every time I come up with something I liked that was tough I think, well I would re-read that. So let’s go with something I didn’t like. Generally I don’t quit books but I’ve been getting better at not finishing things I’m not enjoying. And generally I don’t pick things I don’t think I’ll enjoy but my book club titles can definitely be duds. So, the one that comes to mind right now is The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai. I wouldn’t say that I *hated* it, but I definitely didn’t like it. I didn’t like the people in it. I didn’t like the outcomes for the characters in it. I didn’t like the hopeless despair surrounding it. Maybe that makes it art. But I don’t care. I will not be reading this one again.

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The mister and I went on a little TNG bender last night. It’s fun having the entire series up on Netflix. It makes it very easy to just go through and pick episodes at random, like what you’d run into if you were watching in syndication. I got a little hankering during dinner and started scrolling through descriptions. I decided to go with season 5’s Conundrum. Also known as “Ro Bangs Riker”Collapse )

Mr. b picked the next one. He went with season 6’s The Chase. Also known as ”Hey, isn’t that the female shapeshifter”Collapse )

Next we intentionally picked something that we couldn’t remember based on either the title or the description. That way it would be even more like Random Syndicated Episode. So that ended up being season 6’s Timescape. It didn’t take too long for us to realize it was ”Picard Draws a Smiley Face in the Explosion”Collapse )

Even though it was late, I wanted to watch another one so we moved on to pick something from season 7. I gave Mr. b a choice between “Worf’s Russian Brother” and “Junior Officers, the Bajoran Girl Dies”. He went with Lower DecksCollapse )

By this point it was far too late, and I had far too many cuba libres for a school night, but I wanted to go for one more. We wrapped back around to the beginning but skipped the horrible first season, straight to my favorite most maligned episode ever: season 2’s Up the Long Ladder. Which is, of course, better known as “The Super Racist Irish One”Collapse )
 
 
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18 May 2012 @ 01:05 pm
Day 5 - A Book you can read again and again
There are a handful of books that I can reread repeatedly. Lord of the Rings is one, all the Harry Potters, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Celestial Matters by Richard Garfinkle. There are also a couple that I’ve only read once but I suspect will fall into the same category, mainly Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

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