Jan. 31st, 2012

dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
It's pretty clear I am in a slump - the airing dramas either don't appeal to me or their vibe is wrong for my current mood.



Enter Hanbando, set to premiere on February 6. Check out new, longer trailer:



I want!

I am getting mad IRIS vibes from it, and that was one of my all-time favorite dramas. Nothing wrong with melos and romcoms but sometimes a gal just wants something different. Something different with violence, h/c, and Hwang Jung Min clutching Kim Jung Eun for dear life.

Btw, it's official, I am dumping Moon/Sun. It's not me, it'd you, drama! Koala referred to it as simplistic and I agree. She likes it but I can't. This is pretty much a Disney sageuk and that is very much not my thing - I like twisty politics and complex shades-of-grey characters which usually abound in sageuks, and both are absent here. There is nothing wrong with a very straightforward white hats/black hats period romance but is really not my thing.
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
It's pretty clear I am in a slump - the airing dramas either don't appeal to me or their vibe is wrong for my current mood.



Enter Hanbando, set to premiere on February 6. Check out new, longer trailer:



I want!

I am getting mad IRIS vibes from it, and that was one of my all-time favorite dramas. Nothing wrong with melos and romcoms but sometimes a gal just wants something different. Something different with violence, h/c, and Hwang Jung Min clutching Kim Jung Eun for dear life.

Btw, it's official, I am dumping Moon/Sun. It's not me, it'd you, drama! Koala referred to it as simplistic and I agree. She likes it but I can't. This is pretty much a Disney sageuk and that is very much not my thing - I like twisty politics and complex shades-of-grey characters which usually abound in sageuks, and both are absent here. There is nothing wrong with a very straightforward white hats/black hats period romance but is really not my thing.
dangermousie: (IRIS by loubox)
It's pretty clear I am in a slump - the airing dramas either don't appeal to me or their vibe is wrong for my current mood.



Enter Hanbando, set to premiere on February 6. Check out new, longer trailer:



I want!

I am getting mad IRIS vibes from it, and that was one of my all-time favorite dramas. Nothing wrong with melos and romcoms but sometimes a gal just wants something different. Something different with violence, h/c, and Hwang Jung Min clutching Kim Jung Eun for dear life.

Btw, it's official, I am dumping Moon/Sun. It's not me, it'd you, drama! Koala referred to it as simplistic and I agree. She likes it but I can't. This is pretty much a Disney sageuk and that is very much not my thing - I like twisty politics and complex shades-of-grey characters which usually abound in sageuks, and both are absent here. There is nothing wrong with a very straightforward white hats/black hats period romance but is really not my thing.
dangermousie: (Chuno - plot)
I was extremely reluctant to try Elizabeth Vaughan's adventure/romance Warprize (too little romance to be a proper romance novel, too much romance to be an adventure novel. It makes me think of a woman-centric take on those pulpy novels from the turn of the 20th century).

Our heroine, Xylara, is a princess of a medieval-type kingdom but, more importantly, is a skilled doctor. She is getting plenty of work - her kingdom is at war. Eventually, the capital itself gets besieged by fierce barbarians known as 'Firelanders,' led by a fearsome warlord who's been sweeping all lands before him. Despite the orders of her horrid brother, the current king, Xylara tends to the enemy wounded as well. Eventually, the king decides to surrender and the barbarian warlord demands Xylara as a war prize. Xylara's brother is only too happy to get rid of her and Xylara decides to go along with it in order to get peace for the people. She expects rapey times or human sacrifice, but instead she finds herself treated with respect, gets involved in setting up a medical practice in the barbarian camp, and is shocked to discover the warlord (who is the foreigner she met while treating the prisoners. Note to self - if one's kingdom is besieged by a barbarian horde, take time to have encounters with foreign-sounding hottie. That might be your way to becoming barbarian queen) has no intention of forcing his attentions on her. Too bad someone(s) are trying to kill her and the warlord, to disrupt the peace.

The set-up - a fantasy medieval-type world where the heroine gets claimed by a victorious 'barbarian' warlord as a prize from a defeated kingdom, had sooooooo many ways in which it could go wrong or plain horrific. But I was craving a pulpy romance and it had a hella lot of recs, so I decided to take a chance. I am so glad I did! I loved it to bits and have already got parts 2 and 3 of the trilogy on my kindle.

First (and I can't believe that I even have to state it, but such is the world of romance novels), there is no raping or forced attentions of any kind. Second, the hero is hot and alpha without being a bastard and heroine is competent and level-headed without having all sorts of Mary-Suish abilities (she is a very competent doctor but is not skilled in fighting or similar). There is also plot and adventures. Plus, while the world-building isn't particularly amazing, it's competent and is certainly something different from the tired "sexy Duke loves impoverished but genteel heroine" trope that annoys the hell out of me.

Anyway, very fun.

Not really related as the hero of the book above seems to be normally endowed, but is having dudes with two penises a new thing in fantasy romance/erotica? I've ran into two books with that set-up recently, from two different authors, and am very very boggled. For the love of my sanity, stop with that, authors! Every time you do it, it disrupts anything you are trying to achieve and just makes me laugh like a maniac.
dangermousie: (Chuno - plot)
I was extremely reluctant to try Elizabeth Vaughan's adventure/romance Warprize (too little romance to be a proper romance novel, too much romance to be an adventure novel. It makes me think of a woman-centric take on those pulpy novels from the turn of the 20th century).

Our heroine, Xylara, is a princess of a medieval-type kingdom but, more importantly, is a skilled doctor. She is getting plenty of work - her kingdom is at war. Eventually, the capital itself gets besieged by fierce barbarians known as 'Firelanders,' led by a fearsome warlord who's been sweeping all lands before him. Despite the orders of her horrid brother, the current king, Xylara tends to the enemy wounded as well. Eventually, the king decides to surrender and the barbarian warlord demands Xylara as a war prize. Xylara's brother is only too happy to get rid of her and Xylara decides to go along with it in order to get peace for the people. She expects rapey times or human sacrifice, but instead she finds herself treated with respect, gets involved in setting up a medical practice in the barbarian camp, and is shocked to discover the warlord (who is the foreigner she met while treating the prisoners. Note to self - if one's kingdom is besieged by a barbarian horde, take time to have encounters with foreign-sounding hottie. That might be your way to becoming barbarian queen) has no intention of forcing his attentions on her. Too bad someone(s) are trying to kill her and the warlord, to disrupt the peace.

The set-up - a fantasy medieval-type world where the heroine gets claimed by a victorious 'barbarian' warlord as a prize from a defeated kingdom, had sooooooo many ways in which it could go wrong or plain horrific. But I was craving a pulpy romance and it had a hella lot of recs, so I decided to take a chance. I am so glad I did! I loved it to bits and have already got parts 2 and 3 of the trilogy on my kindle.

First (and I can't believe that I even have to state it, but such is the world of romance novels), there is no raping or forced attentions of any kind. Second, the hero is hot and alpha without being a bastard and heroine is competent and level-headed without having all sorts of Mary-Suish abilities (she is a very competent doctor but is not skilled in fighting or similar). There is also plot and adventures. Plus, while the world-building isn't particularly amazing, it's competent and is certainly something different from the tired "sexy Duke loves impoverished but genteel heroine" trope that annoys the hell out of me.

Anyway, very fun.

Not really related as the hero of the book above seems to be normally endowed, but is having dudes with two penises a new thing in fantasy romance/erotica? I've ran into two books with that set-up recently, from two different authors, and am very very boggled. For the love of my sanity, stop with that, authors! Every time you do it, it disrupts anything you are trying to achieve and just makes me laugh like a maniac.
dangermousie: (Chuno - plot)
I was extremely reluctant to try Elizabeth Vaughan's adventure/romance Warprize (too little romance to be a proper romance novel, too much romance to be an adventure novel. It makes me think of a woman-centric take on those pulpy novels from the turn of the 20th century).

Our heroine, Xylara, is a princess of a medieval-type kingdom but, more importantly, is a skilled doctor. She is getting plenty of work - her kingdom is at war. Eventually, the capital itself gets besieged by fierce barbarians known as 'Firelanders,' led by a fearsome warlord who's been sweeping all lands before him. Despite the orders of her horrid brother, the current king, Xylara tends to the enemy wounded as well. Eventually, the king decides to surrender and the barbarian warlord demands Xylara as a war prize. Xylara's brother is only too happy to get rid of her and Xylara decides to go along with it in order to get peace for the people. She expects rapey times or human sacrifice, but instead she finds herself treated with respect, gets involved in setting up a medical practice in the barbarian camp, and is shocked to discover the warlord (who is the foreigner she met while treating the prisoners. Note to self - if one's kingdom is besieged by a barbarian horde, take time to have encounters with foreign-sounding hottie. That might be your way to becoming barbarian queen) has no intention of forcing his attentions on her. Too bad someone(s) are trying to kill her and the warlord, to disrupt the peace.

The set-up - a fantasy medieval-type world where the heroine gets claimed by a victorious 'barbarian' warlord as a prize from a defeated kingdom, had sooooooo many ways in which it could go wrong or plain horrific. But I was craving a pulpy romance and it had a hella lot of recs, so I decided to take a chance. I am so glad I did! I loved it to bits and have already got parts 2 and 3 of the trilogy on my kindle.

First (and I can't believe that I even have to state it, but such is the world of romance novels), there is no raping or forced attentions of any kind. Second, the hero is hot and alpha without being a bastard and heroine is competent and level-headed without having all sorts of Mary-Suish abilities (she is a very competent doctor but is not skilled in fighting or similar). There is also plot and adventures. Plus, while the world-building isn't particularly amazing, it's competent and is certainly something different from the tired "sexy Duke loves impoverished but genteel heroine" trope that annoys the hell out of me.

Anyway, very fun.

Not really related as the hero of the book above seems to be normally endowed, but is having dudes with two penises a new thing in fantasy romance/erotica? I've ran into two books with that set-up recently, from two different authors, and am very very boggled. For the love of my sanity, stop with that, authors! Every time you do it, it disrupts anything you are trying to achieve and just makes me laugh like a maniac.
dangermousie: (Farscape: Jool by icequeen3101)


(Yes, I realize the above is not from either of the eps discussed. But I don't have any APM or CbC caps and I love the above shot. Bonus points if you guess which ep it's from).

4.09 - A Perfect Murder

First off, I still do not get the reason for showing same conversations different types with more bits filled in. Other than this, it's an episode that makes my not-so-inner shipper squee.

Clearly, Crichton has to rely more and more on drugs to keep his feelings for Aeryn in check. When he feverishly hunts for the drug because he hears her speak English - ohhhh. I can see why this an especially vulnerable point for him because it is both a memory related to her 'choosing' Talyn-John (because that's why/how she really picked up English) but it also signifies acceptance of who he is, his background, even a callback to younger, more naive Crichton's hope of taking her home with him. He doesn't yet realize neither of them fits on earth any more.

Aeryn is having a hard time in this ep too, and I am not just referring to her and John's mindwipe. She is someone who's tried so hard to get away from being an automaton, a mindless killer - sure, she still kills now, but she needs a reason or a cause beyond 'orders.' And yet the bugs render her a mindless automaton again, worse than she was in PKs.

And the end, with John and Aeryn forced to point guns at each other, knowing they will be forced to kill each other, and resisting the most they can, but knowing it's a losing battle. It takes this extremity to bring out the conversation about the coin toss - it is only the knowledge of death that makes John desperate and fearless enough to bring the coin toss and say he thinks it ended badly - i.e., he still wants Aeryn. And it takes equal desperation and fearlessness for Aeryn to agree. And then when the compulsion is broken, you can see them on the floor, and their fingers are touching through his gloves and they can't help but touch each other's hands - tiny, almost unconscious gestures, but so huge in meaning considering where they are in their relationship (and later, he touches her again, at the grave of the prefect she killed - it's like he cannot shut off his longing and their comfort off right away).

In other news, the whole clan thing reminded me of medieval Scotland and Chiana's line to the priest about whether it's true they "give great...religious experience" cracked me up.

But the thing that interested me most was Crichton's offhand comment in response to a query about Aeryn being difficult "Should have met her mother." !!!!!! But the only one who met her mother was Talyn-John!!!!!!! I know they never addressed it explicitly, but in FS, nothing is meaningless, so I always believed that on some level, Moya-John got 'merged' with Talyn-John/got his memories, on a subconscious level.

4.10 - Coup by Clam

It's funny, this used to be the only episode of FS that I actively disliked, but I actually really enjoyed it this time. I think after having a baby, my gross-out threshold has disappeared (this is the most body-fluid happy ep of the show). Leaving aside the hilariousness of Crichton in drag (ugliest woman ever), what I really loved both Rygel's and Scorpius' ruthlessness. Rygel feeding the molluscs to the doc, thus condemning him to a hideous but well-deserved death = so chilling, so Rygel, so kinda awesome. (And this wasn't his motivation, but it does prevent the doctor from killing/blackmailing more people). And what struck me about Scorpius is what an unusual 'bad guy' he is - he doesn't particularly enjoy the horrific things he does (unlike e.g., Grayza) because all his hatred is reserved for the Scarrans. But he cares only about his goal and the means are immaterial. (I do wonder what he'd do with himself if Scarrans got obliterated - he would lose all meaning in life).
dangermousie: (Farscape: Jool by icequeen3101)


(Yes, I realize the above is not from either of the eps discussed. But I don't have any APM or CbC caps and I love the above shot. Bonus points if you guess which ep it's from).

4.09 - A Perfect Murder

First off, I still do not get the reason for showing same conversations different types with more bits filled in. Other than this, it's an episode that makes my not-so-inner shipper squee.

Clearly, Crichton has to rely more and more on drugs to keep his feelings for Aeryn in check. When he feverishly hunts for the drug because he hears her speak English - ohhhh. I can see why this an especially vulnerable point for him because it is both a memory related to her 'choosing' Talyn-John (because that's why/how she really picked up English) but it also signifies acceptance of who he is, his background, even a callback to younger, more naive Crichton's hope of taking her home with him. He doesn't yet realize neither of them fits on earth any more.

Aeryn is having a hard time in this ep too, and I am not just referring to her and John's mindwipe. She is someone who's tried so hard to get away from being an automaton, a mindless killer - sure, she still kills now, but she needs a reason or a cause beyond 'orders.' And yet the bugs render her a mindless automaton again, worse than she was in PKs.

And the end, with John and Aeryn forced to point guns at each other, knowing they will be forced to kill each other, and resisting the most they can, but knowing it's a losing battle. It takes this extremity to bring out the conversation about the coin toss - it is only the knowledge of death that makes John desperate and fearless enough to bring the coin toss and say he thinks it ended badly - i.e., he still wants Aeryn. And it takes equal desperation and fearlessness for Aeryn to agree. And then when the compulsion is broken, you can see them on the floor, and their fingers are touching through his gloves and they can't help but touch each other's hands - tiny, almost unconscious gestures, but so huge in meaning considering where they are in their relationship (and later, he touches her again, at the grave of the prefect she killed - it's like he cannot shut off his longing and their comfort off right away).

In other news, the whole clan thing reminded me of medieval Scotland and Chiana's line to the priest about whether it's true they "give great...religious experience" cracked me up.

But the thing that interested me most was Crichton's offhand comment in response to a query about Aeryn being difficult "Should have met her mother." !!!!!! But the only one who met her mother was Talyn-John!!!!!!! I know they never addressed it explicitly, but in FS, nothing is meaningless, so I always believed that on some level, Moya-John got 'merged' with Talyn-John/got his memories, on a subconscious level.

4.10 - Coup by Clam

It's funny, this used to be the only episode of FS that I actively disliked, but I actually really enjoyed it this time. I think after having a baby, my gross-out threshold has disappeared (this is the most body-fluid happy ep of the show). Leaving aside the hilariousness of Crichton in drag (ugliest woman ever), what I really loved both Rygel's and Scorpius' ruthlessness. Rygel feeding the molluscs to the doc, thus condemning him to a hideous but well-deserved death = so chilling, so Rygel, so kinda awesome. (And this wasn't his motivation, but it does prevent the doctor from killing/blackmailing more people). And what struck me about Scorpius is what an unusual 'bad guy' he is - he doesn't particularly enjoy the horrific things he does (unlike e.g., Grayza) because all his hatred is reserved for the Scarrans. But he cares only about his goal and the means are immaterial. (I do wonder what he'd do with himself if Scarrans got obliterated - he would lose all meaning in life).
dangermousie: (Farscape: Jool by icequeen3101)


(Yes, I realize the above is not from either of the eps discussed. But I don't have any APM or CbC caps and I love the above shot. Bonus points if you guess which ep it's from).

4.09 - A Perfect Murder

First off, I still do not get the reason for showing same conversations different types with more bits filled in. Other than this, it's an episode that makes my not-so-inner shipper squee.

Clearly, Crichton has to rely more and more on drugs to keep his feelings for Aeryn in check. When he feverishly hunts for the drug because he hears her speak English - ohhhh. I can see why this an especially vulnerable point for him because it is both a memory related to her 'choosing' Talyn-John (because that's why/how she really picked up English) but it also signifies acceptance of who he is, his background, even a callback to younger, more naive Crichton's hope of taking her home with him. He doesn't yet realize neither of them fits on earth any more.

Aeryn is having a hard time in this ep too, and I am not just referring to her and John's mindwipe. She is someone who's tried so hard to get away from being an automaton, a mindless killer - sure, she still kills now, but she needs a reason or a cause beyond 'orders.' And yet the bugs render her a mindless automaton again, worse than she was in PKs.

And the end, with John and Aeryn forced to point guns at each other, knowing they will be forced to kill each other, and resisting the most they can, but knowing it's a losing battle. It takes this extremity to bring out the conversation about the coin toss - it is only the knowledge of death that makes John desperate and fearless enough to bring the coin toss and say he thinks it ended badly - i.e., he still wants Aeryn. And it takes equal desperation and fearlessness for Aeryn to agree. And then when the compulsion is broken, you can see them on the floor, and their fingers are touching through his gloves and they can't help but touch each other's hands - tiny, almost unconscious gestures, but so huge in meaning considering where they are in their relationship (and later, he touches her again, at the grave of the prefect she killed - it's like he cannot shut off his longing and their comfort off right away).

In other news, the whole clan thing reminded me of medieval Scotland and Chiana's line to the priest about whether it's true they "give great...religious experience" cracked me up.

But the thing that interested me most was Crichton's offhand comment in response to a query about Aeryn being difficult "Should have met her mother." !!!!!! But the only one who met her mother was Talyn-John!!!!!!! I know they never addressed it explicitly, but in FS, nothing is meaningless, so I always believed that on some level, Moya-John got 'merged' with Talyn-John/got his memories, on a subconscious level.

4.10 - Coup by Clam

It's funny, this used to be the only episode of FS that I actively disliked, but I actually really enjoyed it this time. I think after having a baby, my gross-out threshold has disappeared (this is the most body-fluid happy ep of the show). Leaving aside the hilariousness of Crichton in drag (ugliest woman ever), what I really loved both Rygel's and Scorpius' ruthlessness. Rygel feeding the molluscs to the doc, thus condemning him to a hideous but well-deserved death = so chilling, so Rygel, so kinda awesome. (And this wasn't his motivation, but it does prevent the doctor from killing/blackmailing more people). And what struck me about Scorpius is what an unusual 'bad guy' he is - he doesn't particularly enjoy the horrific things he does (unlike e.g., Grayza) because all his hatred is reserved for the Scarrans. But he cares only about his goal and the means are immaterial. (I do wonder what he'd do with himself if Scarrans got obliterated - he would lose all meaning in life).

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