dangermousie: (Legend: Kiha/Ho Gae by alexandral)
1. The baby is with the in-laws for a few days (long story) and the missing her is an almost physical ache. I heard her on the phone today and it made something in my chest relax, as if I could breathe again.

2. Watched the latest Dollhouse ep. Total love! spoilers )

3. Apparently highly anticipated (by me) upcoming twdrama Summer of Bubbles with Barbie Hsu (my fave actress!!!), Peter Ho, and Huang Xiaoming has started filming. I am disappointed to find out however that either the initial reports were wrong or the guys switched roles at some point and Peter Ho is the one who plays the icy damaged rich guy who ends up with Barbie and HXM is her quasi-foster-brother who becomes a star and her long-term boyfriend who tries to kill himself. Boooo! I am sure Peter Ho is all lovely and all but I have never particularly swooned for him in anything I've seen him in and I have an unreasonable amount of lust love for Huang Xiaoming, who is surely one of the most gorgeous men I have ever seen. Why any lady would leave the latter for the former is beyond me. But let's hope Peter Ho manages to impress me and sweep me off my feet. I mean, would I leave this for Peter Ho?



Only if I were insane and blind. I don't even find Peter Ho particularly hot when HXM is not in the picture. But let's hope I will be impressed.

4. I watched ep 7 of Black and White and how does this drama get better with each ep? Every little bit was good but my fave was the confrontation between YX, Chen Lin and Zai Tian. So painful, so good. I could almost switch to YX/Chen Lin if it wasn't uncanon and if I weren't such a mad Vic fangirl. But he is setting himself for such a world of hurt there.quick ep 7 specific comment )

5. I was rereading one of the novels I used to love a lot and still like, Kallocain by Karin Boye, a Swedish novelist. It's a dystopian classic and deserves to be better known. Here is a wikipedia article about it. I read it in Russian translation but I am sure you can find it in English, too. (I was reading it out loud to the baby because reading and voice is good for her - I was trying to make my voice be all baby-friendly, too, and baby-talk came quite oddly combined with sentences about a totalitarian state). Also, have been reading a lot of Robert Sheckley, a classic scifi author. He is wonderful (his Status Civilization is one of my favorite books and has been for years). Immortality Inc is great, but Mindswap is pure brilliance. I read it a long time ago in Russian but it's even better in its original language.
dangermousie: (Legend: Kiha/Ho Gae by alexandral)
1. The baby is with the in-laws for a few days (long story) and the missing her is an almost physical ache. I heard her on the phone today and it made something in my chest relax, as if I could breathe again.

2. Watched the latest Dollhouse ep. Total love! spoilers )

3. Apparently highly anticipated (by me) upcoming twdrama Summer of Bubbles with Barbie Hsu (my fave actress!!!), Peter Ho, and Huang Xiaoming has started filming. I am disappointed to find out however that either the initial reports were wrong or the guys switched roles at some point and Peter Ho is the one who plays the icy damaged rich guy who ends up with Barbie and HXM is her quasi-foster-brother who becomes a star and her long-term boyfriend who tries to kill himself. Boooo! I am sure Peter Ho is all lovely and all but I have never particularly swooned for him in anything I've seen him in and I have an unreasonable amount of lust love for Huang Xiaoming, who is surely one of the most gorgeous men I have ever seen. Why any lady would leave the latter for the former is beyond me. But let's hope Peter Ho manages to impress me and sweep me off my feet. I mean, would I leave this for Peter Ho?



Only if I were insane and blind. I don't even find Peter Ho particularly hot when HXM is not in the picture. But let's hope I will be impressed.

4. I watched ep 7 of Black and White and how does this drama get better with each ep? Every little bit was good but my fave was the confrontation between YX, Chen Lin and Zai Tian. So painful, so good. I could almost switch to YX/Chen Lin if it wasn't uncanon and if I weren't such a mad Vic fangirl. But he is setting himself for such a world of hurt there.quick ep 7 specific comment )

5. I was rereading one of the novels I used to love a lot and still like, Kallocain by Karin Boye, a Swedish novelist. It's a dystopian classic and deserves to be better known. Here is a wikipedia article about it. I read it in Russian translation but I am sure you can find it in English, too. (I was reading it out loud to the baby because reading and voice is good for her - I was trying to make my voice be all baby-friendly, too, and baby-talk came quite oddly combined with sentences about a totalitarian state). Also, have been reading a lot of Robert Sheckley, a classic scifi author. He is wonderful (his Status Civilization is one of my favorite books and has been for years). Immortality Inc is great, but Mindswap is pure brilliance. I read it a long time ago in Russian but it's even better in its original language.
dangermousie: (Legend: Kiha/Ho Gae by alexandral)
1. The baby is with the in-laws for a few days (long story) and the missing her is an almost physical ache. I heard her on the phone today and it made something in my chest relax, as if I could breathe again.

2. Watched the latest Dollhouse ep. Total love! spoilers )

3. Apparently highly anticipated (by me) upcoming twdrama Summer of Bubbles with Barbie Hsu (my fave actress!!!), Peter Ho, and Huang Xiaoming has started filming. I am disappointed to find out however that either the initial reports were wrong or the guys switched roles at some point and Peter Ho is the one who plays the icy damaged rich guy who ends up with Barbie and HXM is her quasi-foster-brother who becomes a star and her long-term boyfriend who tries to kill himself. Boooo! I am sure Peter Ho is all lovely and all but I have never particularly swooned for him in anything I've seen him in and I have an unreasonable amount of lust love for Huang Xiaoming, who is surely one of the most gorgeous men I have ever seen. Why any lady would leave the latter for the former is beyond me. But let's hope Peter Ho manages to impress me and sweep me off my feet. I mean, would I leave this for Peter Ho?



Only if I were insane and blind. I don't even find Peter Ho particularly hot when HXM is not in the picture. But let's hope I will be impressed.

4. I watched ep 7 of Black and White and how does this drama get better with each ep? Every little bit was good but my fave was the confrontation between YX, Chen Lin and Zai Tian. So painful, so good. I could almost switch to YX/Chen Lin if it wasn't uncanon and if I weren't such a mad Vic fangirl. But he is setting himself for such a world of hurt there.quick ep 7 specific comment )

5. I was rereading one of the novels I used to love a lot and still like, Kallocain by Karin Boye, a Swedish novelist. It's a dystopian classic and deserves to be better known. Here is a wikipedia article about it. I read it in Russian translation but I am sure you can find it in English, too. (I was reading it out loud to the baby because reading and voice is good for her - I was trying to make my voice be all baby-friendly, too, and baby-talk came quite oddly combined with sentences about a totalitarian state). Also, have been reading a lot of Robert Sheckley, a classic scifi author. He is wonderful (his Status Civilization is one of my favorite books and has been for years). Immortality Inc is great, but Mindswap is pure brilliance. I read it a long time ago in Russian but it's even better in its original language.
dangermousie: (PMK: Toshi determination by psychodragon)
Battle Royale (see my earlier post on it for plot summary) is that rare book that makes me angry. Blindly, blisteringly mad. Not because it's badly written, or because I find the author's morals offensive. It makes me angry in the same way 1984 makes me angry, or Zamyatin's We, in the way only a really good, uncomfortable book can make me mad.

It makes me angry because of what the fictional government does to the characters, it makes me angry because it's unjust, it makes me angry because people in the book become helpless. And it makes me afraid, because the scenario of the government and the book's view of human nature are neither of them far-fetched. And it makes me wonder what I'd do in a situation like this, and that thought is the scariest one of all.

And it grabs me and doesn't let go, to the extent where I don't even notice that somewhat clunky translation any more. Maybe because you get to know all the characters very quickly, so you cannot stay detached: it's not just you liking the protagonist and the rest of the characters being cut-outs so you just root for the protagonist to make it and hope he does, because he is the hero if the book. No, you get to know them all and when they die, it's horrifying.

And also because the author throws everything out of balance, throws you as a reader out of balance, so you are just as horrified and off-kilter as the characters. People you expect to live long, or die heroically, do neither. It's random and senseless and brutal. A character I truly liked, that by any fiction rules would have had a long part (because there are all sorts of clues in fiction as to who is more or less important), died a bit over 50 pages in, before the 'game' even started, shot by the soldiers when he objected.

Not that many books make me cry, and be angry, and laugh within pages of each other. And I cannot put it down, even as it disturbs me. And yet in all the horror (not just emotional, political and psychological. If violence disturbs you, are better stay away), there is also hope and bravery and kindess. It's a brutal, brilliant book. But if I was prone to them, I'd be worried it'd give me nightmares.

Also, in creepy or tin-foil (depending on your view) news of the real world, The Guardian has an Op Ed piece that discusses a possible plot in the 1970s in the U.K. for a military overthrow of the government. Truth? Conspiracy Theory? Something in between? You decide:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,1731067,00.html
dangermousie: (PMK: Toshi determination by psychodragon)
Battle Royale (see my earlier post on it for plot summary) is that rare book that makes me angry. Blindly, blisteringly mad. Not because it's badly written, or because I find the author's morals offensive. It makes me angry in the same way 1984 makes me angry, or Zamyatin's We, in the way only a really good, uncomfortable book can make me mad.

It makes me angry because of what the fictional government does to the characters, it makes me angry because it's unjust, it makes me angry because people in the book become helpless. And it makes me afraid, because the scenario of the government and the book's view of human nature are neither of them far-fetched. And it makes me wonder what I'd do in a situation like this, and that thought is the scariest one of all.

And it grabs me and doesn't let go, to the extent where I don't even notice that somewhat clunky translation any more. Maybe because you get to know all the characters very quickly, so you cannot stay detached: it's not just you liking the protagonist and the rest of the characters being cut-outs so you just root for the protagonist to make it and hope he does, because he is the hero if the book. No, you get to know them all and when they die, it's horrifying.

And also because the author throws everything out of balance, throws you as a reader out of balance, so you are just as horrified and off-kilter as the characters. People you expect to live long, or die heroically, do neither. It's random and senseless and brutal. A character I truly liked, that by any fiction rules would have had a long part (because there are all sorts of clues in fiction as to who is more or less important), died a bit over 50 pages in, before the 'game' even started, shot by the soldiers when he objected.

Not that many books make me cry, and be angry, and laugh within pages of each other. And I cannot put it down, even as it disturbs me. And yet in all the horror (not just emotional, political and psychological. If violence disturbs you, are better stay away), there is also hope and bravery and kindess. It's a brutal, brilliant book. But if I was prone to them, I'd be worried it'd give me nightmares.

Also, in creepy or tin-foil (depending on your view) news of the real world, The Guardian has an Op Ed piece that discusses a possible plot in the 1970s in the U.K. for a military overthrow of the government. Truth? Conspiracy Theory? Something in between? You decide:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,1731067,00.html
dangermousie: (PMK: Toshi determination by psychodragon)
Battle Royale (see my earlier post on it for plot summary) is that rare book that makes me angry. Blindly, blisteringly mad. Not because it's badly written, or because I find the author's morals offensive. It makes me angry in the same way 1984 makes me angry, or Zamyatin's We, in the way only a really good, uncomfortable book can make me mad.

It makes me angry because of what the fictional government does to the characters, it makes me angry because it's unjust, it makes me angry because people in the book become helpless. And it makes me afraid, because the scenario of the government and the book's view of human nature are neither of them far-fetched. And it makes me wonder what I'd do in a situation like this, and that thought is the scariest one of all.

And it grabs me and doesn't let go, to the extent where I don't even notice that somewhat clunky translation any more. Maybe because you get to know all the characters very quickly, so you cannot stay detached: it's not just you liking the protagonist and the rest of the characters being cut-outs so you just root for the protagonist to make it and hope he does, because he is the hero if the book. No, you get to know them all and when they die, it's horrifying.

And also because the author throws everything out of balance, throws you as a reader out of balance, so you are just as horrified and off-kilter as the characters. People you expect to live long, or die heroically, do neither. It's random and senseless and brutal. A character I truly liked, that by any fiction rules would have had a long part (because there are all sorts of clues in fiction as to who is more or less important), died a bit over 50 pages in, before the 'game' even started, shot by the soldiers when he objected.

Not that many books make me cry, and be angry, and laugh within pages of each other. And I cannot put it down, even as it disturbs me. And yet in all the horror (not just emotional, political and psychological. If violence disturbs you, are better stay away), there is also hope and bravery and kindess. It's a brutal, brilliant book. But if I was prone to them, I'd be worried it'd give me nightmares.

Also, in creepy or tin-foil (depending on your view) news of the real world, The Guardian has an Op Ed piece that discusses a possible plot in the 1970s in the U.K. for a military overthrow of the government. Truth? Conspiracy Theory? Something in between? You decide:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Columnists/Column/0,,1731067,00.html
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: won't hurt by _eyecatcher)
Because of a mention by [livejournal.com profile] alexandral, I started reading a scifi novel Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, which is a cross between 1984 and Lord of the Flies. The book concerns 42 high school students who live in a dystopian near future. They (all classmates) are dropped on an island, with irremovable and deadly collars on their necks and are supposed to fight with whatever weapons they were randomly handed out, until only one student remains. If more than one is left alive after 72 hours, their collars kill everyone. Moreover, the more time passes, more and more of the island becomes deadly so the students are forced to move to each other and can't hide. The whole novel has a nightmarish quality and completely freaks me out (in a good way), because it makes me think of what I'd do in a situation like this.

Also, my watching j-dorama Long Vacation is continuing uber-slowly. I haven't even finished one ep. I have no idea why, but I guess there isn't enough melodrama. I have no idea if there will be more lately. Also, Kimura isn't hot...he's kinda quiet and has those huge glasses. Does he clean up later or something?

For some reason, I am am not falling in love yet. Which wasn't a problem with MG and MARS (I liked them the more they went on) but I was fine with Meteor Garden and MARS because I saw the anime/read the manga before and liked them so I was surer I'd like the live action versions.

And speaking of manga adaptations, I am fighting a severe urge to watch live action versions of Peach Girl and Marmalade Boy. Despite loathing MG anime and finding PG manga ridiculous. And they are supposed to be better than the live action versions. It's not a rational desire but is totally strong. Hmmmm. What to do?
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: won't hurt by _eyecatcher)
Because of a mention by [livejournal.com profile] alexandral, I started reading a scifi novel Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, which is a cross between 1984 and Lord of the Flies. The book concerns 42 high school students who live in a dystopian near future. They (all classmates) are dropped on an island, with irremovable and deadly collars on their necks and are supposed to fight with whatever weapons they were randomly handed out, until only one student remains. If more than one is left alive after 72 hours, their collars kill everyone. Moreover, the more time passes, more and more of the island becomes deadly so the students are forced to move to each other and can't hide. The whole novel has a nightmarish quality and completely freaks me out (in a good way), because it makes me think of what I'd do in a situation like this.

Also, my watching j-dorama Long Vacation is continuing uber-slowly. I haven't even finished one ep. I have no idea why, but I guess there isn't enough melodrama. I have no idea if there will be more lately. Also, Kimura isn't hot...he's kinda quiet and has those huge glasses. Does he clean up later or something?

For some reason, I am am not falling in love yet. Which wasn't a problem with MG and MARS (I liked them the more they went on) but I was fine with Meteor Garden and MARS because I saw the anime/read the manga before and liked them so I was surer I'd like the live action versions.

And speaking of manga adaptations, I am fighting a severe urge to watch live action versions of Peach Girl and Marmalade Boy. Despite loathing MG anime and finding PG manga ridiculous. And they are supposed to be better than the live action versions. It's not a rational desire but is totally strong. Hmmmm. What to do?
dangermousie: (Meteor Garden: won't hurt by _eyecatcher)
Because of a mention by [livejournal.com profile] alexandral, I started reading a scifi novel Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, which is a cross between 1984 and Lord of the Flies. The book concerns 42 high school students who live in a dystopian near future. They (all classmates) are dropped on an island, with irremovable and deadly collars on their necks and are supposed to fight with whatever weapons they were randomly handed out, until only one student remains. If more than one is left alive after 72 hours, their collars kill everyone. Moreover, the more time passes, more and more of the island becomes deadly so the students are forced to move to each other and can't hide. The whole novel has a nightmarish quality and completely freaks me out (in a good way), because it makes me think of what I'd do in a situation like this.

Also, my watching j-dorama Long Vacation is continuing uber-slowly. I haven't even finished one ep. I have no idea why, but I guess there isn't enough melodrama. I have no idea if there will be more lately. Also, Kimura isn't hot...he's kinda quiet and has those huge glasses. Does he clean up later or something?

For some reason, I am am not falling in love yet. Which wasn't a problem with MG and MARS (I liked them the more they went on) but I was fine with Meteor Garden and MARS because I saw the anime/read the manga before and liked them so I was surer I'd like the live action versions.

And speaking of manga adaptations, I am fighting a severe urge to watch live action versions of Peach Girl and Marmalade Boy. Despite loathing MG anime and finding PG manga ridiculous. And they are supposed to be better than the live action versions. It's not a rational desire but is totally strong. Hmmmm. What to do?

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