dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
1. David Duchovny is a sex addict. That is amusing me immensely. I have never watched him an anything (yes, I have never seen X-Files) but am of course familiar with him through pop culture osmosis, so LOL. LOL. LOL. LOL. LOL.

2. In news of celebrities that are not creeps, I wonder if it says more about general celebrity culture or my own innate cynicism, that I always get faintly surprised when it turns out a celebrity I like didn't do whatever bad thing it is they are supposed to have done. I am talking about Song Il-Gook here (a Korean star and one of the hottest men I've ever seen). Some time ago there was some scandal where some tabloid journalist lady accused him of beating her when she approached to interview her, and giving her a bunch of nasty injuries. "Oh well," thought I. "Whatever, he is still hot. And he really was too good to be true." She sued him for damages, apparently, and he kept saying he didn't lay a finger on her. Imagine my pleased surprise when it turns out there were CCTV video cameras in the area and they indeed show no beat-down of any sort. Heh. Now she is in trouble for libel and a whole bunch of other things (I'd imagine extortion would be one of them). Yay! I am so glad you are not a woman-beating jerk, Song Il-Gook! Though seriously, Lady Extortionist, how dumb are you? Make sure you aren't somewhere where there are cameras, silly!

Anyway, this is almost as awesome as the fact that SIG is married to a lady Magistrate and nobody knows what she looks like because he wants to maintain her privacy. Cute! (Apparently paparazzi are tamer in Korea and don't stalk people in grocery stores or fancy nail salons, or wherever it is wives of famous dudes spend their time. Law library?)

3. I got my hands on the latest (and last) Vicky Bliss book by Elizabeth Peters. Yay! I used to love her Amelia Peabody books but she should have stopped with He Shall Thunder in the Sky. Everything got resolved: who Sethos was, what will happen to the dysfunctional gorgeousness of Ramses/Nefret (such a big OTP of mine. There needs to be NC-17 fic), etc etc. The books since then just felt redundant and repetitive. Find a new cash cow, EP!

I love Vicky and John though. Yay!

4. Last but not least, I am totally looking forward to the Bollywood movie Drona starring Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra. It's supposed to be fantasy-adventure and looks so cheesetastic that if you have lactose intolerance, I'd beware. Since I love cheese, I am all for it. Plus, Abhi looks HOT.



Some more stills )
dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
1. David Duchovny is a sex addict. That is amusing me immensely. I have never watched him an anything (yes, I have never seen X-Files) but am of course familiar with him through pop culture osmosis, so LOL. LOL. LOL. LOL. LOL.

2. In news of celebrities that are not creeps, I wonder if it says more about general celebrity culture or my own innate cynicism, that I always get faintly surprised when it turns out a celebrity I like didn't do whatever bad thing it is they are supposed to have done. I am talking about Song Il-Gook here (a Korean star and one of the hottest men I've ever seen). Some time ago there was some scandal where some tabloid journalist lady accused him of beating her when she approached to interview her, and giving her a bunch of nasty injuries. "Oh well," thought I. "Whatever, he is still hot. And he really was too good to be true." She sued him for damages, apparently, and he kept saying he didn't lay a finger on her. Imagine my pleased surprise when it turns out there were CCTV video cameras in the area and they indeed show no beat-down of any sort. Heh. Now she is in trouble for libel and a whole bunch of other things (I'd imagine extortion would be one of them). Yay! I am so glad you are not a woman-beating jerk, Song Il-Gook! Though seriously, Lady Extortionist, how dumb are you? Make sure you aren't somewhere where there are cameras, silly!

Anyway, this is almost as awesome as the fact that SIG is married to a lady Magistrate and nobody knows what she looks like because he wants to maintain her privacy. Cute! (Apparently paparazzi are tamer in Korea and don't stalk people in grocery stores or fancy nail salons, or wherever it is wives of famous dudes spend their time. Law library?)

3. I got my hands on the latest (and last) Vicky Bliss book by Elizabeth Peters. Yay! I used to love her Amelia Peabody books but she should have stopped with He Shall Thunder in the Sky. Everything got resolved: who Sethos was, what will happen to the dysfunctional gorgeousness of Ramses/Nefret (such a big OTP of mine. There needs to be NC-17 fic), etc etc. The books since then just felt redundant and repetitive. Find a new cash cow, EP!

I love Vicky and John though. Yay!

4. Last but not least, I am totally looking forward to the Bollywood movie Drona starring Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra. It's supposed to be fantasy-adventure and looks so cheesetastic that if you have lactose intolerance, I'd beware. Since I love cheese, I am all for it. Plus, Abhi looks HOT.



Some more stills )
dangermousie: (BSG: Lee by syliasyliasylia)
1. David Duchovny is a sex addict. That is amusing me immensely. I have never watched him an anything (yes, I have never seen X-Files) but am of course familiar with him through pop culture osmosis, so LOL. LOL. LOL. LOL. LOL.

2. In news of celebrities that are not creeps, I wonder if it says more about general celebrity culture or my own innate cynicism, that I always get faintly surprised when it turns out a celebrity I like didn't do whatever bad thing it is they are supposed to have done. I am talking about Song Il-Gook here (a Korean star and one of the hottest men I've ever seen). Some time ago there was some scandal where some tabloid journalist lady accused him of beating her when she approached to interview her, and giving her a bunch of nasty injuries. "Oh well," thought I. "Whatever, he is still hot. And he really was too good to be true." She sued him for damages, apparently, and he kept saying he didn't lay a finger on her. Imagine my pleased surprise when it turns out there were CCTV video cameras in the area and they indeed show no beat-down of any sort. Heh. Now she is in trouble for libel and a whole bunch of other things (I'd imagine extortion would be one of them). Yay! I am so glad you are not a woman-beating jerk, Song Il-Gook! Though seriously, Lady Extortionist, how dumb are you? Make sure you aren't somewhere where there are cameras, silly!

Anyway, this is almost as awesome as the fact that SIG is married to a lady Magistrate and nobody knows what she looks like because he wants to maintain her privacy. Cute! (Apparently paparazzi are tamer in Korea and don't stalk people in grocery stores or fancy nail salons, or wherever it is wives of famous dudes spend their time. Law library?)

3. I got my hands on the latest (and last) Vicky Bliss book by Elizabeth Peters. Yay! I used to love her Amelia Peabody books but she should have stopped with He Shall Thunder in the Sky. Everything got resolved: who Sethos was, what will happen to the dysfunctional gorgeousness of Ramses/Nefret (such a big OTP of mine. There needs to be NC-17 fic), etc etc. The books since then just felt redundant and repetitive. Find a new cash cow, EP!

I love Vicky and John though. Yay!

4. Last but not least, I am totally looking forward to the Bollywood movie Drona starring Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra. It's supposed to be fantasy-adventure and looks so cheesetastic that if you have lactose intolerance, I'd beware. Since I love cheese, I am all for it. Plus, Abhi looks HOT.



Some more stills )
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I am currently rereading Falcon at the Portal, one of my favorite out of the Amelia Peabody books, a series of adventure-detective-picaresque-romance novels by Elizabeth Peters.

The AP books follow the adventures of the redoubtable Peabody-Emerson clan, from the late 1800s to World War I (well, they continue past that, but I really think ‘He Shall Thunder in the Sky’ should have been the last book. All the stories were tied up). Think those fun Victorian adventure novels, only somewhat tongue in cheek, but still with plenty of angst and action.

The characters are renowned Egyptologists, with a dash of crime-solving, a fair bit of adventuring, a lot of snark, and are, all in all, a family I’d love to be a part of. Not to mention that Ramses (Amelia and Emerson’s son) is one of my huge literary crushes.

So? Interested? Here are the main characters:

Amelia Peabody: our narrator (for most of each book) and heroine. ‘Awesome’ does not even begin to describe her. Decidedly opinionated (some would say ‘very very stubborn’), physically intrepid, and a great deal less observant than she thinks she is, Amelia is a little fond of purple prose, and is quite enthusiastic about (not necessarily in that order) her husband, her family, Egyptology (especially inside dark scary Pyramids), and collaring a criminal or dozen. How can you not love her?

Radcliffe Emerson: Amelia believes he is the most pre-eminent Egyptologist of any age. Emerson (no one calls him by his first name, or there will be LOUDNESS) pretty much shares this opinion. As notorious for his temper and his strength as he is for his discoveries, Emerson is also rather putty in Amelia’s hands and is also, very very secretly, rather sentimental. Think professor Challenger from Conan Doyle’s Lost World (book) only even more so.

Ramses Emerson: MINE!!!! OK, just kidding. Sort of. Ramses (given name Walter, but is never used, as he was nicknamed Ramses for his bossiness and the name stuck) is the only child of Amelia and Emerson. Ramses started out as a hilariously chatty, preciously intellectual and rather knows-it-all kid and grew up into a deliciously intense, rather reserved young man, with a love of Egyptology, occasional stints as a secret agent, a happy (for me) penchant for angsty hurt-comfort, and oh…yeah…biggest monomania in his life: Nefret. Ever since he first saw her when he was 10 (and quite prophetically, for the first time in his life shut up), Ramses has been hopelessly, steadfastly, and secretly in love with Nefret Forth. Who views him as a dear friend and brother. (Yes, she is insane). Pile on delicious angst and one of my favorite OTPs.

Nefret Forth: The Emersons rescued Nefret, at 13, from the land that time forgot (think a take on King Solomon’s Mines) and took her in, where Amelia raised her as her own daughter, which is just as well, as since Nefret spent the first 13 years of her life as a heathen priestess in a stone age culture, she has rather unorthodox notions and finds it hard to fit in. Well, perhaps she’d fit in OK anyway, being blonde, beautiful, and an heiress, if she also wasn’t so reckless, opinionated, and harbored the desire to become a doctor. I confess that while I like Nefret OK, I mainly like her because Ramses wants her, and Ramses should have what he wants. Plus, my favorite scene involves her Shippy spoiler )

Sethos: the mysterious nemesis of the Emersons, he has quite a thing for Amelia. And why not?

David Todros: The Emersons took David in when he was an abused kid, and he soon became Ramses’ brother in all but blood. David is Egyptian, and grandson of Emersons’ head of excavations. He is artistic and nice but I don’t have much interest in him.

So…the order of the books is this way (I am leaving all the books after Thunder out, because I don’t think they are very good):

• Crocodile on the Sandbank
• Curse of the Pharaohs
• The Mummy Case
• Lion in the Valley
• Deeds of the Disturber
• The Last Camel Died at Noon
• The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog
• The Hippopotamus Pool
• Seeing a Large Cat
• The Ape Who Guards the Balance
• The Falcon at the Portal
• He Shall Thunder in the Sky
dangermousie: (Default)
I am currently rereading Falcon at the Portal, one of my favorite out of the Amelia Peabody books, a series of adventure-detective-picaresque-romance novels by Elizabeth Peters.

The AP books follow the adventures of the redoubtable Peabody-Emerson clan, from the late 1800s to World War I (well, they continue past that, but I really think ‘He Shall Thunder in the Sky’ should have been the last book. All the stories were tied up). Think those fun Victorian adventure novels, only somewhat tongue in cheek, but still with plenty of angst and action.

The characters are renowned Egyptologists, with a dash of crime-solving, a fair bit of adventuring, a lot of snark, and are, all in all, a family I’d love to be a part of. Not to mention that Ramses (Amelia and Emerson’s son) is one of my huge literary crushes.

So? Interested? Here are the main characters:

Amelia Peabody: our narrator (for most of each book) and heroine. ‘Awesome’ does not even begin to describe her. Decidedly opinionated (some would say ‘very very stubborn’), physically intrepid, and a great deal less observant than she thinks she is, Amelia is a little fond of purple prose, and is quite enthusiastic about (not necessarily in that order) her husband, her family, Egyptology (especially inside dark scary Pyramids), and collaring a criminal or dozen. How can you not love her?

Radcliffe Emerson: Amelia believes he is the most pre-eminent Egyptologist of any age. Emerson (no one calls him by his first name, or there will be LOUDNESS) pretty much shares this opinion. As notorious for his temper and his strength as he is for his discoveries, Emerson is also rather putty in Amelia’s hands and is also, very very secretly, rather sentimental. Think professor Challenger from Conan Doyle’s Lost World (book) only even more so.

Ramses Emerson: MINE!!!! OK, just kidding. Sort of. Ramses (given name Walter, but is never used, as he was nicknamed Ramses for his bossiness and the name stuck) is the only child of Amelia and Emerson. Ramses started out as a hilariously chatty, preciously intellectual and rather knows-it-all kid and grew up into a deliciously intense, rather reserved young man, with a love of Egyptology, occasional stints as a secret agent, a happy (for me) penchant for angsty hurt-comfort, and oh…yeah…biggest monomania in his life: Nefret. Ever since he first saw her when he was 10 (and quite prophetically, for the first time in his life shut up), Ramses has been hopelessly, steadfastly, and secretly in love with Nefret Forth. Who views him as a dear friend and brother. (Yes, she is insane). Pile on delicious angst and one of my favorite OTPs.

Nefret Forth: The Emersons rescued Nefret, at 13, from the land that time forgot (think a take on King Solomon’s Mines) and took her in, where Amelia raised her as her own daughter, which is just as well, as since Nefret spent the first 13 years of her life as a heathen priestess in a stone age culture, she has rather unorthodox notions and finds it hard to fit in. Well, perhaps she’d fit in OK anyway, being blonde, beautiful, and an heiress, if she also wasn’t so reckless, opinionated, and harbored the desire to become a doctor. I confess that while I like Nefret OK, I mainly like her because Ramses wants her, and Ramses should have what he wants. Plus, my favorite scene involves her Shippy spoiler )

Sethos: the mysterious nemesis of the Emersons, he has quite a thing for Amelia. And why not?

David Todros: The Emersons took David in when he was an abused kid, and he soon became Ramses’ brother in all but blood. David is Egyptian, and grandson of Emersons’ head of excavations. He is artistic and nice but I don’t have much interest in him.

So…the order of the books is this way (I am leaving all the books after Thunder out, because I don’t think they are very good):

• Crocodile on the Sandbank
• Curse of the Pharaohs
• The Mummy Case
• Lion in the Valley
• Deeds of the Disturber
• The Last Camel Died at Noon
• The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog
• The Hippopotamus Pool
• Seeing a Large Cat
• The Ape Who Guards the Balance
• The Falcon at the Portal
• He Shall Thunder in the Sky
dangermousie: (Default)
I am currently rereading Falcon at the Portal, one of my favorite out of the Amelia Peabody books, a series of adventure-detective-picaresque-romance novels by Elizabeth Peters.

The AP books follow the adventures of the redoubtable Peabody-Emerson clan, from the late 1800s to World War I (well, they continue past that, but I really think ‘He Shall Thunder in the Sky’ should have been the last book. All the stories were tied up). Think those fun Victorian adventure novels, only somewhat tongue in cheek, but still with plenty of angst and action.

The characters are renowned Egyptologists, with a dash of crime-solving, a fair bit of adventuring, a lot of snark, and are, all in all, a family I’d love to be a part of. Not to mention that Ramses (Amelia and Emerson’s son) is one of my huge literary crushes.

So? Interested? Here are the main characters:

Amelia Peabody: our narrator (for most of each book) and heroine. ‘Awesome’ does not even begin to describe her. Decidedly opinionated (some would say ‘very very stubborn’), physically intrepid, and a great deal less observant than she thinks she is, Amelia is a little fond of purple prose, and is quite enthusiastic about (not necessarily in that order) her husband, her family, Egyptology (especially inside dark scary Pyramids), and collaring a criminal or dozen. How can you not love her?

Radcliffe Emerson: Amelia believes he is the most pre-eminent Egyptologist of any age. Emerson (no one calls him by his first name, or there will be LOUDNESS) pretty much shares this opinion. As notorious for his temper and his strength as he is for his discoveries, Emerson is also rather putty in Amelia’s hands and is also, very very secretly, rather sentimental. Think professor Challenger from Conan Doyle’s Lost World (book) only even more so.

Ramses Emerson: MINE!!!! OK, just kidding. Sort of. Ramses (given name Walter, but is never used, as he was nicknamed Ramses for his bossiness and the name stuck) is the only child of Amelia and Emerson. Ramses started out as a hilariously chatty, preciously intellectual and rather knows-it-all kid and grew up into a deliciously intense, rather reserved young man, with a love of Egyptology, occasional stints as a secret agent, a happy (for me) penchant for angsty hurt-comfort, and oh…yeah…biggest monomania in his life: Nefret. Ever since he first saw her when he was 10 (and quite prophetically, for the first time in his life shut up), Ramses has been hopelessly, steadfastly, and secretly in love with Nefret Forth. Who views him as a dear friend and brother. (Yes, she is insane). Pile on delicious angst and one of my favorite OTPs.

Nefret Forth: The Emersons rescued Nefret, at 13, from the land that time forgot (think a take on King Solomon’s Mines) and took her in, where Amelia raised her as her own daughter, which is just as well, as since Nefret spent the first 13 years of her life as a heathen priestess in a stone age culture, she has rather unorthodox notions and finds it hard to fit in. Well, perhaps she’d fit in OK anyway, being blonde, beautiful, and an heiress, if she also wasn’t so reckless, opinionated, and harbored the desire to become a doctor. I confess that while I like Nefret OK, I mainly like her because Ramses wants her, and Ramses should have what he wants. Plus, my favorite scene involves her Shippy spoiler )

Sethos: the mysterious nemesis of the Emersons, he has quite a thing for Amelia. And why not?

David Todros: The Emersons took David in when he was an abused kid, and he soon became Ramses’ brother in all but blood. David is Egyptian, and grandson of Emersons’ head of excavations. He is artistic and nice but I don’t have much interest in him.

So…the order of the books is this way (I am leaving all the books after Thunder out, because I don’t think they are very good):

• Crocodile on the Sandbank
• Curse of the Pharaohs
• The Mummy Case
• Lion in the Valley
• Deeds of the Disturber
• The Last Camel Died at Noon
• The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog
• The Hippopotamus Pool
• Seeing a Large Cat
• The Ape Who Guards the Balance
• The Falcon at the Portal
• He Shall Thunder in the Sky

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