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In the latest Veronica Mars fic round-up, I have three fics to recommend: Shuffle (Greatest Hits of 1966), an excellent and unusual post 2.22 story (if you are interested in ships, it's L/V), and The thing about Logan, a wondeful L/V fic that makes me so happy. There is also Bad Boys Break Fast, which is a delightful take on Logan cooking breakfast in 2.22.

Oh, and this morning? Chosen short shot of angst to get me going for the day? An ep from Season 1 of One Tree Hill, the horrid cheesefest that I can't help but be addicted to. CMM annoys the heck out of me, and I think Peyton and Brooke should be tied together and thrown off a boat, but I love me some Nathan/Haley (see Previous picspam and post on them). The show itself might be an evening version of daytime soap (OTH does not even try to transcend the teen genre or stand out the way Buffy or VM or Roswell), but the Nathan/Haley thing is what keeps me watching: they do have genuine chemistry and are awfully sweet together (I haven't seen most of S2, apparently the ship gets really messed with. Netflix is to the rescue, so we shall see). It starts out as a general cliche of a jerky rich jock and a grounded Miss Study but becomes a lot more fun (though no less cliche) as Nathan recieves enough angst for a small elephant and the whole thing is adorable. So I watched the bit where he comes into her roof after almost keeling over and tells her how much she means to him blah blah. Cheese, I love you.

I am reading Tanith Lee's The Gods are Thirsty, a novel about Camille Desmoulins and it's excellent. It has this unique, poetic writing style I love. She switches narrative persons with each chapter yet somehow it works. This has nothing in common with The Silver Metal Lover, the other book of hers I read except for the style. I think I am going to read much much more of her, now. [livejournal.com profile] aliterati, not much on Robespierre so far (Camille does mention something about following him to Hell. I think he means moral Hell as otherwise his chornology doesn't work), but you'd love the bit where he mentioned that Robespierre loved roses, and so Saint-Just used to bring them to him by the armful, "like a young bride."

Because it should be recced, [livejournal.com profile] mimesh, did a humongous Hayden Christensen picspam. Go here.

And I've finished Creezy. It's not bad but it's flawed. Creezy thoughts )

Next movie on the list to watch is Musa: The Warrior, a Korean period action film. I am not sure what it's about but it looks beautiful and stars Zhang Ziyi.

A multitude of Musa pics )

And more Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna stills came out KANK goodness behind cut )

ETA: More KANK pics KANK yourself out )
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In the latest Veronica Mars fic round-up, I have three fics to recommend: Shuffle (Greatest Hits of 1966), an excellent and unusual post 2.22 story (if you are interested in ships, it's L/V), and The thing about Logan, a wondeful L/V fic that makes me so happy. There is also Bad Boys Break Fast, which is a delightful take on Logan cooking breakfast in 2.22.

Oh, and this morning? Chosen short shot of angst to get me going for the day? An ep from Season 1 of One Tree Hill, the horrid cheesefest that I can't help but be addicted to. CMM annoys the heck out of me, and I think Peyton and Brooke should be tied together and thrown off a boat, but I love me some Nathan/Haley (see Previous picspam and post on them). The show itself might be an evening version of daytime soap (OTH does not even try to transcend the teen genre or stand out the way Buffy or VM or Roswell), but the Nathan/Haley thing is what keeps me watching: they do have genuine chemistry and are awfully sweet together (I haven't seen most of S2, apparently the ship gets really messed with. Netflix is to the rescue, so we shall see). It starts out as a general cliche of a jerky rich jock and a grounded Miss Study but becomes a lot more fun (though no less cliche) as Nathan recieves enough angst for a small elephant and the whole thing is adorable. So I watched the bit where he comes into her roof after almost keeling over and tells her how much she means to him blah blah. Cheese, I love you.

I am reading Tanith Lee's The Gods are Thirsty, a novel about Camille Desmoulins and it's excellent. It has this unique, poetic writing style I love. She switches narrative persons with each chapter yet somehow it works. This has nothing in common with The Silver Metal Lover, the other book of hers I read except for the style. I think I am going to read much much more of her, now. [livejournal.com profile] aliterati, not much on Robespierre so far (Camille does mention something about following him to Hell. I think he means moral Hell as otherwise his chornology doesn't work), but you'd love the bit where he mentioned that Robespierre loved roses, and so Saint-Just used to bring them to him by the armful, "like a young bride."

Because it should be recced, [livejournal.com profile] mimesh, did a humongous Hayden Christensen picspam. Go here.

And I've finished Creezy. It's not bad but it's flawed. Creezy thoughts )

Next movie on the list to watch is Musa: The Warrior, a Korean period action film. I am not sure what it's about but it looks beautiful and stars Zhang Ziyi.

A multitude of Musa pics )

And more Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna stills came out KANK goodness behind cut )

ETA: More KANK pics KANK yourself out )
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In the latest Veronica Mars fic round-up, I have three fics to recommend: Shuffle (Greatest Hits of 1966), an excellent and unusual post 2.22 story (if you are interested in ships, it's L/V), and The thing about Logan, a wondeful L/V fic that makes me so happy. There is also Bad Boys Break Fast, which is a delightful take on Logan cooking breakfast in 2.22.

Oh, and this morning? Chosen short shot of angst to get me going for the day? An ep from Season 1 of One Tree Hill, the horrid cheesefest that I can't help but be addicted to. CMM annoys the heck out of me, and I think Peyton and Brooke should be tied together and thrown off a boat, but I love me some Nathan/Haley (see Previous picspam and post on them). The show itself might be an evening version of daytime soap (OTH does not even try to transcend the teen genre or stand out the way Buffy or VM or Roswell), but the Nathan/Haley thing is what keeps me watching: they do have genuine chemistry and are awfully sweet together (I haven't seen most of S2, apparently the ship gets really messed with. Netflix is to the rescue, so we shall see). It starts out as a general cliche of a jerky rich jock and a grounded Miss Study but becomes a lot more fun (though no less cliche) as Nathan recieves enough angst for a small elephant and the whole thing is adorable. So I watched the bit where he comes into her roof after almost keeling over and tells her how much she means to him blah blah. Cheese, I love you.

I am reading Tanith Lee's The Gods are Thirsty, a novel about Camille Desmoulins and it's excellent. It has this unique, poetic writing style I love. She switches narrative persons with each chapter yet somehow it works. This has nothing in common with The Silver Metal Lover, the other book of hers I read except for the style. I think I am going to read much much more of her, now. [livejournal.com profile] aliterati, not much on Robespierre so far (Camille does mention something about following him to Hell. I think he means moral Hell as otherwise his chornology doesn't work), but you'd love the bit where he mentioned that Robespierre loved roses, and so Saint-Just used to bring them to him by the armful, "like a young bride."

Because it should be recced, [livejournal.com profile] mimesh, did a humongous Hayden Christensen picspam. Go here.

And I've finished Creezy. It's not bad but it's flawed. Creezy thoughts )

Next movie on the list to watch is Musa: The Warrior, a Korean period action film. I am not sure what it's about but it looks beautiful and stars Zhang Ziyi.

A multitude of Musa pics )

And more Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna stills came out KANK goodness behind cut )

ETA: More KANK pics KANK yourself out )
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I am watching Hameshaa, the Bolly movie about reincarnated lovers that proves that bad hair, like love, lasts forever. Hamesha thoughts )

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Creezy, a seventies movie with the icy and gorgeous Alain Delon. It's the very opposite of Hameshaa. It's small and feels painstakingly and cooly real. It basically is a day in the life of a politician intercut with his memories of affair with a gorgeous model. It's quite romantic and I can't wait to watch more. It also makes me wonder if there has ever been a good adaptation of Stendhal's The Red and the Black? Because young Delon would have made a great protagonist.

Also watched more Chobits Chobits and FY and GK thoughts )

In completely unrelated news (my brain jumps around like a magpie), the book rec for the week is something I have no idea how hard it is to find. It's Erve Bazen's And the flames consume (I have no idea what the name in English (or the original French) would be. I read it in Russian). It's a French novel and I read it in Russian translation, but I have no idea if an English translation exists. It's worth seeking out though. The novel deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup. It actually is tightly focused on two people, Miguel and Maria who, if I ever was compiling a literary OTP list, would be very highly placed on it. The book is passionate: politically passionate (about what people do to each other and how it outrages one's conscience) and romantically passionate, as well. Ramblings about the novel )

And in other star-crossed romantics news, I was rewatching "Destiny," my fave ep of Roswell. I've forgotten how amazing Max/Liz were. Any good Dreamer fanfic recs? Please? [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez, where is your stuff archived? And also, does anyone have caps of that scene of them hiding in the oveturned truck? For some reason what really gets me is the way she kisses his eyes, and the way her voice dies away on the word 'ended' when she says that his life ended when he saved her. And the way Max, half out of his head, utterly exhausted, fresh off the torture table, tells her that's when his life began and that what kept him alive during it all was the thought of her (and I love that he can't talk about what they did to him, it's too horrifying to him and he is indirect and he has to pause before he mentions it even in that fashion). If a man can say that to you after all that's happened, whoa. And in a way, being in such extremity, he has no control over his emotions much any more and you can feel love just pour off him. Max/Liz have never been more R&Jish than in that scene. Oh, and the bit where Max and Liz are surrounded and they are on the bridge and they look down at the water and you can tell they are terrified and they kiss each other and you can tell they think it might be their last, and then they jump, holding hands? OMG. My OTP. Musings on OTPs )

In related non-loverly news, I did see the finale of Doctor Who and forgot to post about it. Thoughts on Finale, OTPs and OT3s and David Tennant's coolness or lack thereof )

Continuing this crazy, directionless ramble, the next item on the agenda is gorgeous pictures from The Banquet, a Chinese movie coming out in late 2006. The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion.

Stills beneath the cut )

And because it seems I cannot end a post without a Hayden Christensen picspam, here is the next batch:



More Hayden )

OK, I am all out of Hayden. Who should I picspam next? As long as they are reasonably attractive and someone I'd heard of, bring on the suggestions!

And thus ends the really long post. No wonder it took me days.
dangermousie: (Default)
I am watching Hameshaa, the Bolly movie about reincarnated lovers that proves that bad hair, like love, lasts forever. Hamesha thoughts )

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Creezy, a seventies movie with the icy and gorgeous Alain Delon. It's the very opposite of Hameshaa. It's small and feels painstakingly and cooly real. It basically is a day in the life of a politician intercut with his memories of affair with a gorgeous model. It's quite romantic and I can't wait to watch more. It also makes me wonder if there has ever been a good adaptation of Stendhal's The Red and the Black? Because young Delon would have made a great protagonist.

Also watched more Chobits Chobits and FY and GK thoughts )

In completely unrelated news (my brain jumps around like a magpie), the book rec for the week is something I have no idea how hard it is to find. It's Erve Bazen's And the flames consume (I have no idea what the name in English (or the original French) would be. I read it in Russian). It's a French novel and I read it in Russian translation, but I have no idea if an English translation exists. It's worth seeking out though. The novel deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup. It actually is tightly focused on two people, Miguel and Maria who, if I ever was compiling a literary OTP list, would be very highly placed on it. The book is passionate: politically passionate (about what people do to each other and how it outrages one's conscience) and romantically passionate, as well. Ramblings about the novel )

And in other star-crossed romantics news, I was rewatching "Destiny," my fave ep of Roswell. I've forgotten how amazing Max/Liz were. Any good Dreamer fanfic recs? Please? [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez, where is your stuff archived? And also, does anyone have caps of that scene of them hiding in the oveturned truck? For some reason what really gets me is the way she kisses his eyes, and the way her voice dies away on the word 'ended' when she says that his life ended when he saved her. And the way Max, half out of his head, utterly exhausted, fresh off the torture table, tells her that's when his life began and that what kept him alive during it all was the thought of her (and I love that he can't talk about what they did to him, it's too horrifying to him and he is indirect and he has to pause before he mentions it even in that fashion). If a man can say that to you after all that's happened, whoa. And in a way, being in such extremity, he has no control over his emotions much any more and you can feel love just pour off him. Max/Liz have never been more R&Jish than in that scene. Oh, and the bit where Max and Liz are surrounded and they are on the bridge and they look down at the water and you can tell they are terrified and they kiss each other and you can tell they think it might be their last, and then they jump, holding hands? OMG. My OTP. Musings on OTPs )

In related non-loverly news, I did see the finale of Doctor Who and forgot to post about it. Thoughts on Finale, OTPs and OT3s and David Tennant's coolness or lack thereof )

Continuing this crazy, directionless ramble, the next item on the agenda is gorgeous pictures from The Banquet, a Chinese movie coming out in late 2006. The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion.

Stills beneath the cut )

And because it seems I cannot end a post without a Hayden Christensen picspam, here is the next batch:



More Hayden )

OK, I am all out of Hayden. Who should I picspam next? As long as they are reasonably attractive and someone I'd heard of, bring on the suggestions!

And thus ends the really long post. No wonder it took me days.
dangermousie: (Default)
I am watching Hameshaa, the Bolly movie about reincarnated lovers that proves that bad hair, like love, lasts forever. Hamesha thoughts )

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Creezy, a seventies movie with the icy and gorgeous Alain Delon. It's the very opposite of Hameshaa. It's small and feels painstakingly and cooly real. It basically is a day in the life of a politician intercut with his memories of affair with a gorgeous model. It's quite romantic and I can't wait to watch more. It also makes me wonder if there has ever been a good adaptation of Stendhal's The Red and the Black? Because young Delon would have made a great protagonist.

Also watched more Chobits Chobits and FY and GK thoughts )

In completely unrelated news (my brain jumps around like a magpie), the book rec for the week is something I have no idea how hard it is to find. It's Erve Bazen's And the flames consume (I have no idea what the name in English (or the original French) would be. I read it in Russian). It's a French novel and I read it in Russian translation, but I have no idea if an English translation exists. It's worth seeking out though. The novel deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup. It actually is tightly focused on two people, Miguel and Maria who, if I ever was compiling a literary OTP list, would be very highly placed on it. The book is passionate: politically passionate (about what people do to each other and how it outrages one's conscience) and romantically passionate, as well. Ramblings about the novel )

And in other star-crossed romantics news, I was rewatching "Destiny," my fave ep of Roswell. I've forgotten how amazing Max/Liz were. Any good Dreamer fanfic recs? Please? [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez, where is your stuff archived? And also, does anyone have caps of that scene of them hiding in the oveturned truck? For some reason what really gets me is the way she kisses his eyes, and the way her voice dies away on the word 'ended' when she says that his life ended when he saved her. And the way Max, half out of his head, utterly exhausted, fresh off the torture table, tells her that's when his life began and that what kept him alive during it all was the thought of her (and I love that he can't talk about what they did to him, it's too horrifying to him and he is indirect and he has to pause before he mentions it even in that fashion). If a man can say that to you after all that's happened, whoa. And in a way, being in such extremity, he has no control over his emotions much any more and you can feel love just pour off him. Max/Liz have never been more R&Jish than in that scene. Oh, and the bit where Max and Liz are surrounded and they are on the bridge and they look down at the water and you can tell they are terrified and they kiss each other and you can tell they think it might be their last, and then they jump, holding hands? OMG. My OTP. Musings on OTPs )

In related non-loverly news, I did see the finale of Doctor Who and forgot to post about it. Thoughts on Finale, OTPs and OT3s and David Tennant's coolness or lack thereof )

Continuing this crazy, directionless ramble, the next item on the agenda is gorgeous pictures from The Banquet, a Chinese movie coming out in late 2006. The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion.

Stills beneath the cut )

And because it seems I cannot end a post without a Hayden Christensen picspam, here is the next batch:



More Hayden )

OK, I am all out of Hayden. Who should I picspam next? As long as they are reasonably attractive and someone I'd heard of, bring on the suggestions!

And thus ends the really long post. No wonder it took me days.
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton/Margaret kiss by alexandra)
As mentioned previously, I am on a Lymond kick (btw, Lymond are the only books I read with a dictionary. Narwhal? Palimpcest? Thank you Dunnett). And being on this kick made me think about Dorothy Sayers and Lord Peter, probably because Lymond and Lymond Chronicles owe a lot to Sayers and her detective.

Actually, walking this morning, it just occurred to me how much Lymond is inspired by Lord Peter (though of course he is uniquely his own, as a character), and I don't just refer to the aristocratic blondness. They are both emotionally high-strung (the old term would have been 'nervy'), extremely self-controlled men. Both with an amazing intellect and strength of purpose they conceal under a manner to guard themselves (Lymond is all about politics, Lord Peter does diplomatic missions in between his sleuthing). They are polyglot quotation magpies, with a love of poetry (I bet if John Donne existed when Lymond lived, he would be quoting him non-stop) and a passion for music.

Both were promising but rather well-adjusted-into-society young men with a set path in front of them (Lord Peter had double firsts in Oxford and was going to be a historian and Lymond was a child genius of Sorbonne who was going to be a conventional if bright young nobleman involved in politics). And then both got horribly derailed and traumatized by an event that happened prior to anything in the books but has shaped them completely: for Lord Peter is was WWI and his shell-shock (we only learn just how bad it was in "Busman's Honeymoon"), and for Lymond it was Solway Moss and the whole Lennox/Eloise/Galleys thing. And this past continues to affect them. And for both, their chosen fields of endeavor, while uniquely suited for them, actually continue to mess them up further and feed into their issues and feelings of 'unworthiness' (Lord Peter realizes that as a result of his sleuthing people get caught and executed. Just witness his falling apart in front of Harriet. And everything Lymond does and that is done to him in the course of the books violates his headspace and his soul more and more). Both men are all about control, not just because they'd had so little earlier, but also because without control they would sit in a little room, screaming.

The authors are marvelous about showing us so much through so little. Letting us figure things out. We rarely get directly into Peter's head (Harriet, like Philippa and Jerott in later books can come closest to what the heroes are really about, but it's still indirect), and we only see twice inside Lymond's head, but somehow, through all the indirections and mirrors and shields, we get to know the characters intimately. It's in what they don't say. Even though the chess game in Pawn in unbearable ("I've been good" makes me shudder), there is no scene that freaks me out more than Lymond first coming across the child Khaireddin, who is his son. And Khaireddin is small, and painted, and has been a child prostitute. And the whole scene is horrifying, with Khaireddin offering favors to his own father who he doesn't know is that, and the scene would make anyone sick and yet Lymond reacts with amazing rightness and gentleness and treats Khaireddin like a real little boy/man and subnegates himself in doing what's right for him, no matter what it costs him. Even though anyone decent would have a strong reaction to child prostitution. And more than that, Khaireddin is his son. And not just that, if anyone has buttons about sexual abuse, Lymond would (a beautiful 16 year old on the galleys? He was pretty surely toast). Checkmate spoiler ) But the control and care Lymond has is all not about him. And Dunnett wants us to infer all that, there is no beating over the head with it.

Even the families are a bit similar: both have brilliant mothers they adore, and shadowy fathers. And a well-meaning, dull elder brother, who loves but doesn't understand.

And then there are the women they love. Both of them are grounded by the somewhat younger, much more pragmatic, yet fiercely wounded women they fall in love with. And those women make them jump through hoops (not on purpose) but really are what saves them. Checkmate spoiler )

And of course, both those women are fiercely intelligent, yet wounded and need healing in turn, and are in some ways mirroring their men. For Harriet it's her trial for murder and her shabby lover who made her betray all her traditonal belief for principles it turns out he didn't mean (and what a parallel with Lord Peter and his earlier love of someone unworthy. That girl before WWI). And the same is true for Philippa. Spoiler for Checkmate )

So yeah, there is a great deal of reason for why I love both.

And to finish on a Lymondish note, here is a quote about James Cobham from Freedom and Necessity. Rather Lymondish/Lord Peterish, don't you think?

That person was a collection of fragments held into man-shape by an outher shell that, depending on the moment, might be unmarked and brittle as glass or itself in a state of suspended collapse.

Or this:

At about three o'clock he appeared in the parlour, neat as the proverbial pin, flawlessly composed-in other words, nearly indistinguishable from a well-embalmed corpse except that he was mobile, upright, and articulate.

No wonder I love the book.

And for those who are 'what crack are you on and what are you blabbing about,' I present a bit of Hayden picspam. A lot of Hayden picspam actually.



Talking about the pretty. Feast your eyes on this )
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton/Margaret kiss by alexandra)
As mentioned previously, I am on a Lymond kick (btw, Lymond are the only books I read with a dictionary. Narwhal? Palimpcest? Thank you Dunnett). And being on this kick made me think about Dorothy Sayers and Lord Peter, probably because Lymond and Lymond Chronicles owe a lot to Sayers and her detective.

Actually, walking this morning, it just occurred to me how much Lymond is inspired by Lord Peter (though of course he is uniquely his own, as a character), and I don't just refer to the aristocratic blondness. They are both emotionally high-strung (the old term would have been 'nervy'), extremely self-controlled men. Both with an amazing intellect and strength of purpose they conceal under a manner to guard themselves (Lymond is all about politics, Lord Peter does diplomatic missions in between his sleuthing). They are polyglot quotation magpies, with a love of poetry (I bet if John Donne existed when Lymond lived, he would be quoting him non-stop) and a passion for music.

Both were promising but rather well-adjusted-into-society young men with a set path in front of them (Lord Peter had double firsts in Oxford and was going to be a historian and Lymond was a child genius of Sorbonne who was going to be a conventional if bright young nobleman involved in politics). And then both got horribly derailed and traumatized by an event that happened prior to anything in the books but has shaped them completely: for Lord Peter is was WWI and his shell-shock (we only learn just how bad it was in "Busman's Honeymoon"), and for Lymond it was Solway Moss and the whole Lennox/Eloise/Galleys thing. And this past continues to affect them. And for both, their chosen fields of endeavor, while uniquely suited for them, actually continue to mess them up further and feed into their issues and feelings of 'unworthiness' (Lord Peter realizes that as a result of his sleuthing people get caught and executed. Just witness his falling apart in front of Harriet. And everything Lymond does and that is done to him in the course of the books violates his headspace and his soul more and more). Both men are all about control, not just because they'd had so little earlier, but also because without control they would sit in a little room, screaming.

The authors are marvelous about showing us so much through so little. Letting us figure things out. We rarely get directly into Peter's head (Harriet, like Philippa and Jerott in later books can come closest to what the heroes are really about, but it's still indirect), and we only see twice inside Lymond's head, but somehow, through all the indirections and mirrors and shields, we get to know the characters intimately. It's in what they don't say. Even though the chess game in Pawn in unbearable ("I've been good" makes me shudder), there is no scene that freaks me out more than Lymond first coming across the child Khaireddin, who is his son. And Khaireddin is small, and painted, and has been a child prostitute. And the whole scene is horrifying, with Khaireddin offering favors to his own father who he doesn't know is that, and the scene would make anyone sick and yet Lymond reacts with amazing rightness and gentleness and treats Khaireddin like a real little boy/man and subnegates himself in doing what's right for him, no matter what it costs him. Even though anyone decent would have a strong reaction to child prostitution. And more than that, Khaireddin is his son. And not just that, if anyone has buttons about sexual abuse, Lymond would (a beautiful 16 year old on the galleys? He was pretty surely toast). Checkmate spoiler ) But the control and care Lymond has is all not about him. And Dunnett wants us to infer all that, there is no beating over the head with it.

Even the families are a bit similar: both have brilliant mothers they adore, and shadowy fathers. And a well-meaning, dull elder brother, who loves but doesn't understand.

And then there are the women they love. Both of them are grounded by the somewhat younger, much more pragmatic, yet fiercely wounded women they fall in love with. And those women make them jump through hoops (not on purpose) but really are what saves them. Checkmate spoiler )

And of course, both those women are fiercely intelligent, yet wounded and need healing in turn, and are in some ways mirroring their men. For Harriet it's her trial for murder and her shabby lover who made her betray all her traditonal belief for principles it turns out he didn't mean (and what a parallel with Lord Peter and his earlier love of someone unworthy. That girl before WWI). And the same is true for Philippa. Spoiler for Checkmate )

So yeah, there is a great deal of reason for why I love both.

And to finish on a Lymondish note, here is a quote about James Cobham from Freedom and Necessity. Rather Lymondish/Lord Peterish, don't you think?

That person was a collection of fragments held into man-shape by an outher shell that, depending on the moment, might be unmarked and brittle as glass or itself in a state of suspended collapse.

Or this:

At about three o'clock he appeared in the parlour, neat as the proverbial pin, flawlessly composed-in other words, nearly indistinguishable from a well-embalmed corpse except that he was mobile, upright, and articulate.

No wonder I love the book.

And for those who are 'what crack are you on and what are you blabbing about,' I present a bit of Hayden picspam. A lot of Hayden picspam actually.



Talking about the pretty. Feast your eyes on this )
dangermousie: (N&S: Thornton/Margaret kiss by alexandra)
As mentioned previously, I am on a Lymond kick (btw, Lymond are the only books I read with a dictionary. Narwhal? Palimpcest? Thank you Dunnett). And being on this kick made me think about Dorothy Sayers and Lord Peter, probably because Lymond and Lymond Chronicles owe a lot to Sayers and her detective.

Actually, walking this morning, it just occurred to me how much Lymond is inspired by Lord Peter (though of course he is uniquely his own, as a character), and I don't just refer to the aristocratic blondness. They are both emotionally high-strung (the old term would have been 'nervy'), extremely self-controlled men. Both with an amazing intellect and strength of purpose they conceal under a manner to guard themselves (Lymond is all about politics, Lord Peter does diplomatic missions in between his sleuthing). They are polyglot quotation magpies, with a love of poetry (I bet if John Donne existed when Lymond lived, he would be quoting him non-stop) and a passion for music.

Both were promising but rather well-adjusted-into-society young men with a set path in front of them (Lord Peter had double firsts in Oxford and was going to be a historian and Lymond was a child genius of Sorbonne who was going to be a conventional if bright young nobleman involved in politics). And then both got horribly derailed and traumatized by an event that happened prior to anything in the books but has shaped them completely: for Lord Peter is was WWI and his shell-shock (we only learn just how bad it was in "Busman's Honeymoon"), and for Lymond it was Solway Moss and the whole Lennox/Eloise/Galleys thing. And this past continues to affect them. And for both, their chosen fields of endeavor, while uniquely suited for them, actually continue to mess them up further and feed into their issues and feelings of 'unworthiness' (Lord Peter realizes that as a result of his sleuthing people get caught and executed. Just witness his falling apart in front of Harriet. And everything Lymond does and that is done to him in the course of the books violates his headspace and his soul more and more). Both men are all about control, not just because they'd had so little earlier, but also because without control they would sit in a little room, screaming.

The authors are marvelous about showing us so much through so little. Letting us figure things out. We rarely get directly into Peter's head (Harriet, like Philippa and Jerott in later books can come closest to what the heroes are really about, but it's still indirect), and we only see twice inside Lymond's head, but somehow, through all the indirections and mirrors and shields, we get to know the characters intimately. It's in what they don't say. Even though the chess game in Pawn in unbearable ("I've been good" makes me shudder), there is no scene that freaks me out more than Lymond first coming across the child Khaireddin, who is his son. And Khaireddin is small, and painted, and has been a child prostitute. And the whole scene is horrifying, with Khaireddin offering favors to his own father who he doesn't know is that, and the scene would make anyone sick and yet Lymond reacts with amazing rightness and gentleness and treats Khaireddin like a real little boy/man and subnegates himself in doing what's right for him, no matter what it costs him. Even though anyone decent would have a strong reaction to child prostitution. And more than that, Khaireddin is his son. And not just that, if anyone has buttons about sexual abuse, Lymond would (a beautiful 16 year old on the galleys? He was pretty surely toast). Checkmate spoiler ) But the control and care Lymond has is all not about him. And Dunnett wants us to infer all that, there is no beating over the head with it.

Even the families are a bit similar: both have brilliant mothers they adore, and shadowy fathers. And a well-meaning, dull elder brother, who loves but doesn't understand.

And then there are the women they love. Both of them are grounded by the somewhat younger, much more pragmatic, yet fiercely wounded women they fall in love with. And those women make them jump through hoops (not on purpose) but really are what saves them. Checkmate spoiler )

And of course, both those women are fiercely intelligent, yet wounded and need healing in turn, and are in some ways mirroring their men. For Harriet it's her trial for murder and her shabby lover who made her betray all her traditonal belief for principles it turns out he didn't mean (and what a parallel with Lord Peter and his earlier love of someone unworthy. That girl before WWI). And the same is true for Philippa. Spoiler for Checkmate )

So yeah, there is a great deal of reason for why I love both.

And to finish on a Lymondish note, here is a quote about James Cobham from Freedom and Necessity. Rather Lymondish/Lord Peterish, don't you think?

That person was a collection of fragments held into man-shape by an outher shell that, depending on the moment, might be unmarked and brittle as glass or itself in a state of suspended collapse.

Or this:

At about three o'clock he appeared in the parlour, neat as the proverbial pin, flawlessly composed-in other words, nearly indistinguishable from a well-embalmed corpse except that he was mobile, upright, and articulate.

No wonder I love the book.

And for those who are 'what crack are you on and what are you blabbing about,' I present a bit of Hayden picspam. A lot of Hayden picspam actually.



Talking about the pretty. Feast your eyes on this )
dangermousie: (BW: KANK by SRKFanatic)
First off, a fic rec. Let Go is an amazing X-Men: The Last Stand fic by [livejournal.com profile] babel. It's Scott and Emma Frost-centric (no not that way), sharp and romantic and clever all at once and it's good enough that I'd love it even if I didn't know anything about the fandom. Why are you still here? Go read it. And leave her feedback.

And now a bunch of picspams united only by their prettiness. First off, a Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna picspam. This Indian flick about two married couples living in New York who find themselves torn when Dev (Shahrukh Khan) and Maya (Rani Mukehrji) fall in love with each other despite their marital status is going to kill me with the anticipation.

KANK. You angst so pretty, baby! )

And because you can never have enough, more Hayden Christensen picspam.



The Prettiness Hurts My Heart, Precious )
dangermousie: (BW: KANK by SRKFanatic)
First off, a fic rec. Let Go is an amazing X-Men: The Last Stand fic by [livejournal.com profile] babel. It's Scott and Emma Frost-centric (no not that way), sharp and romantic and clever all at once and it's good enough that I'd love it even if I didn't know anything about the fandom. Why are you still here? Go read it. And leave her feedback.

And now a bunch of picspams united only by their prettiness. First off, a Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna picspam. This Indian flick about two married couples living in New York who find themselves torn when Dev (Shahrukh Khan) and Maya (Rani Mukehrji) fall in love with each other despite their marital status is going to kill me with the anticipation.

KANK. You angst so pretty, baby! )

And because you can never have enough, more Hayden Christensen picspam.



The Prettiness Hurts My Heart, Precious )
dangermousie: (BW: KANK by SRKFanatic)
First off, a fic rec. Let Go is an amazing X-Men: The Last Stand fic by [livejournal.com profile] babel. It's Scott and Emma Frost-centric (no not that way), sharp and romantic and clever all at once and it's good enough that I'd love it even if I didn't know anything about the fandom. Why are you still here? Go read it. And leave her feedback.

And now a bunch of picspams united only by their prettiness. First off, a Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna picspam. This Indian flick about two married couples living in New York who find themselves torn when Dev (Shahrukh Khan) and Maya (Rani Mukehrji) fall in love with each other despite their marital status is going to kill me with the anticipation.

KANK. You angst so pretty, baby! )

And because you can never have enough, more Hayden Christensen picspam.



The Prettiness Hurts My Heart, Precious )
dangermousie: (Cyclops by anitabuchan)
I am reading Freedom and Necessity, by Steven Brust and Emma Bull. I love it. I know [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns did not care much for it, but while it's not the best book ever written, it's very very enjoyable, sort of a modern take on a Willkie Collins novel. The novel (entirely epistolary) is set in 1849 and centers around James Cobham, a man-about-town who comes to himself in a country inn, with no idea how he got there and no memory of the past few months. Corresponding with his cousin Richard, he discovers he's been presumed drowned and they decide to investigate what's behind all this. James' other cousin Kitty and Kitty's best friend Susan (an extremely strong-minded young woman who has always been fascinated by James) are also on the trail. What they find out is that James is wanted by everyone: by government conspirators, by the Chartists (a social movement of mid-century) and by unscrupulous members of his own family. And as James slowly pieces the puzzle together, Susan and Kitty and Richard (and the reader) find out just how much of that carefully indolent pose was a mask, and in reality James becomes a Lymond-ish figure, messed-up, and brilliant and masked and fragile and with a huge social conscience mixed with hard-won cynisism.

The book started a bit slowly for my tastes, but it really picked up about a hundred pages in and is now unputdownable, mainly because I am rather in love with James (who granted, in no Lymond, but does have Lymondish qualities). The women aren't as well drawn, but I am all about the men anyhow. And of course, like with any novel in letters, a bit of suspension of disbelief about the characters' writing speed and memories for conversation has to be assumed.

In completely unrelated news, I've started watching Bluffmaster, a delightful Bolly flick. Roy (Abhishek Bachchan) is a master con-artist who is trying to go straight to win back his fiancee (Priyanka Chopra) but is forced to take on a dimwitted apprentice Ditty (Riteish). And the whole thing spirals out of control. It's a funny, clever, witty movie, the cast of characters is delightful, Abhi/Priyanka chemistry is out of this world, and Abhishek continues his recent run of great movies (it's an odd thing to say, but I think he comes across as most masculine of the new generation of Bolly stars. Not sure how to phrase it but...)

And now, the uber main point of this post. Hayden Christensen picspam. Yup. More Hayden than you can shake a stick at. But why would you want to? Some GORGEOUS pics behind the cut.



Hayden Goodness Behind Cut )
dangermousie: (Cyclops by anitabuchan)
I am reading Freedom and Necessity, by Steven Brust and Emma Bull. I love it. I know [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns did not care much for it, but while it's not the best book ever written, it's very very enjoyable, sort of a modern take on a Willkie Collins novel. The novel (entirely epistolary) is set in 1849 and centers around James Cobham, a man-about-town who comes to himself in a country inn, with no idea how he got there and no memory of the past few months. Corresponding with his cousin Richard, he discovers he's been presumed drowned and they decide to investigate what's behind all this. James' other cousin Kitty and Kitty's best friend Susan (an extremely strong-minded young woman who has always been fascinated by James) are also on the trail. What they find out is that James is wanted by everyone: by government conspirators, by the Chartists (a social movement of mid-century) and by unscrupulous members of his own family. And as James slowly pieces the puzzle together, Susan and Kitty and Richard (and the reader) find out just how much of that carefully indolent pose was a mask, and in reality James becomes a Lymond-ish figure, messed-up, and brilliant and masked and fragile and with a huge social conscience mixed with hard-won cynisism.

The book started a bit slowly for my tastes, but it really picked up about a hundred pages in and is now unputdownable, mainly because I am rather in love with James (who granted, in no Lymond, but does have Lymondish qualities). The women aren't as well drawn, but I am all about the men anyhow. And of course, like with any novel in letters, a bit of suspension of disbelief about the characters' writing speed and memories for conversation has to be assumed.

In completely unrelated news, I've started watching Bluffmaster, a delightful Bolly flick. Roy (Abhishek Bachchan) is a master con-artist who is trying to go straight to win back his fiancee (Priyanka Chopra) but is forced to take on a dimwitted apprentice Ditty (Riteish). And the whole thing spirals out of control. It's a funny, clever, witty movie, the cast of characters is delightful, Abhi/Priyanka chemistry is out of this world, and Abhishek continues his recent run of great movies (it's an odd thing to say, but I think he comes across as most masculine of the new generation of Bolly stars. Not sure how to phrase it but...)

And now, the uber main point of this post. Hayden Christensen picspam. Yup. More Hayden than you can shake a stick at. But why would you want to? Some GORGEOUS pics behind the cut.



Hayden Goodness Behind Cut )
dangermousie: (Cyclops by anitabuchan)
I am reading Freedom and Necessity, by Steven Brust and Emma Bull. I love it. I know [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns did not care much for it, but while it's not the best book ever written, it's very very enjoyable, sort of a modern take on a Willkie Collins novel. The novel (entirely epistolary) is set in 1849 and centers around James Cobham, a man-about-town who comes to himself in a country inn, with no idea how he got there and no memory of the past few months. Corresponding with his cousin Richard, he discovers he's been presumed drowned and they decide to investigate what's behind all this. James' other cousin Kitty and Kitty's best friend Susan (an extremely strong-minded young woman who has always been fascinated by James) are also on the trail. What they find out is that James is wanted by everyone: by government conspirators, by the Chartists (a social movement of mid-century) and by unscrupulous members of his own family. And as James slowly pieces the puzzle together, Susan and Kitty and Richard (and the reader) find out just how much of that carefully indolent pose was a mask, and in reality James becomes a Lymond-ish figure, messed-up, and brilliant and masked and fragile and with a huge social conscience mixed with hard-won cynisism.

The book started a bit slowly for my tastes, but it really picked up about a hundred pages in and is now unputdownable, mainly because I am rather in love with James (who granted, in no Lymond, but does have Lymondish qualities). The women aren't as well drawn, but I am all about the men anyhow. And of course, like with any novel in letters, a bit of suspension of disbelief about the characters' writing speed and memories for conversation has to be assumed.

In completely unrelated news, I've started watching Bluffmaster, a delightful Bolly flick. Roy (Abhishek Bachchan) is a master con-artist who is trying to go straight to win back his fiancee (Priyanka Chopra) but is forced to take on a dimwitted apprentice Ditty (Riteish). And the whole thing spirals out of control. It's a funny, clever, witty movie, the cast of characters is delightful, Abhi/Priyanka chemistry is out of this world, and Abhishek continues his recent run of great movies (it's an odd thing to say, but I think he comes across as most masculine of the new generation of Bolly stars. Not sure how to phrase it but...)

And now, the uber main point of this post. Hayden Christensen picspam. Yup. More Hayden than you can shake a stick at. But why would you want to? Some GORGEOUS pics behind the cut.



Hayden Goodness Behind Cut )
dangermousie: (Inara with bow by gunneralchemist)
Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer who linked to [livejournal.com profile] hayden_ew comm, I bring you a lovely Hayden Christensen picspam. Because the boy is GORGEOUS.



Hotness behind the cut )

In completely unrelated news, I definitely jumped ahead and ended up reading the Enishi parts of the RK manga at Borders (and am now reading the translations for yet-unpublished-in-US parts on line) as I know the anime won't cover it.

Thoughts on it, rather Aoshi-centric )
dangermousie: (Inara with bow by gunneralchemist)
Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer who linked to [livejournal.com profile] hayden_ew comm, I bring you a lovely Hayden Christensen picspam. Because the boy is GORGEOUS.



Hotness behind the cut )

In completely unrelated news, I definitely jumped ahead and ended up reading the Enishi parts of the RK manga at Borders (and am now reading the translations for yet-unpublished-in-US parts on line) as I know the anime won't cover it.

Thoughts on it, rather Aoshi-centric )
dangermousie: (Inara with bow by gunneralchemist)
Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer who linked to [livejournal.com profile] hayden_ew comm, I bring you a lovely Hayden Christensen picspam. Because the boy is GORGEOUS.



Hotness behind the cut )

In completely unrelated news, I definitely jumped ahead and ended up reading the Enishi parts of the RK manga at Borders (and am now reading the translations for yet-unpublished-in-US parts on line) as I know the anime won't cover it.

Thoughts on it, rather Aoshi-centric )
dangermousie: (Hayden C)
Christensen & Jackson Play Game of Poker
Source: Variety November 8, 2005

Icon Entertainment International has acquired worldwide rights to Poker Night, a thriller with Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson attached to star.

Variety says the film centers on a rookie detective (Christensen) who wakes to find himself strapped to a chair in a dim and filthy basement. The cop's faceless abductor is a vicious serial killer who is mercilessly torturing his captive both physically and mentally.

Nick Gillard will direct from a screenplay by Greg Francis. Film is scheduled to begin next year.

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/topnews.php?id=11904


Dangermousie's thoughts: as I said to [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer (who is the one who pointed me towards the article), while normally this isn't my thing (squeamish), I am all up for some hurt-comfort Anakin. Bring it on!

Also, that's the second movie in a row that HC is doing someone who isn't moving (there is that patient movie with Jessica Alba). I guess it's a reaction against having to do all those swordfights. :P And am also glad to see it's likely Samuel L. Jackson will get to avenge that arm :P
dangermousie: (Hayden C)
Christensen & Jackson Play Game of Poker
Source: Variety November 8, 2005

Icon Entertainment International has acquired worldwide rights to Poker Night, a thriller with Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson attached to star.

Variety says the film centers on a rookie detective (Christensen) who wakes to find himself strapped to a chair in a dim and filthy basement. The cop's faceless abductor is a vicious serial killer who is mercilessly torturing his captive both physically and mentally.

Nick Gillard will direct from a screenplay by Greg Francis. Film is scheduled to begin next year.

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/topnews.php?id=11904


Dangermousie's thoughts: as I said to [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer (who is the one who pointed me towards the article), while normally this isn't my thing (squeamish), I am all up for some hurt-comfort Anakin. Bring it on!

Also, that's the second movie in a row that HC is doing someone who isn't moving (there is that patient movie with Jessica Alba). I guess it's a reaction against having to do all those swordfights. :P And am also glad to see it's likely Samuel L. Jackson will get to avenge that arm :P

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