dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Saw Pirates of the Carribean at the midnight showing. There were a bunch of people dressed in pirate outfits, too.

Spoilers here. Enter at your own risks )

I need me some POTC and/or Orlando icons. And I am digging out my copy of Errol Flynn's Sea Hawk to satisfy the new-awakened pirate swashbuckler yen.
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Saw Pirates of the Carribean at the midnight showing. There were a bunch of people dressed in pirate outfits, too.

Spoilers here. Enter at your own risks )

I need me some POTC and/or Orlando icons. And I am digging out my copy of Errol Flynn's Sea Hawk to satisfy the new-awakened pirate swashbuckler yen.
dangermousie: (Mal GUH by gunneralchemist)
Saw Pirates of the Carribean at the midnight showing. There were a bunch of people dressed in pirate outfits, too.

Spoilers here. Enter at your own risks )

I need me some POTC and/or Orlando icons. And I am digging out my copy of Errol Flynn's Sea Hawk to satisfy the new-awakened pirate swashbuckler yen.
dangermousie: (Kenshin: held me by roninhonor)
My DVDs with good subtitles finally got here. Yay. Much as it was fun to see characters say 'fuck' in subtitles and to refer to rice as 'ice' it's nice to have good, legible subtitles, not to mention subtitles that translate everything, not just half the dialogue. OTOH, the fact that they have Kenshin finish each sentence with a weird "that is does" or 'this is is' or whatever took some getting used to. I know they are trying to convey his formal, old-fashioned way of speaking, but that just comes across as if he has word quota he needs to fill or a speech impediment.

I have also decided that Kenshin is both my favorite character and my primary crush on RK. Not that it means my Aoshi or Sano love has abated, it's just Kenshin gets cooler and cooler, the more you see of him. I loved him following Sano and fighting him when Sano almost went back to avenge the Sekhoutai (sp). Sano is still not free of his traumatic past (understandably so) but Kenshin stops him from being trapped in it forever. That fight is heart-breaking, because Kenshin and Sano really do love each other (though not in a Brokeback way) but it does result in Sano being 'saved.' I also loved Sano throwing a party before he left, as he thought forever. And drunk Kaoru, trying to express her feelings about Kenshin, is adorable.

But the real cool bit and what really made me fall hard for Kenshi is the ep where Kenshin, Sano and Yahiko all signing up as guards on a ship against pirates because they need money because otherwise Kaoru is the only one who works and they find out that Kaoru signed up as well because she wants money to feed them. So adorable. And then Kaoru comes out at night on deck to find Kenshin standing there, not sleeping and they have this conversation where he says he wishes he knew she was going to sign up because then he would have done anything to stop her and she tells him she is safe with him and won't get in the way and she knows how to fight and she is blushing. It's beyond cute.

And then the pirates attack and there is a huge fight and Kenshin wants Kaoru to go below but she stays by his side and they both fight side by side but the pirates are really good and so she ends up wounded and so she is standing behind his back and he is protecting her and she tells him she is sorry to get in the way and he is all intense and fierce and it's totally HOT (I don't care they are animated, I just don't). And he gets shot with a poison dart and he still manages to fight and beat the pirate leader (who is deeply annoying btw). So the pirates rob and leave but they manage to grab Kaoru with them so Kenshin, who is totally fainting-level wounded (eeeee, love people who fight and then as soon as they don't have to, collapse. Yay for adrenaline), jumps on board after them and begs the pirate leader chick to let Kaoru go and offers his life in exchange. And they take him on his offer and then later after he's kinda recovered, the pirate chickie wants him to fight her for real (because she can't bear to lose and she knows he didn't kill her on purpose) and he tells her he won't because she saved Kaoru's life so he gave his up to her in exchange. And she takes her sword and strikes out, millimiters from his face and he doesn't flinch. And why am I recounting everything in the freaking eps anyway?

I love that Kaoru isn't a damsel in distress though. She is freaking out about Kenshin (she won't eat because she is all 'I bet Kenshin doesn't have anything to eat either') but despite her worries, she and Sano and Yahiko mount an effective rescue party. Yay.

I do find Kenshin's utter openness and resignation (and it's not bitter but rather peaceful) to death both in character and very upsetting. He shouldn't be all "I find it a little disappointing that the last moon I see isn't a full moon." I know he's had to be like that, or he couldn't have lived the life he lived and it's something he's enforced strictly in himself on purpose, as he is very disciplined, but it's very very sad.
dangermousie: (Kenshin: held me by roninhonor)
My DVDs with good subtitles finally got here. Yay. Much as it was fun to see characters say 'fuck' in subtitles and to refer to rice as 'ice' it's nice to have good, legible subtitles, not to mention subtitles that translate everything, not just half the dialogue. OTOH, the fact that they have Kenshin finish each sentence with a weird "that is does" or 'this is is' or whatever took some getting used to. I know they are trying to convey his formal, old-fashioned way of speaking, but that just comes across as if he has word quota he needs to fill or a speech impediment.

I have also decided that Kenshin is both my favorite character and my primary crush on RK. Not that it means my Aoshi or Sano love has abated, it's just Kenshin gets cooler and cooler, the more you see of him. I loved him following Sano and fighting him when Sano almost went back to avenge the Sekhoutai (sp). Sano is still not free of his traumatic past (understandably so) but Kenshin stops him from being trapped in it forever. That fight is heart-breaking, because Kenshin and Sano really do love each other (though not in a Brokeback way) but it does result in Sano being 'saved.' I also loved Sano throwing a party before he left, as he thought forever. And drunk Kaoru, trying to express her feelings about Kenshin, is adorable.

But the real cool bit and what really made me fall hard for Kenshi is the ep where Kenshin, Sano and Yahiko all signing up as guards on a ship against pirates because they need money because otherwise Kaoru is the only one who works and they find out that Kaoru signed up as well because she wants money to feed them. So adorable. And then Kaoru comes out at night on deck to find Kenshin standing there, not sleeping and they have this conversation where he says he wishes he knew she was going to sign up because then he would have done anything to stop her and she tells him she is safe with him and won't get in the way and she knows how to fight and she is blushing. It's beyond cute.

And then the pirates attack and there is a huge fight and Kenshin wants Kaoru to go below but she stays by his side and they both fight side by side but the pirates are really good and so she ends up wounded and so she is standing behind his back and he is protecting her and she tells him she is sorry to get in the way and he is all intense and fierce and it's totally HOT (I don't care they are animated, I just don't). And he gets shot with a poison dart and he still manages to fight and beat the pirate leader (who is deeply annoying btw). So the pirates rob and leave but they manage to grab Kaoru with them so Kenshin, who is totally fainting-level wounded (eeeee, love people who fight and then as soon as they don't have to, collapse. Yay for adrenaline), jumps on board after them and begs the pirate leader chick to let Kaoru go and offers his life in exchange. And they take him on his offer and then later after he's kinda recovered, the pirate chickie wants him to fight her for real (because she can't bear to lose and she knows he didn't kill her on purpose) and he tells her he won't because she saved Kaoru's life so he gave his up to her in exchange. And she takes her sword and strikes out, millimiters from his face and he doesn't flinch. And why am I recounting everything in the freaking eps anyway?

I love that Kaoru isn't a damsel in distress though. She is freaking out about Kenshin (she won't eat because she is all 'I bet Kenshin doesn't have anything to eat either') but despite her worries, she and Sano and Yahiko mount an effective rescue party. Yay.

I do find Kenshin's utter openness and resignation (and it's not bitter but rather peaceful) to death both in character and very upsetting. He shouldn't be all "I find it a little disappointing that the last moon I see isn't a full moon." I know he's had to be like that, or he couldn't have lived the life he lived and it's something he's enforced strictly in himself on purpose, as he is very disciplined, but it's very very sad.
dangermousie: (Kenshin: held me by roninhonor)
My DVDs with good subtitles finally got here. Yay. Much as it was fun to see characters say 'fuck' in subtitles and to refer to rice as 'ice' it's nice to have good, legible subtitles, not to mention subtitles that translate everything, not just half the dialogue. OTOH, the fact that they have Kenshin finish each sentence with a weird "that is does" or 'this is is' or whatever took some getting used to. I know they are trying to convey his formal, old-fashioned way of speaking, but that just comes across as if he has word quota he needs to fill or a speech impediment.

I have also decided that Kenshin is both my favorite character and my primary crush on RK. Not that it means my Aoshi or Sano love has abated, it's just Kenshin gets cooler and cooler, the more you see of him. I loved him following Sano and fighting him when Sano almost went back to avenge the Sekhoutai (sp). Sano is still not free of his traumatic past (understandably so) but Kenshin stops him from being trapped in it forever. That fight is heart-breaking, because Kenshin and Sano really do love each other (though not in a Brokeback way) but it does result in Sano being 'saved.' I also loved Sano throwing a party before he left, as he thought forever. And drunk Kaoru, trying to express her feelings about Kenshin, is adorable.

But the real cool bit and what really made me fall hard for Kenshi is the ep where Kenshin, Sano and Yahiko all signing up as guards on a ship against pirates because they need money because otherwise Kaoru is the only one who works and they find out that Kaoru signed up as well because she wants money to feed them. So adorable. And then Kaoru comes out at night on deck to find Kenshin standing there, not sleeping and they have this conversation where he says he wishes he knew she was going to sign up because then he would have done anything to stop her and she tells him she is safe with him and won't get in the way and she knows how to fight and she is blushing. It's beyond cute.

And then the pirates attack and there is a huge fight and Kenshin wants Kaoru to go below but she stays by his side and they both fight side by side but the pirates are really good and so she ends up wounded and so she is standing behind his back and he is protecting her and she tells him she is sorry to get in the way and he is all intense and fierce and it's totally HOT (I don't care they are animated, I just don't). And he gets shot with a poison dart and he still manages to fight and beat the pirate leader (who is deeply annoying btw). So the pirates rob and leave but they manage to grab Kaoru with them so Kenshin, who is totally fainting-level wounded (eeeee, love people who fight and then as soon as they don't have to, collapse. Yay for adrenaline), jumps on board after them and begs the pirate leader chick to let Kaoru go and offers his life in exchange. And they take him on his offer and then later after he's kinda recovered, the pirate chickie wants him to fight her for real (because she can't bear to lose and she knows he didn't kill her on purpose) and he tells her he won't because she saved Kaoru's life so he gave his up to her in exchange. And she takes her sword and strikes out, millimiters from his face and he doesn't flinch. And why am I recounting everything in the freaking eps anyway?

I love that Kaoru isn't a damsel in distress though. She is freaking out about Kenshin (she won't eat because she is all 'I bet Kenshin doesn't have anything to eat either') but despite her worries, she and Sano and Yahiko mount an effective rescue party. Yay.

I do find Kenshin's utter openness and resignation (and it's not bitter but rather peaceful) to death both in character and very upsetting. He shouldn't be all "I find it a little disappointing that the last moon I see isn't a full moon." I know he's had to be like that, or he couldn't have lived the life he lived and it's something he's enforced strictly in himself on purpose, as he is very disciplined, but it's very very sad.
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger/Mimi by wistful_memory)
I am madly in love with The King’s Touch by Jude Morgan. It’s the best novel I’ve read in months. I am also fascinated because its protagonist is the Duke of Monmouth, and I’ve never read a book solely about him before. All I know about him are the very general facts: eldest illegitimate son of Charles II (and for all I know, the only one) who, after Charles died without any legitimate children and Charles’ brother James II ascended the throne, started a rebellion which was put down and the Duke was executed (must have made for an interesting family reunion that year). Of course, James himself was wildly unpopular and kicked out for William and Mary some time later. I do have to say that I’ve known about Monmouth a lot longer than I did about most English historical figures because his rebellion is the event that lands Peter Blood on the slave docks and later leads to piracy, and I read and adored Sabatini’s Captain Blood, since I was 9 or so (and developed a quite irrational dislike of James II ever since), as Blood, even though he does not participate in the rebellion, gets dragged in as a rebel because as a physician he was helping a wounded man and tried under one of those huge sham trials James did after the rebellion.

Here is a portrait of the guy. According to wikipedia, rather gruesomely, following his execution, it was realised only too late that there was no official portrait of the Duke - for someone who had claimed the throne, albeit in vain, this was unheard of. So his body was exhumed, the head placed back on the body, and it was sat for its portrait to be painted.

Duke of Monmouth. Lookin' good for a dead guy )

Anyway, whatever the real Duke of Monmouth was, I am quite in a fictional crush state on his literary counterpart in the novel. And reading this book actually made me remember and locate another novel about a secondary figure in English history, The Stranger Prince by Margaret Irwin, about Prince Rupert who really had one of those legendary crazy lives you wouldn’t believe happened if it wasn’t fact. I read the book ages ago and loved it, even if it deals only with a small portion of the guy’s life.

Anyway, here is a completely random historical digression about Prince Rupert. He was the nephew of Charles I (and the Uncle of Charles II) who was the son of one of the Electors and Charles’ sister and fought in the Eighty Years War (talk about a nasty conflict) and was captured and imprisoned. Then he came over to Charles I’s court and when the Revolution broke out he was the leader of the Cavalier cavalry.

Life that is too crazy to be fiction. And also, princes become pirates too )

ETA: Two portraits of Prince Rupert Behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger/Mimi by wistful_memory)
I am madly in love with The King’s Touch by Jude Morgan. It’s the best novel I’ve read in months. I am also fascinated because its protagonist is the Duke of Monmouth, and I’ve never read a book solely about him before. All I know about him are the very general facts: eldest illegitimate son of Charles II (and for all I know, the only one) who, after Charles died without any legitimate children and Charles’ brother James II ascended the throne, started a rebellion which was put down and the Duke was executed (must have made for an interesting family reunion that year). Of course, James himself was wildly unpopular and kicked out for William and Mary some time later. I do have to say that I’ve known about Monmouth a lot longer than I did about most English historical figures because his rebellion is the event that lands Peter Blood on the slave docks and later leads to piracy, and I read and adored Sabatini’s Captain Blood, since I was 9 or so (and developed a quite irrational dislike of James II ever since), as Blood, even though he does not participate in the rebellion, gets dragged in as a rebel because as a physician he was helping a wounded man and tried under one of those huge sham trials James did after the rebellion.

Here is a portrait of the guy. According to wikipedia, rather gruesomely, following his execution, it was realised only too late that there was no official portrait of the Duke - for someone who had claimed the throne, albeit in vain, this was unheard of. So his body was exhumed, the head placed back on the body, and it was sat for its portrait to be painted.

Duke of Monmouth. Lookin' good for a dead guy )

Anyway, whatever the real Duke of Monmouth was, I am quite in a fictional crush state on his literary counterpart in the novel. And reading this book actually made me remember and locate another novel about a secondary figure in English history, The Stranger Prince by Margaret Irwin, about Prince Rupert who really had one of those legendary crazy lives you wouldn’t believe happened if it wasn’t fact. I read the book ages ago and loved it, even if it deals only with a small portion of the guy’s life.

Anyway, here is a completely random historical digression about Prince Rupert. He was the nephew of Charles I (and the Uncle of Charles II) who was the son of one of the Electors and Charles’ sister and fought in the Eighty Years War (talk about a nasty conflict) and was captured and imprisoned. Then he came over to Charles I’s court and when the Revolution broke out he was the leader of the Cavalier cavalry.

Life that is too crazy to be fiction. And also, princes become pirates too )

ETA: Two portraits of Prince Rupert Behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Rent: Roger/Mimi by wistful_memory)
I am madly in love with The King’s Touch by Jude Morgan. It’s the best novel I’ve read in months. I am also fascinated because its protagonist is the Duke of Monmouth, and I’ve never read a book solely about him before. All I know about him are the very general facts: eldest illegitimate son of Charles II (and for all I know, the only one) who, after Charles died without any legitimate children and Charles’ brother James II ascended the throne, started a rebellion which was put down and the Duke was executed (must have made for an interesting family reunion that year). Of course, James himself was wildly unpopular and kicked out for William and Mary some time later. I do have to say that I’ve known about Monmouth a lot longer than I did about most English historical figures because his rebellion is the event that lands Peter Blood on the slave docks and later leads to piracy, and I read and adored Sabatini’s Captain Blood, since I was 9 or so (and developed a quite irrational dislike of James II ever since), as Blood, even though he does not participate in the rebellion, gets dragged in as a rebel because as a physician he was helping a wounded man and tried under one of those huge sham trials James did after the rebellion.

Here is a portrait of the guy. According to wikipedia, rather gruesomely, following his execution, it was realised only too late that there was no official portrait of the Duke - for someone who had claimed the throne, albeit in vain, this was unheard of. So his body was exhumed, the head placed back on the body, and it was sat for its portrait to be painted.

Duke of Monmouth. Lookin' good for a dead guy )

Anyway, whatever the real Duke of Monmouth was, I am quite in a fictional crush state on his literary counterpart in the novel. And reading this book actually made me remember and locate another novel about a secondary figure in English history, The Stranger Prince by Margaret Irwin, about Prince Rupert who really had one of those legendary crazy lives you wouldn’t believe happened if it wasn’t fact. I read the book ages ago and loved it, even if it deals only with a small portion of the guy’s life.

Anyway, here is a completely random historical digression about Prince Rupert. He was the nephew of Charles I (and the Uncle of Charles II) who was the son of one of the Electors and Charles’ sister and fought in the Eighty Years War (talk about a nasty conflict) and was captured and imprisoned. Then he came over to Charles I’s court and when the Revolution broke out he was the leader of the Cavalier cavalry.

Life that is too crazy to be fiction. And also, princes become pirates too )

ETA: Two portraits of Prince Rupert Behind the cut )

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