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Too tired (and am still waiting for 720p - anyone seen those) to watch Bridal Mask today. Spoil me and perish :)

In cheerier news, I've just found out that my favorite working scifi/fantasy author, Simon R. Green, has a new book coming out in August. And not just any random book, but Ghost of a Dream, the third in his Ghostfinders series (about a team of ghostbuster types who work for Carnacki Institute and deal with evil, blood, guts with help of weapons, grit, and awesome quips).

EEEEEEEE! Ghostfinders are a pretty divisive series, with some people thinking SRG is not at his best in them, but I adore adore adore them to bits. And the second book ended on a cliffhanger, and not just any cliffhanger, but one that totally impacted my huge OTP (only SRG OTP that I ship harder are Finlay/Evangeline in Deathstalker) JC/Kim. I was ready to tear my hair out! And now I get to find out what happened, though presumably any 'fighting minions of evil' business is going to interesting until JC gets Kim back because he's kinda unhinged without her (yeah, so it's like non-space Finlay/Evangeline? I do have my ship types).

So EEEEEE!
dangermousie: (Default)
Too tired (and am still waiting for 720p - anyone seen those) to watch Bridal Mask today. Spoil me and perish :)

In cheerier news, I've just found out that my favorite working scifi/fantasy author, Simon R. Green, has a new book coming out in August. And not just any random book, but Ghost of a Dream, the third in his Ghostfinders series (about a team of ghostbuster types who work for Carnacki Institute and deal with evil, blood, guts with help of weapons, grit, and awesome quips).

EEEEEEEE! Ghostfinders are a pretty divisive series, with some people thinking SRG is not at his best in them, but I adore adore adore them to bits. And the second book ended on a cliffhanger, and not just any cliffhanger, but one that totally impacted my huge OTP (only SRG OTP that I ship harder are Finlay/Evangeline in Deathstalker) JC/Kim. I was ready to tear my hair out! And now I get to find out what happened, though presumably any 'fighting minions of evil' business is going to interesting until JC gets Kim back because he's kinda unhinged without her (yeah, so it's like non-space Finlay/Evangeline? I do have my ship types).

So EEEEEE!
dangermousie: (Default)
Too tired (and am still waiting for 720p - anyone seen those) to watch Bridal Mask today. Spoil me and perish :)

In cheerier news, I've just found out that my favorite working scifi/fantasy author, Simon R. Green, has a new book coming out in August. And not just any random book, but Ghost of a Dream, the third in his Ghostfinders series (about a team of ghostbuster types who work for Carnacki Institute and deal with evil, blood, guts with help of weapons, grit, and awesome quips).

EEEEEEEE! Ghostfinders are a pretty divisive series, with some people thinking SRG is not at his best in them, but I adore adore adore them to bits. And the second book ended on a cliffhanger, and not just any cliffhanger, but one that totally impacted my huge OTP (only SRG OTP that I ship harder are Finlay/Evangeline in Deathstalker) JC/Kim. I was ready to tear my hair out! And now I get to find out what happened, though presumably any 'fighting minions of evil' business is going to interesting until JC gets Kim back because he's kinda unhinged without her (yeah, so it's like non-space Finlay/Evangeline? I do have my ship types).

So EEEEEE!

Book rec

Jan. 21st, 2012 04:55 pm
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It is no secret that I am a rabid fan of British scifi/urban fantasy writer Simon R. Green. So it's a total shock that the fact that he has a new series with not just one but two books out and it escaped my notice until last week (even more of a shock that his latest Drood book came out in the summer and I didn't know until October. Eddie Drood et al = my happiness. Drood are my favorite series of his).

Anyway, the new series follows a team of ghost-hunters working for Carnacki Institute. Two books are out - Ghost of a Chance and Ghost of a Smile. I mistakenly started with the second book first :) The reviews have been mixed, but I am obsessed - if you like typical Green, i.e., some wisecracking and snark, some heroics, some flawed psycho protagonists of both genders, an OTP which is violent and devoted, some worldbuilding (though this has less world-building than his Nightside series), standing up for the cause of right, awful bad guys, creeeeeeepy monsters etc.

I think by now, I read enough Green (I've read every single one of his novels and he's very prolific) to begin to find character parallels and our main four - JC, Happy, Melody and Kim reminds me to some degree of types he likes to use in fiction - Melody is one of his tough, competent, violent, very alpha women, a less insane/violent take on Rose Constantine of Deathstalker. No wonder she eventually hooks up with Happy who does remind me of Brett Random. JC is a less socially-maladjusted version of the same type Finlay Campbell was - adrenaline junkie so single-mindedly focused on his OTP, it's amazing the world doesn't narrow to a point. He has social conscience of which Finlay had none unless prodded with a stick, and righteousness is kinda sexy. And I loooooove Kim, who is another of Green's ladylike heroines who get crap done. Maybe that explains why I am rabidly obsessed about JC/Kim - I was psycho obsessed with Finlay/Evangeline. Of course, my shipping is probably going to end in tears, because talk about incompatible, seeing that Kim is actually a ghost. Talk about no touching. Also, spoiler about ending cliffhanger from second book )

Anyway, if you like slightly gruesome adventure urban fantasy, I recommend.

In conclusion: "He had a heart of gold. Under his bed in a box." LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Book rec

Jan. 21st, 2012 04:55 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
It is no secret that I am a rabid fan of British scifi/urban fantasy writer Simon R. Green. So it's a total shock that the fact that he has a new series with not just one but two books out and it escaped my notice until last week (even more of a shock that his latest Drood book came out in the summer and I didn't know until October. Eddie Drood et al = my happiness. Drood are my favorite series of his).

Anyway, the new series follows a team of ghost-hunters working for Carnacki Institute. Two books are out - Ghost of a Chance and Ghost of a Smile. I mistakenly started with the second book first :) The reviews have been mixed, but I am obsessed - if you like typical Green, i.e., some wisecracking and snark, some heroics, some flawed psycho protagonists of both genders, an OTP which is violent and devoted, some worldbuilding (though this has less world-building than his Nightside series), standing up for the cause of right, awful bad guys, creeeeeeepy monsters etc.

I think by now, I read enough Green (I've read every single one of his novels and he's very prolific) to begin to find character parallels and our main four - JC, Happy, Melody and Kim reminds me to some degree of types he likes to use in fiction - Melody is one of his tough, competent, violent, very alpha women, a less insane/violent take on Rose Constantine of Deathstalker. No wonder she eventually hooks up with Happy who does remind me of Brett Random. JC is a less socially-maladjusted version of the same type Finlay Campbell was - adrenaline junkie so single-mindedly focused on his OTP, it's amazing the world doesn't narrow to a point. He has social conscience of which Finlay had none unless prodded with a stick, and righteousness is kinda sexy. And I loooooove Kim, who is another of Green's ladylike heroines who get crap done. Maybe that explains why I am rabidly obsessed about JC/Kim - I was psycho obsessed with Finlay/Evangeline. Of course, my shipping is probably going to end in tears, because talk about incompatible, seeing that Kim is actually a ghost. Talk about no touching. Also, spoiler about ending cliffhanger from second book )

Anyway, if you like slightly gruesome adventure urban fantasy, I recommend.

In conclusion: "He had a heart of gold. Under his bed in a box." LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Book rec

Jan. 21st, 2012 04:55 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
It is no secret that I am a rabid fan of British scifi/urban fantasy writer Simon R. Green. So it's a total shock that the fact that he has a new series with not just one but two books out and it escaped my notice until last week (even more of a shock that his latest Drood book came out in the summer and I didn't know until October. Eddie Drood et al = my happiness. Drood are my favorite series of his).

Anyway, the new series follows a team of ghost-hunters working for Carnacki Institute. Two books are out - Ghost of a Chance and Ghost of a Smile. I mistakenly started with the second book first :) The reviews have been mixed, but I am obsessed - if you like typical Green, i.e., some wisecracking and snark, some heroics, some flawed psycho protagonists of both genders, an OTP which is violent and devoted, some worldbuilding (though this has less world-building than his Nightside series), standing up for the cause of right, awful bad guys, creeeeeeepy monsters etc.

I think by now, I read enough Green (I've read every single one of his novels and he's very prolific) to begin to find character parallels and our main four - JC, Happy, Melody and Kim reminds me to some degree of types he likes to use in fiction - Melody is one of his tough, competent, violent, very alpha women, a less insane/violent take on Rose Constantine of Deathstalker. No wonder she eventually hooks up with Happy who does remind me of Brett Random. JC is a less socially-maladjusted version of the same type Finlay Campbell was - adrenaline junkie so single-mindedly focused on his OTP, it's amazing the world doesn't narrow to a point. He has social conscience of which Finlay had none unless prodded with a stick, and righteousness is kinda sexy. And I loooooove Kim, who is another of Green's ladylike heroines who get crap done. Maybe that explains why I am rabidly obsessed about JC/Kim - I was psycho obsessed with Finlay/Evangeline. Of course, my shipping is probably going to end in tears, because talk about incompatible, seeing that Kim is actually a ghost. Talk about no touching. Also, spoiler about ending cliffhanger from second book )

Anyway, if you like slightly gruesome adventure urban fantasy, I recommend.

In conclusion: "He had a heart of gold. Under his bed in a box." LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
The British author Simon R. Green is one of two of my favorite working fantasy/scifi authors (the other being Terry Pratchett) so I decided to a little primer to his series. I love his brand of weary heroics, damaged but crazy-tough men and women, and cheeky humor.

The Secret History Series
About: This was my gateway drug, the reason I fell so madly for SRG. I read the first book in one huge breathless gulp, literally not putting it down until I was done. The protagonist, Eddie Drood, is one of the extremely competent field agents of the Drood family, the family Eddie has been raised to believe protects the world from supernatural evils. Only, after a routine mission goes haywire, Eddie finds out he's been outlawed by his own family and is to be killed on sight. He has no idea why - the only path open is to talk to his enemies. The truths he might find out just might shatter his world, though.
Favorite Characters: Eddie Drood, Molly Malloy, Giles Deathstalker (yes, I am indifferent to him in his own books but I adore him here).
Favorite Ship: Eddie/Molly, of course. Is there any doubt? The duty-bound Drood with a rebellious streak but a boyscout's sense of honor and the 'villain' Wild Witch of the Woods Molly Malloy, unpredictable, dangerous, but with her own goodness and unbeatable in a fight. Oh, also Henry Drood/Roger the Devilspawn (TRUE LOVE DEFEATS HELL PLANS).
Favorite Scene: Eddie and Molly come back to his ancestral hall ready to kick butt and take names and deal with some trauma together. Or the fight on the motorway when Eddie realizes his Family has abandoned him and he must be killed on sight but does not know why. Or when he holds her in book 2 near the end (to say more would be spoilery).
Book Order (Really should be read in order) The Man with the Golden Torc; Daemons are Forever; The Spy who Haunted Me; From Hell with Love

The Deathstalker Series
About: In a galactic empire many thousands of years in the future, evil Empress Lionstone rules with an iron fist. Her rulings are arbitrary, mysterious, and deadly, as an inoffensive minor historian Owen Deathstalker is about to find to his cost. Suddenly outlawed and with a price on his head, Owen will pick up allies, enemies and true love, have amazing adventures and hair-raising escapades, and maybe even overthrow the evil empire itself. In the last 3 books, the action shifts 200 years in the future, where Owen's indirect descendant Lewis must deal with the death of the Golden Age Owen has helped to build and a Deathstalker must try to save the world. Again.
Favorite Characters: Finlay Campbell (more below), Evangeline Shrek (more below), Lewis Deathstalker (a distant descendant of the original Deathstalker, Lewis does not have Owen's superpowers but what he has is honor, and determination, and just a bone-deep sense of decency. I liked Owen but didn't love him - he was a bit too distant for me. Lewis? Lewis I loved).
Favorite Ship: Actually, this one is my favorite ship in all of SRG - Finlay/Evangeline - being from feuding families is the least of their problems. She is a high-born aristocrat who is secretly a leader of the clone underground and a clone herself, cloned by her monstrous 'father' after he killed his real daughter for refusing to participate in incest. He is an effete, useless aristocrat who, in reality, is the most feared gladiator of his day. He cares nothing for causes but becomes the best champion the clone underground ever had, just because it is her cause. He will die to protect her and she would die rather than let him - partly because she loves him but partly because she can protect herself perfectly well, thank you very much. Second favorite ship is Lewis/Jesamine - the vulnerable tough guy and the toughest "fragile opera diva" in the Universe.
Favorite Scene: Finlay barely making it back from a dangerous mission for a cause he does not care for but for which he fights because it's Evangeline's cause and Evangeline has to send him on a suicide mission just as he gets back. And he knows that is what it is and so does she but she will still send him and he will still go. And he tells her she shouldn't touch him or the blood on him will get on her. SHIP. MAD SHIP. Also, Evangeline taking on all her father's minions with her secret knife; Lewis freeing Jesamine from prison.
Book Order (And these really are best read in order) Deathstalker; Deathstalker Rebellion; Deathstalker War; Deathstalker Honour; Deathstalker Destiny; Deathstalker Legacy; Deathstalker Return; Deathstalker Coda

The Nightside Series
About A fantasy take on film noir, the main draw of this series are its elaborately created, fascinating world with its mythology and its deeply flawed but still relatable characters. John Taylor is a supernatural take on a private eye - for a price he will locate whatever you are looking for in the scary, fascinating world of the Nightside - where everything is twice as bright and ten times as dangerous. That is if he can keep his enemies at bay and his mysterious destiny in check. These are the most stand-alone of the series, though still best read in order.
Favorite Characters: John Taylor, Shotgun Suzie (Taylor's close friend, gun-happy bounty hunter more messed up than you can imagine and twice as scary as that), Walker (the 'neat city gent' who runs the Nightside with no fuss and no raised voice. My total crush), Julian Advent (great Victorian adventurer and do-gooder who ended up in Nightside through a timeslip and decided to become a crusading journalist - a career life-threatening in the extreme in the Nightside), Cathy (John's 17-yr-old secretary. John saved her from being eaten by a sentient house and now she runs his business, goes to all the best clubs, and has hired AIs from the future and another dimension to run things. She is AWESOME), Razor Eddie Punk God of the Straight Razor (self-explanatory).
Favorite Ship: None, really. I like John and Suzie but they are much much too messed up to really be a genuine ship of mine - Suzie can barely bear being touched, after all. I do love them together - their tentative hopefulness.
Favorite Scene: Any time John goes righteous - mmmm. The whole story with Sinner and Pretty Poison. John and Suzie being hunted by Herne the Hunter. Suzie letting John hug her. The vision John gets of the horrible horrible future.
Book Order Something from the Nightside; Agents of Light and Darkness; Nightingale's Lament; Hex and the City; Paths not Taken; Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth; Hell to Pay; The Unnatural Inquirer; Just Another Judgement Day; The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny

The Forest Kingdom/Hawk and Fisher Series
About: I have a confession to make. I have only read two books in this series so far. I adored Blue Moon Rising (my first SRG and the one that made me seek out the Secret Chronicles after which I became a goner) - the Forest Kingdom part of the series is a gritty, dark, heroic take on a traditional fantasy/fairy-tale - princes, princessess, dragons, and kingdoms. Only the characters feel real and the danger genuine. Lovely tongue-in-cheek humor, too. The second part of the series, Rupert & Julia's adventures as Hawk and Fisher, so far haven't been my thing, but I intend to try further.
Favorite Characters: Rupert, the Prince of the Forest Kingdom who everyone thinks is too fanciful and kind and weak and Julia, the unwanted warrior princess. Once again, duh.
Favorite Ship: Rupert/Julia, duh. They are the only ones out there.
Favorite Scene: Rupert forcing himself to go back to Darkwood even after going through it before and knowing what sort of hell it is - even though he can never sleep without lights or nightmares ever again.
Book Order Blue Moon Rising; Blood and Honour; Down Among the Dead Men; Beyond the Blue Moon; Hawk & Fisher; Hawk & Fisher: Winner Takes All; Hawk & Fisher: The God Killer; Hawk & Fisher: Wolf in the Fold; Hawk & Fisher: Guard Against Dishonor; Hawk & Fisher: The Bones of Haven

The Twilight of the Empire Series
About: This is a prequel series to Deathstalker and I have not read it yet
Favorite Characters: -
Favorite Ship: -
Favorite Scene: -
Book Order Mistworld, Ghostworld, Hellworld

Other
About: This are miscellaneous books not part of a series. I've only read part of Drinking Midnight Wine so far.
Favorite Characters: -
Favorite Ship: Toby/Gayle. They are the only one so far.
Favorite Scene: Seeing echoes of later Nightside series.
Book Order Shadows Fall; Drinking Midnight Wine
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
The British author Simon R. Green is one of two of my favorite working fantasy/scifi authors (the other being Terry Pratchett) so I decided to a little primer to his series. I love his brand of weary heroics, damaged but crazy-tough men and women, and cheeky humor.

The Secret History Series
About: This was my gateway drug, the reason I fell so madly for SRG. I read the first book in one huge breathless gulp, literally not putting it down until I was done. The protagonist, Eddie Drood, is one of the extremely competent field agents of the Drood family, the family Eddie has been raised to believe protects the world from supernatural evils. Only, after a routine mission goes haywire, Eddie finds out he's been outlawed by his own family and is to be killed on sight. He has no idea why - the only path open is to talk to his enemies. The truths he might find out just might shatter his world, though.
Favorite Characters: Eddie Drood, Molly Malloy, Giles Deathstalker (yes, I am indifferent to him in his own books but I adore him here).
Favorite Ship: Eddie/Molly, of course. Is there any doubt? The duty-bound Drood with a rebellious streak but a boyscout's sense of honor and the 'villain' Wild Witch of the Woods Molly Malloy, unpredictable, dangerous, but with her own goodness and unbeatable in a fight. Oh, also Henry Drood/Roger the Devilspawn (TRUE LOVE DEFEATS HELL PLANS).
Favorite Scene: Eddie and Molly come back to his ancestral hall ready to kick butt and take names and deal with some trauma together. Or the fight on the motorway when Eddie realizes his Family has abandoned him and he must be killed on sight but does not know why. Or when he holds her in book 2 near the end (to say more would be spoilery).
Book Order (Really should be read in order) The Man with the Golden Torc; Daemons are Forever; The Spy who Haunted Me; From Hell with Love

The Deathstalker Series
About: In a galactic empire many thousands of years in the future, evil Empress Lionstone rules with an iron fist. Her rulings are arbitrary, mysterious, and deadly, as an inoffensive minor historian Owen Deathstalker is about to find to his cost. Suddenly outlawed and with a price on his head, Owen will pick up allies, enemies and true love, have amazing adventures and hair-raising escapades, and maybe even overthrow the evil empire itself. In the last 3 books, the action shifts 200 years in the future, where Owen's indirect descendant Lewis must deal with the death of the Golden Age Owen has helped to build and a Deathstalker must try to save the world. Again.
Favorite Characters: Finlay Campbell (more below), Evangeline Shrek (more below), Lewis Deathstalker (a distant descendant of the original Deathstalker, Lewis does not have Owen's superpowers but what he has is honor, and determination, and just a bone-deep sense of decency. I liked Owen but didn't love him - he was a bit too distant for me. Lewis? Lewis I loved).
Favorite Ship: Actually, this one is my favorite ship in all of SRG - Finlay/Evangeline - being from feuding families is the least of their problems. She is a high-born aristocrat who is secretly a leader of the clone underground and a clone herself, cloned by her monstrous 'father' after he killed his real daughter for refusing to participate in incest. He is an effete, useless aristocrat who, in reality, is the most feared gladiator of his day. He cares nothing for causes but becomes the best champion the clone underground ever had, just because it is her cause. He will die to protect her and she would die rather than let him - partly because she loves him but partly because she can protect herself perfectly well, thank you very much. Second favorite ship is Lewis/Jesamine - the vulnerable tough guy and the toughest "fragile opera diva" in the Universe.
Favorite Scene: Finlay barely making it back from a dangerous mission for a cause he does not care for but for which he fights because it's Evangeline's cause and Evangeline has to send him on a suicide mission just as he gets back. And he knows that is what it is and so does she but she will still send him and he will still go. And he tells her she shouldn't touch him or the blood on him will get on her. SHIP. MAD SHIP. Also, Evangeline taking on all her father's minions with her secret knife; Lewis freeing Jesamine from prison.
Book Order (And these really are best read in order) Deathstalker; Deathstalker Rebellion; Deathstalker War; Deathstalker Honour; Deathstalker Destiny; Deathstalker Legacy; Deathstalker Return; Deathstalker Coda

The Nightside Series
About A fantasy take on film noir, the main draw of this series are its elaborately created, fascinating world with its mythology and its deeply flawed but still relatable characters. John Taylor is a supernatural take on a private eye - for a price he will locate whatever you are looking for in the scary, fascinating world of the Nightside - where everything is twice as bright and ten times as dangerous. That is if he can keep his enemies at bay and his mysterious destiny in check. These are the most stand-alone of the series, though still best read in order.
Favorite Characters: John Taylor, Shotgun Suzie (Taylor's close friend, gun-happy bounty hunter more messed up than you can imagine and twice as scary as that), Walker (the 'neat city gent' who runs the Nightside with no fuss and no raised voice. My total crush), Julian Advent (great Victorian adventurer and do-gooder who ended up in Nightside through a timeslip and decided to become a crusading journalist - a career life-threatening in the extreme in the Nightside), Cathy (John's 17-yr-old secretary. John saved her from being eaten by a sentient house and now she runs his business, goes to all the best clubs, and has hired AIs from the future and another dimension to run things. She is AWESOME), Razor Eddie Punk God of the Straight Razor (self-explanatory).
Favorite Ship: None, really. I like John and Suzie but they are much much too messed up to really be a genuine ship of mine - Suzie can barely bear being touched, after all. I do love them together - their tentative hopefulness.
Favorite Scene: Any time John goes righteous - mmmm. The whole story with Sinner and Pretty Poison. John and Suzie being hunted by Herne the Hunter. Suzie letting John hug her. The vision John gets of the horrible horrible future.
Book Order Something from the Nightside; Agents of Light and Darkness; Nightingale's Lament; Hex and the City; Paths not Taken; Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth; Hell to Pay; The Unnatural Inquirer; Just Another Judgement Day; The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny

The Forest Kingdom/Hawk and Fisher Series
About: I have a confession to make. I have only read two books in this series so far. I adored Blue Moon Rising (my first SRG and the one that made me seek out the Secret Chronicles after which I became a goner) - the Forest Kingdom part of the series is a gritty, dark, heroic take on a traditional fantasy/fairy-tale - princes, princessess, dragons, and kingdoms. Only the characters feel real and the danger genuine. Lovely tongue-in-cheek humor, too. The second part of the series, Rupert & Julia's adventures as Hawk and Fisher, so far haven't been my thing, but I intend to try further.
Favorite Characters: Rupert, the Prince of the Forest Kingdom who everyone thinks is too fanciful and kind and weak and Julia, the unwanted warrior princess. Once again, duh.
Favorite Ship: Rupert/Julia, duh. They are the only ones out there.
Favorite Scene: Rupert forcing himself to go back to Darkwood even after going through it before and knowing what sort of hell it is - even though he can never sleep without lights or nightmares ever again.
Book Order Blue Moon Rising; Blood and Honour; Down Among the Dead Men; Beyond the Blue Moon; Hawk & Fisher; Hawk & Fisher: Winner Takes All; Hawk & Fisher: The God Killer; Hawk & Fisher: Wolf in the Fold; Hawk & Fisher: Guard Against Dishonor; Hawk & Fisher: The Bones of Haven

The Twilight of the Empire Series
About: This is a prequel series to Deathstalker and I have not read it yet
Favorite Characters: -
Favorite Ship: -
Favorite Scene: -
Book Order Mistworld, Ghostworld, Hellworld

Other
About: This are miscellaneous books not part of a series. I've only read part of Drinking Midnight Wine so far.
Favorite Characters: -
Favorite Ship: Toby/Gayle. They are the only one so far.
Favorite Scene: Seeing echoes of later Nightside series.
Book Order Shadows Fall; Drinking Midnight Wine
dangermousie: (HYD: Rui book)
The British author Simon R. Green is one of two of my favorite working fantasy/scifi authors (the other being Terry Pratchett) so I decided to a little primer to his series. I love his brand of weary heroics, damaged but crazy-tough men and women, and cheeky humor.

The Secret History Series
About: This was my gateway drug, the reason I fell so madly for SRG. I read the first book in one huge breathless gulp, literally not putting it down until I was done. The protagonist, Eddie Drood, is one of the extremely competent field agents of the Drood family, the family Eddie has been raised to believe protects the world from supernatural evils. Only, after a routine mission goes haywire, Eddie finds out he's been outlawed by his own family and is to be killed on sight. He has no idea why - the only path open is to talk to his enemies. The truths he might find out just might shatter his world, though.
Favorite Characters: Eddie Drood, Molly Malloy, Giles Deathstalker (yes, I am indifferent to him in his own books but I adore him here).
Favorite Ship: Eddie/Molly, of course. Is there any doubt? The duty-bound Drood with a rebellious streak but a boyscout's sense of honor and the 'villain' Wild Witch of the Woods Molly Malloy, unpredictable, dangerous, but with her own goodness and unbeatable in a fight. Oh, also Henry Drood/Roger the Devilspawn (TRUE LOVE DEFEATS HELL PLANS).
Favorite Scene: Eddie and Molly come back to his ancestral hall ready to kick butt and take names and deal with some trauma together. Or the fight on the motorway when Eddie realizes his Family has abandoned him and he must be killed on sight but does not know why. Or when he holds her in book 2 near the end (to say more would be spoilery).
Book Order (Really should be read in order) The Man with the Golden Torc; Daemons are Forever; The Spy who Haunted Me; From Hell with Love

The Deathstalker Series
About: In a galactic empire many thousands of years in the future, evil Empress Lionstone rules with an iron fist. Her rulings are arbitrary, mysterious, and deadly, as an inoffensive minor historian Owen Deathstalker is about to find to his cost. Suddenly outlawed and with a price on his head, Owen will pick up allies, enemies and true love, have amazing adventures and hair-raising escapades, and maybe even overthrow the evil empire itself. In the last 3 books, the action shifts 200 years in the future, where Owen's indirect descendant Lewis must deal with the death of the Golden Age Owen has helped to build and a Deathstalker must try to save the world. Again.
Favorite Characters: Finlay Campbell (more below), Evangeline Shrek (more below), Lewis Deathstalker (a distant descendant of the original Deathstalker, Lewis does not have Owen's superpowers but what he has is honor, and determination, and just a bone-deep sense of decency. I liked Owen but didn't love him - he was a bit too distant for me. Lewis? Lewis I loved).
Favorite Ship: Actually, this one is my favorite ship in all of SRG - Finlay/Evangeline - being from feuding families is the least of their problems. She is a high-born aristocrat who is secretly a leader of the clone underground and a clone herself, cloned by her monstrous 'father' after he killed his real daughter for refusing to participate in incest. He is an effete, useless aristocrat who, in reality, is the most feared gladiator of his day. He cares nothing for causes but becomes the best champion the clone underground ever had, just because it is her cause. He will die to protect her and she would die rather than let him - partly because she loves him but partly because she can protect herself perfectly well, thank you very much. Second favorite ship is Lewis/Jesamine - the vulnerable tough guy and the toughest "fragile opera diva" in the Universe.
Favorite Scene: Finlay barely making it back from a dangerous mission for a cause he does not care for but for which he fights because it's Evangeline's cause and Evangeline has to send him on a suicide mission just as he gets back. And he knows that is what it is and so does she but she will still send him and he will still go. And he tells her she shouldn't touch him or the blood on him will get on her. SHIP. MAD SHIP. Also, Evangeline taking on all her father's minions with her secret knife; Lewis freeing Jesamine from prison.
Book Order (And these really are best read in order) Deathstalker; Deathstalker Rebellion; Deathstalker War; Deathstalker Honour; Deathstalker Destiny; Deathstalker Legacy; Deathstalker Return; Deathstalker Coda

The Nightside Series
About A fantasy take on film noir, the main draw of this series are its elaborately created, fascinating world with its mythology and its deeply flawed but still relatable characters. John Taylor is a supernatural take on a private eye - for a price he will locate whatever you are looking for in the scary, fascinating world of the Nightside - where everything is twice as bright and ten times as dangerous. That is if he can keep his enemies at bay and his mysterious destiny in check. These are the most stand-alone of the series, though still best read in order.
Favorite Characters: John Taylor, Shotgun Suzie (Taylor's close friend, gun-happy bounty hunter more messed up than you can imagine and twice as scary as that), Walker (the 'neat city gent' who runs the Nightside with no fuss and no raised voice. My total crush), Julian Advent (great Victorian adventurer and do-gooder who ended up in Nightside through a timeslip and decided to become a crusading journalist - a career life-threatening in the extreme in the Nightside), Cathy (John's 17-yr-old secretary. John saved her from being eaten by a sentient house and now she runs his business, goes to all the best clubs, and has hired AIs from the future and another dimension to run things. She is AWESOME), Razor Eddie Punk God of the Straight Razor (self-explanatory).
Favorite Ship: None, really. I like John and Suzie but they are much much too messed up to really be a genuine ship of mine - Suzie can barely bear being touched, after all. I do love them together - their tentative hopefulness.
Favorite Scene: Any time John goes righteous - mmmm. The whole story with Sinner and Pretty Poison. John and Suzie being hunted by Herne the Hunter. Suzie letting John hug her. The vision John gets of the horrible horrible future.
Book Order Something from the Nightside; Agents of Light and Darkness; Nightingale's Lament; Hex and the City; Paths not Taken; Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth; Hell to Pay; The Unnatural Inquirer; Just Another Judgement Day; The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny

The Forest Kingdom/Hawk and Fisher Series
About: I have a confession to make. I have only read two books in this series so far. I adored Blue Moon Rising (my first SRG and the one that made me seek out the Secret Chronicles after which I became a goner) - the Forest Kingdom part of the series is a gritty, dark, heroic take on a traditional fantasy/fairy-tale - princes, princessess, dragons, and kingdoms. Only the characters feel real and the danger genuine. Lovely tongue-in-cheek humor, too. The second part of the series, Rupert & Julia's adventures as Hawk and Fisher, so far haven't been my thing, but I intend to try further.
Favorite Characters: Rupert, the Prince of the Forest Kingdom who everyone thinks is too fanciful and kind and weak and Julia, the unwanted warrior princess. Once again, duh.
Favorite Ship: Rupert/Julia, duh. They are the only ones out there.
Favorite Scene: Rupert forcing himself to go back to Darkwood even after going through it before and knowing what sort of hell it is - even though he can never sleep without lights or nightmares ever again.
Book Order Blue Moon Rising; Blood and Honour; Down Among the Dead Men; Beyond the Blue Moon; Hawk & Fisher; Hawk & Fisher: Winner Takes All; Hawk & Fisher: The God Killer; Hawk & Fisher: Wolf in the Fold; Hawk & Fisher: Guard Against Dishonor; Hawk & Fisher: The Bones of Haven

The Twilight of the Empire Series
About: This is a prequel series to Deathstalker and I have not read it yet
Favorite Characters: -
Favorite Ship: -
Favorite Scene: -
Book Order Mistworld, Ghostworld, Hellworld

Other
About: This are miscellaneous books not part of a series. I've only read part of Drinking Midnight Wine so far.
Favorite Characters: -
Favorite Ship: Toby/Gayle. They are the only one so far.
Favorite Scene: Seeing echoes of later Nightside series.
Book Order Shadows Fall; Drinking Midnight Wine
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If anyone on my flist read Simon R. Green's Deathstalker books, specifically the last 3 which are about Lewis Deathstalker, can you inform me whether Jessamyne Flowers ever gets less annoying?

I believe this is the first Green heroine that I find irritating - an opera diva is fine but all those "oh daaaah-ling, yes, being a star is fatiguing, let's gossip" is so not my thing. I keep imagining her in the same room with Hazel d'Ark or Ruby Journey or Evangeline Shreck or Diana Vertue or Frost (all awesome ladies of the earlier Deathstalker book sub-series) and it's not working.

I like Lewis himself just fine, and the supporting characters are a great mix of noble, tarnished and evil (Finn Durendal is clearly set up as next Valentine Wolfe), but Jessamyne - every time she comes on the page I want to groan.

Other than her indubitable good looks, I cannot see why Lewis would fall for her.

Yikes.

Also, I miss my Finlay/Evangeline OTP! Yes, I know these books are set 200 years after main Deathstalker books have ended. Do. Not. Care. Rose Constantine is a more psychotic version of Finlay and Finn is like what Finlay would be without a capacity for love but it's not the saaaaaame. I want my insane assassin for the Clone cause/Clone and reason for the assassin joining the Clone underground OTP!

I really need to do a post on various Green series - love them all!
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If anyone on my flist read Simon R. Green's Deathstalker books, specifically the last 3 which are about Lewis Deathstalker, can you inform me whether Jessamyne Flowers ever gets less annoying?

I believe this is the first Green heroine that I find irritating - an opera diva is fine but all those "oh daaaah-ling, yes, being a star is fatiguing, let's gossip" is so not my thing. I keep imagining her in the same room with Hazel d'Ark or Ruby Journey or Evangeline Shreck or Diana Vertue or Frost (all awesome ladies of the earlier Deathstalker book sub-series) and it's not working.

I like Lewis himself just fine, and the supporting characters are a great mix of noble, tarnished and evil (Finn Durendal is clearly set up as next Valentine Wolfe), but Jessamyne - every time she comes on the page I want to groan.

Other than her indubitable good looks, I cannot see why Lewis would fall for her.

Yikes.

Also, I miss my Finlay/Evangeline OTP! Yes, I know these books are set 200 years after main Deathstalker books have ended. Do. Not. Care. Rose Constantine is a more psychotic version of Finlay and Finn is like what Finlay would be without a capacity for love but it's not the saaaaaame. I want my insane assassin for the Clone cause/Clone and reason for the assassin joining the Clone underground OTP!

I really need to do a post on various Green series - love them all!
dangermousie: (Default)
If anyone on my flist read Simon R. Green's Deathstalker books, specifically the last 3 which are about Lewis Deathstalker, can you inform me whether Jessamyne Flowers ever gets less annoying?

I believe this is the first Green heroine that I find irritating - an opera diva is fine but all those "oh daaaah-ling, yes, being a star is fatiguing, let's gossip" is so not my thing. I keep imagining her in the same room with Hazel d'Ark or Ruby Journey or Evangeline Shreck or Diana Vertue or Frost (all awesome ladies of the earlier Deathstalker book sub-series) and it's not working.

I like Lewis himself just fine, and the supporting characters are a great mix of noble, tarnished and evil (Finn Durendal is clearly set up as next Valentine Wolfe), but Jessamyne - every time she comes on the page I want to groan.

Other than her indubitable good looks, I cannot see why Lewis would fall for her.

Yikes.

Also, I miss my Finlay/Evangeline OTP! Yes, I know these books are set 200 years after main Deathstalker books have ended. Do. Not. Care. Rose Constantine is a more psychotic version of Finlay and Finn is like what Finlay would be without a capacity for love but it's not the saaaaaame. I want my insane assassin for the Clone cause/Clone and reason for the assassin joining the Clone underground OTP!

I really need to do a post on various Green series - love them all!
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
1. I loved the first Deathstalker book so ridiculously much. Also, it's official, Finlay/Evangeline are so my OTP for this series. Aristocratic assassins with disassociative personality disorders/dysfunctional rebel clones FTW! The whole bit where Finlay is trying to figure out who he is sans clothes (because if he puts on one outfit he is an effete aristocrat and if he puts on another, he is Masked Gladiator, and then solves his existential dilemma by deciding he's the man who loves Evangeline? OMGOMGOMG). Plus, my favorite scene was their betrayed/fubar assault on the clone/esper prison of Wormboy Hell where he becomes the leader by default and Finlay and Evangeline killing things with guns and swords omgftw. The best part, however, was the part where he kept trying to shield her with his body and she finally snapped at him that she can duck for herself, thank you very much. OMG LOL OTPOTPOTP. I also love that his motivation to join the rebellion is basically - "Evangeline, you are a clone? Why didn't you tell me? Are you for clone rights and a member of the rebellion? Where do I sign up and who do I get to kill?" Plus, the stuff in Deathstalker Rebellion with the two of them - eeeek awesome - she sends him on a certain-death mission because it's for rebellion and he goes on it because it's for her! I kinda like that even though she is a (a)rebel (b) clone (c) passing as an aristocrat (d) created by her "father" to be his incestuous toy, she is the more sane one! If Finlay bought it, she'd be devastated but she'd continue to live and probably live a productive life. If he didn't have her (or the hope of her), however, he'd just probably kill himself within a day in some spectacular and messy manner.

2. I went to an Asian place to get rice crackers and they were playing the theme from Love Shuffle of all things.

3. If I see another person comment on IRIS being barely watchable while raving about the awesomeness of You're Beautiful, I will stab something. Its fans are making me loathe YAB (ughughugh moronic useless heroine and sugary plot go diaf please).

4. I am reading Untangling My Chopsticks by Victoria Abbott Riccardi and it's making me famished. And stir-crazy. I want to go on a trip!

5. Avatar trailer looks so good!

6. The fights over Kame's lack of height or other things to play kyohei in the upcoming Wallflower over on arama are pretty darn entertaining. To be fair, unlike in Korea where it seems they won't take you into acting unless you are over 6', most Japanese actors are on the short and scrawny side. In any event, since the mangaka based Kyohei on the rocker Kiyoharu, theoretically speaking, here's what a 'live' Kyohei should look like. (You have no idea how hard it is to find worksafe pics of the guy.) I think Kame will do just fine. The script, OTOH - yikes! Also, it's rather amusing as the manga is all about Sunako, the heroine, but all the arama denizens (and the drama-makers) seem to care about are the hot boys. The heroine seems immaterial.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
1. I loved the first Deathstalker book so ridiculously much. Also, it's official, Finlay/Evangeline are so my OTP for this series. Aristocratic assassins with disassociative personality disorders/dysfunctional rebel clones FTW! The whole bit where Finlay is trying to figure out who he is sans clothes (because if he puts on one outfit he is an effete aristocrat and if he puts on another, he is Masked Gladiator, and then solves his existential dilemma by deciding he's the man who loves Evangeline? OMGOMGOMG). Plus, my favorite scene was their betrayed/fubar assault on the clone/esper prison of Wormboy Hell where he becomes the leader by default and Finlay and Evangeline killing things with guns and swords omgftw. The best part, however, was the part where he kept trying to shield her with his body and she finally snapped at him that she can duck for herself, thank you very much. OMG LOL OTPOTPOTP. I also love that his motivation to join the rebellion is basically - "Evangeline, you are a clone? Why didn't you tell me? Are you for clone rights and a member of the rebellion? Where do I sign up and who do I get to kill?" Plus, the stuff in Deathstalker Rebellion with the two of them - eeeek awesome - she sends him on a certain-death mission because it's for rebellion and he goes on it because it's for her! I kinda like that even though she is a (a)rebel (b) clone (c) passing as an aristocrat (d) created by her "father" to be his incestuous toy, she is the more sane one! If Finlay bought it, she'd be devastated but she'd continue to live and probably live a productive life. If he didn't have her (or the hope of her), however, he'd just probably kill himself within a day in some spectacular and messy manner.

2. I went to an Asian place to get rice crackers and they were playing the theme from Love Shuffle of all things.

3. If I see another person comment on IRIS being barely watchable while raving about the awesomeness of You're Beautiful, I will stab something. Its fans are making me loathe YAB (ughughugh moronic useless heroine and sugary plot go diaf please).

4. I am reading Untangling My Chopsticks by Victoria Abbott Riccardi and it's making me famished. And stir-crazy. I want to go on a trip!

5. Avatar trailer looks so good!

6. The fights over Kame's lack of height or other things to play kyohei in the upcoming Wallflower over on arama are pretty darn entertaining. To be fair, unlike in Korea where it seems they won't take you into acting unless you are over 6', most Japanese actors are on the short and scrawny side. In any event, since the mangaka based Kyohei on the rocker Kiyoharu, theoretically speaking, here's what a 'live' Kyohei should look like. (You have no idea how hard it is to find worksafe pics of the guy.) I think Kame will do just fine. The script, OTOH - yikes! Also, it's rather amusing as the manga is all about Sunako, the heroine, but all the arama denizens (and the drama-makers) seem to care about are the hot boys. The heroine seems immaterial.
dangermousie: (THnK hug by alexandral)
1. I loved the first Deathstalker book so ridiculously much. Also, it's official, Finlay/Evangeline are so my OTP for this series. Aristocratic assassins with disassociative personality disorders/dysfunctional rebel clones FTW! The whole bit where Finlay is trying to figure out who he is sans clothes (because if he puts on one outfit he is an effete aristocrat and if he puts on another, he is Masked Gladiator, and then solves his existential dilemma by deciding he's the man who loves Evangeline? OMGOMGOMG). Plus, my favorite scene was their betrayed/fubar assault on the clone/esper prison of Wormboy Hell where he becomes the leader by default and Finlay and Evangeline killing things with guns and swords omgftw. The best part, however, was the part where he kept trying to shield her with his body and she finally snapped at him that she can duck for herself, thank you very much. OMG LOL OTPOTPOTP. I also love that his motivation to join the rebellion is basically - "Evangeline, you are a clone? Why didn't you tell me? Are you for clone rights and a member of the rebellion? Where do I sign up and who do I get to kill?" Plus, the stuff in Deathstalker Rebellion with the two of them - eeeek awesome - she sends him on a certain-death mission because it's for rebellion and he goes on it because it's for her! I kinda like that even though she is a (a)rebel (b) clone (c) passing as an aristocrat (d) created by her "father" to be his incestuous toy, she is the more sane one! If Finlay bought it, she'd be devastated but she'd continue to live and probably live a productive life. If he didn't have her (or the hope of her), however, he'd just probably kill himself within a day in some spectacular and messy manner.

2. I went to an Asian place to get rice crackers and they were playing the theme from Love Shuffle of all things.

3. If I see another person comment on IRIS being barely watchable while raving about the awesomeness of You're Beautiful, I will stab something. Its fans are making me loathe YAB (ughughugh moronic useless heroine and sugary plot go diaf please).

4. I am reading Untangling My Chopsticks by Victoria Abbott Riccardi and it's making me famished. And stir-crazy. I want to go on a trip!

5. Avatar trailer looks so good!

6. The fights over Kame's lack of height or other things to play kyohei in the upcoming Wallflower over on arama are pretty darn entertaining. To be fair, unlike in Korea where it seems they won't take you into acting unless you are over 6', most Japanese actors are on the short and scrawny side. In any event, since the mangaka based Kyohei on the rocker Kiyoharu, theoretically speaking, here's what a 'live' Kyohei should look like. (You have no idea how hard it is to find worksafe pics of the guy.) I think Kame will do just fine. The script, OTOH - yikes! Also, it's rather amusing as the manga is all about Sunako, the heroine, but all the arama denizens (and the drama-makers) seem to care about are the hot boys. The heroine seems immaterial.
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I am reading the first Deathstalker book and I confess to skipping to all the Finlay, Evangeline and Finlay/Evangeline bits.

Like this:

He pushed her gently away from him, so that he could look into her face. Her dark eyes held him like a fist. "You're always with me, my love. You're always in my thoughts. I even took your middle name to christen my sword."
"Thanks a whole lot," said Evangeline dryly."Other lovers get gifts of flowers or jewelry. I get a sword named after me."
"It's a good sword..."


LOLOLOLOLOL *swoon*

They are so my ship for this series - if anyone thought I wouldn't go for the effete aristocrat who is secretly the best gladiator in the arena to deal with his insane adrenaline-junkiness and general issues and a perfectly bred upper-class lady who is secretly a clone (of the original lady) and a member of the Resistance, with some family enmity thrown in, they would be really really deluded. And then he joins the clone resistance as an assassin for her sake because he doesn't really care about politics but he would do anything for her (there is a scene in Book 2 which made me die when he comes back from a suicide mission all victorious and tells her not to touch him because she'll get blood on her dress and means it. And she tells him to go on another mission asap even though she knows he might die, because she is dedicated to the clone cause. And he goes, even if he knows it's hopeless, because he couldn't care less about a clone cause, but he will do whatever she asks. And there is clinging). Ahhhhhhhh, my shiny shiny ship.

Ahhh, Simon R. Green, you spoil me!
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I am reading the first Deathstalker book and I confess to skipping to all the Finlay, Evangeline and Finlay/Evangeline bits.

Like this:

He pushed her gently away from him, so that he could look into her face. Her dark eyes held him like a fist. "You're always with me, my love. You're always in my thoughts. I even took your middle name to christen my sword."
"Thanks a whole lot," said Evangeline dryly."Other lovers get gifts of flowers or jewelry. I get a sword named after me."
"It's a good sword..."


LOLOLOLOLOL *swoon*

They are so my ship for this series - if anyone thought I wouldn't go for the effete aristocrat who is secretly the best gladiator in the arena to deal with his insane adrenaline-junkiness and general issues and a perfectly bred upper-class lady who is secretly a clone (of the original lady) and a member of the Resistance, with some family enmity thrown in, they would be really really deluded. And then he joins the clone resistance as an assassin for her sake because he doesn't really care about politics but he would do anything for her (there is a scene in Book 2 which made me die when he comes back from a suicide mission all victorious and tells her not to touch him because she'll get blood on her dress and means it. And she tells him to go on another mission asap even though she knows he might die, because she is dedicated to the clone cause. And he goes, even if he knows it's hopeless, because he couldn't care less about a clone cause, but he will do whatever she asks. And there is clinging). Ahhhhhhhh, my shiny shiny ship.

Ahhh, Simon R. Green, you spoil me!
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I am reading the first Deathstalker book and I confess to skipping to all the Finlay, Evangeline and Finlay/Evangeline bits.

Like this:

He pushed her gently away from him, so that he could look into her face. Her dark eyes held him like a fist. "You're always with me, my love. You're always in my thoughts. I even took your middle name to christen my sword."
"Thanks a whole lot," said Evangeline dryly."Other lovers get gifts of flowers or jewelry. I get a sword named after me."
"It's a good sword..."


LOLOLOLOLOL *swoon*

They are so my ship for this series - if anyone thought I wouldn't go for the effete aristocrat who is secretly the best gladiator in the arena to deal with his insane adrenaline-junkiness and general issues and a perfectly bred upper-class lady who is secretly a clone (of the original lady) and a member of the Resistance, with some family enmity thrown in, they would be really really deluded. And then he joins the clone resistance as an assassin for her sake because he doesn't really care about politics but he would do anything for her (there is a scene in Book 2 which made me die when he comes back from a suicide mission all victorious and tells her not to touch him because she'll get blood on her dress and means it. And she tells him to go on another mission asap even though she knows he might die, because she is dedicated to the clone cause. And he goes, even if he knows it's hopeless, because he couldn't care less about a clone cause, but he will do whatever she asks. And there is clinging). Ahhhhhhhh, my shiny shiny ship.

Ahhh, Simon R. Green, you spoil me!
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Apparently, Tamra the Island is getting a 21-ep director's cut DVD. That's a whopping 5 extra eps. I think I might wait and finish Tamra then, so as not to see it all butchered (am on ep 7 now).

But in things I want to discuss even more, I finished Deathstalker Destiny. Disjointed thoughts )
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Apparently, Tamra the Island is getting a 21-ep director's cut DVD. That's a whopping 5 extra eps. I think I might wait and finish Tamra then, so as not to see it all butchered (am on ep 7 now).

But in things I want to discuss even more, I finished Deathstalker Destiny. Disjointed thoughts )

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