elfinblaze: (Harry Potter Hermione)
Turns out, I only read two actual books this year, one fiction, the other non-fiction:

Peacekeeper #1: An Ancient Peace, by Tanya Huff
The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture, by Glen Weldon

But I read a boatload of comics, because that seems to be all I have time for/can focus on these days. Counting only in trade paperback (graphic novel) format, this is, not counting single floppy issues...

Comics/graphic novels:
(pre-boot) Batgirl, Vol. 1: Silent Knight
(pre-boot) Batman & Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn
(pre-boot) Harley Quinn, Vol. 3: Welcome to Metropolis
(pre-boot) The New Teen Titans, Vol. 1
(New 52) Batman and Robin Eternal, Vol. 1
(New 52) Batman and Robin Eternal, Vol. 2
(New 52) Batman Eternal, Vol. 1
(New 52) Batman Eternal, Vol. 2
(New 52) Batwoman, Vol. 1: Hydrology
(New 52) Batwoman, Vol. 2: To Drown the World
(New 52) Batwoman, Vol. 3: World's Finest
(New 52) Grayson, Vol. 1: Agents of Spyral
(New 52) Grayson, Vol. 2: We All Die at Dawn
(New 52) Grayson, Vol. 3: Nemesis
(New 52) Harley Quinn, Vol. 1: Hot in the City
(New 52) Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin
(New 52) Midnighter, Vol. 1: Out
(New 52) Midnighter, Vol. 2: Hard
(New 52) Nightwing, Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes
(New 52) Red Hood and the Outlaws, Vol. 1: REDemption
(New 52) Red Hood and the Outlaws, Vol. 2: The Starfire
(New 52) Red Hood and the Outlaws, Vol. 3: Death of the Family
(New 52) Robin War
(New 52) Titans Hunt
(Rebirth) Batman - Detective Comics Vol. 1: Rise of the Batmen
(Rebirth) DC Universe: Rebirth
(Rebirth) Night of the Monster Men
(Rebirth) Nightwing, Vol. 1: Better Than Batman
(Elseworlds) Batman: Li'l Gotham, Vol. 1
(Elseworlds) DC Super Hero Girls, Vol. 1: Finals Crisis
(Elseworlds) DC Super Hero Girls, Vol. 2: Hits and Myths
(Elseworlds) Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice

It's not that I don't want to read books in the traditional sense, it's that every book I start, I get interrupted by family/home duties. If I'm not doing dishes, cleaning, etc, it's:

"Can you fix this?"
"I'm hungry"
"Can you get rid of the spider?"
"Can you go to the letter box?"

So I put the book down, and then can't get back into it once I manage to come back to it, because the reading spell is broken.

Thus, comics. I find the picture easier to access, to get back into the swing of reading, plus they're shorter stories, so fewer interruptions during the time it takes me to read one.

This is why my mother took to reading magazines, I assume. And others turn to audiobooks and music for their "Me time".
elfinblaze: (Arrow Laurel)
I've made a list of all the comic book films I've seen. It amounts to about 24 movies, depending on whether you count Tintin as a "comic book film".

So here's what I've come up with so far, in alphabetical order:

Read more... )

This has all been prompted by discussion over the upcoming Batman V Superman, which I still don't know what to make of. My favourite live-action Batman film has been Batman Begins, in great part because I like the villains Scarecrow and Ra's Al Ghul (meanwhile, I think the Joker needs to take a long walk off a short pier). But I get the impression that Batman Begins is not most people's preference.

So I'm sure I'll see Batman V Superman eventually, but I can't predict what I'm going to think of it. I kinda like the trailers, and some of the rumours sound promising, but that's no certainty I'll like the end product. Maybe I'll just remain torn.

We shall see.
elfinblaze: (Arrow Laurel)
Inspired by these three chuckle-heads, I decided to make a list of my favourite comic characters. From all comics.

list with pictures )
elfinblaze: (me writing)
Everyone knows that Australia is a dangerous place with many of the world's most venomous and otherwise dangerous animals (eg. spiders, snakes, drop bears). So I thought it'd be easier to list Australia's least dangerous animals. Least dangerous to humans, that is. After some research, I've compiled a full list.

Australia's least dangerous animals (assuming you're human):

- the Hummingbird
- the Cookatinny
- the Tasmanian Tiger
- Lilli Pilli berries
- wet tissue paper

I got inspired to write this entry after a close encounter with a Bunyip. This whole country is deadly.
elfinblaze: (me writing)
I'm in one of those writing funks where my writing sucks, my story is awful, why can't I construct sentences, everything sounds clunky, I hate my story, no one is going to read it anyway, I'm wasting my time, and I hate everything. Logically I know that's not true. I love the idea behind the story. It's just the execution that's pissing me off at the moment, to the point where I don't even want to look at my own writing.

At least our patients keep me amused.

Patient 1: Did you enjoy the carols?
Patient 2: No, I didn't.
Patient 1: No, neither did I.
Boss: Why? What was wrong with the carols?
Patient 1: Well, the rector has this habit of making up his own words to the songs.

I suppose my habit of singing carols backwards would be even more annoying. "Light of star, wonder of star~"

The top NSW schools of 2012, according to yesterday's Herald:

The top 20, and then some, cut for length )
elfinblaze: (Harry Potter Hermione)
I didn't read many books in 2011. On the up side, I didn't read any terrible ones either, none that required tossing into the bin, and I spent half the year plotting my little monster a novel, so I can't really call that a loss. But here's the list, with the same categories I used a year ago. As usual, I'm not adding any unfinished books. They will go on the list for whichever year I finish them.

the list )

Now I can start my 2012 list!

I'm debating whether or not to make a New Year's resolution to write more this year. It would mean fewer (or shorter) Gleecaps every week, because I cannot write everything. *ponder*
elfinblaze: (Glee)
It's my last day on holidays and I'm making the most of it by doing absolutely nothing!

Except hanging around online and making lists.

So here's my list of my favourite 10 songs from Glee so far (seasons 1 and 2):

Spoilers up to the end of season 2 )
elfinblaze: (Glee Kurt Blaine)
- Thank goodness it's only 34 degrees (93 Fahrenheit) now. And there's a breeze! Sooo much nicer than Tuesday when it was still 40 degrees (104 Fahrenheit) when I left work after 5pm. You know it's hot when 34 degrees is a relief.

On the downside, hello humidity! The joys of living in a sub-tropical harbour city.

You know what? I'm just going to put the rest of the entry under a link. Click if you want to read my letter to doctors everywhere, a link from Metafandom, and my list of favourite Glee songs from season 2 so far, with a few illustrations )
elfinblaze: (Default)
That meme that's going round, because I was bored:

101 fic kinks
Master List: http://stultiloquentia.dreamwidth.org/124521.html

You do not have to go as high as 101, they don't all have to be sex-related (although they can be), they don't have to be all-the-time bullet-proof, just things that often hit your buttons when reading fic. And you're allowed to swipe other people's kinks.

Read more... )
elfinblaze: (Blood and Smoke series)
Inspired by this post:

Things that will make me close a book and stop reading:

1. Killing, making insane, or straightening out a gay character. Top of the list.
2. Magically healing a disabled character before he or she can become a hero. (No, Avatar is not on my to-watch list.)
3. Otherwise sexist, heterosexist, racist, ableist, classist, or prejudiced tropes.
4. Insipid or passive characters. I want to read about characters who do things, not just let stuff happen to them.
5. Rape being treated as something not so serious or easy to get over.
6. Non-stop pain, suffering, and angst, with little or no reward. It just becomes torture-porn at some point.

All of the above have caused me to stop reading a book in the past, so those are all drawn from experience. There may be more that I can't think of right now, or haven't come across yet.

Other things that will make me lose respect for a book, but may not necessarily cause me to stop reading:

1. Otherwise interesting characters who become boring as soon at they become The Love Interest.
2. Über-powerful, super special characters, usually thinly disguised authorial self-inserts.
3. Supposedly competent characters doing something really stupid, just to make a plot point, or just so that the hero can rescue them.
4. Characters behaving stupidly in general, e.g. all their problems could be solved if they just talked to each other.
5. Nonsensical geography and climate. No, really, this bugs me like you wouldn't believe.
6. Melodramatic characters/drama queens.
7. Too much rambling and not enough getting to the point.
8. Overly preachy or didactic texts. I do not need to be beaten over the head by any moral or philosophical frameworks, thank you.
9. Fate, destiny, or prophesy. So overdone.
10. Characters coming back from the dead. Usually. Also overdone, but I'm a bit less picky about this one. It mostly just makes me roll my eyes.

I'm sure there are more.

Having said that there are also things that will make me love a book forever as soon as I come across them. I tried to list them all too but there were far too many.

It is much easier to win my love or support for a book in general, than it is to turn me away from it. I go into books (and movies, and TV shows, and any text really) wanting to like them and those 16 points above are the only ones that readily come to mind that will change that for me.

Wishlist

Feb. 2nd, 2008 04:42 pm
elfinblaze: (Batwoman)
[livejournal.com profile] viciousdisorder asked for an updated wishlist for Christmas and my birthday so I'm putting it up here. The rest of you, feel free to ignore.

It's long, but I put in everything that is on my list of to-buy-one-day-when-I-have-money-to-burn as well as stuff that I will never be able to buy but would like anyway.

The list )

[list updated: 20th February, 2017.]

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