So book reviews:
Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
I bought it because it seemed to be one of those must-read lesbian coming-of-age books. But perhaps I shouldn't have expected too much of it. I lost interest real fast when it became clear to me the characters are not really engaging and the plot is predictable to say the least.
I appreciate her taking on rare topics like transgendered children and children of lesbian divorce in Luna and Between Mom & Jo. Although her writing is not much better in those two books, at least the premise and the characters are interesting enough to keep me going.
Psycop: Partners by Jordan Castillo Price
It’d been a long time since I read a novel I bought commercially that I can truly say is better than fanfiction (or least on a par with) that I can read for free. It’s the mark of truly good writing when the preface of sort is a half-page excerpt of the book and that alone has established the character and the premise and managed to grip me to read through the whole thing. Since the two paperback sequels are not available from bookdepository, I’ve bought the ebook version online and I planned to finish as soon as I can.
T Is for Television: The Small Screen Adventures of Russell T. Davies
I only came across this book via on-line bookstores. Thank God for them! I love RTD to bits. Especially because so many things about him resonate with me and inspire me - he's a much better version of what I wish I'd be. This book gives us an inside look at how various shows of his came about and developed. AND it tells us what the unmade Misfits series would be like - it's just a must-read for his fans & QAF fans!
I've just gone through all the SPN RPS podfics in the podfic archive and is making my way through the FPS podfics. They're like a short-cut for me now since I have no idea what the must-reads or hall-of-fame in this fandom are. Sometimes I just wish SPN fics are as easy to navigate as the SV fics were...
Yesterday I finished reading Watchmen in one go and I'm still overwhelmed by this graphic novel. I'll definitely buy this book as I'm quite sure I'll want to read it again. I can see how existentialism, the thought of that age, has affected it. I just wish I could fully feel the Cold War angst that's so fundamental to it - but I was too young in the 80s to have a lasting memory of what it must be like to have a nuclear war looming just over the horizon.
It's a pity only the IMAX version will be uncut. The only screening I can go to on weekdays is 9:30 pm but it'll be close to 12:30 am when it finishes and the IMAX cinema is over an hour away from my home :(
Why did I wait so many years to dip into the SPN RPS fics? And why do I have hang-ups about AU fics again? It's amazing there are so many talented people in the SPN fandom. Not only are the meta great. There are some really great fics too. And in some really unexpected forms no less - like, housecat!Jared/hamster!Jensen slash. Never have interspecies(, non-human) love feel so hot and cute!
ETA: Watchmen is yet another wonderful thing that SPN has led me to try out. But for Jeffrey Dean Morgan, I'd never have read the graphic novel no matter how much the fanboys love it (I still haven't watched Ironman) as I've always been suspicious of what fanboys like.
(...I know, it's a clear sign of procrastination when I'm posting so frequently.)
(Edited because motherhood instinct is not mother nature. Watching Euro 2008 in a different time zone is a health hazard.)
ETA: Over at insanejournal, alchemia has posted a fascinating list of mainstream mpreg books and movies (among others). And it's a sure sign I should stop post the same thing to multiple journals.
just filled my heart with tremendous warmth and made both scenes ten times better than they felt before.
ETA: I'm now digging up my old notes on what I've read that are now scattered all over the place (some in hard copy only) so that I can enter the dates I finished reading the books. God, this aNobii thing is really addictive!
I don't know what I should do right now. I don't want to come down from this rush but the characters aren't really good enough for me to read the book again. I guess I'll just have to find something totally different to do - just to ride on this high for a while.
ETA. I never find the tags more apt. This book is really about reading, about the relationship between THE READER and THE WRITER. Although it seems to portray the relationship in a rather exaggerated and surreal way - no way can the reader bond with the writer like that in real life, can it? - it did make me think are we all writing for our Muses, our perfect readers?
Might need to spend a whole night updaitng this booklist then. Somehow the Japanese manga I got just couldn't be imported into this thing.
I've entered over 80% of my books in aaNobii, I think. One thing that's really clear from this exercise is that, I'm terribly greedy - I've got about 150 books on my shelves which I haven't even started reading!
I'd always thought the narrator was a woman.
Nothing in the 1st-person narrative had given me any doubt. I didn't even bat an eyelid when the narrator found a girlfriend. Actually it rather confirmed my pre-conception that it was a woman because I'd seen this book in the Big Gay Read. The unconventional girlfriend seemed just like those weird lesbian characters which occur quite common in LGBT film/tv (at least lesbian rebels are much more common than gay male rebels)
I was shocked when I read this on p.20:
The prospect of meeting your girlfriend's father, or at least one of her fathers, is very intimidating. I began to panic.
"Should I put on a tie? I haven't got a tie."
Huh? When I finally realised in the next paragraphs that the narrator really is a man, I was wondering whether I should've re-read those 20 pages because I'd had a totally different picture in my mind.
I'm still trying to clear the books I've bought over the years. I'm reading Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye and Bend Sinister: The Gay Times Book of Disturbing Stories - I'm mostly bored with the former but quite entertained by the latter.
I guess I must've bought Cat's Eye because it's on some women's writings reading list. I like the subject it deals with. In fact, I wish more people would write about growing up as girls. But it's far too slow for my current state of mind. I just don't have the patience to sit through 70 pages before Cordelia actually appears.
Bend Sinister is completely different. Anthologies can be hit-or-miss, especially anthologies of ghetto literature - Bending the Landscape: Fantasy is one of those I don't quite enjoy and haven't really finished - but this book is quite an entertaining mix of varied horror/supernatural and thriller/crime. I even toyed with the idea of using one of the short stories in my translation workshop but I guess anything with sex or homosexuality wouldn't have gone down very well in class discussion, esp. with a professor who is over sixty years old and some classmates who are born again Christians.
ETA: This post took me two days to upload - I don't know what's wrong with LJ. Anyway, I've now finished reading both Bend Sinister and Bending the Landscape: Fantasy. In hindsight, both are just quite forgettable, just another notch on my Books Read list.
- High Society by Ben Elton
- 1和0的故事 - 卓卓著
- 蒲精列傳Vol.1 不能 - 葉志偉著
- 蒲精列傳Vol.2 確認 - 葉志偉著
- Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
- Bend Sinister: The Gay Times Book of Disturbing Stories
- Bending the Landscape: Fantasy
- 工廠．廚房．垃圾房 —— 香港女工十五年
- 超越「小政府、大市場」—─ 批判新自由主義香港社運文集
- Tokyo Stories: A Literary Stroll - edited & translated by Lawrence Rogers
- Life in the Cul-de-Sac by Senji Kuroi, translated by Philip Gabriel
- Hallucinating Foucault by Patricia Duncker
- Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division by Deborah Curtis
This novel is better than I expected actually. The story feels so real, esp. the protagonist's double life online and off. But the relationship between the protagonist and his boyfriend (who is married and has a child too) and the not very crafted writing reminds me of Invisible Life. Still, there seems to be a fundamental difference between Chinese and English gay romance novels: Chinese ones just seems more harlequin.
So do Taiwanese gay films apparently. Just like Go Go G-boys the fluffy romantic comedy that's just come out.