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31 July 2008 @ 11:29 am
Upcoming Birthday Girls, weigh in!  
I'm going on vacation as of tomorrow, and that means I'm going to miss some special birthdays: janissa11, elanurel, missyjack and huntress69. If I've missed anyone, please speak up!

If any of you ladies would like a drabble, please leave me some prompts in the comments below. And yes, I DO seem to take my vacation at the same time every year, why do you ask? :0

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Finished some books and started some new ones.

Remember that James Lee Burke Crusader's Cross I mentioned in a meme last week? The "magic orgasm" thing I snarked about led to a great Wincest story from fourfreedoms over here, so something good came of it! I did finish the book a few days ago, and... No. Just no. It's one thing to want to keep your ending from being obvious, and another to just grab a random character to assign as your murderer. Serial-killer who tortures and hacks up women means you have to make the character somehow fit that profile. I.e., the fact that this was your murderer all along should not be a surprise to the character himself. Major fail. :(

Midway through Stone Monkey, which is a Lincoln Rhymes novel (I've read perhaps one other, years ago). Slow start, but I love the tidbits on Chinese culture and thinking, and I really love the Fuzhou policeman in it. Perfect example of how a totally different way of approaching problems can still lead to the same (or sometimes better) results.

Also in the middle of The Strictest School In The World: Being The Tale of a Clever Girl, a Rubber Boy, and a Collection of Flying Machines, Mostly Broken). This is juvenile fiction, the first of two books, with a very dry and humorous tone, and it flows very easily. Too weird to resist, I say! \o/

Next up, over vacation: more juvenile fiction, this one The True Meaning Of Smekday. This story features an African-American girl living in the U.S. where aliens have invaded, and among other things have created their own set of holidays and societal rules. The title is her school essay assignment. Again, sounds wonderfully weird. :D


 
 
 
Deadbeat Nymph: dean where's my cardeadbeat_nymph on July 31st, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
I've actually started reading again. Real novels, I mean. ;)

The "magic orgasm" thing I snarked about [...] Serial-killer who tortures and hacks up women [...]

Thanks for the warning. I have to say, I've been avoiding anything that includes hacking up women, or violence against women in general, unless it's written from a woman's perspective. And, you know, written, by a woman. I just don't care to read novels or watch movies about this subject matter. It's not that I can't handle violence or dark subject matter; I'm just sick of the over abundance of accounts that, whether they intend to or not, end up fetishizing violence against women. (CSI is one of the worst offenders on TV right now; I can't bear to watch it anymore.)

And, of all the novels that exist, the millions of them which I can't possibly all read in one lifetime, I just feel that I'd rather read women's narratives. It's not a misandrist thing; it's just that our culture is saturated with men's stories (even if the stories are about women), and I've read/seen/heard enough of them for a while.

Well, I still intend to read Michael Winter's The Big Why, and I'm sure that I will read other books by men, but right now, I want to catch up with women authors whose works interest me that I've neglected in he past.

Was that too political for this early in your day? Tee-hee. You know me and the politics. ;)

So, any books (aside from young adult - good as they may be, I'm just not in the mood for them right now) that you'd recommend?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 31st, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I've been avoiding anything that includes hacking up women, or violence against women in general, unless it's written from a woman's perspective.
I have a limit on how much detail I can handle, and this is more "implied" than "explicit," which suits me more.

Basically, I read a lot of mystery novels and there's a pile my mother left here on her last visit. She recommended the author because of the atmosphere, which was quite good, but the execution of the "mystery finished very poorly. And that "magic orgasm" thing-- please. :(

You know me and the politics. ;)
;) I do. I read more according to genre than gender, obviously. Though I have a problem with a lot of male Sci-Fi authors, because their idea of stories is often "Gadgets! Wars!" and I prefer the view (more typically female) of "Different cultures! New ways of thinking!"

If you like Fantasy at all, my favorite Patricia McKillip book is "The Alphabet Of Thorn" (though it's her best, so it might spoil you for the others. You could try "The Tower At Stony Wood" first instead-- multiple narrators). I also read "The Ice Queen" by Alice Hoffman earlier this year, which was both frustrating and fascinating.
The Huntresshuntress69 on July 31st, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the wishes, and I am happy to say I'm getting younger, only the kids get older now.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 31st, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
But do you have a drabble request? I can write while I'm on vacation. :D

I'm definitely getting older, and the kids are part of why! :0
The Huntresshuntress69 on July 31st, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Sure, drabble away. I like the sweet ones, like going to the zoo. If you wanna do a porn one, that's okay also, I will never turn down porn LOL.