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taiga13: by jackshoemaker (Little Red Riding Hood)
[personal profile] taiga13 posting in [community profile] poetry
 Here is consequence, folding its wings
on the fence. Here are your chances. After years
of moving whatever you do
from one place to another in the manner
that constitutes your work, you have to admit
you know what you think. About tonight
not so much fallen as struggling to its feet, gorgeous
in spite of what it's done to you. All
is forgiven. The loneliness composed on the road, after hours,
off-shift, out of it, or left behind, the vindictive
clairvoyance of local law enforcement, protracted
incidents represented by lacunae in your resume,
strategic negotiations pursuant to the project
of getting the fuck out of there, or making
the best of being stuck where you were,
in those rooms now creaking in a forest of outlived rooms
recalled as eras are recalled, their outmoded fixtures
and period costumes, motes afloat
in parallelograms of windowlight. Who are you?
What of you persists? Your life is built on intervals
the way a chord is, on changes that alter you
by thirds, by fifths, in silences the progression climbs
to where each song ends, and the next begins.

There's analysis of the poem here.

Free Audiobook – The Playground

Oct. 23rd, 2014 03:26 am
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The audiobook download of The Playground, by Ray Bradbury, read by Jonathan Davis, is free from Audible.

Book Description
“The Playground” was part of the first hardcover edition of Ray Bradbury’s legendary work Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953. In the story, Charles Underhill is a widower who will do anything to protect his young son Jim from the horrors of the playground – a playground which he and the boy pass by daily and the tumult of which, the activity, brings back to Charles the anguish of his own childhood. The playground, like childhood itself, is a nightmare of torment and vulnerability; Charles fears his sensitive son will be destroyed there just as he almost was so many years ago.

Underhill’s sister, Carol, who has moved in to help raise the young boy after his mother passed away, feels differently. The playground, she believes, is preparation for life, Jim will survive the experience she feels, and he will be the better for it and more equipped to deal with the rigor and obligation of adult existence.

Underhill is caught between his own fear and his sister’s invocation of reason and feels paralyzed. A mysterious boy calls out to him from the playground, and seems to know all too well why Underhill is there and what the source of his agony really is. A mysterious Manager also lurks and to whom the strange boy directs Underhill. An agreement can be made perhaps – this is what the boy tells Underhill. Perhaps Jim can be spared the playground, but of course, a substitute must be found.

Get the audiobook from Audible.


Doing duolingo when I'm tired

Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:10 pm
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...can be kind of entertaining.

I mean, it takes me six tries to get through a lessony thing (more because typos than anything else), but then I get things like where, on a dictate-audio item, a) I hear "Mi padre es España" (my father is Spain) and b) very nearly submit it because it isn't any wackier than "Yo soy un oso" (I am a bear), which is a legit duolingo sentence.

Luckily I decided to re-listen on turtle mode, wherein I discovered it was actually "Mi patria es españa" (my homeland is Spain), which actually makes more sense. So I didn't get docked on that one.

But then I typoed "gente" as "fwbte" and lost my last heart.

(In my defense, I'm doing it on the iPad, which a) doesn't autocorrect Spanish because it is in English mode, and b) the only way I can use the keyboard is in split mode (which FYI you can get by putting two fingers on the keyboard and sliding apart horizontally and it is very useful for typing by thumb) which overlaps some of the Duo entry items without bumping up the screen display, so I can't easily see what I type without jiggering the keyboard around, which usually ends up needing me to then re-split it, which is a pita, so I just submit as is and then sigh.)

la la la...

Oct. 23rd, 2014 05:01 pm
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[personal profile] china_shop
Having visitors this weekend, but taking a break from cleaning to say:

- Flat 3 is a New Zealand webseries about three women flatting together in Auckland. Funny, well-scripted and -characterised. Episodes are mostly ~7 min long.

- The Boxtrolls was beeeyewtiful.

- Kim Sam Soooooooooon!

Shout outs

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:23 pm
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[personal profile] ceitfianna posting in [community profile] ways_back_room
I hope that everyone's having a good week and those getting storms are safe and have lots of warm tea. The Bar is full of lots of wonderful threads.

Rand! A favorite character of mine and I love how he's played and the thread that's started with Alanna is brilliant.

More adventures in Philadelphia, I adore how Cam has expanded this world.

Pam's EP, I love how the writing of this EP really captures the character.

Now share what you've finished and loved.

X-Force #10: "Nothing Man"

Oct. 23rd, 2014 11:25 am
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The return of ForgetMeNot, the X-Men whose power is that nobody can remember him...

'The MU is a violent place. That's something I suspect a lot of readers unthinkingly overlook (another clever subconscious act of self-trickery, perhaps). We use terms like "all-action!" and "then they battle!" because it distinguishes the depicted violence from the real thing, which by the way is sordid and unbeautiful and uncinematic, and if you've ever been unlucky enough to witness true physical destruction then it festers in the mind of the beholder like a psychic cancer . . . I kind of decided that if any book was going to go spelunking for some value in reminding readers of the truth -- that scenes including violence are automatically about violence -- then [X-Force]'d be the one . . . You don't get to enjoy a book about violence without it occasionally turning 'round to bite you on the arse. Sorry.' - Si Spurrier

Read more... )

Iron Marshal #1

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:13 pm
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[personal profile] skjam posting in [community profile] scans_daily
Hi folks!

You may have noticed in the occasional requests threads that I have been making requests for scans of Jademan Comics. I finally found one of my own issues.

For those of you are younger, or missed them when they were around, Jademan Comics were an attempt by entrepreneur Tony Wong to bring his successful Hong Kong comics to an English-speaking audience. They had a decent spread of genres, but he decided the market was best for kung fu comics.

These tended to be long-running soap operas filled with dozens of characters, who solved all their problems with martial arts. (Martial arts was also often the cause of all their problems.) Jademan was an early adopter of computer coloring, so often had some interesting effects.

Unfortunately, Mr. Wong got caught doing something illegal with money (the details are lost to my memory), went to jail, and the company's overseas ventures collapsed.

Eleven pages of thirty-three--I'm unsure of the copyright status of Jademan in the U.S., but some of the licenses were picked up by other Hong Kong comics companies.

In the Soul-Lock Prison ----- Bloody Duke )

Your thoughts and comments?

About Dragon

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:02 pm
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[personal profile] rhi
Okay. I'm going to start with this part: Dragon is okay and expected to make a complete recovery.

The bad news/what happened )

All of that is the bad news. There's a LOT of good news, primarily that he's expected to make a complete recovery!

the good news, or how it's going ) The neurosurgeons have cleared him; the trauma docs have cleared him; PTs have cleared him. His appetite's good; he's home finally, about four days after the accident. (To be honest, I'm so tired that days have run together. It feels like two weeks.)

So, he's crazy tough and he's doing really well, but it's been an insane four days. So now I'm home keeping an eye on him, catching up on sleep and laundry, and being grateful [personal profile] tarshaan is here. She arrived here in the middle of this and has been nothing short of a godsend. Clearly we'll go to Gatlinburg another time.

I'm really sorry to be telling y'all all this so late, but everything has been bedlam. (Okay. Most of my in-laws have been a complete and utter pain in the ass and managing them has been horrible.) Any and all good wishes and prayers are much appreciated and I apologize in advance for being late replying to things but right now, we're all sleep-deprived. But he's well and probably going to make a complete recovery and there aren't words for how grateful I am.

Reading Wednesday

Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:53 pm
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Things I have recently returned to the library and can remember: Du Maurier's VANISHING CORNWALL, which has some lovely photographs and is a charming if sentimental book; Nesbit's BOOK OF DRAGONS, which is delightful and much smarter than it seems; Block's THE NOVEL FROM PLOT TO PRINT, which may or may not be a reorganized/re-edited version of his TELLING LIES FOR FUN AND PROFIT, itself a compilation of his columns for Writer's Digest, which I loved as a kid and am vastly amused to see how it's influenced me over the years (Block was the first person to tell me it was okay to write genre fiction and that if I loved reading a particular kind of story, it was probably a good idea to try writing something like it); Beckham's THAT EXTRA HALF AN INCH, which is honestly pretty delightful, her ghostwriter did a damn good job, and while it 100% buys the gender binary it's a lot less shamey than I was expecting.

Currently: Cohen's BOOK OF MERCY, which isn't quite what I was expecting but is interesting anyway; Runyon's GUYS AND DOLLS, which is fascinating in terms of structure and narrative voice; Collingwood's TECHNIQUES OF TABLET WEAVING, which is incomprehensible; Merkel's ODYSSEUS AND PENELOPE: AN ORDINARY MARRIAGE, which I'm not loving even if it is technically innovative; Bear and Monette's COMPANION TO WOLVES, which I only got so I could have more context for [personal profile] dira's extraordinary Generation Kill series, Every Marine a Wolfbrother, which honestly I like a lot more, so I'm not sure I'll push on to book 2 of the canonical series (is book 2 worth it? I know some of y'all love the Iskryne books).

Next: David recommended Mitchell's THE BONE CLOCKS, so I'll give it a fair shot; Kizer's death last week prompted me to get her COOL, CALM & COLLECTED out of the library; Finney's THREE BY FINNEY, which I am excited about, I loved his work as a kid and I'm hoping the Suck Fairy hasn't visited; Lynn's DRAGON'S TREASURE, because dragons; and I seriously don't know what the hell prompted me to put SWORN ALLIES on hold, so it will be interesting to see wtf it is.

....I swear I do things other than read.

Updates on previous post

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:04 pm
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[personal profile] sophia_sol has posted an attempted interpretation of Oolon Colluphid Was Right! You should all go there and join the conversation so that I can continue to cackle unhelpfully in the corner.

Also, the breakaway hit from the list of bunnies in the previous post (which I am continuing to add things to, btw, as the odds of me actually winning the challenge go down....) was "Avengers Go To A Drag Ball", because apparently for some reason people think I, would, like, do it justice? ahah. ahahaha. hahahaha.

Here, for you edification, is 100% of everything I have done with that idea in the past three years, since I first came up with it (file last edited Jan 2013):

IIRC Tony's drag name was going to be Lady Natasha Touchamy, because he enjoys living dangerously. (and the Natasha is canon of course.) (Natasha's was, uh, something like Tony Tinydick? I think.)

Far Away

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:45 pm

[Fic] Worship at the Root

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:41 pm
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Title: Worship at the Root
Format: Fic
Author: [ profile] tryslora | [ profile] tryslora
Pairing(s): Draco/Tree, Draco/Neville
Rating: NC-17
Length: 3,404 words
Warnings/Contains: phallophilia, size kink, oral sex, anal sex, masturbation, hair-pulling
Notes: This was written for Daily Deviant's September prompt of phallophilia. The second I saw the prompt this sprang to mind. Not even kidding. Thank you so much to M and M for alphaing and betaing; I adore you both. As always, I do not own the world nor characters of Harry Potter, I just like to play with them.
Summary: Draco finds the most absolutely perfect prick he has ever seen… it just so happens to be attached to a tree.

Link(s) to the Fic: on AO3 | on DW | on LJ

Fannish notes

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:55 pm
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Yuletide signups are open! But then you probably already knew this.

Over at [community profile] renaultx I'm keeping and updating a list of all the Renault requests with letters.

As part of the aptly named Crueltide I've declared my willingness to receive darkfic for Yuletide and offered some further details/prompts for my fandoms. While I decided not to throw my hat in the ring for Yuleporn, this one is right up my street.

Celery Flakes/Dehydrated Celery

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:15 pm
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[personal profile] teland
This is one of my fave seasonings. While I grew up seasoning my tuna/potato/pasta/macaroni salads with celery *seed*, Jack quickly turned me on to the beauty and rightness and savory-green-sparky-peppery-YUMMINESS (and non-bitterness) of celery flakes. It's *nothing* like fresh celery, and trying to replace it in your salads (or your cous cous, or your freekeh, or your cucumber-yogurt marinades, or your *whatever*) with fresh celery is just *heartbreaking*. You used to be able to find it everywhere around here (NE U.S.), but now? It's gone. *Gone*. Sometimes you can find it online, but then it usually costs a small fortune, and -- yeah, no. When I want to spend that much money on herbs and spices, I want it to be for stuff that I can't make myself.

So. ONWARD. as you may have guessed, this is as vegan as it's possible to get )

[ SECRET POST #2850 ]

Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:38 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #2850 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 016 secrets from Secret Submission Post #407.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
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We are many, many months out from WisCon and from when we start the active push for panel suggestions. So it seemed like a good time for the first of what will be monthly panel brainstorming posts.

This is a space where anyone can ask for help in crafting the title, description, and other details of a panel they want to submit. Let us know what you need, such as: making a kernel of an idea into a full-fleshed panel, help crafting an effective description, coming up with a punchy title, or finding fellow panelists so you can submit a pre-populated idea.

Anyone may take part. If you're good at descriptions, join in! If you're good with conceptualizing, join in!

It will make discussions easier if you put one panel idea per comment (make as many as you want) and then folks can reply below each in the thread.

There will be a new brainstorming panel each month until panel submissions close. Spread the word :)


Oct. 22nd, 2014 05:48 pm
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[personal profile] cadenzamuse
I started sociology yesterday. I'm dropping it today. My experience with my first class yesterday was that the professor was a gaslighty, controlling asshole. Well, my experience was that I was uncomfortable and wrong-footed and not quite sure why, and when I came home and described my class to T. he went, " that's incredibly manipulative and gaslighty." Content Notes: Cissexism, gaslighty fuckery )

Advice accepted only from people I know well who are yourselves QUILTBAG, mental health professionals, and/or experienced at doing the spoon-balancing act of this kind of activism.

I will totally accept cheerful things, recs for happy queer fanfiction, or other forms of gentle distraction from everyone else.


In totally other news, my C-bus people--[personal profile] forests_of_fire, [personal profile] textileowl, [ profile] finding_helena--I will be in the area next Wednesday morning the 29th for an orthodontist appointment and am happy to hang around for lunch/afternoon if any of you are free!

For Sale: Action Figures

Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:16 pm
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The following action figures are still available, if anyone is interested/knows anyone who might be interested. I'm asking $12 each for the main characters, $5 each for the Axon and Cyberman, and $2 for the Toclafane, but I'm definitely willing to haggle.

First Doctor (with cane)
Second Doctor (with recorder)
Fifth Doctor (version with hat)
Sixth Doctor (in multicolor outfit)
Seventh Doctor (with umbrella)
Rose Tyler (in purple shirt with ice extinguisher)
Astrid Peth
The Master (Ainley)
Axon (monster)
Cyberman (classic)
Toclafane (open)
Toshiko Sato

Shipping costs will depend on how many action figures you're interested in.

Transformers: RID #33

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:33 pm
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Things have been abit quiet around here lately in regards to new Transformers pages since the end of the Dark Cybertron arc. IDW has a new arc coming out soon actually, called the Combiner Wars. RID #33 leads into it abit, and since #34 just came out I'm putting a few pages up. 

He's back! )


Oct. 22nd, 2014 03:31 pm
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Hello everyone. I want to apologize to folks who were threading with Hellboy here. I gave him an EP last month then climbed aboard the Fail Train and stopped hitting tags back. I'm sorry you guys :(

I've given tags to all of those in his EP and if any of you would like to continue those threads I'd be happy to, with hopefully 100% less suck on my end. But, if you'd rather just let them fade no worries, I totally understand and I'd be happy to thread any time in the future (if you've got an EP you'd like Red to tag I'll even do that).

Again I'm sorry peoples, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things because I love and miss this place so.

- Bat

Books for Boys

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:00 am
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Spare Parts Wolf in White Van Good House Endsinger The Heart Does Not Grow Back

This season our sponsor Macmillan Library is all about boys and their adventures in growing up. The boys whose DIY robot bests MIT, the boys who attend a terrifyingly real boarding school (in the future), and the boys who use gaming as a means of salvation… Get to know them all!!

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AFRAID? Of whom am I afraid?
Not death; for who is he?
The porter of my father’s lodge
As much abasheth me.

Of life? ‘T were odd I fear a thing
That comprehendeth me
In one or more existences
At Deity’s decree.

Of resurrection? Is the east
Afraid to trust the morn
With her fastidious forehead?
As soon impeach my crown!
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If you tried to get the free audiobook edition of The Invisible Man from Tantor and ran into a pricing issue in the cart, you should try it again. Tantor has fixed the problem and find it is truly free and no payment info has to be entered during checkout. I’m downloading my copy now. Be sure to pick the (large) ZIP file, if you want the ebook as well as the audiobook.


New Release Roundup

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:20 pm
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Some of the new releases for the week that I found interesting (two at bargain prices):

Burned ($10.99 Kindle), the second Vanessa Pierson novel by Valerie Plame and Sarah Lovett [Blue Rider Press / Penguin] – Library Journal Starred Review

Book Description
Covert CIA ops officer Vanessa Pierson has dedicated her career to capturing one man: Bhoot, the world’s most notorious nuclear arms dealer. That mission has been impeded by the murders of her assets, who were betrayed by a mole within her own agency. When she narrowly escapes death during a devastating explosion at the Louvre, Vanessa immediately suspects that Bhoot was the architect of the brazen terrorist attack. But when a previously unknown militant group claims responsibility for the bombing and promises even greater carnage, she is forced to rethink her initial assumptions—especially when Bhoot himself contacts her to deny responsibility and confirm her suspicions that a miniaturized nuclear device may have fallen into hands more dangerous than his own. Of course, Vanessa knows Bhoot can’t be trusted. But she begins to fear that a new and even greater threat to the world’s fragile balance of power may have emerged.

As Vanessa’s investigation leads her ever closer to the identity of the mole and the real terrorists’ plans, she finds herself drawn against all her better instincts into a perilous alliance with one of the world’s most dangerous criminals—a man who has become her darkest obsession . . . and perhaps her savior.

Moving swiftly from Paris, to Amsterdam, to Venice, to Istanbul, Burned is a nerve-shattering, intricately woven thriller about the mission to capture a brilliant and elusive mastermind—and an exhilarating new chapter in the Vanessa Pierson saga.

Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Baking Revolution Continues with 90 New, Delicious and Easy Recipes Made with Gluten-Free Flours ($12.74 Kindle), by Jeff Hertzberg MD and Zoe Francois [Thomas Dunne Books / Macmillan]; the two authors have several other titles available,
The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking and Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day, for those who can eat wheat and Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, which features both whole (wheat/glute) grains and gluten-free recipes.

Book Description
The bestselling authors of the groundbreaking Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day bring you a new cookbook with 90 delicious, entirely gluten-free bread recipes made from easy-to-find ingredients.

With more than half a million copies of their books in print, Jeff Hertzberg, MD and Zoë François have proven that people want to bake their own bread, so long as they can do it quickly and easily. But what about people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? They want to eat well too, but gluten is everywhere: in cakes, pastas, desserts, gravy—even in beer and Scotch whiskey. But the thing they miss most? Bread.

Based on overwhelming requests from their readers, Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François have returned to their test kitchens to create an entirely gluten-free bread cookbook—most of the recipes that readers loved in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day appear here in a gluten-free version. In just five minutes a day of active preparation time, you can create delectable, gluten-free Sandwich loaves. European Peasant Bread, 100% Whole Grain Loaves, French Baguettes, Crock Pot Bread, Caraway “Rye” Bread, Challah, and even fabulous dessert breads like Brioche, Doughnuts, and Sticky Pecan Caramel Rolls.

Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day extends their revolutionary stored-dough method to yeasted and unleavened breads made without wheat, barley, or rye. With 90 recipes—plus 100 black-and-white instructional photos and 40 gorgeous color images—the authors adopt the rich palette of world breads to their unique method. With this revolutionary approach, you CAN have mouthwatering gluten-free artisan bread in just five minutes a day!

The Red Magician ($6.39 Kindle), by Lisa Goldstein [Open Road] – Winner of the National Book Award

Book Description
In the shadow of the Holocaust, a young girl discovers the power of magic

In the schoolroom of a simple European village, Kicsi spends her days dreaming of the lands beyond the mountains: Paris and New York, Arabia and Shanghai. When the local rabbi curses Kicsi’s school for teaching lessons in Hebrew, the holy tongue, the possibility of adventure seems further away than ever. But when a mysterious stranger appears telling stories of far-off lands, Kicsi feels the world within her grasp.

His name is Vörös, and he is a magician’s assistant who seems to have powers all his own. There is darkness growing at the edge of the village—a darkness far blacker than any rabbi’s curse. Vörös warns of the Nazi threat, but only Kicsi hears what he says. As evil consumes a continent, Vörös will teach Kicsi that sometimes the magician’s greatest trick is survival.

Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! ($8.49 Kindle), by Lincoln Peirce [Andrews McMeel Publishing]

Book Description
Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate, the daily and Sunday comic strip, which has been nationally syndicated since 1991. Nate is 11 years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He’s a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Nate, who lives with his dad and older sister, enjoys pestering his family and teachers with his sarcasm. To draw Big Nate, Peirce relies on memories of his own childhood and the experiences he collected teaching art at a New York City high school. Peirce occasionally turns his pen over to his creation, and readers get to see life through Nate’s eyes as he doodles his adventures in his notebook.

Age Level: 8 – 12 | Grade Level: 3 – 7

Five Minutes Alone ($10.38 Kindle), a thriller in the Christchurch Noir Crime series by Paul Cleave [Atria Books / Simon and Schuster] – Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Book Description
“Breaking Bad reworked by the Coen Brothers.” (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)

In the latest thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, someone is helping rape victims exact revenge on their attackers, prompting an edge-of-your-seat, cat-and-mouse chase between old friends, detectives Theodore Tate and Carl Schroder.

Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate, labeled “The Coma Cops” by the media, are finally getting their lives back into shape. Tate has returned to the police force and is grateful to be back at home with his wife, Bridget. For Schroder, things are neither good nor bad. The bullet lodged in his head from a shooting six months ago hasn’t killed him, but—almost as deadly—it’s switched off his emotions.

When the body of a convicted rapist is found, obliterated by an oncoming train, Tate works the case, trying to determine if this is murder or suicide. The following night, two more rapists go missing. It’s hard to investigate when everyone on the police force seems to be rooting for the killer.

There’s a common plea detectives get from the loved ones of victims: When you find the man who did this, give me five minutes alone with him. And that’s exactly what someone is doing. Someone is helping these victims get their five minutes alone. But when innocent people start to die, Tate and Schroder find themselves with different objectives, and soon they’re battling something they never would’ve expected—each other.

“Ferocious storytelling that makes you think and feel,” says The Listener (New Zealand). Smart, funny, and breathlessly suspenseful, Five Minutes Alone takes the definition of “crime thriller” to a whole new level.

The Last Mile ($3.49 Kindle), by Tim Waggoner [DarkFuse]

Book Description
All Dan wanted was to be a good husband and father, to provide for his wife and daughter, to keep them fed, warm, and safe. But then the malevolent godlike beings called the Masters arrived, and their darkness spread across the world, reshaping it into a twisted realm of savagery and madness. In exchange for his family’s protection, Dan now serves one of these alien gods, obtaining human sacrifices to feed his Master’s eternal hunger.

Like so many people since the world changed, Alice has had to do unspeakable things to survive. Unfortunately for her, she’s Dan’s choice for his next sacrifice. Now Dan drives along the shattered remnants of an old-world highway, headed for his Master’s lair, Alice bound hand and foot in the backseat of his car. Dan may not like what he’s become, but he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones. Alice doesn’t intend to relinquish her life so easily, though, and she plans to escape, no matter the cost.

But in the World After, everything—animals, plants, even the land itself—has become a predator, and the journey to the Master’s lair is an almost guaranteed suicide run. But Dan won’t give up, and he won’t stop fighting. Not until he makes it through the Last Mile.

Bread Revolution: World-Class Baking with Sprouted and Whole Grains, Heirloom Flours, and Fresh Techniques ($15.99 Kindle), by Peter Reinhart [Ten Speed Press / Random House], is mostly for those not baking gluten-free, although there are a half-dozen gluten free recipes included (along with some resources for finding sprouted GF flours).

Book Description
An exploration of cutting-edge developments in the bread baking world from beloved author Peter Reinhart, featuring 50 recipes and formulas that use sprouted flours, whole and ancient grains, alternative grains (such as corn and grape skin flour), nut and seed flours, and allergy-friendly approaches.

Renowned baking author and instructor Peter Reinhart has always been on the forefront of the bread movement–from cold fermentation (The Bread Baker’s Apprentice) and whole grain breads (Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads) to unconventional methods for making gluten-free bread (The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking). In Bread Revolution, he explores the latest groundbreaking new flours based on grape seeds, emmer, and other ancient grains, and interviews intrepid bakers such as Craig Ponsford, Keith Giusto, and Mike Pappas, who are developing new wheat processing and baking techniques that expose tremendous flavor and health benefits. This on-trend collection of fresh bread recipes will appeal to avid bakers, health-conscious cooks, and food allergic, gluten-sensitive, and diabetic households.

Already Dead : A Cooper & Fry Mystery ($2.99 Kindle), by Stephen Booth [Witness Impulse / HarperCollins]

Book Description
Some sins won’t wash away . . .

A summer of endless rain in the Peak District leaves the officers of Derbyshire’s criminal investigation department with a problem. They have discovered a man’s body lying in shallow water, but torrential downpours have swollen the rivers and flooded the roads, making travel difficult and forensic examination impossible.

And that’s not all. The absence of Detective Cooper, on extended leave after an arson attack, has left a serious gap. Detective Fry is a reluctant temporary replacement, but now their makeshift team is about to be tested to the limit. The fatal events of one damp August night are likely to remain shrouded in mystery if they can’t track down a car glimpsed only as a dark outline in the rain by a passerby.

When the drops turn into a deluge, loyalties among the officers will be put under intolerable strain as they try to solve their toughest case yet. And that’s before it emerges that Detective Cooper is not at home recuperating, but has vanished into thin air . . .

Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values ($14.99 Kindle), by Lawrence A. Cunningham [Columbia University Press]

Book Description
Berkshire Hathaway, the $300 billion conglomerate that Warren Buffett built, is among the world’s largest and most famous corporations. Yet, for all its power and celebrity, few people understand Berkshire, and many assume it cannot survive without Buffett. This book proves that assumption wrong.

In a comprehensive portrait of the distinct corporate culture that unites and sustains Berkshire’s fifty direct subsidiaries, Lawrence A. Cunningham unearths the traits that assure the conglomerate’s perpetual prosperity. Riveting stories recount each subsidiary’s origins, triumphs, and journey to Berkshire and reveal the strategies managers use to generate economic value from intangible values, such as thrift, integrity, entrepreneurship, autonomy, and a sense of permanence.

Rich with lessons for those wishing to profit from the Berkshire model, this engaging book is a valuable read for entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and investors, and it makes an important resource for scholars of corporate stewardship. General readers will enjoy learning how an iconoclastic businessman transformed a struggling textile company into a corporate fortress destined to be his lasting legacy.

These may be price matched at B&N,, iTunes or Kobo for those needing EPUB.

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Oct. 22nd, 2014 03:51 pm
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Apparently the Fallout Bible 5 indicated that penguins were extinct in the Fallout universe, but that the status of hippos and elephants was unknown. Normally I try to use material from the Fallout Bibles (interviews with the developers/programmers/etc., mostly) for background material where I can, but I had not thought to search for the status of either penguins or hippos before this, because really, why would you.

I am now debating whether to go back and edit the OOM that mentioned penguins or not. I am mightily entertained by the image of the Camden Aquarium/Philadelphia Zoo's most incongruous wildlife having survived and wound up on the menu- my original plan for the post-nuke penguins- but I have a few other species I can put in the same space instead. The alternative is, FOB5 came out in 2002, and a lot of other Fallout material from that time frame was invalidated when the license got sold to Bethesda, so either the extinct status of penguins can be invalidated as well or it can be said that the only places any penguin species survived were all in areas no one ever expected and therefore did not think about.

Third alternative is, reassign the meaning of 'penguin'. I haven't mentioned anything about them in a culinary context yet so I can just as easily say 'there's things in the river that aren't penguins' was referring to some kind of funerary practice involving dumping the corpses of nuns and/or Pittsburgh sports fans into the Schuykill. I kind of like that one.

.... look, just- if you ever had the idea that you might want a look inside my brain, you probably ought to reassess that, okay? I'm just sayin'.

AXIS Hobgoblin #1

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:11 pm
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How can an evil magnificent bastard, be even more magnificent? By going legit!!!

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[picspam] mooooooore Kew

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:09 pm
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The shot I was most pleased with from last trip in early October: three lilypads in a row, in different colours.

Another seven photos. )

And my absolute favourite shot, from the oak walk (where I was very excitable and very pleased by ALL THE OAKS), is light through oak leaves:
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I might have gotten six hours of sleep last night, before my body pulled me out of sleep into today's special effects circus: a gentle humming, random, here and there.

And I am looking forward to having coffee again, and a good burger. Not that I couldn't have had a good burger already, but we have not had any inhouse to cook, just birdy things. Lots of chicken. And lots of fish. I don't think I will sprout pinfeathers or scales, though.

Still the quiet lake.

Add to the list of things that I would like: a pair of jeans that I ordered from Duluth Trading and sent back for exchange because they were too big. I'd like the new ones. :) Any time now.

But these things will come, eventually.

I am not looking forward, particularly, to Early Voting later this week -- if only because of the horde of politicos shilling for their candidates outside the building where the polls take place. I have never been comfortable walking through that kind of crowd, even when I was a reporter. But I think it will be all right.

mmm. burger.

Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2014

Oct. 22nd, 2014 03:01 pm
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It's that time of year again. The time when I start doing everything to prep for NaNoWriMo except actually outline my story (or, in this case, stories). I've downloaded calendars. Lots of calendars. All the calendars, some of them from 2009. (For wallpapers, you see). I've figured out how to do my wordcount, what wordcount I want to do, and what days I'm going to assume I won't get any writing done. I downloaded a new wordcount spreadsheet, took it apart into its component parts, and reintegrated parts into my own.

All of this is very fun, and most of it - the part that isn't the wallpapers, at least - is rather useful. I have a plan for my numbers. But now what?

And that's the question, isn't it? What do you do before November, to make NaNoWriMo flow smoother?

Among my list of things (other than "play on the forums and put all sorts of lovely calendars in rotation for my wallpaper") I can/will/should do to prepare:
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Possible terrorist event in Ottawa

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:48 pm
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Parliament Hill came under attack today after a man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, before seizing a car and driving to the doors of Parliament Hill's Centre Block nearby.

MPs and other witnesses reported several shots fired inside Parliament, and a gunman has been confirmed dead inside the building, shot by the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms, according to MPs' eyewitness accounts.

Rodney gives John presents

Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:03 pm
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Posted by admiralandrea

Looking for a fic where Rodney is "wooing" John by doing things he'd do in a relationship with a woman. There is what John calls in his head a shared lesbiany bath and Rodney gives John a candle and some socks. John realises and tells Rodney he doesn't need to do that stuff because they're both guys.

Any help as to title and author gratefully received!

ETA: Found - link in comments.
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Return to Hiroshima
Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa

I am not going to kill comments on links to James Davis Nicoll until the new design is up.

Are the tags I use here useful? Should I import them over to JDN?

Step 1: done, Step 2: wait

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Interview with Naomi Ko

Oct. 22nd, 2014 12:50 pm
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Dear White People is out, and I really want to talk about with people, and it's really good, so Americans, go see it (nationwide on October 24, major urban areas for now). Nothing in the trailers or in the title will set you up for the story it is, which follows four characters closely, so everyone else -- of any race -- plays a narrative role without rich development. It's an artistic style that works well for this framework and lets the film explore a lot of different ideas about blackness -- and though it's called Dear White People, it's more inward facing than that. The four main characters (black students at an elite, mostly white university) may be neogitating a white-run world but, as should happen in a story about young adults, the culmination of the story has them learning about themselves.

Anyway I bring this up because Colorlines ([syndicated profile] racewire_feed, great source, I recommended trying it out) linked to this interview with Naomi Ko, who has one of the roles I loved an wished had been more developed. (Mostly she's there to deliver one liners or horrified facial expressions.)

Ko is quick to point out that the same millennial qualities that make the generation so creative bleed over into a new type of racism, a subtler, less conscious kind. And no, don’t call it a “microaggression”—she hates that term because it downplays the fact that the acts are still aggressive and racist, regardless of whether the individual performing the act is aware of that fact or not

And now, from Twitter...

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:00 pm
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Posted by Howard Tayler

Presented with no further context, here are @HowardTayler and @Schlock conversing on Twitter:


Free Speech

Oct. 22nd, 2014 04:02 pm
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Posted by Claudia Rebaza


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Fanworks hosted on the Archive of Our Own range from fluffy and cheerful to dark and gritty to steamy and sexy to thoughtful and eloquent (and some are all of the above!).

Fans don't need to fear that their works might be purged from AO3 in order to make the site more attractive to advertisers. As we said yesterday, because we depend on fans and not advertisers to fund our hosting costs, the Archive can remain fully independent and accept as many fannish works as the servers can hold.

This was a fundamental tenet of the OTW. When writing AO3's terms of service, we aimed for maximum inclusivity because we wanted to create a space that wasn’t limited by commercial considerations. In it we state, "You understand that using the Archive may expose you to material that is offensive, triggering, erroneous, sexually explicit, indecent, blasphemous, objectionable, grammatically incorrect, or badly spelled." The Archive has works representing all of these warnings (and more!) and will continue to for as long as our servers are functioning.

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Meanwhile, Fanlore, our ever-growing repository of fan history, maintains a plural point of view policy on all its articles. After all, there is no "right" way to look at the history of fan cultures. All sides of a story are valid, and fans are given a space to "tell their own stories from their own perspective," as stated in Fanlore's Plural Point of View policy page.

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