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FICTION MASTERLIST


I don't know, I just thought it was time! Stories are arranged by fandom, and then by date. Newest stuff on top -- I don't make any promises for the early things. (My definition of "early" changes from time to time, but a good delineator would be July 2009.)

Disclaimer: I don't know any of the people in these stories, and the events contained within are fiction. No offense intended.

bandom )

figure skating )

Or you can just look at the fic tag. Commentfic, chatfic, and other ficletty things I don't title has a notfic tag.

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014 21:47
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Right, okay, this is just getting RIDICULOUS -

One paragraph book reviews!

10 books: highlights include Judith Butler, Jackie Kay, and Sarah Waters )
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Right, okay, been far too long since I did one of these. Kind of trailed off in 2013 there, but here goes:

1. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley.

I enjoyed thinking about this book more than I enjoyed reading it. )

2. The Well of Loneliness, by Radclyffe Hall.

Oh, come on, everyone dumping on the book (including the writer of the foreword in the edition I own) (!!!), she and Jane Eyre would have been total BFFs. )

3. A Kiss Before Death, by Ira Levin.

Competent but not hugely compelling. )

4. Borstal Girl, by Eileen Mackenney.

There is a lot of swearing in this book. )

Now I'm reading: Yu Hua's To Live in the original Mandarin. Not as grueling an endeavour as I hoped, due to judicious attendance of Mandarin lessons + having read the English translation + having seen the movie about three times. Also, bell hooks' Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center. But to be honest, I'm not reading very much at the moment and it sucks, you guys. I haven't yet sussed out a public library close to where I live and being broke means that I really can't afford to buy books, even secondhand. THAT BEING SAID. At some point I really want to read these:
- Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Ghana Must Go, by Taiye Selassie
- The Orchard of Lost Souls, by Nadifa Mohamed (!!!!!!!)
- Staying Power, by Peter Fryer

Any other recs welcome! I started rereading Jane Eyre before I left Singapore, but didn't get to finish it. Still not impressed by (the lack of engagement) with how so much of its racism feels inherent to Jane's creation of her self through narrative, but also I got reminded of how much I enjoy 19th century feminist literature. Maybe I should start reading George Eliot?
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I have other things to do, like studying for the GRE or packing for London, but let's face it: reading fiction is the best and funnest. In this entry: I (belatedly) make good on my 2013 resolution to read more novels by POC. More novelists to explore: Xiaolu Guo, Sanjeev Sahota, Taiye Selasie (yes, I am using the Best of Young British Novelists 2013 as a resource, a gambit that has so far paid off), Teju Cole, & Mo Yan. Also: new Claire Tham novel about CRIME AND IMMIGRATION! Exciting! ... anyway, to the books:

Sea of Poppies, by Amitav Ghosh

My review amounts to 'Good, but too long'> )

On Beauty, by Zadie Smith.

Zadie Smith's least good novel, but still compelling in parts. )

The Icarus Girl, by Helen Oyeyemi.

Precocious, but extremely respectable debut. )

Lady Oracle, by Margaret Atwood.

By far the most comic novel Atwood has ever written. )
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz.

Reread. The new Great American Novel. )

Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman.

Briefer review than this series really deserves. )

The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith.

The JKR novel. Better than The Casual Vacancy )

The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Possibly the dumbest review I've ever written. No spoilers! )

What else what else. I'm sure I'm missing a couple of books, but this year's book-keeping records have been distinctly shoddy so that's no surprise. I've finished Culture & Imperialism (while waiting in the queue to submit my visa application, whoo, life is full of moments of situational irony like that), but thoughts on that will have to wait as they're currently fermenting. I am also reading Anna Karenina and enjoying it much more than the last time I attempted it (I was fourteen, there were 500 chapters, and I gave up when Tolstoy wrote his entire chapter on Levin's agricultural habits). Levin is such a dick though!

fire & hemlock.

Friday, 17 May 2013 15:04
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Fire & Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones.

I felt totally bleak and desperate after finishing this book. What a good book, though! I think it might be one of my favorite DWJs - it achieves a psychological complexity that didn't quite work for me in Time of the Ghost, and tied that up with really intriguing thoughts about the way fantasy and magic and time and childhood works. I really, really loved it.

wordvomit )

ANYWAY SORRY FOR THE RAMBLE I LOVED THIS BOOK <3

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 15:01
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I could do with some love this week.

WORDS AND DEEDS LOVE MEME

1. Leave a comment with your, or anyone else's, username in the subject and body. Self-nomination is totally okay. Anon nomination, also okay. If you don't want to be nominated or you want your nomination taken down, just let me know.

2. Once someone has a comment thread about them, leave a comment and tell them about something they've done or made that you liked. A kind word, a signalboost, a drawing, a story. This can be short or long. You can just name or link to something, or go into more detail.

3. Sit back and enjoy how much the people here are making the world a better place in little, tiny ways. They're filling it with art and honesty. They're doing things that are beautiful and kind. It may not fix the world--what does?--and it doesn't mean they're perfect. It just means they're trying, and you noticed.

my thread here

<333
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Repetitions upon a theme: sometimes I feel like I make the same LJ entry over and over again before I'm done getting this shit out of my system. Allons-y!

Blammo: a Bowie entry )

#1-3.

Sunday, 6 January 2013 08:39
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Escape from Camp 14, by Blaine Harden.

Shin Dong-hyuk was born in a North Korean gulag and was the first person born in a North Korean political prison camp to escape, and this is his memoir: brutal and harrowing and potentially triggery )

Manhood for Amateurs, by Michael Chabon.

This had some good bits - like the part at the start where he talks about how the standard for 'good fathers' is drastically, simperingly, unfairly, low - but at the end I just found that I didn't really care? As a memoir filtered through the recurring theme of his gender - I definitely felt like at some points that Michael Chabon didn't really have that interesting a life, which is probably not the impression you want to give your readers. And also - I'm not sure how to explain this, I just wasn't very interested in his perspective on life, in a way that is probably connected to.... the demographic of his being a middle-class American male. WHO KNOWS.

Islam and the Arab Awakening, by Tariq Ramadan.

A really good, and really nuanced book - blather )

I meant to review Code Name Verity, but I feel that deserves a post all by itself. (SPOILERS: I REALLY LIKED IT)
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Stopping for a Spell, by Diana Wynne Jones.

Kind of a short, fun read - DWJ's at her best when skewering the grown-up world of etiquette, and here she does it to great degree re: visitors. I read this in the library so can't really quote from it, but delightful! Not one of her best - and I don't know that she really excels at short stories as opposed to the full-length novels - but really really sharp and fun.

Right Ho, Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse.

This is kind of embarrassing to admit - oh whatever - but I have to admit I am constitutionally incapable of telling Jeeves & Wooster plots apart. Intricate as they are - usually, idk. Wooster nearly gets married to Madeline Bassett? There's a piece of clothing Jeeves doesn't want Wooster to wear? Aunt Dahlia or Aunt Agatha come bursting in on Wooster? YOU SEE MY DIFFICULTY. So... this was a fun read, but not outstanding by any measure of the word!

Although this part was cute:

Read more... )

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, by Barbara Demick.

Brilliant and harrowing. )

The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves - and Why It Matters, by B.R. Myers.

Interesting, but I disagreed with about 60% of this. )

Long Road Home, by Kim Yong.

"memoir of growing up in a comfortable existence in North Korea, only to be thrown into one of the worst prison camps in that country - and then escape to write about it all."

Read more... )

Finally - on the last day of the year I bring to you: the end of year book meme!

meme )

To round off an extremely long LJ entry, here's the full list, in all its unformatted and chronological glory!

The List )

#128

Sunday, 30 December 2012 19:27
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Sneaking this under the wire! I actually have four more books I want to review but probably tomorrow, as I want to do this justice.

Postwar, by Tony Judt.

THE history of post-WWII Europe. )

Anyway, who wants to talk about Europe with me?!

MORE YULETIDE

Thursday, 27 December 2012 19:51
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As I am currently dealing with severe undermotivation and some substantial procrastination.

Adventure Time, Parks & Rec, Hark! A Vagrant, Lizzie Bennett Diaries, Never Mind the Buzzcocks RPF )

In other news today [personal profile] oliphaunts and I were talking about the upcoming BBC adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (WHO IS EXCITED ABOUT THAT, CERTAINLY NOT ME, IT'S NOT ME GETTING ALL OVERHEATED OVER HERE AND PASSING OUT IN A FAINT) and then she said, "Idris Elba should play Stephen Black!" and then I passed out forever, the end.

Yuuuuuuletide

Wednesday, 26 December 2012 10:00
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Happy Boxing Day from this timezone! In addition to watching a lot of Fifth Generation Chinese cinema and Adventure Time I have also been eating many things. On Christmas Eve my family and I went out for Peranakan food; on Christmas morning I made pita pockets from scratch for breakfast, which were a huge success if I may say so myself; and in the evening there was the traditional dinner party at my mother's best friend's house where there was turkey and ham but also AMAZING SUCKLING PIG and about two hours of cleanup afterwards. Today, I'm meeting an old schoolfriend for Turkish food! Om nom nom.

Enough about my gustatory pursuits though. Yuletide is here! I have been enjoying many stories very much. Here's an incomplete list of recs:

Recs feat. Borgen, 10 Things I Hate About You, Community, Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Agatha Christie, To Kill A Mockingbird, Mean Girls, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and Journey to the West )

#124 - 127.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:17
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Taking a break from revisin' to write down what I thought about some books.

Possession, by A.S. Byatt.

To be honest it's long ago enough, and I don't have a copy to hand, that I can't give a very detailed review of this - I really liked it, and I think it's a good book, but I didn't love this. Part of this may be personal (give me the novel about three doctoral candidates writing their dissertations on legal theory, who're sharing a flat and also falling in love with each other, now). Part of it comes down to a wider problem about accessibility in novels about academia; not only insofar as the hyperacademic, relentless intellectualising of the characters can get frustrating, but also to the extent that participating in academia dooms you to unlikeability. THEY'RE JUST SO UNHAPPY AND SELF-AWARE ABOUT IT THO.

Nevertheless, cracking good literary mystery, and you have to give her lots of points for writing all the poetry (which was mostly good enough to convince you they were classics). I did enjoy that Byatt was reflective enough about the pitfalls of academia to skewer everyone who came into to the picture, even her protagonists, for it. And that's sort of all I have to say?

The Archaeology of Knowledge, by Michel Foucault.

This entire review is 'Idgi... 'I'm going to criticise the shit out of it anyway' )

The Rule of Law, by Tom Bingham.

Lord Bingham represent )

Silent House, by Orhan Pamuk.

If I gave out grades for novels, this would probably be a B. )

PS. I'm really tempted to review all my law books but I probably shan't, hahaha! That being said: John Eekelaar's Family Law and Personal Life is very good, but why doesn't he (and a bunch of other academics) ever acknowledge the great intellectual debt they owe to Martha Nussbaum and Philippa Foot?
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So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious but you have no idea about, or something obscure you just have to know. Ask away. All topics, are open for discussion.

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Saturday, 22 September 2012 10:28
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On the to-do list for today: laundry, dishes, editing, revision. Hence the meme, obviously.

Comment if you want me to:

1. Tell you why I friended you. If I remember.
2. Associate you with something.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Associate you with a character/pairing.
6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7. Tell you my favourite userpic of yours.
8. Tell you that you must post this in your own journal.

Actually I might just get back into bed and read Possession. /o\
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WHAT UP, GUYS. rn I'm tucked into my favourite coffee shop of all time, sipping some tea, waiting for my soymilk porridge, you know how it goes, etc. And I am posting a One Direction Liam/Niall WIP that I don't think is going to be finished for several reasons: I'm starting the most difficult year of my university career in less than two weeks and am already drowning in work, I kind of lost interest in this fic because it lacked Zayn, I kind of lost interest in 1D fandom because it lacked the fourth wall and a critical mass of sensible people (except for the ones I have on my flist!), and so on.

And this is a very melodramatic fic. It's finished in the sense that there's an ending, but there are a lot of missing gaps. Basically: post-split fic where Niall comes to London to housesit for Zayn (AND HANA TAJIMA) while he's away, and Liam joins him. Contains: overworked, sad, and slightly pathetic Liam, and Niall who makes him happy with his cock. Trigger warning: this isn't written out in the story as such, but there are notes all over the place, and one of them consists of backstory that contains homophobia & drug abuse issues. (Sorry! It ends happily, I swear!) Anyway, um, enjoy?

Ghazal of Winter )

#121 & 122.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 10:12
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Two books I read on the plane. Expect me to read basically nothing else until December rolls around... still, it's been a good run! I definitely didn't expect to read over a hundred books this year.

A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn.

SO GREAT. This should basically be required reading for everyone, and I am glad to see that in some places it is.

and
that's all I have to say without quoting
I'M NOT SURE HOW ELSE TO REVIEW THIS IS ALL

I'm pretty sure I read the original 1980 edition so I'd love to read the extended new one?!

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte.

Mostly liked this. tw for discussion of abuse. )

#115-119

Friday, 7 September 2012 16:08
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Partners in Crime, by Agatha Christie.

A short story collection linked by an overarching plot featuring Tommy & Tuppence Beresford, whom I am incredibly fond of - the format worked, better than it did in The Big Four. It was a really delightful partnership! Sometimes Tommy wins, and sometimes Tuppence wins, and sometimes you think Tuppence wins when really Tommy does, and it's all very silly and twisty and parodic. Stuff I liked: that they got bored, that they jumped at the chance to take on a covert assignation and literally play at being detective (such puppies!), and that neither of them are really on top of the game yet, so they don't reach superhero levels of brilliance. They're just really likeable, I think. ♥

Poirot Investigates, by Agatha Christie.

Classic Poirot - Hastings is incredibly dense, and Poirot has foibles. For some reason, that was literally the only thing I can remember from this book. So, uh, cool, but not very involving, I guess?

House of Many Ways, by Diana Wynne Jones.

Gah, I loved this - Charmain is exactly my kind of heroine, by which I mean 'spends far too much time lounging around reading and being useless but also knows it and is delightful anyway', and also her biggest ambition is literally to be an archivist at the Royal Palace. Nerrrrd! Also, the way DWJ writes not-perfect families is just perfect:

quotes & spoilers )

They Do It With Mirrors, by Agatha Christie.

I liked this! No spoilers )

Enchanted Glass, by Diana Wynne Jones.

no spoilers )

Currently reading: Neil Gaiman's American Gods. I have somehow become a person with Opinions on how urban fantasy should be done, apparently. /o\

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