The Blood is the Life for 18-08-2017

Aug. 18th, 2017 11:00 am
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The Blood is the Life for 17-08-2017

Aug. 17th, 2017 11:00 am
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The Blood is the Life for 16-08-2017

Aug. 16th, 2017 11:00 am
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The Blood is the Life for 12-08-2017

Aug. 12th, 2017 11:00 am
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Friday Five

Aug. 11th, 2017 03:35 pm
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(questions via [community profile] thefridayfive)

1) What is the most outrageous style you've ever rocked?

When I was a young 'un, there was that brief period when shell suits were incredibly fashionable, but before they had been discovered to be ridiculously dangerously flammable, and we had a non-uniform day at school. Every single other person in my class came in a shell suit. Some of them had those colour change t-shirts that showed your armpit sweat even worse than grey marl does. I wore cut-off denim hot pants, fishnet tights, an Alice Cooper t-shirt and a leather biker jacket.

I think that tells you everything you need to know about my attitude to fashion.

2) As a teen, were you an emo, goth, punk, grunger, or prep?

Um. I never could be bothered with the make-up requirements for goth, but I suspect I tended more that way in other respects, with bits of punk and grunger too. I mean, I never did do the blue stonewash jeans classic rocker look, I always wore black and purple.

3) Have you ever had a crazy hairstyle/colour?

Ever since I was 18 right up until the present. I'm normally one or more of blue, purple, or pink, but I've been other colours too. Went jet black once; didn't like it.

4) Do you think we ever really grow out of our teen selves?

I certainly haven't. But then I was quite elderly in outlook from about the age of 18 months, so... (this is possibly down to the autism, which obvs was undiagnosed when I was a young 'un.

5) Is there any fashion style you wish you could wear but maybe don't have the confidence?

It's not the confidence, it's the tolerance for pain. I wish I could wear halter neck tops, but my boobs are so heavy that they give me horrific neck ache within seconds of putting them on.

The Blood is the Life for 11-08-2017

Aug. 11th, 2017 11:00 am
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The Blood is the Life for 09-08-2017

Aug. 9th, 2017 11:00 am
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The Blood is the Life for 08-08-2017

Aug. 8th, 2017 11:00 am
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Aug. 7th, 2017 12:54 pm
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Heads-up that I'm having severely restricted internet access for two weeks, perhaps longer. I can check emails at work, might do a quick check-in at local libraries on Saturdays, but that's it. No landline either.

(i swear today I'm going to buy a cheap notebook to write about my symptoms of internet semi-withdrawal)

The Blood is the Life for 07-08-2017

Aug. 7th, 2017 11:00 am
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I guess I'm reading SciFi now.

Aug. 6th, 2017 12:04 pm
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Which I usually don't.

But I gave Ninefox Gambit a try, and I loved it SO much. It took me a while to get into it, because I had no idea how to imagine the concepts the author throws at you right away, and that really put me off. I still decided to continue reading, which was extremely rewarding.
It's about an officer who get anchored to the mind of an undead general, who was brilliant beyond comparison, but unfortunately also a traitor and mass murderer, to win an important battle for an oppressive regime.
The focus is for the most part on the characters dealing with each other and trying to solve problems, not a lot of action, which I liked. There is actually someone with dyscalculia, which I found nice for a change (like math in this world, it was important, but not described in detail though).
I really liked the world building, it was beautifully done, the characters were quite diverse in terms of race, gender identity, and orientation (I'm trying to remember if I've ever read a book by a male author in which there were openly LGBTQ+ characters, and I can't think of any). The technology was fun, cool, bizarre, and occasionally horrifying. Loved it.
Devoured the second book too, and it was just as great.
(Warning though: It's not free of sexual violence. For once, not with women as victims.)

Then, I figured I'd stay a while in the scifi realm, and read Octavia Butler's Dawn.
That didn't go so well.
I'll post detailed spoilers for the entire plot under the cut - however, if you haven't read it yet, you should at least know a major theme is non-consent, in various ways. I'll discuss that under the cut.

I was really prepared to love the shit out of this book, from what I'd heard about Octavia Butler.
And I mean, I get it, I think. The violation of consent, the colonialism allegories. I've never read or heard any discussion of this particular book, but that's what I figured. And as such, I guess it worked? But for the first time ever, I really wish I hadn't read it.

Spoilers )

So yeah, I get that I'm probably supposed to feel everything I feel, and that all the revulsion is evoked by the book not by accident, but on purpose, and I'm not saying it's a bad book or badly written, but I just really wish I had known that it was from the first page to the last about non-consensual acts, including, but not limited to rape.

I'm starting Ancillay Justice now, although I'm debating whether to read something by Terry Pratchett first.

The Blood is the Life for 06-08-2017

Aug. 6th, 2017 11:00 am
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The Blood is the Life for 05-08-2017

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