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1. Timeless by Gail Carriger, last book in the Parasol Protectorate: I'm a bit sad that the series is over, because I just love it so, SO much, but at the same time I was very satisfied by this ending. The story was, as is to be expected, wonderful and wonderfully written, suspenseful and entertaining in itself, but also tied up all of the loose strings for the series as a whole. I liked Professor Lyall's story-line (except for that one part where his back story squicked me out like nobody's business, Jesus), especially the romantic part of it (so much chin-hands and dolphin-noises <3). I liked that Biffy got a bigger part in this installment, not to mention Ivy - and who could've predicted that awesome plot twist? Certainly not me! :D 

Alexia and Conall continue to work oh so well for me - I heart them so much, it's ridiculous. <3 Resolving their immortality and potential craziness plot lines was very necessary for ending the series in a way that makes it feel complete, so I'm happy how that turned out.

If you haven't read the book, none of the above will make sense to you, obviously. In that case I'd strongly advise you to go read the Parasol Protectorate right now - it's only 5 books long, and who doesn't love Victorian steam punk with vampires and werewolves and kick-ass female protagonists? :D

2. Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan: I was looking forward to this book a lot and enjoyed it a lot, too - great characters, an interesting world and a suspenseful plot. Interestingly though, I ended up far more interested in Kit's side of the story. I think this might've had something to do with the protagonist, Mel, and her evolution. Or maybe lack thereof? Obviously she changes her opinion somewhere between the beginning and the end of the book, but I didn't really see the progress. Her attitude towards vampires seems, probably due to the portrayal and other people's views on said vampires, somewhat extreme, if understandable. And the change we see in her after the climax just doesn't ring true to me after seeing her attitude get even worse right up until said climax. Not to mention that I was kind of disappointed that interacting with Kit didn't really do anything to improve Mel's opinion of Vampires. IDK. Does any of this even make sense? I still liked the story, I just felt like there was something missing. And yeah, Kit's story? I'd love to read that.

3. Teen Wolf. So yeah. Remember when that was a show I had absolutely no interest or emotional investment in, aside from Derek/Stiles fic? Good times. I tried watching some of the first season, which left me pretty cold (aside from Stiles, because how could I resist him? Also Lydia, fuck yeah.), and I was fine with that. Except then season 2 came around and I figured 'why not?', only to be COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED with feelings. Dear god.  I suddenly cared about all of the characters, became super invested in Scott/Allison and Lydia/Jackson and the bb!wolves and Derek's face and GAH. 
Anyway, I'm loving it, even though the last two episodes of season 2 left me kind of meh. The fandom is pretty fucking amazing and so, so good for me. *________*

To be honest, I think Teen Wolf might be the new SGA, kinda? I mean, probably not in general, it would be a bit early to say that. But it's sort of MY new SGA. You see, SGA was my first big fandom, the one that got me more involved. Back when it still aired, it held most of my fannish interest, in so far that I read almost nothing but SGA fic and had no interest in changing that. Since then I've been pretty...er, poly fannish? multi fannish? Whatever you want to call it. But right now it's like 80% of my fannish investment is taken up by Teen Wolf, and the other 20% are for Hockey and Avengers and occasional nostalgia trips into old fandoms.

4. I don't think that was very coherent, sorry. It's kind of late. Not too late for editing, though! :D I'm currently working on an Avengers podfic that I'm pretty excited about. I really hope it won't take me too long to finish. And I also hope I won't end up convincing myself again that my previous recordings are unusable and I need to re-record EVERYTHING. <.< But yeah. I'm making progress and I'm feeling pretty good about it. :)

the24thkey: (podfic <3)
Remember how I mentioned a few times that I was working on a podfic? Because OH MY GOD I ACTUALLY FINISHED IT. I started working on this half a year ago. Six. Months. Ago. Dear god. I'm so happy that I actually did it and I'm actually quite satisfied with how it turned out. So here it is, my first ever podfic:




Awesome cover is awesome and gorgeous and was made by the lovely [livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins. <3 The story is one of my all-time favourites from my years in bandom, Just Can't Get Enough by [livejournal.com profile] passe_simple. Featuring my favourite band (MCR), my favourite pairings (Frank/Gerard and a side of Bob/Brian), too many hilarious lines of dialouge to count and also a bunny. And it's a college AU. College AUs are always awesome. :D

The music I used is, obviously, Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode because I'm not very creative. I didn't know this song before I started looking for music to use as scene breaks (a bit before my time), but it reminds me of Westerland by Die Ärzte, so I like it. Also those trumpets in the instrumental part are awesome.

When I first decided that I was going to finally record a podfic, I wanted to look for a story that wasn't too long, and yeah, great planning skills self, this is an hour and 9 minutes long. *facepalm* I seriously underestimated the amount of time it would take me to record 9000 words (several times) and then edit it. Editing, you guys. Editing is hard. I now have even more respect for people who put out podfics that are several hours long. 

My point is, it might have taken me forever, but I still loved working on this podfic because Just Can't Get Enough is an amazing and funny and extremely memorable story that I never get tired of. So much fun to read out loud and also weirdly fun to talk along to myself reading it while editing (and while listening to the final version on the train, which hopefully didn't make me look like too much of a crazy person).

My accent (and inability to pronounce some words) kind of annoyed me at times, but people like accents, right? Also I noticed the way I tend to EMPHASIZE every SECOND or sometimes THIRD word. Huh.

Anyway, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] passe_simple for writing this story and allowing me to record it and thanks to [livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkinsfor the above cover (ugh, would you look at Frank's mouth? Gorgeous.), for encouraging me to start doing this in the first place and for offering to listen to it before I unleashed it onto the Internet at large. (She also told me how the rest of the world pronounces Brian's last name. It sounds so weird that way, you guys. So weird.)

Here's the download link, I hope you enjoy. <3
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Hello Internets, how are you today?  I've been meaning to do a post FOREVER, but as it turns out having a 41 hours per week job is kinda counterproductive to that. @.@ We started our first practical phase right after exams and we're not going back to Uni for another 5 months. Yay? 

All complaints aside (Oh my god, I have to get up at half past 5 every morning, whyyyyyy?), I'm really enjoying myself. And I might not have as many free time as I've used to, but this way, once I'm home I don't have to think about anything work or studies related. So that's nice. And being home > staying at the dorm. Obviously. 

Aside from working, I've started learning martial arts (A mix of Jet Kun Do and Filipino martial arts, it's awesome) and bought a LOT of really expensive but also really cool Anime merchandise. And exercise clothes. I just really like how they look, okay? 

Fannishly, I ...uh, haven't done a whole lot. <.< As anyone who follows me on twitter can attest, I mostly just squee (and cry) endlessly about various Anime and video games. Especially over the last few days, because I had to call in sick and didn't really do anything but watching the entirety of Hikaru no go (OMG so good, even while hilariously outdated) and assorted other things. Like Community! Community is back, yay! :D 

Though I have also been working on my first ever podfic. Yay? I'm inching ever so slowly towards someday actually finishing and posting it while making interesting discoveries about my accent. Apparently I'm incapable of pronouncing the word 'stupid', who knew? At some point I should probably make use of my native language and record some X-Men fic. :)

Well then, time to take advantage of my last sick day and the nice weather to get my motorcycle inspected.

See ya. <3
the24thkey: (Nobuta - kokoro)
Hey lj, it's been a while! :D Twitter is just very addictive, sorry.
  • Uni continues to be great, even though we've been having exams since last week. Went pretty well so far. However, I didn't go home over the weekend, which turned out to be a biiiiiig mistake. Without anything to distract me (like my Playstation. Or the new game that arrived last Friday, apparently) I got incredibly bored and just...kind of...didn't stop. *sigh* We have a free day tomorrow, which I'd rather spend writing the last exam and then driving the fuck home. :(
  • Anyway, CHRISTMAS! :D I'm way more excited about it this year, probably because it means I can go home for 2 whole weeks. <.<''' All presents have been bought, christmas markets were visited, advent calenders were opened etc. Die Hard has yet to be watched, seeing as I don't have it with me at the dorms. But I'll get to it soon.
  • It's snowing. I do not approve. (Wait until I'm home, dammit!)
  • While I've been sorta neglecting editing my FIRST EVER PODFIC! :D, I have been working on it and am still super excited about it. <3 Yay, podfic!
  • This journal should have some more fannish stuff, so let's start with NEW SHERLOCK! :D Oh my god, I'm so looking forward to it. <3 Too bad I won't be able to see it until January 2nd, but then again I get to open my presents on the 24th, so it evens out in the end.

I apologize for the excessive use of capslock - I'm afraid Twitter is ruining the way I write. And my grammar. Anyway, have a song that I've been listening to on repeat these days. Good Fandom song y/y? :D

the24thkey: (Nobuta - kokoro)
Hey lj, it's been a while! :D Twitter is just very addictive, sorry.
  • Uni continues to be great, even though we've been having exams since last week. Went pretty well so far. However, I didn't go home over the weekend, which turned out to be a biiiiiig mistake. Without anything to distract me (like my Playstation. Or the new game that arrived last Friday, apparently) I got incredibly bored and just...kind of...didn't stop. *sigh* We have a free day tomorrow, which I'd rather spend writing the last exam and then driving the fuck home. :(
  • Anyway, CHRISTMAS! :D I'm way more excited about it this year, probably because it means I can go home for 2 whole weeks. <.<''' All presents have been bought, christmas markets were visited, advent calenders were opened etc. Die Hard has yet to be watched, seeing as I don't have it with me at the dorms. But I'll get to it soon.
  • It's snowing. I do not approve. (Wait until I'm home, dammit!)
  • While I've been sorta neglecting editing my FIRST EVER PODFIC! :D, I have been working on it and am still super excited about it. <3 Yay, podfic!
  • This journal should have some more fannish stuff, so let's start with NEW SHERLOCK! :D Oh my god, I'm so looking forward to it. <3 Too bad I won't be able to see it until January 2nd, but then again I get to open my presents on the 24th, so it evens out in the end.

I apologize for the excessive use of capslock - I'm afraid Twitter is ruining the way I write. And my grammar. Anyway, have a song that I've been listening to on repeat these days. Good Fandom song y/y? :D

the24thkey: (podfic <3)
Now, this is the story all about how my life got fliffed turned upside down this picture came to be.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE:
ME (someone with poor time management skills and a habit of procrastination)
REENA (a lovely, awesome podfic person)

January:
ME: Oh hai [livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins, it's your birthday! I'll totally draw you a picture, but it may take a while! (Understatement of the year)
REENA: Because I'm an awesome person, I will not only thank you in an incredibly sweet way, I will also record you a podfic of your choice for your own birthday.
ME: SQUEEE

A month or so later:
ME: OMG podfic! For me! I should hurry up and draw that picture I promised her! *thinks of concept and draws some stickfigures*

Half a year later:
ME: *procrastinates*

Another few months later:
ME:I am in a drawing mood! I shall now throw out this concept that isn't working and start a whole new picture!

A day later:
ME: I...actually finished it? Wow. O.o

And the moral of the story is...I suck. /o\ Sorry Reena. Here's your birthday present, nearly a year late.

Photobucket

Full picture behind the cut )
the24thkey: (podfic <3)
Now, this is the story all about how my life got fliffed turned upside down this picture came to be.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE:
ME (someone with poor time management skills and a habit of procrastination)
REENA (a lovely, awesome podfic person)

January:
ME: Oh hai [livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins, it's your birthday! I'll totally draw you a picture, but it may take a while! (Understatement of the year)
REENA: Because I'm an awesome person, I will not only thank you in an incredibly sweet way, I will also record you a podfic of your choice for your own birthday.
ME: SQUEEE

A month or so later:
ME: OMG podfic! For me! I should hurry up and draw that picture I promised her! *thinks of concept and draws some stickfigures*

Half a year later:
ME: *procrastinates*

Another few months later:
ME:I am in a drawing mood! I shall now throw out this concept that isn't working and start a whole new picture!

A day later:
ME: I...actually finished it? Wow. O.o

And the moral of the story is...I suck. /o\ Sorry Reena. Here's your birthday present, nearly a year late.

Photobucket

Full picture behind the cut )
the24thkey: (podfic <3)
So I'm sick at the moment. But you know what? I don't care, because my final exams are over, I have the week off and only 3 months of school left. Fuck yeah! :D Now I have time to read and relax and not study.

Also! The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins recorded a podfic for me as a belated birthday present! Isn't she the sweetest? It's one of my all-time favourite stories from [livejournal.com profile] greyias, who writes hilarious gen SGA-fic, and everyone should check it out.. reena does a wonderful job reading it, of course, and I was very giggly and excited when I saw the post on my flist. I did real life victory arms and everything!

On another positive note: books! I read the first two books in the 'PsyCop' series by Jordan Price and started in on my stack of Discworld novels after seeing the delightful news about not only a Good Omens TV-adaptation (OMG it has so much potential to be gloriously epic, but at the same time so much potential to be life-ruining!), but also a series about the City Watch, which is only like, my favourite group of characters in all of discworld!

Further awesomeness includes the book of poetry by James Tate I'm currently holding in my hands, because James Tate rocks. Here, have my favourite poem by him: )

Today was also the day I could watch the new Hawaii Five-0, which has been gone for too long, as well as new Daily Show, which was also on a one-week vacation.

And last but not least, my copy of 'Persona 4' will arrive soon! In my future I see long hours spent in front of my PS2 and it will be awesome! :D
the24thkey: (podfic <3)
So I'm sick at the moment. But you know what? I don't care, because my final exams are over, I have the week off and only 3 months of school left. Fuck yeah! :D Now I have time to read and relax and not study.

Also! The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins recorded a podfic for me as a belated birthday present! Isn't she the sweetest? It's one of my all-time favourite stories from [livejournal.com profile] greyias, who writes hilarious gen SGA-fic, and everyone should check it out.. reena does a wonderful job reading it, of course, and I was very giggly and excited when I saw the post on my flist. I did real life victory arms and everything!

On another positive note: books! I read the first two books in the 'PsyCop' series by Jordan Price and started in on my stack of Discworld novels after seeing the delightful news about not only a Good Omens TV-adaptation (OMG it has so much potential to be gloriously epic, but at the same time so much potential to be life-ruining!), but also a series about the City Watch, which is only like, my favourite group of characters in all of discworld!

Further awesomeness includes the book of poetry by James Tate I'm currently holding in my hands, because James Tate rocks. Here, have my favourite poem by him: )

Today was also the day I could watch the new Hawaii Five-0, which has been gone for too long, as well as new Daily Show, which was also on a one-week vacation.

And last but not least, my copy of 'Persona 4' will arrive soon! In my future I see long hours spent in front of my PS2 and it will be awesome! :D

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