tiggymalvern: (fangirling!!!)
Eeeeee! I just finished reading The Borderland State by nekosmuse. Set several years after series one, it is just as twisted, mesmerising, and full of creepy-obsessive mindfuckery as the show. If you like the series, read and have fun!

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] louiselux for the original rec.
tiggymalvern: (want to see - D)
I keep watching all kinds of fun stuff, and rarely tell anybody about any of it. Some of it is already very well known, some of it I never see mentioned among my friends, so what the heck, here goes.

I think this might get long. )
tiggymalvern: (sleep now)
A couple of weeks ago, I bought a sunrise simulator lamp, and I have to say, I love this thing. When I have to get up before dawn for work, I no longer have to poke around in the dark, because the light has been increasing in intensity for the past 30 minutes. It doesn't wake the SO, because it's so gradual, but I can see! I actually sleep better on those nights too - usually in winter when I have to get up for work, every time I wake during the night, I check the clock to see if it's worth my while going back to sleep. Now I don't have to do that - if the light isn't on, I can sleep with impunity.

And since I'm one of those people who usually wakes up by 7.30, whether I have to work or not, it helps there too. In summer I'd lie in bed and read for a while before I got up, but in winter it was still dark. Now I can read, because the light is there. I wish I'd had one of these years ago!

Manga Rec!

Nov. 12th, 2012 11:20 am
tiggymalvern: (charles-erik good isn't it?)
At Yaoi Con, I bought a manga called In These Words. It was a random buy of a manga I'd never heard of by a group I'd never heard of, that I bought just because I liked the cover art and the blurb on the back. I read it yesterday and it is amazing. The story is about a psychiatrist who is hired by the police to interview a serial killer. After he takes the case, the psychiatrist begins to have nightmares about being abducted and raped by the killer - but are they nightmares, or did it really happen?

The story is dark, intense and creepy. The artwork is stunning on every page, including five colour double page spreads that are utterly gorgeous. If the subject material doesn't put you off, I can't recommend it enough! The police procedure side of things is completely off the rails, but just run with it XD

The drawback? It seems to be hellishly hard to come by. I bought it at Yaoi Con published by 801 Media, but I can't find any mention of it at their website. Amazon know of it, but given the limited number of sellers and ridiculous prices being asked, I would guess the only copies available are those bought at Yaoi Con or pre-release promotionals. Read the reviews though - it's not just me!

Alternatively, the authors have a website where they appear to sell individual chapters as separate doujinshi. Again that would work out an expensive way of buying it, but look at the art :-)

This is an ongoing work, and I'm really really hoping 801 plan to release it properly, including another volume. If you can find it at a price that doesn't bankrupt you, go for it!
tiggymalvern: (charles-erik gun by poptartmuse)
Get thee over here, and read Kaydeefalls' X-Men:First Class / Inception fusion fic 'Boden's Mate'.

75,000 words of brilliant imagination and cleverly constructed narrative. Kaydeefalls has taken multiple elements of First Class and other X-Men canon, woven them into the Inception universe, and kept the whole thing convincing, coherent and entertaining. To give you the author's own blurb:

Erik is an extractor, Alex is his point man. They're assembling a team to go after the most dangerous mind in dreamsharing: Sebastian Shaw. But unless Alex and the team can keep him in check, Erik's desire for vengeance might just rip the whole job apart around them -- and then there's the shade that haunts his dreams...

This is the X-Men: First Class cast of characters dropped into the Inception world. Inception characters get only passing mentions, it's not a true crossover, just to avoid disappointment in anyone hoping for Arthur/Eames.
tiggymalvern: (fangirling!!!)
Spreading the word through the f-list! If anyone here likes Sherlock, and hasn't yet read The Death and Resurrection of the English Language by [livejournal.com profile] wordstrings, then I strongly recommend you go now and read. Right now.
tiggymalvern: (fangirling!!!)
So I (like probably around half my f-list, since you are all hand-selected for your good taste :-) ) have been poking around in fic for the BBC's new Sherlock. Here's a few that made an impression if anyone doesn't have time to go searching.

The Perils of Urban Warfare. Best one I've found so far. John talks to his therapist about Sherlock, and to Sherlock about his therapist. John here is his screwed-up best, knowing it, and coping just fine with his issues, thank you. Also some nice touches with Harry and Lestrade.

Like Bad Wallpaper. I find the stated timeline for this one to be straining past the limits of credibility, frankly, and it has a few annoying Americanisms that slipped through. But it's funny and sweet, and I like this Harry. And it has Sherlock at a wedding, dissecting the guests and saying Sherlock things XD

Europe, After the Rain. Short, atmospheric. Violates the accepted rules of POV as happily as it twists through time, but that works just fine for these two off-kilter people being twisted together.

The Trick Is to Make It Look Easy. Very dry, dark humour. Just how I like it :-)

Feel free to return the favour and point me at more!
tiggymalvern: (wanna come get me?)
Slasher friends have been trying to convince me for a long time to watch Supernatural. I had seen a couple of episodes of Supernatural, and left with the impression that it was a boring monster of the week show, and no thank you.

More recently, some of the SO's geek friends began telling him he should watch Supernatural. I said no, it's crap. The SO's friends insisted that it gets good. So we equipped ourselves with the first season of Supernatural, and a carefully hand-picked-by-the-geeks list of the episodes that were worth watching, because they were good, or related to the arc plot. Over the last couple of weeks, we watched 11 episodes of Supernatural's first season.

Conclusions: A 'good' episode of Supernatural is like a mediocre episode of the X-Files. After one particular episode, I remarked to the SO that it was like watching the Persuaders, only in the Persuaders the fact that they're incompetent is a joke, and in Supernatural we're supposed to take these morons seriously. The plots are utterly predictable, and vary from dull to annoying. The dialogue is trite.

The SO and I are unanimous: we're not prepared to sit through any more of this drivel just because the arc plot might get interesting round about season four. We were willing to stare through a few bad episodes of Spartacus: Blood and Sand with the assurance that it got interesting at ep 4 or 5, and were very glad we did. But writers - if it takes three series for your show to become bearable, sorry, we're long gone.


In stark contrast, last night we caught up with episode 3.10 of Breaking Bad (while watching Supernatural, we got a couple of weeks behind). It's a bottle story, in which two people talk about the long term plot and try to kill a fly. And it's mesmerising. It's awe-inspiring, how tense and involving that incredibly simple piece of television is. This was a series that grabbed me by the soul in episode one, just like The Wire or Pushing Daisies did, and they don't let go. Forget Supernatural, we're about to give Treme a whirl, with high hopes. And people - if you know any other series, new or old, as good as Breaking Bad or Pushing Daisies, you'll be telling me, right?

Ouch, ouch!

Apr. 5th, 2010 11:54 am
tiggymalvern: (good to be a lunatic)
The SO and I went bouldering at an indoor wall on Saturday, with some work friends of his who go regularly. I expected my fingers to ache afterwards - they certainly cramped up enough at the time. Instead, for the last two days, my arms have been seizing up, right from my forearms to all across my shoulder blades. Apparently it's been too many years since I last dangled myself by my hands. I weighed rather less when I was a teenager too. Anyway, it was fun despite the pain, so we've found a closer climbing gym and we're planning to go again. Obviously my arms need more of a workout since I stopped karate!

On Sunday, we went with [livejournal.com profile] darthhellokitty to see Mother, the latest film by Korean director Joon-ho Bong of The Host. (If you haven't seen The Host, you really must. It's a fabulous monster movie, bonkers fun and sick and gory and twisted, with probably the best screen monster ever. Seriously, it's awesome.) Mother is a more serious film, still with moments of humour, but far darker overall, and all its monsters are human, so it's a 'better' film, if not so delightfully amusing. Do-joon is of low IQ and has memory problems, and when he is accused of murder, his mother sets out to prove his innocence. A film of many surprising twists, very cleverly done.

A good weekend!

Red

Nov. 19th, 2009 12:57 pm
tiggymalvern: (porn? where?)
The in-laws are gone! I am free! Which makes now seem like a very good time to review another book of male photography, in this case Dylan Rosser's Red.

Nudity Below )
tiggymalvern: (sin)
Last week, I acquired for myself another book of male photography, David Vance's 'Heavenly Bodies'. This is my first exposure to this photographer, so I thought I'd pimp him to you :-)

Vance is an Italian photographer who grew up surrounded by Catholic and Renaissance imagery, and he admits these have influenced his sense of aesthetics regarding male beauty.

I don't suppose anyone who objects to male nudes is reading my LJ, but if someone arrived by mistake, there are naked men here, okay?

Read on for review )
tiggymalvern: (fangirling!!!)
Yay for new finds! [livejournal.com profile] permetaform pimped this Korean manga last week, so some of you will now have seen this rec twice - well, that means, if you didn't look the first time, what are you waiting for? Mangafox have called it Night of a Thousand Dreams, but the official licenced version, (which is available to buy from Amazon, 'cos I just did) calls it One Thousand and One Nights.

Review Down Under )
tiggymalvern: (scientists do it repeatedly)
Because [livejournal.com profile] king_chiron linked me up initially, and [livejournal.com profile] andmydog's post reminded me.

Irreverence and sheer youthful brilliance!
tiggymalvern: (fangirling!!!)
Hey, f-list, you've all been slacking, seriously slacking. Why had nobody told me about Breaking Bad? I found out about it almost two series behind, via an accidental rambling conversation with [livejournal.com profile] lady_ganesh that started off being about Star Trek. It's just not good enough!

Breaking Bad, the premise - Walter White, a middle aged high school chemistry teacher, discovers he has terminal cancer and lousy health insurance. So he goes to a small-time drug dealer, who also happens to be one of his former students, and offers his services in the production of methamphetamine.

The first two episodes are like a masterclass in how to write black, black comedy. Even when you know where it's going. Especially when you know where it's going. From episode 3, it becomes more serious, a drama with some black comic moments. That was almost a disappointment at first, because those first two eps were like gold, but the drama series is really good too.

So go! All of you! Go watch! You have two series to catch up on, because there will be a third.
tiggymalvern: (sexy and interesting)
One amazing video. (Wish I could find a way to embed it.)

How to Change the World.
tiggymalvern: (sexy and interesting)
The week just gone was the Seattle LesbiGay FilmFest again, and I squeezed in three films this year - one gay, one lesbian, one documentary.

Reviews under here )
tiggymalvern: (My image)
The SO and I finished watching Darker Than Black, and we still like it a lot. It's not slashy, it's not a pairing fest, it's just an interesting sci-fi drama that grabs your curiosity and teases out its answers a little at a time through 25 eps, most of them forming mini 2-part story arcs for convenient watching :-) Some great characters, some humour that isn't annoying or overwhelming to lighten it up, and most importantly, it doesn't have one of those trippy anime endings that fails to explain anything! It does however, confirm yet again that an anime's second opening theme will always be inferior to the first....

In other news, the bathroom now has a window, cabinets and quite a lot of the tiling is done. It's not going to be finished in a week, but it shouldn't run over by too much. I'm all excited, I want to see my new bath!

And in other other news, that most likely only person here will understand, my PERM application was submitted yesterday, yay.
tiggymalvern: (fangirling!!!)
It's been so long since I read a fanfic that made me squee and squee, I'd almost forgotten what it feels like to bounce and buzz, to be all sucked in and run flat :-) I was pointed there by [livejournal.com profile] crack_van, read it today, and now I offer it up to you.

A Tithe to Hell by Aja

L/Light (of course). 34,000 words of two differently twisted, unhealthily obsessive geniuses fucking with each other in every way. Warnings for porn, violence, blood, more porn, and the mind of Yagami Light. Hey, it's Death Note, from when it was good, only with added porn. What could be better?
tiggymalvern: (WYGIWYS)
A summary of some of the last month's viewings in a single post :-) We've seen anime and live action, film and TV, cult classics and the real thing. Paranoia Agent, Metropolis, The Sarah Connor Chronicles and more below....

Recs, Reviews and Ramblings - click here for Rolex watches!!!! )
tiggymalvern: (touched - art by Death Powder)
Matt, Mohinder and Molly. Just great characterisation, great dialogue, and wonderful narrative observation and detail. But what more could a fic want? Short and sweet.

Start Me Over, by Out There.

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