Urban fantasy where the fantasy is, in the author's words, 'commonplace enough to make the weather report'. I have to say, the warding precautions are so complex I honestly think the authorities have a point saying '...Actually just don't even try.' Though I also see the point that people will be desperate enough. So, probably there should be licensed practitioners or something.
(A reread as I perform browser-tab maintenance.) This is about grief and reminds me a lot about the earthquakes even though it's nothing to do with that.
Food blog + bird flu pandemic = all of the earthquake feels that got missed out by the previous story.
The utility of beauty: blowing soap bubbles as climate change-induced drought threatens a city.
This was sweetly sad (reminding me of the recent Dutch documentary about a care-bot prototype being alpha-tested) and then I reached the last line and the only thing that stopped me bawling my eyes out was that I was visiting family and I didn't feel like explaining.
An interactive epistolary novel set in a pre-revolutionary magical France. A must-read just for the form; but the story is satisfying, and there are all sorts of delightful tendrils of creepiness that linger in the mind afterwards.
Starts with the classic 'Creepy dude preying on women is fallen on by his intended prey' but then it continues and is creepy awesome.
I didn't at the start understand why the narrator's equating their lover with the aliens, but by the end: yes. Yes, and so poignantly.
Why do wildly different aliens so often subsist in such similar atmospheres to our own? That's not the point of this story, but it has an implicit answer to it anyway.
Cute and convincingly academic.
A sweetly absurd tale about cloning ballet dancers.
The Apple of Discord, alternate timestreams, and a city.
These two go together:
About the fridging of women, and a resistance to it, and does it make any difference?
On the fridging of children. And the forgetting of old goddesses. And temptation and the lies that support it.
Brilliant, sensawundaful, take on evolution and ontogeny repeats phylogeny set in the Goguryeo dynasty.
A sweetly dark story with hints of Red Riding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, and a slantwise Bluebeard.
( Spoilers for season 8 ep 11, the '3W' episode )
( This lasts literally four seconds. )
( Spoilers, sweetie (S08.01) )
To everyone else, I dedicate this post. ( Warning: squee-harshing about to commence )
( Spoilers for Elementary S2 episodes 5 and 6 )
Not to even mention the friendship between Sherlock and Watson, every episode. The theme is partnership and mutual respect, and it's awesome.
It was less of a comedy than I'd been led to believe. With every moment of potential happiness overshadowed by the ruthless Ruth's determination to manipulate her five-year-old charge into marrying her, it struck me as a commentary ahead of its time on female-on-male pedophilia. (It was interesting to note in contrast the conspicuous background detail of the harem the major-general must have kept to produce so many daughters of like age.) By the end, of course, everyone is entangled in the resulting climactic battle. Since the next thing I was aware of was waking up to the title-screen's hauntingly cynical repetition of the leitmotif "I am the very model of a modern major-general", I can only presume that everyone died, including said major-general, leaving his daughters -- ironically -- orphans in truth.
In other news, it's amazing how refreshed one feels on waking up from a good nap, and how little time this lasts upon standing up to pour oneself a fresh drink.
( 15 books read in 5 months )
Stats for 2011 as a whole:
Total books read - 89, of which
71 by women;
35 by people of colour;
3 by LGBT authors (! okay, I need to do more reading here)
17 by New Zealand authors
22 science fiction
8 "unfantasy" which is a tag I use when I don't think/don't know that the author would call it fantasy (eg it portrays spirituality or cultural beliefs) but I think fantasy readers would enjoy it for the same reasons that they enjoy fantasy. Or something like that. It's a very subjective thing.
My other favourite Master fanvids are both from Ten's era:
Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better - is another Doctor/Master fanvid, just as hilarious, not quite as much "...What did I just see?"
Don't Stop Me Now - a joyride through the Master's life as Saxon.