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The Tempest - I'm fascinated with Ariel as a character and would love to read more of that story either before or after the events in the play.

Olympics - The opening ceremony was just such a wonderful spectacle and a fascinating piece of social commentary as well. I loved the focus on British history being the story of ordinary people, rather than Kings and Queens, and the sense of togetherness and community was so moving.

Great British Bake Off - ahh, I love this show and follow it with great excitement. One of the things I really love is the sense of camaraderie and general air of supportiveness and warmth that comes across. I don't want to read anything slashy, as this is RPF, but I'd love a story around the show.



Regicide by Nicholas Royle.

I got this on the strength of a review which made it sound much more interesting than it is. The premise - finding a map of a city that doesn't appear to exist anywhere in the world, and eventually ending up in that nightmarish city - sounded very promising. However, it just ended up being disappointing. Too much was unexplained and the whole book just didn't feel thought through. You can set up a story that ends up being all in someone's head, or all real, or even has enough of both to be satisfyingly ambiguous. But this was just a mess and promised far more than it delivered.

Still, it was quite short.

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Hey slash_girl!

Happy Birthday!

Hope your day is awesome.


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games & Catching Fire

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I've now read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. I'm glad I didn't start these while the trilogy was still a work in progress as I think the frustration of waiting for the next book would have driven me mad!

The books, particularly the first one, are tautly paced and gripping from the start. Collins builds tension very well and there were times that I found myself almost unwilling to move to the next page as I could hardly bear what was going to happen. The use of a first person narrator works very well here - seeing the world through the eyes of Katniss means that we are as in the dark as she is and we have to work out what is going on. We can speculate but we are as much at the mercy of the Gamemasters as the tributes are.

I've never read Battle Royale or the Running Man, so I can't comment too much on similarities. However, to assume that the concept of watching people fight to the death for entertainment is new is somewhat naive. The Hunger Games is merely a continuation of the Gladiatorial combat of ancient Rome and this concept has been revisited many times over in fiction and film over the years.

So far, I really like how Katniss has been drawn as a character - she's a stroppy teenager who pisses people off and makes poor decisions as well as being a heroine and a focus for rebellion. She can hunt because she's had to learn and she's tough because that's how she has survived so far. The other characters are nicely done as well - I have a soft spot for Haymitch and Cinna, along with Peeta.

Being a book for young adults, there are no detailed descriptions of the deaths but it doesn't need them. The facts of the Games are horror enough without graphic gore and Collins handles this very well.

Dark Matter - Michelle Paver

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I'm trying to keep better reading records so here's a review of my first read of the year. I;ve had Michelle Paver's Dark Matter on my wishlist for a while and got it for Christmas.

It's a ghost story set in the Arctic - a group of young men in the 1930s set off for an expedition that involves them spending the winter in an isolated part of Svalbard. It's told mostly in diary form by one of the men, who ends up alone during the endless darkness. As with many ghost stories, there is the possibility that this is all in his mind - a result of the disorientation and isolation - but the main implication is that this area is haunted by a malevolent presence. It is chilling and I think it is the malevolence of the ghost that is the most frightening aspect of the story. I found it hard to put down but didn't want to read it alone at night as the creeping sense of menace is really tangible.

Paver gives a great sense of place and creates a vivid atmosphere of fear and isolation. There could have been more development of the other members of the expedition, particularly Gus, but really, this is Jack's story and we learn most about him and the characters who try to help him - the ship's captain and the trapper who visits him.

Recommended - especially for a winter read.


Nov. 22nd, 2011

Gizmo nightmare
I missed Yuletide.

I was so busy last week that I completely missed Yuletide sign-ups were happening and now I'm too late. *sadface*

I have signed up for the Pinch Hit list just in case but I'm disappointed - I've really enjoyed participating over the last few years and it looks like I'm going to have to sit this one out.



I was in the supermarket at 11 this morning. The whole place stopped and was silent for 2 minutes - a reminder of just how powerful it is to say nothing at all sometimes.

The Fades?

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Anyone on my flist watching The Fades? It's a British supernatural drama - highly recommended. I watched the first ep and although it was quite slow, it scared me and I insisted that P watch it and watch all the rest with me because I am a big wuss.

It started pretty slowly for the first couple of eps but it's been unfolding nicely and now we're hooked!

Any other fans out there?

Need new iconses!

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Really enjoyed Mark Gatiss' episode of Doctor Who this week, "Night Terrors."

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