Category: Other People’s Creations

Livetweeting the final day performance of the revised Sera Myu musical The Birth of a Legend

Posted May 22, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Cast of the Sera Myu 1998 revised edition of The Eternal Legend

Last Saturday, I watched the final day performance of the Sera Myu musical The Birth of a Legend. I loved and adored the copy of the original run and this musical was… very different. You can read the Storify of the livetweet here, and you can read on for some slightly more coherent thoughts now that I’ve had some time to let it sink into me.

As always, the fansubs I’m watching come from SeaofSerenity.net and hopefully one day soon I’ll actually remember to announce it in the livetweeting threads. I’m sorry I keep forgetting. 🙁

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Book Talk: Chameleon Moon

Posted May 19, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Chameleon MoonChameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver
Series: Chameleon Moon #1
Pages: 438

The city of Parole is burning. Like Venice slips into the sea, Parole crumbles into fire.

The entire population inside has been quarantined, cut off from the rest of the world, and left to die - directly over the open flame. Eye in the Sky, a deadly and merciless police force ensures no one escapes. Ever. All that's keeping Parole alive is faith in the midst of horrors and death, trust in the face of desperation... and their fantastic, terrifying, and beautiful superhuman abilities.

Regan, silent, scaly stealth expert, is haunted by ten years of anxiety, trauma and terror, and he's finally reached his limit. His ability to disappear into thin air isn't enough: he needs an escape, and he'll do anything for a chance. Unluckily for him, Hans, a ghostly boy with a chilling smile, knows just the thing to get one. It starts with a little murder.

But instead of ending a man's life, Regan starts a new one of his own. He turns away from that twisted path, and runs into Evelyn, fearless force on stage and sonic-superheroic revolutionary on the streets. Now Regan has a choice - and a chance to not only escape from Parole, but unravel the mystery deep in its burning heart. And most of all, discover the truth about their own entwining pasts.

They join forces with Evelyn's family: the virtuosic but volatile Danae, who breathes life into machines, and her wife Rose, whose compassionate nature and power over healing vines and defensive thorns will both be vital to survive this nightmare. Then there's Zilch, a cool and level-headed person made of other dead people, and Finn, one of Parole's few remaining taxi drivers, who causes explosions whenever he feels anything but happy.

Separately they'd never survive, much less uncover the secret of Parole's eternally-burning fire. Together, they have a chance. Unfortunately, Hans isn't above playing dirty, lying, cheating, manipulating... and holding Regan's memories hostage until he gets his way.

Parole's a rough place to live. But they're not dead yet. If they can survive the imminent cataclysmic disaster, they might just stay that way...

It took me a very long time to get around to Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver, which is ridiculous, but there we are. I did finally get to reading it. WHOOHOO! And then partway through I started a livetweet of it because of course I did.

Anyway, this is not a livetweet. This is a book talk ramble. So… Let’s get to it!

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Book Talk: Code Talker

Posted May 16, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Code TalkerCode Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines in World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
Pages: 231

Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. They braved some of the heaviest fighting of the war, and with their code, they saved countless American lives. Yet their story remained classified for more than twenty years.
But now Joseph Bruchac brings their stories to life for young adults through the riveting fictional tale of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker. His grueling journey is eye-opening and inspiring. This deeply affecting novel honors all of those young men, like Ned, who dared to serve, and it honors the culture and language of the Navajo Indians.

Also by this author: Rose Eagle

Code Talker is almost more of a creative nonfiction book than it is a YA novel, which might help you going into it because it means you can adjust your expectations to what the book delivers on. Personally, I love learning about history this way, so the book and I were a terrific fit. It’s part of why I picked it up, actually, and I wasn’t disappointed.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu: The Eternal Legend (and Bonus Quest For Glitter)

Posted May 14, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sera Myu: A flying skeleton chases Usagi, Chibichibi and Setsuna.

Here’s the Storify! With bonus Eurovision Quest For Glitter because, um, I am terrible with scheduling and remembering dates and forgot it was Eurovision day. In brief:

Sera Myu: The Eternal Legend was amazing and I heart it so much and next week we’re watching the revised musical, which is also the final day for Anza’s run as Usagi/Sailor Moon, as well as Ayako Morino (Ami/Mercury), Misako Kotani (Rei/Mars), Akari Tonegawa (Makoto/Jupiter), Sanae Kimura (Haruka/Uranus), Hiroko Tahara (Michiru/Neptune), Rei Saitou (Setsuna/Pluto), Sayuri Katayama (Seiya/Star Fighter), Momoko Okuyama (Yaten/Star Healer), and Sakoto Yoshioka (Princess Kakyuu).

It will be emotional. It will be filled with ad libs. It will be revised. It will be GLORIOUS. But this week was already GLORIOUS. I had some minor narrative quibbles. Like “Why doesn’t Usagi remember Queen Beryl?” and “But do we have enough backstory to really back this up if you only watch the musical?”, but mostly I’ve just been swept up in this musical and enjoyed it. It was fun and filled with all the things I love about Sailor Moon and Sera Myu as a whole. This musical contains one of my favourite Myu songs ever (the first Reprise of Orleans no Sei Senshi, also known as “When the musical followed the anime and Haruka and Michiru became Tragic Queers until Usagi saves the day”.)

Eurovision: Following 2017’s venture into an Alternate Dimension, Eurovision was dominated by the colours black and white and a distinct lack of glitter, with many participating countries assuming this is a genuine singing competition rather than a colourful glitterfest which pretends to be apolitical (and actually mostly wasn’t this year) where stranger really is better because EUROVISION and Portugal taking the win by a possibly unprecedented landslide with a ballad. (Seriously, if you haven’t seen Love Love Peace Peace before and want to understand Eurovision, click that link.)

I am too cynical for this year’s Eurovision, but by then it was ridiculously late at night and so I hied it off to bed to watch the second half of the musical on Sunday and, lo, here is the Storify of both.

Next week, bring tissues. I will need a MOUNTAIN of tissues to get me through the musical next week.

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Book Talk: Island of Exiles

Posted May 12, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Island of ExilesIsland of Exiles by Erica Cameron
Series: Ryogan Chronicles #1
Pages: 400

In Khya’s world, every breath is a battle.

On the isolated desert island of Shiara, dying young is inevitable. The clan comes before self, and protecting her home means Khya is a warrior above all else.

But when following the clan and obeying their leaders could cost her brother his life, Khya's home becomes a deadly trap. The only person who can help is Tessen, her lifelong rival and the boy who challenges her at every turn. The council she hoped to join has betrayed her, and their secrets, hundreds of years deep, reach around a world she's never seen.

To save her brother’s life and her island home, her only choice is to trust Tessen, turn against her clan, and go on the run―a betrayal and a death sentence.

Island of Exiles marks the first time I was able to join in with the #AceBookClub, yay! It was a lot of fun to read, and if you’re looking for a fantasy story that’s immersive and different, this is a great place to start looking. ^_^

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Book Talk: The Hate U Give

Posted May 9, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Pages: 464

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Hate U Give has been one of the most anticipated YA novels of 2017. It’s taken me a little longer than I wanted to get to read it, but I have now and it’s glorious.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu Sailor Stars Revised Edition

Posted May 6, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sera Myu Sailor Stars. Usagi wanders off with a massive piece of cake.

You can catch up on the Storify here! It’s a little bare bones this week, due to the fact that I’m struggling with a dip in mental health as well as some offline issues in my extended family, but at least I was on time? Being on time is a start!

Truth be told, though, I honestly can’t tell you whether my feelings about this musical stem from just genuinely not liking most of the changes or from the fact that I’m currently in a mindset to dislike most things anyway.

It’s just… It didn’t address any of the issues I had with the original musical (it actually managed to add one) and it altered some of the things I really liked originally. And the fourth-wall breaking period drama shenanigans just aren’t enough for me to like it as a whole.

Those shenanigans, though, are a lot of fun and honestly if you like Sera Myu I’d recommend both these musical just for the changes made there because it’s such a neat bit of playing with the structure and format of what a musical is and can be.

Anyway, I’ll be in the Discord chat for a little while longer, so if you’re a Patron at the Starshine level or higher and want to chat about the musical while it’s still fresh in my mind come hang out with me. 😀

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Book Talk: Rift Riders

Posted May 5, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Rift RidersRift Riders by Becca Lusher
Series: Wingborn #2
Pages: 396

On a world cursed to be covered in clouds, protected by the elite Rift Riders who fly on the backs of giant eagle miryhls, Lady Mhysra Kilpapan and her friends are making history. Women are now firmly back within the Rider fold and the future looks bright.

But even though Mhysra and her Wingborn Cumulo have survived their first year as students, there’s more to becoming a Rift Rider than lessons and training. Especially when trouble is brewing in the Wrathlen and the kaz-naghkt are looking for revenge.

Return to the Overworld for the next exciting Wingborn adventure, where strength, loyalty, honour and friendship are about to tested to their limits – and beyond.

Also by this author: Orion's Kiss, Sing to Me, Unbound & Free

Rift Riders is the second book in Becca Lusher’s Wingborn series. She’s currently serialising book 3 on her blog, if you’re interested. It’s also very different from the first book. Whereas the first book was part faux!Regency fantasy of manners and part school fantasy, this book is straight up military fantasy.

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Book Talk: HEX, Epilogue and Wrap-up

Posted May 1, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Bilingual read-through of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

List of Prominent Characters

So, the NL and EN tags are the ones actually used in the story. If it’s listed for both then it’s a shorthand I’m using to note which of the characters is which. Where no name for ‘both’ is included I haven’t used a name for both. (Expect this list to get updated per chapter!)

  • Beek (NL), Black Spring/Black Rock (EN), Black Beek (both)
  • Stefan (NL), Steve (EN), Ste (both)
  • Katherina (NL), Katherine (EN), Kat (both), aka Wylerheks (NL), Black Rock Witch (EN) Wyler Witch (both)
  • Jolanda (NL), Jocelyn (EN), Jo (both)
  • Timo (NL), Tyler (EN), Tiy (both)
  • Oma (NL), Gramma (EN), Granny (both)
  • Max (NL), Matt (EN), Maxmatt (both)
  • Robert Grim (NL, EN)
  • Claire Hamer (NL), Claire Hammer (EN)
  • Jens van der Heijden (NL), Warren Castillo (EN), Jenren (both)
  • Jasmine Aerendonck (NL), Bammy Delarosa (EN), Jasmy (both)
  • The Aerandoncks/The Delarosas, Aerenrosa (both)
  • Martijn Winkel (NL), Marty Keller (EN),Winler (both)
  • Loes Krijgsman (NL), Lucy Everett (EN), Loucy (both)
  • Pieter van Meerten (NL), Pete VanderMeer (EN), Pete van Meer (both)
  • Marieke (NL), Mary (EN), Marie (both)
  • Laurens (NL), Lawrence (EN), Lau (both)
  • Jelmer Holst (NL), Jaydon Holst (EN), Jaymer (both)
  • Mirna (NL), Sue (EN)
  • Burak Sayers (NL), Burak Şayers (EN)
  • Bert Aerendonck (NL), Burt Delarosa (EN)
  • Gemma Holst (NL), Griselda Holst (EN), Gemelda (both)
  • Kobus Mater (NL), Colton Mathers (EN), Colbus (both)
  • Jules Helsloot (NL), Justin Walker (En), Ju (both)

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

In chapter 32 and 33: Ste had to make a choice! He had to choose between resurrecting his dead son and saving his living wife and remaining son. Predictably, he chose to resurrect his son. Also there were many horrors that the townspeople brought down upon themselves because they were cruel and horrid and failed to see the good in life and other people.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu Sailor Stars

Posted April 30, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Usagi and Ami from Sera Myu Sailor Stars: Usagi is looking terrified and Ami looks shocked.

Late because I misjudged the time it would take me to get back from spending the day with friends, but here it is! The livetweet for Sailor Stars, the 1996 musical. Here‘s the Storify.

Enjoy! And thank you for being with me as I livetweeted the musical. I hope everyone had fun. 😀

As always, the musical fansubs come from SeaofSerenity.net. Thanks also as always for their hard work in fansubbing and making these musicals accessible to those of us who don’t speak Japanese.

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