Month: October 2015

Book Talk: On Wings of Bone and Glass

Posted October 31, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: On Wings of Bone and GlassOn Wings of Bone and Glass by M.C.A. Hogarth
Series: Blood Ladders #3
Pages: 345

Evicted from Vigil and faced with the impending descent of demons, Morgan Locke and his companions must unravel all the mysteries that are barring them from the salvation of their country and their world. Can they unbind the curse and free the magic to the hands of their allies before the dead rise again? And in the aftermath of that epic battle, what will become of the world they've always known?

The adventure doesn't end when the last sword is swung. There is a great deal to be done. Join Morgan and his friends in this final book of the Blood Ladders trilogy and see how they conclude their epic journey out of folklore and back into ordinary time.

Also in this series: An Heir to Thorns and Steel, By Vow and Royal Bloodshed
Also by this author: The Aphorisms of Kherishdar, The Worth of a Shell, Pearl in the Void

As On Wings of Bone and Glass is the third in a trilogy and follows directly on the events of the second book, there are, herein, masses and masses of spoilers.

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Goal Review and Upcoming Plans Oct/Nov 2015

Posted October 31, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

Let us not dwell on the October that was filled to the brim with ALL THE THINGS TO DO AND DRAIN ENERGY EVER for too long and just get straight to the goal review. Because goals are fun!

Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • From Here to Timbuktu by David Milton
  • An Heir to Thorns and Steel by M.C.A. Hogarth
  • Halls of Ivy by Roland Nuñez

I Want to Write:

  • 10,000 words of fiction

We shall not speak of this month of terrible, terrible fail. Although I did manage to read two of the books on my list! Sort-of. I abandoned one of them. And I did actually write things. I just wound up focusing more on preparing things for NaNoWriMo rebelling than doing much actual fiction writing. I have written a little, though. It’s just most of my writing energy actually went into any of the following: making a timeline for Demi-Princess, making a timeline for Promises, figuring out where to start Promises 2 (i.e. throw out everything except the original draft and look at it again and lo! A beginning point was right there) and other such assorted prepatory things.

November is, of course, NaNoWriMo month for a lot of people. Me, I’m comfortable being a NaNoRebel. You’ll see what that means. ^_^

This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • Free-range!

I Want to Write:

  • 50,000 words of fiction

Yep. I have no goals this month except to write 50,000 words of anything fiction-related in total. I’ll be focusing on the Demi-Princess story as well as on Promises 2, but theoretically anything goes as long as it’s fiction. To that end, I’ve not set any reading goals and we’ll see if this has any effect whatsoever. It’s experimentation time!

Because we all know that I’m good at experimenting with things, yes. This also means that blog content will be sparse this month. You’ll get PGSM commentary and NaNoWriMo updates, but that’s more or less it for November in terms of what I’ve planned. Sea Foam and Silence remains on hiatus for the time being. I currently have no reviews planned for November. I plan to post at least one NaNo update every Sunday to recap the week and possibly more.

I most likely will not manage to write or update every day, but I’ll try to remember to post a snippet from whatever I work on to share with you all throughout the week. That could be fun. ^_^ Onwards, to NaNoWriMo!

I’m also considering to let friends read along with me somehow. I’m undecided.

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Book Talk: Ancillary Mercy

Posted October 30, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Ancillary MercyAncillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
Series: Imperial Radch #3
Pages: 368

The stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke award-winning Ancillary Justice.
For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai - ruler of an empire at war with itself.
Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.
In the Ancillary world: 1. Ancillary Justice2. Ancillary Sword3. Ancillary Mercy

Also in this series: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword
Also by this author: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword

I am not entirely behind on keeping up with popular series I’ve been reading! Only sort of. Kind of. Maybe a little. I have finally read Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy, however, and am here to tell you about it. Badly probably, but there you go.

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Game Talk: Hatoful Boyfriend

Posted October 29, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Games, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Cover for Hatoful Boyfriend. Two pigeons on a dreamy, purple background.Congratulations! You’ve been accepted as the only human student at the prestigious St. PigeoNation’s Institute, a school for talented birds! Roam the halls and find love in between classes as a sophomore student at the world’s greatest pigeon high school. Finding happiness won’t be easy, but it’s not all academic – there’s always time for a little romance in this delightful remake of Hato Moa’s popular visual novel / avian dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend!

Yep. In this game, you basically try to date pigeons. Only not quite. It’s complicated. No, really, it’s more complicated than it sounds, but it is just as much WTF as you’re probably thinking right now. Just… trust me on the WTFery of this game.

The premise, in and of itself, sounds really silly, I know, and it is silly. But there’s an actual story underneath it all whilst still poking at (or feeling like it’s poking at) a lot of the conventions of dating sims.

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Un Nouveau Voyage

Posted October 28, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Sailor Moon Un Nouveau Voyage. Title of the show plus an image of Sailor Moon's brooch floating in her hand.

Well, after watching La Reconquista and Petite Étrangère, I couldn’t very well not watch Un Nouveau Voyage after MissDream released the fansubs, could I? (Many thanks to them as always for their hard work and dedication in making these shows accessible to audiences who don’t speak Japanese or only speak it patchily.)

So, without further ado or preamble, have the livetweet Storify of when I watched it! It cuts off a little abruptly at the end, apologies, because I was tired and very sad about the graduation of the Inners. I loved their dynamics and interactions and I wish they’d had a chance to do all five shows.

And after the cut below you’ll find more coherent thoughts on the show. First, some more background.

Un Nouveau Voyage, like the other two musicals I’ve watched this year, is based on one of the story’s main arcs. In this case, it draws on Sailor S/the Infinity arc. I will discussing the narrative in Classic as well as in this storyline purely because I know Classic’s story better. S has always been the season I’m least familiar with even in the anime and I’m most familiar with Classic’s interpretation. So I expect discussions of what I was expecting and comparisons to key moments.

Beyond that, well. The senshi are looking at entry tryouts at the prestigous Mugen Academy. Things, of course, go horribly wrong as the whole thing is run by a mad and evil scientist. Ish. It’s more complex. So now let’s move onto the rambly thoughts!

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Book Talk: Sisters of Icarus

Posted October 28, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Sisters of IcarusSisters of Icarus by Becca Lusher
Series: Icarus Child #1

Once there was an island, and on that island there lived a boy, but before that boy there was another child. And before that child there were three sisters.
Those sisters had a brother.

His name was Icarus.

Britain 163 BC

On a small island just off the south coast, three sisters are determined to survive against nature's unmerciful odds, but their brother is mad, everyone thinks they are strange and old voices cry on the wind.

Battling against love, grief, selkies and ghosts, middle sister Raccanta will face many tests of her strength if she intends to keep her sisters safe – and her promises intact. For on the mainland there lives a man who walks the woods and shows Raccanta a world that could tempt her far away.

Except the island keeps what it takes and it has no intentions of letting any of its sisters go.

Also in this series: The Crying Child, The Icarus Child
Also by this author: Orion's Kiss, Sing to Me, Unbound & Free

I appear to not have talked about Sisters of Icarus at all. I have no idea why. I love Becca’s work and talk about it every chance I get. So, here we go. I shall rectify this oversight at last!

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Book Talk: Trade Me

Posted October 27, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Trade MeTrade Me by Courtney Milan
Series: Cyclone #1
Pages: 370

Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Systems. But when he makes an off-hand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn’t last a month living her life. 
To her shock, Blake offers her a trade: She’ll get his income, his house, his car. In exchange, he’ll work her hours and send money home to her family. No expectations; no future obligations. 
But before long, they’re trading not just lives, but secrets, kisses, and heated nights together. No expectations might break Tina’s heart...but Blake’s secrets could ruin her life.

If you’ve spent any time at my blog, you’ll probably have noticed that contemporary romance is… not what I read. I may occasionally stretch into historical romance or science fiction, but I predominantly read (and discuss) fantasy.

So I will understand if anyone’s response to my rambling on Courtney Milan’s Trade Me is “Lynn, what on earth were you thinking?” I was thinking that friends made it sound like something I’d enjoy and I’ve seen Courtney Milan’s name around (and enjoy what she has to say on Twitter), so I figured I’d read it. I was expecting something enjoyable and yet not quite my thing.

I got… something else entirely.

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Film Talk: Pretty Guardian Sailormoon, Act 22

Posted October 27, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 22 (PGSM 22)Plot Recap: Kunzite turned Ami into an evil senshi! Dark Mercury is set on destroying her friends. Mamoru is grappling with his feelings even though he’s moving away in a month and none of it will matter because he’ll be at university. Usagi is determined to cheer up, even though her heart’s still in pieces. Makoto and Motoki share awkward scenes together as they stay at the hospital to look after Ami. The plot order recap is entirely out of chronological order.

So let’s just get to the episode, shall we? Spoilers below the cut!

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Book Talk: Rose Eagle

Posted October 26, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Rose EagleRose Eagle by Joseph Bruchac
Series: Killer of Enemies #0
Pages: 157

In the Black Hills of South Dakota, seventeen-year-old Rose Eagle of the Lakota tribe is trying to find her place in a post-apocalyptic world.

Before the Silver Cloud, the Lakota were forced to work in the Deeps, mining for ore so that the Ones, the overlords, could continue their wars. But when the Cloud came and enveloped Earth, all electronics were shut off. Some miners were trapped in the deepest Deeps and suffocated, but the Lakota were warned to escape, and the upper Deeps became a place of refuge for them in a post-Cloud world.

In the midst of this chaos, Rose Eagle’s aunt has a dream: Rose will become a medicine woman, a healer. She sends Rose into the Black Hills on a quest to find healing for their people.

Gangly and soft-spoken, Rose is no warrior. She seeks medicine, not danger. Nevertheless, danger finds her, but love and healing soon follow. When Rose Eagle completes her quest, she may return with more than she ever thought she was looking for.

Also by this author: Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines in World War Two

I wasn’t sure where to start with Bruchac’s work, but Rose Eagle seemed slightly more my kind of story than Killer of Enemies of which this is a prequel. (They’ve got different narrators so you don’t have to read one to understand the other.)

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Book Talk: Zoo City

Posted October 26, 2015 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Zoo CityZoo City by Lauren Beukes
Pages: 317

"Zinzi has a talent for finding lost things. To save herself, she has to find the hardest thing of all - the truth. Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. But when a client turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheck, she's forced to take on her least favourite kind of job - missing persons. Being hired by famously reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass, marked by their animals, live in the shadow of the undertow. Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the underbelly of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she'll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives - including her own. Set in a wildly re-imagined Johannesburg, it swirls refugees, crime, the music industry, African magic and the nature of sin together into a heady brew"--Bookseller's website.

Zoo City, when I heard about it, was a book that was on everyone lips, or so it seemed. I don’t remember much about what was said specifically, but I remember that a lot of people really, really liked it. I was cautiously interested because I have a bad track record with things a lot of people like and eventually it found its way onto my TBR pile. I believe it was part of a book bundle deal somewhere.

There, like so many books, it languished.

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