Month: June 2016

Goal Review June 2016

Posted June 30, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 2 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.

June. June, what happened to you, June? Seriously, what happened? I have no words for June either. I am done with the whole of 2016.

Last Month's Goal
I Want to Read:

  • Resistance by Amy Rae Durreson
  • Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  • Collected Stories by Patricia Grace

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Um. Yeah. Okay. I can’t even pretend that I managed to do any of the above because June was made of so much fail I have pretty much blocked it from memory. Then again, admittedly after Brexit I had very little headspace for anything but Brexit.

I got… none of this done, alas. Some of that was due to getting distracted by other books. I did read more than three books and I did start the first of the books on the list there, but I didn’t manage to finish any of the three. Too many other shinies or quick reads.

As for writing… Well, I did actually spend time editing, but I don’t seem to have managed actual words of fiction otherwise. *hangs head* And yes the month has been that terrible that I haven’t even managed to write. I’m long glad I’ve managed to keep up the nonfiction writing. I feel like such a terrible failure, though. It’d be better if I remembered more about what I’d actually done and accomplished.

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Book Talk: Servant of the Underworld

Posted June 29, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Servant of the UnderworldServant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard
Series: Obsidian and Blood #1
Pages: 432

Year One-Knife, Tenochtitlan the capital of the Aztecs. Human sacrifice and the magic of the living blood are the only things keeping the sun in the sky and the earth fertile.

A Priestess disappears from an empty room drenched in blood. It should be a usual investigation for Acatl, High Priest of the Dead--except that his estranged brother is involved, and the the more he digs, the deeper he is drawn into the political and magical intrigues of noblemen, soldiers, and priests-and of the gods themselves...

Also by this author: In Morningstar's Shadow, Of Books, and Earth, and Courtship, The Tea Master and the Detective

After much dithering and dallying, I decided that I was going to explore Aliette de Bodard’s work by reading the book I’d bought ages ago, Servant of the Underworld. Its setting is absolutely amazing, but I’m afraid I never did manage to connect to the narrative emotionally.

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal Act 38

Posted June 28, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Missed the previous reaction post? You can find it here!

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 38: Infinity 12, Infinite - Journey

Welcome back to another react post for Sailor Moon Crystal. We’re up to the final episode of the season and oh my did the last episode pack a hefty punch. This episode is going to have to work hard to be as epic. (Though can it even ever be as epic, considering that so much of the epicness was the awakening and introduction of Sailor Saturn, a moment which anyone watching has been waiting for. Especially those of us who know the 90s anime and had high expectations of the reveal that, so the reaction show, seem largely to have been met.)

So. As it is the last episode of the season, let’s get to it! OMG! Fair warning: because it’s the last episode of the season, I may have gone overboard with the screencaps. So if you’re on mobile or limited bandwidth, I apologise! There are a good 20 images in this post.

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Book Talk: Any Other Name

Posted June 28, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Any Other NameAny Other Name by Emma Newman
Series: Split Worlds #2
Pages: 344

Cathy has been reluctantly married into the Iris family and moves to Londinium, the magical Nether reflection of London, setting her on a collision course with the restrictive, high-pressure social circles that demand propriety and obedience, things the vocal and free-spirited Cathy cannot abide. Will, meanwhile, is trying to find a compromise for his new bride, but whispers in his ear are urging him towards dark deeds…

Sam, determined to dive back into the world of Exilium to rescue innocents, crosses paths with Cathy and Max once again as Max and the gargoyle uncover more information about the mysterious Agency and the chain of events that wiped out the Bath Chapter. Sacrifices, terrible deals, and dreadful revelations mark this second installment of Emma Newman’s wondrous Split Worlds series.

Also in this series: Between Two Thorns
Also by this author: Between Two Thorns

Emma Newman’s Any Other Name is the sequel to Between Two Thorns. The first book aggravated me because it took way too long (read: until this book) to learn how the society Cathy grew up in could produce someone like Cathy, but I really enjoyed the readalong and picked up the second book based on the strength of that enjoyment (and a hope for answers).

Then Any Other Name decided to play coy with the question of whether or not Will Charmed Cathy into falling for him and sleeping with him and I am trying to restrain myself from all-caps with all my might because I am not okay with the narrative wishy-washiness of how it was handled.

So, hey, this review comes with a TW for rape and a note that I will likely rant more about the way the narrative handled it than the act itself. Also spoilers, in case it wasn’t obvious yet.

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Readalong Week 4: Any Other Name

Posted June 27, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 4 Comments

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Readalong Banner: Any Other Name by Emma Newman
Banner for the SF/F Readalong for Any Other Name by Emma Newman. Banner by Hisham from Hisham El-far’s Bloggy Thing.

Aaaaand after dithering for a while and getting caught up on everyone’s blog posts, I decided to go ahead and just the readalong for the second book in the Split Worlds series by Emma Newman as well. Welcome to another month of readalong questions and speculations!

The Schedule

Week 1: Monday 6th June, Chapters 1-6, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Monday 13th June, Chapters 7-13, hosted by x + 1
Week 3: Monday 20th June, Chapters 14-20, hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 4: Monday 27th June, Chapters 21-End, hosted by The Illustrated Page

The Book

Any Other Name by Emma Newman

Cathy has been reluctantly married into the Iris family and moves to Londinium, the magical Nether reflection of London, setting her on a collision course with the restrictive, high-pressure social circles that demand propriety and obedience, things the vocal and free-spirited Cathy cannot abide. Will, meanwhile, is trying to find a compromise for his new bride, but whispers in his ear are urging him towards dark deeds…

Sam, determined to dive back into the world of Exilium to rescue innocents, crosses paths with Cathy and Max once again as Max and the gargoyle uncover more information about the mysterious Agency and the chain of events that wiped out the Bath Chapter. Sacrifices, terrible deals, and dreadful revelations mark this second installment of Emma Newman’s wondrous Split Worlds series.

The Questions

This week’s questions come courtesy of Sarah from The Illustrated Page and contain spoilers up to the very end of the book.

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First Look at the Feather by Feather Interior Layout

Posted June 23, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Design Adventures: Feather by Feather and Other Stories Proof 1

Welcome back to Design Adventures! This time we’ll be looking at the interior layout for Feather by Feather. This also concludes the prewritten posts section of Design Adventures. I’m really sorry to everyone who enjoyed this as a regular feature, but I’m out of books to discuss and I’ll be moving on to sporadically discussing them as I go along and write and publish more books. (I still need to do posts on the covers, yes, but I will get to those more sporadically since they’re a slightly different kind of post for me to write.)

This time around, we’ve only got a single proof to show pictures from too, so the process is going to be a little different as well. I’m just going to be discussing the shinies and my feelings and reactions. What I think works, what doesn’t, etc.

Again, this post contains pictures!

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Book Talk: Only the Open

Posted June 22, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Only the OpenOnly the Open by M.C.A. Hogarth
Series: Princes' Game #4
Pages: 441

Greed. Power. Cruelty. These have been the watchwords by which Chatcaava of lesser means have been ruled for generations, and even the most valuable among them, the Slave Queen, has lived the whole of her life beneath their yoke. Only one male in all the Empire is beyond those depredations…
…or was.

The Exalted Emperor of the Chatcaavan Empire was willing to be changed by the lessons he learned from the mouth—and hands—of an alien, but that willingness left him vulnerable to his own predatory peers. When the males he entrusted to help him reform the court betray him, he has no choice but to flee. But what lessons will he learn in exile? And can they prevent the implosion of an Empire that is already ripping itself apart?

In this, Book 4 of the Princes' Game series, Lisinthir, the Queen Ransomed, Jahir and Vasiht’h, Sediryl, and their host of Pelted allies have thrown themselves into the fray to prevent a catastrophic war. But none of their efforts will matter if they cannot save the male who alone can save them all.

Also in this series: Amulet Rampant
Also by this author: The Aphorisms of Kherishdar, The Worth of a Shell, Pearl in the Void

I pretty much pounced on this the moment I could. One day people will get tired of hearing me say how M.C.A. Hogarth is one of my favourite authors, but hopefully that is not today because I just said it. Only the Open is a book I’ve anticipated… since last year somewhere? Maybe? It was super-highly anticipated for so long I could not hold off reading it for just one (more) month once it was published, anyway.

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal Act 37

Posted June 21, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Missed the previous reaction post? You can find it here!

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 37: Infinity 11, Infinite - Judge

Welcome back to another Sailor Moon Crystal reaction post. We’re up to… the penultimate episode, I think. We know from the preview that we’re probably getting Sailor Saturn in this episode and we’re definitely going to get the first combo attack between Super Sailor Moon and Super Sailor Chibi-Moon. And… Yeah. This episode is going to be action-packed and fast-paced and let’s dive in.

This is your regular all-caps warning. HERE BE ALL-CAPS.

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Readalong Week 3: Any Other Name

Posted June 20, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 4 Comments

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Readalong Banner: Any Other Name by Emma Newman
Banner for the SF/F Readalong for Any Other Name by Emma Newman. Banner by Hisham from Hisham El-far’s Bloggy Thing.

Aaaaand after dithering for a while and getting caught up on everyone’s blog posts, I decided to go ahead and just the readalong for the second book in the Split Worlds series by Emma Newman as well. Welcome to another month of readalong questions and speculations!

The Schedule

Week 1: Monday 6th June, Chapters 1-6, hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Monday 13th June, Chapters 7-13, hosted by x + 1
Week 3: Monday 20th June, Chapters 14-20, hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 4: Monday 27th June, Chapters 21-End, hosted by The Illustrated Page

The Book

Any Other Name by Emma Newman

Cathy has been reluctantly married into the Iris family and moves to Londinium, the magical Nether reflection of London, setting her on a collision course with the restrictive, high-pressure social circles that demand propriety and obedience, things the vocal and free-spirited Cathy cannot abide. Will, meanwhile, is trying to find a compromise for his new bride, but whispers in his ear are urging him towards dark deeds…

Sam, determined to dive back into the world of Exilium to rescue innocents, crosses paths with Cathy and Max once again as Max and the gargoyle uncover more information about the mysterious Agency and the chain of events that wiped out the Bath Chapter. Sacrifices, terrible deals, and dreadful revelations mark this second installment of Emma Newman’s wondrous Split Worlds series.

The Questions

This week’s questions come courtesy of Lynn from Lynn’s Books and contain spoilers up to chapter 20.

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Designing the Interior Layout for Sea Foam and Silence

Posted June 16, 2016 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Design Adventures: Sea Foam and Silence Proof 1 & 2

Welcome back to another Design Adventure! This time, we’ll be looking at the print edition of Sea Foam and Silence. More specifically, we’ll be looking at the first two print editions. In this post, there will be much excitement because I think the layout is absolutely gorgeous — of course, I would. I designed it — and a lot of pulling out my hair because some things just do not work and they’re a bit more troublesome to fix than you might think from this introduction. (You won’t think it’s troublesome once we see what the matter is, I promise.)

There are pictures again this time around, so be warned of big pictures!

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