Category: Other People’s Creations

Book Talk: Open Mic Night at the End of the World

Posted October 20, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Open Mic Night at the End of the WorldOpen Mic Night at the End of the World by Jessica Meyers
Pages: 120

The end of the world was supposed to come with zombies attached, or maybe a flying meteor, but Dell finds that the reality is much less exciting—and infinitely lonelier.

In the wake of a virus that decimated the population, the place she calls home has turned into a ghost town. She hasn’t talked to anyone but her cat in weeks and finding an unopened bag of chips while looting the local grocery store is the only thrill she’s feeling.

There must be other survivors out there. But finding them means leaving behind her carefully organized stock of canned goods and burgeoning gnome collection.

Open Mic Night at the End of the World by Jessica Meyers is a post-apocalyptic novella that’s… unlike any post-apocalyptic fiction I’ve read. I think On the Edge of Gone comes closest in terms of feel and atmosphere and even then it’s actually nothing like that.

Disclaimer: I know the author from Twitter and was provided with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

CWs: mentions of death, mentions of suicidal ideation, brief scene of animal related violence: character interrupts fighting dogs and is bitten, runs away. Also descriptions of anxiety.

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Book Talk: A Courtship of Dragons

Posted October 17, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: A Courtship of DragonsA Courtship of Dragons by Becca Lusher
Series: Dragonlands #1.5
Pages: 193

Friends and lovers have always come easily to Estenarven kin Boulderforce, until Mastekh. For the first time in over three hundred years, Estenarven has found a dragon that matters. Now all he has to do is convince him.

Mastekh kin Rainstorm doesn’t expect much from life; he mostly wants to be left alone. Until Estenarven leaves a gift on his pillow. For the first time someone is paying attention to Mastekh, but can this shy, downtrodden dragon ever learn to trust another – and himself – enough to give in to life, joy... and maybe even love?

Warning! This M/M romantic side-adventure contains a watery dragon with no confidence and a stone-stubborn Boulderforce with confidence enough for two. May also contain an interfering Starshine, a slightly perplexed Blazeborn and kissing. Enjoy!

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

A Courtship of Dragons was, once upon a time, intended to be a short romance novelette set between Becca Lusher’s Blazing Dawn and Storm Rising. It follows the courtship of Khennik’s two aides: Estenarven and Mastekh.

Standard Frienship Bias disclaimer applies: Becca is a very good friend and I may be biased.

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Book Talk: Not Even Close

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

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Not Even Close by Lisa Oliver

Dear Author,
I turned thirty this year and I have yet to have my first kiss, much less a relationship with someone. I have yet to find someone that I connect with enough to be that open. I hear terms like gray-sexual and demi-sexual thrown around and figure I’ll just be alone. No one wants to take the time to get to know me; they just want to hop right in bed.

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A black and white photograph just showing two men, who look very similar, their mouths almost joined as they come in for a kiss.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is an Open Road" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Not Even Close by Lisa Oliver was brought to my attention… ages ago as being an m/m romance with a demisexual protagonist. Obviously that had my interest immediately. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend it to anyone.

TW: amisia, homomisia, slutshaming, implications that abuse is part of a health relationship, sexual coercion

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Book Talk: Fourth World

Posted October 10, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Fourth WorldFourth World by Lyssa Chiavari
Series: Iamos #1
Pages: 336

Life on Mars isn't all it's cracked up to be when you're Isaak Contreras. Ever since his dad disappeared two years ago, Isaak's been struggling to keep up in school, and he never seems to be able to live up to his mom's high expectations. But everything changes when he finds an ancient coin among his missing father's possessions. The coin makes him a target of both the Martian colonial government and a crazed scientist with a vendetta—and it leads him to a girl from another time named Nadin, who believes that Isaak might just hold the key to saving both their worlds. That is, if they can survive long enough to use it...

Also by this author: Seven Years among Dragons, Cheerleaders from Planet X

It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally gotten around to reading Fourth World by Lyssa Chiavari. Fourth World has been on my radar for, gosh, I don’t know how long as featuring not one but TWO asexual spectrum protagonists in a YA scifi novel, and one of them is demisexual.

Yeah, I don’t know how it took me ages to pick it up either. But pick it up I did and now I am here to natter about it! Let’s get to it! After some content warnings.

CW: Ablist language, aromisic language, acemisic language (called out), racism (called out), non-consensual kissing.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu New Legend of Kaguya Island (Revision) – Marinamoon Final

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

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Sera Myu Marinamoon Final Cast Moments during the last on-stage song.

I AM TOTALLY NOT OUT OF SERA MYU MUSICALS. ABSOLUTELY NOT. ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU DIFFERENTLY LIES. LIES, I SAY.

Honestly, though, I am sad to wrap up the Sera Myu musicals. Here’re the final livetweets for the Marinamoon Final. I’ll admit that I wasn’t a big fan of the changes made in this particular revision. I’ve had so much bad luck with the kaiteiban of these musicals and this, sadly, was no exception. So I did my best to just sit back and let myself get swept up in the energy of this musical and end my old!Myu viewings on a bang rather than a whisper.

That… didn’t quite work. But you know what? I’m thoroughly and entirely glad that I went through with the project to watch every single musical I could get my hands on and watched all of them. Even when the musicals didn’t thrill me as much as I’d hoped, I still enjoyed myself and now, months after the project began, I’m still kicking myself for not seeking these musicals out when I was younger and more likely to appreciate them the way that I knew I could have.

These musicals are… Well, I’ll be honest. The stories are a bit of a mixed bag, but the love and enthusiasm everyone has for them is delightful and make even the worst of the musicals a fun experience if you let yourself get caught up it in.

I don’t rightly remember what I was expecting of Sera Myu, short of hours upon hours of musicals that would cheer me up and remind me that there is good in the world still, and wowdid the musicals deliver on that front. I adore them. <3

And… yeah. Basically, that’s all I’ve got to say at the moment. I’ve just finished watching the Marinamoon Final as I write this and I’m still letting things sink in and settle. I just… I love Sera Myu. So much.

And thank you all for joining me on my wacky musical adventures as I’ve livetweeted them to the best of my abilities and putting up with my stream of all-caps and reaction moments and general tendency to SHOUT AT THE SCREEN even though I know perfectly well it doesn’t change a thing. I hope you’ve all have a fantastic time as well. And go watch the musicals if you haven’t already. They’ve brought so much cheer and goodness into my life. <3

Just <3 everyone. <3

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Book Talk: The Trouble

Posted September 15, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: The TroubleThe Trouble by Daria Defore
Pages: 186

Danny Kim is the frontman of a Seattle indie rock band. He's also struggling to graduate from college. After rudely hitting on a cute guy at one of his concerts, he gets in even deeper trouble when the guy proves to be the TA of his accounting class.

Though Jiyoon clearly would prefer never to see Danny again, a rough breakup brings them unexpectedly together and a tentative friendship forms. But Danny can barely keep his band afloat and pass all his classes, nevermind learn how to make time for what is rapidly becoming the most important person in his life.

The Trouble is a contemporary m/m aromantic comedy and erotica. I picked it up because Claudie read it and liked it a lot. I’d never heard of it before, but Danny is aromantic and mentions this several times explicitly and I’m so here for that. Not only that but all the main characters are queer and the three most important characters are Korean-American.

It was a really fun read. Danny is just the right balance between a jerk and a sweetheart and his relationship with Jiyoon is delightful.

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Livetweeting Sera Myu New Legend of Kaguya Island

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

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The senshi and Mamoru flailing about.

OMG! I love this musical. I love it so much. Circumstances were such that it took me a ridiculous long time to get around to actually watching it, but OMG this musical was so much fun. Here’s the Storify!

It’s a revision of the original Legend of Kaguya musical and… I just. I already adored those and this one just… It pretty much took everything that I wanted to see more of and then gave me more of it. Sometimes, apparently, SeraMyu gives me a revision that has everything I wanted in it.

This is also the penultimate musical of the old!Myu musicals and I’m… kind of scared to watch the last one. It’s a revision of this musical and I just really don’t want to change anything right now.

HAVE TISSUES ON HAND, THOUGH! You’ll need tissues. But OMG we got so much back story for Loof Merrow and the Artuqa kingdom and so so much more character development for everyone. Save Dark Plasman’s group, but really the whole part where they’re another mass of evil that’s solidified into a personality kind of balances it out and the narrative actually manages to incorporate it into the narrative to some extent. It’s really beautifully done.

Why is this musical over? Why am I almost out of old!Myu musicals? WHAT WILL I DO WITH MY EVENINGS?! T_T T_T T_T

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Livetweeting SeraMyu The Advent of Princess Kakyuu – The Second Stage Final

Posted September 8, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Film & TV, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Full cast of Sera Myu The Advent of Princess Kakyuu

Finally, some time to write up some general thoughts on this musical! For those who missed last week’s livetweet, here’s the Storify for SeraMyu The Advent of Princess Kakyuu.

This is the final musical from the second stage, the musical in which we say goodbye to Yuuko Hosaka, the longest-running Sailor Pluto. This is a revised version of the First Stage Eternal Legend. Like Eternal Legend both this musical and the previous Starlights musical follow the same pattern in that, in the original musical, Kakyuu makes no appearance, but the revision was significantly altered to include her in the musical.

Here I was thinking it was going to be a continuation of Starlights that focused on a battle with Sailor Chaos as they search for Kakyuu, but nope.

So, in some ways, this musical was a bit of a disappointment because it was so different from my expectations (and so close to something I’d already enjoyed in the First Stage), but I actually had a blast with this musical too. It was great fun to watch. Filled with energy and the plot was nicely done. It added some really fantastic little twists to the story about Galaxia reviving Beryl and the Dark Kingdom that I would have loved to see explored in a little more detail.

It had some delightful WTH moments, such as Mamoru and Haruka dueling with swords on bicycles for… no apparent reason that I could tell. (Seriously, though. Bicycle. Sword. Duel. That is just awesome.)

It reused some of the plots from the Stars manga and anime, though largely it reused elements from other older musicals to (usually) great effect. (I’m looking at you, Pluto who just randomly decides Beryl needs saving.)

I do have quabbles, yes, it’s true, but overall I really loved this musical. My one regret is that I’m now always out of Old!Myu musicals. NOOOOOOO. What will I do with my Saturdays?!

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Book Talk: Cheerleaders from Planet X

Posted September 8, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Cheerleaders from Planet XCheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari
Pages: 272

Aliens are among us. And humanity’s only hope just happens to carry pom-poms.

Laura Clark thought she was just your average college freshman—until the day she saw a cheerleader on a skateboard get into a superhuman brawl with a lightning-wielding stranger in a trenchcoat. And the weirdest thing of all? Nobody else saw it happen. Nobody, that is, except the beautiful but standoffish Shailene, one of the mysterious (and possibly super-powered) cheerleaders from Laura’s rival school, Bayview University.

When girls start disappearing all over the City, Laura suddenly realizes that she may have seen more than she should. And if she wants to keep from disappearing herself, she needs to find some answers. But though Laura can’t shake the feeling that they’re somehow connected, Shailene is more than a little reluctant to share her secrets. With strange, bug-like creatures and a sinister man in a dark coat stalking her every step, Laura will have to uncover the truth fast if she wants to survive.

The fate of the planet just might hang in the balance.

Also by this author: Seven Years among Dragons, Fourth World

Disclaimer: I received an eARC for review by the author and I’m acquainted with the author, seeing as how we’re both members of The Kraken Collective. I have done my best to present an honest and unbiased review.

CN: Homophobia.

After reading Seven Years among Dragons by Lyssa Chiavari, I was looking forward to reading more of her work and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed in the least. I picked up Cheerleaders from Planet X, Lyssa’s upcoming novel, expecting to just get a start and to read it over the course of a few days as time allowed. I may have read through the whole book in pretty much one sitting because that’s how much of a blast I had reading the story.

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Book Talk: Keeper of the Dawn

Posted August 30, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Books, Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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Book Talk: Keeper of the DawnKeeper of the Dawn by Dianna Gunn
Pages: 208

Sometimes failure is just the beginning

All Lai has ever wanted is to become a priestess, like her mother and grandmother before her, in service to their beloved goddess. That’s before the unthinkable happens, and Lai fails the trials she has trained for her entire life. She makes the only choice she believes she can: she runs away.

From her isolated desert homeland, Lai rides north to the colder, stranger kingdom of Alanum—a land where magic, and female warriors, are not commonplace. Here, she hears tales about a mountain city of women guardians and steel forgers, worshiping goddesses who sound very similar to Lai's own.

Determined to learn more about these women, these Keepers of the Dawn, Lai travels onward to find their temple. She is determined to make up for her past failure, and will do whatever it takes to join their sacred order. Falling in love with another initiate was not part of the plan.

Keeper of the Dawn is a tale of new beginnings, second chances, and the endurance of hope.

I… am afraid I can’t really remember how Dianna Gunn’s Keeper of the Dawn came onto my radar first. I do remember seeing that a bunch of my friends weren’t that impressed with it when they read it, so I chose to let the details sink away from memory so I could more fairly assess the novella when I read it.

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