Temeraire

Jun. 28th, 2016 12:07 am
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I spent the last couple of weeks re-reading the Temeraire series, in preparation for the final volume, League of Dragons. This was particularly helpful for the latter half of the series -- I'd re-read books 1-4 in the past, but the others I'd only read one time each, and I both wanted to refresh myself on everything that happened, and to see how the series hangs together as a single story. Overall, I'd say quite well, although some books are stronger than others, and I found myself skimming the more detailed battle scenes. (Also, Victory of Eagles was just as hard to re-read as I thought it might be, mostly because it's such a dark and difficult chapter in Laurence's life. It's an effective book, but it's also a difficult one.)

League of Dragons was an excellent cap to the series, I thought, bringing both the war and Laurence and Temeraire's story to a satisfying conclusion. Some spoilers. ) Now that it's done, I think it's safe to say that Temeraire remains one of my all-time favorite series, and I look forward to revisiting it in re-reads, fanfiction, and any future stories to come.

Current (re)reading material

Jun. 27th, 2016 08:59 pm
krait: a sea snake (krait) on a blue background (alternate sea krait)
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A photo post, because why not?

Here's my current in-progress reading materials. (You can see how far I've progressed on each, too! ...As well as my complete inability to use any of the dozens of Actual Bookmarks I own.)




Laurie R. King, The Beekeeper's Apprentice. - Reread. I'm going to buy myself the latest ones in the series for my birthday, so a whole-series reread seemed in order!
Mary Gentle, Grunts. - New. I seem to have stalled out; it's been over a month since I picked it up.
Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 13+14+15. - I stopped for a few weeks, but I'm feeling the love again!
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. - I intend to do a reread of the entire series; finished HP&PS last month but lost this one for a while. I'm reminded that this is the book I almost quit the series after, back in the day! For some reason it's slow going for me.
Patricia McKillip, The Bards of Bone Plain. - New. Loving it! This is one of the authors I always rec to people as underappreciated fantasy writers/underappreciated female authors of fantasy. Gorgeous language and beautiful interwoven plots.

What are you reading, flist?

sausage balls

Jun. 27th, 2016 03:56 pm
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These are an incredibly simple recipe I acquired from a family friend a long time ago and are always super popular at parties: they're a small, nibbly form of protein, which is often not a big feature of most party foods.

They don't reheat very well but they taste just fine cold or room temperature. (You can reheat them once and they're fine while hot, but they turn to leather if you let them cool back off at all.)

Dietary and accessibility notes: )

Prep time: ~30 minutes, altogether
Bake time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: )

Directions: )

Despite the spiciness of the sausage, I have not found the end results to be spicy for most people. The cheese cuts through it quite a lot and it seems like you lose some of the sausage flavour if it doesn't have some kick to it.
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Fandom: The Eagle of the Ninth
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Marcus/Esca/Cottia and Cub
Content Notes/Warnings: Some NSFW panels. Also, by modern standards (although not those of the time) Cottia would be underage.
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ:  [personal profile] motetus  on DW    art tag on LJ 
Artist Website/Gallery:  motetus on tumblr (and see LJ as above)
Why this piece is awesome: Another set of art by motetus - a Big Bang collection of illustrations, and (this being fandom after all) it's an early British zombie apolcalypse AU! Lovely drawing and colouring, a spooky atmosphere, Cottia and Cub being fierce, some beautifully tender bedroom scenes, and I love the final panel with them journeying on horseback while Cub (Marcus's pet wolf) runs along beside them. Excellent work. 
Link: Art post on LJ

krait: Edward Elric being handed a piece of paper by Roy (next assignment)
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I went out today and bought the next volume of Fullmetal Alchemist!

...Or so I thought.

Instead, I bought the same volume that I bought a month ago, so I have no new FMA to read today after all, and I'll need to go back to the bookshop to get the correct volume. (That, however, is probably going to be a project for tomorrow.)

To make matters worse, my plan was to buy FMA along with the next Foreigner novel! Only the bookshop didn't have the newest Foreigner, so I left with just the FMA.

I think that *facepalming* is the only appropriate phrase for my current level of chagrin.

Exile by gnasler (SFW)

Jun. 25th, 2016 07:24 pm
turlough: The Doctor & Colonel Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, promo pic for the Third Doctor adventure 'The Silurians' ((dr who) still the prettiest)
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Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Third Doctor & the TARDIS
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] gnasler

Why this piece is awesome: A sweet and thoughtful portrait of the Third Doctor during his exile on Earth.

Link: Exile
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Fandom: The Eagle of the Ninth
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Marcus and Esca
Content Notes/Warnings: Mature rating - for the last artwork, anyway
Medium: traditional art - drawings, maybe some colour wash or photoshopped colour in one.
Artist on DW/LJ:  [personal profile] alby_mangroves 
Artist Website/Gallery: on tumblr  on AO3  on DA
Why this piece is awesome: these are the illustrations for a Big Bang story, with tattooed boys and angst and conflict, and kissing!  Lovely work, and the tatts are gorgeous. 
Link: Art for "Vae Victis" by Sineala

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