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I've created a new book blog for myself over at blogger since that seems to be where many of the book bloggers hang out
ninefly's book blog
(I just realized I've been juggling around 3 different screennames recently, ninefly, denenkyuu, and angeltyuan...I'll probably stop using denenkyuu for new accounts and stick to ninefly/angeltyuan from now on...)
took me a while to tweak the layout to my liking and it's rejuvenated my love for html/css XDDDD;
but that's besides the point, I've posted up more detailed/revamped versions of my previous book reviews there, as well as joined a few reading challenges 8D
my DW account will now just be a general life-blog, though I'll still post snippets of new reviews/fandom projects and stuff from my other journals occasionally =)

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and, against my better judgement(?), I've signed up for NaNoWriMo!!...?

the "novel" is going to be the first volume to the story I posted about a while back, and it's officially got a title now:
Red Threads, Book One: No Faith
NaNoWriMo officially starts tomorrow, so I'll post up progress bars and stuff later
oh, and [personal profile] wingstodust is going to be my Writing Buddy ♥
we're going to cheer each other on right? right???
at least I'll finally get off my ass and start writing this thing for serious...

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I'm on the last season of BSG and...well I'm a bit disappointed in the lack of Starbuck/Apollo BFF-NESS DDDDDD8
I also preferred Kara with shorter hair, though I guess it's supposed to symbolize character growth or something =T
also, I cheated and found out about the ending, which makes me kinda really really sad...the fact that the writers are hinting at more movies though...maybe they will fix this sadsad ending? PLEASE???
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there was a library book sale this weekend downtown, so I went and tried to pick up some good books. problem was, they didn't have a YA/adults fiction section, only something vague called "general fiction" WTF. also, I went for the last few hours on the last day of the sale so I guess pickings weren't great, but still...I only got one book.

The Walking Boy
by Lydia Kwa
erm...yeah. not that it sounds terribly exciting or anything (it's about a hermaphrodite child and his journey to find his master's lover or somewhat?), but I'm very interested in the premises with the first/last female emperor of China (the story is based on historical facts) and I'm using it as consulting material for my own story -- which I haven't forgotten, really.

so yeah, the book sale was at a remote corner of the downtown area, and the buses only came once every half-hour, so I decided to walk back up towards my campus in search of lunch/dinner. there were various other used bookstores along the street too so I picked up a few more bargain-ish books )

the book salesman said I had a broad spectrum of tastes XD;

ate lunch/dinner at the asian vegetarian restaurant, their pseudo-meat is actually quite good.
I think I'm becoming addicted to pineapple + rice actually, I had quite a few meals with them in various combinations over the summer, and today's dish was Pineapple with (Veggie) Chicken Fried Rice. yum ♥


also, I've become officially addicted to Battlestar Galactica.

I technically blame it on my sci-fi class, though we only had a screening of an episode from the '78 series ('04 series screening is this week).
technically, BSG is sorta like Stargate in the spaceships trapped in space and survival themes, but I love BSG way more because I love the characters (most of them anyways), even if I can hate them at times, the show has a way of making you realize that everyone has their problems and situational pressures that push them to do the things they do.
favorite is Starbuck obviously, she is so kickass, I have a girl-crush on her ♥ she's the kind of character who sometimes defies categorization of gender. there's also a lot of gender role reversal here, where Apollo seems the pushover/sympathetic "talker of feelings" while Starbuck is the arrogant and aggressive "don't wanna talk 'bout it" kinda person. I also like how Apollo and Starbuck are always friends first, saving each other and generally goofing around like they're kids, it's very rare to find another guy-girl pair like them on TV.
also, lots of philosophy on identity, what is "human", war, responsibility, forgiveness, and some very plausible military strategic plans for their battles. the use of "low-level" technology also makes the plot just that much more frightening since it makes the "future" (robots rebelling and massacring humans) seem just that much more eminent and possible as opposed to if they had the ships outfitted with much more advanced technology to suggest that we had more time to prevent this.

I'm on season 3 right now though, and the show's "feel" seems to have shifted a LOT (more due to the setting and the separation of key characters I guess), but I hope they return to the original pace soon, I want the kickass Starbuck back T-T


Oct. 19th, 2009 09:46 pm
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I've just discovered the ~*magic*~ of book review blogs and giveaways 8D
since I'm on a reading binge recently (as much as I can with psych midterms and essays due one after another) of course I signed up 8DDD

strange and random happenstance (ends: Nov)
signed up for: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (complete set)
undercover book lover (ends: Nov1)
signed up for: Hush Hush, The Exorsistah
meghan's book blog (ends: Nov1)
signed up for: Dust of 100 Dogs
teens read and write (ends: Nov15)
signed up for: Hush Hush, Fire, Intertwined, Catching Fire
teenage bookworm (ends: Nov15)
signed up for: Soulless, Intertwined, Hush Hush, Prophecy of the Sisters
YA book queen (ends: Nov20)
signed up for: Catching Fire, Hush Hush, Blood Promise, Meridian

YA book geek
signed up for: any book I want if I win 8D

I'll be surfing through contest sites now for more (seems to be a lot of US-only ones tho D8) and adding to this post as I go =3
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I just got myself a Shelfari account 8D
(link is on side bar, I might change the URL some time and update it later...)
it's a website where you can read and write reviews and manage your own virtual bookshelf
I've still got a lot more to add (though I might not remember every book I've read in the past 10 years or so...)

already posted two reviews:
- Kingdom Come by J.G. Ballard
- The Black Swan by Mercedes Lackey


watched Milk the biography drama for Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected into office (I think)?
it basically talks about his relationships, his cause, and the obstacles he faced in a story format rather than documentary
I really really liked the Scott/Harvey fluff, and was understandably sadsadsad at the end D:
it's not boring, but it's not riveting either in terms of action/adventure
a lot of the film is spent discussing gay rights and strategies for marches/riots XD;
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山西-陕西(ShanXi-ShaanXi border): 壶口瀑布(HuKou Falls)
河京(HeJing): hotel

# # # mini book review # # #

Spent most of last night reading The Strangler. It's kinda addicting, a novel that's grabbed my attention hasn't happened for a few years now...The plot seems to be all over the place, but that's kinda refreshing since each brother is caught up in a different facet, facing their own's like reading separate stories following each brother (the demoted cop patrolling an area slated for demolition, the lawyer working on catching the serial killer, and the master thief dealing with the local mafia) that all somehow relate to a cumulative evil plan or something.
Each brother is also sorta equally suspicious for somehow being a "bad guy" since each has their quirks that is touched upon (gambler cop, lawyer with migranes/black outs, master thief that disappears on occasion and is detached from everything), but no details or clues are slapped in anyone's face.

# # # rocks (don't really) fall # # #

Today's roads were pretty dangerous, mostly since there's lots of construction going on and rocks were falling/hanging dangerously and roads are blocked by giant trucks.

And because I promised [personal profile] wingstodust photos of yellow soil:
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# # # donkey riding # # #

Today's main attraction was the HuKou Falls on the Yellow River that serves as the border between ShanXi and ShaanXi.

Got to ride a donkey around the rocky ledges (15yuan). Had to hold on to the saddle since the dude was leading, but it was really the hang of going uphill/vice versa after a few bumps though.
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Otherwise, not much to see except the yellow-soil mountains slowly transitioning into rocky ones.

# # # caves of death # # #

Mom was talking about how the old civilizations that lived in the area used to trap the elderly in caves (called 老人洞/Old People Caves) and leave them to starve to death once they become a burden to the family...

People now still live in some of the caves, or use them as storage for apples (apparently THE fruit of LuoChuan).
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西安(XiAn): foreign bookstore, 碑林 (Forest of Stone Engravings)
黄陵(HuangLing): 黄帝陵 (Emperor Huang's Grave)
洛川(LuoChuan): hotel

# # # boooooooks # # #

Felt like I had slept in today, but actually got up around 9AM. Hm.

Headed to the foreign/english book store and got 'The Strangler' by William Landay because I like stories with brothers...and it actually seems to have a promising mystery to it. As expected, the brother dynamics are really interesting and characters are well fleshed-out. Writing style is also kinda unique and not too pretentious.

Jeff got two volumes of the complete Sherlock Holmes stories. He is gonna have to share.

# # # ancient handwriting is just as bad # # #

Next, visited Forest of Stone Engravings (god English names sound so lame). It was a temple/gallery some emperor had set up to collect and display engraved stone tablets he's collected. Saw lots of interesting scripts people used to carve their poems/essays in.
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Bought a book with collections of what's carved on most of the tablets. Ended up buying a script brush too.
This has renewed my willingness to pick up/relearn Chinese...Traditional Chinese. I'm kinda masochistic like that.

Also took lots of pictures of the architecture for that wuxia story I'm working on writing/illustrating. ...knowing me it'll take me another 10 years to finish plotting it...
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Jeff got his own personal stamp thing. His Chinese name is so gorgeous/special I'm still extremely envious.

# # # kthxbai # # #

Spent rest of today driving as well.

Was headed for the grave site of the first "Emperor" of China, 黄帝(HuangDi aka Yellow Emperor), but there were no good hotels and we ended up just taking two photos. Mom mentioned nothing was dug up for exhibition anyways so...

Staying at a hotel in LuoChuan instead. Not that much better but the bathrooms are passable at least.


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