gothrockrulz: (purgatory dean)
Finished Season 8 of Dexter last week, and only now do I feel calm enough to write about it coherently. WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. F***. F***ing hell, as Deb would say. It's bad enough that Rudy/Brian duped Deb and tried to get Dexter to kill her with him. It's bad enough Rita had was killed by another serial killer. It's bad enough we had a scary foreshadowing throwback to Rita's death, with Deb's nightmare of a bathtub of blood. BUT DID YOU HAVE TO KILL OFF DEB? DID YOU? I get that after all the stuff on this show, somebody had to take the fall. But. NOT. DEBRA MORGAN.

There were three people I was deathly afraid for and didn't want touched: Deb, Harrison, and Jamie the Rockstar Nanny. AND THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE DIES. I could live with Dexter dying or facing death row; it would be sad, but it would be fair, considering that he is the true destructive force on this show. For me, the whole show was about Dexter struggling to keep his destructive personality from harming his loved ones. And then the writers just decide he has to fail spectacuarly, put Deb in the line of fire, and kill her so she doesn't have to be a vegetable. WAY TO GIVE US SATISFYING CLOSURE. We're all dying for an ending in which a woman is completely destroyed by the man she loved in multiple ways and depended on always. Because that totally doesn't happen enough in real life, and we need it on screen all the time, too.

On a lighter note, my To Be Read List is so long, I'm coping by revisiting Marguerite Henry. She's the reason I get at least one horse calendar every year. My first introduction to her was an old copy of Misty of Chincoteague that my Dad had as a kid. Totally and completely fell in love with her writing style, and her books launched me into an obsession with horses and an appreciation for Will James. This fever lasted through my preteen and early teen years, and only mellowed out after I got a book all about horse care. Then I realized that much as I loved horses, I would never be able to make the time and effort commitment necessary for proper horse care (let alone AFFORD it financially). So now I read about horses, and sketch horses, but devote most of my obsession to fandoms. :)
gothrockrulz: (mikasa)
To all of you who told me it was awesome: YOU WERE RIGHT. I can't get over how fun it was to read a narrative with mixed styles--one second, fancy eighteenth century language, another second modern slang. :) I love the ending so much, I'm afraid the shrieks I let out were slightly inhuman. Slightly. Especially when Lestat is reunited with Gabrielle and Louis. Awwwww.

Also, the lore is really awesome. Loved all the little glimpses of the Celts and the Romans and the Egyptians. (I wanted to smack Lestat for not telling Louis all that cool backstory in Interview with the Vampire, even though I understood his reasoning.) Kinda crestfallen about the Celts, though, because my vampire WIP includes a vampire that was born a Celt in ancient Gaul, and I'm trying to avoid too many similarities to Rice. I know, I know, it's impossible to write about vampires and not follow in Rice's footsteps--but still. I want to create something old-fashioned, but unique.

Am I the only one that had a hard time figuring out what the heck was with Armand? Because I still don't get that dude. He's like the most vampiric vampire of all, being so needy and empty, but why? I must've missed something.

That said, though I know y'all are partial to Lestat, I have to say my fave is and always will be Louis. Yes, he's super, super emo--but that's exactly how I would be in his position, so yeah, I'm naturally drawn to him. ^_^
gothrockrulz: (sidious)
I recently stumbled across Kate Griffin's Stray Souls in the library, and took it home. WHY HAVE I NOT READ HER STUFF LONG BEFORE THIS? Sharon Li is the epitome of awesome. She's a struggling barista with no real clue what she wants to do with her life... until she decides to use her developing shaman powers to save London. Because well, somebody's gotta do it, yeah, or else who knows what bloody crap will happen? That's the exact tone of the story. Seriously, I LOVE this stupid crazy book. Cool, capable, confident heroes are great; but bumbling yet lucky fools with big hearts are a lot easier to relate to (unless you're born a hero).

And apparently there is already four books in the same universe, focusing on Matthew Swift, the one character who rivals Sharon for my favorite. Christmas came early!

In other news, my Mom and I marathoned the first season of Dexter in a matter of five days or so. I'm kinda freaking out that almost all my favorite shows are about serial killers. But, then again, serial killer shows are more candid about battling one's inner demons than any other type, so far as I know. The best part of Dexter is the snarky inner monologue. Worst part is definitely the blood--I can't figure out if I've been queasy for the last few days because I caught something, or because of the marathon. We'll see.
gothrockrulz: (morticia)
I stumbled across a book title that got me really, really excited: The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons from Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder. ZOMG. Laura Ingalls Wilder shaped my girlhood, and Jane Austen shaped my teen years. Must. Read. This. Book.

But when I actually started reading it today, I didn't get far before I lost patience.

And nowhere is Lizzy's raucus, flawed, and decided sense of self more clear or more enticing than in the moments in which she does the exact opposite of what she is expected to do.

A nice thought, except raucus? Raucus, as in harsh or rough? (I looked up Wiktionary's definition, just to make sure I remembered the meaning right.) Raucus and Miss Lizzy in the same sentence? Wow, which version of Pride and Prejudice have I been reading? I'm sorry, but Elizabeth Bennet is not raucus, nor are her manners. Nor, even, is her "sense of self" as a connoisseur of human folly.

Reading further, the intense admiration for Austen is adorable, but the constant harping on self and sense of self drove me nuts. Is it really so hard to figure out who you are and who you want to be? It must be for some, though that's kinda hard for me to relate. For me, the hard part is letting other people figure out who you really are, because that requires a lot of trust.
gothrockrulz: (obi-wan tatooine)
Beautiful though the book is, it can be a bit gloomy. (Okay, make that REALLY gloomy.) I was going to write something deep and detailed about my impression, but all that I came up with was a mini script spoof.

CARRAWAY: I was born privileged, but I'm having to make my way in life through the glitzy 20's Long Island scene.

GATSBY: I wasn't born privileged, did make my way in life, and now I'm a big shot that OWNS the glitzy 20's Long Island scene.

CARRAWAY: And I live right next door to you. Yay.

More this way . . . )
gothrockrulz: (katniss)
I think I'll just curl up in a corner and cry. What a gorgeous, lavish, heartbreaking book. It'll take a few days just to soak everything up, short book thought it is.
gothrockrulz: (dean branches)

This book (which has an AWESOME cover) starts out quite promising and engrossing, then grows a bit disturbing and annoying. It ends before it can redeem itself.

The first page introduces a battlefield charmingly:
Ravens! Always the ravens.

Here is the rest . . . )
gothrockrulz: (ewan)
Here is Part 1.

I left off while describing the artist Basil Hallward and the divan-gracer Lord Henry Wotton talking about the subject of the portrait. Well, the entire book can't go on with just two side characters talking about the main, and sure enough, Dorian eventually makes his appearance.

Warning: spoilers in abundance . . . )
gothrockrulz: (sephiroth)
This will be the first in a long series of posts, basically detailing thoughts and impressions from the books I am and will be reading. I'm thinking about using these posts as an exercise in writing and in analyzing, because, guess what? You notice so much more while reading if you read like you've got an essay to write. It's freaky, but it makes sense. I wish I'd realized it sooner.

I put off reading The Picture of Dorian Gray for a while, and now that I've finally read it, I regret that I hadn't started long ago. The entire book seems to ooze a vivid, breathtaking atmosphere, permeated alternately with grace and darkness. It's simply addictive. In this first part, I'll stick to just the beginning, because it deserves lots of attention.

Warning: spoilers in abundance. )
gothrockrulz: (zomg!)
I just found out that my favorite YA author is going to be at a library event, within driving distance from where I live, later this week.


gothrockrulz: (sephiroth)
Stolen from [ profile] rhoda_rants.

1. Favourite childhood book?
Little House in the Big Woods. To put it simply, Laura Ingalls Wilder shaped my character growing up. I am only obsessed with all things old-fashioned because I read and re-read her books till they were falling apart. I also think I owe my love of stories and story-telling to her, because I actually made up extra stories about Laura, before I even knew what fanfiction was. :)

2. What are you reading right now?
Snippets of Pride and Prejudice and The Hobbit, as well as The Midnight Disease by Alice W. Flaherty and various books on ancient Persia and writing YA.

3. What books do you have on request at the library?
Nothing right now.

More of my rambling . . . )


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