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So, I've completed my first book of 2009 and thought I'd put that fact down in writing!

1: Wolfblade by Jennifer Fallon

I definitely enjoyed it, and got stuck into it. It's a book primarily about politics and there are several main characters to sympathise (or not!) with. There are quite a few twists and turns in it. Some were obvious, but most of them came as a surprise, so that's nice. I only discovered upon reading the end (which has a question and answer session with the author in it) that this book (and its two sequels) are actually the prequel to a trilogy that she'd already written, called The Demon Child trilogy. If the other two books are as good as this one, I may very well go on the hunt for those three. *g*
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I decided it was about time that I used my film icon, and so should post a few film reviews of films that I've seen recently (either for the first time or rewatched).

The Prestige )

Moulin Rouge )

Down With Love )

So there you go. That filled some time, and I got to use my clapper board icon!
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Okay, first of all, f*ck my sideways! Last week's episode had me hiding behind the sofa, this one had me on the edge of the sofa with my eyes as wide as saucers!

Doctor Who: Utopia (spoiler-ville!) )
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This book review is dedicated to [livejournal.com profile] chelle86, because she specifically asked for it.

I have just finished reading Temeraire, by Naomi Novik. Here is the blurb on the back:




Set amid the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars, Temeraire is a thrilling tale of one of the most dramatic chapters of European history with a brilliant veneer of bold fantasy.

The war tearing Europe apart is not fought upon land and sea alone, for battalions also fill the sky. And the fiery death they bring has little to do with gunpowder - it comes from the very guts of the beasts they are flying: DRAGONS.

Weeks out of port at Madeira, a British vessel - the 'Reliant', commanded by Captain William Laurence - captures a French frigate. Within its hold lies a precious dragon egg. And it's close to hatching.

Once harnessed, a young dragon will accept no other master, so when the new-born ignores his chosen rider and approaches the Captain instead, Laurence's life is changed forever.





So that's the premise. Here's my review:

This book is fantastic. As I said in my previous post, I did stay up all night reading it, so it can't be half bad! You can't help but love the main characters of Laurence and Temeraire. Although sometimes the description of all the harnesses and things that go on a dragon to enable it to become a flying, killing machine are a little complicated and difficult to understand (although that could just have been from the late hour that I was reading at!), it doesn't detract from the story in any way. I got really into the story, and the way it's been written, which is sometimes a little unusual in that it harks back to the way of speaking in the Napoleonic wars. I think I was lucky in that I've seen the Hornblower series, which this book put me in mind of, so I had no trouble getting into the story and being engrossed in it.

I don't really have any complaints about this book. It's very unusual in that it takes place in our world, in our time (sort of!), and thus it makes it seems as though what is written actually happened! (After all, none of us was around for the Napoleonic wars, who's to say dragons weren't involved! *g*) It's just so different from the usual fantasy drivel that's poured out these days that I recommend just on that strength: it's a breath of fresh air in the staleness of the fantasy world. However, it's also a good read! *g*



So there you are, [livejournal.com profile] chelle86. :)

[ETA: I also noticed a note at the back of the book which mentioned Livejournal, so I've searched her out, and here is her Livejournal: [livejournal.com profile] naominovik. Needless to say, I've friended her!

DV17 review

Aug. 4th, 2006 06:26 pm
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I've read DV17 and posted a review (the first time I think I've ever reviewed anything - you'll see why, I tend to get lyrical and wax on!). I've included it here (there aren't any spoilers, but I'm putting it behind a cut anyway), because it's such a momentous event (both the Trilogy ending and me reviewing) that I want it recorded somewhere!

Draco Trilogy review )

PoA

Jun. 7th, 2004 05:23 pm
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Yes, have finally seen it!

Quick review with spoilers )

Anyway, that's all I have to say on the matter at the moment, since I have to go and catch a train! Don't know when I'll next be on. Ta ta for now! *g*
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Yes, I finally got to see almost all of Season 3 Alias.

On Wednesday night, [livejournal.com profile] kyizi, my flatmate, and I went to see Secret Window [in which Johnny Depp is yummy as usual!], and then got home in time to watch ER [mmmm, Luka!], Fraiser, and the double bill of Season 1 Sex & the City. After that, I had an idea for fixing my computer. I tried it, and failed, but then when I looked at the Help, it mentioned something about the volume being too high. So as I was changing the volume controls, I realised that when I turned down the "line in" volume, the sound quality was getting better. Eventually, I muted it, and the sound was back to normal. If it hadn't been about 1 in the morning, I would have been running around singing. As it was, I was doing a little hyper dance quietly in bed.

And, since [livejournal.com profile] kyizi had given me Alias episodes 12-19 that evening, guess what I did? *g*

So, what follows are my random comments on those episodes.

Alias; Season 3 rant + spoilers )

I haven't actually really done anything else [I wrote that last night, whilst everything was still in my memory.] except watched a few more episodes of Stargate SG-1, since by the time I'd finished watching Alias, it was too late to attempt to do any work.

But, now I'm off to make a banner for the meeting between [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris, [livejournal.com profile] kyizi, and myself, and [livejournal.com profile] eretria and [livejournal.com profile] murron on Monday. Hurray, I can't wait!
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Well, according to Alias Media, the Alias season finale is currently scheduled for the 23rd of May. Just when my exams start - oh joy!

In other news, went to see Hidalgo yesterday, and yes, I cried. But not for the reason that I thought. It was one of those films that you can't help crying at (although my flatmate didn't, but she doesn't tend to cry at films). Seeing as I cry when I watch horse races, then I was bound to whilst watching a film about a horse race!

Although, [livejournal.com profile] kyizi completely ruined my crying buzz, because she was bouncing up and down in her seat at the end of the race, whilst I was wanting to cry with the emotion of it. It's a little hard to cry when the person sitting next to you is bouncing and clapping her hands like a 5-year-old (yes, that's how [livejournal.com profile] kyizi acts when watching a film, and don't deny it!). Still, I got my crying at the end.

It made me in the mood to watch Due South, and although Season 2 has been dispatched, it's not arrived yet! *wail* I want it! Watched Season 3 Stargate instead, and *wail* for Martouf. I love him!

Also spent about 2 and half hours sorting out the Astrosoc bank account today with the help of [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris. Still have to do the cashbox accounts. Eek! They're going to be the trouble.

I also haven't actually started Wood & Wild Chapter 14, but I have been thinking about it, so I know what's going to be in it, which is more than can be said of about 3 days ago!

I'd better go and get some studying done now, since I haven't done any today, instead sorting out accounts. Grr!
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Okay, first of all, for those of you that might be interested, I'm hoping to start Chapter 14 of Wood & Wild tonight, fingers crossed. It's another complicated chapter to write, so I don't know how long it will take me, though.

And now, as you will know if you read yesterday's entry, I went to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind yesterday. Here's my spoilery-ish review )

Well, I watched the beginning of Stargate SG-1 Season 3 last night. Managed the first 3 episodes before falling asleep.

I think [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris, who's sitting beside me, is about to post a meme, so I might attach one to the end of this post, because I'm bored, and don't want to do any work! Okay, she's not, but here it is anyway:

Alphabet meme )
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So, I've been a busy little bee. Just finished the second and third books of the Tamora Pierce series I've been reading. My rant over pairings was not completely justified. The reason being )

I spent all night reading them. They're so good that I actually didn't read DV14 last night! I know, shock, horror! I don't know what came over me!

Today, things did not go so well. My alarm didn't go off, so I missed my lecture in the morning. Then when I did get up, I managed to burn my first piece of toast and set off the smoke alarm, and nearly burnt the second - I had to cut a bit of it off to make it edible.

Then, I realised that I was going to make a manip for my Calendar's page. Fortunately, the screencap that I wanted didn't need much manipping, and it only took me about 15 mintues to do it. It's up. I also changed the colour code for my Friends page, (I changed it to a Web colour) but it doesn't seem to be working. However, [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris said it looks fine on another computer, so maybe it's these ones here.

Am sitting next to the charming and quite scrumptious Russell at the moment. Yumm!

Sorry for the random comment, but I don't actually want him to see it! *g* How embarrassing would that be! And don't say anything [livejournal.com profile] kyizi!
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Well, I managed to stay awake in RotK, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Even managed not to cry, just.

I discovered that I completely missed a bit last time because I was crying so much! And since I knew what happened this time (obviously the first time I knew what happened, but I mean how the film went), I could observe more. Billy Boyd's performance was outstanding. He outshone everyone else, in my opinion, and I want to nominate him for Best Supporting Actor, dammit!

Also, I couldn't help but see Orlijah, at least on Elijah's part! Argh! This is not normally me, but I can forgive it because it was at the bit when Frodo's been rescued and everyone comes in to see him, and Legolas looks really Elvish and unbelievably yummy!

Also, giggled over another Pirates reference. Firstly, there were the skeletons, and then there were the ships sailing into Minas Tirith and the orcs saying "They're late, bloody pirates" or some such. And then Orli jumps off the boat! He he! See what happens when you watch RotK when you're sleep deprived!

After that we went to see Scary Movie 3, which was funny. Not really very good, but it made me laugh, which is suppose is the whole point. I still maintain that the second one is the best, but I am a little biased. After all, Chris Masterson is in that one! *g*

Oh, on a completely unrelated note, [livejournal.com profile] kyizi told me to tell you all that Jack was named after Captain Jack Sparrow and it's just coincidence that it could be Jack Bristow or Jack O'Neill!
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Yes, I managed to upload the right one, now!

And, I think it looks good, at least on 800x600, which is what these uni computers are. You'll have to let me know if it looks really stupid on 1024x768, and if so, how I can centre the stupid thing using over-rides!

[livejournal.com profile] notasalmon couldn't show me how to use over-rides, I ended up sort of snitching the html from one of [livejournal.com profile] ignited's livejournal layouts, and then changing it so it would fit into the over-ride thing!

Still, I'm learning how to change the colours now!

[livejournal.com profile] kyizi and I went to the cinema last night and saw The Medallion and LXG. )

Today, I brought my laptop into uni, because I had the image of the tickets that we're selling for our ceilidh at the beginning of December on it. Also, I had it as layers in Photoshop, which was a good job, since I had to change stuff on it. I have to say, I felt really strange with my laptop out in the Common Room!

It also meant that I could upload my new layout, since I hadn't put it on Frankie (my USB drive).

I've also updated my website, which is now nearly working properly, I do believe. Basically, at the moment, it's just sitting there, looking pretty, but fingers crossed, soon there'll actually be stuff on it! :D
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Okay, so I finally got to see Succession and Reunion, and here are my thoughts on them.

Thoughts on Succession and Reunion )

Random rant now! What the hell has happened to winter? I leave my flat wearing my wooly jumper and a cosy coat (after all, it is November in Scotland) and it's bloody boiling! I practically melted walking to uni!

Also, there are far too many people here! All I wanted was to get a drink from the Union, and it took forever! I was all for yelling at them all to get out of my way! Argh!

*deep breaths*

Okay, I'm fine now. Thinking about Sark has done me good. :) And since I hear that there's no episode next week (bad for all you people that actually get to see it straight away) that's good too, since it means it won't take me as long to catch up. :)

I'd better go now, since I've tonnes to do and very little time to do it.

Bye!

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