November 23rd, 2019

Anya final stand, S7

fannish happenings

[community profile] in_a_peartree is a holiday virtual gift exchange thingy that appears to be running along the lines of the late, lamented insmallpackages. Starting on Monday, you can make a little tree of requests, and then for a couple of weeks between Christmas and Epiphany, people fill them. Requests can be both fannish and not.

[community profile] mcu_spaceships assignments are out. I have three longfic ideas and several short ideas as backups, and that's just for my assignment. 😁 I'm so excited for this exchange. There were so many great requests!! They're all here for browsing. I have hopes of writing some treats.

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Anya final stand, S7

stuff read/listened to

The Fisherman, by John Langan (2016). A longtime fisherman gets caught up in epic horror happenings. I think I've seen this recced as stealth cosmic horror, and that seems apt, but it is first and foremost a literary horror novel about fishing (and also men; the female characters are few, incidental, and mostly there for the men to have feelings about). As horror, it's very slow-burn; our protagonist Abraham spends a good forty or fifty pages talking about himself, his grief over his late wife, and his fishing before we get anything more horrifying than some ominous foreshadowing. And then we jump 100 years back for a solid 150 pages, which was an interesting structural decision.

When we finally get to the real foundations of the novel's worldbuilding, though, it feels worth the wait. Some great imagery here, satisfyingly epic in scope, which can be tough to do, especially if you try to actually describe it instead of going Lovecraft's route of how everything is too horrible for words. This one will stick with me.

The Magnus Archives
I'm through 151 The Big Picture now. Collapse )

I've been on a bit of an Oasis spiral this weekend, watching the Supersonic: Oasis 2016 documentary, reading old discussions about the Gallagher brothers' dramatically dysfunctional relationship, and listening to "D'You Know What I Mean" 25 or 30 times. That is not an exaggeration. The original version is awfully long and padded with an awful lot of non-music content, but this "remastered" version is much more sprightly. I know this isn't even off one of their two good albums, but the combo of the really big sound, the strings, and the mood worked for me instantly, whereas I'm having to work a little harder to get into some of their "better" stuff. This song has also brought me around on Liam Gallagher's voice, which I found off-putting at first. An acquired taste, for sure. Also the video is one of the one few I've seen where Liam has not-terrible hair, and the hair/sunglasses/parka combo is really hot.

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