regndoft: (St . Michael {Sine Vinkulo Peccati})
(From [ profile] katje0711. I started writing this on December 1st, so let's pretend this isn't a late post.)

The worst question. The worst.

Choosing a favourite book is a question I've developed more and more complicated feelings about with age. I don't have the time or urge to read as much as I used to when I was young, and I think I'm not as easily entertained nowadays either. Having a book just reach out and grab you is sadly a rare thing for me nowadays-- I still like most of the books I read, but most don't absorb me completely or leave a deep impact either.

It's also hard for me to pick just one book/author. Especially since two of my favourite books/series are actually collaborations between two authors.

Read more... )

I still have lots of empty slots so feel free to ask more questions!

Summer recs

Jul. 3rd, 2014 02:41 am
regndoft: (St . Michael {Sine Vinkulo Peccati})
WHOOO I haven't updated here in a long time *blows dust off of blog*

I don't think there's much point in talking about what I have been doing lately; I'm unemployed, so I really don't have much to do except read books, watch TV series, listen to audios and browse the net. The weather's been awful for the past two weeks, so I don't even go outside much. :/ It's all very distressing. I should go to a museum or something, but my circadian rhythm is fucked up beyond belief and my small number of friends are either working or out of town most of the time, so... books and internet it is.

So like... important fandom things!

I watched In the Flesh, a BBC Three drama about... well, zombies. But only technically. It's set a couple of years after the dead rose from their graves and started attacking people, as scientists have developed a medicine that helps the dead restore cognitive function and makes it possible for them to be re-introduced into society. The series follows Kieren, a young PDS-sufferer (Partially Deceased Syndrome) as he returns to his family in a small, conservative town in northern England, and has to confront the reality of his new existence, an estranged younger sister who was a part of the volunteer forced that hunted down PDS-sufferers in their rabid state during the Rising, and the circumstances of his death.

It was a long time ago I watched a series that actively made me yell, curse and simply engaged me emotionally to the degree this show did. Apart from being beautifully shot with an interesting premise, In the Flesh isn't about zombies; it's about the dynamics of oppression, ethics, guilt, mental illness (depression and PTSD), complex family relationships... It's engaging and by no means a simple show to watch, as you as a viewer is forced to examine your own feelings about what's happening on the show.

Did I mention Kieren (and other side characters) is queer? And it has amazingly well-written female characters (and just well-written characters overall)? I am in love. My DVD hasn't arrived yet but when it does I'm definitely in for a re-watch.

Big Finish-wise, I'm almost all caught up on the main range... welp.

I went to the library a couple of days ago, so these past couple of days I've mostly been reading. Will probably make a separate post about that, but: notably, I've picked up a lot of Norse mythology books. [ profile] desecrets and I talked about how there seems to be way too few books out there based on Norse mythology with female protagonists, or where the goddesses play a main role - which sucks, because it's not like Norse mythology lacks interesting and badass women.

This also prompted me to borrow ALL of Peter Madsen's Valhalla again (a Danish comic retelling of the Norse myths) and I think I love it even more than when I was young, or when I did my last re-reading a couple of years ago. It's just... really really good and solid intertextual fun, that manages to both radically transform and pay homage to the source material, and I'm sad that the complete series is only available in Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. Because it's my favourite Norse mythology thing and most people will never read it. :'3
regndoft: (Rev. 12:4)
Life's decided to be rather hectic atm; had an examinatory seminar today, exam on thursday, two papers to hand in before the week is out, and next week spring term and my new course begins... (History of religion + religious psychology).

Haven't really studied, but I'm not feeling particularly worried either. I was so torn up about everything before Christmas, I have now passed into a zen-like state of Not Giving A Shit. Instead, I've been reading a lot; two weeks into 2014 and four books down already, which means that to everyone's surprise, I'm actually on schedule so far. And three of them have been in Swedish.

Speaking of books (and Swedish), I finished the second book in a very lauded Swedish YA trilogy (that's also done rather well internationally), the first of which is called The Circle. I honestly can't remember the last time I utterly devoured a book at this pace, ignoring almost everything else-- I finished over 600 pages in two days. And, as I think I mentioned in the book meme, I really don't go for YA lit most of the time. I was initially a bit dubious, seeing as the blurb on the back reads:

One night, when a strange red moon fills the sky, six school girls find themselves in an abandoned theme park, drawn there by a mysterious force. A student has just been found dead. Everyone suspects suicide. Everyone - except them. In that derelict fairground an ancient prophecy is revealed. They are The Chosen Ones, a group of witches, bound together by a power, one which could destroy them all. But they soon learn that despite their differences they need each other in order to master the forces that have been awakened within them. High school is now a matter of life and death. Because the killing has only just begun.

... which is a fairly clichéed summary and didn't really help (the British cover is also rather atrocious; luckily most editions go for the Swedish original). But I think this is one of those books where the execution of the premise makes all the difference; what could have been a very tropey and forgettable book aimed at teenage girls is actually a suspenseful read with memorable characters.

A non-spoilery list of Good Things About These Books )

TL;DR if you like YA, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer (a major source of inspiration for the authors, trufax), or just good urban fantasy, I recommend checking this book series out. I'll probably treat myself to the last installment in the trilogy after my exam this week.
regndoft: (St . Michael {Sine Vinkulo Peccati})
First, shameless advertising:

Yuletide Friending Meme

Secondly, a book meme snagged from Lysimache @ LJ. I did some very minor changes to fit what I've read better; hope you don't mind. :)

Total books: 67 (actually 68, I think, but one of my course books wasn't on GoodReads).
Total pages: 15564.
Comics/graphic novels: 10.
Doctor Who-related: 33 (*AVOIDS EYE-CONTACT*).
Non-fiction: 9.
Non-English: 9 (8 Swedish, 1 Danish).
Rereads: 2.

Best book(s): HARD. I had some unusually enjoyable reading experiences that stand out - Carmilla, The Penelopiad, Ten Little Aliens and The Circle in particular - but I'm not sure I'd dub any of them objectively the "best".

And the rest )
regndoft: (Liz Shaw {She Blinded Me With Science})
Exactly what it says on the tin.

Breaking news first: my university application went through. Starting this autumn, I'll have three years of religious studied at Uppsala university. I don't think there's much to say about this except: squee!

I don't really have much to say about the week that's passed; it was enjoyable, but we didn't really do much. We stayed in a village called Massouri on the island Kalymnos, outside of Kos. Unless you're into rock-climbing, the most strenuous activities available for tourists were sunbathing and plain old bathing. So I've mostly lazed about in the sun, eaten delicious food and read books all week.

(I would've bathed, but salt water is, apparently, terrible for my eczema. I was not aware of this because I seldom get eczema in summer, and when I go swimming here it's usually in fresh water. Because of that, I somewhat foolishly never realised bathing in salt water with dry and irritated skin is literally pouring salt in wounds...).

Haven't taken any photos either, because... frankly I sort of forgot. And I didn't really get the urge to, either.

I have finished five books:

- Shada (the recent novelisation by Gareth Roberts, which was enjoyable enough I suppose)
- Placebo Effect by Gary Russell(a completely random EDA I picked mostly because Wirrn frankly scare the shit out of me-- it was also ok)
- The Secret History by Donna Tartt (The Completely True Account of What Happens To Classics Students, obviously; I greatly enjoyed it)
- H. G Wells' The Time Machine (this week's classic, I guess; interesting in a genre-shaping sort of way, but otherwise pretty dull)

Also started Blue Remembered Earth by Alistair Reynolds, but haven't finished it yet. So far I've read 32 out of 50 books for the 2013 Reading Challenge on GoodReads. That's already heaps better than last year, when I only managed 21 books in twelve months.

Also, speaking of books, guess what was waiting in the mail (well, at the nearest supermarket for us to fetch anyway)?

More books )

All in all, a nice vacation, if uneventful. Now I just have to decide what to do with my continued existence...


Jun. 25th, 2013 12:54 am
regndoft: (Below the Thunders of the Upper Deep)
I have

- Rented movies with dad and sis (Wreck-It Ralph, Les Misérables, Beasts of the Southern Wild and... something else I can't remember). Also bought I, Claudius, because Derek Jacobi's face it was on sale and I've been meaning to watch it for ages. Also Romans.

- Started and finished reading Carmilla, by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Otherwise known as one of the earliest vampire novels, major source of inspiration for Stoker's Dracula, and "that one with the lesbians".

You are mine, you shall be mine, and you and I are one forever )

Overall, it's far from a flawless story, but it's a compelling enough concept as well as interesting as an example of a book that's played a huge role in creating a genre. It's also a short story, just over a hundred pages, so if you're curious and have two or three hours to spare I recommend it.

Also, it being published in 1872, it's available free for download on sites like Project Gutenberg.

(This post is probably riddled with spelling and grammar errors. Because it's twenty minutes to four AM. Yolo, and all that.)
regndoft: (Herodotus!)
I don't do shit for a week and then suddenly everything gets intense. My apologies to all the new names on my F-List. *Waves*

Mostly I've been doing frantic last-minute studying for my last exam today; I'm not exactly thrilled about my effort, especially since I almost fell asleep on the desk, but at least the course is over now. It's... a bit sad I suppose, because it's really been something I've enjoyed, but at the same time I feel I've never been at my best. So it'll be nice to hopefully move on to a subject I'll be studying for the next three years rather than something I feel is just a pit stop on the academic road.

Actually had a night out yesterday for the first time in... I don't know how long. If you can call an evening with my sis and mum plus her friend and her daughters a "night out". We went to Stadsteatern and watched West Side Story.

Aka Romeo and Juliet in 50s New York )

After the exam today I had to walk to the underground through the rain, and the rain kept on until evening. So I spent most of that time watching TV and finished reading Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad.

Now that I'm dead I know everything )
regndoft: (St . Michael {Sine Vinkulo Peccati})
Remember how I said I need a new laptop? Now I also need a new cell phone. Ahahaha. At least it's my mum's old one, so when it didn't last for even a year I can't really fault it (though my old cell phone was going on six years when I inherited hers).

But that means that as far as RL is concerned, I'm currently nearly impossible to contact offline! Which makes arranging/participating in watchalongs that much harder. Shame, seeing as my copy of The Mind of Evil arrived yesterday. The colouring is really well done; better than The Ambassadors of Death, which had pretty large b&w gaps sometimes. It doesn't really add anything to the story itself; if anything, b&w actually makes it more atmospheric (unlike say, Terror of the Autons, which is bright and plasticy and should be viewed in colour). But it's a great story with great visuals and IT IS MINE FOREVERMORE.

This also means I own every Jon Pertwee serial on DVD. Is this a source of pride or deep, eternal shame? We just don't know.

Also I went to the library and borrowed some books )
regndoft: (That Road You'll Walk Alone)
So I did go into town on friday to buy music (Sofia Jannok's Áhpi, as planned, and Electra Heart by Marina and the Diamonds because it was on sale), both are excellent, and yesterday I got mail informing me that Amazon has dispatched my Mind of Evil DVD. :)

Technically I should be feeling pretty happy, but I have a whole bunch of belated posts/articles/fics I haven't been able to work on in ages, so. Without further ado, I thought I'd get around to writing that post on The Dark Path, before it's been so long I forget all I wanted to say.

For those who don't know, The Dark Path by David A. McIntee, is a Virgin Missing Adventure first published in 1997 featuring the second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria. It is perhaps most remembered for being the first official (well, more or less) attempt at giving the Master an origin story-- and a name.

Further non-spoilery opinions under cut )

In conclusion: it's not without faults, but I found it an enjoyable book that's worth checking out.

Also the Doctor calls Koschei a fusspot. It is officially the most accurate description of the Master the Doctor has made in canon (wtf is up with "the very personification of evil", Three?). Going with book canon there's also ample room for Two, Jamie and Zoe meeting Delgado!Master shenanigans-- in fact, it practically demands it, based on Three's reaction to hearing that the Master's turned up in Terror of the Autons. THIS NOVEL IS UNTAPPED FIC GOLD, YOU GUYS.

(Do I covet an AU where Koschei and Victoria travel together and inevitably run into Three who tries to seduce a dematerialisation circuit out of Koschei? Yes. Yes I do.)

I also have a lot more spoilery thoughts about Koschei's character development, especially when compared to the Master's origin story in TV- and audio canon, but that will have to wait for yet another while. :'3


Jan. 1st, 2013 01:31 am
regndoft: (Below the Thunders of the Upper Deep)
Isn't it a bit ridiculous how I always have trouble writing things here except, apparently, when I shouldn't? As I'm leaving the country on Tuesday I won't have time to respond if I were to post an entry after tonight. Blah.

I suppose the end of the year is a time for contemplation on the time that has passed, as well as what lies ahead. As a rule, I don't like the passing of time; or perhaps I should say that it's always been hard for me to accept. I used to feel as if I was engaged in a constant race against it, always too slow and too far behind. I have a lot more self-distance these days (but it took an existential crisis and a couple of months in therapy to get there).

That being said, more has happened in 2012 than I can probably think of. I've had Georgian food in St. Petersburg, stopped by churches in Rome at ten PM to removed my shoes and translate Latin inscriptions and been assaulted by the weather in the Swedish archipelago. I've graduated from upper secondary school, written the most awesome thirty-page essay my school ever saw and made a new friend at the same time. I've started attending university and got my first proper job. I feel better about my writing and myself in general; I'm learning how to coper with my mental health issues better and better.

2012 has been a pretty good year, overall. Hopefully 2013 will keep up that trend.

2012 hasn't been a particularly good year for reading though; then again I somehow expect me to have as much time over to read as I did when I was a child, which skews the perspective a bit.

Books I have finished in 2012 )

2012 Fandom Meme! )
regndoft: (Words {More Bookmarks Than Pages})
"The Borders of My Home Expanded"

A study of cultural Scandinavism in the nineteenth century

(Kari Haarder Ekman, Makadam Förlag 2010. Copied down here for quick references and perhaps for some people's viewing pleasure?)

Summary in English )

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