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16 August 2020 @ 05:13 pm
Welcome to my journal! I mainly use this journal to review and recommend great stories and anime. My favorite fandoms are BBC Sherlock, Harry Potter, White Collar, Kpop, and anime.

You may be interested in my recommendations for:

[Harry Potter] [Sherlock] [Kpop] [Anime] [White Collar] [Cabin Pressure] [Other Fandoms]

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Please also use the tags to the left to find other reviews. I'm always updating my lists, and I love to chat, so please also comment and feel free to friend me. Thank you!

Current Mood: happyhappy
20 November 2016 @ 10:39 pm
I've been attempting to cope with the U.S. 2016 election results by going on a movie binge this week!

So Doctor Strange was enjoyable--not my favorite ever, but pretty good and visually lovely (and not just because of Benedict and Mads!). Same with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for me. I had been hoping to enjoy both of them more than I did, but it’s all right because…

The movie Arrival, with the aliens? Fantastic! It's what Interstellar could have been with more humanity. Highly recommended, particularly for linguists (?!).

Also enjoying the new HBO show Westworld, South Park (as always), Fresh Off the Boat, Samantha Bee, and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight.

I hope all Americans have a happy upcoming Thanksgiving, and a special shout-out to people who have loud, unavoidable relatives who voted for the new president-elect (*shudder*). I salute you all.

The bright spot is that in January at least there will be new Sherlock.
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16 October 2016 @ 07:02 pm
Anime list continued from (Anime Recs Part 1)

My ratings, from best to worst:
—One of my favorites!
—Very good, almost a favorite.
—Very good.
—Enjoyable, but not one of my favorites.
—You might like it, but it’s not for me.

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<— (Anime Recs, Part 1)
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16 October 2016 @ 06:54 pm
Anime rec: Akatsuki no Yona / Yona of the Dawn

“This group just keeps getting weirder.” This is the story of how the band gets together. In this historical fantasy anime, Princess Yona leads a happily sheltered life in the capital city with her father (the king) and two male childhood friends, never knowing the world outside her safe existence. But one terrible evening, everything comes crashing down and she is forced to flee everything she has ever known.

Despite some occasional plot holes and coincidences, what first appears like only a shallow reverse harem becomes something very special indeed, gaining darkness, depth, and complexity with each of Yona’s new discoveries outside the capital. All of the characters are appealingly drawn, each with an interesting back story (Yona’s bodyguard, Hak, is a special favorite of mine, but each of the dragons are unique). Yona’s journey, both physical and mental, is increasingly complex as she takes more agency over her life, and I loved seeing her grow from a spoiled princess to a self-sufficient and worthy ruler.

More anime recs here!
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16 October 2016 @ 05:51 pm
Anime Rec: Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

Madoka Kaname is a timid middle school girl whose life changes when she encounters the mysterious new transfer student Homura Akemi and the magical animal Kyuubey, who offers Madoka a wish and seemingly limitless power.

The hype is well-deserved with this one. Clever and deeply psychological storytelling, haunting music, great voice acting, and an immersive, highly unusual art style combine to make something very dark and special indeed. The title sequence is particularly delicious.

This is a magical girl anime. But it is also not a magical girl anime. Truly, the less you know about the show going into it, the better. Just know that nothing is as it seems.

More anime recs here!
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14 October 2016 @ 09:53 pm
This is a really intelligent piece of writing by Matt Taibbi on the upcoming 2016 American election. I recommend reading to the end:

Matt Taibbi on the Fury and Failure of Donald Trump
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01 October 2016 @ 11:11 am
It’s been a great summer of books for me, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites:

-- The Oliver & Jack series by Christina E. Piltz (starts with Fagin’s Boy)
After I finished C.S. Pacat’s astounding Captive Prince series, I was desperate for something to fill the gap, and this series did it for me. Yes, it’s basically a continuation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist novels but with a very, very slow-building romantic relationship between Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger (Jack Dawkins here). Absolutely incredible, meticulously researched historical m/m that has a lot to say about life in the Dickensian era and class-based hardship. The fifth novel in the series has just been released. The parts in the workhouse reminded me of one of my favorite Sherlock fanfics, Chryse’s brilliant The Frost is All Over.

--The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik (who also helped found AO3 and writes great fanfic, which is how I found out about this series!)
I very much liked her novel Uprooted, but I just adored this series and its two adorable main characters to pieces. This is an alternate history set in the early 1800s in which the British are fighting Napoleon…via exciting aerial combat on specially trained dragons! Will Laurence is a stiff and proper navy man, captain of his ship, when they engage in battle with the French and capture a precious dragon egg. When it hatches onboard, Laurence names the dragon Temeraire, and they form a special lifelong bond (the dragon talks!). This series just flew by: the world-building is rich and the action scenes are thrilling, but it’s really the three-dimensional characters that make the world come alive. There is a little het romance (because there are awesomely badass female dragon riders), but the novel focuses more deeply on the bonds of friendship, community, and duty, and the deep relationship between Laurence and Temeraire. Fans of the Horatio Hornblower miniseries will love this! I’ve been told I should tackle Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey & Maturin series after this, so it’s on my to-read list. EDIT November 2016: I'm reading this series now and totally loving it!

--We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
All is not what it seems in this suspenseful family drama featuring four teen friends from a wealthy family and the summer everything went wrong. Cadence (Cady) Sinclair, her cousins Mirren and Johnny, and her boyfriend Gat form the “Liars,” a tight-knit group that meets every summer on a private island off Martha’s Vineyard owned by Cady’s grandfather. While Cady’s narration is often strange and stilted, it’s worth fighting through it for the realistic portrayals of old-money problems (the horrors of racism, secrets, and masks for the preservation of the family’s “image”), the foreboding atmosphere, and the devastating ending (worthy of Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief) that brilliantly ties everything together.
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01 October 2016 @ 11:01 am
Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play) by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

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One of my favorite men singing one of my favorite songs!

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20 August 2016 @ 08:38 pm
IT'S OUT!!!!!!!!!!! Hillywood is a Youtube channel that does mind-boggling parody videos of different fandoms, and this Sherlock one is a must-see. The sets and the lighting and just sheer attention to detail are amazing. Also you may recognize some of the actors! Like Harry Potter's Percy Weasley plays Mycroft!

Moffat and his son even show up at the end!!
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