June 19th, 2013
|08:04 pm - James Gandolfini, 51|
Actor James Gandolfini, best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of Tony Soprano on The Sopranos has reportedly died of a massive heart attack in Italy. HBO has confirmed.
He is survived by his son from his first marriage, his wife Deborah Lin and daughter born in October 2012.
|02:52 pm - More Disney unfunny, this time within the staff itself.|
( MASSIVE trigger warning for rape & victim-blaming )
All I can say is: Holy. Crap. Granted, I knew Disney has a darker side than their public image would suggest, but to hear about this sort of thing happening within a company with which you've grown up all your life is still pretty damn shocking.
In closing, I advise all of you: avoid the comments on the linked page, but do go to the page to boost the signal on this through the various social media channels.
June 18th, 2013
|sepiamagpie||08:36 am - Castle Waiting|
In my last post I briefly mentioned Castle Waiting by Linda Medley and I think it deserves more than a quick shout.
A few weeks ago, I was visiting my friend Ann and what is now customary we went to the bookstore and I aske her for comic recommendations, and this is one of the things she handed to me.
The plot is, essentially, what happened to the castle after Sleeping Beauty left with her prince. In Castle Waiting, it's become a sanctuary and in volume 1 (volume 2 is shipping its way to me right now. I'm sort of dreading it because 1 was a paperback, weighed two pounds, and made my hands shake when I read it. Volume 2 is a hardcover) we follow the adventures of a new resident, Jain who has come to have her baby, and in the latter part the adventures of Sister Peaceful, who is part of a sect of bearded nuns.
Lots of jokes and character humour, and except for the Sleeping Beauty opening, not especially fairytale oriented, besides everyone living in a world where those sorts of stories do take place, just not to these characters.
There's some strong Christian elements (because nuns) which seem to be less about Christians and more about bearded women, which I did not object to. Skeeter, the little novice with the huge mustache is adorable.
There's a rough, racist bit about Roma in the first third, which is mostly redeemed in the last third, but be on alert for that.
Castle Waiting is sweet, easy fantasy with a lot of charm and the art is fabulous. My biggest regret is that I could not get a good picture of Nessie (Sister Peace's good friend) that was on one of the covers for this post.
|sepiamagpie||04:32 am - What is my weakness? Books!|
From 'Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett, first in the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy
I've been reading a lot lately and forgetting to, well, mention it. A lot of it's been comics (I heartily recommend Castle Waiting by Linda Medley, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks, and of course I'm super excited they're publishing the Ruby and Sapphire arc of Pokemon FINALLY. There is something satisfying I can't even explain about seeing the games in art the way they were in my head. Also, the Ace Attorney comics are surprisingly pleasing! This has been a long sidetrack.) which aren't as easy to review, but the books have been pretty good for the most part.
Read some Christie, Poirot's Early Cases as well as And Then There Were None, both of which I really enjoyed. The second creeped me out pretty good in parts. The basic plot is, people are summoned mysteriously to a house and then they start dying.
Right before the above quoted book, I was reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo which is about a porcelain toy rabbit who is loved very much by a little girl, but doesn't care about her. One day he's lost at sea and ends up passing through the ownership of people he comes to care for very much and anyway, I had to shut that book down in the middle while I was reading because it made me start crying on an airplane. Considering I was also suffering from pretty bad food poisoning, I felt I'd alarmed my seatmate enough for that ride.
Kate DiCamillo wrote Tale of Despereaux, which remains one of the best books I ever read, and this one isn't disappointing. When I found her other books were available as ebooks, they got boosted way the hell up on my to-read list, but are now officially 'do no read in front of other people' books.
Right after shutting down the book to regain composure, I had to choose another book and fast to switch gears. I chose Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett, a YA book he wrote early on. His early stuff is kind of dire, but it was just what I needed. It's full of interesting character descriptions and a fun videogame story with an alien race I like.
The only problem was the main character, Johnny Maxwell who was inoffensive but so generic that once he started interacting with the girl in the story I started desperately wishing he was Janie Maxwell because at least I wouldn't feel like I was reading about a cookie cutter protagonist and it would have made parts of their interaction a lot less urgh to read.
I'm starting on the next book in the trilogy now, Johnny and the Dead which ominously starts off with Terry Pratchett explaining Pal battalions.
June 17th, 2013
|07:58 am - Further proof that ship wars will never ever end.|
All right, this one's a little late according to the WR comment, but I'm posting it anyway because this shit's too damn funny to let it pass.
Search the Taiora or Sorato tag on tumblr and you might run into the news that Hiroyuki Kakudou, the director for the first two Digimon series, recently answered questions about Sora and Yamato getting together at the end of Digimon Adventure 02 instead of the statistically more popular favorite, Taichi and Sora, on his Twitter account.
A while ago, Jippy posed a couple of questions to Kakudou via Twitter about what went on with the executive decision to make Sora and Yamato the canon pairing. He answered that Sorato had been planned since the beginning of Digimon Adventure, and that Taichi and Sora were never meant to be. Jippy took to tumblr and made some tl;dr posts discussing his replies, as well as using it to push her explanation of "Sorato is real" and overanalyzing the Taisorato relationship to contribute to individual character development, along with contradictory statements that Digimon was supposed to focus on friendship, not romance.
Lots of butthurt ensued.
( And here is some of it! Warning, tumblr links )
I personally never had a bone to pick in this fight since I hung out in the Jyou/Mimi corner and refused to touch the Taiora vs. Sorato vs. Taito bullcrap (specially since Sora was so hated by all "corners"), but still. Dammit people, it has been like... 10 years, if not MORE?
June 16th, 2013
|03:39 pm - Michael Jackson's Ghost Testifies His Death Was an Accident|
Heh heh heh.
Current Mood: *sporfle!*
June 14th, 2013
June 12th, 2013
|11:51 am - The Journey Continues...|
The teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is now online, including a shadowy glimpse of the worm himself.
Current Mood: Amped
June 10th, 2013
|sepiamagpie||01:34 am - Star Trek fic: Sure, My Name Is Khan|
Title: Sure, My Name Is Khan
Authors: Rosencrantz, Phosfate
Fandom: Star Trek: Into Darkness
Length: 1160 words
Summary: Spock Prime reads a newspaper, hijinks ensue.
Read here or at AO3
( An epilogue to Star Trek: Into Darkness, but before the actual end )
June 7th, 2013
|07:22 pm - They're just screwing with em now...|
So Jensen Ackles and his wife Danneel had a baby girl like secret super-ninjas and the fandom didn't find out for a week.
By the way, her name is Justice Jay.
In other words JJ or... J2.
( It's clearly another sign from the high gods! )
June 6th, 2013
|01:06 pm - It can't be worse than Return to Riverdale.|
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has closed a deal for a live-action film based on the "Archie" comic books. Directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), the film will have a script by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, longtime comics author and a writer on "Glee."
Although no details about the plot were revealed, Deadline theorizes that Aguirre-Sacasa's script may have something to do with with his upcoming "Afterlife with Archie" series, which introduces zombies into the Archie universe. Indeed, the writer is no stranger to horror -- in addition to "Carrie" and the upcoming "Afterlife with Archie," Aguirre-Sacasa also penned quite a few "The Stand" miniseries for Marvel Comics.