Sidetracks - February 21, 2019

Feb. 21st, 2019 09:32 pm
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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Natsume Yuujinchou Fanfic

Feb. 21st, 2019 10:18 am
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Title: This Is the Why

Author: [personal profile] enemytosleep
Word Count: 1,890
Rating: Gen

Characters: Tanuma/Natsume, Nyanko-sensei
Summary: The boys all have a sleepover. Natsume disappears.

Warnings: none really, everything is pretty on par with the series itself
Notes: Written for [personal profile] mugenn for the 2018 [community profile] chocolateboxcomm exchange on Dreamwidth. Thanks to [personal profile] batman for the read through!

Kaname’s head dulled in an instant as the icy rush of panic spilled down his spine.

Ghost in the Throne

Feb. 20th, 2019 10:00 pm
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Ghost in the Throne by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Exile book 7. Spoilers ahead for the earlier works.

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Weekly Roundup Post

Feb. 20th, 2019 11:01 pm
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What is everyone watching/reading/playing/etc. right now? Anything interesting and new this season? Revisiting a favorite or just catching up on your backlog? Looking for recommendations? This is the post!

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Feb. 19th, 2019 03:20 pm
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Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir, by Jean Guerrero. One World, 2018

 

Jean Guerrero had a hard childhood. Her mother, a Puerto Rican physician working in San Diego, kicked her father out when Guerrero was 6- for understandable reasons. Her mother’s parents, who at times were the children’s caregivers, had some very odd ideas about child rearing. Her father, Marco Antonio Guerrero, was not around much, and when he was, he wasn’t much of a parent. Having mental illness but unwilling to acknowledge that, he self-medicated with, well, pretty much every drug that exists and huge amounts of alcohol.

 

The author majored in journalism and became a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, based in Mexico City. She used this situation to dig into her father’s culture and past. Turned out his family had a number of shamans in it, ending up in a sort of Castaneda territory. His parents and siblings, though, started a meat packing business that was making decent money with Marc Antonio running it. His half-sister edged him out, though, and that is when his problems really started, a downward spiral that included a tin foil hat along with the self-medicating. A voracious reader, he was a genius about repairing and creating things but couldn’t keep a job.

 

There is more than one crux in the story; the physical border between the US and Mexico, the border between mysticism and mental illness. The story wanders around in time and place, and I found this confusing in places. There is some repetition. There were sections that were so fascinating that I couldn’t put the book down, and other places I really wanted to skim or give up. Four stars out of five.

2019 Hugo Nomination Recommendations

Feb. 18th, 2019 09:40 am
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Another year, another Hugo nomination season! Once again, nominations for the Hugo Awards are open, to anyone who is currently a member of this year's upcoming Worldcon in Dublin, Ireland or last year's Worldcon in San Jose. Nominations are open until March 15th, so that's plenty of time to read all those things you've been meaning to get to before nominations close… right?

Never fear, the editors of Lady Business are here to provide our suggestions as you decide what to prioritize on your TBR. Of course, this is by no means a comprehensive list of everything that might be worthy of a Hugo nomination, and nor is it meant to be. It's just a selection of some of the works we loved in 2018, and a few reasons why we loved them, along with a selection of the books, stories, and shows we're still hoping to check out ourselves. Each editor's opinions are their own, although we suspect you'd find a fair amount of agreement if we had sat down to discuss our picks.

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Feb. 17th, 2019 12:57 pm
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Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of our own Back Yards, by Sara Stein. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993

 

‘Noah’s Garden’ was one of the early books advocating using native plants and gardening for the wildlife. Stein relates, in wandering fashion, the long process she and her husband undertook of returning a large site to something sustainable and critter friendly- both macro and micro. She shows the problem with having a lawn instead of a meadow, and with planting exotic (non-native plants) to the exclusion of natives. Not having a landscape that provides food and shelter to native insects, birds, and mammals means that pest species numbers just explode with nothing to keep them in check. And that point is where people end up reaching for the spray gun.

 

It’s a very interesting book for the most part, although it bogs down near the end and I started skimming for a while. There are sources that go into more detail about meadows, pest species, and gardening for wildlife available now, but it’s a nice starting point. Four stars.

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Feb. 16th, 2019 02:56 pm
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Daughter of Moloka’I, by Alan Brennert. St. Martin’s Press, 2019

 

We first meet Ruth in an orphanage on Oahu, the half Japanese, half Hawaiian daughter of occupants of the Moloka’I leper colony. Over the course of 54 years, from 1926 to 1970, we follow her life as she is adopted by a Japanese family who move to California to farm. Of course, come Pearl Harbor, they are put in an internment camp and later have to start over in the aftermath. Ruth is contented with her life; she loves her parents and is starting a family of her own. Then, out of nowhere, a letter arrives from Rachel – her birth mother. Will Ruth want to meet the woman who gave her up when she was one year old? Can she love both her birth mother who she doesn’t remember and her adoptive mother, the only other she’s known? Can she even understand the woman who gave her up- and who lived a significant amount of her life in the leper colony?

 

The characters are mostly well drawn and three dimensional. The author brings places to life, too- the islands, central California, the internment camps. I think this description of the inhumanity of putting people in internment camps like animals comes at a time when the US is doing the same thing all over again, and I hope it will make some difference in the minds of readers. Five stars.

Ghost in the Seal

Feb. 14th, 2019 09:58 pm
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Ghost in the Seal by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Exile book 6. Serious spoilers ahead for the earlier books.

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Our Favourite Media of January 2019

Feb. 14th, 2019 11:31 pm
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Each month, we look back over the media we loved in the previous month, from books to film to video games and more.


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Fanwork Recs — February 2nd 2019

Feb. 14th, 2019 11:01 pm
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Fanwork is awesome and sharing fanwork is even more awesome. Join us as we keymash and squee over our favorite fanwork, from fic (both written and podfic) to art to vids and meta and back again.

If you find something you love, we encourage you to comment/favorite and let the creator know you enjoyed their work. :D o/


Recommendations included:
  • Final Fantasy VIII – art (1)

  • GLOW - vid (3)

  • Hamilton – art (1)

  • Mass Effect - meta (1)

  • MCU – art (1), vid (1)

  • Ocean's 8 - vid (3)


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What fanwork have you loved recently?

Choose Your Enemies

Feb. 13th, 2019 09:07 pm
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Ciaphas Cain: Choose Your Enemies by Sandy Mitchell

Ciaphas Cain book 10. No major spoilers for the earlier books, I think.

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Adventures Elsewhere — January 2019

Feb. 13th, 2019 05:03 pm
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Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet recently! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D


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Weekly Roundup Post

Feb. 13th, 2019 12:35 am
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What is everyone watching/reading/playing/etc. right now? Anything interesting and new this season? Revisiting a favorite or just catching up on your backlog? Looking for recommendations? This is the post!

Ghost in the Inferno

Feb. 12th, 2019 06:34 pm
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Ghost in the Inferno by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Exile book 5. There are serious spoilers for the earlier books ahead.
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Feb. 12th, 2019 01:34 pm
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American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt, by Karen Harper. William Morrow, 2019

 

Consuelo Vanderbilt was brought up strict by her socialite mother, Alva. Taught all the things a society lady was supposed to know, and confined to a corset with a steel rod in the back to make sure her posture was perfect, she was expected to marry well and provide heirs to continue the line. When the Duke of Marlborough showed some interest, a deal- strictly a business deal- was made: Consuelo would get to be an English duchess, and the Duke would get the money he needed to save his palace and live life the way he wanted to. Problem was, Consuelo was already in love with another man. Under threats from her mother, Consuelo gave in and married the Duke. She was now a provider of huge sums of money and of heirs.

 

Consuelo wasn’t one to just sit around and spend money, though. She was quite the philanthropist, and was active in the women’s suffrage movement. She did her part during WW I, running a sort of hospital. And she finally left her husband so she could live her own life.

 

It’s an interesting book and I enjoyed reading it. But it has some flaws. First is that Consuelo is flawless; she is never in the moral wrong. Of course, it’s written in the first person, so that’s kind of to be expected. The second is that I feel like the book was possibly written for the Young Adult crowd, even though it is being advertised for adult readers. Finally, there is a bit of a flat affect. None of the characters- not even Consuelo- really come to life. And one (Alva) makes a total 180 degree turn about in character, which seemed odd. Four out of five stars.

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Feb. 10th, 2019 06:03 pm
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Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Wolff. Harcourt, Brace & World, 1923

 

“Mrs. Dalloway” is a classic, considered by some to be the finest modern novel. That sort of recommendation is enough to make me approach carefully; I’m not educated enough to fully appreciate the great works and I find reading them a chore. But I’m happy to say that, although I found the first bit tedious, it didn’t take me long to get sucked into the story.

 

It’s not that the plot is engaging; there is almost no plot. The book is merely a record of one day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, and that of a few of her friends, and some people that she passes by. We are given access to their thoughts as they go about their day. Clarissa buys flowers, mends a dress, and gives a party. She hosts a visitor, just back from India. She thinks about a girl from her school days, with whom she had been in love. Septimus Smith, suffering from PTSD from WW I and the loss of a fellow soldier with whom he’d been in love, quietly sinks into a fatal madness. The stream of consciousness leads us seamlessly through the minds of these people; there are no chapters to provide breaking points. Wolff’s prose is simply beautiful; she describes the everyday moments that are usually forgotten or ignored as things of beauty. But the book is not just pretty prose; there is surprising depth to some of the characters. Clarissa and Septimus, in particular, although not directly connected, seem to be two sides of the questions of life and death. Five stars.

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My queue was getting ridiculous so I sat down and watched one episode of everything, and if I couldn't manage that I dropped the show.

The list of shows and links to my short reviews

It's a pretty wide range of genres. I managed to cut it down to 22 shows I actually like, which I list at the end.

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Feb. 9th, 2019 05:21 pm
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Magdalena’s Ghost: The Haunting of the House in Gallows Lane, by Peppi Hilton. 2015

 

Young couple Lucy and Anton are headed out for a weekend of camping in their van when Anton decides to take a new road to the campground. They find themselves in a run-down village, and he is taken with an old, abandoned house. Lucy finds the house horribly creepy and unwelcoming, but Anton develops an immediate obsession with it. Suddenly he’s got their lives mapped out as B&B owners in the middle of nowhere. Despite Lucy’s objections, Anton pushes it and they are owners of the decrepit building in no time. He’s a carpenter, and so able to do the repairs and restorations himself- no one else is coming and going into the house. Lucy hates the house despite its beauty, and finds creepy things happening. When Anton leaves for two weeks to work on a customer’s house, things really break loose. The grand piano plays, doors open and close, and there are, quite literally, skeletons in the closet. The past is coming alive, with a vengeance. The story plays out in both the present and the 1950s.

 

While the haunting was interesting and pretty well done- some of it was very creepy!, I wasn’t crazy about aspects of the story. Anton came across as not caring a bit about what Lucy thought, and just did as he pleased. Lucy was a very weak character, going along with the flow, being unwilling to cross Anton. There was also a good deal of repetition. I’d say four stars.

 

Sidetracks - February 8, 2019

Feb. 8th, 2019 06:39 pm
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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