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 Thanks to the lovely [ profile] inala  who succumbed to my begging, demanding, whining pleading, I now have a lovely copy of the Jin Yellow Gold poster from December potato.  As she is fabulous, she cleaned up the creases and made it even prettier....


*sigh*  *so pretty*

and because how could I keep such loveliness to myself....have a download link:

MF link here.  Let me know if you want a MU one.

News has also just broken about Jin on MTV in Times Square :)  Very happy to see that! 
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Oh well, almost made it halfway.....

Day 12 – A book you have been recommended by a friend or acquaintance.

One that is on my to read list, have not read it yet... It is apparently fabulous, and everyone I know who has read it, has loved it so....when I get a chance....

Day 13 – A book that makes you laugh.

OOOO this one was that is always guaranteed to make me laugh (and is therefore not suitable for reading while traveling to school, uni or work, as there may be snorting involved)....

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

Fabulous characters, nutty scenarios, snarky wonderful dialogue, and some of the weirdest and cleverest scenarios and jokes you will find. Hard to describe, it's basically Armageddon, with the characters ranging from angels and demons to withches with prophesy and normal people, and it's all done with biting, hysterical wonderful British humour, mischeif and at times pathos. It's *fantastic* and everyone should read it. *nods*

Day 14 – A book from your childhood.

I cheated *again* surprise, and have chosen a series. Anne of Green Gables. Oh how I wanted to Anne when I was little...although I seriously wanted Diana's long black curls rather than the titian hair, but I wanted to go to school on Prince Edward Island, and live in a farmhouse and wear pinafores...and...then again, pretty much every book I read made me want that.. even A Little Princess had me wanting to live in a London attic...

But the magic of Anne of Green Gables is that you grow up with Anne until you feel like she is one of your best friends. You know what she would say and how she would act, and she makes mistakes, learns and grows. The people in Avonlea are gorgeous as well...Gilbert, Dianna, Marilla, Matthew *sob*..all fabulous. Definitely a series that I will always remember and love. and re-read now and again :)

Coming soon...the next few days I missed....
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So, this one was really easy :)

A book you loved the first time you read it but you can't stand now.

The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

This, for me, is one of those books that the first time you read it is gripping, engaging, and fabulous. You are immersed in a world that has been solidly and beautifully constructed, with a lot of thought going into the construction of religious and political structures, the character interactions and relationships work within and inform the narrative and if you are a bit of a history geek like me, well you are so happy that she makes the pagan dark ages seem real and gritty and the people who live in it seem real as well. And it's from point of view of Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar, which was such a change in arthurian literature. there might also have been an absolutely shocking for me at the time to read Lancelot/Gwenhwyfar/Arthur scene.

And then, I went back to read it...and the magic was gone. The characters were flat and lifeless, and you could see how she made characterisations fit around plot points, and the -isms she was interested in kinda swamped the rollicking good story. I also had studied arthurian history at uni and it has now ruined all arthurian literature for me. Just as well I had read everything before I did that subject

Marion Zimmer Bradley is a really interesting person though, and i would be interested in finding out more about her. She was obviously a very strong individual, who was not afraid to try things; she wrote across a lot of genre fiction from speculative, fantasy, sci-fi and queer fiction, she co-founded the SCA, and was an early supporter of fanfiction, writing two LOTR fanfics herself that were published and encouraging fanficcers to write in her Darkover world. That all went pearshaped and ended in a lawsuit over a similar storyline which cropped up in an unpublished novel of hers and a fanfic version. She was also really open and supportive of paganism as a religious choice, and then quietly converted back to Christianity in her later years. And...her second husband was a child molester, and it seems to a certain degree she was aware of it and ok with it (there is controversy over what she knew and when, but there is no doubt she knew), and that makes it problematic for me to view her only as an author.... so. Anyways, wiki entry here...

Mists of Avalon. Definitely a book I will never read again.
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Most of these entries seem to start with me saying, well this is one of...(insert adjective or noun)..... but as I definitely have more than one favorite writer depending on my mood, the time of the year, what else I am reading and a whole host of other things...

I give you a writer who will never be recognised as a "great writer" but who nevertheless spins a very good story, who creates interesting and engaging characters who mostly have a character arc, who cared about populating a world with different cultures (even if the cultures could be a bit lot simplistic, who gave women characters positions of power even though they mostly had to be queens or princesses or ladies to be worthy of dialogue - but hell compare it to Wheel of Time!!! , who could make me laugh and cry within a page of each other, and who introduced me to the genre of "fantasy". and also caused a huge fight with my mother on the grounds she thought I would end up a satanist, as I was reading "those" books. Had great fun explaining how that was not true......

Anyway, if you like Fantasy, I say give David Eddings now David and Leigh Eddings, seeing he has acknowledged the role of his wife's contribution to their writing process

The Belgariad and the Malloreon...five books in each series, and they are some of my favorite books ever.

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This...I have no real idea. I do not know when I first started reading, but I know it was before I started school. I don't remember learning to read, and I can't remember a time when I could not read, so.....

The earliest books I can remember reading with my parents are:

The Clifford Series...

And of course the old classic....

The very hungry caterpillar.

As far as the first "proper" book....ummm probably one of the Edith Blyton series, I definitely read them all....Magic Faraway Tree, the Wishing Chair, the Famous Five.....
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 This goes for lots of mystery writers, but especially for Conan Doyle for some reason.  I love Sherlock Holmes...and I love his writing, but I can't re-read entire books or stories of Sherlock Holmes because there is always a point at which I remember how the mystery was solved, and maybe it is more accurate to say a book that I have only been able to read all the way through only once.....

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So Day 5, and a book I could read again and again.....and I do seem to be doing this later and later....

Hmmmm...lots of books I read again and again......looking at my bookshelves, it's hard to pick just one!

So, this one it is.  <s> and yes this is the DVD cover, because they fit my mental image of Anne and Captain Wentworth exactly. </S>  I love this book, and it times it overtakes Pride and Prejudice as my favourite Austen.   But that letter scene........oh the letter scene.  *flail*  "You pierce my soul.. *flail*


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 OOO an hour earlier than last night...

Day 4 – Your most hated book.

And also a hard one. 

I think I will have to go with one that probably none of you will know (for which you can be thankful)  

I remember being the only person in my class who hated this book - and there is nothing that has changed my mind about it. I found it badly written, with poor characterisations, a narrative that was in no way engaging and some truly horrible scenes. Everyone else thought it was brilliant, engaging and poetic. *shrugs whatever people I **hated** it.*  And I can't be more specific than that, as I have purged most of it from my memory.

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Ok, coming in just under the wire....oops almost forgot....

Day 3 – Your favourite book.

This I find almost impossible to answer because I love so many different types of books that I find it almost impossible to make a choice. I mean I even have problems picking favourites within a genre, so ... *Sigh* *looks at bookshelf*

How about one of my favorite books which means a lot to me, and I find something different in every time I read it?  Some of you may know I love Ancient Egypt and it's a very large hobby of mine...

This was probably the second serious book on Ancient Egypt I read...and it's about tutankhamun. I loved it. It's the story of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, a close look at lots of the grave goods, and it has a lot relational information to egyptian culture. I devoured it, and kept coming back to it, and I still love it. I can now of course pick the problems with it, see where the bow has been drawn a little too liberally, and where it's been fudged just a little bit too much.

Still, it is a wonderful story, beautifully put together, and is a classic. Details at amazon.  And now I need to schedule another re-read in for this one....and yes, made it by 4 mins!
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Day 2 – Next book you will read or want to read.

Well, assuming I have gotten any further with Day One's book...the next book will be the workbook...

The next book I want to have a chance to read is this one, highly recommended by a very good friend, and apparently his blog is very funny.....

back to studying via some lj-ing
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 Day 1 - The book you are reading atm.

"Are reading".... well could be reading, should be reading, will be reading, intend to be reading.....only problem is that I need to know all of it for the exam argh! And need to buy book 2 for next semester...argh!

Book Meme..

Jun. 5th, 2010 02:36 pm
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 snagged from [ profile] elanielyn  ... I need to start reading more books again....and may not manage to post every day, will have to see how that goes with work and japanese exams coming up...argh!  <s>  yeah I should be studying now but I am not because I am doing this sigh *headdesk* </s>

Day 1 - The book you are reading atm.
Day 2 – Next book you will read or want to read.
Day 3 – Your favourite book.
Day 4 – Your most hated book.
Day 5 – A book you could read again and again.
Day 6 – A book you have been able to read only once (whether you liked it or not).
Day 7 – A book that reminds you of someone.
Day 8 – A book that reminds you of somewhere.
Day 9 – First book you ever read.
Day 10 – A book by your favourite writer.
Day 11 – A book you loved the first time you read it but you can't stand now.
Day 12 – A book you have been recommended by a friend or acquitance.
Day 13 – A book that makes you laugh.
Day 14 – A book from your childhood.
Day 15 – The fourth book counting from the left in your shelf.
Day 16 – The ninth book counting from the right in your shelf.
Day 17 – Close your eyes and pick up a random book from your shelf.
Day 18 – The book with the prettiest cover you own.
Day 19 – A book you have always wanted to read.
Day 20 – The best book of all the compulsory readings you had to do at school.
Day 21 – The wordst book of all the compulsory readings you had to do at school.
Day 22 – The book in your shelf with the higher number of pages.
Day 23 – The book in your shelf with the smaller number of pages.
Day 24 – A book no one would think you've read.
Day 25 – A book which main characters defines you.
Day 26 – A book you'd read to your kids.
Day 27 – A book which main characters fits your "ideal".
Day 28 – Thank God they made a film from this book!
Day 29 – Why on Earth did they have to make a film from this book?
Day 30 – The book you are reading atm.
Day 31 – Next book you will read or want to read.
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Bold the ones you've read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you've read part of. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn't count. Abridged versions don't count either.

BTW, according to the BBC if you've read 7 of these, you are above the average. Ok.  Ummm I have read a lot more than 7! (and does that seven include Harry Potter series ;)

Snagged from [ profile] mujun  

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Ubervilles-Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams – the whole series
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnights Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno - Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madam Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince- Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
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Your result for The Fan Fiction Personality Test...

The True Fan

OOC is blasphemy, canon is everything.

Once you fall in love with a movie, book or TV series, you are loyal like an old dog. You take fanfiction quite serious and use it as a substitute after the canon ran out.

You are probably a walking dictionary of your favourite fandom and you are picky about what you write and read. The closer to the "real thing" fanfiction is, the more you like it.

You rather explore a character in all depth, see new sides and learn more about them than creating new characters or mix up the situations they are in.

Take The Fan Fiction Personality Test at OkCupid

Well, in all honesty...yep that pretty much sums me up :)
quite a cute quiz, go see what you end up with :)
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Further to my last post, here would be the Yukan Club DVD cover with "Sparkly!Jin*, Junno and Pimp!Ryo, and no Noriko.
And here would be the cover...

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So I thought I knew how many KAT-TUN members were off playing Rangers in Rescue.....

Nakamaru right? And my lovely Massu from NEWS.

I was wrong. There were four KAT-TUN members in Rescue. Don't believe me?

Check out the DVD cover below......

Aren't they pretty?

I am not sure what amuses me more; the fact that they got it wrong, the fact that they found a photoshoot picture and then retouched it to make them look all dedicated dangerous Rangers, or the fact that poor KAT-TUN fangirls could buy this and then be very upset about the distinct lack of Ueda, Junno and Koki!

And even Massu suffers....he is credited as Takashi Masuda.

And yes, this a bootleg, and no I did not buy it. Hopefully someone will find it amusing!
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Well today is the 4th of July, and it is therefore the birthday of the everwonderful Akanishi Jin and Masuda Takahisa! Congratulations on your birthday darling boys! Unfortunately, the best laid plans of mice and men have meant that I failed at doing a proper pic spam for each of them, so instead I shall just post a few photos of each of them, showing their hotness and fabulousness. These all came back with me from Osaka last month.

Thanks to inala for her scanning prowess (and sorry for the snatching of the Massu ones from her earlier birthday post, go see for more Massu fabulousness) - I did intend to scan more of my own, but the scanner cord seems to have disappeared. I will probably run across it tomorrow, having torn the place apart looking for it.... *sigh*

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post :)




Best wishes for Massu

Best wishes for Jin

May the next year be full of happiness for the both of you!!!

And two more just because...

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Your result for Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test...


31% Logical, 2% Spatial, 75% Linguistic, 27% Intrapersonal, 35% Interpersonal, 41% Musical, 4% Bodily-Kinesthetic and 14% Naturalistic!

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well, almost a year later and I may actually try and get this thing to work!

let's see how the layout thing works :)

and then......much reading of fic communities.....
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Well, I finally succumbed. I now have a livejournal :) I think this will be a good thing. I look forward to using it for fandom related activities, fic related activies, rants, praises, fic recs, fabulously lovely people swooning and general mayhem.

Short history of moi - ummm..leaving out the boring bits, I am australian, living in melbourne, fandom interests well..just about anything that has engaging characters, well thought out plot lines, great writing, lovely scenery and works well. Anime fandoms: Saiyuki, Kyou Kara Maoh, Descendants of Darkness, Inuyasha, Kenshin, Harukanaru Toki Naka De, Bleach among others.... (recent interest of mine, so am diving wholeheartedly into the fandom). Authors: Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, David Eddings, Suzanne Brockmann, Jo Beverley, Mary Balogh, Mercedes Lackey, Tolkein. Musical Theatre: all of it. Yes you can love Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Frank Wildhorn and Kander and Ebb. Honestly. Fave show though: Les Mis. TV Now: Lost, House, Veronica Mars, The Amazing Race. TV Past: X-Files, Babylon 5, Buffy, Angel, Firefly. Movies: again with the everything from Lord of the Rings through Citizen Kane. Especially Lord of the Rings.

So, let me embark on the fabulous new world that lj will open up for me....must go find me some fandoms to play in....
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