Fandom meme

Sep. 4th, 2011 03:25 pm
sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)
Meme taken from both [ profile] steadfast and [ profile] sunflower_mynah.

1. List 10 or more fandoms you like;
2. Your f-list will guess your favourite characters in each.

1. Harry Potter (4) - Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood.
2. Tolkien (6, only because it's been more than six years since I read The Silmarillion and cannot remember one of Feanor's sons I liked) - Aragorn,
3. The Sandman comics (5) - Death, Morpheus, Delirium,
4. Discworld (10) - Sam Vimes, Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, DEATH, Susan Sto Helit, the Death of Rats, Rob Anybody Feegle, Tiffany Aching, and the Librarian.
5. Good Omens (4) - Aziraphale and Crowley,
6. The Chronicles of Narnia (5) - Edmund Pevensie,
7. The Lucifer comics (5) - Mazikeen,
8. The Dresden Files (4) - Michael Carpenter, Harry Dresden, Bob the Skull,
9. Disney (like the font isn't a clue XD) (4)- Simba,
10. Supernatural (3) - Gabriel,

Books <3

Sep. 3rd, 2011 01:30 pm
sivaroobini: (Booty Cat)

Was clearing some old Facebook notifs in my inbox when I came across this post of [ profile] fantasybookworm's.

[ profile] fantasybookworm/Kelsey: I don't see much of a difference between books and sex. Both are...
       -Best enjoyed in bed
       -Improved with chocolate
       -Rude to be involved with over dinner
       -Both involve Mr. Darcy if you're lucky

Me: Well, if the dinner is a private one at home, it's perfectly permissible to have books or sex as dessert...
       And mmm, Mr Darcy :9 ♥


sivaroobini: (Marauders)
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Definitely Harry Potter! My kids will be as familiar with The Tales of Beedle The Bard as with Cinderella and Snow White. :D And Hogwarts will be another home for them, as it was for me. They'll also watch the movies over and over with me. <3

I'd also read or recommend to them the Narnia books, and The Hobbit (and we shall watch the Lord of the Rings movies together too; I'll let them read LotR when they think they're old enough). I have loved these books since my own childhood and they're definitely classics for children. I also loved Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations and Oliver Twist from the age of seven or eight, and I'd start them off on abridged versions and then let them read the unabridged ones when they want to. Also, I grew up reading loads of Enid Blyton. I think the Famous Five series was my favourite; I had the entire set. My kids will grow up on those too, and The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers and Dog, Malory Towers, St. Clare's, and her Rewards short story collections.

And, of course, mythology. I grew up reading loads of Norse, Greek and Egyptian myths, as well as Hindu myths. Obviously, as a child I only had access to the censored versions; therefore I believed that the part of Osiris's body that Isis could not find was his leg, only finding out years later that it was his, ahem, phallus. XD

Some gorgeous Potter-related graphics that sum up my feelings perfectly:

^ There are a couple of typos, but I still think it's gorgeous.

^ I thought that was the most beautiful scene in the Half-Blood Prince movie: when all the students and teachers of Hogwarts, standing by Dumbledore's body, raise their wands together, and the light from all their wands dispels the Dark Mark in the sky.

And that is the sort of thing I want my children, nieces, nephews and godchildren to read. Books that teach them to believe in magic and the impossible. Books that teach them the importance of friendship and family and bravery and loyalty and faith and love and forgiveness and ideals, that provide strength and show them that you can use your brains to get yourself out of sticky situations (I <3 Odysseus, even if he is a bit of a dickhead at times). Stuff that instils in them a sense of awe and love for the ancient civilisations. Stories that develop a love for adventure and nature.

One of the reasons I am so fond of Potter is all the references Rowling makes to creatures and legends from all over the world; it led me on a merry treasure hunt to find all these things, like manticores and divination methods and alchemy and etymological roots and so on, and I learned so much. (It's also one of the reasons I <3 The Dresden Files - the way Jim Butcher makes use of so much fantasy lore - but it's hardly for children.) The series isn't perfect, of course, but if you asked me what I would read to my children, it's the first thing that comes to mind.
sivaroobini: (Gryffindor)

Dad put up a wall shelf for me today. I wasted no time in making full use of it.

- The Sorceror's Companion: A Guide to the Magical Worlds of Harry Potter by Allan Zola Kronzek and Barbara Kronzek
- Harry Potter and History by Nancy R Reagin
-'s What Will Happen In Harry Potter 7
- The End of Harry Potter? by David Langford
- J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter by Marc Shapiro
- Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli
- The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: Spellbinding Map and Book of Secrets by David Colbert
- The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter by David Colbert
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
- Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander (and JK Rowling)
- Quidditch Through The Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (and JK Rowling)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling

Then there's my plush snowy owl, a wooden Hermione toy I made in Lower Secondary, my wand, and the red box containing my Hogwarts pin. You can also see the cute little red-clad voodoo Harry Potter doll from my sister, dangling from under the shelf. ♥ The tall red bookend is in the shape of a tree.

sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)

Today I returned home from another awesome day out (I rarely spend my days off at home these days, it seems; friends and family are all clamouring for my time. I feel loved.) and was placing my necklace and earrings back in one of the tiny drawers I keep my [numerous] accessories in, when I noticed something that most of the contents seemed to have in common.

I was wearing that long necklace of polished garnet chips, those red-and-brass earrings, and that red-and-beige wooden bead bracelet with a red tartan hair scrunchie and glittery red hairband, a figure-hugging red blouse, a long ochre skirt with a few flowers embroidered in red and green thread and with red tartan on the hem, and very dark red shoes. And even my pottu was dark red and gold. GUESS WHAT MY FAVOURITE COLOUR IS. XD

So, in the morning I met Vatchala, an old friend of mine (she's seven years older than I am and used to be one of my mum's favourite students years ago; she became a family friend :D) for some delicious brunch and catching up. Awesome food, awesome company. <3 We need to meet up more often! :D

Later I went to Gena's house so we could work on our appeal letters for the universities together. We only got a little bit done, though. >_> Then we packed up and went to another friend's (Liying) house. Gena and Liying are singing at some charity performance to raise funds for dyslexic kids, so they were practising; they're really good singers. Alvie joined us later and we had lots of fun. :D

On to the book meme!

16. Adaptation: What book would you most like to see made into a film? Do you like to read the book first or see the film? Any books you have read after seeing the film version? )

17. What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read? )

18. Your favourite book series & your favourite book out of that series )

19. Your favourite picture, junior fiction and Young Adult books )

20. Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise )

Now to read some fanfiction [ profile] minselding  has sent me. :D
sivaroobini: (Dream)

I'm tired and just want to watch Justice League or something, but I've already put off posting about the outing with [ profile] sunflower_mynah  aka Mysti on the 18th for a few days. XD Admittedly, I've had work.

On the 18th of May, for some youth animation festival thingy, they were showing Coraline in 3D, and there'd also be Making-Of scenes and talks by people who'd worked on it. I found out when they were selling tickets during the World Free Comic Book Day celebrations at work, called Mysti, invited her along, and bought two tickets.
Summary with photos! )

On to questions 11 to 15 of the book meme!

11. Do you own multiple copies of any book? What are they? Why do you have multiple copies? )

12. Book borrowing – do you use the library? Do you prefer to try before you buy? What about lending your books to friends? Are you a good borrower, do you remember to return books?  )

13. Do you reread a lot? Why (not)? Name a book you have reread many times. )

14. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?  )

15.Do you recommend books to other people? If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?  )

See, this is why I cannot do all 30 questions at one go like [ profile] sunflower_mynah  did; it'd be novel-length. XD I do have to work the early shift tomorrow though, it's now 12.20AM and I need to wake up by 6.40AM, so I need to post this and sleep!
sivaroobini: (Dream)

I've been either too busy or too tired for LJ. My new job keeps me really busy - I work five to six days a week, either 9.30AM to 6.45PM or 12.45PM to 10PM (10.30 on Saturdays), and then there's travelling time, so generally by the time I get home it's late, I'm tired, and I just want to curl up and read, or chat with friends on AIM, or watch Supernatural or The Mentalist or Justice League Unlimited, or one of the Ancient Egypt documentaries if I'm not too braindead.

Also, I recently bought and read the John Constantine graphic novel Hellblazer: Pandemonium and it was AWESOME. It has ancient Sumerian ruins and the goddesh Ishtar and Christian demons who were once worshipped as gods in the Middle East and ruined temples and a poker game with the gods and of course John himself... basically, almost everything I love. ♥ And there was this awesome bit on the last page that really resonated with me (Singapore just had an election, and I am disappointed, although proud of some areas). Here's the quote:

Blame the gods' cold machinations, or the fundamental violence of human nature; but which of us with the privilege to vote can claim innocence for the filthy crime of war? We have the choice who leads us, apathetic, into pandemonium." - John Constantine in Hellblazer: Pandemonium.

Awesome, isn't it?

Also, the 7th of May was Free Comic Book Day! :D We celebrated it at Kinokuniya by giving away free comics, giving away little Green Lantern figurines with every purchase, giving members a 20% discount on all comics, and having Stormtroopers and Darth Vader himself turn up for photos. :D

I also took advantage of that discount (I don't have a staff discount) to get myself the tenth Lucifer volume, Lucifer: Morningstar, and the Absolute Death volume! EEEEE. :D

Okay, so I could not resist. That's me in a black tank top and an ankh pendant, with my Absolute Death volume. ♥ In retrospect, I should have let my hair down, it's wild enough that if I ever did dress as Death properly, I wouldn't need a wig. The book is GORGEOUS, isn't it? As befits a beautiful character, say I. I wish my Mac camera hadn't laterally inverted everything though. ;_;

Now, on to the book meme. Since I haven't been online for so many days, I'm going to cheat by answering questions 5 to 10 in one post. XD

5. A book you acquired in some interesting way. )

6. A book with a story for you, that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time). )

7. What fictional character are you (secretly) in love with? )

8. The last book you acquired, and how (begged, bought, borrowed?). )

9. Your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next. )

10. What author do you own the most books by and why? )

There. :D Off to spend some quality time with my new comics and wrap them in plastic.
sivaroobini: (Default)

I am now working as a cashier at Books Kinokuniya. :D I had my Orientation yesterday and today was my first real day of work, though I'm still being trained.

I am SO TIRED. It was an eight-hour shift today (excluding the 1 hour and fifteen minutes of  lunch break, though I was still walking around the large mall looking for somewhere to eat, and then I ate fast and walked around the comics section of the store XD) and there are no seats available behind the counter, so I was pretty much standing and walking about the whole time. My shoulders ache like hell and my feet are just as bad.

Yet I didn't mind too much, because it's a huge BOOKSTORE. Selling books and stationery to people kind of makes up for it. I was amazed at the crowd and the number of sales (today was the first time I got to hold a thousand-dollar note, too!) on a weekday - and I left before 7pm, too - but I'm not complaining. XD

Now for today's book meme question.

4. The book that’s been on your shelves the longest.

 Hmm. Most likely a little Lion King book I got for my third or fourth birthday from my father's brother and two sisters. I was completely obsessed with The Lion King at the time and remained so for years, and this book was really special to me because it featured me as a character - the book is told from the POV of "Roobi", aka me, as she goes on an adventure with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. She even gets to help save the day. :D She also constantly makes references to "Uncle Arasu", "Aunt Neelu" and "Aunt Kothai".

It's still got my name in crayon and ugly childish handwriting on the inside cover, together with a photo of tiny!me in a beautiful sticker frame, and to this day I treasure the book, bite-marks and all. (No, I do not know why I decided to bite my book when I was a child. At least it's only in one place, and not all over.)

sivaroobini: (Gryffindor)

  In this post I mentioned going out with my friends, and the lovely snake ring I bought, and my regret that I hadn't been able to buy the angel wing earrings as well. Yesterday afternoon, after Kinokuniya called to inform me I was hired, my sister texted me asking if I wanted to meet her at Plaza Singapura (I knew she'd been planning to go there to get some stuff for her fish tank). I said sure, showered, dressed and went to meet her.

  I was walking past some of the shops in Plaza Sing, looking for her (she wasn't answering her phone) and then I saw her coming towards me, and after the greetings and the complaints that she wasn't answering her phone, she showed me a beautiful set of blue rings she'd bought at Diva. I showed her the snake ring I was wearing, saying I'd gotten it at Diva the day before. She said, "I figured as much. By the way, I got you something." And then she handed me the same pair of angel earrings I'd been eyeing the previous day.

 I think my initial reaction was "??!? OH MY GOD, YOU SAW MY BLOG POST?" and then I hugged the stuffing out of her. XD I honestly hadn't been expecting it; the most I'd expected was walking past Diva, having to pull her into it, and getting myself the earrings.


My iMac webcam's flash is a bit bright; the earrings don't actually shine quite that brightly, but they're gorgeous.

We had a delicious meal at PastaMania (their mushroom baked rice is amazing), walked around a bit and laughed at some stuff in Times (although I was also drooling over a Hellblazer graphic novel); they have spoof books like The Dragon with a Girl Tattoo. XD Then we went to the aquarium shop to get her pump and new fish and stuff, and took a cab home.

Now, on to the book meme.

3. Your favourite book aged 9 ½, or 13 ¾, whichever you remember best.

That's an easy one, as I remember both clearly. XD At the age of 9 ½, my favourite books (I couldn't choose at the time) were the first three Harry Potter books. :D

About a week before my ninth birthday in July 2001, my dad, his younger sister, his younger brother, my cousin (dad's sister's son) and I were seated at a table in a nursing home with my dozing paternal grandfather; my dad and I, and the others, went to see him every Sunday afternoon. My aunt handed me a nicely wrapped package, saying it was an early birthday gift. I opened it immediately (I was eight going on nine!) and was quite gleeful to find new books; they were Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

I remember stretching out on my stomach on the living room sofa at home and reading Philosopher's Stone. I remember flipping to the back cover to look at the artwork of Dumbledore when he was described in the book. It was a wonderful new world for me, and I fell in love. I was half-living in Harry's world, so much so that when I was telling my mother and sister that my primary school principal was leaving to work at the Ministry of Education, it accidentally came out as "Ministry of Magic" before I realised it.

Philosopher's Stone also spawned my current reading habit when it comes to new books that are really good; I speed-read the first time through, enthralled by the plot, though I don't miss out on much. (I do read, write and talk very fast.) After I finish reading it the first time I immediately re-read the book; this time I take my time with the descriptions, the nuances of character interaction etc, taking in details I may have missed out now that I'm no longer in a hurry to see what comes next. This is how I read most new books unless they're not that amazing or really thick (though LotR was an exception, I think I read it three times straight), this is how I read the entire HP series, and it started with the first HP book.

I also remember what my favourite book at the age 13 ¾ of was: JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. I had found it in the school library the previous year, when I was still 12 ¾, and since I was already a huge fan of all three movies I looked forward to finally reading the souce material. And I was utterly blown away, in love all over again.

I renewed and returned and re-borrowed and renewed my loan of the book, tattered and torn as it already was (though I took care of it, it was already very old when I found it), so that it was in my possession for more than a year, taking up lots of space on my school desk (there were multiple copies in the library, so I felt no guilt). A teacher eventually confiscated and returned it since I couldn't keep my hands and eyes off it for long. XD Two years later, considering that it was literally in pieces (the cover separate from the books, the pages themselves torn into two thick sections, pages missing) the library condemned it to be shredded and I rescued it, using copious amounts of scotch tape to put it back together and photocopying the missing pages from other copies, cutting them out, gluing them back to back, and pasting them into the book so that it was whole again. I took it home and today it is still on my top shelf, together with all the other Tolkien books I own. And to this day, despite all the other authors I've fallen for, The Lord of the Rings remains my all-time favourite book and Tolkien my favourite and most respected author.

What about you, friends-list? What spawned your first fandom obsessions?
sivaroobini: (Booty Cat)

First: this year's Shakespeare in the Park is Macbeth! My friends and I are hoping to go and see it. (I'll really need that job ASAP if I want to afford things like theatre tickets though... >_> )

Outing with my friends, featuring karaoke, mushrooms, tartan and snakes. )

Day 2 of this awesome book meme.

2. Your earliest memory of reading or being read to

  Another hard one. XD Umm. I remember that one of my favourite books when I was, like, three or four, was Bala and the Moon. It was one of those simple books for tiny tots, and featured a boy called Bala who wanted to be an astronaut, and he goes to the moon. I don't remember whether or not it was made of cheese in the book. xP I doubt it, though; my father, with his love for astronomy, wouldn't have let me believe that. Still, this was the reason why as a preschooler I wanted to be an astronaut. (However, as a child I also wanted to be an author and a paleontologist who occasionally dabbled in archaeology too, and at the time I thought one could be many things easily enough.)

Mostly I remember the pages and the illustrations, and being in the kitchen and telling my mother I wanted to be an astronaut and go to the moon like Bala.

I also remember these read-along sets in a cupboard below the radio in my parents' room; illustrated simple books, generally featuring Disney characters, that came with an audio cassette per set. I'd slot the cassette into the radio and read along with the cassette, though eventually I just read the books myself; sometimes I still liked to put the cassettes in to hear things like Iago's or the Great Mouse Detective's voice or the Pocahontas songs, though. And eventually I couldn't do that because as a kid I had itchy fingers and liked to poke and prod at things to find out how they worked, which meant I pulled the shiny black ribbons out of some of the cassette spools and ruined them. XD

... I kind of miss cassettes now, they were fun.
sivaroobini: (Ineffable)

So [ profile] sunflower_mynah  linked me to this lovely 30-day book meme at [ profile] book_memes , and I'll be doing it. :D

  1. A fictional character you identify with and why

This is actually a pretty hard one. XD I think I share traits with many characters, and some years ago I'd probably have given you a long list of characters I thought I identified with, but now... I really don't know.

Hmm. Maybe Aziraphale from Good Omens? We both have what would probably be called an awfully outdated fashion sense (I'd like to think that I'm not nearly as bad, though... and since my two-week paid trial expired, my two Adam Lambert icons have replaced two of my GO icons, so I can't use this icon for this post; it'd have been fitting), we both worship books, particularly rare and/or old ones, we both call people "dear", and I have a dreadful fondness for tartan. Also... between Aziraphale and Crowley, it seems like Crowley's actually the more optimistic one while Aziraphale seems to have the more jaded view of humanity; Crowley's the one who has to go and get drunk for a week after seeing the Spanish Inquisition. While I am constantly shocked by what humanity's capable of, overall I do tend to take a more pessimistic view of it. XD However, I do prefer cocoa to tea.

There's also Remus J Lupin from Harry Potter, to some extent. Mostly because of the chocolate and books. XD Also, maybe it's just me reading too much into things and forcing my head!canon onto him, but it seemed to me that sometimes he couldn't quite get why he was a Marauder, why the popular James Potter and Sirius Black cared so much about him; he didn't see what he had to offer people, and we see that repeated later on with Tonks (putting aside my inner Remus/Sirius fangirl and my slashy reasons for that). And sometimes I, too, wonder (in a good way, usually) why my friends are here, what they see in me, what I can offer them.

And of course, from the same fandom, there's also Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood. Hermione for obvious reasons - I'm also a huge bookworm and I think all the answers to everything can be found in books/the library (or Google), and I'd like to think I'm as loyal to my friends as she is. I'm not always very logical, though, and I'm only a top student for certain subjects that I enjoy, like English/GP/Lit. And I am a proud nerd; with certain subjects, I genuinely enjoy learning and will voluntarily read more about them for fun. And my hair is just as bushy; I swear, it's like a longer, black version of hers. And Luna because, again, for obvious reasons. I'm not nearly as spacey as she is, but a lot of my peers would consider me "Loony" as well because of what I read, the things I say and do, the things I believe, the way I dress, etc. I say weird things at odd moments too. And I do love the way she dresses. XD
sivaroobini: (Ineffable)

Aka Commercialised Florists-ripping-you-off Day

Happy Lupercalia, everyone! <3

Went out with my mother today. XD I applied for a job at Borders - they should call back by tomorrow - and we bought some books. Then we went to this little coffee place just outside Borders called The Coffee Club. She had a chicken sandwich, I had a delicious chocolate muffin (warmed, so the chocolate chips had melted through the soft chocolate cake bit) and this tiny dessert thing that was a tiny glass containing mango puree and white chocolate and blackcurrent compote topped with sweet cream and a raspberry, and we both had hot chocolate.

I bought Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: A Game Of You, Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches and Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh, titled Gilgamesh, creatively enough. She bought (or rather I bought it for her, with my gift cards) Curse of the Pharaohs by Zahi Hawass. Time to add all those to the reading list. :D
sivaroobini: (Crowley inner turmoil)

Aargh. My A Levels were finished at the end of last November and I have a break until university starts much later this year. I'd been looking forward to this period SO MUCH last year, and planning what I'd do kept me going.

Now the months stretch ahead of me and I have so many things to do but just can't bring myself to finish them. Would the word ennui be appropriate? There are times when I just walk around the house, unable to motivate myself to finish any of my current projects or start a new one. None of them seem to appeal to me; sometimes they do but I don't feel like doing them anyway. When I'm on the computer, instead of writing or doing anything productive, I spend hours faffing about on Facebook or reading (in some cases, rereading) fanfiction.

Maybe a list will help. Things that are in progress will be italicised, things I've completed will be struck off.

Reading )

Movies/TV )

Music )

Writing/role-play )

Craft Projects )

Miscellaneous )

*stares at list* This is going to end up like that post-O Level list of mine, isn't it? Lakshmi and I wrote up a nice long list and we only did a few things on it. Sigh.
sivaroobini: (Dream)

This is just too adorable not to share. <3

Death in particular is made of cute and I love what Destruction is doing to Destiny's book. XD Their expressions are priceless. <3

On a vaguely related note: I have the entirety of the Sandman comics (except for The Little Endless Storybook, The Dream Hunters and all the The Dreaming Presents miniseries and the two Death comics), the Lucifer comics and the Hellblazer comics (up until issue #260, I believe) in my computer. :D

 But when it comes to actual books, real comics and graphic novels I can touch and put on my top shelf, I only have... The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, Neil Gaiman's Mr Hero The Newmatic Man #9 (a slim little comic issue still pristine in the plastic sleeve it came in),  Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman, The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman, The Books of Magic Volume 1: Bindings by John Rey Nieber, Lucifer: Inferno (Vol 5) by Mike Carey, Lucifer: Evensong (Vol 11) by Mike Carey, The Sandman: Season of Mists (Vol 4) by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Fables & Reflections (Vol 6) by Neil Gaiman, John Constantine, Hellblazer: The Gift (Vol 24) by Mike Carey and John Constantine, Hellblazer: India (Vol 32) by Peter Milligan.

I still feel that e-books are not, somehow, as real as actual paper books that I can touch and stroke and smell and slip bookmarks into and slide into place on my shelf. And pretty books have a charm all their own. Yes, one shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but what if you know a book is really nice and a limited edition with a gorgeous cover comes out?

Anyway, I once bought an NIV Bible just because it had a pretty denim cover. XD (and it was more expensive than my Zondervan KJV Bible despite being a quarter of the size) yes yes I know, Aziraphale was an angel, but he also worshipped books, shush :P

So yes, despite the fact that I already have the Sandman comics in CBR format, I plan to one day own all four real Absolute Sandman volumes, plus the lovely bookends. I'm also hoping to get all the Lucifer volumes. And of course I'd love to own all the Hellblazer volumes, but I think I may need a new bookcase at this rate. XD Especially if I want to own all the Discworld books too - I have the entire set as e-books, but less than fifteen actual DW books. A bookcase made of sapient pearwood would be awesome. 8D

Sigh. I don't want money for its own sake. To me money = books. XD Reminds me of an incident in one of the malls of Dubai, when we were all walking back to the carpark after yet another day spent shopping. My uncle had just surprised me with a huge, gorgeous book, The Treasures of Ancient Egypt by Jaromir Malek. I had seen it in the bookshop earlier but the price tag had scared me off, and I was over the moon with joy when a short while later he handed a bag to me saying it was my Christmas present and I pulled that very book out.

So we were walking towards the escalators leading to the carpark when we passed Tiffany and Co, and my uncle pointed to it and commented, "You know, most girls would want gifts from there instead."

Me: *still hugging the book to my chest* Well, I'm not most girls. Anyway, you should be happy, books are cheaper than diamonds.

Uncle: *laughs* Yes, well. Whenever I go to the US my female friends always jokingly ask for something from Tiffany and Co.

Me: That's silly. I mean, noone's going to look at my neck and see what brand my necklace is.

Uncle: That's an interesting point of view. And true.

I'm supposed to not be attached to materialistic things, as a Hindu, but I am far too attached to my books and I want more. XD It's lucky there isn't a Commandment saying Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's books.

... come to think of it, I have a dreadful fondness for tartan - like most Good Omens fangirls, at least - and call people 'dear'... I'm doomed. And astonishingly happy about it.


Jan. 5th, 2011 04:52 pm
sivaroobini: (Armageddon)

So I've decided that whenever possible from now on I'm uploading a picture, with some relevance to whatever I think I'm going to talk about, before the actual wall of text post. I have so many cute or funny pictures and I might as well share them. ;)

I just want to bury myself like that fox and hibernate right now. @_@ There's this strange sort of lethargy or sluggishness in my bones.

Last night I was trying to catalogue some of my books at my LibraryThing account and now I just want to curl up with snacks and a hot drink and reread most of them, starting with Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants. It may be just a really thin kids' book, but the storyline is awwww-worthy and the characters and the use of Norse myths are amazing and if I had kids I would so read it to them. That also goes for Sheila Banfield's Leif the Lucky. According to LibraryThing, only one other person on that website besides me owns it. Which is sad because for a simple-looking thin little kids' book, it combines an engaging plot and historical characters with lovely details of Viking history and art and culture and everday life, and shows how Christianity is just beginning to make itself felt alongside the old worship of Odin and Thor and so on. These books, to me, are amazing children's books, and I don't get how stuff like Captain Underpants is more popular. Sigh.

cut for ramblings about crystals, religion and cleaning )

Help wanted! Help me clean my room and move stuff, and I will cook for you and give you something from Dubai or Egypt. Even if it's just sand from Giza or Saqqara in a tiny bottle. :D


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