sivaroobini: (Hobbit-approved!)
This may not be the first Tolkien fic I've actually written - I've been poking on and off at a Belladonna-centric fic for a while now - but it's certainly the first one that I'm actually posting. :D

It started life as my NaNoWriMo 2016 project, and is now being heavily edited (with the help of the lovely Ulan, my beta-reader) and posted over at Archive of Our Own. I'm incredibly nervous about it but also excited; it's a very ambitious project and I've had to do a fair bit of Tolkien research for it.

Basically I've been on a Glorfindel/Erestor kick for a couple of years now. Everything about that pairing (and the different ways they're written) mashes my buttons. :D Unfortunately it's also a bit of a niche pairing within the Tolkien fandom, unlike behemoths such as Bilbo/Thorin (which I do ship) or Legolas/Aragorn (which I do not; I ship Aragorn/Arwen and Legolas/Gimli, kthx :P but I do hear it's a huge ship). After exhausting all the E/G fics at AO3, I desperately combed LiveJournal and the various forums and archives from the heyday of the LotR fandom after the movies came out, like Of Elves and Men and the Library of Moria and even that pit of despair, FFN. And in desperation for more Glorfindel/Erestor fic, I began writing my own and indulging all my headcanons.

Tolkien's work really is a bit of a sausagefest, and so I'm appeasing my inner feminist by including various original female characters to pad out the supporting cast, in addition to the usual Imladris cast like Elrond and his family, Lindir, and Melpomaen. I hope they're badass. Two of them are high-ranking officers in the Imladris military, because Tolkien once said that while there's no difference in ability between Elven males and females, it's a question of natural temperament that leads them to their roles within society for which they are better suited, and I say that's absolute bullshit. :P There's also a trans female minor character, because why not? I may have her and the butch lesbian Elf get together. A number of fics do manage queer/POC/female representation and even disabled representation, but trans characters are apparently really rare in Middle-Earth?

So here it is, though I'm not too pleased with the title (never my strong suit). Four chapters are already up, with a lot more to come.

Welcome to Imladris by SavioBriion. Canon events as seen from Imladris, from its founding until the end of the Third Age. Focuses on Erestor and Glorfindel, and a supporting cast.


sivaroobini: (Hobbit-approved!)

I hadn't actually been to the beach since arriving in Perth at the beginning of 2012, even though it's famed for its beaches. Dad, Mum and I did stop at one and we took photos and went to the ice-cream shops on the boardwalk, but we never actually went down to the sandy beach proper, so that doesn't count. So my housemates/good friends, Mark and Hilary, and I had decided that at some point this week we'd all go to the beach and have dinner and watch the sunset or something

On Saturday, we went to the seaside/hippie area of Fremantle (more friends were supposed to join us for lunch as a sort of farewell do for Hilary, who is going to London for two years in a few days, but they all said at the last minute - ie when we were already at Freo - that they couldn't make it, and they all came to our house in the evening instead, so it was just the three of us in the afternoon) and had some excellent food, and we were lying on the grass and basking in the warm sun and napping and then we remembered that the beach was only a short walk away, and decided to visit it briefly before going Geocaching.
It was beautiful. I regretted not visiting it earlier, and I also regretted not wearing beach-appropriate clothing instead of jeans and socks and shoes. XD I would have liked to dig my toes into the sand, it was very soft and fine and clean. The wind was also very strong, completely ruining my formerly tame hair, but it was so worth it.

Soon we began to walk towards the closest Geocaching site in search of the hidden 'treasure' there, but I was hesitant to leave the beach so soon and was lagging behind, staring at the sea. Hilary must have turned around to see why I was lagging and she went, "WAIT, STOP, KEEP LOOKING THERE, GIVE ME YOUR PHONE." And she took this lovely picture, which I'm absurdly fond of.

When I was standing there, the first two lines of the song Legolas sings in The Return of the King, upon first beholding the sea (or did he just hear seagulls?) came to mind.

To the Sea, to the Sea! The white gulls are crying,
The wind is blowing, and the white foam is flying.
West, west away, the round sun is falling.
Grey ship, grey ship, do you hear them calling,
The voices of my people that have gone before me?
I will leave, I will leave the woods that bore me;
For our days are ending and our years failing.
I will pass the wide waters lonely sailing.
Long are the waves on the Last Shore falling,
Sweet are the voices in the Lost Isle calling,
In Eressëa, in Elvenhome that no man can discover,
Where the leaves fall not: land of my people for ever

I was trying to find the rest of the song since I could only really remember the first two lines, and came across this absolutely lovely version. She's also done a lot of the other songs that Tolkien wrote; my favourite is the song of Durin.

sivaroobini: (that damn enormous fiery eye again)

I was playing around with this Mary-Sue generator and the results were hilarious. Basically, you input things like the names of your Mary-Sue, her love interest, another male, colours, numbers, various place names and races, weapons, female body parts, types of clothing etc, and then it generates this astounding piece of literature. XD


Sparklypoo sighed heavily as she threw her velvet cloak to the floor. Feisty anger flashed in her fuchsia eyes... )



sivaroobini: (that damn enormous fiery eye again)

Since sometime last year, I've been very into the Hobbit fandom. I mean, I've always loved Tolkien, and when I first read LotR in early 2005 (I read The Hobbit back in 2003) I read a lot of fanfics, but I hadn't read any Tolkien fics in years. I watched the Hobbit movies and loved them but didn't really get into the fandom. That changed last year when someone sent me a link to a Thorin/Bilbo fanfic and I fell in love with the pairing. Since then I've been avidly reading lots of fanfic on AO3 and the Kink Meme and following some fans on Tumblr and generally going crazy (and denying the deaths in the canon ending - LALALA EVERYONE LIVES HAPPILY EVER AFTER).

In general, I love it. The quality of fanfic in this fandom, or at least for this pairing, tends to be pretty high overall, and there have been some fabulous AUs and continuations out there. There are also masterpieces like the Coats & Customs series, which basically fixes everything that ever vaguely bugged me about Tolkien and epic fantasy in general - not enough female characters, no queer characters, no characters of colour, unsatisfactory resolution for the orcs, the Elves fading - and this series, and these two fics broke my damn heart. There are also a lot of fantastic and very creative AUs with impressive worldbuilding. Basically I could rec fics until the cows come home, or you could just check out my Bookmarks page if you're interested.

However, there are a couple of things I've noticed in fics that I just have to rant about. (These are mostly due to the fact that I am a history nerd and overthink details like trade and farming resources and the history of fashion in Middle-Earth and I feel the need to ramble about them, and not actually criticisms.)

Why hobbits do not eat chocolate and wear one-piece dresses... )

That said, despite my rants, I generally read and enjoy the fic anyway, and most Hobbit fanfic is fantastic. <3 And the fandom is lovely. I love how everyone is in collective denial of the ending and writes fics about the Durins surviving the Battle of Five Armies and persuading Bilbo to stay in Erebor, and after the last movie comes out this year and reduces me to a sobbing mess in the cinema, I will definitely be in need of fix-it fic. XD

sivaroobini: (that damn enormous fiery eye again)

It is the anniversary of the Ring's destruction in Mount Doom and the downfall of Sauron, and the Gondorian New Year! :D

sivaroobini: (Hobbit-approved!)

It is September 22nd, aka the shared birthday of two very special hobbits: Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins! :D

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."

sivaroobini: (Hobbit-approved!)
 It's the 25th of March, the day of the Ring's destruction in the fires of Mount Doom and the downfall of Sauron, and hence the New Year in Gondor!

Happy Gondorian New Year!

sivaroobini: (Hobbit-approved!)

It's September 22nd! Aka Bilbo and Frodo Baggins' birthday, aka Hobbit Day. 8D

In past years I usually had a movie marathon at home with my sister; last year involved a disastrous attempt at lembas bread, or that might have been for the Gondorian New Year, I'm not sure. This year, though, I attended UniSFA's (the University Science Fiction Association) Hobbits' Picnic and it was amazing!

Photos and details! )

Happy Hobbit Day, everyone! *toasts you* *settles back with pipeweed*

sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)

Happy Gondorian New Year, everyone!

Normally I'd celebrate with an LOTR movie marathon, especially since it's on a Sunday today. Sadly I did not bring copies of the movies to Perth with me, and I sorely regret that. However, I was at a medieval feast last night (with the SCA) and I shall pretend that counted. XD

sivaroobini: (ghost fighters extraordinaire)

I was signed into AIM, and my status was set to Away. I'd only just set it to Invisible when [personal profile] glacialphoenix IMed me. Then this occurred. XD She's snarkycleric, I'm SavioBriion.

[19:59] snarkycleric: Noooo
[19:59] SavioBriion: ?
[19:59] snarkycleric: Oh, you're still online
[19:59] snarkycleric: I THOUGHT I MISSED YOU
[19:59] SavioBriion: XDDD
[19:59] SavioBriion: Should I respond with something from the final rain scene in a chick flick?
[19:59] snarkycleric: Yes
[20:00] SavioBriion: YOU ALMOST DID
[20:00] SavioBriion: XD
[20:00] snarkycleric: XDDD
[20:00] snarkycleric: WERE YOU ABOUT TO LEAVE ON A PLANE
[20:00] snarkycleric: WILL WE ALWAYS HAVE ORCHARD ROAD
[20:00] snarkycleric: /shot
[20:00] SavioBriion: *DED FOREVER*
[20:01] SavioBriion: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn
[20:01] snarkycleric: *deep breath
[20:01] snarkycleric: But WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
[20:01] snarkycleric: (Yes, that was shouted Shatner-style)
[20:01] SavioBriion: ...
[20:01] SavioBriion: it is illogical
[20:01] snarkycleric: (I'm mixing my movies here and I don't care)
[20:01] SavioBriion: That is why.
[20:01] SavioBriion: (:D :D)
[20:02] snarkycleric: Are you, and will you, always be my friend? Will we live long and prosper?
[20:02] SavioBriion: (*SNORTGIGGLEDIES*)
[20:03] SavioBriion: No. You're a scruffy-looking nerf-herder.
[20:03] snarkycleric: (ROFLMAO)
[20:03] SavioBriion: (I LOVE THAT LINE TOO MUCH)
[20:04] SavioBriion: (can I put this on DW/LJ? XD)
[20:04] snarkycleric: (Go ahead)
[20:05] snarkycleric: (Damnit)
[20:06] snarkycleric: (I need to find a line in response to that)
[20:06] SavioBriion: (B))
[20:06] snarkycleric: But where would you be without me (gollum, gollum)?

[20:06] snarkycleric: (/SHOT)
[20:07] SavioBriion: (*SO DED FOREVER*)
[20:07] SavioBriion: Master takes care of me now. We don't need you.
[20:09] snarkycleric: ...♫ And now I'm all alone again
Nowhere to go
No one to turn to...
[20:09] snarkycleric: (Les Miserables.)
[20:10] SavioBriion: When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
[20:11] snarkycleric: All I ask is freedom; a world with no more night
And you, always beside me... [waaaarble~]

[20:13] SavioBriion: Sing once again with me
Our strange duet
My power over you grows stronger yet
And though you turn from me to glance behind
The Phantom of the Opera is there
Inside your mind
[20:14] snarkycleric: ♫ Siiiiiiing, sweet nightingale, siiiiing, sweet nightingale, fa la la la laaaaa~ ♪

(Or not.)
[20:14] snarkycleric: (/shot)
[20:14] SavioBriion: ...
[20:14] snarkycleric: (It WOULD make a strange duet)
[20:14] snarkycleric: (YOU HAVE TO ADMIT IT)
[20:14] SavioBriion: (XDDD)
[20:15] snarkycleric: We're talking kings and successions? 
[20:15] SavioBriion: droit du seigneur or however you spell it
[20:16] snarkycleric: (XDDD)

sivaroobini: (Hobbit-approved!)

EEEEEEEEEEEE! I am so excited about this already! *bounces* Man, I cannot wait to watch this. *__*

The song is so beautifully haunting, even better than how I imagined it as I read, and the music is epic and the dwarves look awesome (I want to cuddle Bombur, he's always amused me... though is it just me, or are Fili, Kili and Thorin rather good-looking? Never thought I'd say that about a dwarf who wasn't Discworld's Carrot Ironfoundersson...) and the sets and the landscape and Gandalf and the Rings foreshadowing and and and! *FLAIL*

I've loved The Hobbit for over ten years now, and as the Lord of the Rings movies came out I fell in love with them too (though I only read the book itself in early 2005, when I was going on thirteen) and to this day they remain my favourite movies and Tolkien is still my favourite author. Peter Jackson did such an amazing job - I was so happy when he returned for The Hobbit and Ian McKellen and the rest were also returning - and good gods, I absolutely cannot wait for this movie to come out!
sivaroobini: (Hobbit-approved!)

MSN conversation with [ profile] nevermore_1106. XD She's auto-cucumber, I'm SavioBriion.

SavioBriion says: (PM 11:57:20)
I was thinking of the pairing and found myself thinking Dumbledore/Gandalf instead of Grindelwald

SavioBriion says: (PM 11:57:37)
mental typo?

auto-cucumber says: (PM 11:59:14)

auto-cucumber says: (PM 11:59:16)
oh god

auto-cucumber says: (PM 11:59:21)
that would be the best crack ever XD

SavioBriion says: (PM 11:59:26)

auto-cucumber says: (PM 11:59:40)
Gandalf would totally get him into hobbit pipeweed

SavioBriion says: (PM 11:59:44)

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:00:11)
and Dumbledore would probably introduce him to, I dunno, Ogden's finest Firewhiskey or something

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:00:24)
Rosmerta's oak-matured mead

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:00:32)
though they probably have better mead in Middle-Earth

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:00:34)
sherbet lemons!

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:00:59)
and they could sit there and share their respective sob stories about getting short angsty twits to do impossible things which really ought to have been left to someone bigger and more powerful, but that's life for you..

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:01:06)
and sherbet lemons, of course!

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:01:09)

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:01:37)
and we finally discover exactly -how- Shelob and Aragog are related...

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:01:44)

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:02:00)
oh dear god

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:02:57)
and lol... what with Dumbledore being gay, and Sir Ian McKellen also being gay, I just imagine them discussing robe designs or embroidery or something XD

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:03:07)

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:03:22)
the respective merits of runes and elvish in gold embroidered writing on velvet?

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:03:24)
Gandalf the White will become Gandalf the Flamboyantly Purple

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:03:39)
LOL ow I just banged my teeth on my teacup from laughing

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:03:43)

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:03:49)
that's amazing XDDDDD

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:04:02)

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:04:20)

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:04:34)
no, no! it was utter brilliance. and I'm not in any pain XDDD

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:04:51)
can I post this on LJ?

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:04:58)

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:06:08)
oh God, Gandalf the Flamboyantly Purple.

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:06:12)
I'm still giggling.

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:06:16)
me too XD

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:06:22)

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:06:31)
that was really good.

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:06:50)
I just thought of it because in HBP Dumbledore's wearing a flamboyantly cut suit of deep purple

SavioBriion says: (AM 12:06:58)
in the memory

auto-cucumber says: (AM 12:07:07)
I know, I remembered! ^^

Dear Someone, we are so bad. XD
sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)
It's September 22nd!


May your hair stay curly and your ale never run out!

*kicks back and relaxes under the Party Tree with lots of food - including grilled button mushrooms, yum - and ale*


Sep. 10th, 2011 12:51 am
sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)

I'm almost never affected enough by sugar to have a sugar high, but I am pretty high right now. Both on sugar and sheer geeky glee.

So I went to my friend Amala's house for Onam dinner and ate SO MUCH. Rice and curry with so many different and delicious side dishes, all sorts of vegetables prepared in different ways with different spices and lentil types and stuff. And then her mum wouldn't let us leave until we had dessert; homemade fruit cake with a layer of cream cheese on top and some very rich payasam. Also, Amala is also a fan of Ancient Egypt and one of her friends, Azimah, is also a lover of Egypt and she is also an awesome artist, and since she lives near me we went home together and were chatting away and I was just happy to have made a new and awesomely quirky friend whom I connected with.

Then I got home and there was a little package from the lovely [ profile] nevermore_1106!

I'd sent her a book, bookmark and a letter in runes for her birthday, but hadn't been expecting a reply in runes as well so it was a VERY pleasant surprise, I nearly squee'ed. I'm enjoying reading it! And look at that AMAZING drawing of Fëanor from the Silmarillion! There's even Elvish script on his sword! Man, I want his clothes. And I love that she drew him with the Silmarils and then sent me a beautiful pendant. XD

... So I translated the letter; apparently the pendant is a copy of an actual crystal piece found in Gotland, Sweden, dating back to the Viking era. EEEEEEE!

Þokk, dear! ♥

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,
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: (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.
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  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?


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