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So I did some liveblogging of the book on my tumblr. MAJOR SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK AT THOSE LINKS:

FIRST HALF

SECOND HALF

Basically, I loved it, it's a return to how I used to feel about the books, before Ghost Story and Cold Days, and how I thought Changes needed another draft or two before being published. I was all excited and happy and yelling and crying and gasping and shocked and just overall really pleased with Skin Game.

Except for two things: the treatment of Murphy overall, and the treatment of Hannah at the very end. I might have to make another post about that.

But overall, MUCH SQUEEING and MYTHOLOGY FANGIRLING ALL OVER THE PLACE and YAAAAAAAAAAAY and NOOOOOOOOO and YESSSSSSSSSSSS.

So yeah. Mostly happiness. Some issues with some bits of the book. 

At4W: 300th Episode

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Wow. I just ... wow.

300 episodes. I've been watching this show for almost six years. (Six years now, right?) I've grown up a bit with this series, it's become a part of my weekly routine (though I haven't kept up as much as I should, there was a period in there where I fell REALLY far behind, and spent two weeks marathoning to catch up.) But ... wow. Seeing clips of old episodes brings me back to when I was watching these on my old laptop in high school.

Loved the speech. Very powerful. That's gonna be a highlight of the show for a long time, that's one of those moments that sticks with you.

So, Margaret goes on tumblr? Awwwwww! Lovely flower crown too! Her fight with her dark universe counterpart was a great little moment.

IRON LIZ! IRON LIZ! IRON LIZ!
So nice to see her again, if only for a moment, to establish that she's off doing her own thing, in real life and in-universe.

The Ancient Egypt gag hasn't been seen in a while, I HOWLED with laughed at that bit, and then had to explain to my boyfriend what that was all about. (Wow, I'm now on my second boyfriend. When I started watching At4W I'd never had a relationship, and now I'm in my second one.)

I really dug all the transformations. Great camerawork there. I liked that it wasn't some big flashy showdown, it was just enough to be special but not too much of an effects blowout. More emphasis on all his new costumes and weapons, and his character development. A celebration, not a plot climax. I enjoyed that immensely. Good choice.

Glad that the show is going strong and getting better and better, evolving but staying true to its original format. Expanding, I guess I should say.

Here's to 300 more!

Cemetery Man and Friendship

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What.

What.

What.

I'm still so confused.

I think I liked it? What ... what even ... it was good. I think. I liked it. I think. Very odd movie.


April and her friends show me the strangest films and I love them. (The movies and the friends.)

Making new friends is the best, especially when they're people you like and respect and look up to. (April's friends are old enough to be my parents I think, or close enough to being old enough to be my parents. Which was, granted, a little strange at first, but it's great to get out of the college-bubble-fishbowl-mindset, and knowing that you can carry on long conversations with actual-adults is important and strangely comforting knowledge to have.)

My summer list grows and grows. So many books and movies and tv shows I haven't seen but want to see.

What aunt_zelda Thinks: Siberia (tv show)

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WHAT THE FUCK KIND OF AN ENDING IS THAT!??!?!?!? WHAT THE FUCK!??!?!?!?!?!??!?

IS THERE MORE?!?!??!??! WHERE??!?!?!?!?!??! AM I BEING TAUNTED BY A BEHAVIOR BOX!??!?!?!?!?!??! I WILL STRAIGHT-UP MURDER SOMEONE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALSO WTF IF YOU WANTED GOOD RATINGS DON’T AIR IT DURING THE SUMMER DUMBASSES. AND DON’T END IT ON A CLIFFHANGER LIKE THAT WTF WTF WTF WTF

I AM SO ANGRY

THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD. SO RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. BETTER THAN IT HAS ANY RIGHT TO BE, WITH THE PREMISE AND ALL. AND IT WORKS. IT’S SCARY. IT’S WELL-WRITTEN. IT’S REALY, REALLY, REALLY GOOD. AND CLEVER. AND COOL. AND IT MADE ME CRY. A LOT. AND FEEL EMOTIONAL ABOUT A BLUE ROCK. AND GET INVESTED IN THEIR LIVES AND STRUGGLES AND BICKERING AND NOOOOOOO DON’T DIE NOBODY DIE I WANT YOU ALL TO LIVE EXCEPT MAYBE THE ASSHOLES BUT NO I WANT THEM TO LIVE TOO NOBODY DESERVES TO DIE LIKE THAT.

AND I THOUGHT IT’D BE A WEIRD MINISERIES BUT NO, NO IT WAS TRYING TO BE A BIG SHOW. IN THE SUMMER. WHYYYYYYYYYYYY.

WHAT ATROCIOUS MARKETING I NEVER HEARD ABOUT THIS SHOW, EVERYONE I TALK TO HAS NEVER HEARD OF IT. THIS SHOW IS RIGHT UP PEOPLE’S ALLEY. IT COULD HAVE HAD A MASSIVE AUDIENCE. WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF THE MARKETING THEY DID A SHIT JOB. ALL THOSE HANNIBAL FANS LAST SUMMER MADE WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE EXPLODE WITH POPULARITY, WHY DIDN’T THEY GRAVITATE TO THIS, NBC YOU COULD HAVE MADE THIS WORK.

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X-Posted to my tumblr because why not.

SO MANY SPOILERS. ALL THE SPOILERS.

Also, discussion of differences between certain scenes and how they are depicted in the show and the book. Since I just finished the book like, three days ago.

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SEIGE WARFARE.

MEDIEVAL SEIGE WARFARE.

MEDIEVAL FANTASY SEIGE WARFARE.

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS.

ALSO I’M CRYING.

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I liked it. I really, really liked it.

I think it's a good thing I saw it now, instead of a while ago, because all the big speeches about film criticism and pretentious snobby critics and liking things because you're supposed to really resonated with me. I'm going to a film school. I'm in classes and dealing with those attitudes all the time. And I'm so frustrated with it. If you don't like something, JUST SAY SO, don't pretend otherwise because the filmmaker is a "genius" and thus can do no wrong, ever.

Fantastic movie. Borrowed April's copy so I can listen to all the commentaries.




(Also, the Revenger's Tragedy is still really freaking weird. Tonight was a movie night with April, aka TeenyBuffalo. Usually we split it, I introduce her to one of my movies, she introduces me to one of hers. We trade books that we have no time to read.)
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(Mostly just my thoughts on the finale. My vague thoughts, because I want ya'll to watch it and not be spoiled.)

IT WAS SO GOOD OMG.

I cried so much. It hurt so much.

Fantastic show. Can’t wait for Season 2. Wish there were like, 5 seasons of this thing I could go through. Unfortunately there were only 2 seasons made.

I was surprised at the ending to Season 1. Very surprised. Not how I expected things to go down at all. But I’m happy. Mostly, I mean. I cried a lot. Those scenes were all really hard to watch. Getting to know these characters, even for a short season, and then watching the finale … it’s tough. Not Red Wedding tough but … different kind of tough.

Also, lots of scenes of a terror attack, which is really painful to watch, so … I mean if you’re watching a show about a sleeper cell of terrorists that’s to be expected, but if you have trouble watching sequences like that I suggest you be careful. I wasn’t gonna watch the finale on a day where I already felt bad, y’know?

Anyways, great show, season 1 finale surprised me in good ways, made me sob a lot, and I can’t wait for more.

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STANNIS. STANNIS AND DAVOS. AND YARA. AND DANY GETTING INTO MORAL DEBATES. OBERYN MARTELL EXISTING. VARYS BEING COOL. TYRION. TYRION. I WANNA CRY AND CHEER.

THIS EPISODE IS SO GOOD. DOES NOT MAKE UP FOR THE MULTIPLE RAPE SCENES IN PREVIOUS EPISODES. BUT I AM NO LONGER WANTING TO QUIT THE SHOW. NOW I AM HAPPY AGAIN.

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