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And now for something completely non-emo.
I finished Jim Butcher's Furies of Calderon yesterday.

It was... all right. As I said before, this wasn't the Dresden Files, and I very much missed Harry's humor.

It's basically what it advertises. It's a fantasy story. Which means there's lots of characters' POVs and lots and lots of FIGHTING. Oh man was there a lot of fighting. Not as much fighting as, say, Simon R. Green seems to love, but there is a limit of how many times I can read about blades whooshing through the air, blah blah.

My main worry of continuing this series is that I'm very... eh about the main hero of Codex Alera - Tavi. He's there. He's vanilla. When he gets old enough, five bucks says he'll want potato sex.

I did like the book, don't get me wrong. But that's because A) I love the idea of elements being little pets that people can call, B) I liked (or liked to hate) everyone else in the series, save Tavi, and C) Butcher does an excellent job showing the strength of women and how it's plain stupid that women should be anything but equals to men. There's some great quotes that I should throw in here sometime.

However, what is up with some authors typing, 'he/she kissed X on the mouth.' Okay, look, maybe this is me? But when I read, 'he/she kissed X,' I think, oh, hey, they're kissing with both mouths in on the action. If you don't mean that, you state it. 'He/she kissed X on the hand', etc. The whole 'on the mouth' thing is just really distracting and awkward sounding.

Final Analysis: Good, but not buy hardcover good.

Today, I started Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe. (From fantasy to classic! I'm everywhere!) I'm about fifty pages in. I'm liking it, but it's a bit early to judge too much. I do know that it's sometimes hard for me to get into classic books, due to their language weirdness, but I'm not having too much trouble with this one, save wondering what the hell 'viz' means. I'll let you know how I like it when I'm done!

Oh, and then I've been watching anime...

coldfury and I have started our next three series! First discs of Trigun, Parallel Dual (first two discs of that, actually), and Boys Over Flowers.

Trigun: This anime is just goofy. And I love it! The mocking of the Old West seriousness is awesome. The main character makes me giggle. It's just all around good times thus far! My only meh so far is the two insurance girls. Ugh. They annoy me. So. Much. The short-haired one is starting to become less loathed... but that's not really saying much. The other... oh, the other needs to be hit over the head with a shovel. Thankfully, Vash makes the show, not them.

Parallel Dual: ... ... ... What to say about this... Well, let's just say that the last two discs of the series are being forced upon me by coldfury, even though HE doesn't like it either. *Grumbles* What his issue is about trying to find the good in something instead of just dropping it for something very possibly better is beyond me. (It's even worse because it was my pick. *Hits self with that shovel*)

Oh, right, you probably want less vagueness than that. Okay, you remember that potato sex I mentioned earlier? This is... well, this isn't even potato sex. ... This isn't even sex. It's boooooring. The female main character is a bi-polar bitch, the male main character is a cliched Tenchi, and though I realize I should lighten up a bit on this, I can't help but be annoyed that a male character so just dipped in the females' buckets. I mean, only girls are supposed to be able to pilot mechas to kick some ass in their war. But then, in comes Mr. Tenchi! He has a penis! And he can FLY BETTER THAN YOU CHICKS.

Ahem. Yeah, so not pleased.

Boys Over Flowers: I'm absolutely in LOVE with this series! I stayed up far too late Tuesday night in order to finish the first disc. The main character is one gutsy broad and doesn't take shit from anyone. WOOT. (Though the love triangle they're giving me has me terrified of who she'll wind up with at the end. DON'T GO WITH EMO BOY, TSUKUSHI! Run away! Run far far away! *Sigh* Damnit, I always pick the wrong horse on these things.)

Current Location: Work.
Current Mood: bored bored

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ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: August 30th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dual = Eva Hazard: The Magnificent Tenchi
ifritah From: ifritah Date: August 30th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha. Yeah, I've heard that Eva and Dual have a lot of similarities. I've still only seen that one Eva ep... but I'm afraid that luck will soon be passing.
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: August 30th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Noooooooooo! Don't watch Eva! Eva makes you stupid!
ifritah From: ifritah Date: August 30th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, if it were up to me, I'd steer VERY clear.

But coldfury won't let it GO. He made me agree to see the first disc, and if the dubbed voices are the same sucky voices on the platinum edition, he'd agree to back off. Of course, he forced me to agree to this or else he wouldn't watch the rest of Boys Over Flowers. ;_;
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: August 30th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, you drained at least a dozen IQ points from him, I suppose he's got to return the favor.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: August 30th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm not sure if that was a dis on Boys Over Flowers or on my lack of judgment when it comes to picking animes, such as Dual.

In either case, sir, you deserve a :P
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: August 30th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
ifritah From: ifritah Date: August 30th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm glad you agree that you deserved it.
damienroc From: damienroc Date: August 31st, 2006 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Dual was one of the myriad EVA derivative shows which cropped up throughout the late 90s. They had varying degrees of quality. I never finished Dual, but my recent forays into most AIC stuff have left me less than enthused, so I probably never will.

Although I should try and finish GXP one of these days.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: August 31st, 2006 12:25 am (UTC) (Link)
No! Don't finish GXP! It was a great anime until that damn last disc. Make up your own ending! It'll be much better!
ardweden From: ardweden Date: August 30th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Viz" is the shortening of "vidalect". It means "that is" or "namely", and is used before examples, lists of stuff, or... uh, lists of examples. ;P
ifritah From: ifritah Date: August 30th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
My hero! Thank you!

(I figured it'd be you that would know. ^_~)
nekoneko From: nekoneko Date: August 30th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
...potato sex?
ifritah From: ifritah Date: August 30th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hrm, how to explain this...

Okay, you know Riley Finn from Buffy? Well, the expression came from season four/five. I was watching a sex scene with him and Buffy, cringing the entire time, and just... pitying the poor girl having to be constantly the bottom. They had sex a lot on screen in those two seasons. And every time it was with him on top, boring the hell out of the audience. Hell, even when he was with Faith he was on top!

So, as I mentioned, one day I was watching one of the horrific scenes with one of my buddies in my dorm room. We discussed the boredom, and, well, it just kinda came out from there. "It's just... well, the boring is just... I mean, he's like a potato. Nothing really exciting. Just kind of there. This is potato sex! OMG, poor Buffy!" (Note: This is one of the few times that I can recall feeling pity for that bitch.)
nekoneko From: nekoneko Date: August 31st, 2006 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Faith let him be on top? He must be slipping something into their drinks because Faith is the domineering type. Remember when she seduced ohwhatshisface... the putzboy that Willow was in love with... XANDER? Yeah, there's no being-on-bottom for her!

Stupid Riley.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: August 31st, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know! The power of potato sex is a frightening thing indeed!

Though, to be fair, Faith was in Buffy's body at the time, and was trying to act like her. So, here's hoping that she figured Buffy was a bottom and was just playing her part!

... I think I have to make a potato sex LJ icon now.
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