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 Via an Apple IIe emulator. Sadly, the Doctor was the first to go (drowned while fording the Kansas River).
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 I  have a couch!  Granted, it is still covered in plastic, but it is here! In the apartment. People (including myself) actually have something to sit on now. :)

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Wool (Wool, #1)Wool by Hugh Howey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this, though I think I missed the point.

The truth on top of a lie on top of the truth was interesting, but I'm not sure what the silo society had to gain by such an elaborate hoax (or not-hoax). This is part one, so I imagine that this will be explained in subsequent parts.

Speaking of, Wool felt very much like a complete short story. I'm wondering if the story was intended to just be the one novella, and Howey decided to continue after its positive reception.

An interesting concept, but I needed more for the author to get his point across.

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Ivory and Steel (Bow Street's Best, #1)Ivory and Steel by Janice Bennett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed it, though I thought the heroine lacked a sense of self-preservation. If you know a murderer is wandering the house, it's probably not a good idea to investigate every little rustle and squeak. On three separate occasions, Phyllida places herself in easily avoidable danger.

Despite that, this was a quick, fluffy read.

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Ah. Sleepy Hollow. It's nice to enjoy something for simply being what it is.

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To anyone who loves Science Fiction(Space Opera) like I do, may I point your attention to the following deal:


This is Fledgling, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. It's a good entry point to the Liaden Universe, and is currently free for Amazon Kindle right now. If you like fun, character driven stories with rich world building,give this series a shot. You won't be sorry. :)
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Doctor Who: The Mahogany Murderers (The Companion Chronicles, #3.11)Doctor Who: The Mahogany Murderers by Andrew Lane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up at the Big Finish sale last weekend, and I'm really glad I did. I knew next to nothing about the characters of Jago and Litefoot before listening to this audio(I did attempt to watch Talons of Weng Chiang prior to listening to this, but I just couldn't make it through the episode).

I was completely charmed by these two characters and their friendship. The Mahogany Murderers had just the right amount of suspense, atmosphere, and humor. I loved the banter. Trevor Baxter and Christopher Benjamin slip into their roles as if the two actors have been working together for ages.

It's been a while since I've read or listened to a story that was just plain fun, and I'm very glad I decided to give Jago and Litefoot a chance. I picked up the first season of the ongoing audio series based on the strength of this story, and I'm looking forward to listening to these characters in a full cast audio drama.

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01 - The Sirens of Time
02 - Phantasmagoria
03 - Whispers of Terror
04 - The Land of the Dead
05 - The Fearmonger
06 - The Marian Conspiracy--Evelyn, yay!
07 - The Genocide Machine
08 - Red Dawn
09 - The Spectre of Lanyon Moor
10 - Winter for the Adept
11 - The Apocalypse Element
12 - The Fires of Vulcan
13 - The Shadow of the Scourge
14 - The Holy Terror
15 - The Mutant Phase
15a - Last of the Titans
15b - Shada (Eight and Romana II)
16 - Storm Warning
17 - The Sword of Orion
18 - Stones of Venice
19 - Minuet in Hell--partially
20 - Loups-Garoux
21 - Dust Breeding
22 - Bloodtide
23 - Project: Twilight
24 - The Eye of the Scorpion--Erimem, Yay!
25 - Colditz--partially
26 - Primeval
27 - The One Doctor
27a - The Ratings War
28 - Invaders from Mars
29 - The Chimes of Midnight--Rob Shearman, Yay!
29a - Living Legend
30 - Seasons of Fear
31 - Embrace the Darkness
32 - The Time of the Daleks
33 - Neverland
33a - The Maltese Penguin
34 - Spare Parts
35 - …ish--Partially finished
36 - The Rapture
37 - The Sandman
38 - The Church & the Crown
38a - No Place Like Home
38b - Real Time
39 - Bang-Bang-a-Boom
40 - Jubilee--partially
41 - Nekromanteia
42 - The Dark Flame
43 - Doctor Who and the Pirates--partially
44 - Creatures of Beauty
45 - Project: Lazarus
46 - Flip-Flop
47 - Omega
48 - Davros
49 - Master
50 - Zagreus--partially
51 - The Wormery
52 - Scherzo
53 - The Creed of the Kromon
54 - The Natural History of Fear
55 - The Twilight Kingdom
56 - The Axis of Insanity
57 - Arrangements for War
58 - The Harvest
59 - The Roof of the World
60 - Medicinal Purposes
61 - Faith Stealer
62 - The Last
63 - Caerdroia
64 - The Next Life
64a - Her Final Flight
65 - The Juggernauts
66 - The Game
67 - Dreamtime
68 - Catch-1782
69 - Three's a Crowd
70 - Unregenerate!
71 - The Council of Nicaea
72 - Terror Firma
73 - Thicker than Water
74 - Live 34
75 - Scaredy Cat
76 - Singularity
77 - Other Lives
77a - Cryptobiosis
78 - Pier Pressure
79 - Night Thoughts
80 - Time Works
80a - The Veiled Leopard
81 - The Kingmaker
82 - The Settling
83 - Something Inside
84 - The Nowhere Place
85 - Red
86 - The Reaping
87 - The Gathering
88 - Memory Lane
89 - No Man’s Land
90 - Year of the Pig
90a - Return of the Daleks
91 - Circular Time
92 - Nocturne
93 - Renaissance of the Daleks
94 - I.D. & Urgent Calls
95 - Exotron & Urban Myths
96 - Valhalla
97 - The Wishing Beast & The Vanity Box
98 - Frozen Time
99 - Son of the Dragon
99a - Return to the Web Planet
100 - 100
101 - Absolution
102 - The Mind’s Eye & Mission of the Viyrans
103 - The Girl Who Never Was
104 - The Bride of Peladon
105 - The Condemned
106 - The Dark Husband
107 - The Haunting of Thomas Brewster
108 - Assassin in the Limelight
109 - The Death Collectors & Spider's Shadow
110 - The Boy That Time Forgot
111 - The Doomwood Curse
112 - Kingdom of Silver
113 - Time Reef
114 - Brotherhood of the Daleks
115 - Forty-Five
116 - The Raincloud Man
117 - The Key 2 Time - The Judgement of Isskar
118 - The Key 2 Time - The Destroyer of Delights
119 - The Key 2 Time - The Chaos Pool
120 - The Magic Mousetrap
121 - Enemy of the Daleks
122 - The Angel of Scutari
123 - The Company of Friends
124 - Patient Zero
125 - Paper Cuts
126 - Blue Forgotten Planet
127 - Castle of Fear
128 - The Eternal Summer
129 - Plague of the Daleks
130 - A Thousand Tiny Wings
131 - Survival of the Fittest
132 - The Architects of History
133 - City of Spires
134 - The Wreck of the Titan
135 - Legend of the Cybermen
136 - Cobwebs--partially
137 - The Whispering Forest
138 - The Cradle of the Snake
139 - Project: Destiny
140 - A Death in the Family
141 - Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge
142 - The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories
143 - The Crimes of Thomas Brewster
144 - The Feast of Axos
145 - Industrial Evolution
147 - Heroes of Sontar
148 - Kiss of Death
148 - Rat Trap
149 - Robophobia
150 - Recorded Time and Other Stories
151 - The Doomsday Quatrain
152 - House of Blue Fire
153 - The Silver Turk
154 - The Witch from the Well
155 - Army of Death
156 - The Curse of Davros
157 - The Fourth Wall
158 - Wirrn Isle
159 - The Emerald Tiger
160 - The Jupiter Conjunction
161 - The Butcher of Brisbane
162 - Protect and Survive
163 - Black and White
164 - Gods and Monsters
165 - The Burning Prince
166 - The Orpheus Pulse
167 - The Castle at the End of the World
168 - 
169 -
170 -
--The Lost Stories
Series One
The Nightmare Fair
Mission to Magnus
The Hollows of Time
Paradise 5
Point of Entry
The Song of Megaptera
The Macros
Series Two
Farewell Great Macedon
The Fragile Yellow Arc of Fragrance
Prison in Space
The Destroyers
Thin Ice
Crime of the Centry
Earth Aid
Series Three
The Elite
The Children of Seth 
The Guardians of Prophecy 
The First Sontarans 
The Masters of Luxor 
The Rosemariners
The Fourth Doctor Lost Stories
The Foe From the Future
The Valley of Death
Eighth Doctor New Adventures
Blood of the Daleks
Horror of Glam Rock
Immortal Beloved
No More Lies
Human Resources
Dead London
Max Warp
Brave New Town
The Skull of Sobek
Grand Theft Cosmos
The Zygon Who Fell To Earth
Sisters of the Flame
Vengeance of Morbius
Wirrin Dawn
The Beast of Orlok
The Scapegoat
The Cannibalists
The Eight Truths
Worldwide Web
Death in Blackpool
Situation Vacant
The Book of Kells
The Resurrection of Mars
Relative Demensions
Prisoner of the Sun
Lucie Miller
To the Death
The Fourth Doctor New Adventures
Destination: Nerva
The Renaissance Man
The Wrath of the Iceni
Energy of the Daleks
Trail of the White Worm
The Oseidon Adventure
The Auntie Matter
The Sands of Life
War Against the Laan
Phantoms of the Deep
--Companion Chronicles
Fear of the Daleks
The Blue Tooth
The Beautiful People
Mother Russia
Helicon Prime
Old Soldiers
The Catalyst
Here There Be Monsters
The Great Space Elevator
The Doll of Death
Empathy Games
Home Truths
The Darkening Eye
The Transit of Venus
The Prisoner's Dilemma
The Magician's Oath
The Mahogany Murders
Stealers from Saiph
The Drowned World
The Glorious Revolution
The Prisoner of Peladon
The Parylis Effect
Bernice Summerfield and the Criminal Code
The Suffering
The Emperor of Eternity
Shadow of the Past
The Time Vampire
Night's Black Agents
The Guardian of the Solar System
Echoes of Grey
Find and Replace
The Invasion of E-Space
A Town Called Fortune
Peri and the Piscon Paradox
The Perpetual Bond
The Forbidden Time
The Sentinels of the New Dawn
Ferril's Folly
Tales from the Vault
The Rocket Men
The Memory Cheats
The Many Deaths of Jo Grant
The First Wave
Beyond the Ultimate Adventure
The Anachronauts
The Selachian Gambit
The Wanderer
The Cold Equations
01 - Excelis Dawns
02 - Excelis Rising
03 - Excelis Decays
04 - The Plague Herds of Excellis
01--Weapon of Choice--Review Pending
02 - Square One
03 - The Inquiry
04 - A Blind Eye
05 - Lies
06 - Spirit
07 - Pandora
08 - Insurgency
09 - Imperiatrix
10 - Fractures
11 - Warfare
12 - Appropriation
13 - Mindbomb
14 - Panacea
15 - Reborn 
16 - Disassembled
17 - Annihilation
18 - Forever
00 - The Coup
01 - Time Heals
02 - Snake Head
03 - The Longest Night
04 - The Wasting
--Bernice Summerfield
1.1 - Oh No It Isn't!
1.2 - Beyond the Sun
1.3 - Walking to Babylon
1.4 - Birthright
1.5 - Just War
1.5a - Buried Treasures
1.6 - Dragons' Wrath
2.1 - The Secret of Cassandra
2.2 - The Stone's Lament
2.3 - The Extinction Event
2.4 - The Skymines of Karthos
3.1 - The Greatest Shop in the Galaxy
3.2 - The Green Eyed Monsters
3.3 - Dance of the Dead
3.4 - The Mirror Effect
4.1 - The Bellotron Incident
4.2 - The Draconian Rage
4.3 - The Poison Seas
4.4 - Death and the Daleks
5.1 - The Grel Escape
5.2 - The Bone of Contention
5.3 - The Relics of Jegg-Sau
5.3a - Silver Lining
5.4 - The Masquerade of Death
6.1 - The Heart's Desire
6.2 - Kingdom of the Blind
6.3 - The Lost Museum
6.4 - The Goddess Quandary
6.5 - The Crystal of Cantus
7.1 - The Tartarus Gate
7.2 - Timeless Passages
7.3 - The Worst Thing in the World
7.4 - Summer of Love
7.5 - The Oracle of Delphi
7.6 - The Empire State
8.1 - The Tub Full of Cats
8.2 - The Judas Gift
8.3 - Freedom of Information
8.4 - The End of the World
8.5 - The Final Amendment
8.6 - The Wake
9.1 - Beyond the Sea
9.2 - The Adolescence of Time
9.3 - The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel
9.4 - The Diet of Worms
--Sarah Jane Smith
1.1 Comeback
1.2 The Tao Connection
1.3 Test of Nerve
1.4 Ghost Town
1.5 Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre--full review pending
2.1 Buried Secrets
2.2 Snow Blind
2.3 Fatal Consequences
2.4 Dreamland
--Jago And Litefoot
The Mahogany Murderers (Companion Chronicle)
1.1 The Bloodless Soldier
1.2 The Bellova Devil
1.3 The Spirit Trap
1.4 The Similarity Engine.
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Currently making this:

Shrimp Scampi

Yum! :)

(Or at least I hope so...)
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So, I'm attempting a new tag. Anything under "Random Fandom" will either be multi-fannish, or stuff that I just can't fit anywhere else. Today's random post is about Character Theme Song. These are songs that, for whatever reason, I tend to associate with a specific character. Why am I doing this? I have no idea. It's Sunday, and I'm in a whimsical mood. :) If I had the time to vid, I'd probably attempt the ones without vids already.

Rob Thomas--I Am An Illusion

Jack Bristow, Alias. Ah, Jack. So supremely messed up, yet so badass.

Indigo Girls--Galileo

The Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who

This is such a Ten song. He tries so hard, and stumbles so often. Bless. Someone needs to do a vid to this song.

Alan Parsons Project--Days are Numbers(The Traveller)

The Doctor, Doctor Who

Someone did do a vid to this, featuring Doctors 1-7. Alas, it was on a VCR tape that I've since lost. If anyone knows the vid I'm talking about, and has it, I'd like another copy. The Doctor. The eternal wanderer. Such a melancholy song, yet with a hopeful edge to it.

KT Tunstall--Suddenly I See

Sarah Jane Smith, Doctor Who

SJS. Queen of Awesome.

KT Tunstall--Funnyman

The Doctor, Doctor Who

I'm aware this song has a much darker meaning, but when I first heard it, it seemed like such a Doctorish song.

Matchbox Twenty--Push

Loki, MCU

Rob Thomas again. Loki, losing control.

Placebo--Running Up That Hill

Loki, MCU

Loki. Jealous, angry and ambitious. Never quite measuring up.

Rob Thomas--Something to Be

Tony Stark, MCU

The perfect Tony song, circa Iron Man I. Someone needs to make a vid out of this, ASAP.

Dave Matthews Band--Ants Marching

Cast, The West Wing

The daily grind of running the country, from the mundane to the ridiculous. And all those pediconferences. Oy.

Whew. And that's it. I may do another one of these at some point. To everyone on my friends list: What are your character theme songs?
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 Am I functional? That remains to be seen. Given that I had to type my password three times just to post this entry, I'm guessing that's debatable. :)
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Spoilers below:

The Lotus PalaceThe Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wish Goodreads had a way to issue 'half-star' ratings. The Lotus Palace was a three and a-half star read, but as GR doesn't seem to think half a star counts, here we are, left with three.


I've been enjoying Jeannie Lin's work for a while now. Her settings are always evocative, and the North Hamlet is no exception. I really felt as if I were among the dusty streets and gambling dens.

Bai Huang and Yue-Ying were lively protagonists, and I enjoyed reading about them. Their relationship was charming, and had a simplicity that I appreciated. For a novel which hinges on the age-old 'star crossed lovers' trope, there is next to no overwhelming angst. And in fact, if there is any pining to be done, it's Lord Bai Huang who is the romantic, while the serving girl Yue-Ying remains stoically practical about matters. The couple complemented each other well.


The murder mystery plot(read: excuse for the protagonists to meet), wasn't bad, but it did suffer from too many culprits. Just as I was certain the case was at an end, another villain would crawl out of the woodwork. It caused the resolution to drag.

Likewise, the romance plot suffered by having Bai Huang's pre-arranged fiancee neatly swept under the rug, to pave the way for a HEA ending. The Lotus Palace is a romance, and therefore must have the traditional ending. However, after driving so much of the conflict in the novel, it was a bit too easy to have the fiancee fall in love with the hero's brother. And off-screen, at that!


There is no ugly. Despite a few missteps toward the end, this was a fun, light read. I enjoyed the main characters and their families, and I hope that this series can continue in some way. I'd be interested to find out what lies in store for Bai Huang's sister, in particular.

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 And I don't think it suits me. :( Hopefully it's just the new hairstyle nervousness kicking in.

Hair grows...I keep telling myself, hair grows....
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 Heya, folks--

I'm looking to cut out cable sometime in the near future. I'm interested in hearing how other people use the available streaming services. Is the Roku a good value? My television consumption is relatively minimal, and I'm not overly concerned with watching shows right as they air. I currently have a subscription to Netflix and Amazon Prime. 

For those of you who consume media via streaming only, how do you like it? Does it work well as an alternative to  cable, etc? 

Thoughts appreciated!

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 I am determined to actually read the backlog of books I have, and not buy another book until I have finished at least one This includes Big Finish Audios.  One book finished = I can buy a new book. I'm hoping that by posting this, I can actually keep to this plan.

I need to get through this leaning tower of Piza somehow. :)

ETA: Time to check my LJ crossposting function. Why is everything showing up in italics over there?
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I'll be at Gally this year if anyone on my flist would like to do a meetup. :)

Give me a shout. 
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 And was reminded that, for all the crazy, Pretender had fantastic characters:

And let's not forget Jarod:


Man, sometimes I miss that show, and what it could have been...

ETA: Darn embedding/linking anyway...have some unadorned links. The vids are still awesome . :)
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locked in huddle for warmth coming out (of the closet) language and translation time travel
role reversal marriage au: college / highschool friends to lovers / friends with benefits food porn
bets / wagers slavefic FREE

deathfic mind games
chosen family soul bonding / soulmates au: fairy tale / myth au: space rites of passage / coming of age
first time / last time sex pollen trust and vows au: alternate gender norms character in distress
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ETA: Slowly updating. Last update 12/25/13

Posting this to Dreamwidth for future reference.

Half of this was a meme done by some kind soul on LJ. I've decided to continue and expand it, for my own and others' convenience.

Italicized are the ones I've seen/heard.

Big Finish has been moved to its own entry. 

Still need to update, but... )