laceblade: Rachel & Santana wearing eye masks, arms folded, on their couch (Glee: Pezberry couch)
laceblade ([personal profile] laceblade) wrote2013-12-08 01:25 pm

Reading Wednesday on Sunday

Currently Reading
The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow by Fuyumi Ono - I've been aware of the Twelve Kingdoms anime for years. Back in my semester of Anime Club as a college freshman, this was one of the three shows airing. Steph and I hated it, regularly heckling it under our breath & talking about how much we couldn't stand the protagonist & more especially one of her companions. To be fair, we did miss at least the first two episodes, I think.
I actually really love the book. Getting inside of Yoko's head makes up for a lot of what's just whining in the show.
Yoko gets transported from her high school to another world by a mysterious dude with golden hair named Keiki. They get separated pretty early on, & all she has is a sword, a demon attached to her that allows her to fight extremely well with the weapon, & a jewel that heals her.
She gets taken in by some humans a few times, but gets betrayed by them every time.
I just reached the part where she met the rat, Rakushun.

I'm looking forward to reading more of these, even though I know Tokyopop only released 4 of the volumes, & I've heard that the translation/editing for the 4th volume is abysmal. I'm assuming there are translations of these online - anyone have a link?! ;)

maybe one day a plane will bring me home by [ profile] astano - The first five times Santana visits New York.

A Scheme, Starring Rachel Berry, with Music and Lyrics by Rachel Berry (and Sam Evans) by [ profile] ellydash - Rachel’s running after Finn. Sam’s running after Quinn. Eventually, they realize they’re running side by side. Season 2. I read a small blurb on Tumblr recently related to writing, where the mark of good fanfiction especially is that for every line of dialogue, you can't imagine anyone else saying except for the character who's saying it. [ profile] ellydash is really good at that. Every single character feels spot-on, even/especially those who don't have big parts in the story.
I want to write like that.
& of course I'd now like to read this author's entire Glee backlog.

There's so much good Glee fanfiction I haven't read yet. :*) And due to that, I fell down a rabbit hole of ellydash's backlog & also [ profile] ratherembarrassing's Pezberry reclist.

All My Loving For Someone Who's Loving Me by [ profile] ellydash - Mercedes/Brittany/Santana - A Troubletones rehearsal at Santana’s house doesn't go exactly as planned.

Make Me Feel the Same by [ profile] gilligankane - Pezberry written after episode 1.15. "She finds out about Finn and Santana through Tina who found out from Mercedes who got it from Kurt who was talking to Brittany who mentioned it in the first place." (I THINK THIS MIGHT BE THE FIRST PEZBERRY EVER WRITTEN?!)

Apologies by [ profile] insaneantics21 - During 2x12. Santana & Rachel apologize to one another for the shitty things they've said to each other.

i seem incapable of titling things when drunk by [ profile] lynnearlington - spoilers for 2x18, "stop acting like you aren't hot, it's pissing me off"
bandage and the blade by [ profile] ellydash - It’s so much easier, in the end, for Emma to blame everything on Will. This focuses on Emma's anxiety & struggles with OCD.
Saga #x

Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson - As with The Midnight Robber, I really love the politics & the world that Hopkinson has set up - in this case a dystopian Toronto where Ti-Jeanne's grandmother's herbal skills are valued, whereas before they were a thing the family couldn't talk about. But I wish there was more about the society/etc., and that it was a longer story. Instead, it's pretty focused on Ti-Jeanne's journey. While I appreciate that she's a protagonist who made mistakes but remained sympathetic, I overall felt a little "meh" about this & rated it 3/5 stars.

Very! Very! Sweet, volumes 4-6 - Still loving this story - the clothes that Be-Ri wears (it seems rare that a heroine in manga/manhwa wears baggy clothing that's still cute/etc.?!), her developing relationship with her love interest, & just everything else.

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline - Some of the blurbs on the book describe this as being the "Omnivore's Dilemma" for the fashion industry, & that's sort of true. Cline looks into the outsourcing of the production of garments, & also the race to use as cheap of labor as possible with no thought as to either the quality of the final product nor the lives of the people working to make the clothing.
Some of the things Cline talks about are familiar: Women bragging to one another about how little money they spent on clothing; having no idea which fabrics are "good" (raises hand); etc. While I've never watched clothing "haul" videos on YouTube, I watch makeup ones semi-frequently, so I knew what she was talking about.
Some of the things she discusses are unfamiliar: While I mainly shop at places like Penney's, Gap, & Kohl's, Cline talks about buying garments that are only meant to last "3 washes" or so, & talks about throwing her clothes away. I think maybe this happens more often with stuff from Charlotte Russe or Forever 21 (none of which make clothing in my size), so I'm not sure what's up with the discrepancy. I wear clothing for years, & if something only last me 3 wears, I would be pissed.
Anyway, I gave this not that great of a grade because I found it pretty repetitive and not instructive in the end. She has a final chapter on how people should learn basic sewing techniques, buy a few higher quality items that will last longer, & familiarize themselves with their local tailors. These all seem like good ideas, but I still have no idea where to buy "good quality" clothing or how to go about recognizing "good" clothing.
I have a hard enough time finding clothing that fits me & drapes well on my body shape.
Still, I could learn how to repair ripped seams, or patch holes to make "weekend jeans," or a few things like that.
She did mention people like the blogger behind Refashionista, a woman who takes old/out-of-date clothing from resale shops & remakes them into modern/solid clothes to wear at a much cheaper price. It's a neat blog, but I'm not willing to invest that much time into it, I don't think.
As sort of a coda, I also listened to a Planet Money podcast about a family working in a clothing factory in Bangladesh.
skygiants: Yoko from Twelve Kingdoms, sword drawn (sword in hand)

[personal profile] skygiants 2013-12-08 08:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Eugene Woodbury's translations of all the Twelve Kingdoms books can be found here!
skygiants: the aunts from Pushing Daisies reading and sipping wine on a couch (wine and books)

[personal profile] skygiants 2013-12-11 02:58 am (UTC)(link)
You're welcome! My love for these books is wide and all-encompassing so I'm always excited to share. :D
lileyo: A drawing of Merle, a character from the TV show Escaflowne. She gazes up with a joyful look on her cat-girl face. (Merle)

[personal profile] lileyo 2013-12-10 05:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh my god, I love you for this. Thank you so much!!!!!! I've wanted to read the later books so badly!
skygiants: Yoko from Twelve Kingdoms, sword drawn (sword in hand)

[personal profile] skygiants 2013-12-11 02:58 am (UTC)(link)
You're very welcome! The later ones are SO GOOD.
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[personal profile] londonkds 2013-12-08 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Do have a look here for a lot of debate about the practicalities of handcrafting your own clothes in terms of financial and time costs.
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[personal profile] meganbmoore 2013-12-08 10:20 pm (UTC)(link)
You know, I can't remember if I actually liked Youko when I first discovered the anime ten or so years ago (whenever it was that the DVDs were first being released stateside), but I do know that, at the time, I identified (probably over-identified) with her initial need to please everyone and opting for passivity over confrontation to avoid conflict, even if she was annoying with the constant woes. But I think most people dislike Youko in the earlier episodes the first time through, though pretty much everyone loves her eventually.

But the internal stuff in the books is what changes it from a good story to a great one.
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[personal profile] rubah 2013-12-10 04:40 am (UTC)(link)
I looked up Overdressed on Amazon to check out the reviews, and saw a similar book that was more generalized to retail culture in general, I wonder if it says the same thing?

Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture - Ellen Ruppel Shell
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[personal profile] lileyo 2013-12-10 06:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm so glad you're reading Twelve Kingdoms! <3 <3 <3 I didn't hate the anime like y'all did, but I do think the books are much better. The characters they added in the show didn't contribute anything, and hearing Youko's inner monologue makes the whole thing make so much more sense.