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Finally caught up on the final season of Being Erica last night. I liked it. Admittedly, there were things about the season I wish had played out differently, but I think things worked out exactly as they should (or could) have in the end. One thing I do know for sure though is that I'm going to miss this show!

Also watched the first ep of Being Human S4, which I enjoyed more than I thought I would. It's no longer the show I fell in love with, but I still like it enough to continue watching - and am intrigued to see where they take it from here. I also have to admit to having a little bit of a soft spot for Tom (played by Michael Socha), which I have a feeling is partly due to how much he looks like his sister (who plays Kelly in Misfits). I also love the fact that even though the show has gone to some very dark places, it still retains its sense of humour. I thought there were some wonderful laugh out loud moments in this first episode. :)
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(Picture via Sueworld and Elisi)

My country is being run by a bunch of lying, inhuman bastards.

I hope they rot in hell.
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Off to a good start with the 50 book challenge this year. Let's see if I can keep this pace up for the rest of the year. :)

Books Read in January

1. American Vampire (Vampire for Hire #3) - J.R. Rain
2. Moon Child (Vampire for Hire #4) - J.R. Rain
3. Christmas Moon (Vampire for Hire Novella) - J.R. Rain
4. The Auschwitz Violin - Maria Angels Anglada
5. Midwinter Sacrifice - Mons Kallentoft
6. Hidden - Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld Novella)
7. Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
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There are some wonderful fandom posts/discussions happening on LJ at the moment. Although I haven't been participating in them as such (I find I don't have anything to add that hasn't already been said) I'm enjoying them immensely. They remind me of times gone by and the discussions (not usually quite as friendly as the most recent ones) that used to take place while the show was still on the air.

You can find the most recent posts/discussions at [personal profile] shapinglight's LJ here and [profile] shadowkat67's LJ here and here.

Warning: These posts discuss the AR from "Seeing Red", so probably best to avoid if this subject is a triggery one for you.

I have my own thoughts on the bathroom scene and how it made me feel when I first saw it (on Sky One, complete with ad break), but I don't think there's anything I could say now that hasn't already been said at one time or another over the years.
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As most of you who know me are aware I'm far from being a fan of the Buffy comics. However, it appears that something good has come out of them - Spike/Buffy "fire escape!fic". This is fic which uses the Spike and Buffy scene on the fire escape of Dawn and Xander's apartment as a jumping off point for new stories involving our favourite couple. [personal profile] slaymesoftly posts about it here and includes a list of all the stories available so far.

So today, not only have I found myself reading Spike/Buffy fanfic (something I hadn't done for well over a year), but I've also found myself reading post-S8 Spike/Buffy fanfic. And what's even more surprising is that I'm really enjoying it! It's fresh, exciting, and brings something new to the table that I think was very much needed.

I'd come to the point in my fanfic reading life where I think I'd read pretty much every Spike/Buffy scenario possible, and as much as I still loved those stories, I no longer felt as compelled to read them as I once had. But now, with the emergence of S8 (and S9) there are even more possibilities open to us. No, I don't like the source material, but I love how certain authors are using that material to create a whole new genre of Spike/Buffy stories for us to enjoy.

You know, I think there may just be some life left in this old fandom after all. :)
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So far I'm doing well with my 50 book challenge for 2012.

I've just started my seventh book of the year, so if I carry on like this, by the end of the year I should have exceeded my 50 book goal by quite a margin. Of course, as we all know, the likelihood that I'll continue at this pace is, well, highly unlikely. Every year I start off exceptionally well, but once the dark winter evenings are over, my monthly list of books read usually gets shorter and shorter! And this year, especially with a new grandchild due to arrive in July, I can see the same thing happening yet again. :D

I'll post a list of the books I've read so far at the end of January.
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Thinking of something to say every day is already proving to be difficult, so I don't know how I'm going to keep it up for the rest of the year! *g*

Bought myself a nice new reading lamp today, for days when I'm reading a 'real book' and not my Kindle (which I use with the lighted cover) or my iPad. The majority of my reading is now done via Kindle or iPad, but I have to admit I still love the feel of a real book in my hands!

As convenient as e-readers/tablets/laptops are, I do feel that something is being lost now practically everything we own is being stored digitally. In years to come we'll have no actual physical things to remember our lives by - as everything will be stored in an iCloud somewhere! Gone will be the days of going through your grandparents attic and finding dusty old photographs or books. Instead we'll be leaving our grandchildren a link to our LJ (or maybe not for some of us? :P) or our Facebook pages. Our photographs and books will be in computer or online files, or stored in the aforementioned iCloud (whether that be Apple or some other well known manufacturer of iClouds *g*).

I love technology and everything it brings us (it brought me to all of you for a start!), but I do sometimes feel nostalgic for the things we've left behind. But that's just the way of the world, isn't it?
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Another good episode of Sherlock last night. I've seen mixed reviews of it online, but I have to say I enjoyed it even more than the first one. Great stuff! :)
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Hmm, this might have been true when I was younger, but not so sure about now...

You were born during a First Quarter moon

This phase occurs in the middle of the moon's waxing phases, after the new moon and before the full moon.

- what it says about you -

You test everything. You're sometimes unhappy with what others think is "good enough". You point out things you see wrong with the world, even if others are afraid it may cause some unrest. When something isn't right, you're the one who's not afraid to make dramatic changes. You're good at keeping your head in a crisis and reminding people that it takes a shakeup to fix things.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at

2012: Day 7

Jan. 7th, 2012 11:52 pm
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Almost forgot to post today, but just about made it in time. :)

Just catching up on S1 of "Mrs Brown's Boys" which arrived on DVD today. This show is so funny! :D Caught it for the first time over Christmas and found it hilarious. Can't believe I'd never seen it before! :)

Well, that's pretty much a post about nothing, isn't it? *g*

Hope you're all well. :)

2012: Day 6

Jan. 6th, 2012 07:04 pm
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I've been listening to my Alfie Boe CDs today, and boy can that man sing! I'm not usually a fan of classical singers (although I am a fan of musical theatre), but Alfie's voice just makes me melt. So beautiful! I really must try to get to see him one of these days - either on the West End stage or in one of his own shows. To see him live as Jean Valjean in Les Mis really would be a dream come true. His performance on the 25th Anniversary DVD of Les Miserables is absolutely mesmerising. I didn't think anyone could be better than John Owen Jones (who I've seen in the role twice), but I think Alfie may very well have the edge.

And speaking of Les Mis, I am so excited about the movie version that's being released at the end of the year. Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean? Be still my beating heart! One of my favourite actors in one of my favourite musicals of all time? It really doesn't get any better than that! <3 <3

But who the heck thought it was a good idea to cast Taylor Swift as Eponine? AS EPONINE! Really?! I just can't see it working. I suppose time will tell if she's the right casting choice or not, but at the moment I have very strong reservations about it. I just hope it isn't a casting decision that will end up spoiling my over all enjoyment of the movie. :/

But still...

Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean!! :D

ETA: I really must learn to proof read before I post. Stupid iPad keeps changing Jean Valjean into Jean Val Jean! *g*


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