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rosy_nic posted to doctorwho July 29 2014, 19:56

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luorescence posted to doctorwho July 29 2014, 19:56

Allegretto

Title: Allegretto
Author: Luo
Rating: M
Pairing(s): Jack/Eleven, Jack/Clara, Eleven/Clara, Jack/Eleven/Clara
Spoilers/warnings: Set after Day of the Doctor for the Doctor and Clara. Future!Jack. Smut.

Part of the Cuckoo Clock series.

Summary: "No, he’s not jealous. He’s merely being childish. He feels excluded, which is stupid because sex isn’t what he’s searching for and Clara will kick Jack out of her room when they’ll be finished. The captain will be back with him by the end of the night cycle. But to be honest, he’d rather keep him to himself: Jack is an excellent cuddle-bag and, the Doctor must admit, he doesn’t like to have to share the attention."

Author’s notes: I really wanted a threesome Jack/Eleven/Clara, so here is it. It was supposed to be only smut, and rather short. Jack and the Doctor wouldn't cooperate, again. Things got out of hand, again. The writing is very different than what I'm used to but I hope you'll like it anyway.

He never liked not being the centre of attention
marycatelli posted to bookish July 29 2014, 13:52

Spell Bound

Spell Bound by Ru Emerson

Once upon a time, in a German kingdom that never existed, a king and his men found a count's son and villagers dealing with a witch.  He refused to let the woman just burn to death in her burning hut, but had her dragged out and officially condemned and then burnt -- which is when they learned that is was actually her daughter Ilse who had done what had alerted them.  She curses three of them, one the king, to die.

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theirea posted to awesome_places July 29 2014, 09:35

Alice in a Labyrinth - Restaurant (Tokyo/ Japan)



Here's Japan's "Alice in Wonderland" themed restaurant Restaurant #3 . (See also #1 "Alice in Magic Land" and #2 "Alice in an Old Castle")

"Alice in a Labyrinth" is located in Tokyo's Ginza district. Upon arrival you make your way down a hallway of book pages bearing the original Alice illustrations. The restaurant's interior features giant playing card tables, dining booths inside a big teacup and of course the waitresses sporting Alice gear.

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lady_of_clunn posted to bakebakebake July 29 2014, 05:44

Arabian Honey Cake

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Yesterday, I was asked to make a Middle Eastern dessert. My reaction was a bit "Oh, no!" because Middle Eastern sweets are often too sweet and too flowery for me. I researched, settled on something that sounded more nutty than rose-watery, went to buy the ingredients and had to find that half of them were sold out. Shopping for these things the day before Eid was probably (certainly) a bit daft.

So I went home, researched some more and found a recipe that didn't call for anything that I didn't have already!

What can I say? I love it! It tastes very much like a German Bienenstich but without the prep time for the yeast dough!

Not a flower in sight, easy and soooo scrummy:

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layers_of_eli posted to cooking July 29 2014, 05:05

Smoked Salmon and Whitefish Salad Melts

IT'S BEEN FOREVER.

I haven't forgotten about LJ (like most of the world, what the crap?) but I got behind in posting my recipes here and then I didn't want to, like, spam post 80 billion of them and so I felt overwhelmed and... yeah.

But here I am again. Phew. I guess I'll try to post a recipe a day and catch up? Or is that annoying and should I just start here and not worry about catching up? You can always head to the blog if you want to see the recipes I skipped -- there are some great ones.

This one is fantastic: buttery, golden toast topped with a thick schmear of cream cheese, melty Gruyère, heirloom tomatoes, salmon, and fresh smoked whitefish salad. This heavenly combo was inspired by a bagel I ate in NYC. A quick note regarding the fish: it matters that you get great smoked whitefish. I was crazily impressed with the Blue Hill Bay smoked whitefish I bought (not so much with the other brand I tried — flattened, salty, and rubbery. Ew.) I also bought a super oily and lovely package of Nova smoked salmon trimmings. The fish is in the spotlight here, so it’s worth it to find great quality products. You'll probably have some whitefish salad left over after making your melts -- a treat for tomorrow's lunch!




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inverarity posted to bookish July 29 2014, 01:45

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, by Jeff VanderMeer

A writers' workshop in a book and a glorious kaleidoscopic work of art.


Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

Harry N. Abrams, 2013, 332 pages



This all-new definitive guide to writing imaginative fiction takes a completely novel approach and fully exploits the visual nature of fantasy through original drawings, maps, renderings, and exercises to create a spectacularly beautiful and inspiring object. Employing an accessible, example-rich approach, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts information needed to improve as a writer. Aimed at aspiring and intermediate-level writers, Wonderbook includes helpful sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names in fantasy today, such as George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, Catherynne M. Valente, and Karen Joy Fowler, to name a few.


Advice from a Who's Who of SF and fantasy authors, lavishly illustrated.




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audrey_e posted to bookish July 29 2014, 01:35

19: The Handmaid's Tale

Originally posted by audrey_e at Book 19: The Handmaid's Tale
19 THE HANDMAID'S TALE Margaret Atwood (Canada, 1985)

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In the near future, the narrator's country has become a dictatorship in which she only serves as a womb.

The Handmaid's Tale is a 1986 Booker Prize winner.

The Handmaid's Tale is certainly, along with 1984, the most convincing dystopian novel I've read.
Offred, the narrator, depicts a world in which the authority controls absolutely every layer of its people's (especially women) lives, and Atwood is in that regard very thorough. All the details about the narrator's daily tasks, rituals, garment are painfully fascinating, and gradually reveal past tragedies, and how major political changes unfolded.
Atwood's major strength is her ability to write thoughtful, beautifully written page-turners, and THT is no exception to the rule.
While the ending isn't as satisfying as I'd wished, it is also something I've come to expect from the author.

4.5/5
inverarity posted to bookish July 28 2014, 02:24

Warbound, by Larry Correia

Contains (a partial list): 1930s noir superheroes, samurai battle armor, magical ninjas, Lovecraftian monsters, and zeppelin pirates


Warbound

Baen, 2013, 448 pages



Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next.

Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him. The world's most capable Active, Faye Vierra, could back him up, but she is hiding from forces that think she is too dangerous to live. So Jake has put together a ragtag crew of airship pirates and Grimnoir knights - and set out on a suicide mission to stop the predator before it is too late.


It is what it is, and it's kind of awesome.

Also by Larry Correia: My reviews of Hard Magic and Spellbound.




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sapna_sricharan posted to bookish July 27 2014, 13:57

Book Review : The Hound of the Baskervilles

I have read this book before, but that was nearly two decades ago. So while I had a general idea of the story, I had forgotten a lot of the specifics, which was good, because it made my experience of the book a lot more fresh than it would have been otherwise.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is probably the most famous of Conan Doyle's stories which is both fitting and surprising. Fitting because it is such a good story and it is told so well. The suspense builds and builds until the reader feels as if his head is going to explode from all the tension and then comes this giant hound with glowing eyes and a glowing mouth to push the tension up even further...

Surprising, because of all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, this is perhaps the most atypical. It begins in the same way as most of the other stories, with the arrival of a client and the unfolding of a mystery. But it reads more like a thriller than a detective story. There are clues aplenty, but working out the clues is less important to the progress of the story than the unfolding action which is brilliantly written.

All the characters, Sir Henry, Dr Mortimer, Stapleton, Frankland, Barrymore...each of them is important to the story and each has a role to play in the unfolding mystery. Stapleton and Frankland in particular are written very well.

The story is full of great sequences, but my favourite is the night on the moor when Dr Watson and Sir Henry go looking for Seldon, the escaped convict and hear the awful howling of the hound for the first time. It is a chilling moment. Then there is the part where Dr Watson goes looking for the other man hiding on the moor and finds Sherlock Holmes...the suspense that is built up here is just wonderful.

Conan Doyle is a very visual writer and he has an amazing ability to paint a scene and describe a place...the moor is a very important part of this story and he really makes you feel the coldness, the isolation and the darkness of the place.

The book is very well paced and it goes easily from fast paced action to slow building tension. It was a joy to read.
soul_cake_duck posted to cooking July 26 2014, 23:59

2 Questions

1. I have some cooked plums which are incredibly sour. I added what seemed like tons of sugar when cooking them down, but theyre still really sour. What can I do with them?

2. Any ideas for dressings for bean salads? I'll post what I usually do under the cut, but I'm looking for a bit more inspiration.

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paulliver posted to bookish July 25 2014, 12:06

Rereading the Stone

“Rereading the Stone: Desire and the Making of Fiction in ‘Dream of the Red Chamber”

By Anthony C. Yu

For those of you who have not read “Dream of the Red Chamber” (aka “Dreams of Red Mansions” or “The Story of the Stone”), it is the Chinese literary classic, and by ‘the’ I do not mean the only but the most important to the field of literature. It’s a romantic tragedy the length of “The Lord of the Rings,” taking place almost entirely within the mansion of an important family on the way down, and the first Chinese novel dominated mostly by women characters, even as those women struggle with living in a male dominated society. The entire story was supposedly written on one divine stone, and the narrator is telling us what he read, hence the title.

When I read it for myself, I got the gist of the plot, noticed parallels between my family’s expectations of myself and the Confucian expectations of the Jia family for their son Bao-yu, and enjoyed the story within the story within the story organization. Thanks to Anthony Yu, I’ve realized that “Dream of the Red Chamber” is also a story about two Taoist lovers trapped by Confucian values but told from the perspective of a Buddhist who believes both sides are trapped within illusions caused by their desires, hence involving all three of the great religious traditions in Chinese culture.

His discussion of the relationship between literature and history was also enlightening about Chinese society. “Dream of the Red Chamber” was the first Chinese novel to claim to actually be a novel, but because of the narrator (not necessarily the author in this case) claimed to be writing a memoir, a minor literary industry sprung up trying to draw parallels between the author’s life and the book’s events. In the meantime, “The Three Kingdoms,” which we would call historical fiction, was written like a history book but everyone treated it as a novelization. Frankly, the division between literature and history was pretty vague in the West until the 19th Century.

It makes sense to look at a romance novel from the perspective of desires, and Yu deals extensively with how Chinese have perceived desires. The Confucian tradition considered desires natural, but recognized that we did not live in a state of nature, so looked for ways for people to express desires in socially acceptable ways. Musical education and training in particular was stressed by Confucian theorists. But the hero and heroine of this novel were not ordinary people; they were spirits from Heaven reborn on Earth, the land of illusion, and as such their love could not be sublimated forever, only delayed, then tricked, then defeated, but never snuffed out.
inverarity posted to bookish July 25 2014, 01:08

The Butcher of Khardov, by Dan Wells

A tabletop wargaming tie-in novel that somehow made it onto the Hugo list.


The Butcher of Khardov

Privateer Press, 2013, 80 pages



His blind fury is infamous, his strength without rival, but the legend of the man known as the Butcher of Khardov was forged in a crucible of pain...

The legacy of the massacre near Boarsgate at the hand of the warcaster Orsus Zoktavir has followed him his whole life—but it is another memory that fuels both his rage and his will to live. Before he was one of Khador’s most potent weapons he was simply a young man striving to make a life for himself, and for his beloved, free of the violence that came so easily to him. Her gentle presence helps him quell his simmering temper, but fate changes everything, sweeping him up in events that would lead to grief and madness.

Learn the tragic history of Orsus Zoktavir and plumb the depths of his rage in The Butcher of Khardov.


Fridged family and 'crucibles of pain' notwithstanding, this grimdark anti-hero is almost not cardboard.

Also by Dan Wells: My review of I Am Not A Serial Killer.




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scandalbaby posted to doctorwho July 24 2014, 20:22

The Past Is The Present And The Future Is New | The New Arrivals

These stories are actually a part of a larger series, but the majority of stories in the series are Sherlock/Star Trek-centric. If you're interested in reading all of the stories these are posted to AO3 so you can read all five stories so far or bookmark the series to find out when I update.

Title: The Past is The Present And The Future Is New
Author: Ragna
Fandoms: Sherlock/Star Trek (Alternate Original Series)/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Khan Noonien Singh/Molly Hooper, Amelia Pond, Rory Williams, Mycroft Holmes, The Doctor & Sherlock Holmes
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Molly Hooper never expected to find out that her good friends Rory and Amelia Williams had traveled through time and space. She also hadn't expected for a man who looks exactly like Sherlock Holmes to end up pulled from an alternate universe and unceremoniously dropped in her bedroom the same night. She definitely hadn't expected Khan Noonien Singh to take up residence in her home for an extended period of time. She certainly hadn't expected the dangers associated with having a Sherlock doppelganger in her life while Sherlock was off trying to dismantle a criminal network. But most of all she had never once expected to fall for her unexpected houseguest. Funny how life works out sometimes.
Authors Notes: Part 1 of my “And Now I’m Learning You” series.

Title: The New Arrivals
Author: Ragna
Fandoms: Sherlock/Star Trek (Alternate Original Series)/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Khan Noonien Singh/Molly Hooper, Hikaru Sulu, James T. Kirk, Spock, Leonard McCoy, Nyota Uhura & The Doctor
Rating: PG
Summary: When he took Nyota Uhura and Leonard McCoy down to the planet James T. Kirk hadn't expected to encounter anything out of the ordinary. But after an encounter with some angel statues that moved he ended up in the same parallel universe where Khan had found himself months prior with little hope of going back home, and he doesn't take it well.
Authors Notes: Part 4 of my “And Now I’m Learning You” series.
inverarity posted to bookish July 24 2014, 01:48

Wakulla Springs, by Andy Duncan and Ellen Kages

A multi-generational, literary tale of Hollywood monsters and Jim Crow.


Wakulla Springs

Tor, 2013, 99 pages. Available online at tor.com.



Wakulla Springs. A strange and unknown world, this secret treasure lies hidden in the jungle of northern Florida. In its unfathomable depths, a variety of curious creatures have left a record of their coming, of their struggle to survive, and of their eventual end. Twenty-five thousand years after they disappeared from the face of the Earth, the bones of prehistoric mastodons, giant armadillos, and other primeval monsters have been found beneath the seemingly placid surface of the lagoon. The visitor to this magical place enters a timeless world of mystery.


A dreamy, magical piece of historical fiction...but is it fantasy?




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