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You know the drill. Really, I'm pretty boring, tend to ramble, and babble a lot about stupid things that I like. Also there is some well-placed whining. It's a wonder everyone hasn't defriended me yet. All the same, I'll be happy to add you if you want.

CAPSLOCK FRIDAY: THE STEAMPUNK EDITION

CA: You Read Novels
LOL THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN POSTED OVER IN vc_media. WHOOPS. 5 AM IS TOO EARLY TO FUNCTION.

IT'S FRIDAY AND I WILL MIX VAMPIRES WITH STEAMPUNK IF I WANT TO.

STEAMPUNK TENDS TO INVOLVE ALTERNATIVE HISTORY, CLOCKWORK, AND AIRSHIPS. SO LET'S PRETEND SOMETHING CRUCIAL SHIFTED THE WINDS OF CHANGE AND THIS VICTORIAN CLOCKWORK WORLD IS WHERE OUR VAMPIRES END UP. WHO DOES WHAT? DOES DANIEL TRAVEL AROUND ON AIRSHIPS? DOES LOUIS LABOR OVER A WORK TABLE BUILDING CLOCKWORK REPLICAS OF CLAUDIA THAT ARE FAR CREEPIER THAN SHE EVER WAS? DOES JESSE WEAR PANTS UNDER HER CORSET RATHER THAN SKIRTS AND INVESTIGATE STRANGE PHENOMENA?

ALSO IT'S FRIDAY, THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. FEEL FREE TO GO OFF TOPIC OR ON A TANGENT OR WHATEVER YOUR DARK HEART DESIRES.

Writer's Block: Once upon a time…

thorn of camorr
What is the first line of your favorite book?


My favorite book changes constantly but this is my recent-years Favorite Novel of All Time:

"At the height of the long wet summer of the Seventy-Seventh Year of Sendovani, the Thiefmaker of Camorr paid a sudden and unannounced visit to the Eyeless Priest at the Temple of Perelandro, desperately hoping to sell him the Lamora boy."

Anyone?

I realized it doesn't say "And have people guess" which for some reason I thought was part of the question. IDEK. It's been a long week and it's only Wednesday, okay? Anyhow, the book is The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, from the Gentleman Bastard series (it's the first.)

It's witty, funny, and brain-blowing. Seriously, it will break your mind. It's amazing. And you can read the first bit online, for free, at the author's website: http://scottlynch.us/excerpts.html.

Honestly, I'm not a fan of fantasy at all, but this book is more like a long-con novel set in a fictionalized medieval Venice called Camorr. It's rank and dirty and gritty and the stakes are high. It's awesome.

Writer's Block: Let freedom ring

GoT: Bran arrow
How do you celebrate Independence Day in your country?


In the traditional way, of course. By burning an effigy of King George the III, playing 'Bob For Apples in a Vat of Sam Adams lager', tossing my tea out the window on random passersby, and loudly shouting "America! FUCK YEAH."

Isn't that what everyone does?

Writer's Block: Going boldly

C: troy phasers to love me
LJ::User=HASH(0x2b01aff0dc00)
If you could be any Star Trek character, who would you be, and why?


Data. Because he's a robot and he has an awesome Bromance with Worf. I mean, DUH.

Writer's Block: A real eye opener

weep for humanity
Which one book should everyone read, and why?


Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams.

It's a nonfiction book about Adams and his biologist friend, Mark Carwardine, traveling the globe to see animals on the verge of extinction. Like with 10 or fewer left. And the people who spend their lives trying to save them even when all hope seems lost.

It was written in the 80s and some have gone (the Yangtze river dolphin is functionally extinct) while others have since flourished (the Kakapoo is on the rebound), but the book is truly extrodinary. Funny, and witty, and sad, and honest. I buy copies for people all of the time. It's incredible.

It was recently made into an updated TV series by the BBC with Carwardine and Stephen Fry (in Adams' place) checking on other near-extinct animals and making updates on the ones in the books.