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([personal profile] lynndyre Jan. 28th, 2015 03:31 pm)
I watched this! It's a 12-episode reverse-harem anime, based on a dating game. But! All of the guys are gods. ^.^ It's a dating game where your options are Apollo, Hades, Baldr, Loki, the Japanese gods of the Moon and the Ocean, even Anubis and Thoth!

Look at these guys:

It's a very silly premise, the main girl is taken to a school that Zeus has brought all the very pretty gods to, in order for her to 'teach them how to understand humanity'. The first episode opens with Apollo's magical-girl transformation into his god form, complete with crotch shot. The first handful of episodes are slow and a little predictable, but fun enough - I really like Hades, he's like Eeyore, and I want basically everybody to hug him. (I'd also like to point out how funny I find it that the Greek gods are the ones *not* being incredibly gay for each other)

The second half - there's a lot of interesting interplay with Loki and Balder, and it doesn't do what I expected! I won't spoil it, but I really liked this.

I found a blog discussing the game, which includes screenshots and summaries of all the various romance routes and ending options -- here is the Kamigami no Asobi playthrough tag. I wish the anime had had more time to explore Anubis and Thoth, (and done more with everyone's god-forms) but overall I think the anime ending is happier than a lot of the game options! XD
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Jan. 28th, 2015 03:15 pm)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It was inspired by discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "evening" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask & Farce thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense interpersonal and intrapersonal conflicts. The warnings include spoilers; highlight to read. Lingering worry about Mindflare sets up the tension. There is a lot of angst about secrecy and disclosure as it gets harder for Damask to maintain cover about their multiplicity. The headmates also have a hard time resolving conflicts gracefully, because Maisie's original skills got split up unevenly when Mindflare cut her apart into several new people. So there is hostile language, emotional mistreatment, and internal physical scuffling. On the outside there are conflicts over territory, guests, and personal dynamics involving Mallory and Heron -- with other housemates like Walden getting involved. It is just a big ugly mess of college-typical challenges complicated by super issues, where young people are trying valiantly to handle these big issues with not quite enough resources. More hurt than comfort, this time. If these are sensitive topics for you, consider your headspace before deciding whether or when to read this poem.

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Posted by Mark Oshiro

In the twenty-third and penultimate episode of the third season of Star Trek, Spock, Bones, and Kirk arrive on a planet to help evacuate residents in advance of a star going supernova, and THERE IS NO WAY I WAS EVER GOING TO BE PREPARED FOR THIS. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Star Trek.

HOLY SHIT, THIS WAS SO GREAT. There’s just so much potential here in “All Our Yesterdays,” and I don’t mean that to suggest that this is disappointing. It’s not! Rather, the worldbuilding in this episode alone made me want so much more. The idea of a society preventing their extinction by TRAVELING TO THE PAST makes my brain hurt and it’s so beautiful. Through this ingenious premise, this show fucks me up.

Despite that I’ve got a ton of movies and four full series to watch, this particular episode made me sad about the end of this journey. This is why Star Trek has been such a compelling show for millions upon millions of people. It can be a vehicle for social commentary at times, and it can take us to fantastical places. Somehow, this episode feels like the best of the best. It’s emotional (MORE EMOTIONAL THAN I WAS READY TO HANDLE), it’s suspenseful, and it packs one hell of a punch, all within this incredible sci-fi setting.

But let me start first with the premise of “All Our Yesterdays” before I turn into a puddle of feelings about Spock. The writers don’t go too far with the time travel aspect of this episode, and I appreciate that. This is one of those cases where I found it far more interesting when the show just let our imagination handle most of the work. All we know of Sarpeidon (WHICH WAS A REALLY DISTRACTING NAME IF YOU HAVE PLAYED THE NEWEST BORDERLANDS GAME, OH MY GOD) is that the planet is about to be wiped out of existence by a star going nova. And I think that was a brilliant choice, as it adds to the weirdness and the surreal nature of what these characters go through. The only exposure to this world is through the Library, Mr. Atoz, and the two glimpses of the past. Yes, the show did that thing again where they just made it look like Earth, and that’s incredibly lazy. In this case (as with another trope), I was willing to forgive this because the story itself was so exciting. Sticking Spock/Bones and Kirk in two vastly different moments of Sarpeidon’s history was ridiculous, and I was UTTERLY IN SUPPORT OF THIS.

That’s because this surprised me. In most other episodes, Kirk would have been given the “love” story, and Spock would have been in the scenes where he used logic to convince the Constable to help them. But Jean Lisette Aroeste’s script swaps the expected roles for both of these men, and the result is electrifying. Admittedly, I think Spock and Bones’ roles are WAY more interesting, but I loved getting the chance to see both parties discover the possibility that they were permanently stuck in time. I loved seeing how they reacted. I loved that this episode more or less poked fun at Kirk’s need to rescue damsels in distress. (Seriously, none of this would have happened if Kirk hadn’t bolted through the portal after hearing someone scream.) And I did find Kirk’s interactions with the Constable to be pretty damn fun. While he’s not a terribly detailed character, the episode helped me to understand why the Constable wouldn’t bother returning to the past.

I felt that dynamic was necessary as a foil to what happened to Zarabeth. The more I think about Zarabeth’s fate, THE SADDER I GET. This woman was sentenced to a life of loneliness in a place where her loneliness would be guaranteed. But not her death! No, her crime for merely associating with the wrong people was a trip to Sarpeidon’s Ice Age, complete with all the supplies necessary to survive. THAT IS SO FUCKED UP, Y’ALL. Zor-Kahn wanted to ensure that she was alive for a long time, just so she could suffer.

In that sense, I think that this episode is ultimately fairly sympathetic towards Zarabeth. It doesn’t excuse her for lying to Spock and Bones, and Bones gets a chance to criticize her for risking their lives, all in the hope that she might not be lonely anymore. Which is an understandable thing for her to do! I can’t even fathom this kind of solitude, and Zarabeth survived it for YEARS. Hell, who knows how long she’s been stuck in that Ice Age WITHOUT A SINGLE PERSON TO TALK TO?

And yet, it’s Leonard Nimoy who steals the show, and this might be my favorite performance of his. I have no real idea how the upcoming movies (NEXT WEEK OH MY GOD) function within this universe, but I’m so sad that my time with Leonard Nimoy as Spock is coming to an end. Look what he does here! Look what this script ALLOWS him to do! By establishing the concept of “preparation” – that a person’s body must be prepared on an atomic level to specific periods of Sarpeidon’s past – we get a chance to see Spock decompose, returning to a form of his species that wasn’t committed to logic or shunning emotion. That includes one of the most horrifying scenes in the entire show: Spock getting angry. After Bones levels a fairly common Vulcan insult on Spock, Spock reacts in fury, and it’s so horrifically alien and bizarre and I AM NEVER GOING TO BE OKAY. Look, I have complained a lot about how this show relies on the idea of instantaneous love as a plot point. How many times in this season alone has Kirk been given a story like this? However, this episode contains perhaps the only use of this trope that doesn’t rub me the wrong way. After spending his life without ever expressing his human side, Spock de-evolves, and it all comes spilling out of him. Anger, jealousy, rage, and violence. These are things we’ve almost never seen from this character, and now he’s going through all of them, one after another.

Is this stretched beyond believability? A little bit, I think. But the story itself is so fascinating because it gives the audience the chance to see something else in Spock. It’s a rare opportunity, and it’s one I appreciate greatly. Gah, how am I about to be done with this show? THIS SNUCK UP ON ME OUT OF NOWHERE.

The video for “All Our Yesterdays” can be downloaded here for $0.99.

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([personal profile] catvalente Jan. 28th, 2015 04:02 pm)

This month, you can find the first part of a new CMV novelette in Clarkesworld Magazine‘s 100th issue: click here to read “The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild,” or here to listen to the story as read by Kate Baker.

And if you don’t already read Clarkesworld Magazine, what are you waiting for? The 100th issue is a fine place to start, with an amazing cover by Julie Dillon, previously unpublished fiction from the late, great Jay Lake, and so many more pieces of fiction and nonfiction, powerful and fascinating. There’s work from Kij Johnson, the article “#PurpleSF” by Cat Rambo, even translated sci-fi from Tang Fei and Zhang Ran. Click on over.

For those of you eagerly awaiting the fourth installment in the Fairyland series, Cat has a message for you:


You can revisit “The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland – For a Little While” over here at

Can’t wait another second for a sneak peek of The Boy Who Lost Fairyland? Luckily, io9’s got you covered with a free chapter! Follow the HTML road to read Chapter 3 from The Boy Who Lost Fairyland: “Troll to Boy, Boy to Troll.”

Mirrored from Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.

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([personal profile] isis Jan. 28th, 2015 02:02 pm)
What I just finished: After abandoning both The Turn of the Story and Three Parts Dead, I dove into The Likeness, by Tana French, the second of the Dublin Murder Squad books, and enjoyed it a lot - much better than the first in the series. The premise requires much suspension of disbelief, and the actual mystery is almost immaterial (which is fine by me, I'm not really a mystery genre lover); but the story itself is worth it, the glorious immersion in found family and individual obsession. Amusingly, [personal profile] moetushie and I read the first two books in this series at roughly the same time, and had roughly the same reaction to each.

What I'm reading now: With [community profile] sutcliff_swap around the corner, I'm reading Blood and Sand, a Rosemary Sutcliff book Amazon had available for free a while back. This is based on the true story of Thomas Keith, a Scottish soldier who was captured in Egypt in 1807 during the Anglo-Turkish war, who ended up joining the Ottoman military and converting to Islam. Apparently Sutcliff adapted (with permission) an unpublished novel written by a Scottish historian into this book, and I have convinced myself I can tell; at least, parts strike me as very Sutcliff (the scenery porn and the close relationship descriptions), and parts (the more boring ones!) seem rather more violence-focused and less descriptive.

I also abandoned The Ascent of Money audiobook for more brain candy, Libba Bray's The Diviners. Which is enhanced by an excellent narrator, and has reminded me that I have promised a December Talking Meme post about the differences between text-reading and audio-reading. So far I can't stand the main character, but I like a lot of the others (especially Memphis!), and the setting of 1920s New York City is fabulous and fascinating.

What I'm reading next: Maybe Ice? Maybe The Martian? (Both of which I have started but not gotten very far into, and temporarily put not permanently abandoned.) Maybe a bunch of fanfiction? Maybe the next of the Dublin Murder Squad books?

What I just finished watching (series): We are done with the first season of Marco Polo, and quite enjoyed it. There is a tiny amount of fanfiction, though none for my slash pairing of choice (Marco/Hundred Eyes, the blind monk played by Tom Wu who teaches Marco kung fu). Though I also want Byamba/Khutulun/Marco OT3; Khutulun, the daughter of Kaidu (a relative of Kublai and a regional sub-Khan, so to speak) is my favorite character - basically a Mongol version of Lagertha from Vikings, a woman who fights along with the men and who will not put up with anybody's bullshit. Byamba is one of Kublai's bastard sons who (skip spoiler) ends up becoming engaged to Khutulun by 'defeating' her in a wrestling match, though it's implied she threw the match in order to make this alliance. He also has some chemistry with Marco. He also, alas, looks like a Klingon to me.

What I just finished watching (movie): Snowpiercer (due to Yuletide chat), which has a startling number of well-known actors for such a weird movie. B thought it was almost as bad as Cube (which I agree was awful), but I mostly liked it, though it was a little excessively violent for my tastes, and the premise required serious suspension of disbelief. However, I liked the allegorical aspects of it, the idea of the closed system of the world/society as a train, and the ending was...interesting. Totally unsurprised to see Curtis/Edgar (characters played by Chris Evans and Jamie Bell, respectively) as the primary pairing on AO3 for this - I definitely got that vibe from the movie.
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([personal profile] makioka Jan. 28th, 2015 07:58 pm)
Stolen from [personal profile] lilliburlero 

You know that meme that goes around sometimes where you post your five favorite kinks and then five favorite couples, and it's like a wish into the universe to see if anybody will write it for you? Let's make it a little more interactive.

Comment here if you want to play, and I will give you 3-6 couples or characters that I associate with you, and you make an entry in your journal talking about those couples/characters and fics that you wish the universe would write for you.

[personal profile] lilliburlero  gave me: Benson family RPF, gen; David Blaize (any pairing or gen); Hilary/Lisa?


Posted by Josh Cooper

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

Photo via Montreal Canadiens official Twitter account

• Let’s Talk everyone! [Montreal Canadiens Twitter]

• Cal Clutterbuck is the latest player fined for diving/embellishment [NHL]

• Could the Predators win the Central Division if they keep this up? [ESPN]

• The Capitals are scoring, but losing. This is confusing. [Japers Rink]

• The Islanders basically own the Rangers right now. [The Pink Puck]

• Chris Sutter was the big winner All-Star weekend. [LA Kings]

• Mike Richards is off to the minors. [LA Times]

• The Wild need more production from their second PP line. [Russo’s Rants]

• Bill Guerin visits the White House. [Pensburgh]

• Daniel Alfredsson will receive the key to the city in Ottawa in March. [Sportsnet]

•  The Chicago Blackhawks have a few thoughts on Martin Brodeur’s career. [Second City Hockey]

• The next $10 million player? Anze Kopitar maybe? [The Fourth Period]

• More injuries in Columbus with Jeremy Morin placed on injured reserve. [Blue Jackets]

• The Predators seem to have trouble closing out other teams. [Nashville Post]

• Marty Brodeur is with the Blues, but he will one day return a Devil. [Yahoo]

• Leon Draisaitl rockets into Oil Country. [Buzzing the Net]

•  Mike Ribeiro is on pace to eclipse Nashville’s franchise record for helpers. [Rinkside Report]

• Could Milwaukee join the NHL expansion mix? [Sports Illustrated]

• The Todd Nelson factor for the Edmonton Oilers. [Oilers Nation]

• Mike Richards may end up in Calgary if the Flames and Kings can work out a deal. [Calgary Sun]

• Finally, Tic-tac-toe to Grabo


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([personal profile] badgerbag Jan. 28th, 2015 12:27 pm)
Bad night, feeling very sick, sick to my stomach, reflux, and a weird strong headache that had increased over the day. Pain meds did not help the headache. It was so hard to fall asleep. like a horrible nightmare most of the night. I am not feeling well today, dizzy and sick and looking at the computer makes my head hurt. I tried to dial in to my 8:30 meeting and people's voices made me want to pass out.

Some sort of flu or virus I guess. Taking the day off. reading and dozing. I am missing the work I wanted to get done, swimming, and meeting up with people I wanted to see who are from out of town and also dropping by to see D. as she moves today from the nursing home to chuck's house. All on hold. I miss going to the office and swimming especially as I was looking forward to both.

Posted by Jessica

Jennifer Connelly Cobie Smulders Jason Momoa 
On Twitter this past week, Lena Dunham noted that she expected to see more “bazonkers snow fashion” at Sundance and I must concur! But don’t worry. There is some bazonkersness within. And there’s also coats, and men with facial hair, and Keanu Reeves. KEANU! Read More ...

Posted by Greg Wyshynski

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