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Just showed hubby Fool For Love for the first time. He was suitably impressed.

Posted via m.livejournal.com.

Happy Birthday JRR Tolkien!
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king

I like books.
Saw this on Molly May's journal and thought it looked fun!

NPR 100 Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels memeCollapse )

Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you intend to read, underline the ones you’ve read part of, and strike through the ones you never intend to read.

In the end I've only read 14 of these, and really liked most of the ones I read.  The rest, for the most part, I have never heard of.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien - probably favorite book of all time.
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert - on par with Tolkien for scope and detail.  Really amazing storytelling.  Haven't read this in several years but given the Muslim undertones of the books and all that's gone on in the world in the last 10 years, I really should take another look!
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell - terrifying.
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman - never enjoyed the movie, was so over quoted that it became like fingernails on a chalkboard.
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore - now that I have a greater appreciation for graphic novels/comics, I will give this one a try
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut - great book, although not my favorite of his.  Vonnegut was an amazing person, in addition to being a brilliant writer.  The world is a little bit less without him in it.
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood - also terrifying
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke - this movie was the most boring thing ever.
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut - see above Vonnegut comments.
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams - loved this book as a kid.  Haven't read it since
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne - meh.
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys - read for school ages ago.  I remember liking it but being kind of spooked.
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley - really liked this when I read it, enough to read several not that great sequels. 
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien - oh yes, my friends, I have read the Silmarillion.  In fact, took a college course on it for funsies!
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger - pretty good page turner
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

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I have a big presentation to give today and I'm pretty nervous about it. But this video for some reason always calms me down and puts me in a good mood! It's from the Broadway musical Crazy For You. Points to the first person who recognizes the actor! *cough* Buffy fans, this one's for you!!

AtS Meta...?
A while back I read a really interesting post about Fred, having to do with her essentially playing the victim in order to get others to protect her, to prove to herself that she was safe... I can't find it anywhere!  If anyone knows what I'm talking about links would be lovely :)

And on another note, I know I promised ages ago to do that fun music alphabet thing, and I will post my answers for the letter "F" very soon! 

It's like giving matches to paper dolls
So there's this super amazing hip hop collective in the Twin Cities called Doomtree, and one of the rising stars is this chick Dessa. She has this intoxicating blend of spoken word, rap and singing with really incredible lyrics... and of course I hear Buffy's story in her lyrics. Because I always hear Buffy's story.

Check these lyrics out and tell me if this isn't a perfect description of Buffy and Spike at their most destructive:Collapse )

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Been listening to a lot of Florence + the Machine lately, and this song always makes me think of Buffy and her journey through the seasons.  Plus just plain gorgeous song. (And I finally figured out how to imbed video! I'm so not tech savvy.)

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Anybody else out there have a habit of hearing songs on the radio and thinking they'd make a great theme song for a character or episode from BtVS/AtS?

Oh, it's just me?

Ok then.  Bear with me.  (I can't figure out how to make those LJ cut things work, so sorry for the length of this post).  I heard this LCD Soundsystem song today and it just screamed "Spike!"  Who else is with me on this?

Tell me a line make it easy for me
Open your arms
Dance with me until I feel all right
It's good in the dark, good in the dark
But into the lover's light
Here comes another fight

So ring the alarm, ring the alarm
Bar me and hold me and cling to my arm
Here it comes, here it comes

And what you're asking me now, disastrous now
Hoping and hoping and hoping
The feeling goes away

Never change, never change, never change, never change
Never change, never change, never change
This is why I fell in love oooh

Never change, never change, never change, never change
Never change, never change, never change
That's just who I fell in love with
(in love...)

This is the time the very best time
So give me a line and take me home
Take me over

But dashing the hopes dashing the hopes
And smashing the pride
The morning's got you on the ropes .. ooh

And love is a murderer, love is a murderer
But if she calls you tonight
Everything is all right
Yeah, we know
And love is a curse shoved in a hearse
Love is an open book to a verse of your bad poetry
And this is coming from me

But I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you fall in love
(fall in love)

Turn on the light make it easy for me
Fill the divide fumble in the kitchen
til it's right
What an awful sight

But there's love in your eyes
Love in your eyes, love in your eyes
But maybe that's just what your lover finds
All night!

But I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you fall in love
(fall in love)

O hai!
I am not a writer.  I joined LJ as a way to better lurk in the BtVS online fandom.  I doubt I'll be posting very often.  But it occurs to me that I've been a member for a while now and haven't even shared the inspiration for my name!
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This song is incredible.  Look it up on YouTube and give it a spin.. I promise it will give you goosebumps.

Devil's Crayon - Wild Beasts

This truly is
The Devil's crayon
tracing your shoulderblades
aglow like rayon

This truly is the Devil's crayon
that all his children can use to draw

and we are so many tiny pieces
We are so many tiny pieces

This truly is
The Devil's answer
carved from the tongue
of this romancer

This truly is the Devil's answer
that all his children use to kiss

and we are so many clambering hands
We are so many clambering hands

the way you say her name
I want mine said the same, devil
the way you say her name I want mine said the same

This truly is the Devil's shoulder
your arm draped around
ten times over

This truly is the Devil's shoulder
that all his children will use to throw their loads, their loads on you
to throw their loads on you

And we are so much moulded dough
We are so much moulded dough

Used to throw their loads on you
Used to throw their loads on you


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