oanja: (Avengers: Maria Hill)
I made a mistake last night by thinking I could just read a little bit, before going to sleep. Ended up finishing the book and when I actually went to bed it was almost seven in the morning... oops. But at least I'm reading books again. That's good, sort of.

So, of course I only got up at three pm today and now I'm not tired, even though I have a lecture tomorrow at nine. >_>

Also the Toews/Kane fic is now 8,600 words long and I have no idea how to actually make them get together. Well without resorting to sudden love confessions... This is annoying because I would rather work on my other fic, but right now I feel like I need to finish this first. Mostly because I know this could be done in about 2000-3000 words if I could just figure out what I want to happen instead of getting distracted and starting to sprout random facts about the verse they live in.

The new Teen Wold episode was great and I will enjoy the increased screen time for Stiles as long as it's going to last. Hopefully the writers won't screw him up too badly.

There was this article on PPP (the leafs blog thing) about how much Tyler Bozak sucks. And okay, he's not the best center out there etc etc, but he's played really well this season and actually had a positive effect on Kessels numbers, not to mention that they kept pointing out how badly Bozie plays without Kessel, although the minute amount was super small and I don't think they should draw conclusions about that (and doesn't Bozie get PK time? Which Phil doesn't. I'm not sure about this though, but if it's true wouldn't that explain some of it?) Anyway, I have way too many feelings about Bozak and it's getting out of hand... Did not sign up for this!

oanja: (BtVS Buffy hardly working)
I went to Tampere this past weekend for the UN student meeting thing about sustainable development. It was pretty cool. Also hung out with [livejournal.com profile] arilyn9 and [livejournal.com profile] sherg I'm kind of super jealous you get to live in one of my favourite cities. *pout*

Yesh, managed to finish one assignment for school. Two to go. Sadly the one I finished was the easiest... bummer. Still I have two days for the small thesis one and then two more days before the essay is due. Totally doable, hopefully *fingers crossed*

This wouldn't be such a problem if I didn't have the strongest urge to start a new fic. I want to write about how Phil and Amanda Kessel swap bodies and how that makes them evaluate their lives. Mostly I just want Amanda to get to play in the NHL and for Phil to pine after Tyler and wonder if it wouldn't be easier to just stay swapped so they could be together. And demand they send Stella to wherever Amanda is training for the Olympics and accidentally start rumors about Amanda and Tyler dating, which would not amuse Amanda, who would end up seeming like the over protective big brother. And for both of them to have body dysmorphia issues because they are cis people.

About real hockey... the Wild have been playing pretty well lately, yay! They have won the last 7 out of 8 games. They have a four game road trip that starts tonight though, so I'm a bit worried. They haven't been great on the road this season. Still let's enjoy the fact that they are second in the Central division right now, only two points behind the Hawks. (and let's ignore how the Avs and Blues have played two games less)

Also there are 8 teams in the West who have as many or more points than the first team in the East. Wow, just wow.

I got new books while I was visiting arilyn9. I just love that one used book store there... This time I got 7 new (to me) books. I'm super excited about my expanding collection of the Culture novels. I don't think I'm missing many anymore. Then, when I got back home I found the books I ordered from bookdepository had finally arrived. Those are the Patrick O'Brian books. The covers are so pretty!
photo of my books )

Book stuff

Nov. 2nd, 2013 05:11 am
oanja: (life: reading)
So the game was kind of weird, I had trouble paying attention to it for some reason... But the Wild won, so all's well that ends well. :D

Then I went on a shopping spree and ordered Patrick O'Brian novels from the Bookdepository. They were under 5€ a piece, so I had to get them: The Post Captain, The Mauritius Command, Desolation Island and The Surgeons Mate.

I'm missing some books, like the first one, third one and the sixth one, but I figure I can get those later and I did find all of them as audiobooks and I'm already listening to the first one. I just really want the actual books, because I can't really follow all the sailing terminology from the reading and it also get's a bit boring sometimes, so it's much easier to skip when you're reading it for yourself.

I really want a new e-reader too, because I can't fix my kobo and I need one. =( I think I might have to wait until closer to Christmas though and then order it and tell my mom it counts as a present.
oanja: (hockey: new jersey)
Wild 5 - 3 Hawks

Backs totally stole that one for us, but I'll take it! (also Pommer & Granny looks great. Now let's just keep Heatley far far away from them)

Oh and I finally got the newest Temeraire book on Friday and I'm more than halfway through. It's pretty great so far. I keep wondering how the series will end though, as there doesn't seem to be a clear cut ending to it. I mean maybe it will just end when they beat Napoleon, but for some reason that doesn't seem like a satisfying end to me right now. idk, I'm sure when the last book comes out I'll change my mind, but yeah. Also I'm a bit of a Napoleon fangirl, so I don't like thinking about him losing. :(
oanja: (BtVS Buffy hardly working)
Last night when I was going to bed I made the mistake of taking a book with me. To be fair, I didn't think it would be so good that I would have to read the whole thing through, but I did. Luckily it was a short book, so I was able to finally fall asleep around four (seriously 176 pages!!! That is so short! And it had pretty big print too). Even more lucky I didn't have lectures today. Anyway I got one of those Anita Blake Vampire Hunter books on sale from the bookstore yesterday and that's the one I read. I was really surprised how much I liked it, but then again I really liked the early Southern Vampire Mysteries (True Blood) books too. Also it worked really well on its own, even though it was like the 19th book, but it wasn't like I couldn't follow what was going on.

There was a lot of het sex/sexuality in it too and it took me a while to get used to that after reading so much slash for the past 7 years. I mean usually in the 'real' books I read there isn't any sex 'on screen', especially because I read a lot of fantasy. I had no idea what the books were actually about before I read it, but I was also impressed with the polyamorous relationship Anita had with all her men, brownie points for that. I also got the impression that she's at least a bit bisexual? (she didn't flirt or sleep with a woman though, so I'm not sure) and some of her boyfriends might be too? Anyway, I'm going to read some more of these.

I even found some of them for free e-books, but my Kobo is frozen and I can't reset it or fix it, so that makes me sad. Especially because it's not like the thing was that cheap and I only had it for about a year. :(

Oh and first French class went well. The teacher was super nice. I'm actually looking forward to going to the lesions and maybe I will even learn a bit of French. :) I wish our language teachers had been this nice when I was in middle school/high school, I might have actually learned some swedish/german back then.

Tomorrow I'm going to [livejournal.com profile] arilyn9's place and to tracon. Whee~
oanja: (stock Stitch)
Now that I know I'm getting some money at the end of the week I've been looking at gaming consoles again. >_> Oops? But I could get a really basic (very small memory) xbox360 with 130€ That's cheap! Especially now that I'm paying for viaplay anyway, it would be cool to be able to watch all the movies and shows on my tv instead of my computer screen, which is a lot smaller (obviously). I'm just really annoyed that you have to get the gold membership to activate and use the viaplay app (or whatever it's called) and the same would apply if I got a PS3 (only the xbox thing is a bit cheaper)

I've read books this week! I'm super proud of myself. :D I just finished Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones and it was pretty great. I really like her style. This was an older book by her, but you can tell in a lot of her books that she's really into the idea of parallel universes and a lot of her characters universe hop (I think Howl's Moving Castle is the most famous)

omg look at the cover photo though. I was pretty sure this book had been written in the 80's or something, but nope 1997... was the fashion really that bad back then?
cut because the photo was rather big )

Then I read this Stat Trek book called the IDIC epidemic, and wow I googled it so I could post the cover page, which is kind of ridiculous and it seems you can read it for free on google books, or whatever it's supposed to be called. Anyway the point was that it was a really well written and thought out book, I was really positively surprised. Also it had a Klingon original character, who was central to the plot and I really enjoyed reading about him (especially because I don't really know that much about the Klingons, as they aren't really fleshed out in TOS, and nevermind the reboot universe)

(I don't know why Spock is so central in the cover, when he's not even the main character. [can you guess though why I originally bought it?] Heh I have two other books about Spock that I got from the same second hand bookstore while I was in the States, I'm going to read those next)

I think I had almost forgotten how much I like actual books, because let's be honest I mostly just read fic these days. Maybe I can keep this up this summer and read all the books I have that I haven't even started, or that are lying about half-finished.
oanja: (hockey: Mikko Koivu)
I'm still not sure if this is all too good to be true, but right now things are great. The Wild have a four game win streak going, whee~
Also I found out that Mikko Koivu is going to be a dad. That came out of the blue as I didn't even know he had a girlfriend. Guy sure likes to keep his private life private.

Oh and the Ducks beat the Blackhawks! I was ready to give up on the game during the third period, but I should have known better. The Ducks don't just give up. :D Also Selänne got his 670th goal. Six hundred and seventy! It boggles the mind.

Have I mentioned yet how the NHL websites are hilariously bad and they love puns. A lot... :D


wild stuff )

And look I have some non hockey things to post as well, it's a miracle!

a few photos )
oanja: (Teen Wolf Derek is sad)
I started reading the Wheel of Time series when I was 13 and now it's over. I've had these books with me for the past 13 years! I'm really glad that the last book was mostly great. I don't know how it could have lived up to my expectations tbh, the bar had been set too high in my mind.

I mostly blame this on my weird book plot thing, where I think books that have serious themes should have serious/sad endings with like a glimmer of happiness/hope. Instead books tend to end like Harry Potter did, with lots of fluff and maybe a smidge of seriousness/sad parts. I also thought the Hunger Games had a too happy ending... So yeah. xD

It seems that most people on the internet liked the ending so *shrug*

I might change my mind on a reread though... After reading 908 pages in about 24 hours might warp ones perspective. ^_^;

"The wind blew southward, through knotted forests, over shimmering plains and toward lands unexplored. This wind, it was not the ending. There are no endings, and never will be endings, to the turning of the Wheel of Time.

But it was an ending.

He came like the wind, like the wind touched everything, and like the wind was gone.

from The Dragon Reborn.

By Loial, son of Arent son of Halan, the Fourth Age."

oanja: (Avengers: Loki O_o)
1) Finding a story that looks promising and seems well liked, reading it for a bit and just leaving it because it's not the kind of thing you like. This is the weirdest one because I don't get it myself... Like there is nothing obvious wrong about these fics, they have good grammar and the sentences make sense (unlike some of the things I write) but something in the style just rubs me the wrong way.

2) People not using capital letters in the beginnings of sentences and with proper nouns. Seriously why is this a thing? I have seen this in fics that have been betaed, so it must be a conscious choice by the writer. So annoying.

3) Fics where the pov jumps around from one sentence to the next, or between paragraphs. This is a deal breaker for me, I just can't keep reading.


In other news... =D I'm going to go visit [livejournal.com profile] arilyn9 for a few days. That's always fun. If I manage to get to the train station in time, that is... I haven't used the bus from my new apartment before this and I have no idea which ones still run on Sundays. Oops. ^_^;
oanja: (ME Liara)
Just finished reading A Dance With Dragons. Now who knows when I will get to read the next book. >_> Arya continues to be the only character that hasn't pissed me off at some point. It's a really weird feeling finishing a book series (I know there will be more at some point but right now there isn't anything more to read)

If nothing surprising happens I will be moving, yay! Next moth I'll have my own flat and no more sharing with anyone. \0/ I never enjoyed living with strangers and now finally I won't have to. I think it's worth the money, even though the rent is pretty steep. 
oanja: (text fascinated by work)
I have been reading actual books again! \0/ It's pretty sad how rarely I do anymore... Fandom and fanfic in particular have really ruined my reading habits.

Well anyway, I've had the Song of Ice and Fire boxset for about a year(?) but I never really started reading them, because by then I had been kind of spoiled by the TV show and fandom in general. Everyone kept saying how everyone dies and I don't really like that. (also the first few episodes I watched didn't really convince me it would be worth my while. [too much random female nakedness and fucking for my taste] I'm looking forwards to rewatching it and seeing if I change my mind)

But finally I got over myself and read the first book (finished it on Tuesday) and I really liked it. I'm now about one third through the third book (a Storm of Swords) and yeah I'm going to finish all of them...

When I first saw the first book in my local library I just passed by it (this was in the early 2000) and for some reason I never read them. (I think because at some point someone said they were like the rivals for the Wheel of Time series and that one is my baby) So it took the HBO series to come out for me to get my ass into gear. (I don't want to see it before I've read the books. I like being that annoying brat who points out how much better the books were... Well except for the Lord of the Rings. I was really surprised when I started reading the first book by how much younger everyone is compared to the show)

I think it really shows what a great writer GRRM is that I keep reading these, as most of the characters are highly problematic, or just flawed. (and not in fandom approved ways where you woobiefie them and think they'd be fixed by a hug) Even the characters you think are okay and who you root for keep making these really stupid mistakes and make me go 'NOOOOOO! You idiot, stop! You should listen to X who is telling you you are making a mistake!' Or "NOOOOO! Don't trust X, they will stab you in the back!!!!' and they never listen. *le sigh*

But I think I'm rather let down by the body count to be honest... Only one (main pov) character has died. I'm hoping that will change, because a lot of the people in this world should kick the bucket imo.

It's also kind of annoying that I keep thinking that this series is called a Game of Thrones when it's not! /0\ But a Song of Ice and Fire is so long and hard to type *whine*

Also this kind of boggles the mind:

If you are curious, here some samples. The numbers are approximate and should omit indexes, appendices and stuff not directly belonging to the text itself.
Discrepancies are often due to the fact that Microsoft Word consider “it’s” like one word, instead my data is measured considering it as “it is”, so two words. This can usually add a +5-10k compared to “official” wordcounts.

A Song of Ice And Fire - George R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones: 298k
A Clash of kings: 326k
A Storm of Swords: 424k
A Feast for Crows: 300k
A Dance with Dragons: 422k
Total: 1M 770k
≈ 1,770,000.

But found in a forum post (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum...
A Song of Ice And Fire - George R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones: 284k
A Clash of kings: 326k
A Storm of Swords: 404k
A Feast for Crows: 300k
Total: 1M 314k
≈ 1,314,000 + 422,000 (ADwD from loopingworld) ≈ 1,736,000.

I have already read more than 600,000 words...
oanja: (stock book wtf)
I found out yesterday that Tor had released the first chapter of A Memory of Light for free on their website (and evilly had the prologue for sale) so of course I needed to read them. So I did and now everything is terrible and I can't believe I have to wait until January to finally get the actual book. This is the last book and I don't know how to feel about it. I read the first one when I was fourteen (twelve freaking years ago!) I'm pretty sure I'll be a mess once I finish reading the last chapter. This will be way worse than reading the last Potter book (for various reasons, for one I don't think this will be as much of a let down...) Waah~ I'm already making no sense and I only read two chapters.
oanja: (Default)
Took this from tumblr, so not mine but fire_head's

my answers )

And now I've killed some time. I'll see The Avengers in an hour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! \0/


Mar. 19th, 2012 03:00 pm
oanja: (walking dead Daryl)
Daryl survived season 2 finale! \0/

(now seriously where is the fic for this pairing?)

But urgh, I have a test on Friday and I need to read four books for it. Even though Gender history is interesting it doesn't mean I wouldn't rather just mess about in the internet rather than study. Also I just got my Temeraire books in the mail today. The world is full of temptations... so I'll just go study in the library for a few hours. >_>
oanja: (tBBT Sheldon & Penny)
My dog is an adorable moron. I'm still here at mom's and I had to bring the rats (of course) but they are hidden away at this alcove thing I have in my room, because Luna is way too interested in my rodent friends and would most likely terrify them to death if they saw her... but anyway, she can still hear them rustling in their cage and it's kind of driving her bonkers. She just keeps watch in front of the doors most of the time (if she's not distracted away) poor animals. ^_^;

Then for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to read this insanely epic length Glee fic where Quinn and Finn swap bodies and Quinn falls for Rachel because she needs to pretend to be her boyfriend and Finn is just adorable as a girl and and... It's a wip and already almost 300,000 words. I'm clearly insane, because I don't even like Glee.

Mom is going shopping tomorrow for sales and promised to buy me new socks. My life, so exciting. (although I do really need new socks quite badly)


Dec. 9th, 2011 06:09 am
oanja: (stock anime yay!)
I just ordered books from Bookdepository, and that would be fine, except I went kind of overboard and the total ended up being 65€. I guess that means Merry Christmas to me, from me... ^_^;

And more importantly I finished the fic! \0/ *does a flaily dance of joy* I am not a total failure.

Book meme

Sep. 10th, 2011 09:39 pm
oanja: (stock reading in bed)
Read more... )
oanja: (text not the mothership)
The folks went to Stockholm leaving me here with Luna. She's been moping almost the whole day when she realised they are not coming back right away. Yesterday we went to visit my aunt and cousins and they have a new puppy, augh so cute! <3

 I made a chocolate cheesecake, which is absolutely delicious but super sweet so you can't eat much at one time without feeling sick... =P

Then I've been trying to write my bbb fic like crazy and I now have 25,000 words. (still nowhere near the end though, which might be a problem. ^_^;)

Finished reading the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy and I still don't know how I feel about them. I mean the main character would be pretty cool if it weren't for the fact that everyone seems to keep falling in love with her or wanting to help her. I wont go as far as to say she has it too easy because her life kind of sucks but still... Totally going to read the last book though, no doubt about it.


Apr. 20th, 2011 01:49 pm
oanja: (NCIS Tim is angelic)
It's kind of cool to know I just had my last class for this semester. I still have a few essays to write and a few more exams to take but no more classes for me.

I went to visit [livejournal.com profile] arilyn9  last Thursday and came back home yesterday so that was a fun trip. It's always great to talk about fandom stuff with someone. We went to see the little red riding hood movie and it definitely was better than Twilight (except for the directors continuing love for fake flowers). I really liked how the werewolf looked but I would have liked to know more about the lore, like could the werewolf control his change? and it seemed like the wolf was still completely sentient and aware even when in wolf form. ...just in general there should have been more wolf stuff. =)

We also watched The Game of Thrones episode and I have to say I didn't like it much. I guess I like my fantasy a bit less gritty and definitely with less incest. I mean it's pretty realistic to show the women and pretty powerless and not really bad ass but still, I like my fantasy where the women can do stuff too and not just simper in the background (or get rapes and sold off as happens in the Game of Thrones) I think it's a good thing I started reading the Wheel of Time instead of the Song of Ice and Fire when I was a teenager.

[livejournal.com profile] arilyn9  also taught me how to use tumblr, so do you want me to follow you on it? If so drop your username in a comment. ^_^

I should start packing and go home for the weekend. I haven't been there for a while so it should be nice. I have kind of missed my doggy. I wonder if we still have snow there, almost all of it has melted here and all of it was gone where arilyn9 lives.

*Gulp* I just realised that I only have 11 days to finish my bbb fic... ^_^; Let's hope I can kick my ass into gear and actually write the damn thing, after all I have already spent so much time on it and it would be a real shame not to get to post it.
oanja: (Default)
Diana Wynne Jones died on Saturday and I didn't know until now. Her books were incredible and magical and funny and... ;____; This is not cool world, not cool at all. D'=


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