Aug. 25th, 2013 12:09 pm
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Does anyone here have any recommendations for good science fiction space-type books? Preferably available on the Kindle? The glut of self-published stuff on Amazon has made it almost impossible for me to look through recently-published (well, the last couple of years, mostly) science fiction and space opera to find stuff I might like to read. You can certainly rec self-published stuff if you think it's good; I just don't want to click through page after page of the crappy stuff to find the good ones (I've got Marko Kloos' Terms of Enlistment in the Possible Purchase folder, for example--if you've read it all and can review, thanks!).

As a vague idea of what I might like: hard SF and space opera that isn't primarily military in nature. No Honor Harrington, in other words. I downloaded the sample for James S. S. Corey's Leviathan Wakes, and liked the sample enough to put it into my "Possible Purchase" folder. I read both of Jack McDevitt's Priscilla Hutchins and Alex Benedict series, although I have to say the way everyone sounds, dresses, and acts exactly like 20th century Americans kinda drives me nuts (he just has a way of setting up mysteries that make me have to know more about them). Although I said no military, I did enjoy John Scalzi's Old Man's War series, so that's not an unbending rule. :D I also liked Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky, although I need to reread them before I can tackle The Children of the Sky.

And yes, in case you're new, I've read all of Lois McMaster Bujold and was a total fangirl back in the day, although I've cooled off since.
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In response to DC's current skeeviness about depicting women in comics, and inspired by [ profile] tingirl's response to [ profile] wyrdness here, let's have some recs for non-Marvel, non-DC comics that get it right about women! Rec away, folks! Comics, manga, sequential art of any sort.

I'll start by chickening out of writing a real rec and linking to my Elfquest re-read posts over on HU. (Next one going up next week!)
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Yup, that's right. In the spirit of my previous two posts taken to the logical extreme, this post is to recommend anything: food, art, books, philosophy, jokes, cars, quasars, blogs, refrigerators, whatever.

So recommend away!
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This time for anime! [ profile] puppleball asks me:
I have a friend who wants some anime recommendations to watch. All he's told
me is:
He loves Naruto for the characters and story and wants to watch more anime
with characters and stories he can get into.

Aside from anime we chatted a bit on live action, which he's seen a bit of,
mentioning specifically versus for the fight scenes (versus is yakuza vs.
werewolves) that mimicked streetfighter action more than the US movie did.
Jap Horror was mentioned, he likes that too.

Woodchuck recommended Cowboy Beebop as a starting point, but I wanted to
give him more options. WC mentioned something else, but I'm drawing a blank.

Any recommendations for him?

I do not know if he wants only US releases or if he's OK with downloaded fansubs, so recommend both but make a note of what's available for rent and what isn't.
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Now that I've finished both the series and the movie of Fullmetal Alchemist, I'm ready for FMA fic. Bring it on! But only the REALLY GOOD STUFF.

Remember, I don't give a damn about pairings, and I dislike introspective nazel-gazing stuff that's basically an extended emo character study although most fanfic writers and readers seem not to share this. I like stuff that manages to nail character without being emo about it, and tend to eye AU fic suspiciously. Funny is a bonus, as is plot that doesn't focus solely on romantic relationships if I wanted to read a romance novel, I would be reading a romance novel.

And now I go to bed and await your recs with anticipation.
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This is sparked by a comment I made on [ profile] sophia_helix's recent slash poll, which I'll just repeat here:
What I really prefer for the most part is fic that is not primarily about romantic/sexual relationships between people, which seems to be a radical idea. *My* attitude is: if I wanted to read a romance novel, I'd be reading a damn romance novel. What I want is adventure, or suspense, or intrigue, or mystery, or humor, or ... etc., etc., etc. What 99% of the fic out there does is focus on the relationships between characters or on the bits of the characters that are formed by relationships or lack of them, and pushes the plot of the piece into the background, using it as an excuse to get the characters to examine or actively avoid examining their relationships.

*mournful cry into the wind* Whatever happened to plot?!

So ... your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to: rec me fic that isn't about relationships. I want plot! Give me action! Mystery! Humor! If there's some romance in it, fine, but I don't want it to be about the romance! Slash, femslash, het, gen, I don't care!

And lots of navel-gazing introspection is right out. I am not a fan of navel-gazing introspection, honestly. I want to have to tease it out, like in the manga Saiyuki, not have their thought processes laid out bare for me.

What, you want fandoms? I'll edit this post in a couple of minutes and list fandoms I could possibly scrape up enough knowledge about to read, but I've got to run up to the Ref desk at the moment.
Fandoms )
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If any of you know [ profile] ursulav's work (and if you don't, you should), then you'll be happy to know that you can read her webcomic Digger, about a wombat, free for a week or two.

In other news, managed to remember to write a check out for an artists' alley table at AnimeFest - they explicitly say that their table layout is based on who gets their stuff in first, and I had a lousy location last year, so I wanted to get a much better one this year. XD And two art show panels, since I did really well last year - any anime or sf/fantasy artists here: AnimeFest is usually a very good show for art and they take mail-in artists, so I highly recommend you consider buying a panel in the art show.

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