kiev4am: (underwood)
2012-05-18 04:11 pm
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Fic: Smart Money

RicStar fic drop.

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kiev4am: (tabby)
2012-03-21 09:37 am
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...just what time of day does Comixology gets its same-day-as-print stuff up, anyway?

kiev4am: (underwood)
2012-03-20 01:10 pm
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Fic: The New Gear

Moar fic...

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kiev4am: (Default)
2012-03-15 06:27 pm

Gahh, I need to get this comic so badly...

I totally forgot this came out yesterday - issue #1 of Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Ex Machina is one of my favourite comic books of all time, and I've adored Fiona Staples' artwork ever since she drew The Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor. The story is a sort of high-concept space epic with gritty BSG undertones, and the preview looks freaking awesome. Here's a gushing spoiler-free review. WANT this book.
kiev4am: (Default)
2012-03-05 11:20 am

Website rec: Retronaut

I'm just throwing this out here for anyone to see because it's so awesome: Retronaut. If you like abandoned buildings, old photographs, weird memorabilia, vintage or retro, history's junkpiles, haunting or poignant figments of the past of any kind, this is the site for you. Just don't come crying to me when you find it's done a TVTropes on you and sucked up your whole afternoon, that's all :)
kiev4am: (underwood)
2012-02-21 09:58 am
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Fic: Wrong Turn, or...

This one is silly. It has orcs in it.

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kiev4am: (care)
2012-02-20 10:39 am

Mugged by the fan fiction monkey

Seriously. He hit me over the head and stole half my brain and all of my free time. No-one told me writing this stuff was so addictive!
kiev4am: (rictor)
2012-02-13 02:17 pm

Cowboys and Aliens

Once in a while there's a film that makes me glad to be a geek. I finally saw 'Cowboys and Aliens' and loved it. I loved the way it was an absolutely straight-down-the-line western complete with a Man With No Name, scrubland, canyons, stray dogs, Biblical-named town, cowed townsfolk, wastrel rich boy shooting up the place, heartless cattle baron and a whole fistful of 'Searchers'-style empty-house, open-door-to-sepia-daylight shots. And then it had aliens, and it was still a completely straight-faced, dusty, deliberate western. With aliens. Oh, and a beautiful upside-down paddle steamer.

I liked Daniel Craig doing his best Lee Van Cleef and Keith Carradine doing his best Sam Elliott and I especially liked Harrison Ford getting to play his real age and be the evil-tempered old bastard of the piece. He barely cracked a smile, but he snarled and cragged and grouched and gnawed the scenery like a true Leone stalwart and generally looked like he was having enormous fun not being personable any more. I also sort-of appreciated the way the enigmatic, otherworldly beauty you so often find in washed-out backwater ghost towns (cough) really was otherworldly. It helped explain Olivia Wilde's eerie perfection and Keanu-like blankness.

It was an affectionate, daft, flashy mash-up of a film that meandered a bit towards the end, pulled every western trope out of the bag and closed with the classic 'Time Machine' gambit of blow-them-all-up-and-run-like-hell. But who cares. It had grizzled Harrison Ford, on a horse, shooting spaceships with a Colt - what more could you want?
kiev4am: (tabby)
2012-02-10 06:44 pm


Han never shot first, says George Lucas.


Totally worth making a whole new tag for.
kiev4am: (rictor)
2012-01-21 12:20 am
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'Jaws' never, ever gets old matter how often I watch it. I love every single shot and every single line, and the chemistry and bickering of Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw, and all of the gnarly and stellar supporting players, and the ridiculously assured racking-up of foreshadowing and tension. I just love this film to pieces. It makes me want to swill whisky while singing bad sea shanties and shooting barrels at all life's obstacles.
kiev4am: (authority)
2012-01-15 11:49 pm
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Sherlock: 'The Reichenbach Fall'

Sometime, I want to write a proper grown-up serious review of this show - God knows it deserves it, and I am a massive Sherlock Holmes nerd from way back - but right now, just after watching the final episode, all I've got is the flail.

Spoilers, really. Don't click if you haven't seen it. )
kiev4am: (underwood)
2012-01-15 12:05 am
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Fic: The Short Straw

Silly alt!X-Factor-#230 fic.

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kiev4am: (care)
2012-01-10 02:17 pm

Oh hey, procrastination!

I think I'm about to start actually posting/reblogging on Tumblr instead of just lurking and following. I tell myself it's because Tumblr is fun and full of fandom, but it's really because it'll give me something else to do when I'm supposed to be doing all of this. I am shameless.
kiev4am: (tabby)
2012-01-10 09:30 am

Comic book grousing

I love Peter David's X-Factor. I hate that its sales figures are always so dangerously low for such a critically acclaimed, beautifully constructed, thoughtful, fun comic. And yet right now I want to slap upside the head all the people on forums who are saying they'll definitely pick up the book now that Havok and Polaris are in it, as if the core cast, the characters David has done so much awesome development with and woven so many excellent stories around, are just an annoying add-on that they're tolerating. Part of me wants to say no, please, just stay with your big proper X-books and leave X-Factor out of your rabid following-characters-without-caring-who-writes-them thing; if you didn't appreciate this book before then it's wasted on you. But then, sales. Hmph.
kiev4am: (six)
2012-01-03 11:50 pm

New Yorker stories

I was skimming through some of my Dad's New Yorker magazines recently. I still find the non-fiction stuff in the NY really interesting; one issue alone had pieces about giant Polaroid cameras, Edward Hopper's house, a writer's double life of lit-fic and pulp noir, and a deceased modern artist called Blinky Palermo who I wish I'd heard of before. I also still giggle like a fool at some of the cartoons (zebra to lion: I give up, what's black and white and red all over?). But then I happen to read a short story, and it's like going back in time to the eighties when I first started dipping into these magazines as a teenager and thinking, 'Oh God, is this what proper grown-up writing is supposed to be like? Really?'

You could make a bingo card. Middle-aged male narrator, horny but jaded - check. Dysfunctional marriage to ambitious but thwarted woman - check. (If the narrator's female, the marriage is the same but there's a mother-in-law and a lofty, feckless academic lover who'll never commit). Affairs described like dry, inevitable collisions between bits of furniture; one-note secondary characters; passing bigotry added without criticism because the target readership parses it as 'grit', 'authenticity' or 'colour'; bloodless, cut-off, non-ending endings with neither resolution nor resonance, as if the storyteller just hung up on you midway. It may not apply to every NY story but wow, is it a common template. Grim.
kiev4am: (fell)
2012-01-03 02:07 pm
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So it's 2012...

What this mostly means to me is that the clock is now ticking on all the stuff I've been breezily saying I'll get started on 'in the new year.' You know, easy stuff like retrain, look for another job, rewrite my book and take up running. Oh bugger.
kiev4am: (Default)
2011-12-28 04:55 pm

Get your replicants, cyborgs and tin men here!

I love that my Google homepage is asking me to buy stuff from the Android Market. The fact that this conjures up a mashup of Chiba City in Neuromancer, the street vendor bits in 'Blade Runner' and the troll market in 'Hellboy 2' - rather than some boring website selling phone apps - makes me happy. And a big nerd, obviously.
kiev4am: (Default)
2011-12-27 08:13 pm

Fanartistically challenged

I want someone to create software that will cleverly take a script, drabble or ficlet and turn it magically into a piece of fanart. Honestly, I have so many dorky little ideas for fanart that amuse me, but I can't draw for crap. I'm almost tempted to try and teach myself to draw just to get these little scenes and gags out of my system, but the results would be so embarrassing; I'm pretty sure it's not something you can learn at my age unless you're already talented in that direction. Thwarted geekdom. Hmph.