Aurora Cloud (auroracloud) wrote,
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Icons, Fandom Stocking, and books

tinnny made a wonderful set of icons on themes I'd requested: winter and trees, books and tea, clouds. Much as I'd like, I'm not taking everything, so feel free to go take a look at what is there! I think I'm going to need that userpic add-on...

Also, I forgot to find the link for this earlier, but: I decided to join Fandom Stocking after certain people on my friends list were enthusiastically recommending it, so here: My stocking! For those who don't know, the basic idea is (hopefully I'm explaining it right since I'm new, too) that you can stuff anyone's stocking with things related to their fandoms, like ficlets, fanart, icons, or more generic things if they want. Nobody's required/expected to do anything, it's all up to you. The comments to the stockings are screened, and they'll be revealed on January 6.

The fandoms I'm requesting are rather few: Doctor Who and Torchwood, Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol series (I was thinking of adding Finishing School to the mix, but I've yet to read the last book) and Becky Chambers's Wayfarers series (ie. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and The Closed and Common Orbit. I feel a bit odd requesting so few, when most have quite a list, but I can't help that currently I'm only fannishly obsessed with Doctor Who and Torchwood and a few small, rare (mainly book) fandoms. Out of my rarer fandoms, I thought I'd pick Gailverse and Wayfarers because they've got the largest readership as far as I can tell. But I'm also asking for book recommendations, especially modern scifi, so anyone who wants to give me something but doesn't do fic (or fanart etc.) or doesn't feel comfortable with these fandoms, you can try that. I'm not expecting anyone to do anything, but if someone wants, thought I'd link to it.

While I'm posting, maybe I could do a bit on my reading lately. My main reading has still been my reread of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I've got about 200 pages left - one of those books that won't run out on you too quickly! It's probably been about ten years since I read it, and I'd forgotten how much I love it. I adore history, fantasy, 19th century, playing around with history (especially since in my country, historical correctness is taken oh-so-seriously), and I have a fondness for the early 19th century literature that the style pastiches, so it's pretty much made for me.

In the mainstream/realism front, I've lately been reading Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper, and am finding it quite delightful. It has a warmth and a charm that I enjoy, and the characters are real and interesting. I'm also reading a novel by Tove Jansson (the author of the Moomin books, but I've been reading her adult/realist fiction during the past two years). It's the last one of her adult books I hadn't yet read, I think, and while I love her style and observations as much as ever, I have a bit of a problem with the characters in this one.

Finally, I recently picked up a copy of Eats, Shoots & Leaves from the library's recycling shelf, and was laughing all through the first chapter. Although I have to admit that when it comes to punctuation, I'm not quite as much a stickler as I otherwise am. I mean, I do get horrified when I see an apostrophe or a quotation mark in the wrong place. But Finnish and English have completely different punctuation rules, and altering between the two languages, I don't think I do either quite correctly.
Tags: books, fandoms, icons
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