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9th-Dec-2007 10:13 pm
Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA
Today we were bringing the youngest sibling back to camp, and when he got out there were officers-in-training he didn't recognise wandering around, so this happened:

Youngest Sibling: "Who the hell are these people?"
Me: ... *could NOT resist* "WHO THE HELL DO THEY THINK THEY ARE"

*facepalm* But there is one thing I should resist, and that is, I really should not put My Heart Will Go On into a Gurren Lagann FST I will not - ARGH IT IS SO PERFECT THOUGH:

Far across the distance
And spaces between us
You have come to show you go on

Love can touch us one time
And last for a lifetime
And never let go till we're one

Love was when I loved you
One true time I hold to
In my life we'll always go on

Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on
Once more you open the door
And you're here in my heart
And my heart will go on and on

There is some love that will not go away

You're here, there's nothing I fear,
And I know that my heart will go on
We'll stay forever this way
You are safe in my heart
And my heart will go on and on


Also, Kinokuniya has a 20% discount on for members until the first of January next year, so I swooped in with Hobsie and picked up Naomi Novik's latest Temeraire release: Empire of Ivory. reisha told me it was out halfway through my exams, but I knew this was one I had to hold off reading because once I start her books, I cannot put them down. I cannot recommend this series any more highly: bravecows introduced me to it and lacewood lent me the books, and I've been imposing the books on others ever since. I can never hold on to copies because I keep giving them away. They are that good - so good that I don't just want to hold on to my copy, I want to share them with the world! It's about dragons and dragonriders, and it is masterfully written.

I also picked up The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld - an ultimate best-of Terry Pratchett for me, especially since I cannot take this man in book-length doses. Sorry, Pratchett fans: it is not as if I have not tried getting into this man's books. I have tried repeatedly and failed miserably each time. I tried Good Omens even before I adored Neil Gaiman, and I strugged through that book because it was half Pratchett. I tried his short stories - notably that one about the chicken crossing the road - and I couldn't take him in short story form. This does not include the number of times I have tried to pick up the Discworld novels and failed to get into the story at all. I do love Death deeply, though - I pick up his books and flip straight to all the sections with Death in them and leave as satisfied as Pratchett fans who have read the whole book.

I also picked up - and this is one of my happiest book purchases of all time - Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist: Volume 16. I could spend one entire LJ post - indeed, I probably will - fangirling this book alone, but just for the sake of brevity here I will just say that my inner Jounouchi/Yuugi fan is TOTALLY VINDICATED, BEAT THAT ALL OTHER PAIRINGS, this is my OTP to the END OF GAMES (... except for the times when I cheat on it with Yami/Kaiba, Kaiba/Jounouchi/Yuugi, Atem/Seto, Atem/Seto/Thief King Bakura, Yuugi/Bakura, you name it). THIS BOOK MADE ME SO HAPPY. And to quote an icon, Bakura is as cute as puppies in it, except the way... uh, ... that... particular body is makes me want to shake him and scream BAKURA YOU BITCH - oh, no, not you Ryou, ... sweetie, don't look so sad! I love you! ... want cream puffs?
9th-Dec-2007 02:36 pm (UTC)

*severaly stabbed for lame pun*
9th-Dec-2007 08:25 pm (UTC) - :D :D :D ILU YOU KNOW.

omg I want to break camp in the GurrenCamp Team and NEVER SET UP CAMP ANYWHERE ELSE AGAIN. XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

... I want to crawl into Kamina and Simon's relationship and never leave. Only after Episode 8 and even so only for Simon/Viral. XDXDXD
9th-Dec-2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Aww I know what you mean about Pratchett books! For me, some just work and I can read them in one sitting, and others I struggle through. Have you tried reading Mort? It's a good one to start on, and doesn't introduce as much background baggage as some of the later ones (and it has Death!).
9th-Dec-2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
RE: Pratchett books. OMG can I borrow that sometime? Also, if you love DEATH (and the way he speaks XDDD) maybe you could start with The Reaper Man, which is all DEATH all the TIEM! XD
9th-Dec-2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Psssh, the other pairs get their big moments too, you dork. >D Not to mention that moment was big for my ship too!

Bakura is so adorable! Let us feed him.

Edited at 2007-12-09 04:23 pm (UTC)
I have been trying to sign in to MSN since reading this comment and it has been CONSISTENTLY DENYING ME. D:

Psssh, the other pairs get their big moments too, you dork. >D
I know! But but... I love some pairings more than others...

Not to mention that moment was big for my ship too!
DON'T I KNOW IT? XDXDXD I can see Y/Y AS EASILY AS BREATHING! Your pairing gets so much love, it is SO UNFAIR. XD

HE IS SO ADORABLE INDEED! LET'S HIM! ♥ ... crumpets and tea. XD


I'm not giving up on youuuu

Your pairing gets so much love, it is SO UNFAIR. XD

Psh, you ain't seen nothing yet. You haven't even gotten to memory world!

I LOVE HOW IN BATTLE CITY they're all "OH NO, WHERE'S BAKURA!" And Jou finds him... on the kitchen floor. Eating everything. "WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?" "I dunno! But I was hungry!" HE'S SO CUTE

Also I bought several of the Memory World volumes yesterday and I thought you would appreciate this tidbit, from when the gang is in Yami's soul trying to find his true door to his memories:

Jou: Hold it!
Honda: What's up, Jounouchi?
Jou: Don't go that way. I've been marking the doors with a marker so we know which ones we've tried!
[close up on the smiley faces he's been drawing on the doors]
Honda: Cool! Good idea, man! Just like a dog marks where he's been!
Yuugi: You're tagging someone's soul...?
9th-Dec-2007 07:26 pm (UTC) - seriously! I reinstalled MSN TWICE! I think I'll switch computers
I'm going to restart one more time and I hope it works this time! :)) But if you have to go, it's okay, I'll catch you another time? :))

I know Memory World! Not as well as you do, but I still do! And even then I get a sense of how the YY will hit me - subtle like a jackhammer! - when I get MORE into it! ... DO I WANT TO KNOW MORE?! Will the YY eat my brains and steal the cards out of my pockets?

I am so weak for Bakura's smile like you would not believe. Wait, you would believe! ;) I think you'd understand! Oh, that scene with him eating cracks me up! XD I've only experienced it secondhand via... the YGO Abridged caption contest.

9th-Dec-2007 07:55 pm (UTC) - Re: seriously! I reinstalled MSN TWICE! I think I'll switch computers

I dunno, DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE? XDD Also there's a big awww >: moment for Yuugi when Yami gets pulled into the Memory World and he's crying and going "I DON'T KNOW WHERE HE IS! HE'S NOT IN MY HEART!"

He does have the most adorable little smile. And when he faints on Jou after Memory World, hahaha. "I'm huuuuuuungry!"

Yami is going to get back to his soul room and go "..."
9th-Dec-2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Terry Pratchett is one of those authors I hear a lot of, but for some reason I just don't seem to be able to get started on any book. It's the same with Gaiman. I'll probably look into that ultimate best Pratchett book of yours some time!

I kept wandering around the fantasy section at the Sydney bookstores (Dymocks, Borders and Kino) but wasn't able to pick up a book for my flight home. -_- I wanted to read the Tamir Triad by Lynn Flewelling; have you heard or read of it? It seems interesting. The only thing was it's a series and I'm trying to steer away from those. :D;;

I don't want some cream puffs but do you want some Krispy Kremes?
9th-Dec-2007 05:31 pm (UTC) - HIIIII OMG :)))))) where are you now?! :D
I actually love Krispy Kremes! ♥ If it isn't too much trouble for you, I would really love some! *beams!*

Are you wandering around the airport now? Or just waiting to go to the airport?

(Making longer comment now, just wanted to catch you omg!) :))
9th-Dec-2007 05:45 pm (UTC) - I AM IN SG! 8D
Great! Now for the tricky bit of getting them to you within the next 2 days before they lose their yumminess...

I'm actually on my bed now waiting for my hair to dry.

I think my mum will have a fit when she wakes up to find the fridge stuffed with Krispy Kremes (even if it's only 2 dozen). So contemplating not sleeping at all and taking them out before she wakes and putting them back in after she leaves for work...
9th-Dec-2007 06:06 pm (UTC) - *SLAPS SELF* I AM SILLY?!

KRISPY KREMES ARE GREAT STUFF. XDDDDDDDD we would have them in Singapore, except the licensing fees are too high!

!!!!! I can totally do the next two days! I start work Wednesday, next two days is great for me! Let me know when's good for you? :)))

hee! You might find that you can get your mom into liking Krispy Kremes? :)) My dad loves them despite how much he protests their calorie count. XDXDXD
9th-Dec-2007 06:16 pm (UTC) - NEVER!
I had no idea that SG would have KK if only the licensing fees weren't that high? How is it that they're sprouting all over Sydney then! *mortified*

Cool! Monday is fine with me except we're both still awake and will be dead- wait sorry. I'm still on Aussie time (+3hrs). @_@;;; I keep thinking it's 5am now. So yeah Monday is cool, because the fresher, the better.

I have 12 original glazed, 2 lemon jams, 2 raspberry jam, 1 devil glazed (choc) and 2 cinnamon ones. I'll give you 5, 1 for each of your family member (or you can have it all to yourself *cue evil laugh). XD
9th-Dec-2007 06:52 pm (UTC) - heroes icon for hero icon! :D
Because Krispy Kreme is evil and this is proof! A sample from their licensing information:

"We currently grant franchises on an area development basis. Specifically, our area developers are required to build multiple stores (10 or more) in a market. The minimum net worth requirement is $30 million or $1,000,000 per store to be developed, whichever is greater. For instance, a 15-store market requires a minimum net worth of $30,000,000."

The minute I read that I knew we would never have Krispy Kreme stores to call our own. *emo*

And because I'm totally dorking out, here's the license agreement that I turned up while looking for it! XD

XDXDXDXD I could totally make Monday, but I am worried that you need time to rest, and that I should not impose on you so early? I can totally make both Monday and Tuesday though? Just let me know how you feel tomorrow? If you're really tired we can make it Tuesday, if you can manage we can make Monday? :)))

♥ ♥ ♥ YOU'RE SO SWEET. But the biggest FUN THING will be getting to see you! :))
10th-Dec-2007 01:43 am (UTC)
These KK guys are crazy. @_@ To me KK isn't much to miss out on really. Just great party food at gatherings. XD

In case you miss the other reply somewhere else - I don't have a mobile phone today so it may be difficult to meet up I suppose. But it will also give us more time to set a time and place to meet on Tuesday~ Lunch or tea?
10th-Dec-2007 01:49 am (UTC) - OMG HI WE ARE BOTH AWAKE
They are crazy! People have wanted to bring the franchise into SG, but it really isn't a viable economic venture at those rates. The best I can hope for is for Malaysia to get the franchise and set up store in Johor. ;)

omg HI! ;) I am just leaving the house at the moment, actually - more's the pity! But I am so :D that we are awake at the same time!

But yes! :) It will give us more time to set a meeting time on Tuesday (and I would feel awful imposing on you today giving you no chance to rest!)! Lunch would be great, as would tea: is there anything you want from Kino? 'cause there's a Members' 20% discount on, and I have the Kino card, so if there's anything you want: new manga? new copic pens? art supplies? we can go there tomorrow and have lunch/tea there? :)))))
9th-Dec-2007 06:18 pm (UTC) - NEVER SILLY - SECONDED.
And thanks for the welcome back~
9th-Dec-2007 06:41 pm (UTC) - :D :D :D
IT'S GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK! ♥ *unrolls welcoming banner!* :D :D :D
9th-Dec-2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
I am sad that the Australian bookshops have disappointed your fantasy search! It makes me determined to inflict Naomi Novik's Temeraire books on you when you are back! ♥ I love her, and I think you just might like it too! :))))

Lynn Flewelling! She wrote the Nightrunner books I lent you that time? Luck in the Shadows, all that good stuff? :)) I loved those, but I didn't like The Bone Doll's Twin, her later books after that series. I would recommend her wholeheartedly save for those books.

I was the same with Gaiman! I only got into him because I read The Sandman Companion, which was a lovely introduction to Sandman that made me want to read the canon material. I would totally lend this to you, except I lent it to mirime and it's still with her.

:D :D :D I'll show you the Pratchett book and maybe it'll get us all into reading the actual books? *grin* What I've seen of it has had that effect on me!
9th-Dec-2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
I have Temeraire. I haven't got the heart to read the next 2 books in line though. I don't know why. I had so much bad thoughts of dragon/rider. =/ It was. So wrong.

Novik wrote a pep talk for Nanowrimers! Did you know that? (And so did Gaiman.) It was a pleasant surprise. Her lines - "If you're finding a scene boring to write, cut it and skip to the good part. Set something on fire. Have zombies attack." - are. Just so. LoL.

Haha. Are you sure you want to open Pandora's box? ;D
9th-Dec-2007 06:34 pm (UTC) - dragon/rider was TOTALLY why I got into Temeraire :D
The dragon/rider level kind of goes down - it was at its height in the first book. The dragon kind of gets a girlfriend in Throne of Jade - the second book. ;)

I LOVED the dragon/rider scenes! It made me SO HAPPY! I actually had to stop reading the book at some point because I was just EXPLODING with HAPPY and had to save the rest of the happy for another day. :)))

XDXDXD I didn't Nano, but I knew Gaiman wrote a pep talk! But, oh man! Novik wrote one too? SO COOL! I love her suggestions! HEY, LET'S HAVE ZOMBIES ON FIRE ATTACK! AND EXPLODE! XDDD

If Pandora's box is also named FANDOM: THEN YES! :))))
10th-Dec-2007 01:37 am (UTC) - No wai!
Ahhh Lien was it? I remember reading the synopses for both books and realised it'd go that way. Maybe that's why I wanted to just keep the dragon/rider as pure as I've read so far. XD; (Man, the coming of age scene in the book was just. *dies*)

Ooh and an off-reply to another comment- I don't have a mobile phone today, so maybe it's not such a great idea that I go out at all unless one of us have Molly's or Matt's power. XD
9th-Dec-2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
Don't feel bad! I can't take a whole lot of Pratchett in one sitting, either. I've always tried to go through his books, but...they kill my already nonexistent attention span sometimes. D:

READING THE MANGA IS THE WAY TO GO. As funny as the dub is, I just find it...way to hard to like some of the characters. Especially when Honda sounds like Barney the dinosaur. I have a few volumes of the manga, though. Mostly from season 0 since it's not been fully subbed. D:
And Ryou is cute. XD But I also like my sadistic Bakura. XDD! FIGURES.
9th-Dec-2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
i've flipped through the first temeraire book at a bookstore once, but i didn't end up getting it. what's so fantastic about the series that you keep giving them out to people? ;) *curious* maybe i'll pick it up if i see it next time i'm at the store.

i can't get through pratchett's books either. i've tried one or two of the discworld books, and i've tried good omens twice -- there's something about his narrative that doesn't really pull me in. :\ i want to give good omens another shot because of all the raving reviews...but if i can't make it through a third time, then that'll be it, i'm giving up. X3
10th-Dec-2007 03:06 am (UTC)
TEMERAIRE. \o/ I have great love. I want Empire of Ivory, but I've been putting off getting it 'cos I want the fancy schmancy Harper Collins cover, but I also prefer paperback to hardcover, so ... I will prolly get it from Amazon when I return to the UK. Dragons! Yay!

I am astonished at fandom for not having produced a story where Temeraire turns human so he and Laurence can have wild monkey dragon sex. WHAT IS UP WITH YOUR INDOLENCE, FANDOM.
10th-Dec-2007 06:51 am (UTC)
I forgot to do this earlier, so Happy belated Birthday, hon. *hugs* I hope it was a good one.
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