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review 2016-06-04 13:34
Stay The Distance by Lazy_daze
Stay The Distance - Lazy_daze

A feel-good fanfic from Lazy_daze. After receiving his soul back from hell, Sam finds that he can only fight the memories if he stays in close proximity to his brother. Well written apart from a few typos.

"Don't, god, Dean, not if you don't mean it," says Sam, voice rough, and when he looks at Dean, the intensity in his eyes is so new and exciting Dean almost can't meet it. "You don't even know what I wanna do to you."

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/255063?view_adult=true
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review 2016-06-04 13:06
How Many Floors to Realize by Lazy_daze
How Many Floors to Realize - Lazy_daze How Many Floors to Realize - Lazy_daze
3.5 stars. Zachariah and Castiel look on as Dean Smith and Sam Wesson try to adopt the hunting lifestyle after their (imaginary) years of office work. Then things start to get a bit heated.

"I am starting to understand that human obsession with televised drama. This is too good to be missed. What on earth, heaven or hell will they do next?"
Source: archiveofourown.org/works/226225?view_full_work=true
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text 2016-01-14 01:05
My writing again...

Now that I'm finished with almost all my writing (but the most important books are still left unfinished), I'm getting restless again. I really miss having something to do with my stories. At this time, I've edited and proofread them all and all that's left is a story that I might not even finish at all. In the time since I had the idea for it, I have lost my interest in it and feel it's rather boring. In a way, it's a shame, because I can still remember how enthusiastic I once was over it, but not now.

I'm really looking forward to getting my two other works in progress saved from the crashed computer, because I've grown used to being busy writing every day. Now I feel lazy and bored.

You may wonder why I'm so bored and the truth is, at this time I'm constantly tired. Any physical activity at all, such as walking down the stairs and up again or just going into the kitchen for a while leaves me exhausted. All I can do is sit, which probably isn't very good for me. What I can do is read and write so I try to do that. Unfortunately, I can't read nearly as much as I want to so it's going to have to be writing. If I can find something to write, that is.

Source: crimsoncorundum.dreamwidth.org/152745.html
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review 2015-10-18 16:16
Review: The Robber Bridegroom by Brothers Grimm (Penguin Little Black Classic #68)
The Robber Bridegroom - Jacob Grimm

Goodreads summary:

'Then she began to run, and she ran over the sharp stones and through the thorns, and the wild animals bounded past her ...'

Four weird, dark and enchanting fairy-tales from the Brothers Grimm.

Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.

 

My opinion:

There are seven stories in this bindup (so the Goodreads Summary isn't even correct lol): The Master Huntsman, The Robber Bridegroom, The Devil's Three Golden Hairs, The Six Servants, The Bremen Town Band, Snowwhite and Lazy Harry.

 

Honestly I don't even remember what they were all about (I only remember the ones that stood out to me), because I always only remember my favorites really well and I forget about the meh ones.

 

The Six Servants was by far my favorite fairy tale. I loved the moral: you can't do everything alone and you need comrades in your life to fullfill your goals.

 

However, why do these fairy tales have princes' and wedding stuff in it in almost every one of them?! And in most of them they marry just right after they have met or when the prince save her or something like that. I don't think that that it something that children need to learn: if you met a boy and you like him he should be your boyfriend immediately and you should already make wedding plans!! Just, no. I understand those are just fairy tales, but I think if you read those stories at such a young age you would think that that would be the reality when you will be older (and not to mention the cruelity in most of the stories: like killing someone who looks better than you just because you want to be the prettiest. Why?!).

 

I'm still interested in reading the other fairy tales in other bind-ups, but I think that the stories by Grimm won't be my favorite in general.

 

What is your favorite Grimm fairy tale and why?

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review 2015-09-18 00:00
Lazy Days
Lazy Days - Erlend Loe,Don Bartlett http://msarki.tumblr.com/post/129350768253/lazy-days-by-erlend-loe

The title of this superb little tale should have remained and contained both the words Mixing Part. The title Lazy Days is unjust, inappropriate, and mediocre for a book this good and honest to the core. From the opening pages one can easily discern what I mean by this as the English translation for the German name of the town this family chooses to spend their holiday in is nothing less than tantalizing as it contains a humorously bad translation. Mixing Part Churches. It definitely set the tone for where the author meant to take me.

Having already raised a family of my own certainly helped me to understand and appreciate the humor and seriousness of this brilliant work. All relationships are absurd, and the reasons we remain in them are often questionable. Some call it love, others an arrangement. I have always termed all marriage alliances as deals no matter how much love is involved. And often, throughout a long life, the deal changes. New negotiations must incur and new agreements for any hope for the continued “love affair” to thrive. Often in these processes, relationships become devoid of any passion, and often love exits to far-off reaches, and is nowhere in the vicinity of where it was supposed to endure the coming tribulations. In other words, sometimes our lives do become theater, and this is what this novel details.

I cannot imagine this book being enjoyed, or being of much use to anyone not already subjected to a long and accomplished relationship. If deceit and cowardly behavior signifies what a marriage can be, then this bit of work by Erlend Loe would be too much for those of us to bear. Plus it is not conventional in its style. It is basically all dialogue and the reader must discern at all times who is actually doing the talking. There is little help given the reader except for the supreme craft of Loe always present on the page. The questions and conversation he employs keep the action steadily moving. Everything on the page is connected, and skillfully executed. I had absolutely no trouble in following the dialogue. It was as if my wife and I were the ones who actually wrote this book. It was if my own kids were present on the page. I like to think our family might too have been, at times, interesting, and this book was actually one I should have written myself. But alas, I did not. It was Erlend Loe who performed this miracle. It appears Loe has additionally much more to offer his reading public, as he has never repeated anything in the three books translated into English that I have read thus far. He obviously borrows from his life and his varied interests in it. It seems every question regarding his life he attempts to face honestly on the page. And we are rewarded consistently by his efforts. The sharp and biting dialogue prepares us for the route his wandering plot portrays. The results are magnificent in their clever and exquisite development.

Having been confused from time to time over which direction my own life should take, and wondering if I ever could be the person I often imagined myself to be, it is refreshing to read of the same consternation the narrator Telemann has for his own life. By reviewing his own sexual fantasies happening outside his marriage bed it helps the reader to understand why Telemann’s wife Nina might actually stray herself from the so-called sanctity of marriage. After his wife’s Nina’s gift of a popular cookbook to him, Telemann obsesses daily over the author Nigella Lawson and her buxom body. Telemann extends his obsession to hating the art collector Charles Saatchi who she was presently married to. The concept that Life is always theater is not difficult to accept when confronted with it so aggressively as Loe is wont to do. By also involving the couple’s later attempt at viewing together the great seven and a half hour Hungarian film Sátántangó by Béla Tarr the absurdness grows amidst the reality of their creative adulteries. Having been myself subjected to this film twice already, the haunting soundtrack composed by Mihály Víg, by default, as well saturates the Loe narrative for me. Sátántangó was based on one of the great novels written by László Krasznahorkai, who is a regular collaborator in most Béla Tarr directed films.

Contrary to the mostly lukewarm reviews of Lazy Days, I found this title to be fresh and invigorating, and one of the best reads of the year so far for me.
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