19 10 / 2014
The book I’ve been reading
rests on my knee. You sleep.
It’s beautiful out there -
fields, little lakes and winter trees
in February sunlight,
every car park a shining mosaic.
Long, radiant minutes,"
your hand in my hand,
still warm, still warm.
On A Train by WENDY COPE.
I re-read If I Don’t Know and discovered this beauty.
17 10 / 2014
Tell me about the dream where we pull the bodies out of the lake
and dress them in warm clothes again.
How it was late, and no one could sleep, the horses running
until they forget that they are horses.
It’s not like a tree where the roots have to end somewhere,
It’s more like a song on a policeman’s radio,
how we rolled up the carpet so we could dance, and the days
were bright red, and every time we kissed there was another apple
to slice into pieces.
Look at the light through the windowpane. That means it’s noon, that means
Tell me how all this, and love too, will ruin us.
These, our bodies, possessed by light.
Tell me we’ll never get used to it.
14 10 / 2014
Amazing. I enjoyed this so much, and I found it easier to read than Are You My Mother? but that could be for a number of reasons.
Both have a number of recurring literary references being used as metaphors for real life events, but Fun Home isn’t also burdened with the psychology textbook that was Mother and consequently the image-to-text ratio is much more pleasing.
[Disclaimer: My recollection of Mother could be unreliable though due to a couple of factors - a) it’s been a while, b) I read it extremely quickly, c) it’s essentially a sequel to this and so it might have been easier to read in order, and d) I had less experience with comic layouts & particularly Bechdel’s style - so please take my comparisons lightly]
I thought the device of referencing so many academic, literary, scientific, mythological, etc. works was interesting in Mother but in Fun Home Bechdel actually describes why she does it, “I employ these allusions … not only as descriptive devices, but because my parents are most real to me in fictional terms. And perhaps my cool aesthetic distance itself does more to convey the Arctic climate of our family than any particular literary comparison.” And doesn’t it suddenly all make sense?
Bechdel is not afraid to show herself, and neither is she afraid to broach difficult topics in a frank and personal way. It covers themes such as sexual identity, gender roles, dysfunctional families, grief and suicide.
It’s not chronological, so although it’s set mostly in Bechdel’s youth in retrospect to her father’s death, it jumps throughout her childhood and to other periods to aid understanding. I felt that the rapid changing between multiple time periods was essential to the story, which I didn’t feel to the same extent in Mother.
I’m sorry I keep comparing the two but it’s hard not to because they really do read like a matching pair. The reading of each one helps you understand the other, not to mention the identical style of art and writing. So instead of recommending Fun Home, I will jointly recommend Fun Home and Are You My Mother?
12 10 / 2014
10 10 / 2014
09 10 / 2014
I picked up a couple of random issues (from two different arcs) at a con:
Season Zero is precisely what it sounds like; it’s a prequel, and follows the story of “their first mission on board the Battlestar Galactica”. It features the majority of crew we’ve grown to love, and I was pleased to see in this issue that Dee has an integral part. Bill Adama is also totally badass. I’m not quite as happy with Starbuck’s characterisation but there’s not enough of her in this issue and I haven’t read the rest of the arc to know for sure if she was acting out of character…
Now, can we please talk about how awesome the plot of the other story is? It’s set ~S2, post-Kobol and post-Pegasus introduction. As Starbuck says, “Zak. Your-dead-son-come-back-to-life-who-the-last-I-heard-you-thought-was-a-cylon Zak?” Oooooh yes, ZAK IS BACK. I enjoyed this one so much, it deals a lot with the changed family dynamic and there’s some great artwork too (explosions in space are pretty) and full page spreads which the other issue didn’t have room for.
And, while we’re on the subject, for such a small audience, I don’t know why they bother with 4 alt covers??
09 10 / 2014
I expect this will be my last SPN post, so any more fics I read for this fandom will just be added here, but to see all of them view this tag. Absolute favourites are marked with a #.
# Ad Astra by NHIXXIE. 17k. T. This was so beautiful that instead of writing a summary, I might just cry. No, seriously, it’s one of my favourite SPN fics and I don’t have words to do it justice. Castiel is a celestial being, Dean’s always had a favourite star, and Castiel starts burning up his stars to see him. Are you crying yet?
The Consequences of Falling by FAYJAY. 37k. E. Basically, Castiel is a useless human being.
Hands, From Which All Things Are Built by MAJORENGLISHESQUIRE. 14k. T. text message fic because boys can’t talk about their feelings otherwise.
Freefall by LASTKNOWNWRITER. 129k. E. AU where Dean Winchester is a kindergarten teacher and an occasional mechanic and Castiel is “an incredibly hot firefighter”. Bloody adorable, and then they adopt kids and it gets even sweeter.
Carry On by TAMRYNERADANI. 148k. E. D/s. AU. As author states, it’s pretty much a SPN-version of the Suits fic Needs Must - which remains one of my favourite Suits fics of all time (Imprintur and Grande Soy Triple Dirty Chai are my other two faves, thanks for asking… all AUs as it happens) - ANYWAY it’s much the same plot: Dean needs money and agrees to be an exclusive paid sub for a client and then feelings get involved and I’m a complete sucker for anything that is fake!domestic and then becomes genuine, so, yep.
An Exercise in ‘Worthless’ by BEASTOFTHESKY. 27k. M. Also Sam/Gabriel. AU where Dean is a tattoo artist and Gabriel owns the cafe nextdoor. Dean has self-worth issues to say the least so it’s naturally slow-build. Lovely.
The Request by CLOUDYJENN. 37k. M. AU in a world where angels are known and answer prayers. Sam prays for Dean to find someone and Castiel is assigned as matchmaker.
# Scratchmarks by BOOKKBABY. 12k. E. Dean/Endverse!Castiel/Endverse!Dean. Well, hello there, most depressing porn in history. But of course it, is it’s Endverse and it’s brilliant. It’s done so well and the difference between the Deans is heartbreaking.
Damned by GOLDENUSAGI (& sequel Blood on the Ground). 25k (+35k). M for both. Dean & Castiel friendship. Canon divergence S3 (+S4) in which Dean meets Castiel a little bit earlier and the whole canon is thus rewritten.
A Wish Your Heart Makes by DEANVSPANTIES. 45k. UNFINISHED. E. SPN & SPN RPF. Jensen Ackles/Misha Collins & Dean/Castiel. “It looks and smells like a Supernatural/Actor Verse crossover but it’s not” yeah and it’s bloody hard to explain but basically Jensen Ackles falls into a coma and upon waking up, thinks that he’s Dean Winchester. However, this Dean Winchester was hooking up with Cas and so it’s even harder to navigate the “real world” for Jensen. There’s so many great elements to this, including the Fan OC, the references to The French Mistake, and it’s not afraid to deal with the mental health issues going on. For example, although a few people end up finding out about Jensen-who-thinks-he’s-Dean, Misha is the only one who tries to make him feel at home by calling him “Dean” whereas everyone else tries to force him to be “the real him”. It’s very well handled.
Into the Light of the Dark Black Night by BEWARETHEIDES15. 23k. E. Aaaah I love this, not only because it’s my OT3 (though that does help) but because it never breaks character. Most of the time, it’s these three in a motel room; Cas being awkward, Dean being stubborn, and Sam stuck between, and considering two of the three sides have been more or less drawn, it takes a while for the triangle to fully form. And then there’s the epilogue. <3
Jusqu’à la mort (Until death) by EBYRU. 30k. E. Also Dean/Sam. “Dean can’t deal with his feelings for his brother, Sam, but when someone else is added to the mix, things start to get a little less confusing. All this happens while they are searching for their father, deal with a demon, and chase a shapeshifter.”
The Lonely Souls by DRAGONSPELL. 23k. E. Also unrequited Dean/Cas. “Castiel knows what the Winchester brothers do behind closed doors. He prefers not to think about it.” Beautiful & heartbreaking.