dira: Nate Fick, keeping his chin up (Nate - Chin Up)
The poll options are what they are due to book availability, so making suggestions of academic/British sources will not help in the short term. Although I did get to read Jeffery Farnol's Great Britain at War, which was a collection of his contemporary accounts of the war effort as a journalist, and fascinating on multiple levels. Anyway:

Poll #12632 Doing a spot of research, because of reasons.
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Which fun and delightful book shall I read next?

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Regeneration, Pat Barker
19 (36.5%)

Home front, 1914-1918 : how Britain survived the Great War, Ian F.W. Beckett.
7 (13.5%)

Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain
7 (13.5%)

Letters from a lost generation : the First World War letters of Vera Brittain and four friends
7 (13.5%)

Edward Carpenter : a life of liberty and love, Sheila Rowbotham
5 (9.6%)

A class society at war, England, 1914-1918, Bernard Waites
6 (11.5%)

Death's men : soldiers of the Great War, Denis Winter
1 (1.9%)

dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Hathaway and Lewis)
If James Hathaway were going to play/sing a song to entertain/distract/soothe a very young child (old enough to learn/sing/repeat/ask about any lyrics he includes), what would he play and/or sing?

For those not familiar with Hathaway and his demonstrated musical preferences:

1. He's an English guy--from Oxfordshire, educated at Cambridge, nearly became a Catholic priest but wound up a cop--born in the late 70s or so. He's about 30 at the time the hypothetical situation is taking place.

2. The hypothetical situation is taking place a few years ago. Any music from 2009 to the present is off limits, much as I would love to have him singing Lady Gaga.

3. He plays guitar in a group that does "world music with elements of jazz, rock, and medieval madrigals".

4. He went to a world music festival wearing a RUN DMC t-shirt. Uh. IDEK.

5. Given the opportunity he turns off Wagner and puts on "The Boys Are Back in Town" at Lewis's place.

6. He plays a 1948 Gibson L5 PE Guitar with a honey-blond finish and a Charlie Christian pickup, and has collected the autographs of several famous guitarists whose names I (shamefully, I am sure) don't recognize: Martin Taylor, Dave Cliff, Phil Lee, Pat Metheny, Russell Malone....
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Teal'c - Fight the Power)
Random icon is random, but probably also sort of suitable. Especially if the power in question is non-writing inertia.

Poll #9291 Tell me what to write, Internets.
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What story should I work on tonight?

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Generation Kill - Brad/Ray
6 (7.0%)

Generation Kill - wolfverse
32 (37.2%)

Lewis - PWP
3 (3.5%)

Lewis - kidfic
16 (18.6%)

Vorkosigan Saga - the not-funny one
12 (14.0%)

Vorkosigan Saga - BDSM threesome, also not funny
17 (19.8%)

dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Nate - Watchful)
So I have the day off (hooray municipal furlough days), and I already ran errands (translation: bought chips, cereal, and booze in anticipation of [personal profile] iulia visiting this weekend with the VividCon DVDs so we can see some fraction of what we missed this year), and I have hours yet before she gets here.

Poll #7994 What oh what to do with a free afternoon
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Whatever shall I do with my afternoon off?

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Write porn! You can do it! You are SO CLOSE to getting to the happy (well, happier) part of the story!
16 (50.0%)

Take a nap.
5 (15.6%)

Open file as if you were going to write, then spend three hours playing spider solitaire and mentally plotting that hockey AU you swear you're not writing.
11 (34.4%)

dira: My home is not a place ... it is people. (Home is not a place)
So, one of the ways in which I am a ginormous nerd is that in the last couple of years, since I started keeping track of what I read, I have started assigning myself goals for the books I read--not just a number of books, but within that a number of non-fiction books, a number of books of poetry, a number of books published in the current year, and so on.

One of my assignments for this year is to read five past award-winning SF/F books, and to keep myself from getting totally overwhelmed I decided to target books from years ending in 1. The first four books I read for the assignment were the Hugo winners I hadn't read before (1981 - Joan D Vinge's The Snow Queen, 1971 - Larry Niven's Ringworld, 1961 - Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz, and the 1951 Retro Hugo - Robert A. Heinlein's A Farmer in the Sky) and that leaves me without an obvious choice for my fifth book.

So, obviously time for a poll! My selections are taken mostly from [livejournal.com profile] truepenny's list of SF/F/H award-winners, 1953-2009, plus the Wikipedia entries for the winners of the Lambda Literary Award and the Gaylactic Spectrum Award, minus books I've read before, already know I don't want to read, or can't get through my local library system. That still leaves thirteen books I know very little about except that they've won some sort of award in a year ending in 1, so feel free to give your opinions in the comments if your feelings are not sufficiently expressed by clicking a radio button!

Poll #7840 Help me pick a book to read!
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Which of these books should I read first?

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A Woman of the Iron People, by Eleanor Arnason
10 (20.8%)

Timescape, by Gregory Benford
5 (10.4%)

Jumping off the Planet, by David Gerrold
1 (2.1%)

The Gilda Stories: a novel, by Jewelle Gomez
3 (6.2%)

White Queen, by Gwyneth Jones
0 (0.0%)

Thomas, the Rhymer, by Ellen Kushner
10 (20.8%)

Only Begotten Daughter, by James Morrow
5 (10.4%)

Declare, by Tim Powers
3 (6.2%)

The Dark Beyond the Stars, by Frank M. Robinson
1 (2.1%)

Ship of Fools, Richard Paul Russo
0 (0.0%)

Point of Dreams, by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett
6 (12.5%)

Galveston, by Sean Stewart
4 (8.3%)

Stations of the Tide, by Michael Swanwick
0 (0.0%)

dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
So around January 2002 I went to see The Fellowship of the Ring with [livejournal.com profile] thelionforreal, who was at that point possibly already a part of the Popslash=>Lotrips migration. I had already been resisting seeing the movie for a month or more because--I realize this will not make any sense to anyone, okay, but there it is--I had come across a Theban Band manip of Aragorn and Boromir, and I had made it my desktop wallpaper, and Boromir was smiling a particularly happy smile, and I knew that he was going to die in the movie, and I knew that he would not smile that smile or be that happy, and I did not want to see it.

But eventually I went to see the movie, and sure enough he died, and I started crying--I started sobbing, and I did not stop for half an hour. If you are familiar with the movie, you will realize that this took me through the rest of the movie, the credits, and the three-block walk home from the movie theater. I still feel kind of bad about subjecting Missi to that; I'm sure she was even more baffled by it than I was.

Ever since then, I feel a little uncertain of what I mean, or what anyone else understands me to mean, when I say a book or a movie or something made me cry. Last night I finished reading The Persian Boy, and Alexander's death (this is even less of a spoiler than Boromir's death, okay) made tears drip from my eyes, and instead of just saying to anyone "The Persian Boy made me cry!" I found myself wondering what it meant when I said that and whether I would be somehow deceiving someone because I was not, for instance, prostrated with grief for at least half an hour.

So! A poll. (On Dreamwidth only. But you can be a part of this very important scientific undertaking with an OpenID login!)

A poll about crying over stuff. )


May. 5th, 2010 02:27 pm
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
I am on what could be Day 13 of a streak of writing at least 750 words every day, thanks to 750words.com - apparently all I needed was a sticker chart and some funny statistics! Hooray, positive reinforcement for nerds. (Every day it analyzes my writing and two days out of three it tells me my writing is mainly concerned with Death. Including the time I was writing about The Doctor cuddling a baby while chatting with Rose. IDEK.)

Anyway, the downside of this new spate of writing arrived last night, on Day 12, when I realized that this seems to accelerate the rate at which I write myself into a corner/decide everything I am writing is a terrible idea/come up with even more terrible ideas I could be writing instead.

And so a poll, so I can go get a soda and some drugs for my headache and the rest of you can already be pretending you don't know me when I get back. )
dira: Rose Tyler shines on. (Rose - Shine)
1) Hey, so remember when I did a whole bunch of polls for the Fanon Horrible Childhood Showdown, and then it was Christmas and I never mentioned how that turned out? Yeah.

The winner of the winners' bracket (UNSPEAKABLE TRAUMA): to the surprise of no one, Severus Snape!

And the loser of the losers' bracket (Cheer up, emo kid!): Jess Mariano, from Gilmore Girls!

So there you have it. SCIENCE.

2) Oh my God, I finally finished the Southland telepathy fic. That's only been since JULY. And now I am DONE. \o/

Hahaha, wait, I am writing epic birthday fic for [personal profile] iulia's birthday and it's when? Ahahaha.

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/542593.html.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Arthur - Look Up)
Draco Malfoy and Jim Kirk have gone down the pub to bitch about how their childhoods WERE TOO unspeakably traumatic. Han Solo and Spock have shrugged off the whole silly competition, cheered up, and gotten on with being emo only occasionally and when it serves their purposes.

This brings us to the ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN for the worst of the worst and the least worst horrible fanon childhoods!

Poll #1951 Most horriblest of horrible fanon childhoods?
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Who had it worse in fanon?

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Severus Snape
60 (60.6%)

Harry Potter
39 (39.4%)

Poll #1952 No seriously, emo kid, cheer up!
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Who had it worse in fanon?

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Arthur Pendragon
45 (60.0%)

Jess Mariano
30 (40.0%)

dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Kirk - Enterprise)
Okay, Harry Potter fandom, OKAY.

Ahem. Departing after the quarterfinal round from the Winners' Bracket for having really pretty unspeakable trauma but not being written by Jo Rowling or JJ Abrams: Lex Luthor, Daniel Jackson, Xander Harris, and Alex Krycek.

Departing from the Losers' Bracket for being altogether too hard to cheer up for the emo kids: Ray Veccchio, Seamus Harper, Vin Tanner, and Ezra Standish.

So! The semifinal round! Feel free to guess, vote against, and/or bribe your friends:

Poll #1947 Horrible Fanon Childhood Showdown, Winners' Bracket Semifinal (Unspeakable Trauma!)
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More horrible fanon childhood?

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Severus Snape
49 (53.3%)

Jim Kirk (2009 ed.)
42 (45.7%)

More horrible fanon childhood?

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Harry Potter
48 (53.3%)

Draco Malfoy
42 (46.7%)

Poll #1948 Horrible Fanon Childhood Showdown, Losers' Bracket Semifinal (Cheer Up, Emo Kid!)
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More horrible fanon childhood?

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Han Solo
36 (50.7%)

Jess Mariano
35 (49.3%)

More horrible fanon childhood?

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Spock (2009 ed.)
45 (57.7%)

Arthur Pendragon
33 (42.3%)

dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)

Poll #1944 Tie-breaker!
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More horrible fanon childhood?

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Ray Vecchio
11 (64.7%)

Jess Mariano
6 (35.3%)

dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Hooboy, the choices are getting difficult!

Leaving the Winners' Bracket for having trauma that is not quite the most unspeakable: Dean Winchester, Fox Mulder, Wesley Wyndham-Price, Tony DiNozzo, Rodney McKay, Parker, Ken Hutchinson, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Leaving the Losers' Bracket for being emo kids who cannot be cheered up: Ryan Atwood, Eliot Spencer, Brendon Urie, Ianto Jones, Methos, Bodie, Horatio Hornblower, and Jim Ellison.

Top Eight Winners' Finalists (Unspeakable Trauma!):

1. Severus Snape (Harry Potter) - 91.4%
2. Harry Potter - 89.6%
3. Lex Luthor - 75.0%
4. Draco Malfoy - 74.5%
5. Daniel Jackson - 70.9%
6. Jim Kirk - 66.0%
7. Xander Harris - 54.3%
8. Alex Krycek - 50.5%

Bottom Eight Losers' Finalists (Cheer Up, Emo Kid!):

1. Spock (Star Trek (2009)) - 28.1%
2. Han Solo - 30.0%
3. Jess Mariano (Gilmore Girls) - 30.6%
4. Arthur Pendragon (Merlin) - 31.6%
5. Vin Tanner (Magnificent Seven) - 39.8%
6. Ray Vecchio (Due South) - 40.2%
7. Ezra Standish (Magnificent Seven) - 40.3%
8. Seamus Harper (Andromeda) - 48.1%

And remember, you're always free to vote against someone whose fanon childhood trauma you find substandard. Now, on to the polls!

Winners' Bracket: Unspeakable Trauma! )

Losers' Bracket: Cheer Up, Emo Kid! )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Kirk - Enterprise)
If my math is right (which it may not be) this is the Hemisemidemifinal Round!

Eliminated from Round 2 for having just sort of medium horrible fanon childhoods:

Winners' Bracket
Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
Benton Fraser (due South)
Ryan Ross (Panic at the Disco)
Archie Kennedy (Horatio Hornblower)
Nick Stokes (CSI)

Losers' Bracket
Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars)
Blair Sandburg (The Sentinel)
John Sheppard (Stargate Atlantis)
Spike (vampire childhood) (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Tom Paris (Voyager)

Meanwhile, Ken Hutchinson, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Alex Krycek, Parker, Wesley Wyndham-Price, and Draco Malfoy will be joining the Winners' Bracket (Unspeakable Trauma) quest for the worst of the worst fanon childhoods, and Eliot Spencer, Ryan Atwood, Brendon Urie, Spock, and Horatio Hornblower have been bumped down to the Losers' Bracket (Cheer Up, Emo Kid!) to contend for least-worst fanon childhood.

And now, the polls!

Winners' Bracket, Hemisemidemifinal Round (Unspeakable Trauma) )

Losers' Bracket, Hemisemidemifinal Round (Cheer Up, Emo Kid!) )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Explanations are over on the Winners' Bracket Poll Post. Without further ado, the Losers' Bracket (aka Cheer Up, Emo Kid!)

Bottom Five (whose fathers will, I assume, merely look disappointed and continue to withhold affection):

Ray Vecchio (Due South) - 7.3%
Arthur Pendragon (Merlin) - 11.0%
John Sheppard (Stargate Atlantis) - 21.8%
Ianto Jones (Torchwood) - 22.0%
Jess Mariano (Gilmore Girls) - 25.4%

Losers' Bracket Matchups! )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Kirk - Enterprise)
Hokay, SO, taking a cue from [personal profile] ellen_fremedon's Pan-Fandom Dead Off, we here at the Horrible Fanon Childhood Showdown will have a winners' bracket (Unspeakable Trauma) for the worst of the worst fanon childhoods, and also a losers' bracket (Cheer Up, Emo Kid!) for the least-worst fanon childhoods.

I was right about 42 making the math difficult, so the top 20 contestants from Round 1 are in the Winners' Bracket, while the bottom 22 (including one winner--PARKER I AM SO SORRY) are in the Losers' Bracket. After this round, the six worst childhoods from the Losers' Bracket will be bumped up to the Winners', and the five least-worst from the Winners' Bracket will be bumped down to the Losers', to help even out the results from some of the really hotly contested matchups in Round 1.

In this and all subsequent rounds, highest percentage vote-getter will be seeded against lowest.

And remember, THIS IS NOT ACTUAL SCIENCE, so feel free to guess. :)

So! The Winners' Bracket, aka UNSPEAKABLE TRAUMA.

Top Five after Round 1 (for which I am sure they will be punished):

Dean Winchester (Supernatural) - 92.7%
Harry Potter - 89.0%
Severus Snape (Harry Potter) - 78.2%
Daniel Jackson (Stargate SG-1) - 78.0%
Rodney McKay (Stargate Atlantis) - 74.6%

And on to the matchups! )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
I'm stopping collecting nominees and making the poll now because we have 42 entrants and that is, of course, an auspicious number. Even though it will probably make the math difficult at some future point.

Remember, we are looking for the worst FANON childhood here--no arguments from canon! In fact no arguments whatsoever: RADIO BUTTONS.

ETA: Poll is closed as of 11AM CST. Results will be tabulated and the next round will be up this afternoon!

First of probably many polls, under the cut! )

In case the middle of the alphabet is causing you anxiety: I'm not eliminating characters from this round, so there will be some rematches. :)
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
[personal profile] terrio and I were talking last night about the tragedy that is fanon!Rodney McKay's childhood--rivalled, she pointed out, only by fanon!John Sheppard's.

Oh, I don't know, I said. Fanon!Daniel Jackson and fanon!Xander Harris could give both of them a run for their money.

Hmmm, I said a little later. Surely there is a way to determine ~empirically~ who fandom has bestowed with the most horrible fanon!childhood! How about a poll?

But I can't do an ~authoritative~ poll until I have had some help coming up with contestants, so, fandom, tell me: who has the worst fanon!childhood?

To be clear: this is neither about who has had, say, for instance, a canonical childhood bad enough to turn him into a canonical serial killer, Dexter, nor about the fact that one time you read this one story where it turned out that the Kents belonged to a Satanic cult that tortured young Clark over and over and he developed multiple personalities in response so that while Clark/Superman is totally well-adjusted after an idyllic Kansas childhood, Kal-El is a time bomb of psychotic rage.

Uh, not that that story exists. As far as I know.

Anyway: I'm looking for the general trend of fanonical horrible childhoods, not canon or outlying crackfic/evil mirrorverse, is what I am saying. Help?

This entry is crossposted at http://dsudis.livejournal.com/536931.html.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
Not crossposted because it seems like an inordinate amount of work right now.

Poll #1693 What should I stare blankly at in my sickbed?
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Here are some shows I have been Meaning to Watch but haven't yet. Which do you think would make good sickbed entertainment for me?

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33 (62.3%)

19 (35.8%)

The Mentalist
7 (13.2%)

White Collar
21 (39.6%)

dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
I realize it's August, but - inspired by [personal profile] copperbadge/[livejournal.com profile] sam_storyteller I am feeling all spring-cleaning-inspired with respect to my brain and the stories that have been locked up in there like hoarded cats for the last few years. So, at the moment, just for BANDOM stories, a poll:

Poll #991 I mean I
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Which Bandom-Story-I-Will-Never-Write would you like to see summarized in classic rambling Dira fashion?

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The FOB/MCR Prison AU (Pete/Patrick, Gerard/Frank, minor Bob/Spencer)
13 (22.0%)

The One Where Pete Wentz Is in a Coma (Pete/Patrick OTP!!1!!!1!)
15 (25.4%)

The BDSM Epic (Jon/Ryan, Jon/Brendon, Jon/Ryan/Brendon, Spencer/Haley, Spencer/Ryan, Jon/Spencer/Ryan, um, it's basically just a pairings list with explanations...)
21 (35.6%)

The One That Is Much Too Depressing (Way brothers, horrible trauma, sort of incidental Gerard/Mikey in the midst of the unspeakable wretchedness)
8 (13.6%)

The One Where Jon Has a Brain Thing (Jon/Brendon)
15 (25.4%)

The One Where Ryan Ross Is (Sort of) in a Coma (Jon/Ryan, Jon/Brendon, Ryan/Spencer)
12 (20.3%)

The Two Short Ones Involving Gerard, genderfuck, and other favorite cliches of mine (Gerard/Frank)
22 (37.3%)

The One Where Spencer Is Seventeen and Bob Has a Difficult Year (non AU Spencer/Bob)
30 (50.8%)

The One Where Bob Gets Pregnant (Bob/Gerard, Bob/Gerard/Frank, Frank/Jamia)
21 (35.6%)

The One Where Bob Wakes up with Ladyparts (Bob/Gerard)
29 (49.2%)

The Rest of Chimerical Romantics, Now Even More Summarized (Gerard/Frank)
29 (49.2%)

The Short One Inspired by a Tragically Hip Song (Gerard/Patrick)
16 (27.1%)

0 (0.0%)

And I swear, on the heads of Leonard McCoy and Aral Vorkosigan (although not together) (although, hmmm...) (ahem) that I am not actually going to lose my mind and start attempting to actually write one of these in the middle of just attempting to tell it. SO I SWEAR. YOU ARE ALL MY WITNESSES.

EDIT: Let's see if I can add a poll on the fly! Anyway, I forgot some! Feel free to lobby for them in the comments!

- The One Where Pete and Patrick Have a Baby Together. (Pete/Patrick)
- The One Where Patrick Has a Baby (And Pete Helps). (Pete/Patrick)
- The One Where Pete Has a Kid (Just Like Billy in Hard Core Logo) (And Patrick Helps). (Pete/Patrick)


- Six Feet Under: New Jersey
- Bob Bryar/Bily Tallent
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
... this would be it. Alas I am poll-less just now, so I will have to rely on people to actually comment a bit instead of clicking a radio button (and it would SO be a radio button).

Ahem. In the last day or so I've finished reading Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, "Lord John and the Haunted Soldier" and "Lord John and the Hellfire Club." (Yes, in that order. It worked for me.)

And then I clicked over to Diana Gabaldon's blog to see whether the promised Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner might be forthcoming anytime soon, only to discover that A SEVENTH JAMIE AND CLAIRE BOOK IS DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 22. !!!!!11!!!ELEVEN!

So, ahem, what with one thing and another (LORD JOHN. JAAAAAAAMIEEEEE. CLAAAAAAAAAAAIRE. LOOOOOOOOOOORD JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHN. ♥♥♥), clearly it is time for rereading of the Outlander books, of which I have definitely reread Outlander at least once, maybe twice, but I'm not sure I've ever reread the others at all since first reading them. (Possibly The Fiery Cross, just before A Breath of Snow and Ashes came out?) And as much as I love Outlander I'm really impatient to get on to Voyager. (At the moment my recollection of Dragonfly in Amber is, "Oh God that's a lot of angst. Like. A lot. Of angst. Like maybe too much angst for me, actually. OH GOD, NOT IN THE FACE.")

So. Tell me, circle, in your helpfully unbiased opinion: where do I start rereading?

  • Outlander for all the first-time-y goodness and the completeness-of-reread?
  • Dragonfly in Amber for ... Fergus? And... oh, and Roger! And Bree of course! And all the parts that aren't angsty that I'm not remembering right now? And the payoff for the angsty parts which must surely be delicious?
  • Voyager for the <33333333333333333?

    Not that I am, you know, leaning in any particular direction, but if I am going to undertake A Reread of such epic proportions, maybe I should do it properly and not in quite such a dessert-first manner?
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