chu_totoro: (cute-- squirrels)
Finally all moved in! And everything packed away enough that there is some semblance of living in a normal house instead of amongst a bunch of boxes and god knows what.

There was a lot of stress with Mr Heater during moving, and at one point I got so mad at him I was ready to throw in the towel, but thankfully I didn't do that because things would be super messy if I had, haha.

Lately I've been reading New Petshop of Horrors and re-reading Petshop of Horrors... oldies are goodies. :)

Getting used to setting my own freelance schedule, now I just need to buy a relatively portable digital piano and finish memorizing another piece or two and I think I'll be ready to go perform with my sister! Exciting times.

Got a lot of stuff to do today so I'll try to hop by with a larger update later.

ps. rip terry pratchet :(
chu_totoro: (Kenshin-- I can fly)
uses spray bottles for Balsamic Vinegar instead of the normal bottles. Like hairspray!

I had a dream last night. The big bad wolf gave me a tetris game, final level, and it wasn't just tetris - it was furniture. But the blocks appeared first as tetris and then turned into furniture. And then I played again and it was no longer furniture, it was words and sentences. Like a crossword. But halfway through I realized I was doing it wrong, because I had like a 48-square long tetris piece, and I suddenly realized that the original tetris piece was not one letter per square, it had one word or words per square. And then I said, "Oh no! I am doing it wrong!" to the person beside me, but when I went back I realized that I had already condensed it to be words per square, although I hadn't condensed it quite right... I had divided some compound word into two squares, and it was one square in the original. Twice I woke up and saw Kevin and the first time I didn't really understand who he was, and the third time I woke up and told him my dream.

Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel are amazing. I tried to take pictures, and then gave up. The pictures looked like all the pictures I had ever seen of Michelangelo's art, of which I've seen plenty. They were nothing special. We were in a place that could only be done justice by the naked eye.

In other news, I'm halfway through 1Q84. I'm on a utopia/dystopia binge, after my mini-Jane Austen fest of Emma and Pride and Prejudice. So far I've finished 1984, Brave New World, and only started this one out of vague interest in its connections to 1984, but now I can't put it down! Who would've thought I'd read so much more than I do at home, now that I'm in a country that speaks no English?

(I picked up on the 1Q84 pun - Senkyuu(Q)hachijuuyon instead of senkyuuhakuhachijuuyon - and it makes me sad that so many readers in this world will miss out on the untranslatable.)
chu_totoro: (random-- girl vs monster)

Finished reading The God of Small Things yesterday, and it has shot far up my favorites to stand beside Marquez, just above Martel's Life of Pi. What a heartbreakingly beautiful book.


Nov. 7th, 2010 06:20 pm
chu_totoro: (random-- domo-chan on bike)
Had maybe an hour long conversation today with curly-haired tall entity the umpteenth that lives in the house. We played with tarot cards. 'Twas fun. I am superstitious after all, or I want to be. But who doesn't?

Soul - Futility (Seven of Swords)
Mind - Sorrow (Three of Swords)
Body - Peace (Two of Swords)

POCKET FULL OF SUNSHINE. So I'm perfectly fine on the outside while severely screwed up on the inside. Sounds about right. I wish I could have more faith in the world, but sometimes I just don't.

(To be fair, I, like Debra, tend to only post nowadays when I'm feeling especially moody, so please take everything I say with a grain of salt.)

It's not even about faith or not faith. It's the transience. How fast everything moves. Time flies so fast nowadays. I meet these people, and before I have a chance to get to know them well, well like you knew your childhood playmates, well like you wasted hours together being utterly stupid, I meet them and they're gone. People who could be good friends, would be good friends, but life moves so fast and we're all so busy and we all have so much to do, once they're not "conveniently" around (e.g. live in the same house, live in the same dorm, be in the same class), they're just gone. So many people whom you briefly brush by and never see again. It makes me emotionally sick. I keep having these moments that I would like to keep forever, that I would like to keep until it's not fun anymore and you're sick of it and move on to something else, but they're over in an instant and I'm left by myself in an empty room, stretched out on a couch and mulling on a moment that's no longer there. Are they only beautiful because they're transient? Are we, sick creatures, only able to appreciate something once it's gone?

Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
For nothing gold can stay.

On that note, a meme from [ profile] cougarfang:

The Rules - Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who have always influenced you and will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes, and they don’t have to be listed in order of relevance to you.

1. Robert Frost
2. Gabriel Garcia Marquez
3. Sarah Rees Brennan
4. Alexandre Dumas
5. Orson Scott Card (only one book, really)
6. Antoine du Saint-Exupery
7. Phillip Pullman
8. Gary Paulsen
9. J.K. Rowling (ehehe)
10. Dylan Thomas
11. Ray Bradbury
12. Jin Yong
13. Am out of ideas... Hans Christian Andersen?
15. I must be missing someone important... JRR Tolkien (but not really)

edit: re: curly-haired entity

today brought me back to [ profile] behindpyramids's coming of age post. because. everyone has so many issues and everyone is so broken and the world is so fucked up but at the same time it's not and somehow it keeps going anyway. she captured it better than i ever could. that's who should be up on my list. [ profile] behindpyramids.

off to work

re: edit: re:

chu_totoro: (rl-- rain)
in rain."

Blade Runner is a good movie. Although heavy doses of Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games) and Ridley Scott on the same day is not - especially uplifting. haha.

Finally found the updated version of Brothers Karamazov! Will probably start tomorrow. Was told variously by people "just read Constance Garnett" and "don't read that Constance woman's translations, Nabokov called them a complete disaster". Understandably confused, but eventually enlightened (and elated) by this article on translation in the New Yorker. Totally, totally agree. If only we were given more time (and had more time) and had more pairs of meticulous eyes to look over our translated releases before we released them!

If only, if only. Alas.

;; Is it just me, or did livejournal tags used to appear magically without you doing anything but typing the first letter?
chu_totoro: (rl-- piano)

Fascinating book.

I discovered today that my Chinese professor's primary realm of research is music. Fuck yes professor, I think we are going to become very good friends.

edit: So I was googling this book and found out that its standard price is about $125. Boy, I love being a college student.
chu_totoro: (random-- bookworm)
Seeing as I haven't addressed the BookChomp since March, you may think I have given up on it... but that is not the case! You see, the lack of posts is because either

1. I did not read,

2. I started to read something, and 300 pages in moved on to something else, for whatever reason,

or 3. I read a book and never posted on it!

For the time being I'll address #3 only, although 1 and 2 are proving to be real killers. (On 1 - I've noticed that I can hardly finish a book nowadays unless I am in a plane. Yes, a plane. How sad is that?) (On 2 - and so fell God is Dead, Catch-22, Midnight's Children, A Lesson Before Dying, aaaaand Richard Dawkin's The God Delusion. Maybe I should have myself checked for ADD. /facepalm)

So! Behold the List of Books for Future Explication:

Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist -- Recommended. The language is straightforward, so it's an easy read (unlike Midnight's Children, good lord > <), and the plot rather droll. I liked it, although it didn't make my favorites list, and it's a wonderful read if you're bored someday.

Sarah Rees Brennan's The Demon's Lexicon -- Contrary to popular expectation, I am not fangirling all over the place for Maya. I have a lot of nitpicks with this book that may be the book and may just be me, and I'll address them in a more thorough post when I've the time.

...and that's it for now. Sad, huh? (Yeah I'm a lazybutt.) I AM currently working on The Omnivore's Dilemma, however, and if I ever finish with it I may go back and pick up all those aforementioned titles.

edit; Throw Albert Camus' The Stranger on the list, too. School reading is for school, but it's still reading.

I want...

Jun. 7th, 2009 11:10 pm
chu_totoro: (FMA-- Al button)
a copy of The Demon's Lexicon.

man these bookstores close too early.
chu_totoro: (Loveless-- please shoot me now)


(感覺上讀越多,變越笨 =.=)

...I need a tag that says "sometimes reading is NOT good for the soul".

boy #2

Mar. 24th, 2009 08:36 pm
chu_totoro: (TRC-- omg)
is such an idiot! if you have something to say just say it you dummy.

in other news, I should really make a post on girls and my interactions with them but for some reason that seems weird because while undoubtedly the girls are girls as the boys are boys, when I think of them I think of them by name and feel strange referring to them as, say, girl #1 or girl #2, whereas I group the boys quite easily into silly boys in my mind and in fact quite naturally refer to them with common nouns and numbers.

this either says something about my inner discriminatory self or the general population of classmates at large


SO my darling sister (the real one) is home. And she brought me back - 侯文詠極短篇 (Ho WenYun super short stories)!! For those of you who don't know, Ho WenYun is a great great great Chinese writer and if you can read Chinese at all, you should look into his books. :) He has a knack for humour like no one else, although he writes serious stuff as well (reminds me of Roald Dahl in some ways). 極短篇 a.k.a. super short stories (?) is actually a genre in Chinese writing, it's shorter than the short story (obviously) and a little like the drabble only it should have enough plot to stand as a full mini-story in itself, whereas drabbles... don't. I think. Dunno if there's an English equivalent.

yayz off to read.

book meme!

Feb. 5th, 2009 09:00 am
chu_totoro: (random-- bookworm)
Ganked from [ profile] backseatdream:


1. A favorite book!
2. A book that affected you in your YA years.
3. A favorite fantasy novel.
4. A favorite sci fi novel.
5. An awesome book (possibly a favorite) you think not many people around you have heard of/read.
6. A book you own more than one copy of.
7. An author whose every single book you own/will buy.
8. The worst book you've ever read.
9. A book you dislike that lots of other people you know like.
10. The most difficult book you've ever read.
11. Tell me what kind of books your mom reads/read.
12. What have you read so far this year?
13. What are you reading now?
14. What are you reading next?

answers )

In other news, I am indeed sick! That is why I am not at school right now, although sadly I will still be going there after lunch so as - yes - so as not miss my AP Bio test.

Isn't life depressing?

edit: I have... )


Jan. 21st, 2009 08:56 pm
chu_totoro: (TRC-- RAWR!! (Kuro))
halfway through City of Bones!

... )
chu_totoro: (Loveless-- rawr!)
oh, Cassandra Claire, oh please, give me a break.

I'm thirteen pages into your "book" and it is agonizingly, agonizingly transparent.

A black-haired boy and a blond-haired boy. The black-haired one is blunt and asks the stupid questions such as "What's this?" The blond-haired one drawls.

OK, so you took away the scar and the glasses and changed his name. It is still painfully obvious. And, Valentine? Valentine has risen again? Some sort of Dark Lord who's supposed to (according to Jace) be in hell? Oh, give me a break. At least you could have renamed your villain something that did not ALSO START WITH A V. And, mundie? Muggle? The Institute? Hogwarts? At least you didn't pick a name that started with H, although I have to say the Institute isn't particularly imaginative.

Goddammit, it's not bad, it would just feel so much better if it didn't exude this OVERPOWERING sense that you took your fanfiction, changed some names, and passed it off as authentic fiction.

Oh, but of course, thre are other characters! Such as Clary. I wonder if it could be a coincidence that your penname is Cassandra Claire.


I can see how, if you haven't read Cassie's former writings, it might seem like a decent enough book, but seriously. This is embarrassing.

chu_totoro: (FMA-- I sleep now kthxbye)

forgot to mention this earlier, but I finished reading Journey to the West! (yes I know, and I should have been reading it during finals week...)

oh it also accounts for the fact that my emo post a few posts back was entirely in Chinese. when you read Chinese you start thinking in Chinese. >>;;

harvard interview was fail. I FORGOT TO DO THE PRE-INTERVIEW SHEET BECAUSE 1) the interview took impossibly long to schedule and it got lost in the multiple emails and 2) I COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT IT BECAUSE OTHER SCHOOLS DON'T REQUIRE A PRE-INTERVIEW SHEET T_____T /headdesk headdesk headdesk

I'm not going to get into college. boooooooooo.

on a happier note, I finished arranging Forever Young.

...only took four years.


(note: it didn't actually took four years, it took more like... a couple days each out of each year of the four years)

so thanks to 3gatsu and Kevin's longterm obsession over Honey and Clover, I decided to take a look on it, got hooked, and ended up watching all of season one.

~.~ /wants more

yay break


Sep. 17th, 2008 04:48 pm
chu_totoro: (random-- bookworm)
Maya wrote a short story called An Old Fashioned Unicorn's Guide to Courtship, and it made me :) :) :) so hard. Highly recommended. Esp. for people who don't know Maya and aren't into the slash... this is a perfectly clean, safe, amusing little story that is incredibly *sensible* and reminds me, oddly enough, of The Enchanted Forest series.

In other news, she's also finished Quality of Mercy. That makes me happy inside, and also so sad in some ways, because it makes it so much more real - it's over, she's done, one more chapter of Drop Dead Gorgeous and everything's going down, for ever and ever more. No more waiting, no more fic updates to look forward to, no more of the characters I've come to love so, so much, she'll still write I'm sure, she's publishing her book and everything, but this - the livejournal, the fic - is all coming down.

I'm going to have to go back and reread the first twenty-some chapters of QoM sometime before I can read the last two, because I've forgotten a lot of what happened. xD; And DDG has always been the one that went to my heart. I'm glad she's finishing that last, actually - but when she does I am going to be so sad. homg.

Iunno. To me, Maya is like a god. dess. Whatever. I can't really express how much I adore everything she writes.
chu_totoro: (random-- bookworm)
The sleepover was... fairly fun. I think I came back too soon from camp to really appreciate seeing people again, what with the flurry of camp people and home people and chatgroup people and whatnot.

More on that later. For now, books! From the past month or so.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I ♥ Scout. She is rapidly joining my list of favorite protagonists, there. Book itself was good, found the end somewhat heavy (particularly the trial) but well. It's meant to be.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - Interesting perspective. The whole time travel twisted times past future thing is done v. well, methinks. Fun leisure read.

When You Are Engulfed By Flames by David Sedaris - Hilarious guy. Don't get fooled by the title, it's fairly random; this is a pretty much autobiographical book about David himself, v. self-deprecating but also v. funny.

Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley - Retelling of the Trojan War. Easier read than Mists of Avalon, liked it all right.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom - Short read. Though-provoking. Would advise reading if you have the time just because, well, it's so short, and it's good.

All of these I liked pretty much, though average. Maybe a little above average, some, but in general I'd just label them as Books I Liked All Right.

Now what I got started 1-2 days ago on, I really LOVE. RABURABU~~ ♥♥ Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson. Honestlyyyyyy! I am remembering all over again why I love Neal Stephenson and his style of writing, I am loving the scifi and the cyberpunk and the embedded bits of satire (oh the satire), in fact I love it so much I think I like it more than The Diamond Age, even, though whether that's because it's actually better or because I read The Diamond Age so long ago when I was younger - is debatable.

but. <33333333

In other news, lack of sleep (got what, 2 hours at the sleepover) is making me really cranky and I have an unnaturally low tolerance for annoying people and/or annoying/pesky behavior. I really wanted to just be like: "hey, SHUT THE FUCK UP and leave me alone if you have nothing to say, all right?" Had to restrain myself from actually doing so because it would result in more undesirable consequences.

must catch up on sleep after lesson today. x____X
chu_totoro: (xxxholic-- sweatdrop)
Dearest Livejournal,

[ profile] scoradh posted a scathing denunciation of Love in the Time of Cholera, which I found rather shocking but not as shocking as the fact that this will probably deter her from ever reading One Hundred Years of Solitude (or even touching it - for the rest of her LIFE), which upset me so much I broke out of my lurkerism and made a gigantic comment.

And as I was editing, and re-editing, and re-editing my gigantic comment, I suddenly remembered something.

Email notifications.

I hate you sometimes, did you know that? You and your stupid comment settings.

She probably has about 10 of those stupid little notifications stuffed up her inbox now.

lsajldjfldjla;jfl;dajfljdjljgldj;fad;f now I will never be taken seriously ever again. -.- And it was a good book, too.

chu_totoro: (random-- knowledge is evil)
Nicked from [ profile] maeglin_arandur--

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

the list be here )
chu_totoro: (random-- green tea)
books I've read of late:

books )

OK! As you can tell, I haven't been reading much real literature as of late. This is because I have been revisiting the world of manga. I find I am much pickier than I used to be, now, and very few series catch my interest. For starters, if the artwork is common or not particularly good, I immediately lose interest. But in any case, here are some I consider decent.

manga )
chu_totoro: (random-- aww bunny)
Okay... so after all the huge wanking and controversy over the Twilight series, I decided to take a look at the series myself.

For those of you who don't know, the series consists of three books: Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse. Genre may be roughly categorized as young adult vampire romance.

cut for spoilers )

Apologies to any of my friends who really love Twilight. I can see where you're coming from, it's... just not my cup of tea. Y'know, coz I'm so used to reading about gay boys and the ridiculously twisted and nonsensical nuances of their relationships with one another, or 10-simultaneous-interwoven-plotline-YAYTHIRDPERSON type high fantasy that straightforward, linear romance novels don't interest me very much. And I just hate first person, anyway. D: (I have this theory that first person and fantasy do not mix. It fits with realistic fiction sometimes, if done well. Very occasionally sci-fi (GO ENDER YAY!) Don't know about romance because I haven't read enough to judge. :x)


edit: spoilers )

edit2: link to [ profile] meitachi's journal for anyone who wants more on the wank.

I cannot stop laughing at this depiction of a "sparkly Edward." I personally don't have anything against Meyer's idea of vampires sparkling in the sunlight, but... LMFAO.


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