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Tell Me What to Review Next!

I shall soon be finished with the massive thing wot I have been writing, and it's been far too long since I've reviewed anything. Please help me decide what I should review!

What Shall I Review Next?

Hikaru no Go (manga series)
Afterschool Nightmare (manga series)
Samurai Deeper Kyo (manga; vol. 30)
Bleach (manga; vols. 21-24)
Mushishi (manga; vols. 3-5)
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (manga; vols. 4-7)
Strong Poison/ Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers (mysteries)
The Lies of Locke Lamora. by Scott Lynch (fantasy)
Dead Until Dark / Living Dead in Dallas, by Charlaine Harris (vampires)
Hellburner, by C.J. Cherryh (not so much a review as an analysis of why it's important to me)
Something else you know I've been reading (tell me what in your comments)



Oct. 28th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)

Interesting. I mostly haven't been using music when I write fic, because it's often late at night and people are going to bed, or the Young Lady is already playing something right behind me, but the instrumental or non-English stuff is mostly what I want when I'm at work, as well. Except that, for non-fiction work, I can definitely put my brain onto another track and sing along with the lyrics while I'm working - as long as it's something I know really well!

>> a very, very visceral image of a pensive Hakkai watching a blissed-out, naked Gojyo dozing on his lap...<<

Hmmm ... have I read this?

Oct. 28th, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
Hee, yep -- it's the angsty Hakkai-POV hair-fetish kinkmeme one. :) I pretty much had Oceania's first album on constant repeat when I wrote that, but this song in particular just had the perfect melancholy note of longing -- something about the interplay between that yearning violin and the aching tenderness in Hinewehi Mohi's voice. This YouTube clip has the song and the fully lyrics (in Maori and English) -- I just doublechecked my CD and they are accurate to what's in the liner notes, although there are points where the way she sings it aren't precisely as it's printed -- lots of lines are repeated and rearranged.
Oct. 29th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)

Hmmm ... I assumed that was it, but I couldn't make an ID between a particular part of the story text and your description. Actually, you passed that song on in that world music mix you sent me! The insect ones (The Moth and The Cicada) are perfect for my breathing exercises.

Oct. 29th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Ah, couldn't remember if I'd included that one or not! I remember what I used where when I'm writing or constructing a fanmix, but just throwing together a music sampler doesn't tend to involve the sort of repeat listening that sticks in my brain.

It's part of the transitional scene between the two stories, when Hakkai's been getting twitchy with post-coital second thoughts and Gojyo's been trying to jolly him out of it -- early on, before the conversation flares up again and strays into sore spots.

Funnily enough, I was playing a lot of quieter bits from Tarkan's English-language album for the first half, but didn't wind up with the strong story-associations there -- I think maybe because I'd already played that so much when I was doing the huge fanmix that damn near everything on that album was already fixed in my mind as sort of generically Gojyo songs. The Oceania disc OTOH I'd only just managed to track down shortly before writing the second half, so it was all still very fresh and new -- I'd actually glommed onto "Haere Ra" for the sound even before I'd realized how apt the lyrics were. (I can recognize a handful of Maori words by their similarity to their Hawaiian cognates, but not nearly enough to make sense of it just from listening.)
Nov. 1st, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)

Ah, OK, I found the place in the story! So, do I have to beg for the Haere Ra lyrics?   ;-)

Nov. 1st, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
They're posted in both English and Maori on that YouTube link I included earlier. ;)

(The location may not be obvious, if you aren't a total YT junkie like me -- you need to click the little "more info" link in the little video description pane on the top right.)


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