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the books master list (2012)

  1. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

  2. Vidas Secas (Barren Lives?) by Graciliano Ramos

  3. Die Tödliche Spiele - Die Tribute von Panem (the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

  4. O Caçador de Pipas (The Kite Runner) by Khaled Husseini

  5. Um Estudo em Vermelho (A Study in Scarlet) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  6. Der Sandmann (The Sandman) by E. T. A. Hoffman

  7. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

  8. A Escolha (The Choice) by Nicholas Sparks

  9. Ruhm (Fame) by Daniel Kehlman

  10. Capitães da Areia (Capitains of the Sand) by Jorge Amado

  11. Clube da Luta (Fight Club) by Chuck Palahniuk

  12. Os Homens que não Amavam as Mulheres (The GIrl with the Dragon Tattoo) by Stieg Larrson

  13. A Menina que Brincava com o Fogo (The Girl who Played with Fire) by Stieg Larrson

  14. Um Amor pra Recordar (A Walk to Remeber) by Nicholas Sparks

  15. Diário de uma Paixão (The Notebook) by Nicholas Sparks

  16. Um Homem de Sorte (The Lucky One) by Nicholas Sparks

  17. Frühlings Erwachen (Spring Awakening) by Frank Wedekind

  18. Jugend Ohne Gott (The Age of the Fish) by Ödön von Horvarth

  19. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

  20. Til by José de Alencar

  21. Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis

  22. Em Chamas (Catching Fire) by Suzanne Collins

  23. A Esperança (Mockingjay) by Suzanne Collins

  24. Nathan, der Weise (Nathan, the Wise) by Gotthold Ephraim von Lessing

  25. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

  26. Vlad: A Última Confissão (Vlad: The Last Confession) by C. C. Humphreys

  27. Interventions: A Life in War and Peace by Kofi Anna

  28. Bonsai by Alejandro Zambra

  29. Sentimento do Mundo by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

  30. Pai Rico, Pai Pobre (Rich Dad, Poor Dad) by Robert T. Kiyosaki & Sharon L. Lechter

  31. Jogos Vorazes (The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

  32. The Hobit by J. R. R. Tolkien

rihanna can act?

  I just finished watching Battlefield right now, the movie with one surprisingly good/famous cast composed of Rihanna, Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skasgard and many others. I actually watched it for them. I am no fan of action movies, especially when aliens. I am still waiting to watch Prometheus and the Alien movies to draw my final conclusions on the genre, but normally they're just fake and have the same main plot and the subplots just don't matter. This one doesn't really fall far behind. You have ships, you have alien, overly-developed spaceships coming and planning on taking over the earth, you have one hero and you have the moments when everything is lost and then at the end they're all really fucking great, only one main character has died and the others have triumphed over whatever was holding them down, be it the physical threat of the extraterrestrial beings, be it some sort of character flaw they work through during the battle. It is always pre-designed and it is always the same. Kind of like an Aristotelic drama, in which there is one act for introduction, one act for action crescendo, one climax where everything goes to hell and back, one part where everything starts going well, one scare at the end that could doom everything or make it all much better, and either the triumph or the catastrophe, depending on the setting. Just translate this into the movie and you have every single action movie ever made, added with an excess of special effects and some bad subplots to keep people somehow rooting for the characters. The worst thing though? They normally keep my eyes glued to the screen because, although I can predict everything that's going to happen, you still end up rooting for them and wishing they win and cursing the bad guys. To me, that's one successfull action movie. Battleship attained this status, indeed. It was also somewhat different.

  I thought Battleship was actually pretty nice because of the acting, hence the tittle of this entry.There's not much to be said about the story itself, although using the Navy may be quite new, as i haven't seen much of these alien movies with navy guys, normally it's the army or air force. And the special effects were overdosed, but when aren't they? I mean, I was pretty surprised by Rihanna using a Jamaican (I think) accent and slang and the stand of a tomboy because her public image is that of a party girl and there is really no way we could have seen she acted beforehand. She was good. I could say Raikes was one person and Rihanna another, there were no traits of the pop singer and that, in my opinion, is acting. And I could say Raikes was a pretty well-based character, which surprised me. Taylor Kitsch is awesome, I mean, the burrito part? Genius. Although I didn't feel much of his emotional conflict at the middle. I didn't sense much of a gradual, palatine change in his character. Instead, it was all of a sudden. He did a 180 and suddenly was awesome, like that. I was pretty inspired by Mik and Sam was not the usual bottle blond lover and their dynamic was nice. But the one who shined the most, for me, was the geek, Zapata, played by Hamish Linklater. I have a passion for nerds and he was just adorable and his quotes were the best, like: "Are you telling me E.T. wants to phone home?" and "Acquire courage... Acquire courage..." besides his very visual trembling when he was face to face with the alien. He was adorable and awesome and has just proved, to me at least, why nerds are the best ones. Just yeah.

  I'm not much of an expert to say anything, though. I'm saying this because I just remembered my sociology teacher talking about people posting on blogs saying they knew everything about a topic when they knew nothing at all. I started feeling quite guilty afterwards. Just saying.
logan; i'mthebest face

fanfiction: but just know that i'll stay, 'cause you're my life through the haze. (glee)

people: santana/brittany, artie, quinn, rachel, quinn/rachel (if you squint)
rating: T (language)
summary: "she's already so fucking whipped that quinn would be laughing her ass off if she listened to this conversation."
spoilers: nothing really explicit, but like mid-third season
word count: 1,444
author's note: My first published delve into fandom since like two years ago, but since mini_nanowrimo is already around the corner i've decided to do some exercises before to not be caught too off guard. as it is, i've tried. this is my try to get my hand at santana and brittany because i can't really seem to get them and this is as close as i've gotten, so i hope it's at least borderline good.

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jenny; don'tlook@mepls

another weekend, other fandoms

Elementary is probably my favorite new show, like, ever. I love the way that Jonny Lee Miller plays this Sherlock, a more rugged one, full of tattoos all over his body, that has a clipped diction, a precise way with words, an explosive temper and is a recovering addict. He strikes me as a more complex character than Cumberbatch's (and BBC's), not that Sherlock is not complex, but this one is more mysterious. Yes, I guess this is the description I'm looking for. There is a lot just under the surface, asking to be brought out, and it adds to an even more drama-filled act as Watson tries to figure it all out. Lucy Liu's female Watson was what actually got me curious about watching Elementary and even got it bumped into the first place of my list of new TV shows to watch and I'm going to say it didn't disappoint. In fact, the interactions between this female Watson (especially the last scene of the last episode) and the recovering drug addict Sherlock are quite endearing. I don't know, it feels like it adds a bit of fragility to the king of the thoughts that is Sherlock and it breaks a bit of his façade as the mightyest that he needs a sober companion, even though he does even the table by saying she's his "personal vallet" or his "body guard". I just miss the special effects BBC's Sherlock does. Makes the cases just a bit dull. Still, it's pretty awesome and really worth the watching.

Arrow was one show that didn't really stick until after the third episode. I was really looking forward to the show because c'mon, a guy that's hot and goes around shooting arrows at some bad guys? And wears a hood not a mask? I didn't have much more to ask for. (Then of course I did some research and discovered that it was based after the Green Hunter and that it was a part of the DCU and it made me even more excited afterwards). Too bad the show started out a bit on the slow side. But it started growing on me with the action and Dig and Thea are pretty awesome and she makes me want to either go partying with her or hug her and tell her it's going to be okay. Some times both. And the action scenes are nice and there's so much potential I get the chills just thinking of the epicness it could become. I can't even fathom. Yeah, it's good.

American Horror Story: Asylum has gotten me afraid I won't sleep at night. For real. I loved the first season because it was scary but not the supernatural kinda scary, the one that makes you jump and then it's good because it's just dead people. I have a thing with demons and exorcisms and catholic mental illness centers that just thinking about it gives me the chills and it's just the theme of the new AHS. I was really almost closing the window and forgetting the show altogether but I went through it and I plan on watching it again because I have to get over this trauma I've had when I was like eight and this will help a lot. But I'll still tremble in fear and probably spend half of the night awake. Let's see if it's really worth it. The first time season was, so I hope this one is too.

ETA: On the Road is a fantastic read, I've joined mini_nanowrimo and I'm going to watch 666 Park Avenue and Beauty and the Beast sometime this week and Batwoman: Elegy is my first comic book read ever.

i get so emotional baby,

  "Please stop pretending there's nothing wrong" and it all goes to hell. Yes, I am indeed talking about last week's Glee episode, The Break-Up. And let's just say, they didn't get it wrong when they said it would change everything and that tissues would be needed. I don't go so far as saying I've cried because I sort of had an audience and I don't do crying in front of an audience, but had I been alone in my room, I would've undoubtedly burst into tears midway through the episode and only cried harder each time a new development happened and, in a more surprising turn of events than any of my feelings, I was only mad twice during this episode and only once was it with something written for the show and not one character's attitude. All in all, this has been the second episode in a row that has left me positively surprised with the way they've been handling things in Glee, specially compared to the last Season, and I'm actually back to feeling when it comes to Glee and rediscovering why I fell for the show in the first place, besides the songs.

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on glee

  So, I've been a bit off regarding the fandoms because of real life shit, mainly school, and I plan on using my time to catch up on them. And because I only have to watch two episodes, not two seasons or something like that, I will start with Glee. First order of business: Episode 3 of Season 4: Makeover. And it was actually somewhat decent.

  I didn't have many high expectations regarding this episode. After I saw the 'Celebrity Skin' video I was like: 'this is going to be some really weird shit, with attempts at comedy and some cheap shots at Brittany and Blaine coming off as the high and mighty in the end, so high they were actually copying his over the top way of singing and dancing' but it wasn't anything like it at all! I was pleasantly surprised. As a small summary, I found myself rooting for a new couple, bored by the Will Schuester scenes (he could go and just leave everybody alone, you know? Bring Shelby back!), laughing at Sue, wondering why the fuck do the writers insist on portraying Brittany as really really unbelievably stupid and actually marveling at the portrayal of the relationships in the episode. At least the characters didn't sound as shallow to me as they had done on the Britney 2.0 episode and on lots of others before.

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  But,balancing it all out in the end, I think it's actually a good episode. I just wished we'd seen more of the seniors. I love Rachel and Kurt, I do (and Kurt totally fits into but I'm missing Mercedes and Mike and, specially, Santana. Finn can be M.I.A. for, I don't know, the next forever.

book challenge

  I've got a bet running with V. on how many books I can read before the end of the year. She said I wouldn't hit 50, I disagreed, and since then (this was mid-February or something) I've been keeping tags on my books. I just found a new community out, 50bookchallenge, that is exactly for the recording of books and I've just started the process yesterday, after I finished reading The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas. I wrote it there with number one, along with an explanation on why and so on. There is a list with all the books I've read so far this year. The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas, as #21 or #1, has a review,

more on elfen lied

  So I've kept on with Elfen Lied and watched another episode and let me just say, it's really awesome. Besides, the theme is really exquisite, it gives me the shivers, but a good kind. I don't know, it's Latin and kind of heavy, but it's nice.

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