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starrlikesbooks · 2 months ago
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Check out these new books!
I’ve actually read more than half of these already thanks to a lot of bingeing this year 😅 But that means you know I mean it when I hype them!
As always, you can check under the cut for more on each
Sistersong by Lucy Holland is a retelling of a British folk ballad and stars an ancient magical Britain. Apparently this book is not just about sisterhood but also gender identity and destiny. It’s also marketed for fans of Madeline Miller so, of course, I’ve got high hopes from that alone.
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland is a truly unsettling horror novel I’ve already had the chance to read. If you liked Wilder Girls or Sawkill Girls you’ll probably enjoy this book of sisterhood, paranormal secrets, and aggressive nature. Following 3 sisters who disappeared for days when they were childen, only to return different and with unexplainabl abilities, and the search for the oldest when she disappears yet again.
Zoe Rosenthal is Not Lawful Good by Nancy Werlin is a cute, fandom filled coming of age story. Zoe prides herself on being logical and organized- just like her boyfriend- which is why she’s so desperate to hide her silly obsession with a scifi show. I’ve already read this one, and I absolutely love the fandom friendships, the light hearted silliness of it all, and getting to see Zoe come into her own.
The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner I’m super excited for because I loved her novel The Sisters of Winterwood. Like that one, this book is historical Jewish fantasy, and I’m certain it’s going to be just as lush and well written. Her stories feel like hearing a folk tale at the foot of a fireplace, and I think everyone needs that coziness and beauty in their life.
Kate in Waiting by Beck Albertalli was my first real experience with the author and now I think I get what everyone’s been talking about. This is a story about  friendship and independence on a backdrop of a shared crush, and as, well, silly as the summary sounds this book feels so real. The romance is also pretty cute!
Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses by Kristen O’Neal I’ve been waiting to finally come out since last year! If you like internet friendships, chronic illness rep, and werewolves, boy oh boy do I have your new favorite book right here. If lycanthropy treated as a genuine medical condition and an excellent portrayal of modern friendship isn’t enough for you, there’s also a tumblr-based discord (I kid you not) that shows up to rick roll you.
Enjoy these books- I know I did! What other books are you guys looking forward to?
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pers-books · 2 months ago
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Sistersong - Lucy Holland
Sistersong – Lucy Holland
Sistersong is the best book I read in 2020, and I managed to read quite a few! Sistersong is utterly mesmerising and a real page turner that was almost impossible to put down. Holland’s worldbuilding – recreating Britain’s Dark Ages – is deeply satisfying; her characters are engaging and multidimensional, and even the unlikeable ones are compelling. I went into Sistersong without knowing the…
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wordsofapaige · 2 months ago
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Sistersong - Honest Book Review
Look I've tried my best to summarise my feelings for Sistersong but essentially it's incredible and you have to experience this book. Thank you @blackcrowpr for sending me a copy of this one. My full review is here:
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Expected Publication: April 1st, 2021 Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5) Standalone Review: I’m just say please buy this book, please read it, please experience it and please feel all the feelings it’s going to give you. It entirely caught me out by just how much emotional punch it has and those last 100 pages are going to have you…
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clive-owen-and-the-knick · 3 months ago
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Steven Soderbergh on ‘The Knick’ Coming to HBO Max and More – Rolling Stone
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Why did you want Clive Owen to play Thack?
He was the first person we approached. You need a movie star, somebody with that kind of watchability and gravitas. I knew him a little bit. He had a great reputation as a person and as a professional. He said yes immediately, and I told him, “I only need you for two years. We’re going to kill you at the end of Season Two.” We knew that already. He decided very quickly, and then we were shooting a little over four months after I took it to Michael Lombardo.
This was after True Detective, but before shows like Big Little Lies completely shattered the idea that movie stars won’t do TV. With the quick “yes,” I gather Clive wasn’t worried about that?
Didn’t seem that way, no. He was just looking at it as a part to play. And believed it was a great part, which I think it is. And it was really fun watching him do it. Our six-year plan was Seasons One and Two as you saw it. Seasons Three and Four were going to skip forward 50 years. It was going to be right after World War II, brand-new characters, brand-new cast. And Seasons Five and Six were going to be set five minutes into the future, with a mix of actors from the previous four seasons. I was really excited to do all of that.
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So what happened? Why did the show end after the Thack seasons?
A couple of things, none of which were within our control. The show did not do for Cinemax what it was intended to do, which was to help rebrand and draw new eyeballs to the channel. It didn’t do badly, but it was clear at the end of the second season that it wasn’t doing what we wanted it to do for that channel. So now it moves back to HBO [for consideration], and Michael Lombardo is gone, and they’ve already got their spend figured out, and it isn’t a small number to produce this show. So it just showed up at the wrong time at the wrong place. [Lombardo’s replacement] Casey Bloys had other priorities, very large priorities. We didn’t have the juice to make it happen. It wasn’t anybody’s fault. As much as we were the benefit of circumstances in getting it made, we then had it happen in reverse, where all the timing and situations worked against us.
What did you see in André Holland that made him the guy to play Dr. Edwards?
I just found him very charismatic in an unaffected way. I found him compelling as a person, not because he was trying to be, but because he just is compelling as a person. So he’s smart, attractive, talented, he’s got a great voice. I keep encouraging him to go make a lot of money doing voiceovers, because he’s got a fantastic voice. And he’s dedicated in the best sense of the word. And very soon after we started shooting Season One, I started talking to him about other stuff. He struck me as somebody who wasn’t sitting around waiting for the phone to ring, so I started up a conversation about what else he had going, and High Flying Bird developed from conversations we were having about black athletes and trying to come up with a good way to explore what it’s like to be an African-American athlete in one of the major sports in this country.
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The very first image we see on the show is Thack’s white leather shoes. Who came up with the idea for him to wear those, and to put them at the center of the opening shot?
That was Clive and [costume designer] Ellen Mirojnick. She pitched it to Clive, Clive loved it and brought it to me. He said, “If I’m going to be David Bowie, I’ve got to be David Bowie.” And I said, “Absolutely.” For me, it was a no-brainer that the first image had to be those shoes. It’s such a masterstroke. You almost can’t imagine the show without them. That’s how significant they are. When I fall into that philosophical debate about film versus digital, my whole position is that on the list of things that matter to an audience, the capture medium is near the bottom. This is a perfect example. For the viewer and for the show, generally speaking, the decision to have him wear those white shoes is more important than what we shot it on. That matters to the viewer. Those shoes matter. And it’s just an example of how the 20,000 questions you answer as a filmmaker all add up to something. That’s why having one person answering those questions, I think, yields a better product.
What do you remember of shooting that scene in the finale where Thack operates on himself?
We didn’t have many long days on the shoot, surprisingly enough. We usually averaged about nine or 10 hours a day. That was a long day, because there was a lot of stuff to do.  It was also, at the time, tinged with the understanding that we were nearing the end of this show experience. I had to be open to that possibility. I wanted it to continue, but I wasn’t sure it was going to. I totally understand how and why people get onto series that they want to keep doing. Showing up for Season Two and seeing the band back together, I just got a jolt of, “Oh, this is why people do seven years of a thing,” assuming they like the people around them, because it was like reuniting with your family. So as we were doing it, for me, it was like, “This is kind of it. This is going be the end.” But it was such a great way for him to go, you know. It was exciting at the same time. The whole thing was designed that way: two years, and he dies. And that ending with Algernon was also always contemplated with the implication that he would be exploring this new field of the talking cure.
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clive-owen-and-the-knick · 3 months ago
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The Knick Is An Ugly, Atmospheric Delight | Den of Geek
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Meanwhile, Owen is a perfect fit as Thack. The actor seems to relish hiding his handsome movie star features behind sweat, matted hair, and a thin mustache. The effect makes Thack physically resemble some kind of familiar early 1900s pugilist archetype more than a Hollywood leading man. The lifelike performance flows out from there.
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cbbdiesel · 5 months ago
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Suite Monroe | Roomies
‘I..         I’m not even gonna ask what that is,’ Vin commented, catching an accidental glimpse inside their suitcase before looking up. ‘Hi. Do you know who you’re sharing with yet?’
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@cbbdormer / @jessexwilliams / @lucy-hale-xx / @cbbelliotpage / @negamism / @cbbjensenackles / @cbbshaym / @cbb-tomholland / @cbbjadethirlwall​
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pers-books · 5 months ago
Hey! Completely random but what is something that never fails to make you happy? And no, you are not allowed to say Jemma Redgrave ;)
Ooh you’re a mean one, Anon!!!  😂 😂 
A good book. 
Well, good storytelling in general, but especially a good book (mainly because I consume more storytelling in book form than any other. With audio dramas a close second in terms of storytelling media consumption). 
The most recent really satisfying book I read was the Advanced Reader Copy of Lucy Holland’s Sistersong. It’s a retelling of the folk ballad ‘The Two Sisters’ and it is easily the most compelling book I’ve read this year. It features the story of the three children of King Cador, one of whom is trans and it deals with his transition in a very powerful and moving manner. Honestly, it made me weep buckets. 
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It’ll be published by PanMacmillan next April. 
The other really compelling storytelling that I enjoyed this year was Julian Simpson’s three series of podcasts with the umbrella title of The Lovecraft Investigations, starting with The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. They’re available to listen to or download worldwide via the BBC. Simpson is a writer who has been producing immensely gripping radio plays for several years and I cannot recommend his work highly enough. 
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axoloteca · 6 months ago
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(vía https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2kzXKJwUitX6LwsDRIhpOX?si=ScKNCpYcS9KFuKTs8EpEtg)
I am working on something, my heart belongs to them and I accept recommendations (*꒦ິ꒳꒦ີ)ノ*:・゚✧
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theoscarchallenge · 6 months ago
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I have always been a huge Queen fan. By now I’ve seen Bohemian Rhapsody about six or seven times and I can only say that I love it. I know not everything is portrayed accurately but there are so many great things about it. The casting for one, brilliant, love the way it’s been shot and of course the music and subject in general. What I love more than anything is that this film introduced so many (young) people to their music. It’s timeless. Bohemian Rhapsody received four Oscars; Best Actor for Rami Malek, Best Film Editing for John Ottman, Best Sound Editing for John Warhurst & Nina Hartstone and Best Sound Mixing for Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin & John Casali.
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