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Hey everyone, you've just stumbled across Li's livejournal which is set to friends only. Please leave a comment to be added to my friends list. I usually only add people who I've known pretty well or have spoken to a couple times from message boards, communities, friending memes, etc., so do let me know where I know you from otherwise I won't add you. =)

ETA (28 December 2011): I was doing some major cleaning today on my computer and online and realised that there were a lot of people on my flist whom I either do not recall talking to at all since adding them or are no longer on LJ. If I de-friended you and either you want to remain friends with me or we did talk a bit and I accidentally deleted you, give me a shout out and I'll add you back (so sorry about that!). I'm sorry that I had to do this, I hope you guys understand; it was becoming a bit strange having a large flist but only talking to a handful of people from it.
Football -- Germany NT 001

Master Post: 100 Things - A Blogging Challenge




{Take the 100 Things challenge!}


So I finally decided to participate in this meme after seeing a number of my friends post about it =) I thought long and hard as to what to talk about for these one hundred posts (historical events? travel? general pop culture stuff?), I've decided that the topic for my posts will be SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY =D

I'll be filling out the following along the way ^_~

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Amelie -- Sleep Time

100 Things: A Storm of Ice and Fire Series

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A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE SERIES by GEORGE R.R. MARTIN


A Song of Ice and Fire is pretty much the it fantasy series at the moment, thanks to the popular adaptation that's airing on HBO. It's fantasy and contains many fantastical elements (like, you know, dragons). Yet it operates like historical fiction, with kings and major figures fighting for power; the human drama is just fantastic to read and explore.

I was first acquainted with this series some 10 years ago; I had just started reading fantasy and wanted to read other books in the genre. In the Terry Brooks forum, many readers were recommending George R.R. Martin's books. It sounded interesting so I picked up the first book, read it...and it was another 8 years before I got around to the rest of the series =P (if you read the first book or watched the first series, you know why; it was my first experience reading a fantasy novel in the gritty, realistic trend that emerged in fantasy in the last 15 - 20 years. Someone could've warned me about that then, but I digress...).

There are currently 5 books in the series with 2 to go (as of right now):



The first three books have been pretty much perfect in the build-up to the tension and struggle between Houses. GoT and ASoS are pretty much my favourite books despite of all the devastation that pretty much happens in those volumes because of its structure, those nasty surprises and the characterisations. I think that's where GRRM's brilliance lies, his ability to present characters one way depending on whose viewpoint you're reading it from, but then changing your opinion about those characters once you read things from their point of view. But more on that later.

So yes, A Song of Ice and Fire makes it on my 100 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Things for its scope and characterisation. They're massive tomes but well worth reading through.

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Casualty 1900s -- Millais & Ethel

100 Things: The Abhorsen Trilogy

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THE ABHORSEN TRILOGY by GARTH NIX


I got around to reading the Abhorsen trilogy in its entirety some four years ago (review). I read Sabriel years before that but only got around to completing it with Lirael and Abhorsen around 2009. I've honestly forgotten why it took me so long it finishing the trilogy--I did that quite a bit back then *cough, A Song of Ice and Fire (100 Things), cough*--but I'm so glad I did!

What I love about this trilogy is the concepts and themes that it explores; it's one of those books that leaves me thinking, "Wow, I wish I had written this!" I love the idea of the Abhorsen and being the only necromancer whose job is to ensure that the dead stay dead. The utilisation of bells to get the job done and the significance/role of each bell is not only interesting but adds this aura of mystery and creepiness to the role. As the first novel shows, the job is pretty solitary but I love how they expand on the mythology and how the overall magic system works in the Old Kingdom in the second and third novels. While Sabriel was fairly self-contained (though the stakes were pretty high), Lirael and Abhorsen really pushes the story to an epic level.

I enjoyed the characters and following them on their adventures too. I am naturally most attached to Sabriel, Touchstone and Mogget and the characters from the first book more so than the other characters introduced in later novels but I like them all for their unique characteristics; Lirael is not Sabriel 2.0, she carries her story through her own strengths and weaknesses, which is great. But again, my favourite characters come from the first novel, in part because I must've re-read the book a number of times that I'm quite attached to it xD

It's been a while since I've read this trilogy so it's hard to comment more about it (and without delving into serious spoilers territory) but suffice to say it's one of my favourite fantasy trilogies out there. The worldbuilding is great--not too detailed but just enough for the reader to paint his or her mental picture of the two Kingdoms--as is the scope of the story and the characters. I still need to pick up Across the Wall, a collection of short stories set in the Old Kingdom, which should be a nice foray back into that world =)

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Doctor Who -- TARDIS

100 Things: The Inheritance Trilogy

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(OT: Oh my, haven't updated in ages)

THE INHERITANCE TRILOGY by N.K. JEMISIN


I've been eyeing this trilogy ever since I saw that the first book, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, came out. The entire trilogy is available now but I still haven't gotten around to it (as a side note it'd be nice if Orbit Books would release it as an omnibus *blushes* Just a fanciful thought!). The titles of the second and third books are The Broken Kingdoms and The Kingdom of Gods; the following is the premise of the first novel:

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.


I've heard wonderful things about the trilogy and how unique it is for a fantasy novel (pacing or story wise, I try not to read too many reviews on it as I want to discover the books for myself). Plus, it's always nice to see a new female writer in the genre (though at this point she has two fantasy series out so she's quite established in the genre). It's received a lot of accolades and nominations as well which is pretty cool. I hope to get around to it it soon! *fingers crossed*

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Persuasion 2007 -- Longing

100 Things: Susan Ivanova/Marcus Cole (Babylon 5)

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(A bit late in posting this...meant to post this during Valentine's Day week...or on February 22nd to commemorate Babylon 5 hitting 20 years)

SUSAN IVANOVA/MARCUS COLE(BABYLON 5)


Aside from John Sheridan & Delenn (entry), Susan Ivanova (entry) & Marcus Cole (entry) were my other favourite ship on the show <3 The course of their relationship was briefer given Marcus Cole's addition to the show in series 3 but it was nonetheless an interesting dynamic to watch on-screen (and one of the elements of the show where "All my feels" is a very apt expression).

The following contains spoilers concerning the course of their relationship throughout the series!

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Casualty 1900s -- Millais &amp; Ethel

100 Things: John Sheridan/Delenn (Babylon 5)

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(A bit late in posting this...meant to post this during Valentine's Day week...or on February 22nd to commemorate Babylon 5 hitting 20 years)

JOHN SHERIDAN/DELENN (BABYLON 5)


John Sheridan (entry) and Ambassador Delenn (entry), such a crucial partnership in the Shadow War. The development of their relationship was just so beautiful <3 I love that they started season 2 out of place--Sheridan "beached" on a station with people who do not agree with his assignment, Delenn transformed and out of place from her own people--and gradually come together in their sense of imbalance and exclusion. I think there was no doubt by the end of season 2 that they were on their way towards developing a romantic relationship. I mean, c'mon, look how cute they are in that pic (one of my favourite scenes from them too =P)

The following contains spoilers concerning the course of their relationship throughout the series!

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Amelie -- Sleep Time

100 Things: Moment - Series Finale (Babylon 5)

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BABYLON 5'S B5 SERIES FINALE, "SLEEPING IN LIGHT"


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Super massive spoilers if you haven't watched the series!

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The Fountain -- Tommy

100 Things: Moment - Lorien's Speech About Life & Death (Babylon 5)

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BABYLON 5'S "LORIEN'S SPEECH ABOUT LIFE AND DEATH"


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Spoilers if you haven't watched the show as the following is an important plot moment (well, the video attached shows an important plot moment)

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Game of Thrones -- Jaime Lannister

100 Things: Moment - Season 3 Finale (Babylon 5)

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BABYLON 5'S SEASON 3 FINALE, "Z'HA'DUM"


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Major spoilers ahead if you haven't watched the show because series 3 is quite the turning point!

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