Doctor Who: Fear, the Doctor and Danny Pink

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S08x04 “Listen”

My British cohort, I call her Dame Dear Collectress, text me Saturday evening asking if I’d watched Doctor Who yet. I was driving home from LA, so I hadn’t, but she assured me it was very “ooooohhhh wweeeeee ooooohhhhh”, I believe were her exact words.

And so it was.

This week, the Whoniverse went crazy over the fourth episode from the 12th Doctor, and for good reason. “Listen” took us to the great mytharc that is the Doctor’s history, it took us to Gallifrey and it showed us that Clara may have had more of an impact on the Doctor’s timeline that we originally believed.

Spoilers ahead Sweetie!

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Book of the Month: “We Are Not Ourselves”

Since I’m returning to university for another graduate degree, I felt that it was time to do some more reading. (confession: I haven’t read a single novel of literary merit since completing my first MA two years ago, but of course the Overlord would get me back in the habit).

My book for September is We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas, and I cried on eleven separate occasions while I read this book.

*Warning: There are spoilers ahead.*

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My name is not Eileen Leary. I have never lived in New York.I am not the daughter of Irish immigrants, but I am the granddaughter of Norwegian ones. I will never be a nurse or have a son named Connell. I do not own my own house nor do I have any desire to purchase a fur coat. My ambition does not lie in physical possessions but intellectual accomplishments.

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Fanvid of the Week: Do You Want To Build a Snowman?

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I wasn’t a fan of Frozen.

Shocking, I know, because Tumblr loves it. However, earlier today, as I was occupying myself on a train (did you know that in the U.K., some rail services have free wifi? America, you’re doing transit wrong), I just happened to traipse across the internet to youtube and find this fanvid.

I felt it was a keen juxtaposition, placing the Asgardian brothers’ relationship next to Elsa and Anna’s. Anna and Loki are similar in some powerful ways: they are lonely and misunderstood, and they wield powers that are a little bit out of their control. Mostly, they just want their families to love them for who they are, including the icicle bits.

I’m not crying; you’re crying.

-The Collectress

 

 

Fanfic Wednesday: Building From the Ground Up (Series)

Title: Building From the Ground Up (3-part series) with podfic

Author: EmilianaDarling (gif art is hers, too)

Pairing: James “Bucky” Barnes/Steve Rogers

Word Count: 55,681

Warnings: Period-typical homophobia, period-typical racism, period-typical sexism, stalking, mental instability, brief graphic violence

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 (Part 1) You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To

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“What about you, Barnes?” asks Dugan. The sound of his voice brings Bucky back to the present, dredges him out of memories of a beat-up little apartment with sunlight streaming in through the windows. “Got yourself a girl waiting for you back home?”

There’s an answer on the tip of his tongue, one that he’ll deliver with a cocky grin and a half-laugh and a little shake of his head. But Bucky is exhausted and hungry and so sore it hurts to move, and one of the guys in their platoon fucking died yesterday. His mouth tastes like iodine water and his feet hurt and none of it’s going to get better any time soon, and all at once Bucky misses Steve so badly he can barely see straight.

“Yeah,” Bucky declares abruptly, the word escaping from his mouth before he fully realizes what he’s saying. “Yeah, I do.”

[This fic presents a self-contained story that can easily be read on its own. If desired, however, it can also be read as a prequel to "Reconstruction Site" and "Amidst the Rubble". It takes place chronologically first but was written third.]

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Agent Carter, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Expansive MCU

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While I make no secret about my love of the DC Universe, I have recently come to terms with the fact that I indeed love everything Marvel. I see no competition between the two complex universes, instead preferring to value the best in both worlds (Batman, the Avengers) while completely ignoring the stuff I dislike (Superman, Spiderman) and not giving a crap about peoples’ opinions on my choices. That being said, I have fallen in deep fan-love with the MCU this year. I’ve always loved the X-Men, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced me to a new obsession–Captain America and the Avengers. For me, it all started in 2008 with Iron Man and RDJ in a role that seemed to be made for him. Then Thor. Chris Hemsworth as a long-haired demigod with Natalie Portman as a badass scientist? Yes, please. Then the first Cap movie, Avengers, and all of a sudden, I was seeing these films multiple times, purchasing them on Blu-ray and engaging in the fandom. What intrigues me about the MCU is the care that multiple writers, directors, actors and producers (thank you, Kevin Feige!) deal with these films and the intricate plot webs that unite the universe. As a fan of pretty intense and long running shows (Doctor Who, Supernatural), what the MCU has done is unique in that they’ve created an original megafranchise that will no doubt inspire Hollywood for years to come. With the release of an intricate and loooong MCU timeline (2987 B.C.-2014 A.D.) and the assurance that Marvel knows exactly where the story is going, it’s an exciting time for comic book and film nerds alike. Since I finally finished S1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I’m going to start there.

Spoilers ahead, sweetie!

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