stuff read/listened to

Nov 23, 2019 20:26

Books
The Fisherman, by John Langan (2016). A longtime fisherman gets caught up in epic horror happenings. I think I've seen this recced as stealth cosmic horror, and that seems apt, but it is first and foremost a literary horror novel about fishing (and also men; the female characters are few, incidental, and mostly there for the men to have feelings about). As horror, it's very slow-burn; our protagonist Abraham spends a good forty or fifty pages talking about himself, his grief over his late wife, and his fishing before we get anything more horrifying than some ominous foreshadowing. And then we jump 100 years back for a solid 150 pages, which was an interesting structural decision.

When we finally get to the real foundations of the novel's worldbuilding, though, it feels worth the wait. Some great imagery here, satisfyingly epic in scope, which can be tough to do, especially if you try to actually describe it instead of going Lovecraft's route of how everything is too horrible for words. This one will stick with me.

Podcasts
The Magnus Archives
I'm through 151 The Big Picture now. I love Jon even more than ever, if that's possibly, I ship Jon/Martin SO FUCKING HARD, I kind of hate pretty much everyone else except Daisy. Especially disappointed by Basira (judgmental as hell AND hypocritical) and Georgie (thereby ruining one of my favorite relationships of the show). I hate when canons set me to take sides against characters I formally liked, and I'm still not sure the show even understands how massively unlikable it's made almost everyone, which is the worst part.

However, MAN the Jon-Martin content is so good as they both ask about each other and try to look out for and trust each other despite not being able to really talk ever. I will be reading ALL THE FIC once I finally finish the season. And maybe writing some. I shipped them casually before, just based on Martin's crush and how much I liked Jon, but this is next level.

Music
I've been on a bit of an Oasis spiral this weekend, watching the Supersonic: Oasis 2016 documentary, reading old discussions about the Gallagher brothers' dramatically dysfunctional relationship, and listening to "D'You Know What I Mean" 25 or 30 times. That is not an exaggeration. The original version is awfully long and padded with an awful lot of non-music content, but this "remastered" version is much more sprightly. I know this isn't even off one of their two good albums, but the combo of the really big sound, the strings, and the mood worked for me instantly, whereas I'm having to work a little harder to get into some of their "better" stuff. This song has also brought me around on Liam Gallagher's voice, which I found off-putting at first. An acquired taste, for sure. Also the video is one of the one few I've seen where Liam has not-terrible hair, and the hair/sunglasses/parka combo is really hot.

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