aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Aelfpark)
( Apr. 30th, 2020 11:56 am)
Welcome to my Dreamwidth journal!

I started this so that I could read friends' entries on DW. Dec 5, 2013, I most recently imported my LJ entries so that I have a backup in case anything should go haywire at LJ. Livejournal is still my main journal, however; I'm aelfgyfu_mead over there as well.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Dec. 26th, 2016 10:20 am)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] hestia8! I hope you're enjoying it!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Aelfpark)
( Dec. 25th, 2016 04:53 pm)
To all who are celebrating Hanukah or Christmas: a blessed day to you and your families!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Arthur)
( Nov. 24th, 2016 08:34 pm)
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends who are celebrating it. May your tummies be full (but not too full) and your family conversations animated (but not too animated)!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Samwise Gamgee)
( Nov. 23rd, 2016 05:47 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] rhymer23! I hope it's a good one!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Rodney&Carson)
( Nov. 15th, 2016 07:37 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] greyias! I hope you're doing well!
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Happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] delphia2000! I hope it was a good one!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Oct. 21st, 2016 05:58 pm)
A happy, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon! I hope you're enjoying it!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (John Watson)
( Oct. 18th, 2016 05:47 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] innie_darling! I hope you've been enjoying it!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Oct. 16th, 2016 12:23 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] lydiabell! I hope you're enjoying the day and that all is well with you.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Oct. 1st, 2016 08:24 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] aurora_novarum! I miss seeing you around LJ; I hope all is well!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Sam and Daniel)
( Sep. 15th, 2016 05:20 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sg_fignewton! I hope it has been a good one!
Happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] lmichelle599! I hope you enjoyed it!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Aug. 31st, 2016 09:17 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sg_wonderland! I hope it has been a good one!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Aug. 26th, 2016 07:44 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] nialla42! May you have an excellent year.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Aug. 22nd, 2016 08:40 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] beanpot! I hope you're enjoying it.
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Last October, I finished the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie (Ancillary Justice, with my brief review here (third item); Ancillary Sword, reviewed here; and Ancillary Mercy, about which I raved here, but couldn't say much without spoiling). I was so sad to be done with the universe that though [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 gave me links to two short stories Ann Leckie wrote in the universe, I didn't read them until late this summer so that I wouldn't be finished.

I've read them now and have to pass on the links. There's "She Commands Me and I Obey", which doesn't really mention the Radch empire and certainly doesn't refer to events taking place in the novels, but it's really good and has some of the same feel. A young monk on a world where leadership is decided by winning a ballgame likes to go to the statue of a long-dead ballplayer named She-Commands-Me-and-I-Obey in a garden full of such statues for worship, but he doesn't find peace there. (The link takes you to part 1 of 2.)

"Night's Slow Poison" is more obviously set in the Radch universe and should not be read until after the second book in the trilogy. It's shorter but, like the first one, packs a wallop.

In the fan world, the book trailer for Ancillary Justice by bironic at AO3 offers a lovely look (or look back) at the book and made me want to see the movies used to make it too.

And, like [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2, I'm still hoping Leckie isn't quite done with this universe. If you're not following her on Twitter, why not? She's here, and at least Aug 17–20, she's sharing cool stuff from Worldcon, some related to her books!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Aelfpark)
( Aug. 11th, 2016 10:17 am)
I cannot remember what I want nor find it with Google searches that have taken up more time than I ought to have given them, so I'm hoping someone with great Google Fu or someone who has read the same story can help me.

Last month, I read a wonderful science fiction or speculative fiction story whose author I really wanted to remember so I could read more of their work. I can't. I can't even remember whether it was a man or a woman, whether the name seemed to have any marked language or nationality (I want to say it did), or the title of the story.

I read it online. I found it after I read the Fireside Fiction Special Report on #BlackSpecFic. I want to say that I went from there to Terraform because Terraform gets special mention in the report as an exception, but I'm not sure I read the story at Terraform, and I sure can't find it there now.

The protagonist is a woman whose name I can't remember. She's in late nineteenth or early twentieth century Egypt(?), maybe Cairo, and she dresses like a very well-dressed British man though she is not herself British. I believe she is a detective. This world has magic, and angels and/or djinn have come through from an adjacent world. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but I specifically remember a scene early in the story where she visits an angel who is very tall and has an exoskeleton because the angel is too delicate for the world. The angel is building a very elaborate clock.

The protagonist has a watch from her father. I think she also wears a monocle.

I have put a lot of combinations of these keywords into Google. It doesn't help that I can't remember: is Islam really named, or is it implied? Is the place called Egypt, or Cairo, or did I supply those? Does "djinn" or "jinn" appear?

Please help! I would love to find this story again; I highly recommend it.

ETA: MANY, MANY THANKS TO [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon for finding it! "A Dead Djinn in Cairo" by P. Djeli Clark at Tor. Now I can find more by this author—and reread this one!
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Aug. 9th, 2016 04:53 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] gatechic! I hope you're enjoying it and that life is treating you and your family well!
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Daniel)
( Jul. 26th, 2016 09:01 pm)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sholio! I hope you're enjoying it!
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