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Audio Book Bingo 1 / 2021 - Book 1 and 2

My opinion: 5/5 Points

This book fills the prompt: crime.
The (german) narrator is Tanja Geke. She does a good job; I like her way of telling the story.

The book is part of a series by J.D.Robb (also known as Nora Roberts). The series takes place in the near future, but first of all, it's the story of Eve Dalles, an NYPSD-Leutnantin, and her husband Roarke (much too rich, much too smart, and much too good looking to be true ;) )

I like the mixture of 'soft crime' and the backstory of the characters. Not the kind of book you should take all too seriously, but it is fun to listen to.

Purity in Death is one of the best books of the series so far, I would dare to say. A fascinating plot about a computer virus that can kill people.

If you are interested in reading/listening to the book, I would advise starting with the first one of the series because there is a continuous character development you should not miss.


My opinion: 2/5 Points

This book fills the prompt: Movie tie-in.
The (german) narrator is Robert Frank. I can't say I liked the way he did read the book. It was too slow, without many emotions, and I have to admit that I fall into sleep more just once (so, at least listening to the book was good for something)

Maybe you already heard about the movie Mortal Engines, which is based on the book. I admit I haven't watched it so far, and I don't think that I will, after listening to the book.

The book is the first one of a short series written by Philip Reeve. It takes place in a steampunk setting in the future, where the world we all know doesn't exist any longer.

You will already have noticed that I am not very enthusiastic about the book. Yes, there is an interesting plot. There could have been interesting characters, but they stay pallid most of the time, with only a tiny bit of backstory and character development. They are not dislikable but too boring to really feel with them. The story itself has its thrilling and emotional moments, but they are told much too rushed and sketchy to reach me in which way ever.

So, no, I will not listen to the other parts of the series because I'm not very interested in finding out how the main characters' lives will go on from now on. Other books are waiting for me, which hopefully will be more fun.
thank you to Casey28

Promotion: Lands of Magic

I guess, most of you will remember that I am a member of a landcomm named [community profile] lands_of_magic. But I guess a tiny bit of promotion can never hurt.

Already some years ago, I was a member of the comm for the first time. Back then it was only open to magical and fantasy fandoms. In the meantime, the community expanded and is open for all fandoms now. So last year I decided to jump back into the fun, and I never regretted it.

There are two teams, the Winter-Court and the Summer-Court. Challenges can be writing-related, art-related, or simple games like puzzles. Participate as often as you want, there is no pressure. But every participation will bring points for you and your team.

The newest round (8) will start in a few days (February 12). Check it out and join. Just go here and fill out the survey. It would be great to meet you there.

By the way: I am a member of the Summer-Court; if you are interested in joining the comm, please mention my name, because I can earn some points for my team if you do so.


And now, have five brand new promotional banner for the comm I made yesterday.

based on: The Queen's Gambit

based on: Dominion

based on: Supergirl

based on: Snowpiercer

based on: Lucifer
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Snowflake Challenge: Day 12

Challenge #12
In your own space, resurrect an old meme. Have fun with it! Which is the goofiest meme you can think of? Put on your party hat and be silly!!

I admit I don't do memes often. But I decided to do one [community profile] snowflake_challenge suggested me to try out.

Spell Your Name - pick a category: movies, books, TV shows, musicians, songs, etc. Spell your name with the first letter of each.

Category movies:

P - Papillon (The old one with Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen)
The movie tells the (true) story of convict Henri Charrière, nicknamed Papillon, who was imprisoned in 1933 in the notorious Devil's Island penal colony and finally managed to escape in 1941.

R - Return of the King (The third movie of the LotR Trilogy by Peter Jackson)
Aragorn makes a hot king, indeed, but I have to admit that my heart belongs to the hobbits, first of all, Samwise Gamgee. He might not be a king but for me, he is the hero of the whole story.

I - Invictus (Sports Drama by Clint Eastwood)
The movie is based on the book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation by John Carlin about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

S - Sea of love (Thriller with Al Pacino)
The movie tells the story of a burned-out, alcohol-addicted detective who halfhearted tries to catch a serial killer, whose victims are lonely men looking for some fun. One of the suspects is a woman named Helen Cruger, but instead of being careful Keller oversteps the lines quickly and starts to date her.

C - Calendar Girls (British Comedy)
The movie is based on a true story of a group of middle-aged women who decides to produce a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research after the cancer death of the husband of one of their members.

A - Apollo 13 (Doku-Drama by Ron Howard)
The movie tells the true story of the astronauts Lovell, Swigert and Haise aboard Apollo 13 on their way to the Moon. Until an explosion deprives them of much of oxygen supply and electrical power. The moon landing is canceled, and the mission turns into a struggle to get the three men home safely.
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Snowflake Challenge: Day 10

Challenge #10
In your own space, write a love letter to Fandom in general, to a particular fandom, to a trope, a relationship, a character, creator, episode, or it could be your fandom friends. Share your love and squee as loud as you want to.

This is an interesting challenge, though I have to admit that I had to think about it for a while.

Dear Fandom,

I am so happy to have you in my life for so many years already. I guess my first contact with you was when I was about 10 years old. I didn't even know back then that something like 'Fandom' exists, but I can tell you that I already was addicted.

I was so in love with my favorite author Enid Blyton; I read all her books and loved her characters so much that I started to write my own little ficlets. Of course, without knowing anything about fanfiction.

When I got older, there were other authors and movies I did love. The first crush on an actor = I guess it was... hmmm... Robert Wager as Al Mundy? Tony Curtis and Roger Moore from the TV series The Persuaders.

But the first time I was ready to admit that I'm a fandom girl through and through came years later with Lord of the Rings. Actors I "fall in love with", internet platforms, fanfiction, conventions. People I met, online and in RL; people which I would never have gotten to know without fandom. You opened a new world for me.

So, I guess, it is time to say thank you to you. Fandom, with every kind of possibility you offer, gave me some of the best times of my life. And you still do; without you, I wouldn't sit here right now, writing this letter, thinking back to a lot of wonderful moments.

I hope we can stay friends forever.


Picture Meme

From addie71
I'm asking those who love the outdoors to post a picture on your page. A picture that YOU took. Just a pic. No description. The goal is to regain peace and harmony without negativity. Please copy the text, put a picture on YOUR page, and let's look at these beautiful pictures.

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Snowflake Challenge: Day 9

Challenge #9
In your own space, brag about yourself. Tell us what things you've done that you're proud of; the things that make you the wonderful person you are.

This one is a bit tricky. But to make a long story short:

1. I'm proud of reaching my [community profile] getyourwordsout Habit goal last year (120 days of writing; I did write about 170 days) though there were lots of months with almost no word written.

2. I am proud of finishing the 1oo Fandom Table for [community profile] 100fandomicons, especially because I am just a beginner when it comes to making icons. But it was so much fun, that I have already started with the 2021 table.
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Snowflake Challenge: Day 8

Snowflake Challenge promotional banner with image of white ice crystals/snowflakes on a dark green background. Text: Snowflake Challenge January 1-31

Challenge #8
In your own space, create a wishlist.

I will try not to be too boring.

1. Of course, I am always happy to find new stuff (fic, art, icons) for 'The Faculty' or 'Jeremiah (TV)', but I know, these fandoms are not of great interest anymore for most people.

What I would love, love, love to get are some animated icons = Casey&Zeke (Faculty) and Kurdy/Mr. Smith (Jeremiah)


2. New fandom: The Queen's Gambit
3. New fandom: Tiny Little Things

Do you have created art for these TV series, or do you know someone who has written a story? Links would be great, thank you. I would also love to get some icons.


4. Do you know any fanwork (fic, icon, art) about the opera The Magic Flute? Link, please, I need to check this out.


5. Feedback
I'm not asking for feedback for my own stories and icons (though, of course, I love to get some ;) ) It's more a reminder, also to myself, to leave a (short) comment whenever you come across a fic or an artwork you love. It only takes a minute, and it can mean so much to the creator.
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Audio Book Bingo 1 / 2021

I've seen some people on my F-list doing a Book Bingo every year and I thought it might be fun to create a similar card for audiobooks.

After making a list with about 30 prompts I created a small card randomly by a bingo generator. I am curious how long it will take to complete it (or if I give up without finishing it).

Audio Book Bingo Card 1 / 2021
crime/mystery longer than 12 hours romance
fantasy a book you've already heard a book by your favorite narrator
TV/movie tie in color in the title a book by a new narrator

Books I plan to listen to (subject to modifications)

1. Crime
Purity In Death: Eve Dallas 15 by J.D.Robb

My opinion

2. Longer than 12 hours
The Hanging Girl: Department Q 6 by Jussi Adler Olsen (15 hours)

3. Romance
Als ich dich traf (Irish Feelings) by Emma Wagner

4. Fantasy
The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien

5. A book you've already listened to
Good Omens. The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett

6. A book by your favorite narrator

7. TV/Movie tie in
Mortal Engines 1 by Philip Reeve

My opinion

8. Color in the Title
Blue Blue Eyes (Lost Souls Ltd. 1) by Alice Gabathuler

9. A book by a new narrator
Die Gestrandeten (Anno Initium 1) by Dinko Skopljak (Narrator: Uve Teschner)
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Snowflake Challenge: Day 7

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Challenge #7
In your own space, create your own challenge.

I had to think about this for a while; some challenges crossed my mind, but they were not very new and not very exciting. More like the stuff I already do for years.

Not that there is anything wrong with it. But I wanted to try something I had never done before.

Finally, I got it! Maybe you've already seen people doing a yearly book bingo challenge. All you have to do is to read books for given prompts.

I've decided to do a similar challenge for audiobooks this year. Because I love to listen to audiobooks but use to do it much too rarely. I've thought about 30 prompts and created (randomly, by a bingo generator) this card - only a small one for the beginning.

Audio Book Bingo Card 1 / 2021
crime/mystery longer than 12 hours romance
fantasy a book you've already heard a book by your favorite narrator
TV tie in color in the title a book by a new narrator

If you want to join me, you're welcome. You can use my card. If desired, I could also create an individual one for you. Or you make your own one.
M-HdR-sam sw

Snowflake Challenge: Day 5

Time for catching up.

Snowflake Challenge promotional banner featuring a wrapped giftbox with a snowflake on the gift tag. Text: Snowflake Challenge January 1-31

Challenge #5
In your own space, promote a canon/talk about a part of canon that you love.

This year I have decided on

Lord of the Rings
I remember that I tried to read the books when I was about 16/17 years old... and I failed miserably.

Some years later, Peter Jackson's movies resounded to the lands, and it was impossible to escape them. I watched a trailer more accidentally (Gandalf and the Balrog at Khazad-dûm), and I knew I had to watch the movie.

I was intrigued from the very first moment. The Shire, the music, the Hobbits. Sam. I admit, I like Frodo, but my heart always belonged to Sam. The way Peter Jackson brought Middle-earth to life. It was the beginning of a great journey.

I finally read the books - and nowadays, I am glad I watched the movies first because I could enjoy them without thinking about the changes PJ made. It doesn't mean that I don't have learned to love the books, too; some parts are better than the movies. Sam in the ork-tower, god, it always breaks my heart to read these chapters.

I started to visit internet forums; usually, I am a shy person who doesn't like to interact with strangers, but suddenly it was easy to overstep my lines because we all shared one big love. I started to visit small gatherings with fans at first, later my first Ring Con in Bonn. I made new friends; I met some of the actors; I even got the chance for a photo with Sean Astin (which I hate, because I look like a dork, but I would never ever want to miss the memory **grins**).

All this is about twenty years ago, and even if the fandom faded away over the years, Lord of the Rings is still a part of my life. I re-watch the movies, I listen to the music, I re-read the book. And for now, I am curious where the journey will go when the new Amazon series come out.