Wednesday reading

Jun. 21st, 2017 05:42 pm
queen_ypolita: A stack of leather-covered books next to an hourglass (ClioBooks by magic_art)
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Finished since the last reading post
Captain's Surrender, which I enjoyed all the way through; By Honor Betrayed by the same author, mostly as bedtime reading, which fell quite flat for me by lacking a sense of place and time and feeling too much like conventional romance novel; A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE by Sarah Helm, which I found fascinating without knowing anything about her or SOE before, and struggled to put down.

Currently reading
The Virgin in the Garden by AS Byatt; Breaking the Rules by Meredith Taylor as bedtime reading—it's pretty terrible in terms of originality or interesting characters, but as it was a free Kindle novella, it's OK.

Reading next
Not sure
moonplanet: Dutch cover of His Dark Materials book 1, "Het Noorderlicht" by Philip Pullman (Default)
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Titel: The world of urban decay 2 (op Librarything, op Hebban.nl, op Goodreads)
Auteur: Martin ten Bouwhuijs
Taal: Engels (ook al is de auteur Nederlands)
Serie: "The world of urban decay" fotoboekenserie van Martin Bouwhuijs
Soort uitgave: hardcover
Aantal pagina's: 176
Uitgever: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Jaar van publicatie: origineel 2017, mijn editie 2017 (1e editie)
ISBN-nummer: 9780764352560
Trefwoorden: foto's, verlaten gebouwen
Waarom ging ik het lezen: Het klonk heel interessant en ik was erg benieuwd naar zulke verlaten locaties hier in Europa.
Aanrader: Ja. Dit boek is vooral interessant voor mensen die willen weten hoe gebouwen eruit gaan zien als ze niet onderhouden worden en voor mensen met een interesse in de Europese geschiedenis van de twintigste eeuw.


Korte samenvatting:
Fotograaf Martin ten Bouwhuijs heeft in dit boek foto's verzameld die hij de afgelopen drie jaar van verlaten gebouwen in Nederland, België, Italië, Duitsland, Frankrijk, Noorwegen, Zweden en Denemarken heeft gemaakt. De staat van vervalling verschilt per gebouw - in sommige zijn de bedden begroeid met mos, terwijl het op sommige foto's lijkt alsof het gebouw pas net verlaten is en het bureau nog vol ligt met papier. Vanwege instortingsgevaar is het vaak verboden om dit soort gebouwen te bezoeken, dus Martin beschrijft af en toe ook wat er gebeurde bij zijn pogingen om foto's te maken.

Achterkanttekst:
Eastern and Western Europe's many forgotten buildings and abandoned lots greet visitors most often with a warning: "Trespassers will be prosecuted!" And yet, for intrepid urban explorers, the appeal is clear. Photographer Martin ten Bouwhuijs takes readers inside these imposing, seemingly lifeless structures - some abandoned for more than 25 years - including churches, mortuaries, factories, hospitals, swimming pools, and more. Unaffected by human interference for years, these spaces have become wonders of beautiful, natural decay: moss grows on mattresses and cars, wallpaper peels, and floors - complete with beds, pianos, and the detritus of human existence - utterly collapse. These images, the result of daring photographic escapades, bring a new appreciation for the beautiful architecture and the awe-inspiring grandeur of times past. Surreal perspectives - the bottom of a stairwell in a vacant sanatorium, an unsupervised Swedish junkyard, and more - as well as arresting, sensually provocative images will appeal to those already hooked on the beauty of urban decay as well as history buffs, photography collectors, and anyone who appreciates contemplating the ever-changing intersection between man and nature.

Eerste alinea van de "Introduction":
As a child I grew up in Enschede, in the Netherlands. I started taking photographs with my father's SLR camera - mainly, pictures of trucks. At that time, Enschede had a lot of abandoned textile mills. I was always curious about what the interios of the factories would look like after several years of emptiness, but I never dared to go inside, partly because of the signs that announced "trespassers will be prosecuted." Still, I followed with interest the demolition of almost all the plants.

Recensie:
Inhoud:
Na een korte introductie volgen vele pagina's met foto's. Elke pagina bevat een grote foto waarop genoeg details te zien zijn, met onder elke foto maximaal twee regels tekst. Achterin staat per locatie een iets uitgebreidere beschrijving.

Op de "Acknowledgements"-pagina vooraan staat nog wel een belangrijke alinea: "To protect the locations in this book, their names, the names of the villages and all other names, as well as years and other information that could lead to a specific location, are changed."
Dit is gedaan omdat het bezoeken van zulke locaties wel riskant is en de uitgever en auteur geen aansprakelijkheid nemen voor mogelijke ongelukken, maar hierdoor zijn de bijschriften bij de foto's heel algemeen: "Grand Hotel, Austria" of "Villa S, Italy". Alleen locaties die niet meer bestaan of zijn/worden omgebouwd, lijken bij hun echte naam en locatie te worden genoemd. Deze plaatsen kun je toch niet meer bezoeken.
Het is begrijpelijk dat de auteur en uitgever deze keuze hebben gemaakt en het doet niets af aan de foto's, maar dit maakt het wel lastiger om meer informatie te vinden over de locaties, mocht je dat willen doen.

De meeste gebouwen zijn in de jaren '90 verlaten, een aantal in de jaren '80 en ook nog een paar in de jaren 2000. Ook staan er een aantal foto's in van oude auto's uit de jaren '50 en '60 van de vorige eeuw, genomen op een Zweeds autokerkhof.
Veel gebouwen lijken helemaal niet zo lang geleden gebouwd te zijn, maar toch vervalt zo'n gebouw heel snel als er niets meer mee gedaan wordt. Dit geeft het boek wel een beetje deprimerende sfeer.

Er staat zelfs een foto in van een verlaten ziekenhuiskamer in Denemarken, inclusief mappen, papieren, Post-It-blokjs, een pen en een faxapparaat. Je vraagt je vaak af waarom zo'n gebouw precies verlaten is en in wat voor omstandigheden dit gebeurd is. Bij de uitgebreide beschrijvingen achterin het boek, wordt voor een aantal locaties antwoord gegeven op deze vragen.

Schrijfstijl:
De reden dat het boek in het Engels is geschreven, ook al is de auteur Nederlands, is waarschijnlijk omdat de foto's in verschillende landen in Europa genomen zijn en een Engels boek natuurlijk ook in meer landen te verkopen is. Bij de foto's zelf staat amper tekst, maar achterin, bij de uitgebreide beschrijvingen, staat wel veel tekst. Soms leken de zinnen "Nederlands Engels", maar alles is goed te begrijpen.

Spelfouten/Typefouten:
Bladzijde 7:
But these building are also affected by great changes in the world. =
But these buildings are also affected by great changes in the world.

Bladzijde 173:
Er staat "kilometer", maar het is misschien beter om daar "kilometre" van te maken. "Kilometer" is de Amerikaanse spelling, maar "kilometre" is de internationale spelling.

Afbeeldingen:
Dit boek gaat natuurlijk over de afbeeldingen. Binnenin staan alleen foto's van de binnenkanten van de gebouwen, maar de achterkaft heeft foto's van de buitenkanten van de gebouwen waarvan binnenin het boek interieurfoto's staan.

Conclusie:
De foto's in dit boek geven een goed beeld van wat er met gebouwen gebeurd als ze niet onderhouden worden. Het lezen van de beschrijvingen geeft ook te denken over wat "modern" is en waarvoor gebouwen gebruikt worden als zulke dingen niet meer modern zijn, omdat een aantal gebouwen in dit boek vaak van functie zijn veranderd.

Herleesbaarheid:
Als je de foto's voor een tweede keer bekijkt, zie je weer wat andere dingen dan de eerste keer. Het zijn echter zo veel foto's, dat het geen boek is om in één keer geheel door te kijken en lezen.

Links:
- Een aantal foto's uit het boek op de site van de auteur.
- Deze recensie op Hebban.nl
- Deze recensie op Goodreads.
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
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Canon: Final Fantasy IX
Pairing: Amarant Coral/Freya Crescent
Canon Level: Teammates

I have capital-o Opinions on Freya and the canonical end to her character arc. Suffice it to say that I do not agree with it, and that my preference for Freya with Amarant shares a common cause with my dislike of her with Fratley but isn't the reason for my dislike by itself. But Freya and Amarant were built up by the game! Sparks practically flew the first time they met, and they had that nice scene outside the auction house where Amarant opened up to Freya, and then they worked together to defeat the Fire Shrine. They had an understanding between them, warrior-to-warrior. Amarant respected Freya, probably liked her company and cared for her well-being. Freya got Amarant, something not many other people did, because I think she saw something of herself in him. I really, truly believe they would have been great together.

Suggested reading:
If I Win by [archiveofourown.org profile] runicmagitek
Alone by [fanfiction.net profile] Andrivette
Parlor Tricks by [archiveofourown.org profile] Wallwalker
Rebuild by Anonymous
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Canon: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Zack Fair/Cloud Strife
Canon Level: Friends

Somewhere about halfway through Final Fantasy VII, I was so thoroughly confused by what in the world was going on with the plot that I decided to go read fic in the hopes of clearing things up. (It certainly wouldn't have been able to make my confusion any worse.) And promptly fell down the Cloud/Zack hole but good. I like Zack's friendliness and general happy-go-lucky attitude, but it's his complete devotion to the people he cares about that really gets to me--and Cloud is definitely one of those people. I feel like it's only natural that Cloud would be drawn Zack's bright spirit. And the thing that makes them work for me is that Cloud has just as much devotion as Zack, only it's a little harder to see at first. I feel like Zack was able to see a smidgen of that (one of the few who did see Cloud's true strengths), was intrigued, and determined that he had to get to know Cloud.

Suggested reading:
Too Good To Be True by [archiveofourown.org profile] Miko
Revisit by [archiveofourown.org profile] Cephy
I Promise by [livejournal.com profile] puella_nerdii
It Rains Ashes On Golgotha by [archiveofourown.org profile] Harmony
In Your Hands by [archiveofourown.org profile] sister_coyote
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Canon: Naruto
Pairing: Akimichi Chouji/Nara Shikamaru/Yamanaka Ino
Canon Level: Friends/Teammates

Aw yeah, Ino-Shika-Chou trio. I have said before why I like Chouji and Shikamaru, but for all that I adore them, I have to admit that they're not exactly a pairing with a lot of energy or grand passion. Ino would bring that in spades. I think she's fiercely protective of her teammates, albeit not in the most obvious ways, and of the three of them, she's the one who'd kick their butts and refuse to let them feel sorry for themselves. She'll force them to experience life rather than sit on the sidelines watching it. I do feel like Ino has a bit more energy than either Chouji or Shikamaru would be able to handle on their own, but with the three of them I think they'd be a good balance.

Suggested reading:
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Lessons On an Incomplete Relationship by [livejournal.com profile] suzukiblu
Shikamaru Oneshots by [fanfiction.net profile] ScribRaven
Just Because by [livejournal.com profile] des_butterfly
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Canon: Night at the Museum
Pairing: Jedediah/Octavius
Canon Level: Enemies to Friends

They are two tiny people in a world of giants who have been enemies in the past but are now friends. It's practically a grand romance already. Okay, not really, but enemies to friends to lovers does have a long tradition, and I think they'd enjoy turning their us vs. each other rivalry into an us vs. everybody else thing as they explore the museum together and make a place for themselves in the wider, larger world of the museum.

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Canon: DC Universe
Pairing: Big Barda/Scott Free
Canon Level: Married

Yay for happily married couples who love each other. Barda is both bigger and stronger than Scott, something Scott is one hundred percent okay with, which is really fun to read about. It's hard not to like a couple that finds such joy in each other.

Suggested reading:
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In Which Big Barda Discovers the Joy of Earth Showers by [archiveofourown.org profile] Mithen
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Canon: Homestuck
Pairing: John Egbert/Karkat Vantas
Canon Level: One-Sided Crush

There is just something super adorable that happens when you combine Karkat's eternal rage with John's complete inability to take Karkat's bluster seriously. Karkat could use some of John's goofiness in his life helping him to chill out a bit, and I think John would find Karkat and his all his differences endlessly fascinating.

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Canon: Final Fantasy VIII
Pairing: Seifer Almasy/Zell Dincht
Canon Level: Antagonists

Oh man, the thing I wanted most after finishing this game was long Seifer redemption fic where he went around the world trying to Make Things Right after what he did and in the process he'd learn to forgive himself and be more mature and maybe also how to make a relationship work, preferably with Zell. I like Zell because he's not afraid to call Seifer on when he's being an asshole but he's ultimately a fair guy. Their fights aren't meanly vicious, and I think that'd still be true post-game. Let them snarl and bicker and tumble with each other, all while building something between them that neither knows about until it smacks them in the face because they're both horrible at emotional maturity.

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hindsight by [archiveofourown.org profile] Baconfat
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
[personal profile] coprime
Canon: Final Fantasy VIII
Pairing: Rinoa Heartilly/Squall Leonhart
Canon Level: Dating

There is something about the immersion you get with video games that gets to me so that I often end up shipping the canon couple despite myself. Rinoa's annoyingly peppy, Squall is trying real hard to earn his Angstiest Teenager Trophy, and yet I think they're super cute together. Rinoa refuses to let Squall wallow in his pessimistic attitude and drags him out of his shell in a way that none of his other friends can manage on their own. She has a core of tenacity that's easy to overlook but which hooks Squall and drags him into her orbit. They act as good counter-balances to each other with different strengths and weaknesses.

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Canon: Doctor Who
Pairing: Jake Simmonds/Mickey Smith
Canon Level: Fellow Freedom Fighters

I always liked Mickey, the average guy in the background supporting Rose who eventually grew and moved on to having his own adventures instead. So I greatly enjoyed "Rise of the Cybermen"/"The Age of Steel," and what better way to celebrate Mickey coming in to his own than for him to get a boyfriend. And Jake is right there. There's lots of potential for angst between them, what with Jake having known Mickey's parallel world self, and also lots of potential for adventures and fun.

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