Nov. 9th, 2012 07:23 pm
green_dreams: (fallout icon - love. love never changes)
John has made my day SIX BILLION times better.

ETA: He did it twice. I've mentioned this one nearly seven years ago, and then again three years back.


Jun. 15th, 2011 12:07 am
green_dreams: A hand rising towards the viewer out of a yellow fog. (rising hand)
Okay. I know how often the word "zombie" showed up in Night and Land of the Dead. How often was it used in Dawn (the original) and Day (ditto--oh, look, all the originals)? I don't *think* it was used in Dawn, but I can't remember.

(Am utterly blanking on Day, to the point where I can't even say I don't think it was used; only line from that I can remember is "Hello Alicia.")


Jan. 30th, 2011 06:21 pm
green_dreams: A hand rising towards the viewer out of a yellow fog. (rising hand)
Feed (Newsflesh, #1)Feed by Mira Grant

So by the time I was partway through, I had discovered I was liking this book more than I thought I would. I expected to like it--it's about valiant (and snarky) news-bloggers after the zombies rose, after all--but not this much.

I've finished the book. I think the story greatly benefits from my coming to it spoiler-free, so I'm not going to include any spoilers. It is one of those books I need to loan to people--it is smart, funny, involving, and makes sense of the zombies-caused-by-disease idea.

Also, the author said she cried when she wrote one scene. I cried when I read it. Don't know if you will, but I strongly recommend you go and get the book and find out.


Jan. 27th, 2011 09:20 am
green_dreams: (green-eyed grey-faced peering cat)
It is so *weird* having a hard schedule that does not include a definite to-do list. I had forgotten.

Anacrusis is being nifty again, with stories about Ashlock. Includes such lines as
All of it fails one night on a simple run for Kirrily’s money laundry. Ashlock loses a finger; Tach loses a year of his life. And in return, they get a number that wants to kill them both.
After nine months, there's actually noise on the Unhallowed Metropolis comm again. Am so wanting to play that again; this may be exacerbated by John recounting traditions of the British Parliament to me this morning before breakfast.

Laptop battery sinking at accelerated if not (perhaps?) exponential rate. Back later.


Nov. 19th, 2010 05:26 pm
green_dreams: (Halo Jones)
Today was pretty awesome, actually. Got up and went out to see family that John was fixing computers for. Nice to see her again, plus she gave us a bag of clementines and me a new hat. Sort of a blue-purple very-thick-knit cloche with a pin that has a bunch of feathers on the side. It is the kind of thing I have always thought of as an old lady hat and I do not care, it is pretty. And warm. Besides, I am past thirty, I get to wear this kind of thing without needing to make a point of being ironic.

Stopped for lunch (possibly breakfast) at a new diner (well, diner under new management) that's not too far from out place. I liked it, will be looking to go back. Stopped home and then went out to see RED, which was pretty much what I expected and I am still really glad we got to see it on the big screen. Partly the big screen, yes, but the lack of distractions made it much easier to get into the movie. Not once did the pets interrupt.

Then we went by Chapters. Really, I am having trouble respecting bookstores anymore. There is so much junk, and hardly any of the books I am looking for. John maintains I should stay home and shop online, but I figure wandering around the shelves gives me a chance to see something I would not have known about anyway.

And I did. Any you know what? It was all either "[classic lit] + [monster]" or zombies.[1] Plus the stuff I expected to see, which was a solid dose of the Buffy the Vampire Shagger genre, King, Koontz, and the Usual Names.

Tangent, on zombies. )

...right, that did kind of get away from me. As you were. :)
[1] Except another Vandermeer anthology, which led to the observation that John is more tired of steampunk than zombies because he hangs around people who squee a lot more over steampunk. I asked him who the hell he was hanging around with. He said me.
[2] I mean, consider the vampire. Yes, the basic idea of the monster is horrific, but at this point I think some variation of the phrase "he's not sparkly, he's a real vampire" would creep into a lot of explanations of that. And when the sparkle gets so deeply associated with the perception of the monster, when it becomes not only familiar but banal, the story-telling power of the tool is weakened.
Of course, you can also say that the association of "destroy the head, and it's okay" with the zombies is an idea with a similarly neutralizing effect on the horror of the monster. Associates them with a purely mechanical solution, takes the focus away from what they are... And I suspect this shorthand, this taking the focus away from the zombie, is what allows zombie stories to be about people.
Okay. Footnote getting way too long, back to text.
[3] Or radiation from a downed satellite, or whatever.
green_dreams: (caution zombies ahead)
Should the zombie invasion come tonight, they're not getting up the driveway.

I just took Piper out. I fell once, grabbed her collar for balance three times, slipped constantly, and didn't even make it to the corner, a journey of perhaps half a block and one road-crossing.

Took me a quarter hour.

It is supposed to get up to 6°C tomorrow. Depending on how long it takes to do this, I am preparing to call in to work tomorrow and explaining that I will be working from home until it thaws enough that I can actually walk down the driveway to the street.
green_dreams: A hand rising towards the viewer out of a yellow fog. (rising hand)
Answers, broken down into broad categories:
IIIII I (duplicates: I)

Head damage/decapitation
IIIII III? (duplicates: IIIII II?)

Body dismemberment/destruction (woodchipper, crushed under comet, explosion, acid)
IIIII I? (duplicates: IIIII II)

Any way you'd kill a sleepwalking human

Using magic

Undoing magic

Absolutely impossible because 245-Trioxin's effects are absolutely irrevocable, unstoppable, and you're all fucked
I (John, verbally. I note I believe that in fact electricity will kill a RotLD zombie. He notes it's not his fault I've run through that movie five times this weekend.[1])
Of eleven people, three didn't list duplicate methods in their answer. Mind, two of those three also noted that it depended on the type of zombie (although one said he was assuming stereotypical ones, with which his emphasis on head destruction I am guessing means Romero).

Only one person listed anything magical or metaphysical, or explicitly acknowledged that there might be a supernatural way of dealing with them. (It's odd--I'd have sworn a few of the people that posted know about handing them salt, or filling their mouth with salt and sewing it shut.) I am wondering how corpses rising from the grave became such a mundane issue, or is it another example of how horror movies have a tendency to be frankly neophobic?

Mr. Romero, I love your work. I truly do. But apparently somewhere in there its success has gone a fair ways towards burying the concept of a zombie as something to be dealt with by other than mechanical means.
[1] It's background noise.
green_dreams: (zombie friendly DO NOT EAT)
If I asked you for three ways to kill a zombie, could you come up with them?

Could you come up with more?

Comments screened until tomorrow.
green_dreams: Books, and coffee cup with "Happiness is a cup of coffee and a really good book" on the side. (artsy spacey)
Went to see Quantum of Solace. Really engaging if not particularly complex (and honestly, keeping a movie interesting when that much of it is chase scenes is a feat. I fell asleep during one of the Bourne movies).

Bond, as per the last movie, remains something like a shark in a tuxedo. You wind him up, you put him in a situation, you hope that maybe he leaves someone alive for questioning. George Stark-ish, I tell you.

Random digression on the way home led to a brief discussion of the US Unknown Soldier, and the factoid that no-one guarding him has any rank (which I knew), and that the Unknown Soldiers are awarded the Medal of Honour. Find this oddly fascinating, and think there is a great deal to be said about archetypes right there (although admittedly, the last discussion I had on the topic of unidentified-individual-as-symbol revolved around Jack the Ripper, so I think I'm kind of bouncing around the map here).

On the topic of dead things and archetypes, recently finished Brian Keene's Dead Sea. Fast little read, and while I wouldn't call it remarkable it was definitely decent. Got the impression the professor character was a bit of a mouthpiece, but then I have no objection to listening to digressions on the Hero's Journey and Joseph Campbell, so that was okay. Also, zombies.

It's raining and grey, and generally the perfect kind of day to sit inside with a hot drink. I shall go continue to do this.
green_dreams: (Lilith photoshop)
First; there is a local production of R.U.R., this weekend and next. It's pricier than a movie and I'm unlikely to get word on the quality beforehand, but I think I will have to go see it. I mean, how often do you get a chance to see the play that brought the word "robot" to the English language?

(Two very clear associations come to mind whenever I think of Rossum's Universal Robots. The professor muttering something that sounds like "R. U. R." under his breath in Robert Bloch's "It Happened Tomorrow"--one of those really good stories which is sadly currently packed. And John Trent explaining calmly that every species can smell its own extinction in In the Mouth of Madness.)

Second; while I like the original series, and don't mind some of the next generation, I do not love Star Trek as a whole--although I freely admit that the end of The Wrath of Khan will always get me tearing up. Found out watching the trailer for the new movie that, intellectual and emotional detachment or not, the crescendo from the theme will *still* get to me. It's no mouse organ, but it's got something.

Third; Romero's Diary of the Dead. Zombies for the YouTube generation--and yes, between this and Cloverfield and Look, I have noticed the movies cropping up that are going for the real-life-captured-because-you-were-there-with-a-camera feel. It's not new, certainly, but I think it's getting a lot more common.

Either way, it'll be another Romero movie--and this one's coming out just after Valentine's Day. Sweet.
green_dreams: (maxx)
Perfect Books, down on Elgin, has the trade paperback of World War Z as their featured book this month. Means it's going for $18.50, 20% off.

Should you be at all moved to pick up this excellent book--and I cannot figure who would *not* want a well-written, smart, neatly thought-out epistolary history of the zombie apocalypse that neatly avoids both schmaltz and schlock--now is a good time to do it.
green_dreams: (Angel face)
Absolutely hands-down top-of-the-top-ten no-holds-barred completely *worst* way to break up with your girlfriend here. I mean worst. Worse than slamming the door and leaving them outside for the zombies.

(Ghad, I hope that melodramatic little prick gets eaten.)

It's called dead winter, it's a zombie apocalypse webcomic, and it starts here.
green_dreams: Books, and coffee cup with "Happiness is a cup of coffee and a really good book" on the side. (Default)
I am suddenly imagining an alternate history in which Burke and Hare[1] are great heroes for having saved the world from the zombie menace.

There would probably be a Saturday morning cartoon featuring their exploits.

(Tangentially, [ profile] mrsoles posted a link to I Sell The Dead in [ profile] unhallowed_met, but I swear the B&H idea came to mind before looking at the site. Also, his The Resurrectionist sounds interesting.)

(Would you believe Firefox doesn't think "resurrectionist" is a word? I am shocked and saddened.)
[1] Proactive resurrectionists, who decided that waiting around for someone to die and then digging him up was too much like work, and skipping the "waiting" and "digging" parts.
green_dreams: (maggie skull)

Unhallowed Metropolis has caught my attention, combining as it does steampunk, London, and zombies. It's set in England, two hundred years after the zombie plague began in 1905. In addition to some of the artwork that'll be in the book, the site's got a university lecture on the physiology of the unquiet dead (from the Introduction to Non-Human Pathology course), and a couple of excerpts from journals. Lines like "Plague Cart caught by surprise this morning. Twelve takes, three mercies. Department of Health gives East End a rating of one per three for the summer." convey quite a lot.

(It does make mention of character classes, and one other game published by the company (Delta Green) is D20. This really does not move me but I am sure that the game would be adaptable to another system. And given that the character class mentioned is a Mourner--described as one hired to sit by the body of the recently deceased after death, and decapitate it at the slightest twitch or moan--I'm staying interested.)

Additional notes, seeming related to my mind:

Burnout velvet is also called broderie chimique; literally, chemical embroidery.

Prosopagnosia--face blindness--is a disorder (group of disorders) in which the ability to recognize faces is impaired to one degree or another. Capgras' syndrome, on the other hand, covers recognizing people and not getting any emotional reaction to that recognition (opening doors to the conviction that something is very not right about this thing that looks like your friend or lover).

Jeremy Bentham was preserved and put on display in the University College London. His head has been replaced with a wax duplicate. (The original is purportedly stored in the UCL vaults, and Bentham is recorded as present at all College Council meetings, always voting in favour of a motion if a tie-breaker is required.)

Phossy jaw is a condition resulting from chronic exposure to phosphorus vapour, and was found in matchworkers and matchsellers during the Victorian era. The jawbone would abcess and eventually rot off the face, glowing greenish-white in the dark.


Jan. 9th, 2007 11:40 pm
green_dreams: Books, and coffee cup with "Happiness is a cup of coffee and a really good book" on the side. (Default)
Romero's apparently writing and directing Diary of the Dead, a movie about students who are out filming a movie in the woods. It's set the same night as the original Night of the Living Dead movie.

I am tripping over assorted comments about rebooting the universe, which are causing faint trepidation in my heart, but I will happily watch this thing as soon as I can get my hands on it.
green_dreams: (maxx)
Just picked up World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. It's by Max Brooks, the same guy who did The Zombie Survival Guide; it's fiction rather than tongue-in-cheek guidelines, set a decade after the titular event. The author was hired to compile a report, and created a book out of all the stuff he collected that didn't fit with said report's "Just the facts, ma'am" direction.

I am scarcely thirty pages in, and it is beautiful; I am praying he maintains the tone. So far it's very much a focus on the human factor, whether as a cause of the spread or as the perspective through which a particular event is viewed. Not to mention a perfectly sensible idea from a doctor performing illegal transplants, which makes sense but I'd simply never thought of before:
As it may well be a spoiler. )
It makes sense. I like it.


Jun. 19th, 2006 05:45 pm
green_dreams: (maxx)
It's mine, all mine.
My precious.
The estimable Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

(Yes, that is only 64 pages of 8-1/2" x 11" paper halved and trimmed. No, I don't want to talk about how much shipping from France was. Mine!)
green_dreams: (maxx)
Currently, it is hard to grab a handful of horror fiction without meeting at least one zombie in the mix.

Between the Innsmouth movie (and convergent evolution with the new Pirates movie), and the video game, and the magazines I keep tripping over, I am hoping for the Mythos to be the next darling trope.

*touches wood*


Apr. 2nd, 2006 01:29 am
green_dreams: Books, and coffee cup with "Happiness is a cup of coffee and a really good book" on the side. (Default)
Of all the things I never thought I would see referenced by Leatherface and co...

Cut for courtesy. )
Pointed out by Jason Thompson, owner/creator of Mock Man Press, in his webcomic The Stiff on GirlAMatic. Sadly, I did not manage to clue in in time to win the character sketch. That would've rocked.
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