Work, Again

Dec. 5th, 2016 08:52 pm
katikat: (S_Bedlam)
In the end, I was offered enough money from my acquaintance that I accepted his job offer. And today, I spent an hour tearing my hair out, trying to figure out how to translate terms like "approach point" and "go around" etc. into Czech. It's all from aviation and though I know what it MEANS, I can't figure out how it's said in Czech, since these are all special terms! Like, dude, it took me over an hour to translate two frickin' paragraphs about a plane landing in a snow storm. It had nothing to do with the plot, the author was just trying to be clever and an hour of my life, gone!

Work...

Dec. 2nd, 2016 11:10 pm
katikat: (W_PiperWindow)
Today, for the first time ever, I had to say no to an acquaintance who offered me a job. Because he offered me too little money. I had to tell him that I'm getting 20Kc per page more from another friend when I translate for his magazine. That's 1/5 more!

I mean, seriously, he comes to me because he wants a quality translation, he literally said that. I should've translated the 2nd book in a series for him because the guy who translated the first one botched the job horribly - and yet, my acquaintance offers me the SAME MONEY that he gave to that guy. Is he serious? What am I? A greenie? I have over 80 books under my belt, 15 years of experience and he thinks I would work for the money you give complete beginners? Jesus. I DO have some self-respect!

I've never turned down a job before, never. I always felt obligated to accept. But this? No.

Of Me

May. 16th, 2016 10:05 am
katikat: (M_Beach)
I've been in Prague these last few days, interpreting for the German fantasy author Markus Heitz at the Prague Book Fair. And the perfect way to describe my trip would be by citing one of Murphy's Laws: If something can go wrong, it will. Jesus Christ! We were so lucky that Markus Heitz has an incredible sense of humor *head/desk*

I also fell hard for Lucifer, the TV show, and already have seen 1/3 of the first season. Nice!

And I also found out that Castle was canceled. I don't say it often, but, THANK THE GODS ABOVE! If they continued it without Beckett, it would've destroyed the whole soul of the show, so... phew!
katikat: (T_Tea)
♠ Today, in the park, I saw a group of approximately 20 young people, sitting in a circle on the ground, blindfolded. Just sitting. Eh?

♠ In the same park, I saw an old poster, saying, "I Believe in Sherlock!" Heh.

♠ Apparently, Pacific Rim 2 is not happening after all: link. Personally, I was surprised that there were any plans to continue it at all since it was nowhere near a hit.

♠ Rebecca Ferguson might be the front runner for Captain Marvel: link. Nice. I adored her as Ilsa Faust in Mission: Impossible 5.

♠ And Vinzenz Kiefer is leaving Alarm für Cobra 11. Apparently, they decided to change the tone - AGAIN! - and go back to lighter stuff and fun and his Alex Brandt was way too dark for that. It's too bad. If they had just given him fun stuff to do now that he mellowed. But no *sigh*

♠ I finished translating Patricia Briggs' "Dead Heat", #4 in the "Alpha & Omega" series. And I didn't like it, gave it 2 stars only. She introduced some great guest starring characters, like the cute gay couple (the Mad Scientist & his Cop BF) or the Cantrip agents (Marsden & Leeds). But Anna was suddenly all, "BABIES! BABIES! BABIES! NOWNOWNOW!" as if her brain switched places with her uterus or something and my interest in her as a character dropped from zero into freezing temperatures. Eh.

♠ I started reading manga again. I'm trying to finish two series, "No. 6" by Atsuko Asano and "Korzar der Liebe" by Erii Misono, before I start new stuff.

♠ I bought the first two books in the new "Alien" trilogy, "Out of the Shadows" by Tim Lebbon and "Sea of Sorrows" by John A. Moore.

♠ I plan on going to see Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials this weekend. Already have the tickets reserved.

♠ And I'm still obsessed with Shadowhunters, the Malec ship and Matthew Daddario. Have you seen the MTV article about him, titled "9 Times ‘Shadowhunters’ Star Matthew Daddario Slayed Us With Hotness"? I kid you not. He was so flustered by it, LOL!
katikat: (Actors_ShelleyHennig)
Did you know that there will be Resident Evil and The Mortal Instruments TV shows? Link. I hope they will recast TMI, all of the characters but Godfrey Gao as Bane, he was amazing. The rest of the cast can go.

Oh, and speaking of Resident Evil, apparently, I will continue translating the series by S.D. Perry. The first book is selling surprisingly well here. Interesting.
katikat: (TW_DerekBook)
#40 "Renegade" by Gene DeWeese 2 stars (Star Trek: TOS)

#41 "Crying Freeman #1" by Kazuo Koike 4 stars (manga)

#42 "Bleach #14" by Tite Kubo 4 stars (manga)

#43 "Hostile Ground" by Sally Malcolm 5 stars (Stargate SG-1)

#44 "Servant of the Shard" by R. A. Salvatore 4 stars (Forgotten Realms)

#45 "Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #11" 1 star (Sherlock Holmes)

#46 "The Kill Order" by James Dashner 2 stars (The Maze Runner)
katikat: (S_Eureka)
#37 "Perfect Day" by Josh Lanyon

♥ ♥ ♥

Sweet little story but rather predictable if you are familiar with Josh Lanyon's writing. He can do better.



#38 "The Pirate King" by R.A. Salvatore

♥ ♥

Basically, the bad guys win at everything, the good guys lose everything and a bunch of them dies, too. If this is your cuppa, good for you. I hated it. It felt like an exercise in futility, a train-wreck in slo-mo. Call me naive but I want my heroes to prevail and win despite all the odds stacked up against them. I don't want to feel drained, depressed and even irked or annoyed once I finish a book.

And that's exactly how I felt when I finished this one. I kept asking myself, why didn't Maimun go to Deudermont, why didn't he tell him that the high captains were behind the chaos in the streets once he found out just how twisted their plan was? Maimun's tears were really pretty - and really useless at the end. Why didn't Drizzt open his frickin' mouth to tell them that it was rothé meat and Dark Realms mushrooms? That meant that drows were involved! That might have given a pause even to a man as pig-headed as Deudermont!

Frustrated, angry, dissatisfied, discontent. That's how I felt when I finished this story. I give it 2 stars only because I liked Drizzt and Regis traveling through the Tyria together.



#39 "Ouran High School Host Club #1" by Bisco Hatori

♥ ♥ ♥

A funny commentary on the crazy parts of the otaku culture. A bit too crazy for my liking - in that regard it reminded of Gravitation - but since I already watched the anime and I'm aware of what's to come - more or less - I know it's worth sticking around.
katikat: (w13-myka)
I've been so tired lately. Maybe because I've been working every frickin' day since... since I can remember? Because my boss made a big blunder and suddenly realized he needed me to translate "Night Broken" by Patricia Briggs before the end of April - and then moved up the deadline to the 21st, too! To meet that, I'll have to work the Easter through. Pah!

In the end, I decided to give one of my twin friends Dredd on DVD, the other "The Naming of the Dead" by Ian Rankin (since she loves mystery novels) for their B-day. In all the brouhaha with my work and other RL stuff, I completely forgot they had their B-day at the end of March. Bad friend, that's what I am.

I'm still stuck on repeat on Teen Wolf. Watching, re-watching, reading Sciles and Stydia fics, watching vids... I'm so in love with the show!

And now I'm off to bed. I've been up from before 6am today! Grr!

Personal

Mar. 20th, 2014 08:17 pm
katikat: (W_Yay)
The Czech Academy of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction nominated my translation of Patricia Briggs’ “Frost Burned” for Best Translation of 2013! Woohoo!

I don’t expect to win, though. And no, that’s not false modesty. There are works in my category whose authors have been nominated several times in a row already and one of the women is seriously ill, so I think they will give it to her. But I don’t mind, even the nomination makes me very happy :)

Book #6

Jan. 19th, 2014 02:24 pm
katikat: (W_UmbrellaRain)
"Black Flag (Assassin's Creed #6)" by Oliver Bowden

Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦

Edward Kenway was being an arrogant, selfish, greedy prick for good 3/4 of the book, so for once, I didn't feel sorry for the main character when he got his ass kicked because he needed to be taken down a peg or three. And even knowing his fate - see book #5 - I didn't shed a tear for him. He wasn't evil, but he also wasn't a saint against whom the fate conspired, he caused much grief and that had to have consequences, he deserved what he got.

What I did like was how the author made famous historical figures like Blackbeard, Mary Read, Anne Bonny or Black Bart, places like Nassau or Havana, a part of the story. For that Bowden gets a thumb up!

Book #72

Dec. 4th, 2013 08:59 pm
katikat: (An_Occult)
"The Path of Anger: The Book and The Sword 1" by Antoine Rouaud

Rating: ♣ ♣

Unsatisfying. That would be my one word description: unsatisfying.

The heroes were quite unlikable - they were either blind fools, people ruled entirely by their emotions or vicious schemers - but most disappointing was how it all turned out. I expected some kind of catharsis, at least someone getting what they wanted. But there wasn't any satisfying revenge, no comeuppance... And I could've accepted that if their plans imploded because of an outside force they had no way of influencing, but no, they disintegrated because of their own stupidity, incompetence, recklessness and blindness. Especially Laerte annoyed the heck out of me, he went from a spoiled, hormonal brat to an angry, hormonal murderer with no regards for other people, their lives, safety and plans. What a selfish dick. The only characters I rooted for were Aladzio and De Page.

Disappointing...

Ramble On

Dec. 3rd, 2013 11:26 pm
katikat: (W_Laptop)
The book I'm translating now is really pissing me off, a very trying piece of work, let me tell you. It's "The Path of Anger: The Book and The Sword 1" by Antoine Rouaud. I want... I really want to strangle all the characters, either they are blind fools or they're ruled by their genitalia. The last time I got this angry working on a book, it was... either Fiona McIntosh or Sara Douglass, I guess, those were some nightmarish months, two trilogies, 600+ pages per book. This one's luckily only 400+ pages long - and I'm almost at its end, thank the gods above.



The Blacklist just got an early S2 renewal. I still haven't seen more than the first episode though. I have a hard time connecting with the characters. I think I need to be in the proper mood for this show.



But I watched episodes 102-106 of Agents of SHIELD. It's getting slowly better, yet the show remains my biggest disappointment of the season. Because it's good. And it should be excellent. They had everything going for it and yet, the end-result is "only" good. No episode got my heart pumping yet and I ffwd through some of the stuff, mostly Skye related. But either I'm slowly building up my tolerance or they finally started toning down her obnoxiousness. I loved it when spoilers! ) I feel that Skye and Ward are the weakest links: Skye because of how she's written, Ward because of the actor, the guy simply lacks charisma, mostly he just looks constipated. The FitzSimmons are cute - especially in episode 106! - and Coulson and May are golden.



Which reminds me, I think I will look up some Coulson centric fics. I didn't like him in the movies, he was just the guy who stood around, smiling smugly, and I wanted to punch him. But now that we are getting to know him better, I'm finally starting to find him interesting.

Any tips and recs? Slash, het, gen, whatever...

Book #53

Sep. 11th, 2013 03:06 pm
katikat: (TW_DerekBook)
"Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7)" by Patricia Briggs

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

I bawled like a little kid. I couldn't believe that Briggs did that, that she killed off that character. Why? Just... WHY?! I cried so hard my head started hurting. She really knows how to tug at your emotions. I remember that the ending of the first book made me cry just as hard...

I really liked this book, I liked that Kyle and Tad played much bigger parts than ever before. Kyle and Warren have always been my favorite couple in the series. I root for them like crazy. My second favorite couple was... well, the one that was destroyed in this book, hence my tears. Seriously, authors shouldn't do that to their readers!

Still, as much as I loved the book, I couldn't give it five stars because it felt too wordy in some places, like the characters' thoughts ran in circles. But it was definitely better than the previous one because the pack was much more involved in what was happening.

Book #32

Apr. 28th, 2013 02:27 pm
katikat: (Actors_JenLawrence2013_C)
I listed the audio drama Neverwhere as book #31 on GR.

"The Dusk Watchman (Twilight Reign #5)" by Tom Lloyd

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

The last one in "The Twilight Reign" series with a really good, though slightly unexpected conclusion. Unfortunately, the author seemed quite obsessed with torture his heroes suffered and suffered and suffered and the prize at the end, even when it was peace, just didn't seem adequate to what they had been through, especially in Isak's case.

I admit I cried a lot while translating the book. Isak's story was simply heartbreaking, the sacrifices he made too great to even comprehend. He never asked for any of this and being the Lord of Farlan and Nartis' Chosen never brought him anything good. All the characters suffered greatly, not one of them escaped unscarred - Legana, Mihn, Emin... - yet Isak's story was the most difficult to follow, to be honest.

One thing bothered me though - the villains: Kastan Styrax was awesome, unbeatable but not unfailing. But Ruhen? Ilumene? Venn? The traitor amidst Isak's people? They just went on and on and on, and nothing Isak or Emin did changed that, not till the very end. It was quite frustrating. And the ending just didn't seem enough after everything they had done.

All in all, a good series but with many opportunities missed and interesting characters killed off for no apparent reason. I think that's what I will remember most about the books, the squandered potential.

Book #20

Mar. 2nd, 2013 05:08 pm
katikat: (two-men-pier)
"Shadow's Lure (Shadow Saga #2)" by Jon Sprunk

Rating: ♣ ♣

I liked the first book, I liked the development the characters, Caim and Josey, went through. But this one? What happened?! Since this books has two separate storylines, Caim's and Josey's, let's take first one, then the other.

So, Caim. Good grief! Caim has never been a bundle of joy but in this book, he's all doom and gloom and coldness and annoyance. And stupidity. God, for an assassin, the guy is as dumb as a bundle of sticks. He kills a deer and leaves the carcass lying right next to his camp - of course he's attacked by a bear, what did he expect? And the rebellion! He lead two - 2! - attacks and both of them went awry! Why exactly did the outlaws think he was a good leader? And his relationship with Kit - the whole first book he talked about how they were just friends, that he didn't understand why she wanted more - and suddenly, he's in love with her? Out of the blue? Just like that? Seriously, buddy, a month or two ago you were smitten with Josey - and now you tell me that suddenly you've fallen in love with a woman whom you considered just a friend your whole life? Try something else! Also, Kit? What an annoying character! Never there when you actually need her.

And Josey. A crowned queen, yet she still thinks more about Caim and where he is and why he left her than about solving her country's problems! No wonder the Church almost managed to wrestle the throne from her! And her pregnancy. She has unprotected sex with a guy and then is surprised when she ends up pregnant? And how exactly does she plan to explain it to her subjects? Immaculate conception? Is she really that naive that she thinks her ministers will allow her to marry and ex-assassin? An ex-assassin who ran for the hills and haven't been heard of since, to boot? For an unwed queen to end up pregnant, that's more than a little problematic. But does she actually bother to try and find a solution? Of course not!

God! It feels like the whole character development that was actually headed somewhere in book 1 went completely out of the window and the author just twisted the characters to fit the plot as it suited him. Josey's story didn't annoy me as much as Caim's, still... I expected much, much more!
katikat: (Actors_JenLawrence2013_A)
A new year's here, peeps! And with it a new calendar. This time, I chose Gothic Alchemy to grace my wall with, a lovely thing...





Regarding my New Year's resolutions, I have only 2:

a) fandom-related: To be more open-minded and less negative. I promised myself not to bash anything and anyone once already - and then I went and started bitching about H50 and Elementary. Looking back, I feel really disappointed in myself. So much negativity is not good for the soul! I mean, it's fine not to like something. But to rage against it time and time again? No. Never again. Hopefully, I'll do better this year.

b) work-related: To doodle and procrastinate less and to focus more. I work from home so I need to discipline myself and I was starting to stray a lot during the last months of 2012. Not good. Not good at all!

Also, I started this year with a new mood theme that I made myself. This time, I didn't choose any specific fandom, just my favorite actors and characters and their coolest pics and turned them into a mood theme. I like it! I also hoped to get a new layout but the one I liked wasn't for free. Oh well. Also, I plan to overhaul most of my - if not all - icons. Bit by bit, of course, since I make them myself. And I started with Jennifer Lawrence *points*

I think that's it for 2013 *nods*

Book #50

Nov. 17th, 2012 05:52 pm
katikat: (woman-eye)
"Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Assassin's Creed #4)" by Oliver Bowden

♦ ♦ ♦

Oliver Bowden still isn't a master writer but he knows his history, that's true. Ezio meets so many historically important people, like Prince Suleiman or his father Selim, it's just too bad that Bowden doesn't know how to utilize what he knows so well right.

In this book, both Ezio's and Altaïr's story reach their closure. And I admit freely that despite not feeling much affection for Ezio, I cried at the end. For the first time while reading an "Assassin's Creed" story, Bowden managed to bring me to tears. Maybe he is getting better at writing after all. For that, I'm giving this book 3 stars.
katikat: (W_Laptop)
It looks like I might have gotten rid of Kim Harrison's "Rachel Morgan" series! Please, let it be so. I hate the books, grr! I managed to convince my boss to dump Hendee's "Dhampir" series on someone else already! If I manage to get him to rid me of this one, I'll be as happy as a clam.

This year, I still have 2 books on the horizon: Patricia Briggs' "Fair Game" and Oliver Bowden's "Assassin's Creed: Revelations". I should be done with them before Xmas *crosses fingers*

Next year, it'll be "Ashes of a Black Frost", the last book in Chris Evans' "Iron Elves" trilogy - I'm really looking forward to this one! - and "The Dusk Watchman", the last book in Tom Lloyd's "The Twilight Reign" series - I'm NOT looking forward to this one, but I'll be glad to rid myself of the whole thing. I'll probably acquire Jon Sprunk's "Shadow Saga" - it had a really good first book! - and possibly... Lynn Flewelling's "Nightrunner" series, books 4-6!!! Eeeeep! Seregil and Alec!!!

Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Book #41

Oct. 6th, 2012 02:47 pm
katikat: (reading-white)
"Ghosts of Ascalon (Guild Wars #1)" by Matt Forbeck & Jeff Grubb

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

3.5 stars. Based on the Guild Wars RPG. And much better written than, for example, "Assasssin's Creed" by Oliver Bowden. The characters are funny, intelligent and capable, and as a reader, I liked spending time in their company. It was an easy read that gave you the good feeling of time well spent. I also liked how the authors handled exposition, making the characters tell each other stories during their march to Ascalon City. I wouldn't mind visiting them again. Well done, Mr. Forbeck and Mr. Grubb, well done.

Book #34

Jul. 25th, 2012 04:46 pm
katikat: (W_Laptop)
"The Two Swords (Hunter's Blades #3)" by R.A. Salvatore

♦ ♦

Would you believe that I actually rooted for the orcs? I would've liked the book so much more if it had been just about the dwarves against the orcs. I loved Obould's rise to power, his vision. And I loved reading about the dwarves, how they all united against the enemy and how they kicked major butt with the help of Nanfoodle the gnome and Pikel the "doo-da". Those parts were awesome, the back and forth between the two armies. The rest though...

The only characters who actually went forward and made real progress were Nanfoodle the gnome and Regis the halfling - who were, together with Pikel Bouldershoulder, my favorite characters. Catti-brie? I don't want Drizzt, I do want Drizzt, I don't, I do... Wulfgar? Still having feelings for Catti-brie. Delly Curtie? From a strong woman back to a jealous, stupid harpy. Drizzt? First price for incessant whining. Innovindil? Trying to be the wise teacher but mostly totally confusing Drizzt. And let's not even talk about the self-centered Galen Firth!

You know, this was the first book that made me actually dislike Drizzt. Not only his cowardice that stopped him from going back to Mithral Hall but also his endless ruminating and his, dare I say, arrogance and hypocrisy. Pshaw, he can take care of Obould, no problem! How dare Obould talk about fairness when he's wearing an impenetrable armor - says the guy with the magic swords and anklets! There's no room for orcs among good people - says the frickin' dark elf living among them!

To sum it up: How can I give a book more than 2 stars when I intensely disliked the main hero?

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