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Book Journal: Books 15-17

June 7th, 2010 (12:36 pm)

Book 15 was an audiobook, Beguilement by Lois McMaster Bujold. The audiobooks available to download to my phone via our library system are few and far between, especially when it comes to Sci-fi, but I decided to give this one a try. I found the characters fascinating but there's not much story there - I suspect it will ramp up in the next couple books, but if I had paid for this I probably wouldn't be worried about reading the rest. However, since the rest are available for free audiobook download, I'm on the waiting list for book 2.

Book 16 was Peter Pan by JM Barrie, also on audiobook. When we got back from Disney World I realized I'd never actually read the original, so now I have. I enjoyed it a lot and need to get Brit to read it since she loves all the movies and such a lot, but has never actually read the original, either.

Book 17 was Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore. A friend had sent it to me in a box of books, and I've loved everything CM has ever written, this included. Coyote is a Trickster (much like Tinkerbell *grins at Dave*) and it was a fun read.

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BOOK PROJECT: Books 8-14

April 16th, 2010 (03:48 pm)

9. Queen of Sorcery, David Eddings
I continued this series - I actually found the 2nd book much better than the first, and was very excited to get through it.

10. Dead Beat, Jim Butcher
I think this one is my favorite so far, and if you haven't picked up this series and you at all enjoy urban fantasy, check it out.

11. Magician's Gambit, David Eddings
This is the last of the series that my library has in audiobook form, so if I want to know what happens next, I have to track down the actual books.

12. Proven Guilty, Jim Butcher
Another fun romp.

13. White Knight, Jim Butcher
This one went slow - not sure why. I can't put my finger on what exactly was wrong, but I didn't feel the need to tear through it.

14. Chill, Elizabeth Bear
I have been anxiously awaiting this. I got Dust as an audiobook from Audible and I absolutely loved it. I was actually sad the last few nights as I knew I was coming to the end, and I still have to wait for Bear to finish writing the third one, much less when it will be published. I actually want to immediately go back and listen to Dust again, which I believe I'm going to do, even though ever since I started the book project I have allowed myself re-reads, but I have never re-read anything I have read since 1/1/2005.

(two and a half books before the end of April, and I'll be caught up. Not sure how that's going to go, but I'll be starting on Boneshaker tonight in an attempt to make my way through the to-be-read pile.)

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February 15th, 2010 (03:40 pm)

(I'm really behind on these for no real reason. I also have barely been reading for the last week, and I dunno what's up with that, either.)

Book #6 was Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. It's a re-read. I decided this year since I hadn't read them in at least ten years, to read them again and see what I thought. I don't have much to say about the first one, but I am dragging my way through the 2nd one. I may give up on this year's re-read project and pick a different series. :P

Book #7 was Iorich by Steven Brust, and damn, I just love this universe, love these characaters. Vlad returns to Adrilankha to help Aliera, who has been arrested. But of course the court politics run deeper than that. Vlad also returns to Cawti and family here and there over the course of the book, and my heart aches for them. When I finished it I turned to Dave and said "Where are the words? There aren't any more words!"

Brust is working on Tiassa, and he needs to hurry.

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My (Early) Valentine To You (Rare Public Post)

January 26th, 2010 (05:01 pm)

Last friday, at ConFusion, Catherynne M. Valente made a speech, comparing conventions to small towns, specifically the island off the coast of Maine she lives on. I can't find a direct link, but here's a link to her blog - as of this posting, it's the second post down. Linky-link.

I missed the speech, but it spoke to me.

I've been involved in online communities since 1993. I still hang out on a text-based BBS that has done things like buy groceries for one of us who was undergoing financial difficulties, buy baby supplies for one of us who was pregnant and receiving no help from the father. We've done countless other things - flowers to a member of the community who was in the hospital with HIV-related health problems. I could probably come up with six or seven other examples. We, as a community, regardless of our occasional cattiness, have come together to help our own when it was needed.

And LJ is one of those communities for me. I've met some of my best friends here on LJ. I met my husband here on LJ.

Today, I stumbled across the repost of a post, and _that_ spoke to me. Here's the bit that made me go "YES! That!"

I love you for your stories.

Not the fiction you write - though I'm pretty fond of those tales too ;) - but the daily meanders you live. I love hearing about your cat/s and how the new puppy's getting along with the older, established dog. I love hearing about classes - how excited you are to go to college, how worried you are about returning after your hiatus, how frustrating it is to find the right sources for you dissertations and papers, how glad you'll be to graduate. I love hearing about work, whether it's maddening, boring or awesome. I love hearing about how you dealt with frozen pipes, how the house remodeling is coming along, and where you are in the condo buying process. I love hearing about the kids current social studies project, soccer practice, hockey lessons, cheerleading competitions and how lovely the playground in the park was this morning. Yeah, I love hearing about your trips to Germany and Mexico, but I also love hearing about your weekend visit with your parents, the afternoon trip to the grocery store and how delightful dinner was at that Asian fusion restaurant downtown. I love you -each one of you -for how you're living your own stories and how you share those stories.

And I absolutely love that I get to be a teeny part of it too - I'm here, laughing, cheering, commiserating and praying right along with you. If we all lived in the same neighborhood, these are the pieces of shared narrative we'd be weaving together when we met on the street or paused the mower on the half-shorn lawn. Instead, we have the communal white picket fence of LJ to lean our forearms on. This community is just as tangible as a group of folks sharing housing and on street parking - possibly more so, since we *choose* our community members here.

These words were written by crowgirl13, whom I do not know. The full post can be found right here, and I've copied and linked with her blessing.

So thank you, LJ, for being my Small Town. For being just as much of a community as I find fandom to be.

Happy Valentine's Day. I love you all.

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January 26th, 2010 (01:58 pm)

Book 4 was Katrina and the Frenchman, (1/4/10 - 1/8/10) by none other than marcy_italiano. We met Marcy in 2007 at ConFusion, striking up a conversation with her and her husband in the consuite. It was Insta-Friendship, just add a Convention.

We learned as we got to know them about their horrible experience being trapped in New Orleans during Katrina, and although we've had the text file of this book since before it was published, and the book copy of it for probably well over a year, I just recently decided to read it.

Dave had told me it was brutal. And it was, it really was. Marcy and G had planned a stopover in NO on their way back to Canada after a cruise. The ship landed, dropped them off, and they suddenly realized they were very, very stuck. Planes were not leaving. There were no cars to be rented.

Katrina and the Frenchman is their story - a story of people trapped in a hotel together, trying to figure out what to do. This book shows both the best and the worst of people, and was a very difficult read. However, I am very, very glad I did.

Due to one thing and another, Marcy self-published Katrina and the Frenchman, and if you'd like a copy, you can read more about it and purchase it at her web page. All proceeds are donated to Common Ground Relief - she's not making a penny from telling her story.

Book 5 was Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne (1/14/2010-1/21/2010). I read some Verne last year, and am continuing that this year. It was a fast read, (I didn't read it every day, which is why I took a week) but its been interesting to read some of the classics.

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January 26th, 2010 (11:31 am)

I haven't made a Book Project post in a while, not because I'm not reading (I'm looking at 8 books for the month of January) but because I was considering waiting and just posting a monthly update on the first of every month. But now I'm not so sure, and I miss posting when I finish a book. So, because people like polls, I want to know what you think:

Poll #1516898 Book Journal Posts

How should I do my Book Journal Posts?

Post as you finish them
Monthly posts
As you finish them, with monthly recaps
Whatever. I don't read the posts anyway.
Something I will tell you in comments
I am ignoring your poll in favor of OOOH SHINY CLICKY BUTTON!

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January 8th, 2010 (06:58 am)

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code, Eoin Colfer

Another YA book. We'd picked the first three Artemis Fowl books up at a garage sale down the street. Brittany wasn't very interested in them, but I thought I'd read them before donating them to the library. This is number 3.

In book 3, SuperCriminalGenius(tm) Artemis's father is determined to turn the Fowl's from crime to a more honest living, but before that happens, Artemis decides to pull off "one last" crime. Using stolen fairy technology, he gets in over his head when the "C Cube" is stolen by the businessman he was trying to force into buying Fowl Industries stock. All the Usual Suspects are back, and then the Fairy Folk insist Artemis, Butler and Juliet get mindwipes. But I wouldn't count Artemis out quite yet...

These books are cute - certainly not High Literature, but not really written beneath kids, either. Of course, everything always goes Artemis' way, even when things are going poorly, but it's a quick, fun romp. And now they can get donated to the library book store.

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January 7th, 2010 (11:22 am)

The Walls of the Universe, Paul Melko. (1/5/10 - 1/6/10)

I'd start with some joke about my preference for members of the Ohio SF/F Cabal, but that notwithstanding, when I picked up my first Paul Melko book, Singularity's Ring last year, I had no idea he was a member.

So when I was at the library Tuesday night and I saw The Walls of the Universe, I snagged it. I remembered that Scalzi had had a Big Idea piece about it, plus I had really liked the other book.

From Booklist, via Amazon:
Ohio farmboy John Rayburn is a high-school senior with relatively mundane concerns when, claiming to be from an alternate universe, his doppelganger, John Prime, shows up. The temptation to try out Prime’s universe-surfing device proves too great to resist, but, unfortunately, John discovers too late what Prime neglected to mention, that the thing works only one-way. Prime moved quite comfortably, into John’s life, with grand plans to market something his universe has and John’s doesn’t, a Rubik’s cube. Meanwhile, John has found a universe remarkably like his home, minus a version of himself, and enrolls at the University of Toledo as a physics major, figuring he’ll eventually be able to reverse-engineer the device. He accidentally invents pinball, which, thanks to his lab partners’ entrepreneurial genius, is a big hit. But unsavory sorts know it didn’t originate in this universe. Thrills ensue, for both John and Prime have attracted dangerous attention from other travellers between universes. Melko handles the struggles of young adulthood and universe-spanning conflict with equal vigor in this wildly entertaining yarn. --Regina Schroeder

I read the first 175 pages of this in one sitting. I was immediately grabbed by the characters and the Many Worlds plotline, and I finally dragged myself to bed. I read it the next day during lunch, then stayed up way too late last night finishing it.

Bits of it that were more specifically involved with the physics and science of how the device worked were hard for me to get through, which is usually my clue I'm up too late and need to stop reading and sleep, but I kept pushing through because I was desperate to know how it all ended. It didn't end up quite as "neatly" as it could have, which was a bonus to me.

I've really enjoyed Paul Melko, and hope he writes many more books for me to devour in 36 hours. :)

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January 2nd, 2010 (11:54 am)

Car Science, Richard Hammond

Another one of the coffee table overiszed picture books much like Car Confidential or the Caravan book, but with this one I actually learned a lot of things about cars and engines and interesting things. It was only about 50 pages, but I read it over the course of a couple days because there was a LOT of information in it.

(Yes, I still have to do my 2009 wrapup post, but I wanted to get this posted before I got behind already!)

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BOOK PROJECT: Books 55-56

November 5th, 2009 (02:49 pm)

Book #55 was Leviathan, a YA novel by Scott Westerfeld. It was my audiobook for October. Its a steampunk novel set at the start of WWI, and it was lovely from start to finish. (And the first book of a trilogy, so that makes me happy.)

Book #56 was Storm Front by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is a wizard who consults for the Chicago PD. How could it go wrong? I devoured it in less than 24 hours, and there are more of the books on their way to me, yay. (Currently working on #2)

(In progress: Fool Moon (the 2nd Harry Dresden book) and Richard Hammond's latest memoir, Or Is That Just Me?.)