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theodosia: (northwest)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 06:56 the dark side of DST -- waking up in the dark. Cats are correspondingly disgusted. #
  • 07:48 Yesterday it was 60. This morning it's 35 and falling, and thick snow is falling at this moment. #
  • 07:58 Oh crap - 3 to 5 inches of snow predicted for today! March is getting on my LAST NERVE #
  • 14:18 Snow has turned to slush, and holding steady at 35F, so no 3-5 inches as predicted. Thank goodness. #
  • 15:51 Looking at:   Birds Stealing Ice-Cream -- via Telophase. Damn cheeky gulls! #
  • 16:07 Looking at: SF Gate: FL Wright house for sale. Anyone got a spare $2.7M? It's a bargain! ... #
  • 17:58 I got to school a little earlier tonight, but still two students ahead of me! #

There's a thin coat of snow on the ground from yesterday, but as we're at 31 and headed higher, so I'm content that we're in Late Winter/Early Spring mode now, where snow is a fleeting phenomenon.

I didn't mention that I saw a robin on the way to the library on Saturday, which is probably the earliest I've seen one around here.

The rest of life remains quite lifelike and probably boring. Recently, I've finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Inda by our own Sherwood Smith (::waves!::), and last night, Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier, which was a quick little read and now I've got to get the sequels at the library.
theodosia: (reading)
3. Coraline, Neil Gaiman

  • I'd forgotten so very much -- the last quarter of the book seemed so new to me -- I must have read it all in one sitting, most likely, especially as this is a lovely and slim little book indeed. This time, I read in small chunks over several days, which stretched it out just enough -- I suspect listening to it as an audiobook would also have improved my recall. SO looking forward to the movie this next week!

Previously on:
2. Theif of Time, Terry Pratchett
1. Green River, Running Red, Ann Rule
theodosia: (reading)
2 Theif of Time, Terry Pratchett
A re-read, but one that improves every time through -- in fact, I find that most of Pratchett's books improve. I notice things that didn't occur to me the first time, like that Lady Myria LeJean's name is a pun.

Previously on:

1. Green River, Running Red, Ann Rule
theodosia: (reading)
Book #1, taken out from the library at Mom's place and finished there:

1. Green River, Running Red, Ann Rule

When Rule says that she suspects she really did rub elbows with the real GRK during the 20+ years he stalked the NW, she's not kidding -- unbeknownst to her, they really must have intersected at some points, because they were living in some of the same neighborhoods, some of the victims were taken from across the street where Rule shopped, they have found pictures of him at her readings and so on. As usual, Rule keeps the focus on the victims and their families, to testify to the real tragedies, and real heroisms of the investigators doing a long, long, long and nit-picky job... which ultimately pays off.
theodosia: (reading)
56. Empire of Ivory, Naomi Novik
Another swift read, mostly enjoyable but also harrowing, as the stakes feel very high, and the book ends on a cliffhanger, too. I need to go back and read all four in order, I think.

55. Ghost Horse, Janni Lee Simner
A reread, since I've managed to come by a copy of the third novel in this children's series at last, so I might as well read my way through them -- even if Janni is a friend, I have to say this is unusually strong and vivid writing, especially for me because I've been to Tucson, where the book is set, and it all comes rushing back to me.

54. Making Money, Terry Pratchett
I've heard this sequence of Discworld stories dubbed The Industrial Revolution, since we've already seen the postal system, telegraphy and the printing press introduced, so it's probably high time that paper money got introduced into the fertile economy of Anhk-Morpork. Had a good swift and funny time with it, but as with every Pratchett novel, I'll probably enjoy it more on further reading.

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theodosia: (stargate by thefakeheadline)
I was thinking that commuting via shank's mare and the subway would give me more time to read this coming week, but then I remembered that it's only one stop to Alewife. Still, I'll be waiting for trains and buses, so maybe I'll still get some reading in, just not the large portions I was used to getting when my commute included the Red and Green lines.

The things you don't know you'll miss!

53. The Mac is Not A Typewriter, Robin Williams
Strongly recommended for reading by my Visual Design teacher, this is a slim and fast read about the significant stylistic differences between amateur desktop publishing and real typography, laid out with excellent examples and explanations.

I'm still going to have a time trying to stop myself from typing two spaces at the end of every sentence, though. It's ingrained after going on 30 years of typing!

52. Jumper: Griffin's Story, Steven Gould
Soon to be a major motion picture -- seriously! So Gould was in the strange position of being able to adapt the screenplay into a novelization. Not as good as his other Jumper novels, but still pretty gripping. I wonder now how it will play out on the screen?

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theodosia: (reading)
Eeek -- it's been about a month since I updated this, what with one thing and another. Let's see if I can remember what the hell I've been reading!

I know for sure I passed the magic #50 in there somewhere. Between late summer loginess, jobsearch activity and then the very sudden onset of !!!School!!!, there hasn't been a whole lot of reading time lately, though I'm starting to make up for it.

And today, I was nervous about a meeting with the WIA coordinator who has to finish up all the paperwork for my Unemployment Benefit dispensation/extension -- which went just fine, actually, but I was superstitiously SURE that an evil fairy would appear at the last minute and snatch happiness away from me. This did not happen! She was nice, not mad at me, just a little ticked at Clark University which has a history of "asking permission later" evidently. The program I'm enrolled in is indeed covered (which includes being able to place graduates successfully after they graduate) so all is fine, and I may even qualify for some tuition help.

So, feeling a little bit shattered nonetheless, I headed home by way of Pandemonium and picked up Steve Gould's new Jumper: Griffin's Story because I've yet to read anything by him that didn't fill me with joy and excitement. Now I just have to get some schoolwork out of the way next....

51. The Sharing Knife: Legacy, Lois McMaster Bujold
Taken out from the library and turned around this weekend with great fierce enjoyment.

50. Design Basics for Creative Results, Bryan L. Peterson
Hey, even if it was a textbook for the design class, entirely enjoyable and lots of thoughtful crunchy examples to aspire to.

49. Children of the Company, Kage Baker
I didn't realize that this was a fix-up of a number of stories created over the years about interstitial material for the rest of the novels. Which I think I may have needed to read first for the full impact. Still, I enjoyed it, but I may have to revisit this one.

48. The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII's Most Decorated Platoon, Alex Kershaw
A BookCrossing find, nonfiction about the true story of an under-lauded pivotal battle and what happened to the survivors in the Stalags afterwards. (Not entirely coincidentally, Kurt Vonnegut appears in passing since he was interned at one of the same camps in the same conditions!)

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theodosia: (reading)
Another week, another update on the books I've been reading. 50 is fast approaching, I have no idea which book will get the #50 honor, or how many books I'll log for the year? 75 seems reachable, 100 seems unlikely... I'll compromise and try for 80.

47. Brain Wave, Poul Anderson
46. Alien Taste, Wen Spencer

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I really should update this log more often, but who knew I'd be reading four books in little more than a week. To be sure, #42 was more than halfway done when I last updated, and the Get Fuzzy is short -- and neither 44 or 45 are exactly long, but they read so smoothly, enjoyably and fast that they were gone way way too fast.

It's very hard to be objective about Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby? (link goes to a sample chapter on the author's website), because I've known Allyson for a number of years through online acquaintance and was on hand for a couple of the incidents chronicled here -- so I can at least testify as to their truthfulness, and their funnyness at the time is eclipsed by the retrospective humor that can only be achieved by the passage of time.

Also, hey, if you're read the "Random Acts of Paypal" chapter, Nilly was in my house for a visit. :: proudly displays Nilly Tour 2004 button :: So, like I said, not objective, but given the number of readers who are not connected in any way with the story who are saying they're enjoying this, I feel that I can very solidly recommend you check it out, especially if you've been involved in online communities.

45. Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby?, Allyson Beatrice
44. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
43. The Get Fuzzy Experience, Darby Conley
42. Before Hollywood: From Shadow Play to the Silver Screen, Paul Clee
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theodosia: (rhino brain in a box)
What I wrote about the latest one:

Now I'm glad that I read it, and never have the ambition to memorize quite that many words, EVER. Fatsis is a sports writer, so he knows to give equal weight to the personalities as well as the action, so it was quite the enjoyable read. I shall never look at a casual Scrabble game quite the same....

You know, I was chapters deep into it before I realized that Fatsis was One of Those Guys from NPR -- the names you 'hear' hardly ever look like the way you think they do.

I have The Rules of Simplicity (a nice short book) out from the library, but I think I'll finish the magic lantern history book first....

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theodosia: (thousand elephants (by heuradys))
Um, let a week go by and suddenly the books just start adding up -- especially when you do a one day reading marathon of one, for obvious reasons.

First, Michael Tolliver Lives, Armistead Maupin's 20-years-on followup to the Tales of the City books, which indeed follows up on the lives (and sometimes, deaths) of the characters that I loved so much over the years -- a very satisfying read.

That book was an intra-library loan and a seven-day-only borrow, so it was good that I found it easy to read quickly. The next was the Avengers collection, which covered the background of the Sentry character, whom I had wondered about, since he seemed to have been wholly inserted into the Marvel Universe continuity that I thought I knew well... in fact, that was EXACTLY the case. What amused me the most were the flashbacks and faked 'cover art' which were exactly in the style of the early 60s. Having just gone through some of the early Avengers comics, I was impressed. Unfortunately, I found the story-telling on this sequence more than a bit muddy, and then it seemed like 1/3 of the collection was taken up with background articles about the various villains referenced.

But then I was ready to take on the Harry Potter book on Saturday, and spent a lovely day sitting under the patio umbrella in my backyard and being thoroughly enchanted -- I won't say more here because I don't want to spoil it for those of my friends who haven't finished yet.

Next up, I've started reading about the history of magic lanterns and on Scrabble competitions -- two separate books, thank goodness.

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theodosia: (SF)
I just finished Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks, which gets a four star rating from me. I wouldn't have thought it would end up that way -- because the first 50 or so pages didn't engage me enough, but the world is fascinating and the characters slowly began to catch fire (hey) until they were blazing away. Now I want to jump ahead in my long queue of unread books (90 on my shelves, not to mention all the books out there that I DON"T own) and read the sequels.

Marks is a local author, so I've seen her around at conventions and was generally impressed with her before this, but I tried to get my hands on books by her and Elizabeth Bear in order to have something read by them before Readercon -- didn't quite make that goal, but at least I felt more informed on the basis of a half-novel-read.

It turns out that Marks is a workshop partner and buddy of Rosemary Kirstein, so I probably shouldn't be surprised that in the long run her book came out very high in my estimation.

Already underway is Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin, which I have on a 7-day loan from the library. Thank goodness, like all of his books and especially the Tales of the City books this one is just flying by, deliciously, so the next in line can snap this up as soon as I can finish and return it!

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theodosia: (tick & arthur)
When Last We Left Our Intrepid Heroine, she was about to go away to PA, so she packed a couple books...

which really, she never did get around to.

But since then, I've read a couple things, including a couple graphic novels that I'm not even going to count. Currently, I'm halfway through Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks, with even more cool books lining up as I write.

I do want to say that I've really enjoying New Avengers and especially Young Avengers, enough to purchase a couple of those collected graphic novels. I don't think this will get me back into the weekly comic-buying game, but it's something to look forward to.

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theodosia: (tick & arthur)
When I stopped by the library the other day, I happened to cruise by the Graphic Novels shelf, and left with a couple more to peruse -- it's been suggested that I try out The New Avengers (the comic book, not the classic British TV series!) so I said why not. It was very slickly done, though I'm glad I'm not paying for it on a monthly basis -- very cinematic, actually. I suppose I should check out more of those when I get a chance, as well as the Young Avengers stuff.

Then I turned to some oldies -- ancient (mid-60s) Marvel Avengers issues, which to my slight disgust were in black and white in the collection, not the gloriously primitive 4-color printing of my youth, which meant that it lost a lot of its slender virtue -- also because these issues (Avengers #25-43) were mostly pencilled by Don Heck, one of the less-distinguished artists in that period (IMHO). (Tho' I have to say, his work looked better when he inked it himself).

The characterization and plotting is just about as primitivie as you might expect. For instance, Wanda and Pietro get contacted by a mysterious person who tells them that they can find out about their relatives if they visit Latveria, so with Hawkeye and Captain America in tow, they take off for that country... without any of them remembering that Dr. Doom runs the country.

(You know, really, with this kind of plotting to hold my own slender efforts up to, what am I worried about, anyway?)

Finally, I finished The Moon by Whale Light, which was about as lyrically written as factual zoology can be. So I feel like I've compensated for the empty superhero calories I've been consuming of late....

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My GRRM spree continues this week!

Not only did I finish Storm, I let the momentum carry me through Feast as well. Which while it doesn't have as much HSQ*, does hold my interest, though I'm still aching to find out what happens with Tyrion!

Then I turned to Westeros.Org, the big fan site for the books, and checked out the forums, where obliging fans have posted summaries of the chapters-in-progress that Martin has read at various gatherings. (Talk about licking the batter from the spoon!)

(I was also gratified to see that my favorite theories about whose child Jon Snow really is, who the fake Arya is, who ColdHands really is, seem to be independently arrived at by other fans! Validation! Also, a surprisingly well-documented theory about the real parentage of various Lannisters, which while I don't buy it, is very well-argued....)

Now I'll get back to reading Fool Moon, the Harry Dresden book I put on hold for my Martin Love....

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* HSQ -- "Holy Shit Quotient", as in where you have to put the book down and say it aloud two or three times, because the plot twist is so mind-bending.
theodosia: (dead like me)
Here's the honor roll, let's see if this posts!

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theodosia: (puck)
(written a few hours ago, but somethings wrong with the posting interface!)

I'm currently sitting out on my patio. We had just a little pattering of rain about an hour ago, but I had the cover of the patio umbrella and the maple trees, so all was well.

I remember the book I read before going off to Madison -- Runaways: Parental Guidance, which was a graphic novel collecting several comic book issues. I haven't read anything else in the series, so it was rather trying to jump into the middle of things, but it was at least diverting. If I see more I'll take them out from the library....

And at the rather surprisingly good used bookstore in the Milwaukee airportr, where I found the odd quarter hour to browse before a leisurely stroll to my gate on the way home, I was tempted by Dodo: A Brief History, which was really impressively illustrated with about every known original picture of the Dodo, which really is incredibly well-known for something so very cryptozoological in its rare proof! For $10 I thought I'd go ahead and buy it, because god knows where I'd see it again! It was pretty interesting, enough to keep me amused when I needed something to look at when I ate my Midwest turkey salad sandwich.

Now, back to my reread of A Storm of Swords, which I'm doing in proper order this time!

(And now a thunderstorm seems to be blowing in, so my time on the patio is at an end, as is this entry...)
theodosia: (emu)
I strongly suspect there was another book between #22 and #23 but at this point, I don't seem to be able to remember what it was! (I think it was a library book, damn it! Damn this morning fog....)

Anyway, finished Kings toot sweet, finding a lot of things that I didn't remember, and then I sped ahead and read all the Sansa and Tyrion chapters in A Storm of Swords, skipping everything else. Right now I'm about a quarter into it, in a more linear reading.

But yesterday, I've come back to my friends' house in Brookfield and I was blindsided by Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, which is a short graphic novel about her and her father's difficult relationship, which I finished in like two hours or so. I definitely want to acquire it and read through it again.

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theodosia: (broadminded)
I gave into temptation and got A Game of Thrones out of the library because I realized it had been long enough that a bunch of characters in the Crows book had too big question marks about their motivations and previous history. Also, I missed Tyrion! Strange to see some of the major players in the latest books mentioned only in passing -- Martin is working on one hell of a big canvas, which I like. Though I admit to skipping over the Bran chapters and some of Catelyn.

I am now reading the next book in the series, and mean to pick up the third so I can read it on my trip to Wiscon next week!

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theodosia: (dief)
I still need an icon for my 50 books/reading/books needs, like maybe Hiro reading a comic book or something like that! (I like double-dipping icons, so I can use them in several contextual situations, like my Dief icon gets used for Due South, cars, dogs, faithfulness and searching for things.)

Incidentally, [ profile] lay_of_luthien has some awesome icons -- she just did a series of Heroes icons with Firefly taglines that rocks, not to mention many many others.

Anyway, on to my listing this morning, which includes a new one that sneaked on courtesy of a quick library visit yesterday -- I happened upon a copy of Linda Barry's "cartoon" book, One Hundred Demons, which I'd been meaning to check out from way long ago when some of it got excerpted in Salon. More short story than cartoon, really. I must check out her other collections.

Now back to Happiness....

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