shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
Dusty Answer - Rosamond Lehmann
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: BFF
The Assassin's Curse - Cassandra Rose Clarke
Wildthorn - Jane Eagland
Signal to Noise - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Child of Flame - Kate Elliott*
Mockingbird: I Can Explain
Reflections: On the Magic of Writing - Diana Wynne Jones
Tell the Wind and Fire - Sarah Rees Brennan
Three Men in a Boat - Jerome K Jerome
To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis
Hemlock and After - Angus Wilson
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel You Know It's True
Sex Criminals: Three The Hard Way

*with a certain amount of skimming; it's book four of seven, over 800 pages long, and there are some storylines I just do not care about any more. /o\

Wildthorn (two stars), Signal to Noise (two stars) )

Didn't finish: The Long War )

Short stories I enjoyed this month:
Flying Magic (Stephanie Burgis): Delightful short story set in the Kat, Incorrigible universe, in which Kat has to deal with her own children. <3
Fire Watch (Connie Willis): wonderful and also heartbreaking.
Superior (Jessica Lack): v. enjoyable m/m romance, with superheroes.
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It - Owen Jones
Black Widow: Last Days
The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge*
Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism - Laurie Penny
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Comic Collection #1*
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf - Ambelin Kwaymullina*
Doctor Who: Cat's Cradle: Warhead - Andrew Cartmel
The Hallowed Hunt - Lois McMaster Bujold
Thus Was Adonis Murdered - Sarah Caudwell
Loki: Agent of Asgard: Last Days
The Golden Fool - Robin Hobb
Maskerade - Terry Pratchett
Phonogram: The Singles Club
The Summer Prince - Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Shepherd's Crown - Terry Pratchett*

Didn't finish: 1610: A Sundial In A Grave (Mary Gentle) - what a disappointment. I was so impressed with Ash, by the same author, but this really failed to live up to it. It's a lesser book - less compelling, less complex - and the characters were neither likeable nor interesting enough to make up for a lack of likeability. And it threw in one of my least favourite tropes as a twist: spoilers ) Blargh. Maybe it got better after I gave up on it (about a quarter of the way through), but I was really not up for finding out.

other things )
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater
Uncanny X-Force: Let It Bleed
A Tangle of Magicks - Stephanie Burgis
*Adaptation - Malinda Lo
*The Shadowed Sun - NK Jemisin
*The Long Earth - Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
*Ironskin - Tina Connolly
*Voices from the Past ed. Scott Harrison and Lee Harris
Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues
Runaways: Rock Zombies
Discount Armageddon - Seanan McGuire
*Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack and Ancient Code and the Uncovering of a Lost Civilisation - Margalit Fox
Midnight Blue-Light Special - Seanan McGuire
Doctor Who: Secrets of the TARDIS
Rosemary and Rue - Seanan McGuire
*Stuff Matters: The Strange Story of the Marvellous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World - Mark Midiownik
*Doctor Who: To The Slaughter - Steven Cole
*The School for Good and Evil - Soman Chainani
White Tiger: A Hero's Compulsion
Reaper Man - Terry Pratchett

some thoughts on some things )

I am also aflail with love for Seanan McGuire's stuff, but not really in a way where I wanted to say things about the individual books? READ THEM, THEY'RE GREAT.
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
*Raising Steam - Terry Pratchett
*Adventures with the Wife In Space - Neil Perryman
Team Human - Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
Doctor Who: Festival of Death - Jonathan Morris
Principles of Angels - Jaine Fenn
Fantastic Four: New Departure, New Arrivals
*FF: Fantastic Faux
*Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega
*Astonishing X-Men: Weaponised
The Shattering - Karen Healey
*The Woman Reader - Belinda Jack
X-Men: Storm
X-Men: Blank Generation
*A Madness of Angels - Kate Griffin
*The Rook - Daniel O'Malley
*Flying Higher: An Anthology of Superhero Poetry ed. Michael D. Thomas and Shira Lipkin
*Superman: Secret Origin
*Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis
*Shadows on the Moon - Zoë Marriott
*Avengers vs X-Men: Avengers Academy
Ultimate Spider-Man: Carnage
*The Girl Who Would Be King - Kelly Thompson
*Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain - Charlotte Higgins

contains intermittent grumpiness from the start )
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December talking meme! [personal profile] silly_cleo said "talk about a book series (or individual book if there's one that stands out) that really impacted your brain and imagination and thoughts growing up."

Once again I am choosing to interpret "one" as "several". ;D

Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons books, once I'd worked out what was going on and that the town they went to for supplies wasn't actually called Rio, introduced me to a mindset of enhancing the everyday with imagined adventure, which I did a lot when I was growing up. It also introduced me to the idea of collaging your references, pulling in whatever thing you're fannish about that works in a particular situation. (It also accidentally made me realise that sometimes people judge what you're reading: a man on a train asked me if I was "really reading" the copy of Swallowdale I had my nose in. "What else would I be doing with it?" I wondered.)

Terry Pratchett's Discworld series showed me that books for "grown ups" could be funny, and that fun books and serious books could be the same books.

Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth accidentally introduced me to shipping: I spent a lot of time making up stories in my head in which Marcus and Esca would have to risk their lives for each other, or prove the depth of their friendship to outsiders who Just Didn't Understand Their Love. It was only much later that I stumbled upon a Marcus/Esca fic and realised what I ACTUALLY wanted from those stories...

Brian Jacques's Redwall books really shaped my ideas of what fantasy books should look like. (I wrote a LOT of Redwallesque fantasy when I was at school.) And actually, now I'm thinking about it, I may have found the source of my fondness for stories about found families, communities and small teams of friends/proto-friends working together to save the day, because there was a lot of that in the Redwall books. They also introduced me to ideas about series predictability and how comforting that can be to read, because although the books were pretty different, they all had a lot of elements that you could rely on seeing every book: lovingly described feasts; a small band of characters going on a journey/mission of some sort, meeting other characters along the way and often involving a river adventure at some point; the tear-jerking death of one or two (but no more or less) of the secondary characters, and so on. ♥

...and now I really want to reread all the Redwall books.
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1. Argh, assignments. I have two to do, both 3000 words, both due on the 29th March. D: I ended up going to see The Parents at the weekend, which was possibly not the best idea in terms of amount of work done (though I did do a fair bit), but was definitely a good idea in terms of making me less stressed and flaily. Also, as a result I have accidentally started a Discworld reread, since the shelf they sit on is in exactly the right place for me to lie in bed looking at it and going "those books! So great! I should reread!". (Most of my books live at my parents house, because there are A LOT of them. A library of my own is a distant beautiful dream. This is also one reason why I am always keen to lend people books (aside from the obvious wanting to share the joy type ones): it makes room on the shelves for MORE BOOKS.)

2. In other reading-related news, I am thoroughly enjoying the Vorkosigan saga, as those of you who are following me on twitter may possibly have gathered. I was absolutely wolfing them down, but now I have reached A Civil Campaign I have slowed down to savour each chapter properly, and also so I can turn as many mental cartwheels of delight as I need to. ♥

3. Cybill turns out to be even better than I remember it being. ♥ The Jonathan Frakes episode was a thing of beauty. Also, I am amused to discover that when I was growing up, my mental model for "what teenage girls are like" was basically Zoe. :D

Those are all the things I have to say today. Now, back to A Civil Campaign!
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1.) Finished Shades of Grey last night! I was bowling along very happily with it, and then suddenly I got to the end and THINGS HAPPENED and I went agrjiegsnnghdfj!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Now I am reading Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction, which is interesting, but has decided to separate its paragraphs with extra line breaks rather than indentations, which is making it feel rather disjointed.

2.) Well, this is horrifying: "Jobcentres 'tricking' people out of benefits to cut costs, says whistleblower". (NB I haven't watched the video at the top of the post, since I read this article in the print version on Saturday.)

3.) Lovefilm tells me there is going to be a short wait for more Voyager and has sent me some other things in the meantime, viz.:

3a.) Going Postal! I was not a fan of Hogfather, but I thoroughly enjoyed this. spoilers )

3b.) A:tLA, season three, disc three, aka "The Day of Black Sun part 2" - "The Boiling Rock", aka MAI IS AWESOME, aka OH ZUKO. spoilers )

4.) Will crossposting this to LJ actually work? Who can say.
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Happy New Year, everyone! I will repeat what I said on twitter: may all your endeavours prosper and your beards never grow grey. ♥ This year I resolve to be a little braver, kinder and happier than I was last year, and also to clean the marzipan off my laptop's touch pad.

Here are the books I read in December! I sort of ran out of steam with writing about them, so some comments are more desultory than others.

The Graveyard Book, The Janus Conjunction, Have His Carcase, The Far Side of the World, Delusions of Gender, Parallel Lives, The Siege of Krishnapur, I Shall Wear Midnight, Fahrenheit 451, Murder Must Advertise, The Raw Shark Texts, Ash )

Total number of books read in 2010: 103, or possibly 106, or 114, depending on how you count A Dance to the Music of Time. (ETA: wait, I read the fourth About Time book this year too! That absolutely counts. So make that 104, 106 or 115 books this year. :D)

Total number of books read so far in 2011: 1. It was Geraldine MacCaughrean's The White Darkness, and I recommended it: a tough, strange, involving, moving, wonderful book.
shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "&hearts; books" (hermione hearts books)
I switched on the radio last night and radio 4 WAS NOT THERE. Since I have been given to understand that this is either the first sign of the apocalypse or an indication that we should all be putting sticky tape on the windows and/or hiding under tables with paper bags over our heads, this was rather worrying. (It turned out to be technical difficulties.) In other radio-related things, I have been (re)listening to Craddock and Co., an old children's radio four story being repeated on BBC7, in which a plucky, down-to-earth northern lass teams up with her posh uncle to fight crime. ...I think I have just realised why I am so fond of the Eighth Doctor and Lucie. (Different bits of the North, though.)

Also, November books!

Vanderdeken's Children, The Fall, Reclaiming the F Word, Kraken, A Hat Full of Sky, The Edible Woman, Short Trips: Seven Deadly Sins, The Golden Notebook )

ALSO IT IS COLD. (People who live in places with Proper Weather may point and laugh if they wish.)
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A belated happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] hoshinekoyasha, and a very belated happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ghost2! Hope you both had lovely days.

Sorry, have been rather absent recently, due to feeling a bit hide-under-the-desk-y. I've been reading and thinking of comments and then... not actually leaving them. Whoops. Will try and be better in future! Also, I went away for the weekend. Well, to Cheltenham, where I met up with Izzy, Jess and Vanky and we all went to see the Everyman Youth Theatre's production of Carpe Jugulum. It was a lot of fun, and one of the Nanny Oggs (the cast was huge, so halfway through a lot of the extras became main characters and vice versa) in particular was smashing. ("We'll all be killed in each other's beds!") Both the Oatses were really good, too, and changing the actor actually worked in terms of his characterisation. It was in the studio theatre, and we sat right at the front, which is a little alarming as I worry that the actors can see me and that I therefore have to make appropriate faces. Also once when I sat at the front I got jenga bricks kicked all over me. Anyway. It made me want to go home and reread all my Discworld books, but they wouldn't fit in my rucksack so I settled for just A Hat Full of Sky, as I bought that one just after the last Great Discworld Reread.

And then I came back to Bristol, baked a cake and watched Giles and Sue Live the Good Life, which was a delightful farrago of incompetence, innuendo and cosplay, and I am looking forward to part two tonight.

My restore-from-saved-draft was some stuff about Spooks, which is no longer terribly timely, but I shall finish and post it anyway. spoilers )
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[livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo gave me Discworld, the Merlin OT4 of happy, Cheltenham, Wolfsbane and crafts in that five things meme approximately three hundred years ago; I have been working on my answers ever since and here they finally are.

Discworld )

the Merlin OT4 of happy )

Cheltenham )

Wolfsbane )

crafts )
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[livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo gave me Discworld, the Merlin OT4 of happy, Cheltenham, Wolfsbane and crafts in that five things meme approximately three hundred years ago; I have been working on my answers ever since and here they finally are.

Discworld )

the Merlin OT4 of happy )

Cheltenham )

Wolfsbane )

crafts )
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[livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo gave me Discworld, the Merlin OT4 of happy, Cheltenham, Wolfsbane and crafts in that five things meme approximately three hundred years ago; I have been working on my answers ever since and here they finally are.

Discworld )

the Merlin OT4 of happy )

Cheltenham )

Wolfsbane )

crafts )

2007

Jan. 12th, 2007 12:29 pm
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I am going to have a go at listing all the books and films wot I read and see this year, hopefully with not entirely uninteresting comments about them. Of course this is all dependent on a) me not being lazy and b) me working out how to edit posts (I've done it before but can never remember how) (ETA I worked it out! It was indeed very obvious). So here goes:

Books of 2007 )

Films of 2007 )

2007

Jan. 12th, 2007 12:29 pm
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I am going to have a go at listing all the books and films wot I read and see this year, hopefully with not entirely uninteresting comments about them. Of course this is all dependent on a) me not being lazy and b) me working out how to edit posts (I've done it before but can never remember how) (ETA I worked it out! It was indeed very obvious). So here goes:

Books of 2007 )

Films of 2007 )

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