shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "♥ 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.)
shinyjenni: The Book Of The Still, a picture of a blue hardback book (the book of the still)
This weekend I went to a couple of SF related events in the Cheltenham Festival of Literature. I took notes in both of them and have typed them up for anyone who is interested in that sort of thing. Hopefully they make sense and I have not dreadfully misrepresented anyone's views or anything. All the bits in [square brackets] are my comments, everything else is my notes, transformed as far as possible into actual sentences. More or less.

The first event, on Saturday lunchtime, was China Miéville and John Mullan talking about SF versus literary fiction, in the context of the Booker prize.

Read more... )

The second event was on Sunday afternoon; it involved China Miéville, Michael Moorcock, Iain M. Banks and Gwyneth Jones discussing the British SF tradition. Annoyingly I can't remember the moderator's name, so I shall just have to call her "Moderator".

Read more... )
shinyjenni: Arthur Dent looking thoughtful; text reads "is there any tea on this spaceship?" (tea?)
1.) It's hot and stuffy at work today and I haven't been sleeping well (went out to buy new earplugs at lunchtime (it was raining. Of course it was raining), hopefully that'll help), plus it's been busier than usual at work these last few days, so generally I'm a bit irritable and grumpy. Bah. But on the plus side, I got an exciting package from Big Finish today containing Benny audios and books (and another copy of last month's Vortex, anyone want it?), so hurray for that.

2.) Finished Un Lun Dun by China Miéville ([livejournal.com profile] tigerpixie, this is the book that [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy and I were talking about at last night's S'n'W) which I really loved: since it's a children's book, it's not as complex, twisty or grotesque as his other books, and the resolution is a lot more sign-posted, but it's still very satisfying. The main character is excellent and very convincingly real, and the whole book is full of inventiveness and puns, in a way that reminded me a little of Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series, which I also like. Though on the whole I think I prefer Un Lun Dun.

3.) Sadly I won't be able to go to this, because it looks like fun: flash pillow fight in Trafalgar Square!

4.) I watched DS9's 'Life Support', among other episodes, last Friday, and was really bothered by the B-plot, so much so that it's nearly a week later and I still feel moved to write about it. spoilers ) I also watched 'Heart of Stone', which I think suffered a little from following on right after 'Life Support': more spoilers )

5.) One last link: "Some 65 years after their service, the 300 surviving Women Airforce Service Pilots are being honored with the Congressional Gold Medal." Heartbreaking to read how these pilots' efforts and sacrifices were overlooked because of their gender, but wonderful that they're finally getting the recognition they deserve.
shinyjenni: Arthur Dent looking thoughtful; text reads "is there any tea on this spaceship?" (tea?)
1.) It's hot and stuffy at work today and I haven't been sleeping well (went out to buy new earplugs at lunchtime (it was raining. Of course it was raining), hopefully that'll help), plus it's been busier than usual at work these last few days, so generally I'm a bit irritable and grumpy. Bah. But on the plus side, I got an exciting package from Big Finish today containing Benny audios and books (and another copy of last month's Vortex, anyone want it?), so hurray for that.

2.) Finished Un Lun Dun by China Miéville ([livejournal.com profile] tigerpixie, this is the book that [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy and I were talking about at last night's S'n'W) which I really loved: since it's a children's book, it's not as complex, twisty or grotesque as his other books, and the resolution is a lot more sign-posted, but it's still very satisfying. The main character is excellent and very convincingly real, and the whole book is full of inventiveness and puns, in a way that reminded me a little of Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series, which I also like. Though on the whole I think I prefer Un Lun Dun.

3.) Sadly I won't be able to go to this, because it looks like fun: flash pillow fight in Trafalgar Square!

4.) I watched DS9's 'Life Support', among other episodes, last Friday, and was really bothered by the B-plot, so much so that it's nearly a week later and I still feel moved to write about it. spoilers ) I also watched 'Heart of Stone', which I think suffered a little from following on right after 'Life Support': more spoilers )

5.) One last link: "Some 65 years after their service, the 300 surviving Women Airforce Service Pilots are being honored with the Congressional Gold Medal." Heartbreaking to read how these pilots' efforts and sacrifices were overlooked because of their gender, but wonderful that they're finally getting the recognition they deserve.
shinyjenni: Fourth Doctor and Leela coming out of the TARDIS; background text reads: "excitement adventure really wild things" (really wild things)
Working late again tonight, extra hours for extra moneys. Doing Friday evenings isn't too bad, usually, since I can go home and still have the whole weekend to myself. Saturdays means coming in for an extra day, not so good.

I listened to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for about the 893659127th time last night as I was coding [livejournal.com profile] trek_news. This time round I decided that I love Arthur and the way Simon Jones plays him most of all: his delivery of lines like "Ford, what's this fish doing in my ear?" is fab. I also love the bit in the TV series when the waiter says "Actually, sir, your monkey has got it right" and his face goes from "AHA!" to "...hey!" in the background. The sequence about where, exactly, the plans are on display is my favourite, I think (quoted from memory, apologies for any mistakes):

Arthur: You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to draw attention to them, had you? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.
Prosser: That's the display department.
Arthur: With a torch.
Prosser: The... lights had probably gone.
Arthur: So had the stairs.
Prosser: But you found the plans?
Arthur: Oh yes. They were 'on display' at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'. Have you ever thought about going into advertising?

♥ ♥ ♥

Currently I am reading The Night Watch, which is excellent so far. It's giving me that lovely feeling that I get when I'm reading something very good which is also completely new to me. Hopefully it will not suddenly go downhill in a distressing fashion. Speaking of excellent books, recently [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy lent me China Mievile's The Scar. Very well-written, incredibly inventive and imaginative - brilliant. I absolutely loved the main character, Bellis. Highly recommended: it got better and better the more I read of it.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (points!)
Working late again tonight, extra hours for extra moneys. Doing Friday evenings isn't too bad, usually, since I can go home and still have the whole weekend to myself. Saturdays means coming in for an extra day, not so good.

I listened to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for about the 893659127th time last night as I was coding [livejournal.com profile] trek_news. This time round I decided that I love Arthur and the way Simon Jones plays him most of all: his delivery of lines like "Ford, what's this fish doing in my ear?" is fab. I also love the bit in the TV series when the waiter says "Actually, sir, your monkey has got it right" and his face goes from "AHA!" to "...hey!" in the background. The sequence about where, exactly, the plans are on display is my favourite, I think (quoted from memory, apologies for any mistakes):

Arthur: You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to draw attention to them, had you? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.
Prosser: That's the display department.
Arthur: With a torch.
Prosser: The... lights had probably gone.
Arthur: So had the stairs.
Prosser: But you found the plans?
Arthur: Oh yes. They were 'on display' at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'. Have you ever thought about going into advertising?

♥ ♥ ♥

Currently I am reading The Night Watch, which is excellent so far. It's giving me that lovely feeling that I get when I'm reading something very good which is also completely new to me. Hopefully it will not suddenly go downhill in a distressing fashion. Speaking of excellent books, recently [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy lent me China Mievile's The Scar. Very well-written, incredibly inventive and imaginative - brilliant. I absolutely loved the main character, Bellis. Highly recommended: it got better and better the more I read of it.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
Working late again tonight, extra hours for extra moneys. Doing Friday evenings isn't too bad, usually, since I can go home and still have the whole weekend to myself. Saturdays means coming in for an extra day, not so good.

I listened to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for about the 893659127th time last night as I was coding [livejournal.com profile] trek_news. This time round I decided that I love Arthur and the way Simon Jones plays him most of all: his delivery of lines like "Ford, what's this fish doing in my ear?" is fab. I also love the bit in the TV series when the waiter says "Actually, sir, your monkey has got it right" and his face goes from "AHA!" to "...hey!" in the background. The sequence about where, exactly, the plans are on display is my favourite, I think (quoted from memory, apologies for any mistakes):

Arthur: You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to draw attention to them, had you? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.
Prosser: That's the display department.
Arthur: With a torch.
Prosser: The... lights had probably gone.
Arthur: So had the stairs.
Prosser: But you found the plans?
Arthur: Oh yes. They were 'on display' at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'. Have you ever thought about going into advertising?

♥ ♥ ♥

Currently I am reading The Night Watch, which is excellent so far. It's giving me that lovely feeling that I get when I'm reading something very good which is also completely new to me. Hopefully it will not suddenly go downhill in a distressing fashion. Speaking of excellent books, recently [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy lent me China Mievile's The Scar. Very well-written, incredibly inventive and imaginative - brilliant. I absolutely loved the main character, Bellis. Highly recommended: it got better and better the more I read of it.

2007

Jan. 12th, 2007 12:29 pm
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
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
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
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 )

Profile

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