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2017-01-23 12:18 pm

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meme, because memes are fun.

1. How do you like your coffee?
Filter, black, no sugar. I will drink Americano if there is no filter, and sometimes Espresso. And wait for the water to be not-quite boiling before making, or it burns.

2. How do you like your tea?
Black, no sugar. Earl Grey or Lapsang for preference, although I drink any kind of tea. Boiling hot water, or it's less good.

3. What's your favourite late night beverage?
Gin. Or hotchocolate, but I'm very picky about chocolate - really good chocolate (I like Hotel Chocolat best) and only milk, no water, and I prefer to use a pan, although ugh, washing up

4. If you could only drink one thing for the next week, what would it be?
Tea. Earl Grey. Hot (of course it is hot, what is this heretical cold tea???)

5. If you were on vacation, what would be the first thing you'd drink to celebrate?
Something a stupid colour with a cocktail umbrella.
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2016-10-05 04:39 pm
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Reading Wednesday

I read stuff...

Once Broken Faith - yep, another Toby Daye book. More of the same, yaaaaaay!

Fix - the end of the 'mancer series. I liked the ending, which nicely concluded the story imo.

A Face Like Glass - weird, but good. I think "weird but good" might be what Hardinge *does*

The Other Half of the Sky - I have been reading this collection for *ages*, because turns out I don't really like collections of unconnected short stories. Too much attention hopping! Give me a nice multi-volume epic.

reading...

Americahna - being that this is not SFF it is not "what I usually read". So far I'm liking it though, I guess I should read more different things more often.
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2016-09-09 01:00 pm

books

Read:
Trekonomics.
I thought this was an interesting idea, but rather drawn out. Post-scarcity economics and how to get there from here and why that it mostly a political/social problem rather than a technological one.

Obelisk Gate (book #2 in the trilogy that began with the Fifth Season). I very much liked this, but don't start here.

The Levee was Dry. short story by Seanan McGuire. I thought this one was less interesting than previous, although still good. Unconnected to her ongoing sagas, possibly not available except via her Patreon.

Reading:
Once Broken Faith. Seanan's latest Toby Daye novel. Gloriously the UK ebook is available already! so far so good.

To Read:
Fix. The finale to Ferrett Steinmetz's trilogy. DRM free ebook available direct from the publisher, no issue with international orders (HURRAH!). Looking forward to reading it.
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2016-08-17 02:59 pm
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Reading Wednesday

Read: I read some Seanan short fiction: Threnody for for Little Girl, With Tuna, at the End of the World - which is just so perfectly sad, and In Little Stars - which was a reasonably addition to the Toby Daye universe. Both are from her Patreon, I don't know if/when there will be general availability

Reading: Trekonomics. Because I'm a GIANT NERD... and I'm not ashamed. Economics requires fewer currently utterly impossible things than physics, and this seems to largely be an optimistic book about how post-scarcity economics could be really good because humans are basically decent people. I've not finished reading it yet.
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2016-08-10 04:48 pm
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Reading Wednesday

Read: Necessity. This is an excellent conclusion to the series. Which as a whole is very well written and not at all the sort of thing I've read before, which is nice.

Reading: well, I did *just* finish it. I have some Seanan stories she wrote for her Patreon to read, and then I'm sure I'll find something in the giant pile of unread books.
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2016-08-04 10:19 am
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Reading Wednesday, uh Thursday

Read: a pile of Seanan short fiction; now read all the free stuff from her website.

Reading: Necessity (Thessaly #3) by Jo Walton. Just started, so no real opinion yet.
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2016-07-27 04:49 pm
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Reading Wednesday

Oops, missed a week.

Read: More Seanan shorts. Now I've read all the free Incryptid shorts.

Reading: the Long Cosmos by Baxter and Prattchet. Turns out they wrote these much faster than they could publish, and this was really co-written with PTerry not just following on from a joint idea. So it is, I guess, his last book. Sadness. So far, so good, a lot of the same as the other Long Earth books. Don't start here.
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2016-07-26 10:13 am

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Liv found a meme, it's been ages since I perpetrated this kind of meme...

meme )
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2016-07-13 03:05 pm
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Reading Wednesday

Read: more shorts by Seanan McGuire

Reading: yet more of same.

These stories are entertaining background to the novels, but probably of little interest to people who aren't already fans.
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2016-07-07 11:50 am
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Reading Wednesday, uh Thursday

Read:

league of dragons. I thought this was quite a nice end to the story, but don't start here. No more dragon stories :(

rise, Mira Grant. Shorts from the newsflesh world, 2 of which are new. If you liked the novels and want MOAR you will want to read this. Contains spoilers for the novels, not a good place to start.

shorts by Seanan McGuire - star of new mexico (oops, out of order), one hell of a ride, no place like home. These are free on her website, fitting in with the incryptid novels. I'm enjoying them. HAIL.

reading: more shorts...
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2016-06-23 04:05 pm
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Reading Wednesday, uh Thursday

Read: Children of Earth and Sky, GGK. I liked this, Sarantium has fallen to the Asharites, but this book is more about trade and intrigue than fighting.

Reading: League of Dragons, Novik. The final Temeraire :(
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2016-06-15 02:23 pm
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Reading Wednesday

Read
Every Heart a Doorway , Seanan McGuire
A story about portal fantasies and how it feels to come back from one , good as ever.


Reading
Children of Earth and Sky , Guy Gavriel Kay
In the same world as Sailing to Sarantium , which has fallen to the Asherites. So far quite good.

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2016-06-08 01:47 pm
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Reading Wednesday

Read:

N K Jemisin - the Fifth Season. I liked this, but not as much as Uprooted. Suffers from being 1/3 which means I have to waaaaaait for the end.


From the Editorial Page of the Falchester Weekly Review (Memoir by Lady Trent, #4.5) - short story. Cute, but wouldn't make sense without having read the novels I think.

Stage of Fools (Seanan McGuire) - short story, Tybalt focused. mmmmm puss cat.

Reading:

Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire).
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2016-06-01 11:09 am
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Reading Wednesday

oops, missed a few there. lots of books then!

read:
miss Peregrine #3. I thought this was a good end to the trilogy, and it *is* an ending, so you needn't fear starting it and getting trapped in "waiting for the next book" hell.

Virgin Widow: England's Forgotten Queen (Anne O'Brien). This is a novel about Anne Neville, I have read (I think) 3 novels and 1 not-novel featuring her heavily, so I think the subtitle is entirely untrue (many other Queens get less; quick, what can you tell me about Isabella of Angouleme?). I like O'Brien's style and I think I shall be reading more of her work.

The Raven and the Reindeer (Kingfisher, T.). This is a brilliant retelling of the Snow Queen story. I'm quite fond of fairy tales retold anyway, so this was clearly right up my street. Very good. Quite short.

Only Ever Yours (Louise O'Neil). This is rather like the Handmaid's Tale, but YA. It comes with a serious Content Note for disordered eating (of all sorts) and body shaming and implied sexual assault. And it's a really nasty distopia, and not really a pleasant read. I found it oddly compelling.

Lady Trent #4. Our Heroine sets out to do MORE SCIENCE, in a new part of the world. Adventure, mild peril, lady scientist... DRAGONS. Seriously, what is not to like? (waiting for #5 is what is not to like).


Reading:
Well, I was going to read Children of Earth and Sky (Kay) but the Hugo packet came out and reminded me to read TH Fifth Season (Jemisin), so I shall do that.
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2016-05-12 04:57 pm
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Reading Wednesday, uh Thursday

read:

Tales of Arilland and Trix and the Fairy Queen by Alethea Kontis. Tales of Arilland is shorts, and entertaining. Trix and the Fairy Queen is better. In any case these continue on from the previous novels.

Mrs Peregrine books 1 and 2, by Ransom Riggs. I enjoyed these, much darker than your usual 'boy finds out he is magical' sort of a book.

reading:
Mrs Peregrine book 3

also I am listening to Ancillary Justice, which mostly means I'm discovering I was saying it all wrong.
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2016-05-04 04:05 pm
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Reading Wednesday

read:

Cut. Which is a very graphic memoir, and not at all an easy read. Hibo Wardere is now an anti-FGM activist, I hope she (and others doing the same work) succeed, I'm not sure how I can help.

Trixter, Dearest, and Messenger by Alethea Kontis. Continuing the series that began with Enchanted. These are enjoyably fairy-tale stories. (Trixter is more of a novella, and Messenger is a deleted-chapter from Dearest and barely a short story)

reading:
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I've seen this recommended all over the place, so far I'm finding it fairly interesting.

forgot about previously:
while I was walking a very long way I listened to the audio book of House of Shattered Wings by Alliete de Bodard. Which I found interesting but not as good as some of her other stuff.
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2016-04-27 04:48 pm
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Reading Wednesday

read: collapse (Diamond). Interesting case studies but very repetitive analysis imo

Reading: Cut (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29540497-cut) This is not a pleasant read.
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2016-04-13 04:03 pm
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Reading Wednesday

still Collapse. er, or more accurately 'plants vs zombies'...
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2016-04-06 04:22 pm
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Reading Wednesday

Reading: Still Collapse, it's long and not as gripping as fast-paced urban fantasy... but still interesting