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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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2016-08-17 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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2016-07-13 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.

This post brought to you with the help of dasher . Steep learning curve but helpful
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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
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2016-04-01 02:56 pm
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belated reading Wednesday

Read: Chimera. The end of Parasitology. I do not like these as much as I like Seanan's non-horror stuff or as much as I liked the zombie stuff. But I liked it enough to know the end, which, er, is not actually a high bar, I am a completest by nature.

Reading: Collapse. Diamond. So far, so interesting.

To read: I got the raven/reindeer book ya'll rave about so much.

Programming note:

My little finger on my right hand has had pins-and-needles for well over a week. Typing is hard. So sorry, not posting stuff. I hope this is rsi and will go away with less typing/mousing. But maybe it isn't? should I be seeing a doctor el-pronto? Very annoying anyway. Left handed mousing is also, I wish to report, much harder than I expected it would be (I'm generally ambi- if I practice enough).
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2016-03-23 03:32 pm
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Reading Wednesday

Read: Chaos Choreography
Well, that was, as expected, an enjoyable installment of the series. More Verity, and lots and lots of dancing. Yay, dancing. Probably this is not the place to start (it is volume 5), but if anyone does want to borrow it I'm done with it and have the US paperback sitting around taking up space (did someone borrow my copy of Red Rose Chain? I can't find it, I'm probably a muppett)

Reading: Chimera; Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire in disguise)
This series is less fun that that ^^ one, and the protagonist is a bit tiresomely stupid a lot of the time (she's getting better I guess). Anyway I want to know how it turns out so...

To read:
Since I am planning a looooooong walk I have bought some audio books (which with GREAT FAFF I managed to get onto my mp3 player, thanks Audible for not just letting us buy mp3s) including House of Shattered Wings, which I am told is good. I don't usually like audio books, but something to listen to while I walk is probably great. Any other suggestions of good audio books would be great.
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2016-03-16 04:09 pm
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Reading Wednesday

read:
future visions

A nice collection of shorts, but I'm mostly reminded that I don't really like short stories much.

The West Highland Way.

Interesting and hopefully useful.

Lightweight Camping, John Traynor

Mostly not new info, rather rude about people who do heavyweight camping.

Reading:

Chaos Choreography, Seanan McGuire

more Incryptid. gave in and imported the paperback. Stupid UK publishers being so slow
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2016-02-24 03:39 pm
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Reading Wednesday

Read:

Voyage of the Basilisk. Dragons! A round-the-world trip on a sailing ship (just like Charles Darwin!) Dragons! Excitement, peril, SCIENCE (of dragons), etc. I am very much enjoying these books (don't start here).

Reading:

The Lie Tree. I heard good things, so now I am reading it. But I've only just started, so no opinion yet.