Wondering if starting a new reading thread is a good idea...
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Some of you know me from other groups and I follow several threads here, but I've never begun my own thread in this happy land.
But perhaps it's time to pull up a chair and clink mugs/glasses.
Today, I am taken by a new fantasy writer. My younger daughter mentioned her to me last week, but not that she had read her yet; only that she seems to be having some publishing success. (They attended college together.) So I had to check her out and fluff her author page.
I discovered that her short story, A Witch's Guide to Escape, can be read online, in fact HERE.
I was truly impressed. Her story concepts and phrasing are powerful. Her delivery is succinct and appealing. She reminds me of two of my old favorites, Orson Scott Card and Diane Duane, and a more recent favorite, Kate Griffin.
I know that's some heady company. Check her out and tell me what you think.
>1 2wonderY: Nice to see you starting a thread. I for one shall be lurking. I shall get around to reading A Witch's Guide to Escape given your recommendation.
Diane Duane and her husband Peter Moorwood have lived in Ireland for a some time and they are great attendees at the Irish SF fandom events. I have to confess I have not read any of Diane or Peter's work but I have enjoyed their contributions to various panels and discussions.
Good luck with your thread. I look forward to future clinking of mugs/glasses and discussions on works of common interest.
Now, what are you drinking? It's my round.
>1 2wonderY: I would enjoy following your thread if you decide to maintain one. I’ve found maintaining a thread here to be a fun experience and the people in this group are great.
>1 2wonderY: ooh. There's some great lines a real nice touch my favourite two are: "So, it’s only a certain kind of patron I pay attention to. The kind that let their eyes feather across the titles like trailing fingertips, heads cocked, with book-hunger rising off them like heatwaves from July pavement" I love that. "Sainte-Geneviève in Paris is supposed to have vast catacombs beneath it guarded by librarians so ancient and desiccated they’ve become human-shaped books, paper-skinned and ink-blooded. "
As ever don't read the comments!
I appreciate your warm welcomes.
>10 reading_fox: Right? Here's another of my favorites:
His caseworker was one of those people who say the word “escapism” as if it’s a moral failing, a regrettable hobby, a mental-health diagnosis. As if escape is not, in itself, one of the highest order of magics they’ll ever see in their miserable mortal lives, right up there with true love and prophetic dreams and fireflies blinking in synchrony on a June evening.
It's wonderful to see you settling in here at the pub. I don't participate much anymore, but I do look in regularly.
A decade or two ago, I took a literature course at the community college - Science Fiction & Fantasy. It was a blast. (The core dozen or so and the professor continued to meet semi-regularly for several years after.) We each had a final project to present to the group. One of the women, a local librarian, really sold her favorite world - the Vorkesigan universe. I had read one of the novels, Brothers in Arms already; but Lynn's passion made me examine the series in more depth, and I caught the fever. This is one of a very few series that I continue to track and replenish. I keep handing out Shards of Honor and Cordelia's Honor to daughters and friends, but no one in my world has taken it up yet.
I'm upgrading to hardbacks, as the print is easier on my old eyes. I scored several last week, the plum being Test of Honor, because it has been too long since I've read The Warrior's Apprentice. I'll take up The Vor Game next.
I'm also listening to Bujold's Penric books; just finished Penric's Fox. I'm finding this series only mildly entertaining. I rate the seminal books of the larger World of the Seven Gods-verse, The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls, as masterpieces.
>16 2wonderY: Hurrah! I too rate The Curse of Chalion as a masterpiece. And I also concur in finding the Penric series less involving.
I have wanted to read the Vorkosigan saga for a long time, but have been put off by it length. I fear embarking on such a long series may be injurious to my finances!
>19 -pilgrim-: It's not the money you'll spend, it's the time you are wasting! Go! Start! We'll help. I've inadvertently bought a couple of duplicates of the later part of the saga that need new homes.
>13 haydninvienna: Huh, Neil Gaiman just quoted that to me in his 2012 presentation, 'What Is a Children's Book' read by himself in The View from the Cheap Seats. Great minds, eh?
>20 2wonderY: I got it from C S Lewis somewhere. But yes, definitely a case of great minds thinking alike.
>19 -pilgrim-: I will jump on the bandwagon and encourage you to read the Vorkosigan saga! They are some of the treasures on my reread-keep-forever shelves. Absolute escape into fun, adventure, deep thoughts and good reading. I believe I also discovered them due to the Green Dragon pub influence, among several other of my now favorite authors.
>24 haydninvienna: And I could be wrong in #22. I'm listening to the book, and my audio memory is not nearly as good as my visual memory.
In the whole of the Orange County library system there is only one paperback copy of Cordelia's Honor so I wonder how much longer it will be available. Although there is an eaudiobook copy of Shards of Honor so maybe I'll have to get used to that format if I want to read this series.
I had to go to the dentist on Tuesday with a couple of ouchies. Laying in that chair, helpless while someone is drilling/grinding/etc on one side and that awful sucking thing is in the other cheek causes me some consternation. I know that I'm still breathing, but I can't tell that I am. Doctor is recommending Valium for me on all subsequent visits.
Anyway, although I'm discarding and down-sizing my collection, I survived and thought to reward myself for being such a brave girl. And I happened to be just around the corner from the only bookstore in the county. I'd just been there selling several boxes of books, and had already bought the three Bujold books; so I had to poke around some.
Met the nice young man running the store and had a conversation about Discworld. Invited him to come join us. Well, and all that, I bought the first The Science of Discworld.
>32 2wonderY: Oh dear, poor you. Still, it ended well. Even better, if your young man joins LT.
Edited to correct the embarrassing error pointed out by >34 (blushes)
Even better, if your young man joints LT.
What kind of joint did you have in mind?
>34 suitable1: Whoops! That will teach me to post using an iPad and not preview properly!
>37 AHS-Wolfy: Thank you for that suggestion.
And yes, I have caved, and am hunting...
>36 YouKneeK: I will, but possibly not for a while. My reading pattern is circuitous.
>39 Busifer: I've liked almost everything Pratchett wrote that I've come across. I'm trying to be a compleatist, but I've got a ways to go. In honor of the new film coming out - which my children are bouncing about - I've ordered up Good Omens on audio. There has been a surge on the holds for it.
I binged on the Netflix first season of The Umbrella Academy this weekend. I hadn't read the comics and probably won't. But was very taken by the story and the characters and the production.
>37 AHS-Wolfy:, >31 2wonderY:, >30 suitable1:, >25 MrsLee: Your opinions please.
Apart from finding copies of Cordelia's Honor relatively expensive, once shipping costs are factored in, I also have a certain hesitation towards starting a series whose volumes I will probably wishy to keep, whilst away from my home address.
I also read somewhere that Lois McMaster Bujold recommends reading the Vorkosigan Saga im internal chronological, rather than publication, order.
With that in mind, what are your views regarding my starting with Falling Free instead? I understand that it is set sufficiently earlier as to stand alone effectively.
>41 -pilgrim-: Falling Free is almost a separate tale, until much later in the Vorkoverse. You'd be safe to start there.
It's not entirely necessary to begin with Cordelia. I started with the Miles stories and tracked back to Cordelia. You must read her two stories in order and the Miles books are better if read in chronological order; they make more sense. Start with Young Miles, which covers his first adventures and has the heartbreakingly beautiful Mountains of Mourning. (Plus the virtue of three books in one.)
Holy crap! Some dealers are really offering a rip-off deal. Prices range from less than $6 to almost $300. That's just stupid.
>41 -pilgrim-: My introduction to the Vorkosigan books was A civil campaign, which is apparently not a good place to start (it's quite late in the series), but I loved it! Enough of the backstory was given that I could either figure it out, or handwave stuff away if I didn't get it, and the storyline had me totally gripped - and roaring with laughter. I still haven't gone back and read all the other books (I have read some and enjoyed them but am slow to fill in the gaps in my collection) but this one is still my favourite, and one of my all-time favourite books. If you prefer reading in chronological order this is not the approach I'd recommend, but if you like the sound of a Regency-style romance set in space (with extra bugs) then it might work.
>40 2wonderY: I just started Umbrella Academy this weekend too - we watched the first two episodes. Do you know if there will be a second season?
>45 Darth-Heather: Yes. But… Some major changes - and I can't tell you more - so don't go looking it up until you finish season 1.
>46 2wonderY: sounds like perfect rationalization for me to watch the rest right away :D
>41 -pilgrim-: The first one I read from the series was Falling Free but wasn't overly impressed and it was over a year before I picked up another Vorkosigan book. Would probably not be my book of choice to recommend starting with. If you can't find a cheap enough copy to start with the Cordelia books then as >42 2wonderY: suggests start with the first of the Miles books in either The Warrior's Apprentice which is also featureed in the omnibus edition Young Miles.
>48 2wonderY: I'm only two episodes in, but am becoming attached to Number 5, the young guy who time-travels. I don't know if he has another name. I also like Vanya and hope something good happens for her.
I am hoping at some point there will be an explanation for their conception?
The Wikipedia page says Number 5 does not have a proper name, but is only referred to sometimes as 'The Boy.' Which makes little sense. Their robot mother, Grace, supposedly named each of them.
There are lots of details that never get explained. Sigh.
And the comics series is supposedly even less forthcoming.
>41 -pilgrim-: Falling Free was probably my least favorite. My first in the Vorkosigan saga was Cetaganda. Right smack in the middle of the series and it didn't matter at all. I fell in love. After that, I raided used bookstores until I found a copy of Cordelia's Honor, then forward from there with the help of Amazon, etc.
The reason Cetaganda was first for me was that I was commuting at the time in a car which had a CD player, but no way to listen to Audible books (which I hadn't discovered yet), so I was going to my local library and reading their CD books in alphabetical order for fun. I came across several authors I would not otherwise have tried, and a couple I love. Also a couple that were real stinkers (the books, not the authors!).
>50 Darth-Heather: By the end of the 10 episodes, Klaus is definitely my favorite. Oddly, less screwed up than the others.
Just got back from an extended break and this is the first post I spotted. Welcome, Ruth! Glad you decided to dive in. :o)
Just found and starred this thread!
I got sucked into the Vorkosigan universe a couple years ago, and am slowly reading the books in chronological order. My next book is Mirror Dance, which I do not own.
I loved The Curse of Chalion.
Sources for inexpensive used books online include Ebay.com, bookfinder.com (search), and abebooks.com, go for it!
>58 fuzzi: Oh! I'm sorry, I thought you would have seen me here in the corner. Hey-ho!
Seeking advice. I've never read Susan Cooper, and thought I should. I started with Over Sea, Under Stone, and I'm not all that interested. Is this one of those series that must be introduced in childhood? Is it worthwhile to carry on?
I'm listening to Record of a Spaceborn Few. Tried it in print and was having trouble focusing on the variety of characters. This is a frustrating read compared to the first two books; both of which had a lot fewer characters and a more apparent plot line. Not enough time spent on any one group, and thus, less emotional commitment.
I was at the library last week, and the very attractive cover of That Inevitable Victorian Thing caught my eye. I'm not terribly impressed with the innards, and may abandon it.
I was introduced to the Dark Is Rising sequence by a boyfriend when at university. He was so enthusiastic about them that he bought me the entire sequence. I dutifully read them, but they did not particularly impress me then.
In retrospect, I am more drawn in by their very real sense of place, located in a region in which both he and I grew up. If I recall aright, the first book has a slightly different tone to the rest of the sequence, so you may want to stick it out a little longer.
I do wonder how much of my own, fairly negative, response was reaction against the excessive hype. Certainly a lot of what I recall compares favourably to a lot of fantasy that I have read since. It still can't hold a candle to the books by Alan Garner though. They too occupy that middle ground, but they do not disappoint on adult rereading.
>60 2wonderY: the dark is rising is perhaps the best. I would definitely describe them as YA, and they are sufficiently dated I doubt they'd appeal to modern teenagers, lacking in any cultural reference points. They're also very very UK centric, so if you don't have that background they won't get the same effect. I greatly enjoyed them, but haven't re-read them for some time. The clever working of the different characters across the series is perhaps one of the better areas, so give book 2 ago, but if you still don't like it don't progress further.
>60 2wonderY: I've always loved The Dark is Rising series, though would agree that the first book is the weakest. I used to reread them regularly while I lived in America because the sense of place and mythology is so strong.
Listened to Record of a Spaceborn Few. I tried it in print, but was getting frustrated with the numerous unrelated characters and scenes. The structure is much different from the first two books, and suffers accordingly. Chambers excels in cozy small group dynamics. The status of the human Exofleet is center stage here. It did have a satisfactory ending.
Probably tossing That Inevitable Victorian Thing. Was attracted to the enormously pretty cover. But the characters do not engage me. Well, Helena and August might, if I kept going.
>67 Busifer: I reread Elidor a few years back and actually appreciated it more than I had as a child.
Growing up in a semi-rural environment, I had found Manchester as alien as Elidor, but I can now appreciate his evocation of the inner city of the sixties, not yet recovered from wartime devastation. Now that I know Manchester a little, the sense of place is as strong as on his portrayal of Alderney Edge. (And the latter was so powerful that I once took a short holiday there, simply to retrace the locations described in The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath!)
I can also now recognise where Gorlas was, and the other cities on the hills, and the significance of each child's treasure.
So, on that basis, I would say that rereading would not be a disappointment.
>70 -pilgrim-: You definitely manage to nudge me in the direction of a reread.
As it is something that I considered for at last 15 years maybe it's time. Back when I was a child they were library reads, so I need to find them. Should not prove too hard, I hope.
>71 Busifer: I am a little wary of rereading A Weirdstone of Brisingamen; it is the least mature of all his books, both in terms of its target age range and in terms of writing style. That is the one book in which he uses some names from mythology (such as Ragnarok, the necklace) for concepts not directly connected to their ancient meaning. For any of the others I would say unhesitatingly: go for it!
I met Alan Garner at the Edinburgh Book Festival once; he seemed saddened that most people there knew him only for his first, and least resonant, book.
That said, I must schedule another reread myself some time: I have the last of the trilogy, Boneland, sitting in my TBR pile.
Incidentally, if you have not yet read Thursbitch, may I leap up and down, gesticulating wildly with enthusiasm, as I recommend it to you?
>72 -pilgrim-: Oh, I haven't even heard of it! Thanks, I'll look out for it!
Well, drat! I've been scrabbling through my fantasy bookshelf this weekend, sampling all the unread books, deciding what to keep and what to toss.
I came across an interesting magical concept that isn't represented much. Now, which book was it? Must I tear the shelves apart once more?
Barbara Hambly incorporates the idea into her Winterlands series. Jenny Waynest struggles with her magic when she goes through her mid-life change.
The book I found and lost again is a school for female witches, and their spells have to accommodate the moon's phases. One lady says she'll be glad when she no longer has to be concerned about that aspect.
I'm trying to recall if this notion repeats in any other Hambly stories. I don't recall it does. I'm just starting Stranger at the Wedding. Oh Ho! I think I solved my question.
Are there other fantasy writers who speak of menopause, menstruation, (notice all of women's difficulties begin with men?) and magic? Perhaps Terry Pratchett addresses it in The Science of Discworld?
>74 2wonderY: The Hambly you can't think of could be Sisters of the Raven and Circle of the Moon. I haven't read them in a long time, so can't be sure, but it rings a bell.
Oh, actually re-read what you posted, and it wasn't a Hambly you were looking for. Ah, well. If you haven't read those two you should anyway :)
>74 2wonderY: I only read the first two Science of Discworld books, but I concur with >77 Busifer: that I don’t recall any discussion of the topic whatsoever in the books I read. I remember it mostly as theoretical, origin-type science with a tiny dash of applied science and a gigantic dose of repetition.
This is not at all what you’re talking about, but your comments reminded me of it. Clive Barker’s Weaveworld will forever live in my mind as “the menstruum book” because that’s what he calls a power that some women possess in the story. It made me cringe every time I read it because it was just so cheesy. It didn't have any discussion of menstruation or anything though; it was just the term used with its implied connotations.
>74 2wonderY: I am scrabbling in the deepest recesses of my memory here, but I recall the saying Weak as women's magic in A Wizard of Earthsea - doesn't a later Earthsea book explain this as being because it is linked biologically to this, and hence waxes and wanes with the lunar cycle?
In the A Weirdstone of Brisingamen/The Moon of Gomrath duology (by Alan Garner) the aspect of the triple goddess who is strongest (major spoiler:
I think Pratchett does touch on the idea, in some brief, oblique remarks exchanged between Granny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax with (or about?) Magrat in Wyrd Sisters, but I don't recall the theme ever being fully developed.
>83 -pilgrim-: I don't think I'd read only one of them if I manage to locate them, but thanks for the tip!
I've put out some feelers and it seems those books are hard to find over here - I had hoped for the library, as I'm not sure I really need to won them. But they seems to have been taken out of circulation since I read them in the 70's... which is not surprising ;-)
>84 Busifer: I may have spare copies. I was fortunate enough to meet Alan Garner at a signing, and now have new signed copies. If I can find my childhood copies - currently in storage - I could send them to you.
>85 -pilgrim-: As much as that would be appreciated I don't want to bereave you of your books. If you find them and still won't hurt from parting from them I will of course pay you for postage.
And no hurry. I'm still looking for them over here :)
Are you a Peter Grant fan? One of the elements in the books is of the Russian ‘night witches.’
An audio story today in The Washington Post speaks of their real history.
There is mention of a new book about them called The Huntresses.
>87 2wonderY: The real history of the "Night Witches" is also the subject of Lyuba Vinogradova's first book Defending the Motherland. Like Avenging Angels: the Young Women of the Soviet Union's World War II Sniper Corps, it works by collecting oral testimony from as many of the survivors, and those who knew them, as she could. (And yes, I still have not posted a review of the latter!)
>86 Busifer: I will look them out for you when I am next in the right location. As long as I still have the signed copies, the others are yours.
>88 -pilgrim-: I look forward to getting my hands on some of the treatments of their story.
The Huntress, by Kate Quinn, is the novel mentioned in the WP story.
After the torture of a root canal Friday, I took the entire weekend off, luxuriating in great home cooked foods, a eucalyptus foot scrub, and a fresh hardback copy of Vorkosigan's Game.
>89 2wonderY: That sounds like a pretty great weekend, sans the beginning of it on Friday. :)
>89 2wonderY:, >92 Busifer: I’ve had two root canals and really didn’t mind them so much aside from how long they take. Maybe it’s not the norm, but mine were completely painless. Even the shot of Novocain didn’t hurt because they numbed the area before they used the needle.
But in both of my cases it was an abscess that led to the root canal and the abscess itself was quite painful, so maybe that's why the root canal seemed like a breeze by comparison. :) My last one was a couple years ago, and the pain started right before the Christmas holidays so I couldn’t get an appointment right away. It was around a week between the time the pain started and the time the time the antibiotics kicked in. It amuses me when they try to write me a pain pill prescription after the procedure. After I’ve toughed out a week in pain with nothing but Advil and ice packs, they think I need pain pills for the miniscule pain from the procedure? But I just smile and say “No thank you.”
Yeah root canals are a breeze compared to many other dental procedures. Good luck!
>95 Bookmarque: I'm fascinated with your statement. I want to ask what is worse, but I don't really want to know. Does it have anything to do with the next (crown) procedure?
Pinterest is evolving into a marketing location. Mostly, I can ignore those pins that try to target me on clothing, household goods, etc. But now and again, my attention is drawn to a book. I'm very glad to have followed through and ordered this Korean children's book, first published in 2010; the English translation just came out. When Spring Comes to the DMZ. This is a textured, timely and loving look at Korea. The restrained text perfectly compliments the illustrations and leaves a hopeful message while conveying a particular natural science situation and a society's longing for re-unification and peace.
>97 2wonderY: & >95 Bookmarque:
Root canals can be nasty but I do remember Bookmarque having trouble a couple of years ago with another procedure that I shall leave for her to relate. Her experience was enough to assure me that I had made the right choice in not opting for that same procedure.
All that being said, I empathise and sympathise with you on the root canal work.
Oh there’s worse. Pete is right...it was a horror show. Brace yourself.
You can see my 2017 reading thread (and some of the health thread) for details, but here’s the short version -
After like 20 years one of my previous root canal and crown combinations finally failed (a middle molar on the bottom left) but I didn’t notice right away because there wasn’t much pain until it was too late. The end of the root replacement (the little metal post they put in) actually ground out the bone the tooth grew in. So it was extracted, but there was a complication - a tiny shard of bone was left in and it became necrotic and so I had to have the socket basically cored out and irrigated. Lovely. Antibiotics ensued.
Then I went through a series of bone grafts to support a dental implant, none of which took except for the last one which was MUCH more elaborate than the first ones. I had a piece of plastic or maybe teflon over the socket to protect the grafting bone (they call it a membrane I think) and the gum grew over it. Eventually. Liquid diet for a while then basically baby food for a while longer. No chewing at all on that side, which I was used to from having a missing tooth anyway.
After about 6 months of that - constant intense pain. You should see my pain meds journal. It was the most prolonged severe pain I’ve ever experienced. 4 advil every 3-4 hours for WEEKS. Anyway, the bone graft took - I grew lots of lovely dense bone, and the implant went in. But it didn’t take. The jawbone literally spat the implant out - it basically unscrewed itself from the bone and that was that. Hurt like hell while that was happening, let me tell you. I have a bridge now and while it works, I’d rather have had a tooth there even if it is a fake one.
That took about 4 years - from extraction to bridge.
O M G!!!
Thankfully, though I've had an awful lot of dental procedures in my lifetime, this is my first root canal, at age 65. I consider my teeth ugly, crooked (despite 4 years of braces), cracked (because of 4 years of braces) and dingy, but they are still all mine. My dad's teeth started breaking off at near my age, but he ignored them and had just a mouthful of stubs when he died at 86. I know there are differences in nutrition and environment, but our genetics are remarkably similar, so it's a cautionary tale for me.
I've progressed to near panic in the dentist's chair recently. Hence the Valium trial. I intend to do what it takes though to keep a functional set of choppers.
That said, people have always remarked on my great smile.
6 different dental people in 2 states. It was crazy. I was awake for everything except the final bone graft and I'm grateful I was unconscious for that one. When the same doc put the implant in I knew what it felt like to be a car in a mechanic's garage. Lots of torque and pressure and power tools.
For me smiles are about the eyes, not so much the teeth!
I've had both painless but lengthy root canal jobs and one that was pain of the kind I call "white pain", which is when the nerve is exposed and the pain so great that the brain whites out.
Happy to say that I've been spared the kind of horror that Bookmarque describes.
>99 Bookmarque: I think I should have skipped reading that...I have dentist-phobia. The last time I went they extracted a tooth, and the side of my face was so bruised it was yellow for a couple weeks. I also wound up with a dry socket from that visit. Brrr.
I hate the dentist, but I have to go on Monday because one of my crowns fell out. Ugh.
And to answer your question, which I so rudely ignored, the crown part is easier. The nerve is severed and/or dead so the pain is minimal or non-existent. No anesthetic needed for any of my crown procedures. Just a lot of shoving the thing into place which is only pressure. The ache in your jaw from holding your mouth open is about the worst of it.
Well, it was Stranger at the Wedding:
(Kyra) "It's bad enough having to alter spell-weaving in time to the phases of the moon."
"Yes," Rosamund sighed ruefully. "If it's any comfort to you, I am not looking forward to relearning half my own magic in ten years when my own moon cycles cease..."
I just stumbled upon a bit of the same vein in a Diane Duane book, different species:
Before her wizardry, while still very young with her ehhif (human), Hhuha had taken Rhiow to the vet's and unqueened her. ... Being ffeih did free you from certain inconvenient urges; sometimes Rhiow wondered how still-queened wizards managed when heat and an assignment coincided.
- The Book of Night with Moon
Well, I've been dragging. Hit with a whopper flu that moved into sinus infection, I lost all of last week. And I wasn't foolin' around... in bed, up to the gills medicated.
You can tell I'm reading in several universes. The Young Wizards is a perennial favorite, and I've wanted to read the feline stories, because it just sounds like a good premise. It's not doing much for me, though. It may be the blahs in general. I did find energy on Saturday to toss a bunch of stuff I decided could live without me.
I'm cruising through the Vorkoverse again, with Cetaganda, probably my least favorite of all of the books.
But the sun is out and it is spring!!!
>109 2wonderY: I hope you're on the mend now, and that you're starting to feel better.
The flu can be such a /expletive deleted/
I moved on to Brothers in Arms, and that was my intro to the Vorkoverse, MrsLee.
I'm a compleatist with the Young Wizard series by Diane Duane, and I own the first two feline stories, so I finally read The Book of Night with Moon. It must be a season for me. It went on and on and on. Way too much trekking around. And though I like the concept of species specific thought patterns, I wasn't really enchanted by this attempt. Perhaps Duane does get it right and I'm just not a cat person. It's possible. In the other books, Kit and Nita always have fascinating conversations with the Lone Power. Here, he was not that interesting.
A black day for Ireland! Nation reels as airport bar serves 'the worst pint of Guinness ever pulled' with THREE-INCH head to shocked English tourist
Multiple calls for the bartender to be flogged.
>115 2wonderY: - I picked up stray souls a couple of years ago. I kind of enjoyed it, but found the choppy writing style a little off-putting. I did intend to go back to the beginning and see how it started, but haven't yet done so.
>114 2wonderY: - you get what you deserve from airport bars. I doubt it was left to settle either.
>117 reading_fox: I found the first book in the Urban Magic series, A Madness of Angels, to be very strange. But I appreciated Griffin's ability to write from inside an inchoate character's head. You should definitely try it.
I'm back in the Temeraire world, listening to Blood of Tyrants. I feel as if I missed reading Crucible of Gold, as I remember nothing of them being in Brazil. I do have it checked off as having read it in 2017.
Interestingly, Lawrence is suffering from amnesia that covers his entire 8 years with the dragons.
It gives a new vantage - he tries to make sense of the actions he is told he took in those years.
Well poop. I got all excited about getting a new Vorkosigan novel, only to find on Amazon that I already own the Kindle version. I really need to start reading in my Kindle.
I finally got serious about reading the second book in Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse, Terminal Uprising. Though I've only read one other of Hines' books, this seems a departure from his typical fantasy trope. It's also more successful, in my opinion. I had read the first janitors book just after a Becky Chambers book, and compared the two, with Hines coming up slightly short. But both of them know how to world build. The first notable scene occurs inside a kilometers long hibernating space borne creature. Another sentient species has colonized it and harvests certain bi-products commercially. The janitor team is there to meet with a Prodryan, a race committed to annihilating all others. This individual is also a lawyer, and joins our crew, representing them in various encounters, while justifying to himself delays in finishing them off.
They travel to Earth, expecting to find only feral humans (a virus caused global disaster). Instead
>122 2wonderY: , last sentence (since I can't quote it): YEAAAAHHH! Instant wishlist!
>122 2wonderY: I had forgotten the team has an encounter with feral animals when they first land, till my sister sent me this meme:
I'm harvesting blackberries this week. Last year, I hit the calendar wrong and had to leave while the biggest jewels hung on the brambles. This year I am right on target. Got 5 gallons of cordial put up already.
I bought a 2nd hand ipad at a pawn shop. Daughter set it up for me and let me into their Amazon Video so I could watch the new Good Omens series. Watched 1st episode and I'm downloading the rest. No service at all up on the ridgetop.
>125 2wonderY: Yum, blackberries are one of my favorite fruits. :) I hope you enjoy Good Omens!
That's how we have to watch all our TV, 2wY. When husband is in a place with good wifi he downloads shows to the ipad and we plug that into our TV. There isn't any cable in the ground here and the cell service isn't good enough for streaming.
>125 2wonderY: Enjoy! (Both the show and all of those berries.)
>127 Bookmarque: Yikes! Well, you're really not missing much. I'm ditching cable next month when my new customer discount expires. I'm keeping the high speed internet. Not sure how I'd exist without that. ;o)
>114 2wonderY: Ha! Peter is right. Flogging is too good for him.
>127 Bookmarque: Wisconsin? No cable? You must be out in the nethers. I sometimes wonder how we will cope when this wireless and wi-fi system fails. My iPhone quit working for a day or so in town, and I presume there was a tower issue. But without land lines and local TV or radio, how would you hear except by word of mouth?
On a plus note, I ended up with 32 quarts of cordial and enough berries for a couple of cobblers. It was a fine, if hot, week. Spent time with daughters and grands as well. Couldn't get anyone to help me pick berries though.
I'm spending time in Peter Grant's world this week. I found the three Moments mini-stories that Aaronovitch has posted online. Then I was fortunate to be able to download the audio of The October Man. We're off to Germany to meet Peter's counterpart there, Tobias Winter.
One of the other Moments stories is based in the USA. We've met FBI agent, Kimberley Reynolds, in Whispers Underground. Reynolds – Florence, Az. 2014 is a glimpse into her subsequent assignment profile.
I've been trying to listen to the 4th Murderbot book, Exit Strategy, and I'm having trouble with the new app I've had to download, RBDigital. Grrr.
>131 2wonderY: I really have to get around to reading the Murderbot books. But I wish they were available in one volume.
>133 ScoLgo: Wow! Good news for those of us that would love to meet Murderbot again.
Has anyone found The Future of Work: Compulsory? I just added it to the series. It was marked 0.5.
Is it online?
>140 2wonderY: I am really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of Harrow's novel. It looks great and I've already seen good comments about it.
I'm thinking of creating a tag 'favorite guardians.'
My all time favorite is Uncle Alec in Eight Cousins.
Recently, I was greatly impressed with the Sweep, (his only given moniker in the book) Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. This guardian is not physically present through most of the book, but his self-sacrifice is central.
I'm currently reading Rooftoppers, and I am completely charmed by Charles Maxim, who rescues Sophie at 1 year old, when the ocean liner they are both passengers on, sinks. He is gentle, unorthodox and wise.
I thought of another - the absent benefactor in Daddy-Long-Legs
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