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I AM BACKKKK! Well actually I returned late sunday night but then I was exhausted and also I have work and also catching up on the real life things I wasn't doing while on vacation, so. I am still exhausted but I am at least nominally kind of here! AND I COME WITH LOTS OF BOOKS.

Look, my vacation was CANOE TRIPPING, which when you do it right (which obvs I do) leaves you lots of time to hang out in the beautiful wilderness with a book. So. I read NINE BOOKS while on vacation! Plus I had a couple I didn't post about from before the trip. Plus I read a book yesterday. So. Let's go!

Wired Love: a Romance of Dots and Dashes, by Ella Cheever Thayer )

Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril & Romance, by Marthe Jocelyn )

Monks-Hood, by Ellis Peters )

Complete Fairy Tales of George MacDonald )

The Confession of Brother Haluin, by Ellis Peters )

The Android's Dream, by John Scalzi )

The Wisdom of Father Brown, by GK Chesterton )

Psmith, Journalist, by PG Wodehouse )

A Matter of Oaths, by Helen S Wright )

Murder Must Advertise, by Dorothy L Sayers )

Strong Poison, by Dorothy L Sayers )

Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale )

Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L Sayers )

Poor Yorick, by Ryan North, William Shakespeare, and YOU )

Two memes!

Jul. 20th, 2011 12:01 pm
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Two meme things, from [livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle! The first one involves her asking me five questions, which I am now answering, and if you want five questions from me, then reply to this post requesting five questions. And the second one is the "marry, shag, cliff" one, so if you want in on that, then reply asking for three people. Or you can request both! Or neither! It's all good!


In which I answer questions about my default icon, stealth space mennos, my favourite book, remembering songs, WWII, and a band AU of SGA )


In which I choose which out of Lord Peter Wimsey, Loki, and Rodney McKay I would shag, cliff, and marry )

Whyyyyy?

Jan. 26th, 2011 09:52 pm
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My issues with tv-watching have unexpectedly popped up in my audio-book exploits with the Dresden Files. Namely, I get to a certain point in a tv series (different every time) at which I acquire some sort of a...mental block. A thing that's hard to describe, where I both want to and don't want to watch the next episode. I know I'll enjoy the next episode, and I want to know what happens next, and I want to finish the series, and I know it'll be fun and interesting and all that, but -- I just somehow am entirely missing the desire to actually sit down and watch it. Even though I want to watch it.

The same thing can happen to me with books as well, if I'm reading a longish series. It happened with the Vorkosigan books, I'm currently vehemently denying to myself that it's happening with the Aubrey-Maturin books, it very nearly happened with the Lord Peter Wimsey books, etc etc.

I don't quite know what it is that causes it, but it's a stupid and frustrating issue to have.

I thought I wouldn't have to worry about that problem with these audiobooks, because it's not like I specifically sit down and make the time to listen to them. Listening to them is something I do while walking to class, while going jogging, stuff like that. It's built into my daily routine.

But today I found myself curiously unwilling to put my iPod earbuds in and turn it on, even while walking to class. I LIKE listening to stuff while walking, and yet I ended up just walking without listening to anything at all, because I just...really had no desire whatsoever to keep listening to the Dresden Files. Despite wanting to know what was going to happen next.

This afternoon I made myself turn on my iPod and go through the audiobook, so that I could find my place (which I'd accidentally lost), and as I did so I got caught up in it again, enjoying myself. But the very next time I headed outside to go somewhere, I'd already lost my interest in the audiobook again, and I had to make myself turn it on and listen.

I enjoyed it while it was on, got caught up in the story and all that, but -- now that I'm home again and it's off again? BACK I am to that mental space where no matter how much I want to finish the book, I don't want to keep listening to it.

GAH.

I HATE MY STUPID ISSUES.
sophia_sol: Hamlet, as played by David Tennant, reading a book (Hamlet: Hamlet reading)
As always when I return from vacation (HI! I'M BACK!) my flist/rlist is an intimidating creature. SO MUCH TO READ. This is not helped by the proliferation of Yuletide rec posts! So. Uh. I haven't read a blessed thing in my flist/rlist yet (and I haven't even responded to some comments from before I left on vacation!), but I'm already two days late for posting my end-of-year sum up of the books I've read over the course of the past year. (though four days earlier than I managed it last year!

This was a new year's resolution I made two years ago, and actually succeeded in accomplishing: to record every single book I read. And I liked doing it enough that I did it again, and am going to continue doing it for the foreseeable future.

I know, I know, most people at the end of the year post about the last year's worth of fic they've written or similar fandom-in-review type things. But last year I did that sort of post on my LJ's anniversary, and I simply can't break with a one-year-old tradition, can I? Of course not. (though this year's edition of it will be rather more in-depth, since I've been a much more prolific writer and podficcer! And the year's only half over!)

Anyways, here follows the books I read in 2010, plus commentary thereon )
sophia_sol: drawing of Combeferre, smiling and holding up a finger like he's about to explain something (Default)
For part of today's challenge, I am reccing three fics that are not in one of my major fandoms. Since I've got... a lot of fandoms, on a sliding scale of how major they are, this originally posed a bit of a challenge. But I eventually managed to figure out some fics I've loved, the fandoms of which are actually not ones I've read much fic for!

Where I Myself Cannot, by [livejournal.com profile] norah. A Temeraire fic, about Queen Elizabeth and how it was first discovered that Longwings only take female captains. A lovely look at the world, and at the characters.

Cakes and Ale in Fear, by [livejournal.com profile] rexluscus. A Pirates of the Caribbean fic, about Norrington in his younger days, being an ambitious boy but definitely still a boy. I especially love the parrying of Latin quotes.

Green Eggs and Marriage, by [livejournal.com profile] the_neon_one. A Lord Peter Wimsey fic, a retelling of the courtship of Harriet and Peter in the style of Green Eggs and Ham. Adorable and very funny.

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