tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
what I just finished:
The week I missed: I finished the last eight V.I. Warshawski novels in time to pick up the most recent only a day after its release date, last Wednesday. Finished that on Thursday, then, hmm. At some point I went to the store with a gift card and picked up a couple of books, including one by Libba Bray, but immediately got sidetracked into Beauty Queens, a different one of hers. Surely I read more than that. Maybe not, though - I spent a lot of the weekend packing stuff.

what I'm reading now:
The aforementioned Libba Bray novel, the first of her new (trilogy? series?), The Diviners. It came out a good three years ago and I'm astonished I hadn't read it yet, since I love the Gemma Doyle trilogy. (Aside: how the FUCK did The Sweet Far Thing come out in 2007, jfc didn't it come out like yesterday, how even.) This one's set, not in Victorian England, but Prohibition-era New York City. Loving it so far, and the next one comes out later this month, so my timing is perfect.

what I'm reading next:
No idea. The Diviners is a rather large physical book, so I need to find some kindle books to get me through folkfest weekend. Light. Fluffy. Good. Thoughts?
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
what I just finished:
In the last two weeks, since I missed last week: Broken Harbour by Tana French, which didn't creep me out this round as badly as it used to. I started re-reading French's Secret Place but got sidetracked by the discovery that there's a new Sara Paretsky book out next week, so I'm re-reading all the V.I. Warshawski novels in advance. I've finished the first eight so far.

what I'm reading now:
Tunnel Vision, the ninth Warshawski novel. I really love these books, but I haven't re-read the whole series in a very long time. I'm finding it interesting to re-read them and think about their feminism as related to the era in which they were written. It's also quite interesting to read them adapting with the times - I re-read all the Kinsey Millhone novels earlier this year and they are resolutely grounded in the 80s, while these keep up with the calendar and the technology even as I think they keep V.I. at an acceptable age to continue detecting. I'm also enjoying thinking about the times at which I originally read these - when I started the series, which books I picked up as they were coming out. I think I started reading them in high school, so it's been a while.

what I'm reading next:
I have eight more Warshawski novels before the new one comes out on the 28th. I'm spending a bunch of time in airplanes and airports over the weekend, so who knows, I might make it. :P I also seem to have missed one novel in the group, or at least I don't remember it from the synopsis, so, yay, it's like two new ones!
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
what I just finished:
In the Woods and Faithful Place by Tana French. Re-reads both, but not for a while. I am so desperately, perpetually in love with French's prose. Also Dreaming Spies, by Laurie R. King, which is one of her better recent Mary Russell books, if a little problematic even if you assume the Orientalism is meant to be period-appropriate.

what I'm reading now:
Broken Harbour, also by Tana French. Definitely the one of this series I re-read the least often, because it is creepy, but here we go. As well, "Coriolanus," because I'm seeing it on Friday.

what I'm reading next:
No idea. I just rescued my grandmother's copy of Wolf Hall from the pile to go to the used book store, so possibly that, finally.
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
what I just finished:
When I finished Uprooted (see last week's post, but: definite recommendation if you like magic and fantasy and female protags and... lots of good stuff), I couldn't think what I needed as a followup, but it finally hit me: Kristen Cashore's Graceling trilogy. I re-read Graceling and Fire while on the island and now I really, really, really want more from her.

what I'm reading now:
I am a few pages from the end of Bitterblue, the third of the Graceling novels. I love these books and their unapologetic feminisms and their brilliant characters and their insistence on working through terrible things.

what I'm reading next:
I finally bought the most recent of Laurie R. King's Mary Russell novels, Dreaming Spies. I should probably re-read some of the previous ones first, but I don't think I have them handy. Still, I think that's up next, and then possibly some Val McDermid.
tellitslant: (bond - bond/m - i miss the cold war)
what I just finished:
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Martel. This had been mentioned in my vicinity several times before I finally picked it up and absolutely devoured it/cried about it. In my defence, no one who rec'd it to me bothered to mention that it treats the following themes: Canada, Shakespeare, Star Trek, comic books. I MEAN REALLY. I'd like to read Martel's previous books, but looking them up on amazon etc reveals a lot of reviews that say "this is almost brilliant" - Station Eleven seems ot be her first where there are few critical reservations. So I will probably not buy her previous books, but may grab them from the library first. Anyway, this is a post-apocalyptic novel, but a truly fascinating, occasionally disturbing, and quite touching take on the genre. I would like more people to read it.

what I'm reading now:
Hild by Nicola Griffith. I re-read Griffith's Aud books recently and tried to dive into Hild immediately thereafter, but came up hard. The writing style is very similar, though Hild is, suitably, much more lush. Even when Aud is being poetic, it's still an almost utilitarian level of sensory awareness. It's also interesting to see Hild herself grow up to become somewhat more Aud-like. The two of them are definitely on a continuum.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I wanted something a little quicker than Hild (GOD I miss having reading time; can't wait to have a commute again) and so I picked this up earlier today. I'm almost finished it and it's delightful. Novik's Temeraire books were good for not being my thing; this is good AND it's my thing and I'm very pleased to have listened to the chatter about it.

what I'm reading next:
No idea. I got a lovely bunch of book recs last time I asked, so I will probably mine those. I'm off to Victoria this weekend till Canada Day, so I will need some decent reading material. I might start a re-read of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series with an eye to offering them for Yuletide...
tellitslant: (sugar rush - brighton)
I was a faithful and loyal reader and re-reader of Elizabeth George's series of Inspector Lynley novels from when I first encountered A Great Deliverance in, I don't know, '96 or '97. And then I was so incredibly broken by With No One As Witness in 2005 and I haven't been able to re-read any of the earlier books or pick up the new ones since (I won't say why, though the summaries for the next few books totally spoil it). Anyways, seven years later, I finally feel like I might be able to start reading through the series again. That's the plan, so. We'll see how it goes, or if I break down in angry tears when I start encountering foreshadowings of the traumatic event that I am still angry about. :P

Also reading of late: Jacqueline Carey's three Kushiel/Naamah trilogies, which are among my favourite brain candy novels ever. And I hadn't read the ninth one, which came out last summer - so I read my old favourites and then got a new treat at the end. :D Which reminds me that I want to keep an eye out for her Santa Olivia books - I like her style.

I also read the six volumes of Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series last week. They are not exactly serious and amazing books, but they're my favourite kind of urban fantasy and they were certainly entertaining. Plus they creeped me out quite a bit in some places, which is impressive - that doesn't usualy happen.

...anything else I should be picking up in order to while away the possibility of being snowbound in the next few days? ;) Or just in case I find that I really can't face re-reading the Elizabeth George books?

(PS. I have achived the ability to recite SG-1 dialogue in advance of the characters. I should perhaps not categorize this as an 'achievement.')
tellitslant: (lfn - nikita - cool things)
The trouble with the Kindle is (she says, looking up from its screen with difficulty) - the trouble with the Kindle is, well, aside from the fact that the right-hand button seems to use the same muscles that handwriting and typing (and playing iPod solitare but we don't talk about that) stress out in my arm, which makes for an unfortunate choice between reading and work - aside from that, the trouble with the Kindle is it makes it so easy to read.

I know, what the hell is wrong with it being easy to read, but I remind you that I am theoretically trying to finish a thesis over here, you know. It doesn't help to have dozens of excellent books right there at my fingertips in a tiny little slimline volume I can fit in any bag no matter how full it is. (It's also rather dangerous to be able to download fic to it, as I get a little twitchy about who might be looking over my shoulder on the bus.)

Anyways, I have been reading so many good books in the last couple of weeks - well, in between the bouts of old Nancy Drews and swings of novel-length fics in fandoms I don't even follow, wtf - that I thought it was time to write about a few of them before I forgot them all.

Note: this has extreme spoilers for the Shocking Plot Twist of the book, as well as almost-negligible spoilers for Elizabeth Kostova's The Swan Thieves. If you like books I read, you should go read this one and then come back and see what I have to say about it. You have been warned. Gentlemen and Players, by Joanne Harris )

Note: this also has spoilers for a couple of the not-so-shocking plot twists of this book. I read this one for the world, not the plot, so if you like that you might be willing to read the spoilers first and then see whether you want to read the book. A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness )

The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield )

Juliet, by Anne Fortier )

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, by Aimee Bender )

Currently reading: Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen. So far so good, though a) I am only 9% of the way into it and b) I have a sneaking feeling I've read it before.

Apparently I deleted my books icons! I must get a new one or two. Possibly one with River's diary. Or, you know, not.

(Of course, the things I haven't been reading are the eight zillion tabs I have open, but, you know. Something's gotta give.)
tellitslant: (slytherin - what you can become)
I feel like I have been playing a lot of people who are not particularly me, over the past few days. It's kind of tiring. However, I'm happy to report that the new flatmate is installed and now I am just playing "me, on a computer, in a room with another girl on a computer," which is a role in which I am quite comfortable. I should possibly get an Oscar for the recent roles I played in which I was not at all homicidal, though. I'm just saying.

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I have been writing about Wonder Woman! Then I took a break to plan my course! And now my brain has kind of gone poof. I think that's a sign that it's time for bed and a nice, non-challenging book. What else do I need to tell students on the first day (besides "don't piss me off, kid"?)? I'm sure I had a list of stuff I meant to say last term and didn't...

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Speaking of books, I read a fantastic one in the last couple of days - Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. (Midnight Riot in North America, apparently. How bizarre.) Apparently the gentleman in question has written a few Doctor Who eps, which makes a whole lot of sense. I picked it up because of the title and bought it because it was blurbed on the cover, by Diana Gbaldon, as "What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz." Highly recommended - and it's the start of a series to boot! (I read a lot and rarely make posts like this. Keep that in mind.)

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For my Sex Is Not The Enemy prompt, I received this lovely photo of two ladies making out in a bar. Guess what fandom I'm going to write in. No, go on, guess.

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Here comes the deluge of pounding rain. I think that's a sign that it's bedtime.
tellitslant: (wonder woman - wonder)
I am still trying to finish my year-in-review post, omg epic fail. Is it still worth posting, or should I just get started on next year's? ;)

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Today, among other things, [personal profile] jae and I had an erotic roll, complete with ecstacy sauce. None of that is a euphemism. I believe [personal profile] jae has pictures.

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I'm not generally an audiobook person, but I think I might make an exception for this version of Rebecca read by none other than Alex Kingston. And for only a tenner! Well, okay.

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I have been working my way through the 1970s-era Wonder Woman (for work! no, really.), specifically the period where she's been de-powered and made to put on a rather ridiculous costume that does at least come with pants... I'm having a bit of deja vu with the current storylines, shall we say. The 70s version is getting a little tiresome, too. However, I do like the classic Dick Giordano look better than the artist on the current book who can't decide whether Diana is a C-cup or an F-cup from panel to panel.

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Speaking of the dissertation o'doom, I have entered the phase where I turn to self-bribery to push through. First bribe: once I finish this chapter I am allowing myself to register for [livejournal.com profile] vidukon! I will probably feel a little silly being a non-vidder at a vidding con, but [livejournal.com profile] cosmic_llin and [livejournal.com profile] carawj are going, plus I hope to carve out time for some serious River Song geekery with [livejournal.com profile] beccatoria... yes? :D

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I finally got to the Art Gallery of Alberta yesterday with my mom, and we had a great time. The main exhibit was Edward Burtynsky - Oil, which was really fascinating - especially as, for those of you who don't know, Alberta has huge oil reserves in the north of the province, the extraction etc of which are the source of much political and economical discussion. It was definitely a thought-provoking exhibit, and do click through and take a look at the gallery on the site - just remember we were seeing the photographs on canvases of several feet tall. We also had a nice lunch and a lovely conversation. I refuse, in self-defense, to talk about myself while my stepfather is in the room, so it was good to have a chance to talk to her while we were alone. ("We should do this more often!" she said afterwards. "We actually get along!")

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In separate conversations with [personal profile] jae today, we talked about a) her new Kindle and b) my struggles not to buy physical copies of stuff that I can buy digitally, given that I don't know where/how often I'll be moving in the next few years. It wasn't until well after I left that I put together my complete inability to not buy books with the portability of an ebook reader. No, really, I have been so resistant to the concept (because it's not a book) that it took this long for me to figure out how it could actually be useful. Now I want a Kindle, dangit, but of course there's no way one will ship to me before I leave, and they're way more expensive in the UK. I may see if Chapters has any Kobos in store, just to take a look at, but the Kindle reads a lot more file formats, plus I would want to be able to read journal articles on it. I knew I would give in sometime, but this is a particularly inconvenient sometime!

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OK bedtime.
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (truth in advertising)
[livejournal.com profile] silentlonging suggested the creation of an alphabetical list of literature that has influenced us somehow through our life. This is mine, although I had so many overlaps that I am tempted to try and come up with a secondary list as well. Maybe I should just call it a first draft. I've also included in brackets a rough estimate of when I first read the book, because I found it interesting myself. I'd love to see anyone else on my list do this (please link me if you do). And now I get to read other peoples' lists!

books that have stayed with me. )

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