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Books this year - lot o fiction

I took up a few different reading challenges this year, with no real rhyme or reason. This has resulted in an interesting fluttering about in the fiction section, as it were.

#1 Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit by Corey Olsen (literary analysis)
#2 Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (horror)
#3 Perdition by Ann Aguirre (sci-fi, horror, adventure)
#4 Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (mystery)
#5 Once Upon A Curse by Anna Kashina, editor (fantasy)
#6 Daemon by Daniel Suarez (thriller, sci-fi)
#7 Shadow Touch by Marjorie M. Liu (paranormal romance)
#8 Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu (paranormal romance)
#9 Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson (non-fiction)
#10 Nexus by Ramez Naam (sci-fi)(the most impressive book I've read this year so far)
#11 Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton (fantasy, thriller)
#12 A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (fantasy, adventure)
#13 The Jaguar and the Wolf by Leah Cutter (fantasy, adventure)
#14 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (thriller, mystery)
#15 Sabriel by Garth Nix (fantasy)
#16 The Looking Glass War by John le Carre (espionage thriller)
#17 Smiley's People by John le Carre (espionage thriller)
#18 Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer (paranormal mystery)
#19 The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow (paranormal mystery)
#20 The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu (sci-fi)
#21 Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (fantasy)
#22 Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chronicles 1) by Larry Correia (supernatural pulp)
#23 Spellbound (Grimnoir Chronicles 2) by Larry Correia (supernatural pulp)
#24 Warbound (Grimnoir Chronicles 3) by Larry Correia (supernatural pulp)
#25 Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie (sci-fi)
#26 Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross (sci-fi)
#27 Parasite by Mira Grant (sci-fi horror)

Unread Books meme

A meme is about the amount of sustained attention I can muster today, so I thought I'd share:

Top 100 books from LibraryThing that are tagged "unread".  Bold those you've read, and italicize those you've started but not finished or only read portions of.

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10/13 week in reviews

I knew by the time I got these posted, everyone else would already know what happens in the rest of the stories that these start. Shh, don't tell me.

Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest #1 of 2Collapse ) Teen Titans #1Collapse )
Birds of Prey #1Collapse )
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Rauros was calling with a great voice.

A happy 2012 to all of you, may it be of hopeful wonder, considered action, and absent disaster.

I reached Rauros Falls, and the breaking of the Fellowship, on New Year's Eve and didn't even notice until recording my miles this morning. This morning I decided that since Gimli is my favorite, I'd do the appropriate fan-girl thing and follow him across Middle Earth, and so today I set off to Isengard, in pursuit of Hobbit hostages of Orcs.

The last few months have been ... odd, as far as the insides of my own head. Something about setting things down in writing has been harder than ever before in my life; I've even been avoiding my journal, rather than forgetting about it, as is more usual. I'm hoping this sudden inspiration to share is a sign of returning interest, rather than a quirk of the new year.

I nearly missed turn of the Year entirely, having let myself sink into the hypnotic gaze of the XBox (and Dragon Age II) rather than deal with the passing of days. Unlike years past, I have yet to touch the oft-neglected tarot cards, nor light candles to the Fates - relics of my adolescent fascination with ritual.

That I avoid marking celebration days as I avoid noting down the everyday has not escaped my notice.


more New 52 reviews

more DC Reboot

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Red Lanterns #1Collapse )

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cross-posted to my Wordpress blog
And now, the Reboot. I will preface this with the fact that I was neither excited about the reboot, nor have I any faith that it will be anything but a temporary shot in the arm to the industry.

Some spoilers behind the cuts. I'm generally bad at figuring out what counts as a spoiler and what doesn't, so consider yourselves warned.

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Catwoman #1Collapse )

Green Lantern Corps #1Collapse )

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The strange proposal is - there are issues that don't do anything for me (as the reviews above indicate), but my reaction is not the reaction of others. So - if anyone reading this would like to trade for Batman #1, and possibly other issues in the future please leave me a comment and we'll discuss the exchange.

cross-posted to my wordpress blog

Finally writing about comics again

It's been a long time since I did one of these.

Buffy: Season 9 - #1 (3/5)
I am reminded of the beginning of Season 8, before it went off the rails (see: Twilight arc climax, pun intended), which makes me glad that the book has returned to those sorts of stories, while I am simultaneously eyeing the rest of the "season" with trepidation.
There's a lot of the humor, silliness, and angst that I liked so much in the tv series, and the sense of life passing Buffy by, because she has one purpose in a lot of ways, and trying to be something other than she is doesn't tend to end well, but I always root for her when she does try.

Madam Xanadu #29 - Final Issue (4/5)
A good closing bookend to the series, bringing explanation and closure to the threads, while leaving room for the stories of Madam Xanadu that have already been written (in the Silver Age, I believe). I like the team of Wagner and Reeder best - it was a signing with Reeder that caused me to pick up the series in the first place. The art here is gorgeous, and her sense of age and wistfulness comes through clearly.
- I re-read it in anticipation of Justice League: Dark #1, which is among the most interesting premises coming out of the reboot (to me)

(crossposted at my wordpress blog)
Do you think women are treated as equals? What changes would you like to see?

I dream of a day where the feminine is viewed as equal in stature, in my culture. When a woman can make a claim to power without having to also make a claim to masculine characteristics, nor feel shame if such characteristics come naturally to her, then we will be equal.

When a man can display feminine characteristics without shame, or fear, because such characteristics come naturally to him, then we will be equal.

I dream of a day when wanting the way our country works, our governance works, and our regulations work to reflect the variety of paths that any citizen's life could take - not just school-job/career-kids happy two-parent household.

Until then? It's our duty to keep speaking.

Lists of Books

The NPR list of Sci-Fi and Fantasy books - voted on by the audience, brought to my attention by nearly everyone.

Bold what you've read, italicize the ones you intend to read (in my case, the ones I actively intend to read sometime in the next 12 - 24 months, maybe), and underline the ones you've read part, but not all, of.

I have to say, this is an interesting list, and I have to echo sentiments that the mix of single books and series is a little disconcerting - and it's wrecking my average.

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I did something silly today

I took one of those drastic steps that I often mock other people for. Turns out, I'm just as susceptible to shiny, shiny promises as everyone else.

I entered into a contract for a 90-day food and fitness plan, on the premise that such a plan could help with the problems I've been having with my stomach and sleeping patterns.

Consistent rest is a very tempting shiny.

I say that the move was silly, because I entered into the agreement without my usual deliberation (or even 24 hours to properly Google the whole program).

Given that there are any number of life-style changes I could have made on my own before resorting to such a drastic measure, it's no wonder that I feel silly for having lept before I looked.

On Wednesday, I give up coffee. Goddess help us all.


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