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I am charmed by the idea of a Jane Eyre board book. I gather it's a counting primer rather than a baby-friendly version of the story, but that's okay. (All I can think now though is: <The Count>One! ONE mad wife in the attic! Ahahahaha!</The Count>)

(Via this post in [livejournal.com profile] genrereviews)
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For Pratchett fans, "The Color of Magic" ebook with a bonus excerpt from "Snuff!" is currently on sale for 99 cents. This is the Kindle link, but it should be the same price at your favorite ebookstore.
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Thanks to the recent $1.99 Georgette Heyer ebook sale, I've just been introduced to my new fictional boyfriend, Miles Calverleigh.

Hm, I realize I haven't been tracking what I've been reading lately. I suppose it's time to try to catch up, although I suppose I could just dump the titles in my Calibre library and get most of it in one fell swoop. Ebooks are dangerous; I don't have space for another 200 physical books and that helps keep purchasing in check, but they all ever-so-conveniently fit quite nicely onto my Sony Reader.
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I've got a reasonably large TBR pile going on right now, but that's never stopped me from wanting to add to it. What have you read this year that you think I absolutely need to add to that stack? Fiction, nonfiction, whatever. To get some sort of idea of what I've been reading, you can run through my LibraryThing profile. I admit it's been heavy on the paranormal romance/adventure lately because I've been in a real escapist mood, but I will read essentially anything in any genre. Also, ebook availability (epub, preferably) for the Sony Reader is awesome since I'm pretty much out of storage space for physical books.

I'm currently watching the clock because just before I left for work, UPS left me a copy of N.K. Jemisin's The Broken Kingdoms at my door; the first book in the trilogy, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, is currently top of my "favorite things I've read this year" list <plug>and you should all go buy it and read it if you haven't already</plug>.
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So, I'm almost done mainlining Kage Baker's "The Company" series and will need something else shortly. I do have a bunch of stuff sitting around waiting to be read, but right about now I feel like a teenager looking at the full refrigerator ("There's nothing to eat!") or like a late-night viewer flipping through cable channels ("There's nothing on."): lots of options, none of which seem appealing right at the moment.

I turn to you, oh friends list. What should I read next?

Suggestions for titles on the unread list that you think I should go ahead and read or for something completely unrelated are welcome. Extra bonus points if I can get it from my local library. I'll read pretty much any genre although I'm not all that keen on stuff like self-help most of the time. Cheesy romance? Will read it. Biography? In theory, depending on the subject. SF? Fantasy? Yup. Police procedurals? Those too. Dense scientific tomes? Will read them, although it will take me much longer than a Harlequin vampire romance. If you want to see the sorts of things I've been reading, the books - YYYY tags are my reading lists.
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From the blog:
Bookslut needs to restock some columnists: if you're interested in covering cookbooks, poetry, science fiction, or comic books (or have another idea you're interested in) please e-mail Caroline with a letter of interest and writing samples.
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Good mail week: my copy of the new Dresden Files installment Turn Coat was waiting for me on the doorstep when I got home, as was my copy of Ravens in the Library. The day before, my Big Brick o'Shakespeare showed up (from an Amazon seller, who stuffed the nice, new hardback book into a plain tyvek priority mail envelope with no padding at all and turned it over to the USPS).

Louboutin pumps in today's crazy Gilt sale. *daydreams* I have fantasies of getting rid of most of my clothing and shoes and replacing them with fewer, high-quality pieces, but reality conspires against me. Challenge #1: finding flattering clothes for an apple-shaped fat chick. (Note to designers: no, empire waists do NOT flatter "everybody". They invariably hang, tent-like, from my not-insubstantial rack and get me asked when I'm due.) Clearly some of these clothes do exist; I've seen pictures! I just need to get better at finding them myself.
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I'm feeling like I need to own this William Shakespeare Complete Works. (This stunning new edition, commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, combines the very latest textual scholarship with illuminating insights into how Shakespeare's plays were and are performed. With notes on each page, photographs and thought-provoking essays, this is a glorious edition of one of the world's most important books.) Did I mention it's selling for £8? o_O

Of course, for me there's a catch: they don't ship overseas and I do not have any current plans to be in the UK anytime soon. Is there anyone who'd be willing to snag a copy and then ship it to me (slow-boat method, I suspect, because at 2700+ pages I'm guessing it's a cinderblock) if I send you money to cover the book purchase, shipping, and maybe a little extra for your trouble?

[EDIT:] I did some investigating and it looks like the the parcel would weigh more than 2kg with packaging, so shipping would be either triple the cost of the book (£26) for Airmail or almost double the cost of the book plus two months in transit for Surface Mail. I think I have a lead on a copy from Amazon Marketplace which would work out to be cheaper all told.
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For those of you who loved Cat Valente's "The Orphan's Tales" books, or--even better--those of you who haven't read them yet (I'm looking at you, [livejournal.com profile] chadu), she's presenting a podcast of her reading the entire thing. See her post for details.
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Making a note of the stuff I've read since the last post, in no particular order:

  1. Kushiel's Mercy, Jacqueline Cary
  2. Halting State, Charles Stross
  3. Your Government Failed You, Richard Clarke
  4. Succubus in the City, Nina Harper
  5. Steampunk, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, ed.
  6. Murder on the Leviathan, Boris Akunin
  7. The Death of Achilles, Boris Akunin
  8. Blood Noir, Laurell K. Hamilton
  9. Tong Lashing, Peter David
  10. Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
  11. The Girl Sleuth: On the trail of Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, and Cherry Ames, Bobbie Ann Mason
  12. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Haruki Murakami
  13. Songbook, Nick Hornby
  14. The Spanish Bride, Georgette Heyer


I really feel like there should be one or two more at least, things I got from the library and forgot to make note of. Ah well. On the audiobook side, I've listened to Casino Royale and Live and Let Die in their entirety. (Holy crap, is that latter definitely of its time; the racial references were pretty cringe-worthy.) I ♥ the XM Sonic Theater channel; I can't listen to audiobooks at work because I can't pay enough attention to them, but they're great for the commute.  Unfortunately Sonic Theater breaks things up into half-hour chunks on a set schedule, so it takes much longer to listen to the whole thing. I'm afraid to look at how many weeks the current production of War and Peace is going to take to wrap up, at 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week.
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Through July 27, Tor is giving away copies of all the ebooks and desktop images previously available to mailing list members. The list of books includes Old Man's War by John Scalzi, Farthing by Jo Walton, Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest, Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell, and In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker. Most everything is downloadable in PDF, HTML, and/or Mobi format.
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Thing one: the lineup for the 2008 National Book Festival's been announced. Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, Philippa Gregory, Richard Price, Katherine Paterson, and a bunch of other folks.


Thing two: the "Simon's Cat" animations are hysterical because, well, "it's funny because it's true". There's a new one posted:
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Cat trees *cough* ;)


Self, when you are running in to the library to pick up the one book you have on hold that's come in, you do NOT need to take "just a quick peek" at the new arrivals section. That's how you leave with an armload of books, some of which can't be renewed, when you already HAVE a hundred books waiting to be read. (Hey, look! It's Red Seas Under Red Skies; that's on my wish list. Oooh, Halting State. *yoink* And Whiskey and Water! No, wait. You have Blood and Iron sitting on the "to be read" stack; finish that first. Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run?)

I watched a couple of kids leaving the library with shopping bags full of books that they'd checked out. I used to do that myself when summer vacation rolled around. Now I find myself wondering if I'll manage to finish five books in the three week checkout period. =/ I hope I can swing a trip to the beach this summer; I will take a shopping bag full of books and sprawl on the sand and make my way through the stack.


I was planning to take the laptop and watch an episode of "Ghost Hunters" (a guilty pleasure) while working out on the mini-stepper for a bit, but it's getting late enough that I think I may just shower and crawl into bed instead with a Fandorin novel instead.
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I'm tired of looking at Apache and TWiki configuration files, so why don't I do something vastly more productive? *cough*

Real content. One day I'll have it.

First, the top 106 (why such a random number?) titles most often tagged "unread" on LibraryThing.
Bold what you have read, italicize books you’ve started but couldn’t finish, and strike through books you hated. Add an asterisk* to those you’ve read more than once. Underline those on your tbr list.

title list ahoy! )



Via kottke.org, this is a list of the 1001 books you must read before you die, from the book of the same name. No, I have no idea why lots of these were chosen either.

The ones I've read to date, not the complete list )


That doesn't include any of several titles on this list that are sitting around waiting for me to get around to ordering them (London Orbital) or reading them (The Robber Bride). Also, haven't indicated which ones I loved and which ones I'd rather have rusty nails driven into my eyeballs than read again (*cough*Ulysses*cough*).
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If you haven't already signed up for Tor.com's mailing list, you should do so tonight or tomorrow morning. If you do, on Friday you'll get an electronic copy of Cherie Priest's Four and Twenty Blackbirds for free. I signed up for them a while back and so far the only mail has been the promised free books, with links to some pretty wallpapers if you want 'em. Nothing even remotely spammy.


Edit: Also, Powells.com is offering a free PDF download of Star Wars: Legacy of the Force #01: Betrayal through May 13.
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  1. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert. I thought I'd hate it, but I didn't. I think I'm fairly neutral on it overall. It felt a bit smug at times. What, you mean everyone can't run off for a year and move to Italy and then head to India to live on at an ashram?

  2. Sir Apropos of Nothing, Peter David. Oh god, the puns. (The insane male offspring of the Harpies? They're called the Harpers Bizarre.)

  3. King Solomon's Ring, Konrad Lorenz.

  4. Small Favor, Jim Butcher.

  5. The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring, Richard Preston. If an enormous redwood falls in a book and nobody's around to hear me sniffling about it, did the weepy stuff really happen?

  6. Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction, Edward Gorman (ed.). Spotty.

  7. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Cory Doctorow. For some reason, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. If I'd known at the time I bought this (for like $1.50-ish) that it would be so hard to find, I'd have picked up a few extra copies for friends.

  8. A Lick of Frost, Laurell K. Hamilton. Why do her heroines go from "interesting" to "Emo McWhinypants" over the course of the series? Without going into specifics, my reaction to the ending was "Jubnu, QRHF RK ZNPUVAN! Naq n fghcvq bar, ng gung. Jryy, gung'f njshyyl qnza pbairavrag, vaavg? Naq lrg zber natfg, bu wbl."

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Ooooh. Today's free ebook from Tor.com is Jo Walton's "Farthing", which I've been meaning to read.

If you sign up for Tor's mailing list, they've been sending out free ebooks in PDF/HTML/Mobi format for a few weeks. (And to date, that's the only mail there's been. It's not been in the least spammy.) So far, they've given away:
* Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson
* Old Man's War, John Scalzi
* Spin, Robert Charles Wilson
* The Outstretched Shadow, Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
* Farthing, Jo Walton

Next week will apparently be Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell. I haven't gotten around to reading any of them quite yet; I've got several library books I need to finish and return first, and honestly I find reading large chunks of text on a computer monitor to be pretty hard on my aging eyes.
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More stuff to move off the "to read" pile:

  1. In the Company of Crows and Ravens, John Marzluff. A beautifully illustrated and entertaining study of corvid society and interaction with humans. Crows = scary smart and absolutely fascinating (ObFlirt: that goes for the human ones of my acquaintance, too. ;) ), and this book is like a 400-page love letter to them. (For the record: if I had pet crow, I too would have to name it "Edgar Allan Crow". Because that would never get old.)
  2. Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Cherie Priest. I'd been reading Cherie's blog ([livejournal.com profile] cmpriest) for a bit and figured it was high time to actually read some of her fiction, so I requested the first two Eden Moore books, which is all my local library system had on hand. Man, I'm glad I did. I loved these books (a Southern gothic horror series with a protagonist who sees and can communicate with ghosts), and the whole series is going on my Amazon wishlist so that I can reread them at will.
  3. Wings to the Kingdom, Cherie Priest. A few reviews I've read claim that the first book was scarier, but I found that this is the one that made me jump at random noises while I was reading it at 3 AM. I think it's probably because the story of Old Green Eyes (which figures prominently in the plot here) fascinates me and, honestly, severely creeps me out for some reason. While reading Four and Twenty Blackbirds does explain some things referenced in this book, I think it's entirely possible to read this as a stand-alone and enjoy it immensely. But you should read the first book anyway if you at all enjoy this sort of story. Trust me.
  4. First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde. I think the novelty of this series is starting to wear off for me. I was mightily amused by the idea of a Stupidity Surplus though. (Not something we'll ever have to worry about over here, as Stupidity seems to be put into use as fast as it can be produced.) By the time book six comes out next year, I suspect I'll be ready for more truly awful puns again though.
  5. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade, Ann Fessler. In a word: heartbreaking. Will noodle on this one a bit later.
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I've got a little widget over in my journal sidebar that shows some random book titles from my LibraryThing catalog. It just popped up this random set which I found to be an entertaining mix (in particular the first and second books in combination):


  • Hello Kitty, Hello World! by Higashi/Glaser Design Inc.
  • Coming to Power: Writings and Graphics on Lesbian S/M by Samois
  • Practical Unix and Internet Security, 2nd Edition by Simson Garfinkel
  • Midaq Alley; The Thief and the Dogs; Miramar by Naguib Mahfouz
  • When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
  • Hello to All That: A Memoir of War, Zoloft, and Peace by John Falk
  • Exit Music by Ian Rankin

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