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I've realized that the reason I wibble about doing book reviews is that I never learned a template for them in school. I mean, I'm sure I did the crappy grade-school kind of book review, but they weren't really done in high school, when my writing brain was actually active and engaged. Except maybe that one time that Mr. Horton made us each get up in front of the class and name three interesting things about the book we were reading, and rang a bell if we misused the word "like". >.>

So anyway. I am now reminding myself that devolving into squee about what I liked, or picking out what I didn't like and why, are perfectly valid reactions!

I really need to finish my commentary on Broken Angels and Woken Furies (aka WTF, me reading military hard SF??) and do my thoughts on Witch Eyes.

This is not a placeholder. :P

Cross-posted from DW. Read comment count unavailable comments at DW.

LJ is messed up again. Please comment at DW.
nekonexus: (shiny!!)
The sun came out around 1pm, so we decided to brave the (strangely typical for once) September weather and check out Word on the Street. Now, since they'd closed Queen's Park Crescent for this, there were necessarily detours on the 94 Wellesley bus route. We knew about them, from the handy posters stuck up all over Wellesley station.

Detour was not as advertised. We thought we were going south to College, but in fact turned north on Bay, and then west along (the insanely congested) Bloor. Fortunately, we had decided it was an Adventure, and therefore not worth getting irritated over. Plus, we found a Coat Check coupon taped to the bus, and so decided it was all some sort of grand scheme to ... lead us on a wild goose chase. Or something.

Eventually, we made it to Bloor and Avenue Road, where we made a stop request for the nearest random place the bus driver wanted to make a stop (and it was random, not at a marked stop). Fortunately, it's a relatively short walk down past the ROM to Queen's Park, and the road was closed to vehicular traffic starting at Bloor anyway.

There were tent-booths from all the big name publishers along that stretch, which we largely ignored, until we came to the Merril Collection booth and discovered they were selling bags (each containing approximately 10 books) for $5/bag. Dangerous, yes.

We restricted ourselves to 2 bags, one chosen for a copy of Mort by Terry Pratchett, and the other for Cyteen (part 1), by C.J. Cherryh. Along with those two, we ended up with... )
nekonexus: (pen > sword + Rufus)
Me and [livejournal.com profile] kintail wanna know: where's the Mélusine/Leverage crossover fic at?

Featuring spoilers for book 2 )
nekonexus: (writer)
(in Twitter format because the shorthand is useful)

RT @neilhimself @gregpincus: YA author Albert Borris had a stroke and can't tell anyone about his debut novel, out today. Details: Class of 2K9.

About the book, Crash Into Me (warning: deals with suicide) )

Caveat: I picked this up from Neil Gaiman, of course, and have not fully researched the author or the book. From looking at his website, though, he seems serious about helping teens, and there's no god-talk I can find.

Losing our words is something I think every writer lives in fear of. Hopefully Albert can get his back.
nekonexus: (civil liberties)
An update on the book destruction due to (potential) lead: the ALA is asking for your help.

Please ask your representative to Cosponsor H.R. 1692
nekonexus: (civil liberties)
The New Book Banning by Walter Olson.

Excerpt: It’s hard to believe, but true: under a law [U.S.] Congress passed last year aimed at regulating hazards in children’s products, the federal government has now advised that children’s books published before 1985 should not be considered safe and may in many cases be unlawful to sell or distribute. Merchants, thrift stores, and booksellers may be at risk if they sell older volumes, or even give them away, without first subjecting them to testing—at prohibitive expense. Many used-book sellers, consignment stores, Goodwill outlets, and the like have accordingly begun to refuse new donations of pre-1985 volumes, yank existing ones off their shelves, and in some cases discard them en masse.


This is absolutely insane. Think of the libraries, for one, who are "distributors" if not sellers (issue discussed further in the article). And I just.... Words FAIL.

American government, you FAIL. Knee-jerk reactions should not be laws.

More on CPSIA at Olson's blog.

arrr

Dec. 21st, 2008 12:46 pm
nekonexus: (Yule Goat!)
It would be nice if we weren't having Weather. But what I was thinking? It is January December after all. (... part of my brain is on fast-forward)

We need to make a used bookstore run -- to sell two (possibly three) boxes worth of books -- but the roads are ... well. A trio of snowplows just went down Don Mills, spraying liquid anti-icing as they went. The sidewalks on the other hand, are a disaster, and won't get better any time soon, since we're due MORE SNOW today.

Why do motivation and Outside conditions so rarely line up? ~_~


Speaking of, the parental units left on Saturday (in between storms) to drive to "Colonial Williamsburg" (timeshare) for the week. Mom notified us of this at quarter after ten PM on Friday. ... RLY. Calling at that time of night is generally reserved for familial emergencies. Way to induce unnecessary panic thar, mom.

OTOH - she did not wish us a merry xmas (yay). She wished us a "special holiday" instead. Some days, she's not so bad (when the evangelism is kept in a box).


Festival of Light is looking a bit iffy, as they're still calling for snow with 50km/h winds. And while Kensington Market is reasonably sheltered, there is the getting there and back issue. Still debating, as the apartment is a disaster of boxes.
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Previously.

Now: [Poll #1286356]

Yes, the scale is silly, but I didn't know you could do scales!
nekonexus: (Default)
If I were to publish a small (100 pages or less) collection of my own writing (*finished* pieces only), would anyone be interested in buying?

[Poll #1284463]

randomly

Oct. 22nd, 2008 10:48 am
nekonexus: (writer)
I had somehow got it into my head that Philip K. Dick was a short-story writer, so every time I stumble across mention of one of his novels (other than "Bladerunner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?") I kind of ... boggle.

However! Having been enlightened by Making Light (mad, mad props to the Fluorosphere), I find that I may just need to read The Penultimate Truth, if only to play "spot the bits the Matrix 'borrowed'".

~~~

The Hedley concert at Massey Hall was hugely fun, but also boggling. The average age of the wanna-be groupies was about 13. No, rly.

Jacob has a hot bod, but he really needs to lose the facial hair. And get a lighter mic pack before it causes a real wardrobe malfunction (more than the two inches of butt crack he was already showing).

A~and, because the world is small now, have the YouTube clip of the moment I was about to rant about. The moment that pointed out the incomprehensible generation gap: Jacob, down on his knees, singing to a girl standing in front of the stage and she kept her camera stuck in his face until he batted it away and made her do that thing you're supposed to do at concerts: experience them. Seriously. This generation behind us is too busy recording everything to ENJOY it while it's happening. >.>

~~~

There was snow on the ground still up here in the Far North this morning (by which I mean, Richmond Hill). *shudder*
nekonexus: (writer)
belated thought, re: Going Postal.

Oh. It's all meta. I see.
nekonexus: (coffee)
1 - Went out for supper with [livejournal.com profile] intothedream last night. ^_^ It was cool to finally meet her. Hope you're enjoying the city today, Janette!

2 - I think one of the things I liked about Supernatural was the way it used music, not just as background but as part of the dialogue, as part of the story. It was almost like the good kind of songfic. ^_^ I get reminded of this every time I hear Carry on, my wayward son... on the radio. And I think of that scene in the car with Ellen in the front seat with Dean, and Dean turning the tape deck on without thinking about it -- you're as cold, as cold as ice.... I miss these things from SPN, but I can't deal with the rest of the crap in it. ~_~

Also also - reading Smoke and Shadows totally makes me think of that ep where Dean becomes a PA on the movie set and he just loves it. His first real job! hehe

3 - We need a new pizza tray to sacrifice to the coffee gods before we can roast coffee again. Woe!

4 - There are two decapitated plastic ponies on my desk, and a third in the bathroom. >.> Make of that what you will.

5 - There is no spoon. :p
nekonexus: (can't argue)
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.

baaaa )

books

May. 14th, 2008 03:23 pm
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This morning, somewhere between waking and leaving for work, I culled four textbooks off my shelf. I really don't think I will ever need Boylestad's Circuit Analysis or the Tocci book again. And if I do, it will have to be a newer edition than the ones I got in '01-'03.

Now if only they weren't too freakin' heavy to mail out as mooches. >.> Leaving them in a pile on my floor isn't really progress.
nekonexus: (writer)
Herein lie spoilers for Little Brother. Get ye hence and read it, at least as far as the end of ch.12, before venturing in.

Chapter 12 was the one Cory Doctorow read at the book launch.... )
nekonexus: (Id Vortex)
*blinks at the screen*

10:30? h'okay then. I've spent the last two hours reading absorbed in living... reading Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.

It's an amazingly easy read. It's like... reading someone's LJ, or sitting in a room of close friends while they trade stories. Like a really good movie, when your suspension of disbelief kicks in full force and for the space of 2 hours or so it is reality, and you walk out into the world afterwards blinking and confused and wondering why nothing has changed when obviously everything has.

I've never quite had a book do that to me before. Oh sure, there have been things I couldn't put down -- Snow Crash comes to mind, and even His Majesty's Dragon had a strong pull to it -- but it wasn't the same. It wasn't being absorbed in -- not just witness but somehow silent participant in -- a world that was mine but !mine.

Marcus could be the teenager in the apartment next door. He could be someone on a friend's f-list. Everything he relates could be happening right now and is, but isn't.

You need to read this book. Each and every one of you. And then make sure that everyone you know reads it. And I have never felt that strongly about a book before, let alone one that I haven't finished yet.

(Half-way through, but had to stop for meat necessity break. :p )
nekonexus: (writer)
Today, my luck of the draw ARC (advanced reading copy) of Little Brother by Cory Doctorow arrived. Which is great timing, since I'd given up on Red Seas Under Red Skies after the first 50-odd pages. The "cost" of this ARC? I must read it and spam tell you all about it and invite you to read it yourself by passing it on when I'm done (and after Kiro has read it).

Instead of reposting PNH's blurb about it, I'll point you to the post on Making Light from whence it came.
nekonexus: (writer)
Pretend this is backdated to January, when the statement below was actually true. >.>

So. I have spent six or so hours today just reading, and I have finally finished The Lies of Locke Lamora. Strangely enough, I find I have several things to say about it, mostly concerning fantasy tropes and gender issues and realism.

Fair warning, mad spoilerz ahead. Do not read if you plan to read the novel but have not yet.

Also, please don't read this as me bashing Scott Lynch or his writing. Rather, I'm trying to look at it from a learning perspective, to note the things that didn't work for me, so that I can avoid the same mistakes when I rewrite my own first novel. It's a difficult task, I acknowledge that, and kudos to Scott for getting published. *thumbs up*

That said: It claims to be a very clever book about very clever bastards. Or one at least. )
nekonexus: (writer)
Where She Was Standing

Review by [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija and another one by [livejournal.com profile] coffeeandink.

This is only tangentially about the book. It's more about why I find it hard to think about East Timor.

His name was Osorio... )
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This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished, and put an asterisk* beside the ones you loved.

Top 50 )

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