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Radio silence for quite a while, and only books postings for a while longer yet. I had so intended to be more consistent with posting. Hah.

Well. In the last several months, I have
  • Read a few books. Not many; for whatever reason reading just hasn't been a thing I wanted to do. But.
    1. Fluke, Christopher Moore (audio)
    2. The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination, John Joseph Adams, ed (anthology, audio)
    3. Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty
    4. Full Fathom Five, Max Gladstone
    5. The Brightest Fell, Seanan McGuire (audio)
    6. Medea, Kerri Greenwood

  • Made a thing: The Evil Devil Child and the Perfect Gift, recorded for HP Podfic Fest 2017

  • Signed up for HD Owl Post 2017.

  • Had my picture taken for The Awakenings Project, a photo essay/book about women's empowerment. Part of the process is choosing a word to embody/invoke. I chose DAUNTLESS.
    Here are my photos: Profile and Full face

  • Sang at St Louis Pride with my CHARIS sisters, and rejoined for the fall 2017-spring 2018 season.

  • Replaced my venerable MacBookPro Zoe (built late 2008) with a slightly newer one. The other morning, Tammie said to me, "Zoe's under the sofa!" I pulled her out and turned on the screen to find that it had been crushed. Before I actually made it to the mac store to get an estimate for screen replacement, Rosa pointed out that the whole case was crushed and the DVD drive now looked like this: )| Obviously, replacing the screen wasn't going to cut it, so we decided to use my (conveniently-timed, as it turned out) annual bonus to buy a newer, non-crushed MacBook built mid-2012. Chris performed surgery to transplant the hard drive from Zoe's old body into her new one, and she lives again. Faster and shinier, but also smaller. Old case was a 15" screen, new one is 13".

  • Played a lot of Pokemon GO.

  • Attended Beer Choir three times. Which is more or less exactly what it sounds like: a bunch of people get together and drink beer and sing (songs about beer, mostly). It's a lot of fun.

  • That'll do to be going on with, anyway.

July books

Jul. 31st, 2017 11:59 pm
semperfiona: Books on a table superimposed with "There is no frigate like a book" (books)
  1. A Study in Silks, Emma Jane Holloway

  2. A Study in Darkness, Emma Jane Holloway

  3. Three Parts Dead, Max Gladstone (audio)

  4. Raven Strategem, Yoon Ha Lee
    I hadn't planned to bother reading this, because the first book was so slow and difficult, but after reading a lot of commentary that said it starts right in with action and is much easier to follow, I put a hold on it at the library. Those commentators weren't wrong; I couldn't put this down and am dying to know what happens next.

June books

Jun. 30th, 2017 11:59 pm
semperfiona: Books on a table superimposed with "There is no frigate like a book" (books)
  1. Velveteen vs the Multiverse, Seanan McGuire (audio)

  2. The House of Binding Thorns, Aliette de Bodard

  3. Everfair, Nisi Shawl

  4. City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett

  5. How Jesus Became God, Bart D Ehrman

  6. Out of the Black Land, Kerry Greenwood

  7. City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett

  8. Slavery by Another Name, Douglas A. Blackmon

  9. Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty

  10. Not So Good a Gay Man, Frank M. Robinson

  11. The Card Catalog, Carla Hayden

  12. Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly

  13. The Other Einstein, Marie Benedict
    Abandoned after one chapter. Sounded so promising, but I didn't care for the voice given to the first-person narrator.

  14. The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne M. Valente

  15. City of Miracles, Robert Jackson Bennett

May books

May. 31st, 2017 11:59 pm
semperfiona: Books on a table superimposed with "There is no frigate like a book" (books)
  1. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen

  2. Gateway, Sharon Shinn

  3. Welcome to Nightvale the Novel, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (audio)

  4. The Cost of Lunch, Etc, Marge Piercy
    I got this expecting poetry, because I've heard of Piercy as a poet, but it turns out to be a short story collection. I read part of the first four stories, found all of them sordid and tawdry (detailed descriptions of unpleasant toilets, for example) and bailed on the book.

  5. Little, Big, John Crowley
    This book is famous, but I found it disappointing. Lush beautiful writing, but not much There there.

  6. Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (audio)

  7. I Will Not Be Moved, Maya Angelou

  8. The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi

  9. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead

  10. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (audio)

  11. Miniatures, the Very Short Fiction of, John Scalzi

  12. Velveteen vs the Junior Super Patriots League, Seanan McGuire (audio)
    Started this months ago with Tammie while on a road trip to visit her mother in Alabama, but we didn't finish it. I was saving it to finish with her but finally gave up on waiting. Turns out we were in the middle of the last chapter. Just started the next book in the series.

  13. The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters

  14. Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood

  15. Murder on the Ballarat Train, Kerry Greenwood

  16. John Dies at the End, David Wong
    That's some weird shit, yo. I finished it, but I didn't really get it or enjoy it, and I don't think I'll read the sequels.
semperfiona: Books on a table superimposed with "There is no frigate like a book" (books)
  1. Gather Her Round, Alex Bledsoe (audio)

  2. Conspiracy of Ravens, Lila Bowen

  3. Art of the Pie, Kate McDermott
    This was the "Big Library Read" for March-April. I consider myself a pie aficionada and also something of an expert at pie baking, so I was interested to see if there would be anything to learn. And there was A LOT.
    I think I'm going to end up buying this one.

  4. The Highland Dragon's Lady, Isabel Cooper

  5. Night of the Highland Dragon, Isabel Cooper

  6. Swan Song, Robert R. McCammon
    Abandoned after like two pages. I really don't want to read a book about nuclear war with the Soviet Union given the current state of the world.

  7. When the Moon Was Ours, Anna-Marie McLemore

  8. The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Seth Dickinson

  9. Infomocracy, Malka Older

  10. Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson

  11. Magic for Nothing, Seanan McGuire (audio)

  12. Hollow City, Ransom Riggs

  13. Library of Souls, Ransom Riggs
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Lots of travel combined with jury duty this month means lots of reading time.

  1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

  2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (audio)

  3. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante, abandoned 40%
    I got bored. Lovely writing about annoying people, and nothing much happening. I just read an interview with Ursula K. Leguin where she called Ferrante overrated, and I'm afraid I have to agree.

  4. The Burning Page, Genevieve Cogman

  5. Chapel of Ease, Alex Bledsoe (audio)

  6. Seven Surrenders, Ada Palmer

  7. Attachments, Rainbow Rowell

  8. Ready Player One, Ernest Cline

  9. Rasputin, Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs, Douglas Smith
    Abandoned 40%. Got lost on all the Russian names and went to something else and it expired. Didn't care enough to renew it.

  10. The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

  11. The Core of the Sun, Johanna Sinisalo

  12. Borderline: The Arcadia Project, Mishell Baker

  13. An Accident of Stars, Foz Meadows

  14. The Natural Way of Things, Charlotte Wood

  15. No Proper Lady, Isabel Cooper

  16. Hunger Makes the Wolf, Alex Wells

  17. Wake of Vultures, Lila Bowen

  18. Legend of the Highland Dragon, Isabel Cooper

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  1. The Magician King, Lev Grossman (audio)

  2. Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow

  3. The Masked City, Genevieve Cogman

  4. The Magician's Land, Lev Grossman (audio)

  5. The Cold Eye, Laura Anne Gilman

  6. The Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch

  7. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

  8. The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (audio)
semperfiona: Books on a table superimposed with "There is no frigate like a book" (books)
  1. Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher (audio)
    Raw and funny.

  2. A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers

  3. The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher

  4. Last Year, Robert Charles Wilson

  5. Digger, Ursula Vernon

  6. A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett

  7. The Invisible Library, Genevieve Cogman

  8. The Magicians, Lev Grossman (audio)
    Claudia described the TV series as "the characters are horrible people but it's oddly compelling". I can't really argue with or improve on her summary.

  9. Career of Evil, Robert Galbraith


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