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Reading roundup
Demon's Lexicon -- speaking as a feminis
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49. Lynn Flewelling, The Oracle's Queen (Tamir Trilogy #3) -- I read the first two books of this a long time ago, before I started my LJ, but I remember really liking the first one -- it was the good kind of creepy. The second one must've been somewhat of a letdown (as middle books of trilogies often are), because I didn't bother tracking down the last book when it was published, or any of Flewelling's other stuff (until lunasariel lent me the Nightrunner books a little while ago). She also let me borrow the third Tamir book and I finally, finally got around to reading it. After the first couple of pages of Mahti (whose POV I never warmed up to really) I enjoyed it -- maybe not as much as Bone Doll's Twin, but I think more than all the other Flewelling books I've read, It feels like a decent conclusion to the trilogy, too.

With spoilersCollapse )

bingo: I think I could count this for book from farthest shelf because I've been shamefully remiss in reading it in a timely manner. Sorry, lunasariel! :P

50. Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith, Hostage (The Change #2) -- as I suspected, this book worked much better for me than the first one. With spoilersCollapse )

Looking forward to the rest of the series now!

bingo: second book in a series, self-published book, book with more than 2 protagonists (still five), book with POC protagonists (still all of them, as Kerry is half Korean), book with queer protagonist (Yuki still)

51. Cassandra Claire, Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3) -- birthday present from aome, so I could finally finish TID. It was still hugely melodramatic, but Spoilers for the series from hereCollapse )

The scene with the Carstairs uncle and Cortana the fabled sword looks to be there quite explicitly to provide a link to the forbidden parabatai het book. *sigh* (My book had an excerpt from same at the end, and I cannot say I'm particularly hooked or impressed....)

However, my book also includes a sneak peek at the "kids of TID characters" series (The Last Hours, apparently) with "The Midnight Heir", which I guess is one of the Magnus Bane stories, coauthored by CC and SRB? I actually really liked that one, though a lot of that is probably due to the Magnus POV (and some of it is almost certainly due to SRB's writing), so I'm not sure whether this is a good predictor for the series itself, probably not... A tiny bit on that, with quotes but no spoilers besides namesCollapse )

Next up: The Raven Boys, apparently. ikel89 and I decided to give it a shot together after some hilarious and/or scathing reviews. It seems along the lines of

Reading roundup: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Auri novella, Stranger
Kvothe -- label clearly
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46. Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell -- My history with itCollapse ) In any case, I finished it and really liked it this time around.

Thoughts, with spoilersCollapse )

bingo: book I once started but didn't finish (CHALLENGE MODE of "book from farthest shelf") -- it's not the book I've owned longest without reading, but it has been sitting on my shelf since I bought it in Oxford in Jan 2012, and I first started reading it long before that, when it had first come out in hardcover.

I want to watch the show, when I can track it down, now that I have the canon firmly in my mind.

47. Patrick Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things -- the Auri novella. I was excited when Pat first mentioned the novella (because, new Kingkiller canon), then skeptical the more I heard about whe it actually was like. Jim, my manager, told me he hated it and quit after about 20 pages, even though he loves the Kvothe books. And Rothfuss himself plasters the book with warnings that it might not be a book that will work for everyone. And, yeah, I can definitely see why, though I enjoyed it myself. It took me a really long time to get through it, though, given how short it is.

Auri has never been a favorite character of mine (the way Bast or Devi are; I need to read the Bast story in "Rogues", and I wish he'd write something about Devi's past, because that must be really interesting). But this is an interesting character study, and it's interesting to spend all this time in her head, with no external explanation, living by her tilted but very rigid rules and interacting with a cast of "characters" that consists almost completely of inanimate objects. I'm not sure that it really needed to be this length for me to enjoy it fully, but OK... Spoilers from hereCollapse )

bingo: female protagonist, protagonist with psychological/emotional disability (OCD at minimum, but there's obviously lots more than that going on)

48. Sherwood Smith and Rachel Manija Brown, Stranger -- this is the book that you may remember from the 2011 story about an agent pressuring the authors to 'straighten' a gay POV character. The book is actually way more diverse than just having one of its (five) protagonists gay -- there are multiple secondary and background gay characters, a prominent poly relationship, and I think almost everyone, and all five protagonists for sure, are POC. So, yes, a very diverse YA book set in an oddly cozy post-apocalyptic world with occasional superpowers and interesting mutant wildlife. I liked the mutant wildlife best, I think: the telepathic glass trees are really creepy in the best tradition of creepy trees, and the other critters, intelligent raccoons and telekinetic squirrels and [spoiler] fluffy kitty-things that spawn pitmouths. And of course the trained rats :D

I think ultimately I more approve of what the book is trying to do than enjoy the way it's doing it, although it did start growing on me more when the action kicked in towards the end, and I finished it having enjoyed it rather than being meh about it like at the start. More, with spoilersCollapse )

It looks like, from skimming reviews, I should like Hostage more than Stranger, except for the lack of Felicite POV. So, I will probably read that soon, before I've forgotten who all these people are and how they relate to each other. :P

bingo: book with more than two protagonists (5 alternating POVs), book with queer protagonist (Yuki), book with POC protagonist (all five)

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Thus, a bingo update, as this brings several new bingos: [cards and lists]

Random: BINGO x2 (5 bingos, 21/25 squares, 5/7 challenges)

csrb random -- mine

Book with more than two protagonists: Stranger
Book from farthest shelf: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (CHALLENGE MODE: book you once started and didn't finish)
+ CHALLENGE MODE: rec from supplied list: Geek Love
Book where I watched movie first: Divergent
Book your parent/child loves: Looking for Alaska
Book heavily featuring food -- Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Book with a plant in the title: Tsvetok Kamalejnika, Gromyko
Book heavily featuring animals: God Krysy, Gromyko (CHALLENGE MODE: book heavily featuring rodents)
Book without magical creatures: The Duchess War
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book heavily featuring kids (CHALLENGE MODE: from a child's POV): Wonder
Book set on a continent you've never been to: Akata Witch (Africa)
Book from friends or media: Mistborn
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Book by an author who shares the first letter of your last name (challenge mode: author who shares your initials): Smek for President, by Adam Rex
Free Space: Red Seas Under Red Skies
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Book by queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones
Book with queer protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives


Mix'n'Match: BINGO x2 (10 bingos, 24/25 squares, 3/6 challenges)

csrb mixnmatch mine

Book from farthest shelf: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (CHALLENGE MODE: book you once started and didn't finish)
School requirement you missed: Ulysses
+ CHALLENGE MODE: rec from supplied list: Geek Love
Book with nameless protagonist: Rebecca
Book where I watched movie first: Divergent
Author's first language isn't English: Gromyko, God Krysy: Putnitsa
Non-fiction book: Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Book set before 1900: The Duchess War
Book heavily featuring animals: God Krysy, Gromyko (CHALLENGE MODE: book heavily featuring rodents)
Collection of short stories: Love is Hell
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book with a protagonist with a disability: Wonder
Rec from friend or media: Mistborn
Book with a female protagonist: Akata Witch
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Funny book: A Blink of the Screen
Book with an author or protagonist of color: Smek for President
Book given to you as a gift: Republic of Thieves
Free Space: Hidden (Alex Verus #5)
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book with queer author or protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives
Book by an author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones


Serious: (3 bingos, 20/25 squares, 2/7 challenges)

csrb serious -- mine

Book from farthest shelf: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (CHALLENGE MODE: book you once started and didn't finish)
School requirement you missed: Ulysses
Rec from friend or media (CHALLENGE MODE: rec from supplied list): Geek Love
Book with nameless protagonist: Rebecca
Book by an author you've never read before: Jennifer Lee, Fortune Cookie chronicles
Book not in English: Tsvetok Kamalejnika, Gromyko
Book set before 1900: The Duchess War (Courtney Milan)
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book with a protagonist with a physical disability: Wonder
Book by an author of color: Akata Witch
Book with a protagonist with a mental/social disability: Prisoner
Book with a female protagonist: Guardian of the Dead
Short story collection: A Blink of the Screen
Non-fiction book: Musicophilia
Books with a protagonist of color: Smek for President
Free Space: Point of Knives
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book given to you as a gift: Wool (birthday present from my friend R)
Book with red cover: Benedict Jacka, Hidden
Book by a queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones

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This means I'm one square away from blackout on my mix'n'match card, and it should be an easy enough square to fill: reread of childhood favorite. But I can't decide which childhood favorite I want to reread, so I'm looking for inputs. (I reserve the right to read whatever ultimately strikes my fancy or is easiest to get my hands on, but want to see what flist consensus is, if anything.) OptionsCollapse )

So, poll:

Which childhood favorite should I reread?

Tri tolstyaka [three fat men], Olesha
3(6.4%)
Alya, Klyaksich, i bukva Ya [Alya, Inkblot, etc.]
1(2.1%)
Do svidanya, ovrag [Goodbye, ditch]
1(2.1%)
Sherlock Holmes (Sign of the Four?)
9(19.1%)
Asimov (Caves of Steel?)
7(14.9%)
Durrell (My Family and Other Animals)
6(12.8%)
Roadside Picnic, Strugatskiye
2(4.3%)
Master i Margarita, Bulgakov
9(19.1%)
Zheltyj tuman [yellow fog], Volkov
5(10.6%)
Konduit i Shvambraniya, Kassil
2(4.3%)
Monday Starts on Saturday, Bromfield translation
1(2.1%)
Something else!
1(2.1%)


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Two book news of note!

1) Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen has a cover, and it's even not-terrible.

2) Rivers of London GN story #2 will be called Night Witch, and set between book 5 and upcoming book 6. I'm hoping this will be the Nightingale and Varvara roadtrip we didn't get in book 5. It sounds like it should be Varvara-centric, at any rate? (BTW, anybody on my flist read Body Work issue 1 yet?)

Reading roundup: YA and Uprooted
hamster dragon
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42. Naomi Novik, Uprooted -- I bought this book while sitting on the tarmac during boarding attempt #2 (I think) of my flight to Japan, because I didn't have anything I was passionate about reading at the moment and I felt like I deserved it after the nonsense with the flight (sweet summer child, etc. -- the nonsense was only starting, of course). This proved to be a very good call! I read it while waiting for my plane to finally take off, and on the flights before and after sleeping, and on Shinkansen when I ran out of things to type, and it proved to be the perfect travel companion book: light and kind, easy to get into because the worldbuilding is fairy-tale-simple, and easy to dip in and out of as things called me away. I really enjoyed it! (SPOILERS)Collapse )

I think Uprooted might turn out to be my Seraphina or The Goblin Emperor for the year -- it's not a book that I became obsessed with myself, but it's a book I'm looking forward to sharing with a lot of people, because I think a lot of people will enjoy it.

43. John Green, Paper Towns -- L and I seem to be mostly in agreement in our John Green book rankings (allowing for me not having read The Fault in Our Stars because I've reached a point in life where a) reading about cancer is not something I think I can enjoy and b) reading about children with terminal illnesses is DEFINITELY not something I want to do -- plus I'm just really not for tear-jerkers in general), and, as much as we'd looked forward to Paper Towns, we both agreed that it was our least favorite of his books. Which is not to say we disliked it -- we didn't. It just feels the least interesting and fresh to me/us. More, with spoilersCollapse )

As I look back over the book and what I've written, I actually liked a lot of it. Certain scenes worked well for me, I laughed, I thought several of Q's epiphanies about Margo and himself were well done. But... I don't know, it feels like the book is trying too hard, harder than it should, and while it's a fine book, it is, I don't know, overly earnest, overly eager to explain, not trusting the reader to make the connections himself and spelling things out? And that leaves an aftertaste I dislike...

44. John Green, An Abundance of Katherines -- this, conversely, is both L's and mine favorite of the John Green books. Spoilers!Collapse )

Apparently Katherines is the worst selling of Green's books, like by a lot, which makes me a bit sad, but I suppose it's not surprising, given the math and the less "everyman" protagonist. But I like it a lot, and I'm glad it's L's favorite, too.

45. Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride -- L likes reading Sarah Dessen, but this was my first time trying one of her books. I picked it up from L's pile and the protagonist's name in the blurb drew my attention, as well as her background, so I tried the first page, and just kept reading. Also, I've come to the conclusion that Auden is actually a pretty cool girl's name. More, with spoilersCollapse )

I will probably be trying a couple of the other Dessen books L has lying around, although I do think this one was probably particularly well-suited to me by virtue of the protagonist and her parents.

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No new bingo squares to report, but I'm in the middle of reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for the unfinished/farthest shelf square (which should take care of one of the two remaining squares on the Mix'n'Match card, and net me two more bingos there), North and South (which should take care of the antonyms square), and Stranger (which should take care of the >2 protagonists one) and help with some Random card bingos.

Reading roundup and the end of the Ulysses Pact
geeky -- dictionary
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38. Arika Okrent, In the Land of Invented Languages -- OMG, this was delightful! lunasariel recommended the book to me last year, when I was searching for a nonfiction book for the 2014 Reading Bingo, and one of the local libraries had a copy, but I was on my Kindle kick, so I read something else instead. Then I was dealing with lost books on various library cards (thanks, L!), and only recently recovered the ability to take out hard copy books from the library, and finally remembered to track this down. I think I'm buying a copy, because I bet B would get a kick out of it, too -- even the parts that I didn't already read aloud to him or retell. More on this, and neat things I learnedCollapse )

bingo: non-fiction, author I've never read before

39. Sergei Lukyanenko, Shestoj Dozor [Sixth Watch] -- whatever I may think about Lukyanenko's politics, his Watch books are compulsively readable. I was really in the mood for urban fantasy, and after The Diviners didn't seem to be doing it for me (I'm not sure if I've totally given up or should just wait for a different mood to pick it up again) I went for this book, which was part of ikel89's New Years goodies package.

So, every book in the series has felt like "the last book" since book 3, but apparently this one is really the last, because SPOILERSCollapse )

bingo: book not in English, author's first language isn't English

40. Katherine Dunn, Geek Love -- this is one of the books on the "mandatory rec" list for the CSRB, and I hadn't made up my mind to read it, just encountered it in the library stacks when looking for something else entirely. I'm a great believer in library shelf serendipity, so of course I took it. I would've thought "Geek" had its modern meaning here, but deeplyunhip had explained this was a book about a carnival freak show. The carnival setting and the deeplyunhip connection contrived to make me expect this book to be something like the Big Fish movie, which I love. Spoiler: it's not at all like Big Fish. Which is not to say that I didn't enjoy it -- it was a powerful read, and something I wouldn't have picked up on my own, which is a good thing for me when it comes to bingo reads. But way, way darker than I prefer my reading to be (very dark magical realism more than horror, probably, but not that much more), and not a book I foresee much desire to revisit. MAJOR SPOILERSCollapse )

So, well. I'm glad I read it. But when I was finishing up, I told B I was reading this book, and it was really fucked up, and he asked me why I was reading it. It was a bit like a trainwreck at that point, and I guess part of it was that. Part of it was that it was really well written. But I'm not planning to go in there again.

bingo: rec from "mandatory" list, author I've never read before

And, posting a few days ahead of the June 16 deadline: I have completed the Ulysses Pact! And thus:

41. James Joyce, Ulysses -- Well, it's done. Brief thoughts on the last bit, non-spoileryCollapse ) I don't know that I have any grand thoughts overall now that I've finished the whole thing. I'm thrilled I finally read it, after planning to for years, and I'm pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the Bloom bits. I'm not sure I've ever read a book where I had to look up so many words, or float along while understanding so little through some parts of it. The whole thing *is* quite mad, and I don't understand how people devote their lives to studying it, or, rather, how they avoid going mad while doing so (maybe they don't?).

bingo: school requirement you missed

And CSRB update, since I have a couple of new bingos this week: [cards and lists]

Serious: BINGO! (3 bingos, 19/25 squares, 1/7 challenges)

csrb serious -- mine

School requirement you missed: Ulysses
Rec from friend or media (CHALLENGE MODE: rec from supplied list): Geek Love
Book with nameless protagonist: Rebecca
Book by an author you've never read before: Jennifer Lee, Fortune Cookie chronicles
Book not in English: Tsvetok Kamalejnika, Gromyko
Book set before 1900: The Duchess War (Courtney Milan)
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book with a protagonist with a physical disability: Wonder
Book by an author of color: Akata Witch
Book with a protagonist with a mental/social disability: Prisoner
Book with a female protagonist: Guardian of the Dead
Short story collection: A Blink of the Screen
Non-fiction book: Musicophilia
Books with a protagonist of color: Smek for President
Free Space: Point of Knives
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book given to you as a gift: Wool (birthday present from my friend R)
Book with red cover: Benedict Jacka, Hidden
Book by a queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones


Mix'n'Match: BINGO! (8 bingos, 23/25 squares, 2/6 challenges)

csrb mixnmatch mine

School requirement you missed: Ulysses
+ CHALLENGE MODE: rec from supplied list: Geek Love
Book with nameless protagonist: Rebecca
Book where I watched movie first: Divergent
Author's first language isn't English: Gromyko, God Krysy: Putnitsa
Non-fiction book: Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Book set before 1900: The Duchess War
Book heavily featuring animals: God Krysy, Gromyko (CHALLENGE MODE: book heavily featuring rodents)
Collection of short stories: Love is Hell
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book with a protagonist with a disability: Wonder
Rec from friend or media: Mistborn
Book with a female protagonist: Akata Witch
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Funny book: A Blink of the Screen
Book with an author or protagonist of color: Smek for President
Book given to you as a gift: Republic of Thieves
Free Space: Hidden (Alex Verus #5)
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book with queer author or protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives
Book by an author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones

Random: (3 bingos, 19/25 squares, 4/7 challenges) -- how weird... I thought Random would be the easiest one, but actually, except for the number of challenges, it is currently matched with Serious, which I figured would be the hardest...

+ CHALLENGE MODE: rec from supplied list: Geek Love
Book where I watched movie first: Divergent
Book your parent/child loves: Looking for Alaska
Book heavily featuring food -- Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Book with a plant in the title: Tsvetok Kamalejnika, Gromyko
Book heavily featuring animals: God Krysy, Gromyko (CHALLENGE MODE: book heavily featuring rodents)
Book without magical creatures: The Duchess War
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book heavily featuring kids (CHALLENGE MODE: from a child's POV): Wonder
Book set on a continent you've never been to: Akata Witch (Africa)
Book from friends or media: Mistborn
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Book by an author who shares the first letter of your last name (challenge mode: author who shares your initials): Smek for President, by Adam Rex
Free Space: Red Seas Under Red Skies
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Book by queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones
Book with queer protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives

(no point in uploading the card for this one)

Reading roundup
hamster on a typewriter
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34. Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Saga (volume 3) -- why volume 3? because that what my library had on the shelf when I remembered I'd been meaning to check it out. See, I'd read up on it around Yuletide (courtesy of snickfic, probably?) and thus knew the story and was pretty sure it would work for me, but wanted to read a volume for myself to see if it was worth tracking down in order. It totally is! Spoilers!Collapse )

bingo: graphic novel, POC protagonist (Alanna), author I'd never read before

Bonus: Saga/Locke Lamora mini-crossover by Scott Lynch

35. Brian Vaughan and Niko Henrichon, Pride of Baghdad -- awww, man! I really enjoyed this GN about lions who escape from the Baghdad Zoo during 2003 bombings, but spoilersCollapse )

I remember this was recommended during the CSRB recs search, but I can't remember by whom... was it you, ms_geekette? Whoever it was, thank you! I never would've thought to pick up this book otherwise, and I'm glad I did.

bingo: graphic novel, book featuring animals

36. Mary Roach, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex -- I was looking for a Mary Roach book since I already happened to be in the nonfiction stacks at the library, a place I rarely venture, and they had this one and Gulp, and this seemed the more intriguing (and less gross, frankly) subject. I'd never read anything by Mary Roach before, though I'd heard plenty about her work, and was curious to check it out. Definitely enjoyable! I learned some interesting things, and giggled more than once. I tend to read nonfiction slowly, interspersed with other things, but the breezy style of this one meant that I finished it in just a couple of days, even when they were days without commutes.

Also, the cover is totally adorable (the ladybugs -- "porking" as L put it, which is a hilarious word to apply to bugs -- are also on the spine and in a corner of the back cover. So cute! That may have had something to do with my choice, too.

Thoughts and factoidsCollapse )

So, this was fun! Other Mary Roach titles you'd especially recommend? I think I want to read more of her, at some point.

bingo: non-fiction book, author I've never read before

37. Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca -- So, like, gothics really aren't my thing, but if I skimmed all the melodramatic premonitions of doom and also the interminable paeans to Manderley (which, for the record, I keep trying to spell "Manderly" because of the pie-loving Westeros lord XD) -- so, like, half the book -- I actually did enjoy the reading experience. I'm a biiiit unclear on the moral though... Spoilers from hereCollapse )

So, that was an interesting read, and something I never would have embarked on if not for the bingo.

bingo: nameless protagonist, female protagonist, author I've never read before

Bonus: SRB's hilarious m15m-style write-up fo the book, that I read back when she first posted it, but was much more fully able to appreciate now.

CSRB updates (meager, as I've already checked off all the easy ones several times over), but I do have a couple of new bingos this week: [cards and lists]

MIX'N'MATCH: BINGO x2! (7 bingos, 22/25 squares, 1/6 challenges)

csrb mixnmatch mine

Book with nameless protagonist: Rebecca
Book where I watched movie first: Divergent
Author's first language isn't English: Gromyko, God Krysy: Putnitsa
Non-fiction book: Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Book set before 1900: The Duchess War
Book heavily featuring animals: God Krysy, Gromyko (CHALLENGE MODE: book heavily featuring rodents)
Collection of short stories: Love is Hell
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book with a protagonist with a disability: Wonder
Rec from friend or media: Mistborn
Book with a female protagonist: Akata Witch
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Funny book: A Blink of the Screen
Book with an author or protagonist of color: Smek for President
Book given to you as a gift: Republic of Thieves
Free Space: Hidden (Alex Verus #5)
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book with queer author or protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of KnivesBook by an author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones


SERIOUS: BINGO! (2 bingo, 17/25 squares, 0/7 challenges)

csrb serious -- mine

Book with nameless protagonist: Rebecca
Book by an author you've never read before: Jennifer Lee, Fortune Cookie chronicles
Book not in English: Tsvetok Kamalejnika, Gromyko
Book set before 1900: The Duchess War (Courtney Milan)
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book with a protagonist with a physical disability: Wonder
Book by an author of color: Akata Witch
Book with a protagonist with a mental/social disability: Prisoner
Book with a female protagonist: Guardian of the Dead
Short story collection: A Blink of the Screen
Non-fiction book: Musicophilia
Books with a protagonist of color: Smek for President
Free Space: Point of Knives
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book given to you as a gift: Wool (birthday present from my friend R)
Book with red cover: Benedict Jacka, Hidden
Book by a queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones


RANDOM: (3 bingos, 19/25 squares, 3/7 challenges)

csrb random -- mine

Book where I watched movie first: Divergent
Book your parent/child loves: Looking for Alaska
Book heavily featuring food -- Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Book with a plant in the title: Tsvetok Kamalejnika, Gromyko
Book heavily featuring animals: God Krysy, Gromyko (CHALLENGE MODE: book heavily featuring rodents)
Book without magical creatures: The Duchess War
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book heavily featuring kids (CHALLENGE MODE: from a child's POV): Wonder
Book set on a continent you've never been to: Akata Witch (Africa)
Book from friends or media: Mistborn
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Book by an author who shares the first letter of your last name (challenge mode: author who shares your initials): Smek for President, by Adam Rex
Free Space: Red Seas Under Red Skies
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Book by queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones
Book with queer protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives


I'm now far enough along that I kind of know what a lot of the other squares could be filled with. For others, I'm still looking for things, so please feel free to sway me, or read along with me!

Remaining squaresCollapse )

Reading roundup: Divergent, God Krysy, Ulysses pact #7,
rat -- oh my
hamsterwoman
Ulysses pact: 78%, p.463/563, location 8303. Line marker: "Mind you, I'm not saying that it's all a pure invention, he resumed." Thoughts and quotesCollapse )

32. Veronica Roth, Divergent -- so, as I intimated in a previous reading post, this actually wasn't so bad... I mean, if I wanted to get through Divergent the book with a minimum of eyerolling, watching the movie first was definitely the right call, because it has inured me to everything that is stupid about the worldbuilding/premise, and the book actually seems well thought out and subtle by comparison -- BY COMPARISON, mind you! -- which I was not expecting at all. Thoughts, with spoilersCollapse )

bingo: book I met first as a movie, author I'd never read before, female protagonist

33. Olga Gromyko, God Krysy: Putnitsa (part 2 of duology) -- Wait... what? Has Gromyko suddenly decided real endings are for wimps or something? Tsvetok Kamaleynika had a weird non-ending cliffhangery thing. This book just sort of stops, after the climax but without anything that feels like an emotional resolution. This is annoying! Or did I get a copy without the ending or something? And the structure of the book had been weird till then, too -- while the first book was omniscient, the action did stick with Ryska and her companions. Here we get a profusion of random POVs Spoilers from hereCollapse )

bingo: book not in English, author's first language not English, heavily featuring rodents, second book in a series

CSRB: definitely slowing down. This week's set just brings one new square to Random and two squares (and a BINGO) to Mix'N'Match (but last week I had a Bingo on Random that I forgot to remark on). [CSRB cards]

RANDOM: BINGO! (from last week), (3 bingos, 18/25 squares, 3/7 challenges)

csrb random -- mine

Book where I watched movie first: Divergent
Book your parent/child loves: Looking for Alaska
Book heavily featuring food -- Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Book with a plant in the title: Tsvetok Kamalejnika, Gromyko
Book heavily featuring animals: God Krysy, Gromyko (CHALLENGE MODE: book heavily featuring rodents)
Book without magical creatures: The Duchess War
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book heavily featuring kids (CHALLENGE MODE: from a child's POV): Wonder
Book set on a continent you've never been to: Akata Witch (Africa)
Book from friends or media: Mistborn
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Book by an author who shares the first letter of your last name (challenge mode: author who shares your initials): Smek for President, by Adam Rex
Free Space: Red Seas Under Red Skies
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Book by queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones
Book with queer protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives


MIX'N'MATCH: BINGO! (5 bingos, 21/25 squares, 1/6 challenges)

csrb mixnmatch mine

Book where I watched movie first: Divergent
Author's first language isn't English: Gromyko, God Krysy: Putnitsa
Non-fiction book: Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Book set before 1900: The Duchess War
Book heavily featuring animals: God Krysy, Gromyko (CHALLENGE MODE: book heavily featuring rodents)
Collection of short stories: Love is Hell
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book with a protagonist with a disability: Wonder
Rec from friend or media: Mistborn
Book with a female protagonist: Akata Witch
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Funny book: A Blink of the Screen
Book with an author or protagonist of color: Smek for President
Book given to you as a gift: Republic of Thieves
Free Space: Hidden (Alex Verus #5)
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book with queer author or protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of KnivesBook by an author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones

This one I'm actually pretty close to blackout on! Squares/challenges left:
- school requirement I missed: Ulysses
- oldest book/farthest shelf (CHALLENGE: once started and didn't finish) -- I'm thinking Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, the timing seems right
- reread of childhood favorite
- book with a nameless protagonist
Uncompleted challenges from already completed squares:
- self-translated book
- rec from supplied list
- non-fiction book from 50+ years ago
- book set in 17th century


SERIOUS: no changes from last time I posted (1 bingo, 16/25, 0/7 challenges)
Book by an author you've never read before: Jennifer Lee, Fortune Cookie chronicles
Book not in English: Tsvetok Kamalejnika, Gromyko
Book set before 1900: The Duchess War (Courtney Milan)
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book with a protagonist with a physical disability: Wonder
Book by an author of color: Akata Witch
Book with a protagonist with a mental/social disability: Prisoner
Book with a female protagonist: Guardian of the Dead
Short story collection: A Blink of the Screen
Non-fiction book: Musicophilia
Books with a protagonist of color: Smek for President
Free Space: Point of Knives
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book given to you as a gift: Wool (birthday present from my friend R)
Book with red cover: Benedict Jacka, Hidden
Book by a queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones

Ulysses pact #6, reading roundup (Looking for Alaska)
hamster on a typewriter
hamsterwoman
Ulysses pact: 67%, page 395/563, location 7174. Line marker: "Serpents too are gluttons for woman's milk." (Looks like I'm more than halfway through the play now, and should be done with it after next week, and at the 75% mark. Woo!)

I'd expected the play part to be boring/hard, but actually so far it hasn't been, except for the Stephen-centric bits, but the Stephen-centric bits are hard and boring even in non-play format. Sorta spoilers? can one even have spoilers for this book?Collapse )

31. John Green, Looking for Alaska -- It's my first solo John Green book (previously I'd only read Will Grayson, Will Grayson), and I'm... sort of conflicted about it. I enjoyed reading it, on the whole, and some of the prose was well done, especially the dialogue, and I liked some of the characters... OK, if I'm honest, I liked the Colonel and the Eagle; everybody else annoyed me in various minor ways, either narrative or personal. But on a thematic level, I think I liked only about two thirds of it at most, and the ending really doesn't work for me. Major spoilers from here!Collapse )

bingo: book my child loved (L said it was OK to use for this square, though I think she tends towards looser interpretation of bingo prompts than I do), book without magical creatures

Currently reading: Divergent (44%, not as bad as I expected, which is to say, a lot better than the movie -- I'm reading it for my "met as a movie first" bingo square), still at 58% in God Krysy #2, also reading another of L's books, a YA novel about a girl starting high school from the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes. I think going from Alaska to Divergent to this book is probably indicative of something... L is feeling pre-emptive nostalgia for middle school, and maybe I'm getting a transferred dose of it?

Reading roundup (Toby Daye, Gromyko, Ulysses pact) and Into the Woods movie
rat -- oh my
hamsterwoman
Ulysses pact: 45% (p.290/563, so, halfway in terms of pagecount), in the second half of "Cyclops". Line marker: "Virag from Hungary! Ahasuerus I call him. Cursed by God."

I liked this part!Collapse )

25. Seanan McGuire, Chimes at Midnight (Toby Daye #7) -- I say this every time, because every time I read a Toby Daye book I'm struck by it -- this is such a weird series for me. Like, I keep reading these books, and looking forward to reading these books, and yet, I don't actually enjoy the process of reading them. I want to know what happens next, I want to know the shape of the plot, but whatever enjoyment I typically get out of actually *reading*, these books just haven"t got itCollapse ) And I'm not saying that this is some kind of objective commentary on the book's quality -- plenty of people seem to love the series and be rabid fans, so it's clearly doing lots of things for them it's not doing for me. But... *shrug*

Anyway, right, this particular book. Major spoilers!Collapse )

Overall, fairly underwhelmed, tbh. Didn't enjoy it as much as the previous one, which managed to engage me emotionally, probably by virtue of being not as All About Toby as usual. But I've started "The Winter Long" though (about a quarter in), and finding that one a lot more intriguing.

The paperback had a short story at the end, narrated by the Luidaeg! -- "Never Shines the Sun." A really short story, but we get to see spoilers!Collapse )

27. Seanan McGuire, The Winter Long (Toby Day #8) -- OK, this one I really liked! I think Ashes of Honor is probably still my favorite, but this one is up there! Huge spoilers from here -- this is a very spoilery bookCollapse )

Bingo (x2): female protagonist

26. Olga Gromyko, God Krysy: Vidunya (part 1 of a duology) -- Huh. This is a really odd read, and doesn't feel like Gromyko to me at all. I found it very readable, and am looking forward to the second part, but it's disorienting. Spoilers from hereCollapse )

Anyway, I read this very quickly and am about 15% into part 2, and I think I'm finally starting to understand what she's trying to do with this book so far. Although I'm not sure she really needed to write something darker, less fluffy. There are actually undercurrents of darkness in her other work, too, though they're not delved into, and she manages to have them in there while keeping her characters likeable and sympathetic, and this has never seemed to me like something she needed to 'fix' or experiment with...

Bingo: I'm going to count this for book heavily featuring animals -- there are certainly a lot of rats! and cows. I think one of the main character being a rat most of the time should make this fair. And, actually, CHALLENGE MODE (book featuring rodents). (LOL, I didn't even think of it when I was reading...); also female protagonist, and male and female main characters do not fall in love (whether you count Zhar or Al'k as the main male), although I suppose that could change in part 2.


And I have new bingos on all three cards now a third one on Mix'n'Match and the first ones on Serious and Random. [CSRB cards update]

Random: BINGO! (1 bingo, 14/25, 3/7 challenges)

csrb random -- mine

ETA: Book with a plant in the title: Tsvetok Kamalejnika, Gromyko
Book heavily featuring animals: God Krysy, Gromyko (CHALLENGE MODE: book heavily featuring rodents)
Book without magical creatures: The Duchess War
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book heavily featuring kids (CHALLENGE MODE: from a child's POV): Wonder
Book set on a continent you've never been to: Akata Witch (Africa)
Book from friends or media: Mistborn
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Book by an author who shares the first letter of your last name (challenge mode: author who shares your initials): Smek for President, by Adam Rex
Free Space: Red Seas Under Red Skies
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Book by queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones
Book with queer protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives


Serious: BINGO! (1 bingo, 15/25, 0/7 challenges)

csrb serious -- mine

Book not in English: Tsvetok Kamalejnika, Gromyko
Book by an author you've never read: The Duchess War (Courtney Milan)
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book with a protagonist with a physical disability: Wonder
Book by an author of color: Akata Witch
Book with a protagonist with a mental/social disability: Prisoner
Book with a female protagonist: Guardian of the Dead
Short story collection: A Blink of the Screen
Non-fiction book: Musicophilia
Books with a protagonist of color: Smek for President
Free Space: Point of Knives
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book given to you as a gift: Wool (birthday present from my friend R)
Book with red cover: Benedict Jacka, Hidden
Author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones


Mix'n'match: BINGO! (3 bingos, 17/25, 1/6 challenges)

csrb mixnmatch mine

Book heavily featuring animals: God Krysy, Gromyko (CHALLENGE MODE: book heavily featuring rodents)
Collection of short stories: Love is Hell
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book with a protagonist with a disability: Wonder
Rec from friend or media: Mistborn
Book with a female protagonist: Akata Witch
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Funny book: A Blink of the Screen
Book with an author or protagonist of color: Smek for President
Book given to you as a gift: Republic of Thieves
Free Space: Hidden (Alex Verus #5)
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book with queer author or protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives
Book by an author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones


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We also watched Into the Woods, which L mostly wanted to see, and O and I were along for the ride. I've never seen the story in any format before and didn't really know the plot besides what I had seen by reading spoilery reviews of the movie/musical, which really wasn't much. ImpressionsCollapse )

Overall, it wasn't bad, but I was hoping it would be more... profound, I guess? It was funnier than I'd expected, though.

Note to self: (looking up Emily Blunt on Wikipedia to remind myself what I'd seen her in before [answer: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen] also reminded me that I've gotten a rec from MW to watch The Five-Year Engagement, for the SF and U of Michigan setting.

keeping myself entertained
meme -- lemming herd
hamsterwoman
Seriously, did LJ cut down the number of characters allowed in a post? I keep maxing out post length trying to post character memes with other content. And since I'm still feeling RL-avoidant, character meme it is:

1. Morrolan e'Drien (Vlad Taltos/Dragaera)
2. Azula (AtLA)
3. Miles Vorkosigan (Vorkosigan Saga)
4. Jean Tannen (Gentleman Bastards)
5. Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
6. Vlad Taltos (Vlad Taltos)
7. Emily Roland (Temeraire)
8. Thomas Raith (Dresden Files)
9. Kvothe (Kingkiller Chronicles)
10. Thomas Nightingale (Rivers of London)
11. Jayne Cobb (Firefly)
12. DJ Torres (Werewolf Marines)
13. Willow Rosenberg (BtVS)
14. Londo Mollari (Babylon 5)
15. Ted Lender (Kosmo~oluhi)


Questions and answersCollapse )

Ulysses pact, part 3, reading, and meme
Kosmo-oluhi Ted
hamsterwoman
I'm feeling oddly real-life-avoidant lately -- just want to hide out from any responsibilities, read and watch fluff, talk fandom, and eat chocolate. Usually this happens when something stressful is going on in real life, but work has been pretty quiet and high school application stress is behind us, so, dunno. Maybe it's just the effect of not having done anything vacationy since December (not even a long weekend's worth) while people are buggering off on sabbaticals right and left. Anyway, this is by way of explaining why I'm posting another book post instead of the real-life post I've had half-written since Sunday.

Talk to me about fictional characters and entertain me with memes, flist!

Ulysses pact: 33%, end of "Wandering Rocks" (I'm actually a couple of pages into "Sirens", but just a few). Oh, and somehow page numbers have suddenly materialized for me, so, also p.222. More, with a few quotesCollapse )

23. Lia Silver, Laura's Wolf (Werewolf Marines) -- It's funny, I find that this book works less well for me as a story (than the DJ books) but better as a romance. Still a lot of fun! (big spoilers)Collapse )

Fic missing scene: First Hunt (where DJ, as per usual for me, steals all the scenes)

24. Olga Gromyko, Tsvetok Kamalejnika -- I was feeling like reading in Russian all of a sudden (after a long break; this is my first non-English book this year, and I think it was Kosmo~oluhi 3 before that, which I'd gotten for my birthday last year), and picked up this standalone instead of continuing on with Volha. Not sure what I expected; the beginning put me off a bit by virtue of not being the cozy Slavic-feeling one I'd gotten used to with Volha, but I ended up enjoying the book a lot... spoilers from hereCollapse )

Given ErTar's personality and colorful appearance, I'm a bit surprised there isn't more art for this book (though the fact that much of the art that exists is straight-up slashy for ErTar/Jai is not the least bit surprising -- that stuff basically writes itself, even if ErTar was (probably) trolling). There's this art of the meeting in Jai's apartment, for example. Also, nimue_18 has some Kamaleynik art (including a scene of closure for the book, sorta :P), and there's also this ErTar doll mod.

Given the ending of the book, I'm still in the mood for more Gromyko (but still not Volha, apparently), and have started "God Krysy". So far, level of krysiness is as advertized. :P

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Spell your name with characters meme: HAMSTERWOMANCollapse )

Reading roundup: Werewolf Marines and random romance, Ulysses Pact #2
Avatar -- Toph's feet
hamsterwoman
Ulysses Pact: 22%, line marker: "Out. I hate dirty eaters." Thoughts and quotesCollapse )

18-19. The Rift, part 2-3, AtLA comics -- Non-spoilery version: Yay, Toph! SpoilersCollapse )
bingo: graphic novel; protagonist with physical disability (sort of... since Toph has magic compensate for mos of the effects of her blindness), protagonists of color (sort of, since it's a secondary world thing)

20. Courtney Milan, The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister #1) -- this was cute and fluffy and selected as a substitute for interweaving with Ulysses once I started running out of Werewolf Marines on my Kindle. I'm not a romance reader -- I don't mean that as some kind of moral superiority thing or whatever, but even GOOD romance (unless something else is going on that I'm interested in -- fantasy worldbuilding or family dynamics, etc.) is... inoffensive but not actually interesting to me. But every once in a while I try, and generally walk away with a "yep, still don't really enjoy romance per se" impression. This book is no exception, although it has left me sufficiently entertained that I'm thinking of maybe reading another story or two. Spoilers from hereCollapse )
bingo: independently published book, book set before 1900 (1860s), author I haven't read before

21. Lia Silver, Partner (Werewolf Marines, book 2 of Echo's Wolf) -- still liked it a whole lot, though maybe not loved it quite as much as the first book (probably because the focus feels to be more on Echo than on DJ in this one, and, let's face it, I'm all about DJ in this universe, apparently). But I still had a blast with it. Massive spoilersCollapse )
bingo: independently published book, POC protagonist, protagonist with mental disability; maybe second book in a series? hard to tell if it's second or third...

22. Love Is Hell anthology, with stories from Scott Westerfeld, Justine Larbalestier, and Melissa Marr (who were the reasons I checked this out) and also Gabrielle Zevin and Laurie Faria Stolarzs, whom I haven't read before. Well, let's just say I won't be rushing out to read the new-to-me authors, but the stories by the authors I already like were pretty fun. (Actually, googling Zevin's oevure reminds me that I have checked out a book of hers and started it a while back, and had liked the writing there much better than in this short story, so maybe I won't write her off just yet, but it's definitely not helping sell me on her.) The stories, with spoilersCollapse )
bingo: collection of stories

ETA: CSRB update -- too lazy to post the cards, but I'm now past the halfway point on all three cards (from 13 to 17 squares of 25 filled), and have a second bingo on Mix'n'match. [cut for list and details]

Random: (13/25, 2/7 challenges)

Book without magical creatures: The Duchess War
Graphic Novel: The Rift

Book heavily featuring kids (CHALLENGE MODE: from a child's POV): Wonder
Book set on a continent you've never been to: Akata Witch (Africa)
Book from friends or media: Mistborn
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Book by an author who shares the first letter of your last name (challenge mode: author who shares your initials): Smek for President, by Adam Rex
Free Space: Red Seas Under Red Skies
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Book by queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones
Book with queer protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives


Serious: (14/25, 0/7 challenges)

Book by an author you've never read: The Duchess War (Courtney Milan)
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book with a protagonist with a physical disability: Wonder
Book by an author of color: Akata Witch
Book with a protagonist with a mental/social disability: Prisoner
Book with a female protagonist: Guardian of the Dead
Short story collection: A Blink of the Screen
Non-fiction book: Musicophilia
Books with a protagonist of color: Smek for President
Free Space: Point of Knives
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book given to you as a gift: Wool (birthday present from my friend R)
Book with red cover: Benedict Jacka, Hidden
Author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones


Mix'n'match: (16/25, 0/6 challenges); 2 bingos

Collection of short stories: Love is Hell
Graphic Novel: The Rift
Book with a protagonist with a disability: Wonder
Rec from friend or media: Mistborn
Book with a female protagonist: Akata Witch
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Funny book: A Blink of the Screen
Book with an author or protagonist of color: Smek for President
Book given to you as a gift: Republic of Thieves
Free Space: Hidden (Alex Verus #5)
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book with queer author or protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives
Book by an author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones

Reading roundup, including Mistborn (finally) and Werewolf Marines, Ulysses Pact #1
Kvothe -- label clearly
hamsterwoman
Happy Passover and happy Easter to all who celebrate! I need to make a real update (lots of things have been happening!) and answer comments and comment on people's entries, but for now, have a reading roundup, as I've been busy there, too:

Ulysses Pact: Commenced and currently at 10% (location 1092). It's actually not as hard going as I expected it to be -- the writing is really enjoyable, even if I have no idea why it's doing what it seems to be doing. The hyperdescription of every action takes getting used to, but also fills me with admiration for how sharply it draws the tiny details. Mostly, though, I'm just reading it as I would poetry, paying more attention to alliteration and rhythm than anything I'd normally be focusing on in prose, like characters or dialogue. A few specifics and quotesCollapse )

Also! now that we've actually started, a thought: since the novel takes place on June 16, 1904, should we aim to finish up our pact by June 16? That gives us 11 weeks of reading instead of 13, but feels fitting. Since this is a very loose pact, we can definitely stay with end of June as the overall goal, but I'm going to try for the 16th.

Regular reading roundup:

14. R.J.Palacio, Wonder -- O's reading group is doing this book at school, which meant he had to read really slowly to keep up with the others, to his great frustration. I thought I'd check it out because of that, and because the cover is really striking, and also because, while I had things in mind for the "physical disability" bingo square, this seemed to fit really well, as well as being about a kid (another square). So, I picked it up one Monday after work, and read the whole evening, and the following evening, until I was done. It's been a while since a kidlit book clicked for me, but this one did. And I quite enjoyed it until the ending, which somewhat spoiled the book for me. I understand it had to end on a positive note, and I'm glad it did, but it felt too saccharine all of a sudden, and one particular authorial choice left a bad taste in my mouth. Spoilers from here!Collapse )

So, a book I really enjoyed reading, but not a flawless book by any, any means. In fact, like a couple of reviews have said, I sort of like it less the more I think about/poke at it. But am still glad I read it and enjoyed the experience itself a whole lot. Apparently there are several short stories to go with it, including Julian's chapter, as well as snippets from Charlotte's and Christopher's POVs.

bingo: protagonist with a physical disability, book heavily featuring children (CHALLENGE MODE: narrated by a kid -- August, Summer, and Jack are all ten, and narrate more than half the book), author I've never read before.

15. Brandon Sanderson, Mistborn -- Heeey, I finished a Sanderson book, finally! After a false start with Elantris (way overhyped by a cover blurb and so very, very juvenalia) and those Alcatraz Smedry books the rodents used to read, and after bringing home several doorstoppers from the library and returning them unread, I finally managed to read a book of his. And mostly like it, even, though I found the beginning kinda weak and have a lot of quibbles. Mostly, though, it's that while I find the worldbuilding and ideas and some of the characters interesting, none of them really GRAB me in a way that makes me love something. We just... don't click. I foresee continuing to read at least the Mistborn books, but I don't foresee calling myself a fan... With major spoilersCollapse )

bingo: rec from friend (multiple ;), female protagonist (possibly also book where main male and female don't fall in love, since Kelsier is much more of a prominent male character than Elend is). Don't think I can count it for author I'd never read before, because I have tried reading Sanderson before, it just didn't go anywhere :P

16. Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch -- I checked out Akata Witch for myself because the title was intriguing, and I've been meaning to read more of Okorafor than the short stories I've encountered in anthologies. But then L picked it up and read it first, and liked it, and it took me ages to get around to reading it myself. Now I've caught up and, hm... I'm glad to have read it and enjoyed it, but it was also an oddly frustrating experience, like reading the account of someone else's dream -- there is just all this context missing that makes things feel illogical, and also the pacing is all weird. I really wonder how much of that is cultural vs individual style... SpoilersCollapse )

There is a sequel that's apparently supposed to come out next year. I will probably pick it up, but mostly for more of the setting, and for Sasha.

bingo: book set on a continent I've never been to (Africa), book with a PoC author, book with a PoC protagonist, book with a female protagonist, sort of book with a protagonist with disability (albinism)?

17. Lia Silver, Prisoner (Werewolf Marines) -- OK, so, heh, my great plan was to save this book to read alongside one of the "classic" bingo squares so I'd have something fast and fun to intersperse with the stuffy. So, I figured I'd read it alongside Ulysses. Only once I started, I couldn't stop, to the point of hiding in the bathroom at work to read, which hasn't happened for a while (since Foxglove Summer). So, you know, as an Ulysses-reading-carrot, this approach has been a failure, but the book was a susccess in all other respects. Spoilers from here!Collapse )

The first bit of Laura's Wolf was included in the ebook, which I've now also read. I'm hoping there will be some DJ in it later on, because I definitely missed him in that chapter. Which is why I'm now 28% into Partner XP *waves at holodets as instructed by egelantier* (candied baby pinecones!!! XD)

And the ebook is free on Amazon as a promo for the sequel. (It was one of those books that I liked much more than I would have guessed from the ad copy, which makes it sound more generically romance and a lot less funny than it is.)

bingo: PoC protagonist (DJ is Pinoy), protagonist w/ mental disability (DJ is severely dyslexic and probably has ADHD); I don't think this counts as a book by an author I've not read before since, although I have not read her pubished work before (under any pen name), I have read her fic :)

CSRB progress: [under the cut]

Mix'n'match: (14/25, 0/6 challenges); 1 bingo

csrb mixnmatch mine

Book with a protagonist with a disability: Wonder
Rec from friend or media: Mistborn
Book with a female protagonist: Akata Witch
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Funny book: A Blink of the Screen
Book with an author or protagonist of color: Smek for President
Book given to you as a gift: Republic of Thieves
Free Space: Hidden (Alex Verus #5)
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book with queer author or protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives
Book by an author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones

Serious: (12/25, 0/7 challenges)

csrb serious -- mine

Book with a protagonist with a physical disability: Wonder
Book by an author of color: Akata Witch
Book with a protagonist with a mental/social disability: Prisoner
Book with a female protagonist: Guardian of the Dead
Short story collection: A Blink of the Screen
Non-fiction book: Musicophilia
Books with a protagonist of color: Smek for President
Free Space: Point of Knives
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book given to you as a gift: Wool (birthday present from my friend R)
Book with red cover: Benedict Jacka, Hidden
Author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones

Random: (11/25, 2/7 challenges)

csrb random -- mine

Book heavily featuring kids (CHALLENGE MODE: from a child's POV): Wonder
Book set on a continent you've never been to: Akata Witch (Africa)
Book from friends or media: Mistborn
Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Book by an author who shares the first letter of your last name (challenge mode: author who shares your initials): Smek for President, by Adam Rex
Free Space: Red Seas Under Red Skies
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Book by queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones
Book with queer protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives


Cards and recs
Sharing and bragging post
tag: http://hamsterwoman.livejournal.com/tag/csrb

Reading and watching
DW -- Granny quote
hamsterwoman
11. Karen Healey (karenhealey), Guardian of the Dead -- I'd been hearing good things about this book and vaguely meaning to check it out for a while, and then I started thinking of what I wanted to read for the "book set in a place I've wanted to visit for a long time" bingo square, and New Zealand is pretty much at the top of my travel bucket list (OK, maybe the Galapagos is higher, but that would limit my choices somewhat, although there is Galapagos by Vonnegut, which I haven't read). Anyway, it seemed like a perfect confluence, and I remembered to check the book out of the library finally. And it was a really fun read! I enjoyed it a lot, and am planning to try to get L to read it, because I think she would like it, too. With spoilersCollapse )

So, yeah. I thought this book did a ton of things impressively, if not flawlessly, and was also a really, really fun read. I am definitely looking forward to reading more things by Healey!

bingo: book set in a place I've wanted to visit for a long time (New Zealand!), author I have never read before, female protagonist. Also, they are not protagonist level, but there are several prominent characters of color, and a non-heteronormative character I liked a lot.

12. Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia -- about 15 years ago, my friend TK (the one who introduced me to B5) gave me two non-fiction books for my birthday. The first one was something by Carl Sagan (interesting, but didn't stick with me, I guess), and the second was The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks, which definitely DID stick around. I remember telling everyone bit of what I'd read in there, and thoroughly freaking out B and my friend R, who got the brunt of it. Some time ago I spotted Musicophilia at a garage sale and couldn't just leave it there. But because (you will have noticed) I'm really not much of a music person, I put off reading it until aletheiafelinea reassured me that it was possible to enjoy the book while not really careing about music. And so it was, although I did find Hat more engaging and memorable, and also now I really want to read An Anthropologist on Mars. In more detailCollapse )

bingo: non-fiction book, book of essays, I think this also counts for book written by someone famous for something other than writing, since Sacks is a doctor first and foremost and came to prominence as a result of the treatment of the Awakening patients.

13. Terry Pratchett, A Blink of the Screen -- this is the book of short stories from across PTerry's career (the first story, his first sale, is from when he was 13) that I did not realize existed until I stumbled across it while looking for Rivers of London at Heathrow. It's been sitting on my shelf since summer, waiting for the right time. Well. Individual stories, with spoilersCollapse )

bingo: book of short stories, funny book

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CSRB update: I have a bingo! :D [All three cards]

Serious: 9/25

csrb serious -- mine

Book with a female protagonist: Guardian of the Dead
Short story collection: A Blink of the Screen
Non-fiction book: Musicophilia
Books with a protagonist of color: Smek for President
Free Space: Point of Knives
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book given to you as a gift: Wool (birthday present from my friend R)
Book with red cover: Benedict Jacka, Hidden
Author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones

Random: 8/25

csrb random -- mine

Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Book by an author who shares the first letter of your last name (challenge mode: author who shares your initials): Smek for President, by Adam Rex
Free Space: Red Seas Under Red Skies
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Book by queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones
Book with queer protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives

Mix'n'Match: 11/25 and BINGO!

csrb mixnmatch mine

Book set in a place you've wanted to visit for a long time: Guardian of the Dead (New Zealand)
Book written by someone famous for things other than writing: Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks is a neurologist)
Funny book: A Blink of the Screen
Book with an author or protagonist of color: Smek for President
Book given to you as a gift: Republic of Thieves
Free Space: Hidden (Alex Verus #5)
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book with queer author or protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives
Book by an author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones


And as a quick reminder, for people who are playing along with the Reading Bingo or would like to:

Cards and recs
Sharing and bragging post -- where we have our first bingo! Check out dhampyresa's banner :) (will be making these for anyone who gets to bingo or blackout and wants one)
tag: http://hamsterwoman.livejournal.com/tag/csrb

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Also continuing to watch stuff: getting in the swing of Angel and making creeping progress on B5 now that my favorite arcs are done.

Babylon 5: Racing MarsCollapse )
Angel: through "She"Collapse )

:(
DW -- Pterry
hamsterwoman
AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.
(BBC article)

My flist is pretty much all PTerry eulogies right now, including from officialgaiman and ursulav. I keep reading them and tearing up at work (which is not the reaction I generally have to people I don't know personally dying).

But this is specialCollapse )

I guess I'm going back and finishing Raising Steam. And I need to check which Discworld books I have on my Kindle -- I ended up getting a bunch through KindleMatch, because I've been buying paper copies as gifts for people for years, and it's really good for that -- for the commute home.

(Also, this is odd in a really depressing way: I'd been thinking, since CSRB discussion reminded me of it, of reading Oliver Sacks's Musicophilia for my essays/nonfiction square. I've owned the book for a while (garage sale find), but I don't read nonfiction much, and the music topic scared me off even though I loved the other book by him that I read. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I heard Sacks has terminal cancer, and that gave me some kind of added impetus to read the book now. But I had other things to read, so I focused on that. Then last night I had a sudden craving for Musicophilia, to the point where I got out of bed to take the book off the shelf in the living room and put it in my backpack for the morning commute. And it's not like PTerry and Sacks are related in any way, but it feels really weird (not to mention, depressing) to have gotten a 'craving' for a book by a terminally ill author I enjoy, and wake up in the morning to the news that a different favorite author has died...)

Reading roundup (more Smek, more Locke) and watching roundup (B5, Angel)
Smekday -- space program
hamsterwoman
9. Adam Rex, Smek for President (Smekday #2) -- I was so excited when I learned that a sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday was coming out! I preordered this in hardcover, which hasn't happened since... Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, I think (well, I would've done it for Hawk if I didn't think the ebook option would be faster, and I would've done it for Foxglove Summer if not for the UK/US date shenanigans, but anyway). anonymous_sibyl, who'd read it in ARC, warned me it wasn't as good as the first one, and the rodents read it before I did and concurred, so my expectations were suitably adjusted. It's still a fun book, but I didn't love it nearly as much as the original. Spoilers from hereCollapse )

bingo: second book in a series, book with a female protagonist, book with a protagonist of color; it narrowly misses being a book narrated by a child because Tip is 13. I guess it's also a story where the main male and female characters don't fall in love, except Boovish gender is non-binary, so I don't think that counts.

Also, there's a movie adaptation of Smekday: Home, to be released on March 27. Apparently they've renamed J.Lo "Oh", but Jennifer Lopez is playing Tip's mother (and Tip is being voiced by Rihanna). I'm kind of curious to see this, even though I'm also pretty skeptical they'll do it any sort of justice.

10. Scott Lynch, Republic of Thieves (Locke Lamora #3) -- So, this is really interesting. I found book 2 kind of a slog and ultimately fairly pointelss (while still being an enjoyable read, sort of counterintuitively), but I didn't feel like complaining about it much. With this one -- which I read much more quickly, and almost missed my bus stop several times because I was engrossed, and kept reading through my entire Oregon commute even though I was very, very tired by the end -- as with the first one, I find I want to gripe a lot. I was trying to frame this in terms of my bran/cranberry muffin analogy, but it didn't feel like a muffin, so here's what I ended up with: raspberry tart with onion bitsCollapse )

Less metaphorically, and with spoilersCollapse )

So, anyway. Long and mostly ranty write-up, but I really had a lot of fun reading this book and am eagerly looking forward to the sequel. It's just that kind of book, apparently.

bingo: book given to me as a gift. I can't think of any other square it checks off...

Randomly, I've been browsing Scott Lynch's Tumblr and Twitter, and his handle is "scottlynch78", which is driving home that this guy is the same age I am, which feels really weird for some reason...

Reading Bingo update: [under the spoiler cut]

Serious: 6/25

csrb serious -- mine

Books with a protagonist of color: Smek for President
Free Space: Point of Knives
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book given to you as a gift: Wool (birthday present from my friend R)
Book with red cover: Benedict Jacka, Hidden
Author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones

Random: 6/25 (1 of 7 challenges)

csrb random -- mine

Book by an author who shares the first letter of your last name (challenge mode: author who shares your initials): Smek for President, by Adam Rex
Free Space: Red Seas Under Red Skies
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Book by queer author: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones
Book with queer protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives

Mix'n'Match: 8/25

csrb mixnmatch mine

Book with an author or protagonist of color: Smek for President
Book given to you as a gift: Republic of Thieves
Free Space: Hidden (Alex Verus #5)
Book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love: Three Parts Dead (counting Tara and Abelard as the mains)
Independently published book: Wool
Second book in a series: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2)
Book with queer author or protagonist: Melissa Scott, Point of Knives
Book by an author I've never read before: Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones


And as a quick reminder, for people who are playing along with the Reading Bingo or would like to:

Cards and recs
Sharing and bragging post
tag: http://hamsterwoman.livejournal.com/tag/csrb

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Also, a bit more B5 and Angel:
Babylon 5: Epiphanies (spoilers)Collapse )
Angel: 1x04-1x06Collapse )

Memes and Babylon 5
meme -- lemming herd
hamsterwoman
I'm feeling lethargic and irritable, so let's have a meme.

(I finally finished responses to the last one, btw; links (sorta, multi-comments screw everything up) under the cut for the curious: random couples in tropey situationsCollapse )

I stole this from qwentoozla ages and ages ago, started filling it out, got distracted for, like, a year, then felt like it again a little while ago and finished selecting the clues. So, let's play?

Go to Better Than It Sounds at TV Tropes and find some shows/books/whatever that you like. List 20 a bunch, let people guess.

ETA: Crossed out the ones that have been guessed so far, with answers under a spoiler-tag, but definitely feel free to keep guessing them still if you haven't yet had a go. I just wanted to make the entirely-unguessed ones easier to pick out :)

ETA #2: Only 3 clues remain unguessed (now outside the cut). Hint/clarification added. I'll add more hints if they're still unguessed in another 12 hours or so.

ETA #3: Only one remains unguessed! ETA #4: All guessed! Whee, thanks for playing! :D

CluesCollapse )

I'm leaving comments unscreened, honor system all the way. Books, movies, cartoons, TV shows. Have at it! (I'll post hints for any that prove too hard to guess from these alone.)

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Also, rodents and I have started watching Babylon 5 season 4: spoilers through Falling Towards ApotheosisCollapse )

Oh, right, and I've been meaning to post this cute link for a while and forgetting: animals and their young

Reading roundup (Craft, Locke, Wool), and finishing season 3 of B5
B5 -- Vir wave
hamsterwoman
6. Max Gladstone, Three Parts Dead -- I'd been meaning to read Max Gladstone's books for ages and then forgetting to look them up at the library, until egelantier hooked me up. I figured the necromantic lawyers would work with my "magic as craft" worldbuilding kink, and they totally do. Spoilers from hereCollapse )

Definitely planning on continuing on with the series.

bingo: author I've never read before, protagonist of color, female protagonist, book where male and female protagonists don't fall in love; maybe more than two protagonists? IDK if Cat counts as a full-fledged one, though she gets multiple POV bits

7. Hugh Howey, Wool -- My friend R gave me this book several birthdays ago, after telling me how she had been blown away by it. It started out as a self-published short story (which became part 1 of the novel), followed by four novellas, also self-published, with reader feedback it sounds like (so, something like copperbadge does with Extribulum, I guess), which was eventually picked up by a major publisher and became a NYT best seller. The original short story is really good! The writing was a bit clunky, for my taste, but the twist ending worked for me really well, and after finishing the short story I definitely wanted to read more.

The rest of the book... Not bad, but I was less impressed. Spoilers!Collapse )

So, all in all, it was one of those books that I enjoyed reading but wished it had been written by a better craftsman so that I could have enjoyed it MORE. But for a self-published first novel, it's definitely not bad at all! And the world is a neat one, which I'm glad to have gotten to know. There is a prequel series that apparently deals with the situation that led to the state of the world in this book, and I'm curious to check it out. Plus I assume that was more traditionally published, and maybe I'll like the writing better with an editor's inputs? But the short story/part 1, which is a freebie on Amazon is very much worth reading.

bingo: author I've never read before, book given to me as a gift, rec from friend, self-published book, red cover

8. Scott Lynch, Red Seas Under Red Skies (Locke Lamora #2) -- So, as evidenced by the fact that I swallowed down Lies in like a day and it took me roughly two and a half years to read this one, I think it's safe to say I didn't love the sequel as much as the original. I didn't DISlike it by any means, I enjoyed it rather a lot actually! But not with the same caper glee that was so great about Lies. More, with major spoilersCollapse )

I am looking forward to book 3 (which I have on hand thanks to aome), at least parts of which are flashbacks and take place in Camorr, plus more Bastards and Father Chains and other things I've missed in this one.

bingo: second book in a series, book with red cover, book given to me as a gift (waves at aome). Sort of book I started and did not finish? I never fully set it aside, I was just reading it very, very infrequently. Also, I wouldn't call her a protagonist, as that's clearly reserved for Jean and Locke, but there's a prominent secondary character of color (Zamira), and a secondary? tertiary? character with a physical disability (Selendri).

Bonus:

- So lunasariel's original link to Scott Lynch's journal was to this post on what sexy Halloween costumes the characters would wear (my favorites are Dona V, the Salvaras, the Sanzas, and Jean) and then someone actually drew the kids and Lorenzo.

- Also, Sir-Heartsalot drew some characters (implied spoilers for the first two books)

Bingo Progress: 3 cardsCollapse )

And as a quick reminder, for people who are playing along with the Reading Bingo or would like to:

Cards and recs
Sharing and bragging post
tag: http://hamsterwoman.livejournal.com/tag/csrb

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Rodents and I also finished off B5 season 3: HUGE SPOILERS for the last 2 epsCollapse )

Book friending meme and reading roundup
Dresden Files -- building on fire quote
hamsterwoman
The most adorable, as well as most relevant to my interests, friending meme:


the 'what's on your bookshelf?' friending meme


ETA: intro post for new friends with lots of free time on their hands ;P

[My comment, for ease of looking up]
The Basics

name: Anna/hamsterwoman
age: 36
location: San Francisco, USA

Books!

favourite book: Lord of the Rings, but some of my other top favorites are Master and Margarita, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Lolita. favourite author: Love the authors of all of the above, of course, and also Terry Pratchett, Oscar Wilde, favourite book series: I couldn't possibly limit myself to a single series! Huge fan of Discworld, as you can gather from above, and also the Vorkosigan Saga, and am currently fairly obsessed with the Vlad Taltos/Dragaera books and the Rivers of London/Peter Grant series.
favourite screen adaptation of a book: Stardust has the distinction of appealing to me more as a movie than as a book, so that might be the one :) I also do love the LotR movies, of course.
preferred genre: Fantasy (epic, urban, it's all good), with occasional sci-fi and mystery, and I also like SFF books that incorporate mystery elements, like Rivers of London or Asimov's Lije and Daneel books.
print or ebook?: I like both! Last year was the point where I read more books on my Kindle than in print, and the instant gratification is a very strong draw for ebooks. So at this point I guess I prefer ebooks for reading, but go with whatever is most easily available at the library, and tend to buy books in print when I'm buying them with the ulterior motive of lending them to friends :)
currently reading: I just finished Benedict Jacka's Hidden (Alex Verus #5) and am in the middle of Max Gladstone's Three Parts Dead and Hugh Howey's Wool, plus a couple more back-burner books that I need to go back to, like Red Seas Under Red Skies.
rec something: I habitually go around rec'ing the Vorkosigan Saga, Rivers of London, and Discworld to all and sundry who have not read them yet, but my most recent rec of choice has been Seraphina (by Rachel Hartman) -- a likeable narrator, fun worldbuilding (math dragons!), and a sequel coming out in about a month :) It's YA technically, I think, but adults seem to enjoy it as well, including adults who generally don't care for YA.

Other

fandoms: Rivers of London is probably my most active fandom at the moment (yay, it's growing!), but also the small Vorkosigan Saga fandom, and I've been getting back in touch with Babylon 5 as a friend is watching the show for the first time and that's made me go back to the rewatch I was doing with my kids (rewatch for me, first time through it with them). Other fandoms I like well enough to include them in ridiculous memes are ASOIAF, AtLA/Korra, Avengers (movie-verse only), Buffy, Chronicles of Amber, Curseworkers, Demon's Noun, Discworld, Dragaera/Vlad Taltos, Dresden Files, Firefly, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Kingkiller Chronicles, Kushiel's Legacy, Lord of the Rings, Sherlock BBC, Temeraire, Tortall.
ships: I tend to not be super shippy, but a couple of my book-sourced OTPs are Aral/Cordelia (Vorkosigan Saga), Vlad/Morrolan (Dragaera), Jaime Lannister/Loras Tyrell (ASOIAF). I also happily crackship across universes, my favorite among those being Miles Vorkosigan/River Tam (from Firefly).
interests: reading (obviously), travel, critters (though sadly I don't have any critters living at home)
other social media accounts: I'm on DW but only use it as backup, and on Tumblr but don't use it at all except to track the tags for my tiny fandoms that don't exist elsewhere. And I have a Goodreads somewhere but don't use it either... I tend to be pretty mono-platform :P
something random about yourself: I'm bilingual (but need to read more in Russian :P), and my two kids are trilingual anything else: I somehow ended up doing there Reading Bingo cards as a result of the Snowflake Challenge, if anybody's interested in playing along, or in the long list of recs that awesome people on my flist provided


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This seems as good a time as any to post my last couple of book write-ups -- I've been feeling very lazy and putting these off...

3. Melissa Scott, The Kindly Ones -- I enjoyed this while I was reading it, but was left with vague feelings of disappointment once I was finished. I guess the thing is, the various point elements work pretty well for me, but as a whole the book didn't gel.With spoilersCollapse )

Reading Bingo squares: author I've never read before, queer author, queer protagonist. I don't think Leith counts as a protagonist, but she is a prominent secondary character with a physical disability.

4. Mellissa Scott, Point of Knives -- Astreiant novella, second-world fantasy police procedural with gay protagonists. I enjoyed this a lot. It feels a lot less ambitious, world-building-wise, than the book above, but the world feels neat and coherent, with interesting and unusual touches and characters that appealed to me more (non-spoilery)Collapse )

Reading Bingo squares: queer author, queer protagonist.

5. Benedict Jacka, Hidden (Alex Verus #5) -- fifth verse same as the fourth, but it was a fast, exciting read, which apparently I needed the day of my trip to Oregon, after having to get up at 4 a.m. and fret through a stalled train when I was trying to catch a plane, rather than Max Gladstone or Wool, which I was reading concurrently. I skimmed here and there, because the prose is not, you know, scintillating, but it was fun. Major spoilers!Collapse )

Reading Bingo squares: red cover!

I'm also about 70% done with Three Parts Dead and 80% done with Wool.

Here's how I'm doing on CSRB so far: 3 cardsCollapse )

And as a quick reminder, for people who are playing along with the Reading Bingo or would like to:

Cards and recs
Sharing and bragging post
tag: http://hamsterwoman.livejournal.com/tag/csrb

Communally Sourced Reading Bingo: sharing & bragging post
Dragaera sorting -- Giles
hamsterwoman
Sorry, another Communally Sourced Reading Bingo post (but this should be the last one, I think).

A question on the other post made me realize that a Communally Sourced bingo probably deserves a place where said community can share impressions of stuff they've read as a result and brag about bingos/blackouts. So, this is that place (only for those who want to participate in this aspect of it, of course).

To keep things somewhat organized (and this is why I'm doing it as a separate post and not another section of the Master Post, 'cos the comments there are already jungle-ly), I've started two threads in the comments, one for book impressions, one for bragging.

1) Feel free to drop a link here to your impressions/write-ups/reviews of books you've read for the bingo (reviews themselves can be on LJ/DW, Goodreads, whatever). You might want to use something like this format:



2) Feel free to drop a note here when you've completed a bingo, or a blackout, and mention which card it's for. (I might do banners? Do people want banners? For anyone who completes a bingo/blackout, I mean, not as any sort of race for the finish line.)

This post is also linked from the Master Post, and accessible via the "csrb" tag.

Hope everyone who is doing it is having fun with the bingo so far! :D
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