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31 August 2016 @ 12:46 pm
What I read this week

I had an urge to reread Issola by Brust, which is my favorite of the series because of the constant interaction between the relationships I like best, Vlad and the Dragons. It has particularly excellent dialogue, and I confess I kind of ship Vlad/Teldra. How can I not when he notices her dimples?

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I only wish the library had Iorich so I could reread that one.

What I'm reading now
The Discworld journey continues with Small Gods. It started out slow, but it picked up once Brutha and Vorbis got to Ephebe. Brutha is adorable and Fri'it is interesting.

Although Pratchett does like the sheltered, good-hearted, sexually inexperienced young man. I'm not saying Mort, Nijel, Victor, Teppic, Carrot, and Brutha are the same character, but they are variations on a theme. On the other hand it's a character type I generally like and one Pratchett writes super well.

I love that CMOT Dibbler shows up, and I was pleased that Djelibeybi was mentioned.

What I'm reading next

READING ABOUT SUSAN STO HELIT, FINALLY.

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Caddy
17 July 2016 @ 10:13 am
Howl's Moving Castle was published in 1986, and I was born in 1991, so I could have read it before but I didn't grow up reading fantasy, much to my regret.

Sophie Hatter is the eldest of three sisters and in Ingary "where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist" everyone knows that the eldest in doomed to fail at seeking their fortune. One day the Witch of the Waste visits the hat shop that Sophie's stepmother runs and turns Sophie into an old woman. Sophie sets off to fix the spell and ends up at the home of the wizard Howl, who has a reputation for stealing girls and their hearts. Read more...Collapse )

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Caddy
01 July 2016 @ 02:50 pm
1. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (reread)
2. Beyond the Western Sea by Avi (reread)
3. Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger
4. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
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I read Sourcery out of order because it was in an omnibus of the first four Rincewind books. And I read Eric out of order because I wanted to read both Goethe and Marlowe first. My favorites so far are Guards! Guards!, Wyrd Sisters, and Pyramids.

I didn't really care for An Old-Fashioned Girl. The way Polly never messes up and Fanny is always wrong annoyed me. But the Rose books are still enjoyable.

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Caddy
10 June 2016 @ 12:39 pm
You know how you pronounce a word wrong because you've only ever read it in a book? Yeah, I learned from last week's episode of Outlander that the s in viscount is silent.

(I'm not watching the show – just that one episode. I couldn't resist young John; he's one of my all-time favorite characters.)

Right now I'm reading Reaper Man, the second Death book, which is very good so far. The “esprit de corpse” joke made me laugh out loud. I thought Susan would be in it but turns out she doesn't appear until Soul Music. So I have that to look forward too.

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Caddy
If you're reading this on Dreamwidth, I edited my default icon a little. I think it looks better, but I'm not certain.

Back in January I started this series of books called Discworld. Against all recommendation I'm reading them in publication order, partly because I don't like making decisions and partly because I wanted to see how Pratchett developed as a writer. (Spellcheck appears to recognize his name!) Last week I read Wyrd Sisters, which is my favorite so far. I love Death, all the witches, and Twoflower.

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Caddy
01 January 2016 @ 01:47 pm
Happy New Year!

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Caddy
01 December 2015 @ 02:14 pm
I finished The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. I have A Conspiracy of Kings checked out but I'm not in the mood for it, partly because it's from Sophis's POV. Gen and Irene were so amazing in TKoA. My favorite scene was Read more...Collapse )

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Caddy
28 November 2015 @ 01:05 pm
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I don't suppose I'll be able to participate but here it is!

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Caddy
19 November 2015 @ 08:31 am
Oops  
I thought today was my 10 year LJ anniversary and then I looked and turns out it was yesterday. I had this post written:

Happy ten year LJ anniversary to me!

Oh and my birthday is tomorrow but that doesn't end in 0 so who cares. The fact that they're a day apart isn't a coincidence. My birthday is near Thanksgiving, and on Thanksgiving weekend movies come out. The Goblet of Fire movie came out in 2005, and I couldn't bear the thought of only discussing it on the Nickelodeon message boards. So I made a journal with my Cox.net email address that didn't even work, and a week later I finally worked up the courage to make a Yahoo address. I was scared that my dad would get mad if I made my own email. He thought I wanted it to email my friends, but I only wanted to join websites, but I was paranoid that if he knew I was talking to strangers online he would never let me use the computer again.

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Caddy
02 November 2015 @ 01:03 pm
I've always wanted a butterfly to land on me and today it happened!

I'm reading The Queen of Attolia. I quite like it. I know Gen/Attolia is canon but I was kind of shipping Eddis/Gen until Gen and Eddis brought it up.

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Caddy
18 September 2015 @ 12:55 pm
From Dickens' Fur Coat and Charlotte's Unanswered Letters by Daniel Pool. Dickens was touring America in 1868.

When a twelve-year-old admirer named Kate Douglas Wiggin (later to be the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) materialized beside his seat on the train from Portland, Maine, to Boston, a brief light moment was provided. After rhapsodizing over Dickens' novels, she admitted that she did now and then omit "some of the very dull parts." Dickens roared with laughter and pressed for details as to which parts were the the clunkers. She helpfully enumerated them, she later recalled, "dealing these infant blows, under the delusion that I was flinging him bouquets."


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Caddy
01 September 2015 @ 02:29 pm
Wow, there's another new American Girl - Maryellen from 1954. When I was first got into the franchise, Kit was new. Her treasury was a fourth grade Christmas present and Kaya's first 3 books were fifth grade. I read Rebecca's books and liked them.

Also, who has 2 thumbs and is finally about to read The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla? Me!

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Caddy
14 August 2015 @ 11:19 am
I am attempting to write another Gentleman Bastard fic for New Year's Resolution. I bought a new notebook and started it yesterday.

I love new notebooks. Just like I love new pencils with unused erasers.

Currently rereading The Passion of the Purple Plumeria, Pink Carnation #10. I can't say how excited I am to finish the series.

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Caddy
01 August 2015 @ 10:21 am
I have heard about CW's Little Women and I have zero interest in watching it. That said I think the "trying not to murder each other" line may have been meant less literally than people seem to be interpreting it. And does this mean ABC isn't doing their modern day AU show?

Why does nobody want to do modern day AU Jo's Boys? It's about 80% a college story; it would be so easy! The hardest part is finding an alternative name for Adolphus.

...that reminds me, I need to finish Nothing Much to Do. Don't you just love that title?

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Caddy
16 July 2015 @ 12:15 pm
One of my bad habits is that instead of making a new text file, I open an old file and add the list/fic/meta to it. So sometimes I open something and go, "Oh, that's where the Beyond the Western Sea Hogwarts AU is." What follows here is a draft of my 2014 rarewomen fic, "Second Impressions" when it was in Nazca's POV instead of Sabetha's. I think it might be better this way.

ETA: The "three pounds, six shillings" was a placeholder, obviously.

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Caddy
14 June 2015 @ 03:42 pm
I have a zubmarine on Fallen London!

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Caddy
01 June 2015 @ 12:05 pm
That was the first time I've seen a skunk on my walk into town! I didn't know they hung out so close to the water.

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Caddy
13 May 2015 @ 12:04 pm
Was I supposed to have heard of Mad Max before a month ago? Is it famous? Is it a cult classic or a plain classic? PLEASE I NEED TO KNOW.

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Caddy
08 May 2015 @ 03:10 pm
TV  
Agent Carter got renewed! \O/ And Fresh Off the Boat and Galavant, too.

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Caddy
05 March 2015 @ 10:44 am
I don't think 40fandoms is going to happen for me this year. Almost all my books are in storage and I hate it. So I should concentrate my efforts on finding something to write for New Year's Resolution, and then perhaps getting back to the Dragaera femslash.

To do the Wednesday reading meme on Thursday: I'm rereading Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series, Regency romances with spy hijinks, before the final book comes out in August. This week I read #4, The Seduction of the Crimson Rose. I love this book. Mary knows she's beautiful and knows she's clever, though she hides the latter since she believes men don't like it. After losing her intended to her sister, she finds herself 25 and still in need of a husband and the money for another season, so she agrees to play bait for a French spy. Ugh, talking about books is so hard for me. Her dialogue with Lord Vaughn is fantastic and hot. And I get a kick out of her referring to Jane the spymistress as "Lady Richard's country cousin."
And Turnip making a cameo during the play!

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