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What I've been reading, in no particular order.

23. Watchmen - Alan Moore
Where have you been!? Wonderful read, a classic. Should have read years ago. Will definitely be picking up the Absolute version eventually.

24. The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood
Atwood's one of my all-time favorite writers. This both felt like her, and totally didn't. It was kind of different, but utterly charming. The trial scene made me giggle... Anyway, it's The Odyssey told form the view of Penelope. I like it...

25. Phoenix and Ashes - Mercedes Lackey
The Elemental Masters series is a great guilty-pleasure read. Hell, any of her things are... (New Valdemar in November!

26. The Gates of Sleep - Mercedes Lackey
Yep, more of the same.

27. The Serpent's Shadow - Mercedes Lackey
What!? She's a weakness!

28. The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan
I know I wrote about this book earlier - it's a really good book on exactly why it's better to know where your food is coming from.

29. Expecting Someone Taller - Tom Holt
[livejournal.com profile] msgolda - thank you for the recommendation (and loan)! I loved it.

30. The Moon and the Sun - Vonda N. McIntyre
Found at Bookman's. Alternate history set in the court of Louis XIV. Surprisingly good.

31. The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security - Kevin Mitnick
More than you ever wanted to know about social engineering.


I could argue that I've not read nearly as much as I once did thus far this year. However, that's a bad excuse - and I know it. Instead, I'm pleased that I've been reading a variety. In addition to books, there's been a large amount of online non-fiction. Plus, The New Yorker, Wired, and Vanity Fair.

There is contentedness to be had!

I've now bought books for next year... *twitch* I have also signed up for the GRE, November 1. So near, and yet, so far. Also, finally gave in and got a new bag - my old LL Bean workhorse is giving up the ghost soon. So I ordered a Timbuk2 laptop messenger bag in blue and silver. It's pretty...

50 Books

Jul. 18th, 2008 07:21 pm
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17, 18, 19, 20. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons) by Patricia C. Wrede.
I was feeling like something short and sweet. And these are one of my all-time favorite book series. So. Damned. Cute.

21. The Pacific by Mark Helprin.
Lovely set of short stories by one of my favorite writers.

22. Hooking Up by Tom Wolfe.
Good non-fiction. I need to read more of his stuff.

Overdue

Jun. 24th, 2008 05:23 pm
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12. Mad Ship by Robin Hobb.
Quite liked.

13. Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb.
A very good conclusion to the trilogy. God help it, by the end, gods help me - Malta Vestrit (whom I did not like in the first, and only marginally less so in the second) had grown on me. I love the world quite a bit, and am looking forward to reading what [livejournal.com profile] msgolda has lent me.

14. The Girls who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler.
A combination of collected stories from the women (and their children), as well as general facts on the era in general. Surprisingly very interesting.


15. Governess: The Lives and Times of the Real Jane Eyres by Ruth Brandon.
Worth reading just for the chapter on Claire Clairmont. Now I feel the urge to read a biography of either her, or one of Byron.

16.. Deep Secret by Dianna Wynne Jones.
It's one of my favorite books of hers. If only Magids were real... *sigh*
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10. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
One of my all-time favorite books. Too many good quotes to count and funny as hell.

11. Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster by Dana Thomas
A very interesting read on the luxury gods market.

Book Stuff

May. 22nd, 2008 01:26 pm
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50 books list - it continues.

7. Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.
mmmm.... Pratchett

8. The Mountain's Call by Caitlin Brennan.
This was so disgustingly predictable as to be funny at times.

9. Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
I'm in love. The book - set around the lives of the family owning the liveship Vivacia - was quite good. Enough that I picked up the second two in the trilogy before I'd finished it. I'm probably going to have to pick up the Farseers and Tawny Man trilogies when I'm done, as they're set in the same world.

It's nice, I've had a chance to pick up some books lately - mostly thick little bastards. (The Hobb stuff is about 800+ pages each - but it doesn't feel that long.) I also, after searching on and off for six months to a year (minimum) stumbled across a book I'd been looking for - Interface Masque. Sadly, it seems to be out of print. Well... a quick look on Abebooks yielded a dirt-cheap copy (<$5 including shipping!).

I am a happy Willa.
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This could be so much fun.

Then again, I love Herzog. Unfortunately, it appears that it will be hitting DVD on the 10th of July. Alas, no theaters.


In other stuff, life's been a bit busy. Part of me would like to maybe sew something new by A&S. I'm in need/want of new clothing (and to finish some new stuff of [livejournal.com profile] domnall's). Right now, so long as it's clean and I look presentable, I can live.

I've got cheesecakes to bake for Saturday night, and bread to work on for A&S. I've got the books and articles for documentation,

Also, 50 books list:
6. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell.

I'd forgotten how much I adore this book, and indeed most of his. It's non-fiction, and I subjected the boy to a bit of it on the trip to Coronation.
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I'm behind, I know. School's been annoying, and I've been tired.

So, I figured I'd get back into the groove with something small, short, and aimed at 10 to 12 year olds. shut up.

5. Nurk by Ursula Vernon.

Hells, just go read it. It's her first children's book, and is about a little shrew who goes out and ends up having an adventure.
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So, [livejournal.com profile] domnall and I saw The Spiderwick Chronicles, which was cute, and No Country for Old Men today. NCFOM was just... Cohen brothers = love.

Last night, we hit Eric and Julia's for her (much belated) birthday party. It was quite fun. Good people, and a most amusing time. (Quelf however... is *such* a wrong game.)

School-wise, I'm keeping busy. Should be working on some sketches, but instead I'm about to curl up with a book.

*happy-willa*

On and before I forget -

2. Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

3. Beauty, Brains, and Brawn - On The Construction of Gender in Children's Literature.

4. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Books

Jan. 10th, 2008 07:09 pm
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1. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

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