Just a day

Jul. 10th, 2014 09:56 pm
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Just stuff. Apologies for the Stephen Moffat style non-linear nature of the narrative.

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This is a frivolous post. I have not assigned spoons for this, nor is it anywhere in my various lists of priorities. My lists of priority tasks are long; my spoons are short. I can't really afford this. But sometimes you just have to kick over the traces and do whatever you damn want to. So I'm going to ramble for a bit.

tl;dr I ramble for quite a bit.

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I've been working my way through Iain M Banks' Culture novels in order of publication, and today finished Inversions. That's the fantasy novel with only the barest sniff of Culture reference (and only if you know where to look, and even then you need to extrapolate between the lines), and yet it's marketed as science fiction. I think this is the first time I've finished it, having given it up in disgust the first time around waiting for the Minds, ships, drones, fun stuff, and sex changes to turn up. The fact that I can't remember if I read it through before speaks volumes. At least this time around I stopped waiting for the good bits to start, but it was a fairly ho-hum read.

...or was it brilliant and I am just a lazy reader?
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In the last couple of years I've been reading more horror short fiction than before, usually via the path of delving into a particular author's catalogue. I'm also inclined to buy anthologies from publishers/editors that have a proven track record in choosing stories that I enjoy reading. Here I just ramble a bit about nothing particularly startling.

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(Usual review disclaimer i.e. it’s not a review per se just my personal impressions. Yes, there is a difference.)

The Corpse-Rat King is the debut novel of local Perth writer Lee Battersby, and it is tremendous.

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I haven't done a meme for a while, and since I happen to have the current book in progress handy, here we go:

Snarfed from Latest Things. (via lauredhel)

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123. (Or, if a short/picture book or very spoilery, try page 12, or 2.)
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

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A catchup in virtual dot points.

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May. 19th, 2011 12:37 am
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Quick medical update to say that unless provoked by excessive exercise (see below) the shingles is all cleared up. Is that what illnesses are supposed to do? Go away? 'Cause I like it.

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I've been doing a lot of reading lately, but all of it from the same work. I've reached page 838 of The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and have only to hang on until page 1009 before I'm done. Small font, narrow margins. Dense writing.

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A small day, but a better one than yesterday. I spent most of it lying about but in the cracks managed to achieve one or two things:

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Day 4 of the new drug regime and I feel compelled to report... nothing of pharmacological interest.

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"Read the Liaden Universe books," they said. "You'll love them."

Years passed; continents drifted. Liaden Liaden Liaden. Always in the back of my mind, but a victim of its own branding, because I could never remember who wrote the damn things so I couldn't look them up (whenever I thought to) at second-hand shops. So I have [livejournal.com profile] leecetheartist to thank once again for addressing my failing education and/or inherent laziness.

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I went to my GP today and took along my shiny new copy of Worlds Next Door to keep me company. Read more... )
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Some questions from the lovely [livejournal.com profile] azhure:

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I have almost all the genre works of Anne McCaffrey. It's a Thing that's cost me a lot of money and lost hours and san points over the years, but there you have it. Some of them are quite good. Read more... )
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Hmmm. Odd.
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To my knowledge I haven't read anything by Kim Stanley Robinson, but I've been staring down copies of Red/Blue/Green Mars at second hand shops for quite some time. A Worldcon I'm not going to seemed as good an excuse as any to try them out. Naturally they all disappeared at the first sign of actual interest, so in the meantime I picked up Forty Signs of Rain to try.

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Evolution by Stephen Baxter is an astonishing piece of work. If you liked Walking With Dinousars/Beasts/Man then you'll appreciate the amount of research gone into this most epic of stories, and the translation of fossil record to narrative. Wow. Just wow. 762 pages of wow. I liked it and I was *impressed* by it.

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Even less than a review than usual of Acorna's children: Third Watch by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. I advise fans to stop reading (this post, not necessarily the book which you might like) after the first sentence.

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