I'm still trying to catch up on books, and as I've said before, I can no longer remember when I read some or in what order. But I remember that I read them, and I even remember what I think about them, and those are the important things!

Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures )


Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half )


N.K. Jemisin, The Dreamblood duology )


Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall )
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Last October, I finished the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie (Ancillary Justice, with my brief review here (third item); Ancillary Sword, reviewed here; and Ancillary Mercy, about which I raved here, but couldn't say much without spoiling). I was so sad to be done with the universe that though [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 gave me links to two short stories Ann Leckie wrote in the universe, I didn't read them until late this summer so that I wouldn't be finished.

I've read them now and have to pass on the links. There's "She Commands Me and I Obey", which doesn't really mention the Radch empire and certainly doesn't refer to events taking place in the novels, but it's really good and has some of the same feel. A young monk on a world where leadership is decided by winning a ballgame likes to go to the statue of a long-dead ballplayer named She-Commands-Me-and-I-Obey in a garden full of such statues for worship, but he doesn't find peace there. (The link takes you to part 1 of 2.)

"Night's Slow Poison" is more obviously set in the Radch universe and should not be read until after the second book in the trilogy. It's shorter but, like the first one, packs a wallop.

In the fan world, the book trailer for Ancillary Justice by bironic at AO3 offers a lovely look (or look back) at the book and made me want to see the movies used to make it too.

And, like [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2, I'm still hoping Leckie isn't quite done with this universe. If you're not following her on Twitter, why not? She's here, and at least Aug 17–20, she's sharing cool stuff from Worldcon, some related to her books!
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My fiction reading seems to have shot up since my fanfic reading has plummeted—funny thing.* The time I spent writing about what I read did not increase, so now I have a backlog. I'm ordering this entry with the ones I recommend most highly at the top—partly because it has now been so long that I can’t remember the order in which I read them.

Spoilers may be present in comments—so be careful in perusing the comments. If you’ve read the books I have, talk to me about them! Argue! Agree! Whatever you like.


Ancillary Mercy—OH MY GOSH DROP EVERYTHING AND GET THIS BOOK )


The Fifth Season )


Throne of the Crescent Moon—READ THIS! )


Station Eleven )


The Well-Dressed Bear Will (Never) Be Found and Those Bears )


The Orenda )


Rule 34 )


The Buried Giant )


In Camelot's Shadow )


That doesn’t get me up to the present, but I found I’d started this entry in January and then stopped. I’ve written up the books that were threatening to topple off my desk at home, and I hope to do another entry soon. That will include (Notes to self!):
A Dresden Files book or two
A Captain America comic or two
Doc by Mary Doria Russell
The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold
Bloodchild—short stories by Octavia Butler
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
and possibly a couple of other things I didn’t even get into one pile and so can’t remember at the moment.

As always, discussion is welcome!

*The reasons for my sharp drop-off in fanfic reading are complex and not entirely clear even to me. I became very disillusioned with Sherlock and read almost nothing in that fandom anymore. I was not quite as disillusioned with White Collar, but I wasn't happy with the ending, and I soured on it somewhat. I'm not sure why I'm reading almost no MCU these days. There's not much new gen Stargate to read.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Shaun with book)
( Sep. 7th, 2015 07:25 pm)
I have read more fiction than usual this summer! The first one is one I forgot from the last entry, but the others are all since then.

David Brin, Existence )

Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis, Operation SIN: Agent Carter )

Ann Leckie, Ancillary Sword )

Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay )

Tom Harper, Zodiac Station )

Andy Weil, The Martian )
I have not done a book post since August 2! I have probably forgotten books—I didn't realize it was that long. But here's what I can remember or still find lying around because I haven't put it (back) on a shelf yet.

I try to keep spoilers at a minimum (with one exception, properly warned below), and I welcome discussion and questions!

Bruce Holsinger, A Burnable Book and The Invention of Fire )
Yann Martel, Life of Pi )
Marvel Comics: The Civil War )
Comics W/SPOILERS: Death of Captain America & Man with No Face )
Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 240Hour Bookstore )
Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice )
N. K. Jemisin, The Kingdom of Gods )
Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay )
Leonard Pitts, Jr., Freeman )
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Winter Soldier)
( Jan. 1st, 2015 09:12 pm)
I know I haven't posted much in 2014. I've been reading a lot more than I've been writing, if that's any help! To try to get back into LJ, I'm reusing this meme from [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2. I am, however, apparently incapable of giving a single answer to most of the questions. Below a cut for length )
Books I have read in the last few months and my thoughts on them. Please add yours on any of these you've read or any you think you might like to read! This time I'm ordering the books in terms of how much I liked them, because you might just be interested in the ones you like. (I get almost no responses on these posts, and I can't tell if that's because people haven't read the books yet but find my comments helpful, or don't read the posts, or agree with everything I say but don't have anything to add. I'm not really delusional enough to believe the latter much.)

Vernor Vinge, The Children of the Sky—READ THIS BOOK )

Pat Cadigan, Synners—READ THIS ONE TOO )

Jim Butcher: two Dresden Files books )

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier )

The Anubis Gates, Tim Powers )

Michael Moorcock, The War Lord of the Air )
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (books)
( Aug. 11th, 2013 05:16 pm)
This was supposed to be Part 2, but the previous entry was so long ago that that seems ridiculous now.

More books I've read in the past . . . um . . . while.

Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep—READ THIS BOOK )

Tea from an Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan )

Fools by Pat Cadigan )

Wireless by Charles Stross )

The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross )

The Broken Kingdoms by N. K. Jemison )


Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book )

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs )

I am out of gas and still not caught up. I bet I'm forgetting books. I'll have to do the two I've read most recently another time.

For next time:
The Anubis Gates, Tim Powers
Consider Phlebas, Iain M. Banks

Oh, and I remembered a third! Fool Moon by Jim Butcher! And I either didn't do the first one, Storm Front, or I neglected to tag one or more entries "books." I'll try to figure that out.


* Please pardon excessive linking. It's partly for anyone who might be interested, and partly so that I can find my own way back to other things in the future—having gone through my "books" tag to see if I'd written about these books, I want to know where to find them again if I want them!

†I'm going to try The Progeny and see if that sticks for the one who is no longer a Small Child. [livejournal.com profile] kristen_mara suggested keeping SC and changing what it stands for, which is a great idea, except that I Am NOT a Small Child would probably not go for that (and IANaSC is just too long). I really like her idea of "Supreme Commander," however, because she seems to think that she is. The Progeny would probably not be amused at these remarks, so please don't tell her I made them, at least until she has children of her own in, oh, a dozen or more years.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Shaun with book)
( Jul. 7th, 2013 07:47 pm)
I have not dropped off the face of the earth! In fact, I have been reading books, and not just academic books either. I kept realizing that it had been a while, but I didn't realize how long until I looked at my "books" tag today and found I'd lasted posted my comments on books in May, 2012, and last posted a reminder to myself in September, 2012.

The reminder post (originally posted for my eyes only) reads like this:
both vols of Sharing Knife so far
One of our Thursdays is Missing
Iron Sunrise & its predecessor
Hunger Games trilogy
Pat Cadigan, Tea in an Empty Cup
Glass Books
Lewis, Planet Trilogy

Guess how many of those books I have here in the pile of books to review for today? Of eleven books I'd noted for myself, I still planned to review three, planned to review two that were sequels to two I hadn't reviewed—I'm not even running at 50%. So I may have read even more books that I never noted down. I'd like to think so. It seems I ought to have read more for fun in the last fifteen or sixteen months than I have piled by me.

Anyway, without further ado, reviews—most with minimal spoilers, I hope, but I'll note exceptions.

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters )

The Sharing Knife, volumes 1–4, by Lois McMaster Bujold )

Lewis's Planet Trilogy )


The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins )

One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde )

Singularity Sky and Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross )

That took me a lot longer than I thought. I won't post them all in one go. More tomorrow (God willing).
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I just remembered that I had a post that I didn't finish from the end of January. I've finished it now (I hope).


I have read five novels in the last two to three months [wrote that in late January or early Feb]—not bad, considering how busy I've been. I will try to avoid spoilers in the post, but warning: DO post spoilers for these books (and only these books) in the comments! I want to discuss them! Naturally, that means comments should be read with care.

Connie Willis: Blackout and All Clear )

Terry Pratchett, Mort )

Jemisin's Hundred Thousand Kingdoms )

Stross, The Jennifer Morgue )



Okay, that's my December-January post. Next time I post, I must remember at least these books:
Terry Pratchett, Guards, Guards!
Lois McMaster Bujold, The Sharing Knife (boy, do I have loads to say about that!)
Charles Stross, Singularity Sky (not in the Merchant Princes or Laundry series but a different series)
ETA: Catherynne M. Valente, The Habitation of the Blessed
That might be all I've read since late January/early February. I'm not sure. Oy.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Shaun with book)
( Aug. 16th, 2011 09:49 pm)
Apparently I haven't posted about books I've read since 9 March. I have now delayed so long that I'm not certain in which order I read these books, and I'm not absolutely certain that I haven't reviewed one or two of them before. I might have missed a book or two, but probably not: I could find these books because I haven't put them away. (I just put away A Mercy by Toni Morrison, which I reviewed on 31 December 2010, and Tolkien's Hobbit, which I reviewed 9 March.)

Of course, I've now spent the better part of two hours digging up the books, writing the reviews, and making appropriate links, so I remember why I don't review books very often. (See my OCD and CDO icons on my userpic page.)

I try to keep spoilers to a minimum in the main post and note spoilers so that readers can avoid them.

Dracula )
If you haven't read the real novel, I recommend it. I'm not much into horror, which you won't believe after I've finished this entry, but it's true—I've had to walk away from Harlan Ellison. (I didn't walk away from "For I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream," which I still regret.)


Pratchett's Equal Rites )
I haven't yet met a Discworld novel I wouldn't recommend.


Gaiman's Stardust )
I don't really recommend it. Read Anansi Boys instead.


Pratchett's Witches Abroad )
I repeat: I haven't yet met a Discworld novel I wouldn't recommend.

Atwood's Year of the Flood )
Edited: If you like postapocalyptic fare, you might want to read this series. Or you might not. I was thinking my own negative feelings about the book were mostly related to my general avoidance of postapocalyptic fiction, but my first two responses suggest that other weaknesses bothered other people as much or more as they bothered me.

Stross's Atrocity Archives )
If you're at all into horror, you should read this book. If you have to deal with large government bureaucracies, you also might want to read this book.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Shaun with book)
( Aug. 16th, 2011 09:49 pm)
Apparently I haven't posted about books I've read since 9 March. I have now delayed so long that I'm not certain in which order I read these books, and I'm not absolutely certain that I haven't reviewed one or two of them before. I might have missed a book or two, but probably not: I could find these books because I haven't put them away. (I just put away A Mercy by Toni Morrison, which I reviewed on 31 December 2010, and Tolkien's Hobbit, which I reviewed 9 March.)

Of course, I've now spent the better part of two hours digging up the books, writing the reviews, and making appropriate links, so I remember why I don't review books very often. (See my OCD and CDO icons on my userpic page.)

I try to keep spoilers to a minimum in the main post and note spoilers so that readers can avoid them.

Dracula )
If you haven't read the real novel, I recommend it. I'm not much into horror, which you won't believe after I've finished this entry, but it's true—I've had to walk away from Harlan Ellison. (I didn't walk away from "For I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream," which I still regret.)


Pratchett's Equal Rites )
I haven't yet met a Discworld novel I wouldn't recommend.


Gaiman's Stardust )
I don't really recommend it. Read Anansi Boys instead.


Pratchett's Witches Abroad )
I repeat: I haven't yet met a Discworld novel I wouldn't recommend.

Atwood's Year of the Flood )
Edited: If you like postapocalyptic fare, you might want to read this series. Or you might not. I was thinking my own negative feelings about the book were mostly related to my general avoidance of postapocalyptic fiction, but my first two responses suggest that other weaknesses bothered other people as much or more as they bothered me.

Stross's Atrocity Archives )
If you're at all into horror, you should read this book. If you have to deal with large government bureaucracies, you also might want to read this book.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (books)
( Aug. 5th, 2011 05:45 pm)
From [livejournal.com profile] bentleywg:
It's National Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the book. Post these rules as part of your post.
So here goes:



(I grabbed a book I just bought this afternoon. I opened to page 56.

The entire page is blank.)


Brief update: been a bit busy, responding randomly to some posts (and virtually no e-mails) and putting other posts (and all e-mails) aside to read later. I haven't disappeared. Well, maybe I have, but I'll be back.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (books)
( Aug. 5th, 2011 05:45 pm)
From [livejournal.com profile] bentleywg:
It's National Book Week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you. Go to page 56. Copy the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the book. Post these rules as part of your post.
So here goes:



(I grabbed a book I just bought this afternoon. I opened to page 56.

The entire page is blank.)


Brief update: been a bit busy, responding randomly to some posts (and virtually no e-mails) and putting other posts (and all e-mails) aside to read later. I haven't disappeared. Well, maybe I have, but I'll be back.
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The British Library is making an effort to buy the earliest extant European book: see British Library launches bid to save St Cuthbert Gospel at the BBC website. Otherwise, it will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

I wish the little video showed the manuscript text more, but it's not even a minute and a half; do take a look.
The British Library is making an effort to buy the earliest extant European book: see British Library launches bid to save St Cuthbert Gospel at the BBC website. Otherwise, it will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

I wish the little video showed the manuscript text more, but it's not even a minute and a half; do take a look.
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (books)
( Mar. 9th, 2011 09:06 pm)
Recently read books

I'm not sure what's most embarrassing: that an English professor reads so few books outside of her job these days, that I've already forgotten the names of characters in two of the three novels I read, or that I already can't easily lay hands on the first of the three novels I'll mention. It's somewhere in the house. We have hundreds of books. Maybe thousands.

I'll try to keep spoilers to a minimum in my reviews, but I make no promises about comments.

Neuromancer by William Gibson )

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke )

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien )
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (books)
( Mar. 9th, 2011 09:06 pm)
Recently read books

I'm not sure what's most embarrassing: that an English professor reads so few books outside of her job these days, that I've already forgotten the names of characters in two of the three novels I read, or that I already can't easily lay hands on the first of the three novels I'll mention. It's somewhere in the house. We have hundreds of books. Maybe thousands.

I'll try to keep spoilers to a minimum in my reviews, but I make no promises about comments.

Neuromancer by William Gibson )

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke )

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien )
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