August 30, 2014
Day 30) Freebie     A good breakfast indeed.  

Day 30) Freebie
     A good breakfast indeed.  

August 30, 2014
"When one day an expedition was sent to the spatial coordinates that Voojagig had claimed for this planet they discovered only a small asteroid inhabited by a solitary old man who claimed repeatedly that nothing was true, though he was later discovered to be lying."

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams

August 29, 2014
Day 29) Water Book CoverAudiobooks totally count as books and Neil Gaiman is just as wonderful a reader as he is a writer.  

Day 29) Water Book Cover
Audiobooks totally count as books and Neil Gaiman is just as wonderful a reader as he is a writer.  

August 29, 2014
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

imageFinished on the floor of my apartment directly in front of the fan.  I used this little Tsugaru Kogin bookmark that one of my kids made for me. 

Trade Paperback
264 pages
Published 1979
Historical/Light Sci Fi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindred_(novel)
Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

Go read this book. It is utterly beautiful and incredibly horrifying.  The characters and deep and believable and so very, very real.  I honestly cannot sing high enough praises for this book.  I want badly to go out and read everything Octavia Butler ever wrote.  

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August 28, 2014
Day 28) Colors     Can’t claim to have read them all, but I found a way to work in most of the favorites I have with me and all but one of my to-reads. 

Day 28) Colors
     Can’t claim to have read them all, but I found a way to work in most of the favorites I have with me and all but one of my to-reads. 

August 28, 2014
"I mean, go figure. You prepare your home far an assault and you don’t take zombies into consideration. I’d fallen victim to one of the other classic blunders, along with not getting involved in a land war in Asia and never going in against a Sicilian when death was on the line."

Harry Dresden

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

August 27, 2014
Day 27) Coffee or Tea?    See my username.  Also here’s me getting ready to read my chapter of Silm for the week (and being too lazy to pick up the stuff still out from breakfast). 

Day 27) Coffee or Tea?
    See my username.  Also here’s me getting ready to read my chapter of Silm for the week (and being too lazy to pick up the stuff still out from breakfast). 

August 27, 2014

August 26, 2014
Day 23) Fictional BF/GF    When I think of a potential significant other, I want the Frank to my Sadie, the Gomez to my Morticia, or the Henry to my Claire.  Image goes with group three.  Though I suppose the other two have comics telling their tales, so they count as well?

Day 23) Fictional BF/GF
    When I think of a potential significant other, I want the Frank to my Sadie, the Gomez to my Morticia, or the Henry to my Claire.  Image goes with group three.  Though I suppose the other two have comics telling their tales, so they count as well?

August 26, 2014

I’ve been tagged by bibliochor (thanks!)

Rules:
1. Always post the rules 
2. Answer the questions the person who tagged you wrote and write your 11 new questions.
3. Tag 11 new people. 
4. Tell them you’ve tagged them.
5. @ me so I can see your answer.

1.) What author do you wish you could meet?
John Scalzi seems like a pretty cool guy. 

2.) What was your favourite book when you were little?
My Friend, Jasper Jones by Rosamond Douer and most of the Bernstein Bears books, especially the one about messy rooms.  I remember memorizing that one and reciting it to adults to try to fool them into thinking I could read.  I was late to figure out the whole reading on my own thing, but pretty early on the interest in books. 

3.) Do you cry when you read books? If so, what was the last book that made you cry?
Yep.  Probably the end of Among Others, or maybe Ghost Brigades.  Though if you’re looking for bawled-my-eyes-out level of crying, the first time I read Ghost Story set me off like nothing I’ve read in years. 

4.) Is there a particular type of book that you don’t like reading?
Books with sucky character development, or sucky characters in general.  I’ll read just about everything if you give me exceptional characters, even to the point of tolerating sucky writing (looking at you fanfiction).  But if the characters suck, you’re gonna lose me early and never ever get me back.  (Looking at you, Michael Crichton.)

5.) Name three of your favourite characters.
Karin Murphy (Dresden Files) , Breq (Ancillary Justice), John Perry (Old Man’s War)

6.) Do you agree with the idea that men can’t write women as well as women can write men?
Okay, long answers for this keep turning into an essay, so I’ll keep it short: Yes.  Some men will definitely get closer than others, but overall yes. 

7.) Old book smell or new book smell?
Both.

8.) Do you listen to music while reading/writing?
Sometimes.  Almost always music without lyrics, though. 

9.) Is there a book that you wish more people knew about and read?
There are a great many.  One such might be Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie, which I can’t rec enough.  Another would be The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth. 

10.) Are there any books that have inspired you?
Of course.  Probably the biggest influence of the last couple of years, though, was Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.  It is the book that pushed me to get back into reading after years away.

11.) What are you planning to read next?
I won’t know until I finish what I’m on.  Which is The Scar by China Mieville, for those interested. 

Questions for you:
1) Of what you’ve read, which book did you like the least?
2) How do you mark your place when you set your book aside?
3) What was the last book that made you laugh aloud?
4) What book release are you most excited about?
5) What character would you want to hang out with?
6) What is your favorite book-related fan work?
7) Who was your literary role model (author or character) growing up?
8) What genre do you read least?
9) Do you write at all? What do you write?
10) Do you prefer online book shopping, real live store shopping, or borrowing from the library?  Why?
11) If you could visit any book world, which would you choose?


And I shall try tagging these wonderful folks who have been kind enough to follow me: lets-kindle-books, 21stcenturyrapunzel, literaryescapist, booksmydarling, queen-of-vintas, hopeintheashes,
different-nerd, escaphilia,
morganlyfe, tinytypicals, run-rabbit-junk

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