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January 5th, 2016 03:52 pm - 2015 In Review: Books!
I've decided the new year doesn't start until my sister goes back to Illinois, so we're doing more end-of-year posts before I'm back to business as usual. :p Y'all ready for statistics?

I managed my Goodreads reading challenge, which was for 250 books, but only by reading two little Running Press Miniatures in between turns while board gaming on New Year's Eve. Still, pretty good.

Not quite as impressive as it seems, because of those 250 books: If it's not quantitative it's not real )
The total number of books on the owned-and-need-to-read list currently stands at ~2100 (I don't track it to closely, it would be scary.) I also for the first time started keeping not-owned-to-read lists, mostly to keep myself from putting them on hold at the library, now that I'm constantly at the library. I keep a list on the library website of books the library owns; it's at 359; Goodreads has the 69 the library doesn't own. So my total to-read list is now about 2500 books.

Which is good news! It means that if I stop adding stuff to the lists, I will be finished in exactly ten years! Totally doable, right? (...especially the not adding stuff to the lists.)

My reading goals for 2016 are :
200 total books (which is what I started at last year, and had to increase because I was getting too far ahead, but I don't think that'll be the case this year.)
Finish the rest of the started-but-not-finished and review copy books
Before Hugo noms close, read enough Hugo eligible stuff to be comfortable nomming
After Hugo noms close, get through some of those comics you own but haven't read

So far this year, I have read one (1) Running Press miniature, about animal tracks.

Average page count for last year was 208 pages/book, which is pretty good given all those comics and picture books. Average rating is about 3.8, which is a pretty good average rating, I think. I reviewed 68 of them, one way or another, even if two of those reviews just consisted of the word "Sloths!"

That's a better number of reviews than I'd expected but less than I'd like, so next up I'm going to try to do some short reviews of books from last year that really materially changed something in my thinking. (Knowing me they won't be short and I won't finish the post until next year, but I'll try.)

Here is my list of 250 books from 2015 (minus a few that didn't import to LibraryThing for some reason and I can't be bothered to go looking for).

My goodreads account is linked to work people but if you'd like to add me there, pm me or something.

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February 4th, 2015 06:10 pm - books
I thought I was doing so good on my "finish all the books you've started and then gotten distracted from" goal - I finished twenty-eight books in the month of January! Eleven of them were even ones that were on my list of things I needed to finish! And I made serious progress on several more! And I haven't started any new books that were left lingering for weeks! I got the list below 30 and have kept it there!

But then Librarything (finally!) instituted tag autocomplete, so I started trying to clean up the tags on my books, and discovered I had a "started to read" tag with. uh. Sixty-five books in it. Granted, some of them are ones I am NEVER going to finish because I have better things to do with my time, because literally anything would be better (DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS, most awful book I have ever attempted to read, omg) and ten of them are duplicates from the list I'm currently working through, but. um. yeah.

And then there's the "early review" books which I got in exchange for agreeing to read and review and then punted when I had a really bad year. There's six of them I haven't read. I went ahead and added those. So much for keeping the list under thirty. I have another one coming too because I lack willpower. (One of 'em's by the same dude as Day of the Triffids though. I may just ignore that one.)

...also of course "A Companion to Wolves" which I still have out from the library.

Anyway this whole LibraryThing recheck has me thinking out how badly I need to reshelve my books in a more orderly way. What do you folks thing of reorganizing my nonfiction collection along these main sections:

Read more... )

Good idea? Bad idea? Best idea? (It's not quite as silly as it sounds: about half my nonfiction is on topics that would not be out of place in the Hogwarts library: I have about forty books tagged "divination" already.)

--Anyway I feel like my DW has been higher on boring life stuff than fandom content lately. My fandom life lately has been a) les mis chat, which is very rarely about les mis anymore; b) re-reading old JVJ longfic; and c) obsessing over a Winter Soldier AU where the Soldier is sent to honeytrap Captain America rather than kill him. SERIOUSLY. If that already exists I have failed to find it. Somebody tell me I just haven't looked hard enough. I don't even ship the damn pairing

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January 3rd, 2015 01:07 pm - Goals 2015
So I have closed down my booktracking for 2014. Once I added in my Yuletide canon at the last minute (which I will definitely post about sooner or later), I had 181 books read for the year, and total of 200 books in my Goodreads account. (I probably missed one or two ebooks or picture books in there, especially before I started with Goodreads, but it's pretty close.) You can see the whole horrifying list on my librarything account.

181 sounds like a lot, but bear in mind that 67 of them were comics, and another 30 were picture books or easy readers, not to mention all the glossy artbooks, piano books, pamphlety things, and field guides. In fact if you add up just proper books with more words than pictures, it's more like 70.

(Although even with the picture books and comics I'm averaging about 170 pages per book which isn't too shabby.)

To nobody's surprise once I'd put it in a spreadsheet to get that info I did a bunch more stats. :P A Bunch More Stats )

My first reading goal for 2014 is to finish all 26 of the books currently in my current-reading. ^_^ And then keep the current-reading below 20 for the rest of the year.

Other reading goals:
1. Hit my 200-total-books-read challenge on Goodreads
2. Of which at least 100 are books I owned before 2015
3. And at least 24 are novels (or book-length story collections)
4. Not included in 200 total: read one current short story magazine every month, and read through my longbox of floppies
5. Review at least half of them
6. Own fewer unread books at end of year than beginning (current tally: 1997. 245 of them added in the past twelve months. *sigh*)

That should be totally doable, right? *gnaws fingernail*

As for the rest of my goals for the year.. )

Several of those require sustained amounts of adulting, which is gonna be hard, so I guess we'll see what happens!

Current Mood:: [mood icon] accomplished

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September 16th, 2014 10:18 pm - Let's talk about books!
I made my "read 100 books in a year" challenge last week! I've been tracking it on Goodreads, because I'm finding it a lot easier to track reading separately from tracking ownership, but I imported the first hundred to LibraryThing because LibraryThing is still just a much more powerful database, so you can see them all under my Read 2014 tag. I've been reviewing them on Goodreads as I go, when I can, but if you would like me to blather at you in comments about any of the books on that list, here is your chance. :P

I've also been keeping an actual to-read list for the first time ever. I only started it a couple weeks ago, and it only includes media that are available at the library where I work, and it hit 100 items today. (Don't ever work at a library if you want to keep your to-read lists under control.) It's under the cut. If you would like to blather at me in a comment about any of these, here is your chance! (But don't count on me getting around to reading them anytime soon. This just the "check out from library" list. It doesn't include the 50-book-high to-read pile at home, or the 21 books in the 'currently reading' list, or the shelf of withdrawn books I want to read before I sell them on, or----) It also only includes things I've never read/watched/listened to before, and it has a lot of cases where one item is a stand-in for a whole series....

100 to-read, to-listen, or to-watch items )

...you get bonus points if you can guess which fandom/writing project inspired any of the nonfiction ones. <_<

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December 20th, 2010 05:06 pm
1. We visited an Ikea for the first time yesterday while picking up [personal profile] stellar_dust, and I still don't get what is so amazing about it, but they did have Glogg in the Swedish grocery, and I was so tempted to buy myself some to celebrate Agnostica with, but then I decided that anything from Ikea is by definition not suitable for Agnostica.

I should probably dig out my backups and re-upload the Agnostica fansite now that my webspace accidentally wiped it again. :D (Look he's still using my moebius chains on the Nukees website!.)

Instead I bought a pomegranate and I will stay up until 2:30 and eat it over the dark of the sun and the moon.

2. Best Christmas shopping story: yesterday we were looking at dirt-cheap netbooks at KMart, and while we were waiting for the electronics guy to show up at his counter, this man came up looking for an e-book reader for his wife, and told us that he was going to get her the B&N one because when he suggested a Kindle the night before she ranted at him about how Kindles are bad because Amazon steals your books off it or something, he wasn't listening. And it was so very difficult not to say, "Oh, I bet your wife follows some of the same incest erotica slash writers I do!". :D But I was good and didn't and just talked about Nora Roberts and the differences in price ranges and the old 1984 controversy. The old fangirls' network: we are everywhere! (Also I suspect Kindle sales may be hurt more than they expect by this coming out right before Christmas, heh.)

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December 6th, 2010 04:37 pm - Things I Have Done
(Finally) posted my Ace Manifesto last week: Fox Mulder, Ace.

(Note to self: you have run into this before, you should remember it by now, if you post an intro post to a very old, very quiet fandom, and mention that it is old and quiet, you *will* get one of the two-dozen still active people showing up in your comments being deeply offended that you didn't mention them specifically.)

And vaguely connected to that, here are two fic recs: [profile] zortified has written asexual!Ivan Vorkosigan: Uneasy Lies The Head. I'm not sure how he's done it - that seems even *less* likely than ace!Jack Harkness - but it makes me happy that it has been done, and well. :D

And to prove that vanity googling sometimes works, I just stumbled on a fic that was written based on some old meta of mine, by [personal profile] aria: All That Remains. It is Highlander, Methos genfic, and it is everything I want in Highlander fic. Sometimes I feel like, even if I never write anything again, the amount of awesome fic that's been written based on ideas I just threw out justifies my existence on its own. :D

***

I have been writing a bit, though. And I've just been reminded that earlier this year, I made a commitment on [community profile] 12in2010 to finish at least 12 stories over 2000 words this year. I think I might actually manage 12 over 1000 words this year, which is shocking enough on its own! But a lot of it's been anon, so it is difficult to keep track of. Here (mostly for myself) is my fic accounting for the year:

2010 fic round-up )

The other thing I pledged to do this year was read and review at least 100 books. I think I've managed the 'read' part, given a broad enough definition of the word 'book.' Review... well, I still have almost a month to finish the reviews! (I post my book reviews on LT, where they get just enough upvotes to assure me I'm not posting into a vacuum. Would anybody be interested in them being crossposted here? I've though about it, but never gotten motivated.)

Also I am apparently posting a thing, in parts, to [community profile] doctor_and_master for their December fanfest, which is apparently How the Master Stole Christmas, complete with anapests and illustrations. <_< The next bit should go up late tonight, hopefully, now that I've found my stylus (again.)

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November 12th, 2010 05:58 pm - love, awesome, and sparkles
1. I refuse to write, or post, or even start, a dear yuletide letter when nominations aren't even open yet. Sorry! (Well, I did do the relevant astronomical calculations, but that doesn't count.)

I have gone through and figured out what I'm offering, though. Since the time is significantly shorter this year, I decided I'm only offering fandoms that make me go "Ooh, yes! I want an excuse to reread/rewatch that in a hurry!" (as opposed to the usual criterion, which is "Ooh, I wish that had more fic, I bet I could acquire canon by the deadline." As a result, I'm only offering somewhere around 115 fandoms this time (depending on how the final list handles duplicates.)

2. A couple of days ago I got my sign-ups and induction stuff to be an AO3 tag wrangler. Which, yay? But I thought they weren't signing anyone up until after yuletide? And in fact wrangling is closed until after yuletide? So other than read through the docs, I am not sure what I am supposed to be doing about my new tag wrangler status. Other than continuing to lurk the chatroom, obvs. (Oh, AO3, your communication skills at the moment are so inspiring.)

3. I don't know how helpful this will be, but the long-running rift between two segments of fandom (with other segments chiming in from the sidelines) which has suddenly broken off the scabs and started bleeding again, hurts. I see it in a split down fandom communities; down my own circle of friends; and down my own self. So, I want to do this, if only for myself; and I would love to see other people do it, too; I don't know if it will help heal the rift, but it might help some of us across it.

I am a fan, I am a geek. I have always been. You may, reading this journal or my comments, get the impression that I am a slash fan and/or a media fan - and I will admit, my primary allegiance is to that community. But that's not all I am. That is the last, and in some ways the least, of my fannish IDs. What else am I? Well, in roughly chronological order:

I am a fan of genre fiction. )

I am a math, science, and tech geek. )

I am a science fiction fan. )

I am a comics fan. )

I am an anime/manga fan. )

I am a media fan and a slash fan. )


...wow, I totally didn't intend that to be the effect, but I am kind of filled with love and awesome and sparkles now after writing that. Love and awesome and sparkles to all fans everywhere, regardless of what kind of fans you are!

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October 23rd, 2010 10:17 pm - This all does make sense, if you're me.
Oh help. I was just trying to copy-paste "katy manning naked dalek" into google search, but I hadn't actually copied the text, so what actually pasted was "neo-classical endogenous growth theory".

.... the sad bit is that it that I got the endogenous growth theory off a kink meme, not the Dalek porn. And that I got so distracted reading about endogenous growth theory that I still haven't looked up the Katy Manning pictures yet.

(Okay, now I have. You know, they say the Internet is for porn, but the Lego version now has a higher Google ranking than the original photoshoot...)

Right now I am re-organizing my library (again, yes, but they really needed it, they've been in a state ever since the last time I moved). This time it's by publisher and date of publication! What, I can find things at least as well that way by this point, and it sorts much more naturally by size that way, which is necessary in order to fit 2,700 books into one 10x15 room and still be able to pull out any one I want at five minutes' notice. And if I can't pull out any one I want at five minutes' notice, there is no excuse for me having them all. (My rule of dusting is "if it has stayed in one place long enough to accumulate dust, you should either get rid of it or put it into deep storage." Books don't get dusty.)

Anyway, I am starting to realize that there may come a day when my library is *finished.* I mean, not totally finished - people will keep writing amazing books, and I will keep buying them as soon as I find a used copy for less than $2, and there are some rare books that I will probably never find for less than $2 - but the backfilling? The catching up of two centuries of popular publishing that already happened? There may actually be an end in sight. The thing is I keep going to used book sales and discovering that everything they have that I'm interested in, I already own.

Today I went to the library thinking I might actually check out some books on topics related to a certain NaNo I'm not writing which may or may not also be related to endogenous growth theory, and coming home with nothing, because the only books on the shelves that I had any interest in reading were ones I already had at home. The end's not there yet - LibraryThing means always knowing exactly how many books you've bought this month, and I'm not exactly at a stop yet; there's a ways to go before I can walk into a used bookstore with a 50%-off-everything sale and come out empty-handed. But most of those large batches this year were me going through piles of uncatalogued stuff that was already more-or-less in the family. (Well. Okay, and reading copies given to me by friend-who-works-in-the-industry.) Whereas even three years ago, many of them were "went to big library sale, came out with 80 books."

I had never really thought of a book collecting as something that had a *limit* (even if it's one of those tricky limits that trails off but never quite reaches zero.)

...on the upside, though, when I go to a sale and don't find anything interesting among the books, that leaves me more time to look through the LPs...

Anyway. [personal profile] kate_nepveu's metafandomed post on crossover fandoms drew me like a moth to a flame, like it would, and somebody in her comments linked to The Finale of the Ultimate Mega Meta Crossover on fanfiction.net, which is, in fact, a(n) Ultimate Mega Meta Crossover.

I approve of mega meta crossovers just in *general* (as you might have noticed), and this one is amazing - it pulls in reality-crossing characters from 45 different story-worlds, puts them in a framework borrowed from a couple of Singularity-era SF novels (which normally annoy me, but with everyone from Merlin to Miles Vorkosigan refusing to take their premises seriously, it was far more palatable) in such a way that there is both plot and logic, and then lets them run.

It is so awesome it got me to sign it to my delicious account for the first time in months (okay, for the first time since I found the Sharpe/Temeraire crossover this summer, I have types, okay?)

(Also I recognized only 34 out of the 45 fandoms in that without cheating, I clearly need to read more SF.)

Also, the Ultimate Meta Mega Crossover gives Harold Shea the love and spotlight he deserves, which makes me even happier. If, by any chance, you don't know who Harold Shea is, he is the main character in the Compleat Enchanter series by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt, which began in 1940 in the SF pulp magazines. As far as I am aware, it is the first (published, English-language fiction) in which a (geeky, fannish) character discovered a way to travel to universes that were fictional in his home universe, and thus is the patron saint of fourth-wall-breaking crossovers.

(He is even brillianter than that, in that the second universe he went to was Spencer's Faerie Queene. If you don't know Faerie Queene, it's basically fanfic of the novel Orlando Furioso, which was fanfic of the novel Orlando Innamorato, which was a crossover fanfic of the Roland cycle and the Arthurian romances, which were themselves, of course, fanfic of (probably Breton) derivative texts which are long lost. And Compleat Enchanter is itself a multi-author fanfic verse at this point. And it is fully self-aware of all the layers of meta it has going on. In 1940 in Unknown magazine.)

There needs to be more Harold Shea (and Amber, and Pantheistic Multiperson Solipsism, and etc--) fic out there, and there needs to be more massively multifandom multiverse fics, too. Especially ones that bring in fandoms like Young Wizards or Lazarus Long that let all the different fictional universes already be in formal contact with each other.

I was going to say "now I want to change my yuletide requests to put in some of my favorite canonical crossover universes", except of course I'm already requesting "A Night In the Lonesome October" which is already an epic multi-fandom canon crossover. :D I told you I had a type. And one of my prompts for it is totally going to be "Write about another future or past Game pulling in multiple crossover characters from some other place and time. Here's a list of Halloween full moons in the last three centuries. 1955 Japan, Jack and Snuff picking their way among the kaiju? 1944, with Indiana Jones and Jack Harkness and the BPRD and Spike and Dru and ....? 1925, Adele Blanc-Sec vs. Madelyn Mack vs. Mary Russell? 2020, the first Game in 65 years, with grown-up Luna and Neville and Nita and Kit and the Allbright twins and a Slayer or two acting on rumors they barely believe? Pick your characters! Pick your year! Go!"

...actually I kind of want to run a whole Night in the Lonesome October fic fest where everybody picks a Game year, and writes that crossover, but I suspect I could not get the participation. (Or, you know, you could run an amazing RPG, where the mod picks a year and a location, everybody else picks a character, and nobody knows who is Opening and who is Closing. You could even do that one in person or by mail, one day at a time - I bet you could adapt Amber Diceless to it, too. But that is way beyond my skill.)

Also I am very tempted to drop Hodgmanverse from my yuletide requests and replace it with Snarkout Boys, just to complete the set of Holmes pastiches. No! I shall be strong!

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March 19th, 2010 07:31 pm - Mymy/Mav/Vyssu, OT3 4eva, srsly.
How about another post about the female characters of Sherlock Holmes fandom? (It's weird how *much* I have fixated on Mary Morstan in this fandom - I'll read the Holmes/Watson if it comes strongly recommended, but I only really get enthusiastic about any given fanwork if it has Mary (or Irene, or Mrs. Hudson but that never happens, so mostly Mary) in it, with the result that I've not been submerged nearly as much as I thought I would be. It's strange to be in a fandom where I'm actually exhibiting *taste* to the extent it limits my reading.)

There is not nearly enough of this sort of story coming through del.icio.us. So I have descended to going to the library and checking out these things made of sheets of paper glued together on one edge - apparently, you can get Holmes fanfic in that format, too. And apparently, if you want novels about the women, you're more likely to find them there...

First, though, a few more fic recs:

Scenes from an Unusual Domestic Arrangement, by [archiveofourown.org profile] lalaietha/[personal profile] recessional, OT4: If you're reading Holmes fic, you already know to read everything [personal profile] recessional writes, but if you only read one, read this one: it is the OT4 that must exist.

Imagine Me and You (and You and You), by [livejournal.com profile] flash_indie, OT4: More Mary-heavy OT4 that is awesome! And it's novella-length! This has Mary joining the boys as a full partner in the detectiving, and a really interesting working-out of the poly dynamic over time. Mary is occasionally a bit too modern for my taste, but the story carries you along anyway.

Not A Rational Organ, by [livejournal.com profile] bluepercy, bookverse, gen-ish with Holmes/Mary and implied OT3: This was written well before the movie and seems to have got very little attention post-movie, which is a shame, because I love it lots, and I believe it happened. Watson is taken captive as a result of one of Watson's cases, and Mary insists on coming with Holmes on the rescue, and they both love Watson enough to let him go, and during the adventure Holmes gets confused, stops seeing Mary as an enemy, and starts having unfamiliarly heterosexual thoughts about her. The only complaint I have about this story is it isn't the beginning of a twelve-book series.

Checkmate, by [personal profile] random_nexus, gen-ish OT3: another story from the pre-movie fandom. This is a short bit that is simply a conversation between Holmes and Mary Watson, in which she out-maneuvers, out-manipulates, and out-deduces him, and he likes it, and she knows he does. If that isn't enough to get you to read, well, we clearly have fundamental differences in our ways of thinking.


And now for the published fic: since this was written and printed for money, I am more comfortable being openly critical of it even when I liked it overall. So these reviews are at, um, somewhat greater length. (but, then, the stories are also of somewhat greater length.)

Good Morning, Irene, aka The Adventuress by Carole Nelson Douglas
Note: this is very much not movieverse Irene. I like this one better. )

Verdict: Will not be reading out of order, but will be keeping my eye out for the first book in the series.


Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse, by Martin Davies
Okay, when I heard that this series *existed* - the series in which Holmes is fairly incompetent and Mrs. Hudson is secretly feeding him all the clues - I knew I wanted try it out, even if it was crack-addled and/or just plain bad. )(Mrs. Hudson! More people need to write about Mrs. Hudson, yo! If Martin Davies can do it, so can you!)

Verdict: Fun but not life-changing; would read more if I stumbled upon it. Also, very glad it exists.


Their Majesties' Bucketeers, by L. Neil Smith
This is an AU where Holmes and Watson are Lamviin - small, trilaterally symmetrical crustaceans who live on a desert planet that is in their species' equivalent of our Victorian period. Also, they do *everything* in threes, not just symmetry - including sex and gender. )
Verdict: Will SO be requesting for Yuletide. :D (Also, *so* glad it exists. And Mymy/Mav/Vyssu is still my canon OT3 for all Holmes fandom everywhere. I had forgotten how deeply I loved this book in high school - my copy is falling apart, and I still have stretches memorized, ten years since my last re-read.)


...and while I was returning some of these to the library, I checked out the first Mary Russell book. And one of the Moriarty books (the series where it's Moriarty who secretly solves the crimes and gives Holmes the credit - no, I'm not sure how that works either) so there may be another set of these, after I read those. Also, I checked out Lord John and the Private Matter, Monstrous Regiment, and Pride/Prejudice, for all your Queer Age of Sail needs. I have reviews of those half-written that I'll probably post to [community profile] age_of_sail when they're done.

Current Music:: john oliver

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October 30th, 2008 04:36 pm - FREE STUFF (take two.)
Okay, let's try this again.

The lists of free books have been updated. I am giving away all the books tagged "togoaway" in my LibraryThing Account.

You can see the list at my LibraryThing account here, or if LT is being buggy, it's up my webspace here.

I am also giving away books from my Dad's library, here at Librarything and and here at my webspace.

If you want any, leave me a comment with titles, and I will send them to you for shipping costs or less. Get me your email address (either here or at thisaccountname at yahoo) and I'll get back to you early next week for details once I've actually pulled out your books.

Also! Have another weird LP rip. This one appears to be the soundtrack of a son et lumiere production given at Gizeh of the pyramids in 1961. Full of bombastic classical music and very British historical voiceovers and random, old-fashioned translations of Egyptian texts. Fun! It's one mp3, because there were no natural breakpoints, 50 minutes. Here History Began.mp3


..also, as part of my ongoing effort to be less lurky online, I'm friending some of the people I've been watching through friendsfriends. So if I've just friended you, Hi! I've been watching you! Claim some books.

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October 29th, 2008 02:23 pm - FREE BOOKS
So, we have recently cleaned out our book collection, and as a result, there are a whole *ton* of books I am getting rid of: lots of older SF particularly, but also some general fiction and some non-fiction.

If anybody on my flist wants any, I will send them to you for the shipping costs (if the shipping turns out to be <$1, like for one paperback, or I can just give them to you in person, it will be free.)

Claim them in a comment here, and then I'll get in touch to get your address and confirm your claims.

I'm not guaranteeing condition, and it's first come first serve 'cause I'm also offering these in a couple other places.

Everything tagged _togoaway in my LibraryThing account is going.
LINK TO LIST OF FREE BOOKS.
(There are ~650 books up for grabs, but you can sort the list by any of the columns to make it easier.)

Also up for grabs is what's going from my Dad's collection, here, another 215, mostly non-fiction. Same procedure.

ETA: Time out. Okay, the site I was going to use for this is currently having major issues, so there will be a new give-away post when I figure out a new way to post the list. Feel free to use this one meanwhile if it works for you.

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October 6th, 2008 11:55 pm - Specially meme-scented entry!
So I have been trying not to get to emotionally involved with the politics (though I still want to do that "Sarah Palin or TGP: Who Is More Qualified?" point-by-point comparison), but I have been following fivethirtyeight.com pretty closely. And OMG, if Obama takes the South? That will be not only win, it'll be the most important thing to happen in American politics in my *lifetime*.

***
Anyway.
1. Comment on this post.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Think of 5 fictional characters and post their names and your comments on these characters in your blog.


[journalfen.net profile] stellar_dust gave me "D".
...I had a list of twenty-five characters to pick from, and that was before I checked my notes. So, um, have the short list as meme x 3.

And hey, while I'm at it, why not give me two numbers between 1 and 15 and I'll write you a comment-fic where those two characters meet. :D (Random or calculated, I don't even care.)

Five Large Fandoms )

Five Small Fandoms )

Five Nonexistent Fandoms )

...Yeah, I should probably stop there. Even if it means I have to leave out David Starr, and Mike Doonesbury, and Dick and Dorothea (the D's), and Diana Fowley, and Dick Grayson**, and Dickon Sowerby**, and Daystar, and Death**, and Doli the Dwarf, and ....

(** marks characters I have either written in fic or tried to write.)

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September 6th, 2008 11:46 pm
So my newest Early Review book for LibraryThing is The Art Of Darkness, about undercover work; and there's been all this talk about the far north lately; and I had a whole bag of mending to do, and needed something to watch. So (as could be clearly deduced from that list of circumstances) I pulled out the tape I got at con.txt of the dueSouth pilot.

Several things:

No amount of fanfic, icons, picspam, or squee posts can possibly prepare you for just how indescribably, irrepressible-grin-inducingly cute Constable Fraser is.

No amount of fanfic can prepare you for how *bad* Ray's fashion sense is. I am more convinced than ever that he's actually a Time Lord. (Though another thing that fanfic hadn't conveyed is that Ray is apparently already doing primarily undercover work, which does make that whole two-Rays thing make a lot more sense without having to bring in regeneration.)

(Ray is also indescribably cute. And Dief is a much better actor than I was expecting him to be. Remember when I was talking about watching Old!Who, and it's like being a historian who's heard all the myths and read all the theories, who gets a chance to actually *be there* and *see it happen* and it's so much more amazingly amazing than any reconstruction? Yeah, like that.)

Also, this song will *get stuck in your head*.


Undercover book is also making me really want fic exploring the Master's tendency to go into deep cover at the slightest pretext. And making me want to re-read A Howling In The Factory Yard, again, but, y'know, that's kind of a given.)

Current Music:: crash test dummies - superman's song

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September 2nd, 2008 11:08 pm
So, can anyone here guess who it is in my new icon???

(It's cheating if you recognize the book it's from.)

For me, it's a weird sort of illusion- picture: if I look at it from the corner of my eye, or while distracted, I absolutely recognize her; but if I look at it straight on, it doesn't look a thng like her at all.

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I saw that book while at B&N this evening. I also found the current Tokyopop Star Trek manga, which I entirely expected to suck, but they don't suck entirely! They got good established Trek writers, and the art isn't actually trying to be manga-style. I saw two Wil Wheaton stories, and one by Diane Duane (she of Rihannsu-verse) in which the sexy, vulnerable alien queen the Enterprise is escorting gloms onto Dr. McCoy at first site and spends the whole trip completely ignoring Kirk in favor of attempting to seduce the good Doctor.

Also, there is a manga adaptation of David Gerrold's Bandi, which I read in one of the really early Trek short stories collections, and couldn't be better suited for a manga adaptation. Plus in the manga version it's even slashier, K/S wise, than the original. Also, Kirk saves the Enterprise in a page-spread where he radiates sparkles and love-hearts at a sad teddy bear with Bambi eyes.

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Anyway, politics: I have been pretty much ignoring the presidential race since it was decided who I'm going to be voting for, but this Sarah Palin thing is actually catching my interest again. Okay, I do feel bad for the kids, but srsly: Secret babies? Hidden teenage past as a terrorist secessionist? Spunky librarians? Eight hours in labor on a plane? Forced marriages? Russians *right next door*! Bears and wolves and PUMAs, oh my!

Now *that's* the stuff of a proper old-fashioned political scandal.

(And on a serious politics note: give me back my civil liberties, please.)

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I have a fanmix 99% ready to post, but I have *lost* the stylus for my tablet, and if I can't use my John Simm GIMP brush to strew rainbow-colored Master heads over everything, what's the point?

Current Music:: Keith

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August 7th, 2008 10:23 pm
So, with lack of laptop, and possibly more relevantly, lack of any way to play pirate online video, I have been reading more actual printed books this week. And catching up on my LT reviews, which I was several months behind on.

I have been learning a lot!
For example: When one is pondering writing Miles Vorkosigan kidfic, do *not* read Gordon Korman novels.

Also, when one is pondering writing S4 Dr. Who crackfic, do not do NOT read books of old Charles Addams cartoons....

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June 16th, 2008 12:21 am
So rather than going home, packing some, working up a real con report and doing the follow-up stuff I promised, I went to [journalfen.net profile] stellar_dust's apartment and she mixed us both Sonic Screwdrivers and we watched DW 4x10 and Torchwood (Meat) while I taught myself how to tie cherry stems in knots with my tongue. (It seems like a useful skill.)

DW was generally good, and we spent about ten minutes afterward being annoying-sisters to each other in one of the traditional ways, but it was *creepy* this time (seriously, I bet all the mothers in Great Britain are cursing RTD by now) but OMG, Rusty, spoiler )

Meat was awesome, my first actual Torchwood ep after lurking the fandom for two years, and Rhys rocks, and I agree with sister (and Jack!!) that Rhys and Jack have mad, mad UST and need to do something about it STAT, preferably with Gwen in the middle and Ianto and Owen off having sex somewhere else, because OMG.

I remember the reaction when the episode first aired - the old-school macros, the anti-gwen panic - but am I the *only* Torchwood fan who's read enough bad Highlander fic to immediately realize why immortal Jack was so determined to give that story a happy ending? God, talk about nightmares, and I hope it never comes out that it actually *did* happen to him (or, bad thought but knowing Jack, he *volunteered* for it.)

So anyway sister also downloaded a bunch of John Barrowman singing showtunes which I need to steal off her hard drive and then bed. But first, for my own memory, list of fics I was told I needed to write while at the con:
Read more... )

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May 13th, 2008 09:40 pm - Yes, I admit I have a problem
Have been packing.

Now that LT has power-edit back, I just did up the first shelf's worth of books: about 50 books in the "sf-hardcover-to keep no matter what" boxes (sfhctk, if you're following along on my lt tags), about 50 books in the sf-hardcover-"to read soon or get rid of" boxes (sfhctr).

The remaining ~200 books in the sf-hardcover shelves will split between "to store in boxes because I want to have them just in case" (sfhcts) and "to get rid of" (tgro) with more in the second category, but those wait until much later, since I won't be shelving them.

Then there's the other 3,000 books in my collection. Yay?
(I have hopes that they'll divide in about the same proportions into tk, tr, ts, and tgro. Of course that still leaves me with about 600 books on my "to read" pile...

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April 13th, 2008 01:37 pm - THIS IS JUST TO SAY.
That I want to be Sarah Jane Smith when I grow up.


In other news, I currently have two outstanding LT Early Review books to read, which I'm alternating chapters on, because they're both pretty interesting and pretty dense. However, I think I will have to stop doing that soon, because Book 1 is currently tearing down the concept of Platonic dualism in search of pure truth and Book 2 is currently building up a theory of truth based around Platonic dualism, and so I find I'm pitting them against each other rather than reading them for themselves.

(Alas, I rather find I side with Book 1, despite liking Book 2 better - Platonic dualism is a fun toy to play with, and it's necessary to learn it in order to understand all the art that's been built using it, but when you get down to brass tacks and strange quarks, it's got no *foundation*, and and so I've never found it particularly useful for anything *but* play. Which, yay play! The author of Book 2 could do with more learning how to play, I think. So could the Book 1 author, come to think.)

...now I want to haul out the Legos again.

Current Music:: genesis - me and sarah jane
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April 4th, 2008 08:52 pm - WHAT I SPENT TODAY DOING.
The Doctor would like Horton the Elephant to join him in adventures. Horton is unsure of the practicalities of the matter.

Well, "art" was on my to-do list. And a certain word's top Google result has recently changed, you know you were thinking it too. Just don't ask how many Highlander episode it took. (Also you can click to get the 1250x800 original size.)

Now to do the stuff that *actually* needs doing.

(Is it just me, or was Tek Jansen last night not really very good? But the interview, for once, *is* really good.)

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March 29th, 2008 11:02 pm - Apropos of nothing.
LibraryThing has recently instituted a feature that lets you track your posting frequency by date, so for the first time ever I can correlate my periodic outbursts of book-OCD-related crankiness to the *other* sort of period. ifyouknowhatimean.

In semi-related news, spent most of today faffing about on LibraryThing. It's like editing Wikipedia, only much pettier! (and more useful).

Thing I have discovered as a result: The internets have no love for the works of E. W. Hildick. Why is that? Surely I am not the only person on the internets who thought the Ghost Squad were woobies made of hottness? Plus they fight Nazis!

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Also read some more of my latest-but-one LibraryThing early reviewer book. Have just got to the bit about how our hero spent most if his childhood filling notebooks with "elaborate sexual fantasies (often revolving around the Hardy Boys or Starsky and Hutch or Hawkeye and the Mike Farrell character [B.J.] from M*A*S*H."

Said book is about the travails of growing up dirt poor and black in the Bronx in the Seventies.

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Meanwhile I am spending the week squatting at my sister's empty apartment catsitting for [journalfen.net profile] stellar_dust. She is on a business trip halfway across the country, so as a public service to her co-workers to prevent them from being deafened by the squeals of "I MISS MY KITTIES!!!!!", I present part one of a daily series of photo essays, "Life With Cats."

The worst bit is the lurking. Everywhere you turn, there are glowing eyes staring back at you - behind doors, under furniture, in the bathtub, hanging from the ceiling--- )

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