November 15th, 2006

firesea: self-portrait

one would think I didn't read anymore.... (#41-42 of 2006)

#41: Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey
Quite good, and intriguing to see her write from a male viewpoint - but not as engrossing as the books of the first trilogy. She's laid a great character foundation for the sequels, though, and I look forward to seeing what she does with Imriel.

(I read this before the babe was born, it's just taken till now to get around to documenting it....)

#42: The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
The sequel to The Eyre Affair and Lost in a Good Book, this plunges even more deeply into the absurdity of the BookWorld. Don't try to start reading this series in the middle - even were there no series-wide plot arc (which there is), the mechanics of this world are so layered with complexity that later concepts will simply not compute without the foundation built by the earlier books.

Suffice it to say that if you do make the investment to read the whole series, by this point the idea of eradicating the deadly mispeling vyrus (before it turns your nose into a noose) by smothering it with multiple copies of the Oxford English Dictionary will make complete sense.

I'm not counting Are You My Mother? or Goodnight Moon, though they do help to explain where my book-reading time has gone.

Still working (slowly) on What's Going On In There? and Moral Politics. Next up in fiction, Anansi Boys.
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firesea: self-portrait

disaster area

So first our local occult store (Moonflower Magicks) burns down.

Then there's record flooding all over this part of the state.

Now, high winds causing massive power outages.

Bracing for earthquake in 5...4...3....