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String Bag Pattern

Posted on 2020.01.01 at 10:00
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Here is the pattern for the "popple" string bag:

There are more comments in later posts on that livejournal.

I use a Number 3 crochet cotton with a 2.5 mm hook, which gives a bag the size of my fist balled up, and about the size of a standard plastic bag when used. I need about 1.5 balls of #3 cotton for one bag.



Posted on 2014.09.14 at 18:45
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In alphabetical order:

52 Loaves: One Man's Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and the Perfect Crust - William Alexander - an enjoyable book about baking a loaf of bread a week for a year. I am keeping this one.

Classical Whodunnits - Mike Ashley - Not very good. Pre-Roman Aphrodite makes reference to the Vestal virgins in the first story. Seriously.

Quiet as a Nun - Antonia Fraser - I don't remember anything about it, so it wasn't bad.

Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story - Janet Gleeson - Interesting history of the start of porcelain-making in Europe. The porcelain museum in Toronto would have been more interesting if I'd read this first.

From Sophie's Table - Sophie Grigsson - the dessert recipes look best.

Basket Case
Double Whammy
Tourist Season- Carl Hiaasen - All typical Hiaasen.

The Long Divorce - Edmund Crispin - Good enough mystery. Will look for others of the series.

In a Gilded Cage: From Heiress to Duchess - Marian Fowler - Interesting set of character sketches of the 5 women who married British dukes in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Ghostway - Tony Hillerman - Good mystery, as expected.

Alanna: the First Adventure -
In the Hand of the Goddess -
The Woman who Rides Like a Man -
Lioness Rampant - Tamora Pierce - her first set of books - not bad stories, but not as good as the following works. About a girl who dresses up as her twin brother and goes to become a knight.

First Test
Lady Knight - Tamora Pierce - Awesome series about the first girl to become a knight without hiding the fact that she is female. I think I connected with this a little bit because I am an engineer.

Digger: the Omnibus Edition - Ursula Vernon - Graphic Novel. I was one of the kickstarter backers. Awesome!!! I want to be Digger when I grow up.

Cart of Death - Mari Ulmer - decent enough mystery.

Calender of Crime - Ellery Queen - Don't bother.

The Blond Baboon - Jan Willen van der Wettering - not a particularly good mystery - didn't like the detectives.

Little Earthquakes - Jennifer Weiner - about being a new mother. Not bad.

Men Explain Things to Me - Rebecca Solnit - set of essays about feminism and about being female. Good read.

Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Vol. 9 - Fumi Yoshinaga - interesting, as always

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Another Mediterranean try

Posted on 2014.08.25 at 20:28
Another recipe from Diane Seed's Mediterranean.

I've made this one before, and it came out okay. I don't know how, though. When the recipe tells you to drain the eggplant, and put it in with the cooking garlic and onions, then simmer, it makes no sense. How can one simmer without a liquid in there?

For some reason I took agains the eggplant as well, so I haven't eaten it since I made it on Tuesday.

I will be freezing the remains tonight, for future meals.

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broken wrist = cooking posts

Posted on 2014.08.13 at 21:21
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So, a week and a half ago, hun broke his wrist. And I had already agreed to cook for August. It seems I will cook for August and September.

This seems like the ideal place to keep track of the recipes I've tried, and what I thought of them.

Hopefully, you all won't be bored.

Dried Broad Been Puree (p 62 of Diane Seed's Mediterranean Cooking) - This is supposed to turn out something like hummus, with fava beans (aka broad beans) instead of chick peas. It did not. Several things may have gone wrong:
-The beans soaked something like 8-12 hours, not overnight.
-Not enough water was used to cook the beans.
-Jarred garlic substituted for whole garlic.

I am willing to try it again, with canned beans instead of dry, more water, and proper garlic before I give up on this recipe.

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very long book post

Posted on 2014.07.01 at 21:32
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It's been a while.

I'm going to get pickier about which books get shelf space from now on, so fewer will be keeps. I'll also be culling the library this summer, I hope.

The Virtu
The Mirador
Corambis - Sarah Monette - very good quartet. (Warning, the first book contains a violent rape in the first 50 pages or so.) Characters well fleshed out, interesting world. I ended up donating Melusine (which I had owned) to a library.

The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) - very good book. Court intrigue, a kind protagonist. Recommend.

vN - Madeline Ashby - a good read about an artificial human, and I will be looking up the rest of the series.

Peyton Place - Grace Metalious - blech. Ponderous. Didn't really get to know any of the characters. Read it for a read-along. At least now I can say I read it.

The Human Factor - Graham Greene - set in the 70s or 80s. Spy novel. How... different from what the world is today. As expected from Greene, characters well drawn.

Murder in Amsterdam - A.C. Baantjer, H.G. Smittenaar translated - 2 Dutch police procedurals in translation. Skip it. Dated, and I don't really need to deal with the sexism.

My Real Children- Jo Walton - Most excellent... An exploration of the parallel lives of a woman, with the two different worlds spinning off (possibly) a choice she made... Highly recommend!

The Wailing Wind - Tony Hillerman - scored a bunch of mystery novels at a used book sale. Good, as expected.

Princess of the Midnight Ball - Jessica Day George - retelling of 12 dancing princesses. Nice enough bit of fluff.

Assassination Vacation - Sarah Vowell - interesting, amusing, but in the end, not as deep as I had wanted. Am not keeping.

Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha - Dorothy Gilman - another pass-the-time mystery. Not worth keeping.

Trio of Sorcery - Mercedes Lackey - What I thought was 3 new Diana Tregarde stories. Which was 1 + non-Diana story. And the Diana story was transphobic. I have decided to wreck the book rather than donate or resell it. The other 2 weren't bad, but I will not have that sort of stuff in my pleasure library.

Good in Bed - Jennifer Crusie - pleasant chick-lit or romance. Enjoyed.

Breakdown - Sarah Paretsky - a V.I. Warshawski mystery novel. As with the whole series, recommended.

Liar's Poker - Michael Lewis - Absolutely fascinating book about Wall Street bond traders in the '80s, written by a former Wall Street person, in the late '80s. The start of bonds based on mortgages, with tranches. It did not feel dated at all, because the echoes and repercussions affect the world today....

Sword-Bound - Jennifer Roberson - Yay! Another Tiger & Del! Wonderful to see a series where the protagonists are married? coupled? raising a family, and still smacking things with swords!

Mastiff - Tamora Pierce - highly recommend. YA, but fantastic, following a young police woman as she starts her career.

Gibbons Decline & Fall - Sherri Tepper - wonderful, fun sci-fi, if you can stomach the sometimes cudgel-like feminism and environmentalism. What if humans did sex differently than we do now?

The Family Tree - Sherri Tepper - as with the previous book and the cudgel. Very oddly structured, but when the two plotlines come together, much good.

Eye of the Heron - Ursula K. LeGuin - an interesting exploration of pacifism on a different world.

The Warrior's Apprentice - Lois Bujold - Bujold reread; need I say more?

Trickster's Queen
Trickster's Choice - Tamora Pierce - again, YA, again, fantastic! This time, the main character is a spy.

Servants: a Downstairs History of Britain from the Nineteenth Century to Modern Times - Lucy Lethbridge - I have concluded that no one wants to do housework.

Love Continuance & Increasing - Julian Griffith - most excellent non-standard romance. I will be on the lookout for more from this author.

The Moon is Down - John Steinbeck - did not leave much of an impression.

Nine Goblins - T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) - very amusing fantasy, I do believe I laughed out loud. Highly recommend.

Books I did not finish & maybe a bit about why:
Priestess of the White - Trudy Canavon - Didn't care enough about anyone to finish the last 50 pages or find the other 2 in the trilogy. Read Wikipedia summary instead.

The Fatal Crown - Ellen Jones - I thought I was getting a decent historical novel. Instead, I got a romance. Between Matilda and Henry, who ripped England in 2 between them. And Henry II ... was Henry's son, not Geoffrey of Anjou. Seriously. I expect the afterword to tell me where the author has taken liberties, not tell me that the author has taken liberties.

A Study in Silks - Emma Jane Holloway - Sherlock Holmes' niece in steampunk London. Once I saw it hung on a cliffhanger at the end, I wasn't interested in finishing.

Nimishia's Ship - Anne McCaffery - didn't connect with any character, and lost interest.

The Faded Sun: Kutath - C.J. Cherry - I want to like all Cherryh's books, but after slogging through the first 2 in the trilogy, I just don't have it in me to finish this one. I am looking forward to catching up on the Foreigner series, though.

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Posted on 2014.03.09 at 18:20
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So, long time no type.

Is anyone interested in the ongoing saga of cleaning my room and organizing my life? My (inconsistent) attempts to try new recipes, and use some of the pile of cookbooks I have amassed? I would blog about work, but it would mostly read: too much work to do, to little time to do it, very frustrated/frustrating.

Well, onward to a few months of book post.

Star Wars: Vader's Little Princess - Jeffrey Brown - cute picture book. Bought for a friend who has a little girl.

The Innocence of Father Brown - (reread)
The Wisdom of Father Brown - G.K. Chesterton - two books of amusing enough mysteries. Watch out for "The God of the Gongs" - the racist tripe is strong in that one. I would not be surprised if there was more subtle stuff in the rest of these 2 books, but I did not notice it. (Published in 1911 & 1914, if that makes it more understandable - I got the books of Gutenberg, and will probably not re-read them ever.)

Agatha Raisin & the Love from Hell - M.C. Beaton - um, I don't remember much about this, except that I dislike it and would not buy another one by this author.

Crewel -
Altered - Gennifer Albin - first two in a YA trilogy; I am looking forward to the third! Set in a world bound to ours, I was intrigued by the premise of embroidering and weaving as methods of making a world. It really doesn't go into depth on those skills, though.

Ascension - Jacqueline Koyanagi - sff, very good. Includes gay and poly characters. The only reason I'm not keeping it is that I have a specific library to donate it to. Will be following the series.

Duchess in Love - Eloise James - a nice enough romance, I'm looking for the sequels.

Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy of the Duck Commander - Phil Robertson - Well, I read this before the brouhaha. And I did not pay for it. The homophobia and racism is there in the book, but not as obvious as it became in the media. And there is very little depth to the book, for a supposed autobiography (as told to type).

Silent in the Grave
Silent in the Sanctuary
Silent on the Moor - Deanna Raybourn - romance crossed with mystery. Good enough I'll be looking for the sequels in the library.

Kingdom of Cages - Sarah Zettel - decent sff. Not as good as some of her other books, and I let it go.

Junia is Not Alone - Scot McKnight - nonfiction about women in the Bible. Meh.

In the Land of Invisible Women - Qanta Ahmed - interesting account of a Western Muslim female doctor who lived in Saudia Arabia for a few years.

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk - David Sedaris - short snarky stories featuring animals who act as people. Skip it.

The View from Saturday - E.L. Konigsberg - decent middle grade story.

The Woman in the Wall - Patrice Kindl - another middle grade story about a girl who vanishes in her own house and her family forgets her. Pretty good. Might've liked it better if I were middle grade.

Not of Woman Born - ed. Constance Ash - I read this a few months ago, but never blogged it? I don't really remember it well enough to have an opinion.

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Posted on 2013.12.16 at 22:04
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Ancillary Justice - Anne Leckie - very interesting book. I don't want to spoil it,
so I won't say anything more than that I found it original, and very different. The
primary character's language doesn't differentiate between male and female, and
"she" is the pronoun used for everyone. Which is more mindbending than you'd
think, and totally awesome.

W is for Wasted - Sue Grafton - What more can I say about the alphabet series, except
that they do not disappoint?

Etiquette & Espionage - Gail Carriger - YA prequel to a series I read after it. Callouts
would be more obvious if I'd read them first. Quite nice, and I am sending to nieces.

Soulless, Blameless, Changeless, Heartless, Timeless - Gail Carriger - the aforementioned
series. An excellent romp.

Hawk in Silver - Mary Gentle - decent read, not much to set it off in my memory.

The Curse of the Pharaohs - Elizabeth Peters - Another Amelia Peabody.

Ran Away - Barbara Hambly - One of the Benjamin January mysteries. Good, as I as

My Lady of Cleves - Margaret Campbell Barnes - Henry VIII, from Anne of Cleves point of
view. Much enjoyed.

Ooku: The Inner Chambers vol 8 - Fumi Yoshinaga - manga- I am fascinated by this story.

The Blessing Way - Tony Hillerman - competent mystery. Sometimes I wonder how much of
Southwestern & Navajo culture got right...

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books 2012 - It's been a long time edition - 17

Posted on 2013.05.27 at 15:38
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These Old Shades-
Devil's Cub-
An Infamous Army - Georgette Heyer - Read them all together, and the last one for the first time. Heyer, as Heyer. I skipped about 1/3 of the last book, as I am not interested in troop movements....

The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry - standard-genre fiction; not bad; didn't see the twist coming.

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones - okay, zen makes no sense to me, and that is okay.

Gulp - Mary Roach - Excellent nonfiction about the alimentary canal. Highly recommend.

Quiverfull - Katherine Joyce - a bit drier than I'd expected, but then, I read this type of blog...

Summer Falls - Melody Malone - eh, if I'd paid more I'd've expected more.... Doctor Who tie-in

The Winter Palace - Eva Stachniak - interesting fictional account of Catherine the Great's rise to power. I like her much, much better knowing a bit more about her, and it's nice to see non-Tudor historical fiction.

A Betrayal in Winter -
An Autumn War -
The Price of Spring - Daniel Abraham - Very good series, fully fleshed characters. A timescale that allows for repercussions of actions.

Small Gods - Terry Pratchett (reread) - almost as good as I remembered it.

The Foundling - Georgette Heyer - a silly Heyer. Amusing and fun.

A Blunt Instrument - Georgette Heyer - decent mystery novel.

Without a Summer - Mary Robinette Kowal - Third in her series, and very, very good.

The Last Vanity
Bowman Strikes Again - Hartley Howard - Decent mysteries of the hardboiled variety. I won't pay full price for them, but for $2.99 not bad.

Overdressed - Elizabeth Cline - fascinating look at our clothing and where it comes from. Highly recommend.

Year's total: 40

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What we talk about when we talk about pockets

Posted on 2013.05.26 at 10:13
Originally posted by kylecassidy at What we talk about when we talk about pockets
This post is about pockets, feminism, design, autonomy and common sense. Please feel free to repost or link to it if you know people who'd benefit from the discussion.

A few weeks ago trillian_stars and I were out somewhere and she asked "Oooh, can I get a cup of coffee?" and I thought "why are you asking me? You don't need permission." But what I discovered was that her clothes had no pockets, so she had no money with her.

Mens clothes have pockets. My swimsuits have pockets. All of them do, and it's not unusual, because, what if you're swimming in the ocean and you find a fist full of pirate booty in the surf? You need somewhere to put it. Men are used to carrying stuff in their pockets, you put money there, you put car keys there. With money and car keys come power and independence. You can buy stuff, you can leave. The idea of some women's clothes not having pockets is baffling, but it's worse than that -- it's patriarchal because it makes the assumption that women will either carry a handbag, or they'll rely on men around them for money and keys and such things. (I noticed this also when Neil & Amanda were figuring out where her stuff had to go because she had no pockets.) Where do women carry tampons? Amanda wondered, In their boyfriend's pockets, Neil concluded.

I then noticed that none of trillian_stars' running clothes had pockets. Any pockets. Which is (as they always say on "Parking Wars") ridikulus. Who leaves the house with nothing? (It's not a rhetorical question, I actually can't think of anybody).

We fixed some of this by getting this runners wrist wallet from Poutfits on Etsy -- it holds money, ID, keys ... the sort of stuff you'd need. Plus you can wipe your nose on it. It solves the running-wear problem, but not the bigger problem.

Clickenzee to Embiggen!

The bigger problem is that people who design women's fashions are still designing pants and jackets that have no pockets. In fact, this jacket we got last December has ... no pockets. It's not a question of lines or shape, it's a question of autonomy.

Clickenzee to Embiggen

So I'm asking my friends who design women's clothes to consider putting pockets in them, they can be small, they can be out of the way, they can be inside the garment, but space enough to put ID, and cash and bus tokens. And maybe a phone. (And if you can design a surreptitious tampon stash, I'm sure Neil & Amanda & a lot of other people would appreciate it as well.)

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Books 2012 - 9

Posted on 2013.03.31 at 15:31
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Crystal Singer -
Killashandra -
Crystal Line - Anne McCaffery - So, the first 2 were rereads of books first read about 25 years ago, and I hadn't realized there was a third, so it was not a reread. I enjoyed them very much for the fluff they were. I was in a very stressful time at work, and they were an excellent diversion.

The Kingmaker's Daughter - Phillipa Gregory - Some help straightening out the Wars of the Roses. I still like Richard III.

Nation - Terry Pratchett - nook - not a Discworld. More of a young adult book. Good, but not his best for me.

Dragons Love Tacos - Adam Rubin - a children's book. Not bad.

Frost Burned - Patricia Briggs - I just read this today. Another one in the Mercy Thompson series. Very much like the whole series. Especially enjoy the relationship between Adam and Mercy.

A Wicked Liason - Christine Merill - amusing enough romance novel.

A Shadow in Summer - Daniel Abraham - nook - first of a quartet. Absolutely awesome. Interesting worldbuilding, fantastic characters.

Year's total: 23

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Weekend - 3 day

Posted on 2013.02.18 at 20:50
I had a nice weekend.

I slept in a bit each day, started cleaning out my closet, and finished 2 embroidery projects. I started the finishing on a third, the fourth is waiting, and I decided I didn't like the fifth enough to bother.


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Books 2013 - Many

Posted on 2013.02.16 at 19:29
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Peacful Journey - Shelley Lynne Cummins - a book of a few yoga poses, yantras, and aromatherapy, which came with a cd ith mantras on it. I've had it for years, and this might be a re-read.

Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem - I lived in Brooklyn for at least part of the time covered in this book. Stylistically very interesting, and not too bad for an "arty" sort of book. A decent mystery as well. I don't see much re-read value, and won't be keeping it.

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things - Steketee and Frost - nook - fascinating book. I recognized a lot of the behaviors in the book, both from myself and others, and I am thankful that I managed to not follow that path....

Where's My Cow? - Terry Pratchett - fantastic! especially if you already know Discworld.

Go the F*** to Sleep - ??? - I can only imagine it's better if you have a child, and I thought it was amusing.

The Constant Gardener - John Le Carre - Suspenseful read; new bad guys, now that the USSR is no more....

Fair Game - Patricia Briggs - I think the best of the Alpha/Omega series, and just the right substantial fluff I needed....

North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell - Absolutely amazing. Seriously, I think the author is every bit as good as Austen, though with a different tone, and certainly better than Dickens.

The Merchant's War
The Revolution Business
The Trade of Queens - Charlie Stross - really, I was probably in these at just the time that I posted the last book thread about 7 weeks ago. Excellent series, recommend.

The Glenstal Book of Prayer - should technically be in 2012. Oh well. I am looking for new and interesting prayers, and this book had some of those in it.

The Snow Queen - Mercedes Lackey - again with the substantial fluff. It's that type of life for me right now, folks!

The Faded Sun: Kesrith
The Faded Sun: Shonjir - C. J. Cherryh - (I'm in the middle of the third now.) Interesting story of an after-the-war, of interstellar politics, and of cultures that don't really understand each other.

Year's total: 14

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Books 2012 - the one I forgot

Posted on 2013.01.08 at 18:57
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Cinder - Marissa Mayer - very interesting retelling of Cinderella, with Cinder the cyborg as the princess. First of 3, I think. Very good YA SF.

Year's total: an amusing 123

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Posted on 2013.01.07 at 20:06
So, 5 goals for the year:
-find a dance class
-do yoga
-use the face cream
-pack lunch
-weave hun's rugs

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Posted on 2013.01.03 at 22:07
So lj is blinking in and out, and I am taking the opportunity to remind you that this is actually a mirror of my dreamwidth account, found here.


Books 2012 - 7

Posted on 2012.12.31 at 14:22
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The Wrong Reflection - Gillian Bradshaw - excellent science fiction. I don't want to spoil it, so I will just recommend it.

Mort - Terry Pratchett - okay Pratchett is good, and this is okay Pratchett

Jane Austen's Town and Country Style - Susan Watkins - worth the read to get a visual on various Regency houses, dinnerware, styles, etc.

Prince of Annwn - Evangeline Walton - retelling of the first branch of the Mabinogenon. I am probably going to read the rest of the series, which I have, then let them go.

The Family Trade -
The Hidden Family -
The Clan Corporate - Charlie Stross - fascinating series. Just the thing to disappear into on holidays when I don't want to deal with anyone.

Year's total: 122

Today is a vacation day, and I am sitting here in the living room, a the cat curled up beside me, catching up on all sorts of niggling little to dos and generally feeling both relaxed and productive.

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book meme

Posted on 2012.12.29 at 10:00
Stolen from starcat-jewel on lj

Another "I've read that" meme. This one is the lists of "best SF and fantasy novels" compiled by Locus from a survey. Bold are those I've read, italic are those I started but gave up on, and normal are those I haven't read.

I bolded & italicized the ones sitting on my shelf, not-yet-read.

20th Century SF Novel:

1 Herbert, Frank: Dune (1965)
2 Card, Orson Scott: Ender's Game (1985)
3 Asimov, Isaac: The Foundation Trilogy (1953)

4 Simmons, Dan: Hyperion (1989)
5 Le Guin, Ursula K.: The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
6 Adams, Douglas: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
7 Orwell, George: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

8 Gibson, William: Neuromancer (1984)
9 Bester, Alfred: The Stars My Destination (1957)
10 Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
11 Heinlein, Robert A.: Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
12 Heinlein, Robert A.: The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (1966)
13 Haldeman, Joe: The Forever War (1974)

14 Clarke, Arthur C.: Childhood's End (1953)
15 Niven, Larry: Ringworld (1970)
16 Le Guin, Ursula K.: The Dispossessed (1974)
17 Bradbury, Ray: The Martian Chronicles (1950)

18 Stephenson, Neal: Snow Crash (1992)
19 Miller, Walter M. , Jr.: A Canticle for Leibowitz (1959)
20 Pohl, Frederik: Gateway (1977)
21 Heinlein, Robert A.: Starship Troopers (1959)
22 Dick, Philip K.: The Man in the High Castle (1962)

23 Zelazny, Roger: Lord of Light (1967)
24 Wolfe, Gene: The Book of the New Sun (1983)
25 Lem, Stanislaw: Solaris (1970)
26 Dick, Philip K.: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
27 Vinge, Vernor: A Fire Upon The Deep (1992)

28 Clarke, Arthur C.: Rendezvous with Rama (1973)
29 Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World (1932)
30 Clarke, Arthur C.: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

31 Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)
32 Strugatsky, Arkady & Boris: Roadside Picnic (1972)
33 Card, Orson Scott: Speaker for the Dead (1986)
34 Brunner, John: Stand on Zanzibar (1968)
35 Robinson, Kim Stanley: Red Mars (1992)
36 Niven, Larry (& Pournelle, Jerry): The Mote in God's Eye (1974)
37 Willis, Connie: Doomsday Book (1992)
38 Atwood, Margaret: The Handmaid's Tale (1985)

39 Sturgeon, Theodore: More Than Human (1953)
40 Simak, Clifford D.: City (1952)
41 Brin, David: Startide Rising (1983)
42 Asimov, Isaac: Foundation (1950)

43 Farmer, Philip Jose: To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971)
44 Dick, Philip K.: Ubik (1969)
45 Vonnegut, Kurt: Cat's Cradle (1963)
46 Vinge, Vernor: A Deepness in the Sky (1999)
47 Simak, Clifford D.: Way Station (1963)
48 Wyndham, John: The Day of the Triffids (1951)
49 Keyes, Daniel: Flowers for Algernon (1966)
49 Delany, Samuel R.: Dhalgren (1975)

20th Century Fantasy Novel:

1 Tolkien, J. R. R.: The Lord of the Rings (1955)
2 Martin, George R. R.: A Game of Thrones (1996)
3 Tolkien, J. R. R.: The Hobbit (1937)
4 Le Guin, Ursula K.: A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)
5 Zelazny, Roger: Nine Princes in Amber (1970)
6 Lewis, C. S.: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)

7 Mieville, China: Perdido Street Station (2000)
8 Rowling, J. K.: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
9 Crowley, John: Little, Big (1981)
10 Adams, Richard: Watership Down (1972)
11 Goldman, William: The Princess Bride (1973)
12 Martin, George R. R.: A Storm of Swords (2000)
13 Beagle, Peter S.: The Last Unicorn (1968)
14 White, T. H.: The Once and Future King (1958)
15 Pratchett, Terry (& Gaiman, Neil): Good Omens (1990)
16 Kay, Guy Gavriel: Tigana (1990)
17 Gaiman, Neil: Neverwhere (1996)

18 Wolfe, Gene: The Book of the New Sun (1983)
19 Vance, Jack: The Dying Earth (1950)
20 Bulgakov, Mikhail: The Master and Margarita (1967)
21 Rowling, J. K.: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)
22 Tolkien, J. R. R.: The Silmarillion (1977)

23 Leiber, Fritz: The Swords of Lankhmar (1968)
24 Jordan, Robert: The Eye of the World (1990)
25 Donaldson, Stephen R.: Lord Foul's Bane (1977)
26 Bradbury, Ray: Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962)

27 Peake, Mervyn: Gormenghast (1950)
28 Rowling, J. K.: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999)
29 Powers, Tim: The Anubis Gates (1983)
30 Martin, George R. R.: A Clash of Kings (1998)
31 Bradley, Marion Zimmer: The Mists of Avalon (1983)
32 Hobb, Robin: Assassin's Apprentice (1995)
33 Pratchett, Terry: The Colour of Magic (1983)
34 Holdstock, Robert: Mythago Wood (1984)
35 King, Stephen: The Stand (1978)
36 L'Engle, Madeleine: A Wrinkle in Time (1962)
36 Pratchett, Terry: Small Gods (1992)
38 Ende, Michael: The Neverending Story (1983)

39 Peake, Mervyn: Titus Groan (1946)
40 Howard, Robert E.: Conan the Barbarian (1950)
note, I read a lot of conan in the early. 1980s, and I assume this was one
41 McCaffrey, Anne: Dragonflight (1968)
42 Orwell: George: Animal Farm (1945)

43 Feist, Raymond E.: Magician (1982)
44 Silverberg, Robert: Lord Valentine's Castle (1980)
45 Lovecraft, H. P.: At the Mountains of Madness (1936)
46 Swanwick, Michael: The Iron Dragon's Daughter (1993)
47 King, Stephen: The Shining (1977)
48 Garcia Marquez, Gabriel: One Hundred Years of Solitude (1970)
49 Saint-Exupery, Antoine de: The Little Prince (1943)
50 Hughart, Barry: Bridge of Birds (1984)

21st Century SF Novel:

1 Scalzi, John: Old Man's War (2005)
2 Stephenson, Neal: Anathem (2008)
3 Bacigalupi, Paolo: The Windup Girl (2009)
4 Wilson, Robert Charles: Spin (2005)
5 Watts, Peter: Blindsight (2006)
6 Morgan, Richard: Altered Carbon (2002)
7 Collins, Suzanne: The Hunger Games (2008)
8 Gibson, William: Pattern Recognition (2003)
9 Mieville, China: The City & the City (2009)
10 Stross, Charles: Accelerando (2005)
11 Mitchell, David: Cloud Atlas (2004)
12 McDonald, Ian: River of Gods (2004)
13 McCarthy, Cormac: The Road (2006)
14 Harrison, M. John: Light (2002)
15 Willis, Connie: Black Out/All Clear (2010)
15 Chabon, Michael: The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2007)

21st Century Fantasy Novel:

1 Gaiman, Neil: American Gods (2001)
2 Clarke, Susanna: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2004)

3 Rothfuss, Patrick: The Name of the Wind (2007)
4 Mieville, China: The Scar (2002)
5 Martin, George R. R.: A Feast for Crows (2005)
6 Rowling, J. K.: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)
7 Bujold, Lois McMaster: The Curse of Chalion (2001)

8 Mieville, China: The City & the City (2009)
9 Fforde, Jasper: The Eyre Affair (2001)
10 Bujold, Lois McMaster: Paladin of Souls (2003)
10 Pratchett, Terry: Night Watch (2002)
12 Gaiman, Neil: Coraline (2002)

13 Wolfe, Gene: The Wizard Knight (2004)
14 Pratchett, Terry: Going Postal (2004)
15 Gaiman, Neil: The Graveyard Book (2008)
15 Lynch, Scott: The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006)

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Books 2012 - 16

Posted on 2012.10.22 at 21:26
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3 to the Highest Power - 3 novellas? Novellettes? by Sturgeon, Bradbury, and Oliver. Dated, and unmemorable.

A Companion to Wolves - Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette - interesting, and deals with the implications from the Pern books. I recall reading something about how the wolf packs are very far off real wolf packs, which are family groups.

Black Horses for the King - Anne McCaffery - nice YA King Arthur about how the horses came to Britain.

The Between - Tananarive Due - horror, and thus not my bag, but an interesting story and well told.

Magic in Ithkar 2 - anthology - science fiction/ fantasy and a nice collection of stories.

The Chinese Gold Murders - Robert Van Gulik - decent enough mystery, part of a set and I've read one of the others.

Mr. Campion, Criminologist - Margery Allingham - decent enough collection of Campion short stories. Mystery.

No Love Lost - Margery Allingham - not mystery stories, and sort of only okay.

Dead on Sunday - A. J. Orde - I like these mysteries, and this is no exception.

The Crown Jewels - Walter Jon Williams - nice light amusement of high society.

Final Curtain - Ngaio Marsh - one of the Alleyn series. Focusses on his wife, and a good read. I will probably hunt out the others.

The Golden Key - Melanie Rawn, Kate Elliot, Jennifer Roberson - a good read (vacation!) and interesting story.

Closet Control: The Ultimate Guide to Revitalizing Your Wardrobe and Revolutionizing the Way You Store It - Barbara Horowitz - not much help. Lots of instructions on how to cut apart your T-shirts.

The King's Peace - Jo Walton - alternate universe King Arthur. Very good read.

Clarion II - anthology - I don't remember it, I read it so long ago. Many short stories.

Stellar 1 - anthology - I don't remember it, I read it so long ago. Many short stories.

The Assassin's Edge - Juliet McKenna - I think the series got too long and complicated for me, so I gave up on this book.

Fires of Azeroth - C. J. Cherryh - The first two of the set were a drag, and I finally gave up.

Year's total: 101

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Books 2012 - 10

Posted on 2012.09.03 at 14:56
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Dangerous Visions - anthology - ed. Harlan Ellison -
Again, Dangerous Visions - anthology - ed. Harlan Ellison - many of the stories in these try to use interesting narrative techniques (hello James Joyce stream of consciousness!) for the SF stories they are telling. I am not interested in interesting narrative techniques. I skipped the stories that did not catch my attention in the first few pages, and I did not bother to read many of Ellison's introductions. I dislike the person he presents on the page - in the second book, he goes off on people who complain about his selections when they have received a free review copy. I found the statement that James Tiptree is the man to beat for the Hugo highly amusing.

Bab: a sub-deb - Mary Roberts Rhinehart - humorous, set in the late teens. I can't help but be sympathetic to the main character, who has been raised to make a good marriage, but is stymied by not being out, as her older sister is not married yet.

Black Sheep - Georgette Heyer - amusing Heyer.

Unveiled -
Unclaimed -
Unlocked -
Unraveled - Courtney Milan - Regency romances. Fairly well done. Read them all in 1 weekend.

Warprize - Elizabeth Vaughan - a decent fantasy story masquerading as a romance. Will be looking for the followups.

The Score - Donald Westlake - I do not like the protagonist; I finished it because I wanted to see how it turned out; I will not be looking for any more.

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The Room, Continued

Posted on 2012.07.01 at 15:34
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So, a few weeks ago, I moved a bunch of bookshelves around, which opened up the room, and gave a sense of space and immediate progress.

I have the hobby books segregated on a bookshelf, and the unread books on others, and I have a whole empty bookshelf to unpack books into! Yay! I can also purge as I unpack, which is very, very exciting. I am also reading a 5 novel set which I probably won't keep; I am trying to read down my unread pile, so as to free up the shelf space.

The computer is set up, and the desk is mostly cleaned, and ready to use!

I've started to purge files, and am making progress there. I think I will end up with significantly less paper. Woot.

I figured out what to use to replace the jewelry box I broke.

I just let go of a bunch of rubber stamps I won't use again. I'm keeping the ones I like. I never use the sealing wax, so ... bye!

The knitted kerchiefs I made a few summers ago? I never wear them. Bye!

I have an entire empty plastic rolley-cart, just waiting for me to figure out what to put in it!

This is so exciting - it feels do-able that I can have a clean, organized room, for the first time in my life. And once I get the room in shape, I have the room to clean out the other places (attic, basement, closet) where stuff collects, and get rid of the things in there, as well.

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