Friday's outbox/inbox a day late...

Aug. 19th, 2017 09:49 am
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Second week of summer break. My body has realized it is not expected to go to work. Hence Thursday and Friday were difficult. Still, Sunday, on the last day of 1001 pots, I went and got a really nice ceramic cup. Wednesday, I had a friend come over and we wrote, ate and mostly caught up. We are doing it again next Wednesday.

I also read. Slowly but I read. I watched the Food network. And renovation shows aka Master of Flip to distract my mind from the pain. It worked. It's a good, cheap mind-numbing drug.


Outbox

La mort et un peu d'amour. Alexandra Marinina. This was more interesting for the progression of the characters. The mystery and the culprit were predictable. To me at least. I knew who it was midway through. Also there are two scenes of excessive violence against women that just make me a bit mad. It was gratuitous and not necessary. I didn't expect it. So trigger warning. On the positive side, Anastasia is still wonderful and her Liocha is also wonderful.

Inbox

The Radium Girls. Kate Moore. WW1 history, Women history. Comes highly recommended.

Two Filipino romances. To read more diverse authors. Smartbitches always bring new novels to discover. For more Filipino romances in English.

Loveless. Childless. Clueless. Miren B Flores.

Interim Goddess of Love : the complete trilogy Mina V. Esguerra


Also to cure the withdrawal and stop asking myself "Is it October Yet?

The vids were taken down aka they were plagiats of [archiveofourown.org profile] pollyrepeat  great vid Confident. Go watch. It's pretty amazing.
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If I'm honest with you, I'm probably much too close to this book to have a fair opinion of it. On the other hand, it's a gorgeous, loving, clear-eyed and critical portrait of the world in which I live. In a week that felt hopeless, this book gave me a beautiful and hopeful place to be, and I adored it without reservation.
Powell’s Books beckoned to us in red, black, and white, like a flag for a new America. One that’s educated, homegrown, and all about sustaining local book culture.

Libraries are where nerds like me go to refuel. They are safe-havens where the polluted noise of the outside world, with all the bullies and bro-dudes and anti-feminist rhetoric, is shut out. Libraries have zero tolerance for bullshit. Their walls protect us and keep us safe from all the bastards that have never read a book for fun.

Juliet is a fat 19yo Puerto Rican lesbian writer from the Bronx, spending her summer in Portland, Oregon, interning with Harlowe Brisbane, the white feminist author of Raging Flower: Empowering your Pussy by Empowering your Mind. Shenanigans ensue, and they are gloriously, heartbreakingly real: a science fiction writing workshop honoring Octavia Butler; a reading at Powell's that goes horribly wrong; a queer POC party in Miami.

Rivera is brilliant on the rollercoaster that is growing up one or more kinds of "other" and trying to be true to your authentic self before you have quite figured out what that is.
You are your own person, Juliet. If it’s a phase, so what? If it’s your whole life, who cares? You’re destined to evolve and understand yourself in ways you never imagined before.

She is also extremely acute on the specific failures of white feminism. At a moment in history when our alliances may or may not save the world, it's on white women to understand how our thoughtlessness can inflict deep injuries on our best allies. And it's on white women to stop that shit.

This is a first novel and unpolished, but it's a huge shiny diamond full of light and color and my favorite thing I've read in the challenge so far.
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Ian McEwan's acclaimed novels On Chesil Beach and Saturday both take place over the course of a single day, in an improbably lily-white version of England. Race-bending this formula is the fundamentally good idea beneath Black Bread White Beer. When we meet Amal and his white wife Claud, they have just lost a pregnancy in the first trimester, but they go ahead and visit Claud's parents in East Sussex as planned.

The novel is at its sharpest and funniest when Amal is reporting his Pakistani parents' reactions to his horrible in-laws:
‘What she means is, we wish you all the luck in the world, Amal, but you must watch your back. Her people look like a bunch of backstabbers. Never trust them for an instant.’

There are also some moving passages where Amal imagines what he and Claud would be like as parents:
Theirs would not be paraded about like Sussex show ponies. There were plenty of cool, funky children they could take as their template.

or what their lives would be like child-free:
They could buy a holiday home abroad. Two. One on each hemisphere if that is what would make her happy. He racks his mind to think of the childless couples they know – not the kids from the office; guys their age and older – but cannot dredge any up. In their immediate circle, there are no trailblazers, only conformists. No matter. They are taste makers, she and him. They can set the precedent.

As with McEwan, though, I found these characters difficult to warm to. Amal and Claud both struck me as joyless corporate drones, preoccupied with status, their world devoid of beauty and pleasure. A technically adroit book, but not for me.

Aziz Ansari, Modern Romance, 2015

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:01 am
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I loved Aziz Ansari in Parks and Recreation and I revere his own series, Master of None. The "Thanksgiving" episode of Master of None is one of the best things I have ever seen on television. So I picked up Modern Romance with some enthusiasm.

In a classic Tom Haverford move, rather than just write the obligatory you-have-succeeded-as-a-comedian-on-TV book (Bossypants, Girl Walks Into a Bar, I'm Just a Person, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Self-Inflicted Wounds, The Bedwetter, Yes Please... yeah, it's a genre), Ansari teamed up with Stanford sociologist Eric Klinenberg to figure out both why technologically-mediated dating is such an unrelieved horror show and, reading between the lines, why Ansari was finding it difficult to meet a nice woman.

The resulting book reminded me a bit of Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything in that it's as curious and interesting as it is funny. Ansari's quizzical sweetness shines especially in his reporting on the specific dating scenes in Buenos Aires, Doha, Paris and Tokyo.
In Japan, posting any pictures of yourself, especially selfie-style photos, comes off as really douchey. Kana, an attractive, single twenty-nine-year-old, remarked: “All the foreign people who use selfies on their profile pic? The Japanese feel like that’s so narcissistic.” In her experience, pictures on dating sites would generally include more than two people. Sometimes the person wouldn’t be in the photo at all. I asked what they would post instead.

“A lot of Japanese use their cats,” she said.

“They’re not in the photo with the cat?” I asked.

“Nope. Just the cat. Or their rice cooker.”

“I once saw a guy posted a funny street sign,” volunteered Rinko, thirty-three. “I felt like I could tell a lot about the guy from looking at it.”

This kind of made sense to me. If you post a photo of something interesting, maybe it gives some sense of your personality? I showed a photo of a bowl of ramen I had taken earlier in the day and asked what she thought of that as a profile picture. She just shook her head. OH, I GUESS I CAN’T HOLD A CANDLE TO THAT STREET SIGN DUDE, HUH?

For me, the most engaging part of the book was seeing insights that later ended up as jokes in Master of None. I endorse and seek to emulate this kind of creative reuse! As for meeting a nice woman, the gossip rags tell me that Ansari was in a relationship with pastrychef Courtney McBloom for a while, but they parted amicably last year. So it goes.
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(this started out as a reply to this tumblr post)

When I first started posting about social justice online, on my fannish livejournal, I posted about racism a LOT, with lots of self righteous LET ME EXPLAIN A THING. And then two of my non-white(*) friends said it was ruining my blog for them: one because she felt like I was speaking over her experiences, which didn’t match the monolithic How POC Feel Narrative I was ‘explaining’, the other because it was causing my clueless white friends to say racist crap in the comments. I had to fight back a defensive “But DON’T YOU WANT ME TO FIGHT RACISM??” reaction.

Ten years later and I’m still trying to figure out how to discuss racism in ways that actually help fight racism, and make the spaces I control supportive of POC/non-white people, rather than simply making the loudest possible noise about how it’s REALLY BAD YOU GUYS.
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Recent Reading

Aug. 15th, 2017 02:45 pm
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Note: some potentially spoilery reviews, but mostly for books that are decades old...

Some rather abbreviated reviews of books I've finished reading in the last few weeks (some of these have been on the 'in progress' pile for some time -- one of them nearly 2 years, I think). For some reason, some of my reviews (I'm mostly paraphrasing longer reviews posted in Goodreads) have completely ignored the details of the stories, and just looked at my response to them.

In no particular order:

Beyond the Labyrinth by Gillian Rubenstein. What starts out as an all too tedious story of sibling rivalry and uncomfortable family dynamics into which an additional teenager is dropped becomes a gripping commentary on the paranoia of the 1980s and the nature of reality, all wrapped in a time travel and first contact narrative. 5/5

Dark Labyrinth by Lawrence Durrell. I picked this one up at the second hand bookshop, because I was aware of Durrell from reading his brother's semi-autobiographical stories, but didn't know anything more. I found this story of rather random characters who meet on a cruise and then end up in a Greek cave system/labyrinth uninteresting, and it was hard to motivate myself to keep reading. Having said that, it is well written, with a host of interesting characters. It just wasn't for me. [The copy of this book is free to a good home; happy to pay postage for someone who actually likes Durrell's writing] 3/5

Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon (novelette? short story?) An interesting take on the trope of animals shedding their outer skins to show beautiful young women underneath. I particularly loved the old woman character that holds the story together, and her rugged practicality. 4/5

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater [book 1, 'The Raven Cycle']. I love the way Stiefvater has woven together the various threads of this story, the subtle way that things are worked towards and foreshadowed. I also was fascinated that such a small section of the story was resolved - some of the details that I expected to be central to the plot are possibly going to be relevant to the later books, which makes me hopeful that the next book will be as strong. 5/5

Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon [book 4, 'Hamster Princess'] I am particularly fond of the Harriet Hamster series, and this story did not disappoint in any way. The quirky extra details are often the things that really make the stories for me -- the rescue of the harp/hamster hybrid character who is all about the heavy rock/metal music, and the basic genderqueer nature of battle quails are the ones that come to mind here. As with the previous three books, fairy tales aimed squarely at pre-teen girls which are about heroism without the requisite romance sub-plot are a delight to read, and I'm so happy that Vernon is continuing to write for this market.5/5

The Legend of the Phoenix Dragon by Brenton E McKenna [graphic novel](book 1, Ubby's Underdogs). This is an amazingly intricate story, with a wide cast of characters and multiple plots running together. I love the detail that the two 'competitions' between the rival gangs are narrated as if by a sports commentator -- it gives an added dimension to something that might otherwise come off as a rule-less brawl. Ends on quite the cliffhanger. 5/5

The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones. This is a book that I very much loved as a kid, and rereading as an adult, I still find the plot (and the twists), the shout-outs to mythology, and the twisty nature of reality as presented in this story to be completely gripping. The characters were a little less interesting than I remember, but there is certainly an identifiable amount of diversity, which is somewhat atypical of (what I remember of) kids books of the time. The plot is detailed, the world-building spectacular (as one would expect from Jones), and the writing romps along at a great rate. 5/5

The Seventh Bride by T Kingfisher. Adored it. The ending is well suited to the fairy tale genre, with the sorcerer getting their comeuppance and most everyone getting their happily ever after. 5/5

Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones. While this is one of my four (or so) favourite books written by Jones', I don't actually think it is one of her stronger ones. The worldbuilding, including the incorporation of Norse mythology, is good, but sometimes patchy. The characterisation is mostly fine, but sometimes a bit wooden. The writing is mostly smooth, but aspects of both the worldbuilding and the characterisation kept throwing me out of the story -- I was sometimes too busy wondering what it was that I was missing in a particular scene to actually read it properly the first time through, and thus ended up rereading multiple pages. 4/5

The Body at the Tower by Y S Lee (book 2, The Mary Quinn Mysteries). This is a great murder mystery aimed at late primary aged kids (or possibly older) set in Victorian London. Lee really knows her stuff with the feel and pacing of the story, although I found that there were sections that dragged a little. 4/5

Link(s)

Aug. 15th, 2017 08:55 am
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Mr J Says - on representation of Asians other than Asian-Americans in the current cultural commentary

For the record, I'll be voting 'yes' -- Amanda Vanstone on why the marriage equality vote is about religious freedom as much as anything. Also, she gets out the toasting fork for Tony Abbott. Now, I don't necessarily agree with Vanstone on a lot of topics, but I do listen to her on the radio a lot, and I appreciate the way that she approaches topics, even as I shout at the radio.

Blind Reading is in Braille or Large Print (Elsa Sjunneson-Henry) -- This is a topic that I've been ranting on for years, the misuse of 'blind' when the speaker means 'anonymous' or 'ignorant of'.

Progress!

Aug. 14th, 2017 01:15 pm
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'Tis now lunch-ish time, so I'm cooking mushrooms and egg and toast, and taking a moment away from that to note where I'm up to.

Cooking: the chicken and cauliflower soup has been in the slow cooker for some time, but hasn't started to noticeably smell yet; spinach is cooked and chopped, and the next step for the gnocchi is mashing potatoes when they are cooled; roast veggies are all set up to go in the oven when the gnocchi goes in.

Physical stuff: the stove and island have been cleared and cleaned and then made use of, the dishwasher has been emptied and all the dirty dishes gone in there; the egg shells are ground; shopping is partly away; have not made it to the 'tidy one square metre' approach, because still working on the kitchen/cooking; the rest are time dependent.

On the computer: haven't touched it since the plan was written this morning.

I've listened to three (or possibly four) downloaded Health Report podcasts (starting at the oldest and working forwards), and watched about half an hour of the Sound of Music. I done 5-10 minutes at the piano working on a new piece where I can't get one of the hand shifts right (and it repeats in every single repeated phrase). And now I'm at the 'please let me lie down in the dark' point, with minor headache and ow and blah. But I have at least managed to keep working solidly for 2 hours. Which implies that I'm still improving, because I overdid things yesterday, and yet I'm still functional today.

Plan

Aug. 14th, 2017 10:28 am
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Last night, I arranged with middlest that I would let them drive to school, so that they could get more driving practice. This conveniently puts me at the shopping centre with the good greengrocer, and so the plan was to nip in, do a set of shopping, and come home.
This got rather rambling... )

The Summer Prince

Aug. 13th, 2017 11:38 am
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[personal profile] yatima has been carrying all the water around here, and shouldn't have to.

Earlier this week, I finished Alaya Dawn Johnson's The Summer Prince. I have had this book by my bed for months and months and months. I would pick it up, read some, like it, and then get distracted. Finally, I decided it was too good for that kind of treatment and got serious about moving through it.

It is an excellent and fascinating book, even though it never really grabbed me. The worldbuilding is awesome and the depiction of the inner lives of teenagers, affected by the different world they live in and nonetheless completely recognizable as the teenagers of our times, is especially well done. The The prose is beautiful and the evocation of the city is outstanding. The setting is a post-apocalyptic Brazil and effectively everyone is (from our perspective) PoC; Johnson explores class divisions and to some extent national divisions, but the key cultural rift she explores is age.

I can't quite figure out why it didn't have momentum for me, and I expect that will be different for other people. I found it well worth the comparatively slow going, and will probably re-read it at some point. 



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I feel weird making a post about this as a super pale white person, but I keep seeing other artists draw dark characters really badly in the sort of flat colouring used in animation and comics etc, and don't know of any better guides. So here's what I've figured out. If people know of better techniques or guides, or if I've inadvertently said something wrong or offensive, please let me know.
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Reading List

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:38 am
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If I'd thought of writing an exact list last week, when I decided that in August I wanted to get through the pile of books that I moved to the beside table, either by finishing them or by declaring them abandoned, I'd be reliably able to track how many books I actually read, and how many of the original 13 were read when. In theory, I can do this in Goodreads, but hmm.

Original 13 - finished
1. The Dark Labyrinth
2. Beyond the Labyrinth

Original 13 - progressed
3. Three Men in a Boat (Jerome K Jerome)
4. Three Men on the Bummel (Jerome K Jerome)
5. In Favour of the Sensitive Man (Anaïs Nin)
6. Too Like the Lightening (Ada Palmer)

Original 13 - not touched
7. History and Fiction (Gillian Polack)
8. Speed Cleaning (Shannon Lush and Jennifer Fleming)
9. The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England (Ian Mortimer)
10. Zen and th Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M Pirsig)
11. The Even more complete book of Australian Verse (John Clarke)
12. Die for me (Amy Plum)
13. Woman on the Edge of Time (Marge Piercy)

Added - finished
14. Homeward Bounders (Diana Wynne Jones)

Added - not yet finished
15. Rough Weather (Robert B Parker)
16. Brilliant CV (Jim Bright)
17. Rosewater and Soda Bread (Marshar Mehran) [This is technically and 'I was already reading', but it was in my travel basket]
18. Rosemary and Rue (Seanan Maguire)

Also in my Goodreads 'currently reading'
19. The Moon Pool (Abraham Merritt) [This is in Serial Reader app, so I'm reading it in small gaps while waiting for people]
20. Design and analysis of cross-over trials (Byron Jones)
21. Coming out under fire (Alan Bérubé)

....plus a couple of others where I have no intention of reading them this month.

So, gone from 13 active books, to 18 active books (plus two more from the library) and three finished. Basically, my brain has decided that picking up a book I'm already partway through is harder work than picking up a new book.
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Australians of my generation have a particular reason to be fond of Journey to the West and it is the gloriously daft Japanese adaptation that was replayed endlessly on after-school TV. (For many queer Australians of my generation, myself included, Masako Natsume, the woman who played Tripitaka, is a pivotal figure in our secret lives.) The Monkey King resurfaces in Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel American Born Chinese, one of the books that taught my younger kid to read. (I was especially touched when in Yang's book, the three wise men who attended the birth of Jesus turned out to be Monkey and his friends Sandy and Pigsy. I'm a sucker for good crossover fanfic.)

All this to say that The Epic Crush of Genie Lo is yet another delightful take on Journey to the West, this time set in the hyper-competitive high schools of the Bay Area. Monkey is now Quentin, a handsome, short, brilliant and very annoying teenager who kept reminding me of Miles Vorkosigan, in a good way. Genie herself has a surprising connection with him, but is a three-dimensional character in her own right, with a sense of honor and complicated relationships with her parents and friends. Her efforts to balance college applications with supernatural obligations had a Buffy-ish resonance, and the various Gods and demons showing up in modern America will please Neil Gaiman fans. I found this a quick and enjoyable read.
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"Welcome to the Middle-Aged Orphans Club," writes Sherman Alexie, and as a middle-aged orphan myself, I did feel welcome, and seen, and understood. In July, Alexie cancelled part of his book tour because of complicated grief and being haunted by his late mother: "I don’t believe in ghosts," he writes. "But I see them all the time." Me too, brother.

Like Bad Indians, this is an intricate quilt of a book, part memoir, part poem, part dream. It's hard to imagine how it could be otherwise. The loss of a parent is a loss of meaning. For indigenous people, this is doubly true. Lillian Alexie was one of the last fluent speakers of Salish. Her death robs her son, and the world, of an entire universe.

This book, like Hawking radiation, is an almost-undetectable glow of meaning escaping from a black hole. If you haven't lost a parent yet it might be too much to bear, but if you have, it might feel like joining a group of survivors around a campfire after a catastrophe.

IN AUGUST 2015, as a huge forest fire burned on my reservation, as it burned within feet of the abandoned uranium mine, the United States government sent a representative to conduct a town hall to address the growing concerns and fears. My sister texted me the play-by-play of the meeting. “OMG!” she texted. “The government guy just said the USA doesn’t believe the forest fire presents a serious danger to the Spokane Indian community, even if the fire burns right through the uranium mine.”

...“Is the air okay?” I texted. “It hurts a little to breathe,” my sister texted back. “But we’re okay.” Jesus, I thought, is there a better and more succinct definition of grief than It hurts a little to breathe, but we’re okay?

[admin post] Admin Post: Holy moly, Hugo Awards!

Aug. 12th, 2017 03:43 pm
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We won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine!

Ira and Susan on stage giving a speech with text overlaid reading This was a triumph. I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS


Ira and Susan attended Worldcon 75 on our behalf (we can't even with our jealousy over Ira getting to meet Daveed Diggs). We're so grateful to everyone who nominated and voted for us this year. Thanks also to our fellow finalists, too. It was lovely being a part of a robust ballot featuring commentary and criticism from a wide range of voices. The full list of finalists and winners can be read at thehugoawards.org.

We're still reeling a bit, but we wanted to at least reach out and say THANK YOU and OMG and WHAT and THANK YOU OMG, etc. We are super honored and so excited! Congrats to US, congrats to the other winners, and thanks for liking our work! ♥ You can find the text of our speech below.

Thanks so much for this amazing award. We accept on behalf of ourselves and the four Lady Business editors who couldn't be here tonight: Clare, Jodie, KJ, and Renay.

We also want to thank everyone who has supported Lady Business throughout the years in ways large and small, including our readers, commenters, and guest columnists. Special thanks go out to John Scalzi, whose work welcomed Renay back to science fiction. Without his books Renay wouldn't have been in the SF community to start this project with our co-founders, Ana and Jodie. Thanks to Ana Grilo of The Book Smugglers for consistent support and writing opportunities, Kate Elliott and Justin Landon for believing in our work and being the best cheerleaders, and Zachariah Carlson for being our personal Shadow Broker all these years.

When Lady Business was founded, the goal was to create a safer space for discussions in a community that was still struggling to recognize white women, much less any other marginalized identities. There's still work to be done, and change has been slow, but we are thrilled our project has been a voice within this cultural shift. We are incredibly honored that the Hugo voters find our intersectional feminist work valuable, and we will keep working to remain worthy of your recognition as we move forward.

We dedicate this award to Jodie Baker and Ana Silva. Thank you very much.
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One of the local bottleos has a relatively large gluten free beer section, and last I was in there I picked up one of these and one of those and one of the others. Tonight, I grabbed the Bard's out of the cupboard, because I figure it has been cold enough that I wasn't going to notice the temperature difference. I'm thinking that this might actually be a beer that needs to be chilled, because it is really foamy - came over the top of the bottle when I took the cap off, and foams in each mouthful.

Having said that, this is a very tasty beer. Bit light on hops, and a bit light in general (I'm a stout drinker by preference), but very tasty, so I'm not caring much. And very smooth to drink (this is not a thing I would have thought I would say about a beer). Would absolutely drink this one again.

Under the wire Friday prompt post

Aug. 12th, 2017 12:04 am
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Yay Friday! Yay the weekend! Yay for prompts!

If you've got ideas you want to share or don't think you'll get to, leave them as comments to this post. If you're looking for something to work on, check out the prompts left here and see what sparks something. And if it does, remember, we'd all love to see it!

Prompts work best with certain bits of info: Character(s)/pairiing, universe, prompt.
Example: Any, any, And when all was said and done, booze was all I had left me.

If nothing today tickles your muse's fancy, there are lots of other prompts at our Del.icio.us archive.

Go forth and prompt!

Prompts

  • Any, any, And when all was said and done, booze was all I had left me.
  • Chris, and/or Vin; any modern AU; Chris was trying to fix the tractor, but it was winning. And Vin *wasn't* helping at all.
  • Buck, female canine character; any universe; "Aw, c'mon, Chris, she had the saddest eyes I've ever seen - I had to help!"
  • Any, any, things had been so bad lately that he'd come to think of a good day as one where he could sleep with his boots off. If they would come off.
  • Any, any, just their luck that the Yuma Prison break happened the week Chris, Ezra, and Buck were out of town with the Judge . . .

Inbox/Outbox summer break edition

Aug. 11th, 2017 09:49 am
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One week done. I did get lots of rest, had a wonderful lunch with friends, talked technology, books, knitting. Did burgers on the grill.
Cross-stitched, read. Definitely read more than I have in a while.

Outbox

La mort pour la mort. Alexandra Marinina. This plot is like a Matryoshka doll. One thing is hidden inside another and so on and so on. It's really well plotted and all the strings of the mystery tie together eventually. The reader is not left in the dark, one step ahead of Anastasia since we get parts of the culprit's side. Marinina does it quite well and keeps the reader guessing as to who is the villain of the tale.

I like Marinina's Moscow police procedural mysteries. Not a ton of violence and mostly never seen. They are a psychological, historical (90s Russia) mysteries well worth checking out. Her books are not translated in English. They are available in French, German, Spanish and of course Russian.


Inbox

Love, Loss and what We ate : A Memoir. Padma Lakshmi. Looking forward to this one. 

Babylon : Mesopotamia and the birth of a Civilization. Paul Kriwaczek. For research purposes.


In the Queue

La mort et un peu d'amour. Alexandra Marinina. I am reading in French in August like I did in July. This is the next one in the series. They are addictive. In a good way.




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