105-107

Dec. 30th, 2007 08:49 pm
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Originally posted December 27, 2006 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

105. Juniper by Monica Furlong (198)

106. Little Women/Good Wives by Lousia May Alcott (528)

For a long time, I didn't realize that Good Wives wasn't part of Little Women. The copy I have is titled Little Women but has both books in it. Anyway, I like both books well enough. The only problem I have with Good Wives is how the men are portrayed as flawless, or their flaws are minor and part of their charm, and the women make all sorts of mistakes that their men have to correct or help them with.

107. The Ruby in the Smoke* by Phillip Pullman (230)

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107 / 100 books
(107.0%)

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32 / 30 new books
(106.7%)

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39,006 / 50,000 pages
(78.0%)


Currently Reading:
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce

103-104

Dec. 30th, 2007 08:47 pm
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Originally posted December 17, 2006 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

103. The Left Hand of Darkness* by Ursula K. Le Guin (283)

I tried to read this once before, back in high school, and didn't get very far. I got all the way through this time...it was pretty good. Not my favorite book ever, I'll admit, but that's okay. It is dense, packed with information about what the universe is like at that time, and even more about the planet and people that Genly is visiting. The one thing I disliked about it was Genly's view of women (seen through his comparison of what he sees as feminine aspects and actions of the androgynous, hermaphrodite natives).

104. Looking for the Mahdi by N. Lee Wood (293)

Another SF. I have read this before, but so long ago I barely remembered anything. Journalist Kay is unattractive as a woman but can pass easily as a man, and for an unusual assignment into a (fictional) Middle Eastern country, does just that. Her companion, John, is a fabricant - he has the appearance of a gorgeous guy, but isn't exactly human. He was designed, created, and programmed by a government organization, and he and Kay soon realize they're stuck within a plot they don't understand.

If you've read He, She, and It by Marge Piercy, John reminds me in many ways of Yod.

*New books

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104 / 100 books
(104.0%)

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31 / 30 new books
(103.3%)

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38,050 / 50,000 pages
(76.1%)


There's no way to reach the pages goal I set - I just randomly set it at the beginning of the year, without knowing how to gauge, so it turns out I'd have to read about 40 more books to reach the goal and, uh, that's not going to happen. I'll set a more realistic goal for 2007.

Currently reading:
Juniper by Monica Furlong (198)

101-102

Dec. 30th, 2007 08:45 pm
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Originally posted December 15, 2006 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

101. Forty Signs of Rain* by Kim Stanley Robinson (432)

I love KSR's SF - the Mars trilogy is (are?) some of my favorite books, and I liked Antarctica, which is similar in many ways to the Mars books. Forty Signs of Rain, though it is evidently the first book in a series, reminds me most of Blue Mars, the final book in that trilogy. Both books include more politics than what is generally thought of as SF. Apparently I should give Blue Mars another try - I haven't yet been able to finish it - because I found this book much more interesting than I would have a few years ago.

Oh, the plot? Global warming, of course.

102. Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot* by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (320)

Written as letters between two young ladies in the early 1800s, in a world where magic is real. Not sure if it's exactly the same AU as Mairelon the Magician, though there are similarities. Kate and Cecy are likable, amusing characters who get caught up in a magical feud of sorts. Cute, fun, a bit stressful at times. I liked it.

Zokutou word meter
102 / 100 books
(102.0%)

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30 / 30 new books
(100.0%)

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37,474 / 50,000 pages
(74.9%)


Wow! 30 new books this year. I never would've done it if not for this challenge, since I don't read that many new books in the general way of things. I'm more of a re-reader myself.

Currently reading:
The Left Hand of Darkness* by Ursula K. Le Guin

99-100

Dec. 30th, 2007 08:44 pm
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Originally posted December 09, 2006 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

99. Mars Plus* by Frederik Pohl and Thomas T. Thomas (342)

Picked it up for a buck at Goodwill a few weeks ago. Not bad. It's actually a sequel to Man Plus, which is presumably about Roger Torroway, the "first citizen of Mars", 3/4 cyborg and 1/4 human. Mars Plus is more concerned with "the grid", pretty much analogous to the internet but, as usual in older SF, much more controlled than the real internet. There was a lot more sex in it than I expected in this book.

100. The Notebook* by Nicholas Sparks (213)

Also picked up for a buck at Goodwill, and I'm glad I didn't pay any more for it. What is the big deal about this book? The plot is an uninspired love story and the writing is boring and bland. Seriously, every little thing does not need to be described and explained. It reads like something I wrote in high school, when I thought I had to include adjectives in every sentence in a story. I had trouble finishing it, because I just didn't care.

*New books

Well, then! I finished my total book count for the year. I need two more new books to get to 30, and I probably won't make my page count, but all in all I'm happy with how this year has gone.

Zokutou word meter
100 / 100 books
(100.0%)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
28 / 30 new books
(93.3%)

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36,722 / 50,000 pages
(73.4%)


Currently reading:
A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley
Pure Drivel* by Steve Martin (I'm trying...I'm not liking it...but it's short, so I'll push through it)

Up Next:
Not sure, but I have 4 or so new-to-me books to choose from.

95-98

Dec. 30th, 2007 08:41 pm
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Originally posted December 07, 2006 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

Still on the nostalgia kick:

95. The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop (179)

Mrs. Phillips, the housekeeper/nanny, is leaving at last. As a farewell gift, she gives William the castle she played with when she was a child, and the single lead knight that came with it. Mrs. Phillips tells William that there are legends about the castle - and the knight - but neither of them expect him to come to life as soon as William picks him up!

96. Eyes in the Fishbowl by Zilpha Keatly Snyder (168)

Odd things are happening at Alcott-Simpson's department store, and Dion, who has hung around there for as long as he can remember, is determined to find out what's going on.

97. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg (162)

Claudia decides to teach her parents a lesson by running away from home, and convinces her brother Jamie to go with her. And she decides they'll live in comfort while they're gone - in the Metropolitan Museum of Art!

98. Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle (122)

Hillary's new friend Sara-Kate is fascinating - she wears weird clothes, doesn't seem to follow anyone else's rules, and has an elf village in her backyard. If you like books that tie everything up nice and neat at the end, this one is not for you.

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98 / 100 books
(98.0%)

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26 / 30 new books
(86.7%)

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36,167 / 50,000 pages
(72.3%)


Up Next:

Not quite sure, but something a little more substantial. That's enough kids' books for now, though I did enjoy them.

89-94

Dec. 30th, 2007 08:39 pm
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Originally posted December 05, 2006 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver

89. Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede (280)
90. Magician's Ward by Patricia C. Wrede (288)

A street thief, Kim, is hired to break into the wagon of a market magician, Mairelon, to see if he has a certain silver bowl. Little does she know he isn't simply a market magician...

I was going to read some more new books, when someone on my flist mentioned The Ordinary Princess, which I read when I was young, which got me on a nostalgia kick. I was visiting my parents at the time, so I searched my bedroom and found my copy, and some other J/YA books I read around the same age. So here's what I've read the past couple of days:

91. The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye (128)

What happens when Princess Amythest turns out ordinary instead of beautiful and silly, like a "normal" princess?

92. The Farthest-Away Mountain by Lynne Reid Banks (130)

Dakin dreams of finding the secrets of the Farthest-Away Mountain.

93. The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks (118)

Adults don't usually see fairies, but Jan and Tiki become friends. So after Tiki gets in trouble with the Fairy Queen for helping Jan, Jan and her husband Charlie must help Tiki in return.

94. The Last Slice of Rainbow and Other Stories by Joan Aiken (144)

A series of unrelated fantasy short stories. They all have morals (sharing, not being rude, not being greedy, etc) but they're not overwhelming.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
94 / 100 books
(94.0%)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
26 / 30 new books
(86.7%)

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35,536 / 50,000 pages
(71.1%)


In the same vein...currently reading:
The Castle in the Attic

Up next:
Eyes in the Fishbowl
Afternoon of the Elves

And possibly From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

85-88

Dec. 30th, 2007 08:37 pm
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Originally posted November 25, 2006 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

85. Assassin's Apprentice* by Robin Hobb (435)
86. Royal Assassin* by Robin Hobb (581)
87. Assassin's Quest* by Robin Hobb (757)

Another series by Robin Hobb (obviously). I liked this better, actually, than the Liveship Traders series. I liked those quite a bit, so I wasn't necessarily expecting to like these better (though several people said that they did), but there we go. It didn't necessarily seem to fit with the Liveship Traders books, although they were related, same world and all. The magic seemed totally different, for instance, as did things like the Elderlings. It was odd. As I said, however, I liked this better. Also, I liked the main character better. And I got into it enough that I yelled at the book a few times (like one yells at the tv when a character is doing something particularly dumb).

There's another related series, isn't there?

88. The Android's Dream* by John Scalzi (394)

New book by Scalzi - unrelated to Old Man's War and The Ghost Brigades. It's similar in a lot of ways, but it is a lot more lighthearted (mostly) and funnier. I really liked it. I really liked how it ended.

* New read

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88 / 100 books
(88.0%)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
26 / 30 new books
(86.7%)

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34,448 / 50,000 pages
(68.9%)


Up next:
I'll decide what's immediately up next before I go to bed (I read a lot before going to sleep). Possibly one of the new-to-me books I got from Goodwill last weekend. However, of the last 10 books I've read, only 4 were rereads (and those were short ones), and I usually have more rereads than new books, so I'm a little burnt out on new books right now. Maybe a nice Robin McKinley or Patricia Wrede or some old SF; to cleanse the palate, as it were.

After that...well, I have those Goodwill books (I got 6ish, some I'd never heard of and some I'd just never read), also the next Hobb books, once I figure out what they are. Also, I have a booklist I have barely put a dent in. Don't know yet.

84

Dec. 30th, 2007 09:10 am
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Originally posted November 14, 2006 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

84. *Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl (514)

Uh. Wow.

I really liked this book. I really liked this book. I liked the style, the writing, the characters - particularly the main character. I like the fact that two, maybe even three, times in this book, I was completely surprised or shocked by something that occurred. That doesn't often happen; most new books I've read recently, even the most convoluted, didn't surprise me all that much (or, in the unlikely event there was something I found surprising, I didn't care enough to feel anything).

It's a (fake) autobiography that ends up mainly focusing on the main character's (her name is Blue! I love it! but then, my nickname on several forums is Blue, so I have an affinity for that name.) senior year in high school, but is more interesting than that might imply. Nearly every paragraph includes a reference to some book, quotes from books (referenced, of course), etc., which was, as one Amazon reviewer said, "the author...having some exuberant fun with her big words, quotations and references". It did go a little overboard from time to time, but overall I found it an entertaining look into how someone who's read (and retained) that many books might think. I know that I sometimes compare the world around me to books I've read and movies I've seen, so perhaps that's part of why I related to Blue.

Maybe I'll use this as a new booklist. There were a lot of books mentioned in there that I haven't read (were they all even real books?) and it might be kind of fun to go through and mark them off, one after another.

* New reads
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
84 / 100 books
(84.0%)

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22 / 30 new books
(73.3%)

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32,281 / 50,000 pages
(64.6%)

Up Next:
Assassin's Apprentice* by Robin Hobb (435)
Royal Assassin* by Robin Hobb (581)
Assassin's Quest* by Robin Hobb (757)
The Android's Dream* by John Scalzi (394)

82, 83

Dec. 30th, 2007 09:06 am
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82. The Woman Who Rides Like A Man by Tamora Pierce (253)
83. Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce (320)

The last two books in the Song of the Lioness quartet. Alanna has matured some, grows in power and skill, meets new friends, has new adventures, etc. And, I must admit, no matter how many times I read it, there are at least two scenes near the end of Lioness Rampant that make me tear up. Spoilers )

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
83 / 100 books
(83.0%)

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21 / 30 new books
(70.0%)

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31,767 pages / 50,000
(63.5%)


Currently reading:
Special Topics in Calamity Physics* by Marisha Pessl (514)

Up Next:
Assassin's Apprentice* by Robin Hobb (435)
Royal Assassin* by Robin Hobb (581)
Assassin's Quest* by Robin Hobb (757)
The Android's Dream* by John Scalzi (394)

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