Aug. 15th, 2009 06:42 pm
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Final books of July (yeah, I'm a bit behind) :

107. *Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (403) YA/SF-Fan-Fic

Short stories about geeks and nerds of various stripes. Some of them are more-or-less realistic, some of them aren't realistic at all, most of them are hysterically funny. Authors include MT Anderson, John Green, David Levithan, Garth Nix, Cythia Leitch Smith, and Scott Westerfeld.

108. *Fathom by Cherie Priest (384) A/Fan

For an unknown purpose, a sort of earth elemental convinces a man to build a tower in a specific place. In pursuit of a way to awaken her father (Levithan), a kind of water goddes takes a drowning girl and changes her into something new. The girl's cousin is turned into a statue and set in a garden near the shore for reasons which we don't find out until much later.

The book follows a number of different threads and it's not obvious until far into the story how they relate and who is good or bad.

Actually, it's never entirely clear, but if I were a human living in that world, I know who I would want to win.

It's rare to find a book where not having answers is as fascinating as having them would be. But in this book, in which very little has concrete explanations and most of the characters aren't human (even if they once were), the story is more important than the explanations, and I loved it.

109. *Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich (320) A/Mys

Hey, more standard Stephanie Plum. Lots of crazy grandma in this one, a little more Morelli than Ranger as I recall, and some amusing computer geeks to add to the weird.

110. *Doctor Who: The Pirate Loop by Simon Guerrier, read by Freema Agyeman (2:20) A/SF

This one was odd (well, they're all odd, aren't they?) but fun.

110 / 150 books. 73% done!

61 / 75 *new books. 81% done!

3 / 10 ^non-fiction. 30% done!

31248 / 45000 pages. 69% done!
Audiobooks: 26h30m


May. 22nd, 2009 04:24 pm
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63. ^*Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi (368) A/Non-Fic

A ten-year retrospective of Scalzi's blog, the Whatever. This book covers a variety of topics in no particular order, from war to business to parenthood.

Scalzi's writing is always a pleasure to read, but I wondered at some of the choices of material to include. Many of the entries are timeless - essays on parenting and advice for aspiring authors, for instance. But many (though not all) of the political posts are hopelessly outdated, having been written just prior to some major event that then made the entry obsolete.

64. *Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich (330) A/Mys

Standard Stephenie Plum book. Things blow up, cars are destroyed, much hijinks ensue around and to her, and there is high sexual tension (and maybe some sex) between her and Joe, and her and Ranger. Entertaining but no new ground.

65. *Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith (307) YA/Fan

We meet Zachery, a guardian angel with a crush on his charge. And we meet Miranda, Zachery's charge, a high school girl who is about to be turned into a vampire. Can Zachery save her soul after he fails to save her life?

Eternal was a quick read that switches perspectives between those two characters, neither of which has a particularly strong or exciting voice. The plot was not very interesting and the world was not explained or described enough to be especially believable. Overall, a mediocre book.

66. *David Inside Out by Lee Bantle (184) YA/Fic

This is a short book that looks at the difficulties that are sometimes faced by gay teens today. What happens to the gay characters is mild compared to what happens to some people in the real world, but it does get across some of the conflict and frustration that must be common for many gay teens. Not a bad read but hardly the "hard-hitting" book that the blurbs made it out to be.

66 / 150 books. 44% done!

38 / 75 *new books. 51% done!

2 / 10 ^non-fiction. 20% done!

19642 / 45000 pages. 44% done!


Jan. 3rd, 2008 03:48 pm
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Originally posted in November of 2007 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

138. *Smoke and Mirrors by Tanya Huff (404)

Second book in the Smoke Trilogy, sequel to the Blood books. I liked this, although it was definitely one of the creepiest books I've ever read. I don't usually read horror (at all) and while this probably isn't as scary as as "real" horror books, it was scary enough in the middle that I had to put it down and read something else before I went to bed.

Tony, Henry, and the various other characters were strong enough in themselves that I didn't find myself missing Vicki and Mike much as I read it.

139. *Smoke and Ashes by Tanya Huff (407)

Third and final book in the Smoke Trilogy. This book was actually...hilarious. There were so many pop-culture references - and Tony was dealing two old-beyond-measure people who didn't pay attention to that sort of thing - that it made me laugh out loud about every third page. I also enjoyed the story, and the characters. Leah was a well-written character and Tony really came into his own.

140. *The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi (100)

I'm counting this as a new read because listening to the audio version and reading the actual book are two very different experiences. I love the audio version, but there are things I got out of the book that I didn't catch or understand in the audio. It's a wonderful novelette.

141. Squire by Tamora Pierce (380)

I'd misplaced this before when I really wanted to read it, and when I found it I used it as my "I must read something else now" book while I was reading Smoke and Mirrors. This is possibly my favorite Tamora Pierce book - Kel is my favorite, the most realistic, the least Mary Sue, of her heroines, and Squire is my favorite of the PotS books.

I read more than one book at once, and my reading speed drops dramatically:

142. *The Pinhoe Egg by Diana Wynne Jones (480)

Loved it, absolutely loved it. I love the old Chrestomanci books like Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant but the latest ones are, if possible, even better. This one starts out just a little bit slow with some necessary build-up, but once it gets going, it gets going and is a cracking good story the rest of the way through.

143. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich (352)

I forgot I'd already read this until I was halfway through, but these books don't take long to read. And I couldn't remember what happened, so I finished it anyway. They're brain candy, light, (mostly) fluffy, fun books. Hilarious, too, I kept laughing out loud at things that happened or bits of dialog (and I was sitting in the bookstore cafe, so I was trying to be quiet).

144. Sunshine by Robin McKinley (416)

Still up there as my favorite book.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 144 / 150 books (96.0%)
Zokutou word meter 70 / 70 *new books (100.0%)
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter 47,314 / 50,000 pages (94.6%)

Currently reading:
*Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones


Jan. 3rd, 2008 12:10 pm
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Originally posted in February and March of 2007 (multiple posts combined) in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

23. *Fifty Degrees Below by Kim Stanley Robinson (603)

Sequal to Forty Signs of Rain, which I read last December. The focus seems to have shifted a little to a different character, which I thought was interesting - he didn't seem like the main-character sort in the first book.

The really funny thing is that I read Earth by David Brin recently, which has similar themes of global warming and politics and a similar style of skipping from one character's story to another, so I kept expecting Brin's characters and plotlines to show up in this book. It was a bit confusing, but my fault, nothing to do with the book. I like these books a lot.

24. *Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich (296)

I finally read it. My neighbor lent me this and Chocolat months ago; I read Chocolat immediately but didn't get around to reading Metro Girl until last night.

It was funny - I find most of Evanovich's books laugh-out-loud funny. Definitely light reading. Barney, the main character, reminded me of a less ditzy version of Stephanie Plum, and Hooker was very like Morelli. Except for the way he kept talking about himself in the third person, which I found vaguely creepy, possibly because the only character in the Plum books who did that was a psychotic killer who also had a dorky nickname for himself.

25. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (192)

I haven't read this for some years - since long before the movie came out. I'm glad I didn't reread it soon before the movie came out, or I may have been annoyed about it, like many other Asimov fans. As it is, I liked the movie well enough, even though it has almost nothing to do with the book. I like the book a lot, too - the stories are creative and unusual, even (or perhaps especially) in today's world of science fiction.

First book of March (I can't believe it's March):

26. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (248)

A book I've loved for years, and unlike some other books that I've reread since high school (those that I have recently or will probably soon stop rereading), McKinley's books hold up. They're still well-written and interesting, whether I read them at 15 or 25. And she has a new book coming out this year! How exciting!

26 / 85 books (30.59%)
16 / 50 *new books (32.00%)
7678 / 30000 pages (25.59%)

Currently Reading:
*Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman (361)


Jan. 3rd, 2008 12:06 pm
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Originally posted in February of 2007 (multiple posts combined) in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

16. *The Sagan Diary by John Scalzi (1hr 20min)

Well, this was a first - an audiobook. I haven't listened to an audiobook in probably 10 years. It's a novellla or novelette or some other shorter-than-a-regular-book term. It is an in-between book, written in the Old Man's War universe but from the perspective of Jane Sagan (as opposed to John Perry). Timeline wise, it is between The Ghost Brigades and The Last Colony (not out yet).

It is fabulous. If you are a OMW fan, The Sagan Diary audiobook is available free here. I don't suggest listening to it if you haven't read the first two books, though - one, it contains spoilers and two, it really wouldn't make a whole lot of sense.

17. *Tehanu by Ursula K. Le Guin (226)
18. *The Other Wind by Ursula K. Le Guin (246)
19. *Tales From Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (296)

The rest (as far as I know) of the Earthsea books. This is a good series; I liked all of the books.

20. *Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (286)

Hilarious, absolutely hilarious. One of the funniest things I've ever read. This was Scalzi's first novel, apparently written to see if he could. It's very accessible, even if you're not a science fiction reader (as with all of his novels, but maybe even more so). I read it online free here (I took the page count from Amazon). It's not available in print anymore, sadly. Someday, I may be able to afford the $90+ that used book websites are asking for copies of it, since I love me my print books and sort of want a complete Scalzi collection (or at least complete early Scalzi, since he's fairly prolific).

21. Spindle's End by Robin McKinley (422)

A re-telling of the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. I really like this book, and more each time I read it I think. There is just so much worldbuilding detail packed in there, it's fascinating how much depth McKinley can put into a world without falling into either cliches or inconsistancies.

22.*Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich (164)

I love Stephanie, her family, her boyfriend(s), even her goofy coworkers and some of her weird friends (if you can call them friends). There was a weird little supernatural-ish element to this book that I wasn't so sure about. Much as I love fantasy books, that doesn't really jive well with this series and I found it kind of awkward. At least nothing really unnatural happened, but... Well, whatever. That thread aside, I thought this book was laugh-out-loud funny, like the others. The nice thing about it (as opposed to some other books I've read) is that there was no extra fluff. Well, the whole book is fluff, of course, but it's not overdone; I mean, look at the page count - I read this book in one evening.

22 / 85 books (25.88%)
14 / 25 *new books (56.00%)
6439 / 30000 pages (21.46%)

Currently reading:
*Fifty Degrees Below by Kim Stanley Robinson


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