14-19

Feb. 9th, 2010 05:01 pm
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14. The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld
Sequel to Peeps
Young Adult, Science Fiction, 286 pages

Not quite as good as Peeps, but a fun and solid story with striking characters.

15. *The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforder
Thursday Next series, book 3
Adult, Fantasy, 375 pages

16. *My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
Young Adult, Fiction, 403 pages

17. *Nation by Terry Pratchett
Adult, Fantasy, 367 pages

I can't say I particularly cared for this book. I read it because I saw the play with some friends and they said the book was better. Well, yes, the book was in fact better than the play.

18. Lythande by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Adult, Fantasy, Short Stories, 237 pages

Anthology of short stories about Lythande, a woman who must stay disguised as a man or lose her sorcery and her life. I used to really like this book, but now I only really like the last two stories.

The Secret of the Blue Star
A look at how difficult it can be for Lythande to have to hide the truth from everyone.

The Incompetant Magician
Lythande performs a task for a fellow magician in exchange for a remnant of her past. The story itself isn't very interesting, but the end is kind of sweet.

Somebody Else's Magic
Lythande's secret is threatened when she aids a dying woman and is bound by somebody else's magic. A frustrating story with disgusting attitudes toward women and a weird ending.

Sea Wrack
Lythande decides to help a fishing village rid itself of a murderous mermaid. Not terrible, but again there are some odd attitudes toward women, or rather girls.

The Wandering Lute
Lythande attempts to disenchant a lute and has amusing adventures on the way. There is a sequel story, The Gratitude of Kings, that isn't in this book. I like both stories; there are several entertaining characters and situations.

Looking for Satan by Vonda McIntyre
This story isn't told from Lythande's perspective but that of Wess, a girl from the north who has come south with her companions to find their kidnapped friend Satan. They meet Lythande in the city and Wess and Lythande strike up a curious relationship. It is without question the strongest story in the book and far and away my favorite.

19. *Revenge of the Judoon by Terrance Dicks
Young Adult, Science Fiction, 102 pages

The Doctor promises Martha an adventure-free vacation. Not surprisingly, things don't go as planned.

This was a surprisingly solid story for so short a book. A quick and fun read.



19 / 160 books. 12% done!


7 / 80 *new books. 9% done!


0 / 7 ^non-fiction. 0% done!


5006 / 48000 pages. 10% done!
Audiobooks: 9h03m

1-5

Jan. 10th, 2010 10:27 am
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1. Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Adult, Science Fiction, 367 pages

2. *Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Young Adult, Fantasy, 390 pages

Good story, generally believable characters, and an unusual and enthralling look at werewolves. Also, the writing was excellent and the alternating of the perspectives was deftly handled. Overall, I really enjoyed it. My only qualm is that the two main characters barely knew each other when they decided they were in love, but then they were teenagers.

3. The cat who moved a mountain by Lillian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who... series, book 13
Adult, Mystery, 261 pages

4. The cat who tailed a thief by Lillian Jackson Braun
The Cat Who... series, book 19
Adult, Mystery, 247 pages

5. Mort by Terry Pratchett
Discworld
Adult, Satire, Fantasy, audio - 7h45m



5 / 160 books. 3% done!


1 / 80 *new books. 1% done!


0 / 7 ^non-fiction. 0% done!


1265 / 48000 words. 3% done!

Audiobooks: 7h45m

14-19

Mar. 7th, 2009 10:14 am
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I read very little in February. This doesn't seem like it is possibly the right number of books, but I can't think of anything else, so I guess I just didn't read much. I guess I also started but didn't finish quite a few books. All in all it was an incredibly stressful and exhausting month.

14. Pearls of Lutra by Brian Jacques (audio) (no clue) YA/Fan

This was quite enjoyable to listen to. The reader did fun voices for everyone (a necessity with this kind of book) and did a lovely job of reading. I always liked the Redwall books - I have a dozen or so of them myself, including this one, since my parents gave me Redwall when it was first published. Many of the later ones were basically rewrites of the earliest few, but this one is more original than some of the others.

*15. Watchmen by Alan Moore (graphic novel) (416) A/SF

I read this for a book club that I participated in briefly. It was not exactly my usual type of book.

*16. Mort by Terry Pratchett (audio) (7h45m) A/Fan

Fun to listen to.

17. Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede (280) YA/Fan
18. The Magician's Ward by Patricia C. Wrede (288) YA/Fan
19. Wise Child by Monica Furlong (228) YA/Fan

Rereads.



19 / 150 books. 13% done!


7 / 75 *new books. 9% done!


0 / 10 ^non-fiction. 0% done!


4892 / 45000 pages. 11% done!
audio: 8h3m (+ ?? Pearls of Lutra)

88-92

Jul. 31st, 2008 03:51 pm
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88. *The Professor's Daughter by Joann Sfar (64)
Graphic Novel, recommended to me by my sister. Beautiful illustrations and a fantastic, hilarious story. I recommend it to pretty much anyone.

89. *Doctor Who: Pest Control by Peter Anghelides, read by David Tennant (2h24m)
The Doctor and Donna land on a planet being colonized by the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire. It's the middle of a war. But who is the real enemy?

Overall I found this a predictable and not terribly exciting story. It's always fun to listen to David Tennant read, though.

90. Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (304)
Reread. Without question one of the best YA vampire books. Westerfeld is a superb author.

91. *Torchwood: Hidden by Steven Savile, read by Naoko Mori (2h16m)
Naoko Mori has a lovely voice, but the story didn't make much of an impression. I didn't write a review immediately after I listened to it and now I don't remember what it was even about.

92. Soul Music by Terry Pratchett (373)
This is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, Discworld book. I love Susan and Death of Rats is fabulous.



92 / 110 books. 84% done!


43 / 75 *new books. 57% done!


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


26157 / 33000 pages. 79% done!
Audiobook time: 17h40m

1-2

Jan. 6th, 2008 09:32 am
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1. *Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (446)

I enjoyed this book a lot. The Wintersmith was an interesting characterization of Winter and Tiffany and the other characters were just a lot of fun.

2. *Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (213)

I also enjoyed this one, although I'm not sure I entirely agree with the 'feminism and sorcery collide' blurb on the cover. There wasn't really that much feminism.

2 / 110 books. 2% done!


2 / 75 *new books. 3% done!


659 / 33000 pages. 2% done!

Currently reading: A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley

25-27

Dec. 29th, 2007 09:34 pm
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Originally posted April 16, 2006 in [livejournal.com profile] fiveforsilver:

25. Thud! by Terry Pratchett* (373)

I enjoyed it, as I enjoy all of Pratchett's books. That's all, really.

26. Wise Child by Monica Furlong (228)

An old favorite, about an abandonded child who is taken in by the local "witch". Margit, known as Wise Child, is at first terrified but soon learns to love Juniper, her adopted mother and the knowledge that Juniper shares with her.

27. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (312)

An apocolyptic story about nuclear war. Written in the '50s, it is dated in many ways, including some blatent racism and sexism - more sexism than racism, I would say, but maybe that is because I am a woman and not black - but the way that characters survive (or don't) after communication, electricity, government, and so on are all cut off is the interesting part.

*New books

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27 / 200 total books
(13.5%)


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7 / 50 new books
(14.0%)


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10,179 / 50,000 pages
(20.4%)

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