Monthly Archives: May 2007

Books read recently

I don’t know why I hadn’t done this before, but it seems like a good idea considering I just took out a bunch of books from the library 🙂

Dark Space; Marianne de Pierres, (SF), (don’t look for it yet, it’s not out til June!) – reviewed at http://www.andromedaspaceways.com/bookreviews.htm
Sasha; Joel Shepherd (ditto above!) (Fantasy)
Angel: Impressions; Doranna Durgin (TV Tie in) – it was $2.00, so I bought it, and enjoyed it. I’m not going to apologise for that!
Angel: The Longest Night Vol 1; various (TV Tie in short stories) – ditto above. One complaint, that the stories don’t actually mesh together very well, but it must be difficult to get a bunch of different authors to write consecutive stories without running into that problem.
Final Impact; John Birmingham (SF Alternate History) – I got completely sucked into this trilogy and am sad that the books aren’t fatter or JB didn’t space them out into five or six because I wanted MORE. So many characters and plot lines, and I just wish we could have explored them all more thoroughly. So what if it ended up looking like the Wheel of Time for alternate history?! These books are brilliant. Read them.
Undead and Unemployed & Undead and Unreturnable; MaryJanice Davidson (Vampire Alternate Reality) – I’d been wanting to read this for a while, being the Buffy and Anita fan that I am(plus I *know* I read a short in this universe in Bite, or one of those collections a couple of years ago), and was pleasantly surprised by these. No, they aren’t Buffy or Anita quality, but they are a fun and easy read. And I only paid $5.00 each for them, so don’t feel ripped off by the fact I read them in about a minute each! I’ll read more. I like the empty headed heroine for some reason!

I’ve read some others but they are in boxes right now so can’t report (no, I can’t remember!). From the library…
A bunch of Elizabeth Moon books – I recently read the latest in her Vatta’s War series (hmmm, that should go up there I guess!) and enjoyed it so much I thought I’d try her earlier ones again.
Future Crimes & Battle Magic – anthologies edited with Martin H. Greenberg – I have the utmost respect for this man and will pick up just about anything his name is on. Guess that’s why they put his name on so much stuff!
JD Robb, Portrait in Death – yep, I’m hooked on these too and no, I can’t keep track of which one’s I’ve read so while I wait to access the new one (this is one of the few series’ I’m hooked on that I don’t often buy – I’ll build the collection up from second hand and seconds tables over the next few years I’d reckon!) I read old ones to refresh my memory – every so often I pick up one I haven’t read before!
The Female Man by Joanna Russ (I read a review of this on my flist and was so intrigued I got it from eBay – not really my thing, but it doesn’t hurt to go outside the comfort zone now does it?!)
Review copies of Feast of Souls by Celia Friedman and New Moon by Stephenie Meyer – these are actually top of my list. I got them in the post yesterday and it made me wish I hadn’t got such a pile from the library cos these are BIG books!
Heh, and a bunch of kids books, of course 🙂

So, that was fun

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No wonder I exist online

Is it really any wonder that I have such an active internet life? Given that we’ve moved to a new, far more populous locale, I’m checking out all the *stuff* there is to do. I went and joined the public library today (height of excitement I know, but essential as far as I’m concerned!) and by extreme coincidence, noticed that Marc McBride, illustrator for the Deltora Quest and various other things, and author in his own right, was on display this evening from 5.30 til 6.30. Awesome, thinks I. I’m not a Deltora reader, but heck, it’s to do with Spec Fic and it’s right here in my town! So I trots along.

Unfortunately, I have to take Miss 18 months and Mr 4.5 who are generally most well mannered and quite good. Not tonight. Mr 4.5 whinged, talked and generally made a rudeness of himself and Miss 18 months… Let’s not even discuss her. So I left after half an hour, and for most of that half hour got dirty looks and didn’t hear too much of what was being said – what I did catch was interesting and well presented, with Mr McBride’s gorgeous Irish accent, so I was most cross upon departure that I was missing it.

But that’s my life. Husband away at least two weeks in four, two small creatures to call my own, no family close by, no daycare, no friends yet (heck, not even any ACQUAINTANCES yet!) – I can’t play sport anymore, I can’t pursue my career, I can’t even attend a one hour talk by an illustrator.

Bugger. So, in amid some of the recent discussion about the perils of living your life online, sadly I must admit that this is the only way I will indeed HAVE a life for the near future. Ah well. I’m sure it will improve as we meet people and settle in. Just crappy right now.

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I’m back, but slooooow

Bloody stupid Telstra and their bloody stupid dial up cos of bloody stupid Broadband dead spots. Pah. But, at least I’m back online, thank goodness. I was starting to get the shakes…

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Moving update – still offline!

Thanks to a Telstra stuff up, I’m moved, have phone, but am still offline and will be til Tuesday – thank goodness for internet cafes!

All else well!

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Moving and offline

Well, this is it. In about half an hour I will be dismantling my computer and packing it up for as long as it takes for the move and for me to find, buy, bring home and mantle (? – that can’t be right! But if you can have a DIS mantle…!) a new desk and put said computer back together again. And then hope the broadband works.

If you email me, expect that I probably won’t be getting back to you til Tuesday or Wednesday. Apologies in advance for any delays, but look out once I’m back in action! 😉

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