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I feel like I 'liked' more books this year.[personal profile] featherynscale sez I'm quite hard to please, bookwise, but I either got better at picking things out this year, or...pants. Jemisin, Bear, and Watts are kinda my holy trinity right now though, so that definitely helps.

Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.
Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Pseudocode for "If nothing else, remember this." (remember this)
Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Pseudocode for "If nothing else, remember this." (remember this)
Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
A bit late this time but I think last year's list is complete.

Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Obviously I'm not going to finish another book this year, so I'll go ahead and post this this morning... long list is long, but mitigated by the sheer number of graphic novels. Also I'm amused that this year almost all of my favorites were non-fiction, when most years I barely manage to read 1 or 2 non-fiction. Maybe it just has to be a better book to grab my attention in that category??

Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Roland Deschain from the Dark Tower novel "The Gunslinger", looking at a raven sitting on a skull on the ground. (gunslinger)
Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Roland Deschain from the Dark Tower novel "The Gunslinger", looking at a raven sitting on a skull on the ground. (dark tower)
Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Read a LOT this year; having a book going at the office and (at least) one at home probably helped. An asterisk means I've read it before; suggestions and commentary welcome.

Read more... )

Also, I came across a very funny/useful community via LJ Spotlight: [livejournal.com profile] bookfails.
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Legend: bold means I've read it already, Italics means I'm working on it, and normal text means it's a potential. * means I've read it before. Previously read books/reviews are in the 'read lists' tag.Suggestions and commentary welcome )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
I like (writing) the book meme better than (writing) the sex meme, damnit. Deal.

Stolen from featherynscale )
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Actually, this mostly isn't local, but it's been rolling around in my brain of late.

Our house loves books. Really, REALLY loves books. We have successfully gone to Half-Price Books twice, I think, and walked out without something new in hand. The only problem with this glorious store is that it doesn't actually support the authors directly. Likewise, I read a ton of stuff from the library that doesn't directly provide the income authors want from their good work. Which bothers me...

So the other day, I started thinking about the microsponsorship idea and how it might fix this dilemma. And I think, in my brain, that it makes sense to donate money directly to the authors (via PayPal or what-have-you) of books I loved, but didn't pay retail for. Right now I'm thinking of $X for each 'star' I gave it in my read lists, but that may turn out to be excessive. Where does one go to find out how much authors get per copy of a book these days?

And then there's a couple of other things going on in today's economy that I feel like sharing because I enjoy the authors/creators immensely. One is that today is the last day to get a Charter Membership rate in [livejournal.com profile] montecook's Dungeon-a-Day project. He's running a website that will be chock full with maps, creatures, and tips for running dungeon encounters. I think they've started in D&D 3.5 and may move to 4.0 if demand makes sense, but a lot of it should translate to other gaming systems as well. I don't run many dungeon encounters myself so I may not sign up, but it's a damn good resource if you do like that sort of game.

In a semi-related note, [livejournal.com profile] gamera_spinning posted the other day about Wizards of the Coast disallowing PDF sales of their products by third-party publishers. While I think this is an immensely foolish decision, it does mean lots of third-party companies are running fire sales until the end of this month. More information in his post: http://gamera-spinning.livejournal.com/1849875.html

FFS...

Mar. 30th, 2009 12:08 pm
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
This series is Never. Going. To End.
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Last nights dreams were a mélange of the ongoing Angelic Mafia game I'm running, snippets from the 80's miniseries V, and a surreal sequence wherein I got to listen in on Mötley Crüe's explanation of how they were being so much better behaved; to wit, there had only been one sexual assault, a broken table, and a smashed keg that night, as opposed to two rapes, three hotel fires, and a couple of cases of alcohol poisoning earlier in the tour.

Yeesh.
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Somehow this year I read ALL the books in the world... okay, not really, but usually I'm lucky to break forty or fifty. This year, it was closer to eighty by the time I got done... having a book going at work and one at home helped, I think. And I was probably...err, 'avoiding' some things by reading so much.

Legend: Bold means I've finished it, Italics means I'm working on it; * means I've read it before.

On to the list! )

Shiny!

Oct. 14th, 2008 05:45 pm
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Barack Obama has bought virtual billboards. Again, this is a guy who gets the 21st Century. ::edit:: PDF link, if you're using a Mac or other instrument where that page won't load.

Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] matociquala, who is my favorite author today... although damnit, I just picked up (another) unfinished series. At least zie's young. :P
triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)
Spent some Quality Time this afternoon fighting with Microsoft Word, which apparently is structurally incapable of rotating a text box as of the 2003 edition. No word on whether they've solved that problem in Office 2007... ergh. I ended up finding a high-res image of the text I was after, but that was just duMb with a capital M (see?). I just checked, and OpenOffice.org not only can manage this marvelous feat, it can do free rotation around multiple points in the text box! Madness, I tell you.

Also, my dogs are INSANE. Bark, bark, bark... what's that? Nothing! I'll BARK at it! Neither of us surface dwellers got a whole lot of sleep last night, although I can't vouch for [livejournal.com profile] zylch. The neighbor has a cat, but seriously... I don't want to use the bark collar on the Yellow Menace, because she's an outside-all-the-time dog now, but I had thought she was starting to get acclimated. Going out to poke her/distrupt her laser focus just seems to encourage her to make more noise so you'll come outside again. :/ At least our yard is big enough that the neighbors haven't complained.

On the other hand, it gave me a few hours of dark and relatively quiet (in the office anyway) night to catch up on a few things... more on that tomorrow. Now, dinner and a movie book about Nazis with mostly real hair, mostly winning World War II.

::edit:: Oh, right, the other Thing of the Absurd: We've finally gotten back onto the 'main thread' of the Amnesia Campaign that [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale and I are running, which allowed us to look ahead more than a half-session. If they survive what's coming, they should... oh, double their XP before they're done. And if they don't, well... }:-)
triadruid: Missouri Conservation Department's deer logo plate, with the word "DRAOI" on it (druidmobile)
  1. Someone has borrowed my Path of Daggers book, I just realized when I wanted to look something up yesterday. Anyone want to fess up/return it? I have a couple of suspects based on who has been reading RJ lately, but I'll not name names, since I didn't even remember loaning it out.
  2. Tuesday is Celebrate Bisexuality Day. I have no idea as yet what I'll be doing to observe that lil' holiday, seeing as I have a orgy meeting at my house that evening. Suggestions welcome.
  3. Speaking of suggestions, one of my bumper stickers is dying the final, sun-baked death. It's the "Freedom of Religion Means Any Religion" one, which now looks more like:
    Images behind cut )
    Ideas for a replacement? I'm contemplating getting an Obama sticker, but we're not supposed to be campaigning on the job, and sometimes I need to take my car to work events. Other strong possibilities would be a Gaia Community bumper sticker, or one of the random belligerent Celt stickers we have rattling around the house...

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