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After work had to go out and pick up a prescription for the littlest bug, and in a moment of weakness the elder bug talked me into stopping at Narnes & Boble so we could pick up the latest installment of her favorite manga. While there, I passed a very nice "New Paperback" display at the front of the store and staring me in the face were many copies of Margaret Ronald's Spiral Hunt[1]. Yay! A copy was immediately and without hesitation acquired and it has gone straight to the very top of the to-read pile. If I weren't already more than half-way through the current piece of fluff I'm reading, it may very well have skipped the queue entirely and pre-empted the book-in-progress.

[1] Maggie is one of the cooler people on the planet, her short fiction kicks ass, and this is her very first novel. I say again: Yay!
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I had always prided myself on having achieved adulthood in fandom as a woman without ever owning any Marion Zimmer Bradley books. And then a couple of years ago I was given someone's entire book collection and found myself with 47 of the things. (I'd thought there were a lot more, but according to my book database it's "only" 47.)

I've kept them all on the theory that I should probably read another one (I read one ages ago and thought it was Way Stupid Shit, but maybe I'd just picked a bad book) before I passed them on to someone else. And then, this weekend, I was sitting around VP chatting with other instructors and staff and somehow the subject of MZB came up. One of the other staff members allowed as how they will not permit MZB books in her house.

I was curious as to why, as her reaction went beyond the usual just-don't-like-her thing.

This is why. A brief swing through the Googlelands shows a sufficient number of other sources as to convince me that this is true. And it's nasty.

I don't want her books in my house. Once I get settled back in (we got back from the Vineyard close to midnight last night), I am going to scour the book boxes and find each and every one of those books. I don't want them in my house, nor do I want to give them on to anyone else. I don't care if they are worth money, or deeply treasured by folk who either choose to overlook or de-emphasize the nature of who and what MZB was and did. This is a rare and terrible thing to do, but tonight all forty-seven go in the recycle bin where at least I'll know they won't go to crap up a landfill the way they've crapped up my house.

Feh. Good riddance.


Aug. 5th, 2008 06:15 pm
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Has anyone out there in FLland read Neal Asher's Brass Man? I find myself intrigued, and wondered if folks would recommend it...
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...just very, very busy and with few opportunities to sit at the computer for any length of time.

OTOH, I'm discovering that it's not impossible to read while holding one or more babies, so I've been doing a fair bit of that. Which is the reason for this post: Karl Schroeder's Virga series, Sun of Suns and Queen of Candesce so far, are so entirely freakin' brilliant (particularly in terms of worldbuilding) that it makes my head spin. I could only ever dream of writing something even half that clever.

And, ah, yes, I'll be getting back to my own feeble attempts at writing sometime eventually. The stories in the backbrain are simmering away again, but I haven't been able to get my fingers close enough to keyboard long enough to do much about any of it. I think once my parents have left (another few weeks, it looks like) I might just set up the laptop semi-permanently on the kitchen counter.

But hey, if you're looking for some good SF to read, go check out Schroeder. Bonus: space pirates! How can you go wrong?
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I wandered around this afternoon with my friend Mike to a local used-bookstore-of-character (we had planned to hit a couple, but alas, number two on our list was closed on sundays and we ran out of sunday-shopping-hours before we found any others. So then we went for some good BBQ instead.)

Having had good luck in the past at this particular store with the SF/F section, I browsed that at length and found a few things of interest but nothing that demanded that I bring it home with me. As Mike was purchasing his rather large stack of books I glanced through a section I don't normally look in, and found the oddest book: an art book dedicated solely to reprinting labels from crates of california oranges.

No, really!

The art is astoundingly cool, ranging from naturalist to art deco and art nouveau to a comic art sensibility. I anticipate spending some good leisurely time tomorrow reading through it while my house is once again buried in snow...
zanzjan: (bookshelf)
To catch a desperately-needed nap, I would have to stop reading and put down Robert Charles Wilson's Axis... Augh, it is too hard to decide!
zanzjan: (bookshelf)
According to a CNN story, with the subheader of "Where You Fall In Poll Of US Reading Habits":
  • one in four Americans read no books at all last year.
  • the typical American read four.
  • excluding those who read none, the average was seven.

    "I just get sleepy when I read," said Richard Bustos of Dallas, Texas, a habit with which millions of Americans can doubtless identify. Bustos, a 34-year-old project manager for a telecommunications company, said he had not read any books in the last year and would rather spend time in his backyard pool.

    (Well, okay, I always thought waterproof books would be a great thing. Dropped a paperback in a hot tub once and it instantly puffed up to the size of my house. Somehow, though, I don't think that's quite what that guy was getting at.)

    As of the day before yesterday I finished reading my 40th book this year (Frost & Fire, a Roger Zelazny collection). I'm about a third through number 41, Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff, and enjoying it immensely. I expect I'll have hit around 60 by the end of the year. I used to read a lot more, but then I became a parent and took up writing as a hobby.

    So, how many books have you read so far this year? Whatcha reading now? Who the heck did they talk to for this poll, anyway?
  • zanzjan: (bookshelf)
    So, the new book comes out a week from tomorrow, and I know y'all (or some large subset thereof) are going to read it the moment you get it in your hot little hands and want to talk about it. I ask only that you please please pretty please be diligent about warning of spoilers and use lots of cuts to hide them. I always get my copy about 3 days *after* everyone else because I order it from the UK[1], and I want to enjoy it without knowing how it ends. I don't want to know if Harry dies. I don't want to know if Hermione gets it on with a Death Eater. I don't want to know if the entire Weasley family is done in by Voldemort and ends up as sloppy joes in the Hogwart's cafeteria. Honest! I want to find these things out all by myself.

    Thank you. We now return you to your regularly scheduled surfing...

    [1] Not because I'm a snob. Because I ordered the first one from the UK because it wasn't out here yet in the US, and every subsequent one because I'm anal enough to need my books to match.[2]
    [2] Also, because I'm perfectly capable of figuring out what a torch is, what chips are, and I'm not thrown off my readerly stride by seemingly extraneous vowels in my words ("colour", etc.)[3]
    [3] Also, the cover art is significantly better.[4]
    [4] All the above of which I guess makes me a snob after all. Ooops.

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