emothy: (ryon ;; fairytale apple)
Books I own, and have probably owned for at least a year if not (a lot) longer, that I haven't yet read:

- Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger
- The Wind-up Bird Chronicles, Murakami
- Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman
- Victory of Eagles, Naomi Novik (Potentially reread all the Temeraire books before continuing, but not especially necessary)
- Dreamsongs, George R. R. Martin
- The Inheritance, Robin Hobb (I really suck at reading short story collections, you may have noticed.)
- RX For Chaos, Christopher Anvil
- Interstellar Patrol, Christopher Anvil
- Interstellar Patrol II: The Federation of Humanity, Christopher Anvil
- The Black Prism, Brent Weeks
- Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
- A Song For Arbonne, Guy Gavriel Kay
- Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay
- Lord of Emperors, Guy Gavriel Kay (I've read Sailing to Sarantium)
- The Blade Itself, Joe Abercrombie
- The Stars' Tennis Balls, Stephen Fry
- The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry
- Acorna's Search, Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
- Acorna's Rebels, Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (reread the first bunch in the series first, easy reading)
- The Scarab Path, Adrian Tchaikovsky
- The Sea Watch, Adrian Tchaikovsky (I need to buy the next one, Heirs of the Blade, too!) (Have begun a reread of this series in order to read these, somewhere in the middle of book two currently)
- Beguilement, Lois McMaster Bujold
- Legacy, Lois McMaster Bujold
- Passage, Lois McMaster Bujold
- Horizon, Lois McMaster Bujold
- Gardens of the Moon, Steven Erikson

This isn't everything, I have a stack of Anne McCaffrey books I got dirt cheap that I probably won't read, and a fair few by Terry Pratchett. Also the first three Wheel of Time books, except the first one was such a slog I am not really tempted anymore, some stuff by David Eddings, and Terry Brooks. Oh and the first three books of The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. As well as any other random stuff hidden on my bookshelves that I haven't found to add to this list :x

If anyone wants to warn me off of anything, or reccomend I get on with anything right now you are more than welcome XD

...And jeeze, there's probably quite a lot more ebook-wise I've yet to read, too! :x

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So. There was a book on my desk two days ago; In Conquest Born - I felt like rereading it. It is no longer here. I have no fricking idea where it's gone.

I thought perhaps I'd knocked it off, but it's not on the floor. It didn't fall into my work bag. I didn't take it over to the sofa to curl up and read and just forget it. I didn't take it into the bedroom again and put it back on the shelf, or near the bed to read.

It's somehow disappeared into a black hole for books I never knew existed. WHERE IS MY BOOK?

I've been looking for two whole daaaaaaaaaaays!

Someone please divine the answer for me :'(

emothy: (book; reading)
-communities that should exist, if they already don't.

A comm for reading that basically goes like this: "I like x-book(s)/x-series/x-author(s)", what else might I like based on this information, and why?" (For example, similar themes explored, authors with similar writing styles, inclusion of characters you can identify with, if you've speficied certain traits.)

I mean, it's always nice to get book recs from the flist, and I'll never stop asking, but to have a big LJ comm with hundreds of people sharing their opinions would be cool :D

And there could be tags for "if i like Neil Gaiman" which would lead you to posts where people rec other books based on people who like Neil Gaiman! ...You see my point.

(Also, I am tired. That is my excuse for a. if this makes little sense, and b. WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST GO LOOK FOR A COMM LIKE THAT YOURSELF, LAZY? XD)
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I'm home! My interview took not even ten minutes. The hotel was very clean and classy but the room was tiny considering it's for two adults and a child usually (we of course had the cost adjusted for three adults), and man how expensive is food?! This afternoon while waiting for our cab home were each had a cup of tea and that cost £7.50 for three. You do the math!

On the bright side, Ipswich turned out to be a goldmine for books, charity-shop-wise. The Oxfam shop especially was a branch dedicated only to books and I found three books in there for £11 altogether.

I had happened to be thinking about reading more Guy Gavriel Kay books but was having trouble really finding much through amazon (for example). I found THREE different books by him altogether in the charity shops, and one of them looks practically brand new and was selling in Waterstone's for £9.99 which I know because I had picked it up earlier to look at it. It was labeled £2 but they were doing "all books £1" in the charity shop I got it from. Could I have gotten more of a coincidental bargain? XD I love charity shops for the sheer randomness of what you find.

So, I got:
Forest Mage, Robin Hobb - I wasn't enthused about this series after pre-ordering the first volume years ago when it came out and not really wanting to continue the rest, but this volume I bought is hardback, only cost me £5 instead of the £18+ it was marketed at, and she still wrote my favourite books so it's kind of nice to own everything she's written, especially since I never finished the series. It wasn't abysmal, it just wasn't what I had been expecting from her. I'll give it a chance).
The Wilding, C.S Friedman - Even since I randomly gave 'In Conquest Born' a chance and really enjoyed it I had been intending to read this one, and had little luck getting hold of it. I'm talking years of intending to get it and searching. The chances of finding it were amazing.
The Summer Tree, Guy Gavriel Kay - See above! I had happened to pick up this in Waterstone's, being one of the authors they carried something by, which I didn't already own. I wasn't looking for anything in particular by him, just more than what I'd already read (The Lions of Al-Rassan and Sailing to Sarantium). But I wasn't going to just shell out £10 like that. With good reason :D)
A Song for Arbonne, Guy Gavriel Kay - £1.50. They also had Assassin's Apprentice for £1.25 but I figured just because you love a series that's no reason to collect it all over again now that they've re-issued them with new covers you don't even like ;)
Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay - £2.99 in Oxfam. One of the more expensive books, but when you buy used from amazon they start at £2.75 just for postage, even if they charge you 1p for the actual book it's close enough that I might as well just buy and have the book in hand.
The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks and The Elfstones of Shannara, Terry Brooks - A girl from work bought me a set of three books from the Shannara universe and they weren't horrific so I thought I'd give some others a go. Any fantasy book I don't throw across the room in disgust or despair these days I'll read more of just for something to read!

Apart from that I bought a couple more pairs of long shorts for the eventual holiday from Peacocks and a new pair of earrings that are hoops made to look like the teeth of zips with a zip on them and a small portion of zip open. They're more awesome than I can explain ;) Oh and also three ceramic owl magnets from evolution. I love owls and I don't even know why!
emothy: (butterfly; cathryn request)
Finished reading Gods of Amyrantha by Jennifer Fallon. Comments? NEXT BOOK PLEASE NOW. Damn you Australia! If only I was there, I could buy books three AND four! Stupid publishing company who haven't even discussed releasing the series in the UK yet. Stuuupid. I need to know what happens next! I need to know why things have happened up until now! I need to be able to read any resulting Yuletide fics!

A girl at work is reading Twilight. Now, I don't follow [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda religiously by any means, but I know enough about Twilight to know what a joke it seems to be. When Gem emailed me back at the end of August she said she was reading it, too. And now the girl at work says she'll lend it to me. I promised to read it just so my opinion can be informed. At the moment I just pass on the hearsay that it is bad, a middle aged woman's vampire porno fantasy written out complete with sparkles and stalking. It's just what I've heard!

But then, I just read a werewolf story that a different girl from work lent me. Once we got past the "Change, something you can't reverse, just like the sensation of unstoppable labour pangs" or however she put it (on the first page) and we got to the politics or werewolves and the mystery of WHODUNNIT and killed various townspeople I was actually interested in that part. There's two more books from the look of it (and the names get worse because the first chapter of the next one was in the first book and I browsed it), and I'm going to see how they go too. CHRISTMAS, COME SOON! COME SOON SO I CAN BE GIFTED GOOD FICTION.

I'm considering trying out the Mazalan Books of the Fallen - has anyone ever read any of them?

I'm sure there are other things to be said, but eh. Books are plenty to be going on with!
emothy: (memoirs of a geisha; hatsumomo floral)
There's one thing that really pisses me off in The Sandman series. You know how Lucian is the librarian of all books that have never actually existed? I HAVE HAD SO MANY DREAMS OF BOOKS I'VE NEVER WRITTEN OR READ. BOOKS MY FAVOURITE AUTHORS NEVER WROTE. I could fill my own library! And I don't remember any of them. That really annoys me a huge amount. Why can't I remember?

This post is brought to you by the fact that last night I dreamt there were at least five or six books on my bookshelf (that aren't actually there) sitting there waiting to be read and I couldn't work out why I'd never tried reading any of them before.

My new haircut is annoying me, too. Where I've slept on it the back all puffs up. I've had to wet it to keep it down and now it just feels greasy. And I could put it up, but only parts of it, because it's all layered everywhere and different lengths.
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Nothing else matters now. The other parcel is headed to my grandparents sometime today, I planned to watch the last two eps of Long Love Letter (was in the middle of it when this turned up) but now ALL I AM GOING TO DO IS GO READ MY BOOK! <3

I have to admit though, the cover sucks. I have all the Farseer, Liveship and Tawny Man Trilogies with John Howes artwork on them, which I like. Then they republished all of them with these boring, new covers. Which Dragon Keeper also has. Just one blue dragon in the centre of a gold cover. (Right up until it was released, amazon had no cover art pictured, so I didn't know how it would look). Bleh, ugly book.

But that's superficial. Bottom line; BOOOOOOOOOK! BOOK!

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I'd just like to take a moment to gush a little about Stephen Fry. I love Stephen Fry. I knew a long time ago that I loved Stephen Fry, but reading his autobiography makes me want to squish him up and carry him around in my pocket love him. (Mostly so I can pluck him out now and then to cheer me up).

He has actually reminded me how wonderful it felt to be in love for the first time, no matter how awful the fall-out was, or the shittiness of unrequited love, whatever. Whatever the ending, the beginning, the sheer act of living and experiencing it... I suppose I can't say I regret that. Feeling on a high all the time, being completely aware of how obvious I was, how obsessed, head-over-heels and chastising myself every minute of every day for having to glance in his direction every few seconds, or check the classroom door to see if it was him walking in.

There are a few things in there that make me feel not so alone in the way my mind works, or perhaps the guilt I feel at having certain opinions or emotions.

And goddamned if I never would've guessed that MEN could sit and do something like imagine what lovely name that boy they'd just fallen for at first sight might have, the word that would match the beauty. Running through the alphabet, picking and choosing.

Can't say I've ever done it personally, but there are similar sorts of things I suppose I think of as being part of a woman's imagination? ;D Not in a way that demeans either gender.

I have fifty pages to go, and though I usually go to bed at eleven on a night before a working day, I think I'll be pressing on to finish this before I lay down tonight.
emothy: (suicidegirls; mary mystery photo)
Just finished rewatching Peacemaker Kurogane. I've definitely confused my anime canon with my manga canon, though. I kept expecting to see certain scenes in the anime that never happened. Hijikata/Okita is still the best, but somehow I find myself willing to ship anyone and everyone now; Okita/Tatsu-nii (except not really; HIJIKATA/OKITA OTP!), Susumu/Tatsu-nii, Susumu/Tetsu, still Susumu/Ayumu (most people who've stuck around long enough must know by no incest is no barrier for me in fiction!), Yoshida/Suzu, Saizou/everyone ;D

Finished rereading Kushiel's Dart today, too. The book was so complex when it came to politics, the first two or even three readings so much of it went over my head, all the names and allies. But now, having read six books and having so much knowledge of what comes after, every word is so much more poignant, especially when it comes to Alcuin and Anafiel Delauney. The words are so beautiful, and not too flowery for me, it simply works. I hadn't intended to pick this book up, because I knew I'd be setting myself up to read the first trilogy at the very least, if not the whole six, reading Imriel's stories too. I had wanted to reread the Death Note manga first, but I was taking books to work to read on lunchbreak in between having nothing on the ipod I particularly wanted to watch, and carrying about four manga volumes just to fill the space was not really something I wanted to do.

I've started watching Koshonin, only two episodes in so far. I am not going to comment yet, except that of course I need to know more about Mariya and Usagi! I must know what he has done, and why she continues to visit him! I must understand just what exactly I find so compelling about her looks, because she sure does pull a lot of bored/discontent/pouty faces that should not be attractive!

Mum and I have also been marathoning Criminal Minds. We're almost at the end of season 3 now, I think. I know them all by heart, I don't have to pay much attention. It's hilarious how I know exactly what happens in an episode after the first few seconds, because even with other shows I have adored, like CSI, I could never remember the specifics. Emily is still the best ever-ever. I love her to pieces. Hotch, too. I really adored Reid the most on first watch (oh no, nothing to do with him being the adorable, very handsome geek!), but now it has to be Emily (and Hotch). And Reid's mum. She's in a class all her own, she's wonderful.

I don't think I have anything else to report; I am starting to piece together some interests of mine (music, books, tv shows) to put into my userinfo. And I am browsing my amazon wishlist to work out what to treat myself to when my nan and grandad give me money for my birthday; here's a selection of what I showed Cyn I am considering: )

Some of these things are definites, just waiting for release dates. And some aren't currently available. But there's plenty for me to choose from :D
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Anyone feel like rambling about the last book they read? Or their favourite book(s)? I just read A Wizard of Earthsea and considering how damn short it was, it was really hard-going to get through. So instead of moving onto the next Earthsea story, I am rereading The Lion of Senet, which is such an easy, plot-filled read (no these things aren't contradictory I swear!).

You get bonus points if the book(s) you ramble about is/are fantasy ;) I just want to book-ramble sometimes!


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