Media 2013

Mar. 19th, 2013 11:44 am
tikiera: (Firefly)
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
GI Joe: Retaliation
Wrath of the Titans
Dark Shadows
The Dark Knight Rises
Total Recall (2012)
Hotel Transylvania
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Kick Ass 2
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Underworld: Awakening
Men in Black 3
Despicable Me 2
Dredd (2012)
John Carter
Fast and Furious (1-5)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Battle: Los Angeles
Thor: the Dark World
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1.  Mission Impossible:  Ghost Protocol
2.  The Hunger Games
3.  Muppets 2011
4.  Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen
5.  Puss 'N Boots
6.  Avengers (2012)
7.  Brave (2012)
8.  Incredible Hulk (2008)
9.  The Adjustment Bureau
10. Super 8
11.  Transformers 3: Dark Side of the Moon
12.  Green Hornet
13.  Les Miserables
14.  Wreck It Ralp


1.   Hollowmen… Amanda Hocking (kindle)
2.   City of the Falling Sky… Josephy Evans  (kindle)
3.   The Unit… Ninni Holmqvist (kindle)
4.   When She Woke… Hillary Jordan (kindle)
5.   Villains Inc… Marion G. Harmon (kindle)
6.   Unwrapping Christmas… Lori Copeland (free kindle)
7.   Here, Have a Husband… Heather Gean (free kindle)
8.   Winds of Change… Jason Brannon (kindle)
9.   Alice in Deadland… Mainak Dhar (kindle)
10.  A Regency Holiday… Lane/Rasley/Kerstan (free kindle)
11.  Horror at Halloween… John Gordon (kindle)
12.  The Rise of Renegade X... Chelsea M. Campbell (library)
13.  The Water Wars... Cameron Stracher (library)
14.  Down these Strange Streets... George R. R. Martin (library)
15.  Troll's Eye View... Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (library)
16.  Charlotte Powers:   Powers Down... Ben White (kindle)
17.   Heroine Addiction... Jennifer Matarese (kindle)
18.  The Mediocre Housewife... Stephanie Affourtit (free kindle download)
19.  Redaction... Linda Andrews (kindle)
20.  A Cook's Tour... Anthony Bourdin (library)
21.  Don't Call Me Ma'am... Anna Michaels (library)
22.  Cloaked... Alex Flinn (library)
23.  Mercy Thompson Homecoming... Patricia Briggs (library)
24.  Wool Omnibus Edition... Hugh Howey (kindle)
25.  Heat Rises... Richard Castle (library)
26.  Divergent... Veronica Roth (library)
27.  So You want Fries with That... Prioleau Alexander (library)
28.  The End of Marking Time... CJ West (kindle)
29.  Vanish... Sophie Jordan (library)
30.  The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalpyse... Martin H. Greenberg (library)
31.  Princess Sultana's Circle... Jean Sasson (library)
32.  The Titan's Curse... Rick Riordan (library)
33.  Crossed... Ally Condie (library)
34.  Love Times Three...  Joe/Alina/Vicki/Valerie Darger (library)
35.  The New Dead... Brooks/Hill/Williams/Armstrong/Connolly/Liss (library)
36.  World Divided... Lackey/Martin/Lee/Giguere (library)
37.  Celebrity in Death...  J.D. Robb (library)
38.  Discount Armaggedeon... Seanan McGuire
39.  Truth... Julia Karr (loaned)
40.  Unpossible... Daryl Gregory (SF Squeecast recommendation, kindle)
41.  Raven Calls... C.E. Murphy (kindle)
42.  The unlikely disciple : a sinner's semester at America's holiest university... Kevin Roose (library)
43.  Glow....Amy Kathleen Ryan (library)
44.  Full moon city.... Darrell Schweitzer (library)
45.  Long live the queen... Ellen Emerson White (library)
46.  Shadow Grail: Conspiracies... Mercedes Lackey (loaned)
47.  Unpossible... Daryl Gregory (kindle)
48.  Ultraviolet ... R.J. Anderson (library)
49.  The pledge...  Kimberly, Derting
50.  The Bar Code Tattoo... Suzanne Weyn (library)
51,  The Bar Code Rebellion... Suzanne Weyn (library)
52.  Dark Eden... Patrick Carman (library)
53.  Pandemonium... Lauren Oliver (library)
54.  Karma girl... Jennifer Este (library)
55.  The United States of Wal-Mart... John Dicker (library)
56.  My Korean Deli: Risking It All For a Convenience Store... Ben Ryder Hower (library)
57.  Genesis... Bernard Beckett (library)
58.  Home From the Sea... Mercedes Lackey (library)
59.  After the Apocalpyse... Maureen F. McHugh (library)
60.  Memento Nora...Angie Smibert (library)
61.  Violated… Steve Gerber (kindle)
62.  Blackout… Mira Grant (kindle)
63.  The Kindness of Strangers… Mike McIntyre (free kindle)
64.  Hater… David Moody (loaned)
65.  Dog Blood… David Moody (loaned)
66.  Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess… Phil Foglio/Kaja Foglio (kindle)
67.  Nine-Tenths… Meira Pentermann (kindle)
68.  Beauty and the Werewolf… Mercedes Lackey (loaned)
69.  Article 5... Kristen Simmons (library)
70.  Unwind... Neal Shusterman (library)
71.  All the Things I've Done...  Gabrielle Zevin (library)
72.  The Selection... Kiera Cass (library)
73.  Kiss the Dead... Laurell K. Hamilton (library)
74.  Deadlocked... Charlaine Harris (library)
75.  The Witness... Nora Roberts
76.  Extinction Point... Paul Jones
77.  Bridesmaid Lotto... Rachel Astor (free kindle)
78.  Nolander... Becca Mills
79.  Gun Metal Magic... Ilona Andrews (kindle)
80.  A Perfect Blood... Kim Harrison (library)
81.  Partials... Dan Wells (library)
82.  The Eleventh Plague... Jeff Hirsch (library)
83.  Birds of Prey: Of Like Minds....  (library)
84.  Exit Strategy... Kelley Armstrong (library)
85.  The Girl in the Arena... (library)
86.  A Working Stiff's Manifesto... Iain Levison (library)
87.  The Dark and Hollow Spaces... (library)
88.  Prized... Caragh M. O'Brien (library)
89.  The Fox Inheritence...  Mary E. Pearson (library)
90.  Variant... Robinson Wells (library)
91.  Can They Do That?  Lewis Maltby (library)
92.  Black and White... Jackie Kessler/Caitlin Kittridge (library)
93.  The Other Side of the Island... Allegra Goodman (library)
94.  The Devil's Alphabet.. Daryl Gregory (library)
95.  Gun Metal Magic...  Ilona Andrews  (kindle)
96.  Incarnate... Jodi Meadows (library)
97.  Made to Be Broken... Kelley Armstrong (library)
98.  Taken By Storm... Jennifer Lynn Barnes (kindle)
100.  Trial By Fire... Jennifer Lynn Barnes (kindle)
101.  I Am Not a Serial Killer... Dan Wells  (kindle)
102.  Mr. Monster... Dan Wells (library)
103.  One Con Glory... Sarah Kuhn (kindle)
104.  Prison Nation... Jenn Merrtt (kindle)
105.  Ashes of Honor... Seanan McGuire (kindle)
106.  After... Ellen Daltow/Terri Windling (kindle)
107.  San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the Browncoats... Seanan McGuire (kindle)
108.  Regenesis... C.J. Cherryh (borrowed)
109.  Ghost Story... Jim Butcher (library)
110.  River Marked... Patrcia Briggs  (library)
111.  Chimera... Rob Thurman
112.  First Test... Tamora Pierce
113.  Page... Tamora Pierce
114.  Squire... Tamora Pierce
115.  Lady Knight... Tamora Pierce
116.  Tortall... Tamora Pierce
117.  The Man Who Ate Everything... Jeffrey Steingarten

On kindle to read:
Grey Eyes... Quinteria Ramey  (free kindle download)
The Fairy Tale Bride... Kelly McClymer (free kindle download)
The Girl Who Couldn't Say No... Tracey Engelbrecht (free kindle download)
Demon Girl... Penelope Fletcher (free kindle download)
How to Succeed in Evil... Patrick E. McLeah
Pumpkin Jack Skull... Jacob M. Drake (free kindle download)
Towards Yesterday... Paul Jones (free kindle download)
Ex-Heroes... Peter Clines
Red-Headed Stephchild... Jaye Wells
Whedonistas... Elizabeth Bear
Alexander Death... JL Bryan
Super... Aaron Dietz/Charlie Potter
Westward Wierd... Martin H. Greenberg
Band of Sisters... Kirsten Holmstedt
To Play the Lady... Naomi Lane

Ketchup is a Vegetable... Robin O'Bryant
The Almost True Story... Rob Stennett

Seasons of Television:
Leverage - Season 1, 2, 3
House, Season 2
Smash, Season 1
Once Upon a Time, Season 1
Young Justice, Season 1
Castle Season, Season 3
Lost Girl, Season 1, 2
Grimm, Season 1
Supernatural, Season 7
Glee, Season 3
Shows watching by myself -
H2O: Just Add Water - Season 1
Terra Nova - Season 1
House - Season 3

Shows watching with BF
Leverage - Season 4
Nikita - Season 1
Fairy Tail - all of it
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Season 2
Young Justice, Season 2
Bones, Season 1
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1.  Wicked Girls by Seanan McGuire.  This was awesome.
2.  Unwoman - variuos CDs.


1.   9
2.   Up
3.   Prince of Persia: the Sands of Times
4.   Kick Ass
5.   Tekken
6.   Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lightning Thief
7.   Salt
8.   A-Team
10.  Resident Evil: Afterlife
11.  Clash of the Titans (2010)
12.  Sherlock Holmes (2010)
13.  Jonah Hex
14.  Despicable Me
15.  Speed Racer (2010)
16.  Beastly (2011) (theatre)
17.  Black Swan (2011) (theatre)
18.  Sucker Punch (2011) (theatre)
19.  Hanna (2011) (theatre)
20.  Red Riding Hood (2011)
21.  Thor (2011)
22.  Priest (2011)
23.  X-Men First Class(2011)
24.  Green Lantern (2011)
25.  Captain America (2011)
26.  I Am Number 4
27.  Cowboys and Aliens
28.  Columbina
29.  Robin Hood (2010)
30.  Three Musketeers (2011)
31.  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
32.  Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
33.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1
34.  The Spirit 2008

TV Seasons -
1.  The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Season 1
2.  Haven Season 1


1.     The Gardener... S.A. Bodeen (library)
2.     Dust... Charles Pellegrino (library)
3.     General Winston's Daughter... Sharon Shinn (library)
4.     Heat... Bill Buford (library)
5.     The Replacement... Brenna Yovanoff (library)
6.     Love on a Dime... Cara Lynn James (Free Kindle Download)
7.     Always the Baker, Never the Bride (Free Kindle Download)
8.     En Route: a Paramedic's...Steven Kelly Grayson (Free Kindle Download)
9.     Ascend... Amanda Hocking (Trylle #3) (Kindle)
10.   Shadowfever... Karen Marie Moning (Kindle)
11.   Twilight's Dawn... Anne Bishop (KIndle)
12.   Somewhere to Belong... Judith Miller (Free Kindle Download)
13.   Hollowland... Amanda Hocking (Kindle)
14.   Rivermarked... Patricia Briggs (Kindle)
15.   Ascend... Amanda Hocking (book 3)(Kindle)
16.   Zombiesque... Stephen L. Antczak (Kindle)
17.   Delirium... Lauren Oliver (Kindle)
18.   Late Eclipses... Seanan McGuire (Kindle)
19.   Heart of Stone... Jill Marie Landis (Free Kindle Download)
20.   XVI... Julia Karr (Kindle)
21.   Among the hidden...Margaret Peterson Haddix (library)
22.   The carbon diaries 2015…Saci Lloyd (library)
23.   The Secret under my skin…Janet McNaughton (library)
24.   The city of Ember...Jeanne DuPrau (library)
25.   Trio of Sorcery... Mercedes Lackey (hard cover - gift)
26.   The Jakarta Pandemic... Steven Konkoly (kindle)
27.   Masked... Lou Anders (kindle)
28.   Jenny Pox... JL Bryan (kindle)
29.   The Mermaid's Madness.. Jim HInes (Book 2) (kindle)
30.   Counterfeit Magic... Kelley Armstrong (kindle)
31.   Pale Demon... Kim Harrison (library)
32.   Poltergeist... Kat Richardson (kindle)
33.   Spirit Dances... C.E. Murphy (kindle)
34.   Dominion... JL Bryan (kindle)
35.  Invasion... Mercedes Lackey (library - no kindle available)
36.  Treachery in Death (library due to Kindle edition being more than $9.99)
37.  This Land is Their Land.. Barbara Ehrenreich (library)
38.  Tommy Nightmare... JL Bryan (kindle)
39.  Paranormals... Christopher Andrews (kindle)
40.  Year of the Dead... Jack J. Lee (kindle)
41.  Apocalpyse Scenario #683: the Box... Mira Grant (kindle short story)
42.  Killer Byte... Mercedes Lackey (kindle short story)
43.  Matchmakers 2.0... Debora Geary (Free Kindle Download)
44.  A Land of Ash... David Dalglish (Free Kindle Download)
45.  Scary Mary... S.A. Hunter (Free Kindle Download)
46.  Sentence of Marriage... Shayne Parkinson (Free Kindle Download)
47.  Kitchen Mysteries... Herve This (library)
48.  Vamped... Vid Sosnowksi (library)
49.  Mirabile... Janet Kagan (library)
50.  Pegasus... Robin McKinley (library due to Kindle edition being more than $9.99)
51.  Firelight... Sophie Jordan (library due to Kindle edition being more than $9.99)
52.  Tales of the Otherworld... Kelley Armstrong (library due to Kindle edition being more than $9.99)
53.  Magic Slays... Ilona Andrews
54.  Deadline... Mira Grant
55.  Heatwave... Richard Castle
56.  After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar... Patricia Bray
57.  Heart of the Witch... Alicia Dean (Free Kindle Download)
58.  The Secret Apocalpyse... James Harden
59.  This Fine Life: a Novel... Eva Marie Everson (Free Kindle Download)
60.  The Living Dead 2... John Joseph Adams
61.  A Knight to Remember... Karin Tabke
62.  Empty... Suzanne Weyn (library)
63.  Hellspark... Janet Kagan (library)
64.  Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook... Matt Dunn (Free Kindle Download)
65. Virus X... Frank Ryan (library)
66.  Griffin's Daughter... Leslie Ann Moore (Free Kindle Download)
67.  Seduced by the Wolf... Terry Spear  (Free Kindle Download)
68.  Scent of Danger... Autumn Dawn (Free Kindle Download)
69.  Welcome to  Bordertown... Holly Black (BORDERTOWN LIVES!)
70.  Princess on the Brink... Meg Cabot (library)
71.  Princess Mia... Meg Cabot (library)
72.  Forever Princess... Meg Cabot (library)
73.  The 6th Level... James Harden
74.  You've Gone Too Far This Time... Danny Bent (Free Kindle Download)
75.  Countdown... MIra Grant
76.  Cruise Confidential... Brian David Burns (library)
77.  To Be Real... Rebecca Walker (library)
78,  Waiter Rant... Steve Dublanica (library)
79.  The False Princess... Eilis O'Neal (library)
80.  Bumped... Megan McCafferty (library)
81.  Naked Heat... Richard Castle (library)
82.  Father and Sons... Ilona Andrews (Curran Vol II)
83.  Wearing the Cape... Marion G. Harmon
84.  Surviving the Fog... Stan Morris (Free Kindle Download)
85.  Survivors... Sophie Littlefield ((Free Kindle Download - pre-series)
86.  the Year We Finally Solved Everything... Rudolf Kerhoven (Free Kindle Download)
87.  Dead Reckoning... Charlaine Harris (library)
88.  Hit List... Laurell K. Hamilton (library)
89.  Being Nikki... Meg Cabot (library)
90.  Pariah... Bob Fingerman (library)
91.  Spellbound... Kelley Armstrong (library)
92.  Chimera... Rob Thurman
93.  To be or not to be Amish: Rumspringa... Tom Shachtman (library)
94.  Into the Shadows... Karly Kirkpatrick (Free Kindle Download - pre-series)
95.  Eden.. Keary Taylor
96.  The Fallen.. Liz Braswell
97.  The Stolen... Liz Braswell
98.  The Chosen... Liz Braswell
99.  Dark Tomorrows... Amanda Hocking
100.  One Salt Sea... Seanan McGuire
101.  The Ultimate Choice... Lisa C. Hinsley
102.  Miss Match... Erynn Mangum (Free Kindle Download - pre-series)
103.  Airhead... Meg Cabot (library)
104.  Runaway... Meg Cabot (library)
105.  Ghost Story... Jim Butcher (library)
106.  Adoration of Jenna Fox... Mary Pearson (library)
107.  How to be Popular... Meg Cabot (library)
108.  Who Can Save Us Now...  Owen King/John McNally (library)
109.  Thirteenth Child... Patricia Wrede (library)
110.  The Good, the Bad, and the Uncanny... Simon R. Green (library)
111.  Strike a Pose... Mercedes Lackey (kindle)
112.  For Time and Eternity... Allison Pittman (Free Kindle Download)
113.  Silver Shark... Ilona Andrews (kindle)
114.  Agatha H and the Airship...  Phil Foglio (kindle)
115.  Wool... Hugh Howey (kindle)
116.  Confessions of a D-List Supervillain... Jim Bernheimer (kindle)
117.  Discord's Apple... Carrie Vaughn (library)
118.  Gone... Michael Grant (library)
119.  After the Golden Age... Carrie Vaughn (library)
120.  Once Dead, Twice Shy... Kim Harrison (library)
121.  The Other Side... Robb/Blayney/Gaffney/Langan/McComas (library)
122.  The Curfew... Jesse Ball (library)
123.  A Hard Day's Knight... Simon R. Green (library)
124.  Room... Emma Donoghue (library)
125.  Scored.... Lauren McLaughlin (library)
126.  Child of Darkness... V.C. Andrews (library)
127.  Human 4... Mike A. Lancaster (library)
128.  Julie & Julia... Julie Powell (library)
129.  A Regency Holiday...  Allison Lane (free kindle download)
130.  Before the Season Ends... Linore Rose Burkard (free kindle download)
131.  Blink... Bradley Convissar
132.  In Hero Years... I'm Dead ... Michael Stackpole
133.  Strike a Pose... Mercedes Lackey
134.  Dark Tomorrows... Amanda Hocking

To Read:

A Victorian Christmas... Catherine Palmer (free kindle download)
Grey Eyes... Quinteria Ramey  (free kindle download)
The Fairy Tale Bride... Kelly McClymer (free kindle download)
The Girl Who Couldn't Say No... Tracey Engelbrecht (free kindle download)
Demon Girl... Penelope Fletcher (free kindle download)
How to Succeed in Evil... Patrick E. McLeah
Pumpkin Jack Skull... Jacob M. Drake (free kindle download)
Horror at Halloween... John Gordon
Towards Yesterday... Paul Jones (free kindle download)
We Are the Monsters... Aaron Poison  (free kindle download)
Home Improvement... Charlaine Harris
A Chance In Time... Ruth Ann Nordin (free kindle download)
Ex-Heroes... Peter Clines
Maid for the Billionaire... Ruth Cardello (free kindle download)
Portal... Rose Imogen (free kindle download)
Hybrid... Brian O'Grady (free kindle download)
The Charmer... Autumn Dawn (free kindle download)
Red-Headed Stephchild... Jaye Wells
Whedonistas... Elizabeth Bear

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Acquired.  The Bookstore has a 30% discount on New York Times Bestsellers.

Again, I apparently know before they do.  I called down, explaining that I had not seen it on the BestSeller area, but that it was on the list - would it be discounted.  They say yes.

I go down to purchase.  It's not ringing up right.  Cashier goes to confirm.  She is told it is not on list.  Higher up is walking buy, notices my consternation (and how I am not going to purchase at full price) -  we exchange pleasantries as I used to work here, but now work offsite.  We go back to consult list.  It is in list.  I get it for discount (and new list is printed and problem is being fixed overall, not just for me.)

I am way to eager for the books that I do buy in Hardcover.  I normally have to go back to the office desk to confirm that they are indeed on the list - I know before the general books staff knows.  Which, is very silly.

Anyway, I have Turn Coat By Jim Butcher.  If any of ya'll that know me what to get in line to borrow it, let me know.  First dibs goes to my coworker, who supplied me with the initial hit, but can't afford them in hardcover.  But I am a sharing monkey when it comes to book crack.

<hugs the world>

I haz book.


Sep. 24th, 2008 11:20 am
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Went to the gym on Friday, Monday, and will again today.  Am going to try for three times a week for the foreseeable future.  Add Tuesday fencing, and one day a week swimming (I hope to get that one in) and that should be good.  Asthma is my enemy in this endeavor, but I shall succeed, damnit.  I want my life back, and that involves being able to walk more than a snail's pace, and being able to carry my backpack full of stuff.

On Monday I was able to do 10 minutes on the bike, 3 minutes on the stairmaster, and 17 minutes worth of weights.  The dread asthma tried to defeat me but I laughed at it and was able to get a full half hour of exercise in.  

Tomorrow is Marvel, and while I like the fact that it's on Thursday, I miss having something earlier in the week to look forward to. 

I returned my library books without writing down the titles - this means that my list will once again be wrong.  This time, I don't think I can find all of them.  Ah, well.  It will be a list of, "have read _at least_ this many new books this year" not a "read this many new books this year" list.

I missed out on the Hellhound on My Trail BPAL.  I am very saddened by this, as it selling for $20 a bottle now, and I don't have that kind of money.  Lesson to self - when it should smell very good on you, and is bland, it probably will smell very good in a hour.  <sigh>  

Halloween is approaching, and I am anticipating with glee.  I need to make up my list of movies, and figure out how to best celebrate it this year. 
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60.  How can you defend those people?... by Mickey Sherman

Defense Attorney.  How can he defend people he knows are guilty?  Because they pay him.  I was hoping for something philosophical, he just believes that everyone deserves a good defense.  I could buy that, but then he waxes on sadly about failing to keep guilty people out of jail, and there, there he loses me.  I get the distinct impression that his ego is tied into his job, and he just doesn't care guilty or innocent, except that innocent is easier to win the case with.

61.  Moral disorder: stories... by Margaret Atwood

Short stories.  Good author.  Not so much SF or fantasy, as solid american short stories.

62.  Odd Hours... by Dean R. Koontz

He's spoiling the Odd series.  He's spoiling the Odd series.  HE'S SPOILING THE ODD SERIES.  If you are looking for a book that has answers, or even, questions that make sense, this is not for you.  The hero?  Now blindly follows fate without even questioning what the hell he is doing, or where fate is leading, or who the mysterious pregnant women who knows him is.

Really.  The hero doesn't care about why things are happening.  And once the hero doesn't care, I find myself also not caring.  But unlike the hero, the story doesn't need me to continue.  Phooey.
63.  Ride a Painted Pony... by Kathleen Eagle.

Romance novel. Again, not with good plot. Not with good sex either. Please, don't bother with this one. It's just not worth the time, unless like me, you find yourself with 3 hours a day on the train. Then it might fill up those hours better than staring out at the landscape. That's not saying much.

64. The Snow Queen... by Mercedes Lackey

Lackluster part of series. You can tell her heart wasn't in it - for romantic fantasy, when the heroine doesn't meet the hero until the very end, has no chemistry with them, you are wondering why the novel is still in the romantic fantasy category.

65. The Second Wives Club: a novel... by Jane Moore.

Amusing. Silly. Another filler of time.

Yep. That was a disappointing trip to the library.

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Must find list of books from China.  Don't remember them all.

But here's from my library list and my travel list that I know of:

45.  The Cinderella pact: a novel ... Sara  Strohmeyer
46.  I feel bad about my neck: and other thoughts on being a woman... Nora Ephron,
47.  Bad astronomy : misconceptions and misuses revealed, from astrology to the moon landing 'hoax'  Philip Plait,
48.  In the devil's garden : a sinful history of forbidden food... Stewart Lee  
49.   Everything is under control : conspiracies, cults, and cover-ups ... Robert Anton Wilson
50.  Windfall... Rachel Caine
51.  Firestorm... Rachel Caine
52.  Thin Air... Rachel Caine
53.  Moon Called ... Patricia Briggs
54.  Blood Bound... Patricia Briggs
55.  Iron Kissed... Patricia Briggs
56.  Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel ... Rhonda Thompson
57.  No Humans Involved... Kelley Armstrong
58.  Brother Odd... Dean Koontz
59.  Forever Odd... Dean Koontz


Jun. 18th, 2008 01:58 pm
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Well, the trip made for lots of reading, but I am not even caught up to the trip.

39.  How Doctors Think... Jerome Groopman, M.D.

This boils down to - get a good doctor and establish a rapport with them. 

40.  The Price of Silence... Kate Wilheim

Huh.  I don't like her.  I thought I might.  I keep trying, and yet, nope.

41.  Making do : how women survived the '30s... Jeane Eddy Westin

Book on how women coped with bad economic times.  What I learned is those ways, for the most part, no longer exist.

42.  The sharper your knife, the less you cry : love, laughter, and tears at the world's most famous cooking school.  Kathleen Flinn

Interesting tale of taking a Cordon Bleu cooking class because you love it.  I would love to find time and money for cooking classes, it was fun to read about someone who found both to follow a dream.

43.   Debutante : rites and regalia of American debdom...  Karal Ann Marling

And for fun, I read pop culture sociology! 

44.  The world on a plate : a tour through the history of America's ethnic cuisines.  Joel Denker

Mostly just talks about Italian, Arabian, and Chinese cuisines.  And the Chinese one is mainly about an Italian who canned chinese cuisine.


May. 8th, 2008 01:45 pm
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37.  White's Rules... Paul D. White

Of course, if you kick out all you discpline problems, the kids that are left will have high rates of success.  Ya, think?  Educator who thinks he has the solution to the problems that ail education.   His solution tends to have a lot of expulsions.  Since I favor teenagers getting an education, I think he's an idiot.

But at least now I have heard his point of view.

38.  High Noon... Nora Roberts.  Mmmmm, Nora Roberts.  Must make my big ole list of what I have and have not read, and then visit flea markets.

39.  Tender at the Bone... Ruth Reichl
More cooking memoirs.  Eh.

Another trip to the library, another catchup session.  Didn't finish the other 5 books, so they don't count.
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32.  The World Without Us... Alan Weisman (what happens to the world if all the humans disappeared.  It turns out that nuclear reactors meltdown, gas stations and chemical plants leach chemicals into the soil, etc.  Not very good.  Our buildings would go away fairly quickly.)
33.  The Little Lady Agency... Hester Browne
34.  Talk to the Hand... Lynne Truss
35.  Learning Privilege... Adam Howard
36.  The Darkest Evening of the Year... Dean Kootnz (my goodness, he is getting preachy.  and the danger in the book was all of 5 pages or so.)

<sigh>  Bad round of books.  The World without Us was interesting.  But it envisions a rapture like event when no one has time to turn anything off... and so hence it's very doomsday.

Little Lady Agency was fluff to fill up time.

Talk to the Hand was about the dearth of manners these days, but it had no solutions.

Learning Privilege also had no solutions.   Students tend to excel more at wealthy schools.  Get that.  What do we do about all the students who can't go to those schools?  <sighs>  I thought it might have some solutions.  All it did was prove it's point. 

The Koontz novel was a very big disappointment.   I used to love him.  Still like the Odd series and the Midnight Cove series.  But his newest books are worth the paper they are written on.  Koontz has found religion (or spirituality) and he really, really wants to convey his beliefs)


Apr. 8th, 2008 10:21 am
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And now, I am caught up with listing my reading...

28.   Invasive Procedures... Orson Scott Card
29.  What Ever Happened to Mom's Apple Pie...John Keats
30.  My Life in France... Julia Child
31.  Cosmopolitan: A Bartender's Life... Toby Cecchini

What ever happened to Mom's Apple Pie is another history of food culture in America book.  I am going to have to stop reading them, because they piss me off so badly.

We aren't going to be able to go back to  a mom stays at home family.  All of the food culture books lament the fact that we don't cook anymore, and we do, it's not the way things used to be.

I get that half of our problem with food is that we don't know where it comes from - people used to know where their food was grown, where the meat came from, and got better produce and meat because of it (I really don't think this was EVER true in cities, and some of the books support that idea).  I get that food is healthier when cooked from scratch. 

But we aren't living in a society where the average family can make ends meet with only a single wage earner.  Some do, it's true.  But even if they could afford to keep one person at home...

And here's a fact that most of those books gloss over.  Families used to be larger.  Mom wasn't doing all the cooking and cleaning herself.  She had daughters.  If she had no daughters, odds were that a niece or younger cousin would be staying with the family to help Mom out (and help ease the need to support another mouth at the niece/cousin's family). 

Making all your own food from scratch takes time.  Growing your own kitchen garden takes time.   

Families have changed, and we need to come up with a new model for healthy eating that doesn't involve having to make everything from scratch.   Our culture has moved on, and trying to move it back is just going to put more guilt on the shoulders of the mothers who don't have the time (and help) they used to have.



Apr. 7th, 2008 04:11 pm
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25.  Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping... Judith Levine
26.  The Outlaw Demon Wails... Kim Harrison
27.  Evil Genes...Barbara Oakley

the Outlaw Demon Wails might be the book that jumps the shark for that series... The heroine still isn't a Anita, but she's beginning to succumb to super special heroine syndrome...

I hated Evil Genes.  I don't succumb to the genetics is all theory, I believe in free will, that we can be more than our biology.
The author clearly didn't.  I find the biology trumps all to be used to excuse bad behavior far too frequently

More Books

Apr. 1st, 2008 09:00 am
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So, I realized my count was off because I didn't count the first book.  Silly, silly me.  So... count the first book as number 11 and on to....

12.  Strangers In Death... J.D. Robb (awesome, awesome, awesome, I love this series).

And you can tell that I just typed up the this list because I am taking the books back to the library today...

13.  Generation Digital... Kathryn Montgomery
14.  Live From the Gates of Hell...Jerry Reiter
15.  McDonaldization... George Ritzer
16.  Kitchen Literacy ... Ann Vileisis
17.  Comfort Me With Apples.. Ruth Reichl
18.  Linoleum, Better Babies & The Modern Woman... Marilyn Irvin Holt
19.  The Undomestic Goddess... Sophie Kinsella
20.  Crunchy Cons.. Rod Dreher
21.  The Assault on Reason... Al Gore
22.  Can She Bake a Cherry Pie...Mary Drake McFeeley
23.  Drink: A Social History of America...Andrew Barr

And from Tim and Elisa's collection...

24.  Insomnia... Stephen King

I thought I would be further, but broke equals not much chance to read new books....

Started but not finished because it sucked mightily....

contrary Notions... Michael Parenti
I don't like how he writes about terrorism.  I might be a flaming liberal, but I don't really see blowing up civilians as justified.
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9.   Assassin's Quest... Robin Hobb
10.  White Knight - Jim  Butcher

Must own Dresden files.  Must track down used copies because I can't afford to start a 10 book series from scratch.  <mutters darkly>  I have been to two used bookstores and the comment I got was "Do you think you would sell them back?" when I inquired if they ever got them in.

Assassin's Quest was decent.  The ending was just... blah.  So, the Red Ships have been this huge problem for 3 books  and then, it ends in like 10 pages.  I know getting to the solution was the point of the series, but it did feel kinda ant-climatic.

On the other end, gargh, argh, the Dresden files just keep getting better.  I do agree with one of the characters that Harry needs to start trusting his allies.  At least the ones he CAN trust.  But gah, argh, they even fixed a problem I had with the last three books where I had to keep asking myself  "How does the White Council NOT notice this?"  and THIS has been removed. 


Feb. 13th, 2008 02:18 pm
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Books are a distraction from pain.  So I have been reading -  new and old.  Not recording old yet, so here's the new -

6.  Chill Factor ... Rachel Caine
7.  Assassin's Apprentice ... Robin Hobb
8.  Royal Assassin ... Robin Hobb

I love books.  I am working on the last of the Assassin series, and my coworker has lent me White Knight, 10th in the Dresden files.  Mmmm...  Dresden files. 

Chill Factor was what I expected - I saw the plot twist coming from the start, but it was a good read.

I put off Hobb's books for YEARS.  My coworker wore me done by offering them when I had _nothing_ new to read and no funds to get anything new.

So I, being the book glutton that I am, finally said, Okay, I will give them another try.

Glad I did.  Very glad.  Fantasy, interesting world, and while I hated the dearth of good female characters in the first book, the second book got better.


Jan. 15th, 2008 11:52 am
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And now I am out of books...

5.  Ill Wind... Rachel Caine ... part 1 of Weather Warden series.

I have been avoiding this series of a good deal of time, but when you read as fast as I do, you a.) learn to reread b.) eventually break down and read most of your chosen genres.

I am sad I waited so long.  Weather Wardens sound kinda silly to me - until I started to read the book and found out in this world the planet is out to kill you.  Literally.  What prevents is a few thousand people with the power and training to keep natural disasters contained.  'Cause forest fires, landslides, earthquakes, hurricanes - all a nasty planet that hates life trying to kill you.

Got to love a planet that is out to get it's occupants.

The ending was predictable and clear from a mile away, but overall, it ain't a bad first book.


Jan. 12th, 2008 10:02 pm
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so, on to numbers 3 and 4

3.  Holy Smokes... Katie MacAlister (Book 4)
4.  Kitty and the Silver Bullet... Carrie Vaughn (Book 4)

Holy Smokes is part of MacAlister's Guardian/Dragon series.  Romantic comedies with a supernatural element and she is finally fixing some of the problems of the series.  Yeah!  They have always been amusing, but the main character has been too incompetent for me to care about - this time around she is actually solving some problems not by accident.

Kitty and the Silver Bullet is part of a series of werewolves.  I am glad Kitty is actually growing a backbone, and hints of greater things moving in the world are beginning to intrigue me.


Jan. 10th, 2008 12:09 pm
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2nd book finished:  Darkling... Yasmine Galenorn

Darkling is third book in the series.  I have previously read Witchling and Changeling.

Essentially, this series revolves around 3 half-fae sisters from the Otherworld who are trying to stop an invasion from a demon name Shadow Wing, while dealing with a civil war going on in the Otherworld.  Sounds dark and heavy, but it isn't - these books are like bubblegum.  Funny and sarcastic,  no better than then the genre, but yet, amusing enough.

So to date:
1.  My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding... P.N. Elrod
2.  Darkling... Yasmine Galenorn


Jan. 8th, 2008 11:49 am
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So, I am going to try to keep a list of all the new books I read this year.

I figure livejournal is good for that.

So, on to the first book:

My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon... P. N. Elrod (collection of short stories).

Has a Harris story and a Butcher story in it.  Will have to giggle as I lend it to the guys who read the Dresden files because the cover is very, very girly. 
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"This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved."

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien*
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein*
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin*
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson

7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley*
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury*

11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras*

15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison*
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey*
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card*
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman*
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling*
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams*
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin*

31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein*
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

Blah,  I would have put The Moon is a Harsh Mistress for Heinlein, or the darkover books for Marion Zimmer Bradley - those spawned the short story anthologies which spawned Sword and Sorceress anthologies - which spawned Mercedes Lackey, Jennifer Roberson, Elisabeth Lynn, and many, many more writers.  


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