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Continuing the 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 habit.

Predating this so I can find it easily. Will update as I go.
(r) = reread
(e) = read in ebook form (to see what the ratio/usage is).

0. (Date finished) Title by Author. Vague commentary which may or may not recommend it to you.
1. (5.1.2011) Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold. Fun reread. (e,r)
2. (6.1.2011) The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross. Fun Laundriverse as ever.
3. (8.1.2011) Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold. My favourite Vorkosigan one. (r)
4. (~10.1.2011) Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold. Fun reread. (e,r)
5. (~13.1.2011) A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold. Fun reread. (e,r)
6. (~17.1.2011) The Heart of Valor by Tanya Huff. Yay space marines. (r)
7. (mid-late Jan.2011) The Vorkisogan Companion. Interesting background read. (e)
(bit of a gap for Taupo, funeral, CF etc)
8. (10.2.2011) Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay. Not the best of his books but still very good. (r)
9. (~15.2.2011) Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay. Not the best of his books but still very good. (r)
10. (17.2.2011) Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold. Forget if this is a reread or not. (e,r(?))
11. (~21.2.2011) I shall wear midnight by Terry Pratchett. Yay more Tiffany Aching. # 4.
12. (25.2.2011) The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. Continuing the binge #1. (r)
13. (27.2.2011) Alana: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. Side binge. (r)
14. (28.2.2011) In the Hands of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce. Side binge continued. (r)
15. (1.3.2011) The Woman Who Rides Like A Man by Tamora Pierce. Side binge continued. (r)
16. (~early March 2011) Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce. Side binge continued. (r)
17. (~early March 2011) Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn. Been a while. (r)
18. (~early March 2011) Star Scroll by Melanie Rawn. Been a while. (r)
19. (22.3.2011) Sunrunner's Fire by Melanie Rawn. Been a while. (r)
20. (30.3.2011) Stronghold by Melanie Rawn. Been a while. (r)
21. (6.4.2011) The Dragon Token by Melanie Rawn. Been a while. (r)
22. (15.4.2011) Skybowl by Melanie Rawn. Been a while. (r)
23. (~27.4.2011) Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente. Gorgeous language, still thinking about the story.
24. (6.5.2011) The Lodestar by Pamela Belle. Not one of her best but still good. Pity she stopped writing these. (r?)
25. (~10.5.2011) Final Theory by Mark Alpert. Physics save the world from grand unified theory doomsday weapon conspiracy. Definite popcorn and with a side order of physics theory.
26. (11.5.2011) Arranged Marriage by Jo Beverley. Company of Rogues 1. Not bad popcorn fluff. (e)
27. (12.5.2011) Dangerous Joy by Jo Beverley. Company of Rogues 3. Not bad popcorn fluff. (e)
28. (early May 2011) Sheepfarmers Daughter by Elizabeth Moon. Paksenarrion #1. Fun read. (r,e)
29. (~20.5.2011) How to enjoy a scandal by Adrienne Basso. Popcorn fluff.
30. (~20.5.2011) Divided Allegiance by Elizabeth Moon. Paksenarrion #2. Not quite as good. (e)
31. (23.5.2011) Oath of Gold by Elizabeth Moon. Paksenarrion #3. Getting a bit preachy and predictable. (e)
32. (~26.5.2011) Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. As I remembered. (r,e)
33. (30.5.2011) Chalice by Robin McKinley. Good, but not at her best.
34. (early June) Intervention by Julian May. Regular reread. (r)
35. (early June) Jack the Bodiless by Julian May. Regular reread. (r)
36. (early June) Diamondmask by Julian May. Regular reread. (r)
37. (~12.6.2011) Magnificat by Julian May. Regular reread. (r)
38. (mid June) Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff. Fun read. (e,r)
39. (mid June) Smoke and Mirrors by Tanya Huff. Bit more horror than I usually go for. Can't sleep, house is going to get me. (e)
40. (mid June) Smoke and Ashes by Tanya Huff. Less horror, more fun. (e)
41. (early July) The Many Coloured Land by Julian May. Saga of Pliocene Exile #1. Read this once before years ago. Better the second time around, though not as good as Intervention etc. (e,r)
42. (~11.7.2011) The Golden Torc by Julian May. Saga of Pliocene Exile #2. See above. (e,r)
43. (mid July 2011) The Non-born King by Julian May. Saga of Pliocene Exile #3. See above. (e,r)
44. (late July) The Adversary by Julian May. Saga of Pliocene Exile #4. See above. (e,r)
45. (late July) Beyond Worlds End by Mercedes Lackey. Meh. (e)
46. (early August) Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett. Old favourite. (e,r)
47. (8.8.2011) Born to Run by Mercedes Lackey. Meh. (e,r?)
48. (mid Aug 2011) Small Gods by Terry Pratchett. (e,r)
49. (16.8.2011) A Tangled Web by L M Montgomery. (e,r)
50. (18.8.2011) Born to Run by Ellen Guon. Meh. (e,r?)
51. (22.8.2011) Counterfeit Earl by Anne Herries. Fluff.
52. (24.8.2011) The Captain's return by Elizabeth Bailey. Fluff cont.
53. (26.8.2011) Nightwatch by Terry Pratchett. Good read. (e,r)
54. (~1.9.2011) Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint. Good read. (e,r)
55. (Sept 2011) Guards Guards by Terry Pratchett. Started from the beginning of the City Watch sequence. Fun read. (e,r)
56. (Sept 2011) Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett. Fun read. (e,r)
57. (Sept 2011) Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett. Fun read. (e,r)
58. (Sept 2011) The Fifth Elephant. A favourite reread. (e,r)
59. (16.9.2011) Blindspot by Stephen Mullholand. Got to one of Stephen's round 1 test readers. Interesting read. (e)
60. (20.9.2011) Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. Women of the Otherworld #1. Quite good werewolf. (e)
61. (Late Sept 2011) Stolen by Kelley Armstrong. Women of the Otherworld #2. Quite good werewolf cont. (e)
62. (25.9.2011) Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong. Women of the Otherworld #3. Quite good. (e)
63. (1.10.2011) Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong. Women of the Otherworld #4. Quite good. (e)
64. (early Oct 2011) Haunted by Kelley Armstrong. Women of the Otherworld #5. Quite good. (e)
65. (early Oct 2011) Broken by Kelley Armstrong. Women of the Otherworld #6. Quite good. (e)
66. (~7.10.2011) Living with the dead by Kelley Armstrong. Women of the Otherworld #9. Quite good. (e)
67. (11.10.2011) Tamlin by Pamela Dean. Favourite reread. (r)
68. (13.10.2011) Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart. Another favourite reread. (r)
69. (mid Oct 2011) Dead until Dark by Charlene Harris. Sookie Stackhouse #1. Not bad. (e,r)
70. (mid Oct 2011) Living Dead in Dallas by Charlene Harris. Sookie Stackhouse #2. Continued entertainment. (e)
71. (mid Oct 2011) Club Dead by Charlene Harris. Sookie Stackhouse #3. Continued entertainment. (e)
73. (mid Oct 2011) Dead to the World by Charlene Harris. Sookie Stackhouse #4. Continued entertainment. (e)
74. (late Oct 2011) Dead as a doornail by Charlene Harris. Sookie Stackhouse #5. Continued entertainment. (e)
75. (31.10.2011) Definitely Dead by Charlene Harris. Sookie Stackhouse #6. Continued entertainment. Run out now, so need to track down more.(e)
76. (early Nov 2011) Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. Comfort reread. (e,r)
77. (early Nov 2011) Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey. Comfort reread. (r)
78. (early Nov 2011) Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey. Comfort reread. (r)
79. (5.11.2011) The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey. Comfort reread. (r)
80. (7.11.2011) All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. Comfort reread. (r)
81. (mid Nov 2011) Moreta dragonlady of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. Comfort reread. (r)
82. (mid Nov 2011) Dragondawn by Anne McCaffrey. Comfort reread. (r)
83. (~17.11.2011) The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey. Comfort reread. (e,r)
84. (~20.11.2011) Damia by Anne McCaffrey. Comfort reread. (e,r)
(NB Anne McCaffrey died 21.11.2011).
85. (~25.11.2011) Pegasus in Flight by Anne McCaffrey. Comfort reread. (e,r)
86. (end Nov, 2011) Pegasus in Space by Anne McCaffrey. Okish (e)
87. (~1.12.2011) All together dead by Charlaine Harris. Sookie Stackhouse #7. Continued entertainment.
88. (3.12.2011) From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris. Sookie Stackhouse #8. Continued entertainment.
89. (~4.12.2011) Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris. Sookie Stackhouse #9. Continued entertainment.
90. (~6.12.2011) Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris. Sookie Stackhouse #10. Continued entertainment.
91. (~7.12.2011) A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris. Sookie Stackhouse short story collection. Continued entertainment.
92. (early Dec 2011) The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross. Good but need a dose of cute fluffy kittens after. (r)
93. (early Dec 2011) The Blue Castle by L M Montgomery. Comfort reread (e,r)
94. (early-mid Dec 2011) Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey. Comfort reread. (e,r)
95. (early-mid Dec 2011) Killashandra by Anne McCaffrey. Comfort reread. (e,r)
96. (early-mid Dec 2011) The Crystal Line by Anne McCaffrey. Not as good as the earlier two (e,r)
97. (mid Dec 2011) Fire in the mist by Holy Lisle. Ok. (e)
98. (late Dec 2011) Ring of Fear by Anne McCaffrey. (r)
99. (31.12.2011) Snuff by Terry Pratchett. Not his best but still a good Vimes one.
stellar_muddle: (Default)
Continuing the 2009, 2008 and 2007 habit.

Predating this so I can find it easily. Will update as I go.
(r) = reread
Edit(23.11.2010): (e) = read in ebook form (to see what the ratio/usage is).

0. (Date finished) Title by Author. Vague commentary which may or may not recommend it to you.
1. (~1.1.10) Brokedown Palace by Steven Brust. Good reread (r)
2. (~2.1.10) The Sharing Knife: Beguilement by Lois McMasters Bujold. Not bad but a little Mills and Boon apart from the bits that weren't. Will continue reading.
3. (3.1.10) The Sharing Knife: Legacy by Lois McMasters Bujold. As above.
4. (~5.1.10) The Heart of Valour by Tanya Huff. A continuation of her usual space marines. Good stuff.
5. (6.1.10) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith. Zombies!!! and Ninjas! A good giggle but I probably wont be chasing up the other one.
6. (12.1.10) The Planets by Dava Sobel. Interesting tale of the Planets from all sorts of aspects.
7. (7.2.10) Anathem by Neal Stephenson. Good and worth reading but quite dense, both weight and thinking-wise. (took a while too).
8. (9.2.10) The science of Discworld II: the Globe by Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohan and Ian Stewart. Fun read and quite interesting.
9. (12.2.10) Sunshine by Robin McKinley. A good vampire novel and well worth reading. (r)
10. (~15.2.10) Pat of Silver Bush by LM Montgomery. Comfort reading. (r)
11. (17.2.10) Mistress Pat by LM Montgomery. Comfort reading cont. (r)
12. (?.2.10) Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett. Not as good as his best but still good Pratchett.
13. (8.3.10) The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch by Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohan and Ian Stewart. Not quite as good as number II but still interesting.
14. (9.3.10) The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMasters Bujold. Fun Miles novel as always. (r)
15. (11.3.10) Borders of Infinity by Lois McMasters Bujold. Fun Miles novel as always. (r)
16. (13.3.10) Diplomatic Imunity by Lois McMasters Bujold. Fun Miles novel as always. (r)
17. (15.3.10) The Last Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko. A good read, though not quite as good as the earlier books.
18. (16.3.10) Dead until Dark by Charlaine Harris. #1 Sookie Stackhouse novels. Ok popcorn but wont rush after the rest of the series.
19. (17.3.10) Komarr by Lois McMasters Bujold. Fun Miles novel as always. (r)
20. (18.3.10) Cetaganda by Lois McMasters Bujold. Fun Miles novel as always. (r)
21. (20.3.10) Skin Trade by Laurell K Hamiliton. Almost a plot, but ending wimped out a bit.
22. (21.3.10) The Vor Game by Lois McMasters Bujold. Fun Miles novel as always. (r)
23. (23.3.10) Turncoat by Jim Butcher. Dresden File novel. Ok popcorn.
24. (29.3.10) Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur. Ok, but mid series (#3). Melbourne setting for vampires/weres? Library read but not race out and buy.
25. (31.3.10) Ask for it by Sylvia Day. Popcorn bodice ripper.
26. (1.4.10) The Pleasure Trap by Elizabeth Thornton. Another popcorn bodice ripper.
27. (~3.4.10) Vice by Jane Feather. Another popcorn bodice ripper.
28. (~5.4.10) Virtue by Jane Feather. Yet another popcorn bodice ripper.
29. (6.4.10) The Third Circle by Amanda Quick. Yet another popcorn bodice ripper. Run out now.
30. (~7.4.10) The Cartoon Guide to (Non) Communication by Larry Gonick. Interesting, though a bit dated wrt to IT.
31. (8.4.10) Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Wouldn't bother with the rest of the series.
32. (~19.4.10) The System of the World by Neal Stephenson. Don't ask how many years ago I started this, but finally finished it. Good dense read - not certain why I kept putting it down.
33. (21.4.10) Surrender by Amanda Quick. Popcorn bodice ripper.
34. (23.4.10) The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn. Fun bodice ripper and will check out more by the author.
35. (26.4.10) Autumn Love by Elizabeth Lowell. Bit too angsty bodice ripper.
36. (28.4.10) Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead. Paranormal popcorn.
37. (28.4.10) An Unexpected Song by Iris Johansen. Early contempory romance. Not as good as her best stuff.
38. (~30.4.10) Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur. #1 good for a giggle and Z even read it. Probably check library for the next one.
39. (3.5.10) Slightly Sinful by Mary Balogh. Popcorn bodice ripper.
40. (5.5.10) Pompeii by Robert Harris. Fun popcorn historical. Yay engineer heros.
41. (~9.5.10) Sword of Ice and other tales of Valdemar ed by Mercedes Lackey. Not as good as the original books, but still reasonable fluff.
42. (~10.5.10) The Hostage Bride by Jane Feather. Popcorn bodice ripper.
43. (~12.5.10) When He was Wicked by Julia Quinn. Better popcorn bodice ripper.
44. (14.5.10) Silken Shadows by Jennifer St Giles. Bit too brainless a paranormal historical bodice ripper.
45. (15.5.10) Flirt by Laurell K Hamilton. Still not back up to scratch.
46. (~17.5.10) Everything and the Moon by Julia Quinn. Better popcorn bodice rippers. Yay for heroes with a sense of humour who don't angst.
47. (~19.5.10) Sword of Darkness by Sherrilyn Kenyon writing as Kinley MacGregor. Paranormal time travel bodice ripper. Way too brainless - don't touch author with 10 foot barge pole.
48. (24.5.10) Sun in Glory and other tales of Valdemar ed by Mercedes Lackey. Not as good as the original books, but still reasonable fluff.
49. (25.5.10) Second Contact by Mike Resnick. SF thriller. Not bad.
50. (~26.5.10) Magic's Pawn by Mercedes Lackey. Oldy but a goody. Comfort read from the early good ones. (r)
51. (~27.5.10) Magic's Promise by Mercedes Lackey. Comfort reading continues. (r)
52. (~28.5.10) Magic's Price by Mercedes Lackey. Comfort reading continues. (r)
53. (30.5.10) Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey. Comfort reading continues. (r)
54. (~1.6.10) Winds of Change by Mercedes Lackey. Comfort reading continues. (r)
55. (~3.6.10) Winds of Fury by Mercedes Lackey. Comfort reading continues. (r)
56. (<8.6.10) Web of Love by Mary Balogh. Ok popcorn.
57. (<10.6.10) Princess by Gaelen Foley. Very bad popcorn which I can't believe I finished.
58. (12.6.10) The Promise in a Kiss by Stephanie Laurens. Better popcorn.
59. (14.6.10) Dead and Buried by Barbara Hambly. One of the Benjamin January historical novels. Good.
60. (~15.6.10) Shadow Haven by Emily Laforge. Popcorn.
61. (16.6.10) His favorite mistress by Tracy Anne Warren. Popcorn.
62. (17.6.10) Agyar by Steven Brust. Good vampire novel. Different to the usual. (r)
63. (~19.6.10) Oathbound by Mercedes Lackey. Comfort read from the early good ones. (r)
64. (21.6.10) Oathbreakers by Mercedes Lackey. Comfort reading continues. (r)
65. (23.6.10) By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey. Comfort reading continues. (r)
66. (2.7.10) An echo in the bone by Diana Gabaldon. #7 in Outlander series. Picking up again after a bit of a lull in the series.
67. (~7.7.10) Crosstitch by Diana Gabaldon. #1 in Outlander series. (r)
68. (~12.7.10) Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. #2 in Outlander series. (r)
69. (16.7.10) Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. #3 in Outlander series. (r)
70. (22.7.10) Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon. #4 in Outlander series. (r)
71. (~16.7.10) Shooting from the Lip by Lee Hughs. Entertaining NZ army tall stories.
72. (9.8.10) The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon. #5 in Outlander series. Run out now :((r)
73. (10.8.10) The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley. Comfort reread. (r)
74. (12.8.10) The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. Comfort reread. (r)
75. (19.8.10) Spindle's End by Robin McKinley. Comfort reread continues. (r)
76. (~21.8.10) The Curse of Chailon by Lois McMasters Bujold. Not as good as the best Miles ones but still fun. (r)
77. (23.8.10) Paladin of Souls by Lois McMasters Bujold. Not as good as the best Miles ones but still fun. (r)
78. (25.8.10) The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint. Stick to the earlier stuff or the short stories. Not bad but missing the edge.
79. (28.8.10) Deerskin by Robin McKinley. Favorite reread. (r)
80. (~1.9.10) Beauty by Robin McKinley. Favorite reread. (r)
81. (6.9.10) Wireless by Charles Stross. Good short story collection of which I had read some previously. Brain still hurts after Palimpsest and need fluffy kittens after A Colder War and Missile Gap.
82. (~8.9.10) A fine and private place by Peter S Beagle. Nice flavour and phrasing. (r)
83. (14.9.10) Hunting Party by Elizabeth Moon. Space popcorn. (r?)
84. (~17.9.10) The Innkeeper's Song by Peter S Beagle. Very good read with a great range of voices. (r)
85. (~20.9.10) The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon. Popcorn read. (r)
86. (~23.9.10) The White Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon. Popcorn read. (r)
87. (26.9.10) Making Money by Terry Pratchett. Not as good as Going Postal. (r)
88. (5.10.10) The Truth by Terry Pratchett. Fun. (r)
89. (6.10.10) Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt. Very good overview on traffic - from road safety, to trip chaining, to attention deficit to risk accessment to all sorts. Well worth reading for a good introduction to traffic stuff.
90. (7.10.10) Sorcerer's ward by Barbara Hambly. Interesting take on wizards and wizardry. (r)
91. (17.10.10) Weapons of Choice by John Birmingham. World War 2.1. Good but not nice.
92. (21.10.10) Designated Targets by John Birmingham. World War 2.2. Good but not nice continued.
93. (28.10.10) Final Target by John Birmingham. World War 2.3. Good but not nice continued. Recommended series.
94. (31.10.10) Greenmantle by Charles de Lint. Good early book. (r)
95. (2.11.10) Jhegaala by Steven Brust. I would say different from usual, but Steven Brust doesn't have a 'usual'. Good. (r)
96. (2.11.10) Iorich by Steven Brust. Good, but still digesting.
97. (5.11.10) The Gates to Women's Country by Sheri S Tepper. Good and makes you think. (r)
98. (9.11.10) Sunset Embrace by Sandra Brown. Popcorn. (r)
99. (~10.11.10) The Silver Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey. Popcorn and not as good as her earlier stuff. (r)
100. (~11.11.10) Storm Warning by Mercedes Lackey. Popcorn and not as good as her earlier stuff. (r)
101. (~13.11.10) Storm Rising by Mercedes Lackey. Popcorn and not as good as her earlier stuff. (r)
102. (15.11.10) Storm Breaking by Mercedes Lackey. Popcorn and not as good as her earlier stuff. (r)
103. (18.11.10) On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers. Pirates and zombies. Apparently the next PoTC will be riffing off this.
104. (23.11.10) Cryoburn by Lois McMasters Bujold. Good fun but the ending... (e)
105. (~24.11.10) My own kind of freedom by Steven Brust. A good author does Firefly fanfic. Fun. (e)
106. (25.11.10) I Claudius by Robert Graves. Quite fun and Machiavellian.
107. (26.11.10) Shards of Honour by Lois McMasters Bujold. Good fun. (r,e)
108. (28.11.10) Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher. # 4 Codex Alera. Not bad popcorn.
109. (29.11.10) Princep's Fury by Jim Butcher. # 5 Codex Alera. Not bad popcorn.
110. (<5.12.10) Barrayer by Lois McMasters Bujold. Good fun. (r,e)
111. (5.12.10) The Warrior Apprentice by Lois McMasters Bujold. Good fun. (r,e)
112. (9.12.10) The Vor Game by Lois McMasters Bujold. Good fun. (r,e)
113. (~10.12.10) The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop. Oh dear. Not as good as earlier.
114. (~14.12.10) Cetaganda by Lois McMasters Bujold. Good fun. (r,e)
115. (16.12.10) Ethan of Athos by Lois McMasters Bujold. Not quite as good at the Miles ones but still fun. (r,e)
116. (18.12.10) Blood of Elves by Andrzei Sapkowski. Not as good as The Last Witch, by the same author.
117. (21.12.10) Glasshouse by Charles Stross. Better than Accelerando (same universe) (r)
118. (?.12.10) Brothers in Arms by Lois McMasters Bujold. Good fun. (r,e)
119. (?.12.10) Valor's choice by Tanya Huff. Good fun with space marines and dinosaurs doing Rouke's Drift. (r)
120. (?.12.10) The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff. More fun with space marines. (r)
stellar_muddle: (n419)
Continuing the 2007 and 2008 habits.

Predating this so I can find it easily. Will update as I go.
(r) = reread

0. (Date finished) Title by Author. Vague commentary which may or may not recommend it to you.
1. (2.1.09) Engaging the Enemy by Elizabeth Moon. #3 Vatta's War. Space opera popcorn continued.
2. (2.1.09) Will the Last Person to Leave the Planet Please Shut Off the Sun? by Mike Resnick. Very good short story collection. Worth reading.
3. (6.1.09) Command Decision by Elizabeth Moon. #4 Vatta's War. Space opera popcorn continued.
4. (8.1.09) Stealing the Elf King's Roses by Diane Duane. Not bad, but not her best. Cover completely wrong.
5. (22.1.09) Small Favour by Jim Butcher. # 10 Dresden Files. Usual readable popcorn.
6. (27.1.09) Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan. Romance fantasy fluff. Probably wont bother with the next in the series. Paranormal romance with not enough of the paranormal.
7. (30.1.09) Melusine by Sarah Monette. Okish but a bit angsty.
8. (10.2.09) The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko. Still good. (r)
9. (10.2.09) Down on the Farm by Charles Stross. Yay to another Laundryverse story.
10. (13.2.09) Girl Genius Volume 1: Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Yay mad science :)
11. (13.2.09) Girl Genius Volume 2: Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship City by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Yay mad science :)
12. (13.2.09) Girl Genius Volume 3: Agatha Heterodyne and the Monster Engine by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Yay mad science :)
13. (13.2.09) Girl Genius Volume 4: Agatha Heterodyne and the Circus Of Dreams by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Yay mad science :)
14. (13.2.09) Girl Genius Volume 5: Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Yay mad science :)
15. (16.2.09) The Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko. Still good. (r)
16. (16.2.09) Girl Genius Volume 6: Agatha Heterodyne and the Golden Trilobite by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Yay mad science :)
17. (16.2.09) Girl Genius Volume 7: Agatha Heterodyne and the Voice of the Castle by Phil and Kaja Foglio. Yay mad science :) And now run out of books so will have to go back to the web verson.
18. (23.2.09) The Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko. Still good. (r)
19. (25.2.09) Cards of Grief by Jane Yolen. Very good. (r)
20. (27.2.09) The Forever Dream by Iris Johansen. Really not up to her best efforts. Really.
21. (4.3.09) Ivory by Mike Resnick. Good, though occasionally a bit depressing - like a lot of his stuff.
22. (6.3.09) Midshipwizard Halcyon Blythe by James M Ward. Better Napolionic dragons take than Kim Novak - leastwise, more Naval than WWII airforce.
23. (9.3.09) The Rainbow Abyss by Barbara Hambly. Better than I remembered. (r)
24. (12.3.09) The Magnificent Rogue by Iris Johansen. Not her best, but not bad. (r)
25. (13.3.09) The Magicians of the Night by Barbara Hambly. Also better than I remembered. (r)
26. (23.3.09) Nation by Terry Pratchett. Definitely good.
27. (29.3.09) Victory Conditions by Elizabeth Moon. Space opera popcorn cont. 5th and final book of Vatta's War series. Ever so slight streak of corporation good govt bad (to the series)...
28. (3.4.09) Iron Council by China Mieville. Curious. Depressing and different. Not certain if will try Perdito Street Station (the next one).
29. (~6.4.09?) Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe by James M Ward. Readable napoleonic dragon fluff.
30. (~8.4.09) Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart. As good as always. Read it. (r)
31. (15.4.09) Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher. Book 1 of Codex Alera. Okish but not certain will chase up next in series. Too much pile on the angst and injury.
32. (~23.4.09) Anno Dracula by Kim Newman. Dracula survives Van Helsing and marries Queen Victoria. And thus thing develop. The Bloody Red Baron is still the best of the series, but this one s good. (r)
33. (26.4.09) Remember the Cat by Mercedes Lackey. Bit too fluffy.
34. (~29.4.09) Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher. Book 2 of Codex Alera. Better than the first, but still not brilliant.
35. (8.5.09) Sporting Chance by Elizabeth Moon. 2nd of the Heris Serrano ones. Ok fluff.
36. (17.5.09) The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Catherynne Valente. Very cool stories within stories within stories. Quite different, whimsical, bittersweet and worth reading. Will chase up the next one.
37. (19.5.09) Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff. Rouke's Drift with dinosaurs. Fun. (r)
38. (22.5.09) The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff. Good space marine popcorn. Should track down the next one in the series.
39. (2.6.09) Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross. Like the physics of this one. (r)
40. (7.6.09) Growing Up Weightless by John M Ford. Different. Still working out what I think.
41. (9.6.09) Tam Lin by Pamela Dean. One of the Fairy Tales series. An old favourite. (r)
42. (11.6.09) Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge. Odd but good YA historical fantasy. Will chase up more of her stuff.
43. The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey. One of the Fairy Tales series. Like them. (r)
44. (19.6.09) Briar Rose by Jane Yolen. One of the Fairy Tales series. Very very good, though a bit depressing with the combination of WWII and Sleeping Beauty. (r)
45. (22.6.09) The Sun, the Moon and the Stars by Stephen Brust. One of the Fairy Tales series. Not his best but still good. (r)
46&47. (29.6.09) Jack of Kinrowan (containing Jack the Giant Killer and Drink down the Moon) by Charles de Lint. One of the Fairy Tales series. Not his best but still good. (r)
48. (~6.6.09) Voyage of the Shadowmoon by Sean McMullen. #1 Moonworlds saga. Not bad, but not keep me up til 3am type thing. (r)
49. (17.7.09) Glass Dragons by Sean McMullen. #2 Moonworlds saga. Better than the last one, but still not up til 3amish. Continuing with the series though.
50. (27.7.09) Voidfarer by Sean McMullen. #3 Moonworlds saga. Fun, though it may have been funnier if had actually read War of the Worlds.
51. (28.7.09) Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley. Good, though still digesting.
52. (3.8.09) The Prestige by Christopher Priest. Finally got around to reading this after seeing the movie a while back. Quite good, though a quite different tack compared to the book.
53. (4.8.09) Ishmael by Barbara Hambly. Star Trek. Oldie but a goody. (r)
54. (4.8.09) Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. A fun Regency Era comedy of manners with magic. And there are apparently 2 more in the series to track down. (r)
55. (~12.8.09) The Orphan's Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne Valente. Continuing the stories within stories within stories. Not as good as the first one, but still very good.
56. (18.8.09) The Wild Hunt: Vengeance Moon by Jocelin Foxe. Fairly well written and a good read.
57. (~20.8.09) The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint. New non-Newford one. Better than some of the recent stuff, though not quite up to his best.
58. (~23.8.09) A Lick of Frost by Laurell K Hamilton. First there was politics, then there was sex, then there was politics. Not much happened really. Meh.
59. (26.8.09) Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop. Favorite popcorn fallback. (r)
60. (28.8.09) Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop. Continuing the popcorn. (r)
61. (31.8.09) Queen of Darkness by Anne Bishop. Continuing the popcorn. (r)
62. (4.9.09) Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher. Book 3 of Codex Alera. Ok popcorn. Curious enough about the next book.
63. (7.9.09) Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik. Book 4 of the Temeraire novels. Okish.
64. (11.9.09) The Atrocity Archive by Charles Stross. Again good as always. (r)
65. (13.9.09) Swallowing Darkness by Laurell K Hamilton. So why was I reading these again? More plot than sex this time. Not a strong point.
66. (17.9.09) Blood Noir by Laurell K Hamilton. Usual lack of plot popcorn.
67. (~21.9.09) Looking for Jake by Chiana Mielville. Short story collection which was good but depressing and disturbing.
68. (25.9.09) The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross. As good as ever. (r)
69. (2.10.09) Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught. Brainless fluff. (r)
70. (6.10.09) Once and Always by Judith McNaught. Continuing the brainless fluff binge. May have saturated though. (r)
71. (8.10.09) Jhereg by Steven Brust. As good as always. (r)
72. (~9.10.09) Ring of Fear by Anne McCaffrey. Popcorn. (r)
73. (14.10.09) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. Good as always. TV series does stick very close. (r)
74. (16.10.09) Yendi by Steven Brust. As good as always. (r)
75. (21.10.09) Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett. One of my favourites (r)
Lost track of dates and no net connection while moving.
76. Taltos by Steven Brust. As good as always. (r)
77. The fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett. As good as always. (r)
78. In the hands of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce. Been rereading this for years and appear to be in a comfort reading binge during moving (r)
79. The fifth quarter by Tanya Huff. Good. (r)
80. (5.11.09) No quarter by Tanya Huff. Good. (r)
81. (6.11.09) The Woman who Rides like a Man by Tamora Pierce. Continuing the rereading binge. (r)
82. (8.11.09) Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce. Continuing the rereading binge. (r)
83. (12.11.09) Blood Price by Tanya Huff. Yay to good supernatural detective stuff. (r)
84. (~14?.11.09) Blood Trail by Tanya Huff. Continuing the good supernatural detective stuff (r)
85. (18.11.09) Blood Lines by Tanya Huff. Continuing the good supernatural detective stuff (r)
86. (23.11.09) Blood Pact by Tanya Huff. Continuing the good supernatural detective stuff. Darker one of the series (r)
87. (25.11.09) Blood Debt by Tanya Huff. Continuing the good supernatural detective stuff. End of that series. (r)
88. (27.11.09) Phoenix by Steven Brust. Not one I reread often and not one of his best, but still good. (r)
89. (1.12.09) Athyra by Steven Brust. Not one I reread often and not one of his best, but still good. (r)
90. (7.12.09) Orca by Steven Brust. Not one I reread often and not one of his best, but still good. (r)
91. (8.12.09) The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle. Classic read. (r)
92. (11.12.09) The Medieval Machine: The industrial revolution of the Middle Ages by Jean Gimpel. Interesting read, though a little eccentric to the end.
93. (14.12.09) Dragon by Stephen Brust. I think one of his better one or at least one I reread often. (r)
94. (17.12.09) Maskerade by Terry Pratchett. Needed it to cure watching Phantom of the Opera on Tues evening. (r)
95. (~19.12.09) Issola by Steven Brust. Still digesting since a lot went on in that one and it was the first reread. (r)
96. (21.12.09) Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett. Usual fun. (r)
97. (24.12.09) Dzur by Steven Brust. Good. (r)
98. (25.12.09) Jhegaala by Steven Brust. Good but still digesting.
99. (~25.12.09) Overtime by Charles Stross. Laundryverse Christmas short story. Fun :)
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Continuing the book reading log for 2008.

Predating this so I can find it easily. Will update as I go.
(r) = reread

0. (Date finished) Title by Author. Vague commentary which may or may not recommend it to you.
1. (3.1.2008) Making Money by Terry Pratchett. Usual goodness, though not quite as good as Going Postal.
2. (10.1.2008) What do you care what other people think? by Richard Feynman. Always a good read. (r)
3. (11.1.2008) The Wood Wife by Terri Windling. Desert "urban fantasy", though more the Charles de Lint type. A good read. (r)
4. (11.1.2008) The Wind in Cairo by Judith Tarr. Better than I remembered. (r)
5. (14.1.2008) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling. Not bad but still don't get the fuss. Keep finishing the last couple pages in a car after finishing the journey though.
6. (17.1.08) Sebastien by Anne Bishop. Readable but a bit on the fluffy end.
7. (18.1.08) Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. Very very good and rather sobering. (r)
8. (~23.1.08) The Lion's Lady by Julie Garwood. Fairly forgetable popcorn.
9. (29.1.08) Dracula Cha Cha Cha by Kim Newman. 3rd in the Anno Dracula sequence. Interesting though quite different in tone to the other 2. Oddly, #2 (The Bloody Red Baron) is still the best one.
(Bit of a gap...)
10. (17.2.08) The Towers at Sunset by L.E. Modessitt. Not bad but not as good as the first one. Was lurking in a box of books I left behind in the mid 90s, so probably (r).
11. (20.2.08) The Night Watch by Serge Lukyanenko (?sp). Very good. Different to the movies but still good.
12. (1.3.08) Render Unto Caeser by Gillian Bradshaw. Not bad historical about an Alexandrian in Rome.
13. (~14.3.08) Blood Lines by Tanya Huff. Vicki Nelson detective one, and the last one in the collection that I didn't have. Yay to completing the series. A good read too.
14. (late Marchish) Jane of Lantern Hill by LM Montgomery. Started the rereading binge now I have the collection back:) (r)
15. (30.3.08) Halting State by Charles Stross. Scarily plausible near future SF. Not certain how well it will age, but a good read now.
16. (1.4.08) The Day Watch by Serge Lukyanenko. A very good read. Nothing like the movie (which nicked elements from the first book), but a very good read.
17. (3.4.08) Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery. :) Though Emily is not one of my favourites, still a good read.(r)
18. (3.4.08) Emily Climbs by LM Montgomery. (the one in the bath) (r)
19. (3.4.08) Emily's Quest by LM Montgomery. Was never quite so keen on this one, but for completeness sake. (r)
20. (~5?.4.08) Anne of Windy Willows by LM Montgomery. Still binging :) (r)
21. (~10?.4.08)A Tangled Web by LM Montgomery. Still binging :) (r)
22. (14.4.08) Perfect by Judith McNaught. Definite slush binge - not one of her best. (r)
23. (~18?.4.08) Paradise by Judith McNaught. Definite slush binge cont. (r)
24. (~21.4.08) Dragondawn by Anne McCaffrey. Definite slush binge cont. It's some of her early to mid work, so still safe. (r)
25. (27.4.08) The Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko. Very good read and the final of the trilogy. I don't really think they will be able to do a movie exactly based on it: too human... but I definitely want to see what they will do. Worth collecting the set of books I think. Now if they could just translate more of his stuff.
26. (28.4.08) All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. Definite slush binge cont. (r)
27. (28.4.08) Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey. Definite slush binge cont. (r)
28. (~18.5.08) The Privilage of the Sword by Ellen Kushner. That was fun.
29. (20.5.08) Singularity Sky by Charles Stross. Good. Not as good as the Laundryverse, but still good.
30. (Mayish) The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff. 2nd of the Keeper ones. Not as good as the first.
31. (late Mayish) The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman. Not bad, but not as good as Swordpoint.
32. (5.6.08) Lady Crymsyn by PN Elrod. Vampires and 1920s-1930 gangsters. Not a bad combination and quite page turnery.
Didn't finish the rest of the library books. Had to return them :(
33. (11.6.08) Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon. Like this series. Fun as per usual, though a bit higher on the angsting front.
34. (15.6.08) Forest Mage by Robin Hobb. Finally got hold of number 2 of the series. Very angsty and not cheerful, but still very page turnery. Will definitely track down #3, but wont rush out to buy it.
35. (~17.6.08) The Spirit Ring by Lois McMasters Bujold. Not bad but not her best.
36. (~20.6.08) Sisters of the Raven by Barbara Hambly. Not bad, but not her best.
37. (24.6.08) Iron Sunrise by Charles Stross. Better than Singularity Sky I think. Now need to get my hands on Accelerando and Glasshouse. In a form I can read on trains.
38. (late June) The Sun's Bride by Gillian Bradshaw. Ancient Rhodians and pirates. Row row row your boat...
39. (~30.6.08) Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny. Wasn't that fussed actually.
40. (30.6.08) A Rose for Ecclesiasties by Roger Zelazny. 4 novella set. Some not bad, other not too fussed.
41. (30.6.08) Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Comfortable binge. (r)
42. (30.6.08) Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Comfortable binge. (r)
43. (30.6.08) On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Comfortable binge. (r)
44. (30.6.08) By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Comfortable binge. (r)
45. (1.7.08 am) The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Comfortable binge. (r)
46. (1.7.08) Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Comfortable binge. (r)
47. (2.7.08) These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Comfortable binge. (r)
48. (2.7.08) The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Comfortable binge. It hadn't sunk in previously that she and Almanzo lived into their 90s. She made it into the 1950s. Some fairly big changes over her lifetime. (r)
49. (early July) Accelerando by Charles Stross. Interesting, though a bit weird towards the end. Worth reading though.
50. (11.7.08) Herald of Joy by Pamella Belle. #2 in the Wintercombe series. Good as always. (r)
51. (~16?.7.08) A Falling Star by Pamela Belle. # 3 in the Wintercombe series. Not as good as the first 2 but still good. (r)
52. (22.7.08) Treason's Gift by Pamela Belle. #4 in the Wintercombe series. Ditto. (r)
53. (27.7.08) Alathea by Pamela Belle. The one about the woman artist and one of my favorites of hers. (r)
54? (?) Reach for the Sky by Paul Brickhill. The Douglas Bader biography. Not a bad read, even if I did last read it in Form 3. (r)
55. (~12.8.08) Harpy's Gate by Megan Lindholm. A different style to Robin Hobb. Not as good as Cloven Hooves, but still good. (r?)
56. (~15?.8.08) The Windsingers by Megan Lindholm. As above. (r?)
57. (19.8.08) The Limbreth Gate by Megan Lindholm. As above. Started but not finished last time.
58. (21.8.08) The Wind Dancer by Iris Johansen. Good bodice ripper. Pity the author moved into contemporary suspense. (r)
59. (22.8.08) Storm Front by Jim Butcher. The 1st of the Dresden Files. Good popcorn, somewhere between early Anita Blake and Tanya Huff's Vicky Nelson.Probably worth chasing up the next in the series.
60. (~24.8.08) Storm Winds by Iris Johansen. Good bodice ripper. #2 of the sequence but with ~200 years between each, not annoying. (r)
61. (28.8.08) Reap the Wind by Iris Johansen. Contemporary romance but #3 of the series above. Not quite as good as the others but you can see her start moving to the contemporary thrillers she is currently writing. (r)
62. (1.9.08) The Merchants' War by Charles Stross. Not nearly so keen on his Merchant Princes series compared to his other stuff. Too much going on. But still left definitely wanting to read the next one to find out what is going to happen.
63. (~Sept.08) The Ugly Duckling by Iris Johansen. Why I haven't kept up with here contemporary novels. (r??)
64. (~Sept 08) Widdershin by Charles de Lint. Good, but like Mercedes Lackey gone downhill on the recent ones and become a bit too preachy...
65. (16.9.08) Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint. Much much much better. An old favourite (r).
66. (18.9.08) The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett. They did do a good adaption of it as the 2nd part of the Colour of Magic miniseries. (r)
67. (22.9.09am) Glasshouse by Charles Stross. Better than Accellerando - seems to do better on 2nd of his series (appart from the Laundryverse stuff). Worth it.
68. (24.9.09) A Colder War by Charles Stross. Very good though not nice.
69. (28.9.08) Renegade Mage by Robin Hobb. Still prefer her writing as Megan Lindholm but meant I finished that series.
70. (29.9.08) Fool Moon by Jim Butcher. #2 Dresden Files. Still fun but quite brainless. Works well on trains.
71. (30.9.08) Tangled Web by Anne Bishop. Another Black Jewels one. Not as good as the original 3, but better than her other more recent stuff.
72. (? Date) Grave Peril by Jim Butcher. #3 Dresden Files. Still fun but quite brainless. Works well on trains.
73. (11.10.08) Souls in the Great Machine by Sean McMullen. Dueling librarians, odd Austrailian locations and engineers of the one true guage. What more can you want?
74. (12.10.08) The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski - Polish author - written 1993, translated into English 2007. Quite good with some rather warped versions of fairy tales. Now can they translate more of his -apparently they are:)
75. (22.10.08) Saturn's Children by Charles Stross. As good as Halting State, not as good as Atrocity Archives.
76. (27.10.08) Summer Knight by Jim Butcher. #4 Dresden Files. Ok popcorn.
77. (31.10.08) Blood Rites by Jim Butcher. #6 Dresden Files. More popcorn. There may be a slight trend here and I still have a few more from the library.
78. (3.11.08) Dead Beat by Jim Butcher. #7 Dresden Files. More popcorn and just as well they aren't tomes building on tomes that must be read in sequence.
79. (5.11.08) Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher #8 Dresden Files. Continuing the popcorn...
80. (7.11.08) White Night by Jim Butcher. #9 Dresden Files. Continuing the popcorn, but may have run out...
81. (11.11.08) Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon. #1 Vatta Wars. Ok popcorn, curious to see how the rest of the series goes.
82. (14.11.08) The Miocene Arrow by Sean McMullen. That was fun. Not as popcorn as some of the previous books.
83. (16.11.08) The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey. Definite popcorn. read her earlier stuff. It is better.
84. (18.11.08) Down and out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow. Okish but not great. Not certain what the fuss is.
85. (~19.11.08) Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon. Fun as per usual.
86. (27.11.08) Tapping the Dream Tree by Charles de Lint. Short Story collection and back up to his good form. Worth reading.
87. (1.12.08) Final Target by Iris Johansen. One of her contempory crime ones. Okish.
88. (~11.12.08) Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon. A nice change for those sick of young shiny heroines. Not as good as The Speed of Dark, but still quite good.
89. (15.12.08) Eye of the Calculator by Sean McMullen. Fun end to the series. There were astronomer Monks at Siding Springs :).
90. (~17.12.08) The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross. Fun as always. (r)
91. (21.12.08) Firebird by R Garcia y Robertson. Not bad though a little odd. Not the most plausible female characters.
92. (23.12.08) Luck Of The Wheels by Megan Lindholm. Not bad, but not as good as Cloven Hooves.
93. (Before New Years, but can't be more specific) Moving Target by Elizabeth Moon. # 2 Vatta's War. Reasonable space opera popcorn.
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Drool
Drool
More drool
Yet more drool
Still drooling

All from York Archaeological Trust Publications Catalogue who have apparently reprinted a couple of the rarer ones.

Suspect postage may be the killer...

Oh, though they do have a series of web based publications and the chance to see some of the book covers.
And I think I have linked to their photo collection before, but in case I haven't... And some more pretty stuff here including the cute little wax tablets.

I should be good and stop being distracted now...
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It's that time of the month when I really appreciate painkillers, a hot wheat bag, hot chocolate and a good brainless bit of popcorn fluff to read.

Finished latest Harry Potter a little while ago (couple hours), and having giggled my way through a bunch of romance novel reviews, will set aside the Octavia Butler for when I can really appreciate it, and go for Anne Bishop - always good for this time of the month. After that, there is Julie Garwood (very bodice-ripery) and possibly Kathleen Woodiwis if I really feel like wallowing.

The Butler and Kim Newman (#3 in the Anno Dracula series) are definitely for later savouring.
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New Robin McKinley book out - Dragonhaven. Young adult and about dragons so not off to a good start there, but she generally does a good job of coming up with something different - read Sunshine or Deerskin. Is currently in hardback at Arty Bees but I will probably resist until I can get hold of a library copy.

And blogs at [livejournal.com profile] robinmckinley, with general website here.

So, do I pick a particularly significant book to read for the ~100th one this year (complete list to date here), or just read whatever looks reasonable. The Peter S Beagle short story collection is due back soon, so probably a good start.
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Yay to warm sunny days.

Mental note: don't let Z bug you into booking flights until after you have checked the competition for the same dates... Could have saved $20 and (more importantly), traveled at more convenient times. Oh well. Christmas/New Years trip south booked now.

Today was spent mainly reading and eating Yum Char :) Z had job interview in town and I tagged along and loitered at the library while he was being interogated. Nice library had the latest Steven Brust (Dzur, the one Z read at Dymocks in Adelaide last year and we resisted buying new cause it was above $50 hardback) and the Peter S Beagle one with the sequel story to The Last Unicorn. Brain wave and arranged meeting with [livejournal.com profile] alpha_angel for lunch ... and library card borrowing... Was about 3 chapters from the end by the time for lunch, but bravely put it back on the shelf and went off for meeting up and Yum char (mmmm yum char). Then got card, arranged to meet later and (figuring it was safer to check the library before wandering through book stores) found a nice stack of books including the ones reluctantly put down and a bonus of Charles Stross's The Jennifer Morgue. There followed an hour or two of reading in the library (finished Dzur and started the Stross, while Z wallowed in Flint/Weber), before wandering off to find a cafe (yay to Verve) and continue reading with hot chocolate with chocolate fish* instead of marshmallows. This ceased only when the cafe closed and we were due to meet with K anyway. Then home via her place to pick up 5m of charcoal and 5m of black oilskin ([livejournal.com profile] mmy_me, that was what you wanted from previous conversations?), and that should make it to A&S tomorrow night.

Time to get a few more things done, then go back to wallowing in book. Merchant Wars aren't bad and I still haven't gotten around to reading any of Stross's science fiction other than the occasional short story**, but I really like The Atrocity Archives, and (so far) its sequel.

*Marshmallow fish coated in choc for those non NZers. Note, yes they do taste like the Milo/butterscotch liqueur combo from the camp (for those who remembered). Wierd.
**I still want to find out how the one with the drunk pygmy mammoth ends...
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Not a bad evening :)

Firstly made it to the library and stocked up with books. This is always a good thing (unless you have things due or exams...). So late this afternoon was spent with Diana Wynne Jones's The Darklord of Derkholm (the accompanying novel to The Tough Guide to Fantasyland), occasionally with a cat or two on the lap. Then there was a nice dinner (ham on the bone is always so much nicer than the other stuff), and more reading (finished it and started on Wintersmith). This was enhanced by a beanbag and a roaring fire (well, a nice toasty fire in a woodburner). There was a pause and a wander out onto the balcony to watch the local fireworks display down in the valley (lots of pretty sparkles completely unsynchronised with the bangs), then back to reading with a brief accompaniment of custard and christmas pudding... in the bean bag with the fire.

I'd probably be there still and Z will be there for a while with the latest LKH (apparently it has plot!?!), but I finished the book. And some sleep at some point would be a good idea, so I wont start another book... yet.
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Don't ask for any references other than Viking, Anglo-Saxon or Bog body at present, as 2/3 of the book collection is in stacks on the floor of the hall, sorted by size...

90% fall into nice clear sizes, but the rest really are odds and sods.

And the Viking bookcase is about to be reincarnated as book boxes. About 2 cubic meters of books total we think, but there may be expansion due to box size... That and 2 cubic meters of solid books ain't exactly light weight...
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Just finished The Atrocity Archives (and The Concrete Jungle) by Charles Stross.
Definitely recommend it. The description of Lovecraft meets Dilbert is bang on but it is even better...
The author definitely has a way with words and an ability to put together sentenses that just work and stick in your brain. The Merchant Prince series wasn't bad, but after reading this one, I can understand [livejournal.com profile] basal_surge's addiction.

Want the next one - apparently it has been written at least... And I have already started rereading bits...
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Things you would think that I would have learned before now:
Don't store Milkybars in your trouser pocket.

So, what are the old favourite books that you go back to and curl up with? The comfort, old friend books. Not necessarily the ones you recommend to friends, but the ones for a beanbag in front of a roaring fire on a rainy day. They may not get dragged out more than once or twice in 5 years, but you always go back to them. The literary equivalent of a snuggly old housecoat and slippers.

Currently have cravings for Louisa May Alcott and L.M. Montgomery* - have some on e-book (yay Project Guttenburg) but it is not quite the same as curling up with a well worn paper copy. I left most of them behind in NZ, and 3 and a bit years is just long enough to start missing them.

* More the latter than the former as LMA could get amazingly preachy in some of her non Little Women ones. Though she did write the blood and thunder lurid short stories she had Jo give up on.
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Just finished Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. Thinking about that genre as typified by Laurell K Hamilton, Tanya Huff, this etc.

They really are an excuse for monkey heirachy games made blatent with teeth. Alpha males battling, short women with martial arts training getting grumpy, unexplored hidden depths of magical talent, vampires posing and playing mind games...

They aren't bad for around the $2 and under mark...

Go out and read Sunshine by Robin McKinley though. That one is worth the brand new price.
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York Archeological Trust publications:
AY 17/12 - Craft, Industry and Everyday Life: Bone, Antler, Ivory and Horn from Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval
A. MacGregor, A.J. Mainman and N.S.H. Rogers (1999) (have this one - very nice)

AY 17/13 - Craft, Industry and Everyday Life: Wood and Woodworking in Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval York
Carole A. Morris
unclear if available )
AY 17/14 - Craft, Industry and Everyday Life: Finds from Anglo-Scandinavian York
A.J. Mainman and N.S.H. Rogers
out of print )
AY 17/16 - Leather and Leatherworking in Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval York
Quita Mould, Ian Carlisle and Esther Cameron
available )
Aspects of Anglo-Scandinavian York
R.A. Hall et al.
available )
The Anglo-Scandinavian Pottery from 16-22 Coppergate
A.J. Mainman (1990)
out of print )
Textiles, Cordage and Raw Fibre from 16-22 Coppergate
Penelope Walton (1989)
out of print )
Anglo-Scandinavian Ironwork from 16-22 Coppergate
Patrick Ottaway (1992)
out of print )
Non-ferrous Metalworking from 16-22 Coppergate
Justine Bayley (1992)
out of print )
Textile Production at 16-22 Coppergate
Penelope Walton Rogers (1997)
out of print )
I have focussed on the Anglo-Scandinavian stuff - there is a whole lot more there...
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Slight bookshop tour today. The first wasn't open when we went past. The second was a good Wellington level of second hand bookshop - didn't buy anything, but that sort of range. Went back to the hole in the wall first one - nice selection. Known Space Books, (now) 26 Blyth St. Good selection of SF which is in the process of being unpacked. Spot the fact the owner is a fan - hours are noon - 6pm Weds - Sat, with being open til 10pm on Fri nights. Nothing bought but will be returning. Next stop Rundle Mall and Adelaide Booksellers - which is shut over Christmas/New Years. Hmph. Borders for Z while I braved the mobs at JB Hi Fi and bought An Ancient Muse*. I then caught up with him and together we swore at the prices and wandered out without buying anything. Then the book exchange down the side alley near Dymocks (? forget the exact coordinates). Much better prices and actually found some interesting stuff. Worth going back to with stuff to exchange, though nowhere near as cheap as Church Corner Book exchange - I miss that one. Z bounced with a new Charles Stross (The Family Trade). Then Dymocks - Z grumbled over the wrong Eric Flint selection, found an SM Sterling he wanted, then found books 4 and 5 of of a napolionic naval fiction series** he had books 1 and 2 of. Nothing at Angus Robertson. Back to check Borders for Napolionic naval fiction to fill the gap - no luck. At which point it was around 4pm and time to head home.
There were vague plans to head off towards Canberra tomorrow, but brain-deadness and good books have intervened wrt getting the car ready. Late tomorrow or day after tomorrow departure I suspect.

* Nice music but bloody "Enhanced CD" which doesn't appear to want to play using WinAmp or MediaPlayer - fine through the DVD player and the TV though. Mutter mutter mutter. At least we collect the stereo with the functioning CD player in Canberra.
**I'd name the author, but I would need to see the cover and Z hasn't let them out of his hot little hands since we got home. He finished the first a little while ago and will take a torch and read the second one under the covers if I don't watch out.
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Right, now established that Occasionally Useful Bank branch is ~35 min walk away on a generally shaded route. Only one or two dangerous stores along the route.
The X-rated shop should be done for false advertising - they said they had books, but that was only about 5 paperbacks of nothing interesting, and the rest was all the standard DVDs, videos and paraphenalia. Mutter mutter, finding decently written erotica/porn...
Military Hobbies made up for it though. Lots of figures to look at (including action Vikings and Germanic Warriors - far better clothing standards that the Viking Princess Barbie), and a good selection of new and second hand military history and random SF/Fantasy. Resisted a nice looking but big (coffee table sized) book on the history of Tournaments ($30 if anyone else is interested - I would have probably grabbed it for $10-15, but not completely up my alley. Had a section of photos of extant tourney armour and a decent sized notes/reference section at the back from a cursatory glance.). Did give in to a cheap Cecelia Holland novel on the death of Attila - listed as $1.50, but it got chucked in for free with the other one I got ($20) which was a very nice book on Castles by David Day, more importantly, illustrated by Alan Lee. I have a weekness for Alan Lee illustrations and was delighted when he was called in for the LOTR movies, given that I consider his illustrations to be the best Tolkien ones. Also he generally picks good authors/works for his illustrated works - Tolkien, Rosemary Sutcliffe, Peter Dickenson, The Mabinogion. Had known he had done the Castles one, but hadn't seen it around, let alone second hand. Score:)
They also had a good (new) collection of the Osprey Military books. Nothing that really leapt out and grabbed my attention (though the 2 on Far Eastern seige weaponry were very cool), but they are getting in a new shipment this weekend, which apparently includes the Western Seige weaponry one. Tempting but shall see what the price is like first...

The 30 degrees out so far today was fairly reasonable for an hour long strolling with a drink, breaks and window shopping pauses, especially with a route involving lots of trees. Not planning such a walk tomorrow though. 38 degrees not yet in my survival realm...
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Shire Books, more specifically, their Archeology section. Already have Siege Mines and Underground Warfare, Roman Crafts and Industries and Textiles in Archeology.
Ones to look out for:
Viking Age Archaeology in Britain and Ireland by Richard Hall (Shire Book apparently out of print)
The Archaeology of Rabbit Warrens (Shire books - apparently they get confused with Roman or prehistoric stuff...)
Ancient Boats and Ships by Seán McGrail (Shire Books - NW European boats up to 1500)
Roman Artillery by Alan Wilkins (Shire books)

Other books to keep an eye out for (some from recommendation on the bone, antler and horn discussion list) are:

Mastermyr books ($18 plus postage from Norm Larson books)
Viking Artefacts: A select Catalogue (apparently out of print and rare - 800 copies world wide)
Sutton Hoo Ship Burial: Arms, Armour and Regalia (also very rare)
Die Lederfunde von Haithabu (Haithabu 21: the Leather Finds from Viking Hedeby)
Pfeil und Bogen zur Merowingerzeit. Eine Quellenkunde und Rekonstruktion des frühmittelalterlichen Bogenschießens. (Gebundene Ausgabe) von Holger Riesch (Merovingean archery...)

Books read

Nov. 14th, 2006 01:58 am
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Time to update/get back to the books read list.

(large gap where I forgot to keep track for a while - there was a binge on Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey for a little while there)
Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey
Arrows Flight by Mercedes Lackey
Arrows Fall by Mercedes Lackey
Storm Warning by Mercedes Lackey
Storm Rising by Mercedes Lackey
Storm Breaking by Mercedes Lackey
The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey
To Ride Pegasus by Anne McCaffrey
Pagasus in Flight by Anne McCaffrey
The Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey
Monstorous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart
Nylon Angel by Marianne de Pierres

All of the non Lackey/McCaffrey's are fairly dark books, especialy for the first two, compared to their usual/other writings. Nylon Angel wasn't bad, but I think may appeal more to the Blade/Anita Blake/Underworld fans - though without the vampires. Enough of a twist to the end that I am mildly interested in the next in the series, but only via library/loan/max $5.

Time to check job websites, tweak a layout pattern and start cutting fabric before dance practice.
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Given the roots were getting a couple inches long and the last time it was done was June or July, it was time to gloop up. Slack method this time - dumped ~1 c cider vinegar, 1 pack Piko's Egyptian red henna and whatever red wine made a vaguely decent consistancy, covered the bowl in gladwrap and left out in the sun for half an hour, then added a spoon full of honey with a spoonful of gelatine to a large cup of boiling water, mixed, then added into the henna and let cool for a while. Z applied, I sat and read for an hour (Pratchett's Maskerade in a nice patch of shade outside), then washed out. Result: hair is back to red. Usual patches of orange scalp.

Reading levels gone up a lot in the past 2 weeks, especially since arriving in Brisbane.
Current list:
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Shards of Honour
Barrayar (together as Cordelia's Honour) by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Warrior's Apprentice
"The Mountains of Mourning"
The Vor Game (together as Young Miles) by Lois McMaster Bujold
Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop
Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
The Magic of Recluse by L E Modessitt
A Fall of Angels by L E Modessitt
Cetaganda
Ethan of Athos
"Labyrinth" (together as Miles, Mystery, and Mayhem) by Lois McMaster Bujold

Just started Bujold's "The Borders of Infinity" and (as stated) Pratchett's Maskerade. And a blue linen tunic - currently cut out and some bits pinned together.

No job yet.

I think that about covers things.

Oh, and found a bat rookery near where we are staying (about 10 min walk away) so spent dusk last night watching lots of fruit bats drift across the sky in twos and threes and fours... Wildlife count doing well with the bats, little fishies, big fish eating little fishies, turtles, herons, ducks, geese, cockatoos, galas and occasional gecko in the bedroom.

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