Month: August 2014

Reading Month Week 3

Posted August 25, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Can someone tell me what happened to week 2, please? Because I think I kind of missed it. (I honestly have no idea what happened to it. I’m sorry!) I’m tempted to leave the round-up for the end of the month now since I’m already late, but I won’t. I’m a terrible-enough hostess as it is. Instead, I shall show you where I’m at with my pile:

Read

  • Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon
  • Playing Tyler by T. L. Costa
  • Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen
  • Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley
  • Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
  • Pantomime by Laura Lam
  • Essence by Lisa Ann O’Kane

Still Unread

  • Nada!

Yep. That’s right. I’ve read the lot! Well, almost. There’s actually one I didn’t finish on there. And I got a few more to read later. I won’t be able to read any of them before the end of the month (boo! Why’s it going so fast?), but if you’re curious… Newly aquired (or soon to be acquired) are…

  • Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier
  • Under Nameless Stars by Christian Schoon
  • Shadowplay by Laura Lam

I still want a few more from the backlist, but, um, I’m kind of out of emergency book funds. ^_^;

How about you? Did the second week of the reading month run away from you too? How has it been going so far? Did you get to any of the books you were hoping/planning to get? Did you read something else that was so good it pulled you away from the month? If so, what was it?

If you’ve posted or shared anything related to the reading month, drop a note in the linky provided below or leave a comment! I hope you’ve all been having a lot of fun!

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A More Diverse Universe

Posted August 17, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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A More Diverse Universe Banner (September 14-27)

I’m just going to copy over the text from the original sign-up post.

For those who have not heard about #Diversiverse before, it’s a very simple challenge.  For those of you who have participated in the past, it’s even easier this year.  The criteria are as follows:

  • Read and review one book
  • Written by a person of color
  • During the last two weeks of September (September 14th – 27th) 

And that’s it. Any genre goes, any book goes provided it was written by a person of colour. Aarti links some really good posts on reading more diversely in the sign-up post, so please do take a moment to check them out. I’ll quote Aarti again:

You may have to change your book-finding habits to include POC authors in your reading rotation.  You absolutely do not need to change your book-reading habits.

I’m not officially joining because I can’t guarantee the review aspect of the event. We’ll see how it goes. It’ll be fun, anyway. ^_^ Come join #Diversiverse this September!

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Seven Deadly Sins (of Reading) Meme

Posted August 15, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Thoughts. The text 'rambling thoughts' underneath a burning lantern. For rambles, thoughts, and not-essays.

I found this one The Bibliophibian and it looked like fun. ^_^

GREED – What is your most inexpensive book?

Aside from the ones I’ve received for free for whatever reason? I don’t actually know. Probably either one of the $0.99 ebooks that convert to goodness knows what or the various ¥100 manga I bought when I was 17.

WRATH – What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

Terry Pratchett, I guess. I hated and loathed and routinely threw his books (borrowed from the library, I might add) against the wall not five pages in every time I tried. Up until about the time that The Last Hero came out and I decided to give his works just one more try. And then it shifted over into love of all things Discworld at least.

Other than that… I suppose there’s Tolkien where it really depends on the mood I’m in even for rereads. Either I get along with the style and have a blast or it frustrates me terribly, so I tend to swing about between loving his work and hating it in equal measures just because they’re very much mood books. (But only if they’re The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. As of yet, the only time I’ve been in the mood for The Silmarillion has been when it was an audiorecording of Tolkien reading bits of it. And friends who know my bookishness well know that I am so not an audiobook person. I get flitty and antsy and wishing there was a triple speed option, but Tolkien reading things? Nary a twitch.)

GLUTTONY – What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

I’m not a big rereader nowadays, but that honour definitely belongs to the aforementioned Hobbit and LotR. I reread those books endlessly as a child. When I wasn’t rereading them, I was probably rereading my copy of Grimm’s fairytales.

SLOTH – What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Er… I’m going to say The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione since I have yet to get around to it and it’s probably the one that’s been on my shelves unread the longest. But it’s more a case of not being very fond of nonfiction and finding lots of other shinies than outright laziness, I think.

PRIDE – What book do you talk most about to sound like an intellectual reader?

Wait, I sound like an intellectual reader? Honestly, if I wanted to sound like an intellectual reader, I would remind you all that I have an MA in British literature in general, not focus on just a single book. That leaves the playing field wide open for many of the classics, though. Oh! Oh! I know! Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. Because most lit students hate that book when it’s assigned (for understandable reasons; it is… very much not like anything modern readers would expect, even in an epistolary and it is boring as heck if you treat it the way you would a modern book), but I quite liked it. (I also made my way through Genjimonogatari, albeit it in translation, which gets me the pretentious honour of babbling about how I read what is possibly the oldest and longest book ever written. It took me something like a year and a half.)

So I suppose either Clarissa or The Tale of Genji goes.

LUST – What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

Kindness, compassion, intelligence… I like well-rounded characters that seem like fun people to be around or be friends with, really. Beyond that I’m not too picky.

ENVY – What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

Em. Er. Um. Um. Um. I don’t know? A book that I’ll fall head-over-heels in love with and want to run around recommending to everyone in all the world because I love it that much? But I don’t know what book that is. No, you know what. This book. The Lord of Rushie River and Simon the Swan by Cicely Mary Barker. The first story in this book is one of my favourite stories ever and I’d never heard of the second until I came across that volume. (Also, my copy of The Lord of Rushie River is all tatty with age and rereading now and it’s a paperback. T_T)

This was fun! And harder than I expected it to be. (I should do a version with games. That should be a lot easier for me to fill in.)

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Week 1 of the Reading Month

Posted August 10, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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So far my reading month has been going pretty well! I’m really impressed with myself! Let me divide my original pile into two for you!

Read

  • Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon
  • Playing Tyler by T. L. Costa
  • Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen
  • Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley

Still Unread

  • Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
  • Pantomime by Laura Lam
  • Essence by Lisa Ann O’Kane

That puts me at half-way through my list! :O I feel like I’ve been focusing on stand-alones, even though it’s been a 50/50 split between stand-alones and first-in-a-series books. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get to Under Nameless Stars before the end of the month, but I hope so!

So far, most of my reading has been a lot of fun. I haven’t fallen head-over-heels for anything I’ve read yet (unless you count rikkasets, in which case I did), but I’ve been having a lot of fun with everything I’ve read. I’m pretty happy that I decided to dedicate the month to reading my stack of Strange Chemistry books (and sadly still have no recommendations for Exhibit A Books. Anyone want to help me out there? Please?) because I would’ve been sad to wait with experiencing these books.

The only review I’ve got up so far has been for Stolen Songbird, but I’ve been scheduling them throughout the month. I don’t want to post them as I finish and then leave the rest of August go by with only the round-ups.

How about you? How has your reading month been going so far? Did you get to any of the books you were hoping/planning to get? Did you read something else that was so good it pulled you away from the month? If so, what was it?

If you’ve posted or shared anything related to the reading month, drop a note in the linky provided below or leave a comment! I hope you’ve all been having a lot of fun!

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Book Recommendations Meme

Posted August 8, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Thoughts. The text 'rambling thoughts' underneath a burning lantern. For rambles, thoughts, and not-essays.

Hey, look! A book recommendation meme. ^_^ Found over on SF Signal, slightly ‘late’ in posting it because yay scheduled posting and I’m not filling in the horror category because I usually stay as far away from it as I can get. So! Below the cut! Book recommendations for SF and fantasy books. WHEE!

Just as a fair warning, I will be restricting myself to one book per question because otherwise I’ll be here forever. In reality, I would never stick to one book because, in reality, I tailor my responses to the person asking for recommendations and try to give them a few options so they can pick what they think is most interesting to them. I have a pretty decent track record, too. (The other way around… not so much. I’m notoriously picky.)

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Spark and crowdfunding signalboosts

Posted August 5, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Links. The text 'links' underneath a big, old-fashioned key. Links I felt were interesting.

Spark is a comic (or, rather a pitch for one with a 15-paged stand-alone storyline posted online) about superheroes. It’s pretty durned awesome. In the words of the creators:

The comic is about nine-year-old Lucia Marquez-Miller, who loves engineering, and uses her telekinetic powers to build and take things apart with her mind. She calls this power her spark!

As Spark, the world’s youngest superhero, she’s a junior member of a superhero team while also trying to live a normal life. Can Lucia juggle her friends and family while also saving the world from supervillains?

This link is brought to you courtesy of ysabetwordsmith (LJ/DW), who is also awesome, and if you’ve enjoyed Spark I will take out this moment to give Polychrome Heroics another shout-out. A ton of new poems in the setting have gone up recently and several fans have been writing their own stories in the setting too. (Please note that the content notes and warnings at the beginning of some of the poems are there for a very good reason. They don’t spoil anything more than a summary or description would, so if you’re particularly sensitive be sure to give them a read before diving in.)

Relatedly, thebonesofferalletters, lb-lee and alexconall are all having August prompt call sessions (lb-lee’s open until the 7th, and I’m not sure how long the other two will be open) and ysabetwordsmith has posted up details of the Ursulan Cycle (a genderbent version of the Arthurian Cycle) for people to explore and play around in. There’ll also be a fishbowl crowdfunding event later today (I think; curse you, time zones confusing me even with a converter!). (It’s not up as I write this, so have a link to the earlier announcement post instead. I’ll try and remember to update it with the proper link later.)

Happy reading and/ord creating!

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Welcome to the Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Reading Month!

Posted August 1, 2014 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Hi, all! As I’m writing this it’s August just about everywhere in the world, I think, and that means that the Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A Reading Month is go! WHOOT! And welcome! I hope everyone who wants to join me will have a blast with the books they’re reading!

I can finally finally finally pick up Stolen Songbird without feeling guilty about cheating again!

I’m also still looking for good Exhibit A recommendations, so if you’ve got any pleasepleaseplease let me know!

For those of you just learning about the reading month, the extended rationale is in the sign-up post, but the premise is very simple: read at least one book by Strange Chemistry or Exhibit A in the month of August to celebrate the imprints (ex-imprints?) and give their authors some love after losing their publishers. And maybe talk about the book in whichever way you’re comfortable for added author exposure. And have fun with it! ^_^ You can join at any point during August too. Just go off and have fun with the books that strike your fancy! ^_^

As I said in the sign-up post, my pile at the start of August looks like this:

I may or may not be adding sequels to the list. In theory I can read all of them this month with time to spare, but whether I actually will… Well, we’ll have to see. I’m off to a good start anyway. First up is Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen as you may have guessed! After that, who knows. Feather Bound most likely.

You may notice a distinct lack of linky attached to this post because it’s just the introductory post. Linkies and round-ups shall follow next week. I’m thinking that I’ll probably dedicate my Sunday to a nice mini-readathon just to get the ball rolling for me. Possibly my Saturday evening as well. I’m not sure on that one.
And… that’s it, I think? Let me know if you have any questions!Oh! I’m cross-posting this over to DW and LJ as an experiment. I’m not really sure how well running the month across blogs will work, so I may not do it for future posts. We’ll see.Welcome, everyone! Let’s go have fun exploring other worlds or solving mysteries (which may or may not be set in another world)!

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