November was a busy month. I left on the 4th for Blizzcon, held in Anaheim, California, and didn’t get back until the 13th. Thanksgiving was always a busy time, along with having family come down the weekend after. And, since I haul refigerated freight, October through December is always super busy delivering to grocery stores.
As a result, I only managed 2 books in November: Convergence by Sharon Green, and A Matter of Honor by Sally Malcom. Both were for other swaps on Swap Bot.
Convergence – Sharon Green
Starship Troopers – Robert A Heinlein
I’ve wanted to read Starship Troopers for a while. When the movie came out in 1997, I wasn’t interested in seeing it because I kept hearing it described as “Starship Bloopers.” In fact, when it was on television about 8 years later, it took 2 people to convince me what I was watching was not a parody, but the actual movie.
So I recently knuckled down and got the audiobook. What I found was an enjoyable listen, and not all that like the movie. I will say though, I agree with the people who say the book has aged okay, but not that well. In the book, Johnnie uses swell to describe things that are good, a lot. Also, the women don’t fight alongside the men, like they do in the movie, but instead only pilot ships.
I came across this gem on the Huffington Post today. It’s a short video, but if you want to skip the unimportant parts, skip ahead to the 0:30 mark.
There’s apparently some arguments (on the Internet, who would have imagined?!) that the crow is actually saying “Thank you.” Given that this video was taken at a DMV, I think it’s possible for that to be the alternative. However, since it was taken at a DMV, I’m far more likely to think it learned “Fuck you.” from the disgruntled people leaving the DMV.
What do you think? Thank you or Fuck you?
You’d think I would have accomplished more than 4 books this month, but I didn’t. I had 2 audiobooks, a children’s book, and a travelogue.
Wicked Lovely — Melissa Marr
I’d read this series of books a while ago, up to book 3 of 5, and then I just quit. When I was browsing my audiobooks, I stumbled across this one, and decided I’d re-listen to them all, and actually finish them this time.
I’m not so sure I’ll finish them, because I find these books pretty dull. There’s not a lot of action or mystery, or suspense, or really anything interesting in the first 80%.
Ahh, the to be read pile. If I actually had a physical copy of every book I have on my to be read pile, I would have to clear out one of the spare bedrooms. Seriously, it’s that big of a pile. I was actually thinking of my reading goals, and of the spare books floating about my house, and my to-read pile on Goodreads, and it’s pretty impressive.
So I signed up for a swap on Swap Bot, dealing with the “to be read” pile. Since it’s an electronic swap and I can put it on a blog, I’m using it at blog fodder. I’m sure people are thrilled with my non stop book and cat posts.
So, while I’m whiling away time before work playing Cookie Clicker, I’ll answer the questions. And hopefully get more cookies.
I spent most of today in bed with a migraine, but I finally felt decent this evening. I wanted to pre fire a bowl, so I headed into the shop, and Mozzie decided to come hang out with me. Nonny recently re-organized the shop, and so there’s lots of new stuff to explore. I think Mozzie smelled a mouse, because he was sure interested in that shelf.
This is for a swap on Swap Bot, and wants a countdown, from 10, to 1. Well, here we go:
10 Books Already Released That Are On My Wishlist:
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith
Dune – Frank Herbert
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
Holes – Louis Sachar
Parasite – Mira Grant
Judgement in Death – JD Robb
Sebastian – Anne Bishop
A Clash of Kings – George RR Martin
9 Favorite Covers
I was busy in July, but I still managed to notch 10 books in my “read” belt. Some were short reads, like Playing with Power and The Seventh Princess, some were much longer, like 1984 and Bitten. I actually wrote reviews of a few of these, so I’m going to do some copying and pasting of them. Hope you don’t mind.
I also managed to fulfill one of my reading goals for the year: read 60 books. Book #60 was The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau.
Magic’s Pawn – Mercedes Lackey
Oh Vanyel. Vanyel, Vanyel. Vanyel. I LOVED this trilogy when I was younger, and my heart would always bleed for poor Vanyel. Misunderstood, in love with a guy who probably didn’t love him enough, and gifted with talents that he didn’t want.
I participated in 2 swaps this month that ended up having me read George Orwell’s 1984. The first was called “Pick My Next Read” and the second was one where the genre changes each month. This month? Dystopias.
Originally, I was going to read The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau for the dystopia swap. However, it got close to the send by date, and I hadn’t even cracked the cover of it. I’d been tasked with reading a combo novel of Animal Farm & 1984 for the other swap, and so I am going to end up using 1984 for both. Sorry for being lazy.
Ultimatey, I can sum up my review of 1984 (and to a lesser extent, Animal Farm) this way: Continue reading
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