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Packing and moving = time for books, but a lot of stress-induced rereads.

The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold. I've lost track of how many times I've read this.  And it was right there, about to go in a box.

The Commitment by Dan Savage. It was right there, about to go in a box.

Tramp Royale by Robert A. Heinlein.  It was right there...  Actually a very good historical piece, particularly the points he feels he needs to argue with his presumed audience.

Radiance by Alicorn. The second of Alicorn's Rational!Twilight series.  It follows Bella's daughter, who is not named Renesmee, and wraps up the tension from the first book in some really nice and unexpected ways.  [livejournal.com profile] robling_t has been reading the originals and telling me bits about them, and I have to say that they sound a lot more like bad fanfiction of Alicorn's stuff.  All the villains appear to have been seriously defanged, for one thing. [livejournal.com profile] robling_t has also been trying to talk me into reading and deconstructing the originals myself.  Um.  I am trepidatious, but not sure I can resist the call.

Intuition by Allegra Goodman. Lablit recommended at Wiscon.  I enjoyed it, because I've been in a lab, and because I've recently gotten out of academia--but at the same time, I found the characters annoyingly whiny and petty in a way all too common in mainstream stories.

The White City by Elizabeth Bear. The latest of the New Amsterdam stories, and as tightly and poetically written as you would expect.  I like how Bear jumps around in the character's lives from story to story--it very much highlights the morality of the human characters.

Feynman by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick. A graphic biography of Richard Feynman.  About half is adapted from his autobiographical writings, but this is nevertheless fun.  It's not like I get tired of hearing the story about stealing the door.

Athyra, Orca, Dragon, Issola, Dzur, and Jhegala by Steven Brust. The Vlad Taltos series seriously benefits from being read in a lump, especially if like me your plot memory is less than perfect.  In particular, the last three (I've read Iorich since) have a lot more kick and coherence when read in context, and I enjoyed them a lot more than I did the first time through--though Jhegala seems likely to remain my least favorite.  There's a lot of really intricate worldbuilding in here, and a lot to pick up in a rearead.  And my timing was about perfect, since Tiassa was waiting for us when we got to the new house.

Other Media Consumed:

Shadow Unit, Season 3, episode 9 ("The Small Dark Movie of Your Life"). That hurt.  And I did send a contribution to My Sister's Place.

Star Wars radio play and The Empire Strikes Back radio play, along with their respective movies.  Reviewed elsewhere.

Total Books: 13
Recent Publication: 3/13
Rereads: 9/13
Recommendations: Radiance, and the radio plays by S.  Intuition by someone at Wiscon's lablit panel. Feynman by Shelby.
New Music: none
New Media Produced: I figured out the problem with the second Aphra Marsh story, and am moving ahead on it once more

Date: 2011-08-08 03:50 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] beamjockey.livejournal.com
I met Jim Ottaviani last year. What he does-- nonfiction comics about the history of science-- is pretty exciting.

Date: 2011-08-08 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashnistrike.livejournal.com
Cool--I didn't know he'd done more of these. This one was a sampler from the American Library Association conference.

Date: 2011-08-08 09:49 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] robling-t.livejournal.com
I am trepidatious, but not sure I can resist the call

Do eet! DOO EEET! :) If nothing else, it's LOLariously goofy in its wrongheadedness just on the story level, and there's so much meat to pick over with the meta-issues...

Date: 2011-08-08 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashnistrike.livejournal.com
*sigh* Well, they are up on PaperbackSwap, once my box of trades arrives.

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