celticdragonfly: (Library)
What the heck.

Grab the book nearest you. Right now. Turn to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post that sentence along with these instructions in your LiveJournal. Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
When Abney brought me here this morning, to consider what was to be done, I instantly perceived that you had been obliged, throughout the meal, to look at this creature; and, naturally, I realized that the spectacle of a ferocious beast, in the act of springing upon its prey, could not be thought conducive to conviviality, and might, indeed, be offensive to a person of sensibility.
From The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer.
celticdragonfly: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] 17catherines hooked me on this
It's got levels. It allows me to get competitive about my vocabulary. And the longer I play, the more rice it donates to people in third-world countries.

I'm never going to get anything else done again...
Me either. This is FUN. And oh yes, the competitive streak in me loves it. The FAQ says "There are 50 levels in all, but it is rare for people to get above level 48." HAH. I have been up to 50 (yes, briefly, but still) several times.

Calling this an exercise in English vocabulary is only true if you have first clearly admitted that English "not only borrows words from other languages; it has on occasion chased other languages down dark alley-ways, clubbed them unconscious and rifled their pockets for new vocabulary." (from [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll)

A lot of the more complex stuff I know from reading Georgette Heyer. So THERE to anyone who wants to decry the idea that romance books can be real and complex literature!
celticdragonfly: (Don't wanna)
I have not gotten caught up on my email post-sick.

I need to. One of my literary lists is having a group discussion on a book I like. I need to leap in and catch up.

I'm totally blocked on doing it.
celticdragonfly: (Library)
I want to recommend fantasy author John Moore to all my friends. If you like fantasy and enjoy a good sense of humor, go read this man's books. Imagine that Terry Pratchett and William Goldman had a love child, and he grew up to be a writer, too.

I have him down as one of the authors that when I see a new book of his - generally at an SF con's dealer's room - we buy it, no questions, no examining it and wondering, JUST BUY IT.

We got A Fate Worse Than Dragons at FenCon. Oh, that was fun!
celticdragonfly: (Tophat)
Life's been a bit more chaotic than usual lately.

FenCon prep, what little of it there was. Coming down sick just before the con. Being sick afterwards, and dealing with sick kids. [livejournal.com profile] selenite's mom visiting, and having time with the grandkids. Etc. I'm hoping to have things settle down a BIT now, and get back to the rich online life I was having, interspersed with the busy local life. Which is getting busier - Wednesday nights at church are back up and going for the kids, Maggie has dance on Thursday, we've been entreated to start coming back to ORAC stuff, etc. And of course the sheer busy wonder that is baby Alanna.

Today I am tackling a goal I've had for some weeks. I've been checking LOTS of knitting books out from the library - many through Interlibrary Loan. (Which you can request ONLINE now, at least in my area. Bwahahaha. Dance, my puppets, DANCE!) I've been reading and sending some back, but have realized I ought to do better than that, and I want to write up little informal reviews of each of them. I will put them up here, but also in the Knitting Book Talk forum on Ravelry. Hopefully this will be a helpful resource for other knitters, and also useful for me to go back and read over and recall just WHERE that cool glove pattern was from, and such.

At some point after this is done, I'd like to get back to being online and actually getting to chat with people. That'd be nice... although everyone will have to be patient with me and my much-interrupted life. Nursing at the keyboard works better for reading than typing.

Ooooh! Mail just came. A BOX. For me. Sterzings I will have to find time later WITH NO KIDS. Mine mine MINE. They wouldn't properly appreciate them. Well. Maggie might. But it'd be a clear case of the Shrimp Principle[1], as discovered by my grandparents.

[1]They urged my dad [livejournal.com profile] rlseiver and my uncle to try shrimp. Got them to really like it. Then they realized - wait, now they needed to buy shrimp for 4, not 2. This caused budget problems.
celticdragonfly: (Library)
Okay, okay, I'm giving in to the peer pressure here. There's this SF series, about this Harry Dresden guy. I've never read any of it, but I've heard friends being quite excited about it. And there's a TV show? Probably been canceled already, if it was any good. It's the repeated references to a costumed Harry Dresden in the FenCon Cabaret that we missed that have finally driven me over the edge - I don't know what the guy looks like or what the fuss is all about.

So - what are these books? What's the first one I should start with? I'll put in a library request once somebody tells me. [livejournal.com profile] joyeuse13, you're up to date on these, aren't you?

(And why am I still up this late when I should be in bed?)
celticdragonfly: (Couple-FenConII-kiss)
I just vacuumed in the living room, so Karl went and sat in the library with Alanna in his arms. Maggie's wandered in there now.

Apparently she asked him about a book. I can hear him enthusiastically pitching Heinlein's Star Beast to her. Maybe I can get him to start reading SF to her.
celticdragonfly: (Default)
Alanna has laughed/giggled in her sleep a couple of times. Tonight she was in my lap, looking up at me and making eye contact and we were trading smiles, and she definitely laughed while awake.

Sugar-free snowcones suck. Which is a shame, because we thought that might work better for not setting off her colic issues. Honestly, it's not about the sweet syrup for me, it's the squuushy ice and the whole shocking temperature shift. I wonder how they'd react if I just asked them to pour some water on the shaved ice?

And I gotta get That Book read - I'm tired of being left out of the discussions, and Karl's already sent me 4 emails of links to worthwhile posts with spoilers that I've had to skip and that I should go back to after I'm done with it. It comes at an awkward time - I've done very well at the library lately, requesting various books including a large number of interlibrary loan ones, that have to go back awfully soon and can't be renewed. But I'm plowing into the book starting tonight.
celticdragonfly: (Celtic cross)
I've been having some reminders recently of why I'm SO happy to have the church that I have.

The youth ministry is getting ready for their summer mission trip again. Our high schoolers do one every summer. I'm sure Maggie will be looking forward to it someday when she's older.

Now, lots of churches' idea of "mission trip" would involve knocking on doors and telling anyone that doesn't believe just as they do how wrong they are. Not our church. This year:
Where: Cairo, Illinois
Why: Cairo is a small impoverished community that is a victim of the deterioration of commerce and river industry. Approximately 33% of the population lives below the poverty line.
What: We will be working with a Kid’s Club, assisting with minor home repairs and partnering with a non-profit called Mission Build who works to create affordable housing for lower income families.
Now this I heavily approve of. Take care of people. Good.

What made it even better was the two pages in the most recent church newsletter. They're going to be reading to the kids, and trying to promote literacy and bookowning, and here's a list of books they'd like to get, new or gently used. A page of younger kid books, and a page of older ones - a lot of great classics, books I love. This is definitely a project I can get right behind. I'm a happy bookpusher with a good outlet.

We already had an extra copy of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, so that went off to the church. Yesterday I got by a Halfprice Books and picked up some more. A copy of The Secret Garden, a copy of A Wrinkle in Time, and a complete 8-volume set of the Anne of Green Gables series. We'll try to get those delivered to the church in the very near future.

Oh, the Narnia series was on the list, too. I didn't grab those, I figure with the recent movie that'll be a popular enough choice that someone else is quite likely to get it. But I'm pleased that while some church types might be arguing about censoring those books, ours will be reading them to kids and hooking them on a love a books with them!
celticdragonfly: (Library)
So I was thinking about my usual bookpusher proclivities, and books vs. ebooks and such. Some books are easy to find in ebook but not hardcopy, or vice versa, and some there's a choice. I know I didn't get far on hooking [livejournal.com profile] fordprfct on Bujold, until I tried ebooks, and hey, that suddenly worked. For others, ebooks might be hopeless. So I'm curious as to my flist's opinions.

[Poll #998330]
celticdragonfly: (Story (by <lj user=Muffinmonster>))
You know, someday I really want to see a story in which a significant female character has nausea and/or vomiting, possibly when presented with breakfast, and then turns out to have the flu. But no. Especially if written by a male author, it's a Great Big Neon Sign, This Character Is Pregnant But Won't Realize It For A While.

I mean, come ON. It's so hackneyed. Maybe she just has food poisoning. Maybe she should think hey, am I pregnant? And then find out she's NOT. Maybe they should come up with something better, if they must have the foreshadowing. Come on. Not all pregnant women barf when breakfast is placed before them. Okay, I'm sick horribly when I am, but honestly, brushing my teeth is more likely to set off the vomiting first, and then actually breakfast might be a good thing.

At least some of the female authors I've read do a better job of the various possible symptoms that can herald early pregnancy. Like a recent Bujold book, in which she used a combination of feeling sick, major fatigue, and hunger. Oh yes, that rang very true.
celticdragonfly: (Maggie Xmas 2006)
When I went in to check on Maggie this morning, she was asleep in bed with Rorik, with a paperback copy of Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold in bed beside her.

No, I do not have an explanation for this. I mean, it would demonstrate good taste on her part - if she could fully read yet. Although I really wouldn't suggest that as a starting point for the series.
celticdragonfly: (Library)
I *NEED* a good ebook reader. Really really really.

I've been reading stuff from one of my Baen CDs - the ones that come in the back of new hardbacks and will have the whole previous SERIES in them, and more - on the computer, and enjoying it. Transferring another one to the computer now. And yes, right now I'm in the recliner mostly horizontal anyway, so it's not much harder to crane my neck to the monitor than it would be to use an ebook, and sure, I can knit easier that way (I need a way to page down that doesn't require hands, darn it) - but I WANT these on ebook, and it'll be way more convenient in the long run.

These guys are working on it, yes. But I want it SOOOOON - going to drop them another email and ask what's up with the news.

(And why does LJ not have an "impatient" mood icon? Don't they know me at all?)
celticdragonfly: (Library)
http://www.naebllc.com/index.html

I just found this yesterday. Apparently somebody got fed up enough with the lack of a good ebook reader that they went to talk to Jim Baen about it - who told them "do one yourself" and gave them forum space to work from.

And they're doing it. It's not done yet. But it's in process. And their mission statement sounds pretty damn good to me.

Apparently it does handle mp3s - I guess for audio book use. I'm not an audio book person, but the one other piece of gadgetry I wish I had sometimes is a mp3 player, so hey, sounds good to me.

I don't know if we'd be able to afford one right away, but I did sign up on the list of "oh YES I'm interested". Asked a question and got a nice email back from them pretty quickly, too.

I recommend it to you all.
celticdragonfly: (Library)
Oh COOL! I get to review another book through the Harper Collins ARC people. Just got the email notification that it's on its way. This one is The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory by J. M. Adovasio, Olga Soffer, and Jake Page. Sounded interesting, and hey, more books, throw me in the briar patch.
celticdragonfly: (TSK - snagged from Torak)
Karl finished the ARC last night, and I've been reading it today. I don't have a detailed bit-by-bit analysis yet - maybe next read, right now I mostly can't put it down long enough to type. I did get to the point around chapter 9 and 10 that I just had to start talking to Karl about bits. So I'm going to put them in here.

WARNING: the stuff behind the cut has spoilers for The Sharing Knife: Legacy - the new Bujold book that we have in ARC, that's not due out until JUNE. Don't click if you don't want to see them.

I'm speculating wildly - some of this stuff I posted to the Bujold list earlier, and I've already read farther and seen some changes, but I'm going to post it anyway.

HERE THERE BE SPOILERY BITS! )
celticdragonfly: (Library)
For some time now I've seen various bits online with people praising His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik. Right, something about it being Patrick O'Brien with dragons, okay. Vaguely interesting concept, and yes, I'd tried Patrick O'Brien before, interesting time period, some charm, but oh my the writing got so terribly turgid, and trying to keep track of sailing details got to be too much to me. So I didn't think terribly much more about it.

Then recently I was trying to come up with other things to give my beloved Karl for Christmas, and went through his Amazon wishlists. It was on there, along with several other SF books that I thought likely to actually be in a local store - so I'd copied out the list, and went shopping. I got him that, and a Niven book.

Shortly after that, there was a figurative loud sucking noise, and Karl disappeared into the book. In a "wait, didn't I have a husband?" kind of way. Friday evening he made a point of making sure we got into a bookstore, before they closed, after our early New Year's Eve dinner out, and got himself the 2nd book, Throne of Jade. After he'd clearly liked the first, I'd offered to get him the 2nd for his birthday - and when he had it in hand, he tentatively offered to let me wrap it and hold it for his birthday - but he clearly did not want to wait. Saturday there was an even louder figurative sucking noise, and I totally lost Karl. Despite earlier promises about getting up early to bathe kids before church - he was up most the night, and I ended up going alone and rather miffed.

In curiosity, I'd picked up the 2nd book where he'd left it, and read a page or two - seemed rather interesting. Yet I realized I was quite reluctant to read the first one myself - expecting it to have the dreadfully turgid style of O'Brien. I mentioned this to Karl, and he assured me it was not so, and made encouraging sounds about me reading it. So I picked it up earlier today.

There was a loud sucking sound. I had Karl come up later - after I'd *finally* put it down just long enough for an overdue quick shower, and explained that aha, now I understood. I'm into the second book now. Clearly we're going to have to go buy the third book shortly. I expect Karl will get dibs.
celticdragonfly: (Bujold - Vorkosigan seal)
Our personalized signed copy of The Sharing Knife: Beguilement arrived yesterday!

I've just put it in our Readerware catalog now.

Ironically, I'd just picked up the library copy they'd reserved for me- because they assume when you request them to buy a book that you want it held. So I figured what the heck, I can at least use it to keep up with the discussion until ours gets here...

They've added the third chapter to the sample chapters available here:
http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061137587/The_Sharing_Knife_Volume_One/excerpt.aspx

Book girl

Sep. 13th, 2006 10:45 am
celticdragonfly: (Maggie 12-04-05)
Last night we'd tucked the kids into bed as usual - then when I came upstairs later to go to bed myself, I went to check on them as I often do.
Maggie asleep )
I wasn't surprised to find Rorik on Maggie's bed - he often sleeps there, and will raise his head and give me a LOOK if I come in, usually with a few catly words that I think translate as "she's sleeping, don't disturb her". And he'd curled up on her pillow when I put her to bed.

But that wasn't why I was so charmed and had to take the picture! I'm so proud - that's our girl. Fell asleep 'reading' her book. Karl says "when she can read, she'll be ready for it."
celticdragonfly: (Bujold - Vorkosigan seal)
The ARC for the next Bujold book - The Sharing Knife: Beguilement - has arrived.

We have it for 5 days, for both of us to read. All other reading will get put on hold until we're done. As much of the rest of life as can get put on hold will, too. Which is inconvenient, but oh well. We have the BOOK!
celticdragonfly: (Library)
Books read this year so far - 98. Looks like only 11 of them are nonfiction, and one of those was a reread. (and a few of the new ones were, honestly, pretty fluffy) Last year's nonfiction was 28%. And a lot of those were big chunky books, as I got caught up on whatever Research Subject Du Jour had caught my attention.

For that matter, this year's fiction has been pretty fluffy. I'm not all bothered by that as I would once have been - heck with it, I do not have to justify everything. If I'm enjoying it, that's good enough for me. And it's been a busier social year than in the past. Whee.

I have had good luck lately with some odd recommendations - mostly nothing personal, stuff I see mentioned on the Bujold list or stuff I see as a side effect of searching for something else. But now I'm going to downright ask.

What books can you recommend to me? Particularly interesting nonfiction. If you really want to be nice to me, go here
http://www.fortworthgov.org/library/ and toss whatever you think I might like into Search the Catalog over there on the left. If the system has it, I may be able to check it out. (I can check out books from the actual branches with my nonresident card, but not from the associated cities)

If you want to see what I've been reading this year so far, look at my journal page - I went ahead and left this year's list public, but lj-cut.
celticdragonfly: (Library)
[livejournal.com profile] selenite wanted me to post my thoughts on this. I'd prefer to wait until I had a nice leisurely time to think them through and word it all nicely - but I'm about to head out for the weekend, and the time is just not going to happen.

I requested Vernor Vinge's Rainbow's End from the library for him, and he recommended I read it after he was done. I wasn't interested at first, and pointed out that I'd really disliked the previous Vinge books he'd given me, but he said this one was different, so I'm trying it. I'm only partway through.

It did inspire a discussion, though. So far I find the book very depressing. He's describing a relatively near future that I see as reasonably plausible (except for the cars. Pity, because that I'd actually like to see), but very depressing. It reminded me of the story Manna, which also described a near term future I found plausible (and there's the ground for a lot of arguments [livejournal.com profile] selenite and I have been having) and very depressing.

I've been reading the Vinge book in bits and pieces, and retreating to other, more enjoyable books in between. (Why, yes, I *am* reading five different books just now. What about it?) And this led me to remember an essay I'd read about the erosion of hard science fiction - I think it may have been Spider Robinson's. IIRC he was complaining that hard science fiction was losing its market, and more and more of the "science fiction" market and shelves was going to fantasy, and why was this? What was wrong? IIRC he seemed to be implying it was all the fault of us awful readers who were unwilling to stretch our brains anymore.

Well, I thought, I think I see the problem. A lot more of science fiction used to be about wonderful exciting futures! Possibly more distant futures, where we conquered problems and did exciting new things! (with lots of exclamation points!) Now it seems a much higher proportion of science fiction is about near futures with depressing worlds, where we have lots of fancy gadgets that just seem to create more problems. Who wants to keep reading about that? You read enough of this stuff, if you're a sensitive imaginative type you'll start lining up to slit your wrists.

Science fiction used to be accused of being "escapist" writing. Now I need to go dive into fantasy and romance to escape from the depression of science fiction.

(caveat - why yes, it could just be that [livejournal.com profile] selenite hands me depressing books. If you look at his pre-me music collection, he'll point out himself how depressing it is. But [livejournal.com profile] fordprfct sent me to read Manna. And yes, it has a "happy" ending - but the turnover point from dystopia to utopia, IMO, is when the book turned from science fiction to fantasy. I can discuss the details of that later, but I'm out of time now.)
celticdragonfly: (Default)
Links that currently amuse me.

A good post with info on Ebooks

And let me always enthusiastically pimp for Baen Books, as mentioned in the post, bookpushers extraordinaire, ebook supplier, and source for the Baen Free Library.

A filk song I was sent a while back and finally listened to - well, the lyrics anyway
http://www.bsutton.com/Brenda/music/lyrics/costumers_lament.htm

A song I found today and like a lot
http://www.autographedcat.com/songs/keep_you_closer.html

In fact the whole collection is worth going through, as I'm doing bit by bit
http://www.autographedcat.com/songs/

And can anybody tell me anything about a comic book character called "the goddess dawn"?

Now what?

Feb. 5th, 2006 12:03 pm
celticdragonfly: (Story (by Muffinmonster))
I have now finished all the Wen Spencer novels.

I am realizing that one of the reasons I don't write more fan mail to authors is that too often it would just boil down to "hurry up with the next one, okay?"
celticdragonfly: (Story (by Muffinmonster))
Bit of a book review and author review here. Back last November I came across the book A Brother's Price by Wen Spencer. I can't remember what directed me to it. Possibly a mention on the Bujold list, possibly it popped up on Amazon recommendations? I don't recall. In any case, I took it out from the library.

I read it and enjoyed it VERY much. Catherine Asaro's review of Wen Spencer is "Don't plan on getting anything else done if you start a Wen Spencer novel; they are exceedingly hard to put down!" She's RIGHT. It grabbed me. I enjoyed it, and I told Karl about it, and shortly after that I was requesting it from the library again for him, and he enjoyed it, too.

That book is a standalone, not part of a series. She's written the Ukiah Oregon series, but from the couple-of-word descriptions I'd seen, that didn't sound as interesting. I finally figured what the heck, and requested the first one, Alien Taste, from the library. I just finished it yesterday.

It gets hard to explain why I'm liking these books so much. I think the best description is that she writes characters that really grab me, and I really want to know more about them and find out more of what happens to them. I regularly say that good characters and character development are the most important thing to me in good stories.

Alien Taste was published in 2001 (for comparison, A Brother's Price was published in 2005), and from what I can see on Wen Spencer's wikipedia entry, it looks to be her first published book. And it does have first-book, new-author problems. Partway through a main character believes and accepts things about the main character, too quickly and too easily, IMO. The pacing in the book shifts abruptly - which can be okay, but it felt rushed and I noticed it. There were some continuity issues, I guess that's the best phrase for it. Nonetheless, it was a good read. [1] Just as the other book, the characters grabbed me and I didn't want to stop reading it. I've set it aside for Karl, and requested the rest of the series from the library.

The other book by her that I have from the library at the moment is Tinker. It's not part of that series, it seems to be the start of a new series. [2] The next book comes out in summer 2006.

Here I go again. I'm quite sure that yes, I could put this book down for days if I had to. Well, hours anyway. It's just that I don't *want* to. The fact that after I got gas this afternoon I came down Camp Bowie with all the stoplights, rather than cutting back up Bryant Irving to immediately get back on the freeway was due to a desire for something different, and had nothing to do with reading a few more paragraphs whenever I was stuck at a stoplight. Right?

I started it at lunch. I'm 62 pages in. Check back with me for further opinions when I come up for air. Whenever that is.

Anyway, if you enjoy good character-driven stories, you might want to check out Wen Spencer.



[1](Hm, Alien Taste also won the Compton Crook award, which I'd never heard of before, which is for the "best first novel of the year in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror by the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc,")

[2]Tinker was the winner of 2003 Campbell award (best new writer), and won 1st place (novel) 2004 Sapphire Awards for the Best Science Fiction Romance, according to the wikipedia entry. I can see why.
celticdragonfly: (Library)
Early last year I saw some LJ posts with people talking about a challenge to read 52 books in the year. Now, I knew I was going to read more than 52 books over the year, there was no question of that. But I thought it might be interesting to find out if I read more than 52 *new* books over the year, as opposed to rereads. I tended to do a lot of rereads. And it would be interesting to keep track. So early in January I started keeping a locked post that I edited and updated regularly with the books I was reading. After all, people look at our household library and ask me questions like "wow, how many books do you have?" (we're working on getting them cataloged), and "how many books do you read?"

Then I managed to wrangle the paperwork that despite not living in Fort Worth proper got me a Fort Worth library card - and access to their website, and the ability to request books from all over the different branches to be delivered and held waiting for me at the counter of my favorite branch. Bwahahaha, I became the Book Spider at the center of the Library Web. I went off on various mini-research-binges on whatever I felt like. Whee! See a book mentioned, wonder if it's any good? Request it! Oh yeah.

173 books total. 128 new books, 45 rereads. 49 non fiction, 124 fiction. Everything from thick heavy non fiction to a bunch of fluffy fun needlework-connected mysteries while I was sick at my parents' house last week.

(I'm not sure if I should count full-size chapter books read aloud to the kids a chapter a night. We were doing that for a lot of the year. If that counts, add 6 fiction rereads to the list. Now they're back to kid-sized books, definitely not counting those.)

The List of Books )

Book note

Oct. 17th, 2005 09:52 pm
celticdragonfly: (Story (by Muffinmonster))
We must be careful. The way the Fort Worth library marks the Exciting New Books, that you have to bring back in a shorter time period, is to mark the lower spine with a colored star.

Yes, as those who helped with the Great Gallagher Libray Cataloging know, exactly like the ones we use to mark our fiction collection as being ours and having been cataloged.

Well, we'll just have to be careful, that's all.
celticdragonfly: (Default)
So a lot of this weekend has revolved around Cataloging Our Library.

That was the plan, it's turned out more to be cataloging significant portions of our library.

[livejournal.com profile] kd5mdk and [livejournal.com profile] jazz007 came up very late Friday night, and then we stayed up entirely too late after that chatting with them. Saturday morning after breakfast I picked up [livejournal.com profile] sandy_tyra, Rhiannon, and Shawn. We started out at it, starting with the paperback fiction, which got scanned, uploaded, checked, stickered with a star, alphabetized, and put on the shelves. More than 1000 paperback fiction books, not counting the "problem children", the ones without ISBNs or LoC numbers. There's rather a lot of those, as [livejournal.com profile] selenite inherited a lot of OLD sf from his father. We finished by about dinnertime, and were tired. Gerry Tyra came over, and the evening mostly shifted to computer stuff.

This morning after brunch, since [livejournal.com profile] kd5mdk and [livejournal.com profile] jazz007 were still here and still willing, we tackled the hardback fiction. We got an even higher percentage of problem children, but all the ones that could go in by scanning or isbns are in. Total so far in the database is 1272.

We'll have to tackle the nonfiction a bit at a time, and slowly go through and manually enter all the problem children. And then get upstairs for the kids' books, my crafts books, my midwifery books, etc. This will take a while. But we've made a good start, thanks to our friends coming and helping.

PICTURES! From today - I should have gotten some of the Tyras yesterday, but I didn't.
celticdragonfly: (Story (by Muffinmonster))
Well, I've just plunged through the seven main Liaden books. Chapbooks, I'm gonna need chapbooks. Right now I'm wondering if I can talk Karl into preordering the hardback version of the collection of Liaden chapbook stories. (Everyone's heard my rant about trade paperbacks, right? Thought so) Maybe if I do the big wide cute eyes thing at him.

I have two Taltos books left. Well, one and a half. And a couple library books, one the first of a series by a forensic anthropologist, the one that's getting a series this fall. (Something to make me actually want to see TV. Pity, I can't.) Hm, I realize I've been putting that one off. I wonder why?

Oh, wait, I also have the play version of Busman's Honeymoon. Which I need time to read, WITHOUT the kids around, because it is delicate and fragile, and then I have to mail it back. Given that most of my reading time these days is while eating, in the bathroom, or with a kid climbing over me, I don't dare. [livejournal.com profile] selenite, honey, help me remember to carve out cave time JUST for that book.

The local library doesn't have the Crystal Soldier Liaden book, or Balance of Trade, although the latter is apparently on order. Just not requestable yet.

Then I'm going to need to find MORE! Or start doing more rereading. I've been doing such a good rate of NEW books this year, I hate to lose momentum. Maybe I'll love the books by the forensic anthro lady. I wonder why I'm putting that one off?

I have to go drop off books at the library today and I don't have anything to pick up. Feels a bit distressing.
celticdragonfly: (Story (by Muffinmonster))
Have I mentioned lately that I love Love LOVE having access to the Fort Worth library system online? It's marvelous. I remember oh yes, I was going to look up these 2 books by a particular author, sequels to what I read recently - and then there I am paging through the listings, wondering what's THAT book? Well, what the heck, request it. And that one? Request it. Bwahahaha.

Of course I can't get them all - as a nonresident, certain libraries like Burleson and Watauga won't send hold books in for me. If I want something from Wautauga bad enough, I have a courtesy card from them and I could go get it in person.

Still, six more books just requested by the hold system. Wheee.
celticdragonfly: (Story (by Muffinmonster))
Okay, I think I'm a Liaden convert.

I'd heard about this series many times, mostly from Bujold listees, but hadn't read it. At cons, I would see bookdealers with confusing piles of "chapbooks" and various books, and never could figure out where to start. So a while back another listee sent me a package of the first two books to start with. Then he emailed me to wait, the Liaden list wanted to see what a new reader's reaction would be to start with this other, newly-published book first. Would I be willing? I said sure, did they want me to? And emailed back a few times, and never heard.

So finally when looking for reading to take to Conestoga, not wanting to take a library book or something fragile that was loaned to me, I said to heck with it and opened the package. By this time I'd forgotten which order I was supposed to read them in, and just started with Conflicts of Honor. When I came home and dug out the Liaden webpage I found out oops, I should have started with Agent of Change. I don't think it hurt anything so, and probably just as well. Conflicts of Honor grabbed me right away. When I got to Agent of Change, the beginning of it did NOT grab me, I didn't like it, but I stuck with it a little longer and got caught up. I still like Conflicts of Honor better.

So I did the best I could to navigate the Liaden webpage and figure out what to do next. They have titles listed under various publishers, and a list of order to read - except several titles aren't on it, I guess maybe they're all multi-book reprints? And I'm still quite confused by the chapbook thing.

Anyway, the library is holding for me Partners in Necessity - which I think is the two I already read PLUS the next one - and Pilot's Choice, which is apparently two prequel books. I'm still waiting for them to get Plan B on hold. Then I'll figure out where to go next.

Did I mention that the library's new online catalog webpages are back UP? Now that they actually have it up and running, I find I approve of the change. It isn't radically different from the old system, a bit easier to use, and has some nice new options. So good. (None of this helps me not having a car today, but perhaps after all today's craziness is over, we can go by there in the evening.)

I have handed Agent of Change over to [livejournal.com profile] selenite, although he's making noises about finishing those library books I got him first. I have 2 1/2 unread library books myself, but we'll see if I get to those or not.
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Okay, I've gotten five responses so far on my last post, and rather than reply to them all with essentially the same thing I shall be lazy and reply here. The consensus seems to be NO, don't do it by having someone read me ISBNs and typing them in (aw, data entry's not THAT bad...), but get a barcode reader.

I can't move the computer, as was suggested, because it needs the network connection over here.

Moving the books, even a stack at a time - gah. The thought of that is what's kept me from doing this so far, even though it would be really good to get them catalogued. The thing is, the computer desk is within the babygated living room (yes, odd though that may sound - all the wiring bits are up on the counter out of reach). So all those stacks of books would have to be brought over the gate.

Now, it would help us in the much-needed re-alphabetization and reshelving of the paperbacks, and the planned organization of the hardbacks. But it's just such a huge project for just the two of us while juggling kids.

If I could get young strong agile help... hey, [livejournal.com profile] kd5mk, [livejournal.com profile] jazz007, when classes restart, you guys want to come up here for the weekend and help reorganize books? I think I have more books I wanted to show you two anyway...
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A discussion of book cataloging software has come around on the Bujold list once again. And once again I'm seriously considering it.

Dear flist, do any of you have experience with Readerware that you'd like to discuss?

If I get it, I will not be using the barcode scanners, even though they'll give me a cheapy one free. Those you have to carry all the books over to the computer. There are wireless versions of the scanner, but I don't have that kind of $ to toss around. So it would involve me sitting at the keyboard and [livejournal.com profile] selenite or other victims assistants standing in the library and reading ISBNs out to me.

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