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Nov. 2nd, 2016


I just got a mail that Amazon shipped my copy of The Hanging Tree! It's supposed to arrive on Friday. :D

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Jul. 13th, 2016

my reading attention span is shot right now

I seem to be unable to actually stick with reading anything right now, whether fanfic or pro. This is really frustrating, for my reading to be so frazzled rather than feeling immersive and relaxing.

I need need to find something that really hooks me. Unfortunately I don't even know what exactly I am looking for. Several of the things I started and then stopped reading were things I usually enjoy. Have you read anything recently that you couldn't put down?

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Apr. 27th, 2016

the upcoming Temeraire book

I've been looking at Amazon to pre-order, and it looks for this one there will be a paperback available at around the same time (publishing date June 16) as the expensive hardcover (June 14)? Does anyone know whether this is correct?

With the last couple of volumes I've ended up getting the hardcover because paperbacks were out much later, but having a hardcover is not worth paying more than twice as much for just two days earlier, especially since I've been not as into the series in the later volumes. And hardcover is harder to carry around.

But I've had Amazon advertising wrong dates before when there were multiple US/UK editions available for pre-order, and ended up pre-ordering an edition (based on picking the cheapest), that then didn't come out at that date after all. (Most recently that happened to me with Foxglove Summer, iirc.)

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Aug. 15th, 2015

organizing ebooks and fanfic

I currently use Calibre to organize my ebooks, and I wonder if it would work out to use it to backup and keep track of the fanfic I downloaded on my tablet as well.

I do not want both mixed up, because the fanfic would totally drown out the books by an order of magnitude, and also the tags I want to use for both are very different. I've seen an option in Calibre to create virtual "libraries", but I wonder whether that is really good for keeping things separate. Has anyone experience with using Calibre for both? Or a better system?

I'm a bit wary to import hundreds of stories into my Calibre Library only to find out it would be a mess I'd have to clean up manually...

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Nov. 15th, 2014


I just got my copy of Foxglove Summer! It arrived faster than expected, and the delivery guy even rang *and* brought it up five flights of stairs to my door (rather than clandestinely dropping off a notification card, pretending I wasn't home to avoid said stairs).

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Nov. 13th, 2014


So last week I bit the bullet and preordered the UK hardcover edition of Foxglove Summer, assuming that would be sent to me as soon as it came out (normally Amazon is quite good about that), and then it seemed to be the earliest published (which makes sense if you want to sell the more expensive hardcovers). At that time available for preorder were that UK hardcover, a US paperback due in January and a UK paperback to be published next July.

Only when I checked now, apparently since then another UK paperback edition appeared in the options, that one also with a publishing date today. And the German Amazon is actually shipping that one and says it has in stock, whereas the info for estimated delivery times on the hardcover version now is that they'll deliver in 6-9 weeks, which seemed ominous for the chances of getting mine soon. So I switched my order over to the paperback which is now estimated to arrive on Monday (because I'm too cheap to pay extra for overnight shipping). Unfortunately it is not much cheaper than the hardcover, but the chances of getting it seem better. Somehow I find it quite frustrating that they kind of mislead me with their options last week, and that there is this confusion with the available editions changing like that.

Well, fingers crossed that I'll get the book soon. I was almost tempted to just get the Kindle version, but I don't like paying for DRMed ebooks that they can yank away from me again, so that I rather pay for the physical object that is mine. If there just weren't the stupid logistics of getting it to me.

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Oct. 29th, 2014

I kind of hate when series switch to hardcover first publishing

I'm dithering whether I should pre-order the hardcover of Foxglove Summer, the fifth in the Rivers of London series, which comes out on November 13th, or wait for the paperback. It's harder because the paperback doesn't come out that much later, on January 8th, so it's not even a two month wait, not a year or anything, and that would be nine euro cheaper (almost twelve if I got the US paperback).

OTOH, I really like the series, so waiting longer than necessary would suck. Also Amazon seems kind of confused about the publishing date for the paperback, because it lists the UK paperback with both a January and a July date, and the US with a January one. So maybe the paperback would mean a longer wait after all. And it's one of those fandoms that I enjoy checking out in Yuletide, where there might be fanfic posted for it, and I'd have to avoid checking out those as well to avoid spoilers.

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Jul. 23rd, 2013


Broken Homes already arrived today! Of course the delivery person didn't ring, even though I was home, seeing how the notification was already downstairs when I left at noon. Of course the note wasn't addressed to my name either, so I only found out that it was actually my package once the other had checked, found that it wasn't their package and corrected the notification, so I only found out when I came back this evening. Thankfully the store they dumped it at was still open at least. Sometimes I seriously wonder whether/how DHL tests for literacy before employing people.

However, this evening I will spend watching Pacific Rim, rather than start reading.

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soon there'll be more Rivers of London for me

My copy of Broken Homes, the fourth in the Rivers of London series, is in the mail, even though I thought it was only coming out in a few days (also, some of Amazon's distribution warehouses in Germany are striking, so I wasn't sure whether my order would be affected). So I will have it earlier than I thought. Well, if the package is delivered properly.

I used to just have them deliver my packages to one of the automated machines, because the delivery people always hate coming up five flights of stairs and thus pretend I'm not home, even if I am, and my packages end up somewhere misplaced in the wild among half a dozen stores, the post office or neighbors I then can't reach. With the machine I'd have to fetch the package, but at least it was a sure thing. However they "improved" their service in that they made it more secure by demanding that you don't just receive an email and then authenticate yourself for the machine with a delivery card and PIN, but get a unique code on a cell phone via SMS. They won't send those via email, so if you don't own a cell phone you can't use that service anymore. So I'm back at the mercy of delivery people.

But, new Rivers of London!

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Jan. 29th, 2013

an Akata Witch question

I'm reading Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor, and I know some others in my circle have read it, so maybe you can help with this. I'm not sure whether this is a mistake that wasn't caught in editing, or whether I misunderstand the timeline but in chapter eight Sunny says to Orlu "But you and I have been going to the same school since we were about five." (on page 141 in my edition), but earlier we were told that Sunny only moved to Nigeria from the US when she was nine. I don't get it.

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Feb. 2nd, 2012

just a quick note

Sorry that the costume meme responses haven't yet been forthcoming, but I was so bothered by the Goodreads thing I mentioned in the last entry (where they switched away from Amazon and that messed up some book data they got from there) that I asked for the "librarian" rights to help fix the stuff myself. As a result a massive time suck event happened, as I'm correcting the data for my books and adding covers and so on. (And of course I first had to read the rule manual and learn the idiosyncratic conventions of the site to not mess things up.) But I haven't forgotten about the fashion meme.

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Dec. 30th, 2011

dead-tree reading 2011

Here's a list of books I've read this year. They are more or less arranged in the order I read them, but also grouped by series. You'll notice that the second half is rather dominated by German titles which is mostly because I was too broke to buy books due to all the vet costs I've had, so I was limited to the library selection. Thus I've read a mix of fantasy, historical YA and mysteries.

- Crown of Stars Vol. 6 & 7 (In the Ruins, Crown of Stars), by Kate Elliott
- Evernight series (Evernight, Stargazer, Hourglass, Afterlife), by Claudia Gray
- Mercy Thompson series 2-6 (Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed, Silver Borne, River Marked), by Patricia Briggs
- Hendrik Bischop mysteries 1-5 (Der Tote im Fleet, Der eiserne Wal, Die rote Stadt, Der blaue Tod, Die Schattenflotte), by Boris Meyn
- Der Bilderjäger by Boris Meyn
- Ghost Story, by Jim Butcher
- Midnight Riot and Moon Over Soho, by Ben Aaronovitch
- Broken Kingdoms and The Kingdom of Gods, by NK Jemisin
- Julians Bruder, by Klaus Kordon
- Trilogie der Wendepunkte (Die roten Matrosen oder ein vergessener Winter, Mit dem Rücken zur Wand, Der erste Frühling), by Klaus Kordon
- Rosina mysteries 1-4 (Tod am Zollhaus, Der Sommer des Kometen, Lorettas letzter Vorhang, Die zerbrochene Uhr), by Petra Oelker
- Krokodil im Nacken and Auf der Sonnenseite, by Klaus Kordon
- Geschichte eines Deutschen, by Sebastian Haffner
- 1848, by Klaus Kordon

I also reread the Allison Kaine mysteries by Kate Allen and some by Patricia Cornwell.

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Oct. 23rd, 2011

random curiosity

Do book recommendation algorithms ever work for anyone? I mean, I've rated almost all the books I bought on Amazon in an attempt to see if this improves things, yet rarely seem the recs tempting or helpful. For one thing it insists on reccing me the n-th parts of series instead of the first, despite me not having bought the earlier ones. I'm not really interested in reading even the first of the The Wheel of Time series, let alone the 13th part, which Amazon apparently recced me due to having bought The Kingdom of Gods. Similarly I've now entered and rated quite a number of books on Goodreads, yet their recs are not all that helpful either. Admittedly sometimes books crop up that look interesting or some that I've read and liked (and just not entered), so they are not always completely wrong, but I have yet to really feel compelled to read a book from their list next. Well, at least Goodreads thinks I would like to read the first part of The Wheel of Time series (because I added LOTR) not the 13th.

Aug. 10th, 2011

finally read Ghost Story...

I liked it quite a lot. quick reaction, cut for spoilers )

Dec. 29th, 2010

have some publishers just done away with proofreading editors entirely?

I'm reading the fifth volume of Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series, and just on the first couple of pages I've noticed several typos, missing letters and such. I get that one or two per book may slip through, but several in the first ten pages? I also noticed some in the previous volumes, but the frequency in this seems particularly high and even shoddier. I like the series well enough, but this is really annoying.
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Jul. 15th, 2010

the new Temeraire book

some quick comments, spoilers for Tongues of Serpents )

Jan. 2nd, 2009

dead-tree reading 2008

It's always somewhat embarrassing for me to do the "books I read over the year" memes, because most of my reading is fanfic (as my bookmarks show), so there are never many books to list, and I look illiterate. Anyway, last year I read:

Earth Logic, by Laurie J. Marks
Small Favor, by Jim Butcher
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (actually the whole saga, i.e. Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn)
The Final Solution, by Michael Chabon
Victory of Eagles, by Naomi Novik
One Virgin Too Many, by Lindsey Davis
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, by Michael Chabon
A Companion to Wolves, by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
Magic Bites, by Ilona Andrews
Moon Called, by Patricia Briggs
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon

Also two SGA tie-in novels:
Casualties of War, by Elizabeth Christensen
Blood Ties, by Sonny Whitelaw and Elizabeth Christensen

Jul. 5th, 2008

yay, new Temeraire!

My copy of Victory of Eagles arrived today, and I just fetched it from the package storage. Finally, after waiting forever to see the cliffhanger from the last volume resolved!

Jun. 17th, 2008

random thought while reading more Twilight...

So, I started reading the second part -- though I'm not that far along yet -- and I really don't get how this vampire reaction to blood is supposed to work. Apparently even a little blood, like from a paper cut, taxes their control, unless they have lots of practice like Carlisle. Okay, whatever.

But how does that work while they are in a school where half the students will bleed three to five days per month?? Granted, it's not a lot of blood, but more than from a paper cut, so they must smell that. And it's not like they growl a lot at random girls from what I gathered. Is this explained somewhere? Did I miss something? Does menstrual bloood smell icky? What? I don't get it.

Jun. 15th, 2008

why did I read 500 pages of trashy teen vampire romance?

I've just finished reading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I picked it up because I was looking for something to read in the library, and I recognized the title because a couple of people on my f-list had mentioned the series. Also I have a soft spot for emo teenagers (I mean, I liked Roswell, and Everwood for example). Though I think this is the level of OTT teenage angst where even I get annoyed with the protagonists.

I'm actually not decided on what my final verdict on this book is. On the bright side, considering how little actually happens over the 500 pages, it is a fast and pleasant read. Not great with the language or anything, but it kept me reading well enough. Even though, like I said, almost nothing really happens. Granted, the print wasn't small and there was good amount of white space so you could probably have fit it on fewer pages but still. Barely any action and the heroine/POV character Bella tends to faint through it, so we miss it. Instead we get teen angst (more or less variations on "wah, he's so much more beautiful and graceful than ugly, clumsy me! how could he possibly like me? *sob*") and crying.

And as you might have gathered from my previous paragraph I wasn't that thrilled with the narrator Bella, and Edward -- the gorgeous vampire who likes Bella because she smells tasty, and more or less seems to angst over not eating her, while she angst over him being out of her league -- frequently annoyed me as well.

And yet I'm considering whether to read the sequel, so I can't honestly say that I disliked it. >.<

It's baffling.

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