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Per [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll; books I have are bold, books I have are bolded, books I've read are italics. Authors I have or read other works by get the same treatment.

A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
A Voice Out of Ramah by Lee Killough
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh

Don't Bite the Sun by Tanith Lee
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Galactic Derelict by Andre Norton
Gate of Ivrel by C.J. Cherryh

Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle
Jirel of Joiry by C.L. Moore
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Female Man by Joanna Russ
The Many Colored Land by Julian May
The Next Continent by Issui Ogawa
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Warm Worlds and Otherwise by James Tiptree, Jr.

So that's 12 I've read, and 11 I own. I would quibble on the chosen books for a couple of the authors (I'd pick Dawn over Kindred for Butler, and probably a different Cherryh), but it includes several of my recent favorites (Ancillary Justice and Ninefox Gambit) and several of my formative favorites (Dreamsnake, Snow Queen).

Reading

Jun. 19th, 2013 09:08 pm
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I feel so guilty that I've let this meme slip. But I was reading enough other posts... For once I don't have a list of new books to try - instead the theme is Barbara Hambly. Maybe I'll have to reread some of hers. Or finally try her Star Trek novel.

Currently Reading
Sarah Ash's Prisoner of the Iron Tower. It's book two in her Tears of Artamon trilogy. This is a reread. Tasty epic fantasy. It reminds me of the Ile Rein books by Martha Wells or Paula Volsky's books in being post Renaissance !Europe. A lot of angsty "I won't eat young women" drama from the main character, but does include a couple of good young women. And a crotchy old witch. I shall probably continue though to the duology set afterwards.

Recently Finished
Lord of Snow and Shadows is book one of the previously mentioned trilogy. I think I picked up this paperback on my grand backpacking trip, as the cover price is in pounds.

I mainlined all 23 volumes of Fruits Basket. So very sweet. Thankfully is no longer crazy popular, so the library's copies of volumes 21 and 22 were on the shelves, because for no good reason I own every volume except those two. It's pretty much the only manga I reread. I thought the parts about Tohru's parents was hard the first time I read it. Now they make ball.

I also read three Sector General books by James White. While the sexual politics is somewhat dated (these were three of the last books, so written post 1980), I like the scale of the conflicts; all the books are set on a inter species hospital. I think my favorite is the alien chef who just wants to improve hospital food, but keeps causing minor catastrophes. Eventually he saves a newly contacted species by showing vegetarian food can be tasty.
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Currently Reading
The Gate of the Gods by Martha Wells is book three of her Fall of Ile-Rein trilogy. I'd put off reading it for years because I remember starting it at one time and somehow being disappointed. I can't remember which book or why I was disappointed, so I'm glad I finally just started reading her back catalog, because I have yet to be disappointed again. This is a nice !Victorian cross dimension adventure (if it was newer or not so dependent on technomagic, one could almost call it steam punk).

Recently Read
The Wizard Hunters and The Ships of Air, also by Martha Wells and books 1 and 2 respectively of the Fall of Ile-Rein. Oh, so fun. I love Tremaine, the main character and identify with flipping between flaky poet and ruthless steamroller (not that I really am, just wish I was).

Apparently I didn't read much this week.

Next to Read
Same as last week.
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And it's Wednesday again. This will not be terribly in depth, as I've been headachy all day (enough that I emailed in sick this morning and napped most of the day).

What are you reading?
Nothing right now. Finished my last book a minute ago and about to go back to bed.

What did you just finish reading?
After highly enjoying her podcast Galatic Suburbia, I decided to try Tansy Rayner Roberts' Love and Romanpunk. Very enjoyable collection of short stories. Not deep, but a fun romp. I shall keep an eye open for her other books.

My favorite read this week was Nicola Griffth's Slow River. I'm also worried when a book touches on my area of specialty, but this is my favorite science fiction novel partially set in in a high tech sewage treatment plant (with a side of bioremediation). I was in the mood for more like Ammonite, and remembered that I had this on my "to read" shelf (which I don't actually use). Good choice.

Ilona Andrews' (actually, written by a couple named Ilona and Andrew) Steel's Edge was my light and fluffy read of the weekend. I can't handle their other series due to world building choices, but for romance fantasy, I like their Edge series. Someday I'll fully develop my rant about the continuum of urban fantasy, but this is of the type that gets its plotting from the romance end.

Karen Lords' Best of All Possible Worlds. Enjoyed. Plot seemed very random at time, but I enjoyed it, especially it realized that there is enough room in a planet for a variety of cultures.

And I finished Karen Healey's Shattered. Now I want to go to New Zealand. Sadly, I think Lawnchair will veto the idea with the fear that I would spend all my money on wool.

What are you going to read next?
I plan to start Judith Herrin's Women in Purple. After reading a good review in someone's Reading Wednesday (see, I'm keeping up this meme because it has really helped my reading list recently), I complained because the public library didn't have a copy and it wasn't cheap. Lawnchair helpfully asked if I'd checked the Uni library. They did have a copy, so he checked it out for me (and pointed out that if it was a subject that interested me there was plenty of other books on that subject shelved nearby).

Graydown loaned me Elizabeth Bear's Shoggoths in Bloom. I'm usually not a fan of short stories, but Bear is really good at them. Not sure what I'll start as my lunch book, but I've got a couple of unreads on the Nook.
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2011 - my wonderfully bland split level, with Lawnchair and four cats.

2001 - my first apartment, with Lawnchair and the older two of the same cats

1991 - the little house in Lawrence, with my parents, my sister and our cat Peppermint

1981 - an apartment in Brookings with my mother (I think - perhaps she will correct me in the comments).
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List of all the places mentioned in Johnny Cash's I've Been Everywhere. Bold those you've been to. It doesn't matter if it is the biggest town of that name. For example, Ottawa includes both Ottawa, ON, and Ottawa, KS.
Cut for length )
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That -ology meme.
Cut because I care )
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Note new icon. I chatter about books enough, I need a picture of my internet face (Lju) with a pile of books. Yes, that is food I tried to bribe her with.

Cut for length. Despite my addiction, I'm not terribly well read )
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What do you call?

Cut because long )
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To continue a meme, here are the answers to the questions [livejournal.com profile] revena asked me.

1. What's your favorite piece of jewelry that you wear? Why is it your favorite?
My ring. Rings seem to be one of those bits of jewelry that people get in the habit of wearing, and last forever. They often have deep meaning. I'm not different I have a cheap silver ring that I bought in DC on a History Day trip when I was 13. It was the first of my trips by myself (well, without the parents) and is a symbol of my travels.

2. You're going on vacation, all expenses paid! Where will you go?
Island hopping through the Pacific Islands. I crave tropical islands during winter.


3. Do you have any dopey family nicknames? What are they (if not too dopey to be shared!)?
Not really. There are certain phrases using my name that my sister still teases me with, like "Kelly Rose has ten toes." I realized that I wouldn't consider getting my initials in my vanity ham callsign because of the number of times she said "WKRP in Cinnicinati" (KRP are my initials).

4. What are your favorite sheets like?
Flannel and dark green.

5. Where do you go for dinner when you feel like celebrating something?
A Italian/Greek restaurant here in Lawrence called Mad Greek. Their Greek stuff is Americanized, but they have the best baklava. I think there is sesame paste in it, not just walnuts. They've been a favorite since I was a child, and was the first place I had a lot of Greek foods. I go there for my birthday most years.

If you want me to ask you five questions, just reply to this post saying something like “interview me!”, and I’ll see what I can come up with out of the depths of my burning curiosity. You can post the answers in your own journal and offer to interview your flist, in turn.

Catch Up

Jan. 13th, 2007 09:48 pm
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Well, I've been lazy, but I accomplished one of my break goals. Yep, I passed my technician's test and will soon be licensed to operate a ham radio. I even went to a meeting on Wednesday.

Still contemplating starting a cosplay costume. I'm running out of time, so I need to get on it soon. Any suggestions of blue haired anime girls are welcome.

Doom, I'm going to do the second meme you tagged me for first. 6 weird things about me.

1) I can remember not being able to read. See, despite how addicted I am now, I was normal on reading, and learned in kindergarten. I distinctly remember sounding out cat in refrigerator magnets. And Nissan and Datsun.

2) My mother bound my feet as a infant. See, my toes are all funky, and the doctor told her to tape them flat. I wonder how they would have looked if she hadn't.

3) I took driver's ed twice. I got an A both times. I just felt I'd forgotten it after a couple years, so I needed a refresher.

4) I've been to 48 states since I started college. Delaware is the only state I've never been to.

5) There are certain shades that I see as blue that everyone else sees as purple.

6) My thighs hurt when I haven't slept enough.

SF/F books

Nov. 15th, 2006 08:03 am
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Now edited with opinions!!
This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science fiction book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished, and put an asterisk* beside the ones you loved.
Cut for silly length )
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1. FIRST NAME? Kelly
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? nope
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? I don't cry. Ok, I do, easily. I don't remember when though
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? not really
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? peanut butter. Or gyros
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Dammed if I know
7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? What do you think you're reading?
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? I think so.
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Maybe. If peer pressured into into it, or if I was in one of my restless moods
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? knock off shredded wheat or crunch berries
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Yes for boots, no for sandals
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? only in will. sometimes
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? mint chocolate chip
14. SHOE SIZE? 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 depending on the brand
15. RED OR PINK? definately not pink. probably a dark red
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? Sunday nights
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Mo, my old sca group
18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? blog, blog you bastards!! Bwahahahahaa!
19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? well, I'm not wearing shoes. Or pants. But grey..
20. LAST THING YOU ATE? chocolate
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? windchimes, Mel making a Mage character
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? plaid.
23. FAVORITE SMELL? umm.. not to be gooey.. but Tom. Or incense or rain
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Mel
25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? brains
26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from? Yes - doom/nailz/carly
27. FAVORITE DRINK? white russians or mountain dew or amaretto sours with cherries
28. FAVORITE SPORT? well, it is almost basketball season
29. EYE COLOR? hazel. depends on the light
30. HAT SIZE? smallish
31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? nope. I've got lots of glasses
32. FAVORITE FOOD? ethnic, except ethiopian. hate their bread.
33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? silly
35. SUMMER OR WINTER? melt
36. HUGS OR KISSES? hugs
37. FAVORITE DESSERT? bakalava
38. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? most people in my meme circle have already completed
39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? james
40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? The handful of men series by dave duncan
41. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I use a track pad
42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? House. Three episodes worth
43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Rain
44. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Jethro Tull
45. THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME? adulthood.....London
46. WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? Math
47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? at the hospital Mom worked at
48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? I pinched it from Doom's and Nailz's blogs.
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The first five people to respond to this post, will get some form of art, by me, for/about them. I make no guarantees about quality or type, but I will assure that I will give it good effort and that the art will be individual to you, so if you get a necklace or knotwork it will yours, designed for you.

The only catch, of course; as with most memes, if you sign up, you have to put this in your own journal as well.
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You scored as 9th Doctor. Running from the past but deadly when faced with it you where leather jackets and will fight to the end.

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9th Doctor

83%

2nd doctor

67%

3rd doctor

67%

4th Doctor

58%

8th Doctor

58%

1st Doctor

58%

10th Doctor

50%

6th doctor

42%

5th Doctor

33%

7th Doctor

25%

Davros

25%

a Dalek

25%

What Doctor Who character are You?
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