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Currently - nothing yet.

Recently Finished - soon after the last post I finished Witch. Still very first novel with a strong dose of gamer world building.

Elizabeth C. Bunce's Star Crossed and Liar's Moon. I picked them up after reading a review that despite the name and being YA, there was a nice lack of romance in Star Crossed. And I loved Bunce's first book (a Rumpelstiltskin story by a woman who knows how fabric is made and a lack of creepy old men). I recommend these two, even if there is YA romance in the second book. I love the character who has to know secrets, but just wants to be left alone at the same time.

Barbara Hambly's Bride of the Rat God, which was a reread. All the best of Hambly: history, LA and sweet romances. It's a silly novel, but I love it.

Seanan McGuire's Midnight Blue-Light Special. Popcorn crack. So there I was, out of town for work, in a fancy hotel without even free wi-fi in the lobby. I failed my saving throw, and bought a day's worth of wi-fi (thankfully cheaper than I remembered) and then bought the ebook. Except I'd left my cable at home, and couldn't transfer it to my nook, so I read it on my laptop. And I finished it that night. I didn't get as much sleep as I could have. And now I'm wired and tired. Maybe I'll go lay in bed and rub my nose.
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Twice is good, right?

What are you reading?

Due to travel and snow storm, I decided to read ebooks next, so picked Marie Brennan's first series. I'm now on the second book, Witch. It feels very first bookish, with D&D level world building. Still, I sort of like it. I'm almost finished, so..

What did you recently finish reading?

Marie Brennan's Midnight Never Comes. I liked well enough that I picked up the next two books from the library, and her earlier books in ebook. I think it resolved a little to neatly, and.. maybe I was bored with Elizabethan faeries.

Afterwards, I picked up her book Warrior. The world building very much feels like someone's campaign setting. I do love the main characters though.

I put aside Dawn unfinished. Just not in the mood.

What do you think you’ll read next?
Maybe the next two Marie Brennan books. After last weekend's workshop, I'm really exciting about natural dyeing, and have several more books on my wishlist. Except I have a pile of fiber books already, sitting unread. Why can't I have a couple of weeks off work to catch up on crafts (OK. Because I want to use my vacation time traveling). And I might have raid Graydown's recently finished pile...
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This seems like a delightful meme, so I shall try it (hey, I've actually managed to track most of my reading this year on Goodreads)

What are you reading?
I'm currently reading two books, one at home in the evening and one at work during my lunch hour. That's because my "bath" book is a physical book I checked out from the library, and I've gotten lazy about not taking anything but my nook to work.

My "bath" book is Marie Brennan's Midnight Never Comes. I'd been avoiding it because I thought I was bored with Elizabethan fairies. On the other hand, I've enjoyed her short stories when they've come up on my podcast feeds (I don't often read short stories, but they're perfect to me for listening to). Enjoying it enough that I'll check out the rest of the trilogy.

My lunch book is a reread of Octavia Butler's Dawn (Book 1 of Xenogenesis). It's a lot creepier of a book as an adult than it was a early teen. Somehow I missed all the slavery parallels the first time I read it. Still moving.

What did you recently finish reading?
Reread of Barbara Hambly's Witches of Wenshar (I love how she writes relationships) and Ursula Le Guin's The Birthday of the World. So I said two paragraphs ago how I don't enjoy short stories. Graydown prompted me to start reading the Tiptree winners, and then loaned me a copy of this collection with two winners in it. And either I've grown up more, or Le Guin has gotten even better a writing. Or both.

What do you think you’ll read next?
I requested the rest of Marie Brennan's novels from the library. I've got a few more Tiptree winners loaded on the nook, but I might save them for my trip. I might finish up the rest of the Xenogenesis books (I bought the all three on the cheap).
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The Rules:
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.



1) What is your dream vacation week?
I have so many, and they are all travel. Most of my daydreams are about travel these days (I also daydream about the perfect bathroom, but I'm weird). Maybe touring the kimono shops of Kyoto, now that I know more. Or touring ruins in Cambodia. Or a combination of beach and outback trekking in Australia. Or maybe taking the tranSiberian railway (with a dodge into Mongolia). I think the last.

2) What one book could you not live without?
Most of my shelf. I'm not sure. I rotate my comfort reads.

3) Would you rather have a big house with no yard, or a small house with a huge yard?
Small house with a big yard. I've lived in tiny houses and large houses, and I accumulate enough stuff to fill the space. But it gets empty. I'd rather have a garden. Also, a big yard means my neighbors aren't as close.

4) You've been chosen to colonize a new planet and you're given 4 cubic feet to store non-mission-essential possessions. What do you take?
How many cats can you fit in 4 cubic feet? And some sort of small handicraft (probably beading supplies) to amuse myself.

5) If you could have any superhero power, what would you want?
Confidence. Or the ability to teleport small objects to myself. I want a drink of water and I don't want to get off the couch.
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How many times has someone on your friends list posted about something and you were really confused, but you didn't want to ask because you knew you SHOULD know? How many times have you felt 'guilty' asking a close LJ friend a question that should be 'obvious'?

Well, here's your chance. If you've missed a few things, missed an entry and are confused, ask me anything. Even something EXTREMELY basic, like where I live! I'm not going to get irritated at any of the questions -we've all missed things before, so ask away!

And I'm hoping someone will actually ask me something, so I know someone's reading. It could be something I've not mentioned, and you're just curious.

Comments are screened, questions will be answered in another post.

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