Has anyone read "Soulless", by Gail Carringer? It looks right up my alley, but I'm trying to be less spendy with the Kindle, so I'd like some opinions.
an_sceal: (Ha fucking ha)
Oh, I WANT this book:

The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star

Especially after THIS blurb!

"Matthew Continetti has written a touch, revealing look at how the bias or habits of liberals in the media led them to assault a political figure who shared neither their values nor background. Whether you like Sarah Palin or not, this well-researched and meticulous volume strips the bark off influential players in journalism."
-Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush
THIS NEWS FILLS MY HEART WITH GLEE AND PUPPIES AND URBAN DECAY AND FAIRIES!

So what I'm saying, really, it OMGSQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE, NEW BORDERTOWN ANTHOLOGY!
I mean this as NO commentary on the book itself, which I haven't read and can't pass judgement on, but doesn't this sound like the summary for the WORST Mary-Sue fic EVER?

In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, half-mage, half-vampire Sabina Kane is an assassin. Her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races, and Sabina must figure out which side she's on.
Hooo BOY do I like this blog entry of Neil Gaiman's. I'm sure most of you read his journal anyway, but just in case- Entitlement Issues

Remembers folks: George R. R. Martin is not your bitch.

Amazon.

Apr. 12th, 2009 02:29 pm
I am really, really disappointed in Amazon's shenanigans. I've been a long time Amazon shopper and I've always liked the way Jeff Bezos tackles things, but I'm saddened and angry with the apparent suppression of GLBT fiction and non-fiction, in the name of a supposedly "family friendly" website. It's crap. If Laurell K. Hamilton's books can show up on the bestseller list, how is that somehow more family friendly than a gay romance, or a book to help questioning young adults?

http://community.livejournal.com/meta_writer/11369.html>Link at MetaWriter
AmazonFail on twitter


You can call Amazon and (politely) voice your displeasure with this new policy - 206-266-1000

You can sign a petition to ask Amazon why this new policy is mainly being applied to LGBT themed books, many of which are not at all sexually explicit, here.

One of the saddest personal points of this, to me, is that as a new writer (and more on that later), one of the things I was MOST looking forward to was seeing a book I was a part of on Amazon. It would appear, at least based on recent actions, that they don't actually want me there.

I hate being disillusioned on a Sunday.
This book! I must have this book!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
So, House of Leaves isn't exactly what you'd call light reading, is it? Sheesh.

Also, I am so fucking creeped out right now.

I think this may be one of those books that I have to read in little chunks, to give me time to recover contemplate it.

Damn you, Poe. Damn you for making me want to read your brother's book.

Book Meme

Oct. 1st, 2008 10:14 pm
* Grab the nearest book.

* Open the book to page 56.

* Find the fifth sentence.

* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions if you want to.

* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

----

"I'm just teasing, Tom."

-- Turnskin, Nicole Kimberling

Exciting sentence. *grin* But the book is fun.
Am I the only person who finds absolutely nothing to sympathize with in any of Sarah Waters characters? I generally prefer the adaptations of her work to the books themselves, because there's generally at least SOMETHING sympathetic brought out for the screen.

Could just be me.

Yet another way that I fail Woman Loving 101. Alas.
an_sceal: (Books)
Dear Ginn Hale,

PLEASE write some more now. One novel, one novella, and a short story are not slaking my thirst for your words.

Best,

Me.
I feel *squished* from hundreds of miles away.

Today's mail (when I got home after an evening of fangirlpalooza and highlights with [livejournal.com profile] lambourngb), brought me pretty clothing (it got here today, [livejournal.com profile] betnoir!), a new Jabra bluetooth headset ($5.99!), 3 movies from Netflix, and an iPod touch.

Sadly (OMG, you have NO idea how sadly...), the iPod isn't mine. Sure, it came delivered to me, but it must go off to Africa with [livejournal.com profile] interminable when he goes back. Wah.

BUT!

Then I opened the equally unexpected Amazon box, to discover that [livejournal.com profile] marigot sent me a book to tell me she misses me! This book, in fact, which I have coveted for quite some time!

Like I said. I feel *squished* from far away. And lucky.

Even if it ISN'T my iPod.

But I'm not saying that I didn't open the shipping carton and maybe, you know, touch it.

It was all above the waist, I swear.

Nobody needs to know except us.
These are the books I read in 2007. Actually, these are MOST of the books I read in 2007- I didn't include short graphic novels, some art books, or comics. I didn't make 50, but it was close enough, and I spent a LOT of time writing this year. Oh, and working. Did I mention working?

The List! )

Did you read any of these? Want to discuss? Leave a comment!
an_sceal: (Books)
I -like- erotica. Honest. A good portion of what I read in any given week has some form of sexual content. But REALLY?!?

The dark Queen Andais has commanded Merry to attempt to conceive a child, an heir to succeed her on the throne. One by one, consorts have come to her bed to help save her claim--and her life.

I just...

If I didn't think that was the entire plot of the book encapsulated in those two sentences, I might be slightly less dubious.

Score!

Jul. 10th, 2007 03:36 pm
I managed to get some of the books I wanted from the Interweave "Hurt Book" sale. Basically, brand new with some minor scuffs or nicks, a folded page, or a shop mark. All of them were at least 50% off.

I got:

Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving
Hands on Spinning
Colorworks - Deb Menz
A History of Hand Knitting

Yaaay! Nothing like getting four really cool books for a little less than you would have paid for two!
an_sceal: (Books)
Hooray! Chris Moore has written a sequel to my favourite of his books, Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story. It's out this week, titled You Suck: A Love Story.

Now the only real problem is, I just dropped a metric buttload of money on books at Dark Carnival, and this one was not amongst them. But never fear. I have a coupon! And really, can you ever have too many books on your TBR shelf, or too much yarn in your stash? I think not.
This weekend has just been -awesome-.  Some of the happiest, most wonderfully simple days I've ever enjoyed. 

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

So yeah, really, nothing big or terribly exciting, but a long stretch with my best friend and his truly awesome girlfriend, and a whole weekend with my family.  Life is good.
I'm hitting up the LJ bibliophile braintrust today.

What's your favourite site for book-related stuff? I'm specifically looking for a decent bookstamp, and possibly some little gifty things for a couple people.

Fire away in the comments!
[livejournal.com profile] libba_bray writes these -gorgeous-, LUSH, seductive Victorian fantasy novels. Her heroine, Gemma, is a likeable, flawed, and truly realistic young woman. I bought the first book, A Great and Terrible Beauty, on a whim, and I dove for the second one the day it came out because I couldn't wait any longer to read the sequel.

Now, per her recent LJ post, they have been optioned for movies. I'll cross my fingers, because while there is a lot they could screw up, I can also see SO much potential in this. The settings are so rich, the action so clearly crafted, that I hope they are able to bring to life the books I loved, rather than someone's screenplay of the books I loved. I'm not even sure if that makes sense.

I can't wait for the third installment of the trilogy, even if it is the last we'll see of Gemma and her friends. And somewhere on my 200? MUST WATCH list will be A Great and Terrible Beauty.

HOORAY!
but then again, some things should be banned for just being nasty! but that comes down to personal choice.

This was posted by someone in a debate about removing a book about manga from a library collection.

It makes me want to weep.

You have every right in the world to not read things that offend you. You have every right in the world to monitor what your children read, and make sure they don't read things you find offensive. (For the record, this book was apparently not in the children/YA section)

YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO TELL ANYONE ELSE THAT THEY CAN'T HAVE ACCESS TO SOMETHING BECAUSE YOU FIND IT OFFENSIVE.

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