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Sunday, January 18, 2015

For Fellow DS9 Fans:

The local college radio station jazz show was playing an old standard, and I found myself thinking, “that’s why the lady is a scamp!”

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Footsteps

I had an odd little experience this morning when I first arrived at work.

First, the building where I work has two long hallways, connected by several crossways. But to make it easier, think of it as an upper case H.

I enter the ground floor of the building at the foot of one leg, halfway down the hallway turn onto the crosspiece, and then when I reach the other leg, take the stairs up to the first floor.

This morning, after turning from the main hallway into the cross way, I suddenly noticed my footsteps were strangely louder–as if I was wearing shoes with hard heels instead of the soft soles I have been wearing. (The sidewalks have been treacherous–one ugly slide and a fall in a single day put me off wearing my Docs until the walks are clear.)

I softened my step, but I could still hear the striking of my heels on the tile.

Then I reached the intersection and saw walking away from me a woman in boots, walking the exact pace I was.

She was not, however, my doppelganger, seeing as she was tall and thin with long, straight, blonde hair.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

I HAVE FOILED GOOGLE

Bespin Clown Car

Not only were there no existing images of a Bespin Clown Car, apparently NO ONE ELSE ON THE INTERNET EVER MADE THIS MISTAKE.

What do I win?

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Ninth

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

The Compass Rose by Gail Dayton
The Barbed Rose by Gail Dayton
The Eternal Rose by Gail Dayton

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Eighth

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).
Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.
Here is what I have in paperback.

Shadow of Destiny by Rachel Lee
Shadows of Myth by Rachel Lee
Shadows of Prophecy by Rachel Lee
The Stolen Child by Keith Donahue
Harvest Moon by Mercedes Lackey et al
Winter Moon by Mercedes Lackey et al
Wicked by Gregory Macguire

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Seventh

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear
Whiskey and Water by Elizabeth Bear
Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear
Hell and Earth by Elizabeth Bear
Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Mystery Paperback, Part the Second

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

The Book of Murder by Guillermo Martinez
The Anatomy of Deception by Lawrence Goldstone
Lucifer’s Shadow by David Hewson

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Sixth

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
The Darkly Luminious Fight for Persephene Parker by Leanna Renee Hieber
The Once and Future King by TH White
The Lord of the Fire Lands by Dave Duncan
The Gilded Chain by Dave Duncan
Beauty by Sherri S Tepper
Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Fifth

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

Silver’s Edge by Anne Kelleher
Silver’s Bane by Anne Kelleher
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett
The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Fourth

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback:

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Cat’s Claw by Amber Benson
Death’s Daughter by Amber Benson

Starman by Sara Douglass
Enchanter by Sara Douglass
The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass
The Nameless Day by Sara Douglass
The Wounded Hawk by Sara Douglass

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Third

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback:

The Lodge of the Lynx by Katherine Kurtz & Deborah Turner Harris
St Patrick’s Gargoyle by Katherine Kurtz
The Temple and the Crown by Katherine Kurtz & Deborah Turner Harris
The Temple and the Stone by Katherine Kurtz & Deborah Turner Harris
Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff
The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff

The Vampire of New York by Lee Hunt

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Clearing Space on my Bookshelves

Here’s the compilation of all the types of books I’m getting rid of:

Mystery Paperback

Mystery Paperback, Part the Second

SF Paperback

Fantasy Paperback

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Second

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Third

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Fourth

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Fifth

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Sixth

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Seventh

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Eighth

Fantasy Paperback, Part the Ninth

Large Print Books

Hardback / Trade Paperback

Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Clearing my Bookshelves: Mystery Paperback

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

Gallows View by Peter Robinson
Sisterhood of Spies by Elizabeth P McIntosh
Rules of Prey by John Sandford
The Search by Iris Johansen

PB-MYS

Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: SF Paperback

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan
The Sundering by Walter Jon Williams
The Praxis by Walter Jon Williams
Conventions of War by Walter Jon Williams
Dante’s Equation by Jane Jensen

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Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback, Part the Second

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback:

The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay
Of Saints of Shadows by Christopher Golden
Tempting Danger by Eileen Wilks
An Innocent Mage by Karen Miller
The Awakened Mage by Karen Miller
Firebird by Mercedes Lackey
Ghost of a Chance by Simon R Green
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

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I wrote reviews for some of the books (see linked above) if you’d like to know a little more about the books. (I ended up with two copies of both Ghost of a Chance and Bridge of Birds, which is why those are going despite the fact they’re eminently re-readable.)

Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Clearing my Bookshelves: Fantasy Paperback

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in paperback.

Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti
The Witch of Cologne by Tobsha Learner
The House of Storms by Ian R MacLeod
Demon Posessed by Stacia Kane
Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald
Wild Hunt by Margaret Ronald
The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia

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I wrote reviews for some of the books (see linked above) if you’d like to know a little more about the books.

Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Large Print Books

Does anyone have a relative (or perhaps themselves) who reads Large Print books?

In my pile o’ books to get rid of, I have some of Grandmom’s books, and three of those are large print. Because these were Grandmom’s I’ll give them to anyone who needs large print books, first come, first served. If you have someone in your life who would be interested, that counts.

LPHB

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Clearing My Bookshelves: Hardback / Trade Paperback

It’s that time–time to get rid of books I’m never going to read (ever or perhaps again).

Since I’m mostly reading eBooks anymore, it’s foolish to keep these books sitting around, because–I’m never going to read them.

Here is what I have in hardback / trade paperback.

Woken Furies by Richard K Morgan
The Better Photo Guide to Digital Photography
Growing at the Speed of Life by Graham Kerr
The Priestly Sins by Andrew Greely
A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
Heavenly Date (and other Stories) by Alexander McCall Smith
The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
About Face by Donna Leon

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I wrote reviews for two of the books (see linked above) if you’d like to know a little more about the books.

Would you like to give me something for the books? I’d be delighted!
Would you prefer instead to make a donation to a charity instead of giving me something? Great!
Are you low on cash but still really want a book? Talk to me and you can pay it forward later.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Books of 2014: Last Stats

I read 167 books this year, which is just under my best year (174 books last year). The fewest books I read in a month was nine, in May. (When I was out hiking and doing fun outside stuff.)

Unsurprisingly, I read more eBooks than anything else.

Paperback – 24
Trade Paperback – 22
eBook – 111
Hardback – 2
Audio – 8
Total – 167

Book-types

I had a lot of re-reads this year. 76 re-reads, far more than any other previous year.

Of genres, I read more fantasy than anything else this year.

Fantasy – 101
Mystery – 79
Romance – 37
YA – 11
Comic – 10
Anthology – 6
Non-Fiction – 2

genre

Mystery was up there however, and romance is creeping up. I still could do without all the boinking, but I do historical romances.

And then for author gender.

gender-table

48% of the books I read were by female authors writing as females, while 31% were written by males. But this, of course, isn’t the true number of books written by women. There are many female authors writing under male pseudonyms or under their initials. (When I was younger, I just assumed that all authors who wrote under their initials were women. I later determined this wasn’t that far-fetched.)

Taking that into consideration, 56% of the books I read this year were written by women, and since 2006, 52% of the books I have read have been written by women (to 41% male)

All things considered, that’s not a bad percentage.

So that’s 2014 in books. Here’s to all the books I’m looking forward to reading in 2015!

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The Books of 2014: Mystery, Romance, Non-Fiction

And here are the rest of the books I read this year and loved.
 
 
 
Mystery

Why Kings Confess (2014) C.S. Harris  (8/10)
 
 
 
Comics

Fairest Vol. 3: The Return of the Maharaja (2014) Sean E. Williams, Stephen Sadowski, Phil Jimenez  (9/10)

This was a fabulous addition to this series. I loved the main character DESPITE the fact that I hate the male character.

Fables Vol. 20: Camelot (2014) Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Russ Braun, Barry Kitson  (8/10)
 
 
 
Romance

The Countess Conspiracy (2013) Courtney Milan (9/10)

Why did I love this book?

Violet narrowed her eyes at him. “I know what you’re doing. You’re trying to distract me with science.”

The Heiress Effect (2013) Courtney Milan (8/10)
 
 
 
Non-Fiction

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (2013) Mary Roach  (10/10)

Mary Roach is the best.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012 (2012) Edited by Dan Ariely and Tim Folger (9/10)

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