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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Bad Business

Bad Business (2004) Robert B. Parker

The danger in reading a Spenser book is that I then want to go back and reread all the other Spenser books. All 28 of them.

But as I reread them just a year ago, I’ll try to restrain myself.

Spenser takes what seems to be a simple divorce case, where he tails a cheating husband, until he finds out that someone else is tailing the woman involved with the adultrous spouse. And things get more complicated from there.

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Ick

1) PRESIDENT BUSH TO DELIVER FOURTH OF JULY SPEECH IN MORGANTOWN FROM WOODBURN CIRCLE
President George W. Bush will deliver his Fourth of July message mid-morning Monday on WVU’s Downtown Campus, White House officials confirmed today (June 30). A ticket is required to attend the event and can be obtained free of charge by calling the Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau at 292-5081 in Downtown Morgantown. More to come on this event Friday.

Okay, I obviously need to make some yard signs for this occasion. Any suggestions (that won’t get me sent to jail)?

ADDENDUM the First:
Gina: Are you sure you don’t want to go to jail?
Me: Yes.
Gina: Well, I can’t cook, but I could bake you a cake with a file in it!
Me: A Word file?

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Categories: Politics  

Poetry

This is why I love Teresa at Making Light.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Bees Knees

And other bee parts in the latest flower pr0n.

Not the best of my pictures I admit, but I still like it.

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Categories: House & Garden  

Dante’s Inferno

Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell and those who reside there.

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Categories: Religion & Philosophy  

Veterans

And if there wasn’t already enough to be enraged about, “VA funding is short $1 billion this year.

That’s right, this country is willing to “support the troops“, but only in so much as it means putting a sticker on the back of the SUV, and not, you know, actually giving them pay raises or increased combat pay or keeping open VA hospitals.

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Categories: Politics  

Uhh…

A video about intestinal gas.

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Categories: Science, Health & Nature  

Bush

How f@ck!ng stupid does he think we are?

After September the 11th, I made a commitment to the American people. This nation will not wait to be attacked again. We will defend our freedom. We will take the fight to the enemy. Iraq is the latest battlefield in this war.

Just to reiterate:
Iraq was NOT involved in the September 11th plots.
Iraq was NOT a terrorist haven until the US invaded.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Illusion

Illusion (1992) Paula Volsky

Illusion is a good book, however I can’t say I really like it.

The characters are good–very good. Despite starting out as a rich snob, I quite liked Eliste. Her snobbery was quite obviously a product of her upbringing, and beneath it she showed herself to be a decent human being. The same can also be said for her grandmother, and several other characters.

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Women and Fantasy

I was surprised by the Bookslut interview with Lois McMaster Bujold:

For quite a few years now I’ve been trying to figure out why speculative fiction still is one of the industry’s most gendered genres. Romance may still take the number one spot, in terms of which sex is most likely to be seen buying and writing the books, but spec fiction runs a close second. While it may be a stereotype, it still contains a nugget of truth: males tend to be overrepresented when it comes to science fiction and fantasy.

I readily admit that I don’t read Science Fiction–it’s just not my thing. But I read a lot of Fantasy, and I’ve never had a hard time finding good fantasy written by women.

I mean, scrolling through the past six months of posts in my book blog I find plenty of women:
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Charlaine Harris
Ellen Kushner
Jennifer Roberson
Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Pat O’Shea
Jo Walton
Robin Hobb
Lynn Abbey
Diana L. Paxson

And those are just from the books I’ve written since the beginning of the year. Looking through my list of Fantasy authors there are even more women. I fact, I sometimes wonder if women are over-represented on my bookshelves. (Not that it bothers me, but it might be unfair to Michael.)

Now I would not necessarily be surprised to find women underrepresented in Science Fiction, after all women have been traditionally underrepresented in the hard sciences. But I can think of two authors off the top of my head: Marion Zimmer Bradley and C.J. Cherryh.

And as more women study and are involved in the sciences, I would bet that the number of women writing science fiction would also increase.

Next time I go to the book store, I’ll take a harder look at the shelves, to check out the imbalance for myself.

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