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Monday, July 31, 2006

Cast in Courtlight

Cast in Courtlight (2006) Michelle Sagara

The sequel to Cast in Shadow, Cast in Courtlight continues the story of Kaylin Neya, Ground Hawk of the Halls of Law, marked by unknown magics, and still lacking control of her magics or her temper.

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Back + Bonus Dilemma

My Dad & I took my grandmother back to Baltimore on Friday. We got back just in time for all hell to break loose, but that’s something else entirely.

On an unrelated issue, I’ve got a dilemma.

Steven Burst has a new Vlad Taltos book coming out August 8.

I love Steven Burst’s writing, and I love the Vlad Taltos books.

However, this book is coming out in hardback.

What do I do? Wait an entire YEAR for the book to come out in paperback? Or bite the bullet and buy it in hardback books so I can read the book sooner.

I know that hardback books are better for authors, but I just don’t care for them. They’re heavy. They’re unwieldy. They’re hard to hold and uncomfortable to read. They don’t fit in my jacket pocket. And all the other Vlad books are in paperback.

And that doesn’t even consider the expense. I read a LOT (as you may have noticed) and the price of paperbacks is bad enough, and hardbacks are worse. I have some paperbacks, but the majority are books that had been remaindered, and were cheaper than buying the paperback. Or else books that I was unable to wait patiently for.

But Dzur begins where Issola ends. And it’s been a long time since there was a new Vlad book.

Bah humbug.

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The Privilege of the Sword

The Privilege of the Sword (2006) Ellen Kushner

There are a handful of authors whose books I actively seek out, looking for crumbs of news of upcoming books: Sean Russell, Guy Gavriel Kay, Charles de Lint, and also Ellen Kushner. Well, July has been a good month for me; new Charles de Lint, and even more rare, a new Ellen Kushner book, The Privilege of the Sword.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

July 29th

Happy Rain Day!

Addendum the First
What is the point of a scheduled post if it doesn’t post on it’s own when scheduled. If I have to go back and post it myself, why bother?

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Opposite of Michelle

Today’s Word:

jeunesse doree \zheuh-ness-dor-RAY\ noun
: young people of wealth and fashion

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Apropos of Nothing….

Rat King

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Monday, July 24, 2006


Guess what was waiting for me when I got home today…

The Wild Wild West – The Complete First Season, Full Screen, B & W

Woo! Woo!

And Michael has never see Wild Wild West! Grandmom described it to him as Firefly in reverse.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Time Wasting


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Sunday, July 16, 2006


Sorry about the silence, but it’s likely to remain for another couple weeks. My grandmother is visiting, so I’m busy talking with her, and doing everything possible to make her comfortable so she’ll decide that maybe it wouldn’t be too horrible to move in with me.

So except for the occasional update, don’t expect to see much from me.

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Monday, July 10, 2006

More On Babylon

Last week Michael and I watched seasons 3 and 4 of Babylon 5. Hence, the silence here and lack of exercise, as we were watching episodes from the time we got home until past our bedtime, in the deadly, “This ended badly, just ONE more episode,” maneuver.

So Seasons 3 and 4 were FULL of cliffhangers. In fact, Season 3 ended with a character jumping into a chasm and disappearing and another character not returning from a battle. If I’d been watching that real time, my head would have exploded. Luckily, we could immediately put in Episode one of Season 4 and find out what happened.

Well sort of. It actually took many episodes to resolve everything, but at least we reached a point where we could turn the DVD player off and go to bed.

In summary, despite my misgivings about Seasons 1 and 2, Seasons 3 and 4 were very, very good. Firstly, the CGI got a lot better. Secondly, the story suddenly came together, and bits and pieces from earlier episodes finally made complete sense. I have to say that these two seasons contain some of the best storytelling I’ve ever seen. I love the way things came together, and things that happened in passing, or happened and were forgotten about, finally bore fruit. Absolutely lovely.

However, overall, I still don’t like this as well as I liked Deep Space Nine. It’s good–very good–but I still like DS9 better.

And I’m not sure about Season 5. We watched the first episode of Season 5 and decided to take a hiatus. Partially because we had things to do, and partially because I wasn’t that excited about the episode and all the changes. Two of my favorite characters are gone, and we’ve barely seen another of my favorite characters, so I was having a hard time getting into it. Thus a break is best.

Plus, that was a lot of time spent in front of the TV.

So, we definitely liked Season 3 and 4, but we’re not too sure about Season 5.

But for now it’ll be good to take a break.

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