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Fiction books
Brian Clevinger, et al. Real Science Adventures: The Billion Dollar Plot (e)
Lian Hearn. Across the Nightingale Floor (e)
Lian Hearn. Grass for His Pillow (e)
Tim Powers. Dinner at Deviant's Palace
Terry Pratchett. Soul Music (e) (re-read)
Josephine Tey. Brat Farrar (re-read)

In progress
Diane Duane. So You Want to Be a Wizard (e) (re-read)
Terry Pratchett. Interesting Times (e) (re-read)

Non-fiction books
Harley Granville-Barker. Prefaces to Shakespeare: Hamlet

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
Ryk E Spoor. Phoenix in Shadow
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Fiction books
Lionel Bart. Oliver!
Lois McMaster Bujold. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (e)
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire (e)
T Kingfisher. The Raven and the Reindeer (e)
Tim Powers. On Stranger Tides (e) (re-read)
Manly Wade Wellman. The Beyonders (e)

In progress
Terry Pratchett. Soul Music (e) (re-read)

Non-fiction books in progress
Harley Granville-Barker. Prefaces to Shakespeare: Hamlet

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
William Shakespeare. Hamlet
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Fiction books
R Austin Freeman. Mr Pottermack's Oversight (e)
Russell Hoban. Best Friends for Frances
Russell Hoban. Bread and Jam for Frances
Sharon Lee. Barnburner (e)
Sharon Lee. Gunshy (e)
Alan Moore, Gene Ha, Zander Cannon. Top 10 volume 1 (re-read)
Alan Moore, Gene Ha, Zander Cannon. Top 10 volume 2 (re-read)
Alan Moore, Gene Ha. Top 10: The Forty-Niners (re-read)
Kim Newman. The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School (e)
Terry Pratchett. Men at Arms (e) (re-read)
Anthony Price. The '44 Vintage (e)
Anthony Price. The Hour of the Donkey (e)
Anthony Price. Soldier No More (e)
Anthony Price. Tomorrow's Ghost (e)
Dorothy L Sayers. Strong Poison (e) (re-read)

In progress
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire (e)
Terry Pratchett. Soul Music (e) (re-read)

Non-fiction books
Jung Chang. Empress Dowager Cixi

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
Ryk E Spoor. Phoenix in Shadow
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(via [livejournal.com profile] john_amend_all, out of several available options, because he linked to a handy template)
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Fiction books
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Knights of the Golden Circle (e)
L S Lawrence. Horses for King Arthur
Andy Weir. The Martian (e)

In progress
Kim Newman. The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School (e)
Terry Pratchett. Men at Arms (e) (re-read)

Non-fiction books in progress
Jung Chang. Empress Dowager Cixi

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
Anthony Price. The '44 Vintage
pedanther: (cheerful)
Fiction books
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Savage Sword of Dr Dinosaur (e) (re-read)
Terry Pratchett. Lords and Ladies (e) (re-read)

In progress
Terry Pratchett. Men at Arms (e) (re-read)

Non-fiction books in progress
Jung Chang. Empress Dowager Cixi

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Knights of the Golden Circle
pedanther: (cheerful)
Fiction books
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Deadly Art of Science (e)
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Flying She-Devils of the Pacific (e)
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Ghost of Station X (e)
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Dragon in Exile (e)
Terry Pratchett. Small Gods (e) (re-read)

In progress
Terry Pratchett. Lords and Ladies (e) (re-read)

Non-fiction books in progress
Jung Chang. Empress Dowager Cixi

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
Terry Pratchett. Men at Arms
pedanther: (cheerful)
Fiction books
Matt Fraction, Christian Ward. Ody-C volume 1
George MacDonald. The Princess and Curdie

In progress
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Deadly Art of Science (e)
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Dragon in Exile (e)
Terry Pratchett. Small Gods (e) (re-read)

Non-fiction books in progress
Jung Chang. Empress Dowager Cixi

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
Terry Pratchett. Lords and Ladies
pedanther: (cheerful)
Fiction books
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and Other Strangeness (e) (re-read)
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time (e) (re-read)
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Dragon Ship (e) (re-read)
Tamora Pierce. Cold Fire (e)
Terry Pratchett. Witches Abroad (e) (re-read)

In progress
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Dragon in Exile (e)
George MacDonald. The Princess and Curdie
Terry Pratchett. Small Gods (e) (re-read)

Non-fiction books
John Scalzi. The Mallet of Loving Correction (e)

In progress
Jung Chang. Empress Dowager Cixi

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
Matt Fraction, Christian Ward. Ody-C volume 1
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Fiction books
G K Chesterton. The Scandal of Father Brown (e)
G K Chesterton. The Secret of Father Brown (e)
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Dogs of War (e) (re-read)
P C Hodgell. The Sea of Time (e)
T Kingfisher. Bryony and Roses (e)
T Kingfisher. Toad Words and other stories (e)
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Necessity's Child (e) (re-read)
Tony Nicholls. Aladdin: The Story of a Boy (e)
Tony Nicholls. Humpty Dumpty: The Egg's Files (e)
Tony Nicholls. The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood (e)
Ursula Vernon. Castle Hangnail (e)

In progress
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Dragon Ship (e) (re-read)
George MacDonald. The Princess and Curdie
Tamora Pierce. Cold Fire (e)
Terry Pratchett. Witches Abroad (e) (re-read)

Non-fiction books in progress
Jung Chang. Empress Dowager Cixi

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
Matt Fraction, Christian Ward. Ody-C volume 1
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1. Tim Powers has been one of my favourite fantasy authors since I discovered his 1983 novel The Anubis Gates, which features time travel, romantic poets, and a serial killer who's rumoured to be a werewolf but is actually something even more peculiar. Last year, he returned to that setting with a novella called "Nobody's Home", which expands on the backstory of the novel's main female character. I got hold of it recently through a limited-time ebook offer on Humble Bundle, which was a stroke of luck because it seems to otherwise only be available in a small press Collector's Edition that costs half as much again as the original novel despite being less than a quarter the length. I liked it a lot, but not so much that I would have been able to forgive the Collector's Edition price if I'd had to pay it.


2. Another thing I've revisited recently is the comic book series Atomic Robo; the back issues have been re-released as a webcomic, so I'm reading the series through again from the beginning. If you don't know Atomic Robo, I highly recommend it; it's kind of like Indiana Jones with weird science instead of half-remembered mythology and also the hero is a self-aware robot created by Nikola Tesla. Robo's greatest enemy is the megalomaniac scientist Heinrich von Helsingard; his oldest enemy is his father's great rival Thomas Edison; and his most annoying enemy is Doctor Dinosaur, a talking velociraptor whose attempts to science are patently nonsensical and yet somehow seem to work anyway.


3. Speaking of web sites having significant updates that I didn't notice until they were pretty much over: after saying that Adventures with the Wife in Space definitely wasn't going to do any of New Who, Neil and Sue have apparently been talked into doing the Eccleston year. They're absolutely not going to continue on and do Tennant, though. Probably.


4. And speaking of favourite fantasy authors, I can't remember whether I've recommended T. Kingfisher's fairy tale retellings in this space, but if so they're certainly worth recommending again. There are currently two novels, The Seventh Bride and Bryony and Roses, and a short story collection, Toad Words. There will probably be another collection at some point, since she's still writing new ones, and just recently won a Nebula for one of them.

(T. Kingfisher is Ursula Vernon, who won a Hugo for Digger and then became a best-selling author of children's fantasy, which is why now when she writes something in a similar vein to Digger she has to publish it under a different name so that nobody accidentally gives it to their ten-year-old.)


5. It seems to me that it says something about the priorities of the people making Thunderbirds Are Go that when, thirteen episodes in, one of the episodes has an expert consultant credited at the end, it (a) comes as a complete surprise, and (b) turns out to be, not a physicist or an engineer, but a speech therapist. Thunderbirds Are Go is not a series where scientific accuracy gets much of a look-in. (Good on them for wanting to make sure Brains's stammer is portrayed appropriately, though.)
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Fiction books
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne (e) (re-read)
George MacDonald. The Princess and the Goblin
Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs. Li'l Gotham volume 1
Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs. Li'l Gotham volume 2
Ryan North. Poor Yorick
Tamora Pierce. Street Magic (e)
Terry Pratchett. Reaper Man (e) (re-read)

In progress
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Necessity's Child (e) (re-read)
George MacDonald. The Princess and Curdie

Non-fiction books in progress
Jung Chang. Empress Dowager Cixi

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
Tamora Pierce. Cold Fire
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Fiction books
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo: The Savage Sword of Dr Dinosaur
T Kingfisher. Nine Goblins (e)
T Kingfisher. The Seventh Bride (e)
Sharon Lee. Carousel Seas (e)
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Ghost Ship (e) (re-read)
Terry Pratchett. Moving Pictures (e) (re-read)
Patricia C Wrede. The Magician's Ward (e)
Patricia C Wrede. Mairelon the Magician (e) (re-read)

In progress
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne (e) (re-read)
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Necessity's Child (e) (re-read)
George MacDonald. The Princess and the Goblin
Tamora Pierce. Street Magic (e)
Terry Pratchett. Reaper Man (e) (re-read)

Non-fiction books
Simon Singh. Big Bang

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
Jung Chang. Empress Dowager Cixi
pedanther: (cheerful)
Fiction books
Brian Clevinger. Tesladyne Industries Field Guide
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Carpe Diem (re-read)
Tamora Pierce The Power in the Storm (e)

In progress
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Plan B (re-read)
Tamora Pierce The Fire in the Forging (e)
Terry Pratchett. Pyramids (e) (re-read)

Non-fiction books in progress
Simon Singh. Big Bang

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. I Dare
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1. Once, years ago now, I read an anecdote about an author who disliked a film adaptation of one of her novels saying something pithy to the effect that the film resembled the novel only as much as two sausages that were the same shape but were stuffed with different ingredients.

This simile came back to mind when I watched the first episode of the new TV series based on G. K. Chesterton's stories about the mystery-solving priest Father Brown. The TV series certainly features a mystery-solving priest named Father Brown, and the mystery he solves in the episode I saw is recognisably similar to the one in the short story with which it shares its title, but all the Chestertonian ingredients seem to have been squeezed out and replaced with others. The sausage metaphor seems particularly apt since the result takes its place in a string of similar TV murder mysteries of recent years. (With, by way of leavening, some of the Quirky Townsfolk in Years Gone By recipe that British TV has spent so much time perfecting.) What, I ask, is the point of taking a series noted for its unique approach and approaching it the same way as everyone else?

Well, I suppose it means more sausages for the TV viewers who like that flavour of murder mystery. For myself, I suspect I'll find it more rewarding if I just go back and read the stories instead.


2. Speaking of reading, and sort of detectives, I've finished reading Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 01. One of my favourite moments in the later chapters comes from a storyline in which Judge Dredd quits the force after failing to catch the leader of a criminal gang (and nearly getting killed by said gang leader) and takes up a menial job as a street-sweeper on a maintenance crew. It's all a dodge, of course, to lure the gang leader into thinking it's safe to take another crack at him, and the story ends with a splash panel of the population cheering as Dredd assures them he's still a Judge and always will be... and down in the bottom corner of the page, one member of the maintenance crew remarks to another that it's really just as well, because between you and me, he was a lousy street-sweeper.

(Which reminds me that one of the reasons I ended up not going to see Dredd when it was in the cinema was that I didn't get any indication from the reviews I saw that it had any of the original's sense of humour. I don't think I could put up with two hours of somebody trying to take Mega City One seriously.)


3. Speaking of comics, and reading, Ursula Vernon (whose award-winning webcomic Digger recently had a successful Kickstarter campaign to publish a single-volume collected edition) went on a trip to Alaska last month and came back with some good stories for her blog, including a pair of birders encountering several Arctic birds for the first time and a truly awesome whale-watching trip.


4. Speaking of Kickstarter, and comics, Tesladyne Industries is holding an employee drive, because apparently they have a recurring problem holding on to new employees beyond the first hideous slavering monster attack. Or, to put it another way: Atomic Robo merch!

The base level reward is a copy of the all-new Tesladyne Employees' Field Guide; higher levels include posters, buttons, stickers, mugs, T-shirts, etc.

The highest level, available in limited numbers, is the Action Scientist Kit, which includes a lab coat, shirt, and various items of official stationery, all with the Tesladyne logo on -- or, if you prefer, the Minion of Dr. Dinosaur Kit, which includes a "slightly ruined" lab coat, dinosaur-themed variants of the stationery, and Genuine Hollow Earth Crystals, complete with a Genuine Certificate of Authenticity (forged with all the care and attention Dr. Dinosaur brings to all his genuine documents).


5. I could wrap this around to the beginning again if I could think of anything to say involving Kickstarter and television, but nothing's coming to mind. Have I mentioned yet that [community profile] tomorrowpeople is running a group re-watch of the original 1970s Tomorrow People series? And that I've been using that as an excuse to watch the series for the first time? That's been... interesting.
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Fiction books
Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Michael Lark. Gotham Central: Jokers and Madmen
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and Other Strangeness
Mike Costa, Fiona Staples. Secret History of the Authority: Hawksmoor
PC Hodgell. Bound in Blood
PC Hodgell. To Ride a Rathorn (re-read)
Bob Ingersoll, Tony Isabella. The Case of the Colonist's Corpse
Greg Rucka, JH Williams III. Batwoman: Elegy

In progress
Walter Simonson, et al. Thor by Walter Simonson

Non-fiction books
(none)

short, screen, and stage )
books bought and borrowed )

Top of the to-read pile
Mary Shelley. Frankenstein
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Via [livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle, [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook and [livejournal.com profile] john_elliott:

In honor of All Hallow's Eve, I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door.' Comment "trick-or-treat" to this post and...well, you know the drill. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I'm glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.). The more "houses" to visit the more fun it'll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!


[ETA: I should have known better than to do this meme, I think. I'm terrible at choosing presents for people. Still, it's only three weeks late; could have been worse.]
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The characters:

1. David Audley (espionage novels by Anthony Price)
2. DS Cambridge (Pie in the Sky)
3. Chrestomanci (Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones)
4. The Seventh Doctor (Doctor Who)
5. Dr Dinosaur (Atomic Robo)
6. Harley Quinn (Batman)
7. Jamie McCrimmon (Doctor Who)
8. Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart (Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch)
9. Kermit the Frog (The Muppet Show)
10. The Librarian (Discworld series by Terry Pratchett)
11. Margaret, Lord Lynn (Hellspark by Janet Kagan)
12. Miss Parker (The Pretender)
13. Daav yos'Phelium (Liaden Universe series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller)
14. Samantha Stewart (Foyle's War)
15. Batman (Batman)

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