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1. Spring is here, spring is here. The days are long enough again that I'm waking up in time to get ready for work without rushing and sunglasses are useful walking home, and in between it's too warm to keep wearing a jacket (which annoyingly leaves me short of several useful pockets).


2. At the beginning of September, my Liaden Universe re-read will hit Agent of Change, the novel which began it all. (Yes, slightly over a year in. There have been a lot of prequels since then.) I feel I should mention that it's a convenient jumping-on point, being by necessity written for an audience unfamiliar with the universe and the characters, and the e-book edition is part of the Baen Free Library. The man who was not Terrence O'Grady had come quietly...


3. Speaking of e-book editions of books I would be pressing on all my friends if I were the kind of person who did that, there's an introductory price offer going on the first two volumes of Rosemary Kirstein's Steerswoman series. (The link goes to Amazon, but they're also available in the other places e-books are usually found.) Not being, as I mentioned, constitutionally inclined to explaining to people how much I loved books, I'm going to let Jo Walton and James Nicoll do it for me. (James's post goes into more detail than Jo's, but is less safe for the spoilerphobe, and this is one series where finding out too much in advance can squash the fun of discovering it for yourself.)


4. It's a sign of how much side- and bonus content is packed into Lego Marvel Super Heroes that when I finished the main storyline a month ago, the counter showing how much of the game I'd played stood at a bit less than 25%. It's now up around 75%; I've finished the bonus episodes and most of the random bystander sidequests, and been through the storyline again in Free Play mode to try and pick up the bonus points that aren't accessible in Story Mode. (Free Play lets you choose which character you play as, and change your mind whenever you like, instead of being stuck with the characters the story gives you, and thereby reach places and solve puzzles the story characters can't. When I'm not facing a puzzle that requires a particular character's special abilities, my two default characters in Free Play are Iron Man, for efficient property damage, and Squirrel Girl, for her special way of dealing with hordes of attacking mooks.)

The remaining content is mostly in two areas that don't particularly appeal to me. The first is there are still bonus points eluding me in some of the story episodes, and I don't feel like playing through again to get them, at least not yet. (Finishing the bonus episodes was supposed to unlock a set of abilities that would make finding the bonus points easier, but I have to say that I haven't noticed them make any difference whatever.) The second thing is that I haven't done most of the aerial races/obstacle courses, and don't intend to. (I didn't intend to do many of the road races either, but once I'd got the hang of the controls it turned out to be a lot of fun zooming through the city and ploughing through innocent scenery at high speed; however, there's no scenery in the sky and the flight controls are even more annoying than the driving controls.)


5. There were things I liked and things I didn't like about "Deep Breath", the first episode of the new season of Doctor Who. The new Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi, was definitely one of the things I liked. I was less keen on Clara's arc, which struck me as a case of Steven Moffat coming up with an interesting story about a companion reacting to the Doctor's regeneration (okay so far) and deciding to use it regardless of whether it actually fit the current companion (I'm having trouble thinking of any companion less likely than Clara to react that way, and it doesn't help that the same episode contains several reminders of why). The blatant Here Be This Season's Mystery bit at the end of the episode completely failed to engage my interest, but I guess I'll put up with it for more Capaldi.
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Fiction books
Sean E Avery. All Monkeys Love Bananas
Tamora Pierce. Alanna: The First Adventure (re-read)
Jo Walton. Among Others
Greg Weisman, Karine Charlebois. Gargoyles: Bad Guys (re-read)

In progress
(anthology). Liavek
Padraic Colum. The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles (e)
Tamora Pierce. In the Hand of the Goddess (re-read)
Roger Zelazny. A Night in the Lonesome October (re-read)

Non-fiction books
Douglas A. Anderson, Verlyn Flieger. J.R.R. Tolkien On Fairy-stories

In progress
Barbara Sher, Barbara Smith. I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was

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

Top of the to-read pile
Bram Stoker. The Jewel of Seven Stars
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1. Chicago has concluded successfully. I get a bit of a break while everybody's scattered for school holidays, then it's the annual season of one-acts, which this year will include my directorial debut. (And, wouldn't you know it, every one-act this year is something I would have auditioned for like a shot if I hadn't already signed on to direct.)

2. As of the beginning of the new financial year, I am down to working four days a week, with no decrease in my weekly salary. The secret ingredient: An enormous pile of accrued holiday time, which I wasn't looking likely to use up any time soon, since the reason it's piled up is that I hardly ever find time for long holidays. So what's happening is that I'm taking a two-month holiday entirely in Wednesdays.

3. I went to see Pixar's new movie Brave last Wednesday, and enjoyed it a great deal despite having guessed the big plot twist that the trailers carefully avoided mentioning. (All the people who talked about the movie on my friendslists and blogrolls had also carefully avoided saying what the twist was, but when half a dozen people each say something that's not a spoiler in itself, it's sometimes possible to put two and two, or one and one and one and one, together.) If you've seen the movie, or don't mind spoilers, you might be interested in this essay (not by me) titled, with irony tags firmly in place, "Just Another Princess Movie".

4. As I mentioned when I started, I've been rewatching Cinar's version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I have now finished it, with, I'm sad to report, something of a sense of relief. It was fun revisiting a childhood favourite at first, but over the course of 52 episodes its shortcomings got a bit wearing. (Jo Walton occasionally writes about the Suck Fairy, who steals the books you loved as a child and replaces them with oddly similar books that aren't as well written, contain troubling isms that you never saw before, and in which that favourite scene you've revisited a hundred times in memory is merely a single baldly-written sentence. The Suck Fairy visits animated series too, leaving a trail of regrettable acting, shorthand animation, obviously recycled footage, and - in this case - an annoyingly intrusive narrator who insists on explaining stuff you already know. I'm almost certain she wasn't there when I watched this series every day before school.)

5. A while ago I got talked into buying an on-demand water purifier, the kind that attaches to the end of your tap, even though I'd been happy with the filter jug I already had. It's ended up on the bathroom sink, because that's the only tap in this old house with a tap modern enough for the attachment to attach to. I think I will probably end up admitting to being happy I have it, but not just yet because I'm still grumpy about their sales technique. (I did put my foot down, firmly, when they started asking whether I have relatives or friends who'd be interested in a water purifier. Maybe I do and maybe I don't, but I certainly don't know anybody who'd thank me for siccing a salesperson onto them.)
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Fiction books
Bennett Cerf, Roy McKie. Bennett Cerf's Book of Riddles
Marianne de Pierres. Code Noir
Marianne de Pierres. Crash Deluxe
Marianne de Pierres. Nylon Angel
Phyllis Ann Karr. The Idylls of the Queen
Anthony Price. Our Man in Camelot
Brandon Sanderson. The Way of Kings

In progress
Murray Leinster. The Forgotten Planet

Non-fiction books
Declan Donnellan. The Actor and the Target

In progress
Barbara Sher, Barbara Smith. I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was

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

Top of the to-read pile
Verlyn Flieger. Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology
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Fiction books
David Gemmell. Legend
Barbara Hambly. Stranger at the Wedding (re-read)
Josephine Tey. The Franchise Affair (re-read)

In progress
Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace

Non-fiction books
Linda Gale. Discover What You're Best At

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

Top of the to-read pile
Agatha Christie. The Complete Quin & Satterthwaite
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Fiction books
Agatha Christie. Parker Pyne Investigates
Rosemary Kirstein. The Outskirter's Secret
Rosemary Kirstein. The Steerswoman
Aaron Williams. Nodwick: Haulin' Assets
Aaron Williams. PS 238: When Worlds Go Splat!

In progress
Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace

Non-fiction books
(none)

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

Top of the to-read pile
James D Macdonald. The Apocalypse Door
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Fiction books
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Fledgling (re-read)
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Mouse and Dragon
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Saltation
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Scout's Progress (re-read)
A A Milne. The Ugly Duckling
Jo Walton. The King's Name (re-read)
Jo Walton. The King's Peace (re-read)

In progress
Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace

Non-fiction books
(none)

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

Top of the to-read pile
Aaron Williams. PS 238: When Worlds Go Splat!
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Fiction books
Arthur C. Clarke, Frederik Pohl. The Last Theorem
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Carpe Diem (reread; just the Cory and Meri bits)
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Conflict of Honors (reread)
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. I Dare (reread; skipping the Pat Rin bits, because they were all I read last time)
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller. Plan B (reread)

In progress
George Eliot. Middlemarch (for [livejournal.com profile] emma_in_oz's 19th century book club)

short fiction, non-fiction, screen fiction )
books bought and borrowed )

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