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Fiction books
Maurice Broaddus. King Maker
Frances Hodgson Burnett. A Little Princess
Kelly Sue DeConnick, et al. Captain Marvel: In Pursuit of Flight
Warren Ellis, et al. Global Frequency
Kathryn Immonen, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kevin Shinick, et al. Avenging Spider-Man: The Good, the Green and the Ugly
Chip Kidd, Dave Taylor. Batman: Death by Design
Mike Mignola, John Byrne. Hellboy: Seed of Destruction (re-read)
Mike Mignola. Hellboy: Wake the Devil
Mike Mignola. Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and others
Tamora Pierce. Realms of the Gods
Adrian Ramos. Some One to See the Emperor (re-read)
Charles Stross. The Apocalypse Codex
Syd of the Funny Hat. Q de Grace

Non-fiction books in progress
David Fromkin. A Peace to End All Peace

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

Top of the to-read pile
Tamora Pierce. First Test
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1. I once considered doing a blog where I'd post about events from fictions set in the future, on the dates they supposedly occurred. If I'd done it, there would have been a post due last Monday for Marty McFly's visit to the future in Back to the Future part II. If you've noticed it's taken me almost a week to mention this, you've discovered one of the reasons I decided not to go ahead with the blog. [ETA: And if you've noticed that I have no idea when Back to the Future part II is set, and will believe any munchkin with a doctored screencap without checking a reliable source as backup, you've discovered another reason.]


2. I've now read two novels on the Kobo. I'm finding it quite a comfortable reading experience, although I'm still having a bit of trouble with the page-turning. It's a touch-screen device, so instead of there being a Turn Page button, you tap on the screen, and it moves forward a page -- except when it moves forward two pages, or decides you really wanted a dictionary definition of the word nearest where you tapped.

One of the small but satisfying features is a result of the e-ink display, which only uses power when it is being changed. That means that when you switch the device off, the display doesn't have to go blank; displaying an appropriate image uses no more power. If you switch the device off while you're part way through a book, it displays the book's cover.


3. One of the two novels was A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the author of The Secret Garden. It's got some really nice scenes, mostly those featuring the protagonist's interactions with her various and sometimes-unlikely friends, but I think on the whole I prefer The Secret Garden. The latter book also has really nice scenes featuring a protagonist interacting with various and sometimes-unlikely friends, and in addition it has the exploration of an interesting setting, and an ending that doesn't rely on a huge and improbable coincidence.


4. Mark Reads Tortall is coming to the end of the Immortals Quartet. I had been undecided about whether I would follow on when Mark got to the Tortall novels I've never read before, but since Tamora Pierce is coming to Swancon next year it seems like a good idea to continue. Anyway, it appears I'm already into the novels I've never read before: book four of the Immortals Quartet has been completely unfamiliar apart from the cover illustration, and I've got a strong suspicion I never actually got around to reading it the first time I read the series.

(Mark is also reading Mira Grant's Newsflesh trilogy, and watching Friday Night Lights, The West Wing, Dead Like Me, and Stargate SG-1. He keeps busy.)


5. A confluence of circumstances recently led me to ponder the idea of a crossover between Sherlock and Global Frequency. I came to two conclusions: First, and almost immediately, that Mycroft would not be out of place as one of the shady government figures who cause the messes that the Global Frequency Rescue Organization exists to clean up; and second, that if there is any of the regulars whom I would not be surprised to learn was on the Frequency, it's Molly.

(I'm not sure they'd want Sherlock, despite his talents, and I'm pretty confident he wouldn't want to be part of any hierarchy he wasn't at the top of. John knows how to take orders, but now that he's found his place by Sherlock they've got nothing he wants -- though having put it that way, it's interesting to speculate about what might have happened if they'd found him before Sherlock.)
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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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Fiction books
Warren Ellis, John Cassaday. Planetary: Spacetime Archaeology
Grant Morrison, et al. Doom Patrol: Crawling From the Wreckage
Ellis Peters. Brother Cadfael's Penance (re-read)
Ellis Peters. A Rare Benedictine (re-read)
Ellis Peters. The Virgin in the Ice (re-read)
Justina Robson. Keeping It Real
Jeff Smith. RASL Volume One
Vernor Vinge. The Witling
Sean Williams. The Changeling
Sean Williams. The Dust Devils
Sean Williams. The Scarecrow

In progress
Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace

Non-fiction books
Warwick Davis. Size Matters Not: The extraordinary life and career of Warwick Davis

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

Top of the to-read pile
Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Michael Lark. Gotham Central: In the Line of Duty
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Fiction books
Louisa May Alcott. Little Women (this edition was only Part the First)
Ludwig Bemelmans. Madeline
Warren Ellis, Darrick Robertson. Transmetropolitan: Gouge Away
Warren Ellis, Darrick Robertson. Transmetropolitan: Spider's Thrash
Antonia Fraser. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (didn't finish)
Neil Gaiman, John Bolton. Harlequin Valentine
William Kotzwinkle. The Fan Man
Anthony Price. October Men
Ethel Turner. Seven Little Australians
Mark Waid, Butch Guice, Mike Perkins. Ruse: Enter the Detective (re-read)
Mark Waid, Scott Beatty, Butch Guice, Paul Ryan, Mike Perkins. Ruse: The Silent Partner (re-read)

In progress
Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace

Non-fiction books
Watkin Tench. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson
Watkin Tench. A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay

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

Top of the to-read pile
Dorothy Gilman. The Tightrope Walker
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Fiction books
(anthology). Batman Black and White volume 2
Kurt Busiek, Brent Eric Anderson, Will Blyberg. Astro City: Confession
Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener. Atomic Robo and the Shadow From Beyond Time
Warren Ellis, John Cassaday. Planetary: Crossing Worlds
Warren Ellis, John Cassaday. Planetary: The Fourth Man
Warren Ellis, John Cassaday. Planetary: Leaving the 20th Century
Warren Ellis, Darrick Robertson. Transmetropolitan: Lust For Life
Warren Ellis, Darrick Robertson. Transmetropolitan: Lonely City
Warren Ellis, Darrick Robertson. Transmetropolitan: The New Scum
Warren Ellis, Darrick Robertson. Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard
John M Ford. The Dragon Waiting
John M Ford. The Princes of the Air
Diana Wynne Jones. Enchanted Glass
Diana Wynne Jones. The Game
Joe Masteroff, Fred Ebb. Cabaret
Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Jamie Grant. All Star Superman volume 1
Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Jamie Grant. All Star Superman volume 2
Dennis Palumbo. City Wars
Anthony Price. The Alamut Ambush
Steve Purcell. Sam & Max: Surfin' the Highway
Osamu Tezuka. Astro Boy: Volume 3 (re-read)
Naoki Urasawa, et al. Pluto: 007 (re-read)
Naoki Urasawa, et al. Pluto: 008

In progress
Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace

Non-fiction books
Russell T Davies, Benjamin Cook. The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter
Paul Dini, Chip Kidd. Batman Animated

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

Top of the to-read pile
Louisa M Alcott. Little Women
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Fiction books
Raymond Briggs. The Puddleman
John Brunner. The Compleat Traveller in Black
Warren Ellis, Raulo Caceres. Crecy
Warren Ellis, John Cassaday. Planetary: All Over the World and other stories
Warren Ellis, Darrick Robertson. Transmetropolitan: Back on the the Street
Don Freeman. Will's Quill: or, How a Goose Saved Shakespeare
Agatha Christie. Death Comes As the End
Crawford Kilian. Greenmagic
Anthony Price. The Labyrinth Makers
Kathleen Sky. Vulcan!
Naoki Urasawa, et al. Pluto: 001
Naoki Urasawa, et al. Pluto: 002
Naoki Urasawa, et al. Pluto: 003
Naoki Urasawa, et al. Pluto: 004
Naoki Urasawa, et al. Pluto: 005
Naoki Urasawa, et al. Pluto: 006
Naoki Urasawa, et al. Pluto: 007
Aaron Williams. PS 238: Senseless Acts of Tourism! (re-read)
Aaron Williams. PS 238: Daughters, Sons, & Shrink-Ray Guns

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
Dennis Palumbo. City Wars
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From the Department of "I Usually Assume I'm The Last To Hear About These Things, But I Haven't Heard Any Of You Lot Mention It Yet":

It has been reliably reported that Warren Ellis's Global Frequency is getting a second chance at TV stardom.

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