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Dec. 8th, 2012 11:04 pm
[personal profile] greenchestnuts posting in [community profile] group_x
This thread is about books. Read anything good lately?

Date: 2012-12-09 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] teafeather
I've read (or listened to) 121 books so far this year!

I finished Barbara Ehrenreich's "Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America" this morning. I wish it had been longer and more comprehensive but I'm glad I read it.

Date: 2012-12-09 11:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shiyiya
I just finished a reread of all of Tamora Pierce, except for Tortall And Other Lands, which I'm currently reading. (And it's great.) Other things I've read recently.... Mira Grant's limited edition hardback When Will You Rise (which contains Countdown and Apocalypse Scenario #687: The Box, both short stories available as ebooks), which was as fantastic as everything else she writes is. Karen Healey's The Shattering, which I ended up by a quirk of timing reading most of on Halloween and was excellent and kind of creepy. An anthology called Troll's Eye View that takes fairy tales and retells them from the point of view of the "villains". Also limited edition hardback, Seanan McGuire's Velveteen vs. The Junior Super Patriots, collection of short stories about a former child superhero THEY'RE SO GOOD I LOVE THEM.

Huh, I've read a fair number of new things recently! Unusual. Most of the reading I do is rereading - when I finish Tortall And Other Lands, I'm going to go into another reread of the entire Discworld series. I reread my favorite things (Tortall, Circle, Discworld, Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Chrestomanci, Old Kingdom, etc) at least once a year. It's one of the benefits of having a terrible memory.

Date: 2012-12-09 03:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sciatrix
No books recently, but lots of papers. There's an open access issue of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology on parasite control of host behavior that just came out, and I'm planning to go through all of that one soon. I'm excited.

I'm also intending to read Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovich, which looks like an interesting urban fantasy/mystery series, just as soon as I pick it up from the library. I'm hoping it will be sort of like the Dresden Files, which I generally enjoy, but with considerably less gender fail. Not that the bar is set high there...

(My semester just ended, along with most of my current responsibilities. Can you tell? :) )

Date: 2012-12-09 06:13 pm (UTC)
shiyiya: Shiyiya, a very pale white girl with brown hair and eyes. (Default)
From: [personal profile] shiyiya
If I may plug something I am fond of here...

I haven't read the Dresden Files (well, I've tried, but I disliked Harry too much to finish the first), but I've seen Seanan McGuire's October Daye books compared to them pretty frequently - they're about a half-fae PI who does work for both humans and fae. (Pretend I thought of a natural way to work in pronouns there to confirm that Toby's a girl and so is Seanan. I've had three hours of sleep.) Urban fantasy/mystery!

Date: 2012-12-10 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] teafeather
My library has the first three October Daye books available in audio. Downloading the first one now!

Urban fantasy is hit-or-miss for me. Usually the "miss" is when I give up on it for having too much sexual content with dubious consent.

Date: 2012-12-10 12:49 am (UTC)
shiyiya: Shiyiya, a very pale white girl with brown hair and eyes. (Default)
From: [personal profile] shiyiya
I'll warn you that Rosemary and Rue has some sex with a fairly skeevy dude, but the consent isn't dubious even if the protag isn't making the best choices in the world, and there isn't... any, as far as I can recall, for the five books after that?

Date: 2012-12-10 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] teafeather
OK, thanks for letting me know!

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