Monday, October 24, 2005

35, already?

Reading: PRETTIES, by Scott Westerfeld
THE HIDDEN FAMILY, by Charles Stross

My 35th birthday will be during World Fantasy. It could be really fun, or a total non-event, we'll have to see. The hub is a wee bit bent that I won't be around, but he's learning that these things are important to me. Very excited that John Picacio is up for the award -- keeping fingers crossed. Wish I could make the IHG, but too many plans already.
My cat Ole has taken up experimenting with the water dish -- so far he has put an empty TP roll, his collar, and a cork in, just to see what happens. Wacky.

Scott's YAs are entertaining-- it's refreshing to see some YA SF instead of just fantasy. The market is SO saturated with magic and fluff, we really needed some SF. And they are a zippy read that can be done in one session, which I really appreciate with all the stuff I have been trying to get to.
Finally got to start THE HIDDEN FAMILY. I really enjoy Charlie's writing style, but dread cliff hangers on principle. Addendum: Just finished it and was happy that it resolved several of the plot points, even though there is a third following.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Reading: LIGHT, by M. John Harrison
UGLIES, by Scott Westerfeld

Heading toward a crazy weekend. Building up to WFC. So many meetings, and so many people I want to see.
Why haven't I read Mike Harrison before? He's got a whipchain sort of style that works for me; flung me into the plot at full speed.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Reading: Adventure: Vol. 1, Chris Roberson, ed.
Glass Soup, by Jonathan Carroll

Well, it's been an interesting few weeks. Z'boss took a spill picking up Terry Pratchett at his hotel, and though we had a good visit, he was out of commission for two weeks in a wheelchair -- not an easy time for anyone. But he's back in action now.
Neil Gaiman came by, the day he hit the NY Times & PW lists at number one. He's pretty smooth, that one, especially in the spotlight. He read his book THE DAY I SWAPPED MY DAD FOR TWO GOLDFISH to our youngest minion, age five, and ended up with the whole staff gathered around listening.

Enjoying ADVENTURE. Some of the stories have a familiar feel, like a lost, favorite hat put on again. It's an interesting mix.
GLASS SOUP is like revisiting my early twenties when I read everything I could find by Milan Kundera -- loss in some shade runs through every bit of the story, even with the sort of wry humor he uses. And it's slightly cold, a little analytical, but I care what happens to the characters. Read OUTSIDE THE DOG MUSEUM recently as well, but must get to WHITE APPLES, even if it's the wrong order.