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Not Dead Yet

I’ve been almost whol­ly AFK1 for a bit, due to feel­ing even worse than usu­al. I’ll be enter­ing “make-up posts” tonight to catch up. Usu­al­ly, I’d do them in order, but this one is too top­i­cal for that.

I real­ize that McCain has claimed to have already won the pres­i­den­tial debates tonight. Wow, his truthi­ness is spec­tac­u­lar­ly crap­py, isn’t it? But for those who plan to watch any­way, FactCheck.org has a nice lit­tle Debate Spin Anti­dote. It’s worth the few min­utes it takes to watch it.You might find the FactCheck Wire handy dur­ing the debate, too.


1 Away From Key­board

Random Linkage

In lieu of a real post, which would require actu­al thought…

New Eliz­a­beth Bear short sto­ry: The Girl Who Sang Rose Mad­der

Rumi­na­tions on sci­ence fic­tion, fan­ta­sy, etc.: Ask­ing the Wrong Ques­tions

Dr. Hor­ri­ble recast with My Lit­tle Ponies

Anniversary!

Ten years ago today, Sam took me out on our first “real” date (as in, with­out the kids or any­one else). Thank you, love. Here’s to many more decades!

Between Naps

I gave in to my body and stayed in bed all day yes­ter­day. It helped. If I’m not try­ing to do any­thing else, I can take my break­through pain meds and mus­cle relax­ants. They make me too flop­py to walk around safe­ly or use dan­ger­ous tools like but­ter knives.

I’m doing pret­ty much the same today, but want­ed to post an update. Not that there’s real­ly any­thing much to talk about, oth­er than nap­ping.

I have con­tin­ued to read when I’m awake, thanks to Sam’s will­ing­ness to go to the library to sup­port my habit. I fin­ished the first four books in Eileen Wilks’ World of the Lupi series. I think book 4, Night Sea­son, was bet­ter than the first three. The focus switched from one cou­ple to anoth­er in this book, and both of those peo­ple were def­i­nite­ly grow­ing and changing—always a plus in my mind.

I did fin­ish Caitlin Kittredge’s Pure Blood, but it was a close thing. The main char­ac­ter is a whiny, imma­ture brat who blames every­thing on the fact that she’s a were­wolf. The oth­er weres in her world don’t seem to have such poor con­trol over them­selves, so that just doesn’t wash. She’s also stu­pid, con­stant­ly run­ning off into dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions with­out let­ting anyone—like, say, her fel­low police officers—know so they can back her up.

I final­ly got my hands on Hands of Flame by C.E. Mur­phy, the last book of her Nego­tia­tor tril­o­gy. It was won­der­ful! All the impor­tant threads from the series were tied up, includ­ing some that I’d thought mere­ly back­ground. There are five Old Races liv­ing silent­ly among humans in Murphy’s uni­verse, and I love the way she avoids most of the clichés about them. I would like to have seen a few more shades of gray in the por­tray­al of one race, in par­tic­u­lar, but all in all she did a very nice job. It’s easy to imag­ine many, many more sto­ries in this uni­verse, focus­ing on new char­ac­ters.

I haven’t decid­ed what to read next. Sam was so enthu­si­as­tic about Halt­ing State by Charles Stross that I might switch over to sci­ence fic­tion for a bit. It real­ly depends on how well I’m able to com­pre­hend it—Stross’ writ­ing is real­ly good, but more chal­leng­ing to the read­er than any of the urban fantasy/paranormal what­sis books I’ve been dawdling over.

Meme: Reincarnation Placement Exam

Your result for Rein­car­na­tion Place­ment Exam…

Gypsy Camp

59% Intrigue, 44% Civ­i­liza­tion, 66% Human­i­ty, 59% Crowd­ed, 33% Busy.

You sing! You dance! You flee from the author­i­ties!

You were a bit dif­fi­cult to place, because you like civ­i­liza­tion and human­i­ty — but when it comes to work, you don’t real­ly fit into the sys­tem, the ruts and the rit­u­als, that mod­ern civ­i­liza­tion embraces. You like your own ways… your old ways.

We’ve placed you among a hardy Gyp­sy fam­i­ly. They’ll have you pluck­ing a vio­lin before you can talk, and danc­ing before you can walk. The road is your home, and your hors­es are mem­bers of your fam­i­ly. You get to wear lots of shiny things.

We expect that you’ll have a good life. Even if your peo­ple are sur­round­ed by a world where they don’t real­ly fit in, they have each oth­er, an oasis of com­pat­i­bil­i­ty in an unbal­anced world. We know you’ll make the most of it!

Take Rein­car­na­tion Place­ment Exam at HelloQuizzy

Ouch

How do you crack a rib with­out even know­ing it? Damn. At least, we think that’s what’s wrong. And it isn’t going any mag­i­cal­ly, dan­git!

I guess I have to go to the doc­tor 🙁

It Burns!

I was read­ing Eileen Wilks’ Tempt­ing Dan­ger and most­ly enjoy­ing it, until I hit one of the sex scenes. And then, she wrote some­thing like, “This time ada­gio,1 rather than for­tis­si­mo.2

There wasn’t one edi­tor or proof­read­er with any musi­cal knowl­edge? Those are very basic terms.

Of course, at one point a character’s name changes from “Therese” to “Jose­fa” with no expla­na­tion. And while I won’t swear to it, I’m pret­ty sure that the orga­ni­za­tion called “Church of the Redeemer” had a dif­fer­ent name at one point (“Church of the Exalt­ed” maybe).


1 Mean­ing “slow, leisure­ly tem­po”

2 Which means “very loud”

Giggles

We’re watch­ing Hog­fa­ther. It is insane­ly, delight­ful­ly sil­ly.

Review: Rogue by Rachel Vincent

Rogue Rogue by Rachel Vin­cent

My review

rat­ing: 2 of 5 stars
I am offi­cial­ly annoyed. I want some kind of law, or at least an indus­try stan­dard, that requires pub­lish­ers to label any nov­el that doesn’t tie up all its lit­tle plot threads in ONE vol­ume. This is one that would def­i­nite­ly have that label, as we’re left wait­ing Impor­tant Things on the very last page. Blech.

It takes a lot of tal­ent to write good poet­ry, to com­press mean­ing into those few, per­fect words. Writ­ing short sto­ries is, again, some­thing that requires skill, tal­ent, and dis­ci­pline. Nov­els give the author more lee­way, and the best, in my opin­ion, are those that are pared down to the essen­tials. More and more, I see the ser­i­al nov­el as the mark of a very undis­ci­plined writer. I like series, certainly—as long as each vol­ume can stand on its own mer­its, enjoy­able with­out hav­ing to read sev­er­al oth­er books. Ms. Vin­cent is nowhere near that lev­el of pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

View all my reviews.

Time Sinks

Thanks to an LJ friend, I spent a whole lot of the last few days read­ing The Law Dog Files. The man real­ly does need to put togeth­er a book of his sto­ries, or maybe a few books, because he is hilar­i­ous. I don’t entire­ly agree with his pol­i­tics, but I don’t entire­ly dis­agree, either. His sto­ries are more than worth bypass­ing a few things that might oth­er­wise annoy me. I high­ly rec­om­mend perus­ing the archives any time you’re in need of a laugh.

Thanks to Law Dog, I’ve also been read­ing a bit at The Cor­nered Cat, which is an emi­nent­ly prac­ti­cal site about guns, writ­ten by a woman and includ­ing far more infor­ma­tion about deal­ing with fem­i­nine cloth­ing and con­cealed car­ry than I’ve ever found before. I’ll be spend­ing more time over there.

I read Night Life by Caitlin Kit­tredge, and am hop­ing that the library will come through with a copy of Pure Blood soon.

Since I don’t have Pure Blood here right now, I went on to Rachel Vincent’s Stray, and went on to Rogue. It’s nice to read about were­cats instead of were­wolves for a change. I am occa­sion­al­ly annoyed by the main char­ac­ter mak­ing the same mis­takes over and over again, but I haven’t felt it nec­es­sary to toss the books across the house, so it’s bear­able. So far.