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As I'm sure nobody reading this is surprised to find out, I bought Diane Duane's The Empty Chair when it was released on Monday. What should surprise you is that it took almost 36 hours for me to finish it. I don't really have a review; it's more of a spoiler-laden commentary… )
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*gasp* Another update!

I'm bored. And need something new to read. Preferably big fat space opera, along the lines of Weber, Bujold, or Zahn's good stuff. I've kinda blown through all their books recently, so I'm looking for someone new.

I'll also take any fantasy recommendations, so long as there's no dragons. I tried Naomi Novik's books, but found that Anne McCaffrey has too thoroughly warped my mind to make them enjoyable. (Let me preempt [livejournal.com profile] brendan_moody's A Song of Ice and Fire recommendation—I'm looking for something a bit less... heavy.)

Thank goodness the new mobo arrives tomorrow...
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Okay, now, I understand why would would release novelizations of movies, or of TV episodes, that won't be available on DVD for a while. Especially when you have said novelization come out near the related work, and it's likely to include significant extras. That makes sense.

What doesn't make sense is releasing a novelization for a two-year-old miniseries, already available on DVD, and long enough that I don't think there's any significant room for expansion.

Let's just say I'm not overly excited about the BSG novel line at the moment.... :-/
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Have finished …Half-Blood Prince. Am irked to see that J.K. Rowling hasn't gained a sense of pacing yet. <_<
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I only just found out that the artists for what're probably my first and third favorite sets of cover art (New Earth/Challenger and Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Retrieval Artist series) are not only the same person, but the person who did the art for another set which ranks pretty highly ([livejournal.com profile] karentraviss's Wess'har Wars series), Greg Bridges.

D'oh.

And looking through his site, there's another piece that I recognized, too. Makes me wonder how much more of his work is among my favorites. :p
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"War doesn't determine who is right. War determines who is left."—Freehold by Michael Z. Williamson

Dammit.

Feb. 24th, 2005 09:40 pm
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Reading Iain M. Banks' works will be rather difficult when his first Culture novel is OOP.

Looks like I'll be trolling used bookstores tomorrow....

Stuff

Nov. 30th, 2004 01:18 am
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1) Approximate final NaNo count: 30k-ish. I'd have finished if I hadn't had the brilliant idea of leaving my notebook at school when I went home for Thanksgiving. After that screwed me over, I haven't bothered to write any more the last few days since I know that I won't get anywhere near the target; I might as well wait for when I don't have finals coming up Really Soon Now. *cheers sarcastically*

2) I'm not sure which is worse: that I have time to read while I'm retrieving my corpse in World of WarCraft, or that what I'm reading is a WarCraft novel.

3) On a pseudorelated note, it's amazing just how much foreshadowing there is for WarCraft III in the first batch of novels. (Well, alright, #2 and #3 are gimmies. But Day of the Dragon isn't. And I really want for there to be more books, especially if Christie Golden comes back to write some. Lord of the Clans is probably my favorite novel of hers.)
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Crossing the Line ) by Karen Traviss


Star Wars: Jedi Trial ) by David Sherman and Dan Cragg


Star Wars: Republic Commando--Hard Contact ) by Karen Traviss

All reviews have been crossposted with Amazon, and the Star Wars ones have been crossposted to the review threads on TheForce.net.
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Well, I just finished City of Pearl by Karen Traviss (or [livejournal.com profile] karentraviss if you prefer). Going in, I wasn't sure what to expect; it's the first work of her's that I've read. The only reason I even took a look at it, to be honest, was because she's writing the upcoming Star Wars: Republic Commando—Hard Contact. So, I was pleasantly surprised by the book.

Long-ish review behind here. )

Overall grade: A-.
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First, let me laugh at everyone else in the building, 'cause it looks like the DNS server is down, meaning I'm quite possibly the only student in the building with Internet access. :) (EDIT: If anyone would like for me to fix their machines so this doesn't happen again, I'd be happy to.)

*ahem* Now that my moment of cruelty is over with, let me proceed to the point of this post. I visited one of the two (good) local used bookstores here, and actually came up with some decent finds (if not what I was looking for). First, Xenocide (by Orson Scott Card) in hardcover. I'd been holding off on getting it and Children of the Mind, because the hardcovers are out-of-print and my other seven Ender's books are all hardcover. (Though I wish the most recent one wasn't. But I digress....) Anyways, I figure I've given OSC enough money where I don't feel guilty about it (and won't about CotM if I find it).

The better find, though, was an ARC of [livejournal.com profile] karentraviss's Crossing the Line, not due out for another month. Happy me. :D

Now, tomorrow I need to check the other store, see if they have any other nifty stuff. (Oh, and hopefully The Price of the Stars, which is what I was looking for in the first place. ^_^)
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Things you don't expect to see in a Stephen King novel, number 1: an allusion to a "work of equal literary merit"*.

Perhaps more to come later. :)

*See the AP English test.
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"Go, then. There are other worlds than these."

Even two books later, that line still sticks with me. I know that I want to do something with it; I just haven't been able to get my mind into "writing mode" today. Too busy with calc homework and such. :(

I think that after I'm done with The Dark Tower I need to go back and reread some Diane Duane novels--for some reason, they tend to jumpstart my muse (such as it is). Only problem is, I don't have any here at the moment. Yet another thing to take care of this weekend....

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