Category Archives: fantasy

Re: 82 pages of A Dance With Dragons

I know lots of people are excited about George R. R. Martin’s latest massive tome, A Dance With Dragons. Not only were there about 220 holds on the book when I requested it from the library, there were still about 200 holds when I picked it up. And yet, after the fight I had with the previous book, I was mainly hoping that this one wouldn’t be so painful.

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In which I declare my liking for the Hugo-nominated graphic novels

I enjoyed the Graphic Novel category of this year’s Hugo nominations, a lot more than the novels. For one thing, I only threw out two of the nominees barely read. For a bigger thing, I liked all three that I fully read, even though one of them requires reading a whole stack to understand the story.

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Re: A Game of Thrones (TV series)

One of the things that’s kept me so distracted lately is downloading “Game of Thrones” series and watching them over the course of a week. It was awesome.
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Bees high and low

Cuckoo bee

So the bees flying around the top of the butterfly bush aren’t miner bees after all. The miner bees are somewhere else.

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Tulips good too


The flower for today is tulips. Are tulips. Is tulip? I guess grammar and flowers don’t mix.

Re: Hart and Boot

There’s an awful lot of Tim Pratt stories on the Escape Artists podcast, most of which I enjoy, so it’s hard to pick out one in particular to talk about. But recently, I thought their reading of Hart and Boot, by Tim Pratt, was an especially good example.

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Re: Love Among the Talus

I am so far behind in listening to podcasts. Sadly, with the fiction podcasts, this is involving a lot of skipping ahead until I finally reach one that I enjoy listening to, like the pleasant reading on Podcastle of  “Love Among the Talus,” Elizabeth Bear.

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What to nominate?

It’s time to think about Hugo nominations again. When I look over my notes here, I see three stories from 2010 that I liked:  “Stereogram of the Gray Fort, in the Days of Her Glory,” “The Red Bride,” and “Iteration.” It’s a while since I’ve really fallen in love with a story, and longer since I read a novel that I liked enough to even think about nominating it. Well, I’ve got until the end of March to do some more fiction reading.

Or not.

Re: Shades of Milk and Honey

I scarfed Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal in one night. It was nice to just sit down and read a book, so nice, it’s hard to resist the urge to call it “sweet”. How about amiable? It probably helps that I never cared for Jane Austen, but I have enjoyed books and stories inspired (at least in part) by her, like Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, or “Pride and Prometheus“. It helps that I’ve enjoyed other stories by Kowal. And it really helps that I love the form of magic in this book.  “Glamour” is a way of working with illusions of light and sound, a small magic that’s largely used as a domestic art by well-born, educated young ladies. Except that professionals are men.

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Re: Men At Arms

Terry Pratchett are good for taking a break, and Men At Arms is just about right for a “hang up your brain and read” kind of book.

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