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I'm definitely behind on the 250 book goal. I definitely got a strong start for the year, coming off Christmas vacation and not having to go back to school.  I knew it would slow down with Costume College sewing, so that's not a surprise.  It might not pick up, though, if I do manage to buy this house I'm trying to buy.

But [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson, tell Mike that nearly every non-Project-Gutenberg book in this list is a big book. One in particular is an omnibus of FOUR books in one volume, but I'm counting it as one. So there. :p

As usual, bolds are new reads. I've certainly read more new than re-reads this year.

99. The Messenger, by Elizabeth Robins (via Project Gutenberg)
100. The Ms. In a Red Box, by John Arthur Hamilton (That's Ms. = Manuscript, by the way, not Miz.) (via Project Gutenberg)
101. Grand Central Arena, by Ryk Spoor. (Finally bought my own copy!)
102. Doors of the Night, by Frank L. Packard (via Project Gutenberg)
103. Echoes in Time (Time Traders #4? #5), by Andre Norton and Sherwood Smith
104. Last Train Out, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (via Project Gutenberg)
105. The Praxis (Dread Empire's Fall #1), by Walter Jon Williams
106. Lonesome Town, by Ethel Dorrance (via Project Gutenberg)
107. Majipoor Chronicles (Majipoor #2), by Robert Silverberg
108. The Secret of the Reef, by Harold Bindloss (via Project Gutenberg)
109. Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chronicles #1), by Larry Correia
110. The Black Star, by Johnston McCulley (via Project Gutenberg)
111. I Conquered, by Harold Titus (via Project Gutenberg)
112. Magic Casement (A Man of His Word #1), by Dave Duncan
113. Maurice Tiernay: The Soldier of Fortune, by Charles James Lever (via Project Gutenberg)
114. Mirror of Destiny, by Andre Norton
115. The Five Arrows, by Allan Chase (via Project Gutenberg)
116. Future Indefinite (Great Game #3), by Dave Duncan
117. History of the Runestaff, by Michael Moorcock (four books in one, right here)
118. The Labyrinth of Dreams (G.O.D. Inc. #1), by Jack L. Chalker
119. Strings, by Dave Duncan


My favorite this month... not sure. I did end up liking Future Indefinite, conclusion of the Great Game trilogy. As a whole the series isn't a huge favorite; but I liked it. Hard Magic was pretty awesome, as I knew it would be, but it wasn't quite the five-stars-all-the-way that Monster Hunter International was. I think that's a personal preference. The big surprise liking was Strings, actually.  I'd read part on Baen's site, which is why I picked it up at the used bookstore; but it wasn't enough to know if I'd like the direction it ended up going. It definitely did, I must say, with a couple of good twists.


June
Books: 21
Books/day: 0.70

Much better than May's numbers! It still was not enough to catch up for the year, though. And in July I've continued to fall further behind, between more time spent sewing and more big books.


Year to Date

Books: 119
Books/day: 0.657

Books ahead or behind: (6)

nuranar: (reading)
I'm definitely behind on the 250 book goal. I definitely got a strong start for the year, coming off Christmas vacation and not having to go back to school.  I knew it would slow down with Costume College sewing, so that's not a surprise.  It might not pick up, though, if I do manage to buy this house I'm trying to buy.

But [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson, tell Mike that nearly every non-Project-Gutenberg book in this list is a big book. One in particular is an omnibus of FOUR books in one volume, but I'm counting it as one. So there. :p

As usual, bolds are new reads. I've certainly read more new than re-reads this year.

99. The Messenger, by Elizabeth Robins (via Project Gutenberg)
100. The Ms. In a Red Box, by John Arthur Hamilton (That's Ms. = Manuscript, by the way, not Miz.) (via Project Gutenberg)
101. Grand Central Arena, by Ryk Spoor. (Finally bought my own copy!)
102. Doors of the Night, by Frank L. Packard (via Project Gutenberg)
103. Echoes in Time (Time Traders #4? #5), by Andre Norton and Sherwood Smith
104. Last Train Out, by E. Phillips Oppenheim (via Project Gutenberg)
105. The Praxis (Dread Empire's Fall #1), by Walter Jon Williams
106. Lonesome Town, by Ethel Dorrance (via Project Gutenberg)
107. Majipoor Chronicles (Majipoor #2), by Robert Silverberg
108. The Secret of the Reef, by Harold Bindloss (via Project Gutenberg)
109. Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chronicles #1), by Larry Correia
110. The Black Star, by Johnston McCulley (via Project Gutenberg)
111. I Conquered, by Harold Titus (via Project Gutenberg)
112. Magic Casement (A Man of His Word #1), by Dave Duncan
113. Maurice Tiernay: The Soldier of Fortune, by Charles James Lever (via Project Gutenberg)
114. Mirror of Destiny, by Andre Norton
115. The Five Arrows, by Allan Chase (via Project Gutenberg)
116. Future Indefinite (Great Game #3), by Dave Duncan
117. History of the Runestaff, by Michael Moorcock (four books in one, right here)
118. The Labyrinth of Dreams (G.O.D. Inc. #1), by Jack L. Chalker
119. Strings, by Dave Duncan


My favorite this month... not sure. I did end up liking Future Indefinite, conclusion of the Great Game trilogy. As a whole the series isn't a huge favorite; but I liked it. Hard Magic was pretty awesome, as I knew it would be, but it wasn't quite the five-stars-all-the-way that Monster Hunter International was. I think that's a personal preference. The big surprise liking was Strings, actually.  I'd read part on Baen's site, which is why I picked it up at the used bookstore; but it wasn't enough to know if I'd like the direction it ended up going. It definitely did, I must say, with a couple of good twists.


June
Books: 21
Books/day: 0.70

Much better than May's numbers! It still was not enough to catch up for the year, though. And in July I've continued to fall further behind, between more time spent sewing and more big books.


Year to Date

Books: 119
Books/day: 0.657

Books ahead or behind: (6)

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Bold are new reads; all others are re-reads.

90.  Seer's Blood, by Doranna Durgin
91.  Exiles of the Stars, by Andre Norton
92.  Overthrowing Heaven (Jon & Lobo #3), by Mark L. Van Name
93.  Lord Valentine's Castle (Majipoor #1), by Robert Silverberg
94.  Flight on Yiktor, by Andre Norton
95.  Dare to Go A-Hunting, by Andre Norton
96.  Back to the Time Trap, by Keith Laumer
97.  A Madness of Angels (Matthew Swift #1), by Kate Griffin
98.  The Treasure of the Tigris, by A. F. Mockler-Ferryman (via Project Gutenberg)
 
May
Books: 9
Books/day: 0.29

That's pretty pathetic! But part of it is because I got unusually busy in May, adding commitments and starting the house hunt.

In a very good way, though, I discovered some excellent books. Seer's Blood piqued my interest when I read the chapters available on Baen's website, and I thoroughly enjoyed it when I found a copy at Half Price Books.  Overthrowing Heaven was good, although it's clearly not the finale to the series as I had assumed.  One more to look for.  Lord Valentine's Castle was amazing. I really, really liked that one.

The one that's stuck with me the longest is A Madness of Angels.  I found this one after an entry on Larry Correia's Monster Hunter Nation mentioned Elitist Book Reviews.  Trolling the archives of that site turned up some possibilities for my list. A Madness of Angels was the first of Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift series, so when I ran through my list at a Half Price Books and it was there, I snagged it.  And I really think I loved it.  I'm not entirely sure why.  I can break out some reasons (first person, fascinating theory of magic, riveting storyline, lavish use of specific descriptive detail)... but ultimately, it was incredibly compelling to me. It took me a while to read because it's quite long, nearly 500 pages. But the pacing is good, it totally kept my at-times-impatient attention, and I was thinking about it for a long while since.  The next two in the series are out, and the word is they're also very good. Here's hoping they show up soon at a used book store!


Year to Date

Books: 98
Books/day: 0.649

Books ahead or behind:  (6)

I need to amp it up if I'm going to make my goal.  June is already looking better, though.








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Bold are new reads; all others are re-reads.

90.  Seer's Blood, by Doranna Durgin
91.  Exiles of the Stars, by Andre Norton
92.  Overthrowing Heaven (Jon & Lobo #3), by Mark L. Van Name
93.  Lord Valentine's Castle (Majipoor #1), by Robert Silverberg
94.  Flight on Yiktor, by Andre Norton
95.  Dare to Go A-Hunting, by Andre Norton
96.  Back to the Time Trap, by Keith Laumer
97.  A Madness of Angels (Matthew Swift #1), by Kate Griffin
98.  The Treasure of the Tigris, by A. F. Mockler-Ferryman (via Project Gutenberg)
 
May
Books: 9
Books/day: 0.29

That's pretty pathetic! But part of it is because I got unusually busy in May, adding commitments and starting the house hunt.

In a very good way, though, I discovered some excellent books. Seer's Blood piqued my interest when I read the chapters available on Baen's website, and I thoroughly enjoyed it when I found a copy at Half Price Books.  Overthrowing Heaven was good, although it's clearly not the finale to the series as I had assumed.  One more to look for.  Lord Valentine's Castle was amazing. I really, really liked that one.

The one that's stuck with me the longest is A Madness of Angels.  I found this one after an entry on Larry Correia's Monster Hunter Nation mentioned Elitist Book Reviews.  Trolling the archives of that site turned up some possibilities for my list. A Madness of Angels was the first of Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift series, so when I ran through my list at a Half Price Books and it was there, I snagged it.  And I really think I loved it.  I'm not entirely sure why.  I can break out some reasons (first person, fascinating theory of magic, riveting storyline, lavish use of specific descriptive detail)... but ultimately, it was incredibly compelling to me. It took me a while to read because it's quite long, nearly 500 pages. But the pacing is good, it totally kept my at-times-impatient attention, and I was thinking about it for a long while since.  The next two in the series are out, and the word is they're also very good. Here's hoping they show up soon at a used book store!


Year to Date

Books: 98
Books/day: 0.649

Books ahead or behind:  (6)

I need to amp it up if I'm going to make my goal.  June is already looking better, though.








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Nuranar has
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] ladyneferankh. :)

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Haha, LibraryThing to the rescue! Although I don't have everything in there yet. Hmph.
Andre Norton, 49.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, 37.
Erle Stanley Gardner, 30-40.
Margery Allingham, 27.
Leslie Charteris, 20-30.
Agatha Christie ought to be up there, too, since between my mother and I we own all but a couple of her 70+ novels. But I did most of my buying in junior high and early high school, and we never kept track of them.

More behind the cut! )
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] ladyneferankh. :)

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Haha, LibraryThing to the rescue! Although I don't have everything in there yet. Hmph.
Andre Norton, 49.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, 37.
Erle Stanley Gardner, 30-40.
Margery Allingham, 27.
Leslie Charteris, 20-30.
Agatha Christie ought to be up there, too, since between my mother and I we own all but a couple of her 70+ novels. But I did most of my buying in junior high and early high school, and we never kept track of them.

More behind the cut! )
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This one from [livejournal.com profile] seawasp


1) What author do you own the most books by? Not sure. With the weekend's acquisitions, I have 32 Saint books, so that's probably the highest.  The Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew collections surpass that, but both are jointly owned by my mother and I. And the majority of the Louis L'Amours are Nathan's.

2) What book do you own the most copies of? With far too little space for the books, I don't like having multiple copies of many things unless there's a reason for a particular edition. I have duplicates of some Austens and Sherlock Holmes, but I think the winner is Bibles, with five. In length-of-ownership order, I have the Living Bible I was given for Christmas in... 1989, I think; the NIV I got for Xmas in 1992 or 1993; a slimmer NIV, this time from the church, upon my high school graduation in 2001; an 1855 pocket-sized KJV I bought on ebay while in college to use for 1860s reenacting, and which I often carry to church because it's the smallest; and the NIV study Bible given to me by Mr. and Mrs. Klob when I graduated from college in 2005.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions? Nope. Sometimes I try to avoid it in my writing, but only when it doesn't sound too contrived.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with? Oh, I love Richard Diamond, but that's hardly a secret; and he is a radio character, not a book character. There's plenty of others I could love, but none come to mind right now when I want them.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life? Err.  I never keep count. The Bible, Ben-Hur, Alistair MacLean's Where Eagles Dare and The Golden Rendezvous, Rifles for Watie, maybe Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime and The Man in the Brown Suit; probably lots more. I love to re-read.

6) What was your favourite book when you were ten years old? Nothing stands out; probably a Nancy Drew. I read all of Mom's before I was 8, and I added to the collection for years.  I also loved The Black Stallion; it's one of the earliest books I remember reading, certainly before first grade.  I would have read it to death except that I never owned it.

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year? Not sure. Probably the book I stumbled across on Project Gutenberg that ends unhappily, with the central character going rather nuts - after the reader's been suckered into really really rooting for him and the woman. I loathe books wherein the main character(s) really, truly are insane.

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year? Impossible to say. Thanks to Project Gutenberg and Google Books, it's a choice among hundreds.

9) If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be? I can't think of one. People tend to hate what they are forced to do. I sure do!

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature? Not a clue.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie? There was something I was thinking about recently, but I'm dashed if I can think of it now... I would love to see the Lensman books made into good movies, but there's No Way In The Universe that's going to be done acceptably.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie? There's an ocean of drivel that should never be given the shred of dignity conferred by movie release. And then there's the Lensman books, as I just mentioned; honestly, I would cringe if I heard they were being filmed, because they wouldn't be right.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character. I don't remember my dreams. This phenomenon has long been a cause for passing puzzlement and frustration.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult? I have no pretense to any brow. This question and all its implications annoys me.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read? Maybe the textbook for discrete mathematics, although I don't remember a thing about it. It's more likely the first programming text I had, since it hopelessly confounded me for the first fourteen minutes and put me to sleep within the fifteenth.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen? Neither The Tempest nor King Lear is obscure, methinks.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians? As authors, neither. Judging from what I've read, French, for the sake of Victor Hugo and Jules Verne.

18) Roth or Updike?  Who?

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers? Who?

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer? Shakespeare. I haven't read enough Milton to know for sure, though.

21) Austen or Eliot? Austen.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading? The biggest gap would probably be the so-called "Lost Generation" writers, both American and British. I have little-to-zero interest in the worldview of those writers or the content of their writings, and no plans to ever close that "gap" in my reading.  I'm not embarrassed about this gap.  I do wish I had read more 19th-century literature back when I had more time and less tired brain cells, but it's still a strength in my reading and I'm planning to continue.

23) What is your favourite novel? Another impossible question. I'd probably have a list of 50, even if I limited favorite authors to one book. The ones I've read multiple times are there.

24) Play? The translation of Molière's Tartuffe, or The Hypocrite in my high school lit book is hilarious and made of awesome. (So is Wishbone's version of The Hypochondriac!)  I want to find out which translator did it and get Tartuffe, and others if possible, by him.

25) Poem? Not sure. Maybe If.

26) Essay? Either "On Faerie Stories" or one of C. S. Lewis's writing ones, such as "On Writing for Children" or "On Science Fiction."

27) Short story? I have no idea. There are way too many to tell, especially considering the SF ones.

28) Work of non-fiction?  The Bible. Aside from that, Costume in Detail. I've pored over the drawings in that book for years, and it still never fails to fascinate me.

29) Who is your favourite writer? I can't pick one. Alastair MacLean is waay up there.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today? No idea. I read little that was published in the last 10, 20, or 30 years.  I'd take a stab at Stephanie Meyer, but for all the raving I haven't heard anyone actually building up her writing.  (I don't seek out such discussion, though.)

31) What is your desert island book? Swiss Family Robinson.

32) And… what are you reading right now? LJ, with forays to Wikipedia (drama on the Lost Generation talk page, ahoy!), Amazon, and my tags list, to garner links.
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This one from [livejournal.com profile] seawasp


1) What author do you own the most books by? Not sure. With the weekend's acquisitions, I have 32 Saint books, so that's probably the highest.  The Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew collections surpass that, but both are jointly owned by my mother and I. And the majority of the Louis L'Amours are Nathan's.

2) What book do you own the most copies of? With far too little space for the books, I don't like having multiple copies of many things unless there's a reason for a particular edition. I have duplicates of some Austens and Sherlock Holmes, but I think the winner is Bibles, with five. In length-of-ownership order, I have the Living Bible I was given for Christmas in... 1989, I think; the NIV I got for Xmas in 1992 or 1993; a slimmer NIV, this time from the church, upon my high school graduation in 2001; an 1855 pocket-sized KJV I bought on ebay while in college to use for 1860s reenacting, and which I often carry to church because it's the smallest; and the NIV study Bible given to me by Mr. and Mrs. Klob when I graduated from college in 2005.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions? Nope. Sometimes I try to avoid it in my writing, but only when it doesn't sound too contrived.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with? Oh, I love Richard Diamond, but that's hardly a secret; and he is a radio character, not a book character. There's plenty of others I could love, but none come to mind right now when I want them.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life? Err.  I never keep count. The Bible, Ben-Hur, Alistair MacLean's Where Eagles Dare and The Golden Rendezvous, Rifles for Watie, maybe Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime and The Man in the Brown Suit; probably lots more. I love to re-read.

6) What was your favourite book when you were ten years old? Nothing stands out; probably a Nancy Drew. I read all of Mom's before I was 8, and I added to the collection for years.  I also loved The Black Stallion; it's one of the earliest books I remember reading, certainly before first grade.  I would have read it to death except that I never owned it.

7) What is the worst book you’ve read in the past year? Not sure. Probably the book I stumbled across on Project Gutenberg that ends unhappily, with the central character going rather nuts - after the reader's been suckered into really really rooting for him and the woman. I loathe books wherein the main character(s) really, truly are insane.

8) What is the best book you’ve read in the past year? Impossible to say. Thanks to Project Gutenberg and Google Books, it's a choice among hundreds.

9) If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be? I can't think of one. People tend to hate what they are forced to do. I sure do!

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature? Not a clue.

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie? There was something I was thinking about recently, but I'm dashed if I can think of it now... I would love to see the Lensman books made into good movies, but there's No Way In The Universe that's going to be done acceptably.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie? There's an ocean of drivel that should never be given the shred of dignity conferred by movie release. And then there's the Lensman books, as I just mentioned; honestly, I would cringe if I heard they were being filmed, because they wouldn't be right.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character. I don't remember my dreams. This phenomenon has long been a cause for passing puzzlement and frustration.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you’ve read as an adult? I have no pretense to any brow. This question and all its implications annoys me.

15) What is the most difficult book you’ve ever read? Maybe the textbook for discrete mathematics, although I don't remember a thing about it. It's more likely the first programming text I had, since it hopelessly confounded me for the first fourteen minutes and put me to sleep within the fifteenth.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you’ve seen? Neither The Tempest nor King Lear is obscure, methinks.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians? As authors, neither. Judging from what I've read, French, for the sake of Victor Hugo and Jules Verne.

18) Roth or Updike?  Who?

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers? Who?

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer? Shakespeare. I haven't read enough Milton to know for sure, though.

21) Austen or Eliot? Austen.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading? The biggest gap would probably be the so-called "Lost Generation" writers, both American and British. I have little-to-zero interest in the worldview of those writers or the content of their writings, and no plans to ever close that "gap" in my reading.  I'm not embarrassed about this gap.  I do wish I had read more 19th-century literature back when I had more time and less tired brain cells, but it's still a strength in my reading and I'm planning to continue.

23) What is your favourite novel? Another impossible question. I'd probably have a list of 50, even if I limited favorite authors to one book. The ones I've read multiple times are there.

24) Play? The translation of Molière's Tartuffe, or The Hypocrite in my high school lit book is hilarious and made of awesome. (So is Wishbone's version of The Hypochondriac!)  I want to find out which translator did it and get Tartuffe, and others if possible, by him.

25) Poem? Not sure. Maybe If.

26) Essay? Either "On Faerie Stories" or one of C. S. Lewis's writing ones, such as "On Writing for Children" or "On Science Fiction."

27) Short story? I have no idea. There are way too many to tell, especially considering the SF ones.

28) Work of non-fiction?  The Bible. Aside from that, Costume in Detail. I've pored over the drawings in that book for years, and it still never fails to fascinate me.

29) Who is your favourite writer? I can't pick one. Alastair MacLean is waay up there.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today? No idea. I read little that was published in the last 10, 20, or 30 years.  I'd take a stab at Stephanie Meyer, but for all the raving I haven't heard anyone actually building up her writing.  (I don't seek out such discussion, though.)

31) What is your desert island book? Swiss Family Robinson.

32) And… what are you reading right now? LJ, with forays to Wikipedia (drama on the Lost Generation talk page, ahoy!), Amazon, and my tags list, to garner links.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (...Oops.)
More Mutt-ley pictures here: The Singing Marine, Part 2

So Monday I received a pudding a beautiful present, made of a suitable material, from the Tree herself.  (That is, [personal profile] beloved_tree.) Thank you, dear! :D And your card arrived yesterday!

By the way, I don't think I ever thanked you for sending those two books earlier this fall - Leigh Brackett's The Long Tomorrow and the I Spy book.  And thereby hangs a tale. Because I've heard about the I Spy books, that they're really pretty good, and the author always wished that he'd written under his own name instead of under the pseudonym John Tiger.  I'd been intending to track one down but just haven't made it.  Well... frankly, it was so cringe-worthily-awful it was downright unbelievable! (Well, it wasn't that bad.)  Considered just as a story, an adventure-spy story, it was slow, wordy, and very lacking in action.  As a companion to the I Spy TV show, it was a huge failure.  It had no mood at all, much less the quick-changing humor and concentration and even anger of the show, besides being slow and wordy and action-less (all very unlike most I Spy).  Only in a few conversations did it approach the brilliant, ad-libbed repartee between Scotty and Kelly. And the epithets drove me up the wall!  How many times can you repeat "the Rhodes scholar" or (this is awful) "the agent with the face of a movie star"?!  I have never cringed like that before.  And when he wasn't using epithets (which was rare), they were "Robinson" and "Scott."  Sorry, but nobody thinks of them that way. They're "Kelly" and "Scotty" and always will be. Aaah!

But anyway, Aspen dear, Thank You! :D  I really appreciated (besides the fact that you saw it and thought of me! Squee!) the opportunity to read one. And now I know for sure, I certainly do! I may try another again, of course; I still love those guys. I'm also still in disbelief that I found it that bad, I who so thoroughly enjoy Captain Future, etc., AND adore I Spy!  *giggles a trifle hysterically*

 
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (...Oops.)
More Mutt-ley pictures here: The Singing Marine, Part 2

So Monday I received a pudding a beautiful present, made of a suitable material, from the Tree herself.  (That is, [personal profile] beloved_tree.) Thank you, dear! :D And your card arrived yesterday!

By the way, I don't think I ever thanked you for sending those two books earlier this fall - Leigh Brackett's The Long Tomorrow and the I Spy book.  And thereby hangs a tale. Because I've heard about the I Spy books, that they're really pretty good, and the author always wished that he'd written under his own name instead of under the pseudonym John Tiger.  I'd been intending to track one down but just haven't made it.  Well... frankly, it was so cringe-worthily-awful it was downright unbelievable! (Well, it wasn't that bad.)  Considered just as a story, an adventure-spy story, it was slow, wordy, and very lacking in action.  As a companion to the I Spy TV show, it was a huge failure.  It had no mood at all, much less the quick-changing humor and concentration and even anger of the show, besides being slow and wordy and action-less (all very unlike most I Spy).  Only in a few conversations did it approach the brilliant, ad-libbed repartee between Scotty and Kelly. And the epithets drove me up the wall!  How many times can you repeat "the Rhodes scholar" or (this is awful) "the agent with the face of a movie star"?!  I have never cringed like that before.  And when he wasn't using epithets (which was rare), they were "Robinson" and "Scott."  Sorry, but nobody thinks of them that way. They're "Kelly" and "Scotty" and always will be. Aaah!

But anyway, Aspen dear, Thank You! :D  I really appreciated (besides the fact that you saw it and thought of me! Squee!) the opportunity to read one. And now I know for sure, I certainly do! I may try another again, of course; I still love those guys. I'm also still in disbelief that I found it that bad, I who so thoroughly enjoy Captain Future, etc., AND adore I Spy!  *giggles a trifle hysterically*

 
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Forcing myself to write about the MacLean books has been good for me. (Don't get me wrong; I love to write about MacLean. It's just work, like anything besides reading is, for me, Work.)  In some ways PaperBackSwap has been a greater temptation than a blessing.  The sheer volume of my reading this year is staggering.  I couldn't keep up with a monthly record, since I couldn't hope to remember everything I'd read in a month.  I'm certain I'm well over 100 for the year, and possibly more like 150.  Plus there's all the science fiction books, novellas, and stories that I've skimmed with varying degrees of attention.  (For stuff that I don't choose, like in sale boxes or in random compilations, I don't make myself read closely at first. That way it's easier to jump ship when Something Objectionable crops up.)

That last brings me to the books I'm going to review.  I feel like I'm making a confession, of all things!  I've made no secret of the fact that I love fiction, and of fiction I love mysteries, and action/adventure, and space opera stories the most.  Most of the time it doesn't bother me, but it's true that the critics (and the general sheep public) look down upon these genres.  I'm not ashamed of loving that stuff - I'm not - but the general disdain makes me feel defensive from time to time.

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Forcing myself to write about the MacLean books has been good for me. (Don't get me wrong; I love to write about MacLean. It's just work, like anything besides reading is, for me, Work.)  In some ways PaperBackSwap has been a greater temptation than a blessing.  The sheer volume of my reading this year is staggering.  I couldn't keep up with a monthly record, since I couldn't hope to remember everything I'd read in a month.  I'm certain I'm well over 100 for the year, and possibly more like 150.  Plus there's all the science fiction books, novellas, and stories that I've skimmed with varying degrees of attention.  (For stuff that I don't choose, like in sale boxes or in random compilations, I don't make myself read closely at first. That way it's easier to jump ship when Something Objectionable crops up.)

That last brings me to the books I'm going to review.  I feel like I'm making a confession, of all things!  I've made no secret of the fact that I love fiction, and of fiction I love mysteries, and action/adventure, and space opera stories the most.  Most of the time it doesn't bother me, but it's true that the critics (and the general sheep public) look down upon these genres.  I'm not ashamed of loving that stuff - I'm not - but the general disdain makes me feel defensive from time to time.

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Swiped from Everybody and his dog:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next three sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.


I'm glad I didn't do this when I had 50+ sci fi books spread in ever-widening circles around me. That would've been an exercise in geometry.

From The Skylark of Space, by E. E. 'Doc' Smith:

" 'Modesty gets a man praise, but I prefer cash.' "  *g*
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
Swiped from Everybody and his dog:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next three sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.


I'm glad I didn't do this when I had 50+ sci fi books spread in ever-widening circles around me. That would've been an exercise in geometry.

From The Skylark of Space, by E. E. 'Doc' Smith:

" 'Modesty gets a man praise, but I prefer cash.' "  *g*

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