Books of 2015

Read so far:

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31. The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer [L] [x]
32. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor [N]
33. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor [N]
32. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor [L] [x]
33. False Colors by Georgette Heyer [L] [x]

Currently Reading:

The Magicians by Lev Grossman (library hold)
Georgette Heyer's Regency World by Jennifer Kloester

Queue:
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (July 7)
Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier (Nov 15)


Key: x = first time read | L = library book | A = audio book | N = nook

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May. 13th, 2015

Just watched the SHIELD season finale. What do I even say? Every character had something momentous happen, for good or bad. And that ending...

By the way, every time Ward shows his true colors I think about that person, a year or so ago, who unfriended me when I called Ward a psychopath. And I wonder what mental contortions she's going through to tell herself that her shmoopie doesn't really mean it, is still being controlled by others, is just misunderstood, etc. I wondered for a while if they were going to go into a redemption arc for him, but he's only gotten worse. Which I'm fine with, by the way. Every crew of heroes needs a villain.

Oh, and I may be biased, but Ant-Man looks stupid beyond belief.

Books of 2015

Read so far:

1. A Brief History of the Spy: Modern Spying from the Cold War to the War on Terror by Paul Simpson [x] [L]
2. Going Bovine by Libba Bray [x] [L]
3. What If the Moon Didn't Exist? Voyages to Earths that Might Have Been by Neil F. Comins [x] [L]
4. The Diviners by Libba Bray [x] [L]
5. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson [x]
6. Legion by Brandon Sanderson (novella) [x] [N]
7. Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson [x] [N]
8. Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz [N]
9. Saint Odd by Dean Koontz [x] [N]
10. Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe by Robert Lanza, MD [x]
11. Frederick Wentworth, Captain: None But You by Susan Kaye
12. Frederick Wentworth, Captain: For You Alone by Susan Kaye
13. Persuasion by Jane Austen
14. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman: An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan
15. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman: Duty and Desire by Pamela Aidan
16. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman: These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan
17. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
18. Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier [L] [x]
19. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin) by Robin LeFevers [L] [x]
20. Shadows by Robin McKinley [L] [x]
21. Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin) by Robin LeFevers [L] [x]
22. Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin) by Robin LeFevers [L] [x]
23. Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
24. The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer [L] [x]
25. Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
26. Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer [L] [x]
27. Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer [L] [x]
28. Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer [L] [x]
29. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon [L] [x]
30. Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer [L] [x]

Currently Reading:

The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer

Queue:

False Colors by Georgette Heyer (library hold)
Georgette Heyer's Regency World by Jennifer Kloester (library hold)
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (July 7)
Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier (Nov 15)
The Magicians by Lev Grossman (library hold)


Key: x = first time read | L = library book | A = audio book | N = nook

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Books 2015

Read so far:

1. A Brief History of the Spy: Modern Spying from the Cold War to the War on Terror by Paul Simpson [x] [L]
2. Going Bovine by Libba Bray [x] [L]
3. What If the Moon Didn't Exist? Voyages to Earths that Might Have Been by Neil F. Comins [x] [L]
4. The Diviners by Libba Bray [x] [L]
5. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson [x]
6. Legion by Brandon Sanderson (novella) [x] [N]
7. Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson [x] [N]
8. Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz [N]
9. Saint Odd by Dean Koontz [x] [N]
10. Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe by Robert Lanza, MD [x]
11. Frederick Wentworth, Captain: None But You by Susan Kaye
12. Frederick Wentworth, Captain: For You Alone by Susan Kaye
13. Persuasion by Jane Austen
14. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman: An Assembly Such as This by Pamela Aidan
15. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman: Duty and Desire by Pamela Aidan
16. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman: These Three Remain by Pamela Aidan
17. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Currently Reading:

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier

Queue:

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (July 7)
Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier (Nov 15)
The Science of Interstellar by Kip Thorne (library hold)
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (library hold)
The Magicians by Lev Grossman (library hold)
Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers (library hold)
Shadows by Robin McKinley (library hold)


Key: x = first time read | L = library book | A = audio book | N = nook

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Book review of 2014

Reading list 2006 - Read 55 books
Reading list 2007 - Read 62 books
Reading list 2008 - Read 71 books
Reading list 2009 - Read 77 books
Reading list 2010 - Read 77 books
Reading list 2011 - Read 52 books
Reading list 2012 - Read 60 books
Reading list 2013 - Read 62 books

Drumroll-- no. I actually don't deserve a drumroll this year :(

Reading list 2014 - read 35 booksCollapse )

Year in review:Collapse )

Stuff I'm looking forward to in 2015:

Firefight by Brandon Sanderson (January 6)
Saint Odd by Dean Koontz (January 13)

Stuff I'm still currently reading:

Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe by Robert Lanza, MD
A Brief History of the Spy: Modern Spying from the Cold War to the War on Terror by Paul Simspon

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Books of 2014 - the home stretch

Read so far:

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26. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan [N] [x]
27. Lock In by John Scalzi [N] [x]
28. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson [N]
29. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss [N]
30. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss [N]
31. Coming Home by Jack McDevitt [x] [N]
32. Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney
33. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch [N]
34. George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger [x] [L]

Currently Reading:

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch [N]
Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe by Robert Lanza, MD

Key: x = first time read | L = library book | A = audio book | N = nook

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Reading 2014

Read so far:

1-25 behind cutCollapse )
26. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan [N] [x]
27. Lock In by John Scalzi [N] [x]
28. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson [N]
29. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss [N]
30. The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss [N]
31. Coming Home by Jack McDevitt [x] [N]
32. Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney

Currently Reading:

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch [N]

This Year's Releases:

The City by Dean Koontz (July 8)
Visitors by Orson Scott Card (November 4)

Key: x = first time read | L = library book | A = audio book | N = nook

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Bad. Just... bad.

Is it wrong that I make a point to go read the 30 Covers, 30 Days entries on the NaNoWriMo blog? And that I do it mainly to get my jollies from reading really dreadful-sounding synopses?

Yeah. Well.

This week, on Marvel"s Agents of SHIELD Save Me From Ward FangirlsCollapse )

Uh...

I had the weirdest damn Avengers-related dream last night. Natasha and Steve were exes, and Clint was jealous, and Groot was there (still haven't seen GotG) but he was really big and he was trying to step on people dressed as muppets. Tony's dad was alive and being played by William Shatner. There was an army of holographic warriors that all looked like Thor's mom. Steve kept trying to hug people. The Avengers fought a bunch of bad guys in what was essentially a dodgeball game, and one of the bad guys got decapitated by a Frisbee. Also Clint was a plumber on the side.

Most of the time, even my weirdest dreams make sense when I'm dreaming them. This one... not even close.

Whoa it's kind of dusty around here...

Had to log back in to say that, OMG, I don't even care whose side Ward is really on, other than his own, but I'm pretty sure that his is the most punchable face on television today. Even seeing the actor's name pop up on twitter raises my blood pressure which is obviously unfair. Actually it might be considered a compliment to him, I suppose.

After S1 ended someone on my f-list - I honestly don't remember who, other than it must have been someone I met through be_compromised - made a post basically lamenting how badly poor Ward's been treated by everybody, and I made a comment about how he's kinda a psychopath, and she went ballistic and unfriended me. I sort of wish I remembered who it was because I'm sure she's also over on tumblr or some other venue, and I'd love to see how she'd spin his actions from the last few episodes. Blah blah blah redemption blah blah something probably. And honestly, knowing Whedonish tendencies, I wouldn't be surprised if the show eventually goes there. I guess I've just seen so much villain-worship, especially in this fandom - *cough*Loki*cough* that it gets pretty tiring.

TL;DR: If someone doesn't punch Ward soon, I will have a sad.