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So I have been very remiss in my reviewing lately. Hold onto your hats, cause this is a long one.

#1 Donny Bailey Seagraves, Gone from These Woods, 192 pages.

Ok, talk about depressing. This book is about an 11-year-old who accidentally shoots and kills his uncle on a hunting trip. And how he learns to live with it. Well done, but very depressing.

#2 Sara Ryan, Empress of the World, 224 pages.

First love is hard enough without coming out as well. A very realistic and heart-tugging story of two awkward teen girls navigating a romantic relationship.

#3 Margo Lanagan, Black Juice, 208 pages.

Wow. Just wow. Lanagan's short stories are Literature in the best sense of the word -- haunting tales of circumstances as fantastic as they are remarkably human. Savour slowly.

#4 Lynn Jonell, The Secret of Zoom, 320 pages.

Somehow this kind of story has become its own sub-genre without my noticing: troubled pre-teen dealing with loss of one parent in comically bizarre circumstance and subsequent withdrawal and neglect of remaining parent discovers something fishy going on in their community which usually (but not always) relates back to the death of the first parent. Subsequent adventure and corresponding danger result in the redress of evils, the discovery of hidden truths, and a closer relationship with remaining parent. As clicheed as the plot is becoming, this is not a bad example of the genre.

#5 Rebecca York, Killing Moon (The Moon Series, Book 1), 352 pages.
#6 Rebecca York, Edge of the Moon (The Moon Series, Book 2), 336 pages.
#7 Rebecca York, Witching Moon (The Moon Series, Book 3), 352 pages.
#8 Rebecca York, Crimson Moon (The Moon Series, Book 4), 352 pages.
#9 Rebecca York, Shadow of the Moon (The Moon Series, Book 5), 352 pages.

This series is werewolf porn. Smutty paranormal romance with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. So why can't I stop reading them? Ah well, everyone has to have some guilty pleasures.

#10 Steig Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard), 672 pages.

Yeah, I finally got on the bandwagon. While I definitely did enjoy the book, I have to wonder what the hype's all about. It's good, but not as great as I was expecting considering the press. Still gonna read the other two though.

#11 Gail Carriger, Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate), 384 pages.
#12 Gail Carriger, Changeless (The Parasol Protectorate), 400 pages.
#13 Gail Carriger, Blameless (The Parasol Protectorate), 384 pages.

Vampires and Werewolves in Victorian London. Sinister scientists and mechanical monsters. Steampunk meets the paranormal romance. What more could you ask for?

#14 Anna Myers, Time of the Witches, 208 pages.

A historical fiction account of the Salem Witch Trials from the point of view of one of the accusers. A pretty interesting look at cutthroat local politics and mass hysteria from the inside.

#15 Kate Thompson, Creature of the Night, 256 pages.

Bobby is a career criminal at the age of 14, hanging around street toughs years older than him and stealing cars then taking advantage of his youth to escape the consequences. When Bobby's mother drags Bobby and his little brother Dennis away from Dublin and into the Irish countryside to try to escape her debt, all Bobby wants is to get back to Dublin and his old life. But life in the country is different from Dublin. When he steals a car in his new home his mother's landlord makes him work off the charges. Farm work is tough, and Bobby doesn't have time to get in trouble any more. Besides, he's got other things to think about. What happened to the tenant before them, who disappeared mysteriously in the middle of the night? What happened to the child who disappeared there 20 years earlier? And who is the 'little woman' 4-year-old Dennis claims comes to talk with him every night?

#16 G. M. Malliet, Death of a Cozy Writer (A St. Just Mystery), 312 pages.

Pretty much exactly what the title says. When a wealthy mystery writer with penchant for pitting his heirs against each other is killed, there is no shortage of suspects, including the new wife, whose previous husband also died conveniently.

#17 Jennifer Knight, Blood on the Moon, 400 pages.

Nothing like a love triangle with a vampire and a werewolf to liven up a girl's college experience.

#18 Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games, 384 pages.

Another popular book I'm only now getting around to reading. For this one, I totally understand the hype. And I can't wait to see how they treat it in the movie.

#19 Celia Thomson, The Fallen (Nine Lives of Chloe King), 256 pages.

What can I saw -- I saw the short-lived TV series on Netflix and I really liked it in a cheesy way. But then they ended on that cliffhanger and it was cancelled. When I found out it was based off a series of books I figured I'd check them out. Unfortunately this is one of the few times I think the tv version was actually better than the books. But I'm withholding final judgement until I finish the other two :)

#20 Max Lüthi, The European Folktale: Form and Nature (Folklore Studies in Translation), 200 pages.

Very interesting analysis of how the very two-dimensional nature of the folk tale actually serves to increase its potency and meaning.

#21 Melissa Kantor, If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?, 320 pages.

This was an interesting version of the 'misfit teen' genre. Kantor's protagonist - having been moved from California to New York due to her father's marriage to a woman she detests with two young daughters she can't stand -- actually gets what every misfit teen girl longs for: popularity, and the hottest boy in school for her boyfriend. Only problem is, now that she's got it, is it really what she wants?

#22 Shana Norris, Something to Blog About, 256 pages.

I actually quite liked this -- brought back memories of the early days of blogging, the hysterical drama of misfit teens, and the confusion and misunderstandings of first love.

Progress toward goals: 72/366 = 19.7%

Books: 22/100 = 22.0%

Pages: 7120/30000 = 23.7%

2012 Book List

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Feb. 27th, 2012 02:53 pm
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I have an inflamed cuticle on my right thumb. It hurts like the Dickens.


Feb. 27th, 2012 02:53 pm
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So someone broke into my car this weekend. Thankfully what could have been a big deal turned out to be a minor inconvenience. The insurance paid to fix the window and the only thing the thieves got was a broken GPS.


Feb. 17th, 2012 12:11 pm
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I ate too many pineapple chunks. Now my tongue burns.


Feb. 9th, 2012 12:41 pm
gwynhefar: (action librarian)
One of the fortunate difficulties of teaching library skills these days is the difficulty in finding journals that the University doesn't have access to as an example of what to do if you can't find what you're looking for.

So I'm going to appeal to a larger audience, particularly those of you working in the tech field in the 80s and early 90s - can anyone give me titles of obscure or lesser-known academic journals, newspapers, or trade publications that we might not own?


Feb. 9th, 2012 09:23 am
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When I was little, learning to read, I had a problem. My mother called me a 'lazy reader'. I would glance at the first and last letters in a word or phrase and then guess at the rest based on context. Often I was right, but sometimes I was spectacularly wrong.

I've noticed myself doing again lately - a hardware store advertising that they sold "notary seals" somehow translated in my brain as Navy SEALS and I thought they were having a military promotion. There have been other times although I don't remember them all at the moment. I don't do it while reading any more, but when just glancing around at words in the environment, I totally do it all the time.

Lazy brain.


Jan. 25th, 2012 03:20 pm
gwynhefar: (birds of a feather)
Why is it that so many of the major ornithology journals take their titles from a single species or genus, despite not having any particular focus on that species or genus? The Auk, The Condor, The Ibis, The Emu. You don't see journals of mammalogy calling themselves "The Elephant" or journals of entomology calling themselves "The Beetle" unless they're actually focused on elephants or beetles.

Ornithologists are weird.


Jan. 25th, 2012 02:06 pm
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Damn allergies are driving me nuts. It's really hard to concentrate on working when your eyes are itchy and watering, you're sneezing up a storm, and in between sneezes snot is threatening to drip everywhere.

I took a Claritin an hour ago and it doesn't seem to be working :-(


Jan. 25th, 2012 01:55 pm
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English Pronunciation

Words I wasn't sure how to pronounce or pronounced incorrectly: Terpsichore, Balmoral, Melpomene, foeffer, victual. The first three are proper nouns and I had them almost right anyway (I'd've said Terp-sih-KORE-y). Foeffer I'd've pronounced "feefer", which is an acceptable alternative pronunciation and I admit, I've apparently been pronouncing "victuals" wrong in my head for the last 30 years. Didn't realise it was the same as "vittles".

I would, however, like to point out that some people do indeed pronounce "aunt" like "haunt" and that's not incorrect. Also, I pronounce "bury" to rhyme with "hurry" not "hairy" and that's not wrong either. Also, although it wasn't in this poem, I pronounce "sorry" like "sore-y" not "sawry". So sue me.


Jan. 23rd, 2012 04:44 pm
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Today I have ordered replacement reserve books and faculty requests. I have caught up on discussion regarding the recent changes to our new catalog software, and met with a representative from IT about data management. Why is it, then, that the thing I have done today that fills me with the most satisfying sense of accomplishment is creating a suggestion box out of an empty tissue box and print-it-yourself wrapping paper?


Jan. 19th, 2012 09:40 am
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Wearing glasses today because I mistook Joanna's cleaning solution for saline solution. Oops. Ouch.
gwynhefar: (fantasies)
one day I am going to bloom
patient and proud
with fish in my mouth
and eyes in my wings

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Woohoo! My thematic display on inter-species hybrids went up in the library today.


Jan. 18th, 2012 02:16 pm
gwynhefar: (Robin)
Dear Robin - I love you too, but rubbing your face up against my fingers while I'm tying my shoes is not cool. Please desist.
gwynhefar: (Default)
Today is the worst weather I've had to deal with in a long time. Temperatures only in the high 30s, moderate to heavy rain, and the wind - oh the wind! Constantly blowing freezing rain at you from a 90 degree angle. The wind broke my umbrella and my pants are cold and wet. Not to mention the rats' nest that was my hair by the time I made it into work.

Bleh - give me snow over this any day.
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Books read in 2012:

#1 -- Donny Bailey Seagraves, Gone From these Woods, 192 pages, 6/10.
#2 -- Sara Ryan, Empress of the World, 224 pages, 7/10.
#3 -- Margo Lanagan, Black Juice, 208 pages, 10/10
#4 -- Lynn Jonell, The Secret of Zoom, 320 pages, 5/10.
#5 -- Rebecca York, Killing Moon, 352 pages, 6/10.
#6 -- Rebecca York, Edge of the Moon, 336 pages, 6/10.
#7 -- Rebecca York, Witching Moon, 352 pages, 6/10.
#8 -- Rebecca York, Crimson Moon, 352 pages, 6/10.
#9 -- Rebecca York, Shadow of the Moon, 352 pages, 6/10.
#10 -- Steig Larsson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, 672 pages, 8/10.
#11 -- Gail Carriger, Soulless, 384 pages, 9/10.
#12 -- Gail Carriger, Changeless, 400 pages, 8/10.
#13 -- Gail Carriger, Blameless, 384 pages, 8/10.
#14 -- Anna Myers, Time of the Witches, 208 pages, 7/10.
#15 -- Kate Thompson, Creatures of the Night, 256 pages, 8/10.
#16 -- G. M. Malliet, The Death of a Cozy Writer, 312 pages, 6/10.
#17 -- Jennifer Knight, Blood on the Moon, 400 pages, 7/10.
#18 -- Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games, 384 pages, 9/10.
#19 -- Celia Thomson, The Fallen, 256 pages, 5/10.
#20 -- Max Lüthi, The European Folktale: Form and Nature, 200 pages, 8/10.
#21 -- Melissa Kantor, If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?, 320 pages, 7/10.
#22 -- Shana Norris, Something to Blog About, 256 pages, 7/10.
#23 -- Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl, 304 pages, 8/10.
#24 -- Ann Finnin, The Sorcerer of Sainte Felice, 360 pages, 9/10.
#25 -- Eoin Colfer, The Arctic Incident, 292 pages, 8/10.
#26 -- Gail Carriger, Heartless, 400 pages, 8/10.
#27 -- Gail Carriger, Timeless, 416 pages, 9/10.
#28 -- Celia Thomson, The Stolen, 288 pages, 7/10.
#29 -- Celia Thomson, The Chosen, 245 pages, 7/10.
#30 -- Barbara Else, The Travelling Restaurant, 300 pages, 10/10
#31 -- Kate Coombs, The Runaway Princess, 288 pages, 9/10.
#32 -- Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, The Roadside Picnic, 224 pages, 9/10.
#33 -- Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness, 320 pages, 8/10.
#34 -- Rebecca York, New Moon, 336 pages, 6/10.
#35 -- Kimberley Pauley, Sucks to Be Me, 304 pages, 7/10.
#36 -- Amber McRee Turner, Sway, 320 pages, 7/10.
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Ok, so I'm way behind on the list of books read, so you don't get reviews for these, just the list. Sorry.

Book #80 -- Steve Niles, 28 Days Later: The Aftermath, 105 pages.

Book #81 -- Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, 371 pages.

Book #82 -- John Claude Bemis, The Nine Pound Hammer (The Clockwork Dark, Book 1), 359 pages.

Book #83 -- Michael Morpurgo, An Elephant in the Garden, 199 pages.

Book #84 -- Julie Anne Peters, grl2grl: Short fictions, 151 pages.

Book #85 -- Marilyn Kaye, Demon Chick, 215 pages.

Book #86 -- Deva Fagan, Fortune's Folly, 257 pages.

Book #87 -- Mackie D'Arge, Lifting the Sky, 288 pages.

Book #88 -- David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, 183 pages.

Book #89 -- Walter Tevis, The Man Who Fell to Earth, 209 pages.

Book #90 -- Janet Lee Carey, Dragon's Keep, 301 pages.

Book #91 -- Cora Harrison, My Lady Judge: A Mystery of Medieval Ireland, 320 pages.

Progress toward goals: 360/365 = 98.6%

Books: 91/100 = 91.0%

Pages: 26903/30000 = 89.7%

2011 Book List

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Haven't posted my book list in ages, which doesn't mean I haven't been reading. In fact, what with now taking the T to work, I have more time to read than ever. So, without further ado, the last month or so's worth of reading:

Book #69 -- Will Shetterly, Nevernever, 240 pages.

Continuing my re-read of the Bordertown series. I'd forgotten most of this one, honestly, and surprised myself with how much the ending affected me. Ambiguously happy never felt so sad.

Book #70 -- Isobel Carmody, Little Fur #1: The Legend Begins, 224 pages.

The first in a series for kids, this is an adorable adventure book with an eco-friendly message that refrains from being *too* dogmatic.

Book #71 -- Ying Chang Compestine, A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales, 192 pages.

This is an amazing collection of short ghost stories focused around food, with recipes to accompany each story. Absolutely wonderful.

Book #72 -- Keith McGowan,The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children, 192 pages.

Quirky retelling of "Hansel and Gretel".

Book #73 -- Susanne Selfors, To Catch a Mermaid, 272 pages.

Typical, but still fun, example of the children-dealing-with-death-of-one-parent-and-grief-of-the-other-discover-something-remarkable-that-helps-heal-family genre.

Book #74 -- Amy Gordon, Magic by Heart, 197 pages.

In one of those alternate realities in which magical abilities are rare but not unheard of a young girl with her own budding abilities brings together a family long separated by fear and resentment.

Book #75 -- Jane Lindskold, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls, 288 pages.

Pretty impressive for an early novel with an amazing portrayal of a mentally ill protagonist trying to survive in a dystopian society.

Book #76 -- Barry Hughart, Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was, 288 pages.

How the hell did I manage to miss this one for so long? Based on a Chinese folktale, this novel has that indescribable *something* I associate with the 1980s fantasy of my childhood - something both simpler and deeper than today's polished, 'sparkly' fantasy.

Book #77 -- Megan Crewe, Give Up the Ghost, 256 pages.

Cass knows her parents are worried about her, but she wishes they wouldn't bother. With her dad always off in his own world and her mother always on the road, Cass has been taking care of herself since her older sister died. Not that death has stopped her from poking her nose into Cass's business. Besides, Cass has friends, they're just . . . well, dead.

Book #78 -- Dean Hale, Shannon Hale, and Nathan Hale, Rapunzel's Revenge, 144 pages.

Graphic novel version of a kick-ass, braid-whipping Rapunzel.

Book #79 -- Kerry Hardie, The Bird Woman: A Novel, 384 pages.

This is exactly the sort of domestic strife novel I wouldn't usually buy, but picked up cause it was free at ALA and I'm very glad I did.

Progress toward goals: 305/365 = 83.6%

Books: 79/100 = 79.0%

Pages: 23945/30000 = 79.8%

2011 Books

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gwynhefar: (starry night)
As the music at the banquet
As the wine before the meal
As the firelight in the night
So are you to me

As the ruby in the setting
As the fruit upon the tree
As the wind blows over the plains
So are you to me

As the wind blows over the plains
So are you to me
So are you to me

--Eastmountainsouth "So Are You to Me"
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So, I tend to collect LJ friends sometimes without a clear remembrance of where I met said person (come on, don't tell me you haven't done that too).

So I'm creating a new Boston filter - let me know either in comments or via email (gwynhefar at gmail dot com) if you should be on it (and your use-name, if you want me to know it). Hopefully, among other things, it will help me put faces and names to LJ folks.


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