Monthly Archives: September 2010

of Amazon

There’s a meme going around to list your first order from Amazon. Mine was in AUgust of 1998, and included The House of Arden and its parallel story Harding’s Luck (glad I bought those while both were in print), by … Continue reading

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here I go

TIme has shut up on me like a telescope, and now I feel like I’m plunging into an ocean. I survived the Rondje Eindhoven row last Sunday, obviously. Today is my last workday before vacation. Tonight I have my last … Continue reading

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incoherent update

DId a fifty km rowing tour today, rowing about 2/3 of it myself. Far too tired to write more but there’s a bit of explanation in the last two entries on Avontuur. 8:30 PM (now) seems like a really, really, … Continue reading

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life, death, and vanity

It seems impossible that it’s been nearly a year since my uncle died. I hadn’t thought about it – that is I think about him every day, just hadn’t thought about the timing. I’m OK on birthdays, but I always … Continue reading

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building with blocks

Much as I love the round “Dona Nobis Pacem”, I don’t believe in it. Peace doesn’t come all preassembled in a pretty box, wrapped up with ribbons. Praying to be given peace is on a par of naiveté with expecting … Continue reading

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You know what’s really not a good idea?

Reading two historical fantasy novels at once, that’s what. At least not when one gets everything so perfectly right that you’re left wondering if maybe there is a bit more than moving airmasses behind the storm that sank the Spanish … Continue reading

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who needs an e-book?

There are lots of reasons not to buy an e-book. The foremost one is that you’re not much of a reader – if you aren’t, then it’s no more than a brick, a money-costing device you won’t use. Price isn’t … Continue reading

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Soulless

Someone on my reading list was just discussing Soulless, by Gail Carriger. They liked it a lot. I have to say that I’m only about a tenth of the way through, but my emotions are mixed: I like the characters, … Continue reading

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unspoilery comments on I Shall Wear Midnight

I do not think Terry Pratchett has a good handle on what his Alzheimers disease will do next. The reason I say that is because of the remarkable balance he’s struck here: if we never get another Tiffany Aching book … Continue reading

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I Shall Wear Midnight!!!

There are sometimes advantages to being in Europe. I just bought Terry Pratchett’s latest Tiffany Aching book, I Shall Wear Midnight – which won’t be released in the US until September 29. Ahem. neener (You could of course counter with … Continue reading

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