eilonwy2017: (Crazy: CM Diana Reid)
I think there's only one person reading these (and one person who has promised to do so later) but since I've started, I can't really stop!

Today's panels are brought to you by CIRCLES and SOAP.

Notes:
Panel 1: I have NO idea why they have dinner in a tent by a mine. It is never explained.
Panel 2: Yes, they're mostly eating circles. I got lazy. (My hand hurts, presumably from knitting.)
Panel 3: I condensed things so you'll have to imagine she looked in the chest of drawers. THERE WAS NO SOAP.
Panel 4: The bows should be blue. No, I'm not making this shit up.
Panel 5: Sorry for so many words, but really, I didn't much care to continue to draw naked stick figures (??) in a hot spring.

Today's panels are brought to you by CIRCLES and SOAP )
eilonwy2017: (Book review)
I listened to quite a chunk of the book today (or maybe it just felt like an agonizingly large amount) but waited several hours before I actually drew the strip. This method tends to make for shorter strips, with more of the book condensed. I don't know which method is "better", but c'est la vie.

I'll probably be driving some tomorrow, too. :)

Notes: Yes, Kady really does compare Legend to Disneyworld. Honestly, though, it reminds me more of the creepy communist planet in A Wrinkle in Time. Also, I cut out a huge part of the chapter where she's wandering around asking everyone to give her a job and the hotel people say women can't be in their kitchen, and the mine people say that she's so pretty she'll incite a riot.

As for Cole, yes he's that much of a jackass-- actually he's MORE than I managed to get into this strip. He's our hero? Dude, he's nauseating. He's all, "I've never left a woman in my care to fend for herself before! Let's meet tomorrow so I can be sure you're okay!" And then the next day he's all, "Oh, good, you're alive. Ima go sing now." And yeah, it's pretty clear that part of it is a ploy, but on the other hand, he's literally making the heroine beg just because she had the temerity to claim she can fend for herself (in the 20th century.)

Sorry for reusing the background in the last three panels, but it's late, and... yeah, it's late. That's all I got.

The "spray can" on Kady's dress is just supposed to be dirt. When asking for a job at the newspaper (?!) she got interrogated about her involvement with a bank robbing gang (!?) and in her haste to escape tore her dress, then at the mines she got dirt all over them, or something. But the "spray can" in the Palace Hotel windows is lace curtains. Just so we're all clear. :)

Dear Jude Deveraux, Asking for help is not the same thing as asking to be taken care of. no love, Eilonwy )

I enjoyed drawing Kady's hair after she looks at herself in a mirror in the schoolroom (Why does the schoolroom have a mirror? I do not know.) and she discovers how awful she looks. Heh.

OH! And Kady has apparently lost several inches off her waist in the day it's been since Cole cooked her a rabbit, and now she wants to write a diet book about time travel. No, I'm not kidding.
eilonwy2017: (Shivering Jemmy)
Slightly less than normal because I intentionally didn't listen to any of it on the way to school-- I wanted slightly less to draw because I knew today would be a long day. On the other hand, I'm starting to take the bus as of tomorrow, so I honestly don't know when we'll have more Legend Stick Figures...

Today the tapes are really lucky, though, that they are, in fact, not a book that can be thrown across the room.

SFT presents... )

Today's, while short, is so !#@$%@!#$ annoying and offensive, from it implied threat of rape by our hero to our heroine's inability to defend women working when faced with the question of 'who takes care of the kids'?

Also, the horse seems to be walking in a vacuum in the final panel. This would be because I'm lazy and totally got distracted and so forgot about that whole backgrounds thing. Oops. And yes, the thought-bubble in panel three is supposed to be from the horse. That part may not be original to the book...
eilonwy2017: (Facepalm)
The dialogue in panels four and the last bit of five are directly from the book. After hearing them, I recorded them into my iphone so that i'd remember 'til I could get to my computer and stick figure them. There's less detail than some previous strips, though, because I listened to these at about 8:30am, and am only now, at 3pm, drawing them. What this means is perhaps less amusing details, but a more distilled version of the story, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I just hope I don't forget anything "important."

stick figure legend )

Yes, that's really where I left off. :)

I couldn't work it into the panels, but you should know that "Legend" is the name of the nearest town. And also, the reason people wanted to hang our Hero is because he has lots of cattle. Oh, and he Such a Good Church-Goer that he got a dagger as a present for going EVERY Sunday for a full year-- even including the time he went with CHICKENPOX and he gave it to all the Sunday School Kids. I... think God might have preferred it if he'd stayed home that day...
eilonwy2017: (Book review)
Bwahaha. This was fun to draw.

Notes: Apparently "Katie" is "Kady" -- as in Elizabeth Kady Long. (Elizabeth Cady Stanton would have been more interesting.) So I spelled her name wrong in earlier comics. I am obviously not going to go back and fix it, sorry.

Also, I'm attempting to narrow the images so that they're more easily viewed in LJ.

Two more sets of panels this-a-way )
I did my best to represent the dress precisely as described in the book. Yes, it really is that hideous. Yes, the phrase "woven from a whisper" really does get applied to the veil (as does "woven from light and air").

But after the anatomy of the horrible dress, I'm not going to redraw it unless it becomes necessary. The joy of Stick Figure Theatre is its simplicity, I feel, and also its stick figureness, so once Kady puts it on, we're back to our usual triangles. (And also the "spray can" Paint technique to represent lace. Hee.
eilonwy2017: (Book review)
Stick Figure Theatre Presents... Jude Deveraux's Legend

This time there are two sets of images because I couldn't fit all I wanted to fit into one. Oh boy!

Also, before you ask, the horse is cranky because Katie is question his/her sexual identity which is none of her business, thankyouverymuch.

Also, the "plot device" is a copper mold of some sort shaped like a rose-- I'm pretty sure we'll never see it again-- Katie just had to get into the antique store to buy the box.

Also also, there's no meaning behind why Debbie doesn't have arms in the first panel of line three-- I just forgot them. Oops.

Cut again because they're wide (and shrinking them would make the font even harder to read.)

This way! )
eilonwy2017: (Book review)
I have NO idea why I thought this was a good idea, but ... I did. I have decided that (time permitting) I shall create Stick Figure Theatre Recaps of whatever I listened to of this book in the car each day. I don't drive much, so they'll be brief. I'm quite rusty in creating my .bmp stick figures (it's been a long time since my Geoffrey Blake Stick Figure Hey Day (Hey, [livejournal.com profile] blergeatkitty, do those pages still exist?)

Also, I'm no Hyperbole and a Half, sorry to disappoint...

Without further ado, part one (of probably A BILLION) of Legend...

Behind a cut 'cause it got wide )
eilonwy2017: (Reading)
This time, stolen from [livejournal.com profile] moniqueleigh

List o' Books! )

Honestly, I'm surprised by how many I've only read bits of. Bad me! And for how many Austen books were on there, I was annoyed that neither Northanger Abbey, which I'm currently reading, nor Mansfield Park, which I have read (and written about for class) was on there. :P
eilonwy2017: (Reading)
I like books! And I like memes!

Taken from [livejournal.com profile] mousecatfish who got it from... other places


Which of School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels have you read?
baaa! I am sheep! )
eilonwy2017: (Yarn!Chester Callie)
(Read: Supernatural stuff.)

1. Yarn!Chesters. The newest one is alllllmost done. But I broke the accessory I made for her and need to make a new one. Also, i'm not entirely sure I like her hair. And she needs eyes. I plan on trying to finish her tomorrow, though.

2. Speaking of Yarn!Chester accessories, I have made, with no particular skill or talent, the following items out of sculpey:
1. The colt that can kill anything except when it usually can't
2. Ruby's knife that can kill anything except when it usually can't
3. A large random knife/sword thing (like the ones for killing vampires in season 1), which the Yarn!chesters can actually hold on their own
4. a cannister of salt
5. a cannister of gasoline
6. many candles
7. a sawed off shotgun
8. a random handgun (with a pearl grip, to mimic Dean's.)
9. a shovel
10. a stake (for killing demigods)
11. several metal stakes for pinning zombies back into grave beds

When I photograph the newest Yarn!chester (tomorrow?) you can see these weird items, too.

3. I have a new Yarn!chester mini-project. I shan't say more than that, however, 'til I find out if it works. If it does, I'll be very happy because I want to be able to give something Yarn!chester-ish away as gifts, but the full size ones are too time consuming.

4. I have, in my hot little hands, Keith R. A. DeCandido's newest Supernatural tie-in novel: Heart of the Dragon. You know what this means, right? Yes! Time for a new WTF?! book review! Wheeee!!!

I plan on doing my utmost to go into this one with an open mind and no opinion. I have read no one else's reviews and while Mr DeCandido comes across as a prick on LJ (sorry, but he does), it has been a long time since his previous Supernatural novel, so I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt in that he'll have improved.

(Also, in the next two months, two new novels are coming out, by authors I've never heard of. I'll be getting/reviewing those, too, in due course.)

ALSO, it's Spring Break. So while I must GRADE GRADE GRADE, and plan for England, and research Oberammergau, and write my dissertation, it does mean there's a wee bit of time for accomplishing the above.

Not tonight, though, for I am going out to dinner with [livejournal.com profile] aussie_nyc and [livejournal.com profile] kizlj. Wheeee!
eilonwy2017: (Default)
I neeed this book. Why are you so expeeeeensive???? Neeeeed this. As in, for the dissertation. Need need need. The bibliography alone is requisite. I might, I suppose, be getting it for Christmas as it's on my wish list, but I doubt it. And ASU's library doesn't have it. I currently have it on ILL, but need to return it tomorrow because of leaving town on Monday. Pout, pout, pout. Anyone have any idea how I can get it for less than $113 (the current lowest "used" price on Amazon.) I've already checked Alibris and ABEBooks. It's too new (having come out in late-ish 2009. I know because my adviser showed me her copy and said, "You need this." And I said, "I can't afford this...")

This is my new favorite quote: An author places himself uncalled before the tribunal of criticism, and solicits fame at the hazard of disgrace.

I can't say I'm a huge Samuel Johnson fan. (I approve of the fact that he approved of Frances Burney, but it seems to me it was in a rather patronizing way.) But that's a good quote. I ran across it in the comment section on an article about the new Stargate series, but find it particularly useful given both my own run in with an author (as you'll recall, over at Amazon) and the one that Neil Gaiman recently linked to. (In which Candace Sams responds to a one-star review of her book Electra Galaxy's Interstellar Feller. The trainwreck was here. The author defended her work by claiming that the reviewer was drunk with the power of being allowed to review on Amazon (?!), had called her minions down upon the author, suggesting that the reviewer was not smart enough to understand the book, and was generally out to get her. She began anonymously but within a page of comments was outed as the author. She raged against everyone commenting, suggested that the reason her book sucked was the editor's fault, that because Harriet Klausner gave her a good review, the book must be wonderful, and eventually declared that she had been receiving threats and was reporting everyone involved to the FBI. This included other authors (such as Meljean Brooks) Sadly, however, I've just noticed that she has deleted all of her comments, so all that is left is the (still amusing) responses. [Although you can see the other review she commented at here-- there's no long drawn-out argument, but you can see her "issues" and a response.], Many people had tried to gently point out that this is not, in fact, the best way to handle the situation, but to no avail. (Hell, the review in question wasn't even that vitriolic. The one-star reviews I've written were fiercer.) You can see the Best Of in a blog entry here. Perhaps savvier people than I will know how to find archives/screencaptures. There is now speculation that the author wasn't batshit crazy, just pretending to be, in an attempt to get out of her contract with her publisher. ...That's still insane, 'cause there are now thousands of readers who won't buy her stuff (maybe more-- this was linked by Neil Gaiman, both his Twitter and blog, after all!)

On internets, you amuse me.

(Speaking of, it turns out that when the above author writes "Fantasy and Erotica" it's under the name C.S. Chatterly. I have to assume that the C.S. is her real name-- Candace Sams-- and that the Chatterly is a reference to Lady Chatterly's Lover. I then have to wonder if she's ever read that book because while, yes, it is certainly explicit in its sexual content, it's actually far more about industrialization than it is about erotica. But then again, her homepage declares her to be a not only a former cop/ambulance driver but also a gardener, author and senior woman on the US Kung Fu team... when would she have time to read DH Lawrence?)

(Oh, and apparently Laurell K. Hamilton did something similar, which you can read here. It's pretty awesome, too.)

I understand the desire to respond to criticism. But... it does no one any good. Well, except for the thousands of people reading the trainwreck. Whee!

In other news, I'm drowning in stress. I leave on Monday for PA and I'm totally not ready, and I have gotten nothing done for comps and ohmygodhelp. Also, Christmas shopping? What Christmas shopping?

I did go to the Heard Museum today-- well, to their shop-- in order to get a book signed by Sandra Day O'Connor. Well, two copies-- one for me and one for my Pseudo-Sis. While there I picked up a few things for gifts. Justice O'Connor was very nice but was clearly growing tired of the whole situation by the time I got my book signed.

I was in line for a little over an hour. Cleverly, however, I had brought a book with me (one other than Justice O'Connor's!)

Here, have a health-care (of me) Sum Up. This week I saw 3 doctors, went to the health center 4 times, was prescribed 3 new medicines, had 3 vials of blood drawn. Did I miss anything...? I wrote about Monday and Tuesday's appointments before. Wednesday I stopped in twice, first to get a prescription (#2) that they'd had to special order and second to get a letter that my doctor wrote for my insurance company (and oh crap, I have to deal with that too.) As far as I can recall (and it was a hell of a week, so I could be wrong) I did not go to the health center on Thursday (but instead worked at the bookstore.) Friday, however, I was to be on campus not for the health center but to give my 221 grades to the my prof, and then go out for lunch with her and the other TAs. I was, however, running late. In my rush, I parked in the nearby parking garage and hurried to gather my things.

Unfortunately, I then slammed the middle finger of my right hand in the car door. There was shock, and then there was searing pain and there was rather a lot of dripping blood, and an amazing instantaneous bruise. I sat there for a few minutes, crouched between cars, trying to decide what the hell to do. I considered calling my mom for advice. I considered going to the coffee shop for ice (and napkins) and then going to my appointment. In the end, however, I called [livejournal.com profile] wild_donkey_man and asked him to meet me at the health center so that I could give him my grades. I wrapped my bleeding finger in some tissues and went to the health center. Poor W_D_M, I'm sure he didn't need to get a phone call from a semi-hysterical colleague. By the time I got to the health center, I was already doing much better-- while the finger hurt if I so much as looked at it, I was no longer in so much pain that I was crying. If I thought about it, though, it hurt horribly again, so I went on in to Urgent Care. I felt foolish-- it's a bruise and a cut, right? Gimme a bandaid. But see, since it was both, and since I squashed the nail and stuff, I thought it best to go in. They gave me an ice pack, and made me wash out my own wound (!!). The Medical Assistant was the same jackass I'd seen on Tuesday, so I was displeased on that front. The doctor, however, was really nice-- she was very sympathetic. She had the assistant put a compression bandage on me, and gave me some follow up care suggestions as well as a prescription for an antibiotic. She offered me a painkiller, too (if I thought Tylenol wouldn't be enough) but I demurred. She warned me that there might be bleeding under the nail which builds up pressure and requires a cauterized hole to be put in it. Fun! Surprisingly, though, this does not seem to be the case, ::knock on wood::

I stopped at CVS after, to pick up some guaze and stuff because the compression bandage didn't, y'know, catch blood and I was still all oozy. I still managed most of my errands, believe it or not-- bank, post office, gas for the car. Then I came home and slept. By last night I wasn't in much pain, just the occassional twinge. The finger is ugly and I don't want to, y'know, bang it into anything, but I was knitting last night already and my typing is normal. At this point it looks much worse than it feels (and likely will for months, since I bet the nail is going to fall off, ewwww.)

An update on the Paypal saga... Zynga's last email just said they're dealing with it. Then I found a refund in my Paypal account. But Paypal then said that they were giving me back the $150 while they investigate. So where did it come from? Before that Paypal comment, I'd tried to cancel the investigation, but evidently it didn't work. And I don't have access to my account now-- which really sucks because I'd bought something on Etsy before realizing I can't pay for it. I emailed the artist, so hopefully it'll be okay. :( (I'd also really like access to the rather large-ish amount of money in my Paypal account just now-- between the yarn and mousies I have enough money in there to maybe buy the Oxford book... if I can ever have access to it again... )

Tomorrow, I'm braving Target (!!) and packing and cleaning. Monday, off to the land of the COLD. (Mom says it's 24 degrees in PA today-- it was 71 here.)

I really don't know what to do about this damn Oxford book. Poo.
eilonwy2017: (Book review)
If you check out the comments on my review over at Amazon (here), you'll see that the author has responded again, this time (amazingly) succinctly. She has applauded my response as balanced and offered that had my original review been so balanced she'd have given it the thought it deserved. She finishes by patronizingly giving me kudos for my "restraint and explanation."

Um. I'm just as critical in my response as I was in my original review, I simply explained what I was critical about since she clearly hadn't understood my original review...

Oh well.

A couple of you asked me (in comments) why I was responding, and you know, that's a great question. My reasons, let me show you them )

I have no intention of beating this event into the ground-- barring unforeseen circumstances, it's all at an end now. I appreciate your comments (very much!!) on the previous posts, your suggestions and helpful points. :)

Given my propensity for being angry about bad books, I doubt that this is the last time I'll become embroiled in something like this... and you all get to be in the front row for all of it! Wheee!

(By the by, I've given up on trying to read, let alone review the last book I was working on here, The Irish Rake. It's just too damn boring. But I bought a fantastic looking piece of pulp while in Staunton last month, AND [livejournal.com profile] doctor12am sent me a Nascar romance AND for my birthday [livejournal.com profile] moobie sent me Constantine's Defiant Mistress. AND AND AND the newest SPN novelization by that most troubling of authors (Keith R.A. DeCandido) is coming out this Spring.)
eilonwy2017: (Book review)
Cats
I'm still trying to catch the feral kitten. Whee. I really need to get in gear and raise more money (sigh) and call The Volunteer and make appointments to get a bunch of the colony trapped and TNRed. There's a few that I didn't catch before, and therefore a few new ones. And of course there's Tigger-- the friendly cat who might be a stray or might be theoretically owned but is definitely not neutered and is therefore going with the next batch. He'd make a great pet-- he's very friendly and comes right up to me to get love. He had a flea collar on him for a short time last year, but no identification collar. And he's always around my building. And he has ginormous [censored] and so he needs to see a vet to get that taken care of.

BOOKS
LibraryThing
I discovered that you can move your database o' books from LibraryThing to Good Reads. Mind you, I like Library Thing just fine-- but mainly I chose it because at the time it was the only place that let you scan in your books instead of typing them all. I've only moved books over to Good Reads because so many of my LJ and FB friends are there, and because FB has connections. So, 800+ books later, I've got databases at both. Of course, there are at least 50 some books that need to be added since I last updated the list. Not to mention that I didn't include my graphic novels (or romances, for that matter... a dirty little secret, those) the first time around. But I've gotten a lot of research books (for the comps) and a significant number of regular fiction since then, so I ought to, someday, add those.

Also, the best part about taking the bus is that it gives me more time to read. Leaving the house is easier when I know that it means I'll get to read for a bit. :)

In the Brief Eternal SUCKINESS
Amazon suggested a book called In the Brief Eternal Silence for me because I adore the Sebastian St. Cyr books. This book looked vaguely interesting (Victorian England, romance, intrigue, anti-hero, etc.) but what sealed the deal for me to buy it was that it had five five-star reviews.

But this book is AWFUL. It's boring, it's contrived, it's repetitive, and it's predictable. I read the first 300 pages, and then the last 40 ONLY because I wanted to have read enough to write my own review in the desperate hopes that no one else would be taken in by the LIES of the other five reviews. I was willing to overlook the fact that it was from a Christian publisher (even though there was NOTHING to suggest that on the webpage or synopsis)-- in fact, in the 2/3rds of the book I read there really wasn't much to suggest it had a Christian agenda (although I suspect I may have missed the hero's conversion in the pages I didn't read). There's probably a decent-ish book in there, but it DESPERATELY needed a ruthless editor and several more rewrites.

I now strongly believe that the five reviews it has are from friends/family of the writer (although I have no proof of this other than the fact that none of the reviewers have ever reviewed another book on Amazon. Well, that and their excessive praise for a fourth-rate piece of amateur writing. Oh, and the fact that one of the author's is published by this author's company. Nepotism ftw!)

My vitriolic review of the book appeared on Amazon only today and it already has received a "0 out of 1 people find the following review helpful." I kind of think that the author herself might be monitoring the Amazon page. Granted, I could be paranoid here-- but this isn't exactly a book that is flying off the shelves and therefore has a page likely to receive a lot of hits. The biggest clue that gives me this suspicion is the author's acknowledgments in the book itself, some of which I will now share:

I wish I had a long list of people that helped me in my endeavor, but I really don't. ... My greatest acknowledgment goes to Christ. He was there when that long list of people wasn't.

Frankly, this reads as a bitter woman (despite the prayer she then follows that statement with.)

If you'd like to see the book's page (and my review) it's here. Feel free to say that my review was helpful. :D (Mine would be the one that gave it 1 star as opposed to the ones who all gave it 5 stars.)

(I've just discovered-- and man I wish I'd known this before, as I would not have bought the book-- that she was unable to find a publisher for this (or her other manuscripts, gee, I wonder why) so she started her own publishing company. GAH. I have found her blog just now. She seems like a nice enough person. She's just a TERRIBLE writer. It horrifies me that she apparently gives writer's workshops. [Those who can't do, teach?] Oh good grief, her publisher includes a "sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice which is apparently a "religious romance." Really?!)

Apparently I now have a vendetta, and am looking up reviews of her book. One which adores said book declares, "these characters illicit an emotional response from the reader in diverse ways as they play their parts in this grand drama of vengeance" (Long and Short Reviews). "Illicit a... response," huh? Well, good to know that the reviewer is as good a writer as the, well, writer. Also, " He walks with the dead as he mingles with meanest of society while seeking VENGEANCE" (Long and Short Reviews.) Really? First, of all, VENGEANCE? Is that necessary? Secondly, if he really "walked with the dead" that'd be a better book.

Why am I spending so much time sharing all of this? Because I'm irritated at how this book is presented when in actuality it's awful. Grr! I so wish I had not spent money on it! And from now on, when I consider a new author (one not recommended by a friend) I'm going to look into them first.

Why didn't I do a book review of it if it was so bad? Because it wasn't entertainingly bad (unlike The Bounty Hunter's Bride and the romance that was sublimated into attention for the freakin' cow.) Trust me, I spared you by not talking about this terrible book 'til now.

Soulless
On the bright side, I followed [livejournal.com profile] eiluned's recommendation for Soulless from over on her website The Discriminating Fangir, and so far it is excellent. I shan't try to describe it, since you can read her review of it here. And also, I haven't finished it yet. :) But it's proving a very nice antidote to the above mentioned SUCKITUDE.

Writing
I'm actually making progress on my Not-a-NaNo. :) That's all I shall say. Well, that and reading the The Brief Tedious Dreck actually pointed out some mistakes for me to avoid. So. Yay.

Other News
I fixed my vacuum cleaner. Woot. :) It wasn't complicated, but neither was it easy to get the stoopid belt in the proper place.

I told my mom I might need an eye appointment because I might be having some trouble reading, and she laughed at me. (She's had bifocals since she was about my age.) Grr.

My parents are coming to visit at Thanksgiving-- yay!

I can't get the Mystery Smell out of my flat-- boo.

I have (relatively minor) crushes on several people, none of whom have shown any interest in me. Boo. But also yay, since I haven't time for that anyway!



I'm going to stop this entry now. But remember to go vote for my review as helpful! >:-D Hehheh.
eilonwy2017: (Default)
It's really early, but I'm quite sleepy and have a bit of a headache. (These despite the nap I took... huh.)

Mind you, I'm not actually planning to sleep immediately-- I've begun rereading the most recent ('til next week) Sebastian St. Cyr mystery (Where Serpents Sleep, by C.S. Harris. I've read it before (hence rereading...) but it's my favorite of the series (I love them all so much!) and since the new comes out soooooon I wanted to remind myself what happened in this one. (If I had the freetime I'd reread them ALL.)

(I pre-ordered the newest one on Amazon. It has a release date of 3 November. But then I talked to [livejournal.com profile] pyrite who works in a bookstore and she said that they already have copies. And she is putting one in the mail for me on FRIDAY, which is the 29th of October, which means I'll probably get it Monday, the 2nd of November, and therefore probably faster than had I ordered from Amazon or gone to a big ol' chain bookstore. (And I'd not have had the time to do the latter anyway.) So, YAAAY. The newest one will soon be in my hot little hands!!)

I adore these books. I'm sad that they're not at all recognized as they should be. And I read C.S.Harris's blog, so I've heard that there's even been some marketing kerfluffle in which the newest book got all forgotten by the publisher. Suck!

If you like regencies, if you like mysteries, if you like some-what broken anti-heroes, GO BUY THESE BOOKS. (The first one is What Angels Fear.) I'm not actually much of a mystery reader, personally, but I love these. A regular mystery reader would have to tell you how they stand up to other mysteries. But as a reader, and one who reads lots about the regency and who just loves great characterization, I say they're fantastic.

(Also, I love love love love love the uneasy partnership between two of the characters in Where Serpents Sleep which will, evidently, be continued in the newest book, What Remains of Heaven. The character in question has been around since book one, but circumstances in the third book, Why Mermaids Sing, cleared the way for this partnership, which gets created through necessity in Where Serpents Sleep. I don't know what will happen in the next one, but have seen a reviewer blurb which suggests that I will be pleased. )

If the above sounds like something you (or someone you love) would like, go buy:

What Angels Fear
When Gods Die
Why Mermaids Sing
Where Serpents Sleep
What Remains of Heaven


(C.S. Harris writes under other names as well. She wrote (pretty sure quite past tense) romances as Candice Proctor, for example. I've read two of them and they were okay... but they don't grab me the way the Sebastian St. Cyr books do. She also writes political thrillers (I think? But with a supernatural edge, maybe?) as C. S. Graham. I haven't tried these yet. I think they might be written with her husband? They're certainly written by a team, I just am not certain if/how they're related.)

Support her (them) so that there can be more Sebastian books. Do it for me, please?

OH!! SPEAKING OF BOOKS AND BUYING THINGS...

Someone bought me a year's subscription to Entertainment Weekly. As my subscription had run out about two months ago, I am deeply appreciative. The first one showed up on Monday. Amazon told me someone bought it, but doesn't tell me who. So, thank you anonymous benefactor-- you totally rock.

(I read EW for many reasons: 1. I enjoy it, obviously. 2. it keeps me up to date with my students (or at least somewhat!!) 3. it provides both articles and advertisements for use in the composition classroom and 4. it makes the time on the treadmill/elliptical go by faster. It is a very useful thing to have in my life.)

All right. Bedtime now. Seriously. I have shamelessly shilled for books and thanked an anonymous for magazines.
(I have also translated some German and made flashcards for an early morning quiz tomorrow).
My work here is done.

G'night.
eilonwy2017: (Book review)
Well, what can one say about Bone Key overall?

Well? What *can* one? )

If Nevermore was an F and Witch's Canyon was a B, then I guess I'd give Bone Key a C for being innocuous.

The Chapters Reviewed, Recapped and Remarked upon:

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
eilonwy2017: (Book review)
The final chapter of DeCandido's second Supernatural novel.

Chapter 19 )

I'll post a wrap-up and links to the individual chapter reviews later on today (Tuesday.) Now though, bedtime. :D
eilonwy2017: (Book review)
There's a lot of screaming. And references to screaming. And more screaming. Oh wait, that last is just me in response to this chapter.

There's also dancing and depression and introspection. Enjoy.

Chapter 19 )

Join me Tuesday for the exciting (?) conclusion to Bone Key. Come on, y'know you waaaannnnaaa!
eilonwy2017: (Book review)
I'm likely to be awake early enough to post this tomorrow at the usual time, but since I canceled class tomorrow and don't need to be, I figure I might as well post this now, just in case.

Read on for more screaming.

(For the curious, there are 20 chapters total, so we're getting there. In plenty of time for the release of Heart of the Dragon, arriving in February. Yay?)

Chapter 17 )
eilonwy2017: (Book review)
In which Mr DeCandido rides the fanon, Dean flips out and Bobby explains the plan-- which is good because I totally didn't understand it the first time around.

Chapter 16 )

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