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Posted on July 29th, 2009

07:36 pm
So... is the Disc broke or what? :)
Current Mood: [mood icon] bored

Posted on September 24th, 2008

08:43 pm - Scotmeet
Scotmeet is going to be on the 7th through the 9th of November, in Edinburgh.

The Travelodge Edinburgh Central is £135 for the weekend, via ebookers.com, for a double room; it's also right in the centre of the city, very close to the train station and bus links to the airport.

Seeing as we have no web page, if you mudmail me (Or comment here) and let me know you're coming, that might be the easiest thing at the moment. And then we can book meal and associated things closer to the time.

See you then!

Posted on September 7th, 2008

09:07 pm - Scotmeet
It's about that time of the year again!

We are provisionally looking at the weekend of the 7th to the 9th of November (That's the weekend after Halloween), in *Edinburgh*, for this year's Scotmeet. We haven't chosen a hotel or other details yet, although I should point out that there is a mongolian restaurant in the city.

If you've got any thoughts / comments / whatever, please let us know ASAP before we get this arranged, especially about the location. Thank you.

- Tohya

Posted on December 18th, 2007

10:00 pm - Server problems?
Anyone having trouble connecting? I can create a TCP connection apparently but nothing gets sent to me. The webpage won't load either, just times out.

Posted on November 17th, 2007

03:55 am - Book review challenge #10, #11, #12, #13, #14 of 12.
There were a lot of other books between #9 and #10, but I didn't get around to reviewing them, and then I tidied up the pile of "to review" books because they were in the way. Since I've now overshot #12, I might stop reviewing after this post. Or I might not.

The Dark Room, Rachel SeiffertCollapse )

Property, Valerie MartinCollapse )

The Girl With Her Brains in Her Feet, Jo HodgesCollapse )

Night, Elie Wiesel (possible plot spoiler)Collapse )

Maurice, E M Forster (possible plot spoiler)Collapse )

Posted on November 5th, 2007

10:13 am - Just to get a feel for things... For FebMeet 2009.
Poll #1083119 Location of FebMeet

Should FebMeet be moved to another time?


Where should FebMeet be held?

Feltham, like forever
London somewhere but a better area
Another place (please give place and reasons in a comment and sign it with your mud name)

People without LJ accounts can't vote so please, if you want to vote, make a throw away free one!
Current Mood: [mood icon] curious

Posted on October 23rd, 2007

03:55 pm - Book 4: Stardust by Neil Gaiman (minor spoilers)

Posted on October 5th, 2007

01:36 am - Book review challenge #9 of 12 — Twisty Little Passages, Nick Montfort.
Twisty Little Passages, Nick MontfortCollapse )

Posted on September 24th, 2007

08:22 pm - Book review challenge #8 of 12 — MindtheGap, Simon James
MindtheGap, Simon JamesCollapse )

Posted on September 23rd, 2007

09:25 am - Book review challenge #5, #6, #7 of 12 — A E van Vogt, Sheri S Tepper, and E M Delafield
These are short because I got behind a bit with the writing-up. No spoilers in any of the below.

The Book of Ptath, A E van VogtCollapse )

Raising the Stones, Sheri S TepperCollapse )

The Diary of a Provincial Lady, E M DelafieldCollapse )

Posted on September 9th, 2007

01:43 am - Book review challenge #4 of 12 — The Floating World, Cynthia Kadohata.
The Floating World, Cynthia KadohataCollapse )

Posted on September 7th, 2007

11:34 am - Book review: Time Travellers wife (Audrey Niffenberger)
I loved this book, it was an interesting combination of the impossible and a love story in one. It was a fun interesting book with a few novel twists. Some of the ideas in the book don't hold up to an in depth thought about how they could possibly work, but I don't think that really matters.

Audrey managed to make a nice interesting story, with enough interesting twists to make it kind of fun. The idea of meeting the love of your life when they are 8 originally and developing a relationship with them before you meet them again later in life is kind of interesting. Sort of weird and certainly has some disturbing aspects to it, although she used this to talk about the main characters reactions in these circumstances.

I really recommend this book, it is not hard sf and doesn't try to be. However it does have enough of a fantastical nature to make it interesting in that respect while combining a nice simple and fun story line.

Posted on September 6th, 2007

02:49 pm - Book review challenge #3 of 12 — Mind of My Mind, Octavia Butler
Mind of My Mind, Octavia ButlerCollapse )
01:32 pm - Book Reviews
I'm trying to keep these short and sweet at around 150-200 words each - I'm not including a a plot synopsis or spoilers.  Also included (free of charge) is my highly arbitrary rating out of ten.

Reviews today are for The Testament of Gideon Mack - James Robertson and The Soldier Son Trilogy – Robin Hobb

Posted on September 5th, 2007

11:49 pm - Book 2 and 0

12:26 pm - Book Review Challenge: Book 1


Posted on August 31st, 2007

08:44 pm - Book review challenge #2 of 12 — Lord Peter, Dorothy L Sayers
Lord Peter: The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Stories, Dorothy L Sayers — contains spoiler for the end of the story arc, but it's a really obvious thing to happen and the story arc is unimportant in this series anyway.Collapse )

Posted on August 29th, 2007

09:27 pm - Book review challenge #1 of 12 — Battlefield Earth, L Ron Hubbard
Battlefield Earth, L Ron HubbardCollapse )

Posted on August 27th, 2007

08:10 am - Book Challenge Update

Ok, a few people have mentioned interest and so... let's get started.   Perhaps we should put our reviews behind a cut along with a spoiler warning (if there are any spoilers).  That way, people who find this idea offensive/annoying/whatever, can skip reading the posts.  

You can "cheat" a bit if you like and post books you've already read this year.  I "finished" reading a book recently but ended up skipping to the end because I couldn't take the suspense.  So, I'll post a review of it in a day or two.  (I've still got to read those last few chapters).  I'm really waiting for the pain of this pinched nerve I have to subside.  I haven't been able to sleep for a week now.  We're going to call the doctor today.  Who knows when I'll get to see her.  (I'm really tired of the constant pain, and not being able to move easily or just sleep.  I so wish I could sleep!  Nothing sucks more than not being able to find a position you can sleep in for more than 5 mins).  

Enough of my excuses ;)  If you wish to post your reviews, please do so.  Don't wait for me!  You can do it in the following format:

(I'm copying and pasting my two reviews from that other site I keep talking about ;)  Btw, my reviews are really badly written.  Perhaps I should read more? :)  I'm sure you can do better... ;)

Btw, does anyone have a good recommendation for a "Book of the month"?  For September, of course?  All I can think of, is Stardust, by Neil Gaiman.  Why?  Well, because I've hardly read anything by Gaiman (only one book which I found incredibly... so-so) and because I saw the movie recently and it was standard stock fantasy and reminded me of Pratchett a bit (Yes, I *did* read Good Omens).  Anyway, maybe people would prefer fantasy?
I mean it's probably easy enough to find in a bookstore/library and while it may not be as good a read as "A world Undone: The Story of the Great War 1914 to 1918 by G. J. Meyer", at least it would leave fewer people depressed.  

Posted on August 26th, 2007

03:02 pm - Book Challenge

Wotcher all,

Anyone interested in doing a book challenge?  Along the lines of http://community.livejournal.com/50bookchallenge/profile ?  I actually am taking part in a 27 in '07 challenge (I started late this year) and I did do a 25 in '05 challenge, (but actually managed 50 books).   However it was fun when I participated in 2005, because then it was a smaller community (I'm not talking about an LJ community), and I knew most of the people.  Now it's got tons of people on it and so it lost its appeal to me.  This year I only managed 4 books this summer.  Which is pretty sad. (Of course, I spent most of my time sewing for a very important occasion, but that's no excuse...)

I thought it might be fun to do it with the discworld crowd.  After all, I feel  I "know" some of you guys and also, most of you do enjoy Pratchett, so chances are you guys like reading ;)  It's late in the year, so we could set ourselves the modest goal of ... 12 books for the rest of the year?  That's about 3 a month.  The basic idea is to try to read 12 books before the year ends, and write a review of them. It doesn't have to be long or fancy or even more than a sentence -- though more than one sentence would be nice.  Also, 12 is not the upper limit.  You could read more if you choose.  Also, because I feel rather stifled if I have to rigidly adhere to rules, re-reads are allowed (i.e. they don't have to all be new books.  Though if you want to read the same book 12 times and write a new and creative review each time... Go for it! ;)

Of course, it would be books of your choice and whatever you wish to define as a book (according to your conscience.  Whatever makes you happy, as they say on that lj community's info).

Well, if anyone's interested, comment!  I could set up a community for it or we could just post here.  (Unless people seriously objected).

Warts and All,
Black Earwax Pus
*needing to get away from computers*

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