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What have you been reading today? Everything counts, from the user's manual to the back of the cereal box!

Date: 2017-01-12 07:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ruthi

8Never Getting Back Together (Like, Ever). (1444 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aral Vorkosigan/Ges Vorrutyer
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: 2016 Yuletide, Yuletide Treat, Crack, Epistolary, I'm Sorry, Captain Awkward, The Bad Advisor, Advice Columns, Darth Vader Ex, Canon-Compliant, mentions of canon-typical violence

My dear Captain, I need some scripts for dealing with my Darth Vader ex, who happens to be the brother of my ex-wife.

Date: 2017-01-12 07:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ruthi
Also I have been reading twitter, and some reddit r/relationships . In which people ask for advice and the commenters give it to them. ... sometimes I want to go there and tell everyone that the question is wrong, or they're reading it wrong, sometimes I am just glad that they're not talking about me.

Date: 2017-01-12 08:27 pm (UTC)
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ECSS standards. Spreadsheets. Twitter. Guardian articles. My DW & LJ reading pages.

Soon, I may attempt to read a book!

Date: 2017-01-13 09:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nou

Since last report, I have read:

  • Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. A re-read — possibly the third time I’ve read it, I think? It suffered from me reading it immediately after Glow; the latter has a very smooth prose style which made this one feel somewhat clunky. I love the imagination and ideas in it though, and no doubt I’ll re-read it again.
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers.
    • The first was a re-read, prompted by the second in the series now being out. I enjoyed the first one, as I did the first time I read it. Same-sex relationships just normal and happening and not being either remarked on or a plot point! Descriptions of delicious-sounding alien-but-very-plausible food! (I did a websearch to see if anyone had come up with a recipe for smoky buns — sadly not, since they sound amazing.)
    • The second was... OK. A lot of it was written from the perspective of a 10-year-old, and that has to be done really really well if it’s going to work for me. This didn’t, quite. There was also a pretty jaw-dropping exchange which went basically: “Person A: [speciesist remark] / Person B: That’s a bit speciesist. / Person A: It’s OK, we’re in the Human carriage! / [all laugh]” (and these were characters who we’re supposed to like) (the “Human carriage” part is iffy in itself — the idea is that the carriages on a train are segregated because different species have different physical needs for their seats, but [a] what are you supposed to do if you’re travelling with someone of a different species — just split up? what if the other person is a child?, [b] part of the explanation is that one species travels on little carts instead of walking but hello we already have a solution for making public transport accessible both to people who travel in their own seating and people who need it to be provided and [c] just a couple of chapters later there’s a tattoo parlour with a seat that’s explicitly described as adapting itself to different species).
    • Actually very little of this second one works for me. The conflicts feel forced, and most of the explanations of how things work seem implausible. Lovelace is essentially a perpetual-motion machine. The non-human species apparently have one culture and one language each. Consent is a key virtue of the galactic cultures, yet when one character is on a dancefloor and fondled unexpectedly by a stranger who approaches them from behind, their being freaked out by this is treated as something shameful that needs to be concealed by pretending that the freakout was caused by them having taken drugs. I am disappoint! Because I did like the first one.
  • Stone Harbour by Liza Daly. Interactive fiction, well-written, not too deep, but immersive and interesting. There were some typos but as the source code is on github I could send pull requests to fix them.
  • Magical Makeover by S Woodson. Interactive fiction again, this one subverting the “makeover/dress-up game” trope. Short but worth re-reading as there are multiple paths.
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. A re-read of this fairly short novel by one of my favourite authors. I can’t remember what prompted me to read it again — it’d been years since I read it last. I think this is the first time I recognised George and Lenny’s relationship as an abusive one.
  • What Lot’s Wife Saw by Ioanna Bourazopoulou. This had a clever premise, but the execution got a bit tedious towards the end.
  • Laughing All The Way To The Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz. Normally I can’t remember who recommended a book to me, since I don’t keep note of this and it can take a while for something to bubble its way to the top of the to-read pile. I remember this one though! It was spiralsheep, with whose writeup I’m pretty much entirely in agreement.
  • On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss. I think I’d been expecting this to be informative rather than reflective, so I wasn’t quite in the right frame of mind for it. It doesn’t so much build an argument as meander around various loosely-related trains of thought.

Date: 2017-01-13 09:44 am (UTC)
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The Future Eaters, by Tim Flannery

Carmilla by J Sheridan le Fanu


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