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Back at the beginning of the semester, there was some kind of religious club giving away books on campus. Being who I am, I picked one up. Specifically, I got The Case for Faith, mostly because none of the others interested me apart from the C.S. Lewis one I already had a copy of.

Recently, I started reading it. And was disappointed. There just doesn't appear to have been a whole lot of thought put into it. The example that brought this home to me, for a variety of reasons, is as follows.

Read more... )

It may be a decent book, if you're into that sort of thing and for some reason don't like C.S. Lewis' writing style. But it doesn't seem to be right for me.
kd7sov: (young wizards)
I found something completely unexpected at the library today.

A first-printing copy of So You Want to Be a Wizard.

I considered checking it out and then claiming to have lost it, but decided that would not be entirely appropriate. (Even if that may be what Nita sorta-accidentally does.)
kd7sov: (lightburst)
*pokes settings*

So I've noticed - and I have no idea where the causation may lie - that since I started using Dreamwidth I've also become more comfortable using Chrome. It's not going to replace Firefox as my default browser any time soon, but I can work with it pretty well.

In other news, one of my Christmas presents was a book called A Tale of Two Castles, by Gail Carson Levine. It is quite a fun book, with shape-shifting ogres and stained-glass-wing dragons who work as both roast-skewer vendors and detectives. The protagonist (Elodie, although she's more used to Lodie) is a twelve-year-old girl who keeps telling people she's fourteen, and is leaving home to apprentice herself in the city of Two Castles. Her parents want her to become a weaver, but she wants to be a mansioner - which is to say, an actress. Unfortunately, on arriving, she finds that free apprenticeships have just been abolished, and she'll have to pay in order to become someone's apprentice. And then a cat steals what money she has.

From there... )

But you know what I really like about this book? )

Oh, Brain.

Jun. 9th, 2011 07:55 pm
kd7sov: (mlp)
As some of you may recall, some time ago I did a thing linking up Harry Potter characters with the Signs from The Dark is Rising.

It appears that Brain has decided I must do the same thing to another set of six characters.

When the Mare comes rising, six shall turn her back... )

Incidentally, I have no idea what to do with the "Three from the circle, three from the track" part. All six are female, there are two of each race... maybe something to do with the fact that three of them have manes and tails in colors vaguely similar to their coats?
kd7sov: (music)
I have now seen Tangled.

It was fun. Not up to the Second Pixar Threshold - also known as "let's see that again!", which has only been reached by WALL*E and Toy Story 3 - but still fun.

I absolutely love being able to feel the shape of music. It's nothing huge, but I can usually tell when there's going to be a change in whatever music I'm hearing, and often what sort of change. For instance, there's a song in Tangled called "I See the Light" (Probably vaguely spoilery, but not if you are up on your Disney tropes.) Having never heard it before, beyond my brother singing snippets of it in the shower, I was able to "cue" the start of the singing. This isn't the only time this has happened - at the ending climax part of Stardust, the first time I saw it, I cued changes in the camera angle based entirely on the shape of the music. Every time I hear "When You Believe", from Prince of Egypt, I raise my right hand at a particular point. Every time.

Incidentally, I am informed that the Flower song is called "Healing Incantation". This produces interesting resonances in my brain - I tend to associate that phrase with the following:

J'den encour. )
kd7sov: (maaaaagic cat)
From [livejournal.com profile] ceitfianna: Comment and I'll pick six interests of yours, which you then have to describe!

Fi picked:

These six. )

If asked, I could ramble on about Avalon Code for considerably more time, but it wouldn't be long before the discussion dissolved into spoilery stuff or disjointed musings about characterization and worldbuilding.
kd7sov: (Default)
Title text, for reference, is from the Bridge of D'Arnath tetralogy by Carol Berg, in which it is repeated quite a number of times. Usually it's to indicate the speaker's amazement at just how wonderful and beautiful the world is, even in the deepest pain and terror.

So. First day of the new job. Training's over, and I'm having to deal with actual callers and callees. I don't think I've said before, here, but I'm involved in the US Census follow-up calls. Basically, a lot of responses have some sort of unclear answer, or incomplete information, or something else, and the Census Bureau wants everything clarified. Thus, the interviewers such as myself. Fortunately, the computer gives me a script tailored to what we need from each respondent.

It's a bit odd, though. There was a sort of fierce joy on leaving the building today. I noticed it a couple of times during training, too, and it's not a "hey, the job's over, now I can go home" sort of thing. It's really more... well, more "it is a wonder, all of it."

Interesting. We'll see what comes of this. I'm still not entirely comfortable with all of this telephony, and talking to people, but it's only through the end of July. I bet I can handle it that long.

Incidentally, I read a book today that was very interesting. Near-future science fiction with associated meta. The book's called WWW: Wake, and apparently takes place in late 2012. It concerns a blind-from-birth girl (who, by the way, would probably take to Milliways excellently) being given an unexpected technological solution to her blindness (at least in one eye) that, additionally, allows her to communicate with an AI that is simultaneously forming from the very structure of the Web. What makes it really interesting, though, is that it's so solidly contemporary - all sorts of real companies and websites and TV shows are specifically mentioned, although one of the most important, an open-source Google competitor, is apparently completely fictional; also, although neither this book nor its sequel (which I inadvertently read first) mentions President Obama by name, nor (I think) Bush Jr., there are several mentions of the 2008 US general election. In addition, though, the main character exists, after a fashion. There are several references to Livejournal, including specific terminology of the interface and flocking; the author apparently has an LJ at [livejournal.com profile] rjsawyer, although he hasn't touched it in years. But also, in the book, are the complete texts of several LJ entries, complete with subject line and mood - three of which are posted at [livejournal.com profile] calculass. It appears that there aren't to be any other such postings, given the dates of journal creation and "last updated", and the time since, but it's interesting nonetheless.
kd7sov: (glasses)
1) Comment with some indication of your willingness!
2) I give you five questions.
3) You post your answers, either in the comments here or in your own journal.

[livejournal.com profile] ceitfianna gave me these questions:

Read more... )
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Maybe this shows what kind of things I read, but I wouldn't expect Amazon to list things like "environmental suit", "triage center", or "wrist lights" as "Statistically Improbable Phrases".

"Parasite affair" or "dermal regenerator", sure, those aren't in the common parlance. But "wrist lights"?

(The book in question, for the record, is "Worlds of Deep Space Nine volume 2: Trill and Bajor".)
kd7sov: (young wizards)
I think I may need a new "My Fandom's Universe" icon: "My fandom's universe is a hall of spiritual mirrors".

In other news, and in no particular order... )

Good book. Awaiting announcement of the next.

Edit: Oh, and the shippers are going to have fun with the last half. Probably already are, come to think of it.
kd7sov: (not my eyes)
Wow. I suspect that Elizabeth Moon may be the greatest writer alive, at least in the realm of fantasy fiction.

Here's why.

Oath of Gold, the third book in the Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy, was published in 1989. I last read it in... 2007? 2008? Over a year ago, anyway. Oath of Fealty, which begins a sequel trilogy, was published last month, and I have just finished reading it. Throughout, it referenced characters, events, and details from each of the Paksenarrion books. At each point I was able to remember, with startling clarity, what was being referred to, and often additional things as well. By contrast, I couldn't recognize more than half-a-dozen names in the tenth Wheel of Time book some two months after reading the ninth. Even more, I've read any number of fanfics in which I couldn't keep the characters straight from one chapter to the next, minutes apart.

Somewhat startlingly, [livejournal.com profile] camwyn is in this book. Well, okay, not her. It's actually a character named Camwyn, who is named for the same character from whom she took her internet handle.
kd7sov: (glasses)
Hm. Images on my flist-view appear to be borked. The banner ad from the top shows up again where one of [livejournal.com profile] kippurbird's deviantArt pics should be, another is replaced by a youTube video [livejournal.com profile] adiva_calandia embedded in an entry that fell off the front page a while ago... Hm.

In other news, I've been continuing to (re)read the Deep Space 9 relaunch, and I've finally gotten to the point where I can get them directly from the local library system instead of Inter-Library Loans searching all over the country. Who knew Star Trek books aged so poorly? (For reference, these books have been coming out, a few per year, since 2001; the local library system has Book 1 of the two-book set that started it, and then... ah. Memory Beta tells me I'm mistaken; the majority were published 2001-04, with a gap and then a resurgence beginning last year. So the library is only actually missing the first two years.)

Also, some of you may recall that I'm watching Avatar. I'm now into season 3. My thoughts, let me show you them. )
kd7sov: (Default)
Something's wrong here.

This says "Steampunk Fiction". They've got C.S. Lewis' Signature Classics Audio Collection, including The Problem of Pain, Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, and Mere Christianity. They've got The Grand Tour [by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer].

I mean, I can accept Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea; I don't know much about the others. Probably League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is okay, too, but...

(Explanation/expansion: I was at Barnes and Noble earlier today and saw one of their shelf-end displays that didn't seem quite right to me.
kd7sov: (Default)
Spoilers for <i>Academ's Fury</i> )
kd7sov: (Sphinx)
Oh, Max. You're just too much. Frankly, I'm glad I don't outer-world know anyone like you, and I could never in a hundred years have you as a headvoice, but you're probably the best part of the book so far.

Also, is it bad that I want someone to bring Aldrick ex Gladius into [livejournal.com profile] milliways_bar or [livejournal.com profile] mixed_muses, just so he can get into a fight with Felix? (The reasoning being, Aldrick would say a variation on "You're not Araris.", and Felix would respond with "No. I'm Felix." followed by a FLAMING MAN-SIZED PROJECTILE FROM THE SKY.)
kd7sov: (English)
Dear Maria V. Snyder:

I have no objection, in principle, to using the word "bow" to refer to your character's weapon, even if it does seem to be some variation of the quarterstaff. What I do object to is, in the sequel, continuing to do so while also introducing said character to characters who use bows such as are called by that name in this world, with no confusion on anyone's part.

Of course, I would also object to calling the weapon different things in different books. Perhaps you chose poorly in the first place.

Sincerely, a concerned reader.
kd7sov: (Default)
Well, this has been a week for Brain.

First, on Wednesday or Thursday, I finished reading Hell Hath No Fury, the second book of the Multiverse series by David Weber and Linda Evans. I don't mean to spoil anything, so I'll just say that it packs at least as much punch as Off Armageddon Reef, which prompted the "For Limyaael" battlecry a few posts ago. Brain, meanwhile, was turning that particular multiversal construct over and over to fit the rest of my omniverse around it. I think the eventual conclusion was that that series has its own sector that behaves a bit differently from much of the rest.

Then, on Friday, I saw Casablanca. This really didn't have much to do with Brain at all, aside from when Nazi Science sneered at seat belts, but it's something I've wanted to do for a while.

Then Saturday I saw Enchanted, which Brain considered quite a treat. There are all sorts of questions and theories and whatnot that we've come up with that I was going to put here, but we're going a bit long so I may put them in another post later. (Or I may forget about them. Who knows?) But I will leave you with this one: How does an outworlder get a Social Security Number?
kd7sov: (Default)
Ya-haaaa! Thank you, Matt Sören!
kd7sov: (brains)
Dear brain:

Who was that? Oh, don't give me that look. You know who I mean. That headvoice that dictated the last three or four entries. Who was it?

Dear brain:

No, Will and Bran can't go to Fionavar. Nor can Merriman. It's not going to happen.

Dear brain:

No. One cannot travel between Valinor and Fionavar. Don't you think Rakoth would have tried to enlist Melkor by now if it were possible?

So, yes, aside from odd military posts, I've been reading the Fionavar Tapestry, and partway through The Wandering Fire the resonances with Silver on the Tree got a bit too built up. And then Jennifer mentions something about the third not being there, and I start to wonder if she's talking about Mordred, except I can't remember his name, so what should float up but "Morgoth"?

Also, I want to shake Jennifer and say that "can't try for light because it might invite darkness" is not a valid argument. If you're not climbing, you're falling; give yourself a chance at light, rather than the certainty of darkness.
kd7sov: (Default)
This is to announce that [livejournal.com profile] adiva_calandia is Officially Awesome.

A while back she mentioned liking To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. I read it, enjoyed it, and went on to investigate other books by the same author.

And then, a couple of weeks ago, I found Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. It was, quite possibly, the best collection of short stories I have ever read.

So, in conclusion? Connie Willis (usually)*= awesome. Person recommending Connie Willis = awesome. Therefore, [livejournal.com profile] adiva_calandia = awesome.

*There was one story in Fire Watch that I quite intentionally didn't read very much of. I guess it just goes to show that no one can be perfect all the time.


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