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Invisible Library: Genevieve Cogman

I really wanted to like this book. It's about the Library, which is an organization set apart in time and space, which agents that go out into various alternate universes to retrieve books. Sometimes undercover, sometimes timetravelling. Irene is suddenly sent out to retrieve a dangerous item, accompanied by a rookie agent she's never met.

One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction...

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, a shadowy organization that collects important works of fiction from all of the different realities. Most recently, she and her enigmatic assistant Kai have been sent to an alternative London. Their mission: Retrieve a particularly dangerous book. The problem: By the time they arrive, it's already been stolen.

London's underground factions are prepared to fight to the death to find the tome before Irene and Kai do, a problem compounded by the fact that this world is chaos-infested—the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic to run rampant. To make matters worse, Kai is hiding something—secrets that could be just as volatile as the chaos-filled world itself.

Now Irene is caught in a puzzling web of deadly danger, conflicting clues, and sinister secret societies. And failure is not an option—because it isn’t just Irene’s reputation at stake, it’s the nature of reality itself...

(from Amazon's blurb)

But oh my god, I think my doneness with steampunk is getting to me.Collapse )

Crosspost: http://silverflight8.dreamwidth.org/180068.html.

in which she rates random things

9/10: I joined a book club (women read fantasy!) and so far I've really enjoyed it. I don't know why I didn't try finding one earlier! I used meetup.com. We read fantasy with the stipulation that the main character is a woman (female authors preferred but not necessary), and the book club members tend to prefer high fantasy, I think. Though I've disliked 2/3 of the books we've read so far - the last was Michelle Sagara's Cast in Shadow. That one was not a good book. Though I have to say, it's not completely terrible that the books are bad - it's fun to rip into them anyway. And there's good discussion when half the readers like the book and half don't.

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8/10 Wonder Woman. There was bits where I was like "WWI DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY" but it's a superhero movie and a power fantasy, and anyway, all the superheros are a fantasy that one person can cut through intractable massive problems. I didn't realize I wanted this movie so bad until I saw it. Oh my god. It wasn't perfect but I loved it.

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5/10 mango mousse cake. Batter not beat properly, lil lumps in the mousse. The mango bit was only a thin layer on top. Needs more mango. Still, better than nothing.

8/10 on Sound of Music (half way through). Uh, I discovered that Windows 10 cannot natively play DVD. WTF. I mean, I should have downloaded VLC from the start but really?

It's like consuming a capsule of pop culture references. If for nothing else I'd have liked the movie. I didn't know sixteen going on seventeen is a song! Kind of cute near the end seventeen-going-on-eighteen but not a huge fan. More to come.

3/10 ingress life at present. Six - count them, six - enemy agents came up in probably a car and smashed the whole of my farm while I was out at dinner, and now I'm sad. I'll go out and repair it in a bit. It was so nicely built up, dammit! I am slightly proud it takes so many to take out my stuff though. Sadly, it means I have to be careful for a bit about gear, because I won't have a base to farm stuff from, but it'll build up OK. We will rebuild!

Crosspost: http://silverflight8.dreamwidth.org/179748.html.


I woke up too early because my upstairs neighbour was loud, but on the other hand, I was interrupted in my dream (and therefore remembered it), and in the dream I was in a garden with tiny newborn kittens. So that's a silver lining.

Red is the Rose

Help, what does it mean when you love clearly vocaloid renditions of songs? Like I have always loved the melody but I think since the voice rendering software doesn't have to take a breath, obviously the breath support is perfect, even if the pronunciation is really weird:

(more seriously it doesn't mean anything, music isn't a contest of what's the hardest thing to produce etc etc etc whatever)

Crosspost: http://silverflight8.dreamwidth.org/179064.html.


The Wolf Hunt: Gillian Bradshaw

Uh, I've just discovered that Blofeld's garden of death exists. It is a garden at Alnwick Castle instead of in Japan, but nevertheless. I...would go visit that garden, actually. But the fact that they've had to put a bench in one part of the garden since people sometimes pass out from the smell of one of the flowers is slightly alarming.

book cover of The Wolf Hunt Anyway! I read The Wolf Hunt, by Gillian Bradshaw. It's based on Bisclavret, one of the twelve famous lays by Marie de France - it's a poem about a man who turns into a werewolf, and he's treacherously betrayed by his wife and trapped in wolf form.

Review under the cut. Spoiler: I loved itCollapse )bo

Crosspost: http://silverflight8.dreamwidth.org/178713.html.

not a productive day

I did approximately nothing all day except read Connie Willis' Blackout.

She ended on a cliffhanger and I don't have the stamina to turn around and plow through All Clear tonight, but OMG.

Crosspost: http://silverflight8.dreamwidth.org/178650.html.

Happy New Year!

Happy new year, flist! And as always, may the coming year be better than the last. Hello, 2017!

Crosspost: http://silverflight8.dreamwidth.org/177710.html.


For the second time this year I woke up, checked the news, and felt like I had woken up in the wrong universe.

I am still sad, and angry, and afraid, but now that some time has passed I'm determined. I am going to donate to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood; Jezebel has a good list of organizations people can donate to, if you haven't seen it yet. I am going to write a letter to Hillary Clinton to say thank you. The glass ceiling is holding but it's been badly cracked and I know we can do it next time. I know we can. Every time I want to despair I think of history and how far we've come, even though there's so much farther to go. Look at a hundred years ago. We didn't get here without fighting and I'm not saying progress will happen without more fighting, but it can be done and has been done.

Crosspost: http://silverflight8.dreamwidth.org/177576.html.

dear yuletide writer

Hello yuletide writer! I'm so thrilled that there are other fans for these small fandoms. I apologize for the brevity; I don't have access to a computer and writing/editing is kinda fiddly on a phone.

In general I like action/adventure stories, casefic, continued adventures of so and so, missing scenes, stories that expand the worldbuilding. I love alternate history and history in general, fantasy and magical systems. Love longfic, will not freak out at big word counts. I'm not a fan of grimdark and depressing stories - not to say that you can't have serious issues, but I don't enjoy stores that conflate constant violence and despair with reality it versimilitude. I'm also not a fan of lectures. You can also follow my yuletide tag back to see past letters.

That said, I've really found I enjoy a really eclectic range of stuff (more than what I write or rec on AO3 or my journal), so please write something that comes to you, if my prompts and ideas and preferences don't work out!


Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones
I love these books and read them a lot, especially when I'm in got a nice lighthearted read. Lots of characters nominated, so I have a lot to say: I love the shenanigans Conrad and Christopher get up to at Stallery and would love to see more of them. Young kid Christopher and his frankly reckless adventuring in the place between is also a favorite. I'd love to see more with him facing off with the Dright, maybe later on as Chrestomanci. Or Tacroy in either of his agent roles, on the good and bad sides; we get a hint of it and his later life but not much else. What about Millie's powers? How are they supplemented by the power of the goddess, and does Millie ever hear from her post life? What's life like in Chrestomanci castle with all the children there now??

Matt Cruse - Kenneth Oppel
Ahhh give me all the stories about the Aurora and the steampunk world! I'd love to see Kate tramping through the jungle discovering new life, or Matt as a captain, or just pre-Airborn, as a cabin boy. Or their adventures later! I love the little alternate universe tweaks that are in the book and would love to see more worldbuilding.

Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
Another one I love the worldbuilding on. There are only hints as to what happened, the true intentions and nature if authority (except that they're pettily ridiculous and yet ironfisted enough to be really scary). Would love to see way more of what Jane knows, what she's planning. What's life like as a grey? Or I guess now her very light green. She's tangled with the people in the village before and I, for one, would love to see her clash with say Violet deMauve. Did someone tell her about reboot or going outside at night, how did she start to find out? Where else has she been using the roads, traveling by night? What's her and Eddie's next steps? I can't believe Fforde left us on that note and wish he'd hurry up and write the next one!

Thanks for writing for me! Happy yuletide!




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