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Supposed to be on term break, but spending it on catching up rather than relaxing... Still, I read two whole books! House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz and Snuff by Prachett, and as always after reading Prachett, am amazed at how good he is. Assessment not based on Snuff in particular, I mean, for though Snuff had some really good parts, it also had some pedestrian parts, so overall it was not as memorable as some of his others, and I think it may even work better without context - but it's those good parts that remind me why it's a treat to read him.

House of Silk is... I'm erhh about it. Classmate recced it. I was expecting more scandal but got sordidness instead. Despite a reasonably good mimicry pastiche-wise, the whole plot smells very 21st century. There's not enough, erm, privilege? I dunno how to describe it. ACD's plots always seemed to be just that bit fantastic - but perhaps that's just my impression of his London, from the viewpoint of someone halfway across the world - and very ensconced within that world. I guess it's really hard to divorce yourself from 21st century (or late-20th century?) values.

Anyway.

I've been avoiding the internet so as to concentrate on doing my reading, and my kindle is excellent for letting me read all the stuff that's on soft copy without the temptation of the internet. Even though I think it's wincing when I load another twenty 60-page judgments on it, not to mention articles and other stuff. Did anyone know that the Companies Act is over 300* pages? I swear, my kindle cries** when I open this document.

3 midterms coming up. The consti's a take-home exam, which is... nice, I suppose, but it means I'll spend something like 3 hours writing it and another 3 editing it (and never mind the studying beforehand). I know my habits.

Our contract law class includes Sale of Goods blahblahbalh, and a couple of days back the TA kindly told us that the textbook we were told to get (at the beginning of the term) is no good and that the library has a better one. Y'know, why would you put it on the booklist if it's no good? Do $60 textbooks grow on trees?

*Which is funny, because I definitely have books that are way longer than 300 pages (eg, Great Expectations) and they open up fine, ie, without lagging. My theory is that a kindle instinctively*** knows that fiction is its normal function, not statutes or law reports.

**Possibly in its tiny little electrical innards, there's some moaning and groaning.

***Given the time I've spent with it, no wonder I'm anthropomorphizing my kindle.
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Reason #99 for hating the imaginary paper's lack of archival presence on the web: Wikipedia cannot quote you. ETA: Neither can CJR.

Nor can posts - blog posts like this one and other internet witterings. Which sort of pisses me off because I would like to talk about stuff from the imaginary paper but I can't because it'd be unsubstantiated.

O well. this bit's about the book reviews )

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Terry Prachett's new book is out!

"If there is any kind of supreme being, I told myself, it is up to us to become his moral superior."

Vetinari, Unseen Academicals

I <3 Vetinari.

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Wandered by the secondhand bookstore today and nearly picked up a copy of The Shipping News. (It was just $1!) Thankfully didn't, as I've already got a copy I'd forgotten about. I suck at remembering whether I already own a book, or had simply borrowed it too often from the library. This is the reason I have four copies of Gawain and the Green Knight. Still, this would not be a problem if I actually have shelfspace. *mourns* Neil Gaiman, who the imaginery paper says will be in town soon, has an awesome library. (Try fitting that in a flat.)

I'd bookblog, but I've been reading non-book stuff lately. Also, this was about the time my Yubina yarn arrived (with lots of cool stamps on the package!), so I've been spending time on Ravelry trying to find a pattern I really like. I'd make this Butterfly dress, except I don't think I bought enough yarn. And that despite how lovely it looks (ignore the ugly pink underdress), I'd feel weird wearing something like that.
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  1. Started working. Still learning the ropes, but it's been rather interesting so far. Would likely get a bit tedious as time goes by... but we shall see.


  2. Old link:
    Forgetting a child in the backseat of a car, warning for horrifying content of dead babies.


  3. Have four balls of forest green yarn that I don't know what to do with.


  4. Am reading a book on Nabokov's lectures in literature. Brilliant so far--I'm in the middle of the part about Bleak House, and found that Nabokov is a fan of Dickens, which pleases me. (And the enthusiasm for BH!) Here's what his lecture notes say: If it were possible I would like to devote the fifty minutes of every class meeting to mute meditation, concentration, and admiration of Dickens. Heh. I see he likes the Oxford comma too.


  5. So I'm not the only one who feels compelled to correct forms./

    books

    Aug. 5th, 2009 11:27 am
    lloll4: ice lolly shaped like Mickey Mouse (ice lolly)
    Suvudu free ebooks. See how much I need ebook devices? Engadget updates with news of Sony's Reader Pocket and Touch. Not utilising e-paper from the sound of it, but very interesting.

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    Most recent coup was finding a $2 copy of The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey at a secondhand bookshop. Also bought myself a knitting book as a birthday present. (This one.) Next job, finding a space for them that's not the floor. I long for bookshelves with mindless passion.

    Want to get The Vast Spread of the Seas by Fuyumi Ono but balk at hardcover prices.

    By the way, went to take the English Proficiency Test at RELC on Monday, as it's a prerequisite for teacher training. Thought it would be easy, and it was--the written part of it, at least. The speaking part of it, though- It's been a while since I actually became tongue-tied, but I must protest that 1) I hadn't expected to be making a mini-speech to a computer, and 2) on an inane topic re: advantages and disadvantages of a student's heavy workload. And 3) the kid taking the same test next to me spoke in a very loud and penetrating voice, which completely derailed what little mental preparation I was making. If I flunk, it'd probably be due to absymal scores in speaking.

    I ought to be calling up tuition places so I can go back to giving tuition but so far my motivation's flagging. On the other hand, my body clock has now adjusted to a "sleep at midnight, wake at 7am" schedule, so yay.
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    Even if you love Hello Kitty and won't hear a word against the mouthless cat, Hello Kitty Hell is still thoroughly enjoyable.

    Evil Shakespeare Overlord List, or, what you shouldn't do while putting on a Shakespeare play, part 1, part 2 and part 3.

    92. I will not project a PowerPoint slideshow onto a large screen above and behind the actors, ever, for any reason, no matter what.
    122. If Macbeth is dressed in 1930s-era fascist chic, Lady Macbeth will not be allowed to dress in a 1960s caftan, complete with beads.


    Yah, this is exactly what certain stage productions at the annual arts festival need to learn.


    North Korea Propaganda Posters

    World eBook Fair Collection, contributions from 100+ elibraries around the world, free until 8 August 2009

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    Hm, have been too stressed to read lately (knitting instead), but finished a book over the weekend.

    Title: Turn Coat (book 11 of Dresden Files)
    Author: Jim Butcher

    Spoilers within. Plus it's entirely reversed. )
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    So, back from China. And need things to read that aren't in Chinese.

    You know what I hate about the library? (Yeah, given my love of reading it'd seem like I love the library, but not really. I have much fondness for the old Stamford building, but library-wise... most days it's a qualified hate.)

    Read more... )

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    John Scalzi slagging NYT and bloggers. Tho' what he says of bloggers? Totally true. Well, that doesn't bode well for the continued existence of this blog. Ah, we shall see.

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