Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Reviews

Also elsewhere (i.e. the new main home).

Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Lee): Entertaining, though a bit fantastical/unrealistic - teen goes on Grand Tour, shenanigans and falling in love with his dude best friend ensue. I hasten to add the queer themes are not unrealistic - we already had one round of terrible history, we don't have to repeat it in fiction! - it's more dramatic kidnappings by pirates, etc. A book like cotton candy. 

Empire Games (Stross): A nice-ish continuation to a long-running series, but the whole book is a little "Meanwhile, Our Heroine..." 

Slightly Dangerous/ Slightly Married/ Slightly Blurring All Together (Balogh): A set of somewhat old-school Regency romances. Okay. Some of the characters know what consent means!

Everything KJ Charles Ever Wrote, Especially Simon Feximal (except not Unseen Attraction): Read the summary before you start, because this may not be your cuppa, but what a writer. (Unseen Attraction suffered from a dose of "look at this character with a disability NO LOOK HE HAS... yes, we get it. At the expense of plot, alas.)

Third Girl (Christie): Er... it had been a while. A Product Of Its Time, let's say. But not bad, for all that.

Winter Tide (Emrys): A gentle but compelling Cthulhu-mythos novel, where the Deep Ones are as wise and reasonable as anyone else, and the humans are the true monsters. Highly recommend.

Closer to the Something Or Other (Lackey - not the real title): These books have all blurred together into one boring heap and I am done with them.

Reluctant Queen (Durst): sequel to a more interesting novel. In both, the spirits of the land/air/water/fire are hostile to humans and the ruler of each province somehow has control. I kept expecting there to be some reconciliation with the spirits, but no... just purely human conflict, not all of which was particularly interesting.

As always, your recommendation for reading material are welcome!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The time has come...

"The night is fine," the Walrus said.
"Do you admire the view?
"It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!"

Dearest Readers, the time has come for me to write at another place; specifically, a place where I can be certain that my relatives and fellow-small-town-dwellers are not reading my sometimes-unkind thoughts.  (I can say such things to everyone inhabiting this town, dear readers, or I can say them all to you.  I leave the reader to determine which one is preferable.)

The new home is here.  I regret to say that an account is necessary.  (If you have a different pseudonym, Dear Readers, please tell me who you are!  Not your real name, just "I'm Squirrel Fan!")

Yours in snark,

Jenny F. Scientist

ADDENDUM: If you have a blogger/wordpress/other OpenID login, you can also use it at dreamwidth.  You can leave me a comment and I will give you access!  It will be amazing.  And yes, there is a RSS feed.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Trip Survival, Summer Projects

We lived!  (I expect N. was exhausted in our wake, because SO MANY CHILDREN, but thanks! It was so nice to see you all!)  Some poor flight attendant eventually bribed Sweetpea with a free snack box ("If you'll stop screaming, I have some snacks for you! No... you have to stop screaming first.") 

I resisted the urge to move back to the Land of Cheese and Sausage by reminding myself that all my stuff and, more relevant, all my plants are here.

We spent some time with my parents.  My mother Had A Sad At Me over my youngest sister.  We came home and... Bug and Sweetpea got packed off to camp!  She ran off the first day without a single look back.  I think preschool is going to go great.

Tatoe and I are having two weeks of Fun With Mommy, for variable values of fun.  So far, we've picked blueberries, met up with friends, and done some gardening together (he loves plants).  Tomorrow, we're going to take out the whole house vacuum. 

Having been inspired by N's house decorating, I have conceived a scheme to:

A) Rip out a large, useless closet (and whole house vacuum) and turn the resulting hallway into a large mudroom/ shoe storage area/ small closet

B) Rearrange my furniture to make it useful

C) Finally fix the shelves on the cedar cabinet

D) Do Something about my kitchen storage

E) Actually clean the damn house on a regular basis.  (This is greatly aided by how as I finally feel about 95% better.  Turns out correct diagnosis is key to recovery, who knew?)

F) Acquire and plant some gooseberries to control weeds below my grapes (I know, but the spouse asked me to buy more plants).

Next up: another round in the endless What Am I Doing With My Life (aside from all the plants).