You know, I really loved the Sookie Stackhouse books when I was reading them. Sure there were some problems, including major continuity errors and absolutely worthless men, but they were fun. I even got my husband to read them… And my sisters and brother have read them and my mother has started them.
After working on the books for a paper, though, I am much less impressed with the books. I was driving home last night thinking about all of her books and I have to say that Charlaine Harris has issues with men. The only potentially good guy in the books is Sam… although Quinn has some incredible redeeming features and Calvin is a great person for who Calvin is.
I’m not even sure I like Sookie anymore. I was very turned off by her rejection of Quinn over his family.
Yuck. Way to ruin a fun read, really think about it.
An article on New Orleans and Sookie which is very fun. It shows a home which might be Hadley’s apartment.
Women in the Ancient World
Where do you get your ideas? answer from writer Neil Gaiman. (Whom I have never heard of, but I like his questions in the middle.)
from the Telegraph
What do you think of the list?
In the first ten I’ve read four and don’t like one particularly.
I like all of the next four.
Of the many more middle years books I’ve read 18.
The list is weighted towards Brit lit, of course, and apparently the Telegraph is way fonder of Roald Dahl than I am.
“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.” -Christopher Morley
From Katie, via Facebook.
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Not because they are the funniest but because I am a bibliophile.
after talking with Jill.
Don’t want to sit in front because if you need to leave, everyone is watching you.
The back is preferable because you need a deeper space for the wheelchair.
A good idea to fix the problem of wheelchair people not being able to see the words is to hand out copies of the words to people who want them before the service.
Putting a sign where it would be clear that pushing the handicap button would open the “locked” doors would be useful. Especially because it is next to the visitor’s spot.
And I should read Joel Rosenberg’s books, starting with The Last Jihad.
Eric by Shaun Tan.
Go! Now. You won’t be sorry. You shouldn’t miss it. It’s very … sweet.
Another sighting for my “Natural History of the Common Troll” article.
Oh, yes, and there is a HYSTERICAL citing of a troll on that same page:
March 26th, 2009, time 19:01. I had another sighting of a troll today. As I observed, it marked a thread with its urine, and disappeared into the underbrush. Interestingly, its calls are similar to the cry of a young human, and have been mistaken for actual speach. It seems to feed off attention, and will appear out of nowhere, interrupt a conversation, and derive nourishment from the response of the persons participating the conversation. It has been known to actually repeat words from the conversation that it interrupted, albeit in a garbled and nonsensical manner. This particular troll seems to be attracted to conversations that mention the words “students”, “professors”, “colleagues”, and “relationship”. Since the troll do not understand speech and language as we know it, it would be very interesting to know just what these particular words mean to this specific troll, and why the evoke a response. A study of the cognitive processes of troll may be very enlightening in this context, but such a study remains beyond the scope of this project.
That is funny!
This research is sponsored by the other NSF: National Society of Fantasy. Trolls were long considered to be creatures of fantasy until the creation of the internet. At that time, sightings dramatically increased, much to the annoyance of everyone else.
Then Anakin suggested grant money from the stimulus for the trolls to mountainguy and frogfactory. After that Mouseman said s/h/it was appalled that s/h/it wasn’t invited, since s/h/it had done most of the preliminary work.
You must not be a zoologist. It’s well-known that trolls are a genus containing many species, including trollus schadenfreudus, which thrives on annoying others; trollus aburridus, which thrives on posting pointless drivel; and trollus penderatus, which thrives on making minute and insignificant grammar corrections.
For a very funny review, on (apparently) one of the worst books ever, go look up Shadow God on Amazon and read the first review. It is hysterical. Okay, maybe I’m hysterical. But it was fun and funny to read.
Of course, I am an English teacher.
A portion of something.
I have a tranche of students re-taking the final.
I love new words. You can tell I am an English geek, because inside I am doing a little happy dance about new words.
To watch over students to make sure they aren’t cheating, say on a test.
I learned a new word.
I wonder how long I can remember it?
Strange Horizons’ way too common plots for sci fi. Very fun to read through.
I saw a CFP for a journal I hadn’t heard of before. It sounded fascinating and I sent the CFP on to several friends without checking out the journal.
We are interested in both creative, and critical approaches to the discussion of faith and literature. The journal is not denominational, and does not take a sectarian approach to religious questions.
Doesn’t that sound fascinating and right up my alley?
Unfortunately, when I went to the CFP on the site, it came out just a little differently.
Submissions that are ultimately chosen will engage the theme in a unique and unexpected way. Please, no anti-evolution or creationist diatribes – we are interested in radical, interesting, and unusual explorations of the philosophical concept of creation – not fundamentalist bullshit.
Because, wow, we don’t care about sects as long as you aren’t a fundamentalist.
They easily could have said this without being offensive.
“We are not looking for diatribes or rants.”
Then they could have just thrown out any “fundamentalist bullshit.”
Dang. Makes me want to send them some just to be annoying.
How about Top 100 SF Internet list? It’s on GeoCities so it might go away. Interesting stuff.
1848 English edition of Struwelpeter is well worth a look, just for the vibrant colors and the funny pictures. Look for the guy with uncombed hair and uncut fingernails.
LiveScience says “people choose news that fits their views.”
News readers gorge on media messages that fit their pre-existing views, rather than graze on a wider range of perspectives. In other words, they consume what they agree with, researchers say.
The finding comes out of a recent study which tracked how college students spent their time reading media articles on hot-button issues such as abortion or gun ownership.
Unsurprisingly, students gravitated toward articles that supported their views.
I just got my Kindle today. R had to go pick it up for me because UPS can’t find our house.
And I opened it about thirty minutes ago.
And it is now downloading a new update.
Er, couldn’t I use it before it decided I had to download?
Is the book I bought actually there? I don’t know. If it was in the middle of update, which it was, maybe it got beamed off into Neverneverland.
And, on another thought, do I really want Amazon to know what I read and when I read it?