Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Review Place Holder

Hey guys,

I did read a book this week - Mark Charon Newton's Villjamur Nights. It was a solidly good novel - not excellent, for some reasons that I'll elaborate on - and it was dense and took all week to read. But I can't tell you about it right now, because I have to leave to pick up the baby from day care, and I may not be able to tell you about it later because the big kid has a Halloween party to go to. I don't know that I'll be able to tell you about it tomorrow, either, because I'm being dragged off to Ithaca to look at bugs, and then to a pumpkin farm to look at pumpkins (and candy apples! And donuts! Can't forget the donuts!), and then to a different Halloween party. I might be able to write about it on Sunday. We shall see. Meantime, here's a place holder, and some questions for discussion. What plans do you have for All Hallows Eve? Are you dressing up? If so, what as? Are you going out (to a party or to collect candy), or are you staying in to give out candy? Tell me, because I really want to know!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday Library Post, 10/26/2011

This is the post I should have made yesterday. It is perhaps indicative of something that my immediate reaction, upon opening the blog and seeing my OWS post from last Friday, was "oh, crap, did I forget to post a review last week?" I'm not sure what it's indicative of, but it's indicative of something.

Anyway. The big kid was away on a field trip yesterday, so the baby and I trundled off to a different library (because that branch had a book I was specifically looking for - Sandry's Book, by Tamora Pierce. Which I am reading to the big kid.) I do like to check out different libraries in my local system - different librarians have different acquisition polices, so there are different books at different branches.

Anyway, two books yesterday:

Jim Butcher - White Night

This is somewhere near the middle of the Harry Dresden "wizard in Chicago" series. Today, I tested the possibility of playing in a Harry Dresden role playing game via skype - it seemed to work. I grabbed this book in the thought that I should probably continue my reading. Plus, I really like Harry Dresden.

Nnedi Okorafor - Who Fears Death

I have had this book before, but did not manage to get to it before it had to go back. It's post-apocalyptic sci-fi, set in Africa, with a strong African flavor. It's billed as "magic realism." I recall it was featured in Scalzi's "Big Idea" series, which is why I grabbed it in the first place. It's fairly chewy, in terms of plot and writing style - luckily, I have some lighter stuff to read first.