Jan. 6th, 2011


Jan. 6th, 2011 02:27 pm
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I have a smartphone! I switched carriers and now I have a Sanyo SCP 2700, only mine is pink with flowers. It has a big screen and a full keyboard. I'm still getting used to it.

People with smartphones - what should I consider doing with mine?
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Title: The Way to Glory
Author: David Drake
Series: Lt. Leary, book four
Genre: Space opera
Setting: Cinnabar and other parts of Drake's imaginary space empire.
Reason for Reading: Totally addicted to the series. Couldn't stop if I tried.
Finished In: Days.
Pages: 526
Copyright Date: 2007 (Alas, the publication dates are moving towards the present. I am reading them much faster than he can write them!)
First line: "The pair of footmen at the head of the stairs bowed to Daniel; the older one said 'Senator Kearned will be most pleased that you're able to attend, Lieutenant Leary.'"
Best part: I liked seeing some development with Leary's dysfunctional family; I find it interesting.
Worst part: The characterization in this book of my favorite sociopath (Tovera) seemed a little out of tune.
Imaginary Theme Song: La Marseilles
Grade: C+
Recommended for: Fans of the series (who won't be able to help themselves anyway).
Related Reads: With the Lightnings, first book in the series.
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Title: Trio of Sorcery
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Genre: Novella (three).
Setting: Boston in the seventies, the rez in the 90s, and the world of gamers today.
Reason for Reading: I'm kind of addicted to Lackey. Surely you've noticed by now.
Finished In: Days
Pages: 352
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: Faint outline of a woman in a dress looking over her shoulder. It's unusually styled for a Lackey cover - generally they're more representational.
First line: "As apartments went, it wasn't much; a third-floor studio that had as its main attractions the fact that it was within walking distance of Harvard Square and the University, and that it had a fireplace."
Best part: I enjoyed seeing Diana Tregarde again. I didn't think Lackey would revisit the character - she said she wouldn't after the death threats she got from crazed wannabe Guardians - glad she changed her mind.
Worst part: MAJOR transphobia in one of the stories.
Imaginary Theme Song: "That Old Black Magic"
Grade: C+
Recommended for: Those desiring fluff! If you're interested in Lackey's modern-ish works it's not a bad place to start.
Related Reads: Children of the Night and Sacred Ground by Lackey; I'm sure a book featuring the new protagonist of the third novella is in the offing. Many Bloody Returns and the other anthologies in that series.

(Just one more 2010 book to go, woo hoo!)


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