Reading Wednesday

Wed, Sep. 25th, 2013 04:14 pm
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Not a particularly exciting week in reading, but notable in that I got myself to read and even enjoy it when I wasn't in the mood.

I know! This would have shocked younger me—not in the mood to read?! Blasphemy! Alas, older me has had to deal with an increasingly small attention span, in addition to diminished enjoyment in nearly everything. Things are getting better in terms of both attention span and enjoyment, and this makes me hope the reading will come back as well.

What I've read: I finally finished my nostalgic reread of Terry Brooks' Talismans of Shannara. Ahahaha, oh Par, so boring. On the other hand, Matty Roh is even more awesome than I remembered, and I had completely forgotten about the Matty Roh-Damson Rhee adventures! There should be fic, IJS.


I also got confused because Cogline is revealed to be not dead and just floating around Paranor in Elf Queen, because I was so sure he died! Turns out he does! Just in this book instead.

What I'm reading: I am progressing through Anuja Chauhan's The Zoya Factor, which got a little boring a few chapters in as it introduced the love interest and he and the heroine were antagonistic and etc. However, he is now being much nicer, and there has been a street market, so I am liking it much better again. Also continuing to read Tenea Johnson's Smoketown, which is still gorgeous. I think I opened up Yuki Kaori's Iiki no Ki to show off the Kobo Aura HD's screen to [personal profile] troisroyaumes, but I haven't read much past the first few pages. The art, though, is gorgeous! And already I am afraid it is going to be a version of the Riff/Cain + Merriweather triangle, with another demonic guy, some aristocratic guy, and a cute spunky girl.

Random book-shaped space: I am still trying to figure out what to get with the Kobo 50% off coupon before it expires! Candidates so far: Kate Elliott's Jaran books, some Charlotte Stein novellas the library doesn't have, ???. Maybe the dinosaur book I have been looking at?

In less pleasant news, I deleted Ben A's books from my computer.

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Thu, Sep. 26th, 2013 01:35 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] thistleingrey
Sorry those books didn't work for you. :/ I wonder whether my fondness for London the city has obscured something I should've picked up on.

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Thu, Sep. 26th, 2013 04:11 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] kore
Oh dear, why was that? The horrible 'you are interrogating the romance from the wrong perspective' comments, or did he do something worse? (That was pretty bad in and of itself.)

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Thu, Sep. 26th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] kore
//clicks with trepidation


Return to the argument whilst simultaneously claiming “I’m not going to get back into the argument”


Perhaps if you stopped trying to create a devide between readers and writers you might find our presence a little bit less intimidating?

and a smiley

ahhh, Christ //reads on

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Thu, Sep. 26th, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] thistleingrey
Ah--understood now. Via RSS I ran into his follow-up post regarding it (I think--here's hoping it's the one event and not more than one thing), which has a partial screen shot of a comment thread. In the post he thanks Rose Fox "for the very clear explanation as to why author/fan discussions will always be fraught which has helped me come to my decision," which is to quit SFF fandom, limit future panel participation, and such. [ETA I cut off too much--he seems to mean that he'll participate as a writer when invited but cease the public fannishness that predates his writing/publishing career considerably.]

I'm not going to look for additional context right now, but it is certainly true that [personal profile] rosefox is often effective at explaining things with clarity to a variety of individuals, and I mean that sincerely. It is a good thing.

ETA2 Okay, I went and looked. I guess the two differences in this case between the author in question and me are that I've kept my long lists of objections to Renay's SH pieces (ETA3 pieces plural) to myself, and that it wouldn't have occurred to me to speak up in the way that the author in question did. And again: oh dear. :(
Edited (sorry! typo this time) Thu, Sep. 26th, 2013 04:31 am (UTC)

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Thu, Sep. 26th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] thistleingrey
No? I'm an author on Goodreads and LibraryThing (on something with sales figures dwarfing his), [ETA I co-run social media for it,] and I know how to Google-stalk people. :) I'd like to think I wouldn't get so heated up by something as to forget manners as has happened here. My very small point is that sometimes people don't set out to be obnoxious asses--though certainly acting like one is a problem no matter how one got there.
Edited (too sleepy) Thu, Sep. 26th, 2013 03:27 pm (UTC)

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Thu, Sep. 26th, 2013 05:46 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] kore
....after reading through most of it I think both the SH piece and BA are wrong. It's just bad for writers to interact about their work with readers, period. It's not even so much a power thing, it's just that the person who's written something is really unable to have the same viewpoint as someone who's reading it, and arguing with someone about that work is recipe for disaster. That's what I think, anyway.

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Thu, Sep. 26th, 2013 06:01 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] kore

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Thu, Sep. 26th, 2013 06:14 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] kore
oh Ghod now I'm looking at his twitter stream

it's like a virtual car wreck?

("I never went to university so academic standards don't apply to me" - what the hell)

re: Ben A

Thu, Sep. 26th, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] estara
So did I.

In more pleasant news, a commenter at DA had the following info to share:

I just learnt of another Kobo coupon code (BookRiot50) which is also multi-use and valid until 15 October. As far as the current one goes, I’m trying to spread out my purchases and restrain to no more than two books a day – you can do the math and have an idea how many I’ve bought since 13 September.


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