Friday, April 11, 2008

Scrambling into Hell Week

Well, the drama performance is a week away, and even though I didn't take leadership this year, I'm still staying for practices because two kids are in it, and making props, tickets, costumes, programs, flyers, coloring contest's endless. So reading has definitely been an up and down thing.
52. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. This was okay, although I hated him killing off three main characters, and the flashback/present changes were a bit straining at first. I don't think I care enough about the character to follow him into the sequel.
53. When Demons Walk by Patricia Briggs. A bodice-ripper disguised as a mediocre swords and sorcery tale. Meh.
54. The Khi to Freedom by Ardath Mayhar. I had read this years ago, maybe as a junior higher, and liked it. Re-reading it as an adult, not so much. Too much existentialism, too much perfect high ideals and not enough story.
55. The Whispering Spheres by Russell Robert Winterbotham.
Cat and Mouse by Ralph Williams
The Quantum Jump by Robert Wicks
56. The Devil's Asteroid by Manly Wade Williams
The Ideal by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
A Martian Odyssey by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
57. The Worlds of If by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
Valley of Dreams by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
Pygmalion's Spectacles by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
These old short chapter stories from old 1940's magazines really are amusing to see what they thought the future would be like. Very much strong, manly characters, and fragile females.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Quick and Dirty

All right, I don't feel like giving you all a synopsis of all the books I've been reading, since I've just taken 2 Benadryl for this incipient cold, and my mental faculties are draining away.... So, to the list:
40. The Silent Tower by Barbara Hambly
41. The Silicon Mage by Barbara Hambly
42. The Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly
43. The Ladies of Mandrigyn by Barbara Hambly
44. Island in the Sea of Time by S. M. Stirling
45. The Sky People by S. M. Stirling
46. The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell
47. Somebody Else's Kids by Torey Hayden
48. Beautiful Child by Torey Hayden
49. One Child by Torey Hayden
50. Five Past Midnight by James Thayer
51. The Servant Problem by Robert J. Young
Unspecialist bby Murray F. Yaco
The Infra-Medians by Sewell Peaslee Wright
The last one consists of novella or short chapter stories from old Amazing magazines and the like read from