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[18 Nov 2009|04:03pm]
69. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ~ Jane Austen and Seth Graeme-Smith
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[14 Nov 2009|04:31pm]
68. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom ~ Cory Doctorow
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[09 Nov 2009|06:59pm]
66. Overclocked ~ Cory Doctorow (short story collection)
67. Branded by Fire ~ Nalini Singh (my favourite one yet, thanks Meara!)
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[25 Oct 2009|04:21pm]
64. Lullaby ~ Chuck Palahnuik
65. Chicks in Chain mail ~ an anthology that I acquired somehow, someway, and finally read today because it sounded ludicrous. It was, delightfully so. Most of the stories were quite clever, funny, little twists against fantasy norms. Of course there were a handful of just plain awful ones.
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[18 Oct 2009|11:17am]
Oh yeah, this was ages back.

63: Googlewhack ~ Dave Gorman
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[03 Oct 2009|09:57pm]
61.How to Rule the World: A Handbook for the Aspiring Dictator ~ Andre de Guillaume
62. Frostbitten ~ Kelley Armstrong (AMAZING, BTW)
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[23 Sep 2009|03:41pm]
60. Fight Club ~ Chuck Palahnuik
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[22 Sep 2009|03:32pm]
59. Sophie's World ~ Jostein Gaarder


Finally finished it! Only been in progress since... grade 12.

I'm doing something I've never really done before these last few months, namely reading several books at a time. I used to be a one book girl, and would slam them down faster than Jell-o shots at a frat party, but lately I've been a book hussy.

Currently reading:

Googlewhack ~ Dave Gorman (LULZ)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ~ that guy whose name I can't remember (having trouble with this as I love the concept and the juxtaposition, but HATE Austen's style of writing. It's a slow go, one chapter per sitting)

Fight Club ~ Chuck Palanhuik (on my iPod)

Bowering's BC: A Swashbuckling History ~ George Bowering (in my desk at work just in case)


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So yeah, I need to dedicate some time to finish at least two of these books, as Fight Club tends to be a bus book (because of it's portability) and Bowering's BC is good times at lunch hour.
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[08 Sep 2009|05:29pm]
55. Rafe
56. Jared
57. Devin
58. Shane

The Mackade series by my good pal N. Roberts. They were old ones that ended up on my iPod because they were conveniently in PDF format.
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[30 Aug 2009|04:18pm]
53. Hunting Grounds ~ Patricia Briggs
54. Living with the Dead ~ Kelley Armstrong


Ah, urban fantasy. How I love you...
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Goodness. [28 Aug 2009|12:19pm]
Oh yeah.

Guess I haven't updated this for awhile with anything other than the list of books I've read. Boring, sorry.

Things I have been doing:

- working as a Systems Clerk; this entails being bored, emailing people, waiting for people to email me, answering my phone, answering other people's phones, distributing and receiving department keys, reconciling some budgets and some purchasing cards, booking rooms, ordering supplies, dealing with stupid suppliers, setting up interviews, photocopying, printing, scanning things, organizing old contracts into new pdfs, renaming lots of files, fixing old databases to make new sense.... you know, the usual. I also read twitter, wikipedia, and browse etsy all day.

- adhering more or less to a weekly writing time; Sundays, at least two hours, at the Black Stilt. Last week was rubbish, because Shannon kept interrupting me, thinking I liked history or something. Still, I organized some stuff. The main projects I've been working on are a joint novel with Ash (Boston Pack 1), a solo novel about small towns (haha, cowboys), and poking about a pair of very opposite graphic novels with Shannon.

- going to regular massage therapy appointments in order to cure what ails me. Before you ask, no it's not relaxing. It mostly just hurts.

- starting making things again, mostly necklaces and various play-doh sculptures to delight my co-workers. I have also put angry eyebrows on several pieces of office equipment.

Things I have done:

- Submitted short fiction and poetry entries into Polar 2009 competition; haven't heard back on either yet, but I'd like to think it's because they were so good, the judges all fainted for two weeks instead of sending me a response.

- bought a new laptop and an iPod touch; they are named Gladstone and The Marquess of Rockingham respectively.

- went to see the Tragically Hip in June; they were amazing. I almost wet myself I was so excited.

- got a tattoo; it's pretty neat, Shannon got the same one. We got them on opposite arms so we could link them and pretend to be an airplane. Handwritten font that says "it's all runway behind the plane", wisdom from Thompson.

- got my hair cut several times; it's short, it does stuff.

Things I am going to be doing:

- seeing Flogging Molly in Vancouver on 30 October. I will probably wet myself with excitement.

- kitchen science segments with Fmac, including soap making and edible recipes we find clever.

- creating handicrafts with Fmac that we can sell to people who think they are cool.

- eating lunch pretty soon

- doing another job alongside my current job. Hopefully it will keep me from getting bored, doing two person's worth of work.
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[08 Aug 2009|11:17am]
51. The Hollow ~ Nora Roberts
52. The Pagan Stone ~ Nora Roberts


Finished off the Signs of Seven trilogy; the ending was too rushed, made it awkward.
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[07 Aug 2009|05:09pm]
50. Right ho, Jeeves! ~ P.G. Wodehouse

Classic lulz!
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[02 Aug 2009|11:42pm]
48. For now, forever ~ Nora Roberts
49. In from the Cold ~ Nora Roberts

I'm on a roll!
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[02 Aug 2009|05:39pm]
46. Playing the Odds ~ Nora Roberts
47. Tempting Fate ~ Nora Roberts

It's a series, okay?
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[02 Aug 2009|12:26am]
44. All the Possibilities ~ Nora Roberts
45. One Man's Art ~ Nora Roberts


... What? I found some e-books, okay?
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[01 Aug 2009|07:12pm]
43. Blood Brothers ~ Nora Roberts

What? I like her.
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[01 Aug 2009|02:53pm]
41. Pygmy ~ Chuck Palahnuik
42. Lamb ~ Christopher Moore


FINALLY finished Lamb. It was a great book, I don't know why it took me so long to read! There were so, so many LAUGH REALLY FUCKING LOUD parts. Moore is a master of the LULZ, ladies and gentlemen.
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Old fiction becomes new? [28 Jul 2009|01:39pm]
It appears I've rediscovered a novel project from the summer of 2006; I found it, read it over lunch yesterday, and realized I actually kind of liked it.

So far, my favourite parts:

"I threw a paperweight through the plate glass window of his fifth storey office, and to make it sweeter, it landed in the front seat of his new Mercedes. Through the windshield."

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Inside, Bree was on the receiving end of a crushing hug from Margie, laughing at the nearing elderly woman's enthusiasm.

"Margie, I wasn't a prisoner of war in Africa or something," Bree protested half-heartedly, as spindly arms wound around her neck. "I was only in the city."

"Only the city! Why, that's ages away! Besides, I haven't seen you since the day you left," she fixed Bree with a firm gaze, posting her fists on her hips. "Someone doesn't know how to come by and visit."

Sheepishly, Bree grinned and shrugged one shoulder, "Um, damn teenagers?"
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[28 Jul 2009|12:22pm]
Broke down and signed up for Twitter. It keeps me amused throughout the day. If you wish, I can be found at the usual handle. Chaoticmatter.

In other news, I finished off the Knight Miscellany series! I WIN THE CHALLENGE. Honestly, I don't know what I win other than hours of wasted time, but reading them did give me something to do during really slow periods at work. Like, really slow. And they were conveniently pdf-formatted, thus perfect for covert work reading.

So I finished it off, and to be honest, I enjoyed the last one. The characters were pretty interesting and not super lame; also, ex-pirates are a weakness of mine, particularly ones who are the bastard sons of Irish prize-fighters and naughty duchesses.

But I am done, and started reading something by Wil Wheaton instead. So my cred is climbing back up out of the depths. Now, I can't remember the titles of them, because I renamed the files to make them look like WebReqs in my task bar. So there will be place holders, which I doubt I'll replace because no one really cares.

38. Lizzie's book ~ Gaelen Foley
39. Alec's book ~ Gaelen Foley
40. Jack's book ~ Gaelen Foley
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