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Crucial Conversations, Crucial Confrontations and Influencer by Kerry Patterson et al
By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein - really, really amazing book. Elegant and textured and full of delight. Thanks for the suggestion, [ profile] thebluerose!
The Hollow by Agatha Christie
Firebirds and Firebirds Rising edited by Sharyn November - including my favourite Delia Sherman story "Cotillion"

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Jul. 19th, 2012 08:44 am
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Newsflash trilogy (Feed, Deadline and Blackout) by Mira Grant
Fifty Shades of Grey by wossname
Freedom: the sequel to Slave by Mende Nazer
Snuff by Terry Pratchett
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs
Cuttlefish by Dave Freer
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold

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TLDR: This book is an AWESOME zombie apocalypse novel about a team of bloggers following the US presidential campaign in 2039. (The zombies rose in 2014.) It's the first of three novels in the Newsflash trilogy: FEED, DEADLINE, BLACKOUT.

Long version:

So... I didn't actually want to read this book. My friend left it in a bag on my doorstep with a note a few weeks ago. And I've been busy, so it's been all lonely and sad in my to-read pile since then. (Well, not lonely. It had LOTS of company.) But we're going to the said friend's place for lunch tomorrow and I thought I should at least try the book and flick it back with polite excuses if necessary.

So what's it about? Georgia and Shaun Mason are the lead bloggers of the blog After the End Times. After the Rising in 2014, people have generally withdrawn into secure communities against the ever-present zombie threat. Bloggers, who have become firmly established as part of the official media following their central role during the Rising, are amongst the few intrepid journalists willing to venture outside in search of the news. The story begins when Georgia and Shaun (and their team) are invited to cover the presidential campaign of Senator Peter Ryman. It's a pretty standard campaign, notwithstanding the adaptions required for a world where every human contact must be preceded by blood tests for zombie infection. At least until an unimaginable tragedy hits the Senator's family and the bloggers make the mistake of digging a little deeper. Too deep to get out.

The pacing is superb, tension building to a nail-biting and resonant conclusion. The families portrayed are complex and imperfect. The relationships between the characters ring true. The science is exceptionally well thought out. Social media is king. And there are pop culture references galore - Steve Irwin, Buffy, Shaun of the Dead, Apple - I've probably missed half of them!

I couldn't put it down.

PS. Also, dearest [ profile] seanan_mcguire, I love the dual-sided title.

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May. 20th, 2012 10:25 am
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The Undivided and Dark Divide by Jennifer Fallon

Both of these were kinda meh, although there were some elements of her skill with political fantasy. Too many characters and I didn't really care about any of them.

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Apr. 26th, 2012 08:50 am
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The Shape-Changer's Wife by Sharon Shinn
Angel-Seeker by Sharon Shinn
The Many Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones
Rogue by Michael Z Williamson
Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones

First half (through Baen Ebooks):
- War Maid's Choice by David Weber

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Apr. 16th, 2012 10:36 pm
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Farmer in the Sky by Robert Heinlein
Magic Flutes, A Song for Summer and Madensky Square by Eva Ibbotson
Home Improvement: Undead Edition (collection, Patricia Briggs story re: vampire)
Down These Strange Streets (collection, Patricia Briggs story re: Warren)
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

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Apr. 8th, 2012 10:00 pm
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Apr. 1st, 2012 10:34 pm
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The Magic of Thinking Big by Davdid J Schwartz
Synopsis: Think progressively towards work, family, yourself and the community
Verdict: Okay, I guess. Standard self-help in the line of "How to Win Friends and Influence People"

Incubus (aka The Demon Lover) by Carol Goodman
Synopsis: YA urban fantasy novel set in a small college town in the mountains. Vampires, incubi, witches, fey. First of a series, the Fairwick Chronicles, doesn't end on a nasty cliffhanger, well written.

Halfway through Superfreakonomics.

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Mar. 27th, 2012 08:00 pm
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Magebane by Lee Arthur Chane (ARC)
The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney
The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff

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Mar. 21st, 2012 09:58 pm
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
Nights of the Round Table and Other Stories of Heroic Fantasy by Tanya Huff
February Thaw by Tanya Huff
Bolg, PI: The Vampire Bride by Dave Freer
Choke by Sian Beilock

Two chapters of Principles of Microeconomics

Well, that does explain why my week seemed like a blur.
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Originally posted by [ profile] kikibug13 at The shaming room
Originally posted by [ profile] bajoransmurf at Please take a seat in the shaming room...
Originally posted by [ profile] denorios at Please take a seat in the shaming room...
Since a number of US newspapers have refused to republish the latest Doonesbury cartoon strip which highlights the way Republicans are attempting to undermine a woman's right to choose, I feel it's important to make sure the message still gets across.

The shaming room awaits.

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Mar. 3rd, 2012 05:42 pm
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Thank you so much to [ profile] 17catherines and [ profile] reynardo for the gorgeous baking trays!

Clearly, there is baking to be done! :)
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This weekend, I have:

(a) planted my new blueberry and French tarragon plants into pots
(b) repotted the native ferns and grasses into larger pots
(c) done laundry
(d) worked on my project management diploma assignment
(e) gone to an amazing new Graeme Murphy ballet
(f) acquired a shiny new computer mouse
(g) repaired two laundry racks
(h) meditated
(i) written to friends and family
(j) renewed my subscription for next year's ballet
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Almost have a new job. Very very close...

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So good that it was unbelievable

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Robin McKinley has been one of my absolute favourite authors for twenty years now. To celebrate the launch of her new book, PEGASUS, there are Pegasus Release Celebrations (PRCs) being scheduled around the world, for fans to squee about the book (and random other things) over yummy cake and biscuits and scrumptious afternoon teas. And there's one scheduled in Melbourne! (Attendees go into a draw to win a signed copy of PEGASUS as well as other goodies!)

So come along! And check out Robin's blog and forums for other locations.

Saturday 11 December, 3 pm
Kamesburgh Gardens
Bring cake! Bring your favourite SUNSHINE recipes! And your shiny new copies of PEGASUS!
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You think that we won't notice 25% price rises on water? And electricity? And gas? To pay for the cost blowouts on every infrastructure project that you can name? I don't think so. Even a crazy real estate salesperson might be better than this.


Aug. 25th, 2010 03:29 pm
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Who was the idiot who designed the battery compartment on the Microsoft wireless mouse 2000? The one where you can't get the damned batteries out?
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So... um... is anyone else going?

(Also, can someone explain the deal with Masquerade? Is a costume competition or a ball or just a random thing to go and watch? Argh... how do you sign up for kaffeeklatsch things? Who's going to be there besides Borders staff? Why did I sign up for this?)


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