cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
Goddess bless, Anne McCaffrey. You gave me a lot of fun reading. My personal favorites were the Harper Hall books.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
One word summary: More!

I squeeeed with delight when I saw that my pre-ordered book had shown up yesterday. It immediately jumped to the top of the queue.

I just finished my first readthrough (I am a fast reader, but the first reading is for plot, and later readings are for savoring), and I am thoroughly sucked into this world.

Yes, it's book one of a trilogy, but it really does stand alone.

Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] nojojojo
cynthia1960: (eowyn)
I'm reading Value of Nothing by Raj Patel, and I am amused by this quote from the beginning of Chapter 10:

"There are two novels that can transform a bookish fourteen-year-old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish daydream that can lead to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood in which large chunks of the day are spent inventing ways to make real life more like a fantasy novel. The other is a book about orcs."

Well, Mr. Patel, I was fifteen not fourteen, but even then I got a whole lot more out of LotR than you had. You *are* spot on about Rand, though.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] tandw points out that the quote is actually from Kung Fu Monkey and it reads like this:

"-- There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

John Rogers' version is more elegant :).

I haven't seen any attribution for this in my Kindle edition of Patel's book, and that's really sloppy and inconsiderate plagiarism.

Mr. Patel: You've written a best-selling nonfiction book, would it kill you to footnote this and link to Rogers? Hell, it took one of my friends no time at all to find the link and send me it, and then it was easy to edit my entry and give proper credit where credit is due. And was the copyeditor (or whoever does fact checking at the publisher) asleep at the wheel? Note to all the folks trashing traditional publishers (who probably aren't reading this, because my FL/access list has more clue than that): This kind of thing will run rampant if everybody and his dog starts publishing.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
Today is Ursula Kroeber LeGuin's eightieth birthday, and also the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Left Hand of Darkness.

I came across the Earthsea books at least thirty-five years ago (the actual date is rusty) at my local library and was never quite the same after that. Besides Left Hand and the Earthsea books, the LeGuin books that continue to rock my world with every re-read are The Dispossessed and Always Coming Home.

It was very important to me that Potlatch 18 (in Sunnyvale, CA earlier this year) honored Always Coming Home as one of its books of honor this year, because that book captures the physical reality and spirit of Northern California. Having Ursula there as part of the con made it even more special to me, because it was an opportunity to honor and thank somebody who created a special book while she is still here to hear it.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Ursula. May we have the blessing of your presence for years to come.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
If I listed all the writers I want to thank, it would be a case of tl;dr, so I'm going to thank the folks that got me reading the stuff back in the dark 1970s:

Ursula K. LeGuin: The Earthsea books got me started, and The Left Hand of Darkness and the Dispossessed got me hooked.

Isaac Asimov: The Foundation books, although I cringe at the gender roles in these books now.

J.R.R. Tolkien: My fifth grade teacher tried to get the class reading The Hobbit, but that didn't work. A fair chunk of us did get hooked on LotR in high school, I guess we needed to be a bit older to get fished in. I may not be quite as big a fan as [livejournal.com profile] calimac, but I come fairly close.

I want to thank all the writers of my acquaintance, many thanks for all the good reading, and may you continue to flourish in your art.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
io9.com has a fun checklist of how the main characters of various sf franchises (media and literary) compare on various wish-fulfillment criteria.

I am especially amused by the inclusion of Honor Harrington and Miles Vorkosigan on this list.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
It isn't bad enough that [livejournal.com profile] pegkerr points me to the best wizard rock in the Potterverse, but now my beloved [livejournal.com profile] whumpdotcom has pointed me to Lords of the Rhymes, who are rappers B-dil and Q-beam straight outta Middle-earth. When "Lords of the Rhymes" came up in his music rotation just now, I had a classic "what the *frak*?!" reaction, and then I had to snag the songs.

[livejournal.com profile] wild_patience, keep [livejournal.com profile] calimac away from this. I don't want to be responsible for his brain imploding.
cynthia1960: (Down with patriarchy)
[livejournal.com profile] femsfaward is now open for suggestions and posts about sf/fantasy written by women, especially those eligible for major award nominations.
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
I've got a Lord of the Rings geek question that I'd like answered and my source materials are not at hand. Those of you who aren't Tolkien fans can scroll downward now... )

Edited to fix the character's name (my bad, thanks [livejournal.com profile] stoutfellow and [livejournal.com profile] cavlec! A middle aged moment strikes again!
cynthia1960: me from Wiscon Chronicles v. 3 (Default)
Today is the 52nd anniversary of the publication of Fellowship of the Ring; Garrison Keillor's Writers' Almanac (on KALW) noted the date on my drive to work. There was a very small first printing (2500 copies?). Not that I ever expect to see a copy of the first printing, but I wonder how much one is worth?

Paging [livejournal.com profile] calimac...
cynthia1960: (booksandcats)
I blame [livejournal.com profile] zdashamber and [livejournal.com profile] obadiah for turning me on to edu-core music.
cynthia1960: (Down with patriarchy)
I'll be a post-feminist in the post-patriarchy!

In these dark days, it's good to remember the wisdom of Saint Molly of Austin, "You gotta have fun while fightin' for freedom!", and I want to give a cyber-shoutout to those who make the struggle worth it for me.

Here's to both of the feminist-sf mailing lists (who keep us imagining new futures), the folks of [livejournal.com profile] wiscon (both on and off LJ), [livejournal.com profile] whileaway, and feminist bloggers worldwide (where would I be without Jeanne d'Arc at Body and Soul, Twisty at I Blame the Patriarchy, the gang at Pandagon, Feministe, just to name a few, Goddess bless you all!).

It's good to have friends at your back, among others both on and off LJ, [livejournal.com profile] wild_patience, [livejournal.com profile] badgerbag and of course, [livejournal.com profile] whumpdotcom are right there.

Here's to the struggle, we're fighting not only for ourselves, but our daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, and the generations to come.

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