January 28th, 2007


Lemmings, lemmings everywhere...

High Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, or Hard SCIF
I lovee both, but high fantasy mostly, it's a bit more escapist for me.

Hardback or Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
Most all I own are paperbacks, I don't think I care one way or the other.

Asimov, Bradbury or Herbert?
Herbert of course, Muad'dib. That's Frank, and not Brian and the evil Kevin J. But I do own all the orignial Dune series, which I've read through several times, and I have the Dune Encyclopdia, and canon whore that I am, this is part of why I hate the new Dune books. That and they read like bad fanfic. But I love the other two as well, I want to read all the Foundation and Robot series of Asamob, and the Mars Chronicles of Bradbury.

Amazon or Brick and Mortar?
Well, depends on how hard it is to find and how lazy I am. Amazon if it's difficult or I can't be bothereddon't have time, Vromans if I want to spend a lazy day poking at my favorite bookstore, (as it blows the others out of the water), Borders if I need it now and want to run to the mall to get it, and Barnes and Noble if I happen to be trying to kill time in Old Town Pasadena or I'm in KC with the girls.

Lackey or McCaffrey?.
I've yet to read Lackey, (but I always mean to), and since my nephew is named "Jaxom", one of my favorite RPG characters was named "Kylara" (still my AIM handle), and I wish I knew Robinton, I think I'll go with McCaffrey on this one.

First SCIFI novel you ever remember reading?
I thin it was "Splinter in the Mind's Eye", it was the first non-movie Star Wars novel, and I think I was eight or so It looked cool because it was Star Wars.

First High Fantasy novel you ever remember reading?
Well, I read "The Hobbit" with Dad while still very young, but the first one I read all by myself was "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe."

First Urban Fantasy novel you ever remember reading?
I might have read a cheesy romance that fit into that category, like a stupid vampire Harlequin, but to be honest I wasn't into that until after I had cracked open Vampire: The Masquerade while still in college, (though I had been watching Forever Knight for years). Unless you count some of those pulpy, sort of film noir novels as 'urban fantasy', opinion is divided on that I suppose.

Alphabetize by author, alphabetize by title or random?
I'm working on this, actually. Seperate by novel and textbook, (since they can mix together), then by genre, than by author, and then by series, (as some write more than one).

Keep, Throw Away or Sell?
Keep. I know some who want to free their books, I am not so much one of those people. I admire those who do though.

Read with dust jacket or remove it?
Remove it, hence why I can never sell my first edition Harry Potter books for money.

Gandalf or Harry Dresden?
Gandalf of course. I've yet to read the Dresden files, though Gita suggested them for out book club.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
I'll try to get to a chapter break, but occasionally will fall asleep first.

It was a dark and stormy night or Once upon a time?
Dark and stormy, once upon a time...can't we have both? i'll write a story where it's both.

Eddings or Tolkien?

Buy or Borrow?
Buy, if I borrow, chances are you won't get it back.

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendation or Browse?
Recommendations mostly, if I browse, it's usually only one genre, and I think most book critics are dipshits. I only trust reviews from friends or people whose intellegence I trust.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
i'm a tidy ending sort of girl...but I also read the endings first.

Morning reading, Afternoon reading or Nighttime reading?
Whenever I get a chance that isn't reading something for school.

Series or stand alone?
Well, it depends. I've read LOTS of series, and I love them all, and it gives my geeky mind something to wallow in, (canon whore, canon whore), but sometimes it's nice to have just a stand alone book.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
The Sword of Sagamore. It's out of print, but I own a copy, it's that good.

Caine or Hamilton?
Don't know Caine, but I do know I spit and dance on the name of Hamilton. If I wanted soft, vamp porn, I'd watch Oh!

Favorite Sci-fi/fantasy/urban fantasy author?
Herbert, Tolkien, Lewis. They sort of form a trio in my brain.

Now if you asked me my least favorite-KEVIN J. ANDERSON, may his armpit become infested by the fleas of a thousand sandworms backs...old Fremen curse. I think. That's for ruining every other franchise you get your hands on that isn't your own.
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Sunday Morning...

So I've been up and read my Bible on this Sunday, (well finished up Genisis for class), I have posted a book for this months book club selections, (check out http://community.livejournal.com/time4reading/1385.html is you are interested), and read the intro of this months book, and am now preparing to read an article by Teo, shoot him an email, work out, get lunch, and go tutor for a bit.

Wow, gone are the days when I could just be lazy, ehhh.

Anyway, it looks like my weekend tutoring sessions are going to move on Sundays to earlier in the day, which makes me happy as I want to see the Super Bowl. I always want to see the Super Bowl, but this year it has Peyton Manning, who I have wanted to see go for years. I was mildly distressed to see an article in Time yesterday arguing why it was that Peyton Manning sucks and why we should want him to lose. I concluded this man must be a Tom Brady fan, bitter and trucculent, and somehow wrote well enough to get into one of my favorite news magazines. *sniff* Frankly, I hadn't heard from the experts a lot of his negative opinion claims, because many in football respect him as a player and athlete, and that isn't to say that Tom Brady isn't worthy of respect, (I think he is, as well as being mighty fine), I just find it hard to think that anyone could seriously claim in a news article that Peyton Manning is 'pompous' and 'over-paid'.

But then Time is a NEWS magazine, not a sports magazine, so there you go.

Anyway, I need to write a paper by Thursday, 8-9 pages, and I'm stuck. I'll have to think this over. I want to use the Epic of Gilgamesh, Ovid's Metamorphisis, and Genisis, but I can't think if I want to follow one archtype between the three and see what happens with them, of if I want to compare female sexuality between the three. I thought about crime/punishment, one of the other prompts, but we get into some weird gray areas in Genisis, (thinking of the rape of Dinah. So yeah, I'm not sure. I'll give it a good think, I want to get started on that tomorrow.

Off to read Teo's article. How weird it isn't for his class.

Raw Egg Roulette...

So I had made a merangue last week and had about six eggs yolks. I also had oil, anchovies, and garlic, as well as worcestershire, (why can't anyone say it right, and that is technically wir-SHEST-i-shir? Why am I the odd ball?), and white wine vinegar. I also had a bag of lettuce, three green onions, some leftover parsley, radishes, cold chicken from last night, boiled eggs, an avacado, and some croutons.

I made a salad. And I made my own dressing. And the dressing was tasty.

I sure hope the eggs won't kill me. So far, A-OK. I'll get them with some hot chocolate later.

Anyone got ideas on how I can get a hyperactive 5-year-old to focus on learning his letters?

I need to go read for class some more.
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