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The X Files Revival [Feb. 20th, 2016|09:18 pm]
elena1701
I've seen the first two episodes of the new series of the X Files, and it's made me very nostalgic for what was my first internet fandom back in the mid-to-late 90s - the combination of having access to the Internet for the first time at university, how popular the X Files became, and the growth of the new thing of online fandom: mailing lists, geocities sites, the Gossamer fanfic archive and the other random fanfic archives. This was back before Livejournal itself!

Kids today don't know how lucky they are, with their YouTube and AO3 and tumblr and Facebook and Twitter and fanfiction.net...
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The 56 Unread Books [Nov. 9th, 2013|11:40 pm]
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Back in January I went through our bookshelves and discovered that there were 48 books that I hadn't read (plus some books that belonged to Miles that I wasn't interested in reading). I then got some more books for my birthday, bring the total up to 53. Back in June, this went up to 56 books as I got an Amazon voucher from some friends (slightly late due to email problems), and bought two books, then got my final birthday present from my husband (as he'd ordered a book that wasn't released in paperback until the start of June).

So, the final list of unread books is:

1. Cravings - Various (short story collection)
2. Huntress - Various (short story collection)
3. Night's Daughter - Marion Zimmer Bradley (r)
4. The Infinitive of Go - John Brunner
5. The Vorkosigan Companion - Lilian S Carl & John Helfers (part-read)
6. Dreamweavers Dilemma - Lois McMaster Bujold
7. The Other Side of the Sky - Arthur C Clarke
8. A Wizard Alone - Diane Duane
9. Wizard's Holiday - Diane Duane
10. Charlotte Sometimes - Penelope Farmer (r)
11. Beowulf - trans. Seamus Heaney
12. Whispers Underground - Ben Aaronvitch
13. Capathain Vorpatril's Alliance - Lois McMaster Bujold
14. Skirmish - Melisa Michaels (r)
15. Pornland - Gail Dines
16. Mrs Robinson's Disgrace - Kate Summerscale
17. I Shall Wear Midnight - Terry Pratchett (r)
18. The Saturdays - Elizabeth Enright (r)
19. A Bottled Cherry Angel - Jean Ure (r)
20. Children on the Oregon Trail - A Rutgers van der Loeff
21. Futuretrack Five - Robert Westall (r)
22. Pegasus - Robin McKinley
23. Hopscotch & Handbags - Lucy Mangan
24. Discord's Apple - Carrie Vaughn
25. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
26. Calling B for Butterfly - Louise Lawrence (r)
27. Sabella - Tanith Lee (r)
28. The Day Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko
29. Flight in Yiktor - Andre Norton (r)
30. Labyrinth - Kate Mosse
31. Dodger - Terry Pratchett
32. The Sagan Diaries - John Scalzi
33. Summer Dreams, Winter Love - Mary Francis Shura (r)
34. Angel's Advocate - Mary Stanton
35. Steel's Edge - Ilona Andrews
36. Redshirts - John Scalzi
37. The Sandman Companion - Hy Bender
38. Wonders of the Solar System - Professor Brian Cox
39. Wifework - Susan Maushart
40. Home - Julie Myerson
41. London's Secret Tubes - Andrew Emmerson
42. Underground London - Stephen Smith (part-read)
43. Married with Zombies - Jesse Petersen
44. Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan
45. Fire (Elementals) - Robin McKinley & Peter Dickinson
46. Earth and Air (Elementals) - Peter Dickinson
47. Serenity: Better Days - Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, Will Conrad and Adam Hughes (r)
48. Saga - Brian K Vaughn
49. The Long Earth - Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
50. Y: The Last Man - Unmanned - Brian K Vaughn (graphic novel)
51. Bad Pharma - Ben Goldacre
52. Burning Chrome - William Gibson (r)
53. Flip This Zombie - Jesse Peterson
54. Kitty Takes A Holiday - Carrie Vaughn (r)
55. Crucible of Gold - Naomi Novik
56. Team Human - Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan

(r) - books I've read before

So far, I have read 14 of these. I suspect I will not get them all read by the end of 2013...
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The 48 Unread Books: A Slight Increase [May. 2nd, 2013|10:43 pm]
elena1701
So it was my birthday at the start of April, and I got a few books as birthday presents, as people know that I have an Amazon wishlist and a book-buying ban :) However, this does mean that the list of unread books has increased from 48 to 53:

49. The Long Earth - Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
50. Y: The Last Man - Unmanned - Brian K Vaughn (graphic novel)
51. Bad Pharma - Ben Goldacre
52. Burning Chrome - William Gibson (r)
53. Flip This Zombie - Jesse Peterson

Miles also got me 'Kitty Steals the Show' by Carrie Vaughn, but as I read than last year when the book came out (thanks to the library), I'm not adding it to the list!
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The 48 Unread Books - Now Down to 45! [Mar. 24th, 2013|07:49 pm]
elena1701
The list of 48 unread books is now down to 45 unread books! These are the books I've read so far:

Discord's Apple - Carrie Vaughn
Owned since: April 2012 (birthday present)

Carrie Vaughn is one of my favourite authors - I really like her 'Kitty' series, which is about a werewolf called Kitty who hosts a call-in radio show which turns into a show about the supernatural.

This book is more of a traditional fantasy book, despite being set in the present day. The main character, Evie, comes back to her home-town to look after her ill father, and discovers the storeroom under the house is filled with mythical artifacts, and people keep turning up to ask for things like glass slippers and a sword in a stone.

It's a really interesting mix of present-day, the past (tracing the history of the family and how they came to look after all the things), and myths. She includes a lot of different myths, though it focuses on Greek myths. However, I found the ending to be quite bleak and unsettling in some ways.

Married With Zombies - Jesse Petersen
Owned since: Xmas 2012

I hadn't decided how to choose the order I would read the unread books in, I did think that I would leave the newer books until last. However, I needed something light and fun to read, and this fit the bill, despite being about a couple surviving the zombie apocalypse and repairing their marriage :)

Although zombies are the current thing, I haven't read much zombie fiction, but I really enjoyed this. Dave and Sarah are going to marriage counselling, but arrive there to discover their marriage counsellor has become a zombie and is eating the previous couple. THe book follows them as they try to survive the zombie outbreak taking over the west coast of America and escape to somewhere safe. It manages to mix the bleakness of the world around you being destroyed with comedy moments, and each chapter starts with a helpful quote about improving your marriage while fighting zombies :)

The Saturdays - Elizabeth Enright
Owned since: Xmas 2011

This is one of the books I've read before - I read this when I was young, and I was surprised when re-reading it that there were certain phrases I remembered - the description of the children's playroom, for example.

The story follows the four Melendy children who decided to pool their weekly pocket money (or allowance, as it's American) so each of them can have a weekly adventure. It's set in 1941 New York, and seems very old-fashioned (their father is very unhappy with Mona, the eldest, getting a manicure and her nails painted red). However, it's a sweet book, and I think I started to love New York from the descriptions in this book.

I'm now reading my book club book (Notes from an Exhibition, by Patrick Gale), but once I've finished that I'll be back to the unread books.
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The 48 Unread Books [Mar. 10th, 2013|07:57 pm]
elena1701
In January, I went through our bookshelves and listed all the books we own that I haven't read and want to read (there are several books belonging to Miles that I have no interest in reading). Despite having a ban on buying new books since January 2010, and only getting new books as birthday and Christmas presents, there are 48 unread books on the list. Instand New Years Resolution - read all the books!

1. Cravings - Various (short story collection)
2. Huntress - Various (short story collection)
3. Night's Daughter - Marion Zimmer Bradley (r)
4. The Infinitive of Go - John Brunner
5. The Vorkosigan Companion - Lilian S Carl & John Helfers (part-read)
6. Dreamweavers Dilemma - Lois McMaster Bujold
7. The Other Side of the Sky - Arthur C Clarke
8. A Wizard Alone - Diane Duane
9. Wizard's Holiday - Diane Duane
10. Charlotte Sometimes - Penelope Farmer (r)
11. Beowulf - trans. Seamus Heaney
12. Whispers Underground - Ben Aaronvitch
13. Capathain Vorpatril's Alliance - Lois McMaster Bujold
14. Skirmish - Melisa Michaels (r)
15. Pornland - Gail Dines
16. Mrs Robinson's Disgrace - Kate Summerscale
17. I Shall Wear Midnight - Terry Pratchett (r)
18. The Saturdays - Elizabeth Enright (r)
19. A Bottled Cherry Angel - Jean Ure (r)
20. Children on the Oregon Trail - A Rutgers van der Loeff
21. Futuretrack Five - Robert Westall (r)
22. Pegasus - Robin McKinley
23. Hopscotch & Handbags - Lucy Mangan
24. Discord's Apple - Carrie Vaughn
25. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
26. Calling B for Butterfly - Louise Lawrence (r)
27. Sabella - Tanith Lee (r)
28. The Day Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko
29. Flight in Yiktor - Andre Norton (r)
30. Labyrinth - Kate Mosse
31. Dodger - Terry Pratchett
32. The Sagan Diaries - John Scalzi
33. Summer Dreams, Winter Love - Mary Francis Shura (r)
34. Angel's Advocate - Mary Stanton
35. Steel's Edge - Ilona Andrews
36. Redshirts - John Scalzi
37. The Sandman Companion - Hy Bender
38. Wonders of the Solar System - Professor Brian Cox
39. Wifework - Susan Maushart
40. Home - Julie Myerson
41. London's Secret Tubes - Andrew Emmerson
42. Underground London - Stephen Smith (part-read)
43. Married with Zombies - Jesse Petersen
44. Unspoken - Sarah Rees Brennan
45. Fire (Elementals) - Robin McKinley & Peter Dickinson
46. Earth and Air (Elementals) - Peter Dickinson
47. Serenity: Better Days - Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, Will Conrad and Adam Hughes (r)
48. Saga - Brian K Vaughn

(r) - books I've read before

Most of the books I've read before are books I've brought home from my mum's as we're clearing the house out.

So far I have read two books (Discord's Apple and Married With Zombies), and I'm reading The Saturdays at the moment. Only ten months left to get through the rest!
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Fandom Video [Sep. 6th, 2012|08:52 pm]
elena1701
This is a fantastic fan video (set to 'We Didn't Start The Fire') celebrating 50 years of fandom (mainly, but not all, sf & fantasy):

http://scribe.dreamwidth.org/318883.html

There is also a link to a spreadsheet listing the song lyrics, the historical reference of the lyric, the clip used, and the reason (ranging from thoughtful references to the more straightforward 'Awesome Ladies Being Awesome!').

I love it :)
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Television [Jun. 28th, 2012|11:13 pm]
elena1701
TV shows I am watching at the moment:

- Revenge (season 1): A tale of a young women getting revenge on the group of wealthy people who framed her father... It is (very loosely) based on The Count of Monte Cristo. It sounds ridiculous, and OTT, but really works.
- The Walking Dead (season 2): Post-zombie-apocalypse America. Admittedly, the characters do stupid things at times (hey, let's make our encampment somewhere that can't be defended from a zombie attack!), but I think it's a pretty realistic depiction of a post-apocalyptic world. The scene in the second series where they have to stop because the road is blocked with cars reminded me of Y: The Last Man.
- Hart of Dixie (season 1): It's basically a tv series based on the Michael J Fox film Doc Hollywood, but it's very entertaining.
- NCIS (season 8): There's something very reassuring about NCIS. Someone is killed, they investigate, and the case is solved. IF we're lucky, we get a Gibbs' rule.
- Once Upon A Time (season 1): Entertaining, but I'm finding the flashbacks annoying.
- Battlestar Galactica (season 2): About five years behind the rest of the geek world.
- V (season 1): Several episodes in and I'm still not sure what to make of this. One thing I do like is that lots of stuff happens every episode (*cough* Flashforward *cough*).

I was watching Castle (season 2), until it Channel 5 stopped showing it for Big Brother :( I need my Nathan Fillion fix!
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It's Been Years... [Jun. 7th, 2012|06:51 pm]
elena1701
Today I have mostly been painting, after wrapping kitchen cupboards in plastic to prevent paint getting on my beloved kitchen cupboards (after five years living in a house with only two cupboards in the kitchen, you would love your kitchen cupboards too).

We also had a conversation about how being the kind of serial killer who cleaned up after themselves (a la Dexter) would be really tedious, because it is surprisingly difficult to cover the entire floor and walls and cupboards in plastic sheeting. No murders for us, too much like hard work!

... The paint fumes may be getting to me.
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(no subject) [May. 10th, 2009|02:29 pm]
elena1701
I saw 'Star Trek' last night, and it was fantastic! It was, in fact, Made Of Awesome, and I really, really, want to see it again!

*just thought I'd share*
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Testing - Please Ignore! [Feb. 6th, 2008|07:14 pm]
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Test
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