February 21, 2009

all the time in the world

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Last night, I finished The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. What a fantastic read. Compelling, heartbreaking and hilarious, with a great narrative voice and an epic tale of family tragedy. Plus, all the hardcore geek references that feel true and natural and not at all forced.

Oscar’s behavior with women was discomfiting in many ways (stalkery much?), but not played for laughs (though other characters do laugh at him and his lack of sexual success) – I think it was clearly recognized by his family and friends as problematic. Nor was Yunior’s (or anyone else’s) womanizing glorified or treated as a good thing (it costs Yunior Lola, after all). In fact, I think the book spends quite a bit of time examining the ramifications of being a player and the destruction it causes.

highly recommended.



February 17, 2009

[in the scrying bowl] by Cathryn McCracken

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[in the scrying bowl]

in the scrying bowl
before it is lifted up
the fourth goddess takes her tea

she’s precocious this year
the hidden director of all the holes
we have tunneled in dirt
filled with seed
arranged in the dark

there will be only questions
given to questions
a thing made out of nothing
come new to life
curiosity wanting to make
a name for its lust

the fourth goddess rains
upon us from a cirrus sky
when she comes like this
she owns only herself

~Cathryn McCracken


February 15, 2009

all things go

Posted in books tagged , at 5:21 am by placeinthestars

I just finished reading Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. *sniffle* It was lovely and hopeful and bittersweet and just… lovely. Sigh. Highly recommended.


February 14, 2009

the walls are closing in

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I read Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer the other day. I wanted to like it a lot more than I did. I liked both Max and Deb, but Deb’s convoluted schemes just irritated me. I skipped to the end so I wouldn’t have to read through them all, which is something I only do when a book bores or irritates me.



February 10, 2009

sucking out all my energy

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Last night, I finished Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room), which I enjoyed a lot, though I am not sure how I feel about click for spoilers!

February 4, 2009

racing with the rising tide to my father’s door

Posted in movies tagged , at 10:42 am by placeinthestars

Former co-worker R. and I went to see Taken tonight. My quick non-spoilery reaction is that I enjoyed seeing Liam Neeson kick ungodly amounts of ass, but as with all middle-aged white man revenge scenario movies, you can’t think too much about it because it’s highly problematic.

spoilers, with a side of not thinking too much about it

February 2, 2009

i want somebody who sees me

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Last night, I stayed up very very late reading Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog by Ysabeau S. Wilce.

I enjoyed it very much – Flora is a fun heroine, easy to root for, and I liked Udo, her fashion-conscious sidekick, quite a bit as well. And I really liked the wordplay – it can be a little cutesy at times, but I thought it was clever and amusing as a whole – and I also liked the world Wilce has set up, some sort of AU California where the Aztecs are still in power to the south, and Califa is a small client state trying to stay free. There are pirates and magic, kilts and really fancy hats.

I have a self-imposed moratorium on book-buying, at least until I get a new job, but I might have to make an exception for the sequel.