nath: (books)
Yay, just found out that there's a release date for P.C. Hodgell's next Kencyrath novel, Gates of Tagmeth. This July :-)
nath: (books)
wot i red... )
nath: (books)
wot i red... )
nath: (galaxy)
During the kittencam meet-up, I might have accidentally wandered into one or two bookshops...



I might also have bought a new coffee mug...

grump

Jul. 16th, 2015 11:58 am
nath: (wings of shadow)
The copy of Christopher Lee's biography I had on order appears to have gone missing in the post. Amazon's refunding, but by now all alternative copies are at silly prices; mine was 20 quid (secondhand) - the cheapest I've seen (also secondhand) is suddenly double that (and in worse listed condition). Even the trick of going to Amazon.de didn't work; the cheapest there is around 70 euros.

So, unless mine still turns up, that's it.
nath: (books)
wot i red )
nath: (headdesk)
How do you take a book* seriously after it tells you on the first page that "the planet was inundated by drought"? I do hope the author's style improves after this, because, even if the phrase is deliberate: no, just no.

*After the Ice by Steven Mithen, a global overview of history from 20.000 to 5.000 BC.
nath: (books)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] cairistiona7

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
B. Best Sequel Ever
C. Currently Reading
D. Drink of Choice While Reading
E. E-Reader or Physical Books
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
H. Hidden Gem Book
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
J. Just Finished
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
L. Longest Book You’ve Read
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of
N. Number of Bookcases You Own
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
P. Preferred Place to Read
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feels
R. Reading Regret
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For
W. Worst Bookish Habit
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)
nath: (books)
Diana Gabaldon does not read well after Roger Zelazny. Or maybe I'm not in a fluffy mood. Either. Both.

This is only even an issue because they're what's on the e-reader, and I don't feel like refilling it just now. Luckily there's still some more Zelazny on there to read...
nath: (books)
wot i red )
nath: (books)
Somehow* I ended up with two copies of Raising Steam (Pratchett) - will ship (preferably) in Europe & first interested reply 'wins' Problem solved!




*by buying it and coming home to find it in last week's Amazon pile...
nath: (Hobbit_Dwarves)
...as gacked from [livejournal.com profile] celandineb

If you could invite any 3 fictional characters to your Thanksgiving dinner, which ones would you choose?

I don't have a Thanksgiving dinner, and I ended up with three tables (which is probably cheating), seated as follows:

- Halbarad, Finrod, Glorfindel
- Marc Remillard (Julian May's Pliocene series), Corwin of Amber (Roger Zelazny's Amber series), Fëanor
- Galadriel, Jameth (P.C. Hodgell's Kencyrath series), Arya Stark (GRR Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire)

If I have to trim it down to one table: Halbarad, Jameth, Corwin


(and yes, it's a Hobbit icon, but it's the only dinner party in the icon set)

LOL

Nov. 19th, 2013 07:53 pm
nath: (books)
I'd already been humming a certain Tom Lehrer song for days while rereading Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos, but I totally lost it just now, on a line near the end: "And this is how it happened that, although Bolyai led our expedition, Lobachevsky published first."

Research

Sep. 1st, 2013 12:44 pm
nath: (headdesk otp)
Funny and frustrating: when researching ancient and medieval catapults and such half the links on the first few pages are to do with Age of Empires; and most of the others are 'build your own desktop mini trebuchet/mangonel/ballista/onager', which, while probably fun, isn't quite what I was looking for either...

Of course, when I turned round to my bookcase, I realised I have much of the answer sitting right there.
nath: (books)
All I can say to this one is 'guilty'...

Memeage

Feb. 21st, 2013 07:28 pm
nath: (books)
This is of course not true. There are no books in the bathroom, the loo (at least not on a permanent basis *g*) and the hall... Whether any other part of it matches, I'm leaving as an exercise for the reader.



Your Bookshelf is Impressive





You collect books because you can't imagine doing anything else. You've never met anyone who loves books as much as you do.

It's hard for you to resist almost any book. Sure, you prefer good ones, but you've acquired plenty of weird and mediocre and just plain bad books too.

Your favorite book tends to be the one that you just finished reading. And with you, that can change on a weekly (or even daily) basis.

You read for all sorts of reasons - to relax, to learn, to grow, to laugh. You have books for every occasion and craving.

Your book collection is completely out of control and impossible to organize. You have books in every single room of the house.

You're constantly borrowing, lending, buying, selling, and trading books. You love to share the joy of reading with everyone you know.


nath: (Coffee)
Welcome in 2013 (Yes, I should have posted this about eight hours ago... but now I'm caffeinated enough to deal with the world and no longer have to reassure cats about the fireworks outside)

I don't do resolutions, but here's the state of the reading pile at the moment:

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