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This is mostly a placeholder entry for goal list stuff.

64. Buy new cufflinks for my shirt.
65. Spend a weekend at White Oaks.
85. Go to one very upscale restaurant that I've never been to ("Liv" at White Oaks).


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50 Book Challenge:

7. Small Favor, Jim Butcher (2008)
8. Lost Girls, Allan Moore & Melissa Gebbie (2006)
9. I Will Teach You To Be Rich: No Guilt. No Excuses. No B.S. Just a 6-Week Program that Works, Ramit Sethi (2009)
10. Lockpick Pornography, Joey Comeau (2005)
11. Palimpsest, Catherynne M. Valente (2009)
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37. Buy and read another Peter S. Beagle book.

The Line Between, Peter S. Beagle. I enjoyed all of the stories, though I think the weakest story was Quarry, but that may be because I haven't read The Innkeeper's Song. Hard to say what the best was; both Salt Wine and Secrets and A Dance for Emilia are contenders though.

This is also book #5 of 50 for this year's 50 Book Challenge (god, HOW far behind am I...?)

Oh, and:

6. The Sandman: Endless Nights, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by a number of people
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1. Kushiel's Mercy, Jacqueline Carey (2008)

Of course I go to double-check on Amazon that I have the title and year right, and she already has a new book (and Tanya Huff's latest book is up for pre-order, which I knew, but knowing that is not the same as getting whiplash from "ZOMG must have" for both of them...).

Hi. I'm Alex. And I'm an addict...

2. Freakin' Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better than Everyone Else, Clinton Kelly (2008)

I love Clinton Kelly and want to be him.

3. Schooled, Gordon Korman (2008)

Technically, I started this in 2008, read 3/4 of it in one evening at Patrick's aunt's, and only finished it in 2009 because Amazon couldn't ship it out to me until the end of January. Technically, it is also a children's book. It's totally awesome and I recommend it as a general rule.

4. Nation, Terry Pratchett (2008)

I was totally charmed by this book. You know what made it better? This article. Please don't ask me to explain why, I'll just have to ineffable at you.
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50. Henry VIII, William Shakespeare (1623)

Finished at 6 PM, December 31, 2008. :D Also concludes my goal to read all the Shakespeare plays I have not read.

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Terry Pratchett is now, in the words of Neil Gaiman, Sir Terrence of Pratchett. Awesomesauce.

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Goals for the new year:
-find a new job
-go back to school by September
-finish more of my 101 in 1001 Days goals
-work out with Pat
-continue to be awesome
-start eating breakfast on a regular basis :P

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101 in 1001 Days Update

29/101

41. Watch season 7 of Buffy.

I would say I rate this around the middle of the pack. Not as meh as 5, had the super-advantage of Kennedy. Also some seriously creepy moments.

Still don't like what happened with Spike (the end was cool, though, but the whole thing was... I dunno. Really?).

28. Finish the 50 Book Challenge 2008.

Favorite book of the year: Oooh, tough. World War Z and Fledgling were both excellent. I will never stop recommending Pratchett books, The Dresden Files, or the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey.

40. Read all the Shakespeare plays I haven't read.

Of the ones I read, I'd say Henry V was probably my favorite. I liked Cymbeline also.

Favorite history: Henry V
Favorite tragedy: Hamlet (I'm a simple soul)
Favorite comedy: Much Ado About Nothing


Full list of goals here.
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41. Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions, Christian Lander (2008)

Jeremy: definitely the wrong kind of white person
Alex: somewhat white
Patrick: fifty-fifty - where he is white, he is an advanced white person
Meagan: really damn white. ;)

(What you have to understand, and which I don't think Jeremy quite gets :P, is that it's not really "white people". It's that certain subset of urban liberal trust fund yoga-loving hippy-yuppie fusions. You know... Meagan. ;) <3)

42. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Illustrated Edition, Lynne Truss (2003/2008)

43. Troilus and Cressida, William Shakespeare (1609)

44. Henry IV Part 2, William Shakespeare (1600)

45. Henry V, William Shakespeare (1600)

46. Henry VI Part 1, William Shakespeare (1598)

47. Henry VI Part 2, William Shakespeare (1594)

48. Henry VI Part 3, William Shakespeare (1595)

49. King John, William Shakespeare (1623)

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Well, given that I have eight seven six five four three two one book to go and three two one day to do it in, I think we can probably consider this year a write-off I might actually finish this damn thing!.

Full list of goals here.
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Man, the ending to Two Gentlemen of Verona kind of sucks for Julia. Hi, your husband-to-be is a liar, a cheat, and a potential rapist. WHAT A CATCH! Let's party!

38. Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead, Tamara Draut ( 2005)
39. Two Gentlemen of Verona, William Shakespeare (1623)
40. All's Well That Ends Well, William Shakespeare (1623)

TEN MORE TO GO! AND SIXTEEN WHOLE DAYS. WOOO~.

Full list of goals here.
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30. War for the Oaks, Emma Bull (1987)

31. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (2008)

32. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Organizing Your Life, 4th edition, Georgene Lockwood (2005)

33. Cymbeline, William Shakespeare (1623)

34. The Tales of Beedle The Bard, J. K. Rowling (2007/2008)

35. Timon of Athens, William Shakespeare (1623)

36. Love's Labour's Lost, William Shakespeare (1598)

37. The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare (1623)

...for the plays, I just went with what Wikipedia tells me are the first publishings, rather than, say, first known performances.

Now to blitz through 14 13 more books in 23 20 days. :D :D :D D:

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Full list of goals here.
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So, uh, I haven't updated my 50 Book Challenge list in, uh... two months? Since July? *cough* (That may also be since my last Fanart100... erm.) So, let's play some catch-up. I may not remember my thoughts in detail any more though...

50 Book Challenge: August & September

19. The Hedonism Handbook, Michael Flocker (2004)

"Do things that make you happy."
Not much of a handbook, is it? Katie tells me 'if you need a handbook for hedonism, you're doing it wrong'. :P Still, suggestions of ways to try enjoying yourself would have been nice.
Maybe I'm just not spontaneous enough. :P

20. Alice in Sunderland (graphic novel), Bryan Talbot (2007)

A gift from [livejournal.com profile] roseneko :D I... enjoyed it, but I have to confess that I don't do well with things that don't flow linearly. But I also don't think the story could have been told another way. (The self-referential-ness did grate a lot, I'll admit.) I'd probably give it a 7 - enjoyable and dense but not my style.

21. Dead Beat, Jim Butcher (2005)
22. Proven Guilty, Jim Butcher (2006)
23. White Night, Jim Butcher (2007)

And then my birthday presents from [livejournal.com profile] trenog. :D I'm really disappointed that the softcover for #10 isn't out yet, but ah well, what can you do?

24. The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer (2004)

A YA novel recommended by Chris R. It's basically a young adult Shadowrun game. Which is not to say it's bad, but it does have the trap of 1) characters are pretty one-dimensional and 2) knowing Shadowrun, the Johnson screwing them does not come as a surprise.

Apparently it's set in the same general world as the Artemis Fowl series, but I wouldn't know. The idea of paralegals as combat lawyers, though? Hilarious (although I have to wonder if Colfer knows that paralegal is an actual... you know... job title).

25. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, Simon Wiesenthal (1998 expanded edition)

I reviewed this one in its own post.

26. Fetish Fantastic (anthology), ed. Cecilia Tan (1999)

For some reason, when Jen asked me for comment, I recalled not being a huge fan of a lot of the stories, only remembering one or two as really good. When I actually looked through the titles again, though, I remembered most of them rather fondly, with only one or two as being outright boring.

I have no idea why this is. (For the record, the two I thought were best were All Things Ripen In Their Own Time and Training A Priestess.)

27. Introduction to Italian Poetry: A Dual-Language Book, ed. Luciano Rebay (1991)

I've reviewed this one in its own post.

28. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov (1955)

I find myself weirded out by the sheer number of people who call it the greatest love story ever. Who are these people?

I also found the book oddly... delineated. There was Part I/Part II, but I felt as though every 100-106 pages had a very explicit demarcation from one part to the next, to the point of it being jarring. (The middle 100 being the most entertaining, though I did like Rita, oddly.)

29. Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back, Norah Vincent (2006)

My feelings on this one are... complicated. And I think I'll leave it at that.

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Full list of goals here.
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OMFG GUYS IT'S A FANART100

GET IN THE CAR

Not only that, it's the HALFWAY MARK!

070. Storm

That's De Laurier, not Pierre. You can tell because... um... he's sinister and it's Toronto.

Also I think Pierre had blue eyes... or brown... *cough* but definitely not green!

In other news:

50 Book Challenge: July

17. Blood Rites, Jim Butcher (2004)

Still loving The Dresden Files. Too bad they fucked up the TV series. And it was filming right across from my school, too!

18. Dance Dance Dance, Haruki Murakami (tr. 1994, Alfred Birnbaum)

I think I can deal with the postmodernism, it's the surrealism that threw me.

Yuki was the best part.

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Jeremy and I have figured out that, if I don't read at all during November (because of NaNoWriMo), I pretty much have to cram 8 books into each of the remaining months.

Or, I guess, eat that extra $5 contribution to the Canada Savings Bond, BUT THAT WOULD BE WEAK.
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Did I mention recently that I am LAZY?

But starting up oh so many projects. :P

April had 4 goals.

1. Draw two Fanart100s.
I drew... 0.

2. Read five books.

3. Go to a training seminar, April 16.

4. Go to co-worker's birthday party.

FINAL GRADE: B+ (75%).


Woo?

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May I didn't even have goals, other than the implicit ones:

1. Draw three Fanart100s.
I drew... 0.

2. Read 5 books.
I read... 0. Or rather, FINISHED 0. I've been plugging away at The Name of the Wind, but half the time I get home and just want to sleep, not get sucked in to reading two hundred pages. (Because I can't read just a little bit of it, and long book is loooong.)

*sigh*

FINAL GRADE: F- (0%)

Wait, no, I guess that's not true. There were also three other implicit ones:

3. Buy presents and go to the birthday party for my aunt and dad.

4. Buy Mom a Mother's Day present.

5. Write the pilot script for Brad.


So let's call it...

FINAL GRADE: C- (60%)

A lot better, but still not fantastic.

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50 Book Challenge

10. Wicked, Gregory Maguire (1995)

This was... weird. I think it might have made more sense if I had read Wizard of Oz first. I enjoyed it to an extent, but it was... well... weird.

11. Best Bisexual Erotica 2, ed. Carol Queen & Bill Brent (2000)

Enjoyable, though erotica is always a bit hit-and-miss. Some stories were very hot; others were literally laughable.

12. Lucky, Alice Sebold (1999)

Katie G. says she never finished reading it because it was too depressing. (For those not in the know, it's a memoir of Sebold's rape and the aftermath.)

From a reader's perspective, I was kind of torn on it. There were moments of really riveting writing, but also a whole lot of meandering and seemingly meaningless tangents. It felt like it would have been better if she just stuck to the events as they happened, without the side quests into her family history. Part of that may stem from the fact that she wrote her family as just plain unlikeable...

I agree with most of the Amazon.com 3-star reviews, I guess is what I am saying. :P

13. A Fine and Private Place, Peter S. Beagle (1960)

This book was also an odd one. Not at all like The Last Unicorn - which makes sense; the latter was written eight years later and is pretty much a very different subgenre (magical realism vs. high fantasy).
...
ASIDE: in looking up facts for that last sentence, I discovered that someone wrote a MUSICAL for A Fine and Private Place. This kind of wigs me out, but also: I must see it. Also there is apparently a novelette tying together The Last Unicorn and a new novel being written in that universe, slated for next year?

Wikipedia better not be lying to me.

(Well, it isn't about the novelette.)

14. The Best American Erotica 2001, ed. Susie Bright (2001)

See comments to #11. I remember enjoying a bunch of these, but sometimes I just find them laughable. I DO remember that this one was a much quicker read than Best Bisexual Erotica 2, I think because I was more interested in the stories.
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Same as January's - bold successes, final tally.

1. Contribute at least $500 to my RRSP.

Just didn't happen. I'll still be doing this, but probably as an automatic withdrawal from my bank account for a certain amount each month.

2. Draw a Fanart100 image.

No, it isn't up yet, but I did manage to finish the lineart and most of the coloring on Breakfast. Will be up officially soon, I promise.

3. Work out at least 10 days out of 29.

I'm surprised that I actually managed this.

4. Read four books.

Done! See below.

5. Apply to a job every weekday (21 days total).

NO.
I actually managed, uh... two?

6. Try out Toastmasters.

Never happened - we were always busy on Wednesdays.

7. Give Serena her birthday present.

Clearly I am a bad friend (tm). Though not as bad as with Nick's birthday present. -_-

8. Give Patrick his Valentine's Day gift.

Yay!

9. Give Patrick his birthday gift.

Okay, not yet, but it's in transit. :P Blame Amazon (actually, don't, they're pretty good).

10. Discuss BC with doctor.

Yep!

11. Monitor health at SparkPeople.

Yes. Now following their advice? That's something else entirely...

12. Draw Heroes fanart for [livejournal.com profile] sae.

OMG, non-character fanart! Amazing.

FINAL GRADE: C+ (67%)

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50 Book Challenge

6. World War Z, Max Brooks (2006).

It's like a zombie movie in my pants in interview format! Really good read, I recommend it.

7. Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler (2006).

A good kind of vampire. Really loved the protagonist of this one, and it's a good story, quick read. Sad that the author died last year - but I'll be looking into more of her books.

8. What Color is Your Parachute? 2008, Richard Nelson Bolles (2007).

This was where I was getting a lot of those career exercises from. :P Good, though in the end it didn't really help me much...

9. Across the Nightingale Floor, Lian Hearn (2002).

Samurai and ninja in a vaguely magical-flavored Japan-esque history! What's not to like? It's practically Exalted! (No, really, I did enjoy it.)
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In January I had 8 resolutions. I will bold my successes.

1. Look into my RRSP.

I did so, and when Derek comes to talk to my parents next week sometime, I am going to put some more money away into that fund. Probably not as much as I originally thought - my plan was $2000 straight up - but I will likely put in at least $500, and possibly set up a direct withdrawal once a month of, say, $25-$50 (more once I have better work).

2. Look into a new bank account.

As it turns out, most bank accounts don't have much functional difference. I'll just stick with mine.

3. Draw one Fanart100 image.

I colored Birth and drew and colored Outsides. I also did the 10 Images Meme.

4. Work out at least ten days this month.

I think I managed four.

5. Read 5 books.

Indeed! List after this checklist.

6. Figure out what jobs I might actually want.

Managed to do this - even have a list of ten - but am no closer to getting them, because most of them require MORE degrees... that I don't have. *sigh*

7. Renew BC.

Haven't done it, because I might not. Or might change it. Doctor's appointment is in the works, though.

8. Buy SimonL a birthday gift.

Indeed.

FINAL GRADE: B+ (75%)


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50 Book Challenge

1. Making Money, Terry Pratchett (2007)

It's Pratchett. I love Pratchett. I love Vetinari. I love this book. That's really all there is to it. *G*

2. Kushiel's Justice, Jacqueline Carey (2007)

Um, kind of ditto. Well, I love this series, anyway. Imriel is... not as awesome as Phèdre, but I like him.

3. The Art of Happiness at Work, the Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler (2003)

Interesting, but not quite what I was looking for. Still, the Dalai Lama is very engaging, even through the text. The sort of person you'd want to sit and talk with for a long afternoon.

4. How to Write a Dirty Story, Susie Bright (2002)

Useful information for breaking into publishing as a writer, and some neat exercises, but I felt maybe a little short on advice. On the other hand, the exercises were VERY good, and I'm slowly working through them.

5. Do What You Are, Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger (1995)

Basically, "match your Myers-Briggs personality type to a list of jobs we suggest". The problem is - no one can figure out my personality type. :P My parents think I'm an INTP, Patrick and Meagan think I'm an ISFJ, and I test myself and come up ENTJ. Whar?

However, the lists for INTJ and + ENTJ did have some similarities to my personal 10 "might like these jobs" list, so maybe there's hope...
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1. Goddamnit, the 50 Book Challenge. THIS SHOULD NOT BE SO HARD FOR ME.
2. Do at least one picture a month on Fanart100. That's not too much to ask right? Especially since I have like three half-finished pencil sketches.
3. Finish NaNo this year.
3b. If I don't finish NaNo this year, or write at least 50,000 words of something - something complete - over the course of 12 months, resign self to fact that wanting to write is not enough when you have no talent or drive.
4. Find talent and/or drive.
5. Work out. Specific goals to come later, but "achieve at least average capability in endurance, strength and flexibility arenas" is more or less it.
6. Find some sort of job that meets the following qualifications:
-doesn't make me feel like I wasted seventeen years of my life;
-doesn't make me want to die inside;
-maybe even makes me happy to go to work (negotiable);
-is something I am qualified to do;
-preferably makes more than $17000 a year. (For those of you playing along, that's $8.75/hour, 37.5 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. You know... [what will be] minimum wage.)

This month's specific goals:
1. Look into RRSP, banking, and other investment stuff. (Specifically: how much do I have in my RRSP, how much can I boost that to, how much do I want to boost it by, and what's my plan for it; is there a better bank account for me; what to do with $1000)
2. Figure out what the hell I'm doing for a job.
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40. Summer Knight, Jim Butcher
41. Death Masks, Jim Butcher

Definitely The Dresden Files are starting to grow on me. Also, I might kind of have a crush on Michael. A little one. I mean, I don't usually go for the really religious types, but. Also, Trotskyist Knight of the Cross? I kind of love it. Maybe even love the Knights a little better than Dresden.

Also, sex with a tied-up not-yet-vampire? Kinda hot. Not that vampires are my thing, oh no.

42. Blood and Chrysanthemums, Nancy Baker

I think this is a follow-up to The Night Inside, which I hadn't read - but maybe that's a good thing, as she refers back to that book fairly frequently. If I'd actually read it and then had to put up with the flashbacks in this book, I'd likely have been annoyed.

As a side note - I'm starting to become aware that there are a LOT of Canadian vampire authors with series set in Canada, especially Toronto. (Well, okay, at least two.) What's up with that?

The book is... mixed. I think I liked it as much as I did because Dmitri and Ardeth have pretty much what I would describe as a D'or/Az dynamic, and so I was just applying that into the story. (Ardeth's a little less loopy, and Dmitri a lot less violent, but it's close.) I'd give it a five or six out of ten - not really memorable.


And now, eight books in five weeks. Currently reading The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!
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38. Grave Peril, Jim Butcher

Consistently getting better, IMO. That or, well, vampires and ghosts. I can get behind them.

39. Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

Did I finish it on October 24? Why yes, yes I did.

Beware the autumn people.


11 books left, 9 weeks. Next up: Le Morte d'Arthur (Malory), Summer Knight (Butcher)
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34. The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch. Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohen, Ian Stewart.

OMG I fucking hate math. Seriously, I couldn't grasp 99% of what was said on the subject. My eyes just started spinning. It made finishing this REALLY hard.

I got two really interesting things from this book: one, the source of Aleph Zero's name. Two, why women's bodies don't (usually) spontaneously abort fetuses.

But. Eyes, spinning.

I love Ridcully, though. And Rincewind is growing on me, in the presence of other, stable(?) characters.

35. Fragile Things. Neil Gaiman.

There is one incident in a short story (Feeders and Eaters) that just so deeply disturbed me that I am actually still really uncomfortable just thinking about it.

True story: you can do with people what damn well like, and I'm okay with the chicken and the sheep, and maybe even a chihuahua, but please, please, please leave the cat out of it.

Otherwise, I really enjoyed it (hardly a surprise)... especially A Study in Emerald, The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch, Keepsakes and Treasures, and The Monarch of the Glen.

36. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast. Robin McKinley.

I finished this in 2.5 hours. It didn't really add much in terms of content, I think, but I thought it was beautifully written and a fairly solid retelling. (I also didn't realize when I first came across it that it was YA, for some reason, but that's neither here nor there.)

Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] roseneko! :D

37. 100%. Paul Pope.

I waffled over whether or not to include this on my list, as it is a comic, but I decided: Watchmen counted, and I fucking hated it; I liked this, and it was about the same length (if not density), so - yes. I count it.

It is weird and a little bit wonderful. I'm not sure what else I can really say about it. I'm not sure if I loved it, but I had a pretty strong emotional reaction to parts (even to the point of quotage!). So, yes.

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Aaaaaaaaaaand I am 3 weeks behind. Yes. How is this happening? :( And I've been ultra-lax with Fanart100 too (okay, so one every day and a half isn't going to happen - but seriously, nothing for almost a month?)

Currently working on: Grave Peril (OMG Dresden Files! I finally found you~), Something Wicked This Way Comes. Looking for my copy of The Night Garden (...where did it GO? Rage).

I am seriously contemplating using the strength of the Canadian vs. the US dollar to go on a massive Amazon.com shopping spree.

I mean, seriously. Oadenol's Codex is up for $16.49, vs. the $26 at the FLGS, and $18.25 at Amazon.ca. Hell - that makes it the almost the same price to ship from the States.

I am ludicrously desirous of Exalted books that I will probably not read.

Memes )
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105 days until 2008.

Still have *checks* 17 books (need an update) and 57 images to go.

Can I finish an image every ~2 days?

Probably not, especially if I'm also trying for a book every ~6 (though I may catch this up quickly, if I can start reading faster - what is HAPPENING to me, guys?).

32. Is Your Straight Man Gay Enough? The Ultimate Renovation Guide, Nan Shipley & Jason Anthony

Cute, if a little stereotypical on all ends of things... but that's where the humor comes from, no?

33. The Best American Erotica 2007, ed. Susie Bright

It has a vampire story, guys! Yay! Edit: And it figures that the author of that story died this year. *sigh* Well... at least I can support her estate? I guess? Motherfucker.

Also, who knew I had a thing for femmes and their daddies?
Apparently so. Okay, we always knew I liked femmes. And butches. Two great tastes that... you know the rest, I hope?

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WHY AM I MOVING SO SLOWLY ON THIS?

There used to be a time where you couldn't STOP me from reading.

Have I lost all taste for everything?

WHAT GIVES, SELF?

New deadline: end of the year. If 50 Books and Fanart 100 isn't over, I can't be held legally responsible for what happens at New Year's. :P

*muses*
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Fanart100

040. Sight

Cindy using Auspex.

38/100

50 Book Challenge

24. Sailing to Sarantium, Guy Gavriel Kay
25. Lord of Emperors, Guy Gavriel Kay

The Sarantine Mosaic series. I quite enjoyed it, but then, it's politics and art and politics regarding art and also magic. Whee!

26. Whore Carnival, Shannon Bell

Despite heralding itself as a book that covers the geneaology of prostitution, Whore Carnival is a series of interviews that deal with the lives of here-and-now, mostly Canadian, escorts, streetwalkers, pornographers, and one john. It's a super-interesting read, from a perspective we [societally] don't often get. And now I can finally give it back to Jen. :)

27. Inferno, Dante Alighieri, tr. Robin Kirkpatrick, with essays and commentary

Finally getting around to reading these. Next: Purgatory and Paradise.

28. God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, Christopher Hitchens

Mostly a look at all the bad things religion and religiosity has caused, and a denunciation of it. Despite preaching to the choir [hah] - at least in terms of atheism - I found myself annoyed at his tone in places. Currently working on a book that is quite similar - that is, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

29. Today I Will...: How to finally change a habit, keep a resolution, or make a dream come true..., M.J. Ryan

Interesting enough that I'm willing to give some of the suggestions a try. Nothing really new from other self-help books, though her writing style is amusing.

30. Roma Eterna, Robert Silverberg

An alternate-universe piece of science fiction, in which the Roman Empire does not collapse, but rather lasts well into their 21st century (or later - I can't entirely recall). Their time does not move quite as ours does, with inventions and such occuring at different dates, and it all the while remains Rome. Interesting if you like AU fiction.

31. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

After long and deliberate consideration, I still haven't decided if this is #1 or #2.

Still working on: In the Night Garden, Book 3 of The Dresden Files, The God Delusion, a set of Lovecraft stories that will probably need renewing, The Last Light of the Sun, The Roses of Roazon.
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16. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

I'll admit, I don't typically like straight fiction. But when Mom couldn't fit this into her bookshelf, I told her I'd take it and read it, and I'm glad I did.

17. Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

You know, as much as this may be the comic that changed comics forever, and (duly noted) almost certainly a HUGE influence on Heroes... I dunno. I just couldn't get into it. I just couldn't get into the mentality of the era, I think... It's often been heralded to me as the first comic to make its "heroes" real people. They didn't feel real to me.

So, there. I've read it.

18. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (screenplay), G. Chapman et al

If that was the actual first draft, wow.
Somehow I suspect not.
The last draft was fairly close to the final product, though a couple of scenes had major revisions. Most interesting to me was the cost. Done in the mid-70s, it cost about 250,000 pounds... something like, what, $550,000 Canadian? And that was then. And look at the production values. (Each principal actor was paid about $6500 for their work.) Yeah, that tally at the end? Definitely a bit of a shocker.

19. Fool Moon, Jim Butcher

I started this AGES ago... and only finished it in mid-June. Slightly more enjoyable than the last, I thought, and definitely liked the fact that ALL werewolf types were viable. Amused by slight twist at the end. Probably the best part was Dresden with the belt - very visceral, I thought.

20. Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson

This one - if you haven't read it, DO. I thought it was absolutely fantastic. Dystopian future in Toronto, the city's been walled off because of all the crime to keep the suburbs safe. Almost nothing gets in or out, and people are forced to survive on their own. The story is centered around the third woman in a Carribean family line who can speak to the loa, Ti-Jeanne, her grandmother, the local gang lord, Rudy, and her boyfriend and baby-daddy, Tony (who is a member of Rudy's gang). Things, of course, do not go well.

I need to find more of her work, and you need to read this book.

21. A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin
22. A Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin

I have only five things to say:
a) I love Arya a little less with each book;
b) I love Jaime a little more after A Feast for Crows;
c) Tyrion still rocks my socks, though damn it, Shae!;
d) GRRM BETTER not have killed my favorite character off, or there will be divine retribution (read: fist-shakings!);
e) Damnit, why isn't the next one out yet?

23. The Prestige, Christopher Priest

Technically I'm not quite done, but it's a matter of pages, so I'll count it. I'm finding it quite enjoyable, even though I tend to find diary-style books difficult to read. Interesting and fun. Also recommended.


This count means I'm currently 2-5 books behind, and need to start reading faster, goddamnit. Currently on the table: Sailing to Sarantium, Roma Eterna, Book 3 of The Dresden Files, Whore's Carnival, and In The Night Garden. What to pick, what to pick?
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13. Queer Fear II, ed. Michael Rowe

Go out and get this book. Not only is there CanCon (heh ;), it's actually a lot of fun. In a creepy-ass way. But fun. (Never go out to sheds with boys.)

14. Empire of the Senseless, Kathy Acker

Uh... I think my brain melted out my ears. Supposedly this is post-constructionist sci-fi. Uh, I'm pretty sure it really just means "I have an excuse not to be coherent and still get published". Pomo and its ilk can suck my left one. (Well, maybe not today. Ow.) I don't recommend it unless you're really into postmodernist sci-fi.

15. Canadian Dreams, Michael Posner

It's about the Canadian film industry in the late eighties and early nineties. As such, it makes me want to cut myself, as even the great successes sound like... brain-breaking horribleness. Just keep repeating to yourself, Alex: that was a decade ago, that was a decade ago...



I'm not going to count Hana-Kimi, though I did read issues 1 & 2. ;) I think I did badly this month, as I finished 6 books the previous two months... So I guess April is 9 books. ;)

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