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07 June 2009 @ 11:59 pm
Reading books!  
I've spent the week reading actual novels, which is unusual since I met fandom. At the moment I have my copy of The Demon's Lexicon (at last!) and am 60 pages in. I am not sure if it is the fault of me or the author spending too much time with slash goggles on, but the brothers' relationship is oddly romantic. Enjoying it so far, though.

Hope to finish this tomorrow so that I can then wrap up the rest of the Sookie Stackhouse novels (tosh, but highly entertaining tosh and with some snappy bits of writing) and my new Frances Hardinge this week (Oh, how I love her ...). One thing that I have noticed is how much more physically enjoyable it is reading a book to looking at a screen; everything from light to line length is just easier on the eyes. I may need to put the printer to more use for my fandom reading.

In cheery news, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to complications_g  and suttonwriter , you two are both wonderful thinkers on so many useful topics (even if half of compy's are bandom ;-P). Thanks for sharing your cleverness with your flists, I hope you have truly wonderful days and the present fairies are/have been VERY generous.

And Happy Birthday for yesterday to salviag  and luci0logy , hopw you both had a brilliant one!

cassie_blackcassie_black12 on June 7th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
I agree - it's definitely more satisfying reading from a book, than from a computer screen. I try to print as much off as possible, but it get's a bit expensive on the print cartridges!

I'm tempted to buy the Demon's Lexicon, so I'll be interested to hear what you make of it, once finished.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 7th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
You will definitely hear ;-)

I'm thinking that up to 10K it's not so bad on the laptop, but once we're around the 20+, printing before reading might keep me from needing glasses until I'm 50 rather than 45 ...
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 8th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have been doing a spot of reviewing and found myself being impatient with bad novels because there are so many places on the internet that you can learn craft and why are the writers too lazy to do so!
Amazing Little Ecosystemwinterthunder on June 7th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to do this for ages with some of my favorite fanfics and such. Printed word and a binding! What's not to like? :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 8th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
That is BRILLIANT! I will give it a go!
suttonwriter: potterssuttonwriter on June 7th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
First, thank you for the birthday wishes. I actually just got the best present: my niece singing me Happy Birthday. It'll be on my answering machine for a while.

"I can then wrap up the rest of the Sookie Stackhouse novels (tosh, but highly entertaining tosh and with some snappy bits of writing)."

I love these novels. Charlaine Harris knows how to recreate the South wonderfully. As someone who's currently in New Jersey, it's nice to have that reminder of home.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 8th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
YAY niece! I have to say that I have been devouring the Sookie series, and the sense of reality of her world is the most attractive feature. The mix of compassion, prejudice, kindness, stupidity, unexpected insight ... all so very human and domestic. She does it very, very well.
suttonwritersuttonwriter on June 9th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
In my opinion, good fantasy has to have that sense of reality. Otherwise, the fantastic just seems too out there. And Harris does recreate it very well.
ladyjanevaladyjaneva on June 7th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
oh I LOVE the Sookie books! Just the right thing when I need something light and amusing to read. I just finished one. I wish they were thicker, it only takes one afternoon to read them.

Can you recommend anything similar to those?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 8th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that there are things that are just as much fun, but genre wise, nothing springs to mind. In terms of comfort reading, there's Terry Pratchett, but he is more of a thinking novellist under all the jokes. I still devour his books the same way, though.
SlytherinBrandBabyOilsbbo on June 8th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
My significo's mom just finished reading the Sookie Stackhouse books for the fourth time. She reads the first in the series and then goes all the way through. (She also reads many other books, too.) But these are her comfort novels.

I read them and so did my man's roommate. It's sort of like a conspiracy is cropping up around him where we're all reading something and talking about it in cryptic shorthand. Heh.

The humor is what I really enjoy about the books. You know, is it socially correct to bring a hotdish to a shapeshifter funeral? Some of that has been lost in the t.v. show translation, sadly.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 8th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
I've not seen the TV show, yet, but yes, the humour is the key. I can see why they would become someone's comfort books, they have been a delight to spend the week with!
girl; obsessed: bandom - drumstick iz yum!complications_g on June 8th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)

I had a good day, thanks. :)

Gah, I haven't read an actual book in so long. /o\
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 8th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for good birthdays! And you just know that I am shaking my head and saying 'young people today', don't you? ;-)
girl; obsessed: other - red shoescomplications_g on June 9th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Heh, yeah. I just get so distracted by fic! And other stuff. ;)