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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 14th June 2017 8:41 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Chalet School and Rosalie, and Trials for the Chalet School by Elinor M Brent-Dyer. These are both books I've read before, but I don't own, so haven't re-read. Or in the case of Trials, have only read the paperback with big cuts. I was really tired and didn't have a brain, so I looked at my to read shelf and thought this was the situation Chalet School books were perfect for. And they were. My only trouble was with Trials because it was very heavily Mary-Lou and I can only take her in small doses.

What I'm Currently Reading
Millions Like Us: Women's Lives During the Second World War by Virginia Nicholson. Iv'e been reading this on and off for a while. But it is at least up to VE and VJ Day, so while it's not all rosy, at least no one's finding bits of people who have been blown up in the blitz. It was interesting reading about the 1945 election while the election was going on here.

One particular interesting bit is about Nina Mabey, who had joined the Labour Club, while at Oxford university:

'Our duty was to make sure, when the war ended, that a new, happier, more generous society would take the place of the bad, old, selfish one.' And this was the line she had argued, vehemently, one evening in 1944, with another undergraduate in her year-group who, she discovered, was steering an opposite course by joining the Conservatives. The young woman in question was chemistry student Margaret Roberts, later to become Margaret Thatcher. [...] How on earth could one want to be associated with such a stuffy institution as the Conservative Club, when the Labour affiliates were all so much more fun? All the really interesting people were members.

"Margaret smiled, her pretty china doll's smile. Of course, she admitted, the Labour Club was, just at the moment, more fashionable - a deadly word that immediately reduced my pretensions - but that, in a way, unintentionally suited her purposes. Unlike me, she was not 'playing' at politics. She meant to get into Parliament and there was more chance of being noticed in the Conservative Club just because some of the members were a bit stodgy."

Sisters at the Chalet School by Amy Fletcher. What's been interesting about this one, for me, is that it's set in 1944. There's a moment towards the beginning of the book when one character mentions how they're glad bread isn't rationed. And I'd recently been reading about the shortages in the shops in 1945 and how bread began to be rationed in 1946.

What I'm Reading Next
Given that I've still got 100 pages of Millions Like Us to go, I think it'll be a while before I have to answer that question.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars Feb wrap-up
Tuesday 28th February 2017 4:31 pm

This month I was reading The Martian by Andy Weir. And by this month I mean I started it on the train on Friday and finished it on Saturday. Which is partly because it was a long train journey, so I got a lot read and partly because I liked it.

If there is anyone left in the world who hasn't read it or seen the film, it's about a man (Mark Watney) who is left behind on a mission to Mars. It starts off with his log entries about what happened and what he does in order to stay alive.

I struggled with it a little at first because through the log entries it really felt as if I was all alone, despite being on a train full of people. And then just as it's looking like it's going to be one thing, other problems get thrown in, so rescuing him/him getting rescued is never quite sure. Until the book ended, I wasn't sure whether he was going to be rescued or he'd die (and I am not going to spoil it here).

It did feel a bit convenient that he was a botanist and engineer and consequently had all the skills needed to survive. But I can forgive that because if he hadn't had those skills he'd have died early on and it would be a much shorter, less interesting, book.

There were a few things that never really came up: how he dealt with being on his own, and how he and the rest of the crew dealt with all the radiation from being in space for so long. The second one was just never mentioned, despite a lot of detail about how supplies got to Mars and how they had some Mars gravity on the spaceship. The first one was vaguely mentioned, but only vaguely because the only stuff we got from Mark Watney's point of view were his log entries and he didn't really discuss it.

I'd quite like a companion book that went more into the emotional side of everything, than the practical side.

But aside from that, I liked it. I'll give it 8/10 - that 2 off is because of those bits above that weren't mentioned and because I think it ended too early (I understand why it ended where it did, but I still wanted some of the aftermath).

I'd like to see the film, mainly because I want to know how they dramatised it, but I will save watching that until I've forgotten the book a bit. Otherwise I'll just get annoyed with changes and bored with what's the same.


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What I am reading Wednesday – Australian Open
Wednesday 18th January 2017 7:00 pm

I am excited about the Australian Open. it feels like the tennis season has really started now. But what's made me particularly excited is that I bought a digital radio, so I can listen to the evening session on 5 Live Sports Extra in the mornings at work. As much as it's good that The Tennis Podcast is doing daily episodes, it's not as exciting as listening to it at the time when no one knows who is going to win.

What I Just Finished Reading
Into Exile, A Proper Place and Hostages to Fortune by Joan Lingard. These are the Kevin and Sadie stories set after they leave Belfast in Across the Barricades. I read them in a weekend, which tells you how much I liked them (plus how short they were...).

It was interesting to see how they were surviving on their own in England and how the pressure from their families, and their lack of money and stability affected them and their relationship. I was rooting for them to stay together, but it could have easily gone another way at quite a few points.

This is set in the 1970s when it was written, so it was also interesting to see that time, where telegrams were the best way of getting a message to someone quickly, for example. And Sadie does all of the cooking and housework, despite them both having jobs (at least to start with, until she complains at Kevin about it).

The thing I struggled with was that I found it hard to relate to because they get married between books 2 & 3 when Sadie is 17 and Kevin is 19 (I think). I can't imagine being married at that age.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Twelfth of July by Joan Lingard. I decided to leave the first book until last, to see how they first met. I am rationing myself with this one, to make it last. So far it's interesting, but since Sadie's only 13, there's not going to be romance in it. But there is more of the religious troubles and fighting and bits that I liked in Across the Barricades.

What I'm Reading Next
I'm trying to resist re-reading Across the Barricades. I discovered there's a trilogy of Librarians books, although only the first is out. It's $21 for the hardback on amazon.com or £22 for the hardback on amazon.co.uk. So that's not a rip-off at all... Not that the paperback is out yet, but it's £8, which is a bit steep for a book, even a new one.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 21st December 2016 6:29 pm

Today is actually Wednesday - I spent yesterday being convinced it was Wednesday. And yet it feels like it ought to be the end of the week next week. This week is going on forever.

What I Just Finished Reading
Juniors of the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce. This is set during Princess, which I did know before I read it, I just didn't care. I saved it for a train journey and it was just perfect for it. Overall I really enjoyed it. I had a few niggles about some of the Juniors turning out to be 11 and 12 and treated like babies, and the long description of the end of term masque, but since they were exactly what EBD would have written, that's fine. I just liked a new story with the school when it was still small and before Madge got married. And I like how the GGBP books explain at the end why they made certain choices they did. Needless to say, I've never noticed any problems with Princess that were pointed out.

What I'm Currently Reading
Millions Like Us by Virginia Nicholson. It's about the role of women during WWII. I've talked about it before because I've been reading it on and off for a while. It is interesting, but not great bedtime reading when it's about bombs and injuries and fear of a German invasion.

What I'm Reading Next
I have absolutely no idea. Partly because I'm behind on SGA Santa and Public Call reading and then there'll be a lot of Yuletide reading, so books might take a bit of a back seat to fanfic for a while.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 14th December 2016 7:43 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
After Atlas by Emma Newman. I took a while to get into this. It was a sequel to Planetfall, which was set entirely on a colony. This one is set 40 years after the ship went off to the colony and starts off only tangentially related. I wasn't too keen about the future Earth that was depicted either. It was a logical future, just not one I liked much. But then I got into the murder mystery and stopped worrying about how it tied into Planetfall and all the future tech and restrictions. Then I finished the second half in a day (whereas I'd been reading the first half at a chapter a day).

What I'm Currently Reading
The Avengers: The Comic Strips. I think I got this because it was not much more than subscribing to just the two box sets. It's s reprint of the Diana comic strips the audios are based on and some bare bones interviews that were pretty much covered in the behind the scenes CD.

I'm saving the ones from the second box set until I've listened to it. Generally, though, I don't think much of the comic strips. The text is really small, I can't always work out what order to read the speech bubbles is, I can't always work out what order to read the boxes in and it bugs me that it refers to Steed & Peel as 'The Avengers'. I know it's called The Avengers, but they are not avengers. So I found it weird and offputting.

What I'm Reading Next
Juniors of the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce. I know this is an Austrian-era book, which is all I need to know to be excited about reading it.


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Names are important
Monday 12th December 2016 8:25 pm

This is the post that I haven't had time to write, but have been reminded about by The Librarians and reading a whole lot of Stargate Atlantis fic for SGA Secret Santa.

Names are important. What names people use to call each other, more so. This was interesting when I was in LOTR fandom and read and wrote Aragorn, aka man of many names. For the first two years of his life he is Aragorn. For the next eighteen he is Estel. After that it all gets a lot more complicated. Read more...


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 16th November 2016 7:00 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold. I know everyone else has read it, but I was waiting for it to come out in paperback, which is just has. It wasn't terrible and once I got halfway through I read the rest in one sitting. But nothing happened in it. It improved once Miles turned up, but I like Cordelia perfectly well on her own and Vorkosigan books don't need Miles to make me happy. And the other big thing I had a problem with was Oliver Jole suddenly appearing, but having known the Vorkosigans for years... yet has never been mentioned. I know we were only getting Miles' point of view then and he wasn't important to Miles, but it still felt like he was being parachuted in. But having only realised recently (but before reading this book) that Sergyar was the planet Aral and Cordelia met, reading this one really made me want to read...

Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. So I did. It was good. I accidentally read the whole thing in one morning. And since my copy of it is in the Cordelia's Honor omnibus I told myself I wasn't going to then carry on and read...

What I'm Currently Reading
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold. Boy did I fail there. At first I thought I'd just read the beginning. And now I'm halfway through. Fortunately reading other Vorkosigan books requires me to go and get one off a bookshelf.

What I'm Reading Next
After Atlas by Emma Newman. This is a sequel to Planetfall, that I read a couple of months ago. I knew nothing about this until I read the back and it sounds interesting. Part of me isn't 100% sure about the idea of a sequel, because Planetfall worked fine on its own. But I really liked the writing and I'm interested to see what new mystery is in this book.


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What I am reading Wednesday… on a Thursday
Thursday 20th October 2016 11:11 am

What I Just Finished Reading
Peter Davison's autobiography: Is There Life Outside the Box?. It wasn't just about his time on Doctor Who, which was good because that would have been boring - which he agrees with at the beginning, talking about writing the book. It was interesting, hearing about his life and jobs he did and how and why they came about. There was an amusing bit when he met the real-life Siegfried and Tristan for tea and there was an incident that was just like how they were in the books and the TV series. It says everything about how little I read description that he mentioned that the books describe Tristan as being short and dark (like his real-life counterpart). I had no idea...

What I'm Currently Reading
The Sadlers Wells books, backwards. I started because I was tired and wanted to read something easy and since I've read the late books less often, I started at the end. I'm halfway through and it's getting a bit samey now. It's a pity it's not in the Yuletide tag set, as I'd be all set for writing it!

What I'm Reading Next
Swim, Bike, Run by Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. I like autobiographies and I'm not quite over the summer of sport yet. Or the summer yet. Even the tennis season has nearly finished and they stop for less than two months!


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 28th September 2016 7:00 pm

It's been a while since I did one of these too...

What I Just Finished Reading
Planetfall by Emma Newman. I really enjoyed it. There was a secret that gradually came out and although I guessed some of it (okay, maybe sometimes only a page in advance) some of it completely surprised me. I really liked her writing so I went to look at some of her other books, since I didn't know anything about what else she's written. I discovered that another book in the same universe is out soon, so I am looking forward to that. I am less excited about the Split Worlds series, though, because it's fantasy and about fairies and doesn't really sound like my sort of thing.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. This is space opera without the military, which is exactly the sort of thing I've been wanting to read. From the title I thought it was going to be sillier than it was, so I spent the first part of the book being disappointed that it was so serious. But after a while I got into it and really enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and the world was interesting. I got excited about the sequel being out next month until I discovered that's the hardback, the paperback's not out until April.

What I'm Currently Reading
Millions Like Us by Virginia Nicholson. As the tag line says, this is about women's lives during WWII. I'm not far in it enough to say how good it is - it's written chronologically through the war and so far it's only just been declared.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably some fiction, since the above non-fiction book is quite a big book, and non-fiction takes longer to read than fiction.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 7th September 2016 7:05 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
I went to the library to take some books back and as I have plenty to read I didn't look on the shelves. Except then Rafa: My Story by Rafael Nadal and John Carlin called to me from the biography shelf (which is just behind the machines for checking out/taking back books).

It is a hardback, which makes it hard to read in bed. It was alternating chapters of Nadal and then John Carlin explaining some bits. It was really interesting. Although it was interesting to hear about his life, what was most interesting was him saying how he thought and felt at various points in the 2008 Wimbledon final (which he won vs Federer) and 2010 US final (which he won vs Djokovic). I've never seen/heard/read that level of insight anywhere.

Although the book is now out of date - it was talking about how Nadal had won all four Grand Slams and was number one and how Djokovic was good and was starting to challenge the Federer/Nadal positions...

What I'm Currently Reading
Planetfall by Emma Newman. Which I have at least started this time. I am enjoying it so far. There's clearly something interesting that happened at planetfall and we're getting it in bits and pieces. So I'm hoping it'll all make sense by the end of the book.

What I'm Reading Next
Hopefully something from my to read shelf and not another library book...


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 31st August 2016 7:00 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue The Best of Forty Years which was a result of me going round the non-fiction shelves in the library (which I don't usually, when I'm looking for something to read). It was a compilation of answers to some of the non-word based games. And a few of the introductions to places where they recorded. It was funny, of course, but some of the games (like late arrivals at the ball) were just too hard when I was tired. Although at least that told me I needed to put the book down and go to sleep.

What I'm Currently Reading
Planetfall by Emma Newman At Nine Worlds I went to a panel which the author was on. She talked about this book being about a character with a psychological illness being a 3D printer engineer on a new colony world. It sounded interesting, so I thought I'd try it. I can't say what it's like as all I've read so far are the acknowledgements, since I've only just finished the ISIHAC book.

What I'm Reading Next
Something in my big pile of books that need reading (or filing). It'll probably be The Chalet School and Rosalie by Elinor M Brent-Dyer, since I got round to buying it from GGBP recently.


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What I am reading Wednesday… on a Thursday
Thursday 4th August 2016 7:56 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack. I liked that not getting round to buying it for a while meant that it was in paperback. So did Missy, who tore a strip off the spine... I actually started reading it a while ago and struggled until I realised I just wasn't in the mood for reading fiction, let alone Doctor Who fiction. I restarted it with a bit of trepidation, but then read the whole thing in two days. It would have been one day if I'd started it earlier in the day. Given that it says it's the Glamour Chronicles makes me think it's part of a set where the Doctor and Clara are dealing with Glamour, but the adverts for other books in the back don't mention it and I don't particularly feel the need to seek out any others.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling (ish). I actually didn't want to read this because everyone was talking about it/reading it/going to see it. It's the same reason why there were four books out and a film about to come out by the time I read any of the Harry Potter books. But then I went to Tesco to go the chemist yesterday and it was there and I remembered that I'd liked Harry Potter despite everyone liking it and bought it. I read it in two days as well, although mainly because I was awake stupidly early this morning and it was easy reading. I actually liked the script format - the stage directions were interesting and I could imagine how it would look on stage.

On the whole, though, I didn't like it that much. My trouble with Harry Potter is that I like the whole magical boarding school bit and don't care about any of the other bits. Including having a massive problem with one house being 'evil'. Which meant my favourite book was the first and this one was not like the first. Despite there being a lot of stuff I wasn't interested in and some stuff I actively hated, and it feeling incredibly derivative and a way to make a cheap buck, I did enjoy going back into the Harry Potter world. And I can imagine that it would look really good on the stage.

What I'm Currently Reading
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman. It's a short story collection and I'm only about two stories in. It's good when I get into it but I just don't feel like reading it at the moment. I don't know what else I feel like reading, off my to read pile, so I'm persevering with it on occasions.

What I'm Reading Next
Leonard: My Fifty Year Friendship by William Shatner (ish). I found out about this book on BBC News. We have a telly up at work in reception and I can see it from my desk. But we don't have the sound on or subtitles on. So I worked out there was something about William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and then had to go and search the BBC News website to find out what it was. And then I forgot about it until I was thinking about what ebooks to read at Nine Worlds (since it's easier to read them in bed and not wake your roommate up with the light) and I remembered this one. My county library ebook collection is very good for biography and autobiography (not so great for anything else) and it turned out they had this one. So I'll be reading it at Nine Worlds.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 15th June 2016 7:35 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery. Anne of Green Gables was just as good as I remembered. Although partway through I remembered that Matthew died, but then convinced myself it wasn't in this book. It was heartbreaking when he died. I was working through the season 1 vlogs of Green Gables Fables at the time, so he then died on that a few days later.

After getting through the season 2 vlogs in a very short space of time, I got curious about what they'd changed from the second and third books. Handily they were on Gutenberg, so I stuck them on my ebook reader. They aren't as good as the first book, but it has been interesting to see what the original events that Green Gables Fables then did.

What I'm Currently Reading
Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery. See above.

Not so much reading, more dipping in and out of: Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling And Other Forgotten Sports by Edward Brooke-Hitching. This was mentioned in the QI podcast and sounded so interesting I bought myself a copy. So far I've read about ski ballet and centrifugal bowling. There's a contents page at the start which lists the sports and when I pick it up I read the ones that sound interesting.

What I'm Reading Next
Joey and Co in Tirol by Elinor M Brent-Dyer. I am so excited about this. I've read it once, but never since and don't remember anything that happened in it. It's so hard to get hold of at a decent price, but then GGBP re-published it and it arrived this week.


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What I am reading Wednesday… on a Thursday
Thursday 26th May 2016 6:06 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Bettanys on the Home Front by Helen Barber. Despite being set when Madge is 14 and Joey is 2, it's a lot like a Chalet School story. There's WWI in the background, but otherwise it's a story of Madge getting into trouble (well, she is a middle...) and setting up a different sort of tennis tournament. It was fun and I liked it - I miss Madge in the Swiss books.

Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard. I really liked this one - to the point where I'm considering getting hold of the rest in the series. It was very easy reading and I got through it in a couple of days. It's really interesting NI background and how their families and friends react to a Protestant girl and Catholic boy getting together.

The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai. This was interesting because it's a true story. It's about a boy (and to a lesser extent, his older sister), who live in a village in India and their father is a drunk and mother is ill, so they have no money. It's interesting to read about how they live and how he reacts to the city, when he goes to Bombay to try and make some money. I found it a bit hard going, though, because of the descriptions. It was probably the sort of thing that would set the scene, but I just lose interest after a paragraph.

What I'm Currently Reading
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. It's all [info]lilalanor's fault for introducing me to Green Gables Fables. It's a modern re-telling through vlogs and social media accounts. Although since there are two seasons and I'm only a third of the way through season one on the vlogs, I haven't looked at the social media accounts. Although I've read all the books, I don't remember them, so it made me really want to re-read Anne of. The other books I did own (bought at $1 a time when I visited [info]hhertzof and somehow managed to fit in my suitable) but I didn't like those as much, as I gave them away and don't particularly feel a need to re-read them (which is just as well, really).

What I'm Reading Next
I ought to go back to In the Family Way by Jane Robinson given that I haven't read any of it since I last did a reading post. But I also have books that I need to read and then get rid of, so one of those might be first, once I remind myself what's in the crate.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 11th May 2016 7:21 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Chalet School Reunion and Shocks for the Chalet School by Elinor M Brent-Dyer. These are recent GGBP publications that I got for my birthday. I'd read them before, but now I own them. There's not much to say about them really - standard Chalet School stuff. And food for thought for Lynda Day at the Chalet School.

What I'm Currently Reading
I started reading In the Family Way by Jane Robinson before I got distracted by CS books. It's about "Illegitimacy Between the Great War and the Swinging Sixties". It's a history of what was going on at the time that affected how illegitimacy was thought of dealt with, and personal stories. It's interesting that the word bastard just meant someone who was illegitimate and it's the stigma of it that transformed it into an insult.

Last in my Chalet School birthday books is The Bettanys on the Home Front by Helen Barber. It's set during WWI, when Madge and Dick are teenagers and Joey's just a baby. It's interesting so far, but I'm only a couple of chapters in.

What I'm Reading Next
I should read the other two books from my parent's loft: Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard. I remember the title of this book and the cover, but nothing else. It's apparently the second book in a series, but I've never read any of the others in the series.

The other book is The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai. The only thing I remember about this book was being excited that it was on the GCSE English reading list. I'd got fed up of improving books some years earlier and was happily reading complete crap. But there was a list of books we were supposed to read and we had to write them all down and review them (one word apparently didn't count as a review). So I was so excited that a book I'd already read and liked was on the list. My teacher (who didn't like me) didn't think that was good enough and I should be reading pre-20th century texts. I was not impressed (and only read pre-20th century texts when forced - and then I picked A Christmas Carol on the basis it was short.)


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 6th April 2016 8:10 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
So Anyway... by John Cleese. My sister lent me this when we had a book swap when we went to see Ed Byrne. It's John Cleese's autobiography. It's really interesting to see the era he grew up in and what sort of person he was like. I keep reading autobiographies from people who'd been in Footlights, but he was there before it became the place to be and only really joined for the location of the bar!

It stops once he starts with Monty Python, probably because everyone knows what happens after that - there's certainly a not unreasonably assumption that everyone reading the book is familiar with Monty Python. And it's 400 pages up to that point - it would be twice the length if he'd carried on.

He reproduces some of his sketches, which are funny, but the funniest bit of the book was Tim Brooke-Taylor's story of his hotel stay in Brussels:

When we picked Tim up the next morning, he told us that he's spent the night in his room with a 'bird'. Intrigued, we questioned him closely, and learned that he had been woken in the middle of the night by a strange, rather alarming noise and that when he had put the light on he had discovered a turkey vomiting on the mantelpiece. He'd thought of complaining but found that his phrasebook did not cover this contingency.

What I'm Currently Reading
Nothing - I've literally just finished John Cleese's book.

What I'm Reading Next
The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett. Which I've had since Christmas (technically) but it's hardback, so heavy and hard to read in bed, plus I told my sister she could borrow it first. Now we've had the book swap, I can read it.


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What I’ve been reading Wednesday
Wednesday 9th December 2015 9:16 pm

Not a normal reading Wednesday post - these are the books I've been reading that I have something to say about, but didn't have the time to say it.

These Wonderful Rumours! A Young Schoolteacher's Wartime diaries 1939-1945 by May Smith
This one a book I found in Hay-on-Wye. As the title says, it's the diaries a school teacher in her late 20s kept during the war. In fact it starts before it - she'd been keeping a diary for a while. She lived in a small village, so it's not about the parts of war we always hear about, but the broken night's sleep, the billeting, not getting paid on time, having school holidays shortened. It's just really interesting to read about her life (a lot of tennis, going to the flicks a lot, shopping). It makes it interesting adding in the war aspect and what effect it had on her life. I was reading it on the train back from London one evening and she was talking about getting home in the dark when there was a black out. I was half expecting to get off the train and it to be completely black out - I was quite surprised to find it was ordinary 2015!

Imzadi by Peter David
I've been playing a whole lot of Star Trek: Wrath of Gems recently and I'd just unlocked the TNG levels. I've also been thinking about my books and what I should get rid of if I'm really not going to read them again. I saw this on my bookshelf, remembered how much I'd liked it the first couple of times I'd read it, so I read it again. What really surprised me was the introduction talking about the 25th anniversary of Star Trek - when we're talking about the 50th next year. I can't believe this book is so old! I can't have read it 25 years ago, but it would definitely have been in the 90s, when I read a lot of Star Trek books. It's interesting that back then they obviously hadn't decided on the spelling of Ferengi - it's only in there a few times, but always as Ferengii. Back in the day I thought Peter David was an amazing author. Reading it now he just seems average. It was easy reading, but just not particularly outstanding.

Imazadi II: Triangle by Peter David
Despite the averageness of Imazadi I then couldn't resist reading the follow-up. This one was just as average really, although it kept bringing up things I had completely forgotten (I haven't seen much TNG since it was on BBC2 at 6pm on a Wednesday). Not least the romance between Troi and Worf, which just doesn't work. The book tries to show us why it does work, but it's fighting a losing battle (for me). I'm not sure I was convinced at the time, I'm even less so after his romance with Jadzia Dax (those two just went together much better).

These two books get to stay though - I might get the urge to read them again in twenty years.


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What I am reading Wednesday… on a Thursday
Thursday 8th October 2015 7:12 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
While I was ill I decided the Star Trek books I bought from Hay-on-Wye would be easy reading...

Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: Tower of Babel by Christopher L Bennett was quite hard going. I knew when I bought it that it was set sometime after the last episode because it talked about Captain Reed and Captain T'Pol. But this is also after a series of books about the Romulan War that I haven't read and this is the second in the Rise of the Federation series. So some of the time I had no idea what was going on. It wasn't just that that made it hard going though. It was all about getting Rigel into the Federation, so involved a lot of politics. I don't really care that much about Federation politics and I don't care about Rigel either. I certainly didn't care about any of the original characters in it, of which they were many. It was probably a bit more hard work than I had the brain power for at the time.

Star Trek: Section 31: Cloak by SD Perry is an original series book. After the Enterprise one it just felt nice to be reading about Kirk, Spock et al. Although I enjoyed it overall and found it easy reading it did annoy me that we knew what was going was related to Section 31, but none of the characters did. And McCoy discovered he had an incurable life-threatening illness that he worried over for the whole book, and then the epilogue mentioned in passing that it was cured. Unless this was something that came up in an episode and I've forgotten it was just a plotline that was so badly solved/didn't need to be in there.

Star Trek: Deep Space 9: Section 31: Abyss by David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang. I enjoyed most of the main action with Bashir and Ezri. I didn't care so much about Ro Laren because I don't remember her that well. Mind you, I don't remember Ezri that well, but I really liked seeing inside her head in this book. The story was set sometime in the post-DS9 novels and as a result I had no idea what was going on with the station or who some of the characters were. So those bits felt a bit superfluous. Other than that at least they knew what Section 31 was and what was going on.

What I'm Currently Reading
Abyss by Elizabeth Moon. I saw this in Hay-on-Wye and bought it without even reading the back. I have only really just started it, so it's hard to say much about it. I'm quite liking it so far but very little has actually happened - pretty much nothing mentioned on the back of the book has happened yet.

What I'm Reading Next
I don't know. Something off the Hay-on-Wye pile that's different from what I've read recently.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 6:28 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: A Stitch in Time by Andrew J Robinson. I re-read it because a couple of times this year I've come across mentions that Garak is clearly gay in it and the whole thing is a love letter to Bashir. I didn't remember any of that from the first time I read it, so I re-read it. The stuff in the present (ish) would have made more sense the first time round, because now my memories of DS9 are a bit hazy. And I hate the harsh school that doesn't allow you contact with your parents trope. There was one scene that could maybe be construed as Garak having feelings for Bashir if you wanted to read it that way. Otherwise I didn't see any gayness and it being a letter to Doctor Bashir was clearly just a way he used to get around telling stories from multiple parts of his life.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. Mum leant me this and I thought I'd better get on and read it. It's about a woman (she's 20, I think) who lives in Dorset in 1850 and emigrates to Ohio. I am only about a third of the way through and I am really loving it. Her perceptions of America are so interesting (some things haven't changed since then) and I like all the stuff about the quilting as well, although it's not a hobby I have any intention of getting into.

What I'm Reading Next
I have no idea. But I have big stack, so it'll be whatever I feel like reading next from there.


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Books
Sunday 13th September 2015 8:47 pm

Yesterday me and my sister went to Hay-on-Wye for the day. Hay-on-Wye is a market town just the other side of the Welsh border and it's famous for its second hand bookshops. We spent about four to five hours just looking at bookshops (and buying a lot of books). By the end of it my feet hurt from standing and I was all bookshopped out. I bought 19 books and had a Tayberry sorbet - a Tayberry is apparently a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry. It makes very nice sorbet. It was, I think, only the second time I've been to Wales and it's not rained.

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