Posts By: irina

Reading notes, week 39

Currently reading: Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane. I don’t think any other Young Wizards books are fresh enough at the moment but this is the last in the series anyway. Put on hold because I’m really not in the mood for either, and they’re so alike that I’ll wait until I want both so

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That music meme from all over

Got it from oursin. Mine are all folk or folk-adjacent. I recommend every one of these (and I’ve linked to my favourite versions if I could find them). A Place: Sandy Denny – Lowlands of Holland. Anything Sandy Denny sings gets coated in squee. A Food: Kirsty McColl – Chip Shop A Drink: The Dubliners

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Reading notes, week 38

September 19: The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie. I remembered it rather well but it was nice to read anyway, one of the better ones. September 18: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie. A rara avis: a Poirot I’d never read before. Intriguing; I thought I knew the twist, but it was more

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Reading notes, week 37

September 12: The Suck Fairy’s Greatest Hits: The Dragonriders of Pern. Extensive deconstruction of the Pern books. Goodness, that was a long haul. I read all the deconstructions of books I’ve read, one of a book I haven’t read but I needed it for the continuity, one of a book I DNF’ed to see if

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Reading notes, week 36

September 5: Monsieur Pamplemousse on the Spot. Not quite fed up with it yet; I want to read at least one more to see if they all have something sexually risqué at some point, and tiny (but stinging) sexist and racist bits. remember me by dirgewithout music: Narnia fanfic. Lucy Pevensie. Oh my. A Witch

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Reading notes, week 35

August 29: Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. After seeing the (excellent!) miniseries we discussed how it’s different from the book so I wanted to read the book again. It’s even better than the film. Perhaps I’ll read Making Money next. August 25: More fanfic. Young Wizards crossover, mostly. I so want there to be Young Wizards/Lord Peter

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Reading notes, week 34

August 22: Oodles of Young Wizards fanfic. Some of it reads almost like canon, like Reading Redhead’s. Also Pern fanfic, by following links to kudos-leavers whose names I recognised. Uptown Local and Other Interventions by Diane Duane. Because it was hard to stop. I don’t like most of the stories in this one as much as

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Reading notes, week 33

August 11: Freedom’s Gate by Naomi Kritzer. Set in fantasy ancient Greece (with a side of Ruritania). It’s the first in a trilogy and the other two aren’t as easy to get (the webshop where I bought #1 has #3 but not #2, just like a public library) but I’ll definitely try to acquire them

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Virtual Worldcon!

The moment CoNZealand announced they were going virtual I went through the ceiling with squee, “I can actually ATTEND!” Because I’d never have been able to go to New Zealand in person; even apart from the travel and accommodation cost, I don’t fly, especially not twenty or more hours. I tried to volunteer, too, but

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Reading notes, week 32

August 6: De eigenwijze helden van Sassoen by Nairi Zarjan. Armenian folk epic, now translated into Dutch directly, unlike the version I read as a young teen that was a translation of an English retelling/translation. I miss some of the familiar phrasings and idiosyncrasies, but on the other hand I think this version hasn’t been

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