Temeraire

Mar. 20th, 2017 05:38 pm
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Sorry for the quiet lately; the free internet isn't being very cooperative during the times I'm most inclined to get online.

Anyway - I've been rereading the Temeraire series, because I just purchased the last book and it's been a while. Still adore them! How are all these characters so good?! Novik really has a knack for making characters who are real people, and also for remembering her setting at all times so that her characters are intrinsically a part of it.

I want to ramble a whole lot more, especially about how much I love Tharkay, but the library is freezing me to death and also I need to obtain potting soil before dark. When I've finished the whole series, though, expect chatter and squee and (hopefully) fic recs! :D
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What a great prompt from [personal profile] boxofdelights: "Tell me about a book that you loved when you were a child, that you would still recommend today."

This was in many ways a tough choice, because I read a lot as a kid, and a lot of my reading material was formative for me in some way! I ended up including both my choice and a runner-up.


I read a lot of award-winning fiction when I was a kid! )
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I took a look at my copy (paperback), and found that most of the chapters average perhaps 30 pages (generally 22-35), but there are several which are quite short (7-8 pages).

If we want to aim for 50-60 pages per "chunk" of reading, I'd suggest the following setup:
seven units of approx. 60 pages )

Alternately, if we wanted to read a bit more at a time, we could do it this way:
six units of 80-90 pages )

Or, slightly more ambitiously yet, there's a third option:
5 units of 90-100 pages )

Because I can, I give you a poll:

Poll #7069 How ambitious are we feeling?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 4


Which of the three reading plans would you prefer?

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the first: 7 sections at 50-60 pages each
2 (50.0%)

the second: 6 sections at 80-90 pages each
2 (50.0%)

the third: 5 sections at 90-100 pages each
0 (0.0%)

Bonus Question: How many times per week should discussion posts happen?

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Once.
1 (25.0%)

Once, and Thursdays work for me!
0 (0.0%)

Twice.
0 (0.0%)

Twice, but only if we're on plan 1.
1 (25.0%)

Twice, but only if we're on plan 1 or 2.
2 (50.0%)

krait: a sea snake (krait) swimming (Default)
Admittedly, only the parts that least need organising. :D

(At any rate, I am now signed up at Goodreads!)



In the spirit of 3W4DW, comments are turned off on LJ, but you can easily comment on DW via Open ID; just follow the fake cut!
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Admittedly, only the parts that least need organising. :D

At any rate, I am now signed up at Goodreads: find me here if you're interested! I'm still trying to work out how to make the site useful to me (is it just me, or is it rather difficult to get places? Maybe LJ has spoilt me), and I have a 200+ book backlog of books to review, and a backlog of probably a thousand just to list (downside of being a prolific lifelong reader!) if I intend to do that, not to mention needing to decide whether to bother listing those I did not enjoy at all.

Once all that's done, then I can start wrestling with the site and seeing how to make it useful! Because so far, aside from using the "Shelf" feature as a primitive sort of tagging sytem, I'm really not finding it useful -- surely there should be a way to order the books, beyond "added to list" date? Plus there must be some way to see my reviews of things without hunting the book down, clicking on it, and (eventually, once it's been up a while) scrolling through all the newer reviews till I reach mine?

All tips appreciated; also any reminders of things I've forgotten to list, things you think I should put on the "to be read" list, or explanations of whom I should add to my "flist".

Or, y'know, dire threats aimed at getting me out of virtual book-organising and back to the giant pile of unfolded laundry that has been living on my bed for the last week and a half. *rueful look* (In case you don't know already, I am pants at organising anything that matters, reserving my talents for the alphabetising of CDs and things like virtual bookshelves. I totally fail at any kind of real-life organisation.)

Camera cable still missing! Starting to get worried. Must excavate laundry pile tomorrow, in case it's underneath it somehow...
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I've managed to whittle my Books-To-Be-Read Pile down to fewer than 10 books, in preparation for the Foreigner group-read -- don't want to have too high a backlog before diving into Cherryh, because that usually results in massive sequel-reading sprees. :D

(The top of the list:)

In the spirit of 3W4DW, comments are turned off on LJ, but you can easily comment on DW via Open ID; just follow the fake cut!
krait: a sea snake (krait) swimming (Default)
I've managed to whittle my Books-To-Be-Read Pile down to fewer than 10 books, in preparation for the Foreigner group-read -- don't want to have too high a backlog before diving into Cherryh, because that usually results in massive sequel-reading sprees. :D

The top of the list: List Order Is Unrelated To Reading Order! )

Foreigner folk, two questions:

First, any notions on when you'd like to start? I have located my copy, after a day of panic when it wasn't on the shelf I remembered it being on, and then wasn't in the box I remembered putting it in. :D

Second, any particular day of the week that you'd like to do the discussions on? All I ask is "not Friday", but I'm willing to nominate Thursdays or Sundays if no one else has a strong preference.

Okay, third question: what are we going to call this thing? I keep switching amongst "read-along", "read-together", "group-read" and "that thing we're planning, where we read and discuss a book, which I refuse to call it an online book club". Is there a real term for this sort of thing? Is there a term you've made up, and think superior to my vacillations? :D Anybody want to coin one, or dig through other languages to find one?

STILL have not found my camera cable! I swear I cleaned this room a few days ago; how did it get this cluttered and messy!?

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