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Magic Below Stairs, by Caroline Stevermer.

Young Frederick Lincoln gets rescued from an orphanage, becoming a servant in the house of Lord and Lady Schofield. Yes, this is Kate & Thomas from Sorcery and Cecilia and sequels.

It's a YA. It made a couple of boring hours on a Sunday afternoon at work go much more pleasantly. I liked it. I may loan it to my step-son, I'll certainly try to get [ profile] iraunink to read it!
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Four e-mail addresses I watch just got the same malformed HTML e-mail announcement from It looks like they're probably a vanity publishing house of the worst sort. Anyone know anything about them? Anyone know anything good about them?
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Just bought mine, about to download it - and I don't have TIME to read it today! Wife's mother's 80th birthday party, local SF club board elections (I'm on the ballot, I'll probably be re-elected), it's Spring Forward night and I have to get up at 5am in the morning to go to work!

Ah, well - maybe I can read some of it at work tomorrow.
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Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar books are among my guilty pleasures. I got Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar yesterday, and finished the title story (by Mercedes & Larry Dixon) this afternoon.

I'm not certain what it is - maybe an homage? A pastiche? A shaggy dog story?
Spoilers Within! )
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Shortly after Janet Kagan died, someone mentioned that there were two Mama Jason stories that were not included in Mirabile. I've spent some time searching the internet the last two days, and am failing miserably on finding such things.

Anyone know anything about this? Preferably story titles and publication locations?
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I just finished an ARC of The Sharing Knife: Passage.

Lois did a wonderful job of taking a very small molehill from one of the earlier books, and sticking a mountain under it.

Lots of Dag & Fawn. Whit joins them, and grows up! Everyone learns stuff. I'd say this one is more on the fantasy side of the fantasy/romance cross-over, but I'm guessing there's enough romance to keep the romance fans interested.

There's some serious heart-wrenching in this one! Oh, that poor girl!

From what little time I've spent floating on a river (used to go out for weekend days on the Missouri when I visited my grand-parents), I'd say she got the rivers right!
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I finally got my acknowledgment from registering at!

For those who are interested, in addition to 12 free e-books, they're also going to be giving away an ASUS 4GB EEE.

The first two books are Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (already downloaded) and Old Man's War by John Scalzi (due next week). They're only available in PDF format right now. :-( But I'm grabbing them anyway!
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If you go to, you'll find they're having a free e-book giveaway as part of their new site launch.

I signed up Friday or Saturday, following a pointer from John Scalzi, and having gotten my e-mail yet. Anyone know if they've gotten swamped?
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I've got two books (OK, book and a series) I've been trying to get a calibrated recommendation about recently.

1) The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch

2) Old Man's War, by John Scalzi (and sequels)

I'm going to ask in a couple of places - sorry if you see this twice.

My favorite currently writing authors include Lois McMaster Bujold, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, David Weber, Steve Brust, Terry Pratchett, and P.C. Hodgell. (This is NOT an exhaustive list!) I'm not certain why, but I have a weakness for Mercedes Lackey. I go back and re-read E.E. "Doc" Smith regularly. I cannot read Neil Gaiman - I can see the horror underpinnings, and that makes it unreadable. (I loved it when my wife read Good Omens, and read me the good parts.)

If you want an opinion on any other authors / books for calibration purposes, feel free to ask!
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About mid-afternoon, I checked my home e-mail, and there was a message from my friendly pusher. She wanted to know if I wanted loan of an ARC.

Needless to say, I said yes.

Sometime tomorrow, I get to start reading The Sharing Knife: Legacy.

I'm not reading it tonight - I'm too tired.

Busy Day

Oct. 14th, 2006 09:10 pm
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Got up, got caught up with computer stuff. Did dishes, and some spot cleaning - the place was still mostly clean from last weekend.

After lunch, I ran off to the library to meet Lois - we got let into the auditorium, I got pictures of the plaque for her chair, and her sitting in it. I'll get them up tomorrow, I promise!

Then it was off to a friend's house to feed their cats.

After that, I went to Dreamhaven for the release event for The Sharing Knife: Beguilement. Lois read a scene from the next book - and there was much "more!" when she stopped reading (on a cliffhanger!) She had the original oil painting for the two covers with her - it's gorgeous!

After that, it was off to A Taste of India for dinner with Lois, [ profile] pmrabble, [ profile] gryphons_lair, Kathy M., and Kathy's friend (who's name I have just realized I missed). After dinner, all of us except Lois came to my house for dessert - chocolate fondue. It was much appreciated! After an hour and a half or so of conversation, we broke up.

[ profile] iraunink came down and had a little fondue, and then went back upstairs.

All in all, a nice day. Pity [ profile] iraunink is having a dead-due-to-migraine day.


Jul. 2nd, 2006 12:56 pm
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For anyone who's interested - at work, I'm currently reading There Will Be Dragons by John Ringo. I'm about three-quarters of the way through, and Bun-bun has just shown up as a plot artifact. I'm amused.

I may have to read the rest of the books in the series.
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I just got my copy in today's mail. Irene had pre-ordered it for me from as a Father's Day present. (Nice wife!) Now I have to figure out when I'm going to read it - I stalled out partway through Order of the Phoenix, when Harry was being very much a stupid teenager, and the adults weren't helping any. Maybe I'll go back and try to finish OotP now...


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