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01 July 2016 @ 03:53 pm
They anulled our election! They anulled our election that went to Dumbledore over Voldemort for just 30.000 votes. Shit. And the shittiest thing is, that though there was no real tampering with the vote, so many laws were broken during the election days that as judges they basically had no choice but to anull the vote.

Fuck Austria and it's morose attitude towards laws. We make totally insane laws for everything that nobody plans on actually heeding. And then we cry if it turns out that actually it really is illegal to break the law, even in Austria and even if they are stupid laws.

Three more months of this hateful nightmare! I hate it so much.
...when watching Game of Thrones is way more cheerfull than actual politics.
26 April 2016 @ 07:57 pm
We have a preseidential race featuring Voldemort and Dumbledore (with Voldemort almost certainly winning), while back at the Hugo awards the rabid puppies once again highjacked half the ballot.
24 April 2016 @ 07:03 pm
What a steaming pile of shit that election was...

Not that presidential elections are very important in Austria but the Nazi candidate got 35% and it is more than doubtfull if the second placed green candidate at 22% can actually beat him in the run off match.

So, while I'm already on the job hunt. Maybe it really is time to leave.
28 March 2016 @ 11:03 am
So, I finally finished my Hugo nomination ballot three days before the deadline! That was some hard work. I mean there categories that besically fill themselves, but I don't read a lot of short stories and I don't care much about zines and editors and so on.

Fortunately there are a lot of great stories available online and I found stuff that was great and sure deserves a nod. But I have still read too little to claim that it was really the best of the year. Not so surprized that it was so easy for the puppy slate to dominate these categories. I hope this year will be better.

I managed to find good stuff for almost every slot, except on fancast. I just don't listen to fancasts. i nominated Welcome to the night vale and I am not quite sure it qualifies and that is it. If anyone has any recs I'd be grateful, but I think the ballot will be ok as it is. :)
17 February 2016 @ 10:23 pm
Hello dear flist,

It's Hugo recommendation time again until the end of march and since I got a membership for last year's Sasquan because I got caught up in the puppy affair, I really intend to use my nomination rights for all they are worth this year.

However I'm running into the usual problem. Novellas, Novellettes and short stories. I don't read the magazines, I read short stories mostly in collections and that's years after they are elligible. So any recommendations on this front?

I only have one rec for novellettes and that is really any episode from 2015 of Ellen Kushner's brilliant Tremontaine series, which is a multiauthored project hosted by serial box publishing.
While this going on my list for sure, I'm very happy for other recs.

What I do have are recs for graphic novels in case anyone is at a loss there:

There are the obvious candidates, like Saga, Ms Marvel, Thor, Rat Queens...basically the ones that were also in the race last year. There's also Neil Gaiman's Sandman Overture, which is kind of a no brainer in this category. I really want to use this last opportunity to nominate the Unwritten, by Mike Carrey. The last tome came out in 2015 and this series was pure joy. I guess too few people followed it until the end for this one to have a chance but still.
And then there are some very interesting new series:

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

A real fun stampunk comic about the title heroes. Very funny and a bit like Girl Genius. Not totally sure if it is elligible though, because it was first published as a webcomic.


This comic is just beautiful. The whole thing is done in aquarelle and the optics are to die for. And on top of it, it has good plot too. It's a story about a robot/human war and from what I seein these first issues , it is like Fixit Fic for BSGs stupid cylon "plan" plot.

Bitch Planet

A bit like Orange is the new Black, but set in a patriarchal dystopia, where women go to a prison planet if they don't conform to horrific stereotypes. I love it! It's made of win. And it made me cry at the end of the third issue. If I could only nominate only one thing this year it would absolutely be Bitch Planet.

So anyone up for throwing around recs (of course every cathegory is welcome)?
12 February 2016 @ 07:49 pm
So, the US elections are of course a somewhat academic occupation over here in Europe, but since we tend to co-suffer the consequences I'm always interested in knowing what things are looking from the other side of the pond.

Is there any republican that can be described as sane with a little good will? Will they really go for that senile sexist?

And on the democrat side, I guess it's all between Bernie and Hillary. I guess if there was no strategy involved, Bernie would be fun, but since the goal is to win the overall election I think I'd go with Hillary. Wouldn't Sanders getting the nomination be very likely resulting in a republican win? And in one of those freakshow candidates of theirs actually getting power over a nuclear arsenal?

I mean I trust Trump or Cruz about as much with an atom bomb as I trust Iran or Kim Jong Un.
02 January 2016 @ 06:36 pm
Happy new year you all! I am currently busy being amazed that it is no longer the year my son was born and watching him grow everyday. He's leveling up on a daily basis these days and is a pure bundle of joy (unfortunately he got his first cold for Christmas but he is soldiering on very bravely through the sniffles, the cute little guy).

On the book front I'm still getting in a lot more reading time and enjoying that a lot. I'm currently reading Jo Walton's "Half Penny", the second Inspector Carmichael installment. Highly recommended, but then so far I read nothing by her that I didn't enjoy immensely.

However, I really wanted to write this post to give a shout out to Ellen Kushner's Tremontaine. I already posted reviews of her Riverside series, which I love deeply. This new part of the series comes in very interesting publishing too. It is published by Serial box publishing and is sort of a book in TV-show formatting. A group of writers, with Ellen Kushner as the executive producer is writing weekly episodes, that can be purchased for $1.50 at the Serial box site. All in all there will be 13 episodes, so the total price ammounts to the price of a hardcover book. But, the whole thing comes in every format you could wish for, inlcuding a very well read audio book, read by a cast of actors. I cannot tell you, how lovely that is for me in my current state. I can play the audio on my cell as I walk the stroller. I can read it in the dark on my ipad, while I bring the little one to bed. Or I can just put it on my kindle. There is no DRM preventing me from putting me on every device I have. Just brilliant! That was what I was waiting to pay for! I also enjoyed EK's audiobooks, read by herself, but I ended up pirating them after I bought them, because I found Audible's restrictions so annoying. This on the other hand? Perfect!

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10 December 2015 @ 10:31 am
I rarely fall in love with German authors for some reason, Juli Zeh however I can wholeheartedly recommend. She is made of pure brilliance. If you ever get the chance to read her, take it. Some of her books are available in translation, though her use of the German language is so amazing that I presume her texts suffer a bit in translation.

Her books are tough to categorise, I guess psycho-thriller could be a description. She writes very intense and complex characters and nothing in her books is every easily solved. In "Spieltrieb" she writes about two pupils who manipulate their surroundings, especially one of their teachers. In "Nullzeit" a diving teacher on Lanzarote is caught up in the psycho games of custumer couple. In "Schilf" a physicist is blackmailes into commiting the perfect murder.
In "Corpus Delicti" she writes about a totalitarian future, where people are forced to lead a healthy livestyle and her protagonist becomes an unlikely rebellion leader because of the depression that hits her upon the arrest of her brother.

She has also written several books with very smart political essays. Though her writings are usually chilling, she can also be very funny (reminds me a bit of Thomas Bernhard). The book I am currently reading is called "Treideln" and it's a letter novel about her writing process. Not something I'd usually read, but I read the first two pages in the book store and was laughing out loud.

In english available are "Gaming Insitinct" (Spieltrieb), "Dark Matter" (Schilf), "The Method"(Corpus Delicti), "Decompression" (Nullzeit) and Angels and Eagels (her first novel Adler und Engel, that I have not read yet.
22 November 2015 @ 09:44 pm
Jessica Jones is absolutely brilliant! Cannot accept that it should share a Universe with the other marvel stuff but otherwise it is complete (dark and bitter) love.

I was sceptical, because Daredevil, which was also highly praised wasn't my taste at all (too many victimized women) but Jessica Jones is made of win. Three episodes in and unable to stop!