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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!
02 October 2015 @ 10:08 pm
Turns out that nursing really gives you a lot of quality reading time, which is great.

I read Uprooted, starting out in the early hours of labour and finished it a week ago during nursing in the middle of the night. I guess I'll always have a special memory of that book.

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23 August 2015 @ 04:14 pm
Most of all I feel that the puppies cheated us out of a damn good reading list, but now that the nomination numbers are out and the full list with the 15 most nominated stories is out, we can at least give some recognition to the authors that were cheated out of their spot on the ballot:

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23 August 2015 @ 08:02 am
Woke up early today, so I caught the last bit of the Hugo Award presentation in the live stream!

Wow, what a thorough kick in the teeth for the puppies! All their categories went to No Award. All the others had a winner and even Guardians of the Galaxy won and was not hurt by being a puppy nomine.

I personally liked Ancillary Sword better than TBP, which won the big one, but I'm absolutely happy with the result.

So, all the additional voters in the end were fandom rallying to defend the Hugos after all.

I'll be very excited to see the final voting numbers and all the nominations that were pushed off the ballot.

And here come the numbers:

11 June 2015 @ 04:32 pm
I stayed away from this mostly, because I just found it pointless and upsetting and because no new points were made in the discussion.

However in the last few days there were some developments, which I found really disturbing.

Vox Day wanted to stir shit again on the day the Nebula's were anounced, so that the actual good stories this year wouldn't get any attention. By the way, has any one read the southern reach triology? I think I'll have a look at it.

He whined because Irene Gallo, a creative at Tor.com called him and his neo-nazi on her personal facebook, which considering that he's a Breivik fanboy is a very fair discription of his state of mind. It was business as usual until Tom Doherty came out to publically to apologize for Gallo and to appease the puppies.

How could this guy be so oblivious to what he was doing? He's playing into Beale's paws. He is enforcing exactly the kind of repressive climate that the puppies love so much, the one where women cannot speak up against sexism or racism, because it might harm their careers.

Also now, the puppies yell for her head on a pike (to see if he's stupid enough to grant that wish too, if they threaten a boycott) now with added favor from Gamergate, because a woman to harrass was what was missing in this affair to make it truly attractive for them and to the rest of the world Tor has lost a world of credit, especially since they did not bother to apologize for the employee who was harrassing women while representing the company. Ugh. Very smart.

And also this is the moment that Jim Butcher used to finally open his mouth in the affair, after quietly accepting the nomination for Skin Game from the puppies without any comment on the controversy, he has now spoken up on Eric Flint's blog.

Disappointingly he really is siding with the puppies, even if he is trying to moderate them. His point is that they should accept her apology and be done with it. Which would work, if we did not talk about unrepentant hate mongers here. Gallo made an accurate statement on her personal facebook page. She had nothing to apologize for and the only scandal is that here employer pressured her to apologize anyway, because god forbid a woman is outspoken about sexism and racism on the internet without fearing for her job.
11 June 2015 @ 09:57 am
Are you watching yet? Because if not, you really need to start. This show is made of brilliance. it buils up slow and in the very beginning I was merely liking it but now that I'm 8 episodes in that is quickly turning into being blown away.

I love the characters! And I love how it all starts to come together now! How the emotional developments tie into the plot. It started out ok, but it is getting really remarkable now.

Since each of the eight connected people leads an individual life, it took quite some time to set things up believably and in the beginning some things were a bit clicheed, the US- police officer, the gay mexican telenovela star and so on, but as their stories continue, they and their emotional conflicts start to get more complex.

The only thing, I find a bit bewildering is how the different countries are portrayed. I don't know enough about Kenya or India to really tell, but Germany is a bit off. Wolfgang is supposed to be from the DDR, which seems to translate to the show as somehow russian/german. He has a somewhat russian surname. But that is a rather atypical constellation. Like in most ex-soviet states, the russian culture is not very present in former eastern Germany. There is no significant greek orthodox church and the russian mafia is not really that present either. It's all a bit weird, but not enough to throw me out of the story.

I really hope they get renewed. I guess filming in all the original locations must have been crazy expensive and the reviews are mixed. But this could be one of the next great shows. Deffinitely the thing I am most excited about this year.
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09 June 2015 @ 09:49 am
Spoilers, obviously

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07 June 2015 @ 02:30 pm
Six episodes in and enjoying it more and more. It takes some build up and it takes its time, since on netflix they could basically just make one giant long movie. But it evolves lovely. I hope it sticks around!