swordznsorcery: (littlejoe)
( Mar. 15th, 2016 21:22)
Well, maybe not recs as such. I have especially enjoyed these three books just recently, but I do admit that the first one is a bit niche, and it seems that most of you have read the second one anyway. But still! Book recs!

Books! )
swordznsorcery: (paradox)
( Feb. 14th, 2014 18:49)
Okay, so back in November (ish) [livejournal.com profile] sabethea made a post discussing a particular list of "One Hundred Books You Must Read", and asking for other people to make their own recommendations on a similar theme. I had intended to have a go at answering the question at the time, but there was [community profile] fandom_stocking, and [livejournal.com profile] dw_50ficathon, and some stuff involving actual real people too, believe it or not. But here now, belatedly, is a book post. There aren't one hundred recommendations, although I might just about be able to squeak that if pressed. Due to reasons of space, most of my books are packed away just at the moment though, so I have nothing to refer back to, which complicates things. Neither is this is a list of "Books You Must Read", because that sort of thing is clearly nonsense. Instead it's a jumbled and probably incomplete list of books that I've especially enjoyed, or that have made, at some point, a particular impression. Not such a snappy title, I know, but a far less obviously inaccurate one.

Books... and quite a lot of rambling, sorry. )
In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favourite interview, a book) and explain why you love it so much. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This was incredibly difficult. My first thought was to choose a really good episode of something; but then the full extent of the prompt got me thinking, because there's movies and books to choose from as well. Also, the mention of "a favourite piece of canon" suggests that the choice shouldn't be a favourite episode, but a favourite thing that happens in a particular episode. Which complicated things even further. Eventually I narrowed it down to a shortlist of about twenty episodes, films and books; but since I had no over all favourite, I decided in the end to go for the one that's arguably the least well known. There's too much good stuff out there to try deciding whether one thing is better than all the rest; and small fandoms need support. Shortlist included at the end, just because.

... )
swordznsorcery: (Default)
( Mar. 12th, 2012 20:33)
Otherwise entitled "Incoherent Temeraire Flailing". For I have new Temeraire! Somehow they managed to sneak out a new book without me knowing anything about it. I did vaguely know that there was one due in 2012, but I had never thought to look for it as early as March. And then suddenly my very nice American friend was asking me if I wanted to borrow his copy, as I always wait for the British version (nicer covers - these things are important). So I not only had surprise!dragons, but I also had seriously awesome dragons. This all made for a highly unproductive weekend.

Dragons! Swords! Cannons! )
swordznsorcery: (queen)
( Feb. 8th, 2009 15:07)
Well, Amazon told me it was on the way, and then pretty much right after that, the whole of Gloucestershire vanished under a gigantic snowdrift, so I did wonder if I'd have to wait until the thaw to get the blasted thing. It took an age, but it did get here - and just in time, too. The postman handed me the nice, cardboard, Amazony envelope, then announced that that was it, and he wasn't going any further. Don't really blame him, either, as the way ahead was less "road", and more "huge pile of snow". And then it started snowing even more. That was several days ago, and there's been no post since, so the timing was jolly good, really.

And happily so is the book. )
swordznsorcery: (face)
( May. 17th, 2008 16:14)
I seem to have run out of Temeraire books to read, which is annoying. There’s a fifth one on its way – Victory Of Eagles, in a few months, though annoyingly that’ll be in hardback. I can’t have four paperbacks and a hardback! It’ll look all wrong! The American paperback might be out sooner than the British one I suppose, but the American editions aren’t nearly as pretty, so that’s not an option either. *grumble* No fair with the complications...

Anyway... )
swordznsorcery: (whitecollar)
( May. 13th, 2008 13:07)
Last time I saw Temeraire he was thinking of heading back to Britain, on a mission to bring Chinese wisdom and liberty (if not the Chinese climate) to his friends. Which is good of him, if a little optimistic. Goodness knows it's hard enough to get British people to think that education is a good idea, so hopefully British dragons are a little less hopeless in that department, or he's got his work cut out for him. Just about to think about heading for home, he and his crew are waylaid by a letter from the Admiralty telling them to head for Turkey sharpish, and pick up some dragons' eggs. So this time we're in for a long trek cross-country, over mountains and desert, in an attempt to obtain Britain's first fire-breather.

Although they might wind up wishing they'd left her out East... )
swordznsorcery: (jack)
( Apr. 13th, 2008 19:06)
Never tell your mother that you're enjoying a book... ;) I let slip a while back that I'd really liked Temeraire, by Naomi Novik, and my mother decided that she would get me some others in the series for my birthday. Not that it's not appreciated, exactly - it's just that this is my mother, and therefore things can rarely be expected to go to plan. In her defence she did ask for titles, and even for a blow by blow account of how to find the dratted things in Ottakars. Or Waterstones, as we're supposed to pretend that it's called nowadays. It did all mean, though, that I couldn't go straight on reading the series, as I'd hoped; I had to wait for my birthday. And then of course my mother forgot the titles, but I suspect vaguely remembered something involving dragons, and wound up asking a shop assistant for help. The long and the short being that she bought me books three and four, which is appreciated. Obviously. But of course it meant I had to wait even longer so that I could get hold of book two myself. These things are sent to try us. ;)

Continues... )
swordznsorcery: (manolito)
( Mar. 27th, 2008 02:56)
For some reason my internet music thingy is playing me Will Young. And it’s good. Sounds rather like the first Maroon 5 album. The good one, with the blocky red cover. As opposed to the second one, that was crap. The track’s called Cry, anyway. I am enjoying a Will Young song. Wonders never cease.

Let's go fly a dragon )
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