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Mon, Apr. 9th, 2012, 08:57 pm
Brief update

Texts from Hillary (Clinton): fabulous! Best one.

On routinely feeding chicken caffeine so they can stay awake to eat, and Benadryl to calm them down.

[personal profile] tinypinkmouse made a podfic of my Eureka Jack Carter/Nathan Stark story Displacement! And [archiveofourown.org profile] heardtheowl made a podfic of my Jo Smith/Dean Smith/Sam Wesson story House of Yes!  (Also, holy cow, over 375,000 fanworks on the archive. I know that’s small by Harry Potter standards, but it’s an order of magnitude bigger than Gossamer, by which I still measure all things.  Or, you know, All Things.)

I didn’t think much of Old Man’s War, but John Scalzi is slowly winning me over. The forthcoming Redshirts looks like a great parody of the old ST:TOS tie-in novels I loved so much, and this Hugo-nominated short story is a good parody of the epic fantasy genre. Favorite line: “It is said night dragons can speak to the moon, but don’t because all the moon wants to talk about is how much it likes basalt.”

Kathleen Duey, Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic, Book One): A young girl who can talk to the animals (yes, I know, but bear with me) and a boy from a wealthy but abusive home encounter magicians—as it turns out, the same magicians, but in very different contexts, and as the story goes in it becomes more obvious that things are much more complicated than either of them can see. I’m probably not doing a good job of explaining this, in part to avoid spoilers, but I found the worldbuilding interesting—it involves the disappearance and return of magic from the world, and maybe-immortal magicians. The families were believably screwed up, love and hatred mixed together; I’m looking forward to the next volume of this YA story, though it looks like there’s only one more, published in the last few years, and I’m not sure the story is over.

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