if you're wondering about the wedding

Apr. 29th, 2017 10:58 pm
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I wore the coat. Almost nobody noticed - there were about 300 people at the wedding, and the 'reception' was an afternoon tea with snacks. Plus, it was warm enough that I could take the coat off an hang it off my arm.

So we're good.

I gave them a quilt.

the summer meadow )

I also left them a note saying if they didn't like it, they were welcome to give it away to someone who did. I don't mind if people don't like the quilts I give them, but I should much rather the quilt be given away and used by someone than stuck in a closet because it's not to the recipient's tastes.

I'll probably keep sending them notes; I stopped writing to A about November last year. I didn't really know what to say or how to say it. But I'll write a few more letters this year - I have the notepaper and pens and inks and wax and seals - so that will be good. And maybe provide the opportunity for me to get to know N a bit better while keeping in contact with A.

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Apr. 29th, 2017 08:30 am
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A whooole bunch of people have subscribed here recently, and preliminary research suggests everybody may be leaving LJ and deleting their journals. Is that the deal? Something about servers moving to Russia? Am I supposed to delete my LJ now in protest? Because I will.

The whole reason I haven't posted a lot since my return to posting is that right after I returned to posting, half the voting American public decided hey, let's give stupid and evil a try! So now I'm trying to make sure I play ALL the video games before the inevitable fiery apocalypse.

So what's the deal? And hi, you new people!
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Thoughts on 'The Pilot' and 'Smile', whilst also looking back to Clara.

Bite-size meta: Looking vs mirroring )

Max Gladstone: Three Parts Dead

Apr. 29th, 2017 08:09 am
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The world of Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence fantasy novels is a unique one, where black magic, religion and law are intertwined, and the practices of both faith and Craft rely on a structure of legal contracts that bind both human and divine energies. There are real gods (though not so many as there once were, since the God Wars) whose obligations to and receipt of devotion from followers are bound by contracts, contracts to grant power in return for worship. Craftsmen and Craftswomen are magician-lawyers who use their own human energies to work magic, and who are called on to execute, negotiate, record, oversee, and when necessary litigate contract issues involving both humans and gods. Using the language of law, with its complexity and precision, to describe and constrain transactions of magical and divine power reminded me of Diane Duane's Young Wizards books, where a kind of symbolic mathematics is used in much the same way.

Three Parts Dead is the first novel written in the universe of the Craft, but not the first chronologically. However, Gladstone informs his readers that the novels can all stand alone - and the fact that he has built such a following of fans while writing the books out of chronological order supports this - so I'm exploring the series in publication order.

Just as Gladstone's Craft universe is a unique blend of magic and law, Three Parts Dead is a fusion of fantasy and the kind of legal thriller one expects from a John Grisham. Criminal investigation, interrogation of witnesses, following up on clues, and courtroom strategies mingle with magicians, gargoyles, vampires and gods.

Kirkus Reviews summarised the basic premise of the novel more succinctly than I could: "The God Kos has died in the city Alt Coulumb, and the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht and Ao has been tasked by the Church to resurrect the god before panic and chaos causes the city to inevitably collapse upon itself. First-year associate Craftswoman Tara Abernathy and her senior-partner boss, Elayne Kevarian, travel to Alt Coulumb to bring the god back to life only to find out that Kos was, in fact, murdered. Tara leads the murder investigation, aided by Abelard, a chain-smoking priest, and his friend Cat, a junkie-cum-policewoman. As the trio navigates the ups and downs of Alt Coulumb, they are immersed in its history, politics and religious system." (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/max-gladstones-delightfully-misleading-three-parts/)

Gladstone's prose sings, carrying the reader deep into his world of gods and Craft. His characters are for the most part strongly realised and well-developed - though the villain of the piece came across as a bit too much of a mustache-twirling megalomanic. The plot is wonderfully twisted, with unexpected turns and sudden reversals and all the trappings of a superior suspense thriller. And the conclusion is quite satisfying. I'm looking forward to further exploration of the Craft Sequence.

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Humble Bundle is running a Bloom County bundle! Pay what you want, as little as US$1, for vols. 1-4 of the complete Bloom County digital library; paying more will get you more, but you can get all thirteen books (vols. 1-9 of BC, plus four more books of related Berkeley Breathed comics) for as little as US$15.

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Belated book reports

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Happy Birthday, Turlough!

Apr. 29th, 2017 11:41 am
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Happiest of birthdays to the very lovely Turlough. I hope today has been full of good things and lots of Lancecat snuggles ♥

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Apr. 29th, 2017 05:24 am
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From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-02-05:

"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago." -- Bernard Berenson

(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)

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Apr. 29th, 2017 10:02 am
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I am not emotionally strong enough for today

Random Sentinel burblings

Apr. 29th, 2017 06:23 pm
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I was doing back-ups, as a sensible computer owning person should, and I found some some incomplete and occasionally incoherent burblings as to my first impressions of season 2 of the official DVD release after my many years of watching fuzzy copies of copies. (Mind you, I was very glad to have the fuzzy at the time.) So here they are under a cut, and more or less spell-checked and grammatically improved.
Burblings, as promised )


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