shewho: (eyes)
6. wordwatching - alex horne

you know i love words, right? and also comedy? brilliant combination. alex horne is lovely. he is a BIG OLD GEEK and plays the french horn. i saw the 1hr edinburgh show related to this book a couple of years back and blinking loved it.

basically, he (and some carefully selected chums) made up / reappropriated some words and are trying to get them into the actual dictionary. it can be done, there is precedent, as the highly entertaining appendix demonstrates.

anyway, this book is certainly not bollo, and if you've seen me sniggering to myself repeately on the tube in the mornings it's *not* because i've been on a mental safari or anything, it's just very funny indeed.
shewho: (eyes)
6. wordwatching - alex horne

you know i love words, right? and also comedy? brilliant combination. alex horne is lovely. he is a BIG OLD GEEK and plays the french horn. i saw the 1hr edinburgh show related to this book a couple of years back and blinking loved it.

basically, he (and some carefully selected chums) made up / reappropriated some words and are trying to get them into the actual dictionary. it can be done, there is precedent, as the highly entertaining appendix demonstrates.

anyway, this book is certainly not bollo, and if you've seen me sniggering to myself repeately on the tube in the mornings it's *not* because i've been on a mental safari or anything, it's just very funny indeed.
shewho: (borg)
books read so far this year )

13. the algebraist - iain m banks
oooh look, the first author repeated on my (puny little) list... i love iain banks's books. this is my first foray into his iain m banks catalogue. because i am scared of sci-fi. not sure why. it's quite my favourite thing to watch on television. reading it is somehow different. i think it's possibly plunging yourself into a world of 'other', made up aliens, planets and galaxies. things you can't quite picture. words you have no idea how to pronounce.

(funnily enough i've read plenty of fantasy. but then, we're brought up on tales of fairies, elves and goblins, aren't we? they're all REAL.)

anyway. this book is EXCELLENT and i loved it. it caused me to almost miss my tube stop several times, and have to do that embarrassed leg-it-off-before-the-doors-close thing. there's all sorts of intergalactic war nonsense, and the race that hold the key are beings that have been around pretty much forever, have lifespans of billions of years, and live on most gas giants across the universe.

words are slipping out...

my favourite surprise of the WHOLE book was in fact these creatures. they are called Dwellers. spoilers if you care )

anyway, there's no point me even trying to review books, i'm rub at it. and not much point me bimbling on about made up places and things, for they'll mean nothing to you unless you've read the book. and if you've read it, you'll know it's jolly good indeed.

***

so, i'm quite in the mood for sci-fi. WHAT SHOULD I READ? nb: - i don't want anything that's part of a series. that's one step geek too far. stand alone novels only. (i think d has another stand alone iain m banks somewhere.)
shewho: (borg)
books read so far this year )

13. the algebraist - iain m banks
oooh look, the first author repeated on my (puny little) list... i love iain banks's books. this is my first foray into his iain m banks catalogue. because i am scared of sci-fi. not sure why. it's quite my favourite thing to watch on television. reading it is somehow different. i think it's possibly plunging yourself into a world of 'other', made up aliens, planets and galaxies. things you can't quite picture. words you have no idea how to pronounce.

(funnily enough i've read plenty of fantasy. but then, we're brought up on tales of fairies, elves and goblins, aren't we? they're all REAL.)

anyway. this book is EXCELLENT and i loved it. it caused me to almost miss my tube stop several times, and have to do that embarrassed leg-it-off-before-the-doors-close thing. there's all sorts of intergalactic war nonsense, and the race that hold the key are beings that have been around pretty much forever, have lifespans of billions of years, and live on most gas giants across the universe.

words are slipping out...

my favourite surprise of the WHOLE book was in fact these creatures. they are called Dwellers. spoilers if you care )

anyway, there's no point me even trying to review books, i'm rub at it. and not much point me bimbling on about made up places and things, for they'll mean nothing to you unless you've read the book. and if you've read it, you'll know it's jolly good indeed.

***

so, i'm quite in the mood for sci-fi. WHAT SHOULD I READ? nb: - i don't want anything that's part of a series. that's one step geek too far. stand alone novels only. (i think d has another stand alone iain m banks somewhere.)
shewho: (Swimmers)
saw sherlock holmes last night. it was jolly good indeed! though robert downey jnr does appear to be ageing into lovejoy, which is a bit worrying. and it's very guy ritchie. but it works.

***

also, as i may have told some of you before, holmes was really james watson. at least if you believe the sanctuary, which i have also been obsessively watching. [there were 5 scientists. they injected pure vampire blood. something or other griffin (not important, dead) became the invisible man. james watson (dna, holmes) found his (already huge) intellect increased. developed science(!!) to help him live for centuries. helen (main character in show, 'abnormal' benefactor) stopped ageing. john druit (aka jack the ripper, also long life via injecting helen's blood) gained the ability to teleport. and nikola tesla (yes that one) became a vampire.

seriously. you have to love that sort of insane television.

in the last episode of the 2nd series (HOW DARE YOU END ON A CLIFFHANGER??) they were trying to calm a giant sea beast that can move tectonic plates, who turned out to be kali. and if you were connected to her, you can talk to her. but only if you do a little dance. and then it all went bollywood. I LOVE THIS SHOW. I NEED MORE.

***

i've also been reading rather than snoozing on the tube. i can heartily recommend the steep approach to garbadale by iain banks. it doesn't seem to be going anywhere, told mostly in flashbacks that don't necessarily fit together, and the pull-back-reveal isn't quite as much of a shock as expected, but the characters and their lives matter.

***

i'm now reading prachett, something i have long avoided. ok, so it isn't discworld, but still. challenge your prejudices! or, er, read whatever's on the shelves you haven't read yet...
shewho: (Swimmers)
saw sherlock holmes last night. it was jolly good indeed! though robert downey jnr does appear to be ageing into lovejoy, which is a bit worrying. and it's very guy ritchie. but it works.

***

also, as i may have told some of you before, holmes was really james watson. at least if you believe the sanctuary, which i have also been obsessively watching. [there were 5 scientists. they injected pure vampire blood. something or other griffin (not important, dead) became the invisible man. james watson (dna, holmes) found his (already huge) intellect increased. developed science(!!) to help him live for centuries. helen (main character in show, 'abnormal' benefactor) stopped ageing. john druit (aka jack the ripper, also long life via injecting helen's blood) gained the ability to teleport. and nikola tesla (yes that one) became a vampire.

seriously. you have to love that sort of insane television.

in the last episode of the 2nd series (HOW DARE YOU END ON A CLIFFHANGER??) they were trying to calm a giant sea beast that can move tectonic plates, who turned out to be kali. and if you were connected to her, you can talk to her. but only if you do a little dance. and then it all went bollywood. I LOVE THIS SHOW. I NEED MORE.

***

i've also been reading rather than snoozing on the tube. i can heartily recommend the steep approach to garbadale by iain banks. it doesn't seem to be going anywhere, told mostly in flashbacks that don't necessarily fit together, and the pull-back-reveal isn't quite as much of a shock as expected, but the characters and their lives matter.

***

i'm now reading prachett, something i have long avoided. ok, so it isn't discworld, but still. challenge your prejudices! or, er, read whatever's on the shelves you haven't read yet...
shewho: (bad idea bears)
[insert pic of kanye somewhere here]

look away if you don't like porridge.

porridge is BACK!!!!

i didn't know what to do for today's experiment. until i ran into d, about to do the shopping i was going to do, and saw crabsticks for a quid. uh huh, i went there.

laydeezungennulmen, i give you: crabstick and courgette porridge.

no real thought behind this apart from aforementioned purchase, and veg in the fridge that needed eating up.

verdict? i like the crabsticks and porridge. not sure about the courgettes. it needed something with a bit more PUNCH. (i threw in a bit of sachet ketchup, which worked, but then when does ketchup *not* work?)

i will be trying this further next week. i have to. i have to eat up the fishcrabsticks. yes, i like them in my mouth.

***

my colleague came into the kitchen as i was preparing my feast. "mmmm, that smells good, what is it?" were his words. i told him he didn't want to know. he pressed the issue. i confessed. he was NOT disgusted, reckoned it was more like risotto than anything else. VINDICATED.

***

no carb crash / desk snooze so far. WIN.

***

i am still working my way through stef's cast off books.

  • haruki murakami - after dark. liked this a lot. nothing much seems to happen, it isn't going anywhere, but instead of frustrating me it left me feeling sated, i'd grasped that moment in time completely.
  • kurt vonnegut - god bless you, mr rosewater. meh, quite good. that's all.

    i'm currently reading invisible monsters (palahniuk) and absolutely blinking loving it.
  • shewho: (bad idea bears)
    [insert pic of kanye somewhere here]

    look away if you don't like porridge.

    porridge is BACK!!!!

    i didn't know what to do for today's experiment. until i ran into d, about to do the shopping i was going to do, and saw crabsticks for a quid. uh huh, i went there.

    laydeezungennulmen, i give you: crabstick and courgette porridge.

    no real thought behind this apart from aforementioned purchase, and veg in the fridge that needed eating up.

    verdict? i like the crabsticks and porridge. not sure about the courgettes. it needed something with a bit more PUNCH. (i threw in a bit of sachet ketchup, which worked, but then when does ketchup *not* work?)

    i will be trying this further next week. i have to. i have to eat up the fishcrabsticks. yes, i like them in my mouth.

    ***

    my colleague came into the kitchen as i was preparing my feast. "mmmm, that smells good, what is it?" were his words. i told him he didn't want to know. he pressed the issue. i confessed. he was NOT disgusted, reckoned it was more like risotto than anything else. VINDICATED.

    ***

    no carb crash / desk snooze so far. WIN.

    ***

    i am still working my way through stef's cast off books.

  • haruki murakami - after dark. liked this a lot. nothing much seems to happen, it isn't going anywhere, but instead of frustrating me it left me feeling sated, i'd grasped that moment in time completely.
  • kurt vonnegut - god bless you, mr rosewater. meh, quite good. that's all.

    i'm currently reading invisible monsters (palahniuk) and absolutely blinking loving it.
  • shewho: (eyes)
    i haven't been doing HUGE amounts of late. this summer (can we call it that yet?) finds me listless, and trying to claw my way back to being comfortably in the black again. hmmmm.

    anyway! this means i have been doing other things, such as READING and, er, watching the telly.

    freezer burn - joe r lansdale. a random choice plucked from declan's stash. a nice, easy, trashy read. total loser (mum dead and mouldering in bed, failed firework stand heist) ends up working for a freak show, boffing the boss's wife, and failing even further at attempted murder. i'm not sure what the overall thing was trying to say, maybe 'don't trust a woman you're sleeping with she's only up to no good', but it was fun to read. and i have a wonderful mental image of conrad the dog-man that may not go away very fast.

    the red queen - margaret drabble. took this on my little holiday by the sea. was a xmas pressie AGES ago from dan's mum, i think, bought solely because of the title. a book of two halves, the first tells the story (researched and mostly accurate but fictionalised) of the red queen in the title. a crown princess in korea some centuries ago. court intrigue, pre-teen marriage, insanity, and rampaging murder. the second half is the story of the modern woman who 'discovers' the tale of the red queen, becomes obsessed by it, and propogates it. including, at the end, to, oh yes, margaret drabble. hmmm. apart from that, i loved it. absorbing. i may have to do some research into old skool korea.

    ***

    i have also seen:

    coraline. hmmm. passed the time. probably more exciting with 3d glasses than on the telly.

    quite a bit of 30 rock which is also so-so, why do people love tina fey so?

    and breaking bad, which i only jumped into for the second series and regret not watching more. (chem teacher gets cancer, turns into meth king pin to provide for his family. what?)

    ***

    my decision today: to BLOW my 5 months of good work in not buying things and invest in some completely unnecessary shoes or not. well?

    (actually i need to ruin my record anyway, for i must purchase some sunglasses and oh look i own no shorts.....)
    shewho: (eyes)
    i haven't been doing HUGE amounts of late. this summer (can we call it that yet?) finds me listless, and trying to claw my way back to being comfortably in the black again. hmmmm.

    anyway! this means i have been doing other things, such as READING and, er, watching the telly.

    freezer burn - joe r lansdale. a random choice plucked from declan's stash. a nice, easy, trashy read. total loser (mum dead and mouldering in bed, failed firework stand heist) ends up working for a freak show, boffing the boss's wife, and failing even further at attempted murder. i'm not sure what the overall thing was trying to say, maybe 'don't trust a woman you're sleeping with she's only up to no good', but it was fun to read. and i have a wonderful mental image of conrad the dog-man that may not go away very fast.

    the red queen - margaret drabble. took this on my little holiday by the sea. was a xmas pressie AGES ago from dan's mum, i think, bought solely because of the title. a book of two halves, the first tells the story (researched and mostly accurate but fictionalised) of the red queen in the title. a crown princess in korea some centuries ago. court intrigue, pre-teen marriage, insanity, and rampaging murder. the second half is the story of the modern woman who 'discovers' the tale of the red queen, becomes obsessed by it, and propogates it. including, at the end, to, oh yes, margaret drabble. hmmm. apart from that, i loved it. absorbing. i may have to do some research into old skool korea.

    ***

    i have also seen:

    coraline. hmmm. passed the time. probably more exciting with 3d glasses than on the telly.

    quite a bit of 30 rock which is also so-so, why do people love tina fey so?

    and breaking bad, which i only jumped into for the second series and regret not watching more. (chem teacher gets cancer, turns into meth king pin to provide for his family. what?)

    ***

    my decision today: to BLOW my 5 months of good work in not buying things and invest in some completely unnecessary shoes or not. well?

    (actually i need to ruin my record anyway, for i must purchase some sunglasses and oh look i own no shorts.....)
    shewho: (baboon)
    or things we lost. possibly.

    1. facebook is confusing me. no matter if i accept a friend request or two my friendslist (or, y'know, whatevs) stays at the same number. i suppose i *could* be annoying people at the same rate as i'm meeting people, but it seems a little too precise.

    2. have i been in your house in the last few months? i had a tube book i was quite into. so into i've forgotten the name. it's by margaret drabble, and has a white-sh cover with pink (i think) writing on it. the blurb talks about small yorkshire villages and genetics and bessie bawtry. have i left it at yours? it wasn't half bad.... so far.
    shewho: (baboon)
    or things we lost. possibly.

    1. facebook is confusing me. no matter if i accept a friend request or two my friendslist (or, y'know, whatevs) stays at the same number. i suppose i *could* be annoying people at the same rate as i'm meeting people, but it seems a little too precise.

    2. have i been in your house in the last few months? i had a tube book i was quite into. so into i've forgotten the name. it's by margaret drabble, and has a white-sh cover with pink (i think) writing on it. the blurb talks about small yorkshire villages and genetics and bessie bawtry. have i left it at yours? it wasn't half bad.... so far.

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