the_abcs_of_justice: (Lost - waiting)
Wow, I just realized that I never even put up my booklist for 2011 last year. Meh, not that it actually really matters at all but since I do it every year I suppose I might as well do it now.

1. House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
2. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
3. The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
5. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
6. Once Upon A Time In The North
by Philip Pullman
7. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
8. Dragons in the Stars by Jeffrey A. Carver
the_abcs_of_justice: (reading)
... For someone who loves to read, the actual number of books I've read this year is pathetic. :\ I don't even know why I still keep these lists since it's obvious by this point that I'm never actually going to read 50 in one year, but I keep thinking that maybe one of these days it'll happen. Ah well, it's something to do I guess.

1. Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
2. True Richmond Stories: Historic Tales from Virginia's Capital by Harry Kolatz, Jr.
3. The Last Continent by Terry Prachett
4. Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
5. Are YOU Dave Gorman? by Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace

Total # read since 2006: 61
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Book post was getting a bit long again, so here's the new one.

Finished books from 7/29/08 to 7/29/10 (lol, 2 years exactly)
Finished books from 3/14/06 to 7/26/08

Currently reading:
Finished reading:
Victory of Eagles (8/24/10)
Are YOU Dave Gorman? (9/23/10)
House of Many Ways (3/20/11)
The Magician's Nephew (6/29/11)
The Ladies of Grace Adieu (7/19/11)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (8/4/11)
The Horse and His Boy (9/1/11)
Once Upon A Time In The North (9/6/11)
Alanna: The First Adventure (9/8/11)
Dragons in the Stars (12/2/11)
The Outlaws of Sherwood (2/26/12)
The Collapse of Richmond's Church Hill Tunnel (5/7/12)
the_abcs_of_justice: (Default)
Well, I still didn't meet the 50 books goal but I did read twice as many books in 2008 as I did in 2007. So that's some progress. :) Anyway, new year, new list.

1. Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling
2. Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
3. Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
4. A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins
5. The Walk West: A Walk Across America 2 by Peter and Barbara Jenkins
6. Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force by Dave Wolverton
7. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl translated by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday
8. Jedi Apprentice: The Dark Rival by Jude Watson
9. Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past by Jude Watson
10. Jedi Apprentice: The Mark of the Crown by Jude Watson
11. Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Terry Brooks
12. Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice by Jude Watson
13. The Ghosts of Virginia by L.B. Taylor, Jr.
14. Batman: Hush, Volume One by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee

Page Count:
the_abcs_of_justice: (reading)
Since my other book list post was getting rather long, I'm going to start another one. Still just for my own reference...

Finished books from 3/14/06 to 7/26/08

Kingdom Hearts II, Vol. 1 (7/29/08)
Kingdom Hearts II, Vol. 2 (7/31/08)
Virginia Folk Legends (8/11/08)
The Beale Treasure - New History of a Mystery (8/20/08)
Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need (8/23/08)
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Vol. 1 (8/31/08)
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Vol. 2 (9/9/08)
Throne of Jade (9/22/08)
Castle in the Air (10/4/08)
Lyra's Oxford (10/6/08)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (11/25/08)
Tales of Beedle the Bard (1/4/09)
Worlds to Explore: Tales of travel & adventure from National Geographic (1/10/09)
Black Powder War (2/1/09)
Empire of Ivory (2/22/09)
A Walk Across America (3/7/09)
The Walk West: A Walk Across America 2 (3/29/09)
Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force (4/1/09)
The Diary of a Young Girl (4/13/09)
Jedi Apprentice: The Dark Rival (4/15/09)
Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past (4/20/09)
Jedi Apprentice: The Mark of the Crown (4/27/09)
A Year in Provence (5/8/09)
Episode I: The Phantom Menace (5/23/09)
Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice (6/7/09)
The Ghosts of Virginia (7/11/09)
Batman: Hush, Volume One (10/25/09)
Grimms' Fairy Tales (3/12/10)
True Richmond Stories: Historic Tales from Virginia's Capital (4/26/10)
The Last Continent (7/29/10)
the_abcs_of_justice: (Default)
Well, didn't even come close to meeting the 50 book challenge for 2007, so I'll try again this year. Here's the new list, starting with the book I just finished tonight.

1. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
2. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
3. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
4. The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs by Alexander McCall Smith
5. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
6. Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem by Richard Kurin
7. Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 1 by Watase Yuu
8. Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 2 by Watase Yuu
9. Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 3 by Watase Yuu
10. Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 4 by Watase Yuu
11. Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 5 by Watase Yuu
12. Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 6 by Watase Yuu
13. Fushigi Yuugi Vol. 9 by Watase Yuu
14. Signspotting: Absurd and Amusing Signs from Around the World by Doug Lansky
15. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
16. Kingdom Hearts II, Vol. 1 by Shiro Amano
17. Kingdom Hearts II, Vol. 2 by Shiro Amano
18. Virginia Folk Legends edited by Thomas E. Barden
19. The Beale Treasure - New History of a Mystery by Peter Viemeister
20. Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need by Dave Barry
21. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Vol. 1 by Shiro Amano
22. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Vol. 2 by Shiro Amano
23. Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
24. Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
25. Lyra's Oxford by Phillip Pullman
26. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Page Count:
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
6,158 / 15,000

* not including #14 in page count since the pages weren't numbered
the_abcs_of_justice: (HP - stay)
That whole chapter as Harry walked willing towards his death was sad, and yeah I got all teary eyed when his parents and Lupin and Sirius showed up. Especially when Harry asked if they'd stay with him and James replied "Until the very end." *sniffles*

But I'm so glad there turned out to be a loophole to it, too. :) And that final battle in the castle was awesome, and I cheered and had such a big smile on my face when Neville pulled the sword of Gryffindor out of the hat and killed the snake (whereas a few seconds before I was all "ZOMG, Voldemort set him on fire?!!?11) I love how much Neville has grown through the series. His bravery is every bit a match for Harry's now. And Molly Weasley killing Bellatrix was awesome, and then the very final showdown... wow. I loved it!

And, ummm, then I got all teary again when I saw Harry had named one of his kids after Snape too. I wasn't expecting that, but it was a nice touch. Although, I have to say that the one and only thing that really bothers me is Harry and Ginny's relationship. Since she turns out to be the love of Harry's life and all, it would have been nice if Rowling had given us some actual build-up to it instead of just having Harry realize it out of nowhere. Oh well.

And y'know, there's so much other great stuff I loved that I haven't already mentioned, like the scene with Dudley being concerned about Harry in the beginnning, and Harry and Hermione visiting his parents' graves, and all the exciting escapes and close calls from the Ministry and Gringotts and everything. There was just so much going on that now I'm wondering how on earth they'll ever be able to fit it all into a movie.

All in all, I think it was an excellent end to the series. I'm kinda sad that it's all over now, though, but I'm glad I managed to remain unspoiled because there's no way I would have wanted to ruin the experience ahead of time. :)
the_abcs_of_justice: (Merlin's pants!)
Nooooo, not Lupin too..! ;_;

*sighs* But at least I finally know the whole truth about Snape now, and I'm glad he really was on the side of good after all. Not because I like him, he's still a bully and a jerk after all, but because I didn't want to believe that Dumbledore could have made such a big mistake in trusting him. Although I do feel a bit sorry for Snape now. The whole thing with him and Lily is kind of tragic and bittersweet, what with the way he never stopped loving her and all. And at last the silver doe Patronus makes sense. If James was a stag, then of course Lily would be a doe. :)

But now my worst fears for Harry are confirmed... Ever since the first mention of Horcruxes, I had been wondering (probably the same as everyone else who's ever read the books) if Harry's scar could be one. Dumbledore mentioned way back in the second book that Voldemort had inadvertently passed on some of his power to Harry, and I always though it odd that the backfired curse would have left a mark, especially since we've been told several times in the books that the Killing Curse normally never leaves a mark on its victims. And also the wording of the end of the prophecy always kind of bothered me... "Neither can live while the other survives." That sounds kind of ominous to me.

And now the whole truth comes out... Harry really is an accidental Horcrux. ...But I wonder if there might still be some hope for him. I'm sure that he's right about Dumbledore having put Marvolo's ring in the Snitch, and there must be a reason why. I'll have to hope that my guess is right... *crosses fingers*
the_abcs_of_justice: (Default)
I... I just can't believe it... She killed Fred! ;_; Although for a moment there, I was so terrified it would turn out to be Ron instead... but this is just as bad...

Five Horcruxes down now, only the snake left to go. I have no idea how on earth they're going to manage that, though, since Voldemort is determined to not let it out of his sight now. Geez, I don't know how many more deaths I can take... And she killed poor Dobby, too... *sniffles*
the_abcs_of_justice: (brain break)
Haven't finished the chapter yet, but holy cow was that intense! That whole scene inside Bathilda's house was giving me a bad feeling from almost the moment they walked in. It makes sense that Harry would just shrug off the bad smell and Bathilda's odd silence and chalk it up to her eccintricity, but it was really the reaction of the Horcrux that bothered me the most. And then I started to wonder if perhaps it would react like that if it was near Voldemort or another Horcrux. It would make sense for the pieces of his soul to be drawn to each other. And then I knew it was a trap and I wanted to start screaming "Get out of there, Harry!" Thanks goodness they made it out safely, but geez, I was a nervous wreck the entire time!

Chapters 4 and 5 had the same effect on me, too. Wow, this book has been quite a ride so far, and given that she's killed four characters off within the first eight chapters I can't even trust that all the good guys are going to make it to the end in one piece. But I'm really enjoying it so far anyway, and I'll be sad when it's all finally over.
the_abcs_of_justice: (twilight howl)
So, it's nearly 4 in the morning and I'm still up because of this stupid 167 page article I was unlucky enough to assign to myself to work on tonight. It's been like, 10 hours since I first started on it, but fortunately I'm almost at the end now so hopefully it won't be too much longer before I finish and I can finally go to sleep. Sooooo tired.... :(

And yes, at the moment I am procrastinating by making this post. I need a break from this stupid job for at least a few minutes.

So, what else..... I haven't been around much recently because I've been obsessed with the Wii version of the newest Zelda game. It's awesome and tons of fun to play. :) I've beaten it now, though, so I guess I ought to move on to the enormous backlog of games that I still haven't beaten yet now.

I also started reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix not too long ago. I'm not even halfway through yet and I loathe Umbridge already. I hope she dies horribly in a fire by the end of it and takes Draco Malfoy with her. I just cannot for the life of me understand why on earth he has such a fan following when he's nothing but a scumbag and a two-dimensional bully. I hate him more and more with every book I read. He had no redeeming qualities at all that I can see. At least with Snape, there's a bit of depth, even though he's as much of a bully as Draco is. I don't like Snape at all, but I do find him interesting and I'm curious to see if he really is one of the good guys or if he turns out to be a double agent.

I hope I'll be able to finish the 5th and 6th books before the last one comes out. I've still got like 600 freakin' pages to go in OotP, and I have no idea how long HBP is. The way the book sizes keep increasing, it wouldn't surprise me if Book 7 ended up being 2000 pages long and came packaged with a miniture wagon to cart it around in. :p

Anyway, enough procrastinating, I guess. Time to get back to the grindstone.
the_abcs_of_justice: (disco - alejandradd)
Y'know, I'm not really one to put things down before they're ever even made and I try my best to stay positive. But when I happened across this today, my first reaction was "Oh no, no, no... Nobody could ever possible be Agent 86 other than Don Adams." Get Smart has always been one of my favorite shows, and the idea of remaking it now, even as a movie, just seems so... wrong, somehow. I dunno... I just can't help but be a bit nervous.

The Golden Compass movie, on the other hand, looks like it's shaping up to be very, very pretty. From looking at the few pictures there, it looks like they've managed to capture the feel of Lyra's world fairly well. And it looks like they've cast the new 007, Daniel Craig, as Lord Asriel, too. Interesting. The only other name on the cast list I recognize is Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Coulter. I wonder if she'll be able to pull off the creepiness of the character? I really like the design of the website, too. They've even got an alethiometer that shows the various meanings for the symbols. Cool.

I can't help but wonder whether they're going to do the other two books as well, and if so, what they're going to do about the "ZOMG Organized religion is evil!" theme. The first book is actually fairly light on that theme, IIRC, so they can probably get by without really mentioning it. The others though... hoo boy.

Ehh, anyway, I haven't been doing much lately. Just avoiding the internet in general because I haven't been feeling very social. I did join a couple of bookswapping services though, Bookmooch and Title Trader. I ended up getting 12 requests for books within hours of signing up, so it's been a pretty good way of getting rid of some of the books I had that I didn't want to keep. :) The only real downside is that it's kind of hard to find any books I'd like to request from others, since I think most books available are probably the more popular mainstream kinds, like romance novels or Anne Rice or whatever. I did manage to find a couple of things, though.
the_abcs_of_justice: (contemplation)
Still absolutely nothing happening on the job front. I'm kinda depressed now. I send applications in and apparently they all go directly into the trash or something 'cause no one even bothers giving me the time of day. Maybe it's cause I never graduated from college and can't do anything particularly useful. I don't know. I just don't know what to do. :(

Also, I just finished watching an interview with Terri Irwin a few minutes ago, and that made me sad. If ever there were two people who were truly made for each other, it was Steve and Terri. But she's a real trooper and she managed to hold together fairly well while talking about their life together and their children, even though it was obvious how devestated she was. Poor gal. :(

Anyway, in less depressing news, I'm currently reading The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester, about the making of the Oxford English Dictionary. It's really pretty interesting. I remember hearing somewhere before about how a patient at an insane asylum had helped make the dictionary, but I never knew the full story before or about how much work and time actually went into making the thing.
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For my own reference, some lists:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (3/14/06)
Lost Worlds: Adventures in Archaeology (3/30/06)
Colors in the Dreamweaver's Loom (6/17/06)
The Professor and the Madman (10/2/06)
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded August 27, 1883 (12/9/06)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (1/1/07)
Last Chance to See (1/21/07)
Under the Tuscan Sun (3/24/07)
Portuguese Irregular Verbs (3/29/07)
Old Polish Legends (4/2/07)
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Vol. 1 (4/9/07)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (4/19/07)
Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits (5/20/07)
Jamestown, the buried truth (6/23/07)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (7/15/07)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (8/10/07)
Howl's Moving Castle (11/23/07)
The Last Unicorn (1/25/08)
His Majesty's Dragon (2/24/08)
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (3/18/08)
The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs (4/2/08)
Ella Enchanted (4/12/08)
Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem (5/11/08)
Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 1 (6/8/08)
Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 2 (6/10/08)
Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 3 (6/12/08)
Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 4 (6/14/08)
Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 5 (6/16/08)
Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 6 (6/18/08)
Fushigi Yuugi Vol. 9 (7/12/08)
Signspotting: Absurd and Amusing Signs from Around the World (7/13/08)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (7/26/08)

Currently playing: Re:Coded, Dissidia
Beaten: Twilight Princess (;_;) (2/9/07)
Phantom Hourglass (6/5/08)
Knights of the Old Republic (6/15/09)
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days (;_;) (5/1/10)
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (;~;) (10/15/10)
Dragon Age: Origins (6/6/11)


Mar. 12th, 2006 12:39 am
the_abcs_of_justice: (book fiend)
Since I've been working on filling up my online library recently, and I still have books on the brain, I figured I might as well try and pimp one of my favorite series again: Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Death Gate Cycle. If you enjoyed reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I really think you might enjoy these books, too. Admittedly, the series isn't quite literary classic material like Tolkien's stuff, but it does have the same epic adventure feel to it and I think that Weis and Hickman do a good job with the world building. Plus, there are lots of footnotes about the history and culture of the worlds and the way things work. The characters are really interesting, too. It's not really so much a story about a quest or a fight against an evil power (although there is eventually an evil power to face later on) as it is a story about the search for the truth and how it changes the world and the way people see themselves. Both of the main protagonists do a lot of soul searching and revising of their views of themselves and their world, and it's interesting to see how they both change and grow because of it.

I'm not very good at summarizing things without ending up giving away major plot points, so I'll just use one of the book cover blurbs to give you a bit of an idea of what the story is like. From the back cover of Volume 1, Dragon Wing:

The Death Gate Cycle
Ages ago, sorcerers of unmatched power sundered a world into four realms - sky, stone, fire, and wather - then vanished. Over time, magicians learned to work spells only in their own realms and forgot the others. Now only the few who have survived the Labyrinth and crossed the Death Gate know of the presence of all four realms - and even they have yet to unravel the mysteries of their severed world....

Dragon Wing
In Arianus, Realm of Sky, humans, elves, and dwarves battle for control of precious water - traversing a world of airborne islands on currents of elven magic and the backs of mammoth dragons. But soon great magical forces will begin to rend the fabric of this delicate land. An assassin will be hired to kill a royal prince - by the king himself. A dwarf will challenge the beliefs of his people - and lead them in rebellion. And a sinister wizard will enact his plan to rule Arianus - a planthat may be felt far beyond the Realm of Sky and into the Death Gate itself.

So I ask that you please give the series a chance and read at least the first three books: Dragon Wing, Elven Star, and Fire Sea. The third book is when things really start to get interesting, and the characters world-views begin to change (and it's also my favorite of the series). The books are kind of old, they were written in the early '90s, but they were still available in the major bookstores last time I looked. You might be able to find them at the library, too. I'm assuming they'd probably still be available overseas, too.

Anyway, that's all I have to say. If you decide to try it and don't like it, that's fine. I hope that won't happen, but if it does, I'll try not to be too disappointed. :)
the_abcs_of_justice: (we are beltless - miss_jaffacake)
Seeing [ profile] molly_may's recent 2005 book roundup post reminded me that I started making a list of books I had read, too. I haven't updated it since sometime in 2004, though, and had only gotten up to 8 at that point. So let's see how much progress I've made since then. Here's the list continuation, with links to the first two posts:

Books 1 through 4
Books 5 through 8

9. The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman
10. The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
12. Tales of the Slayers comic
13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Hunh. Six books in a little over a year. Okay, five and a half really, since one of them is a comic book. If I were any slower I'd be going backwards. :p

And speaking of Harry Potter )
the_abcs_of_justice: (reading)
I found this link through [ profile] sly_old_dog's journal. It's a really cool site called Library Thing Beta where you can make an online catalogue of all your books. You can enter up to 200 hundred books for free or pay $10 for a lifetime membership if you want to add more. I've spent the last couple of hours building my library and running back and forth between the computer and my room to look at book titles 'cause I can't even remember half of all the crap I have. :) If anyone's curious to see my list so far, you can see it here.

My Geeky Collection

I hope some of you will want to start your own library, because I'm nosy and want to see what everyone's book collections look like. :)
the_abcs_of_justice: (fairest and fallen)
Actually, we got back on Sunday and then recuperated on Monday from all that whirlwind travelling. We left here at 6:30 on Friday morning and got to the hotel around 5 in the afternoon and then slept until dinner. The wedding was on Saturday, and fortunately it went off smoothly without any problems. It did sprinkle for a minute or two during the ceremony, but not hard enough to interrupt it. The really heavy rain didn't start up until an hour later, when we were all at dinner and safely under the shelter of a covered porch. The scenery was really beautiful, and everyone took a ton of pictures. Brian and Mariah even hiked around the trails in their wedding clothes before the ceremony to take pictures at different locations. I'm sure we'll all end up with DVDs full of video and pictures of the ceremony as soon as my brother has a chance to make them, because he loves doing stuff like that. He's pretty good at it, too. If he was a fandom kind of person, I bet he could make some great fanvids. :)

Anyway, they just left this morning for a two week honeymoon in Hawaii. I'm so very jealous, but at least there will be plenty more pictures to look at when they get back.

I'm still way behind on my FL and doubt I'll be able to catch up on anything earlier than Sunday. I did notice that [ profile] molly_may tagged me to do the book meme, though, so here it goes.

Now how could she have guessed that I like to talk about books? :) )
the_abcs_of_justice: (reading)
Wow, I've had a big bunch of nothing to say lately haven't I? I guess I'm in one of my anti-social moods again. It'll pass eventually.

I finished The Amber Spyglass recently, though, and there were some things I wanted to say about that. I guess now is as good a time as any.

First, the shallow. Small Two of Pieces should totally be the theme song for this series. It's a beautiful song, and I think the lyrics fit with it wonderfully. Run would work well, too, especially for the end of the last book.

A bit of a rant on the way the books treat religion, no real spoilers )

Anyway, there were a couple of other things that came to mind about the story, but they're more spoilery so:

Story spoilers for all three books )

Next up on the reading list: Under the Black Flag, which is a book comparing the reality of piracy to the romanticized view that most of us have of it. I'm actually reading a work of non-fiction! With a bibliography and everything! Will wonders never cease. :)


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