Read Max Gladstone's Three Parts Dead
. It was a lot of fun, with a very satisfying ending. The worldbuilding is particularly excellent, notably the practicalities of a world economy based on souls.
I have one complaint: the copyediting was very poor. Lots of errors a good copyeditor should have caught. Particularly homophone errors: clamoring for clambering, vocal chords for vocal cords, and staunch for stanch (to be fair, if it weren't for Eyeteeth
I wouldn't know that last one either.)
Started audiobook of Dick Francis' Twice Shy
. I like the voice actor a lot, and I like the physics teacher protagonist when he's teaching, and his maths teacher colleague's enthusiasm for (very old) computers. Basic! Tape storage! The protagonist's marital problems are realistically depicted - it's sad, but because the narrative is mostly fair to both parties, it's not making me nope out of the book. I could really do without the whole "infertility makes all women crazy because women are MEANT to have children, and their thwarted maternal instincts could basically lead any of them to go out and steal a baby, it's just a toss-up which one of them will actually do it" part of the plot, though. And the (mild so far) hints of ethnic stereotypes, with the criminals being Italian and therefore hot-headed and irrational and lacking restraint and generally not "our sort" - very Enid Blyton.
I picked Dick Francis up because of recs from shehasathree
in fairly close succession, and I'm glad I did. I can definitely see the appeal of some old-fashioned, solidly English, practical, blokey adventure stories.
Continuing to read Margery Kempe:
Margery's pilgrimage tour group: "If you're going to cry noisily nonstop all the way through mealtimes, then you can't eat with us. It's putting us off our food."
Margery: *continues crying*
Franciscan friars: "We heard there was this pilgrim who wasn't being allowed to eat with the other pilgrims, so we're here to have dinner with you."
Margery: *continues crying*
Franciscan friars: O.o
Franciscan friars: "...Oh
. You must be that crazy English lady we heard about who cries all the time."
Margery, excited: "Jesus told me he'd make all the world wonder at me, and they DID. You're from a foreign country and you knew who I am, and you made that O.o face, that means you're wondering at me! IT CAME TRUE! THANK YOU, JESUS!"
Margery: "Can I come with you guys on the River Jordan trip?"
Rest of tour group: "Um, no. You'll just cry and get Jerusalem syndrome
Margery: "It is NOT Jerusalem syndrome, I'm like this everywhere."
Margery: "God, can I go with these guys on the River Jordan trip?"
God: "YES, MY CHILD. WHETHER THEY WANT YOU TO OR NOT."
Margery: "So there."
Everyone in tour group, including Margery: *burns feet badly on hot sand*
Margery: "Guys, I can't climb up Mount Quarentyne, my feet are hurt too badly. A little help here?"
Rest of tour group, struggling up the mountain: "Oh, please. Our feet are all hurt too badly too."
Hot Muslim guy: *lurks around looking helpful*
Margery: "Oh, hi. Can I pay you to take me up this Christian religious site where Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights?"
Hot Muslim guy: "Why, certainly you can."
Hot Muslim guy: *is buff and strong as well as hot, helps Margery up the mountain for a reasonable fare*
Everyone: "Yay, ecumenicism!"FanworksLife During Wartime
, by Aramley
. The West Wing/The Thick of It fusion fic. I've never seen The Thick of It (hadn't actually heard of it until now) but it turns out you don't really need to for this fic. The essential concept comes through clearly: foul-mouthed, bullying, Macchiavellian spiritual descendent of Sir Humphrey Appleby, Downing Street Communications Director Malcolm Tucker, meets White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg. It would take more than him to ruffle CJ.TV and Movies
POI 2.08, 'Til Death'. It takes a lot to be more of a relationship coward than I am, but Harold is up to the challenge. And I am not even talking about how his relationship with Grace ends.
The part where he tries to tell her who he is and what he does, and she tells him there's nothing he can tell her that will make her run away but he should tell her later when he doesn't have that look on his face, and he goes ahead and doesn't tell her? I am trying to decide if that's an intentional parallel with when Jessica tells John to tell her to wait for him, and he doesn't.
And if it is, why is it that I feel a lot more sympathetic about John's major malfunction there than I do about Harold's?
Also I am very, very not thrilled with the business with the gallery. That is creepy and awful. In fact, in general his moves are like... well, one part Gregor Vorbarra's courtship of Laisa Toscane, and four parts Hannibal Lecter's courtship of Will Graham. And being sweet and adorable and having lovely chemistry together 1/5 of the time doesn't make the other 4/5ths of the time okay. No, not even if you're definitely not going to kill and eat her.
I suppose that would be why I'm more sympathetic about John's emotional constipation.
ATLA 38 and 39, 'The Earth King' and 'The Guru'. Pleeeeease can we leave Ba Sing Se now? Why won't everyone just listen to Toph?Music
Utah Philips' We Have Fed You All A Thousand Years
on repeat, thank you so much synecdochic
for the earworm. 'Mr Block' and 'The Popular Wobbly' duking it out for space in my head.Podcasts
"I think we've all got a hypnopterodactyl inside us, waiting to come out." - Rachel Edidin, Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men
. I am really enjoying this podcast a lot.
Also listened to the latest Sawbones
episode, about the birth of their own baby, who contributed to the podcast with a few "ahs" and gurgles. It was... well, Sydnee is recovering from her unplanned C-section, and their daughter got out of NICU after a week and is doing great now. But I think that last sentence probably pretty much sums up what kind of a birth story it was. Happy ending, but yikes.
Hearing-related note to self: no, they did NOT have to watch an instructional video on "infancy PR", it was "infant CPR". Their baby does not need public relations management just yet.