rhia_starsong: (Jack more fic)
Filched from [livejournal.com profile] wings128, who posted the loveliest bookcase I've yet seen and challenged us to post our own bookcases, here is the messy shelves as seen from my bed at home.



You'll totally notice the many books crammed sideways on top of others when I ran out of room--these are just my favourites to re-read. There are a few others in my spare room and downstairs. Can't own too many books, after all.
rhia_starsong: chibi!john asleep (chibi!sleepy john)
I've been neglecting you terribly, I know, internet, but...

Yes, well.  This is an incredibly sleep-deprived entry, as I missed so much sleep last night.  The idiot speedway apparently has some kind of outdoor movie night now that they've got the biggest screen in the world, or something, so the damn movie could be heard all the way at my house last night, followed by freaking fireworks until past 11 pm; when you get up at seven every morning, that's not good.  Even after that, I couldn't seem to really sleep, and finally I gave up this morning around six-thirty.  So I'm really tired.

But.  Yesterday I went to the big bookstore in the mall which was having a one-day sale and bought several books.  One of them was a book by an author I'd never heard of, but I liked the sound of the summary, so I gave it a shot.  I love it.  Totally recommending this book here.  It's military sci-fi, so Stargate fans pay attention.  The author is Evan Currie, and the book is Into the Black: Odyssey One.  It's really good on the military stuff, including a section where he essentially says, yeah, combat pilots have to know almost as much about how their craft work as the people who built them, so they're anything but stupid (which, after some time in the SGA fandom, is refreshing--we all know how many fics treat the military as dumb, even pilots like Sheppard or Mitchell). 

The main premise is that, in a post-WWIII Earth, the North American Confederation sends out the brand-new space ship Odyssey, under the command of Eric Weston, on a shakedown cruise of the universe.  Weston was a former fighter jockey in the Marines, and there are lots of Special Forces members of our military as well as Canada's in his new crew.  There are some aspects that resonate a lot with the Stargate universe, but only on the surface.  It's a fascinating and compelling action read with linguistics, philosophy, combat tactics, tragedy, and triumph.  I won't give away any more of the plot, other than to say there are alien humans and alien beasties, and there's a war.  Um, it's a lot better than it sounds from my lame description?  Seriously, though, if you like the mix of military and science that marks the best of Stargate canon and fandom, I think you ought to give this book a go.  It's in paperback, so not as expensive, and I'm fairly sure there will be a sequel, since it's left very up-in-the-air as far as the ending goes.

Anyway, that was mostly the purpose of this post.  I'm a little over halfway through the book, which is nearly six hundred pages in an oversized paperback, though I peeked at the last page, as I am wont to do.  ;)  Which is how I know the ending.  And I'm still feeling compelled to read the rest because it's that good.  There's really interesting science, too; a lot of it is based on things I know are fairly current in actual science, like tachyon properties, and it makes nice extrapolations in the best tradition of the genre.  The alien society they encounter is interesting and somewhat mysterious, even at the end of the book, and the alien enemy is pretty frightening.

So.  What's on your summer reading list, guys?  I also picked up some more Discworld novels, which are an addiction of mine, and the latest Foreigner novel I'd been wanting to own since I read it back in March.  I had to stop myself from spending all of my first paycheck there, since it was only a week's pay.  I should get paid again at the end of this coming week, and it will be the normal two weeks' pay this time, which is good, since I keep having to buy gas for my car and it keeps getting more expensive.  :/ 

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Whee!  I got my totally awesome-looking 'Hawkguy' comic yesterday, courtesy of the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash.  Thanks, Kait!  It looks cool so far; I got a few pages in last night before bed.

In other non-news...well, that's about it.  Doing some re-reading, working back through my favourite C.J. Cherryh novels, including the Foreigner books, and discovered I had missed the three or so latest, so I've got those to read this weekend.  Still such an amazing series.  I even managed to impress my mom; normally, she just doesn't get why I read SF/F, and she looked at one of them the other day and asked whether the books all seem alike after a while.  I told her no, and why, but she seemed really surprised when I told her that, at heart, the Foreigner series are political thrillers.  Point to me.

We'll be watching the Super Bowl tonight, not that we particularly care who wins since our sorry team finished 7-9, like most of the rest of the league.  Although, Luke Kuechly did get Defensive Rookie of the Year, so that's something good.  Anyway, I'll put in a vote for the Ravens, just because.  Not that I really think any of the rest of you care overmuch. ;)

rhia_starsong: (need sleep)
Yes, I know this is an old episode.  Yes, I watched it when it first aired.  But I was fleeing homework today, so I rewatched it.  There wasn't going to be a reaction post.  Really.  My laptop futzed out on me, so I took my stuff off to the campus library, and the wonderful video viewing rooms, reasoning that there wouldn't be many legit people in there on a Sunday afternoon.  Yeah, I was right.  Just in case someone came in and wanted the room, though, I had a notebook out so I could look like I was analysing the episode.  And then I started analysing the fucking episode.  Kaylie's comment was, "I'm so proud.  It's like you're a real film student."

So here it is.  Here's me going on for five pages about one television episode.Cut to save your flists. )

Now, if only I had put that much effort into my research...

In other news, amazon.com continues to pwn my bank account, as I ordered about five Doctor Who novels, one serial (The Invasion!), and two BSG soundtracks in the last two days.

Meme!

Feb. 4th, 2008 10:50 am
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I like this meme, and I think it deserves another go-round.

Directions:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).


'k I'm gonna have to cheat ever-so-slightly here, as the nearest book (Bedlam's Bard) doesn't *have* five sentences on page 123, so I'm going over to 124. THE WORLD WILL NOT END.

[:]Give up now, and I will make this painless and quick.: Kory flung his response at the traitor's mind, ringing and defiant. :Never! May you rot in the humans' hell first, betrayer of our people--:

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