Jun. 19th, 2009

k_crow: (Annoyed)
Go downstairs to give co-worker break from front desk.
Mention that SoulFood Books is in trouble and doing a fundraiser this weekend.
Co-worker says something about noticing not a lot of people buying merchandise there, just coffee and food and such.
Co-worker mentions planning on taking a walk and getting coffee, and would I like something?
Me, thinking co-worker is going to walk over to SoulFood, agrees and asks for a hot chocolate, handing over money for this.
Co-worker returns, half an hour later, from Starbucks.
Me: *headdesk*

I'll be stopping by SoulFood during my lunchbreak to pick up a hot chocolate that's y'know, drinkable, and give money to a business that is both local and that I *WANT* to support.

Book post

Jun. 19th, 2009 01:18 pm
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74.Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2 by Jim Butcher
75.Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3 by Jim Butcher
76.Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4 by Jim Butcher
77.Death Masks: The Dresden Files, Book 5 by Jim Butcher
78.Blood Rites: The Dresden Files, Book 6 by Jim Butcher
79.Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7 by Jim Butcher
80.Proven Guilty: The Dresden Files, Book 8 by Jim Butcher
81.White Night: The Dresden Files, Book 9 by Jim Butcher
82.Small Favor: The Dresden Files, Book 10 by Jim Butcher
83.Turn Coat: The Dresden Files, Book 11 by Jim Butcher

I've been enjoying the Dresden series for quite some time. I honestly wasn't sure how it could be improved. Turn Coat takes the best from the previous books, and goes that step further. I'm impressed by the growth of the characters, and that no matter how bleak things get, Dresden will find a way through the chaos and carnage that is his life. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

84.Skin Trade by Laurell K. Hamilton

I didn't like Blood Noir very much. Actually, that's an understatement. So far it's the only Anita Blake book that I've read only once. It was so off-putting for me that I was actually reluctant to start reading Skin Trade, even after I picked it up in hard back. I'm glad that I did finally read it. There are still moments where I'm going, "Erk"; "Rainbow of tigers" comes to mind. But there were so many excellent things about this book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Unfortunately, I don't feel I can detail any of them here without major spoilers.

85.Eyes of Desire 2 by Raymond Luczak

A book of collected stories from various Deaf GLBT people and their allies. The myriad perspectives and voices in this book is just amazing. I haven't returned it to the Redmond library yet, but I highly recommend checking it out if you have an interest in people and the wide variety of lives they lead.

86.The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop

Bliss, bliss, bliss! A new Black Jewels novel, one where the main characters are nominally not the ones from the original trilogy, and yet those have a lot of say and influence over the main and side plots of this book. If you like this author's universe, pick up this book! I'm going to be passing my copy along to a friend this weekend.

87.White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

Ugh. Why I keep reading these occasionally escapes me. Oh, I like the conceit of the titles, being based off of various spaghetti western movie titles. I like the secondary characters, some of them quite a lot. The main character drives me absolutely bugshit. I feel like her angst and cluelessness is the price I pay for getting glimpses into the other characters lives. Honestly, this character gets into just as much of a mess as Harry Dresden, BUT she brings most of her troubles onto herself, AND she only muddles through most of her problems via dumb luck and deus ex machina. I prefer characters who are able to grow and figure their own crap out without being told "astonishing" revelations by other characters, which they go on to ignore anyways. Argh!

Currently reading: Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire


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