tea fiend
31 December 2010 @ 08:06 pm
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tea fiend
03 June 2010 @ 05:49 pm
Borrowing from lpetrazickis

Bold means I've read something by that person, comments may elaborate.

Andre Norton (as a child, yes, but I don't remember what)
C. L. Moore
Evangeline Walton
Leigh Brackett
Judith Merril
Joanna Russ
Margaret St. Clair
Katherine MacLean
Carol Emshwiller
Marion Zimmer Bradley
(Mists of Avalon for one)
Zenna Henderson
Madeline L’Engle (Everything, though I bounced off her adult non-sf fare)
Angela Carter (love her Red Riding Hood)
Ursula LeGuin (I don't like it as much as I should perhaps, but I've read several)
Anne McCaffrey (obsessed with her as a teen)
Diana Wynne Jones (love the Chrestomancy series, the rest is hit or miss for me)

Kit Reed
James Tiptree, Jr.
Rachel Pollack
Jane Yolen (Briar Rose is my favourite. Also a fan of the poetry)

Marta Randall
Eleanor Arnason
Ellen Asher
Patricia A. McKillip (hit or miss, almost what I want most of the time, but never quite)

Suzy McKee Charnas
Lisa Tuttle (bounce)
Nina Kiriki Hoffman (everything. obsessively. even the dreck.)
Tanith Lee (too... I don't know, goth-y? sadomasochistic? for my literary tastes)

Pamela Sargeant
Jayge Carr
Vonda McIntyre
Octavia E. Butler
Kate Wilhelm
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Sheila Finch
Mary Gentle (like the alternate history 1601)

Jessia Amanda Salmonson
C. J. Cherryh (Leo is addicted to the Foreigner series)
Joan D. Vinge
Teresa Nielsen Hayden (know her more as an editor than author)
Ellen Kushner (totally my cup of tea, especially liked Swordspoint)
Ellen Datlow (tends to be interested in horror themes, but I enjoy the short stories I've read)
Nancy Kress (only shorts--part of what I call the Windling crowd, most of whom I quite like)

Pat Murphy
Lisa Goldstein (only shorts and poetry from Datlow and Windling anthologies)

Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Mary Turzillo
Connie Willis (we own Doomsday Book and Say Nothing of the Dog, but have not read either)
Barbara Hambly
Nancy Holder
Sheri S. Tepper (like her, concerned about what I perceive as her homophobia)

Melissa Scott
Margaret Atwood (her sci-fi are all amongst my favourites by her)
Lois McMaster Bujold (loved the political intrigue in the ones I read)

Jeanne Cavelos
Karen Joy Fowler
Leigh Kennedy
Judith Moffett
Rebecca Ore
Emma Bull (Leo forgot to highlight her for Territory, which we both really enjoyed)

Pat Cadigan
Kathyrn Cramer
Laura Mixon
Eileen Gunn
Elizabeth Hand
Kij Johnson (something about japanese foxes back when I was a teen. It appears to have been called The Fox Woman, but wasn't published until 2000--something off there)
Delia Sherman (love her work--Windling's crowd again)

Elizabeth Moon
Michaela Roessner
Terri Windling (I think she's primarily an editor, which makes her harder to follow, but I'll read anything she's written or edited, which says something)

Sharon Lee
Sherwood Smith
Katherine Kurz
Margo Lanagan
Laura Resnick
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Sheila Williams
Farah Mendlesohn
Gwyneth Jones (I like her better as Ann Halam)

Ardath Mayhar
Esther Friesner (yes, though I liked Temping Fate way more than her others)

Debra Doyle
Nicola Griffith
Amy Thomson
Martha Wells (bounced--have not given up yet though)
Catherine Asaro
Kate Elliott
Kathleen Ann Goonan
Shawna McCarthy
Caitlin Kiernan
Maureen McHugh
Cheryl Morgan
Nisi Shawl
Mary Doria Russell
Kage Baker (Almost everything. Her death earlier this year was very sad for me.)

Kelly Link
Nancy Springer
J. K. Rowling
Nalo Hopkinson (Salt Roads and Brown Girl in the Ring)
Ellen Klages (not sure why this counts as sci fi, but I enjoyed what seemed like fairly accurate historical fiction about the making of the bomb)

Tanarive Due
M. Rickert
Theodora Goss
Mary Anne Mohanraj
S. L. Viehl
Jo Walton
Kristine Smith
Deborah Layne
Cherie Priest
Wen Spencer
K. J. Bishop
Catherynne M. Valente (I hear good things)
Elizabeth Bear (I hear good things)
Ekaterina Sedia
Naomi Novik
Mary Robinette Kowal
Ann VanderMeer
Robin McKinley (Everything. Obsessively. In Hardcover.)
Suzanne Collins (Gregor and Hunger Games trilogy both)
Added: Justine Larbellessier (partner to Westerfeld of Uglies fame, which is how I heard of her. How to Ditch your Fairy and Liar are both great, but her trilogy went adult too quickly for me)
Added: Meredith Ann Pierce (odd beasts of novels. I quite like them even though they're a bit trashy)
Added: Tamora Pierce (terrible, but very popular and prolific)
Added: Sharon Shinn (She does several different sorts of sf very well--classic quest fantasy, ya fantasy, allegorical issue driven scifi among them)
Added: Patricia C. Wrede (Snow White and Rose Red remains a favourite. Edited by Windling.)
Added: Shannon Hale (y.a. fantasy novels Goose Girl and Book of a Thousand Days were both excellent good.)
Added: Frances Hardinge (Obsessed. Only has 3 novels out. 2 were brilliant and involved. The third was good, but not the same sort of beast)
Added: Pamela Dean (Obsessed. Own everything. Even before it came back into print. Tam Lin is the favourite)
Added: Mercedes Lackey (I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I've read them)
Added: Melanie Rawn (The Dragon Prince trilogy was a mainstay of my early teens)
Added: Kristen Cashore (Graceling and Fire were both brilliant recent reads)

*my qualifications for adding are more than one book or series in print
tea fiend
These are much less cute than Quatchi.

New London Olympic Mascots unveiled
tea fiend
30 March 2010 @ 09:31 pm
The trip today was officially really really long with minimal parent support. And no coffee.

I came back more than a little exhausted, but happy sushi tummy and happy tea making husband have convinced me that life is worth living once again.

BTW... have been reading a lot a lot lately. Here is a partial list:

The Magicians and Mrs. Quent--Mexico book 1: have recently heard the phrase fantasy of manners, which totally applies here. Deeply enthralling world creation and a very gradual reveal make me want a sequel with every fibre of my being. Highly recommended.

Beastly--Trashy gossip girl type version of Beauty and the Beast. Cute and not without redemptive features, which I'm sure will not be present in the upcoming movie. A good vacation read though.

Elantris--Orson Scott Card said this was the best fantasy novel written in years. I beg to differ. Do not recommend. Very Mary Sue, some neat world building in the background, but your main character can't be consistently righteous and clever and instantly charming to all she meets without it getting old after a while. At least this author did not manage to make that happen.

Tombstone--A Western fantasy novel based in Tombstone with Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp in the background. Quite quite good, but I think it might have even been better without the magicky bits. Quite liked the historical parts and need to read more about Doc Holliday, who seems to have been a fascinating character.

Salt: A History--Had been reading this before I left for Mexico, but left it at home. Neat to follow salt use through culture shifts and perspective changes around the world, though as with any focused monograph, sometimes I wanted to follow tangents more than the author.

Conspiracy of Kings--SqUEEE!!! Meghan Whalen Turner's 4th book in the Thief series. This is my new McKinley and I've been reading the first three over and over obsessively for the past couple of years now. The third especially, King of Attolia, is about marriage and coming into one's power, so it really resonates with me. Really, you need to read the Thief. Whoever you are. You need to read the Thief. It's brilliant because the story you think you're reading keeps shifting around on you, without any fakery on the author's part and Turner's just so skilled a storyteller. The newest installment tells Sounis's story and it shifts around quite a bit on you too. I read it in a single sitting, but it is not a short book.

Taken--Edward Bloor's latest. He does a lot of YA, which touches on interesting themes but still page turns. Not brilliant as Turner is, but competent and works for my class as our latest read aloud. Focuses on kidnapping and class struggle in a futuristic Florida.

True Adventures of a Part Time Indian--So inappropriate. So funny and dark and good. Have also recently read Flight by Sherman Alexie, which was a little more po-mo and therefore less to my particular tastes, but I think Alexie is a genuine talent and writes from a perspective I don't know a lot about (First Nations Author) and so will be looking out for more of his stuff. Not entirely something I'm comfortable with giving to the kids (mostly in case of parent blow back--the narrator is a 14 year old boy and there's lots of masturbation--I like it because it raises questions of homophobia and racism in realistic frames but there's a racist joke in there which genuinely shocked me).

The Shaman's Coat--Have just finished it this evening, having been glued to it all weekend. This is quick for me with non-fiction. Basically, it's about the different Aboriginal cultures native to Siberia. Lots of new information. Not enough pictures. Sounds like the author was given quite the runaround to get this written, since no one in Russia wants to talk about colonialism. Definitely a worthwhile read.
tea fiend
25 January 2010 @ 08:37 pm
Reply to this post, and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then repost this and spread the love.
tea fiend
17 December 2009 @ 07:16 pm
Have now commenced dancing to Christmas disco.

I'm not even going to try to sell you on ironic appreciation.

Srsly, what is wrong with me?

Whatever it is, I like it.
tea fiend
17 October 2009 @ 12:02 am
Something about the movie hit a nerve and I really really cried: heaving sobs, runny nose, totally embarrassing. Things that tell me love is possible despite difficulty will do this to me: forsaken lonely wandering is bleak, but I can handle it. Love redeemed? Self sacrificing and noble? Gets me every time.

My husband tucked his arm around me and stroked my back, and it was perfect. The smallest thing, but he really makes me feel so safe and loved. I feel so very blessed. (This probably did not help with the stopping of the crying but was wonderful all the same.).
tea fiend
30 August 2009 @ 07:54 pm
A list of the best 100 books of the 20th C. from Random Modern Libraries.
Bolded if I've read it. As the New Zealand library association I nicked this from said, it's interesting how Ameri-centric and how many repeat authors are on this list.

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Interesting how many I haven't read too. Only 24 to my count. (I think this speaks to how Anglo-centric my English degree actually was more than me not having read a lot of moderns.)
tea fiend
25 August 2009 @ 03:43 pm
I've been listening to the CBC all afternoon and they've played both Ron Sexsmith and Justin Rutledge. I either have really good luck or share excellent taste. We've been watching lots of movies and I've been reading lots of books. Only one for school so far (Understanding by Design, which is useful if boring and abstract). The rest is more interesting, below.

As usual, I'm scared about starting up another year and hopeful that it will come together. Fingers crossed for another amazing class.

Wired Magazine's profile of Craig and craigslist

Profile of various micronations

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tea fiend
12 August 2009 @ 10:33 pm
We just finished watching the Drew Barrymore/Jessica Lange biopic, Grey Gardens. For anyone who hasn't seen the original documentary, I'd recommend it. Ms. Havesham has nothing on the Beales. Basically, they began their lives as Park Avenue debs and wound up as crazy cat ladies: the media picked up on the story in the seventies because Big Edie and Little Edie were Jackie O's aunt and cousin respectively.

The movie attempts to uncover the backstory and find out some of the whys from the original film: how could they have fallen so far? How could they have wanted to live in such isolation and squalor? It's like watching a trainwreck you know is going to happen. Just decades of neglect and overspending and passive attempts to manipulate their circumstances that didn't ever work for long. Think cats and no cleaning for decades. It's no wonder the house was condemned--and yet they still refused to leave.

Clearly there are elements of batshit crazy, but it's complicated by the dynamics of the mother/daughter relationship, which is so hard to describe.

I'm going to watch the commentary tomorrow and see if that makes it any easier to talk about, because the movie and their relationship in particular hits me with such an emotional wallop, I don't know how to begin to process the thing. There are definitely elements of manipulation that are familiar to anyone I think with a big, close family, which are just taken to such perverted extremes.

And the lack of critical gaze also gets me: how could these people not see how they looked from the outside! Which is a lesson too--because you never see your own actions the way that outsiders do.