such_heights: willow and tara holding hands and doing magic (btvs: willow/tara)
Got tagged for a meme where you post three happy things a day for five days. Let's do it!

+ Ah, Sunday. Laundry on, drinking coffee, deciding whether I want to vid or play some Mass Effect. Later I will watch Doctor Who. :D

+ We have finally got around to watching Sleepy Hollow as a household. It's so delightful, as you all said ages back. We will be watching the finale tonight, I am very excited. It is so refreshing to watch a show, especially a show in this particular genre and based on this particular story, in which they have their one token white dude and then the rest of the world of the show is absolutely stuffed full with women and people of colour and people with disabilities and sometimes people who are all of the above (Macey's the best), and it does my heart good. I love all of the dynamics between Ichabod and Abbie and Jenny and Frank, and Ichabod vs. the 21st century is my favourite thing.

+ Off on holiday in two weeks, yayyy! [personal profile] happydork and I are going to go and lie on a beach in Spain for a week and do as little as humanly possible, it's going to be amazing.

What I would like to do while I'm there is do lots of reading! I just read and adored Ancillary Justice and have suddenly remembered that I like reading things that aren't fanfic sometimes. I would love some book recs! Looking for recent-ish stuff that is some or all of the following:

- scifi/fantasy/speculative
- has interesting, prominent female characters
- generally set in a world with a diverse population rather than just all straight white people all the time
- anything with robots or f/f romance
- available as an ebook is a bonus
- dislikes: bleakness, dead queers, graphic violence, noncon, zombies
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (stock: books)
Writing this so I can pretend like I've done something with the past hour other than sitting here refreshing Karen Gillan's twitter feed while she does a Q&A. (SHE'S SO CUTE!)

What I've read:

So I bought myself an ereader for my birthday last week because for all that TV and fanfic are worthy pursuits, I'm rubbish at fitting in any of the many novels I would also like to read! Having a shiny new toy has helped.

ANYWAY. Recently I have read:

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. Which, predictably, I loved! Polly was a great protagonist and I enjoyed the gentle queerness of it all, not to mention the stealth Bechdel Test-passing.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. About a decade after everyone else. Although I hadn't seen the film either I feel like I'd picked up most of the plot of this via fandom. So it didn't surprise me too much but it was gripping anyway. And Katniss and Peeta both hit some of my favourite character archetype buttons really hard, so that helped. <3

What I'm reading:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I know far less about the rest of the trilogy so I'm finding this hard to put down, which is a problem on public transport occasionally. >.>

KATNISS! PEETA! *meeps* *goes back to reading*

What I'll read next:

Well, Mockingjay, because omg I must know what happens. (No spoilers, please!) And I have also picked up Neil Gaiman's new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, so that'll be next.
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (stock: books)
I have a bunch of shiny-looking books to dive into now that I've finished my Masters and actually have time to read novels again. These are all sitting on my to-read shelf: what should I read first?

In the case of Left Hand of Darkness it's sort of a reread - I skim-read it very quickly for a book group once but honestly couldn't tell you much about the second half of the book and need to rectify this.

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What should I read next?

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The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
23 (46.9%)

Swordspoint - Ellen Kushner
18 (36.7%)

The Persian Boy - Mary Renault
12 (24.5%)

Spirit - Gwyneth Jones
1 (2.0%)



Elaboration in comments welcome!

Also, heads up: the next London Collectormania is the first weekend of October and has a bunch of cool people as guests. Including Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Caitlin Blackwood, Eve Myles, Joe Flanigan, Evanna Lynch, Diana Rigg, John Hurt and Armin Shimmerman. Full list and other details here. This is ameliorating my happy envy at reading all of your awesome Dragon*Con reports. That and having just booked tickets to see Arthur's Doctor Faustus at the Globe next week. \o/
such_heights: appa in the desert (avatar: appa)
While I fret over watching the NY Senate live stream as they vote on same-sex marriage in the state, [personal profile] were_duck gave me some more questions:

includes spoilers for Doctor Who 6x07 )

memery!

Jun. 17th, 2011 10:29 pm
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (who: amy [meet tardis])
Questions from [personal profile] pocky_slash:

questions! spoilers for Doctor Who 6x07 )

From [personal profile] lovelythings:

questions! )

Let me know if you'd like some questions of your own!
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (stock: books)
The book I am reading:

Academically: The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal, approx. one million journal articles on international criminal law, democratic theory, feminist philosophy, etc.

Recreationally: when I am post this particular deadline, Un Lun Dun by China Miéville is sitting on my bedside table.

The book I am writing:

Ahahaha. Yeah, ask me again when I graduate?

The book I love most:

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. After all this time, it's still got a hold on me in ways few other books quite manage.

The last book I received as a gift:

Avatar: the Last Airbender: The Art of the Animated Series by Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, from my dad at Christmas. IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL OMG. *_*

The last book I gave as a gift:

Funny you should mention that! I am giving away a whole bunch of books RIGHT NOW, details just below.

The nearest book on my desk:

International Law, edited by Malcolm D. Evans.

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So yes, book giveaway! In the UK they're launching World Book Night this year, and have had a million special editions of 25 different books printed to ship out to volunteers to give away. How could I resist?

To that end, I have 48 copies of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas that are looking for good homes! I am very happy to send them anywhere, but please note that I can't pay for posting & packaging, so this is possibly not particularly cost-effective if you're overseas. (The Royal Mail Price Finder can help you out if you want to know how much it would cost - the book weighs about 300 grams.)

I am also happy to save a copy for you if I will be seeing you in person over the next few months at Vidukon, Diacon or other fannish events.

They're nice editions, and also have a slip in the back where I'll be putting in information for BookCrossing, which is cool. It's a great book - not without flaws, but what is, and it's got many elements in it that will appeal to fannish sensibilities, I think. It certainly continues to appeal to mine, and I've read it many times now.

If you'd like one, just leave a comment saying so, or email me at such.heights at gmail. They are taking over my kitchen omg, send help!
such_heights: amy and rory looking at a pile of post (m: katie [glasses])
+ In department of 'omg this had better be a totally unfounded rumour': Fox to commission a RTD-penned US remake of Torchwood? WHAT. And I am just not thinking about how I would feel if it did turn out that RTD did indeed blow up his old show then go and make a brand new shiny one. May this never come to pass!

+ In happier news, [livejournal.com profile] queerlit50 is starting up, similar to [livejournal.com profile] 50books_poc. Read some queer authors! Tell me about them! :D My reading list for the next few weeks includes Sarah Waters' Fingersmith, Mary Renault's The Persian Boy, and Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint, so I will probably chat about those over there.

+ Also, [personal profile] oxoniensis's ninth porn battle is taking prompts.

+ eta: Also! The [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti auction closes in just over 24 hours. There's a lot of things still available over there very reasonably, and everything's all listed and indexed so it's easy to find something you might like.

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