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Rowdy Celtic rock band Dust Rhinos have their albums up on cdbaby at $5 each to download. If you're missing any, it's the best way to fill the gap.

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After many years of talking about this story, I finally found it online. It's very short; wherever one stands on the discussion spectrum, this is a fun story to read.

If they implemented this, I don't know if it'd work or not, but it'd sure be fun to see them try. It's by Jack C. Haldeman II.
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Because the [personal profile] filkferengi just had to share the love. Note: all of these albums are on bandcamp, which means you can listen to the whole thing for free before buying, if you want to. [If you run the cursor over the song title, a link to lyrics frequently appears on the right.]

Amanda Palmer did an album with her dad. The whole album's $1.

The PDX Broadsides have a new album. These folks are funny!

Emily Holbert also has some good stuff. This album includes her recording of her own song "The Maiden And The Selkie" which was so gorgeously covered by Heather Dale [ or - with lyrics]

Now, *that*'s a message we can all approve of!

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Had y'all seen this? [link via]
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Here's a link to an excellent concert by two of my favorite bands:

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Saddle up with Sir Patrick in the best infomercial ever! Also, it's for a good cause. We just wish the rest of the ad were real.
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January, 2016
Seanan McGuire--”The Ghosts Of Bourbon Street” [reread]
Seanan McGuire--”Snake In The Glass”
Georgette Heyer--The Toll Gate [reread]
Lea Wait--Shadows At The Fair
Catherine McLean--”The Garden Door”
Tamora Pierce--Melting Stones [reread--Mark Reads]
Terry Pratchett--Men At Arms [reread--Mark Reads]
Lea Wait--Shadows On The Coast Of Maine
Sharon Lee--”The Wolf’s Bride”
Catherine McLean--”The Girl, The Gold, & The Goblins”
Eva Gates--By Book Or By Crook
Melissa Marr--”The Maiden Thief”

February, 2016
Krista Davis--Murder, She Barked
Nora Roberts--Risky Business
Aaron Allston--”Demonized”
Tel--”The Short Victorious Vor” [Miles/Honor Harrington fic]
Garth Nix--Newt’s Emerald
Catherine McLean--”Clemenceau In The Underworld”
Catherine McLean--”Saint Denis And The Basil”
Barbara Ross--Clammed Up
Lois McMaster Bujold--Gentleman Jole And The Red Queen
Elliott James--Charming
Catherine McLean--”Sempre Camellia”
Seanan McGuire--”Swamp Bromeliad”
Sharon Lee--”Will-o’-The-Wisp”
Catherine McLean--”Collaborations [Pasteur]”
Seanan McGuire--”Velveteen Vs. The Consequences Of Her Actions”
Lois McMaster Bujold--Gentleman Jole And The Red Queen [reread]

This year started a trend that has continued: I'm reading lots of short fiction. There's some fan fiction and lots of original fiction, mostly friends or from Novels tend to be mostly mystery or science fiction/fantasy. That much author awesome augurs auspiciously. [weg]
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"Wise Child," a Liaden novelette by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, is now live. It starts on the front page, or you can read the whole thing here:
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While not always the book I'd have recommended by these particular authors, it's a very fine assemblage indeed.

Who are your favorite authors? Which book[s] by them would y'all recommend?
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New York Review of Science Fiction #330, the David Hartwell memorial issue, is free to download [in pdf, epub, & mobi] here:
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After 20+ years of monthly booksales, the local library system got a new director who cut the Friends back to 3 sales a year. To fill this social void, I started checking out sales in neighboring counties. Both Fulton & DeKalb counties have over 30 branches each, each with its own sales. I checked out a good many the last couple of years, & am still on the mailing list for several.

So, I get an email from the Toco Hills library saying, come to our book-sorting party, before the big sale in May. I think, why not? The catch is, it's 5-7 p.m., across town, at the worst traffic time of day. But I kind of want to go. I'm thinking, why not get there early, grub down, & then frolic at the library? With ze spouse at spring training [Chaucer in Spring hath naught on my hunky hubby for langen to goon on pilgrimagen--especially with baseball.], there's no time pressure.

While looking at the map for eating places, I notice it's near the Book Nook [used book store]. This is starting to look like an outing! Best of all, there's a Cici's [pizza buffet] right on the way.

I have several outlets for things to leave the house. There's the Interfilk box, the swapping piles, and the going-away stacks. I packed 2 banker's boxes with books & cds from the going-away area and headed out. Traffic was pretty good, so I reached the pizza place at 3:30. Call it an hour to grub down [with a good book] & 30 minutes to get to the library [traffic].

Arriving right on time [yay, me!], we all get to work right away. There were multiple carts piled high with sturdy tray-boxes that had to be sorted into categories. They'd already set up multiple rows of alphabetized categories, but they were all on the floor. Iow, lots of bending, stooping, & lifting. My back loveth me not, but volunteers get a few free books. I found some cds for me & some books for ze spouse. Good chats & hard work, but I'd not exactly call it a "party"; there weren't even donuts, let alone beverages.

Then came the bookstore. I hauled in the heavy boxes, feeling smug about getting rid of so much clutter. To my chagrin, when they were finally done, most of my stuff was back in the boxes. I was stuck with lots of stuff, & meager trade-credits [which can only be used for limited things]. Worst of all, there was a box labeled "Bluegrass Blowout." Thinking there'd be big discounts, I found lots of things to want, only to find out that there were no discounts at all. Now, I like lots of things, but not enough to pay $8-$9 for used cds. The whole wall labeled "discounts" weren't, either. No thanks to the signage, I eventually found the discount stuff & even found some interesting things, but it was still frustrating and disappointing.

It's a thing I get from my mama: rip me off if you must, but don't lie to me. I'd been so excited, & I did enjoy some things about the afternoon, but it was still a big let-down, to drag home, worn out, with feet hurting & a spasming back, only to still have to drag the heavy boxes right back in & unpack them. I left that for today, when my back was still stiff, but much better [triple ibuprofen, ftw!].

These folks need to learn words, though. If you're going to "party", "trade", or "discount", then rock that. But if you're not, don't call it that. You'll avoid alienating a lot of folks that way. And some of us are pretty vocal. Good or bad, we'll broadcast that experience all over town [& some internet].

I was too tired to use the [few] book-credits last night, so that's an opportunity for an outing with a friend or ze spouse. That'll be something to look forward to. Why, yes, I *did* imprint on Pollyanna at a young age; why do you ask?

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An older friend recently shared some of her de-cluttering woes. This was my reply.

Thank you for your frank sharing of your collecting and de-cluttering woes. Your efforts give me inspiration to renew my own. The older I get, the more I count opportunity cost: one day to read a book, another to get caught on what I got behind on while reading the book. If each book I read is going to cost two days of my life, then it had better be worthwhile. I'm stacked spouse-higher in places, with books that are perfectly interesting, but which I'm not likely to be able to get to. Hence the increased de-cluttering urgency. My house needs excavating every 5-10 years, whether I like it or not.

And I mostly don't [either do, or like the doing]. In spite of ze spouse's support [enthusiastic volunteering to rent fleet of U-Haul trucks ;)], it's hard to let go. We hoarders see things in layers of time. There's the past, emotional associations, the present satisfaction at hoarding a treasure, and the future possibilities of something being useful. Last month, I went through the mystery section & got rid of at least 10 feet that I hadn't read in several years & wasn't likely to get [back] to.

Full of smug, self-satisfaction, I turned to the science fiction section, and ... ground to a halt, like spinning wheels in clogging sand. I finally figured out why. Although I read more mysteries these days [especially cosies with punny titles & cats on the covers], my primary identification is as an sf fan. It's primordial, from reading Lester Del Rey & Rip Foster in 4th grade. Getting rid of sf isn't a light twinge, like mystery; it's deep gouging, worse even than peeling a sunburn too early.

It still needs doing, of course; I'm close to getting claustrophic in my own house, which is just silly. I don't want to just throw things at the thrift stores; rather like pets, I want to send my friends off to good homes. Right when I'm in this mode, the Georgia Tech library [where I sent several truckloads in the last purge, 10 years ago] is closed for renovations for the next 2-3 years. So, I do the swap-site thing [, et. al.], but that gets expensive, with all the shipping.

As Yul Brynner said in "The King And I," "Is a puzzlement." But we persevere.


So, how are y'all getting on with your domestic de-cluttering endeavors?
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I surprised my headbanging, hunky hubby with a new cd. It's by a group called Hayseed Dixie. The album is "Kiss My Grass: a Hillbilly Tribute To KISS." The very first track I played him off it was:

So. Deliciously. Wrong. The look on his face when *those* sounds came out was absolutely priceless.

Tee hee hee.

Our new cat

Mar. 1st, 2016 10:20 pm
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They misspelled her name; she's a cat, not a turkey. Still, she's a stroppy sheila, rubbing on everyone & everything, getting used to us & settling in.
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via the Bujold list:

with lots of downloading options!

Now I'm hearing "Feelin' Pulpy" [to the tune of "Feelin' Groovy"].
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There're some interesting insights in here:
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From: Lois McMaster Bujold
Subject: [LMB] GURPS Vorkosigan up in e-format.

GURPS Vorkosigan up in e-format --

I am pleased to report that the GURPS Vorkosigan roleplaying sourcebook
is once again available in e-format. The PDF may be purchased here:

Pass the word (and the link) to your gamer friends...

Ta, Lois.
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Steve Brust says it's all Emma Bull's fault.
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November, 2015
Tamora Pierce--The Will Of The Empress [reread--Mark Reads]
Marissa Lingen--”Points Of Origin”
Elizabeth Bear--”This Chance Planet”
Daniel Polanski & Lawrence M. Schoen--”A Kippled Meal”
Carlie St. George--”The Case Of The Bloody Little Slipper”
Geoff Johns--Justice League Volume 1: Origin
Marie Brennan--The Voyage Of ‘The Basilisk’
Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire--Leif The Lucky
Mme. La Comtesse d’Aulnoy--The White Cat
Georgette Heyer--The Unknown Ajax [reread]
Seanan McGuire--”The Opening Band”
Ursula Vernon--”Toad Words”
Deborah Blake--Wickedly Dangerous
Mary Jo Putney--Carousel Of Hearts

December, 2015
Terry Pratchett--Lords And Ladies [reread--Mark Reads]
Mary Jo Putney--The Bargain
Seanan McGuire--”Fiber” [Fighting Pumpkins story]
Geoff Johns--Justice League Volume 2: The Villain’s Journey
Wilanne Schneider Belden--Mind-Call [reread]
Ursula Vernon--”The Sea Witch Sets The Record Straight”
Oscar Wilde--”The Fisherman And His Soul”
Kim Stanley Robinson--”Oral Argument”
Katharine Kerr--”Leaf” [Nola O’Grady story]
Mary Jo Putney--One Perfect Rose [reread]
Brian Stavely--”The Log Goblin”
Georgette Heyer--A Civil Contract [reread]
Charles Dickens--”A Christmas Carol” [read by Neil Gaiman]
Deborah Blake--Wickedly Wonderful
Debbie Macomber--Dashing Through The Snow
Noelle Stevenson--Nimona
Jim C. Hines--”Crimson Frost”
Seanan McGuire--”Velveteen Presents Action Dude Vs. Doing The Right Thing”
Barbara Bretton--Just Desserts [reread]

Lots of short stories this time, most either by Seanan or from, along with just a sprinkling of romance, something I hadn't read in quite a while. Over the year, I also read lots of graphic novels. Thank goodness for libraries; I'd have neither the cash nor the space for all the good things without them [& their booksales].

What have y'all read that was new or unusual for you?
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