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I went to B&N yesterday looking for Bird by Bird, and found not only that but three new books by two of my favorite authors. A new Valdemar book and a book of three novellas by Mercedes Lackey (including a new Diana Tregard story!) and a new one by Sharon Shinn. Autobuys in other words.

I read the Valdemar book last night, and early morning hehe. It wasn't her best in that world, although not her worst.(By the Sword is probably her best Valdemar novel, the Owl Flight series by far her worst) I would say that it's about as good as Arrows of the Queen and seems to deal with some of the same issues... definitely a bit juvenile. But whatever, it's Valdemar! There are pretty white talking horses! Yay!

One funny thing, the main character is drafted to be on a team for a new game that's like part capture the flag, part polo, and part Crucible (BTW, Sis actually like the Crucible... the drill sergeants don't yell at you during it and are instead rather helpful. Oh, and one of Sis's battalion-mates did the whole thing on two broken feet). Anyway, the team captian? A rather spunky girl named Gennie. Who wanted to name the team 'Gennie's Gryphons'. And the team color is red.

Yeah.

Mercedes Lackey, I realize you are a massive Harry Potter fangirl, but really? REALLY?

At least Harry, Ron, and Hermione weren't there. Unless Pip is someone we're supposed to know.
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OMG I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE TO HATE THIS BOOK!

And yes, the Black Jewels Trilogy really is as bad as that review makes it out to be. If anything, it's worse.

Also, get a look at the flamewar in the comments. Unfunny_fandom material for sure if it wasn't so old.
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MY COMPUTER IS BACK!!!111!1



I feel like I've regained a limb or something. Yay.

Um, they apparently replaced the LCD and baseplate, and a few other odds and ends. THey did NOT do anything to the messed up USB port, maybe they didn't notice it. I haven't plugged anything into it to see if it overloads and shuts down my computer, though, so I don't know if they fixed it some other way.

The screen is a bit wonky and all stretched out looking, but I think I can fix it by messing with the settings. I'm too lazy to do it at the moment, though.

While my computer was gone I fed my addiction by using the machines at the library (and 120 minutes doesn't seem like such a long time there) and reading Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, which is so entertaining that I was only mildly relieved about 312 pages into it the plot arrived, or a little less then a quarter of the way into it. Dad would probably love it.
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Namely Young!Byakuya?


There Be Spoilers )

In other news, I just finished Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Normally I'm not into Science Fiction, specially cyberpunk (which is odd because I love it in anime/manga form) but this is a really, really good book. It has EVERYTHING, hackers and and computer viruses that trigger human viruses and cyborg dogs and skaters and Summarian legends and weird religions and shit, and it's wonderful. I loved the characters, all of them (which is unusual for me, generally I find most protagonists in sci-fi novels to be unlikable). And the main character's name left me LOLing (which I'm sure was the author's intent, either that or groaning in horror at the pun) Hiro Protagonist. Hiro is fucking A+. He's a hacker. He's the World's Greatest Swordsman (at least on the web)(actually, he's pretty good in Real Life too). Quintin Tarentino should make it into a movie. Neil Gaimen should write the script.

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