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Red Mars

May. 5th, 2008 09:46 pm
owl: Orange planet with moon. I think of it as Cyteen. (planet)
Bank Holiday. [livejournal.com profile] elerrina_amanya ran her leg of the marathon in 44 minutes.

I went for a long walk in the fields, and am reading Red Mars. I'd started it before, but I don't think I was in the right mood for it. The characters aren't that important, Mars is important. In fact at the minute I'm a little annoyed with the characters for having all these human concerns when they could be terraforming.
One of the pleasures of the Marlow novels for a lot of people seems to be finding that they share the characters' tastes in reading. There's only one book that I can remember that I read because I'd seen it mentioned—Brat Farrar, and I can see exactly why it's Ginty's sort of book; the situation is one she might romance about, and then there are the horses.

But when I first read the series, I was pleased to see that not only did Nicola read Hornblower and Lord Peter Wimsey, and dislike Dickens, all of which I also did, but that she and Lawrie had read The Flight of the Heron. I'd never met anyone, fictional or otherwise, who had also read it, apart from my mother and sister, and I was amazed (I still haven't met anyone else who's heard of it). Has anyone else had the same experience?
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These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand, and underline those you have no intention of reading (oursin's addition). The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book (that is, last time that the algorithm was done).

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (149)  
Anna Karenina (132)
Crime and  Punishment (121)
Catch-22 (117)
One Hundred Years  of Solitude (115)
Wuthering Heights (110)
The Silmarillion (104) Read more... )
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Aug. 18th, 2007 09:50 pm
owl: Stylized barn owl (Harry)
I saw somewhere that Diana Wynne Jones had been less than approving of Harry Potter, considering that Rowling had nicked her stuff. What was it though? What I think of as DWJ's motif—related parallel/alternate worlds—is absent from Harry Potter, and Harry's magic feels different, more codified.

Perhaps DWJ was reading the Draco Trilogy by mistake? She's really got a case there.
I'm happy, mostly.

SPOILERZ HEER )
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Carnegie and Newbery Prize winners, bolded where I've read them:


007 Meg Rosoff, Just in Case, Penguin
2005 Mal Peet, Tamar, Walker Books
2004 Frank Cottrell Boyce, Millions, Macmillan
2003 Jennifer Donnelly, A Gathering Light, Bloomsbury Children's Books
2002 Sharon Creech, Ruby Holler, Bloomsbury Children's Books
2001 Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Doubleday
2000 Beverley Naidoo, The Other Side of Truth, Puffin
1999 Aidan Chambers, Postcards From No Man's Land, Bodley Head
1998 David Almond, Skellig, Hodder Children's Books
1997 Tim Bowler, River Boy, OUP
1996 Melvin Burgess, Junk, Andersen Press
1995 Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights, Scholastic
1994 Theresa Breslin, Whispers in the Graveyard, Methuen
1993 Robert Swindells, Stone Cold, H Hamilton
1992 Anne Fine, Flour Babies, H Hamilton
1991 Berlie Doherty, Dear Nobody, H Hamilton
1990 Gillian Cross, Wolf, OUP
1989 Anne Fine, Goggle-eyes, H Hamilton
1988 Geraldine McCaughrean, A Pack of Lies, OUP
1987 Susan Price, The Ghost Drum, Faber
1986 Berlie Doherty, Granny was a Buffer Girl, Methuen
1985 Kevin Crossley-Holland, Storm, Heinemann
1984 Margaret Mahy, The Changeover, Dent
1983 Jan Mark, Handles, Kestrel

1982 Margaret Mahy, The Haunting, Dent
1981 Robert Westall, The Scarecrows, Chatto & Windus
1980 Peter Dickinson, City of Gold, Gollancz
1979 Peter Dickinson, Tulku, Gollancz
1978 David Rees, The Exeter Blitz, H Hamilton
1977 Gene Kemp, The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, Faber
1976 Jan Mark, Thunder and Lightnings, Kestrel
1975 Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners, Macmillan

1974 Mollie Hunter, The Stronghold, H Hamilton
1973 Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, Heinemann
1972 Richard Adams, Watership Down, Rex Collings
1971 Ivan Southall, Josh, Angus & Robertson
1970 Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen, The God Beneath the Sea, Longman
1969 Kathleen Peyton, The Edge of the Cloud, OUP
1968 Rosemary Harris, The Moon in the Cloud, Faber
1967 Alan Garner, The Owl Service, Collins
1966 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1965 Philip Turner, The Grange at High Force, OUP
1964 Sheena Porter, Nordy Bank, OUP
1963 Hester Burton, Time of Trial, OUP
1962 Pauline Clarke, The Twelve and the Genii, Faber
1961 Lucy M Boston, A Stranger at Green Knowe, Faber
1960 Dr I W Cornwall, The Making of Man, Phoenix House
1959 Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers, OUP
1958 Philipa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden, OUP
1957 William Mayne, A Grass Rope, OUP
1956 C S Lewis, The Last Battle, Bodley Head
1955 Eleanor Farjeon, The Little Bookroom, OUP
1954 Ronald Welch (Felton Ronald Oliver), Knight Crusader, OUP
1953 Edward Osmond, A Valley Grows Up
1952 Mary Norton, The Borrowers, Dent
1951 Cynthia Harnett, The Woolpack, Methuen
1950 Elfrida Vipont Foulds, The Lark on the Wing, OUP
1949 Agnes Allen, The Story of Your Home, Faber
1948 Richard Armstrong, Sea Change, Dent
1947 Walter De La Mare, Collected Stories for Children
1946 Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, University of London Press
1945 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1944 Eric Linklater, The Wind on the Moon, Macmillan
1943 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1942 'BB' (D J Watkins-Pitchford), The Little Grey Men, Eyre & Spottiswoode
1941 Mary Treadgold, We Couldn't Leave Dinah, Cape
1940 Kitty Barne, Visitors from London, Dent
1939 Eleanor Doorly, Radium Woman, Heinemann
1938 Noel Streatfeild, The Circus is Coming, Dent
1937 Eve Garnett, The Family from One End Street, Muller
1936 Arthur Ransome, Pigeon Post, Cape


Newbery Medal
2007: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan (Simon & Schuster/Richard Jackson)
2006: Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)
2005: Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
2004:The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, SomeSoup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)
2003: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi (Hyperion Books for Children)
2002: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park(Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin)
2001: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (Dial)
2000: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Delacorte)
1999: Holes by Louis Sachar (Frances Foster)
1998: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Scholastic)
1997: The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg (Jean Karl/Atheneum)
1996: The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman (Clarion)
1995: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins)
1994: The Giver by Lois Lowry(Houghton)
1993: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant (Jackson/Orchard)
1992: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Atheneum)
1991: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Little, Brown)
1990: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Houghton)
1989: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman (Harper)
1988: Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Clarion)
1987: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (Greenwillow)
1986: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Harper)
1985: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley (Greenwillow)
1984: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (Morrow)
1983: Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt (Atheneum)
1982: A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (Harcourt)
1981: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)
1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos (Scribner)
1979: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Dutton)
1978: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Crowell)
1977: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (Dial)
1976: The Grey King by Susan Cooper (McElderry/Atheneum)
1975: M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton (Macmillan)
1974: The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox (Bradbury)
1973: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Harper)
1972: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien (Atheneum)
1971: Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars (Viking)
1970: Sounder by William H. Armstrong (Harper)
1969: The High King by Lloyd Alexander (Holt)
1968: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (Atheneum)
1967: Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt (Follett)
1966: I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (Farrar)
1965: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska (Atheneum)
1964: It's Like This, Cat by Emily Neville (Harper)
1963: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (Farrar)
1962: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1961: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (Houghton)
1960: Onion John by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell)
1959: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (Houghton)
1958: Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith (Crowell)
1957: Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen (Harcourt)
1956: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (Houghton)
1955: The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong (Harper)
1954: ...And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold (Crowell)
1953: Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark (Viking)
1952: Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (Harcourt)
1951: Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates (Dutton)
1950: The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli (Doubleday)
1949: King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry (Rand McNally)
1948: The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois (Viking)
1947: Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (Viking)
1946: Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (Lippincott)
1945: Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson (Viking)
1944: Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Houghton)
1943: Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray (Viking)
1942: The Matchlock Gun by Walter Edmonds (Dodd)
1941: Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry (Macmillan)
1940: Daniel Boone by James Daugherty (Viking)
1939: Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright (Rinehart)
1938: The White Stag by Kate Seredy (Viking)
1937: Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (Viking)
1936: Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink (Macmillan)
1935: Dobry by Monica Shannon (Viking)
1934: Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women by Cornelia Meigs (Little, Brown)
1933: Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Lewis (Winston)
1932: Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer (Longmans)
1931: The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth (Macmillan)
1930: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field (Macmillan)
1929: The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly (Macmillan)
1928: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji (Dutton)
1927: Smoky, the Cowhorse by Will James (Scribner)
1926: Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman (Dutton)
1925: Tales from Silver Lands by Charles Finger (Doubleday)
1924: The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes (Little, Brown)
1923: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting (Stokes)
1922: The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon (Liveright)


Obviously all the libraries I went to had got their stock in the Seventies so the darkest bit's there in stead of the Eighties and early Ninties when I was actually doing the reading. I copied this from [livejournal.com profile] legionseagle complete with the HTML, and I think I only had to change one of the Newberry winners, but a lot of the Carnegies. It seems that only a certain set of the American books made it over here and into school libraries (also the Newbery likes Welsh-ish fantasy).
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I am rather chuffed to notice that Children of Hurin has made the Tesco's value books list. A mythological tale by an author who's been dead for 30 years. I suppose it might be the incest factor.

I happened to be in the children's section of Waterstone's the other day and the done thing is to cash in on Harry Potter—2/3 of the books are about magic. Hardly an issue novel in sight. This started me thinking a bit: loads and loads of children's fantasy, but very little children's sf. Are children just not considered capable of understanding enough science to make it worthwhile?

A couple of quick recs:

[livejournal.com profile] matril ponders common complaints about the SW prequels.

Back to Where You Once Belonged, DW fic by [livejournal.com profile] sensiblecat. One of the best fics I've read about the Doctor and Martha stranded in 1969. Just enough angst, and a great Martha.

And then came 1969, and suddenly there was absolutely no money, and more time than they knew what to do with.

[livejournal.com profile] significantowl has Ten/Martha recs here.
I read the Chrestomanci series when I was younger and have just rediscovered it again. I have a couple of questions:

Spoilers for Witch Week, The Lives of Christopher Chant, and (slightly) Stealer of Souls )
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May. 31st, 2007 04:49 pm
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I'm reading Howl's Moving Castle (again), and I've noticed a slight resemblance between Howl and a Heyer hero. Read more... )
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May. 16th, 2007 09:26 pm
owl: Northern Ireland from orbit (home)
I'm reading at the minute Rosemary Sutcliff's series of novels set in Roman Britain (starting with The Eagle of the Ninth). I'm going slowly through Frontier Wolf at the minute, because next after that is The Lantern Bearers and, ow!

Incidentally, it was only this evening that I finally made the connection between the cognomen Aquila and the big birds stuck up on the poles. I haven't the slightest excuse for it, seeing as the characters repeatedly refer to the Legions as the Eagles, and I had explicitly made the connection between 'Aquila' and the family nose. :)

I don't seem have a suitable icon for this, really; I'm using Ireland, north because it has a few bits of Britian showing at the sides.

Also, is [livejournal.com profile] coughingbear ok?
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Note to self: When looking for a bit of reading before bed, you have to be insane to go for Cyteen.

I think it was the first Cherryh I ever read. Naturally I hadn't a clue what was going on until about halfway through. Every time I go back to it I cotton on to something else I missed on previous readings, and stuff I'd forgotten in between.

Sometimes I lift my head and go, "These people are designing psyches?! But they're all completely insane!" And if I'm reading late at night when it's quiet, I can start to think that the book itself is quietly reaching into my subconsciousness and rearranging stuff...
January seems to have been my month for first-contact novels. I have been reading other books, but none I feel like reviewing.

His Majesty's Starship by Ben Jeapes (published in America as The Ark)

Spoilers for His Majesty's Starship )


Learning the World: A Novel of First Contact by Ken McLeod


Spoilers for Learning the World )

I'm also reading Singularity Sky by Charles Stross, but I keep being interrupted and losing the thread of the story, so I have to backtrack a few scenes.
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Aug. 3rd, 2006 08:47 pm
owl: Orange planet with moon. I think of it as Cyteen. (planet)
I bought a second-hand copy of Dune in a second-hand bookshop today, with a rather yukky maroon cover, but what can you expect for a couple of quid? My previous copy unaccountably disappeared a year or two ago. It had a musty, cinnomon-y smell that I associated with the story; it's what spice smells like, to me.

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Jul. 29th, 2006 04:57 pm
owl: Keira Knightley (keira)
I've noticed that there are several pairs of Georgette Heyer's books that have similar plotlines and characters; Lady of Quality and Black Sheep; April Lady and The Convenient Marriage, and Charity Girl and Sprig Muslin.

I suppose she wrote so many books that she was bound to reuse elements. Does anyone have a distinct preference for one out of a pair over the other, or discovered any more similar ones?
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Jun. 16th, 2006 01:32 pm
owl: pretty pretty books (books)
Normally I would view a book with pink edges to its pages, that had been recommended by Richard and Judy, as one to avoid, but not The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice. I'm not sure why I picked it up in the first place, but I read a few pages and was hooked. And it was only £3 and something, so I somehow was compelled to carry ti to the counter...
I've just finished it. It's sweet and funny and a little sad. It's rather in the mold of I Capture the Castle—about love and growing up, and very English—although set 20 years later. I wonder if the author has read it....
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I've decided that I ought to read a few more of the SF classics, so I've got Ringworld and Ender's Game out of the library, as well as Cryptonomicon and a couple of things by someone called Alistair Reynolds because you can have 6 out at once.

My sister [livejournal.com profile] elerrina_amanya has now reached Borders of Infinity on her trek through the Vokosigan Saga (I think she started with Warrior's Apprentice, though). Revision, who needs it?

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Mar. 6th, 2006 07:16 pm
owl: Orion Nebula hi-res by HST (science)
I picked up The Mote in God's Eye from a second-hand bookshop. I'd seen it around before, but the odd title put me off. So far it seems good—Royal Navy in space, strange object to be investigated, crew with strong humorous Scottish accents. I'm beginning to see why this site makes fun of Neofeudalism and Empires in Space—they seem to turn up fairly frequently.

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