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29 April 2007 @ 03:19 pm
I'm about 3/4 of the way through Hammered and I'm really enjoying it. I can't wait to get to the next 2 books.
Current Mood: amused
28 April 2007 @ 07:57 pm
I have just realised that Carnival, along with the Jenny books, are available at Fictionwise. Yes, I am slow :)

I already have ebook versions of the Jenny books, but I had thought the others were only available as dead trees and hence not accessible to me. I am very much overjoyed at being wrong!

Purposes of this post are multiple:

1. Yay for ebooks!

2. Dear worlds, Elizabeth Bear books available at Fictionwise. Love, Ricky.

3. I didn't have a Fictionwise account before, and they seem to allow coupons to be given. While I wait for my Paypal money to get there, does anyone have a spare coupon? Funds are especially tight - the modem died this week, and some things can't wait until you save up *wry grin*

4. Are any of the other books out there hiding from me in ebook form? Must have more!

[Please excuse mistakes/brevity, typed via on-screen keyboard due to disability]
Current Mood: chipper
15 December 2006 @ 11:19 pm
Ok, throwing random thoughts out there - or rather, out here - for discussion, whenever any/everyone gets around to it:

If you don't already get that this is going to be spoiler-heavy, then you're taking up too much space ...Collapse )

That's all I've got for now. Feel free to roll your own.

*largely because they get that violence, even in their own defense, often paints a revenge bullseye on their backs. However, on the rare occasions when they do go that route, they do so with massively disproportionate overkill.

**by hitching their fortunes to yours, forcibly if need be.
Current Music: Shakira - Las de la Intuición
29 November 2006 @ 05:10 pm
You'd think a community with upwards of 40 members and so much interesting subject matter to discuss would be livelier than this.

Which of course is why I ask, what the fuck? Where are all you people?
Current Mood: None
Current Music: None.
22 September 2006 @ 12:03 am
Ms. Bear. May the coming year bring you happiness and health and all that attends them.
Current Mood: chipper
02 August 2006 @ 08:53 pm
Hi, everyone! This is my first post to this community. Following a suggestion by matociquala, I am crossposting my review of her latest book Blood & Iron, a fantasy novel of anagogic proportions. If you haven't already read this ... what, you haven't? And you call yourself a fan? Get thee hence!


(Note: in the following review, I am choosing my words and my capitalizations with extreme care. There are reasons for this.)


Dear Elizabeth Bear,
I have not read fantasy in five years* - and now I know why. For you see, I was waiting for this. I earlier described your book (henceforth referred to as B & I) as being like a dark, bloody fruit or something like that. Eh. Close enough. The point is that it's rich, dark, textured, rhythmic, lyrical, dense ohmygod so dense; beneath a lesser pen, this book would have been 3000 pages of sparse shite. I knowed you was a good scifi writer; how was I supposed to know you were a great fantasy writer as well?

Here There be Spoilers. Arrr ...Collapse )

Yours fannishly,
Chinedum Ofoegbu.

*well, except for the second R. Scott Bakker Prince of Nothing book and that doesn't count because I just started it and ... phew. Shutting up now.

**The first ten times I looked that double-page spread, my eyes and brain physically hurt. Yesyes, it was psychosomatically-induced temporary synaesthesia but the effect remains valid. Doesn’t happen any more though
Current Mood: inordinately pleased
Current Music: Garmarna - The Robber
08 July 2006 @ 01:00 pm

Stephen Hawking has a question for you

'How can human race survive?' astrophysicist asks on Web site
Friday, July 7, 2006; Posted: 7:27 p.m. EDT (23:27 GMT)

Seems like the Jenny Casey Trilogy might be part of the "answer"  FWIW

15 December 2005 @ 08:20 am
What NPR calls 'Driveway Moments,' I suppose. Only I don't read and drive. And if I'm reading in the passenger seat, I can walk up to the house still reading, if need be. :->

That said, which bits of Bear's writing cause you to stop and stare at them, and (a) giggle, (b) cry, (c) marvel, (d) other? You'll know 'em when you see 'em.

Illustrative example: I just got to the scene in Worldwired (p.198 in the aqua hymnal) containing the sentence, "I remember the good old days, when the recipient got to decide where her fucking e-mail went." As a former internet tech-support-tron, married to a sysadmin, I just had to giggle and GIGGLE and giggle. And read it to my husband. And giggle. And then I saw it was email from a dead man and the giggles were sucked out of me like smoke in Backdraft, and suddenly I felt like crying right along with Casey.

Hooyeah. Although even just the first part qualifies it for mention here. :-> Another, less wrenching example:
(T)here are a few dozen people in the glass-walled booths over our heads providing simultaneous translation on multiple-language channels, and I can access any one of them on my ear clip with a glance at a menu. I'm listening in French, because the interpreter has a sexy dark-chocolate voice and I like his Parisian accent better than the harsh midwestern drawl of the Chinese-to-English translator -- who is getting a workout today.

So, I showed you mine -- what're yours?
11 December 2005 @ 12:53 pm
It has to happen sooner or later, so why not start this community off right.

Which actors/actresses do you see for which characters? In your head (meaning from any time past or present), or current stars should Hollywood ever buy the rights?

[And for the squee, which characters would most suit David McCallum or Robert Vaughn?]