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November 2014 MobileRead Book Club Vote
Help us choose a book as the November 2014 eBook for the MobileRead Book Club. The poll will be open for 5 days. There will be no runoff vote unless the voting results a tie, in which case there will be a 3 day run-off poll. This is a visible poll: others can see how you voted. It is You may cast a vote for each book that appeals to you.

We will start the discussion thread for this book on November 20th. Select from the following Official Choices with three nominations each:

Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
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From Amazon (some possible plot spoilers?):

They are the "Others," an ancient race of supernatural beings—magicians, shape-shifters, vampires, and healers—who live among us. Human born, they must choose a side to swear allegiance to—the Dark or the Light—when they come of age.

For a millennium, these opponents have coexisted in an uneasy peace, enforced by defenders like the Night Watch, forces of the Light who guard against the Dark. But prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will arise to spark a cataclysmic war. ...

The Bat by Jo Nesbø
Amazon US / Google / Kobo / Overdrive
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Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.

Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
Amazon US / Overdrive
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From Amazon:

In this hyperkinetic and relentlessly inventive novel, Japan’s most popular (and controversial) fiction writer hurtles into the consciousness of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World draws readers into a narrative particle accelerator in which a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to dazzling effect. What emerges is simultaneously cooler than zero and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously funny and deeply serious meditation on the nature and uses of the mind.

The Iron King by Maurice Druon
Amazon US / Kobo CA / Kobo US / Overdrive
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Goodreads blurb:

The Iron King – Philip the Fair – is as cold and silent, as handsome and unblinking as a statue. He governs his realm with an iron hand, but he cannot rule his own family: his sons are weak and their wives adulterous; while his red-blooded daughter Isabella is unhappily married to an English king who prefers the company of men.

A web of scandal, murder and intrigue is weaving itself around the Iron King; but his downfall will come from an unexpected quarter. Bent on the persecution of the rich and powerful Knights Templar, Philip sentences Grand Master Jacques de Molay to be burned at the stake, thus drawing down upon himself a curse that will destroy his entire dynasty

Originally published in 1955 in French.

As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka
Amazon US / Goodreads
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From Goodreads:

In the midst of the freezing Arctic winter, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson walks into her school’s dark room and finds a stash of wet, crimson-colored money. Thousands of Euros left to dry—splattered with someone’s blood.

Lumikki lives alone in a studio apartment far from her parents and the past she left behind. She transferred into a prestigious art school, and she’s singularly focused on studying and graduating. Lumikki ignores the cliques, the gossip, and the parties held by the school’s most popular and beautiful boys and girls.

But finding the blood-stained money changes everything. Suddenly, Lumikki is swept into a whirlpool of events as she finds herself helping to trace the origins of the money. Events turn even more deadly when evidence points to dirty cops and a notorious drug kingpin best known for the brutality with which he runs his business.

As Lumikki loses control of her carefully constructed world, she discovers that she’s been blind to the forces swirling around her—and she’s running out of time to set them right. When she sees the stark red of blood on snow, it may be too late to save her friends or herself.

How to Make Love To a Negro Without Getting Tired by Dany Laferriere
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From Goodreads:

Racial and sexual politics collide in this cult classic that launched Laferrière as one of North America’s finest literary provocateurs.

Brilliant and tense, Dany Laferrière’s first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired, is as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published in 1985. With raunchy humor and a working-class intellectualism, Laferrière’s narrator wanders the slums of Montreal, has sex with white women, and writes a book to save his life.

With this novel, Laferrière began a series of internationally acclaimed social and political novels about the love of the world, and the world of sex, including Heading South and I Am a Japanese Writer.

Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier
Amazon US Search / Goodreads
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AKA The Lost Estate or The Lost Domain or Big Meaulnes (the title "Le Grand Meaulnes" literally translates to "Meaulnes the Great")

This is his only novel, he having died fighting in WWI in 1914 at age 27.

From Goodreads:

When Meaulnes first arrives in Sologne, everyone is captivated by his good looks, daring, and charisma. But when he attends a strange party at a mysterious house with a beautiful girl hidden inside, he is changed forever. This evocative novel has at its center both a Peter Pan in provincial France-a kid who refuses to grow up-and a Parsifal, pursuing his love to the ends of the earth. Poised between youthful admiration and adult resignation, Alain-Fournier's narrator compellingly carries the reader through this indelible portrait of desperate friendship and vanished adolescence.

Memorial for Velma deSelby-Bowen

Oct. 31st, 2014 20:55
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We are planning a memorial gathering for Velma on Saturday, November 8, at 1:30 p.m., at Washington Hall in Seattle. Everyone is welcome.

There’s no formal officiant. Instead, this is an opportunity for her family and friends to get up and share our memories of Velma. We’re still working on the details of the planning. If you know you’ll want to get up and speak, please tell Vicki, by email at vr@panix.com. Or if you just want to be with people, please let Vicki know you’re likely to attend so we can get a head-count for food and drink.

Washington Hall is in the Central District, at 153 14th Ave Seattle, WA 98122. We will be in the Lodge Room. The space is wheelchair-accessible and easily accessible by mass transit; there is also a parking lot. We have the room from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., including set-up and clean-up time; if you want to come early and help with set-up, please let Vicki know.

RSVPs to Vicki at vr@panix.com please; I’m trying to reduce the burden on Scraps.

Please pass the word to people who you think should know about this.

There will also be a memorial in New York City, on November 18. Here's information about that: http://elisem.livejournal.com/1896533.html

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 27

Oct. 31st, 2014 20:23
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Happy Halloween, guys! Looks like I didn't manage to get Gunjo in before the end of the month, but hopefully soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this next chapter of Himegoto. :D

Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 7 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Krim + Kurokishi Scans
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: The next day at school, Kaito waits excitedly to see which of the new outfits Yoshiki will wear.

Chapter 27: Stifling

Another relic found in a book

Oct. 31st, 2014 21:49
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GRT dropped the whole "Don't you dare use this transfer to make your life more convenient, you darn public transit users, you!" years ago.

In Memorium

Oct. 31st, 2014 18:35
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My father
My ancestors

Since last Samhain:

Robert W
Margot A
Jay L
Peter P


Oct. 31st, 2014 19:47
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The good: my doctor has a working theory as to what the hell is wrong with
my hands and back! It also tidily explains why my SI joint constantly
dislocates, and some of the funky skin issues I have.
The bad: the working theory is psoriatic arthritis.
The odd: I exhibit almost all of the symptoms... But my blood tests don't
support it.
The hopeful: I have an appointment with a rheumatologist scheduled.
The freaking awesome: my rheumatologist's surname is Erskine. I look
forward to getting the super serum, and to my new Dorito-shaped torso.


The Goblins Invade!

Oct. 31st, 2014 19:10
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3:49pm: 10 minutes to the start of Official Trick Or Treat Time. Ice Pellets are falling from the sky, and the wind is whipping small twigs from the trees. I predict I'm going to have a lot of left over candy.

4:40pm: Buzz Lightyear, A Jedi?, and Katniss Everdeen. I'm a soft touch, Katniss wanted the variety of candy I hadn't opened yet...bottom line: I will not be returning anything.

4:52pm: Jason Voorhees, and two others too bundled up to discern.

4:58pm: A princess and a monster.

5:14pm: A monster, a princess, and three parkas.

Ice pellets are coming down again.

5:26pm: A panda with an 8-bit sword, a pirate girl, Superman, a princess in a parka, and a couple more "in a parka" costumes I couldn't identify. Maybe 6-7 total.

5:37pm Two Green Army men, a scarecrow, The Punisher, and several others. They seem to be coming in packs, huddled together for warmth. "Kingsize! WOW! Thanks!"

5:41pm: Jack Skellington, A Ninja Turtle, A little girl in medical garb that I am choosing to label a doctor, and a few more in parkas too thick to see their costumes. Mom was very strict that they all observe the forms: no candy before they said "Trick Or Treat!" and you better say thank you.

The light is gloaming now.

5:45pm: A Ninja Turtle. He was too short to reach the bell and I almost didn't hear his tiny bemittened knock...

5:48pm: SO Many! Two groups following each other. Two Power Rangers, gory makeup, a princess, a little girl in a skirt with a hoop so it stood out.

5:52pm: Mad Hatter, Violet Beauregarde! (inflated blue suit! Blue facepaint! She really was almost spherical; her friend was carrying her bag), Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skull, and one more I didn't catch.

5:54pm: Princess Tiana.

6:05pm: A Christmas Present, a cat mask, two more. And they instantly noticed that the candy is full size, with many amazed thank yous.

6:09pm: A Man In Black and some sort of agent with mirrored sunglasses and a cardkey badge with some sort of government insignia, on a lanyard.

6:20pm: Some sort of tiny superhero in a giant thick parka.

6:42pm: A Ninja.

7:12pm: A green witch. She was clearly having a bad night, with tears in her eyes. She got two bars.

And that's time. Two boxes of 36 bars, 16 left. 55 kids.


Oct. 31st, 2014 18:34
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We have now squirreled ourselves away in the back of the house with a TV to avoid the hordes of trick-or-treaters prowling the neighborhood. Given that Toby's still recovering and I'm still infectious, we decided parents would be much happier if we didn't pass out germy candy today.

Sent from my Apple ][e

Na - Nope!

Oct. 31st, 2014 23:14
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NaNoWriMo starts in about an hour, and I shall not take part. (I have also just unfollowed my old NaNo group on Twitter because they were retweeting *so many* things that I just yawned.)

My writing right now is split between three projects - the WIP (started a little over a year ago), which needs more brains than I've had recently (and with a brain-eating project on my desk, that state will probably continue for a bit), a coming-of-age story that has, what, 60K right now and which is lots of fun (known world, known characters, bits of plot already known); and Valendon's Diary part II, which is backfill for the aforementioned, and which I'm just having tremendous fun with.

New projects? Not wanted at this point in time.

So I will be writing, but I won't chase wordage.

What I will be doing is two things. One, I will try to find something to post every day - an article about writing, if people still post these things (and not in the form of 'twelve things you need to do to succeed at novelling!').

The other is that I am attempting NaNoCoMo - writing code every day. I have a good start under my belt, and am hoping to have a workable prototype (the minimum viable product) by the end of the month. (Three scenes, one monster, three actions.)

I'm hoping to attend a NaNo meeting or two in London, to meet up with people and talk writing, and I most certainly will write.

Just not 50K on a new project.
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Branch: refs/heads/develop
Home: https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-free
Commit: b0d88dee00dd5f0b7d4e9619f212f1356df3b8fa
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Date: 2014-10-31 (Fri, 31 Oct 2014)

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Author: Mark Smith <mark@qq.is>
Date: 2014-10-31 (Fri, 31 Oct 2014)

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Compare: https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-free/compare/e0a78117206d...beacb29b3594

obsolete offences

Oct. 31st, 2014 22:10
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"Section 13 [of the Criminal Law Act 1967] abolished the common law offences of champerty and barratry, challenging to fight, eavesdropping or being "a common scold or a common night walker." It also repealed the offence of praemunire, which had survived on the statute books since 1392. It preserved the common law offence of embracery (which was later abolished by the Bribery Act 2010)." --

If you're interested, I think these are:
champerty = paying costs of a civil action you have nothing to do with as an investment in order to get some of the money if you win
barratry = stirring up quarrels in court
common scold = disturber of the peace (apparently only for women)
praemunire = sending tax money to the Pope, or submitting to his jurisdiction in civil matters (yes, this was made illegal in 1392)
embracery = bribing jurors.


Oct. 31st, 2014 12:58
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My thoughts on assisted suicide prompted by this article:

Assisted Suicide is More Dangerous...

I've been struggling with this issue for a long time now. I'm a person with a disability and I really do believe that terminally ill people should be able to decide when they want to end their lives. However, with all the talk about reducing medical costs and how much more expensive treatment is towards the end of life, there are huge financial incentives to "allow us to die with dignity". It wasn't that long ago that babies with Down's Syndrome were pushed to the back of hospital nurseries and "allowed" to die from neglect. "For their own good."

For a couple of years in college I worked as a crisis intervention counselor and I know from personal experience that many people who feel driven to suicide just need some time and perspective. This is not to diminish their pain and suffering, but I've talked to people who say they wish to kill themselves. I know, that if I could keep them on the phone long enough, they changed their minds. Sometimes suicide is not a desire to end their lives, but a desire to end their suffering with the only option they believe they have.

Too many people already think my life is a burden to me even though I love my life and the people in it. Too many people have said to me, "if I were you I would just check out." Personally I would be much more comfortable with the whole issue if I was sure that people with disabilities got the services and treatment they needed to live as full a life as possible. If that happened, then I would be more interested in talking about my "right to die."
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Virgin Galactic's suborbital space plane SpaceShipTwo suffered a serious malfunction during a rocket-powered test flight over Mojave, California, today (Oct. 31) resulting in the loss of the spacecraft. The fate of the vehicle's pilot crew is unknown.

I blink and the week is over.

Oct. 31st, 2014 12:27
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Connor's last minute Emmet costume came out reasonably well, although I did the stripes with foil tape and I don't think they'll hold up past the end of the day.

When I wasn't sewing or reading or watching baseball this week, I was playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which I found at the library. I enjoyed the exploration and puzzle-solving aspect of it, but after trying and failing about 10 times to defeat a particular dungeon boss, I'm giving up and sending it back unfinished.

I also got to go to the zoo yesterday with Will's class. It was a nice day, but I was completely exhausted by the end of it.

Heather is out of town this weekend for a college reunion, so I'm on call for dog walking duty until Tuesday or so.

November's Theme

Oct. 31st, 2014 11:31
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All sponsored reviews and no two week digressions! The list of to-dos isn't super-long but long enough. I mean, anyone wants to commission more reviews, go ahead but

Phoenix Guard (own)
500 Years After (own)
Fire Logic (own)
Ancillary Sword (own)
Rivers of London (sigh)
Something Norton (part of the 50Ni50W, if that is OK, so beginning the week after Podkayne)
"The Reunion At The Mile-High" (atomigeddon coda) (own)

Did I miss any?

Also, to give my editor reasonable lead time, no review tomorrow so that I can reset to a one-day lead.


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