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  1. lady narcissa

    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    Oh yay! My ebook showed up at 11 PM last night so I started reading it. I suspect I will like it better than the second one but less than the first. The first in the series set such a high bar and was most excellent, its hard to equal or surpass. I like that it is dedicated to Leigh. This is the first YA I'm reading in quite a while.
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    The Book of Dust: Volume II (Spoilers for HDM and La Belle Sauvage)

    I'm halfway through La Belle and greatly irked that this gets shelved as a children's book here and that it was nominated for YA/children's book awards. It has a child and a baby in it but its not a children's book in the way that the Golden Compass could pass as one. I was enjoying it until the flood and now its just a giant stress fest and even I am reading it with one eye closed and my finger flipping pages quickly to get past the bad bits. I would not let a child or middle grade reader read this book. I do like Malcolm. And baby Lyra! And Pan!
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    Game of Star Wars: The Final Hope

    Same. This is the first time ever I've seen a SWs trailer and not been tremendously excited and rewatched the trailer oodles of times. If anything it left a melancholy feel. As I watched it I was just kind of reminded of Rogue One (maybe the music set in that frame) and all I could think of was they are doomed...fighting for a greater good whose battle will never truly end. What they did with this new trilogy was dampen the high note that ROTJ ended on. How will this younger generation fare any better? They will fight the battle, they will defeat whatever is out there, and end the movie on a glorious moment but its just a temporary hollow victory. And its hard for me to get excited about that. The C-3PO line was the best and the worst. It just felt really off to have him say that line to the people they show us hearing it (Chewie and R2D2 aside). But on the other hand you know this is most likely the end of the SWs run for Anthony Daniels and I think when he said that line, he wasn't really acting and he was really saying it to everyone in SWs community who has been with him for the past 9 movies. It really is a goodbye.
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    The Book of Dust: Volume II (Spoilers for HDM and La Belle Sauvage)

    I just started reading La Belle Sauvage although I purchased it originally when it came out...it's just been sitting here waiting for me to read it. And right away I'm pulled back into the world and the story. Once done I'm thinking of rereading the original trilogy before then potentially staring in on the new book. I have a slight reluctance regarding The Secret Commonwealth and an older Lyra...at the end of The Amber Spyglass when Lyra and Will say goodbye and make their promise about sitting on the bench in Oxford at the same time - that is just such a bittersweet perfect ending moment in a book for me. You can imagine anything about Lyra's future at that point and what will happen to her and make up your own story about what her future entails. And then the whole idea if she and Will do go to the bench every year or do for a time but then as their lives progress, stop going. I really like not knowing what comes after that. So some reluctance to read more into her future.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    Actually she appears not to at this point with respect to that series. I looked into it and she has numerous tweets about it and there is an old LiveJournal post on it which seems to be still accurate. DAW has the world rights for the Toby series. It is up to them to sublicense the rights to publish in other countries. It sounds like she obviously wants to sell as many books as possible and if she had a say in the matter she'd make them available all over the world in all formats. But since DAW hasn't sold the ebook rights or possibly no foreign publisher is willing to buy the ebook rights for that region, it remains unavailable and she is still under contract with DAW and can't change that.
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    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance v. 3.0

    She has a publisher for the series, doesn't she? She doesn't self-publish them? If so I assume its a publisher you should be annoyed at, not her. I would guess she'd be happy to have her books available world wide in all formats at the same time because it would make her the most money. But presumably whoever has the rights to publish her books in Australia chooses not to release on ebook or maybe no one has paid for the rights to put out the ebooks there. I can't remember when I stopped reading the series regularly. A few years ago, I think. I imagine I will pick it up again but I just could not keep up at the time.
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    A Brooklyn State of Mind

    Thanks so much! Looks less regular than decades past but good to know its still around. I have done the subway/bus route before but its not a good option for my parents this time around. It's kind of funny/sad that I had to even ask this question. I had a babysitting job when I was in college where I took a girl to LGA every Friday afternoon to put her on a plane so she could go spend the weekend with her father. Of course it was so long ago that I could just go right out to the gate with her with no ticket or ID or paper authorization to do so. I used to be a pro at getting in and out of LGA on public transportation. But things change.
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    A Brooklyn State of Mind

    For reasons, I won’t use them. Does the airport express bus that left from Park Ave south of Grand Central no longer exist?
  9. lady narcissa

    A Brooklyn State of Mind

    I actually will not use Uber or Lyft. But yeah I know they all work fine. Just looking for advice or horror stories about getting in and out of there due to the construction. I’ve read some real traffic horror stories recently on twitter that remind me of the 1970s at holidays when sometimes we had to get out of the cab on the expressway and walk to the terminal!
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    Young Adult Books: Discuss!

    Sold! Well I added it to my watch list for the day it hopefully is on offer for $1.99...this tends to work for me quite well! In fact it was a $1.99 offer the other week that caused me to read for my first and only YA book this year - Laura Weymouth's The Light Between Worlds. It's an interesting premise - i.e. what was life like after The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe? Well, not really. But it takes Lucy and Susan like characters, children who had been transported to a Narnia like place where they had similar adventures for years and then were returned right were they left off in the middle of WWII in London. They both cope differently but it's pretty damn depressing. One is constantly depressed and self harms and spends big chunks of their time trying to get back. Another just throws themselves back into their old life as best they can but they have been greatly damaged by the experience and its impact on their sibling. Makes those books a little less magical and makes me appreciate the fact that the children in the Dark is Rising were told they wouldn't remember their adventures.
  11. lady narcissa

    A Brooklyn State of Mind

    Any advice on getting in and out of LGA these days? Travel between LGA and Grand Central. I read about the cab situation at Terminal B with the line to the shuttle to the line to the cabs and that sounds awful. I was looking about to see if that airport express bus that used to exist that left from Park Avenue just south of Grand Central still exists but Google street view shows me that that strip of street is now pedestrian only.
  12. lady narcissa

    DUBLIN 2019: An Irish Worldcon August 15-19 2019

    Nooooooooo, like two ships passing in the night! I totally did not see you...if it was me and not my doppelganger. I did see you - you walked right past me in your panel with GRRM on Monday but you were talking to one of your co-panelists and I did not want to interrupt as I was sure I'd still see you yet and alas did not. Actually this whole Worldcon was like the Where's Waldo Con for me. There were entire days I did not see anyone from the board at Worldcon. As such I want to thank @boiled leather and Red Woman (his fabulous spouse whose board name I seem to be incapable of @ summoning) for organizing a group dinner and letting everyone know about it so I at least did see some people. And then also thanks to them and @Cuellar for putting together the dinner on Monday and letting us know about it here. And thanks to @Padraig for airport advice and good dinner conversation. I had a great time in Ireland despite not seeing people from the board! Lots of good panels attended and lots of excellent sightseeing. And can I just say how incredibly envious I am of the bookstores in Ireland?!?! I wanted to pack them up and take them home with me because I would just kill for one of them here. But from Galway to Dublin, it was only most excellent bookstores and many great books found.
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    Rothfuss XV: Move along, nothing to see here

    I have not read any of Rothfuss's books so normally would not post in this thread but for what it is worth, I saw him on a panel at Worldcon this weekend on (writing) death and killing characters and he said he has killed 5 people off in the book he is working on. Also boy he seems like he thinks and thinks and thinks and thinks an awful lot about what he is writing...I mean I am sure most authors do but he seemed heavily burdened by the choices he makes and what he is putting out there in the world in a way the average author probably is not. Having children and reading books to them also seems to have changed writing for him a lot. He seems really burdened by what he puts in books and sends out into the world since having them. No more killing off parents in stories for him apparently because of the impact this might have on his children!
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    DUBLIN 2019: An Irish Worldcon August 15-19 2019

    Great! Well when you and anyone else interested in Howth gets a better idea of your schedules and has a day that works in mind, let me know. I've just been yesterday and they are really fantastic and worth seeing. I don't know that its worth traveling all the way across Ireland as a day trip, however. Unless its your only trip ever to Ireland and this is your one and only chance to see them. Then perhaps, maybe. I've been staying on the west coast the past few days so it was an easy journey there for me but there is so much to see in the area and it would be better to wait till you have some time to see the area properly I think. Anyway, I'll be heading over to Dublin tomorrow. Probably won't get to the con area until 5/6ish. If any plans arise for meeting up for dinner or later in the evening, if someone could post here or send me a PM it would be appreciated.
  15. lady narcissa

    DUBLIN 2019: An Irish Worldcon August 15-19 2019

    Great! I'm heading to Ireland today so will be less online this next week until the convention but we can chat there and figure out the details. See you next week!
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