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A co-worker got me hooked on www.pandora.com, a site which builds a streaming playlist for you based off of a singular artist of your choosing. While it has major faults (no elective replaying of songs, really no way to "store" music and such, it's a great way to gain exposure to little-known artists that are similar to those that you already know and love. It's really amazing how there are so many good songs out there that "no one" (and by no one, I mean me) has heard of. It just goes to show how a good PR campaign can really influence everything. Just like obscure authors/books that linger by the wayside for years while other, perhaps less-deserving but well hyped, authors/books skyrocket to fame and notoriety. *cough* Is that you DaVinci Code? *cough*

Speaking of books (how about a ta-da! for that transition, eh?):

I finished the fourth and final "Bridge of D'Arnath" book last week. The Daughter of Ancients wrapped up the series quite nicely, but there are so many extraneous elements in Carol Berg's series that exist only to further a character and not to BE in their own right. I always feel funny applying the "Deus Ex Machina" tag to those books that actually employ magic/lords/gods in their plot devices, but you can have magic/lords/gods without contrivance, methinks. A 3.5 out of 5 for the overall series.

I started reading The China Garden by Liz Berry. It's the first book under about 600 pages or so that I've read in a while (and the first book that's not part of a 3-6 book series that I've read in a while). It's incredibly refreshing to have that "just one more chapter" mentality at night. Because it's a short book (Roughly 250-280 pages I think) I have the feeling of "I might actually be able to read this in one night" which is nice for a change. So far it's a rather light read...but that's maybe not a bad thing--for a change :)

I'm also in the mood for off-genre books as of late (I've been indulging in FAR too much Fantasy/Sci-Fi...and I think I'm becoming a geektrix) so if anyone has any really compelling recommendations feel free to share.

Date: 2006-04-01 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] irishsbuffy.livejournal.com
You friggin rock!!!

You were right on and yes the answer to number 1 is Marie.

Cheryl Marie

Date: 2006-04-01 06:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doctorok.livejournal.com
I recommend "The Rum Diaries", "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas" and most of the stuff Hunter S. Thompson has written.

Also, if you have not yet read "Cryptonomicon" you should do so. Most places put it under Sci-Fi/Fantasy, but it's not quite that. It's a smart read, and tons of fun.

Date: 2006-04-01 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] llythefaerye.livejournal.com
Hmmmm . . . come raid my bookshelves and those of my mother (my father would thank you endlessly) . . . As I've also been in that Sci-Fi-Fantasy . . .er . . . slump? . . . Lately, it's difficult to call other stuff to mind. I really like the first two books of Morgan Llywelyn's Irish Century trilogy (now quartet, the fourth of which I'll be reading as soon as it shows up at my library) . . . 1916, 1921, and 1947? (I'm so bad at names and dates . . . ) I know you're not big on the Irish history thing, but particularly the first two - imho - are quite well done. The third one moves into the next generation, and flips to a female leading lady . . . which almost always (I think) makes for a wonky transition. I'm also reading Price of Honor by Jan Goodwin . . . (again, not your usual fare, but that's the point, if I understand you correctly). Princess was engaging for me due to the subject material, but was not as compellingly written as it could have been. Part of that is the nature of the beast - combo autobiography/biography . . . but interesting nonetheless. Slammerkin was alright, though I didn't care much for the way it wrapped up (or, rather, didn't . . .) - but interesting historical fiction. I have that if you want to borrow it. I also have Geisha of Gion (called by a similar but different title here in the US, I picked it up in the UK . . . but I don't think it's Memoirs of a Geisha) And now it's about time for me to go get ready for rehearsal and such, so I'm gonna shut up. You know you're welcome to anything in my - um - library, though . . .

Date: 2006-04-02 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liquid-siftings.livejournal.com
Geektrices are hyper-sexy.

It's late (early technically), but once I am semi-conscious, I will suggest some bookage.

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