semiotic_pirate: (sparkly present)
Young Adult Gay Character (power to the people!) will be appearing in a book, at a bookstore near you... soon.

As a long awaited update to this post:
http://semiotic-pirate.livejournal.com/257089.html?view=comments

So many of us boosted that signal that the planets and other celestial events have aligned in just the right way for the universe to put its power behind getting this story published and into all of your hands in (hopefully) whatever format you need; both paper and all the multi varied electronic styles. Okay, soon is winter 2014, but that only allows for a full build of excitement and anticipation... and perhaps a bit of pre-ordering fervor. For a christmas present to yourself and more as presents for all of your loved ones!

Want to read a little more about that precious example of fabulous bookishness? Go to where the proud author is blabbing all the juicy details for your delight:
http://rachelmanija.livejournal.com/1075926.html

In that self same post, our happy author also provides us all with a list of existing YA science fiction and fantasy with major LGBTQ characters and a list of YA fantasy and science fiction with protagonists who aren't white.

Get to it! Read on True Believers!
semiotic_pirate: (MEME!)
Thanks be to [livejournal.com profile] sunfell:

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club.

Instructions: Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.
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While I understand some of the choices on the list, I don't understand others. Nor do I like how they stopped with 2002. What's up with that? Oh. The list is a chestnut, apparently, and has been around since - of course - 2003. I wish there was some explanation of their criteria. Best sales, most influence on the genre, best writing -- something more than a list we're all going to spend far too much time debating and grumbling about who they left off. By the way, you aren't supposed to notice that 11-20 are alphabetical, eh? I like this commentary about the list - the comments back and forth and such. BTW: when you corner the bookseller (Science Fiction Book Club) to give out the top ten only they give this (to USA Today)as their answer:

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (1953-54) is the "most significant" science fiction and fantasy book of the past 50 years, say editors of the Science Fiction Book Club. The rest of the top 10:

2. Isaac Asimov's The Foundation Trilogy (1963) traces the life of Hari Seldon, a "psychohistorian" who attempts to map the best course for the next millennium after the fall of the empire.

3. Frank Herbert's Dune (1965) creates a desert planet whose sole commodity, the intoxicating spice Melange, drives its inhabitants to greed and destruction in the year 10,991. David Lynch directed the 1984 film.

4. Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) features a child from Mars who adapts to life on Earth and founds his own church, which resembles a swinger's club.

5. Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) introduces a boy named Sparrowhawk who becomes a wizard's apprentice.

6. William Gibson's Neuromancer (1984) introduced cyberspace in the story of a young cyberspace cowboy challenged to hack the unhackable.

7. Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End (1953) tells of aliens who offer peace to humans, who sacrifice greatness in accepting.

8. Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) imagines the world in 2021 after a war has destroyed most species and they are replaced by robotic clones and human-like androids; inspired Ridley Scott's 1982 movie Blade Runner.

9. Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon (1983) retells the story of King Arthur from the female point of view. Became a 2001 miniseries on TNT.

10. Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (1953) creates a futuristic world in which books are banned and burned; remains a staple of high school reading lists and favorite of free speech advocates. A 1966 François Truffaut movie.

All of which I have read. Excellent.

Another interesting list is the top 50 science fiction and fantasy novels for socialists, of which I've read 9.
semiotic_pirate: (Juicy Oranges)
Went to a training seminar today - it was a lot of fun. I'll write it up in a separate post at a later date because I'm pretty tired right now. Gah. And it is only almost 6 pm too... Too many early mornings to be able to feel like staying up late anymore.

One of the highlights was being able to go into the Old Sturbridge Village gift shop and pick up this book while waiting for my carpool passenger to get out of the last session. It is called The Concise Guide to Self-Sufficiency and it is a most amazing find IMHO. I've only read through part of the introduction, the TOC and I am impressed, highly impressed.



I love the way amazon.com allows you to look inside the books.

It caught my eye especially because of having been doing research in the same vein for a while and my recent discovery of a collection of house plans under 1000 square feet. I even found a favorite design already. Well, a starting point for a design at least.

And, maybe because I have a fascination with built-in and concealable furniture, I really like Murphy beds and bookcase doors and strange, appealing, convertible furniture... Although, I probably wouldn't go this far even if I appreciate the idea. However, I'd probably jump at the chance to have a Yin Yang Kitchen.

Posty Post

Oct. 21st, 2008 04:17 pm
semiotic_pirate: (Coupling Reservoir Dogs)
Thar she blows me hearties. Below, find a whole mess of links about a variety of subjects. Enjoy!

But first... Went into work for 6:15 am today to finish up a time sensitive project by 9 am. Gah. The whole day went pretty quickly. It's becoming quite busy at the office, with lots of work being generated by the fluctuating grain and fuel prices... Tired now.

While on a walk after lunch today my coworker and I spotted our neighborhood's resident turkey stalking around in the middle of the road at an intersection. It strutted up to the stoplight, cutting in between a stopped motorcycle and SUV, and proceeded to chase the motorcycle when it turned left when the light turned green. It didn't stop there. The evil little creature (yeah, he's great and we all love him) took his time exploring the intersection and kept traffic at a really slow speed while everyone in the area traversing through made room for the turkey. Yeah. It was quite a site.

I didn't find anything about turkeys chasing motorcycles, but here's one out in Ohio that looks just like our turkey, dangling chest feather and all, chasing a cop... Repeatedly.



And now - on with the posty post!

For the photographically inclined: Bokeh Photograph how-to wiki. Boke (often spelled bokeh) is a term used to describe images that have a sharply focused subject surrounded by a blurry background.

Example:


Speculation on possible voter fraud attempts is revealed in a 43-page study (PDF) that reveals the frausters methods:
Read more... )
One solution recommended by the authors: Voters can use the website and call-in line of Election Protection, a national nonpartisan voter-protection coalition, to get accurate information. And don't forward e-mails about voting procedures, even if they look authentic.

Elsewhere: About 53% of working Americans have had a work-related phone call or email while in the bathroom. The survey (commissioned by Nokia) discussed in the article also talks about how the lines dividing work and personal life are also blurring; about 62% of workers have had their personal lives interrupted by work ten or few times each week and vice-versa.



It doesn't stop there, however, another study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project is raising questions about the value of "connectedness" that comes with increased use of the internet and cell phones by families. Sounds just like the stuff done by radio and for television when those two technological devices were marketed to the public. New habits for old, new habits for old!

And
what if people are biologically unsuited for (achieving) the American Dream? Peter Whybrow, head of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA paints a disturbing picture of 21st century American life, where behavioral tendencies produced by millions of years of scarcity-driven evolution don’t fit the social and economic world we've constructed. Foremost among Whybrow's targets is the modern culture of spending on credit.

The answers aren't easy, Whybrow goes on to caution — but they do exist. People can think creatively about jumping from the treadmills of bad jobs and unmeetable needs; and even if this isn't always possible, they can teach their children to live modestly and within their means. Urban engineers can design cities that allow people to live and work and shop in the same place. Governments can, at the insistence of their citizens, provide the social safety nets on which social mobility, stagnant for the last 50 years, is based. And we can — however much it hurts — look to Europe for advice. Oh. [livejournal.com profile] crabbyolbastard? He mentions ponzi schemes in relation to the economy. Heh.

"You can think about markets in the same way as individuals who mortgaged their future — except markets did it with other people's money," he said. "You end up with a Ponzi scheme predicated on the idea that we can get something now, rather than having to wait. And it all comes back to the same instinctual drive."


That's right, stagnant for the last 50 years.

Neither Whybrow nor you, my reader, should be surprised about there being more to be outraged over with AIG. It's a take the money and run type of attitude it seems. AIG seems to think it doesn't need to act responsibly nor soberly in the current economic climate.

Further elsewhere: Thousands volunteer to Expose DNA Secrets to the World. 'No need to ask, I'll tell' mentality gets even more personal.

Interruption of regularly scheduled grumblings:

Awwww. Baby giraffe Bonsu! More baby animals here!

On a lighter note: For a little YA reading for the cryptologist ENIGMA - A Magical Mystery by Graeme Base was just released. Of course, anyone who has read Graeme Base knows that the best parts are below the surface. Each page has its retinue of hidden images, some of which are clues, some visual puns, and some of which are just plain fun. Best of all, Enigma declares that he wrote down all the locations of the missing items, but in a code he no longer remembers. The secret to the code is in the back of the book: a machine with three dials and... well, you see where this is going. Cracking the code adds a whole new layer to the book.

Check out this truly bizarre set of counterintelligence posters some viewable here on Wired's Danger Room. All of the ones available on the ONCIX website are located here. Enjoy!

Okay zombie lovers Dead Space is launching their webisode finale! As space-zombie videogame Dead Space racks up kudos internet-wide with this week's release of the PC version, parent company Electronic Arts has unveiled the final webisode of No Known Survivors.

For six weeks, No Known Survivors has been streaming back-stories building out from the game's main scenario. The series is one branch of a multiplatform synergy attack from EA, which also includes a comic book spinoff (pictured) and a deal with Starz to produce an animated Dead Space movie.



Music addicts… that want to stay or go legit, check out LaLa.

In politics; as goes Colin Powell, so goes Google. Rather, Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt.

Posty Post

Oct. 7th, 2008 06:35 pm
semiotic_pirate: (Lion in Winter - Peel U Like a Pear)
Pocket surfing in the UK.

Stephen Colbert: That's right True Believers, "Truthiness" power's activate!

Plug-In Hybrid conversion kits and services abound as people decide not to wait for automakers to produce them.

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book will be available in its entirety online - in video clips of the author as he reads a chapter at each stop along his book tour. Here is the Mouse Circus website that has a link to the video clips. Mouse Circus is the official Neil Gaiman website for young readers.

This is the Wired article from whence I found out about this delicious goody. Anyone else think Gaiman resembles Methos from Highlander: The Series? They link to a video clip of their interview with Gaiman about the method behind the "madness" of releasing the book in online video clips. Gaiman also explains how his new book is a reworking of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, only instead of animals, Nobody's mentors are mostly dead people. FYI: Nobody is a young orphaned boy whose adventures you follow in The Graveyard Book.



In other news: Solar Goes From Gardens to Gigabucks with unconventional solar tubes that don't use any silicon. FYI: They're called solyndras.



Webmonkey shows you how to use Fring to turn your iPhone into a FREE Skype phone.

Epicenter reports that HULU is going live with presidential debates.

India Requests GPS-Guided "Cans of Whup-Ass" according to Defense Industry Daily.



Aviation Week reports that Spanish (Eurofighter) Typhoons are going to test voice recognition systems that are said to work with any English-speaking pilot.

DARPA seeks special forces submersible aeroplane:



US Army's Human Terrain System is an article over on cryptome. Nice section titles include "Agents of Chaos," the "Pontius Pilate Approach" and "Kuwait Blues."

And finally: "New York's dominatrixes have been getting spanked by the economy recently - and now, they're lashing back." Find out more in the NY Post article Binding Arbitration: S&M Gals Dig In Their Heels With Union Bid
semiotic_pirate: (speak your mind)


From one of the reviewers at the amazon listing:

"The premise of the book is simple - Megan Hustad has read a ludicrous number of self-help business books and has put together a book of the high points of a number of the unlikely ones, with each chapter focusing on a certain kind of idea and a book or author who is iconic to it. A few of these are familiar but dated, such as Carnegie's 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' or Covey's 'Seven Habits of Highly Effective People' but most of them are either much more obscure or far more unlikely to be useful. 'Sex and the Single Girl'. 'Dress For Success'. The etiquette writings of Emily Post. Even Donald Trump gets a nod.

The book walks a marvelous line between enthusiasm and criticism. Some chapters, especially dedicated to older or more obscure sources, seem to focus on uncovering lost jewels. Other chapters, usually dealing with more modern books, are all about cutting away the bulk of it for the one or two choice morsels inside. The author has no love of Stephen Covey, for example, and restricts her analysis so a single habit, but drills down into it very seriously."


Details about the book are further revealed in an interview Ms. Hustad did with Newsweek:

Hate Your Job?
Advice from the author of a new book, 'How to Be Useful.'
Daniel Gross
Newsweek Web Exclusive
Updated: 3:45 PM ET May 21, 2008


Just in time for college graduation comes a career guide for the smart liberal-arts grad who believes such guides are nothing more than a pile of self-help mush: "How to Be Useful: A Beginner's Guide to Not Hating Work," by Megan Hustad, 33, a history major at the University of Minnesota, and former book editor at Random House and Basic Books.

"How to Be Useful" draws on a century's worth of career advice--from Andrew Carnegie and Dale Carnegie (not related) to Helen Gurley Brown and Stephen Covey. But Hustad's book is more than an I-read-this-so-you-won't-have-to exercise. She believes there is plenty of career gold in these mines, and she intersperses her readings with anecdotes from the contemporary workplace. Hustad spoke with NEWSWEEK's Daniel Gross about the clichés of the career canon, what it takes to get ahead in the "creative industries" and the delicate art of managing your first boss. Excerpts:

NEWSWEEK: So, who is the target audience?
Megan Hustad: Recent grads, twentysomething or older, who would normally never pick up a book of good advice. I wanted to stop these lessons from being lost to a whole subset of pretentious liberal-arts grads like I once was.
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On the whole, I'm planning to at least sit down at the cafe in my local bookstore to browse through it. I wonder if she mentions thank-you letters at all? It could be an interesting read, or it could be dross. I won't have to pay for it if it seems like the latter, going the cafe route. I'm also wondering why it is being specifically aimed at recent graduates. What about career changers? People coming back to the workforce after whatever reasons?

I've got a handful more articles lined up to read and some research about fuel efficient vehicles pending. Perhaps you will see another post or two today, perhaps not. I'm almost afraid to look at yesterday on the calendar and see how many posts I made. Nooooo... That's not a hint to go looking for them, read them, and comment on them at ALL. :D
semiotic_pirate: (sewn-shut mouth)
There are some quotes from another story in the anthology I mentioned in one of my many posts yesterday. This story is called Death and the Lady and was written by Judith Tarr.

Spoken dryly: "Women are cursed enough by nature, weak and frail as all the wise men say they are; and made, it's said, for men's use and little else. Sometimes they don't take kindly to it. It's a flaw in them, I'm sure."

I can imagine at least three characters from Firefly saying these words... Zoe and Annara definitely, at least, would speak like this. Maybe it was the dry humor it was written in, where the character doesn't expect the man she is speaking to to understand that it isn't being said seriously, with any belief in the words or sentiments. Firefly was full of that kind of chatter.

"Is that all you can do?" First woman snapped at her. "Hide and cower and whine, and make great noises about fighting back, and give in at the drop of a threat?"

"What else can I do?" Second woman snapped back.

"Think," said First woman.


Though I know it is absurd, I keep imagining female snapping turtles having this conversation. Yes. That's right. Snapping turtles. They make great, surly friends if you can find them. Some turtles are surly without being snapping turtles, species-wise.

And finally:

"There's no more can't in killing yourself than in killing someone else. It's all won't, and a good fat measure of pity-me."

Yeah. That says it all [livejournal.com profile] puf_almighty. Why do people talk about killing as "giving in" to something? Because of that quote, right there. You make a choice. Whether that choice is in an acknowledged surface thought or not - a person makes a decision about these things. Which is why a person who truly knows themselves, who knows their own moral/ethical strengths and weaknesses, can see the truth for what it is and not make the excuses that are rampant in our world. Deflection or avoidance of responsibility is something that I haven't always been aware of... That kind of discernment takes time to learn, more or less depending on whether you have a proper guide or not.

Everyone has moments of weakness. The important thing is to disallow weakness in making decisions on everything, especially those decisions that wouldn't just impact your own life but the lives of those around you. The wider the impact, the more serious the repercussions, the worse off the world is when you make the wrong choice.
semiotic_pirate: (warm glow)
Just twittered about this book I'm reading currently: After the King, an anthology of stories by some truly respected authors, stories written in honor of J.R.R. Tolkien.

I've enjoyed all the stories so far, and I'm about 2/3 of the way through. When I originally saw this book, sitting on my brother's bookshelf this weekend, I didn't even bother looking at the individual story titles or authors. I was grasped by the wonder that I have for all things Tolkien and just grabbed the book and stuffed it in my overnight bag.

I am now on a story by Emma Bull titled Silver or Gold and it had this particular line that leapt out of the page at me and demanded that I blog about it.

"My weed, my stalk of yarrow. You're not a child anymore. When I leave, you'll be a grown woman, in others' eyes if not your own. What people hear from a child's mouth as foolishness becomes something else on the lips of a woman grown: sacrilege, or spite, or madness. Work the work as you see fit, but keep your mouth closed around your notions, and keep fire out of water and earth out of air."

The underlined part is what smacked me around, demanding to be posted here. And for some reason, now I'm getting this urge to play Red Shoes by Kate Bush...
semiotic_pirate: (Juicy Oranges)


Looks just like the set that I originally got as a gift from one of my uncles - this one runs $35.



This is the other wantable - yes, it is sorta like a pop-up book, referred to as "interactive" and goes for under $15.

I am a bibliophile - isn't it obvious?
semiotic_pirate: (Book Offering)


However, if I write anything about it... I'd give it all away. The only thing I can give away is that there is no Stefan (or vampires at all) in this one... The last one concentrated on the Seethe, this one concentrates on the Fae. Fabulous. Terrifying in parts. All what we would expect from the rising star Briggs.

We are given more insight into the world of the Fae, as well as the powers of the walker... and of course, there is a resolution of the Samuel/Adam/Mercy triangle.

Something that I discovered today, after deciding to post about this, is that there is a short story (Alpha and Omega) in an anthology (On The Prowl) which is turning out to be a preview or setup for a novel that she decided to write after the story was already in the publishing process. The book itself will be called Cry Wolf and will feature the character Charles (another son of the Marrok) and give some insight into where the kidnapped were's in the first novel, Moon Called come from. So. I will get Barnes & Noble to order the one and pre-order the other. Cry Wolf doesn't even have cover art yet!

Apropos: I am listening to the soundtrack for Blood and Chocolate... Movie sucked for the most part compared to the book, but the soundtrack ROCKS!
semiotic_pirate: (ron growling)
Potterpalooza
For the Quidditch players, wizard rockers and would-be witches who gathered at a New Orleans Harry Potter convention, this is the dawning of their summer of love -- and loss.


By Rebecca Traister
Salon.com


Jun. 01, 2007 | It was noon on a Friday at the end of May, and strangely dressed people drifted through the streets of New Orleans' French Quarter.

On Canal, a teenage girl in a shirt reading "Support Severus" stared goggle-eyed at a storefront displaying shirts with slogans like "FEMA Evacuation Plan: Run, bitch, run!" Around the corner at the Walgreen's, an adult woman in black robes was buying hair gel. "Congratulations," said a cashier. It was Tulane's graduation weekend. "Oh, I'm not graduating," said the woman. "I'm Hermione today."

It felt like the first chapter of the first Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," in which wizards who usually hide their identities from the muggle (i.e., non-magical) population are in such a tizzy over the supposed demise of the Dark Lord Voldemort that they carelessly appear in public in their wizarding robes. Except this wasn't Little Whinging, the dreary suburb where J.K. Rowling's fictional orphan grows up before discovering his magical abilities; this was New Orleans, La., and it was 83 degrees out. Besides, there's no such thing as wizards.

But I didn't mention that to these Potter fans, who had come to the Crescent City for Phoenix Rising, a four-day conference with more than a thousand attendees. Organizers chose New Orleans because of the city's history of rising from ashes; phoenixes are crucial to Potter lore, and never more so than at this juncture. (Warning: This story is lousy with spoilers for the first six books, so if you don't want to know, turn back here.)
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I have plans to sit outside my apartment building where the UPS people pull up to catch my delivery on release day. I am such a geek. I've been listening to audiobook versions of the previous six - just realized book two was messed up (got it from a friend of mine) though some of the time it recedes into background noise when I am working on something. Started with six, then five, and then started with the first one on.
semiotic_pirate: (right?check.)
May 14, 2006

Scan This Book!

By KEVIN KELLY
Correction Appended


In several dozen nondescript office buildings around the world, thousands of hourly workers bend over table-top scanners and haul dusty books into high-tech scanning booths. They are assembling the universal library page by page.

The dream is an old one: to have in one place all knowledge, past and present. All books, all documents, all conceptual works, in all languages. It is a familiar hope, in part because long ago we briefly built such a library. The great library at Alexandria, constructed around 300 B.C., was designed to hold all the scrolls circulating in the known world. At one time or another, the library held about half a million scrolls, estimated to have been between 30 and 70 percent of all books in existence then. But even before this great library was lost, the moment when all knowledge could be housed in a single building had passed. Since then, the constant expansion of information has overwhelmed our capacity to contain it. For 2,000 years, the universal library, together with other perennial longings like invisibility cloaks, antigravity shoes and paperless offices, has been a mythical dream that kept receding further into the infinite future.

Until now. When Google announced in December 2004 that it would digitally scan the books of five major research libraries to make their contents searchable, the promise of a universal library was resurrected. Indeed, the explosive rise of the Web, going from nothing to everything in one decade, has encouraged us to believe in the impossible again. Might the long-heralded great library of all knowledge really be within our grasp?
Read more... )
In other news, haute chefs make recipes for EZ Bake Ovens?! I want proof! (Comment read from an exerpt of an upcoming book, Rejuvenile : Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-up. Anybody?
semiotic_pirate: (teacher & apple)
There are about four or five books left to find that I remember really loving when I was much younger than I am now. I used to haunt the children's book section of the city library. It was a haven for me, finding adventures and wonder at every turn. The books are nebulous, I remember certain details about the story, but not their titles or authors.

Some I was able to figure out over time:

Steel Magic by Andre Norton (two others in this series are called Fur Magic and Octagon Magic the latter of which made me want to live in an Octagon House for a while. Whenever I see one now I think of that book. I've currently have these three in my shopping cart at amazon.
Summer Magic (can't find it again online, or remember the author again, but I have it in a box in storage!)
The Worst Witch (actually a series of three books that I should also be able to get through amazon - I love that website.)

My most recent find was today. The book is called David and the Phoenix by Edward Ormondroyd. Every time I had searched for this in the past I came up empty. This time however, on the first page of the Google search I found at least ten references. Apparently it was rereleased recently. I was able to order a hardback signed by the author from the Purple House Press. I found that they also carry the Mad Scientist's Club series of books. Yay. I also greatly enjoyed the Encyclopedia Brown series of books. Yeah, my geekdom-bookworm status started early.

The one I haven't been able to remember and want to in the worst way:

A story about three siblings, an older brother and sister and a younger brother. There is a character (a cat, black with white underbelly and socks) whose name was John Napkin (he was my favorite character in the book, well described, and I ended up naming a beloved cat after him). The parents go away, leaving the children in the care of a strict not-so-nice older woman (not so nice as in no permissive) and the younger brother finds a book of spells. The boy casts a spell (with the help of a wax mannikin that he forms to represent the older woman) to keep the woman bedridden (but virtually unharmed) so they can do what they please. He also makes it snow - and I recall them living somewhere where snowing is highly unlikely. They make a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with a Turkey that gets eaten by the cats...


All this remembering was brought on by the upcoming release of the new Narnia movie. Another well loved series of books from my childhood. I sometimes think I should have been a librarian or a young adult (sci-fi/fantasy, etc too) book editor. Maybe I'll just remain a bibliophile.
semiotic_pirate: (C&TCF_Depp)
I just finished Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. AARRRRRGHHHH!

The HPB wasn't anyone I'd guesses at - even though it was obvious afterwards. The rumors are right (and this was on JK Rowling's site so it isn't a spoiler) someone, a main character, gets offed... ::sniffles::

I found a couple of blatant errors that I wanted to know if it was in other people's copies:

Page 38; american edtion, first paragraph: the word fug should be fog...

Page 261; american edition, fourth paragraph: the word swilled should be swirled...

I won't spoil anything for anyone, but if any of you have read it (or parts of it so far) and want to talk about it feel free to send comments.

I'm off to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory later this evening - I hear it follows the book much better than the 70's version of the movie. Goodie. Although I have to admit, unlike Batman Begins, I decided not to see this film in the IMAX theater even though it is offered as one.
semiotic_pirate: (Reading Topless)
I just got the following email from Barnes and Noble:


THE BOOKS ARE HERE!

A Caravan of 124 Tractor-Trailers Weighing More Than Four Million Pounds Are Delivering Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to the Barnes & Noble Warehouse


NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- June 27, 2005 -- Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller, announced that the first U.S. shipment of the new J. K. Rowling book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, lands today at its distribution center in Jamesburg, New Jersey. Between today, June 27, and the day of the book's release on July 16, Barnes & Noble expects to receive a caravan of 124 tractor-trailers weighing more than four million pounds and carrying Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Barnes & Noble will begin packing customer pre-orders as well as shipping books to its stores nationwide in time for the July 16th on sale date.

Barnes & Noble announced last week that it has received more than 750,000 pre-orders and expects that number to reach more than one million by the time the book goes on sale.

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be the bestselling pre-order book in publishing history," said Steve Riggio, chief executive officer of Barnes & Noble, Inc. "We expect more than three million customers will visit over 700 Barnes & Noble stores in the first 24 hours, and that the book will shatter all records. Our unparalleled distribution system will put this book in the hands of our customers all across the country and the world the minute it goes on sale."

Barnes & Noble is offering the title for the discounted price of $17.99, 40 percent off the list price ($16.19 for Barnes & Noble Members). The compact disc and audiocassettes for the unabridged book will also be available. Customers can place pre-orders at any Barnes & Noble store or online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com).


I'm going to have to check the price I'm getting from amazon.com and see if it is worth getting release day delivery (when I've been having ISSUES with their preferred delivery service - UPS)...

Just finished watching Restoration - great period piece. With many a famous actor taking bit parts and supporting roles. Set in London right before and during the plague years, with the great fire of 1666 ocurring near the end of the film. It follows the life of a physician played by Robert Downy Jr. He played his role very well. Starting as a debauchery loving flitter bug, he ends up a sober and inspired man, saving a great deal of people from the plague and, well, watch it, you'll like it.

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