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hairyears ([personal profile] hairyears) wrote2030-12-31 11:59 pm

LJ-Archaeology

I've been reviewing and correcting broken links in the old LJ-Imported posts of my 'home' journal*.

I've interacted, briefly, with an awful lot of people over the last decade-and-a-bit. Most have stopped posting and many have deleted their old LJs; a few are now active on Dreamwidth and if I've recently granted you access, it's a throwback to some long-forgotten comment or a longer conversation that we never got around to restarting.

It's interesting reading my older posts: some of them are "Wow! Was I ever that good as a writer?"; most are dull, and many of them are toe-curlingly self-centred and best left unread. But I wrote them and hit 'Post' and they can stay there: Facebook's the place for the polished and redacted picture; here is where you get the warts and all.

Interesting, too, that my best writing and the most interesting things that I've found to say are in the comments I have posted on your journals: I might sometimes be a passably skilful writer (or an appalling Limericist) but I am not a particularly original one and I am at my best with ideas and the inspiration other people offer me.

And that is all ephemeral, for comments elsewhere do not get imported by the Dreamwidth import engine: and they were never mine to 'own' for they are in other peoples' spaces, and insired by their ideas.

So: Hi. Remember me? I'm posting a bit more, and trying to keep up with the reading list. And that, alas, has become much easier to do, even if I only catch up at weekends.

If there's a comment of mine that you actually remember, post a link to it - or copy-and-paste the entire thing here, into a comment about a comment.





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vatine ([personal profile] vatine) wrote2017-10-20 08:10 pm
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2017 - #98, "Once Broken Faith", Seanan McGuire

Reread.

Approximately the Nth book in McGuire's Toby Daye series. Still a pleasant read. Probably start earlier in the series.
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vatine ([personal profile] vatine) wrote2017-10-17 08:05 pm
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2017 - #97, "The Warrior's Bond", Juliet E. McKenna

Reread.

Fourth book in McKenna's Tales of Einarinn series. It takes place simultaneous to book #3, With Ryshad as primary viewpoint character (and two or maybe three other characters as secondary POV characters). As usual, the primary POV is written in first person and the other POVs are written in third person, which works really well for me, as a reader.

Anyway, a most pleasant read. I would hesitantly recommend starting at the beginning of the series, there's a fair chunk of background, but it may be enough to sort-of catch up in this volume?
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vatine ([personal profile] vatine) wrote2017-10-13 07:23 pm
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2017 - #96, "Brute Force", K. B. Spangler

Previously unread.

Takes place about a year (I would say, give or take) after the previous book in the series. What happens if you kidnap the wife of the head of a government agency, and the first child born to any two members of said agency? In front of the mother's child?

I wish I could say "hilarity ensues", but I guess "calamity ensues" has about the same ring to it. I think I've said that I like this series? Hm? You probably want to read ALL of them. Right now.
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vatine ([personal profile] vatine) wrote2017-10-13 07:18 pm
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2017 - #95, "State Machine", K. B. Spangler

Previously unread.

The third book in Spangler's Rachel Peng series. This time it looks relatively innocent, "just" a murder, and some suspected theft. Unfortunately, the crime scene is in the basement of the White House. Again, a most excellent read. I could try to say more, but, you know, I can't quite figure out how to say it while remaining both entertaining and non-spoilery.

Oh, yes, there's one thing. This is, I believe, a point where the bok series forks (in one fork, the next book is Greek Key and in the other, it is Brute Force, the latter will soon have an entry all of its own).

On the whole, I quite like this series.
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vatine ([personal profile] vatine) wrote2017-10-13 07:15 pm
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2017 - #94, "Maker Space", K. B. Spangler

Previously unread.

This is the second book in Spangler's Rachel Peng series. All in all, eminently readable. It takes place a few months after Digital Divide and starts with a series of explosions "somewhere in DC" (sorry, can't be more precise, there's a specific street mentioned, but, you know, I am sufficiently unfamiliar with DC that it pretty much has escaped my mind, now that I get around to do the write-up several books and days later). Not entirely surprising, this ends up being very investigated and we get a ring-side seat, as we see Agent Peng, members of the MPD and several other Agents from OACET follow up and try to solve the crime.
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Elias K. Mangosteen ([personal profile] mangosteen) wrote2017-10-11 02:26 pm

Unconscionable Exceptions

[CW: abortion, rape, and the politics thereof]

I have a theory about why the actively anti-abortion right clings to "abortion is allowed only in cases of rape or incest", and it took me down a different path than I expected.

I don't think it's about the Overton Window. )
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hairyears ([personal profile] hairyears) wrote2017-10-09 10:04 pm

Vive la France!

Just a quick 'Hello!' and, goodness me, I *have* fallen behind with LJ DW a bit...

After some frustrating and expensive delays by employment agencies, I started working at a French Bank last Friday - in the same building as my first real trading-floor job, nearly two decades ago.
Out with the Old... )

...And in with the new. The work is shaping up, and looking very interesting indeed; and it looks as if I can be very useful here.

It and I had better be: this contract, and the working relationships I build with my new colleagues in both Paris and London, are my Brexit lifeboat.