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Reading

So onward to another boring entry, which follows a que from other people I read here on LJ who post what it is they're reading. After all, one of the reasons I read (and write) on LJ is because I've got this monkey on my back, called Reading. Rather redundant use of words, and hey, get over it.

So what have I been reading? For the past couple of months, I've been reading a batch of books which came out of my Eldest Sister's house. Sue would periodically box up books and send them along to her siblings. Got to say it that way because I wasn't the only recipient of this largess. When I went up to Cape Cod to say our goodbyes, Bro-in-Law kept insisting to select some books and he'd ship them along. Which I did, and he did. I'd only selected paperbacks, but there are a couple hard-backs in the box. Those I've not read yet.


Knight of Ghosts and Shadows I started to write about and then stopped. I mistook this for an anthology of short works by Mercedes Lackey, which wasn't shipped to me, as I tucked it into my pocket for the flight home from Cape Cod. So just now I'm going blank on that title, but it's about the house somewhere and I'll get to mentioning it elsewhen. This one is a co-authored piece
with Ellen Guon. And I've not, actually, started reading it yet. It will be next.

The Dragon Nimbus Novels, Vol. 1 by Irene Radford, which includes the titles: The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, The Lonliest Magician, so another anthology of sorts. Apparently it was originally published under a pseudonym, but I'm not sure what that is. The premise behind these stories (without giving a lot of the story away) is that Dragons are rather transparent, and they control magic (well, duh!), and the magic is running out. Which, of course, creates all kinds of crisis.

An OK read, it kept me occupied for a while. Rather interesting to have all three works assembled, makes a nice read without breaking up the trilogy effect.

Next was Black Cross by Greg Ilse. This is a WW2 based adventure/spy kind of story, something I like to read periodically particularly when the price is right. Now, no, this isn't a free book. Looked at one way... no, I won't look that way. I will mention though that my other Bro-in-Law enjoys stories in this vein and so I'll be sending it along to South Dakota soon. The jacket blurb goes on about it being January 1944 shortly before the big June 6 D-Day invasions, and the nasty bad guys are developing nasty nerve gas to repel the invasion, at a secret concentration camp, and two men are sent in to foil the dastardly plot.

It's actually a fairly good read, moving right along with believable action adventure going on, living within quite a few limits on technology for the time period.

Following that, I finished within the past couple days Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik. I'd run across a mention here on LJ about her postulated alternate universe, where Dragons do exist and in fact are enlisted in an air corps during the Napoleonic Wars. I found it to be a very enjoyable read, with prose echoing Patrick O'Brien's manner of storytelling about the Royal Navy in the same time period. Much the same approach to being in the Kings Service, you know, except, well, Dragons.

In this installment, Our Heroes travel to Africa in search of a cure for a mysterious plague malady affecting Great Britians Dragons. They are successful in this endevour (well, of course and no that's not a spoiler, you could tell that for yourself I'm sure), while still running into several other situations which are not quite so optimistically dealt with.

I shall pursue more of Ms. Noviks work in future.


Yesterday I spent in quite boring not quite catalog work for my photographs. Not quite catalog work because what I actually did was compare files on the Laptop HD with files on backup HDs (plural) so as to thin out and create space on the laptop. Available space was down to just over 1 Gb, not particularly an optimal situation. Since I've been moving about with a convenient, small USB HD of significant capacity, I decided a lot of things could move off the internal HD. So now I'm up to around 15 Gb open space. I can probably create more space than that with some additional, ruthless culling since files are backed up. I'm holding out briefly to see if I actually work with the files I've left on board.

Herself is happy with here desktop PC back from the PC doctor, functional again. Her only stir being she though she'd saved some files onto Venerable Old Laptop instead of onto the external USB drive I'd set up for her use. This proved not to be the case, rather an instance of saving the files to a different directory than she'd intended. Now that she knows where they are, she's happy.

There's still a bit of follow-up I need to do for her, to see if she saved locally an application she downloads, or simply installed it. If she installed it, then she's going to have to revisit the source website and do so again. Oh for the days of DOS, when one could very easily copy a program from one PC to another simply by (compressing if necessary first) copying the directory the application lived in...

Enough of that. Time to head out and check on the Ranch, later today another supply run and Laundry. Joy.
Tags: computers, life the universe and everything, photography, reading
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