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Reconsidering the immediate reading list. 
16th-Sep-2005 10:42 am
Because, you know, I'm just kidding myself saying that I will finish The Historian anytime soon. So, not including The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, here's the brand-spanking-new...

"To Be Read Soon Reading List":
-Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
-The Catch Trap by Marion Zimmer Bradley
-Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram
-The Leopard Mask (Book I of The Guin Saga) by Kaoru Kurimoto
-The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin - Includes The Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, and The Farthest Shore
-Mélusine by Sarah Monette
-Nightswimmer by Joseph Olshan
-The Coming Storm by Paul Russell

And just for grins, here's another list...

"Books that I've started but for some reason put down and do not intend to finish immediately":
-Prime by Poppy Z. Brite
-Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
-The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox
-The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
16th-Sep-2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
I finished The Vintner's Luck while in Bangkok. I've got mixed feelings about it. Should post the review soon.
16th-Sep-2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
The writing style just left me cold.
16th-Sep-2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
It's one of those styles that are better kept for a slow rainy day.
16th-Sep-2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
Or when I'm entertaining a surfeit of patience. Which I've been expending lately in academic pursuits, so I doubt I'll get back to the novel anytime soon.
16th-Sep-2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
Y'know - I still haven't gotten my membership books from SFBC. I think the Earthsea trilogy is just what I'm in the mood for right now, too.
16th-Sep-2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
Really? ^^;; Did they say that the books were shipped to you? If it's been longer than 9 business days, you should complain.

I know I purchased another couple of titles from them after the initial membership offering, and the books arrived on my doorstep only a day after they told me they shipped.
16th-Sep-2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
Heh - it's been more than nine business days since they told me they shipped them out a second time. I'm feeling a bit bitter, but all my mail seems to be going astray lately. It's odd.
16th-Sep-2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
Think you've got a mailbox thief on your hands? ^^;
16th-Sep-2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
It's not that, because things I've taken directly to the post office have been taking their sweet time getting where they need to go - Netflix gives me a nice barometer of local post office performance, and a few discs I've sent back have taken one week, rather than one day, to get back there.

Besides, as far out in the middle of nowhere as I am? Plus they'd have to go all the way down my driveway and to the house to get a package, in the short window of time where mail has been delivered and nobody is home. I suspect there's some sort of problem at the local post office branch.
16th-Sep-2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
I suspect there's some sort of problem at the local post office branch.

Sounds pretty likely. I've always wondered about how well mail gets places when the place is the middle of nowhere...but fortunately, I've never had that problem. ^^;

Sucks though, 'cause there really isn't anything you can do to improve matters.
16th-Sep-2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
I've terrorized one rural (only by their definition - I was in the middle of a bustling city, on a road so busy it sometimes took five minutes or more to be able to pull out of my driveway) post office, I can terrorize another - once I get enough data together. I'm hoping that I'll be able to identify some sort of specific trend. Then again, I'm a geek with strange obsessions.

It's only been in the past two months that the problems showed up, and it's not consistent. Worrying the problem gives me something to do on my drive home. ^_^;;
16th-Sep-2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Then again, I'm a geek with strange obsessions.

Hey, if they're not doing their job, it isn't just a strange obsession. You're doing the community a favor, too. ^_~

Maybe there's one very delinquent mailman who only does your route on occasion. I can always tell when our regular is on vacation because the replacements actually try to stuff the mail through the letter slot in the 100+ year old door. Even found my Newtype magazine crammed halfway through it in some freak of nature. Boy was I pissed.
16th-Sep-2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
Because I'm on a rural route, the rules are totally different for mail delivery. For one thing, when delivering packages, they don't have to go down my driveway if they don't want to, they don't have to get out of their vehicles (they can just honk if they feel so inclined), and honking and then dropping the package out the car window is totally acceptable.

I also have about eight different people who do the route, with no discernable pattern of who does it when. I suspect that some of them are children and/or relatives of the regular carriers.

Maybe I should note license numbers of the delivery drivers when I can get them...that might be interesting.
16th-Sep-2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
I lived on a rural route for the first, oh, 21 years of my life. ^^; Rural Route 1 Box 324 to be exact. ^^;; We only had one regular mailman, and yeah, sometimes the boxes were on the doorstep, and sometimes they were at the head of the driveway. But I don't think the service was *bad* per se.

But then, New Jersey's not *really* rural... :P
16th-Sep-2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
It amuses me, really - it's not that the service is bad, it's just that it's really, really funny. I had a friend visiting when the driver pulled up, honked her horn, and tossed a box out of her window. My friend was horrified, I just shrugged and went out to pick it up - it's not like it hadn't been through worse to get to me!

I didn't realize *how* rural I was until I met my delivery driver at this house for the first time - she asked if she could put mail in my car on days when it looked like it would rain. In my car. It took my city-raised self a few weeks to wrap by brain around that concept.
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