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New Year's Eve. Or whatever. 
31st-Dec-2005 03:24 pm
Hey, is anyone gonna be partying? If so, please let me know, so I can live vicariously through you. :P

We'll be going to dinner tonight with my uncle--Guess where? *rolls eyes*--but that's about it. I'll probably stay up past midnight, but that's just coincidental.

Anyway, as far as I'm concerned, it's just another day to read. (And exercise. Or, rather, exercise and read at the same time, thanks to handy ledge on the control panel of the elliptical.)

Le Guin, Ursula K. Rocannon's World. 1966. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.
Summary: Rocannon, a League ethnologist assigned to the the primitive world of known only as Fomalhaut II, discovers, after the rest of his team is massacred, that the rebellion has made this planet their home base. With a number of native companions, he journeys to where the base is, learns some telepathy so that he can read the minds of his enemies on the way, and is able to send a message back home from the enemy base. After the base is destroyed, he lives out the rest of his life on the planet, never knowing that the League decided to name it after him.
Comments: I believe this novel was Le Guin's first foray (to use one of her favorite words) into genre fiction, and I can see why she was so well-received from the very first start. This novel is a tour de force, occupying the hairline dividing fantasy from science fiction--the implication is that magic and religion-laced legends are merely retold events beyond our level of understanding--with plenty of plotline borrowings from Tolkien. (Her prose, though, thank God, is more matter-of-fact and scientific, except when her characters talk...that's a bit over-formal and overblown.) The setting and especially the races and species that populate it are utterly fascinating. Once again, the people on the top of the food chain are not white (dark-skinned and golden-haired, if you can believe it ^^; ) but still tremendously beautiful. Talk about idealized female characters! And, I must say, those hive-like vampire bat humanoids were a stroke of brilliance--both deliciously creative and creepy. Of course, I see prefigurings of The Left Hand of Darkness even this early in Rocannon's relationship with Mogien; Le Guin's not one to shy away from the word "love," by any means, even if it's only love between brothers or father and son.
Notes: hardcover, 1st hardcover printing, out-of-print (library book); trade paperback 3-in-1 omnibus edition available
Rating: 7/10 - One of the best (if not strictly the first) words on what I call "sociological sci-fi." A quick read, and well worth it.
31st-Dec-2005 10:56 pm (UTC)
I may attempt to stay up until midnight.... maybe... And.. that would be about the extent of my partying ^^;;
1st-Jan-2006 01:22 am (UTC)
*laughs* Might be tough! You don't usually stay up much past ten, do you? XD

Gonna watch the ball drop? ^_^;
1st-Jan-2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Sometimes I even stay up to 11! ^^;;

I might watch the ball drop, if I make it.. One time when I was all alone in a hotel for New Years, I fell asleep at about 10, woke up at 11:55, watched the ball drop, and then went back to sleep at 12:05 ^^
1st-Jan-2006 02:38 am (UTC)
Sometimes I even stay up to 11! ^^;;

Burning the midnight oil, are we? ^^;

I usually fall asleep around 12:30-1:00...even when I have to be up by 6 or 7 am. >_< But I might not sleep at all if I get engrossed in a REALLY good book...
1st-Jan-2006 02:46 am (UTC)
Even when I want to keep reading, I’ll usually end up having to quit and go to sleep.. It’s the point at which it takes several minutes to get through one sentence ^^;;
1st-Jan-2006 02:52 am (UTC)
*laughs* Most books will just help put me to sleep if I'm tired. Like I said, it has to be a REALLY good book. The last time I stayed up all night reading was to finish up Gossip by Christopher Bram. (His best, out of all the novels I've read thus far, IMO.)
1st-Jan-2006 02:54 am (UTC)
What I do like sometimes, if I read until I’m falling asleep the characters will often keep going in my dreams ^_^;
1st-Jan-2006 03:03 am (UTC)
*chuckles* In that space between wakefulness and sleep, I often imagine that I'm still reading and have the book in my hands...but I can't recall ever advancing a plot in my dreams. As I've said before, my dreams aren't that, well, dreamy in general. :P
1st-Jan-2006 03:14 am (UTC)
A lot of times, I’ll wake up with more of the story clear in my mind than when I went to sleep.. Like the words I read the night before get processed while I sleep ^^
1st-Jan-2006 12:01 am (UTC)
I will be reading, or possibly watching anime, probably working out a bit more, and maybe, possibly heating up the bottle of cinnamon and vanilla mead that we've been saving with my husband. Thrilling, no?
1st-Jan-2006 01:23 am (UTC)
*laughs* Well, at least you have a special alcohol to celebrate with. ^_~ I'll be right there reading along with ya.

BTW, who's on the icon you're using?
1st-Jan-2006 02:43 am (UTC)
Lunlun, from Hana no ko Lunlun, a show I've never seen, but would kill to. But not quite enough to fork out R2 box set prices for blindly, especially since I speak only about a dozen or so words of Japanese. Enough to get the gist, but not enough for real comprehension.

[RANDOM] And this, my friends, is why digisubs suck. I can probably still find a dozen or more groups subbing Naruto, a show already licensed for R1 and getting, all things considered, pretty damn good treatment, but how about all these unlicensed shows? Where are the fansubs for Lunlun, the rest of Ashita no Nadja, Ashita no Joe, Majokko Megu-chan, Ace wo Nerae, Miyuki, Gokinjo Monogatari, etc etc etc? One of the biggest arguments in favor of digisubs is the "promotion" argument - which worked back in the day of VHS fansubs, where there was some actual effort involved, but fails miserably in these days of digisubs where one click downloads an episode or complete series.

Promotion? How can you be promoting a series that's already insanely popular all over the damn world? All you're doing is providing instant gratification for whiny psudo-fans who think they're somehow supporting a show, yet refuse to buy the legit DVDs when they come out, because they're "hacked," too expensive, whateverthehell the reason du jour is at this time. Why not promote the series that nobody's ever heard of, the ones that R1 execs look at and go "no market." Promote those, they're the shows that need it, dammit! [/RANDOM]

And that has been your "Happy New Year" rant from Dani. ^_^
1st-Jan-2006 02:48 am (UTC)
Oh, and it appears that Ashita no Nadja was a bad example, as ep 31 was just released today. But the rest of the examples stand!

(I amuse myself so much sometimes. Which is probably for the best.)
1st-Jan-2006 02:50 am (UTC)
Lunlun, from Hana no ko Lunlun, a show I've never seen, but would kill to.

Wow, I've never even HEARD of it! ^^;;; Though, for some reason, "Runrun" seems to jog my vintage shoujo anime memory...

And that has been your "Happy New Year" rant from Dani. ^_^

Why thank you. I haven't been left a gift rant in at least a few months (that wasn't aimed directly at me). ^_~

But, you know, I agree with you. I think that the majority of fansubbers and scanlators out there are out to promote themselves first and the material in question a distant second. Otherwise, why would their names and handles be plastered across the material left and right?

And, because they're only interested in their own glory, they pick things that are already popular because then they'll get more of an audience.

I don't translate anymore because I will NOT be party to that shit.
1st-Jan-2006 04:07 am (UTC)
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