January 2008 log

I want to keep track of what I’ve read and watched, but don’t have much to say about a lot of it; I’m going to try to keep a list with brief thoughts; anything more than a couple of sentences will get its own post. I think I need to convince myself that this is my blog, and if I want to change from what I originally intended, it’s OK; I should go to small posts as I read or watch instead of letting drafts pile up; I don’t need to write a thousand words on any given topic.

Read

for various reasons, lots of predictable and/or comfort reading this month. 15 total, seven rereads, (three unintentional, one of those unrecognized). One unfinished; two manga (mystery with a touch of fantasy); one (newspaper) comic; seven mystery; four romance.

  • Dust, Elizabeth Bear (own) — started
  • The Case of the Singing Suit, Erle Stanley Gardner (library) — wanted something light and predictable; I did pick out the murderer and victim from the beginning, though the motivation and accomplice weren’t what I expected. I think this is the closest I’ve seen Mason come to getting into trouble for his shenanigans
  • Cecily, Clare Darcy (own, reread)
  • Rogues’ Covenant, Sylvia Thorpe (own, reread accidentally)
  • The Sittaford Mystery (aka The Murder at Hazelmoor), Agatha Christie (library) — the accused’s fiancée solves the case, with the aid of a reporter. I actually hadn’t read this one before; apparently, I bought it at the last library book sale, though (that copy is titled The Murder at Hazelmoor).
  • Letty, Clare Darcy (library, reread) — this was the first of hers I ever read, and probably my first regency (or one of the first) as well.
  • Kamen Tantei v3, Matsuri Akino (own) — meh. still will probably read v4 eventually, though, since it’s the last.
  • The Boomerang Clue (aka Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?), Agatha Christie (library) — Bobby Jones, the vicar’s son (who finds the body), and Lady Frances, a neighbor and friend of sorts, solve the case. I didn’t recognize it from the description, but realized after a few pages I had read it before; I didn’t remember the culprit, though.
  • When Body Language Goes Bad (Dilbert #21), Scott Adams — apparently I own this and have read it before; it didn’t seem familiar at all, though
  • Murder After Hours (aka The Hollow), Agatha Christie — Poirot is there all along, but seems like an afterthought; he doesn’t really do anything except listen to a couple of people’s stories and show up at the final confrontation with the murderer. I hadn’t read this one, and it didn’t survive reading (that’s what I get for buying books at 3 for $1 at the last library sale). I wouldn’t want to reread it anyway; I didn’t like any of the characters.
  • Kamen Tantei v4, Matsuri Akino (own) — meh. If I can find all of them, the series will get its own post.
  • Caroline and Julia, Clare Darcy (own, reread)
  • Death in the Air (aka Death in the Clouds), Agatha Christie (own, reread) — Hercule Poirot actively detecting; I remembered the results of the romantic subplot, but not the culprit, and had a mistaken impression of another character for a while
  • The Case of the Horrified Heirs, Erle Stanley Gardner (library) — if he was a real lawyer, he’d have been penalized somehow for his shenanigans (though he did not know that a murder had been committed at the time). It also contains a character named Boring Briggs.
  • Hickory Dickory Death (aka Hickory Dickory Dock), Agatha Christie (library) — strange happenings at a hostel for students managed by Hercule Poirot’s secretary’s sister turn to murder; a bit much casual racism — the hostel has a number of foreign and non-white residents. Also, since it was written in 1955, Communists are suspicious. I’m not sure if I’d read this one before or not; the setting seems familiar, but nothing else does.

Watched
Zigzo – The 1st Scene Zigzo (own, VHS)
Gackt – Training Days 2006 Drug Party (own)
Doctor Who – Season 2, volume 5 (netflix) — the end of the season; I knew the end result of the season, but didn’t know the details; I liked Nine and Rose much better than Ten and Rose, and look forward to new companions.
Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society (netflix) — a movie, set at a few years after other installments (the Major left Section Nine two years ago). It involved suicides (gun to the head) of people with matching tattoos, missing children, and the net formed by the elderly, among other things; it had better animation than the series, and a bit more gore. I wish there had been more explanation or exploration or reaction to the culprit’s identity, though.

Played
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS) — beat, didn’t bother with 100% of everything; shorter, easier, a bit simpler than other Zelda games, but still enjoyable
Children of Mana (DS) — much repeated crawling through random dungeons (which I actually like in general; I’ve spent too way much time with Rogue/Nethack/Angband randomly-generated dungeon-type games in the past); my biggest peeves are the inability to access the full menu at any time in the dungeons (though you can every four levels) and the inability to see what you already own in the shops. I’d also like more variety in the dungeons (there are several areas, but each only has a few base levels), but I finished it and started over again with a different character; there’s not much difference in the plot with a different character.

Listened
maybe, though iTunes keeps track, and that’s what last.fm is for; I’m surprised they don’t offer monthly charts, though.

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Acquired

Dust, Elizabeth Bear (new) — wanted The Bone Key, but they didn’t have it; ended up going back in and getting this after my car died in the parking lot (didn’t see it the first time through, but probably wouldn’t have bought it that day otherwise even if I had seen it; the lines were too long)
The Bone Key, Sarah Monette (new) — had every intention of buying The Mirador, though I did intentionally go to the Borders that had both
Kamen Tantei v3, Matsuri Akino (new)
When Body Language Goes Bad, Scott Adams (new) — stupid clearance table; apparently I own this, though it didn’t look familiar
Kamen Tantei v4, Matsuri Akino (new)

Her Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik (used) — read from library originally, bought the next two new
The Elves and the Otterskin, Elizabeth Boyer (used) — picked up every time, finally bought
Ethan of Athos, Lois McMaster Bujold (used) — have everything but this and Falling Free
Proven Guilty, Jim Butcher (used) — #8 of the Dresden Files
Half the Day is Night, Maureen F. McHugh (used) — which apparently I bought years ago and have never read (same edition, even)
The Steerswoman’s Road (contains The Steerswoman and The Outskirter’s Secret) and The Language of Power, Rosemary Kirstein (used) — because they were there; ended up trading in the duplicates and a few other things
True Names: And the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier Vernor Vinge (used) — I should pay more attention; I assumed short stories, but it’s mostly essays. It was $1 at the library, though (they run a store off of donations and the occasional discard)
The Egypt Game, Zilpha Keatley Snyder (used) — I might have read this at the appropriate age
Creatures of the Night Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli (used)

The Case of the Singing Suit, Erle Stanley Gardner (library)
Dead Beat, Jim Butcher (library) — #7 of the Dresden files (have 1-6 and 8), returned unread; needed to finish 6 first and never got around to it; will buy eventually
Spook Country, William Gibson (library) — returned unread; never got around to it; maybe next time I’ll read it; will probably buy eventually
The Sittaford Mystery (aka The Murder at Hazelmoor, Agatha Christie (library)
Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog, Ysabeau S. Wilce (library) — because of the title, mostly
Letty, Clare Darcy (library)
The Boomerang Clue (aka Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?), Agatha Christie (library)
The Case of the Horrified Heirs, Erle Stanley Gardner (library)
Expecting Someone Taller, Tom Holt (library)
Hickory Dickory Death (aka Hickory Dickory Dock), Agatha Christie (library)

Rebirth, Moon – Gackt (ebay, different sellers, both 1st press; I’m never taking the Moon CD out of the packaging again; you shouldn’t need instructions to remove a CD from the case!)
「桜花咲きそめにけり」 – D (new, limited edition with DVD) — because it’s pretty and because I like these two songs better than the album
Solid Beat I and II – 松本和之/Kazuyuki Matsumoto (both new, limited edition with DVD) — I don’t think I really needed both of these; I like him, but there’s not a lot of variety in his sound
「世界人間牧場計画撲滅委員会」 – Hellmetz (new, my inner fangirl got the best of me; I rarely order things I haven’t heard and never when I hadn’t heard the band) — and amazon.jp split my order, which really surprised me (though it was the preorder that wasn’t available on release date), and for these particular CDs was cheaper than cdjapan’s cheapest and slowest shipping)

Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society (netflix)

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