September 2012 log

I feel like I’m missing something, but don’t know what it would be. I also read some of China Miéville’s Railsea and a good part of G. Willow Wilson’s Alif the Unseen, both of which were library books and had to be returned; I do mean to finish them both eventually. I also started Felix J. Palma’s The Map of the Sky and Tanya Huff’s Smoke and Ashes; I’ll definitely finish Smoke and Ashes.

Read in September:

Tanya Huff – Smoke and Mirrors (own, reread)
Simon Brett – The Torso in the Town (library)
Monica Ferris – Thai Die (library)

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August 2012 log

Mercedes Lackey – Home from the Sea (library)
Gay Ann Rogers – Needlepoint Designs from Asia (library) — I liked some of the designs from this, but I don’t know that the text on the designs was actually legible writing in the expected language; the Arabic didn’t look quite right and the Japanese looked wrong.
Simon Brett – Death on the Downs (library)
Gail Carriger – Soulless (library, reread)
Cory Doctorow – Little Brother (library) — read about half and got distracted
Lloyd Alexander – The Book of Three (library, reread) — first read at an appropriate age, saw an omnibus of Prydain at the library, but got distracted; will try to read the rest
Tanya Huff – Smoke and Shadows (reread)
Matt Ruff – Fool on the Hill (library, reread) — I used to own this, but it was lost when I moved a few years ago
Monica Ferris – Knitting Bones (library)
China Miéville – Railsea (library) — read about a third, planning on finishing; the use of & instead of “and” and the sentence fragments were kind of jarring at the beginning, but I’m starting to get into it and ignore them

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July 2012 log

Read in July:

Mercedes Lackey – Unnatural Issue (library, reread)
G.M. Malliet – Wicked Autumn (library)
Mark del Franco – Unfallen Dead (library)
Monica Ferris – Cutwork (library)
Liz Williams – Worldsoul (own)
Simon Brett – Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King’s Daughter (library)
F.E. Higgins – The Black Book of Secrets (library)
Julia Hickman – Tapestry and Beadwork: Canvaswork Projects for the Home (library)
Seanan McGuire – Discount Armageddon
Monica Ferris – Sins and Needles (library)

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June 2012 log

I finally got around to updating librarything with everything I’ve logged here for the first time in a few years. I still need to figure out what I’ve bought and not read, though. Maybe someday I’ll go back to writing about what I’ve read.
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Yellow Submarine (DVD, 2012 release vs 1999 release)

This is just a comparison of the two DVD releases of Yellow Submarine.

  • The menus are different, but the chapters are the same.
  • There are no new DVD extras for the new release; the one different feature is that the old version has an isolated music audio track in 5.1 surround. The DVD extras include audio commentary, making of documentary, original theatrical trailer, storyboard sequences, interviews, original pencil drawings, and behind the scenes photographs.
  • I’m guessing the soundtrack was redone: the new edition has a plain stereo option and a DTS 5.1 surround option in addition to the original mono; the old has the mono and a 5.1 surround option.
  • The movie itself is widescreen; the old version had black bars to make it full screen, while the new version is widescreen.
  • The new version has a wider array of language and subtitle options than the old: the old had English audio only and French, English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portugese subtitles (English and French only according to the back cover); the new has German 5.1 surround and Italian 5.1 surround in addition to the English options and subtitles in English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Portugese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, and Polish and hard of hearing captions in English and German.

The packaging and physical extras are nicer for the new version: a nice booklet and cels and stickers vs a short foldout booklet only for the old version. Most of the text in the new version’s booklet is the same as that in the old version, though.

Yellow Submarine - 2012 releaseYellow Submarine - 1999 release

The most important difference is in the image quality; the new version was restored frame by frame by hand.

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May 2012 log

Read in May:

Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear – The Tempering of Men (library)
Kristin Cashore – Bitterblue (library)
Mary Anna Evans – Plunder (library)
Mark del Franco – Unshapely Things (library)
P.D. James – Death Comes to Pemberly (library)
Shannon Hale – Midnight in Austenland (library)
Galen Beckett – The House on Durrow Street
Monica Ferris – A Stitch in Time (library)

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April 2012 log

This was a short attention span month: I also read between a third and half of Jo Walton’s Half a Crown, Galen Beckett’s The House on Durrow Street, Mira Grant’s Feed, Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon, Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear’s The Tempering of Men (currently reading), and the first few chapters of Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. I want to finish all of those, but don’t know if I actually will.

Jo Walton – Farthing (own, reread)
Marissa Meyer – Cinder (library)
Jo Walton – Ha’penny (own, reread)
Ernest Cline – Ready Player One (library)
Mary Robinette Kowal – Shades of Milk and Honey (reread)
Mercedes Lackey – Beauty and the Werewolf (reread)
Galen Beckett – The Magicians and Mrs. Quent (library, reread)
Clare Darcy – Letty (library, reread)
Shannon Hale – Austenland (library)
Clare Darcy – Allegra (library, reread)

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