Monthly Archives: August 2012

What Amazon recommends to me

I get emails every now and then from Amazon, telling me what they think I should buy. Here’s the latest, because it amused me. This is the order they’re in in the email, too.1. Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football, by David Winner2. … Continue reading

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Book review: Worlds of Exile and Illusion

Worlds of Exile and Illusion by Ursula K. LeGuinThis is a collection of three short novels that are linked together.First, Rocannon’s World, which includes part the short story “Semley’s Necklace.” Rocannon is a representative of the Hainish League, an… Continue reading

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Book review: These Old Shades

These Old Shades by Georgette HeyerThis is a rather fun story. Justin Alastair, Duke of Avon, buys a young boy named Léon to be his page when he literally runs into him on the street. Except Léon is actually Léonie, which he suspects from the start…. Continue reading

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Book review: 1633

1633 by David Weber and Eric FlintI admit, as much as I enjoyed 1632, I picked up this book with trepidation, because I’ve heard rumors of Weber’s penchant for excessive description of how weapons etc work. But I was in the dealers room at LibertyCon w… Continue reading

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My WorldCon schedule

I’m on two panels, but I’d like to do more. They can’t add me to any until the con starts & I go to the programming room and find out which panels need people still.Fri Aug 31 3:00:pm Broad Universe Rapid-Fire ReadingGrand Suite 3I’ll be reading about … Continue reading

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I’ve got a story coming out!

My novelette “Something There Is” will be published in Substitution Cipher by Candlemark and Gleam on December 18, 2012. Continue reading

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Mirror

This is a mirror of my blog, Obligated to Exaggerate. Feel free to comment here or there. (Though sometimes wordpress plays games with turning comments on and off.)

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Geekdom and me, part 2

So, yesterday I talked about my history of geekiness. Today, I’m going to talk a little about fandom and my experience with it.I attended my first convention in March 2000. It was … actually, that’s not true. My first convention was in 1999, a gaming… Continue reading

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Geekdom and me, part 1

I’ve been thinking about writing a post about fandom and what it means and how it’s changing (or isn’t changing) for a while, and then there was apparently a spat about who’s a real geek or not, and then the ReaderCon harassment thing happened, and the… Continue reading

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Book review: With the Lightnings

With the Lightnings by David DrakeThis is the first installment in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy series, which are essentially Master and Commander in space, and with 98% less early 19th-century naval jargon.Lt. Daniel Leary is sent to accompany a dipl… Continue reading

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