JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

Because I occasionally do something besides knit ... ;-)

Finished reading Charles Stross' Rule 34 a short while back ... very VERY good both as science fiction and as a mystery, and with an ending that can be THE ending or allowance for a sequel. Closest analogy: if William Gibson had written Keith Hartman's "Gumshoe" with "Neuromancer" technology extrapolated from what we have today instead of what we had back then, with far less humour (this is a serious magic-free murder mystery) and with the multi-character POVs in third person instead of first person (Stross only had, if I recall correctly, six POV (three primary, three secondary) instead of Hartman's nine, but, all credit to him and this-considered-unreadable-format, he has also pulled it off successfully!). Plus it's always a pleasure to read a well-written tale set in a less-used location ... in this case the author's native and futurized Edinburgh.

Acquired and watched (multiple times! it's addictive!) the TV-movie version of Terry Pratchett's Going Postal. Beautifully done, impeccable casting, marvelous sets and costumes, and still tons of story with all the important stuff there (though they did unnecessarily lose the line that made me instantly love Adora Belle Dearheart the first time I read it: "I like to have dinner every night." ... even if you've never read the book, if you watch the movie you'll instantly KNOW where this belongs). Lovely background touches from the print version abound ... Otto Chriek taking the photos for the Times, the white line dividing Stanley and Groat's shared quarters (complete with neutral circle around the salt pot), etc.

Received my copy of the Yarn Harlot's newest book, All Wound Up, on Friday and read it yesterday. If you pick this one up be prepared to suffer from frequent fits of giggles during reading ... and possible risk of injury from serious side-spliting laughter in several places. Like all her writings (and those of all the best humourists), there is a serious and philosophical side as well ... her musings on why it BOTHERS so many non-knitters that knitters spend time making things that can be purchased ready-made (especially socks) can be applied to many other activities (sewing, cooking, pottery, woodwork, etc.) that give their practitioners pleasure and have product at the end. Highly recommended reading no matter what your hobbies/interests.

Have had a good read through the fitting/sizing portion of Ysolda Teague's Little Red in the City and it is worth a hundred times the author's weight in gold for being clearly written and illustrated. I've often found books on this topic to be lacking on the illustrative side, which makes it difficult for non-visual thinkers like myself to "translate" the words ... there are a couple of photos of a dressform wearing a padded bra in this volume that taught me a principle far better than many pages of words could have. Potentially very useful for sewers as well as knitters (and crocheters) just because Teague shows multiple methods of stitch shapings and placements (where is as important as how) and explains the hows and whys of determining which will work best in a particular garment/for a particular body shape/size ... this can easily translate into the darts and shapings used in sewing. Plus she's not afraid to use her own screwups to demonstrate a point (IMO a real mistake makes a far better lesson than an artificially created ... and thus unrealistically controlled ... one).

And am halfway through Jon Armstrong's Grey, with sequel Yarn standing by. Loving it so far ... much thanks to anotheranon for the recommendation! :-)
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