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September 1st, 2009


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08:59 am - T-Rex When You Only See One Set of Footprints in the Sand, It Was I, BATMAN, That Carried You
I am a guy who really likes Batman.

And now I can see all my Batman comics because I FINALLY BOUGHT BOOKSHELVES AFTER HAVING LIVED HERE FOR THREE FUCKING YEARS. All my graphic novels look so pretty! And all my books, my precious books, overflowing in another bookshelf in my bedroom. I did some unpacking and tidying up this weekend, and my place looks so much nicer! I feel better about living here, even though my landlord wouldn't reduce my rent at all (and, in fact, is raising it, just belatedly). My books keep me sane. (Also, who knew I already owned Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead? This is what happens when your books live in boxes. It's a good thing I didn't buy it again.)

Speaking of books, seanan_mcguire's debut novel, Rosemary and Rue comes out today, so head to your local bookstore or online retailer and pick it up! If my review is not enough to convince you, fear not, actoplasm has posted an interview with the author over at BookBanter. Get an inside look at Toby Daye and the writing process from Seanan McGuire herself. (And tune in in two weeks when Alex interviews Mike Carey. Mike Carey, you guys!)

If you are in the Bay Area, consider attending one of the fabulous release parties. I'll be at Borderlands on Saturday!

Speaking of releases, remember that time I posted about The Guild and some of you actually got hooked on the series? Season 3 premieres today! MSN also has the first two seasons up if you're not caught up, and catching up is recommended since the third season picks up after the fallout from the season two finale. Get ready for a season of Wil Wheaton terrorizing our favorite guild!

In conclusion, happy birthday, mrbroom!
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Current Music: Karmacoda - Skylines

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 1st, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Holler

Funny enough, I also finally got bookshelves after having lived in the same place for three years. Good looking out.
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From:mrbroom
Date:September 1st, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
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...yeah, that was me.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 1st, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
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So we're still the same person? Jesus, you'd think we would grow up at some point.
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From:mrbroom
Date:September 1st, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
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I don't think either of us would think that.
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From:water_of_fire
Date:September 1st, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
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I saw Seanan's book at Borders (yes, Borders, don't tell Alan) yesterday and considered it. HOW good is it?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 1st, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Heh, yeah, some of the Borderses had it out early.

I mentioned the things I liked about it in my review, but, in short, it's very good. It's a solid tale with an interesting mix of noir tropes and faerie lore told by a compelling protagonist. Since one of the main strengths is the worldbuilding, it's a great beginning—even though it can be enjoyed on its own, there are loose ends (mostly unconnected with the main plot) still left to be explored—and I hope to be more blown away by the following books in the series, now that she's established the characters. I have no doubt they'll be just as enjoyable and probably more, given that I've enjoyed some of her other unpublished books quite a bit.

Plus, the series is set in San Francisco, so it's fun for locals. The first chapter starts in the Mission Safeway! Or the Market Safeway. You know, that one Safeway.
From:sainfoin_fields
Date:September 1st, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Marina Safeway?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 2nd, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
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Nope, the Safeway on Mission Street, I have confirmed.
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From:equustel
Date:September 1st, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
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omg, that Dinosaur Comic! "For every Batman argument that comes out of my mouth there's like eighty of them that go on in my head." THIS IS TRUTH.

Proper bookshelves make everything better, don't they? We finally got a big one for our living room a few months back, and I was so pleased... but now it's filled to overflowing again, and I'm back to stuffing books under coffee tables and in other odd places for easy access. :( Foiled again!
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From:punzerel
Date:September 2nd, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
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YAY BOOKSHELVES! So essential.
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From:eldritch_flame
Date:September 2nd, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
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Bookshelves are, indeed, the bomb. It's only been just over a month since I moved here, but I have been missing my bookshelves like whoa. Especially considering I had to pay $100 cause all my books put my luggage over capacity! This apartment's going to feel so much more like 'home' with bookshelves.

And I do clearly remember that time you got me hooked on The Guild, but I realize I didn't comment on that post, so thanks for that! Yay season 3!

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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 2nd, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Yay!
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From:tripoli
Date:September 9th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
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...Oh, wow, I can't believe I missed that Dinosaur Comics. Or that I've had that conversation. ::blush::

And yay for comics. Mine are all nicely shelved and finally in some kind of vague order...back at my parents' house, four hours away. Someday, I WILL live someplace long enough to at least make it worthwhile to bring all my books and comics there.

what if they get lonely?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 9th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
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My comics are so pretty! Sometimes I just admire them. Hello, Batman! Hello, Daredevil! Hello, Sandman!
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From:tripoli
Date:September 9th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh God, yeah. I didn't go back home for a while, and then over some holiday I started reorganizing a pile that I'd stuffed somewhere, and pretty soon it was all, "Hey, 'Tec 597, what are YOU doing down there? Doom Patrol, why is your post-Morrison run in the Green Arrows?" It's a sickness.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 9th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
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"Do I organize the Batman trades by title or chronology? Where do DKR and Year One fit into all this? I guess they go first? And No Man's Land happened before the Murderer/Fugitive stuff? MAYBE THIS WILL WORK."

I debated whether to put the Death trades with the Sandman or in their proper alphabetical order. I went with the latter.

Also, I was going to separate Marvel and DC but then I ended up just putting them all together. Batman shares the shelf with Daredevil.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 9th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Um, oh my God, your entire bio is a Lorrie Moore quote. I love Lorrie Moore! And you're friends with a lot of Buffistas. Do I know you?

Edited at 2009-09-09 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From:tripoli
Date:September 9th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
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I think somehow not, though I know I've been seeing your name around for ages (ghost cow: kind of a vivid mental image). Hi!

Also, that's so cool that you're a medical writer. I'm taking a class in medical journalism as an elective now, and I love it so far. (I'm in public health school, and one of the only non journalists in this class. Every time I say anything about statistical power or public health messaging, somebody twitches. It's great.)

Have you read Lorrie Moore's new book yet?
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From:tripoli
Date:September 9th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
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(Er, I mean, I think somehow we have managed to never directly cross paths before, not 'somehow you frequent such backwater corners of the internet that you have not heard tell of my awesome'.)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 9th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Well, I am glad we finally crossed paths! I am going to uncharacteristically make the first move and friend you first.
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From:tripoli
Date:September 9th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Backatcha :-D
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 9th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
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I think somehow not, though I know I've been seeing your name around for ages (ghost cow: kind of a vivid mental image). Hi!
Hi!

Also, that's so cool that you're a medical writer.
Thanks! I'm only sort of a medical writer at this point, really. My job is more drug safety reporting.

I'm taking a class in medical journalism as an elective now, and I love it so far. (I'm in public health school, and one of the only non journalists in this class. Every time I say anything about statistical power or public health messaging, somebody twitches. It's great.)
Oh, cool! And...oh my goodness. You are like the target audience for my cancer pharmacology workshop. Would you mind looking over my handout and telling me how well or poorly it speaks to you? It's due Friday. And then I have to put together my slides. (Also, we frequently have public health speakers at the medical writing conferences, and I find them really fascinating. I always leave considering an MPH.

Have you read Lorrie Moore's new book yet?
No! I am reading comics instead. But I will at some point.
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From:tripoli
Date:September 9th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, definitely! My degree is technically going to be in healthcare administration, but the business school kids thinks I'm a communist and now, my God, a writer, so it kind of averages out. tripoli8 at gmail.

I actually just got back from a class in quality of care, but that's my first real exposure to patient safety issues. We worked on an interesting project with information management of chemo pharmacies last year, but that's pretty much the entirety of my background. Just let me know what you're looking for.

And yes, I have recently been sucked back in by comics after going cold turkey for almost three years. It is what it is, but I think I'm coming to realize that, at 25, I am hardwired to like trashy superhero stories and that's simply the way it's going to be.


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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 9th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
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25! You're a young'n! Heh.

I see that you're a DC girl, like a lot of the Buffistas. I lean more toward Marvel, but the Buffistas did get me into the Batfam, so I dabble in DC as well. I am about to make a post about Daredevil, though!

P.S. "The long dark wet t-shirt contest of the soul." Heeeee.
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From:tripoli
Date:September 10th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
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So I will confess that I am only vaguely familiar with b.org, except that half the people I know were involved with it at some point before I knew them. But yes, I am a DC girl, though I have enjoyed various Marvel runs very much (JMS's Spider-Man, Waid's FF, Morrison's X-Men, Joe Kelly on pretty much anything, to name a few). I'm saving up Captain America till Brubaker's done, but only because I've picked up issues here and there and I really don't think I could survive reading that monthly.

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