book log — Kim

Finished Rudyard Kipling’s Kim yesterday. Yes, Cybook on the bus again. That gadget has made such a difference to the amount of reading for pleasure I’m doing, simply by making it feasible to read on the bus. Anyway, I am not going to try to review Kim, as I don’t think I can add anything useful to the reams that have been expended on the subject over the last century.

Some general comments — this is the first time I’ve read Kim. I’ve read the Jungle Books and Just So Stories repeatedly since I was a child, so it’s not that I didn’t love Kipling’s writing, it’s just the old “so many books, so little time” problem. For me Kim was something new from a well-loved author, something without the gloss of fond memory over that particular set of words. And I loved it. It’s Kipling’s love letter to the India of his childhood, a vivid portrait of a complex land and intertwining cultures. And for all the accusations of racism and jingoism thrown at Kipling, it’s a subtle undermining of stereotypes, with several of the characters exploiting those very stereotypes to go about their business as spies. The plot runs out of steam in places, but the prose carries it through anyway. Now I need to go back and re-read a couple of his other books…

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Tuesday Thingers

Today’s question from Bostonbibliophile – Blog Widgets. Do you use them? Do you have them on your blog? Do you know what I’m talking about? :-) A blog widget is that list of books “From my LibraryThing” and such, that you’ll sometimes see on someone’s sidebar. If you use it, do all of your books show up or do you have it set to only show certain books? Do you have a search widget, which would allow your blog readers to search your library? Have you ever made a photomosaic of your book covers? You can find widgets and photomosaic information on the “Tools” tab in LibraryThing.

I’m deeply boring, and have only the very basic blog widget that shows random books from my LibraryThing account, and that only on my WordPress book blog, not on my LiveJournal. This is mostly because I started a new job not that long after the LTER blogcircle started up, and ever since then I’ve not had the time or energy to fiddle with my blog layouts. Besides, some of my readers would be after me with a wet noodle if I was spending time on fiddling with layouts that I could be spending writing the next book… It doesn’t help that both LJ and WP aren’t terribly widget-friendly, and I’d need to do a certain amount of beating into submission to get them to show anything at all. But I think I’d like to have the “search my LibraryThing” widget, as I think that would be genuinely useful to some of my blog’s readers.

Loose Id’s having a very special sale today

An announcement from my publisher:

With True Love and Marriage for All

Isn’t that what erotic romance is about? Finding the one or two or five persons you want to spend the rest of your life with, having blistering hot sex with them, and being fulfilled in your wildest fantasies of a life? Not everyone wants to get married or needs to, but if they do, then let them!

Today, November 15th, there are protests around the country to support marriage equality and overturn initiatives preventing gay marriage. We know this is a divisive issue, and while we feel strongly about it, we’ve elected not to make a direct donation of sales proceeds to the cause. Instead, for today only, we’re offering you an 8% discount on all purchases totaling over $1.00 and encouraging those of you who support the freedom to marry to make your own donation to Marriage Equality USA, No on Prop 8 California or the local group of your choice.

http://www.loose-id.net/

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I’m glad they’ve done this. I’m Kinsey 0, hardwired mono, and married to a man of the same race as myself. These things are not true of many of my friends, and I know people who have just had their marriage forcibly annulled. I don’t see any moral difference between Prop 8 and the Mixed Marriages Act. And the rhetoric I hear supporting Prop 8 sounds just like the rhetoric I heard two decades ago when the Mixed Marriages Act was about to be dismantled.

Tuesday Thingers

Today’s question, hosted by Bostonbibliphile: LT Things- t-shirts, bags,cue cats- are you into the “stuff”? Do you use a cuecat to enter your books, or do you enter them manually? What do you think of the stuff?

I’ve got a cuecat, and I thought it was wonderful when I was trying to enter a large number of books in a hurry last year. It only works on books with a standard ISBN barcode, and it takes a bit of practice, but you can run through a stack of books very quickly once you’re set up. For only one or two books it’s quicker to type the ISBN by hand, so I’m not using it much at the moment, but I don’t regret buying it.

The rest of the stuff… It’s nice stuff, and if I really needed another tote bag or teeshirt (and lived in the US, because postage adds up), I’d be perfectly happy to play walking billboard for LT. I like the designs, and I like the site. But I’ve been going to sf cons for over a decade, and already have more than enough of that sort of stuff. Pretty much a lifetime supply, in fact. So I’m not really tempted to add to the collection.