Archive for 2002

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Oxford Exit by Veronica Stallwood

In books read on December 31, 2002

Christmas holiday reading.... minimal comments.

I read one of this series years back but I can barely remember it and I obviously haven't rushed to read the rest. In this one Kate Ivory, a novelist working in Oxford, is persuaded to take on some temporary work at the Bodlean and other libraries around the university to figure out who is stealing valuable books from them and how. The library side of the book is really interesting but Kate got on my nerves a bit. I've already taken another volume in the series out of the library to see whether Kate's as irritating in the other books as there was a lot I liked enough to try again here.

Borrowed.

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The Primrose Switchback by Jo Bannister

In books read on December 30, 2002

Christmas holiday reading.... minimal comments.

I love Bannister's Castlemere series but I wouldn't have tried this series featuring Primrose Holland, a local newspaper agony aunt, if I hadn't have come across it in the library at a time I was looking for something gentle to read. It's rather more of a cosy than my usual taste despite the author trying to turn the suspense knob up to maximum and turn it into a thriller at times. I won't rush to read the rest of the series but might do if they turn up in the library.

Borrowed.

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Killing Grounds by Dana Stabenow

In books read on December 29, 2002

Christmas holiday reading.... minimal comments.

After a couple of weeks I've already forgotten almost entirely what this book was about. I do know more and more things are bugging me about the main character in this series but I'll probably keep on reading all the same. The plots are decidedly average in decidedly non-average scenery.

Purchased on 15th November 2002.

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Hanging on the Wire by Gillian Linscott

In books read on December 28, 2002

Christmas holiday reading.... minimal comments.

This book is probably my least favourite of the Nell Bray series that I've read so far which is what comes of starting at the end. Nothing to put me off carrying on rushing through these books though.

Borrowed.

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Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

In books read on December 28, 2002

Christmas holiday reading.... minimal comments.

I love it when sequels turn out to be better than the original book and though I liked The Eyre Affair I loved this. That's probably just because I'm more familiar with some of the books featured here than I am with the plot of Jane Eyre (I hated Great Expectations when I had to read it for GCSE but it means I know the story pretty well) but I do think this book's got a better plot of it's own and was more consistent than the first one. Since I know that there's a third volume of Thursday Next's adventures due out I hope the series keeps getting better.

Purchased on 15th November 2002.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

In books read on December 20, 2002

Christmas holiday reading.... minimal comments.

I enjoyed this but I don't think I'm quite as impressed with this series as everyone else in the world. I'm enjoying the fact that Harry, Ron and Hermione are growing up and acting like fourteen year olds and not getting stuck aged eleven in bookland. The character development is pretty good but the stories aren't engaging me as much as they might. I really did think this one was getting a little drawn out at over six hundred pages. There's plenty of storyline to fill the pages and it doesn't get tedious, I think it's just that I'm beginning to find Harry's legendary status both in the real world and the one he inhabits bit trying.

Purchased on 15th September 2001.

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kirsty through the looking glass

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2002

me in a mirror

another pic of me at the the mirror project where i’m gallivanting about the national railway museum at york. i mentioned the nrm before and this is one of the few photos i took that wasn’t a logo of some sort, though i think it began by being a pic of the logo on the mirror.

heather champ is the brain child behind the mirror project and i really like her own photos, both reflective and non-reflective kinds. her pics of little stuff like this plastic santa are wonderful.

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invisibility

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2002

i’m hopeless at film quizzes because

  • a) i don’t watch many, and
  • b) i don’t think i’ve got the right sort of visual memory (which is related to point a) i tend to lose track of the characters by not recognising them when they put a hat or a pair of glasses on, ruins the fun somewhat)

but i’m engrossed in looking through these invisibles quizzes because the pictures with the people taken out are bizarrely engaging.

[found via jwz's live journal]

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things to do whilst you wait for completion*

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2002

1. play games with regular expressions and realise you don’t know nearly as much about them as you think because you use practically the same ones all the time.

[found via as above]

2. spend so much time on tenterhooks that you finally get around to finding out what they are. the answer is unsurprisingly that they are the hooks on a tenter. i am stretched, suspended but not drying out yet…

3. try and figure out how to make dean allen’s excellent google hilite tool work alongside gzip compression of your webpages. still working on that.

* bizarre bit of english legal stuff that means the bit where you actually get to move into your new house having supposedly sorted out all the details weeks ago. currently held up for reasons including, but not limited to, “we can’t complete on thursday because the office is shut all afternoon for the christmas party”. this was from the people-we’re-buying-from’s solicitors who were the ones pushing for completion on thursday rather than friday…

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a new beginning (of sorts)

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2002

if that had gone according to plan you
wouldn’t know that i’d just abandoned
blogger.
as it is you shouldn’t notice anything much apart from a few broken bits of coding
in the archives. what i was trying to do was avoid the tinkle of breaking permalinks
but instead you just get to hear the
squeal of bits of broken html.

it’ll get sorted.

but not on a friday afternoon when i was supposed to have moved house by now. grrrr. [we laughed when the solicitor asked if we were worried about moving on friday the thirteenth but i'm beginning to wonder if there's something in it....]

and not when there are bottles of wine calling my name.