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"2012 TBD: NUMAIR: THE EARLY YEARS (very tentative title), in which we learn of Numair's last years at the university of Carthak, the beginning of his conflict with the newly-made Emperor Ozorne (Numair's best friend), his quick departure from Carthak, and how he survives afterward, in Random House hardcover in the U.S. and Canada"

Eeeeeeeeee! That is all. Lady will know why I'm doing the fangirly squeals. Everyone else can ignore me.

Also, yes, this might be old news. :P Shush. I just found out about it. (While checking to see if there's another two books in the Trickster's series...)
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So uh. I finished reading the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Stroud Jonathan. 4 hours for the first book, on my flight from SFO to IAD. Then the second and third books today.

Somehow, the quality and flow of the story reminded me of Artemis Fowl. I'm not sure if it's because I consumed all three books at the same breakneck speed I used for reading the Artemis Fowl books, or because of something else.

All in all, not too bad. The end was... an abrupt surprise though. I rather wish the author had allowed Nathaniel to live and truly change and redeem himself.

Unless my eBook copy isn't complete.

"Mind you, since in that split second we were, to all intents and purposes, one and the same, I rather think he knew anyway."
Could someone confirm that as the last sentence in the book? I've checked Amazon's browse-inside-the-book option, and it does appear to be the end, which is... well, urk.
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I really, really recommend this book. It's worth the time spent on reading it, especially if the sort that enjoys watching people and trying to figure things out. Even if you're not, it's probably still worthwhile reading.

Try it.

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Not done reading it yet; up to page 80ish. Will edit as I read more.

(Hmm. Things to do:
1. Figure out the positive nuances and use them in public. Suspect I'm already employing these. Need to be able to enable those in interviews. May consult a recruiter friend to see if he's aware of them.
2. Already people watching. Have attained some skill to make good snap judgments on people. Tested at least thrice, and told I was primarily accurate on all counts.
3. Locate the change that happens when 'primed', and duplicate that. => links to the whole more-self-esteem/larger-ego suggestion from 'melly.
4. Start noticing when I make snap judgements, and then poke at the 'locked door' to see why. While understanding that I may not be able to pinpoint an exact why, because I'm not skilled enough to peg all of the actual things like, body positioning and amount of makeup.)

priming... huh. That explains why some songs 'cause me to be slightly more depressed - Evanescence, for example. While others, like Superchick and a number of Christian bands, tends to be a lot more upliffing.

filter has finally kicked in: Examples in this book may have been selected to be true and support the author's opinion. So things should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, a nice set of tool to make use of. And one can never have too many tools.

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priming, mental flag/alert: This would also explain why some stories I read online come across as a lot more hopeful and positive. Causing me to go back to reread them on occasions. Examples of this include Jeconais' Harry Potter fanfiction as well as "Tanj's tales" (the latter is NOT worksafe and probably not suitable for most of ya~). Before (and well, still), I would have said that the stories had contained a lot of "hope" in them. I had noticed the effects, but now I know what might be the reason. Next step: Go back and see if that's really the reason.
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Am quite obviously not working. While at work, anyhow. Went online to look for a Microsoft Sharepoint Workflows instructional whatsit and ended up on the bookwarez channel in IRC. Saw someone request the Stephen King, "The Stand" and downloaded it for myself.

Here's a snippet of the preface:
I'll spare you the story of how The Stand came to be written--the chain of thought which produces a novel rarely interests anyone but aspiring novelists. They tend to believe there is a "secret formula" to writing a commercially successful novel, but there isn't. You get an idea; at some point another idea kicks in; you make a connection or a series of them between ideas; a few characters (usually little more than shadows at first) suggest themselves; a possible ending occurs to the writer's mind (although when the ending comes, it's rarely much like the one the writer envisioned [so true!]); and at some point, the novelist sits down with a paper and pen, a typewriter, or a word cruncher. When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, "One word at a time," and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: one stone at a time, man. That's all. One stone at a time. But I've read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope.

Either it's been too long since I've read good writing, or I'm overly romantic, or he's got a nice way of stringing words together. It reads well - and there's just the tiniest bit of snarkyness in there...
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"Dear Amazon.com Customer,

As someone who has expressed interest in books by Tamora Pierce, you might like to know that Terrier (Beka Cooper) will be released on October 24, 2006. You can pre-order your copy by following the link below.

Tamora Pierce begins a new Tortall trilogy introducing Beka Cooper, an amazing young woman who lived 200 years before Pierce's popular Alanna character. For the first time, Pierce employs first-person narration in a novel, bringing readers even closer to a character that they will love for her unusual talents and tough personality.

Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat that's about to get tougher, as Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka is using dark magic to profit from the Lower City's criminal enterprises--and the result is a crime wave the likes of which the Provost's Guard has never seen before."


:: mutters and paws at wallet:: Book collection doesn't mind being a bit bigger, does it?

(No, I'm not pre-ordering. Come to think of it, I haven't picked up new books for a long time now. Just used books. But still, another thing to buy at some point. Marrrrrf.)
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...but.. I thought it was complete, but it's not!

There's only 4 of the 7 books out so far. ::cries::

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Hmmm, yet another deja vu moment. Hello again.
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Whee, I finished the first chapter (already). Now to wait err... twoish weeks for the next one.

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