Monthly Archives: August 2013

Book Review: Sister Mine, by Nalo Hopkinson

Hachette Book Group
305 pp.

Makeda and Abby are formerly conjoined twins who have family problems complicated by half of their family being gods and the other half of their family being the servitors of those gods. The children of a fertility god and a mortal woman, Abby was born with magical abilities related to music, but Makeda was apparently born without. This eventually causes a great deal of stress on the twin’s relationship, which prompts Makeda to make an attempt to live on her own. Continue reading

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Job Hunt update…

I’ve been making a few tentative stabs at continuing my job hunt. The warehouse job was a severe blow to my confidence, and I’m even more unsettled by my health problems than I was before. Getting started again is somewhat difficult because I am out of my prescriptions (specifically and anti-anxiety med and a anti-depressant med) and I have gone back to being listless, frustrated and completely blank. (It does not help my lung problems are making breathing difficult, I have an intermittent headache that nothing seems to help and I generally feel under the weather.) My “spoon” count is very low at this point, let’s put it that way.

On my way to my therapy appointment, I noticed that the bottom floor of the building had some kind of call center. Acting on impulse, I asked to fill out an application, which I did. I also gave them my resume. I failed to ask any questions about job openings/job titles. My only excuse is that I was being very impulsive and my thoughts were not entirely clear on what the heck I thought I was doing. Later in the day I received a phone call from the business. My contact said that the call center was doing appointment setting. Apparently, they were in fact looking for people to hire I was told to call them back, which I did and leave a phone number so I could be contacted, which I did.

It took me four or five tries before I could make a halfway decent, hopefully “call center quality” voice message. If I don’t get a call back, I will definitely be calling them back.

In other news, I have scheduled a number of appointments.

Thursday the 22nd, I’m going to be going to a workshop/orientation for a certification program that is apparently run by the local job center. On the 27th, I am going to be going to be talking to a financial counselor in order to qualify for a healthcare program. On the 29th, I’m going to be going to the social security office to see if I can qualify for disability or if there are any financial aid programs I can sign onto. The latter two appointments are going to require a huge amount of paperwork, much of which I do not actually have. One of the things on the list was a letter from my previous employer to prove I had a job at one point. I was not able to get this document because the temp agency does not give this information out unless they are given a specific form of some kind for it. I was extremely unhappy about this.

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Thirteen by Yana Toboso

Volume thirteen of Kuroshitsuji opens with Elizabeth, who has a sincere fondness for girly things that is complicated by having a genius for something that is not traditionally “girly.” Add to this her mother’s sincere desire that Elizabeth not end up dead, Ciel being a twit when he was little, and the Victorian era’s attitude toward women, and Elizabeth is in a very interesting bind. And by interesting, I actually mean she goes into hysterics because she is afraid that now that Ciel knows she can kick tail, he won’t want to marry her. Fortunately, Ciel is much less of a twit now than he was when he was even tinier! In fact, he seems to be rather flustered about Elizabeth and her unexpected talent for mayhem! He quickly reassures her, and Sebastian finds this completely amusing!  Continue reading

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Book Review: Burdens of the Dead by Mercedes Lackey, David Freer and Eric Flint

BAEN
438 pp.

The Children of Alexandria series has the following premise: Due to the libarian/philosopher/teacher Hypatia mysteriously converting to Christianity after a debate with a mysterious figure, she is able to save the Library of Alexandria and avoid being torn apart by Christian monks. With this significant change in history, magic and magical creatures exist and continue to share a somewhat uneasy existence with the mortal world. (Magic users are accepted by the Hypatian Order, and this version of Christianity is slightly less horrible to non-Christians during this time period. Jews and other non-Christians are still confined in ghettoes but you get the feeling there are fewer pogroms.) Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Twelve, Julietta Suzuki

In volume twelve of Kamisama Kiss, it quickly becomes clear that there is a major problem with the relationship between Kotaro and Himemiko. The catfish princess is attempting to protect Kotaro by keeping him ignorant of her real identity, which is never actually a very good idea. Meanwhile, Kotaro is a shy boy who has been bullied in the past and therefore has some severe trust issues. Continue reading

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Book Review: In a Fix by Linda Grimes

TOR
332 pp.

This review is going to be extremely unfair because I read In a Fix shortly after reading and reviewing Seanan McGuire’s Midnight Blue-Light Special.

The premise of In a Fix is that there are people called “aura adaptors” who have the ability to “borrow auras” from other people and somehow acquire their physiological characteristics. How something presumably non-physical can affect someone’s physical appearance is not adequately explained. The author hand-waves any explanation by having the heroine scoff at the idea of molecular-level shapeshifting, then a few chapters later has the heroine acquire the physical characteristics–including size–of a small child so that she can escape a pair of handcuffs. (No, I am not sure how that works.) Continue reading

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Outlined: Gossamer Axe by Gael Baudino

Gossamer Axe is a stand-alone novel by Gael Baudino. It’s a Tam Lin-like story about a young woman attempting to rescue her lover from the Sidh. This is complicated by the modern setting and the way the Sidh Realm is receding from the world. You can tell this book was written in the late 80s because the cover blurb very cleverly fails to mention that Our Heroine’s lover is a girl. Continue reading

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