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The Disruption

I Aten’t Dead!

Some of you will have noticed that I more or less disappeared halfway through the Republic of Thieves read-along. At that point, I started stressing about midterms and moving, and then the rest of 2013 just flew by. I’ve been so drained of energy that I haven’t even liked the thought of opening Word and starting to write. I’ve been in need of a break.

Well, I’ve had a break now, and I feel ready to return to blogging! I already do it on tumblr, and if any of my readers are there I hope you get in touch! All Lynch fans may be interested to know that during the fall the Gentleman Bastards Chat started happening, first on tinychat and now on IRC. The chat is open all day, every day, but Friday is the official day that sees most of the traffic. Everyone is welcome to join – instructions on how to find us can be found here.

I will wrap up the year as usual. There will be a list of books read and the reveal of WOW of the year. I’ll ponder on how and what I read during the year, the whys and why nots, and take a look at what might be happening in 2014.

So see you guys in a couple of days! I hope everyone had a good Christmas and that your New Year’s will be cracking!

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Thieves prosper again!

Hi everyone!

I’m sick and therefore excused from tonight’s party, which means I have the time to let you know that I got my hands on The Republic of Thieves two days ago and finished it last night!

Republic of ThievesI’m not going to into details here – suffice to say there were lots of things that required a brief break to absorb and then it took another moment to squeal before getting back to reading. There’s also the fact that because of school and social obligations, I speed-read it through in two sessions, all put together 16 hours of intense reading. Towards the end I lost track of details, but am now working my way through at a slower pace, looking around and musing at the details and their implications and speculating about what is to come. I missed Locke and Jean. So much.

Another reason, the one that has nothing to do with lack of sleep, for rereading is this: there is going to be a read-along! Sign up for it, if you feel like talking about these things – I think this is going to be an excellent opportunity to get my thoughts about the book into order! Find out more about the read-along in, for example, here!

I will at some point try and collect some thoughts that I had during and in the middle of the first read – actually, such a list exists, because I wrote one during spare moments at school. It’s already up on tumblr, but I’ll post it here sometime, perhaps after the read-along.

Can we declare this month Republic of Thieves month? Or the next 30 days? Because you’re unlikely to get much else out of me! My housemates were duly informed that I would be unsociable, and especially one of them has been very understanding – whenever I emerged to get tea or to eat or to just have a polite chat with him, he would first ask how it was going and then usher me back into my room, telling me to “go read!” I wanted to share this because it was extremely sweet of him not to mind my unsociableness and then listen to my commentary.

I will now get back on tumblr and the appropriate tags – the conversation is slowly starting to flow, as more people finish the book – and will be back later this month to discuss the book in earnest!

Oh, and if anyone is interested in what books I’ve read since the last monthly post, let me know! I can at the very least put up a list of the books, even if I have no prepared commentary on them!

See you again soon, guys!

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Excuses and Explanations

Hello blogosphere!

I’ll start by saying how absolutely embarrassed I am for being very lazy and not updating; two months’ worth of books have gone unreviewed. I worked rather intensely for those months, and when I finally started my summer vacation in the last week of August my exchange was growing so very near I had a million things to do and couldn’t be bothered to think of books I’d read weeks and weeks and weeks ago.

Indeed, I leave for Cardiff early on Friday this week. There is no knowing when I will have reliable Internet access, so I’m putting this blog on a little break; I’ll see how I feel about blogging when A) I have Internet access and B) I know what school is going to be like. I’m also hoping to do a lot of travelling and socializing during these four months and therefore am likely to be scarce on the Internet. We’ll see how my reclusive Finnish nature takes to it all, though.

As an offering of apologies, I will post here my very, very fresh thoughts on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, also just now posted on my tumblr page.

I hope you all have a nice fall! Do not catch the flu that’s going around! I did, and am not enjoying myself one whit!

Yours, with all the love,

Veera

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News: Republic of Thieves release date announced!

Warning: This post has been written straight into wordpress under some serious feels.

It’s true, people!

Gollancz has finally been able to give a release date to Scott Lynch’s Republic of Thieves, the third book in the brilliant Gentleman Bastard sequence!

You guys have most read The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies. You get how excited I am.

And that’s super excited. I’ve been squealing for a long while now, and have trouble sitting still. I’ve been spreading the news to every social media I can think of.

I assume you want the dates instead of enthusing though. According to this article here, where you can also read more, UK and Commonwealth will get RoT on October 10 2013, and the US on the 8th.

This beauty here!

The awesome thing is that I don’t have to wait for the book for ages because shipping from Britain to Finland takes time. If everything goes to plan, I will be in the UK and able to get my mitts on the book as soon as it’s out.

Boy, will I be unsociable for a couple of days and then probably fairly insufferable in my fangirling.

So happy release date announcement day, Lynchmob! (I still like that fandom name. We should have T-shirts with that on them.)

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Announcement: October’s Favourite Post

So here’s the thing – school has been hectic, and so I haven’t had time to reread the October Favourite, which is Toby Barlow’s Sharp Teeth. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, and refreshing my memory is pretty much necessary before I introduce it.

Not to mention that I need to finish The Fractal Prince before the Book Fair.

And then there’s the fact that I’ll be leaving for Scotland the coming weekend. This means that I won’t have the time to read the book or write the introduction by Sunday. So here’s what will happen:

I’m going to move this fave post to November, hoping it’ll be way less busy. It’ll be up on the second to last Sunday as usual, just wrong month. (This won’t affect the last favourite, which will be up on schedule.)

Just realised I’ll need to figure out something regular to post next year. Any suggestions? Favourite classics? Movies? Characters? Authors? Covers? Adaptations?

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Summer Reading: Conclusion

Okay, so classes start today and summer reading time is over! Didn’t do too well… But you’ll see that from the list:

SUMMER READING LIST 2012

Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace

China Miéville: The City and the City

Brandon Sanderson: Alloy of Law + The Way of Kings

Charles Dickens: Great Expectations

Graham Greene: Brighton Rock

Lev Grossman: The Magicians

Brent Weeks: The Night Angel Trilogy (Way of Shadows/Shadow’s Edge/Beyond the Shadows)

Frank Abagnale: Catch Me If You Can

Robin McKinley: Sunshine

 

So, uh… yeah. I’m pretty happy with this though.

But now it’s autumn and time for new books and new adventures!

I’m off to class now. Giddy!

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Announcement: School Excitement and Victorian Novel

I’ve been so excited about this for a couple of days now. I’m starting my pro-seminar this fall, and had my fingers crossed that I’d get into the class that was my first choice (because nothing else would really do) – and I got in! Hooray!

The title of the course is Victorian Novel. Yup, you can probably see why I’m so excited. I like the teacher, too, so I’m all set to go. However, this pro-sem means my reading list will be very limited during September and the first half of October. We plough through six books in seven weeks, and as you will see in a moment, they are not exactly your lightest reading. Who knows, maybe I will have time for other books as well, but I seriously doubt it.

So here’s what I will be reading:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Middlemarch by George Eliot

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

The combined number of pages is 3,447.  I’m sort of taking a deep breath and getting ready for a period of intensive reading. We’ll see whether I’m absolutely fed up with Victorians by the time the period break rolls around… Hopefully not, because I’ll be doing this for quite a while after that, too!

So there it is. I wanted to share this, partly because I’m so excited and partly because now you know there will be lots of Victorian stuff lying around my blog. I’m thinking of doing Operation Classic reading diaries for these books (three of which I’ve read once already) and maybe musing on some stuff we go through in class. But we’ll see how I’ll go about this once the class starts next week.

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