Linkity wishes you a happy new year


  • This turned out pretty well – it’s a gift, for a late Christmas gathering later today:


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Reading Update
Down on the Farm (The Laundry Files 2.1) by Charles Stross. Good paranormal short in which Bob is sent to the Laundry’s psychiatric in-patient facility to investigate a patient complaint.
Equoid (The Laundry Files #2.9) by Charless Stross. Free online. Good paranormal horror short about Bob being sent forth to hunt for unicorns, which have rather more tentacles and carnivory than Bob (or the reader) expects. This won the Hugo for Best Novella this year.
Overtime (The Laundry Files #3.5) by Charles Stross. Good short paranormal holiday story about Bob working overnight in the office on Christmas Eve. Of course he doesn’t have a quiet night.
The Rhesus Chart (The Laundry Files #5) by Charles Stross. Good paranormal horror thriller in which computational demonologist Bob discovers what seems to be a nest of vampires, except everyone he works with is convinced that vampires can’t exist. While this didn’t end with a cliffhanger, it did end with me exclaiming, “Wait, what?!” and looking for additional pages…
Halting State (Halting State #1) by Charles Stross. Weird but good scifi novel about a crime (or not) that may (or not) have occurred inside a virtual reality game. It’s told in second person (to give you the feel of playing a game, I think) from the alternating perspectives of three people who are trying to figure out what happened (or didn’t). Definitely took me a bit to get used to the unusual storytelling mode.
Rule 34 (Halting State #2) by Charles Stross. Rule 34: “If it exists, there is p0rn of it. No exceptions.” Good scifi thriller about memes, spam, and life in the surveillance state, told in alternating second person (mostly) from three main points-of-view, although the POV number ratchets up toward the end. While there’s no POV character overlap with the first book, one of the main POV characters played a significant role in the first book. Again, it took me a while to get used to the storytelling mode, but once I did I was immersed.

“More socks! Are you feeling ok, Mom?” -Mayhem

And without Mayhem:

13 thoughts on “Linkity wishes you a happy new year”

  1. A very happy new year to you and the feline minions of doom 🙂

    I have that shawl queued… was the pattern reasonably easy to follow…. my brain and knitting patterns occasionally disagree…

    and the NYE with cats cartoon.. yeah, not so much here.. when midnight struck the dogs wanted to go out and bark at them, the cats sat on the windowsill and watched the pretty lights… they aren’t normal though..
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  2. Happy new year! I laughed at the pic of the black cats. Being a proud owner (read servant) of one haughty black kitty, I thought it was only her who would get that look of such such disdain. I do love her, but she definitely judges her mummy!

  3. Happy 2015!

    My wish for 2015? I want to see dinosaurs lurking in the undergrowth become THE thing! What a great excuse that would give everyone for letting their gardens become a jungle! LOL

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