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Wolf Who Rules (Elfhome #2) by Wen Spencer. Any book that has me awake until after 2 am to finish it gets an automatic five-star rating. Will be rereading this one. (In fact, read it twice this past week.)
Elfhome (Elfhome #3) by Wen Spencer. Another one I basically read in a single sitting and will be rereading! (I really hate the cover, though.) (But read it twice this week anyway.)
Bare Snow Falling on Fairywood (Elfhome #0.9) by Wen Spencer. Very good free short that takes place as the first chapter of Tinker starts.
Pittsburgh Backyard and Garden (Elfhome #1.5) by Wen Spencer. Very good, very funny free short about a documentary film crew trying to film some of Pittsburgh’s dangerous flora and fauna.
Peace Offering (Elfhome #3.5) by Wen Spencer. Very good short that takes place during Elfhome #3.
Wood Sprites (Elfhome #4) by Wen Spencer. Very good tale of two twins in New York City who are from the same batch of fertilized eggs as Tinker, only implanted a decade later.
Project Elfhome (Elfhome #4.5) by Wen Spencer. Very entertaining collection of shorts and drabbles that expand on and tie up some loose ends from the four (so far) main books. (It includes the three shorts mentioned above.)
Endless Blue by Wen Spencer. Good tale of the outer space equivalent of the Sargasso Sea, with an unfortunately rushed feeling ending.


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Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age by Sarah Hendrickx. Excellent overview that highlights exactly how little research there has been about women on the spectrum, particularly older women. Recommended.
Tinker (Elfhome #1) by Wen Spencer. Any book I read in a single sitting tends to get top marks from me. This book reminded me a lot of the Bordertown books, with a bit of quantum mechanics and scifi tossed in.


*exerting kitty mind control cuteness powers whilst looking vaguely worried* -Mayhem

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D’oh. You know things are bad when I didn’t realize what day of the week it was! Things continue to be crazy at work with disaster recovery, but keep your fingers crossed that we get the worst of it finished this weekend.

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Little Book of Book Making: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Beautiful Handmade Books by Charlotte Rivers. Probably the most interesting parts of the book were the sections featuring work by book binders from around the world. The actual book binding instructions were unfortunately not the most clear or detailed. But there were a few great tidbits, like a ratio for making cornstarch paste instead of wheat paste (very useful for we celiacs).


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Nobody should have to deal with ransomware on their 50th birthday, dammit! It seems to be an issue with my work computer – I noticed it because there were a couple of dropbox folders that I synch between work and home and suddenly all the files in said folders were encrypted. Plus there was a helpful “pay us and we will decrypt your files” message. Not sure if it’s good or bad that I’m on vacation this week (although hey! I obviously didn’t click anything stupid on my work computer, since I wasn’t there…). Anyway, cleaning that up, restoring the folders from backup (I definitely recommend CrashPlan, which paid for itself in salvaging this mess), and sending an email to our support guys at work has consumed quite a bit of my linkity time. Let’s see how far I get in the time I have…

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My Day with the Cup by Sidney Crosby. It’s very sweet. And it having 87 pages is the most Sidney Crosby thing ever. (This is from the 2009 Cup win.)
Little Book of Letterpress by Charlotte Rivers. Interesting look at the work of various letterpress studios around the world. I would’ve loved for the “Letterpress in Practice” chapter to have been much longer.
Eight Million Gods by Wen Spencer. Anytime I end up reading a book in a single sitting because it completely sucked me in, that book is an automatic five-star read. Plus I’ve reserved Wen Spencer’s Elfhome series at the library and am looking forward to starting it soonishly.
Letterpress Now: A DIY Guide to New and Old Printing Methods by Jessica C. White. Very good overview of three types of printing presses (tabletop platen, freestanding platen, cylinder press), along with projects for each type.


*gazing adoringly at Chaos* -Mayhem

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Drawing AutismDrawing Autism by Jill Mullen. It was interesting to see the wide variety of art drawn by others on the spectrum and to read their thoughts about their art. But my favorite remains this bit from Temple Grandin’s intro:

Some people who are visual thinkers can do geometry and trigonometry; they possess the second kind of mind: the pattern thinker. Instead of creating photo-realistic pictures in their imaginations, they see patterns and relationships between numbers. It is a more abstract form of visual thinking…. If they do visual art, it may be more abstract and impressionistic, as opposed to photo-realistic.


*thlurrrrp* -Chaos

*purring* -Mayhem

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