||[Oct. 28th, 2007|08:22 pm]
I went book shopping yesterday and came home with eight new books. I'm around half of the way through Mercedes Lackey's Aerie, the last book in her version of the "people with a sympathetic bond with dragons" series. It reminded me a lot of Dragon's Blood, by Jane Yolen - in fact, a bit too much. Otherwise, up to this point I've enjoyed the series. Unfortunately, the fourth book, supposedly the last, diddles around for the first half acting like the first book in the series.
I'm also reading Places to Be, People to Kill, which is an anthology about assassins. Well, at least that's what it claims to be, until you get to the second story and it has nothing to do with assassination. Apparently someone missed the memo. Despite not being about assassins, the second story was good, as was the first (by Tanya Huff, set in her Bards world). The third story involved repeating "Tobago Cays" enough in the first two pages that I am considering not reading any more of it and skipping to the fourth. When I'm finished with the entire book, I'll probably go back to the stories I liked which were not set in worlds I already knew, and do some in depth analysis about how they established the characters and setting.
Well, next week NaNo begins. The question is: how seriously do I want to take it this year? Do I want to try it at all? Am I aiming to finish, or just to relight my writing? Go to write-ins? Not? I'm leaning in the direction of doing it in name, but not trying all that hard to reach 50,000. I might treat it similarly to NaNoEdMo, and just try to get 50 hours devoted to writing in the month - outlining, planning, writing whatever comes to mind, but trying to bounce off of that.
In other news, Guitar Hero III came out, and I've been playing Career Co-op with my husband. My thoughts? Thank god that they don't have the vocalist on the stage when doing Co-op. The female vocalist isn't bad, but the male one looks like he could crush small children with his chin, and that's only where his unattractiveness begins. Ew. I'm currently playing as the J-pop guitarist, which is somewhat amusing, but I think I'm going to switch off of her eventually. She's a bit too... uh... schoolgirl. And the colors she dresses in... clash. Badly. I think I prefer the girls in leather, kthx.
Sadly, I'd have to say that the music isn't as good as in Guitar Hero II. Maybe they'll grow on me with time.