Ok, so it really didn’t snow that much here. It’s Alabama, what do you want? I didn’t even get to go to work late yesterday. I feel cheated. Also, in pain. I fell down my icy stairs at 7:00 a.m. There’s nothing quite like shattering the early morning calm with lots of cursing and an embarrassing amount of crying. I don’t take being injured very well. It’s one of the reasons I wasn’t very good at rugby. Yes, I played rugby. Yes, I was horrible at it. Sadly, my horrible winter injury isn’t even horrible enough to require bed rest. I went on to work. I just have a big bruise and a ruined pair of boots. So I didn’t get any extra reading out of it. Despite that, I’m doing really well meeting my numbers for this month. If I keep this up I will make it well past my goal, which, to remind you, is 110 new books and 200 total books.
At the moment I’m still working my way through Gini Koch’s Alien series in paper form. Since we last spoke I finished Alien in the Family and Alien Proliferation. I’m in the middle of Alien Diplomacy and then I’ve only got one book left. I may cry. The covers continue to be… covers. I think Alien Diplomacy is my least favorite. Kitty looks way too sharp. But it still expresses the general idea of blonde kicking butt so I’ll shut up about it.
Spoiler: Kitty and Jeff have a baby. Weirdly, I’m not done with the series now. Normally, when the heroine becomes a mother at the end of the book I get cranky and bored. It’s not that I’m against motherhood. It’s just not my thing and so I don’t really identify with it as being the exciting conclusion of an action adventure story. However, Gini didn’t let me down. (She retweets me now, so I feel comfortable using her first name.) First of all; Kitty doesn’t have the baby at the end of a book. She has the baby pretty darn close to the beginning. In the middle of crazyness. Because it’s Kitty and that’s just how she rolls. She also doesn’t stop being Kitty once the baby has arrived. She worries that all she’s around for is baby care and supporting Jeff, but I think lots of new parents, especially mothers, feel that way every now and then. But at the heart of it all, she’s still herself. And that’s what I love about her.
I’m also listening to John Scalzi’s Redshirts. It’s pretty hilarious if you’ve ever been a Star Trek fan. Which I was. In the days before I failed at playing rugby I was the Commander of my high school’s Star Trek Club. I had pips. I accidentally demoted myself in college because one of my pips fell of my coat. Wil Wheaton narrates the audiobook and is, once again, awesome. I listened to him read Ready Player One when it came out and was really impressed. I know it’s logical to assume that actors would make good audiobook narrators, but it doesn’t always follow. Some actors arent’ very good at keeping multiple characters going at one time. They tend to focus really hard on the protagonist and then all the side characters sound the same. Also, strangely enough, not all actors are good readers just in general. It always surprises me at script read-throughs when an actor stumbles over their reading. But, if you think about it, they aren’t reading on stage. They’ve memorized all the lines. I happen to act and enjoy reading out loud (I think it’s because I just like talking) so I associate the two more than most people. Wheaton does an excellent job with both of the audiobooks I’ve listened to him read. Here is a list of some of my favorite audiobook narrators:
Mary Robinette Kowal
And I cannot say enough about the awesomeness of Full Cast Audio. They have some really talented people working for them and if I lived in central New York I would be begging them for any kind of job at all. But I don’t live in central New York so I have to content myself with buying as many of their recordings as I can afford. You should do the same if you’re interested in YA books. May I direct you to the Tamora Pierce selections? She’s my favorite. You can find more of her books, some read by Bernadette Dunn on Audible too.