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Tämänkin uutisen huomasin näköjään vähän jäljessä - sen siitä saa, kun käy LJ:ssä vain kerran kuussa. Mutta setä Martin on siis ilmeisesti vihdoin saamassa valmiiksi viidennen osan Tulen ja jään laulua: http://grrm.livejournal.com/198122.html. Julkaisupäivä, joka tällä kertaa kuulemma on kiveen hakattu ("Barring tsunamis, general strikes, world wars, or asteroid strikes") oli siis 12.7. tänä vuonna.

Ken elää, se näkee. Siis ainakin sen, pitääkö tämäkään julkaisuaikataulu paikkaansa, mutta toivottavasti myös itse kirjan.

Book meme

Aug. 10th, 2009 03:33 pm
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Snagged from little sister [profile] saraste_impi .

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions: Look at the list and put an X after those you have read. Tag other book nerds.


The bloody long list )

Splurge

Jun. 13th, 2008 11:35 pm
akabana: (Frances vampy from masquerade_arts)
I...um... I bought a pair of sneakers for 74 euros...


But they're Converses.


And I just found out I could have gotten them a lot cheaper (~30 euros + postage, which probably is at least 20 euros - it's around 15 for books not ordered from Amazon) from their online shop, but I don't know if I can really shop for shoes online. I mean, there's a return policy and everything, but it'd be such a hassle to order something and then return/replace it when it doesn't fit... I think I rather pay the 20-something euros for the privilege of being able to try them on and find a perfect fit.

Besides, they're nice and black and comfy, and - if the salesperson lady wasn't pulling my leg - they're built to last at least five summers. And when you compare that to the average 25 euros-a-pair sneakers which have an average life expectancy of three months, I'll start to gain savings from my purchase after three summers ^_^;

All right, I'm hopeless when it comes to shoes.

And books ^_^;;; I just made a 100-something dollar order from the Subterranean Press. A couple of rarities and one limited edition (200 pcs). Ahem. But it's only money, right? Right?

Fangrrling

Feb. 19th, 2008 04:26 pm
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I just preordered a signed limited edition hardcover copy of Caitlín R. Kiernan's Tales of Pain and Wonder. And paid a whopping 52 USD for it, postage included, which translates to roughly 35 euros. But it's not as expensive as it sounds, since the out-of-print softcover copies sell for 40 euros and up (the most expensive copy I found had a price tag of 92,72 euros, which I found a bit extravagant for a used paperback) these days. I could have gotten it for something like 30 euros with postage from Amazon.co.uk, but somehow I felt more comfortable with ordering directly from the publisher, plus there's a free chapbook with extra-special bonus material included with all the copies purchased from Subterranean Press (don't you just love the name?), which is not available anywhere else. The fangirl in me is perfectly happy to pay an extra 5 euros for something extra-special and geeky ^_^.
akabana: (Frances vampy)
Grrr. I transcribed a whole comic book for my thesis today, but when I was halfway through, I noticed there was a page missing from the translated copy I had borrowed from the city library yesterday. Which means I have to find an intact copy to make a complete transcript file. And I went to get it from the main library in the first place only because the copy belonging to our local library was nowhere to be found. According to the library database it's supposed to be there on the shelf, but no. It's probably misplaced and the library personnel I spoke to said there was nothing much they could do about it. So, tomorrow I'm going to go to our local library and search through every bookshelf if I must, and try to find the bloody copy. If I don't, it means a bus trip to one of the two other local libraries who have a copy, since both of the main library copies are lent out (and one of them is the damaged copy I have at the moment).

It's like the circumstances are working against me: if the local library copy hadn't gone missing, I wouldn't have the damaged copy from the main library (assuming the local library copy is intact), or if that accursed somebody hadn't torn a page out from the main library copy, or had at the very least had the decency to report the damage so the book could have been repaired.

There's a special circle in inferno for people who steal or damage library books.

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