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PSA: This journal will no longer be updated.

I'm not comfortable with LJ's customer service, and especially the way that they're handling their latest PR disaster. The part that bothers me most is near the end:

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ETA: I've checked now, and only paid LJ users can add syndicated feeds of a journal. Since I don't want to give LJ any more of my money, this is a conflict of interest for me. If someone does want to set up an RSS feed of my InsaneJournal, that'd be great; tell me so I can point others to it!

Thanks to the brilliant and lovely tortoises and pointytilly, there is now an RSS feed of the InsaneJournal. limyaael_ij will display all future public entries, which includes all the rants. Friend it if you want the new entries to drop in on your f-list.

Natural Child of ETA: This feed displays only public entries. If you would like to read friends-locked entries, please friend me on InsaneJournal; then you can read f-locked entries on the feed, as long as I add you back. If your username is not the same as your LJ one, please comment on one of the public posts to tell me who you are.

Third Child of the Son of ETA: Comments made to the feed will not show up in my journal. I will, though, check the feed regularly so that I don't miss them.

Grandson on the Wrong Side of the Sheets of ETA: kutsuwamushi is awesome and provides a link to familiarizing yourself with RSS feeds here.

Yet Another ETA, Its Family Is Getting Tired of Reproduction: I know some people are uncomfortable with IJ's layout, so the GreatestJournal will indeed be a backup of everything, including friends-locked posts. That won't happen until next week, but I can promise it'll happen.
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Science fiction and fantasy hybrids

Once again, I want to define some terms. I’m talking here about books with the “equipment” of both fantasy and science fiction: elves and lasers, for example, or magic and anti-gravity. I wouldn’t consider it a hybrid if there were a few machines that resembled magical artifacts but were fully explainable by any scientific laws and in any case were just named after the magical artifacts to be cute, or if there’s magic that seems like physics in disguise but turns out to be plain supernatural magic after all. And saying that a work can mingle the “attitudes” of fantasy and science fiction will just involve me in endless arguments, because you can always argue about what attitudes a book actually expresses. Equipment is the easiest standard to judge by, so I’m using it.

So why use them at all?Collapse )

The next rant is apparently on “happy things about urban fantasy.” I’ll get to thinking of those right away.
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Turning idealistic characters gray

Before I start, I just want to make it clear that, in this case, I’m not lumping all characters who have strong beliefs into the idealistic set. This rant deals, instead, with protagonists or secondaries who have both strong ideals and a lack of information about how they apply to the pragmatic world, or about their consequences.

So this rant is about moving them towards seeing those applications, or those consequencesCollapse )

The next rant will be on fantasy-and-science-fiction hybrids.
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Book review post for May (part 1)

So this is part one of a post logging the books I’ve read so far in May, because if I did all of them at once, this would be extremely long.

Julie Phillips, James Tiptree Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. SheldonCollapse )

Roger Zelazny, Lord of LightCollapse )

Susanna Clarke, The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other StoriesCollapse )

Meredith Ann Pierce, Birth of the FirebringerCollapse )
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On nonhumans living with their nonhuman attributes

Apologies that this is so late; I’ve had spotty Internet access for most of the last week and a half.

So, on to the subject of nonhuman attributes- whether those be immortality or infinitely flexible stomachsCollapse )

More could be done with this, always. A story like James Tiptree Jr.’s ”Love is the Plan The Plan is Death doesn’t work for everyone and has not a human character in sight, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good story.
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Books I read in April

(Along with others, but these are the ones I had interesting reactions to).

Guy Gavriel Kay, YsabelCollapse )

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s OwnCollapse )

Ian McDonald, River of GodsCollapse )

Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of DarknessCollapse )

Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, This Bridge Called My BackCollapse )

C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderCollapse )

Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. NorrellCollapse )

Ursula K. LeGuin, Changing PlanesCollapse )

I have a whole pile of books and am not sure what I’ll begin with next. Maybe the biography of James Tiptree, Jr. Or Joanna Russ’s The Female Man. Or Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light.
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