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Dec. 24th, 2014 01:59 am (UTC)
I'm not trendy enough to be allowed to comment on your Tumblr blog, but I agree completely with your review of Sparrow Hill Road. In fact, I'm just about to wrap a copy of it as a Christmas gift to my step-grandniece, who's in the ninth grade, and loves to read, especially fantasy. (I'd give her other stories by Seanan McGuire, but there's just a bit too much explicit sex for a 13-year-old in the "October Daye" and "Incryptid" books.)

If you haven't already, go and read everything else Seanan Mcguire has written so far. (There are some free short stories on her website that tie in with her various worlds.)

Edited at 2014-12-24 02:01 am (UTC)
Dec. 24th, 2014 04:31 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, the only thing of Seanan's that I haven't read yet is Symbiont, the sequel to Parasite. And obviously the InCryptid book coming out in March. Well, okay, I also have Indexing on hold at the library, and looking into more of her short stories. Gah, and I haven't read the Velveteen stories. But anyway...

Sparrow Hill Road was the one book of hers I hadn't previously been interested in reading, since I don't generally care for ghost stories, but then one of her short stories from her website introduced me to Rose Marshall, and I got interested enough to try it out. Glad I did, too. :-)
Dec. 24th, 2014 04:34 am (UTC)
Explicit sex? In Seanan McGuire books??? o_O I must have missed that. Most I can remember any of the characters doing is making out, and occasional references in Sparrow Hill Road to how certain people expected Rose Marshall to "pay" for her rides. In fact, I'd say in that respect Sparrow Hill Road is racier than anything else Seanan McGuire has written.
Dec. 24th, 2014 09:15 am (UTC)
Re: PS
Toby and her human husband. Toby and some random guy, more than once. Toby and the Selkie. Toby and Tybalt... who looks so hot in leather pants that the Luidaeg gets turned on.

Verity and Dominic, repeatedly, despite having to bribe the mice to stay out of the bedroom.

Various of the characters in Velveteen's world, including Vel. (If my step-grandniece-in-law likes Sparrow Hill Road, though, I'm thinking of giving her Velveteen next Xmas.)

Dec. 24th, 2014 09:29 am (UTC)
Re: PS
Wait, she's in ninth grade and you're worried about explicit sex in books? *sniggers* She's probably already reading porn stories online. Maybe even writing them. It is, after all, 2014. I'm 32 and *I* was reading Internet porn stories in ninth grade. And there are so many ways past net nannies and the like, you wouldn't even need to be particularly computer-savvy to do it.

I mean okay, if it's going to be opened in front of her parents, I can see why the concern. But if she grows to really like Seanan McGuire's books, she will find a way to read the rest of her books. Quite apart from the Internet, there's also libraries.
Dec. 24th, 2014 06:52 am (UTC)
Mon, 21:10: Photoset: crashyourcrew: afloydianslip: afriet: John F. Kennedy on civil rights And people wonder why he... http://t.co/GYNBqxuoNi

Important correction to Kennedy's speech.

Lincoln did *not* "free the slaves". He freed the slaves IN THE CONFEDERACY.

It was a tactic to cause more problems for the Confederacy. didn't actually have all that much effect as I recall.

Slaves in the states that hadn't secceeded from the Union, weren't freed until after the war.

Dec. 24th, 2014 06:58 am (UTC)
Even more accurately, he freed commercial slaves. Slavery is still legal for punishment reasons. Of course, the corporations have a workaround to the illegality of commercial slaves, by putting prisoners to work. They get paid just enough to claim it's not commercial slavery, but it is basically commercial slavery. And the vilifying of black people means that there's not a whole lot of difference between that slavery and the one that everyone thinks of whenever slavery is mentioned. Only real difference is that the shackles are less obvious now.
Dec. 24th, 2014 08:49 am (UTC)
Regarding Alien:

One of the big problems in spacecraft (and submarines) is that human metabolism produces truly amazing amounts of water. We combine carbohydrates ( Cx(H20)y ) with oxygen (O2) to produce carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O).

And a lot of that water leaves our bodies as water vapor when we exhale and when we sweat.

So without *major* efforts the humidity goes sky high and water condenses all over the place. If the life support in outlying sections of the ship isn't adjusted right you could get dripping water or worse.

But it'd be clean. At least as clean as the surfaces it condensed on and ran over (which ought to be fairly clean).

I'm sure there was something for the critter to eat. Heck, it could probably eat cardboard boxes and such.
Dec. 24th, 2014 08:58 am (UTC)
All the boxes were metal. And the outside shells of the xenomorphs are supposed to be silicon. (Or was it silicone?) Where in the human body is there any silicon? In a cis male's body, anyway.

I suppose it could have eaten rats, though. And they do have acidic blood and metal teeth, so they could have the ability to eat things other than organic matter.
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