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Monday, November 21st, 2011 04:20 pm
Going through my unorganized bookmarks, I found several links to bookshelves that I liked. Hence, linkspam.

This one looks so useful! It's got a spot to a drink, a spot to keep your place when you put your book down, and a spot to store other books you're reading. All in a nice, small piece. The more I look at this shelf, the more I like it.

The minimalist-est shelves I have ever seen. The lack of hard shelves would drive me nuts in my own home, but I really like the geometry of these shelves.

Another holder for books you're currently reading. This one would be useful on a desk. And it spins, which would be fun to play with while bored.

This is a bookend rather than shelving, but I can't imagine any lover of physical books not enjoying this bookend. It is cute and funny!

It looks like someone played Jenga with a bookcase. I like all the little nooks and crannies.

This bookcase is rather clever although not very practical for actually holding books.
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Thursday, July 9th, 2009 07:57 pm
I don't quite understand why looking at pictures of bookshelves makes me happy, but it does.

This one looks like a speech bubble! I've also seen a similar shelf with the wood painted white, but I much prefer this one.

Your books will never fall over again. I like the simple yet elegant solution of this shelf. There's no need for bookends, yay.

It's retro. I'm fond of the shape of this shelf and think it would make a nice bedside table.

Triangles are cool. While I like the look of this bookcase, the odd-sized shelves would make actual book storage frustrating. But it'd be a good knick-knack display case.

Another solution to the books-falling-over problem. I like that these shelves are stackable. (Only stackable to a point, I'd guess, but I don't think seven of these things on top of each other would be visually appealing anyways.)

Incorporating hidden pictures into your bookcase. I like how this is a standard sort of bookcase until you look closer at walls (or posts maybe?) of the case.

If you're more of a city person. While I do like the structure of this bookcase, it's the color of it that I really love. It reminds me of a sunset when you're downtown and surrounded by skyscrapers.

(All bookcases/shelves found via Bookshelf obviously, which is a fantastic blog if you like books.)
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 06:47 pm
Probably reading a blog all about bookshelves will lead to nothing but trouble for me, as neither my apartment nor wallet are all that big and I'm stuck coveting them.

Cardboard Bookcase
Both of these are homemade shelves made out of cardboard. I adore the spiral shape of the top one, even if it does make storage trickier.

8.4 Bookcase
I really like how this one's very geometric but doesn't have a repetitive look to it. It's something I could stare at for a long time and still find fun, new patterns in. It doesn't look like it'd be sturdy enough to hold a lot of books, but the designer's website shows it with books so I guess it can.

Røys Bookcase
I keep thinking I should like this bookcase more, but the fact that it's at an angle makes me annoyingly tilt my head to look at it. Although, on second thought, the angle might make it less necessary to tilt my head when reading the books' spines, which would be nice.

Code Bookshelf
I like the different widths for the different columns of shelves and how large this bookcase is. If only those white columns opened up to reveal more shelving, it'd be perfect. As it is, I can't help but think that those giant white spaces, pretty as they are, are wasted space.

Piopio Bookcase
The crookedness of this bookcase reminds me a bit of The Nightmare Before Christmas's aesthetic. I like it.

Corner Book Nook
The styling for this bookcase, with the slats on the shelves and walls of it, makes it look like it belongs in a college dorm. But I really like the idea, and if it were constructed out of solid pieces of wood, I think it'd be quite pretty.
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Thursday, February 19th, 2009 11:27 pm
I want the Trilogy bookcase so bad. Look how geometric and orderly it is! Sadly, I cannot afford it, and even if I could I have no place to put it. I think the Platzhalter bookcase is cool idea well-executed. It was my favorite bookcase until I saw the Trilogy one.

Uncharted Territory - Connie Willis
For the longest time, whenever I went into a bookstore, I had to remind myself that it was a bad idea to start collecting everything by an author when I'd only read one thing of hers, even if I had really enjoyed it. And that I already had two other novels of hers sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. So I finally decided to actually read one of those two novels, and I picked Uncharted Territory (rather than Lincoln's Dreams) because the premise sounded fun -- hijinks and adventures! exploration! needlessly ridiculous bureaucratic red tape! a socioexozoologist who specializes in sex! -- and it was short.

And I did really enjoy it until the end because nothing had changed in the end. Fin and Carson are the same at the end of the story as they were in the beginning. I would have been happy even if the end change had just been mental or if they'd decided that they didn't want to be in a relationship. Instead, I finished and was left with the impression that all the events in the book might as well have not happened for all the impact they had on Fin and Carson. Which is not what I would call a satisfying ending.

The Drakon #3: Queen of Dragons - Shana Abé
Ohh, I wanted to like this book. It's a historical romance about a race of dragon/human shapeshifters, and [ profile] glenraven read and thought I'd like the first Drakon book. I picked up the third Drakon book first, but I thought I'd be okay because I've found that most romance series can be read out of order so long as you don't mind not knowing all the details when couples from previous books pop up. But it turns out this approach doesn't work so much for this series because when the hero from a previous book popped up, he was doing secretive, important-to-the-plot things and not a one of them was explained. I was left thoroughly confused, right in the middle of the final action scene.

I also had an issue with the fact that the entire action plot was just a set-up for the next book and nothing actually gets resolved. No, seriously, I very nearly threw the book across the room I was so frustrated with the ending. The book ends with spoilers if you care )

And then I had a lot of issues with the romance aspect of the novel. Partially, it's because I'm a bit sick of every shapeshifter/demon/animal hybrid/etc. having some sort of "animal instinct" where they must mate for life with one specific person and if that person isn't overly enthusiastic about them, then they just keep pursuing the person despite the other's wishes because their instinct tells them differently. It's very popular in paranormal romance, which is mostly what I read. And I don't like it because it dehumanizes the couple for me. There's always lots of talk about mates and alphas and such, and it's done regardless of whether our hero and heroine are dragon-shapeshifters, psychics, vampires, some form of were-. I can understand it more with the weres/shapeshifters, but why with other paranormal characters? Why can't the hero and heroine just fall head-over-heels for each other like normal, human romance couples do?

I will give Abé credit for doing a good job of integrating the different forms of the Drakon so that they all seemed equally natural. Kim and Mari were appreciative of each other and had chemistry no matter their form, and it never read weird for me. (Although -- and I know I'm harping -- I wold have expected dragon instincts to tend more towards a solitary existence rather than a pack existence.) But then halfway through the novel Kim did something where, if I had been Mari and had gone through what she'd gone through with her previous husband, I would not be able to trust him again without some serious work on his part.

I never got the emotional payoff of them rebuilding their trust however because Abé (and therefore Mari) didn't see what happened as that much of an issue as I did. So Kim made extra special sure not to do what he did again, and Mari had no doubts or hesitance at all stemming from Kim's actions. Sure, she still didn't want to end up in the same situation as when she'd been married before, but that was because she was against getting remarried in general. She never once thought "I don't want to get married, and especially not to Kim because he treated me like my former husband did (albeit by accident)."

Oh, and then there's Kim, who (along with the rest of his village) spends nearly the entire book acting like Mari and he are already married because years before he met her, he and the village council decided he should marry her for political reasons. And then when Kim and Mari finally meet, bam! they're married in the eyes of everyone except Mari, who keeps saying that no way no how is she going to get married again. Kim doesn't ever physically force himself on Mari, but it's incredibly annoying to have the hero saying that he doesn't care about the heroine's wishes on the matter of her marital status, he's decided they are and that's that.

Between my numerous frustrations with the romance plot and the wash-out that was the ending of the action plot, I was very dissatisfied with this book, and I don't think I'll read any more of this series. I might be willing to read one of her other novels if it was recommended to me by someone I know, but that's it.

ETA: [ profile] glenraven has informed me that this is the really sucktacular book of the series and that the two before it are better. So maybe I'll read them at some later date.

Warrior - Marie Brennan
I have nothing bad to say about this one! Haha, finally my first book of the new year that I just out-and-out enjoyed. It was fun and interesting fantasy, and if I had the sequel I'd probably be reading it. I really like both Mirage and Miryo, and it was a nice change of pace to read a fantasy novel without any romance in it.