It’s going to feel strangely quiet once the Olympics wraps up in just over a week’s time. What are we going to do without having three (or more) TV channels screening different events with countless other streams online plus that live BBC text commentary? Everyone’s been following the Olympics – I suspect productivity is not what it could have been. And oh, the drama. My favourite moment is probably when both the TV commentators at the men’s gymnastics team event practically screamed in (unplanned) unison that “…Great Britain has the silver medal!!!”. However, that was followed five minutes later by Japan’s successful appeal and GB’s demotion to bronze. Which was still the first medal in years and completely unexpected. Good times.
Transport-wise (because I know you’re all dying for an update), it’s actually been good. That first Monday of the Olympics felt a bit like a weekend morning – while quite not empty, peak-hour trains were not exactly packed. It’s starting to get busier now, especially since the athletics have started, but the issue now is that shops and restaurants in central London are complaining that both visitors and locals have been scared away by the travel warnings and they’re losing business. Ha. And yes, since you ask, I’m still madly jealous of the people I see at the stations waving around their Olympics tickets.
Links – I tweeted these, but with more commentary:
- Deanna Raybourn posted about RWA dropping the RITA category for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements (and tweeted that the Regency category was dropped as well). I’ve not been following the RITAs that closely this year, but the Strong Romantic Elements category is the one that most appeals to me precisely because it’s cross-genre. While I don’t read many “straight” romances nowadays, all my reading tends to have a strong romance subplot and I’ll miss getting some recs from this category. I’ve not seen any discussion around why the Regency category was dropped – does anyone has further info on this?
- This month’s theme for Kailana, Lisa, and Trish‘s Where in the World are You Reading meme is Library (hosted by Kailana). I loved seeing everyone’s local bookstores last month, but since I struggled with taking sneaky pictures of my bookstore, I’m not quite sure if I can manage the library. I’ll have to see what I can do.
And finally, reading! I am having a good week – primarily because I’ve started reading Ilona Andrews‘ GUNMETAL MAGIC. I am totally loving Andrea. And Raphael. And Ascanio. And well, just about everyone else. I was (ever so) slightly dubious about this book – sure, I liked Andrea, but would she be able to carry her own book? The answer is an emphatic YES. I’m about 2/3s through and only stopped because I was literally falling asleep last night. And on that cross-genre thing, although GUNMETAL MAGIC probably sits in UF, it is very much a romance.
I also finished Wen Spencer‘s ELFHOME (ignore the cover, btw – oh Baen!). I’m a fan of Wen Spencer, ever since I glommed her Ukiah Oregon series way back when, but I haven’t read any of her books for a long time. ELFHOME is the third book in her Tinker series – here’s where I admit I thought I had read the second book, but realised probably about a quarter of the way through ELFHOME that I hadn’t. Ooops. By that time, I was too engrossed in the story that I didn’t want to put it down and find the second book, which probably gives you quite a good indication that Wen Spencer can tell a story. The Tinker world is a unusual amalgamation of magic and technology, with both elves and computers coming together in a not-quite-Pittsburgh setting (and this was probably more unique when the first book was released back in 2003 than it is now). ELFHOME had a good-triumphing-over-evil, feel-good story line – I really enjoyed it.
And I kind of think if I’m going to be doing this weekly wrap-up posts going forward, I’m going to have to think up a catchy title for them