I knew fifteen year old would like discworld novels, which made getting her to read them difficult, because what fashionable teen wants to read books her dad, and her friend's geeky dad (the Solaris admin) loves? I had to make plans, which involved a used copy of The Wee Free Men, the Beginning. I got it, reread the first two Tiffany Aching novels, talked about them, and waited. After a few weeks her desire to read something new overcame her reluctance to read a book her dad recommended. Hooked.
She then wanted Wintersmith, the third Aching book. I bought it for her, hid it until she emailed her weekly AP World History essay, and gave it to her. She read it in a day or two and handed it to me. I finished it a few days ago, it's good. Tiffany is 13, and in the mountains becomes entangled with the changing of the seasons. It's mostly told in flashback, and it's full of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and the Feegles. Tiffany is becoming a young woman, and Roland becomes more fleshed out, too.
She then wanted the most recent Aching book, I Shall Wear Midnight, which she finished a few days ago, and I finished yesterday. So yeah, two discworld novels in less than week, so much for rationing. It was good. It may be the last Aching book.
Now she's struggling through Men at Arms, and The Wee Free Men is at newspaper_girl's, though her dad may read it first.
In other juvenilia, I read The Hunger Games, a year after fifteen year old and a few months before ten year old. A few weeks ago I took ten year to see The Hunger Games. I was a little bothered that Peeta wasn't at death's door at the end of the movie, but it was an acceptable adaptation. I'm not sure if Katniss is supposed to fire an arrow with the arrow on the inside of her bow though, the few times I shot an arrow I kept the arrow on the outside.
What do you call The Hunger Games in France? Battle Royale with cheese.
Catching Fire and Mockingjay are next in my reading queue, thought ten year old is still reading Mockingjay.
In other Jennifer Lawrence movie news, I kept Winter's Bone in the Netflix queue, in case fifteen year old wants to watch it. It is good, and there are lots of parallels between the two movies.
In other Netflix news, Archer has become favorite means of obtaining a laugh at night, when everyone is in bed.
In gaming news, tactics that work in Civ don't work in Civ III: Conquests, and a humungous mapped 8 player (three hotseat) game really stresses the gig of ram in my old Emac, and has revealed several hot seat bugs. It's still engrossing, thanks garlic.
It wasn't much of a winter, despite a last minute noreastern. I shoveled a handful of times, and did not go sledding.
In beer news, my kit Rauchbier was not very smokey, but it was tasty. It's nearly gone, but I have one last batch of lager (Helles IIRC) to keg. It's almost ale season.
In work news, the best news is fifteen year old passed her lifeguarding course. She can now get a summer job and see just how long it takes her to earn a $15 iTunes gift card.
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