Sep 27, 2007

In Other News...

I have contacted Virgin Media about getting the Internet installed at my new apartment, and now I’m just waiting for them to come around and do it. They said it could take up to two weeks because they get a lot of requests from students around this time, but I plan on calling them and being quite persistent. I really need to get this sorted out soon. But anyway, now that things have calmed down a bit I will be able to come online at university more often, so hopefully I will catch up with all your blogs soon.

And now some bad news: I was told at Waterstone's that Terry Pratchett has cancelled his signing tour for health reasons. As sad as I am about not getting to meet him, I mostly just really hope it isn't anything serious. The world needs his stories. We need him around. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any more information on this online, but hopefully he will get well soon, and who knows, maybe he will reschedule the tour for sometime before February, and I will still be here for it.

Just yesterday I finally bought Wintersmith – it was out in paperback at last, and I found it at half price. How could I resist? I am really looking forward to reading it, but for now I should focus on making some progress on my challenges. With that in mind, I bought Varjak Paw, and I started reading it just after finishing The God of Small Things. I was a few chapters into it when I noticed that it jumped from page 30 something to page 50 something. I went to Waterstone's to exchange it, but they didn't have any more copies, so I got The Book of Lost Things instead. I was a bit upset to leave Varjak Paw hanging, but I must say I am absolutely loving The Book of Lost Things so far. I really can see it becoming an all-time favourite of mine. And hopefully I'll be able to find another copy of Varjak Paw soon.

Classes only start next Monday, so this week I've been busy taking care of essential things like getting my local library card and joining the university's Sci-fi & Fantasy society. They have weekly meetings in which they watch movies that fit the genre and discuss books and all things geeky. They also have an exclusive library full of wonderful books. How could I possible not join? Plus it sounds like a great way to meet like-minded people.


  1. oh no!

    but, as you say, whats most important that it isn't serious... i hope he's okay too...!!!

  2. Glad to see you posting anyway!! Sorry to hear about Pratchett!! That would have been way cool.

    I LOVE the fact that you joined the Sci-Fi & Fantasy society. That sounds like it would be so much fun!!

  3. Glad to hear that you found a place! But sorry to hear about Pratchett...I hope he's ok and that' it isn't serious. It's been a scary year for writers so far.

    I had to go check my copy of Varjak Paw to make sure all the pages were there, lol...they are. Sorry to hear about yours, but I'm glad that you got The Book of Lost Things and glad to hear you're enjoying it! It was a much better buy than Heart-Shaped Box, I assure you. I do hope you find another copy of Varjak Paw though!

    That's great that you're joining the Sci-Fi and Fantasy society :) We had one at my university, but I could never figure out where they met or if they actually met, so I never joined :p

  4. I'm just catching up on all my blog reading too and I had no idea you were moving. I hope you get your internet set up soon and of course wish you all the best for the new school year! And, cute pic of you at Platform 9 3/4 :)

  5. I bought Wintersmith yesterday in paperback too, but not for half price damn. Waterstones do a loyalty card system as well which you might want to get into if you are going to use them for book buying. Sorry to hear Terry Pratchet isn't well, hope things clear up soon.

    Pester Virgin, we use them and they are pretty good. Sounds like your uni has lots of cool stuff happening, yay for geeks everywhere!

  6. Ohhh The Book of Lost things is a really good read!! If you had to get a different book (sorry about that) you did get a good one!!

  7. Sounds like you're settling in well. Hopefully you'll get your internet hooked up soon.
    That's too bad about the book signing but hopefully he'll recover soon and you'll get another chance.
    I keep hearing about The Book of Lost Things. I may have to look for it soon.

  8. Sorry to hear about the Pratchett cancelation both for his sake and for your disappointment at not being able to meet him. Hopefully he'll be quickly on the mend and it will be rescheduled.

    Enjoy your weekend and best wishes when classes start.

  9. Your Sci-Fi and Fantasy society sounds fun. I'm glad you jump right into socialisation the moment you settled down. In a way, I admire you for the spirit.

  10. Aw, sorry you're missing out on that signing. But hooray for internet access!

  11. Sounds like you're really getting settled in. Your sci-fi and fantasy group sounds wonderful! Can't wait to hear more about it.

  12. I love "all things geeky" :) Glad you are doing well and getting settled.

  13. I wish you could find a replacement for Varjak Paw. I bought my copy on sale here in the Philippines and I had fun reading it. I'm reading the sequel now, The Outlaw Varjak Paw.

    I agree with you on Terry Pratchett. The world need his stories. I hope he's ok.

  14. It sounds like you're settling in nicely. Let's hope you get hooked up soon!


  15. Jean Pierre: It turns out that he's fine. See my latest post for details :P

    Stephanie: It really does sound like fun. The first meeting of the society is tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it.

    Chris: It turns out that he is fine. But yes, it has been a terrible year for writers. I just heard about Robert Jordan the other day... I have never read it, but I know some huge Wheel of Time fans that must have been heartbroken. I already have another copy of Varjak Paw, so I'll be continuing it right after I finish The Book of Lost Things. That's too bad the society at your university never met.. not much point in having a society then :P

    Iliana: Thank you :) I hope I get it set up soon too... I really miss everyone.

    Rhinoa: Both Wintersmith at Making Money were at half-price for the first week at Borders and WHSmith. I saw something about the loyalty card at Waterstone's, but I don't think I will be using them all that much... I am mad at them about the whole Terry Pratchett thing (see my new post for more info).

    Deslily: I really did get a good one. I want to continue Varjak Paw as soon as I finish, of course, but I don't think I could possibly enjoy it as much as I'm enjoying "The Book of Lost Things".

    Tanabata: It turns out there is no illness to recover from, fortunately. "The Book of Lost Things" is this close to conquering a place among my all-time favourites, and I haven't even finished it yet. You really should look for it!

    Carl: It turns out that he is fine and I am meeting him in London instead. Someone at Waterstone's didn't have their facts straight. Thank you - I hope you had a great weekend as well!

    Dark Orpheus: Believe me, I normally have a hard time socializing as well. But it's rare for me to meet people who share my interests, so I decided to push myself and give it a try. The society's first meeting is tomorrow... I am both excited and scared.

    Dewey: Horray for Internet access indeed... I just hope it comes soon!

    Debi: The group's first meeting is tomorrow... I will report back, of course.

    Trish: Thanks :) I love geeky things, it's too bad that I don't often meet people willing to discuss them :P

    lightheaded: Hi :) The replacement has been found. I have seen the sequel around. I plan on reading it sometime too. It turns out that Terry's fine. Hopefully we'll be getting more stories from him for many more years.

    CJ: I hope it's soon too... I must call Virgin and pester them some more.

  16. Sounds like you have a lovely SF club. I'm jealous!

    Hope you are settling into school well :)


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