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Five random things make a post.

1) Publishers Weekly review of Dust:

Dust

Elizabeth Bear. Bantam Spectra, $6.99 (342p) ISBN 978-0-553-59107-1

Bear proves there's still juice in one of science fiction's oldest tropes, the stranded generation ship, in this complex coming-of-age tale. Rien, a handmaid in a feudal society, must care for the prisoner Sir Perceval, a mutilated enemy who[m] Rien discovers is her half-sister by an absent scion of the ruling family. Their quest for a safer home tangles with their society's own quest for safety, as the descendents of an artificial intelligence and the genetically engineered crew battle for control to save the ship from an impending supernova. Standard plot devices litter the familiar landscape: tarot, pseudo-angels, named swords with powers, and politics as a family quarrel. But Campbell Award-winning author Bear uses them beautifully to turn up the pressure on her characters, who respond by making hard choices. And?as she did in Carnival and Hammered?Bear breaks sexual taboos matter-of-factly: love in varied forms drives the characters without offering easy redemption. (Jan.)


2) I just repotted the spider plant. It was pushing itself out of the pot, usually a sign it's time. Now it has much more generous digs, and may not be in constant danger of tipping itsdelf over by the weight of its own leaves.

3) Later today, I'm going to do some work on the secrit projekt, and get started on the final pass through Hell & Earth. Wish me luck; I'm going in. At least I might get to write some smut, if I'm lucky.

4) First draft of a winter season playlist. My taste in holiday music is probably questionable, but really, how anybody gets through December without "The St. Stephen's Day Murders" is beyond me.




1. Jethro Tull - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (4:33)
2. 14-Birthday Card at Christmas (3:37)
3. "Weird" Al Yankovic - Christmas At Ground Zero (3:09)
4. "Weird" Al Yankovic - The Night Santa Went Crazy (4:00)
5. (Counting Crows)-A Long December (4:57)
6. (Vivaldi)-4 seasons-winter (2:19)
7. :Wumpscut: - Die in Winter (7:48)
8. John Gorka - January Floor (4:00)
9. Barenaked Ladies - Green Christmas (2:34)
10. Barenaked Ladies - Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah (2:11)
11. Barenaked Ladies Feat. Sarah McLachlan - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings (3:26)
12. Bessie Smith - At the Christmas Ball (3:27)
13. Big Country - Winter Sky (3:16)
14. Blood, Sweat & Tears - Sometimes In Winter (3:09)
15. Bright Eyes - Blue Christmas (2:21)
16. Built To Spill - Linus And Lucy (3:05)
17. Cast - You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch (2:59)
18. Chris Isaak - Life Will Go On (3:10)
19. Christmas Songs - funny - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (2:43)
20. Christmas songs - Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby (3:25)
21. Emmylou Harris - Country Gospel Christmas- Emmylou Harris- Beautiful Star Of B (3:08)
22. Danny Elfman - Poor Jack - Nightmare Before Christmas (4:06)
23. Dar Williams - The Christians And The Pagans (3:06)
24. devo - snowball (2:29)
25. Dr. John & Leon Redbone - Frosty The Snowman (1:53)
26. Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas (2:10)
27. Elvis Presley - White Christmas (2:27)
28. Elvis Presley - Winter Wonderland (2:19)
29. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - I Believe in Father Christmas (3:31)
30. Emmylou Harris - Snowin' On Raton (Previously Unissued) (3:42)
31. Ferron - Snowin' In Brooklyn (3:47)
32. Fiona Apple - Frosty the Snowman (2:10)
33. Fleetwood Mac - Bare Trees (5:04)
34. Tori Amos - Black-Dove (January) (4:38)
35. Gefilte Joe and the Fish - Hanukkah Rocks (3:51)
36. Gillian Welch - Winter's Come and Gone (2:14)
37. Gordon Lightfoot - Song For A Winter's Night (3:02)
38. Gypsy Soul - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (4:31)
39. Harry Nilsson - Remember (Christmas) (4:09)
40. Hazy Shade of Winter (2:47)
41. Heat Miser - Heat Miser (1:54)
42. Janis Ian - In the Winter (2:30)
43. Jethro Tull - A Christmas Song (3:46)
44. Jethro Tull - Another Christmas song (3:31)
45. Jethro Tull - Dogs In The Midwinter (4:37)
46. Jethro Tull - Fire at Midnight (2:27)
47. Jethro Tull - First Snow On Brooklyn (4:55)
48. Jethro Tull - Flute Solo Improvisation/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bourée (6:08)
49. Jethro Tull - Ring Out Solstice Bells (4:03)
50. Jewel and Sarah McLachlan - Song For a Winter's Night (3:47)
51. Jim Croce - I Got A Name (3:11)
52. Jimmy Buffett - A Sailor's Christmas (5:13)
53. Jimmy Buffett - Christmas In The Caribbean (3:11)
54. Jimmy Buffett - Christmas Island (2:56)
55. Jimmy Buffett - Happy Christmas (War Is Over) (5:44)
56. Jimmy Buffett - Ho Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Rhum (4:10)
57. John Gorka - January Floor (4:00)
58. John Gorka - Temporary Road (3:31)
59. John Mellencamp - Another Sunny Day 12/25 (3:02)
60. Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down (2:38)
61. Joni Mitchell - River (4:05)
62. Julie Andrews - Silent Night (2:24)
63. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - God Rest Ye Merry Christmas (3:28)
64. Kevin Bloody Wilson - Santa was Stoned (4:16)
65. Lance J. Holt - I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth (1:18)
66. Loreena Mckennit - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (5:11)
67. Los Straitjackets - Christmas in Las Vegas (2:38)
68. Lou Rawls - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (3:02)
69. McLachlan, Sarah - Song for a Winter's Night (3:47)
70. MxPx - Christmas Night Of Zombies (2:22)
71. Natalie MacMaster - Get Me Through December (6:31)
72. Neil Young - Greensleeves (2:58)
73. Neko Case - Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis (3:41)
74. Patti Page - Boogie Woogie Santa Claus (2:13)
75. Queen - Thank God It's Christmas (4:21)
76. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh) (5:34)
77. Richie Blackmore's Rainbow - Greensleeves (3:31)
78. Gypsy Soul - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (4:31)
79. Sarah McLachlan & Barenaked La - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We (3:28)
80. Sinéad O'Connor - Silent Night (3:43)
81. Sixpence None the Richer - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (3:46)
82. Snow Miser - Snow Miser (1:34)
83. Squirrel Nut Zippers - Sleigh Ride (3:09)
84. Standstill - I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus (2:54)
85. Stars - Fairytale Of New York (4:05)
86. The Chieftains & Elvis Costello - St. Stephen's Day Murders (3:24)
87. The Hollytones - Gridlock Christmas (3:32)
88. The Kinks - Father Christmas (3:43)
89. The Matches - December Is For Cynics (3:29)
90. The Mighty Mighty BossTones - 365 Days (3:10)
91. The Pogues - 14 Fairytale of New York (4:34)
92. Thea Gilmore - December In New York (3:38)
93. They Might Be Giants - 10 I Saw my Baby wearing Santa's beard (1:56)
94. Tom Lehrer - (I'm Spending) Hanukkah In Santa Monica (1:48)
95. Tom Waits - Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis (4:33)
96. Tori Amos - Winter (5:42)
97. Various Artists - One More Sleep Till Christmas (2:50)
98. Vienna Teng - The Atheist Christmas Carol (4:26)
99. We need a little Christmas (1:27)
100. Sarah McLachlan - Ice - (3:54)
101. Jethro Tull - Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day (3:58)
102. Jethro Tull - Ring Out, Solstice Bells (3:46)
103. Danny Elfman - Ice Dance (1:44)
104. Shriekback - Fish Below the Ice (3:53)
105. Sinead O'Connor - Sacrifice (5:10)
106. Kate Bush - Under Ice (2:22)
107. John Gorka - When the Ice Goes Out (4:51)



Hmm. Think it needs some Hedningarna.

5) Sadly, now it's time to go wash dishes. WAH! DO NOT WANT.
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