2) Books. Very short here.
Jennifer Crusie, Welcome to Temptation. Rereads continue. Nom.
Diana Wynne Jones, Unexpected Magic. I have heard before that if you read a lot of Jones you see that there is a looooot of dysfunction in her adults. Hooboy yes. When I mentioned this at Alpha, people said, “That is the point of Diana Wynne Jones,” but... look, I get to come to my conclusions in my own time.
Elizabeth Bear, Karen Memory. My biggest problem with this book is that the great first line is a lie. Why wouldn’t we like what she has to tell us? We bought this book. It’s what happened, and there’s nothing groundbreaking or culture-shattering about the events. And, I guess, a little silliness in places, but I’m willing to classify this one as, “A lot of fun and I like it, but craftwise not one of her best,” vs some that are, “Wow, this is probably brilliant, and I am never going to read it or anything in its series again.”
Jennifer Crusie, Faking It. Reread, and this time I actually understood the crowded explanation of everything.
Mark Kurlansky, Salt. Decent book for occasional reading while the boy cooked. Didn’t get as in-depth as I’d like, and the organization wasn’t the way I’d expect it, but in chunks, perfectly good.
Wow, did I really not read much else? Well, all the Avengers fic in the world. I have a problem.
3) So much Avengers fic. Someone posted a link somewhere and then I was devouring everything good. Some iffy. Not much bad, because I am working from a well-curated list.
4) Oh, also, Alpha. That happened. Ask for more details. Good as usual.