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(don't get me wrong, I love it, but I had to stare at the wikipedia page in stunned disbelief for a while first, and wanted to share)

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TIL that this instrument, which has a perfectly respectable name in Germanic, Romanic and Slavic languages, is called the "hurdy-gurdy" in English, and this fucking languages just breaks my suspense of disbelief left and right 😂

Kinda proud of not chickening out. I mean, the train was right there! Excellent hangover prevention, too.

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Met people for the first time in *ages* on Saturday, and went home by bike. I'm still super slow on a bike, but in my defense, it was dark and I was a bit past sober and didn't know the way. Longest ride this year!

also means that I need to get the quotes feature done, but again: effort

latest feature is support for the /r/fantasy bingo challenge: books.rixx.de/bingo/

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should probably finally write that blog post about my book site for 1000 books or something

but effort

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Summer: when my body demands white shirts on pain of spontaneous combustion.

Summer, also: when my body decides daily nosebleed is a good idea.

42/ Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker. Not quite as good as the title, but decent. Roman military engineering fanfiction, in a good-ish way.
books.rixx.de/k-j-parker/sixte

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41/ The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. Sadly, Bujold's Fantasy is not for me. I'll stick with the Vorkosigan saga.
books.rixx.de/lois-mcmaster-bu

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Summer: when my body demands white shirts on pain of spontaneous combustion.

Summer, also: when my body decides daily nosebleed is a good idea.

40/ Harpist in the Wind by Patricia A. McKillip. Interesting conclusion to the trilogy. Not what I expected. Good stuff, and rewards attention to detail.
books.rixx.de/patricia-a-mckil

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39/ Heir of Sea and Fire by Patricia A. McKillip. Good second part of the series – unconventional, as it makes the first protagonist's fiancée the new protagonist.
books.rixx.de/patricia-a-mckil

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38/ The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip. Unconventional fantasy, reminded me of Earthsea. Glad I read it despite the oddly distanced storytelling.
books.rixx.de/patricia-a-mckil

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37/ The Door into Sunset by Diane Duane. The weakest part of the Door Into series, leaving us hanging without a real end.
books.rixx.de/diane-duane/the-

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36/ A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine. As good as the first part, in different ways. Still sci-fi focused on culture and language, and I want more.
books.rixx.de/arkady-martine/a

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35/ A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. Excellent scifi including technology and language and culture (so much language and culture). Loved it even more on the re-read.
books.rixx.de/arkady-martine/a

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