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I finally managed to break the seventh string on my guqin while re-stringing it. Genius move, self. Genius. You and your unladylike strength. Don't have spares. On the other hand, this means I now have an excuse to buy silk strings for the whole qin, haha. Only it's now CNY and they don't deliver until well after Yuanxiao. I wait.

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In the middle of [livejournal.com profile] ursulav's The Raven and the Reindeer under the pen name T. Kingfisher (book launch post here), a re-telling of Andersen's "The Snow Queen". I don't really like Amazon's description of this as a "sly retelling", which is the only thing I don't like about this book. Everything else is excellent. There's a solidness and maturity about the writing that is really satisfying to read. It's the first time I enjoyed reading about Gerta and adventures in snowland with raven and bandit girl friend, as it were. (Always got annoyed with Andersen when halfway through as there was no follow-up with the little robber girl.) This re-telling, though, is lovely.

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