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Well. [Oct. 5th, 2007|09:56 pm]
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Having been a bit off-colour of late, I've at least availed myself of the enforced idleness to read.  Or, largely, to re-read, as I find I tend mostly to do: Lark Rise to Candleford; the Miss Read books; Somerville & Ross; and, indeed, Kenneth Grahame.  I was however able at last to read a book I purchased some time past, The Tribes of Britain, which I cannot honestly commend to your attention. (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tribes-Britain-David-Miles/dp/0297830864/ref=sr_1_1/202-2389379-1032608?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1191617601&sr=1-1)  It's rather pedestrian fare, I fear.  

I think it is this sort of regular disappointment, more than merely my encroaching age, that is why I spend so much time re-reading old friends.
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(no subject) [Sep. 14th, 2007|06:54 pm]
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I don't know how many of you have read George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice but there's a group read along starting with book 1 - A Game of Thrones starting today at asoiaf_chat. So I am about to start that.

I recently finished Cassandra Clare's A City of Bones over the weekend. Slight spoilersCollapse )

And I have also just started The Wise Woman by Philippa Gregory. It's a reread but I haven't read it in a while.
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Reading over the last fortnight [Sep. 1st, 2007|08:52 pm]
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Well, there were calls for a fortnightly update on books. While this is the due post, I'm afraid the reading is little in quantity. Since my last update I have read the rest of the Katherine Kerr books (I'd only re-read four at last update, now I've re-read all the released ones) and the Night Watch Trilogy. The Kerr books are as good as I said they were last week.

The Night Watch, by Sergei Lukyanenko, has a review on the front that says "JK Rowling...Russian style" and I have to say that put me off. However on actually reading the book, I can't see any JKR in it at all. I think the paper in question needs to find a new reviewer. The basic premise of the book is that in our world there are Others, people who asscend humanity and become magicians, sorcerers, vampires, shape-shifters. There are two sides, light and dark, and these sides hold a treaty to keep an equillibrium of power. The sides therefore are policed by the Watches. Night Watch is the side of the light magicians, who police the dark side.

It was a hypnotising view of Moscow, a city I have never visited but now want to with all my heart and soul. The main hero of the book is a good magician, who wants to believe that just because he's of the light, the dark isn't necessarily evil. He's tormented by his job, the mindset he's meant to take. It's the way I imagine I'd have to write any policeman in a crime novel. Every move he makes he has to question the ins and outs of whether he does it for the right reasons. His partner, the stuffed owl, is a constant reminder that when the good go wrong they get punished. In fact I saw a review on amazon where someone said that all the female characters are being punished, and obviously the author has issues, but I think they missed the point. Everyone gets punished, one way or another.

You have your quintessential battle for dominance, and power, but it is done well, and the following two books continue the story well. I'm perched on the edge of my seat waiting for the fourth installment, where (according to wikipedia) a visit to Edinburgh is in the offing. I can't wait for it to be translated. Speaking off translation, it can on occasion be slightly off, but never to the extent that you lose the thread of what is going on. I recommend this set very highly.
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Random thoughts and reactions. [Aug. 19th, 2007|05:02 pm]
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When you reach my age, you tend to do a goodish bit of re-reading.  Old friends.  Comforting books.  I don’t imagine that a year goes by in which I don’t run through the Anthony Price, Michael Innes, DLS series.  When I reach for a book to soothe myself, it’s quite often one I’ve all but memorised: Somerville & Ross being one very apposite example.


Of late, I have been re-reading, finishing after long delay, or reading with the glee of a discoverer, the following, amongst numerous others:


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Sloppy Firsts [Aug. 17th, 2007|05:27 pm]
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Hello! There are no rules yet or anything, so I'll just post something.

I wrote about my favorite series here at my LJ before I realized I could post it here. So take a look and I hope everyone checks it out.

Feel free to friend me!!
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Welcome to Reading Club. If it's your first night, you have to read. [Aug. 15th, 2007|11:50 pm]
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Welcome to the reading group. We've taken this community and are holding it hostage. For more information about the reading group have a look at my livejournal.




If anyone is getting this on there flist after two years, feel free to join, or ignore, but preferably join.


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The Bingley sisters [Oct. 15th, 2005|09:48 am]
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Oops, I posted this as a 'comment'. Not sure if I should do that or post like this... Anyway, a double post.


I don't think it's very strange that the Bingley sisters are different from their brother. He was sent off to school to be educated, they were not (most probably). Men and women had such different upbringings that it is not strange that family memebers might behave in a quite different manner from each other.

I have a feeling their mother had thoughts above her station - perhaps she even married 'down'. So the daughters were brought up to believe they were more top-lofty than perhaps their wealth really indicated. Mr Bingley, on arriving at school, finds that his social standing is not what he was brought up to think, so as a young chap of 8 or so (its about that age they were sent to prep school isn't it?) he finds that the best way to get on in life is to be the most pleasant person he can be.

I'm in a quandry about whether Caroline will end up a bitter old maid, or if she will be unhappily married to some idiot of the ton.

As a matter of interest, how old do we think Caroline is? When were poeple really considered 'old maids'.

As for Mrs Hurst... I think she is already unhappy with Mr Hurst. But that could be me putting my feelings onto her, because I'd certainly not be happy with a man like him. But one wonders if she even really feels unhappy as such, or just general discontent. But then in those days one married for wealth and status, not because you necesarily loved someone. So perhaps she doesn't know any different, and has no great expectations of happiness.

And that leads me to another question: If previously she had not been terribly unhappy, but not exceptionally happy either, will she become more so when she sees how happy her brother and Mr Darcy are in their marriages?
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Well, in my opinion! [Oct. 14th, 2005|07:00 pm]
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[mood |geeky]
[music |The Jam - Going Underground]

Lesbianism? There's a bit where Fanny ends up having to get changed at the parsonage in front of Mary Crawford because she was soaked in the rain. There is definite eying up I think. It is implied throughout that Henry and Mary are sexual deviants, and I think one of the end clips shows that when they DO marry, there is a fair bit of swinging going on between the couples. And I pervily thought between them as well! In the novel they are shown to be more worldly then the Bertrams, Henry runs away with Maria, and Mary shocks Edmund by failing to be disgusted by this. But the film made them pervy as, and had Mary smoking a cigar! *shakes head in disbelief*

As to discussion ideas... As no one *pout* has suggested any, I thought we should start on the Bingley family.
Thoughts on their respective personalities
their social standing

Some questions I've been thinking about, in case you want to discuss any

Do you find it strange that Mr Bingley is so different to his sisters?
What is their social standing? Do you think that Caroline and Mrs Hurst overdo the snobbery because they are insecure about their own family's past?
How do you think their lives will be? Caroline especially, will she end up a bitter old maid, or make the wealthy match she sees as her due? Is Mr Hurst just a comic drunken buffoon, or could that behavior take a darker turn, making Mrs Hurst genuinely unhappy with him?

Answer these, or write any other thoughts you have about them, or that lead off from the questions.
I will actually answer them, but not right now!
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(no subject) [Oct. 14th, 2005|04:30 pm]
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Actually, if we're talking BBC P&P, I'd be quite happy to be Mr Bingley's bit of fluff. But I'd object to being his bit on the side. *grin*

So, in The Thread, Lorna said (re: Mansfiled Park):

Bleurgh. Well... it has it's points. It just turned the quiet, shy, Fanny Price into a fiesty feminist, riding around in storms, generally being outspoken etc. Which is a fairly extreme tweaking of character! And added a sub plot about Sir Thomas being an evil slave trader/shagger/torturer. So, you know, not really canon!

However, Fanny Price on the page is fairly insufferable, so you can see the film makers dilemma. Also, it had Fanny being a writer, and guess what she wrote? Jane Austens juvinilia. Which was such a profoundly irritating thing for the film makers to do it coloured my judgement of the rest! For what it was, it had good performances. And sex! Lots of sex. And implied lesbianism and incest. In my opinion.

That makes me want to see it just for sheer 'oh my lord, what have they done to this?' value. Sex? Lesbianism? (Oh, wait, I think I might have seen a bit of that, when... gah, what's the character name ...wants to take some other female with her on her honeymoon. I must admit I thoguht it came over a little strong).
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(no subject) [Oct. 14th, 2005|12:25 am]
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[mood |confusedconfused]

Oh, to add, I think it was themolesmother who came up with the name.
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