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A friend on Facebook issued the following challenge.

Tomorrow is the bicentenary of the death of Jane Austen. Read more... )

Book meme!

Jun. 19th, 2017 09:25 pm
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Because, even though I'm not reading proper books like I used to, I can't resist talking about books!
Stolen from septembers_coda

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I might add another question of my own:
Is there any room in your house that doesn't have at least one book in it?
My answer at the moment is yes, currently there are no books in either of our two bathrooms. Otherwise, every room has books.
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Snagged from harrigan, whose quotes were pretty awesome.

Grab the book nearest you, turn to page 117. The second sentence will be your life for 2017.

Mine's from The Long Earth by Terry Pratchet and Stephen Baxter.

Some dreams were new, and at the same time very, very old...

Hmm. It's going to be an interesting year then!
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I don't know if any of you remember me talking about the editing/rewriting work I was doing for the bloke who decorated the outside of our house? Long story short, he told me he had some children's books written and wanted me to edit them. The first one was about two fishcakes. Yeah.
Well anyway, I did that one, then I've done three more - some so awful I had to almost completely rewrite them for all sorts of reasons (horny pizzas, anyone?). They are all still pretty dreadful but at least the spelling is ok and they kind of flow. A bit.

Here's his promo for the fishcakes one!

Now seriously, would you buy something a) about fish cakes and b) with characters that look like THAT? Bearing in mind this is for preschoolers...
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Variously stolen from dear_tiger, ephermeralk and cassiopeia7. Go to the closest book to you. Turn to page 206. The first sentence explains your love life.

My love life came out (from 3 books closest to me) as:
"Her too?"
"I've not got any gypsy clothes," he said, "but p'raps they'd give me some."
I thought about my time up at Haworth when I was a small girl.

If anyone wants to interpret this explanation of my love life, feel free because I am clueless...!

The lines are from, respectively - Alan Garner's Boneland (which doesn't run to 206 pages so I went for the last even numbered page), Richmal Crompton's William The Fourth, and Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair.
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Oops I missed a day again! So this is a twofer.

First yesterday's for matchboximpala - What stresses you out?

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septembers_coda Wanted to know who was my favorite child character ever, in any fandom?

Supernatural is my first real "fandom", so I'll have to talk books instead, especially as the tv shows I've been in love with before SPN didn't really have any children in that I can think of (Babylon 5, Firefly, Stargate Atlantis, Alias Smith and Jones, Star Trek...oh, unless you count Wesley, but though I liked him he wasn't a fave character).

I've been wracking my brain for child characters and when I started putting this post together I still wasn't sure who would end up top of my list.

I'd have said Arya Stark straight off, except I am still too dischuffed about what dear George has done to her in the last couple of books - I barely recognised the feisty little girl who charmed the socks off me in Book 1, so I couldn't bring myself to put her top of my list. Lyra Belaqua is a great character, but I didn't really like her all that much, even while I understood her very well. So I looked a bit farther back and remembered one of my childhood heroes, Harry Wharton, from Frank Richards' Magnet comics. I imagine most of you will never have heard of him or the comics, though you might have heard of Billy Bunter. The Magnet was a weekly comic (narrative-based not cartoons) that ran from the early 1900s to around the 1940s, with stories about Greyfriars public school. I had a real thing about reading those. The bulk of the stories featured the Remove Form, who were about 14-15 year olds. Frank was an orphan, one of those upright, noble chaps with a fiery temper who always tried to do the right thing. There was also a bad boy character in that series who I had a soft spot for, Herbert Vernon Smith, also known as The Bounder. He was the rebel with a good heart, he smoked and gambled and often saved the day in spite of himself. I used to write fanfiction about these characters without knowing that was what it was!

But then I thought some more, and if I stretch the definition of a child character to teenagers, I think I can go for Lord Alexand DeKoven Woolf (with a side order of Rich, his little brother) from M K Wren's The Phoenix Legacy. At the start of the books Alexand is about 16 or17, while his brother is 12-14. Alexand has so many of the qualities I love in a hero - he's fiercely loyal, he's intelligent and thoughtful, he loves hard and strong with everything he's got, he has utter trust in his brother, he's flawed and makes mistakes, he's willing to sacrifice his life and happiness for the greater good.

Yup, I do have a pattern in the characters I fall in love with...

Book meme

Sep. 23rd, 2014 06:26 pm
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Snagged from ephermeralk because I have no will power, none, zero.
Book Meme: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take but a few minutes, and don't think too hard - they don't have to be "right" or "great" works, just the ones that have touched you.

So without too much thinking about it - ta da!

  1. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein

  2. The Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Sutcliffe

  3. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

  4. The Phoenix trilogy by MK Wren

  5. The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons

  6. Lost John by Barbara Leonie Picard

  7. The Anglo Saxon Chronicles

  8. Paddington Bear by Michael Bond

  9. Archangel by Sharon Shinn

  10. Darkchild trilogy by Sydney J Van Scyok

That was both hard and easy - hard to get started (apart from the first four which are always near the top of any of my book lists) but once I got going I wanted to add another forty! Not sure how this compares with a similar meme from November last year... 
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Stolen from downjune because I can't resist anything to do with books.  Even though I haven't read anything but fanfic for about a year!!!


Take 10 minutes to make a list of books that have been important to you at some time in your life. Don't stop to think, justify, add authors, or make notes. When 10 minutes are up, you can reorder the list and add additional information. Readers can ask questions about the books on the list.

I haven't reordered these, just made sure I've got the right titles and authors matched up, so these are the order I remembered them in:

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Stolen from downjune because I can't resist anything to do with books.  Even though I haven't read anything but fanfic for about a year!!!


Take 10 minutes to make a list of books that have been important to you at some time in your life. Don't stop to think, justify, add authors, or make notes. When 10 minutes are up, you can reorder the list and add additional information. Readers can ask questions about the books on the list.

I haven't reordered these, just made sure I've got the right titles and authors matched up, so these are the order I remembered them in:

Read more... )

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