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29th-Mar-2004 12:18 pm
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I ran out of books that needed reading. witch_wolf alerted me to the new Will Smith film based on Azimov's I Robot, so I started searching for my copy. It's disappeared (probably on TotKat's shelves along with many more of my books). So MWNN, sweetie that he is, took me to the local bookshop yesterday to browse the second-hand selection. Couldn't find a copy so asked the girl at the desk. She'd never heard of Azimov. Anyway, long story made short, I found I Robot in one of those Sci Fi Compilations, along with 2001 and Day of the Triffids (more disappeared books from my collection.)

Couldn't stop at just one book, could I, especially as MWNN was paying (my piggy bank being empty due to recent purchase of new laptop.) Came home with

* Mary Stewart's The Last Enchantment (Arthurian Legend re-told)
* Peter Ackroyd's First Light
* Dodie Smith's I Captured the Castle
* Kate Atkinson's Emotionally Weird
* George Gissing's The Odd Women
* Wendy Perrian's Devils for a Change

I started this last one, having just finished Rumer Godden's In This House of Brede, which was about a 40 something career woman's entry into a contemplative order in Norfolk. Devils for a Change is about a 39 year old woman's exit from a contemplative order in Norfolk, after 20 years. It's compelling reading. I'm, half way through already, after just one night's bedtime reading.

Finally, thanks bellinghwoman. The Gala Dinner invite arrived this am.

jennylyle your very colourful postcard from Oz for my Special Board arrived on the same post.

Happy Birthday staceyuk
29th-Mar-2004 03:43 am (UTC)
Mary Stewart! I used to live for her re-tellings of Arthurian legend when I was younger. I wonder where my copies of the Merlin-trilogy have got to? Maybe they're still in one of those boxes I haven't unpacked yet (I only moved house 7 years ago)...

Those books about nuns sound really interesting, I'll certainly look out for them. Some 20 years ago, I seriously contemplated entering into a contemplative order myself, but I finally came to the conclusion that it wasn't for me...well, not at that time. I may still change my mind sometime.
29th-Mar-2004 04:05 am (UTC) - I may still change my mind sometime
You must read In This House of Brede. It's never too late, though much harder the older you get. It's certainly not something I could ever do. There's too much of the rebel still in me. That, together with complete atheism which wouldn't help my case for entry now would it? I have the most profound respect for anyone who can give up so much.

My interest in nuns stems from my writing the history of the convent school I attended. It was founded by the FCJs (a French order, Faithful Companions of Jesus.) The research I did for the book and the amount of time I spent at FCJ headquarters (now here in the UK) opened my eyes to the wonderful, intelligent, humane women (in the main) who enter any order.

On a lighter note, you'd have some difficulty, I imagine, explaining that icon to your Mother Superior if you were a nun.
29th-Mar-2004 04:24 am (UTC) - Re: I may still change my mind sometime
Oh, I don't know...it could conceivably be an image of one of those half-naked saints, like St. Sebastian, couldn't it? Sort of a snapshot moment before he got turned into a pin cushion?

OK, maybe not. That was one of the reasons (actually, the most important reason) that I decided against it: I'm just too attached to certain things in and of this world.
29th-Mar-2004 04:28 am (UTC) - Re: I may still change my mind sometime
Spike makes a wonderful St Sebastian. Remember Pangs?

What about that lovely image at the end of Grave with the Prayer of St Francis playing over that long shot of him lying as if dead in the Sepulchre? Have you read my article on the Final Temptation of Spike on BAPS?
29th-Mar-2004 04:34 am (UTC) - Re: I may still change my mind sometime
Have I read your article on the Final Temptation of Spike on BAPS?

Erm...ask me that tomorrow, and I will have! (What's BAPS?)
29th-Mar-2004 06:39 am (UTC) - Re: I may still change my mind sometime
You can find the link banner to BAPS (Bloody Awful Poet's Society) on my Writer's Babblings page, but you will also find the article on the Writing's Index, so can read it there.

BAPS is the first board I joined.
29th-Mar-2004 04:08 am (UTC)
Never heard of Asimov? Philistine!

You should have said, I have a copy of I, Robot knocking about.
29th-Mar-2004 04:12 am (UTC)
Finally, thanks bellinghwoman. The Gala Dinner invite arrived this am.

Oh good! Make sure you get it back to me asap :-)
29th-Mar-2004 04:20 am (UTC) - Make sure you get it back to me asap
Like today!

I have no-one to sit with (*poor me*). TotKat, if she attends, will not want to sit with her mother.

If I want to help Kat with the daily news sheet again, do I put that on the Gopher form? Or, I could do Reception duty as well, but I can't remember which day I'm booked into the hotel. I think it's the 19th. How can I check?

*bounce* Getting all excited now but must away to walk the canine fiends friends.
29th-Mar-2004 04:59 am (UTC) - Re: Make sure you get it back to me asap
Like today!

Today would be good :-)

I can't remember which day I'm booked into the hotel. I think it's the 19th. How can I check?

I've just checked and you're booked for 4 nights starting on the 19th. And yes, put whatever you'd like to do on the gopher form and return that as well.

29th-Mar-2004 08:45 am (UTC)
LOL -- You can't just have one.

I don't have my copy of I Robot (That went with the ex)
29th-Mar-2004 09:42 am (UTC)
You can't just have one
When it comes to books, I'm just insatiable. I devour them.

Are you feeling any better? Did you see the links I sent you to the writing sites? The BBC one is particularly good.
29th-Mar-2004 10:10 am (UTC)
I am feeling a littel better.

I haven't gotten your links yet.
29th-Mar-2004 10:17 am (UTC)
I sent them to your LJ entry about fandoms and frazzles.

Good to hear you're feeling a little better. Perhaps you should try some vit supplements for a while after your virus. I know I'm going to be eating massive doses of Vit C and drinking gallons of citrus to ward off the evil effects of antibiotics. (Only one more day to go with those and then I'm relatively drug free.
29th-Mar-2004 10:27 am (UTC)
I am drinking plenty of OJ --
29th-Mar-2004 01:24 pm (UTC)
A fellow bookaholic! Never buy one book when you can buy six.

Kate Atkinson! I love Kate Atkinson. have you read "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" and "Human Croquet" yet? Amazing. And her short stories - the name escapes me, but I'll remember it as soon as I post this. Spike and Buffy even get a mention in there. I was strangely touched.
29th-Mar-2004 01:52 pm (UTC)
Well, they were second hand. The whole lot cost about a fiver. But you're right, even when buying new books, it's never one at a time. When I buy from Amazon, I usually use the excuse of getting free delivery by ordering over twenty five quid's worth.

Yes I have read Kate Atkinson's two books. Behind the Scenes was the first one of hers I read. Where is the Spike and Buffy reference? I'm not a fan of short stories. I don't like the deference to the style of the twist at the end. IMO it is only done well by a minority of writers.
29th-Mar-2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
The Spike references are in her short story collection (and the name of it is still eluding me). This being Kate Atkinson, these are not your run of the mill short stories. I really enjoyed them, although I understand they got mixed reviews. Can't pretend I got all of the literary references (apart from the BtVS ones, naturally), but I thought the stories were clever, funny and moving. They sort of blend into each other too, so although very separate, they flow at times, and at times they are downright weird as only KA can write. But then, I found her work when I was desperate for an interesting new author, so I'm sort of a fan. The novels are probably more impressive, but the short stories are worth borrowing, I think.

It was called something like "The End of the World" or "Not the end of the World" - if I wasn't so darn lazy I'd go look on the bookshelf or on Amazon... just shamed myself into checking - "Not the End of the World" it is. And she's got a new novel due out in September. Look forward to it.
29th-Mar-2004 04:05 pm (UTC)
Now look what you made me go and do. I found Not the End of the World on Amazon and added it to my Wish List, along with Fallen Angels, Girl with Pearl Earing and the soon to be released cheap(er) Box sets Seasons 4 and 5.
29th-Mar-2004 10:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, look at your icon! That is really something. These animated jobs are wonderful. I could sit and watch all day. In fact yesterday, I did...

Lovely..... look at him... yummmmyyyy.....

Umm. Where was I?

Oh - the book. Would you like me to pop my copy of "Not the End of the World" in the post for you? Welcome to borrow for as long as and save your pennies in case you don't like it.
30th-Mar-2004 03:10 am (UTC) - Welcome to borrow for as long as and save your pennies
What have I done to deserve such wonderful LJ friends? I've added it to my Amazon wish list. I like having books on there, gives me something to look forward to for birthdays and the like. Anyway, I wouldn't risk anybody else's books aboard the boat. They do tend to get a little damp and dog-eared, which is why I always head for the second-hand sections to stock up for France. I even re-read Good Omens before I go away to solve the problem of risking it.

30th-Mar-2004 02:55 pm (UTC)
"Devils for a Change" sounds interesting - I would love to read it - if you have room, could you bring it to France please - both our cases are full of books - hardly any room for clothes!! - hopefully there is something of interest for you amongst our collection. J.
31st-Mar-2004 01:57 am (UTC)
Of course there's space. Not being restricted like you are, we just FILL the dog wagon with luggage.

OMG just realised, you're already packing.

Ho, hum, so much yet to do, so little time.
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