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Tue Aug 12th, 2014


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07:52 pm - Noted
1. My, bourbon is nice stuff.

2. Finished Full Fathom Five. Twisty-but-genial Gladstone as ever, and I think twistier even than the first two. Gladstone seems to require rereads of his oeuvre before one can proceed to the current work: similar to Aaronovitch if not quite that bad. Aaronovitch because he always has at least three balls in the air if not more, and the one you forget is the one most likely to be referenced in the sequel.

(Truly, am I the only person who never thought to wonder how Lesley taught herself magic all alone with no mentor, when it took Peter months and months of daily training under Nightingale to master the same tricks?)

3. Scott has a stopword- a phrase that recurs over and over again. It's (So-and-so) cursed under his breath.' I know it's Scott's because it recurs in Point of Knives as well as the first two.

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From:i_am_zan
Date:August 13th, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)
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Hmmm have always wondered about bourbon ... Hubby is strictly a single malt guy. Drinks 'em neat or with a cube of ice. I am one of those strange ones that doesn't drink the stuff, being a peasant-y wine and cider girl, but I can appreciate the nose of a single. ^_^

And I must have a go at an Aaronovitch at some point. What book should I start with or which is the first one?
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From:flemmings
Date:August 13th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
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The tum won't take straight Scotch anymore, but bourbon is sweet and smooth enough to go down nicely with just ice.

You need to read the Rivers in sequence for them to make nay sense. First is The Rivers of London, or Midnight Riot as it was relabelled in the US.
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From:i_am_zan
Date:August 13th, 2014 05:55 am (UTC)
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What about Drambuie. I don't mind drinking that.

... and what is it about a US audience that causes books to be called something else ... there've been a few ... but of course now it all escapes me and the only one I can remember is of course Harry Potter's 'Philosopher's Stone' being changed to 'Sorcerer's Stone'

Thank you, will go a hunting when I can.
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From:flemmings
Date:August 13th, 2014 12:43 pm (UTC)
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I think Drambuie may be too sweet for me. Liqueurs often are.

I know there have been a couple of cases where the English title is considered too confusing for an American audience but again, can't give you other examples. As Gaiman said, more or less, American publishers think their readers have the intelligence of coathangers. (Wish I could track down that quote.)
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From:incandescens
Date:August 13th, 2014 09:18 am (UTC)
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I had the impression that it was only the basic Lux that Lesley taught herself, and Peter had had to do that on the basis of a single demo too.
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From:flemmings
Date:August 13th, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
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You're probably right. I thought it took him a while to manage the Lux, presumably with Nightingale telling him over and again what to do.
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From:incandescens
Date:August 13th, 2014 03:54 pm (UTC)
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I vaguely remember that it did take him a while, but Nightingale just demonstrated a few times at the beginning and then left him to get on with it. (Possibly part of the training progress was a test of persistence?)

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