mjj (flemmings) wrote,
mjj
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Augh Wednesday

What have you just finished?
Sorceror to the Crown. Review in Bakka said it clearly could have been longer. Yes, exactly. A Jonathan Strange type novel needs Jonathan Strange type largeness. (Mind, look how long JS&MN took to write: not everyone has that kind of leisure, esp not when they're a full-time lawyer as well.) Sorceror needs more space for the characters to expand into because almost all of the characters could happily be expanded. In omniscient third, preferably. This might give us a little less unremitting Everyone Hates Zacharias except his Two True Friends (one of whom doesn't count.) A little more variation in people's response to him would work a fair treat.

What are you reading now?
Peony in Love by Lisa See. Delighted that what I thought would be a fairly ordinary social novel set in Qing China (riffing off Red Chambers but of course) just turned into a ghost story. I await developments.

What will you read next?
Probably a very bad idea, but License to Quill is on its way to me at the library. "License to Quill is a page-turning James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe during history's real life Gunpowder Plot." Oh dear oh dear.

Possibly some solid bread and butter reading like The Poetic Edda or Piers the Plowman, books acquired to be read on long cold winte evenings, which is what we're having now.

(Wednesday is aughish because cold, damp, sleeting, raining, sleeting again, and I forgot my pain meds at home.)
Tags: afrai, china, meme, reading_16, shakespeare
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