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Wed Feb 24th, 2016


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07:37 pm - 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.)

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From:i_am_zan
Date:February 26th, 2016 03:51 am (UTC)
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... Oh gods ... License to Quill sounds both like fun and dreadful all at the same time ... the idea of Shakespeare and Marlowe in cahoots to solve a whodunnit elicited chuckles from me! ^__^

You'll have to tell me how it goes and I might just pick it up myself.
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From:flemmings
Date:February 27th, 2016 02:53 am (UTC)
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It's at the library now. Shall be able to tell you what it's like in a day or two. I am not sanguine at all.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:February 29th, 2016 04:03 am (UTC)
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Sorceror to the Crown just arrived from the library. I don't know if I'll have time to read it before I have to return it, I'll try, but I'm thinking I need to switch to books on tape so I can have eyes and hands free. (Except I'm so not a auditory learner...)
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From:flemmings
Date:February 29th, 2016 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Busy, busy? Then should I hold off sending you my extra copies of The Invisible Library and The Masked City (which I was going to do so you don't have to wait til July / whenever)?
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From:mvrdrk
Date:March 1st, 2016 04:57 am (UTC)
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Thank you, not horribly busy, but hold off on sending books. Next month I've an anniversary to celebrate and a class starting, so I won't get to them until April at best.

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