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Fri Apr 15th, 2016


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08:41 pm - Achievement?
I pumped my bicycle's tires today.

And because incandescens is talking about Dracula, and I have never read Dracula, so I have no notion who everyone is, I rescued the coverless copy of Dracula from the Weefree Library across the street. It's also missing the end pages as well, but from context I deduce that Dracula has been dealt with by that point.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:April 16th, 2016 03:31 am (UTC)
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It's a rather good story, for stories from that era.
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From:flemmings
Date:April 16th, 2016 05:38 pm (UTC)
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And at least it's epistolary, not narrative.
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From:incandescens
Date:April 17th, 2016 02:26 am (UTC)
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I remember it was on my reading list of "classic books" in my early teens imposed by my parents after I'd been reading nothing but trashy sword and sorcery / sci-fi / Doctor Who novelisations. Probably to sweeten the pot a bit, but even so.

It also features a female character making a major contribution to plot resolution by actually compiling other people's narratives and doing secretarial/organisational work. For all the modern versions of the narrative which try to cast Mina as "saving the day by virtue of her true love", she does a lot more here to save the day by office work.
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From:flemmings
Date:April 17th, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC)
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(amused) Your parents were kinder than Crommy, then.

Archivists for the win! Almost as good as a librarian!
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From:incandescens
Date:April 17th, 2016 11:16 pm (UTC)
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The list was a mixed bag. Dickens, Marco Polo, Herodotus, Thucydides, Dracula, Frankenstein...
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From:flemmings
Date:April 18th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
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Argh-not-Thucydides. Herodotus is on-crack fun, though a *trifle* heavy for a young teenager; but Thucydides is just grim.
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From:incandescens
Date:April 18th, 2016 01:37 am (UTC)
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I do remember bogging down in Thucydides. Herodotus was much more interesting.

Though when we were actually translating Greek at school years later, I actually quite liked him (he was one of the set texts) - his sentence construction and grammar were reasonably straightforward, as I remember it.

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