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They screwed up Robyn's character.

(Preliminary note: I did actually enjoy this movie. Quite a bit, in fact. Given that this is going to be a post almost entirely made up of complaint, I should probably start with that.)

many thoughts )

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In a British murder mystery, if the family has relatives in Australia who they have lost touch with (and they've always lost touch with them - losing touch with undesirable family members is what Australia is for) then one of the main characters will turn out to be an Australian in disguise. Usually, they'll be the murderer.

I have now encountered that exact plot in over five books.
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- Voted in an election that still has no result. Apparently, our country has no firm opinions, and can't decide who we want in charge.

- Went to a birthday dinner for my sister. Three excitable nephews, LOTS of pasta, and a nice time. Also, the boyfriend met the rest of my family. :)

- Abandoned the new novel I'm halfway through, and picked up an Agatha Christie novel I've read several times. Had just got to the first murder (strangled girl guide) when I remembered that I'm actually trying to learn Latin and haven't looked at it for a while. Abandoned murder mystery before the second murder (drowned grandfather) and turned to Latin accusative forms - and then realised the second murder is where the whole thing gets interesting, and returned to Agatha Christie.
I seem to be indecisive...

- When I got home last night, Smudge (the kitten) came running to the door, realised it was me, and walked off disappointed. He's definitely a one-woman-cat.

- Played Knightmare Chess with the boyfriend today, who beat me very quickly - despite the fact that I'd ended up with 4 queens.

- Am halfway through House season 6. I think this might end up being my favourite season of the show. It's brilliant.

- Next weekend, by hook or by crook, I am getting new plants for my garden and planting them where the Evil Roses Of Doom have been sitting. It's spring, and I need my pretty flowers!
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I am suddenly immersed in high school shenanigans.

Currently re-reading a book series by Jaclyn Moriarty, in which Aussie high school students write many fun and exciting letters. (They're really good! Read them!)

Aaaaand now I'm watching Glee. *facepalm* Yet another tv show I will be watching far too much of, by the looks of it.

Book Fans

Apr. 29th, 2010 12:47 pm
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I went to a restaurant for lunch today. Just me and a book.

Or rather, just me, my book, and a waiter. The moment he saw what I was reading, he started talking about how wonderful Agatha Christie is, and then after that we started discussing Jane Austen, and we talked about how swoon-worthy Mr Darcy was in the mini-series...

I didn't actually get to order my lunch for over five minutes.

I kind of enjoy talking to complete strangers. It's always unexpectedly fun.


Apr. 4th, 2010 01:33 pm
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I just made myself roast beef with apples. It worked well.

So weird - I'd never think of fruit as something you could have with roast beef, but I was getting out lots of veggies to roast, saw the apples sitting there, and thought "Hey, they had roast bear with apples in Narnia. It's got to work."

And it did!

For all those who wish to experience this yummy dish: beef, chopped apples, onion, and rosemary. Then roast. It's very worthwhile.
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Even if you've never heard of Temeraire, you MUST read this:

A Dragon and a Swordsman Walk Into a Bar
(With guest appearances by Iskierka, Haplo, Polgara, Hermione Granger, Cthulhu, and Ryan Seacrest.)

Temeraire is up against Jaime Lannister in the 2010 Cage Match, and his author has written an account of the battle (see: Thing Which Must Be Read, above).

Seriously. Go Read. Even if you've never heard of him.
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You know you've been reading too many Regency-era novels when you see nothing strange about the fact that the two main characters are "Kit" and "Evelyn" ...and they're both men.
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Do you ever find, when reading something, that there are phrases which make perfect sense, really, but still sound completely strange in context?

For instance:
"The man's hand was arrested before it had grasped the telephone receiver. He drew it back..."

That sounds relatively normal.
But when it's:
"The policeman's hand was arrested..."

Suddenly it sounds very odd.

This is from a Georgette Heyer murder mystery I've been re-reading.

A murder mystery in which, as it happens, two people are killed by having their heads beaten in with a blunt object.
Which also makes a later metaphor sound strangely un-metaphorical. Look:

"He went into a small private office, and once more spread his notes on the case before him, and cudgelled his brain over them."

Of course, it's really just a metaphorical way of describing how frustrating he was finding the case - but, given the brain-cudgelling murders that keep happening, it's very noticeable...


Nov. 17th, 2009 09:25 pm
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My bookcase is now starting to actually reflect my tastes.

...not that there were huge number of books on there that weren't to my taste. After all, they're all books I own and read - most of which I bought myself.

But, for a while there, the selection of books on my bookcase weren't really covering the full range of books I like. Reason being, I was at uni.

Uni had a massive library, including huge amounts of Agatha Christie, and the entire Discworld series, and stuff like that. If I wanted to read mystery novels or sci-fi, I'd just go there.

Then I left uni - at exactly the same time as I got utterly sick of reading the same stuff over and over again, and decided to branch out. I didn't read any Discworld, or any murder mysteries, so I never bought them.

But now, having had a few years to stop being sick of them, and more importantly having massive amounts of sitting-on-a-train time between inspections, I'm back to reading my old favourites.

And, after several years of reading random stuff I'd never heard of before, Agatha and Terry are back to playing a starring role in my fiction adventures, and a large portion of my bookcase finally looks like the sections I loved at my uni library.*

* Or it will, once I also have huge amounts of Asterix, Tintin, and X-men comics.

Down Under

Oct. 9th, 2009 07:17 am
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Have just read The Last Continent again.

It is rather uncannily like Australia. Seriously! That's exactly what Australia's like.

(And this is the problem with trying to get an accurate idea of Australia while you're not here. We'll cheerfully attest to the most ridiculous stereotypes being absolutely one hundred percent true - if we like the person talking about the stereotypes. Whereas the same stereotypes coming from someone we're not happy with will be dismissed as stupid nonsense - and they really should actually talk to some real Aussies some time, because, come on mate, that's a bit over the top...)

(Also, drop bears are totally real.)

Found It!

Sep. 11th, 2009 05:42 pm
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For those who are interested:

In the Discworld novels, the first mention of seamstresses as... uh... doing something other than sewing clothes (if you get my meaning) is 15 books in, halfway through Men At Arms.

*goes back to reading*
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Let me take a moment to tell you about the brilliance that is Georgette Heyer.

The delightful G.H. was first and foremost a romance novelist – but she also wrote a number of murder mysteries, which I love exceedingly.

And you know, I could write a long post of raving about how fabulous they are, but it’s so much easier to just let the books speak for themselves, so here are a few short excerpts from Death in the Stocks.

excerpty goodness )

These are the only murder mysteries I’ve ever read where I completely forget to wonder who the murderer was – because I’m so incredibly fascinated with the conversations…

Read them! They’re great!
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It really is quite jarring (now that I'm reading the Discworld novels in order) to read a paragraph which identifies a woman as an "Ankh-Morpork seamstress", and then suddenly realising that she actually makes a living by sewing things...

(Does anyone remember which one of the novels actually started the trend of using "seamstress" to refer to... um... seamstresses?)
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One of the most fascinating internet past-times I've discovered is looking through old entries of Fandom Wank, and watching as all the conspiracy theorists make outrageous claims about how [ profile] fandom_scruples is "actually Ms Scribe! Really! She's sockpuppetting to make us think Fandom Scruples exists!" and getting rightfully laughed at by all the other wankas for being the complete nutjobs they clearly are...

(For those of you not familiar with the very entertaining story of Ms Scribe's adventures, the fascinating part goes something like this:

A reader familiar with the situation can now look back and see that, not only is Ms Scribe actually Fandom Scruples, but she's also hanging around on the FW entry as: a) herself, cheerfully mocking those conspiracy nutters who think she's Fandom Scruples; b) two other people, loyally defending their dear friend from the wackos who want to besmirch her good name; and c) one of the conspiracy theorists who is insisting that she is, in fact, Fandom Scruples.

It's hilarious.)

In other news, I have now reached Discworld book seven - and it's still very fun, and very bizarre.

Not just because half the characters I know and love don't exist yet (No Agnes! No Vimes! No Susan! No Death of Rats!), but because I keep mistaking different characters for other characters.

Like King Verence, for instance. I keep reading stuff about King Verence, and thinking it's talking about the other character by that name - whereas he is currently standing five feet away (in the same scene, mind you) being called something else entirely.

Or like watching someone at Unseen University, called "the bursar", wondering if maybe someone else might be slightly crazy...

Bizarre. Really.
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...and thinking about Harpy Retort Harry Potter.

And I started wondering about that bit in Embrace Fresh Cost Chamber of Secrets where Tom Riddle reveals that magnificent anagram.

Thankfully, the internet now comes fully equipped with amongst a rearrange anagram generators.

Anyway, I dutifully typed in "Tom Marvolo Riddle", to see what else it came up with.

Among many others, there were these:
I am Lord Voldemort )
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I have just finished reading one of the most incredible novels I've ever seen.

Watership Down )
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Today, I took a train from the city to Frankston (one-and-a-half hours), waited for half an hour, and then took another train from Frankston to Stony Point (half an hour).

Then I got out, looked at a drain, and wrote down "yes, this drain exists" on a piece of paper.

...after that, I got back on the train, and went all the way back to Melbourne.
In total, this journey took me from 10:30am to 3:15pm.

To give an idea: Brits, this is like going from London to Tunbridge Wells.
Americans, this is like going the entire width of Delaware.

To check on a single drain.

On the positive side, this meant that I got to spend most of my day reading Anne of the Island, and weeping copious tears over the death of Ruby Gillis.
(I also noticed a typo I'd never picked up on - halfway through a chapter, the author forgets that she's already listed someone's first name as "Amelia", and changes it to "Sarah"... and hopes that no-one notices.)


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