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PSA! [04 Aug 2005|01:20am]

[ mood | ecological ]

I'm thinking or recycling this journal into something else very different and probably more personal. It would mean booting y'all precious members out and deleting posts and maybe renaming the journal and stuff, so.. I wanted to give everybody a heads-up and like, see if anyone objects?

Speak up or forever keep your peas and all that; in other words, comments more than welcome.

tata for now!

PS: reviving the comm is also possible, if ya want to give that a try. suggestions also welcome, of course.

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Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code [26 May 2003|11:51am]

[ mood | in love ]

Riding on the much squeeeing on the latest Artemis Fowl book from shakespearechic I'm adding the passage that totally made me squee with joy and happiness:

SpoilersCollapse )

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New Artemis Fowl book [31 Mar 2003|02:06pm]

ETA: May 1, 2003
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lotr [06 Jan 2003|10:10am]

[ mood | mellow ]

i haven't had a chance to read lately, considering the xmas chaos and my children :) i do, however want to finish return of the king before school starts on monday. i doubt this will happen though.
i don't know if any of you have read the lotr trilogy, but if you have you probably will agree with me that they are extremely heavy reading.

it took me at least six months to finish the first two. (but then again i read a couple other "light reading" books in between)

if you haven't read the books, i highly recommend them. the movies do the books no justice.

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[28 Nov 2002|08:00pm]

[ mood | content ]

It's me again! Sorry if I've spoiled Pullman for anyoneO_O
I was thinking about my five Desert Island books...this is so difficult..but
Prisoner of Azkaban (If I can't take all four dammit)
Howl's Moving Castle(by Diana Wynne Jones)
The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Vampire Lestat
Wait...I can't deal with only five...I'd have to sneak A Wrinkle in Time in somehow and Love Story...and this is just what I can see on my bookshelf, I'm sure there are more I'm forgetting...

I just finished Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones last night. It was quite interesting, but there's a lot of background about Norse Mythology I am lacking. Anyone read it?
and btw, vrittis The singing Purple slug story? sounds interesting^_^
I also read Year of the Griffin by her last week if anyone's read that. I have cute little assassins running around in my head now.

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[28 Nov 2002|07:50pm]

[ mood | content ]

It's me again! Sorry if I've spoiled Pullman for anyoneO_O
I was thinking about my five Desert Island books...this is so difficult..but
Prisoner of Azkaban (If I can't take all four dammit)
Howl's Moving Castle(by Diana Wynne Jones)
The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Vampire Lestat
Wait...I can't deal with only five...I'd have to sneak A Wrinkle in Time in somehow and Love Story...and this is just what I can see on my bookshelf, I'm sure there are more I'm forgetting...

I just finished Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones last night. It was quite interesting, but there's a lot of background about Norse Mythology I am lacking. Anyone read it?
and btw, vrittis The singing Purple slug story? sounds interesting^_^
I also read Year of the Griffin by her last week if anyone's read that. I have cute little assassins running around in my head now.

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New person *waves [27 Nov 2002|10:21pm]

[ mood | happy ]

Hmm..introductions...well I could practically say the same as Arwena except that I HAVE read Jane Austen too (although that came after age four:P)

I just finished Terry Pratchett's Small Gods, Good Omens with Neil Gaiman, and a couple of Diana Wynne Jones books...all terrific:) I'm not sure if any of those are out of bounds so let me know and I'll enthusiastically expound on the virtues of fantasy and kid's book:) (btw those are all in the last month, don't worry, I can't read more than two or three books at a time and even then I get confused)

I did read phillip pullman's trilogy though, which is listed on interests...I cried so hard when I finished that series...didn't it just put you through so much emotional wear-and-tear? I wish there was a fourth book...
Anyway:) Hi!

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hurray ! [26 Nov 2002|08:00pm]

for the first time in maybe four months, i opened a book yesterday !
why i forbid myself this great pleasure for so long, who knows ?
but that's not the point.

i'm here to tell you a bit about Qumran, by Eliette Abecassis.
I'vre approximately read 1/3 of the book, and it's more than promising.
how to describe it ?
let's say it's a "theological thriller", not far from the works of Umberto Eco.

the plot revolves (as far as i know) around a series of crimes linked to the quest of two jewish archaeologists, father and son, for one of the missing Dead Sea Scrolls, those infamous manuscripts found in Palestine in 1947 who are supposed to contain explosive information about the life and death of Jesus, hence the birth of Christianism.

the writing is remarkable, seamlessly weaving tidbits of religious/theologic background information (useful for evil pagans such as myself), descriptions of today's jewish communities (especially the orthodox hassidim), and exciting thriller moments !

guess i'll tell you more soon...

oh, one last thing, it doesn't seem very slashable, sorry girls.
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[22 Oct 2002|01:05pm]

Ok, so, second post.

I finished reading all the books in the Dark is Rising Sequence from Susan Cooper.
Yes, Ash, I finally did!

They're young adults / children books, I suppose, and fantasy, definitely.

They're slash-able [and slashed!], but we won't talk about that here, to spare our non-slash friends *g*

They're really good, good in a away that enables an adult to not be bored with them at all.

Sometimes the description style is a bit overmuch for me (descriptions of nature and landscape, mostly), in that it's a bit flowery for my taste AND I sometimes can't picture the layout she describes, no matter how many words she uses for that.
But that's due to my bad picturing abilities with space in general, so I'm not holding it against the books.
The writing style is actually very good, minutely detailed in a very sensous way and to the point at the same time. You can really feel in the shoes of the protagonists, it transports you well.

There are various 'heroes' from book to book. On the one hand three kids, a girl and her two brothers, brought into adventures by their 'great-uncle' and discovering fantastic objects/concepts/people. On the other hand an eleven year old boy from a vast family, finding out on his birthday that he might be just a little different form the others... And on the third hand (why, yes, I have more than two) yet another boy, who always knew he was different because no one let him ignore that ever, finding out just how it is that he's different.

There are 5 books in the series, populated by grand figures of Light and Dark, grand concepts of Good and Evil, of course, and grand quests to accomplish.

It's all deeply and well rooted in the Welsh and Cornish and English world of legends, weaving very well the 'now' and the 'then', the magic and the normal world. It conveys the same sense of nostalgia for a lost world and personal responsability falling to Man than the work of Tolkien does.

It's complex enough, and lyrical enough, and interesting and magical and mysterious enough, that you never feel like you're reading something 'too young' for you. It's great, and I loved every minute of it.

There. Go read them too.

Susan Cooper:
Over Sea, Under Stone
The Dark is Rising
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree
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[22 Oct 2002|12:48pm]

Am about to multiple post in here, just warning you.
I'm swamped with work, but I'm tired of putting to later my posts for thie community, so here goes.

American Gods - Neil Gaiman:

I loved it, but less than I thought I would.
This maybe from the incredibly positive praise I heard all around - it psyched me up for something bigger.

No mistake, though, it IS big. Didn't get the Hugo prize for nothing.
(when you don't know what to read - does this ever happen? - pick a Hugo prize. A mark of quality.)

I loved that is it truly an American novel, and that you can still feel underneath that the author was born and raised in Europe (well, I can anyway).
I loved the interweaving of all the different pieces of mythologies, the synchretism brought forward, and how that fits America so damn much.
I love the hero (who wouldn't?), and a lot of the protagonists.
There's a bit in the middle, a monologue from a girl named Sam, which is one of my favourite piece of dialogue EVER. It's brilliant.

Ok, so this isn't a good or thorough review, but it basically means this: READ IT.

It's more and less than fantasy, and an initiation novel, and a mystery, and a road-trip novel. It's Gen!Lit, and it's GOOD.

Comment your heart's content - let's revive this place!
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My introduction. [17 Sep 2002|06:59pm]

[ mood | sleepy ]

Hi all!

Thank you, Earthquake, for speaking to Anatsuno. Also thanks to Anatsuno for making me a member of this community. :)

Well. About me and my relationship with books. I learned to read when I was four years old and have been reading since then. I must admit that I've been reading almost only fantasy books since I discovered them about seven years ago - I know next to nothing about Austen or Dostoievsky. I guess I will have to do something about that some time!

Five of my favourite books, in no particular order:

#1 Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb
#2 Stalking Darkness by Lynn Flewelling
#3 The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
#4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
#5 Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

It's difficult to pick a favourite book, because in fantasy literature they almost always belong to a serie (e.g. Assassin's Quest is the third book in a trilogy), but I tried. :)

Have you read all of these already or do you want me to tell more about the books? I could say something about the books by Robin Hobb, at least, because I was going to tell EQ about them anyway.


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[16 Sep 2002|07:57pm]

....and *drumroll* Welcome to Another New Member: droidarchetista!

Sorry I forgot to add you earlier, droidarchetista *meep*
Hope you have fun. :)
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[16 Sep 2002|01:59pm]

Er - seems dead around here, but I'm guilty as well as everybody else around - and EQ informs me that these things do have ups and downs and I shouldn't worry.

If I was worried, really, I'd have posted like mad :-)

Onto news:
lasultrix and arwena are our two new members for today.
New blood, new life? *g*

Live and learn, wait and see.
I'm off the net for two weeks starting wednesday, so don't wait on me to have fun!
On the other hands, I'll come back with loads of books, no doubt.

Loff you all - and happy reading!

Your Negligent Community Maintainer
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Totally forgot to mention... [18 Aug 2002|01:18pm]

Neil Gaiman is doing a reading from Coraline and a signing in a bookstore near me tomorrow night. *grins wickedly* If I get the chance to talk to him, are there any questions any of you want me to ask?
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Hello all. Lasair here (finally). [18 Aug 2002|01:08am]

I've been a member of this community for rather a long time, but blush to say that I haven't read anything in it until now. This is due to the fact that when I originally joined, I had yet to read any of the books that were then under discussion (although according to ashkitty, I read some DiR when I was younger).

I have since read and loved American Gods. Is that under discussion? *wonders* I bought Coraline two weeks ago, but haven't read it. Will probably do so over the next couple of days.

Top five books of all time:

1. Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
3. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
5. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

It occurs to me that out of this top five (the order of which is liable to change on any given day, by the way) two are translations. One from the Russian and one from the Italian. *waves to sangredulce* I recently had an interesting discussion with a friend of mine who studies English at university about the usefulness of translations. He refused to read any work of literature which wasn't in the original language. As the only languages he understood were English and Irish, this limited him a great deal.

His stance was that translations were an inferior perversion of the original work and were utterly incapable of conveying the author's style. I told him that I adored the style of Crime and Punishment and felt that it matched the plot and characterisation perfectly. He responded with: "Yes, but how do you know that was Dostoevsky's style?"

I was forced to concede that the original version would almost always be superior to a translation. But I still feel that a translator is a highly qualified person who does their utmost to recreate the author's style. I also feel that when it comes to the great works of literature, you simply can't bar yourself from them even if you do have to make do with a translation.

So, hello again, and I've just realised that I sound incredibly poncy. Hmmm... thoughts?
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[17 Aug 2002|12:16pm]

[ mood | curious ]


I thought I might try and stir up a little.. something.. in this community.. seeing as how it is.. well.. rather dead.

I guess I'm going to broach the topic of books vs. movies made from books.. have any lived up to your standards? Any fail miserably?

Personally.. I think that The Godfather did it. The movie is pretty much the book. There were a few things I would have added in.. but I'm a bit nit picky and it would have been four hours long.

Anybody else's thoughts?


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[10 Aug 2002|12:37am]

[ mood | silly ]


I was instructed to make an introductory post.. so here goes :)

Books I would take with me if stranded on a desert island:
- Sabriel by Garth Nix
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- *cringe* Don't bite! Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling [British version, of course!]
- World Fall [Book two of the Seven Circles trilogy] by Douglas Niles.. mainly because I loved the first one.. and I haven't gotten around to reading number two yet..
- Dune by Frank Herbert

Hmmm I believe I'm only allotted five.. it is a hard choice though..

Although.. it might be more practical to take something like Robinson Crusoe or one of my old favorites The Coral Sea..

I don't know though.


I do look forward to more postings..

Talk soon!


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[08 Aug 2002|04:23pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Well, it seems I've killed this community with my post on Erotica, so let me try to revivify it. *g*

I am, as you already know, ensconsed in Diane Wynne Jones's Chrestomanci series.
I'm currently in between book 3 - Witch Week and book 4 - the Lives of Christopher Chant.
I love it a lot.
Each book is different, with new protagonists in a new setting, but what remains is the author's humor and inventivity.
I was particularly touched while reading the 3rd book by the way she can write children that I find highly believable. I have talked with other people about this, and they pointed out that most of them, the ones we see closely anyway, are a bit too clever.

Well, it is true, but having always been a clever kid myslef, I identify somewhat easier, maybe. *g*
It's not only that though.
Not all the kids are clever in the book(s). But it seems to me what is really realistic is the way DWJ renders the ability in children of imagination. Her kids seem richer and thicker with inner imagination than JKR's protagonists, in the same way her entire magic is, too.
Eq was saying she likes magic from DWJ better than magic from JKR and Artemis, and I agree with that. DWJ seems to grow an organic magic, to go get it in the roots of Earth and people and myths a lot more. It feels a bit more ancient, but most of all it feels more real and yes, less mechanical.
It is therefore more entrancing, more magnetic, and draws you in further.
That is also true of her characters.
I'm looking forward to reading other books from her.

In passing, it's not the magic I like about the Artemis books, so I'm ok with that. This might also be true about HP, but I can't tell anymore cause I'm lost in Fanon and never was a *huge* fan of Canon anyway. I think what I like in Canon is Hogwarts, Quidditch and the level of details in the settings, and what I regret is the lack of details in the characters AND magic. But JKR might well have a talent for artifacts, say. I think she does those well.

Should I leave you with a question to force you into writing? Should we all agree to read the same book and then discuss it together?
I feel we're all neglecting this outlet, and I'd like to think we can fix that and make it even more comfortable a place. What do you think?

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Not the Lovers problem but close. [05 Aug 2002|03:17am]

[ mood | pensive ]

I'd like to point you all to this entry about Erotica. There are minor background differences between thamiris and me, of course, but I could have written this. I really feel a lot of the same.

Which explains why I suddenly find myself reading more online than offline. Even though I've been reading Erotica for years, really (I started with Emmanuelle, much more intellectual than I thought it would be, at around 11, I think), I still don't really have notions of who/when/where/what to read, and I travel blindly in those published books realms.
On the web, I find what I'm looking for in an easier way.

Recently, I have bought and read a book called Je jouis ('I come', in the orgasmic meaning) written by a 20 year old girl, who published it anonymously.
The book basically recounts the sexual encounters of the writer/narrator from the beginning to the moment where, after wanting to for so long and not being able to, she finally orgasms.
It was very moving, very well written, intelligent and sometimes funny. Some parts were sexy, of course, but it's not really the goal of the book to arouse, clearly, and that seems to be only a (good) side-effect.

[TMI] I'll admit freely it was of a particular interest to me because I have taken years to make it to the orgasms too [/TMI], but it's also a rare, honest insight into a young woman's mind in regard to sex as a whole, the intimate aspect of it, the respect aspect, the social aspect, everything.

I don't think it's been translated yet and I'm not sure it will ever be, but in the meantime I can at least recommand it to the French speaking members around those parts. Particularly as they're boys. I'd have every boy read that, if I could.

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Questions & recommendation [04 Aug 2002|12:13am]

First, for us who feel ilke they're still making mistakes (at least for me :))

Disclaimer: "Spelling should be pensioned off... it terrorises human beings from birth." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Thank you for your comprehension.

1. I would like to ask you readers, if anyone has been able to start and finish the oh-so-Proust-like trilogy of Castle Gormenghast by Mervyn Peakes. Perhaps i was too young when i tried to read it, and my english level was not high enough, but i really disliked. However i would be ready to give it another chance to enthrall me. Any advice?

2. I just read the comics adaptation of Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman (from "Smoke and Mirrors") illustrated by Craig Russel; I must say it is very good. I like this kind of stories. If you haven't, you should read Smoke and Mirrors (everything is not that good, but there are definitely some jewels in the book)

3. I would like your advice about Artemis Fowl. Is it good? Would you recommend it or is it a "Harry Potter like" book?

Well, now i'm off to bed, for i am so tired that the screen looks like a white blob :/
Thank you for answers :)
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