nath: (books)
Yay, just found out that there's a release date for P.C. Hodgell's next Kencyrath novel, Gates of Tagmeth. This July :-)
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wot i red... )
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Three things from today:

- After three weeks of freedom, putting on shoes and a bra felt like putting on chains
- I suspect I'm not quite Madeleine l'Engle's target audience
- Why is it going to be 30° from tomorrow to Sunday?

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wot i red... )


May. 4th, 2015 08:51 pm
nath: (books)
Just finished reading Andy Weir's The Martian, as recommended by [ profile] cairistiona7. Very entertaining, and well worth the read if you're into the science bit of science fiction.

Now on with the reading pile...
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wot i red )
nath: (headdesk)
How do you take a book* seriously after it tells you on the first page that "the planet was inundated by drought"? I do hope the author's style improves after this, because, even if the phrase is deliberate: no, just no.

*After the Ice by Steven Mithen, a global overview of history from 20.000 to 5.000 BC.
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Diana Gabaldon does not read well after Roger Zelazny. Or maybe I'm not in a fluffy mood. Either. Both.

This is only even an issue because they're what's on the e-reader, and I don't feel like refilling it just now. Luckily there's still some more Zelazny on there to read...
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wot i red )


Nov. 19th, 2013 07:53 pm
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I'd already been humming a certain Tom Lehrer song for days while rereading Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos, but I totally lost it just now, on a line near the end: "And this is how it happened that, although Bolyai led our expedition, Lobachevsky published first."
nath: (headdesk)
To ride Hell's Chasm by Janny Wurts - the one-star reviews on Amazon say it all:-(

On the plus side, I paid only 3 euros for it. Worst of it is that underneath the cliches and the overblown writing it looks as if - with some very harsh editing - there might be a nice (not 'good', but 'decent') story underneath. Ah well... I'll just put it on the 'charity' pile and inflict it on some unsuspecting stranger.
nath: (books)
Of course, I knew there was such a manuscript (and Amazon France had already betrayed the release date *g*), but it's good to see it announced 'officially'...

Tolkien's Arthurian poem, yay:-)
nath: (books)
Hobbit to Hero arrived today, along with the most recent issue of Parma Eldalamberon. I can't start HtH yet, though; I'm still reading Wagner and Tolkien: Mythmakers, and while I don't mind reading two (or more) books at once, I prefer it if they're different genres.
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For the last few weeks I've been reading along with Mark reads The Lord of the Rings, the closest thing to reading it for the first time again. While it's a lot of fun to share in his journey, the comments are just as interesting.

Today someone observed
Tolkien's day-job was translating Anglo-Saxon poetry, and it really shines through in this chapter; especially the final scene. It's not *quite* poetry itself; the meter isn't consistent and he hasn't put alliteration into every line... but it's almost there, and I think it what makes it so powerful. This is a passage that I think would benefit from being read aloud.

With that he seized a great horn / from Guthláf his banner-bearer
and he blew such a blast on it / that it burst asunder.
And straightway all the horns in the host / were lifted up in music
and the blowing of the horns / of Rohan in that hour
was like a storm upon the plain / and a thunder in the mountains.

"Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!"

From there on to the end of the chapter, reading it like that... just wow...
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wot I red )
nath: (weather)
The view in the office yesterday:Read more... )

I've finally put up the last two large pictures that were still standing around:Read more... )

I'm currently experiencing a courgette-hiatus, but this is one week's harvest:Read more... )

The tomato plants are starting to show tiny green marbles, so there will eventually be tomatoes (unless it keeps raining the way it did this week).

The bathroom renovation will start a week later, and thus it will also be another week until the kitten moves in. On the plus side, in what would have been the first week of the renovation I will have a friend's cat in the house, rather than having to go over every day to feed her.

I've finished reading Game of Thrones and am about a quarter of the way in A Clash of Kings.

Wednesday night I went to see Deathly Hallows pt.2; it was enjoyable, but imho (and this is not something I'm usually quick to say) they overdid it slightly on the special effects. A bit more story and characterisation wouldn't have gone amiss *g* As this was my first 3D movie I was also anxious to find out whether 3D would give me a headache. I'm relieved to say it doesn't, and on the whole it looks great, although there were a few instances where the perspective looked rather 'off' to me.


Jul. 8th, 2011 06:05 pm
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The missing books of A Song of Ice and Fire arrived today. Yay Amazon!

/goes back to reading

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