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I know at some point not too long ago, someone on my flist posted the title of a (gasp) *good* novel based on Pride and Prejudice (other than Bridget Jones which is, of course, lovely). All I remember is that it was focused on Georgiana Darcy. Could anyone give me a title?

(I have a Barnes and Noble giftcard and while most of it will be devoted to The Mirador -- once I find a store that actually *has* the book -- I should have enough left over for a paperback. I thought I'd give P&P retellings/sequels one last try.)

Oh, and on a random and hilarious note, the other day at Barnes and Noble, my sister and I found published Phantom of the Opera porn. I didn't pick it up on the principle that I could probably find something better on the Internet for free, but the fact that it's published is utterly hilarious to me.
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Just as a quick note to everyone -- there will be no spoilers on this journal. None at all. In fact, my book probably won't arrive until early next week since I ordered from Amazon.co.uk., so I'll almost certainly be avoiding the Internet until I've read it.

I did finish The Virgin in the Garden two days ago, and immediately launched into rereading all of Harry Potter before this weekend. Books 1-3 are finished and I'm well into Goblet of Fire.

The Virgin in the Garden )
Harry Potter reread )

(And yes, it does amuse me that I'm putting A.S. Byatt and J.K. Rowling in the same entry since Byatt reportedly hates all things Harry Potter.)

I've also started reading Thackeray's Vanity Fair as part of my 'Read books I ought to have read by now and somehow haven't yet' plan. He's a very odd narrator, but amusing enough so far. He really likes to interject things in his own voice and break up the narrative. Not a problem at all; just something to get used to.
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I really ought to know better than to even walk into Oxfam. Admittedly, the last few times, I emerged unscathed. This time, however, there were problems. I walked out with three books.

Further details and vaguely related rambling on the state of C15 scholarship )

At any rate, I should probably go back to Thomas Malory. I started rereading Le Morte Darthur the other day and am once again struck by how many innocent bystanders are accidentally decapitated. Especially ladies who happen to be standing next to the man [insert knight here] was aiming for. Obviously the Knights of the Round Table have very bad aim. Though I do keep getting flashes to crazy!Lancelot from Holy Grail and that's always fun.
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A question to the flist at large--

I've been wanting to properly catalogue my books for at least several years now. Mainly because I really want to know what I have so I'll stop accidentally buying multiple copies of things I don't need (multiple copies of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Austen don't count), especially since my books are scattered in four different locations. I've been tempted by LibraryThing, but I'm a bit wary of having everything on the Internet where it could conceivably vanish.

(I'm also wary of the recommendation thing, as I spent too much money on books as it stands...::grin::)

So, to those people who use LibraryThing, is it worthwhile? Is there a way to save your catalogue to hard copy? And how do the free accounts work, as opposed to the paid accounts?
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] erastes

Book Meme! )

Right. Enough time wasted. I've got errands to run.
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I really hope the Bod gets a copy of Michael Hicks' Anne Neville: Queen to Richard III because I am growing less and less inclined to purchase it, and I really need to read it.

Not that I'm looking forward to that. I had some spare time so I started flipping through it in Borders today and he succeeded in annoying me within about twenty pages by referring to Richard III as a paedophile because he married Anne Neville when she was fifteen.

If he's a paedophile, what does that make Edmund Tudor? He married Margaret Beaufort when she was twelve and she gave birth to Henry Tudor at thirteen. Not to mention the fact that Anne had already been married once before. Does that make Edward of Lancaster a paedophile too? Oy.

Seriously. This was normal. I'm not saying it was a good thing -- it probably wasn't -- but it was what people did.

I appreciate that *someone* is taking the time to write something about Anne Neville. It's about time someone did. That being said, maybe we could stop with the crazy conspiracy theories and weird statements that make no sense in context?
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Leaving for Boston in a few hours, so I'm currently staring at my suitcase, trying to puzzle out exactly what I'm forgetting. So what do I do? A meme!

Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] dolorous_ett, [livejournal.com profile] ignipes, [livejournal.com profile] a_t_rain, and [livejournal.com profile] dolabellae

The game is as follows - I give the last sentence or couple of sentences from five of my favourite books. Your task - to identify the books.

Since I've already played the 'First Lines' game, the books will be different this time round. ;) Yes, I really do have that many favourites.

Here goes! )

Two are by the same author, and if you've been reading my journal for the past two months or so, you could probably guess. One is blindingly obvious, but the lines before it really don't say much. One nineteenth-century, and one very early twentieth-century. The rest are modern.

Book Rec

Sep. 8th, 2005 10:21 pm
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A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels, both by Libba Bray.

I consider them part of the trend of young adult fiction that's proven to be as good as, and often better, than adult fiction. She's succeeded in writing in *precisely* the genre that I want to explore as a writer (historical-Gothic-supernatural-borderline fantasy set in the Victorian/Edwardian period), and she's done it beautifully. Her characters are brilliant, the descriptions are wonderful, and I was literally unable to lift my nose out of either of the books over the past 48 hours (this after I'd already read the first one before, albeit a year ago).

I'm almost certainly going to reread over the next few weeks.
lareinenoire: (Snape!)
Order of the Phoenix took me five-and-a-half hours, give or take. Half-Blood Prince took me less than four. Started around 12:30, finished around 4:00.

My first reaction: Screaming

My second reaction: Dear sweet God, that book was good.

Most of my theories were, as expected, shot to hell, but some emerged unscathed, much to my surprise.

Not particularly coherent thoughts )

I suspect I'll reread sometime very soon, and come up with slightly more coherent thoughts. The only coherency I can currently muster is very specific.
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Still...no...book...

::glares at door and indirectly at Postal Service::

Want book!
lareinenoire: (Wilde Truth)
Another Book Meme! )
lareinenoire: (Bitch)
Swiped this with impunity from [livejournal.com profile] gehayi.

Edit (9 April 2005, 13:03): Wow. You people are good! Or you know me too well. Some combination thereof.

Memeish Goodness )

And now, off to make tea and return to my book.

Wow!

Apr. 3rd, 2005 03:34 pm
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Feeling *so* much better.

I just spent the past three hours wandering the city with my camera. I woke up today and realised that it was the third heartbreakingly gorgeous day in a row, and as this is East Anglia, it'll probably start pouring within the next twenty-four hours, so...

Carpe diem and all that crap. ;)

There were at least some remnants of the carpets of violets I'd seen before I left for India, but some of it had been replaced by cornflowers. Still very very pretty. Wandered along the Church Rate Walk and Malting Lane, took photographs of random houses and ivy-grown walls and a few abandoned Métro tickets that I found amusing for some reason. King's was where I'd seen the carpet of flowers, so I went there next, strolled through the College and past all the Japanese tourists, and ended up wandering into the market.

Dialogue between Rational and Irrational Halves of my brain as follows.

Irrational: Ooooh, book!
Rational: Ahem? Money?
Irrational: But it's got full-colour photographs of the Titanic. It's research!
Rational: I repeat. Ahem? Money?
Irrational: Well, you see, if I buy this book, I'll have more research material. If I have more research material, I'll write more. If I write more, I'll finish the novel. If I finish the novel, I have a far greater chance of publishing the novel. And if I publish the novel, there might be money.
Rational: And who in their right mind would read what you write?
Irrational: I'm more comprehensible than Joyce!
Rational: ...
Irrational: Oh, fine, that says nothing. But still...
Rational: Your logic does not resemble our earth logic.
Irrational: It took you this long to figure that out?

Needless to say, I bought the book. And it's so pretty...

Also picked up books on Dandyism, the Whitechapel Murders, and a primer for Medieval French. Yes. I'm eclectic.

Did my requisite sneaking through Trinity and took yet more photographs. Must do this again sometime.

Only cloud was the lack of a teleportation device. If I had a teleportation device, I could have snatched my boyfriend out of what was probably a very decent mid-morning sleep and made him go punting with me. With demi-sec and sandwiches and probably very obnoxious PDA. Because it's spring in Cambridge and that's what people do. Maybe next spring.

My cold feels so much better. And there are birds singing outside my window. Today was a very nice day.
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So, the rules are, "take the closest book to you, look at page 123, and post the fifth sentence on that page. Don't look around for the coolest book nearby, just take the CLOSEST."

Well.

I have nine books on my desk and seventeen sitting on the floor next to the desk. I'll stick to the desk then. For the sake of time. ;)

1. "With thy black mantle till strange love grown bold"

2. "I would not have your free and noble nature"

3. No fifth sentence on p. 123.

4. "As they had reason to be."

5. "Indeed, my father is sending me to escort her here and I can assure you that I shall pay every attention to her security and comfort."

6. "Why are you moved?"

7. "How can you not remember?"

8. "I would be beholden to you, my lord, if you did."

9. "From Calais he walked to Rheims, via Ardres and Cambrai."

::grins::

7-9 were part of my lovely birthday box from [livejournal.com profile] atropos333.
5-6 were part of my lovely birthday box from [livejournal.com profile] rosamund.
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Books = crack

::growls::

Feb. 15th, 2005 06:39 pm
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The US Postal Service stole more than half of what Atropos sent me for my birthday.

I am very truly vexed. Not only did it arrive three weeks late, more than half of it is missing?

WTF?

And my back hurts, but that's incidental.

I'm going to make some tea. Calm myself down a bit.

ETA (18:59): Slightly calmer. At least some of it came through. There are still books, all three of which I've been longing to read. "Dragon's Lair" by Sharon Penman, "The Fall of the Kings" by Ellen Kushner," and "The Reckoning" by Charles Niccoll. And only one of them is mildly ripped...::sends vast arrays of bad karma in the USPS direction::
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I fell in love today...

::grin::

...with the Wren Library. I swear my jaw dropped and hit the floor when we walked in for my seminar this morning. Normally I don't care for Neoclassical architecture, but when said Neoclassical architecture involves midmorning sun streaming through *massive* mullioned arch windows onto hundreds of priceless books...

Yeah.

In love.

Now back to my romantic evening with Richard III.

ETA (22:21): Link to a photograph of aforementioned library. Doesn't do it justice but at least gives an idea.

Ah, books.

Feb. 5th, 2005 01:01 am
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It's been a good few days for books. Between the £1 rack at Galloway and Porter, the Giant Sale of Wonderfulness at Waterstone's, and the lovely bookstall at the market, I've managed to walk away with eight books, only one of which cost me full price.

1. Richard II by William Shakespeare. I read one speech (where he completely cribbed from Doctor Faustus) and had to read the rest.

2. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Been meaning to read it for ages. My sister will be happy.

3. [livejournal.com profile] rosamund's birthday present, which will remain undisclosed. ::grin::

4. A collection of transcribed documents relating to the sinking of the Titanic. Very very cool, and useful!

5. Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove. AU based on the premise that the Spanish Armada defeated the English navy in 1588, and featuring a certain Will Shakespeare as the main character. Not to mention random cameos by the "darkly handsome" Kit Marlowe. Mmmm.

6. I Will Repay by Baroness Orczy. The one Scarlet Pimpernel novel I haven't read. Why not?

7. Lorenzaccio by Alfred de Musset. I have a giant presentation next Wednesday on this play, and even though I've got a copy out of the library, it's relevant enough to my research that I ought to own a copy. And lo and behold! It shows up at the market bookstall, directly next to...

8. The Collected Plays of Alfred de Musset in translation. Though I will admit there are quite a few lines that simply do not work translated. They sound absolutely silly. Though that could just be the translator's fault.

Yay books. My shelf is full again. Now if I could only teleport books back and forth between here and Pennsylvania...
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How many copies of Christopher Marlowe can one girl possibly own?

Let's see.

1. Falling-apart paperback edition featuring the four major plays.

2. Bizarre hardcover edition from 1929, language supposedly not modernised.

3. Doctor Faustus paperback edition with nice appendices.

4. Edward the Second paperback edition, also with nice appendices.

Grace à the lovely [livejournal.com profile] rosamund, there will soon be an 1896 Complete Works added to this list. And I am very seriously eyeing a copy of the edition I looked at today in Rare Books, from 1887, with a fascinating essay by Havelock Ellis. Only reason I chose the 1896 over it as a birthday present was because it only has the four major plays and none of the poetry.

So this puts me at six. Not including criticism/fiction/biography/etc.

However, this is *nothing* compared to my Shakespeare collection. I have no idea how many different copies of different plays I own; I lost count years ago. Also...let's see...at least four copies of Pride and Prejudice, three of Jane Eyre, at least five instances of Oscar Wilde floating around somewhere...so I suppose the final verdict is that I randomly collect multiple copies of books. Just because.

And you needn't say it. I'm weird. ;)

ETA (3:30 AM): If we want to count nonfiction/criticism/etc, here's the extended list. Plus, I just put in an order for the 1887 Symonds/Havelock book. So...

7. The Cambridge Companion to Christopher Marlowe

8. Anthony Burgess - A Dead Man in Deptford

I survived

Dec. 9th, 2004 04:30 am
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Essay was handed in at noon today. Bound and everything. It looked quite pretty.

Went to the library and returned all the books I'd used for it. Nice sense of closure. Then picked up more books, two on Mélusine, a copy of La Reine Margot, and a historical account of Marguerite de Valois. Yay for random research.

Either tomorrow or Friday is my tome-diving research party. Yay tome-diving! Several hours in the rare books room for me. And yes, I do this for fun.

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