12 January 2012 @ 05:05 pm
The Joy of Books  
Elijah Wood tweeted the link to this video yesterday and I've been meaning to post it: The joy of books.

This is truly magical. :-)
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Current Mood: enthralled
05 May 2010 @ 06:59 pm
Pollity Poll of Polls  
Finished reading The Secret Life of Bees yesterday and loved it just as much as the movie. Am now at a bit of a loss as to what to read next--let's have a poll with a few suggestions! You must choose, but choose wisely.

[Poll #1560600]

([ profile] raynedanser, I don't own Shutter Island yet or it'd be on the list ;-) )
Current Mood: geeky
Current Music: Like A Prayer - Glee Cast
28 April 2010 @ 08:43 pm
The Wise Man's Fear  
From Pat's blog.

My editor asked me if I could have the book done by September.

I thought about it. I thought about her 27 points and my ever-changing 50-60 points. I thought about who I can still use as beta readers, and how many drafts I’ll be able go through in four months. I thought about how many times I will personally be able to read the book in four months.

I said I was sure I could finish it by September.

She asked me if I was sure. Really sure.

I thought about it. Back in 2007, I was sure I’d have the book done by 2008. But I was hugely ignorant and optimistic back then. So I was dead fucking wrong. That caused a lot of grief.

I told her I was really sure I could have it finished by September.

Come hell or high water? She asked me.

Come hell or high water, I said.


But I promised y’all I would pass along the *real* publication date as soon as I knew it. So that’s what I’m doing.

March 1st 2011.

Gah, that is still SO FAR AWAY. Almost a year. But at least there's a date now.
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09 April 2010 @ 06:46 pm
This Is Amazing. Found by [ profile] kerimaya  

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03 April 2010 @ 11:55 pm
"Tiger! Tiger!"  
[ profile] morelindo made me aware it's poetry month again. I love having an excuse to post poems. Here's one I read the other night, and which I loved a lot.

"Tiger! Tiger!"

What of the hunting, hunter bold?
Brother, the watch was long and cold.
What of the quarry ye went to kill?
Brother, he crops in the jungle still.
Where is the power that made your pride?
Brother, it ebbs from my flank and side.
Where is the haste that ye hurry by?
Brother, I go to my lair -- to die.

--Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

Current Mood: thoughtful
27 February 2010 @ 09:16 am
Getting There...  
Patrick Rothfuss has finally finished his second draft of The Wise Man's Fear. With luck there'll be an estimated publication date once it gets back from his editor and they know what minor things need to be tweaked. *crosses fingers*


"That said, The Wise Man's Fear is going to be bigger than The Name of the Wind by at least 100,000 words or so."


Current Mood: excited
03 November 2009 @ 08:51 pm
How To Train Your Dragon  
Maybe I'm just tired and stressed and thus easy prey to anything that will cheer me up, but this film looks oddly...endearing.

Could also be the fact that the boy kind of looks like a younger version of "Jared Padalecki: 2005 Edition."

It says that the film's based on a book...*goes to look it up* Oh, it's a picture book?
Current Mood: tired
31 October 2009 @ 01:10 pm
Why Today Can't Be A Bad Day Entirely  

Sadly, I will have to devour the three books on the left first and rather quickly because they're potential "Contemporary German Lit" candidates for my exam and I need to decide on whether or nt I'll take them.

Still: whee! Books!

By the way, thoughts on White Collar 1x02?
Current Music: Alone - Glee Cast
01 September 2009 @ 02:03 pm
Oh, Tolkien [Geek-Moment of the Day]  
The fun part about my exam is that I get to read Tolkien's essay on Beowulf. :D The essays's quite interesting, especially since it becomes plain obvious how The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit etc. weren't only influenced by Tolkien's admiration for Beowulf plot-wise, but more importantly by the general atmosphere about the poem.

Tolkien writes:

Beowulf is not an actual picture of historic Denmark or Geatland or Sweden about A.D. 500. But it is (if with certain minor defects) on a general view a self-consistent picture, a construction bearing clearly the marks of design and thought. The whole must have succeeded admirably in creating in the minds of the poet's contemporaries the illusion of surveying a past, pagan but noble and fraught with a deep significance—a past that itself had depth and reached backward into a dark antiquity of sorrow. This impression of depth is an effect and a justification of the use of episodes and allusions to old tales, mostly darker, more pagan, and desperate than the foreground.

More )
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21 August 2009 @ 03:00 pm
Period Drama: Rec Offered and Recs Seeked  
Watching the first season of The Tudors this morning I remembered a film I caught on the telly the other night, Stage Beauty. The film basically picks up the plot where Shakespeare in Love left the audience, and tells the story of an actor who was trained to play women on stage, and suddenly finds his life without meaning when women are given permission to perform in theatre. The film is a bit cheesy in parts, but it is very entertaining with a wonderful cast and great performances thereof--particularly Billy Cudrup, who literally moved me to tears. It's a shame this film didn't get the attention Shakespeare in Love received. If you like period drama and the theatre, this film is definitely recommended.

Speaking of recs--I'm really, really in the mood for some good English period drama right now. I love movies like Elizabeth and Shakespeare in Love, or shows like The Tudors, and discovering Stage Beauty I just realised that there are probably many jewels of period drama I just haven't seen or heard of yet--or have seen but forgotten about. So, if you got any recs for period dramas PLEASE TELL ME :D (I've seen my share of Jane Austen adaptions, I'm more in the mood for period drama set before 1800 but if you got recs for good films/shows set past 1800 I wouldn't say no to those either :D )

I don't mind if the film/show takes liberties with the course of historical events, though the history buff in me rejoices about stuff that is "historically correct" (or as correct as history writing can get). In short - GOT RECS? :D

On a related note, I'd also be interested in recs for good books about the history of Britain. Nonfiction, please. Any pointers? :-)

Thank you in advance, guys :-)
Current Mood: geeky
29 February 2008 @ 08:34 am
American Gods  
Via [ profile] kerimaya

Neil Gaiman has put a free e-book vesion of his novel American Gods online here.

I haven't read American Gods yet but I'm currently devouring Anansi Boys, which lead to a very strange crossover dream of that novel and BBC's Being Human tonight. Very strange ;-)
Current Mood: sleepy
21 February 2008 @ 11:20 am
Supernatural Origins at AMAZON  
You can already pre-order the Origins paperback edition at here. $10.19 , it's going to be released May 6.

Funnily, I stumbled across this by accident since the German amazon also already lists it here.
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07 February 2008 @ 01:02 pm
Meta, Of A Sort, About Vampires In Literature & On Screen  
Going through the book store today something occurred to me. And it concerns vampires. So here's a few thoughts.

There seems to be a silent understanding that in both television, film and literature there will be a male vampire and a woman or girl attracted to him (or if she's not attracted to him, she teams up with him at least). Everywhere you look there are stories based on that principle--there are the Blood Books by Tanya Huff and the tv show Blood Ties which is based on the books, there's Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, don't forget tv shows like Moonlight and Angel and even if you go a hundred years back, you will find the same scheme in Bram Stoker's Dracula.

I'm not saying all these stories are the same, because they are not, but I do think it's weird the man always gets to be the vampire, and the woman to be the mortal.

It Goes On From Here )
Current Mood: thoughtful
31 December 2007 @ 04:10 pm
The Spiderwick Chronicles  
As if I wasn't looking forward to the movie enough already, I've now discovered Freddie Highmore will be in it.

There are two kid actors that I really adore because they're just so good; one is Freddie Highmore and the other is Abigail Breslin.

Anyway, this should be fun, and here's the trailer:

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26 November 2007 @ 12:56 pm
Quote Of The Day Or Reason #7865 Why Jane Austen Is Awesome  
I found this quote in Northanger Abbey whilst putting footnotes on my paper:

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel,
must be intolerably stupid.”

Henry Tilney

Have a great day! :o)
Current Mood: working
05 November 2007 @ 08:09 pm
I Can Never, Never Resist Book Memes...  
Snagged from [ profile] morelindo

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users.
Bold what you have read,
italicize those you started but couldn't finish,
and strike through what you couldn't stand.
Add an asterisk* to those you've read more than once.
Underline those on your to-read list.

106 Books )

*sigh* Still so much to catch up with.
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28 October 2007 @ 10:35 pm
Uber-Geek Is Very Much Delighted  
I borrowed a book about the History Of Witchcraft from the uni library. I just found out it has an entire chapter on Diabolic Possession. That seriously makes me more happy than it should.

ETA Okay. Not only defines the chapter the difference between obsession and posession, the roots of the belief that demons can possess a person and its presence in the Old and New Testament - it includes rites and exorcisms, too.

And this is a book from a university library.
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16 October 2007 @ 12:06 pm
That Was Weird.  
An elderly guy just rang at the doorbell and when I opened he said:

"Good Day. I'm from organisation XY and we're looking for supporters. Our organisation is directed against "trash literature" to protect the helpless, women and children."

I must have maded a dumbfounded face because the next thing he said was (in quite an aggressive tone): "You're not interested, are you?"

I told him I wasn't. He told me he'd just note down that he'd been here then. In that kind of manner that makes you feel like you're a lost case who doesn't realise how important their fight is.

I probably would have listened to what he had to say and how he defines "trash literature" (from his look my first thought was "Oh, another crusade against Harry Potter, is it?") but that "to protect women" bit truly disturbed me. I don't need protection from any kind of literature, thankyouverymuch. Maybe I'm doing their case wrong and they just want to get rid of porn mags, but I didn't like his choice of words. "Trash literature" combined with "protect women and children" I instantly equal with "censorship+literature = never a good thing" and also, we're not the Puritans.

I should have told him I was a student of literature. I wonder what he would have said to that.

I'm going back to reading Northanger Abbey now. I wonder whether that is trash literature, too.
Current Mood: confused
16 August 2007 @ 10:46 am
Quote Of The Day  
"Viewed from the outermost reaches of space, the earth is no larger than a speck of dust. Remember that the next time you write the word humanity."

Travels in the Scriptorium, Paul Auster
Current Mood: contemplative
15 August 2007 @ 02:47 pm
Question About Books.  
Does it ever happen to you that you thoroughly enjoy a book yet reading it takes you incredibly long?

I remember when I read Pride & Prejudice - loved it but reading took me months, it did. Northern Lights turned out to be another odyssee (though as I said, I really loved it) and at the moment I'm on The Tender Bar which I can't seem to finish or make progress on, despite the fact that I quite enjoy the story. I have another sixty pages to read and with most other books I'd consider the book practically finished but this one? Will take me until tomorrow at least.

And then I'll start on Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster.
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