( Jul. 25th, 2005 02:25 am)
I don't know why I'm reading them , since most of it is utter crap (but crap that's improving, I notice) but I've begun reading Tamora Pierce's Immortals series. Only started 2 hours ago, and I'm already 3/4 done Wild Magic.

It's crap, but it's crack. Figure that one out.Oh man, I need sleep, but I cannot stop reading.
( Jul. 14th, 2005 11:32 am)
So, I finished reading Jingo, and I have to say that I'm a little in love with Havelock Vetinari.

Erm. Yes. So I bring you a meme I gacked from somewhere: List ten fictional characters you'd date/shag/whatever.

1. Dieter Prohl, Wimbledon
2. Richard Sharpe, Sharpe novels/movies
3. Tristan, The Warlord Chronicles
4. Dagonet, King Arthur
5. Schmendrick, The Last Unicorn (first fictional boyfriend ever, oh dear.)
6. The Professor, The Bourne Identity
7. Commodore Norrington, Pirates of the Caribbean
8. Faramir, Lord of the Rings
9. Sanderson, Black Hawk Down
10. Havelock Vetinari, Discworld

Also, I am really, really looking forward to The Brothers Grimm. <3
( Jul. 13th, 2005 12:28 am)
Dammit, I just spoiled myself for Half Blood Prince.

I just can't keep away from spoiler links, can I? DAMMIT.
So I'm pretty much done my icon for The Warlord Chronicles (The Winter King, Enemy of God, Excalibur), by Bernard Cornwell. It's probably going to be too big already, but I'm tempted to try and fit more characters into it (ooh, Merlin, Sagramor and Aelle!)

But first, my (abbreviated) cast for The Warlord Chronicles.

Arthur--- Gerard Butler )

Derfel--- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau )

Nimue--- Keira Knightly )

Ceinwyn---Miranda Otto )

Guinevere---Sarah Polley )

Lancelot---Orlando Bloom )

Galahad--- Joel Edgarton )

Tristan--- Ioan Gruffudd )

Iseult---Anne Hathaway )
( Jun. 30th, 2005 06:41 pm)
Finished reading Enemy of God, and oh my. Lancelot is such a cowardly ass. I may have to rethink my fake casting of Orlando Bloom in this role, because there is no way that he could ever be this assy.


I'm taking a bit of a break before reading the third book. Will take in some Pratchett, maybe Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell before finishing. So, so good.

not really spoilery spoiler )
( Jun. 30th, 2005 10:12 am)
I just read the story of Tristan and Iseult in Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles, and oh my god. Cornwell doesn't pull any punches with this story.

Cornwell has said that this series is the favourite out of everything he's written, and I have to agree with him.

spoilerish rambling about the Tristan/Iseult episode )
( Jun. 27th, 2005 10:11 pm)
I'm having a hard time putting into words what I want to say, so instead I'll talk about different things I'm reading at the moment.

Up north I read The Winter King in two days. It's like the perfect book for me: an interesting Arthurian story, engaging, great battle scenes and the same type of character that you always find in Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe bookes (a poor man who becomes a soldier and works his way up the ranks. Predictable, but oh so engaging.)

Since I read it so quickly, I bought Enemy of God and Excalibur. I highly reccomend it to everyone on the friendslist, especially the King Arthur freaks, and the Age of Sail-ers who enjoy Cornwell's stuff.

Speaking of AoS, I picked up a cheap copy of Jack Absolute. I think I'll save it for when/if I have to bus it up north again.

Finally, I found a book that I think the historical fictioners, KA, BHD and even non-fannish people will enjoy, called From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity. I'm waiting to get it from the library.

Sorry [livejournal.com profile] _jibberish_, for not calling you back. I'm really not feeling like chatting on the phone right now.

ETA: Forgot to mention Northern Exposures: Photographing and Filming the Canadian North, 1920-45, by the awesome Peter Geller, who let me crash at his house the first time I was up north. I was at the book launch in THompson, and it was a very engaging presentation- I can't wait to get into this book.
( May. 17th, 2005 10:37 am)
Since it's been almost nine months since I last cut my hair, I'm getting it chopped off again this afternoon. Hopefully- I have no money, so I hope she'll sccept a cheque from my mom later tonight.

The various chemical vapors wafting around the house are giving me the worst headaches ever. Bah.

So last night after crawling into bed (at nine, for shame), I ended up reading all of The Woman Who Rides Like A Man. At least the writing is getting a bit better, but I'm still shaking my head at the BedouinBazhir characterizations, and Alanna's wanting the women to shed their veils. Dude, you just showed up, like, a week ago. Don't be so surprised that these women want to hang onto a thousand year old cultural custom. *shakes fist*

Damn headache. I'm thinking of going outside and reading in the fresh air until my appointment. And figuring out how to answer those ethics questions. Erk.
( May. 15th, 2005 11:23 pm)
I'm rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and the twins have just taken off on their broomsticks, which is one of my highlights from the entire series.

OotP is my least favourite book of the series. Whenever I reread them all, I cringe when I get to this one because there's just so much dark material here and so much that could be avoided if the characters simply talked to one another.

Also, while recognizing that Rowling is trying to pack in a lot of information that we're going to need over the next two books, I wish this book wasn't so damn long. That, combined with the darkness makes it my least favourite- if it were upbeat and optimistic I wouldn't mind it being so damn long. As it is you have one bad thing after another.

And ALL CAPS TEENAGED ANGST HARRY just gets on my nerves so damned much. Arrgh.
( May. 10th, 2005 11:45 am)
So you know that post yesterday about sitting around in my pajamas, drinking tea and reading?

Um. I'm almost finished "So Long and Thanks for All the Fish".

I need to get out of here.
( May. 3rd, 2005 12:13 pm)
Forgot to mention. Last night mom and I went shopping- I bought her a giant pillow for mother's day (she picked it out, instead of the illustrated DaVinci Code), and I bought myself a mug from the persfect dinner set that I want when I move out (blue zen blossoms, or something like that. I may go back to buy myself a bowl as well.) and a little non-descript black journal, to write fieldnotes in. Assuming I write fieldnotes.

I have a fieldnotes journal. I want to squee. Eee!

I finished reading Life, The Universe And Everything, and am reading more of The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative, by Thomas King. It's very interesting- I'm enjoying reading about the perceptions of the "authentic" Indian, and what this mean to the urban or "invisible" Indian (I'm pretty sure he would have included my father in the latter group).

King refers often to N. Scott Momaday's novel House Made of Dawn- has anyone read this? I think I'll give it a go later this summer.




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