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03 June 2010 @ 12:07 pm
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Various things that are tangentially related to the public library:

1. My request for Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey came in, so I stayed up until after 4 AM to read it. This is one of my Patented Idiot Moves, because I'm really tired now, but I can't say I regret it. If you've been here any time at all, you probably know that it pains and frustrates me when I like things but cannot explain why, but here I think enthusiasm will have to make up for sense. So, um, I enjoyed it. (Also, I think the title is slightly misleading. It makes sense once one has finished the novel, but it did rather make me think the book was going to be about something other than what it was.) It has awesome girls being awesome together, and then being friends because of it; it has complicated boys and at least one awesome teacher (seriously, I would read fic about her); it's got people putting on a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and occasionally quoting from it, if that's your sort of thing. It's a book full of arresting images that are well-handled, and use of a mythology I know very little about; and it's about the stories we tell ourselves, and how they make the world. I would recommend it if you like: mythology, especially creation myth; fairy narratives and changelings; the concept of American Gods (regardless of whether you liked the novel itself).

2. I thought that perhaps I would try watching Lost in Austen again, because maybe I could pull together some kind of article on it or something, so I requested it too. But 2 minutes and 34 seconds in, after Amanda had declared that reading Austen a lot was tantamount to sounding like a "terrible loser" (or perhaps she said "horrible": I wouldn't want to be unfair and inaccurate), but then deflected the association by making sure to announce that she "actually had a boyfriend" (because apparently this is the only way not to be a loser, or proof that she hadn't scared off The Menfolk with her horrible Austen-reading ways, or both), I was already quietly seething. So--back to the library it went.

3. My requests for Holly Black's The White Cat and Sarah Rees Brennan's The Demon's Covenant came in today. Aw yeah. Dissertation? What dissertation?
katesutton on June 3rd, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, you too? I stayed up until 330 the other daymorning reading The Passage, which is a post-apocalyptic vampire story done right(yes, it is possible!). Also, I love the Demon's Lexicon books SO MUCH. I finished the second one a few days ago. It's one of the stories I just don't want to end. All of the characters can stand around being themselves forever, please. I was especially pleased by the story she gave Mae in this one.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on June 3rd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Hee. I thought maybe I would outgrow this particular problem, but apparently once it's summer again and I don't have to teach or attend lecture, I go right back to doing it!

And I am so looking forward to Demon's Covenant. I want more Mae and more Alan especially (separate or together, whatever; I'll take it).
cschells: medieval librarycschells on June 3rd, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, I just got Demon's Covenant from the library, too! I had forgotten that it was in my stack--I'll have to pull it out! *waves palm in front of your eyes* There IS no dissertation.
tempestsarekind: your strange behavior puzzles marthatempestsarekind on June 4th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
There is no dissertation...there is no dissertation...also, I am getting very sleepy...
cschellscschells on June 7th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
*g* Not too sleepy to enjoy the reading, I hope!
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on June 7th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Hee. Not so far--although there's always the option of taking a little nap between chapters!
pink for pterodactylsignificantowl on June 3rd, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
ooh, excited to hear that about Guardian of the Dead, I've been trying to get a hold of a copy of that for a while. (I'm in the middle of the Demon's Covenant as we speak! :)
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on June 4th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's been pretty popular around here as well; I put the request in a while ago!
Constant Reader: Udolphoskirmish_of_wit on June 3rd, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
I really really liked Demon's Covenant. It has ladies! Being awesome!

Lost in Austen is totally enraging! Also Amanda keeps that same hairstyle THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE THING which is INSANELY RIDICULOUS. It looks SO STUPID with 19th-century garb that it made me want to punch things.

*adds Guardian of the Dead to library queue POST-HASTE*
tempestsarekind: austen snark is the best snarktempestsarekind on June 4th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Also Amanda keeps that same hairstyle THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE THING which is INSANELY RIDICULOUS.

Argh, I KNOW. Someone get that woman some hairpins or something, stat!

I'm looking forward to Demon's Covenant, yay!
viomisehuntviomisehunt on June 4th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
All of those books sound so terrific, but I am advoiding fiction until I finish my own piece. I want to pen something unique, but each time I pick up something and it is just BRILLIANT I get discouraged with my own vision and voice.
tempestsarekind: typewritertempestsarekind on June 4th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have that feeling, too; it's irritating, especially because I think I have more ideas when I'm reading good books! They make me want to write, but they also make me feel like I can't compete, sometimes.

Anyway, best of luck with your piece.
the love song of j. aimee prufrocke: lovely | pagesfaeriemaiden on June 4th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
Eeee, I am hideously envious of your library; I haven't a hope of getting The Demon's Covenant from mine. (But then I would eventually buy it anyway, so it saves extra effort and the pain of separation, I suppose. Found an excellent deal on the British edition online, which pleases me because I love the cover so much.) Fnnngh, must buy soon.

Eeee, people keep talking about Guardian of the Dead, so I must read it! It sounds lovely indeed. Curse my library's restriction on loaning books newer than six months. :/

Re. Lost in Austen, what the actual frak. Why on earth would they go to such lengths to piss off their target audience? I'm not even an Austen fan (as in, her novels aren't emotionally special to me, not that I dislike them), and that makes my skin itch. You know what makes people total losers? Being apologetic about the things they enjoy when they have no need to. *scowlyface*
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on June 4th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
Ooh yes, the British cover is lovely! I would definitely want to buy that edition. But it will be a while before I can do that, and the library is free (except when I forget to return books on time, oops).

Curse my library's restriction on loaning books newer than six months.

??? Are they only for in-library use, then?

As for Lost in Austen, I've decided that its actual target audience is people who haven't actually read Austen, but have seen the P&P miniseries; it's constantly talking about Colin Firth, and making its Mr. Darcy get into a pond (!!!). Either that, or it's trying to appeal to women by assuming that women are riddled with neuroses and can't possibly be happy and confident about the things that they love.

You know what makes people total losers? Being apologetic about the things they enjoy when they have no need to.

Yes, quite!
Crossdontcrosscross on June 5th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
Hi! We... have several friends in common, I think. :D

Ooh, I started watching Lost In Austen, but I don't think I made it past the first episode - which is a shame, because there's an actor I now like who is adorable, and apparently he played Collins in that.

reading Austen a lot was tantamount to sounding like a "terrible loser"
...Wait, I thought Austen was supposed to be all the rage now.
tempestsarekind: the man himselftempestsarekind on June 5th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)

I actually did make it all the way through Lost in Austen the first time, without lapsing into rage--although I was Very Annoyed by much of it. But I just couldn't bring myself to do it again.

My current theory is that Austen is something that it's all the rage to make money on, if you are a cynical movie/TV producer, but not something one actually wants to admit to enjoying, because that means you are a pathetic, soppy girl. Or perhaps I'm just bitter. :)
Crossdontcrosscross on June 5th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who doesn't like Austen, probably for that reason. I like Austen for the funny bits and the satire. Hm - you know, it's ironic that that character in Lost In Austen looks down on Austen for that reason, when that's the very image of Austen that the creators are perpetuating. x) People can be strange sometimes.

Didn't it end up with that girl getting together with Bingley? And Lydia with Darcy, or some crap?
tempestsarekind: austen snark is the best snarktempestsarekind on June 5th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
Actually, Amanda got together with Darcy (because apparently giving up the modern world is no big deal as long as you have love!), and Bingley and Lydia ran away to found some kind of free-thinking society, or something, because Jane had married Mr. Collins and Bingley went all heartbroken. But not to worry! Lady Catherine steeped in to provide an annulment, so Bingley and Jane could get married after all! *eyeroll*

It always makes me sad when people don't like Austen because of her undeserved reputation as a sappy "chick lit" writer. Not everyone is going to love her, but I bet there are a lot of people who would enjoy Austen's novels if they didn't come with annoying cultural baggage of this sort. And yes--things like Lost in Austen contribute to that very idea, yet Amanda worries about it at the beginning of the miniseries!
Crossdontcrosscross on June 7th, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
Bingley and Lydia ran away to found some kind of free-thinking society

...what. How does that even work?

And Jane and Mr. Collins. I am just. What.

(Although I do like the guy who played Mr. Collins, to be fair, I just don't know him as Collins.)

I think the same applies for a lot of things, but yeah. It always makes me sad when people deny themselves something they like for the sake of appearances. :(

(May I friend you?)
tempestsarekind: austentempestsarekind on June 7th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
How does that even work?

I suppose the short answer is "not particularly well." :) It didn't make a ton of sense, to be honest.

And yes, of course--please do!
Crossdontcrosscross on June 12th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
I suppose self-insert fanfics often don't. XD (See also: Twilight.)


(Who are those people in your icon?)
tempestsarekind: austen bonnetstempestsarekind on June 12th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)

The people in the icon are Hugh Grant (Edward Ferrars) and Emma Thompson (Elinor Dashwood), from the film of Sense and Sensibility.