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16 January 2011 @ 02:48 pm
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Media consumed recently:

--"Vincent and the Doctor," on the S5 rewatch. There were tears, again. Oh, too many feelings still.

--Reread Sunshine by accident. Well, I'd planned to reread it--but I hadn't planned to reread it all in one day. Oops.

--the first installment of Downton Abbey on PBS. Er, twice. (I watched it once while I was still home with my mom, the night before I left; I was curled up on the sofa in the living room, and she came upstairs from the basement and said to me, "You look like you're really enjoying that." The second time was a day or so ago, because PBS was showing it again; I'm pretty sure I said "ooh, Edwardian snap!" out loud to my empty apartment at one point, so it is yet again clear that I shall always live alone.)

--The Brontes Went to Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson. It's a peculiar little novel, occasionally threatening to become twee but never actually doing it; utterly matter-of-fact about the imaginative lives of the characters, and the occasions where that imagination tips over into the actually fantastic. If I were going to describe it in one word, I suppose I'd say "unapologetic": the narrator makes very few concessions and no apologies for the fact that we aren't a part of her family's imaginative club, just as they make no concessions for their beleaguered governesses who have to try to educate the youngest sister.

Currently reading The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw. I'm only about fifty pages in, I think, but I'm not sure this one is going to take. Theoretically I should love a book that's so...fairy-tale (for lack of a better way of putting it), but something about the narration--as though it wants to be a "properly" "literary" novel, all cold, lonely families and hidden heartbreak--is leaving me cold. But I will press on and see if it improves.
litlover12 on January 16th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Interesting that you mention "Brontes Went to Woolworth"; I just came across it on Amazon the other day while looking at something else. So, are you saying it's "peculiar" in a good way, or a not-so-good way?
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on January 16th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Well, I just finished it so I'm still trying to figure it out! But I'm glad I read it, and I enjoyed it even though I'm still mulling it over.
Emily-- Toppington von Monocle: words words wordssadcypress on January 16th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
WHAT IS IT about Sunshine that makes me consume it in similar binges?
tempestsarekind: freema reading is sexytempestsarekind on January 16th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
I do not know! I don't think I've ever NOT binge-read Sunshine, actually, now that I think about it. The first time I read it, I just...forgot that I had anything to do but read it, and that's about standard.
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tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on January 16th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm really excited about the next installment! And I really do love almost everyone already, except perhaps Thomas the footman. (I feel sorry for him, but I don't love him.)

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tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on January 16th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure, actually, because I don't know how they were originally broadcast. PBS showed an hour and a half of TV, ending shortly after Matthew arrived at Downton and insulted his butler. :)
Danielle_P: napedeleilan on January 16th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, Vincent and the Doctor... *sob*
tempestsarekind: eleven and amytempestsarekind on January 16th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
I know! I do love it so.
La Reine Noire: Cate with lacelareinenoire on January 17th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
I am looking forward to starting Downton Abbey myself -- everyone has been raving about it!
tempestsarekind: elizabethtempestsarekind on January 17th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm really enjoying it! And there's the added enjoyment of watching costume drama where you don't already know the outcome, because it's an original story, not an adaptation of a novel you already know.
La Reine Noire: Austen - Venting Spleenlareinenoire on January 17th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
And there's the added enjoyment of watching costume drama where you don't already know the outcome, because it's an original story, not an adaptation of a novel you already know.

Yes! That is incredibly exciting and I'm really enjoying it.
tempestsarekind: very few dates in this historytempestsarekind on January 17th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
Anything could happen! :)