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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.
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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. :)