Aug. 5th, 2008 06:38 pm
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You can blame [ profile] chanaleh for this.

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

Cut for Big Read Meme and Entertainment Weekly Meme )

And thus we learn that I prefer books to movies. :) Or at least, classic books to classic movies.
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Cut for that meme that's going around. I would be happy to answer it, for anyone who wants: I just assume you are probably tired of seeing it by now. )

Unrelatedly, I'm really enjoying the two pages I've read of Once Upon a Time... Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying by Elisa Davy Pearmain. Excellent book, full of things like stories and ways to use them with groups. Possibly I will have more to say after having read more.
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Gacked (a word which always makes me think of coughing. I want to say "gack gack" whenever I type it, but as you cannot hear the noise I am making, I feel the fun gets lost somewhere) from [ profile] rymenhild, horrid purveyeur of memes.

I've chosen three keywords from the IMDB listings of several of my favorite TV shows and movies. Guess what I'm watching. Some made particularly difficult out of necessity.

1. Slacker. Hologram. Slapstick. Red Dwarf, guessed by [ profile] ayelle
2. Small town. Inn. Female Chef. Gilmore Girls, guessed by [ profile] abilouise
3. Ambition. Sexuality. Acting. Stage Beauty, guessed by [ profile] lynnoxford
4. Wish Fulfillment. Betrayal. Door Knocker.m Labyrinth, guessed by [ profile] lynnoxford
5. Detective. Corpse. Child Murder. Homicide, guessed by [ profile] kraada.
6. Backstage. Tennis. Boat. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, guessed by [ profile] kraada.
7. Spoof. Bear. Theater. Muppet Show, guessed by [ profile] kraada.
8. Myth. Hedgehog. Beggar. Jim Henson's The Storyteller, guessed by [ profile] ayelle
9. Educational. Math. Variety. Square One, guessed by [ profile] rymenhild
10. Nudity. Manipulation. Incest. Rome, guessed by [ profile] lynnoxford
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I can't do the 1001 nights of meme seen on [ profile] ayelle's and [ profile] lynnoxford's LJ. But I can do this. Xeroxed from [ profile] sovay

Listed below are the fifty most significant science fiction / fantasy novels, 1953—2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club: bold the ones you have read, italicize the ones you started but never finished, underline the ones you own but never started, strike out the ones you hated, and put an asterisk beside the ones you love.

Enter here for books )

I didn't read nearly as many of those as I'd hoped. Not enough of the fun and vaguely trashy stuff from when I was reading voraciously as an adolescent.


Aug. 15th, 2006 07:16 am
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Tagged by [ profile] rymenhild

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people.

Olympos, by Dan Simmons. Ha! I don't need to dig for the intellectual book in my closet. (Georgette Heyer was second closest.) Look:

"Don't make me download Latin," said Mahnmut. He nodded toward the huge horses being reined to a stop not five yards in front of them all, throwing up a cloud of dust that rolled over the Achaean captains.

Furious, Penthesilea leads a battleline of Amazona," translated Hockenberry. "With crescent shields, and she glows in the middle of thousands, fastening golden belts around the exposed breast, female warrior, and the maiden does run with men."

And I shall tag... oh, [ profile] lynnoxford, [ profile] countessofgroan, [ profile] fleurdelis28, [ profile] dushai, and [ profile] ayelle, if any of you feel like doing it. I would quite like to tag Bran, but I don't think I'm allowed.


Apr. 30th, 2006 05:21 pm
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Gacked from [ profile] meghatronn.

Name the song/artist from the quoted line. Lines have been edited for inclusion in the next version of the SATs. For bonus points, provide a translation of the line back to its original form.

1. The Agelaius phoeniceus has chosen to exercise its vocal chords at the moment that the portion of Earth he inhabits is facing 180 degrees away from the sun.

2. The nonplussed head of state creates new arrangements of musical notes and words in pleasing harmonies for the purpose of praising the Almighty.

3. For each circadian rhythm, the Earth recommences, good meterological conditions or bad.

4. I only experience the sensation of saline on my tongue when I create a conjunction between my lips and the salty excretions from your eyes.

5. She puts compressed carbon on the undersides of the apparel protecting her lower appendages.

Technically, I should have another five, but I'm not going to.

In other news, Wicked was fun. The first half was pretty similar to the book, with the major exception of Fiyaro's character. The second half was very different. Enjoyable, and it fit the conventions of a musical much better than the book would have. I am pleased that the musical clearly considered the major relationship* to be the one between Glinda and Elphaba rather than the one between Elphaba and Sexy Male Dude, for two reasons. (1) My usual political sensibilities; ie, my belief that romantic relationships are over-explored and overemphasized while other kinds of relations are dismissed. (2) Glinda and Elphaba's relationship was just much more interesting in the musical, and far more fraught with tensions.*

*Not a slashy relationship. Not sexual tensions.
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(Well, if "meme" and "doom" are synonyms, the subject line makes sense.)

On Saturday, [ profile] zippysilver and I went for our first-ever plane flight with [ profile] countessofgroan piloting! It was too hazy to see the mountains, but there was still plenty to see on the ground. The marshes were my favorite part, but I also quite enjoyed seeing the horrifically ugly roofs of otherwise normal buildings. One building, in a particularly improbable shade of green, was so astonishing that it spurred this entire line of thought. I also picked out my future home on the trip. It's big, of course, and is located on a lovely large peninsular spit of land. [ profile] countessofgroan plans to use my yard for her own personal runway. With my permission, of course, but as I expect it will just induce her to visit my home frequently, I have no objection.

I might have promised to not mention any of my presents, but there is one whose excitement might be partly transferable to LJ. The Book Lover's Cookbook! With recipes for the Tea Cakes that Algernon of The Importance of Being Earnest dislikes so greatly (as well as "Consolation Bran Muffins", whose purpose I have less understanding of), Fried Green Tomatoes, and Turkish Delight. There are also recipes for tea, which leaves me simultaneously puzzled and desirous of immediately making some. Anyone for tea?

No, I'm not as real a cook as, say, the Roommate. If I was, I would probably be sneering at the gimmickry instead of desperately scanning the pages to see how many recipes are easy enough to look tempting.

It is now January 2nd, which signals the end of my vacation. As such, I am reviving the meme of a month ago, as gacked from [ profile] rymenhild. Reply to this post, and I'll tell you one/a lot of reasons why I like/love/adore you. Then post this in your LJ and share the love. Disclaimer: I don't promise to respond quickly, but I will respond.
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Gacked from [ profile] sovay and [ profile] kraada, from the meme of ages ago. It took me a while to decide I was done fiddling with my answers. (Read: it took me a while to come to the conclusion that, no, I wasn't going to try to fully answer all the questions.

Write down the names of twelve characters. Then read and answer the questions. You cannot look at the questions (or read beneath this lj-cut) until you have written down the twelve characters to use in your own meme.

1. Patroklus, from The Iliad
2. Aerich, from Brust's Khaavren Romances
3. Clarissa, from Mrs Dalloway
4. Rosencrantz, from Stoppard's play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
5. Ned Kynaston, from Stage Beauty (movie)
6. Wembly, from Fraggle Rock, to continue the theme started by [ profile] sovay and [ profile] kraada
7. Satan, from Paradise Lost
8. Ista, from Bujold's Paladin of Souls
9. Thomas, from Wrede and Stevermer's Sorcery and Cecelia
10. Aerin, from Robin McKinley's Hero and the Crown
11. Janet, from Pamela Dean's Tam Lin
12. Lorelei Gilmore, from the TV show Gilmore Girls

Cut for questions )


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