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Is this bloody thing on?

Tell me about your life. Tell me about songs you've heard that you like. Recommend a book.

Rescue me from a dismal Tuesday, lovely people.

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kellychenault
Jun. 10th, 2003 10:27 am (UTC)
Well, I've got the day off work today, so that's good. I'm having lunch with SEP, and that's better.

Songs: I'm listening to a very little known band called Bishop Allen and they are quite nice.

Book recommendations: Night Watch by Terry Pratchett, Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel (this is her best book since Clan of the Cave Bear), Hotel Transylvania by Chelsea Quinn Yarbo, Night Over Water by Ken Follett.

Hopefully that will give you something good to chew on.
jcello
Jun. 10th, 2003 10:41 am (UTC)
Best I can muster with this hangover...
Ooh, I loved "Hotel Transylvania" - neat book!

Someone gave me this years ago and I love browsing just because of the sheer tonnage of what I don't know: "An Incomplete Education" by Judy Jones and William Wilson. Fiction-wise, I've been reccing mysteries for some reason: the Bill Smith/Lydia Chin stories by S.J. Rozan, "The Flanders Panel" by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, any and everything Ruth Rendell wrote as Barbara Vine, especially "Gallowglass," and the very long but worthwhile "An Instance of the Fingerpost" by Iain Pears (Barbara D. got me hooked on that one).

infinitemonkeys
Jun. 10th, 2003 03:27 pm (UTC)
Ta.
I've got "Grasshopper" by Barbara Vine on the pile to read and An Instance of the Fingerpost. I notice that Iain Pears has a new one out, though I've not got any recollection of what the damned thing is called.
cazling
Jun. 11th, 2003 02:38 am (UTC)
Re: Ta.
Iain Pears' new one is called The Dream of Scipio, I think. I know this because that sodding book followed me around bookshops with Ebglish book sections in Japan. Everytime I went bookshopping, there it was. I have resisted buying it...so far.
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 10th, 2003 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I love the Pratchett but I have never read any of that Clan of the Cave Bear stuff. Is it worth looking into?
timesink
Jun. 10th, 2003 07:39 pm (UTC)
If you're looking for the RL equivalent of Perfect Mary Sue who knows all and is loved by all with mondo smut, then yeah, sure, go for it. {g}
kellychenault
Jun. 10th, 2003 09:02 pm (UTC)
Re:
Well. The Clan of the Cave Bear is a great book. About half of the others is quite good. The main problem is that all the interesting bits are intersperesed with lots of uninteresting graphic sex and Ayla (the main character) inveting everything short of the wheel. This last book is something of a departure in that it has a plot, isn't very repetative, has very little sex, and has some interesting round characters involved in some interesting dramas and politics. So take that for what it's worth. There's enough recapping in the book to more or less bring you up to speed without having to read anymore than Clan of the Cave Bear (very worth it) and Shelters of Stone (the fifth book). Skipping the three in the middle wouldn't hurt you at all.
minnow1212
Jun. 10th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
book rec: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Although I've still got 70 pages left to go, so I reserve the right to rescind the rec if things go wrong, as with Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

It's a great novel, about a group of hostages and their relationships among themselves and their captors.

Which makes it sound like it should be depressing, but it's not at all.
cofax7
Jun. 10th, 2003 11:12 am (UTC)
Heh. Synchronicity! Let's talk about Bel Canto on Saturday.

Still don't know where the hotel is. I'll poke my SIL. Planning to bring shoes & harness, though.
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 10th, 2003 03:29 pm (UTC)
I just tell people not to read it after Corelli goes away again. Forget the last 60 pages. That sorts that out.
cofax7
Jun. 10th, 2003 11:10 am (UTC)
I'm listening to that Bruce Cockburn cd I bought when you were here. Just read a longish Highlander/XF crossover I found on Polyrecs, and Shrift and Nestra both posted excellent fic today.

Reading: just finished Bel Canto, which was lovely, but wimped out a bit at the end. Insufficient angst. *eg* Currently reading Bill Bryson's Notes from a Small Island courtesy of a coworker, and finding it very entertaining. Next up is probably Theodor Dreiser's An American Tragedy, gargh.

I'll have to buy some Janet Evanovich for the plane, I think.
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 10th, 2003 03:32 pm (UTC)
Notes from a Small Island is a fine book, but goes a little too easy on our faults.

Bill Bryson used to do the same job as me, but for The Times.

Why do you torture yourself with the large planky books?
cofax7
Jun. 11th, 2003 09:27 am (UTC)
Just getting back after a lovely night out with Max & Deneba (both of whom say "hi") --

The large planky books (LPB?) are a function of the "Classics" book club I'm in. The one for which I have read all of Flannery O'Connor's "Wise Blood" and half of "Crime and Punishment" and none at all of "Zeno's Conscience". I'm a bad book club member, really -- I'm just in it for the movie discussion at the end and the excellent cheeses.

Bill Bryson is a very very funny man, and I highly recommend A Walk in the Woods if you can get it there.
coffeeandink
Jun. 10th, 2003 12:40 pm (UTC)
Sorry, nothing interesting to report. I'm obsessively tracking my Buffy DVDs across the country (now in Lexington KY!), trying not to strangle people through the Internet, and cutting back on coffee because I'm too. damn. tense.

Gnnh. Grr. My head is exploding.
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 10th, 2003 03:37 pm (UTC)
Well, nargs. Head explosions are seldom good news.

Why are your Buffy DVDs in Lexington? Not that Lexington doesn't have much to recommend it, but why is it there?
coffeeandink
Jun. 11th, 2003 06:15 pm (UTC)
They wanted to see the Derby, but they got the date wrong?

The warehouse is in Lexington, it seems.
lenadances
Jun. 10th, 2003 12:43 pm (UTC)
I have nothing interesting to report. Sadly, I've become the boring yappy person that everyone runs away from when they see me post.
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 10th, 2003 03:33 pm (UTC)
No you haven't. ::pets lenadances who is a goddess of sarcasm::

You do need to get some sleep though. No sleep is badness of the highest order
darkling_thrush
Jun. 10th, 2003 12:46 pm (UTC)
book rec
Randomly passing thru as I too am bored.

Random selection of books I like:
LoTR
Pay it Forward
The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood
(NOT Little Alters Everywhere)
In His Image (It's about cloning Jesus from the Shroud of Turin. Researched. Intersting premise...) James Beauseignor
Mists of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley (Arthurian tales from the pov of the women)
Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles
For mystery, Nevada Barr's or Patricia Cornwell's works (both with strong female protagonists)
Lesbian (and mystery) Stay and The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith
Science-fiction and lesbian, Griffith's Ammonite
Fantasy, Kushiel's Dart and Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 10th, 2003 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: book rec
I leant upon a coppice great when frost was spectre grey...

Pleased to meet you and ta very much for the recs. I've read some of them but I shall definitely see about checking out Nevada Barr.
darkling_thrush
Jun. 10th, 2003 12:52 pm (UTC)
forgot two of my favorites (sorry but i couldn't leave them off):
The Thornbirds
The Prince of Tides
breyer
Jun. 10th, 2003 01:16 pm (UTC)
The sun finally came out, causing everyone in a 10-state radius to duck and run for cover. Tonight is the exciting Wait For The Latest Contractor in the hopes that, after a year of waiting, I'll finally have a microwave in my kitchen and can get rid of the ugly chandelier that serves no purpose except to whack me in the skull every time I walk under it. Thrilling, isn't it? *g*
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 10th, 2003 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thrilling, isn't it?

I'm not sure how we stand the excitement in our lives, no *g*

I am glad you are getting some sun. I thought someone on the eastern seaboard had grossly offended St Swithin
rubberneck
Jun. 10th, 2003 01:34 pm (UTC)
Since you asked...
Tell me about your life.

My life is exceedingly pleasant, despite the occasional moments of torture. I should try to remember this more often.

Tell me about songs you've heard that you like.

Well there's these CDs that someone gave me in April that I re-discovered when I put my swaps away a couple of weeks ago...and though every time I slide one into a player I stumble through a fog of guilt for not thanking the person who made them for me, I still cannot make myself email her to do so--what if she gave them to me on accident? What if she doesn't want to hear me yammer on about the powerful mixtures of dialogue and music? The gift was almost secretive, what if I make her uncomfortable even mentioning it?

*sigh* me + socializing = chaos

Recommend a book.

I can't find my copy of Douglas Adams' "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency", which I have a craving to re-read.
infinitemonkeys
Jun. 10th, 2003 03:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Since you asked...
Well there's these CDs that someone gave me in April that I re-discovered when I put my swaps away a couple of weeks ago...and though every time I slide one into a player I stumble through a fog of guilt for not thanking the person who made them for me, I still cannot make myself email her to do so--what if she gave them to me on accident? What if she doesn't want to hear me yammer on about the powerful mixtures of dialogue and music? The gift was almost secretive, what if I make her uncomfortable even mentioning it?

Well, cofax7 said she thought you would like them. And it wasn't really secretive, I'm just ... quiet, I suppose. And a bit useless and at a loss as to how to do these things properly.

I can't find my copy of Douglas Adams' "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency", which I have a craving to re-read.

http://www.floor42.com/
http://www.douglasadams.com/
http://www-personal.umd.umich.edu/~nhughes/dna/faqs/quotedir.html

Ah, DNA. Much missed.
unwinding
Jun. 10th, 2003 05:26 pm (UTC)
the mountain goats: "no children" or "see america right". mmmmm.
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