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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.


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.
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).

Jun. 10th, 2003 03:27 pm (UTC)
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.
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.
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?
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}
Jun. 10th, 2003 09:02 pm (UTC)
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.