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2 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Just reread Emma by Jane Austin.  I kinda forgot just how tedious some of it is, but it still manages to interesting.

 

It’s the only Jane Austen book I’ve ever had to struggle to read.  It’s her longest work. and one tends to want to take one of Catherine Morland’s base-ball bats to the back of Emma’s cheerfully bossy, oblivious, self-confident head.

 

At least things turn out all right.

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On the other hand, at least Emma has some personality.  The one I struggled with was Mansfield Park, where I recall Fanny, the protagonist, being so milky that I struggled to connect. Perhaps I should give it a try again and see if I have a different opinion...

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49 minutes ago, Rob Dean said:

On the other hand, at least Emma has some personality.  The one I struggled with was Mansfield Park, where I recall Fanny, the protagonist, being so milky that I struggled to connect. Perhaps I should give it a try again and see if I have a different opinion...

 

I found Fanny Price to be a nonentity and a doormat.

 

It’s the people around her that are so interesting.  Like the couple  that are supposed to be shady and disreputable, but who are difficult to recognize as such because alone of all Austen’s characters, they act like sympathetic modern people. Or Fanny’s brilliantly awful immediate family.

 

Long ago my husband made the observation that Fanny is only seen as virtuous because she is supported by a fragile web of coincidences and momentary and often unforseeably poor choices of other characters.  The tiniest perturbation in any number of those and she could easily have turned out to be a villain.

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It makes me glad that the first of Austin's books I read was Persuasion. Having read all of her novels, I still consider that her best. 

 

Aside from Emma's personality, I think the thing that weights the book down the most is the incessant dialogue from some of the characters who are the most tiresome. I get that Mrs. Elton is a mean, self centered person, but I'd rather not have to slog through her speeches. If I had read this book first of all her work, I'd never had read more.

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Re-reading The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 - a loverly, cheerful book about how WWI came to be the cluster elf that we all know and love.

 

I really do 'enjoy' the book, but, damn, it is a depressing read.

 

The Auld Grump - and left me with an urge to hit every member of The Black Hand with a baseball bat....

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20 minutes ago, TheAuldGrump said:

Re-reading The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 - a loverly, cheerful book about how WWI came to be the cluster elf that we all know and love.

 

I really do 'enjoy' the book, but, damn, it is a depressing read.

 

The Auld Grump - and left me with an urge to hit every member of The Black Hand with a baseball bat....

 

I’ll have to get to that one.  My general go-to book for that is Barbara Tuchman’s incandescently furious classic The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914, usually followed immediately afterward by The Guns of August.

 

Over lunch just now our sixteen-year-old was talking sadly about the studying of history so as not to be doomed to repeat it.

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I've read the guns of August but not the other Tuchman book. I'll have to look it up.

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On 10/8/2017 at 1:17 PM, Pingo said:

 

I’ll have to get to that one.  My general go-to book for that is Barbara Tuchman’s incandescently furious classic The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914, usually followed immediately afterward by The Guns of August.

 

Over lunch just now our sixteen-year-old was talking sadly about the studying of history so as not to be doomed to repeat it.

Those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

 

Those that do learn from history are doomed to watch the *BLEEP!* *BLEEP!* *BLEEPS* that didn't learn, but are *BLEEP!* in charge repeat it.

 

The Auld Grump - thankfully, economics have changed enough that WWIII probably won't be much like WWI....

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Welp. I've done it. Having finished 3 Jane Austin novels the last three days, and having listened to the beginning of the audio book, and being desperate for something to read, I downloaded Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It's been over a decade since I read it (it was checked out from the library, so I only got to read it once). I will get all 7 books and be able to linger on them and get to know them better. It won't be as nice as a real book, but it will still be lovely. :wub:

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Re-reading the first three of Anne Bishops The Others series in anticipation of the fourth I've just picked up in paperback

 

c.writtten.in.red.TN.jpgMurder of CrowsVision in Silver

 

In this world humans are at the bottom of the pile, potential prey to The Others who rule Thalasia and merely tolerate their existence for the things they can provide, but some humans have strange talents that may influence this balance. A cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

 

also in the series but unread yet Marked in FleshEtched in Bone

 

 

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On the plane to RCon I read the Gate of Tagameth by P.C. Hodgell.  It's the latest book in her Kencyr series.

 

it was good, but it had a different feel to it than most of the other books.  I suppose that while weird crazy things still happen to the main character, Jame, they aren't as weird or crazy as the previous things.  Not sure how to otherwise describe it.  Some long awaited plot details have progressed, so I'm happy about that.  Now the wait for the next book begins.

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I'm on the order of the Phoenix. Harry's annoying teenagerness and Dolores Umbridge made this one the most difficult to read the first time. But like, I can't skip it can I? :considers: No, best to slog through it... maybe it won't be as bad as I remember <_<

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2 hours ago, redambrosia said:

I'm on the order of the Phoenix. Harry's annoying teenagerness and Dolores Umbridge made this one the most difficult to read the first time. But like, I can't skip it can I? :considers: No, best to slog through it... maybe it won't be as bad as I remember <_<

OotP was my favorite movie because the book needed an editor with an axe to chop it down and movies always use an editor with an axe to chop things down.

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