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Books, 2016

Books are behind the cut. )

Total number for 2016: 43

peppermintesse: (Misplaced my brain)
1.) Bought and watched Airplane! (it was on a sale rack at Borders). Boy, have the MPAA standards changed since 1980--this movie has bare breasts, drug use, references to blow jobs and sex, and is rated PG. (It's SO not PC... and I still laugh myself senseless at it.)

2.) Finished reading Silk (the English translation) by Alessandro Baricco. I'm still thinking about it--which I guess is the mark of a good story. And wondering how the hell a.) this is going to play as a movie as it is a very short book and b.) Kiera Knightley is going to be as Hervé's wife Hélène.

3.) More training next week, which means I don't have to be up at 5am. \o/

4.) I dropped my phone on the gravel driveway and now it's got ugly scratches in its green surface :P
peppermintesse: (Harry Potter)
'Deathly Hallows' SPOILERS!!!! Oh, and a question. )

Very tired, and now to get ready for first day on new job, eeek.


Jun. 26th, 2007 12:23 pm
peppermintesse: (...11)
Finished "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullen. It was very interesting: Sherlock Holmes, in his 90s, living in post-WW2 England. The story switches the present (just returned from Japan), the recent past (the visit to Japan) and the past (his recounting on paper a case from the turn of the 20th century). It's an interesting study on aging and the inevitable betrayal of the body and mind as one grows old. I'd recommend it but I don't feel the need to have a copy of my own.

Watched an unholy number of movies this weekend: Something's Gotta Give (I may have the title wrong--it's with Jack Nicholson & Diane Keaton), Clue, South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut, Bridget Jones' Diary (yes, again) and This is Spinal Tap (hence the couple of new icons).

ETA: Mind you, this was Friday night through Monday, because I had Monday off. I also watched Apartment Zero starring a very young Colin Firth. It wasn't bad! He's definitely gotten more attractive with age, though. :)
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...but it is not the same book as before...

Book Meme:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next three sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

"You say you never read him, Peter!"

"Yes, and that's precisely why! I would not be half surprised if more people never read him each day. ..."
—Peter and Quentin (the protagonist) speaking about Edgar Allan Poe on 8 October 1849, the day after his death, in "The Poe Shadow" by Matthew Pearl.


Jun. 1st, 2007 08:07 pm
peppermintesse: (Darcy)
So there's a toilet at work that, when it flushes, sounds JUST like the monster from "Lost". Makes going to the ladies' a bit disconcerting. (Reminds me of the vent fan in the house we used to live in, that sounded like the jet engines.)

Did you ever stay up too late reading a book that wasn't worth it? Yeah. Me, last night. Finished that "The Man Who Loved Jane Austen" because I don't like starting a book and not finishing it, and... well, while the premise was really interesting, I can't help think it would have been so much compelling in the hands of a better writer. The characters were kind of flat, and the ending was disappointing and abrupt (perhaps disappointing because it was abrupt). And I'm sorry, a sandy haired, green eyed Darcy? I may be biased, but... No.

...I will however give it points for a twist I didn't expect.
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A copy of Louis Bayard's The Pale Blue Eye for $2. "Advanced Reader Copy: Not For Sale". I'd been eyeing this on the new hardcover table at Border's for a few weeks now. Whee!


Jul. 9th, 2006 06:29 pm
peppermintesse: (Darcy & Elizabeth)
Read 2/3rds of "Pride & Prejudice" this afternoon. My only complaint had nothing to do with the book itself but the reading environment (it is too damned hot). :) Finishing it makes me want to watch the BBC mini again. I am so sad.

Thanks for the offer of the book loaner, [ profile] barbara_the_w, and thanks to [ profile] redcoast for reminding me it was online. I just do better reading stuff like this on paper.


Jul. 5th, 2006 06:49 pm
peppermintesse: (Darcy & Elizabeth)
Been reading Austen, "Pride & Prejudice". And I'm enjoying it, but I'm finding that I like Austen like I like Shakespeare: performed. With both, I'm finding that I can understand the context of the language better with tone of voice and facial expressions.

Had a rather decent holiday. BBQ with friends, blowing up little firecrackers on the back porch, live hose at the ready. Drank my very last Okanagan cider (::cries::), as well as some raspberry lambic ale.

Was just feeling better when the cough returned today. Yuck.
peppermintesse: (Ravenclaws)
I picked up Caleb Carr's newest book The Italian Secretary at the library, which was only just shelved for the first time yesterday and didn't have a proper entry in the electronic card catalog. This allowed me to swoop in under the nose of the person who put the hold on the large type version probably in error, as I almost did. ::happy dance::

For those who aren't familiar with this author, Caleb Carr wrote two very marvelous books (The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness) set in the 1890's (and quite convincingly so), then produced, on the other end of the spectrum, Killing Time, which takes place in 2023.

The Italian Secretary is 'a further adventure' of Sherlock Holmes — one of my favourite fictional characters. Can't wait to read it!


Mar. 5th, 2006 04:58 pm
peppermintesse: (Darcy)
I was in Borders, wielding a dangerous 25% off coupon, when I spotted Linda Berdoll's sequel to Mr Darcy Takes a Wife. I didn't think it was due out until MAY! So... whee!!!

Fantastically good day thus far, all around. Much accomplished, including laundry, washing out the kitty water fountain (note to self: must wash out more frequently). About to settle in with a slightly-earlier-than-usual dinner and Jon Stewart, er, I mean the Oscars...
peppermintesse: (Pissed Katchoo)
Dreamt last night of a quest for a Narnia-like portal in a big ramshackle house, then a counter full of dishes to wash (and feeling depressed because I'd just washed the damn dishes). This after filling my head all day with tales of adventure and romance from Mr Darcy Takes a Wife (which I am finding definitely has more than one meaning, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more). I mean, really. DISHES??? Feh. :P
peppermintesse: (sotw)
Just for the record, Mr Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll is an absolutely delightful read and I have only made it to page 25 so far. The hold at the library came through and I decided I was just too anxious to read this one and will rely on my recent viewing of the miniseries to sustain me, character- and story-wise (I will return to Pride & Prejudice, which was checked out, in the near future).

I especially liked the preface. :)


Jul. 29th, 2005 10:14 pm
peppermintesse: (Ryoko)
It is still too bloody hot. I'm quite sick of this already. I want my grey, overcast July back, thank you very kindly.

Finished re-reading The Chamber of Secrets. Interesting mention of a complex spell to cure werewolves. OK, spoiler for book 2, for those who care. ) Ah yes, when the ending of this Harry Potter book makes one weepy, one knows hormones are on full tap.

Also read I'm Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti (the English translation by Jonathan Hunt). Recommended by a co-worker, it's a compelling, relatively quick read, one that sucks the reader into their world. I'm still thinking about it.


Apr. 10th, 2005 12:24 am
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From [ profile] brinshannara, a book-based meme:

1. Choose five of your all-time favorite books.
2. Take the first sentence of the first chapter and make a list in your journal.
3. Don't reveal the author or the title of the book.
4. Now everyone try and guess.

I wouldn't consider these my "all-time" favourites, but they were ones I could think of that were available as a "look inside" on Amazon (since some I only read from the library, and some are still in storage). And I didn't want to use The Time Traveller's Wife because [ profile] brinshannara just did.

On to the first sentences.

1.) While enthusiasts and detractors will continue to empty entire dictionaries attempting to describe or deride it, "authenticity" still remains the word most likely to stir a debate.

2.) Some years ago there was in the city of York a society of magicians. — Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (guessed by [ profile] ingole).

3.) Isabella — the Samoan has spoken and you should prepare to depart for Alexandria. — True, it is a Bantock, but which? :D

4.) The house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the village. — The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (guessed, again, by [ profile] ingole).

5.) No one glanced at the young man who walked out of the Trailways Bus Station in Tallahassee, Florida, at dawn on Sunday, January 8, 1978. — The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule (guessed by [ profile] ingole, who seems to have a scarily good talent for these :)).
peppermintesse: (Charlie)
It is a fatal error to assume that all bulk powdered curries are equal. We bought a different brand at a different store and added the same amount to our curry dinner. With red chili flakes.

Between the two of us, we chugged an entire pitcher of iced tea and were forced to trowel our mouths with chocolate ice cream afterwards to put out the fire. (Oh, the horror.)

More Strange & Norrell casting musings. )

Time for "24" and "Medium". If I can keep my eyes opened.
peppermintesse: (Life)
Spent part of Saturday at a higher than usual elevation and when the sun went down the temperature dropped to freezing like a stone, and the wind, oh the wind. So all day yesterday my voice has been shot to hell and my throat feels swollen. Of course, it's not bad enough that I can't work, oh no.

Finished Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Why do I keep picturing Paul McGann as Jonathan Strange?

Time to go catch the bus. (Ah yes, the strike only lasted a week. Thank goodness!)


Mar. 14th, 2005 06:35 pm
peppermintesse: (Life)
I feel so damn tired. I guess having to get up early after four days off in a row will do that to ya.

I'm about halfway through Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and I don't feel like it's going to be possible to finish it up by next week! (It's a highly-sought-after library book and the waiting list is so long it isn't going to be possible to renew it.) It's so good and so dense and so long. I want to take a reading vacation.

I'd go do some reading now, except for the inability to focus or keep my eyes opened.


Sep. 13th, 2002 02:59 pm
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Still hanging in there.

Finished Friday and also Stranger in a Strange Land and have decided that while I like Heinlein's writing style, concepts, vision... in totality I guess they just don't add up to "spectacular" for me. The parts are greater than the whole, I guess.

Need to find something else to read now. Brain candy would be good. Sigh.


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