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Monday, August 20th, 2007
11:27 pm

You're Watership Down!

by Richard Adams

Though many think of you as a bit young, even childish, you're
actually incredibly deep and complex. You show people the need to rethink their
assumptions, and confront them on everything from how they think to where they
build their houses. You might be one of the greatest people of all time. You'd
be recognized as such if you weren't always talking about talking rabbits.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Fortunately this is one of my favourite books in the history of everything.

Current Mood: happy
Saturday, August 18th, 2007
11:20 pm
The Book Quiz

You're The Mists of Avalon!
by Marion Zimmer Bradley
You're obsessed with Camelot in all its forms, from Arthurian legend to the Kennedy administration. Your favorite movie from childhood was "The Sword in the Stone". But more than tales of wizardry and Cuban missiles, you've focused on women. You know that they truly hold all the power. You always wished you could meet Jackie Kennedy.
Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

Pinched from different_shade
Friday, August 17th, 2007
8:40 pm
Jane Eyre

Rereading it. Just because. I think it'll be the first time I will read it for fun, not because I'm writing an essay about it.

If you can't be bothered to read it (and if so, what the hell are you doing in this comm?!), here's the most recent BBC adaptation for you.

Love, Patty. -xxx-

Current Mood: ditzy
Thursday, August 16th, 2007
7:30 pm
Monday, August 13th, 2007
3:36 pm
Hi everybody!
I somehow was able to come up with 10 books, in no particular order:

1) Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
The first time I read this, I was only about 13 years old so it was a bit wordy. I've read it many times since, and well, it's awesome. You guys seem to agree.

2) Still Life With Woodpecker - Tom Robbins
A bizarre book that was recommended to by a stranger I met on an elevator. It's basically a Vonnegut-like fantasy that tries to explain that redheads come from outer space.

3) The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
I kind of feel like this is Catcher in the Rye for girls (except I think that the latter is overrated). This one basically helped me through my worst semester of college.

4) Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
My mom's favorite book with some great character study.

5) The Alienist - Caleb Carr
Historical novel set in the late 1800's in New York. I'm a sucker for serial killers in literature.

6) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
I'd lose "nerd points" if I didn't mention this one. I love the narrative style.

7) The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
It's a long book that I struggled through, but it was totally worth it. I like Russian literature, but this one is definitely my favorite. Once again, I love interesting characters.

8) The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
Worth reading AND seeing the movie. There's some differences between the two, but they compliment each other well.

9) The Fairy Rebel - Lynne Reid Banks
Written by the Author of the Indian in the Cupboard series. I read this at least 15 years ago when I was in school, and it's just the cutest fairytale. I actually bought my own copy a few years ago because I missed it.

10) Litte Men - Louisa May Alcott
I love Little Women, but Little Men doesn't get nearly enough props. So, props please.
Sunday, August 12th, 2007
1:19 pm
Neil Gaiman
How did I miss this writer? Why had no one ever recommended him to me? 

I bought Fragile Things two weeks ago to read on the train and a friend made me a present of Stardust

They're both fantastic and I consider myself a fan for life. As soon as I have any cash, I wil hunt down his other works, though maybe not his comics. Not much of a comics person.

I am reading Heart-Shaped Box at the moment. Only halfway through the second chapter, though, so don't expect something resembling a review any time soon.

Love, Patty. -xxx-
Friday, July 20th, 2007
1:37 pm
I can't do it!
So after days of mulling I still can't get it down to a definitive top ten but I'll give you what I got so far (not in any order)

Hey Nostradamus by Douglas Coupland.  There had to some Coupland and although I love Girlfriend in a Coma (not least for all the Moz refs!) this one has the happiest associations for me - flying on silly little planes around middle America on my honeymoon with Pixies singing non-stop in my headphones.

Frenchman's Creek by Daphne Du Maurier.  So cliched, so romantic, so fabulous!

The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe. Skip the overlong descriptions of the scenery and this is really exciting.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. First book that kept me up reading till 3am with a torch under the duvet.  I am a narrative junkie and need to know what happens next.

Persuasion by Jane Austin.  

The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler. I love how atmospheric his books are. In the same vein Dashiel Hammet is also great.

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh.  I spent years thinking the bear's name was pronounced 'Al-oy-see-uss'. Doh.

Any short stories by F.Scott Fitzgerald

Grittier stuff by James Ellroy & Walter Mosley

And One Hit Wonder by Lisa Jewell. Just so there's some fluff.  I just love the way the sister describes going through the flat and finding all the fabulous things.

Current Mood: full
Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
3:13 am
Harry Potter
What do we read once this is finished?

Here are my suggestions for intelligent children's books that adults will enjoy:

His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke*
Anything by Roald Dahl

Is Gormenghast suitable for children?

Any more suggestions?

Patty. -xxx-

* Not a children's book really, but HP fans will enjoy this.
Saturday, July 14th, 2007
11:47 pm
Ours Was The Marsh Country Down By The River
Ok, so my favourite books ever are (with the expections of no 1 they are in no particular order)....

1) Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Because...it's Dickens. It's set on the north Kent marshes. And it has the most beautiful characterisation. Actually there are many, many more reasons but I'll save those for later.

2) A Crime In The Neighbourhood - Susanne Berne

I didn't really expect this to be much more than a holiday read (and holiday reads can be great) but it really stayed with me. Her second book was disappointing.

3) Hamlet - Shakespeare

Amazing. All of it.

4) Nightwatch - Terry Pratchett

I know Terry probably isn't cool but I don't care! I could pick most of his Discworld novels, and certainly any featuring the Watch but I'll go for this just in terms of character development.

5) North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell

I'd quite like to marry John Thornton, despite his horrible mother.

6) The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides

I love the lack of a solution or resolution. The book is full of questions.

7) "Oh, Whistle, and I'll come to You, My Lad" - MR James

I can't actually read this anymore, it scared me so much. Which makes it the perfect ghost story. Any MR James rocks though.

8) The Red Headed League - Arthur Conan Doyle

I could pick any Sherlock Holmes. This one is part of a long running family joke though, so it's especially memorable.

9) The End Of The Affair - Graham Greene

I've never thought as much, or had as many in depth conversations, as I did after reading this for the first time.

10) The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Addams

I first read this when I was 10 and adored it. The second one is pretty good too and then the quality drops right off.

Do we have to have ten? Because I want to mention James Elroy. And Philip Pullman. And Susan Cooper. And Chaucer.

B*llocks too it.

11) Elidor - Alan Garner

Best children's book ever. I've read it 15 odd times over the years and there are parts which still give me goosebumps.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Sunday, July 15th, 2007
12:36 am
Introductory post YAY!!

My fave books at this moment in time are:

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Everything by E.M. Forster, P.G. Wodehouse, Chuck Palahniuk, P.D. James, Philip Pullman, Colin Dexter, J.K. Rowling, Mervyn Peake, Arthur Conan Doyle, Siegfried Sassoon.....

I could go on for a week, but I shan't.

Love, Patty. -xxx-

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