114 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'books':


We're a congress, Mr. Adams, not a literary society.

This is the last book giveaway for the month of November! Today is Stop the Violence Day, so today I'm giving away a novel about the motivation, action and aftermath that surround a violent act: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. Jodi Picoult is a great storyteller and looks at controversial topics from a lot of different viewpoints, showing how many of the things we argue and worry about most are usually not black-and-white but shades of grey. Here's the description of this book from Amazon.com: Best known for tackling controversial issues through richly told fictional accounts, Jodi Picoult's 14th novel,...

srah - Monday, 22 November 2010 - 11:05 AM
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To offer you the sort of help/ You never get from a spouse

Today's book giveaway is the 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale. Amazon.com description: Respected Canadian poet and novelist Atwood presents here a fable of the near future. In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States, far-right Schlafly/Falwell-type ideals have been carried to extremes in the monotheocratic government. The resulting society is a feminist's nightmare: women are strictly controlled, unable to have jobs or money and assigned to various classes: the chaste, childless Wives; the housekeeping Marthas; and the reproductive Handmaids, who turn their offspring over to the "morally fit" Wives. The tale is told by Offred (read: "of Fred"),...

srah - Saturday, 20 November 2010 - 10:20 AM
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'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.'

Happy National Young Reader's Day! Today's book giveaway is I Capture the Castle, a book that is characterized as a young adult book, but which I didn't read until this summer. The description, according to Amazon: I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first...

srah - Wednesday, 17 November 2010 - 7:16 AM
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Three dimes, a hundred dollar bill and 87 ones

Dear srah-of-six-years-ago: You wondered, while right in the thick of graduate school: Grownups, will there ever be a day when I can read again? Does Real Life include the joy of reading for fun? Yes, srah-of-six-years-ago, being a grownup means that there is finally time to read for fun, and to finally read fiction again. And this, more than anything else¹ is the thing that prevents you from wanting to go back to school and get a PhD. ¹ With the possible exception of having not yet stumbled upon a topic you'd like to spend several years of your life...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 6:51 PM
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The telling of a story, like virtually everything in this life, was always made all the easier by a cup of tea.

According to Emily Elisabeth's master list, November 1 was National Author's Day and National Family Literacy Day, November 6 was Book Lover's Day and November 17 will be National Young Reader's Day. According to an email I got from Better World Books, November 8 was also National Bookstore Day. So I guess November is trying to tell me something, and that something has to do with books. I have decided therefore that I will hold a couple of used book giveaways on this here blog (idea shamelessly ripped from EE¹). I have several books to give away but I'll try...

srah - Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 7:26 PM
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What a stupid lamb.

Yesterday, according to Emily Elisabeth's master list, was National Author's Day, and today is Look For Circles Day. In honor of these two holidays, I bring you this thing that I did not make myself, but which I am posting for the sake of blogging about these holidays. see more Funny Graphs...

srah - Tuesday, 2 November 2010 - 5:50 PM
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Grape Mrs Carillon... and GRAPE YOU!

Well, hello everyone. This is the famous srah here, gear fab. I have been warned that I am blogging before an audience of untold dozens and am suitably terrified. All day I've been racking my brains to come up with something clever to say, and I'm afraid I'm never going to produce anything of the quality I'd hoped. So I'm just going to babble away and make a greaaaaaat first impression on you all. Congratulations! Here goes! I would like someday to be an aunt or an honorary aunt or something, so that I will have someone to buy lots...

srah - Tuesday, 18 March 2008 - 5:58 PM
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Hey, look over there!

I guest-posted at Jamelah.net today. So if you're interested in insane rants on the intersection of food and children's literature, that is where you should be....

srah - Tuesday, 18 March 2008 - 5:57 PM
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As cunning as a fox who's just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University

I am almost finished listening to the audiobook of The Amber Spyglass, the third book of the His Dark Materials series¹. I started thinking about animal form my dæmon would have if I lived in Lyra's world. The Intarnets tell me that it would be this: #58;//go ldencompassmovie.com/goldenCompass_blog.swf?id=1128656"> Apparently I have twelve days before my dæmon settles, and if you don't think this form accurately represents me, you all have some influence in changing it by clicking above (if you can't see the button to go to the next question, it's that brown area in the bottom right corner). I'm...

srah - Sunday, 16 March 2008 - 12:01 PM
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Interviewed by The Collective

It's been over a week since The Collective invited readers to be interviewed. I asked for questions then forgot about it for a while, but here - at last - are my answers to their questions. From Jennie!: 1) Why does Ohio insist on throwing more snow at us? Why? From heather! anne!: 2) What is the all-time best Christmas movie? The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It makes me tear up every time I see Imogene taking her earrings out to look more like Mary, or hear that Leroy left the ham behind for the Baby Jesus. "It's a present....

srah - Saturday, 15 March 2008 - 6:46 PM
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Purple haze all in his brain

Mansfield Park is possibly my least favorite Jane Austen novel. I'm actually not sure exactly how I would rank all of her novels - it would be something like: Persuasion/Pride & Prejudice (tie)Northanger Abbey/Sense & Sensibility (tie)Emma/Mansfield Park (tie) I have a general idea of how much I liked them, but I've also never sat down and read each one in succession and my memories of the books are very much influenced by the movie versions. Mansfield Park, I think, suffers the worst from this, because I've never been satisfied by a movie version. Although I'm not that fond of...

srah - Monday, 28 January 2008 - 10:12 PM
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The hero/ Under the stairs is now the man who holds/ Our last true prayer

Listening to Harry Potter books-on-tape while driving seems like a good idea, until you're driving in the rain at the end of Deathly Hallows and you have to see through two levels of moisture. I don't have windshield wipers for my tears! http://youtube.com/watch?v=tXClBpytvRg Good news: I was actually sad when Dobby died this time. Apparently Jim Dale's narration added something to the story that was not there when The Voice Inside Srah's Head was reading the book last summer. Is it 2010 yet?...

srah - Monday, 10 December 2007 - 7:42 PM
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And if we all could spread a little sunshine

My most recent listen-in-the-car endeavor is The Lovely Bones, which is an interesting story but very strangely told. I'm not sure now if I would have liked it better if I'd read the text version rather than listening to the audio book, but I suspect that's the case. I have a feeling that the flowery and metaphorical language that bothered me might have been less noticeable if I had read it rather than having it read to me. For example: She asked for coffee and toast in a restaurant and buttered it with tears. - "Snapshots" What? Did she butter...

srah - Saturday, 17 November 2007 - 12:04 AM
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Henry Tilney: Women love him, women want to be him

I'm currently listening to the audiobook version of Northanger Abbey. It got me up to Michigan and back this weekend, and I still have a tape or two to finish off on my short jaunts around town. I had the clever idea that I was going to blog about how I could identify with both the heroine, Catherine Morland, and the hero, Henry Tilney, but then I discovered that I wrote exactly that almost exactly five years ago when I read the book for the first time. There is nothing new under the sun! I am fortunate, I suppose, to...

srah - Thursday, 25 October 2007 - 12:41 PM
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I raise my mug of Bunsen-burner hot cocoa to you

"It was a dark and stormy night." - A Wrinkle in Time, opening line I was saddened to read this weekend of the passing of Madeleine L'Engle, one of my favorite authors. After reading the articles I realize it has been years since I read A Wrinkle in Time, so that is my current bedside reading for this week. For years I've thought that the other books in the Time Quartet - A Wind in the Door, Many Waters and A Swiftly Tilting Planet - were better than the first book in the series, but upon rereading, this one is...

srah - Wednesday, 12 September 2007 - 7:23 PM
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Don't kill Arthur Weasley!

While I was out for a walk last week I passed the textbook store in town where I had reserved my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I dropped in to ask about their Harry Potter festivities, because I could remember being told that they were opening sometime before midnight, but I couldn't remember the exact time. I asked the woman behind the counter what time they were opening for Harry Potter and she said, "11:45. 11:40. Half an hour before midnight." I don't know if she was just making it up as she went along, if she...

srah - Thursday, 19 July 2007 - 8:46 AM
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Oh waaah waaah, my life is so hard.

One of the nice things about being a grown-up is that I have a lot more free time for fun-reading in the evenings than I did when I was a student and had to do school-reading all the time or feel guilty about the school-reading I wasn't doing. One of the bad things about being a grown-up is that I only ever seem to want to sit down and read a book when it's time to leave for work. Alas, I have to go to work instead of reading, so it is taking me forever to finish the multiple books...

srah - Wednesday, 18 July 2007 - 9:29 PM
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Coughing up the galleons...

My copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is now on reserve at my local bookstore. I forgot that I even had a local bookstore until someone pointed out to me this week that one of the textbook stores in town also has a collection of real books. That's nice. I hadn't yet figured out how I was going to get Harry Potter, but I thought it would involve either driving an hour to Cincinnati, going up to Michigan for the weekend or hoping that they had it at Meijers. None of them had the right combination of: a)...

srah - Wednesday, 16 May 2007 - 5:46 PM
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Is this a kissing book movie?

Hooray! Lots of action and tension... and I don't just mean the awful, awkward Harry/Cho kissing situation. And while we're at it... [new international trailer via dollsome]...

srah - Sunday, 22 April 2007 - 8:22 PM
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So nice they named it twice! The other name is Manhattan.

At the end of April, I will spend a weekend visiting one of our study abroad providers in Stamford, Connecticut. Yes, that Stamford, would-be home of Dunder-Mifflin Northeast and the next major town to Stoneybrook. Wow. I am so awesome. Why don't I have any friends around here, again? In addition to visiting super-dibble Stamford, there will also be a "social outing" to New York City. It will be so special I might even call it... Super Special! Then I will glue glitter and feathers on my Kid-Kit and-- wait, what was I talking about? New York intimidates me more...

srah - Thursday, 29 March 2007 - 7:15 PM
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If I meet him in heaven, I'm leaving

I recently signed up for a lunchtime program sponsored by the Office of Employee Health and Well-Being, where participants are all supposed to walk from their workplaces to a designated place on campus, then learn about something related to happy/healthy living. I skipped the first week because the theme was line dancing, which makes me the opposite of happy. Then after I signed up, I found that the last week - which was supposed to be about "journaling" - has been replaced with something that threatens to make me even less happy than line dancing: a book discussion about Mitch...

srah - Thursday, 29 March 2007 - 6:45 PM
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Pumpkins and shoes!

Mma Ramotswe is coming to film! I don't know how I feel about this. On one hand, I'm excited about the opportunity to expose The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency to a wider audience, but on the other hand, I don't see how any movie can measure up to my mental image of the book or any actress to my mental image of Precious Ramotswe. It is nice to see, though that the movie is actually being filmed in Botswana. If nothing else, we will get to see the scenery!...

srah - Thursday, 8 March 2007 - 9:07 PM
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'Give her hell from us, Peeves.'

For more than a month now, I have been working my way through the book-on-tape of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It's such a long book that I haven't reread it since it first came out, and I thought I probably ought to have a refresher before the movie comes out. The book-on-tape format works well for a book like this - I just pick up where I left off every time I get in the car and don't have to lug that huge tome around. I started it before driving up to Michigan for Christmas, have...

srah - Wednesday, 24 January 2007 - 12:33 PM
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The No. 1 Ladies' Hair-Teasin' and Veranda-Sittin' Agency

She was a traditionally built lady, after all, and she did not have to worry about dress size, unlike those poor, neurotic people who were always looking in mirrors and thinking that they were too big. What was too big, anyway? Who was to tell another person what size they should be? It was a form of dictatorship, by the thin, and she was not having any of it. If these thin people became any more insistent, then the more generously sized people would just have to sit on them. Yes, that would teach them! Hah!- Morality for Beautiful Girls...

srah - Wednesday, 8 November 2006 - 10:31 PM
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'I'm not a Frenchie! I'm a Belgie!'

I've taken up listening to audiobooks in the car. For someone like apete, who actually has a commute from home to work, this makes sense. For me, it's a little weirder, because I live about five minutes from work. But I'm enjoying my literature, even if it does just come in short bursts. It's also accompanied me to such exciting destinations as Cincinnati and Delightful Downtown Hamilton (just minutes from shopping and fun!), which the format is a bit better suited for. The current audiobook in question is Agatha Christie's Evil Under the Sun, as read by David Suchet. Mr...

srah - Tuesday, 22 November 2005 - 5:02 PM
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Super dibble adventures of the freshest kind!!!

There are an awful lot of people out there (myself included) who wasted their formative years learning more than anyone needed to know about Kid-Kits, silly-billy-goo-goos, and Jenny Prezzioso's family situation. Fortunately, today some of those people have put their knowledge to good use in the form of Baby-sitters Club fan fiction. There is, frighteningly enough, lots of serious BSC fan fiction out there, where people are so enamoured with the series that they had to continue their fabulous adventures (including the never-ending repetition of the character introductions, from Kristy's MILLIONAIRE!!!!11oneone stepfather to Claudia's almond eyes and perfect complexion to...

srah - Wednesday, 17 August 2005 - 12:31 PM
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: My thoughts

I went to Borders last night with Alfie to pick up her reserved copy of the book. It was a bit of a zoo. When we picked up Order of the Phoenix at Waldenbooks, we stood in a line of about thirty people, picked up the book and were probably home by 12:30. At Borders this year, we were given a number somewhere in the 500s and everyone milled around until midnight, which was when they finally started lining people up by number. We were home by about 1:45. Zonk. Interesting, though: When we bought Order of the Phoenix, the...

srah - Sunday, 17 July 2005 - 2:55 AM
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Christmas in July!

Alan Rickman must have left it in my mailbox, for that's where I found it. Apparently Ann Arbor's UPS deliveryfolks only work a half-day on Saturdays, so some of their Harry Potter deliveries were outsourced to the US Post Office. Pictures are taken, blog is blogged. Now to get reading!...

srah - Saturday, 16 July 2005 - 12:55 PM
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I would settle for Rupert Grint! But that's kind of gross!

To follow up on a previous post: From the delivery reports so far, it looks like all of the deliveries are being made by celebrities who have something to do with what's being delivered. This is fair - if Dale Jarrett showed up on my doorstep, I believe my exact reaction would be, "Hey.... Guy in a Jumpsuit.... It's really amazing to actually meet you in person, Guy in a Jumpsuit. I'm a big fan of... whatever it is you do. Oh well. At least I got my Harry Potter book. Bye." But in something I read about the promotion,...

srah - Thursday, 14 July 2005 - 3:59 PM
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Look, Your Worshipfulness, let's get one thing straight. I deliver orders to just one person: you.

I can picture it now... *doorbell rings* *srah races to the door to collect her Amazon delivery* *delivery-person hands srah a box* *srah's jaw drops* *srahfamily's collective jaws drop* "Don't everyone thank me at once." If Han Solo delivers my copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince a week from Saturday, I'm going to... ... I don't know. Take a picture of him or something. I'm such a wimp....

srah - Friday, 8 July 2005 - 12:40 AM
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'Mr Blythe: no one cuter in the Maritimes!'

Holy crap. In my series of embarassing revelations about my fascination with Anne of Green Gables, I shall tell you that I have just discovered Anne & Gilbert: The Island Love Story, a musical based on Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island. It makes me feel like I could... I don't know... sing in a saloon? (Why is this music so catchy? I really want to hate this more than I do! Don't tell.) [via... um, ahem, L.M. Montgomery Fan Fiction]...

srah - Thursday, 30 June 2005 - 1:06 PM
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Book #6 approacheth!

Order your copy today!ERRORYou do not have Javascript enabled.Until the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!Hogwartsmagic.com Thanks to Katie, mine shall be delivered to my very own front door! At last, in nineteen days, there will finally be something blogworthy in my life!...

srah - Sunday, 26 June 2005 - 10:46 PM
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My (shameful?) escape to Prince Edward Island

Please tie your shoes, because you are going to want to sprint away as far as you can get from me and my blog. You may then wish to shower in order to cleanse yourself and perhaps to rinse out your eyes in order to recover from the horror which I am about to type: This summer, I have really gotten into reading Anne of Green Gables fan fiction. Oh my god. I actually wrote it down. In general, I find that fan fiction is rubbish. The characters do things they never would have done under the original author's power,...

srah - Friday, 17 June 2005 - 3:49 PM
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'I've never killed anyone... with a hammer.'

Dear David (since I'm all about the open letters this week), IloveyouIloveyouIloveyouIloveyou and I kinda want to be you. Your loving gnome, SRAH...

srah - Thursday, 14 April 2005 - 10:27 PM
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Another meme

I was tagged! What's to be done? 1. You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451 - which book do you want to be? This is a strange question. What difference does it make, if they're all going to be burned? I guess Dante's Inferno, just for the sake of irony and because I've never read it. 2. Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Trillions. From books, Gilbert Blythe and Calvin O'Keefe come to mind. 3. The last book you bought is: I bought some books as Christmas presents... but I never have time to read anymore. :( So...

srah - Friday, 25 March 2005 - 9:47 PM
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Required reading... and viewing

I realized today that there are certain things that should be a prerequisite for anyone hoping to be "in" with srahfamily*. Srahfamily is, of course, the coolest family on earth and everyone wants to be "in" with them. But first you must understand the organizational culture by way of its cultural artifacts!**. This is an attempt to chronicle some of the things that are most often quoted or referred to around here (in some cases I have included a favorite quote because I just can't help myself!): BooksThe Stupids Die ("This isn't heaven - this is Cleveland!")Dave Barry's Book of...

srah - Tuesday, 15 March 2005 - 5:28 PM
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Half-Blood Prince release date announced!

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srah - Tuesday, 21 December 2004 - 12:57 PM
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Libraries, libraries everywhere/ Nor any book to read

I dream of a day where I will read books. Books that are not textbooks. Books that are in no way related to Information Architecture or Marketing or Reference Librarianship. Books that involve made-up characters, doing things like getting murdered. No one ever gets murdered in my InfoArch book and it really burns me up! I may have a brief chance to read such a thing ("fiction," I believe they call it, although it's been so long that the name sounds strange to me) during Christmas Break, but then it's another few months of non-fiction until I graduate. Grownups, will...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2004 - 11:37 AM
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'Can it be true? That I hold here in my mortal hand a nugget of purest green?'

On our last night in France last year, at the end of the assistantship, Renata, Jenny and I went out for Indian food. We found a restaurant just by wandering around and I happened to look up and see that it was in the Rue Nicholas Flamel. At the time, I only knew Flamel as the "only known maker of the Philosopher's [or Sorcerer's] Stone" from the Harry Potter books, but it turns out that he really existed. Flamel was a fourteenth-century French alchemist and that he really was rumoured to possess the Philosopher's Stone, which is supposed to create...

srah - Thursday, 15 July 2004 - 5:58 AM
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'Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point.'

I read A Swiftly Tilting Planet this weekend and decided that Peter Jackson really ought to get in on the Wrinkle in Time action - that the Wrinkle in Time series deserved the same treatment as The Lord of the Rings and that he could probably do it. All through the Harry Potter Extravaganza last night (Sorcerer's Stone plus deleted scenes plus previews from Prisoner of Azkaban) they showed previews for a made-for-TV Disney miniseries of A Wrinkle in Time that airs on ABC tonight. Calvin doesn't have red hair. Mrs Murry isn't beautiful enough. Sandy and Dennys have disappeared....

srah - Monday, 10 May 2004 - 9:01 AM
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'Everything that is, is information'

"If first you will solemnly swear, up and down and cross your heart, that you will let us go, we will give you information, information about infinite information, that is, we will make you your very own Demon of the Second Kind, which is magical and thermodynamical, nonclassical and stochastical, and from any old barrel or even a sneeze it will extract information for you about everything that was, is, may be or ever will be." - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad Stories, "The Sixth Sally, or How Trurl and Klapaucius Created a Demon of the Second Kind to Defeat the...

srah - Thursday, 1 January 2004 - 11:28 PM
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'Uncle! I'll nurse you back to health! With soup!'

Return of the King was The Book That Wouldn't End. The climax comes, then the book drags on forever, tying up millions of loose ends and telling you what everyone did for the rest of their lives. Even after taking out an important end sequence, Return of the King was The Movie That Wouldn't End. It was great, but the end was so very long and so very filmed in slow-motion. I also laughed inappropriately much too often, but that could be me. For example, I couldn't help but giggle every time Gondor's ridiculous helmets came onscreen. And seriously? They...

srah - Thursday, 18 December 2003 - 2:57 AM
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There is no Jekyll, only Hyde

I think one of the most damaging things you can do to yourself is to read The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Having read that, my rigid little mind can't accept people pronouncing Jekyll "jeck-ull" (it's "jeek-ull") or conveying Hyde as a huge green monster, and it makes me completely insane. Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding! I saw Jekyll & Hyde today at the Croswell Opera House and was extremely disappointed because a) it wasn't anything like the book, b) it wasn't very well written, and c) it wasn't a very good production. This was...

srah - Sunday, 3 August 2003 - 10:09 PM
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Happy birthday, J.K. and Harry!

Rowling is our Queen, Rowling is our Queen, She's raking all the shillings in*, Rowling is our Queen... Rowling will write everything, She won't leave out a single thing, That's why all her readers sing: Rowling is our Queen. * yes, I am aware that shillings don't exist anymore, but pounds didn't fit and dollars seemed inappropriate. not that shillings isn't. shut up....

srah - Thursday, 31 July 2003 - 11:39 AM
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'One more lesson like that and I might just do a Weasley.'

I did wonder about a few of these lines while reading Order of the Phoenix, but I certainly didn't catch all of them: Order of the Phoenix Fun-Tastic Innuendo List [via Somewhat, Muchly]...

srah - Saturday, 26 July 2003 - 1:20 AM
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Votre dévouée élève, qui vous aime de tout son coeur

While reading The Professor (thanks for suggesting it, Katie), I was full of fantasies about updating it (à la Pride & Prejudice/Bridget Jones), writing a novel loosely based on it, or bringing it to the big screen. The book is about an Englishman who is unhappy in his work, so he goes off to Belgium and teaches English. I like it despite the protagonist's airs of grandeur, because there are parts that remind me of my experiences as a teaching assistant in France. No man likes to acknowledge that he has made a mistake in the choice of his profession,...

srah - Thursday, 24 July 2003 - 12:07 AM
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Meesa meejahoor

I am what Meg calls a meejahoor. Recently I have been constantly trying to read four or five books at the same time and watching movies when I come up for a breath of non-literary air. I think this is because I was deprived of English-language books and movies (or at least of selection) in France and I'm now so inundated with them that I gave myself and get in over my head. Read/viewed within the past week: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - it's a reread, but an interesting one, what with all I've learned in book...

srah - Tuesday, 22 July 2003 - 7:03 PM
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Toutes les grandes personnes ont d'abord été des enfants

I am rediscovering my love for Le petit prince. Unlike a lot of people I know, I didn't read The Little Prince as a kid. I wasn't even aware of it until we read it in my tenth grade French class. I quite enjoyed it, but I hadn't given it much thought in a while. Est-ce que mon dessin vous a fait peur?/ Pourquoi un chapeau ferait-il peur? There's now a French spectacle musicale based on the musical. We bought my sister the soundtrack, only to discover that she had a negligent tenth grade French teacher (this is saying a...

srah - Friday, 11 July 2003 - 12:56 PM
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Muggle-born, Magic-educated

'My name was down for Eton, you know, I can't tell you how glad I am I came here instead. Of course, mother was slightly disappointed, but since I made her read Lockhart's books I think she's begun to see how useful it'll be to have a fully trained wizard in the family..." -Justin Finch-Fletchley, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets My parents and I have had this conversation: If I had been accepted to Eton (which would have been surprising since I'm a girl) and Hogwarts (which would have been surprising because, as far as I'm aware, it...

srah - Friday, 11 July 2003 - 9:01 AM
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A just but controlling God

I would like to write a novel, but they say that once you get started, they sort of write themselves. I've been reading a lot of "How to Write" books recently that suggest that kind of thing, about building believable characters, and how they become real people. Once you get to know a character, it'll write itself. It comes to life, and takes off from there. Being a control-freak, I don't think I could handle that. I am in charge here, you are my character, and you will do what I tell you to do. I would like to write...

srah - Wednesday, 9 July 2003 - 11:14 AM
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Potterholism as a cause for insomnia

I am awake and online at 3am because I remembered reading online that the prophecy in Book 5 was a lot less disappointing if you read very carefully everything that the Death Eaters say in the prophecy/fight scenes. The person who wrote this suggested rereading that section (or the whole book), and said that we should get it then. I did so, and I still didn't get it, and now I can't find the original post for more clues. I don't know if it was a blog-post or a comment somewhere, and neither Google nor Daypop has been helpful, and...

srah - Sunday, 29 June 2003 - 3:10 AM
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Harry Potter Meme

This post is going into hiding to prevent spoilers for those who haven't read Book 5. Read on, MacDuff....

srah - Friday, 27 June 2003 - 9:10 AM
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No, I will not shut up about this

But look, I'm so nice that I put questions 9-21 in the MORE... section, so you don't have to read them if you don't want to. That is how much I love you, dear readers. Beware minor Book 5 spoilers... 1. Favorite HP Book (1-4) and Why? Prisoner of Azkaban because it's more exciting and hopeful than Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets. Goblet of Fire is good but long. It has parts that are better than PoA, but taken as a whole, PoA comes out on top. 2. Favorite Character(s) (try to stick with 3 or less) Ron Weasley,...

srah - Monday, 23 June 2003 - 12:55 AM
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Because I can't talk about anything else this weekend...

It's a shame when people won't even give Harry Potter a chance. His celebrity has gotten the best of him, and now half the people I read online seem to be refusing to read the books. If you think Harry Potter is kid stuff or just hype, I would ask you to read the first 30 pages or so of The Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone. If it doesn't get you hooked, fine. But I like to think it will. Don't knock it till you've tried it!...

srah - Sunday, 22 June 2003 - 11:19 PM
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It is time for me to tell you...

Well, I'm done. And it was a really good book. Like Goblet of Fire, it dragged a bit at some parts in the middle, but finished with a bang. I laughed a lot (though less than in previous books), I cried a bit, and chapter 37 gave me goosebumps. I can't wait for Book 6 and am rather frightened that J.K. Rowling doesn't have a deadline for the last two books. I don't, however, think that Order of the Phoenix was a great book. I enjoyed it as an established Harry Potter fan. I liked to see the continuing adventures...

srah - Saturday, 21 June 2003 - 4:25 PM
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The spirit was willing, but...

Around 5am, I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer, so I went to sleep, about halfway through the book. Latest favorite bit: "Have a biscuit" (p. 248) I'm trying not to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't read it yet, but if you have, you should get it. I am in the late 400s now, and things are looking Extremely Bad. Romantic entanglements are annoying and disgusting me. No one is dead yet, but I'm hoping it will be a surprise death when it comes, because if it's the person they seem to be suggesting, it is shaping up...

srah - Saturday, 21 June 2003 - 10:54 AM
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Annoying loud girl jumping up and down at Waldenbooks? That would be me

Stood in line for an hour behind the likes of Mr and Mrs JDay, but now we haves it and it's our precioussssssssssszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... Pardon me, nodding off already. Not sure I'll make it to the end, although Becky and I made a Meijers-run to stock up on supplies to get us through the night. I will be munching almonds and cottage cheese and honeydew (although not all together) and chocolate to get me through the tragic death of Whoever It May Be. Ah, the suspense....

srah - Saturday, 21 June 2003 - 1:10 AM
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Save all Weasleys! Take Cho Chang!

What if it's Ginny? WHAT IF IT'S GINNY? Two hours to go. I'm going crazy......

srah - Friday, 20 June 2003 - 10:01 PM
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Don't call me this weekend; I'm busy

I can already predict that I will be nocturnal this weekend. My schedule will be thrown off by staying up until 1am to pick up my copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (not hairy pottery), then not being able to sleep until I've finished the 900+ page monster. When I finally got my hands on Goblet of Fire, I started in the morning or afternoon and stayed up until 4am, caught up in the book and sniffling. This time, Becky and I have each reserved our own copy so that I don't have to wait for...

srah - Tuesday, 17 June 2003 - 11:12 AM
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I like to call it, "The Mighty Sister Act of Ducks II"

Robin and I are going to write romance novels this summer, but I'm having trouble taking it seriously. I think that might be a requirement. I don't think even Harlequin will accept a blind medieval pirate on the Louisiana bayou falling in love with the time-travelling princess of a made-up country. Just a guess. I would probably have the same luck with my brilliant story about a woman pretending to be a nun and teaching music in a Catholic high school, who falls in love with the hockey coach of one of her students, who is only a coach because...

srah - Tuesday, 17 June 2003 - 10:44 AM
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I thought I was alone in this

"Petrov will be proud of me if I buy new office supplies. I'll be giving in to an urge to do what makes me happy. While I'm out, I also could pick up some new socks. It does feel good to have warm, clean socks in the morning. Heck, might as well go on a simple pleasure spree. [...] "Yes, I know - there is something laughable about a person who thinks she's getting wild because she's going to buy office supplies. Well, you have your fun. You can watch your pornos and smoke your grass and climb onto your...

srah - Friday, 13 June 2003 - 9:30 AM
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"I wouldn't have such trouble adjusting to the world if the world made sense."

I'm reading Carrie Pilby by Caren Lissner. I identify with the main character because she's a 19-year-old genius with no friends or social skills. Except I have friends and moderate social skills. And I'm not 19. And... well, okay, I'm not a genius either. I've always thought that my thoughts would someday serve a great purpose in the world, but the more days that pass, the more unlikely it seems. I've considered starting a log of my thoughts and ideas, but I fear if I do, I'll feel obligated to run to the log and write down every thought I...

srah - Wednesday, 11 June 2003 - 3:09 PM
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An unhairy AnnArborite protests

"The women looked like I would have if I'd stayed in Ann Arbor. They wore their hairy legs and underarms as a badge signifying their higher power of reasoning and their disinterest in conventional standards of beauty." - A Map of the World, Jane Hamilton As I was reading this book, it suddenly struck me that I knew what was going to happen next. I got excited about my new-found psychic abilities until I realized that I had already seen the made-for-TV-movie-esque film based on it....

srah - Monday, 7 April 2003 - 3:26 AM
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ET, llame à la maison

I'm still reading Contact. In the book, an alien civilization has been receiving our television signals and sends a message to the Earth. It occurs to me that if an alien civilization only had one language on their whole planet, they might think we were much more complicated than we are. If they had no concept of foreign languages, would it even occur to them to try to understand the languages in our broadcasts, or would they just think it was gibberish? And if they did try to translate, would it occur to them that our planet manages to survive...

srah - Sunday, 30 March 2003 - 1:23 PM
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Great Expectations in education

Reading Great Expectations for the first time, I am inspired to question the value of my education. I took advanced English classes in one of the best public schools systems in Michigan, but I don't remember ever reading Charles Dickens in school. I don't even recall any excerpts from A Christmas Carol in my textbooks. What is going on here? I read Oliver Twist on my own a few summers ago and found it very clever and funny. I've tried A Tale of Two Cities twice but I've never been able to get into it, which turned me off from...

srah - Sunday, 30 March 2003 - 3:50 AM
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Literary confusion

I am simultaneously reading Contact, The Best of Roald Dahl, and Great Expectations. So far, my favorite parts are when Pip is contacted by space aliens and when Miss Havisham is shipped off to the meat-packing factory....

srah - Saturday, 29 March 2003 - 11:45 AM
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Librovore

That may or may not mean someone who eats scales. I don't know any Latin. I spent a large part of our trip shopping for, buying, and reading books in English. Between my London-Paris and Paris-Vichy train rides today (6.5 total hours of travel time), I managed to polish off two of them. I am quite pleased with my new acquisitions: Beggars Banquet (the latest Ian Rankin), Mother Tongue and Notes from a Big Country (now that I have full collections of Rankin and Brookmyre, my latest victim is Bill Bryson), Talking to Addison (recommended by Cheryl because the author...

srah - Saturday, 8 March 2003 - 6:07 AM
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The Assistant in the Blé

"I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it." I've read The Catcher in the Rye before, but I guess I didn't get it. I quite enjoyed it this time, and it made me laugh. Maybe the last time I was too caught up in being a teenager myself to appreciate Holden's blatant confused, angry, frustrated, annoyed adolescence....

srah - Wednesday, 19 February 2003 - 5:32 AM
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'Do you think I tamper with children? I am, after all, a priest!'

I am reading The Thorn Birds. Now I want to watch the series and go to Australia to see all the interesting furry animals and hear the interesting place names and vocabulary. I want to hear people say things like "Jims! Look! A dinkum Drogheda budgie!"....

srah - Tuesday, 18 February 2003 - 3:12 AM
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All I do is quote

"I like living in England because everywhere else is foreign and strange. The only language I speak is English: I dropped French at school and took up hurdling with the athletic team instead. Even now, in later years, my instinctive reaction on hearing French is to jerk one leg in the air and propel myself towards low garden walls. But I wouldn't like anyone to think that I don't like Abroad. I do. Abroad means adventure and the possibility of danger and delicious food, but Abroad is also tiring and confusing and full of foreigners who tell you that the...

srah - Wednesday, 12 February 2003 - 7:40 AM
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At the end of the journey

I have finished The Return of the King, the third part of The Lord of the Rings. All I want to know is if they found the Entwives. Is that too much to ask? Treebeard starts talking about them the first time he meets Merry and Pippin, then never shuts up, sounding for all the world Middle-earth like a horny, lonely old man. One of my goals in finishing the books was to read about the glorious reunion of the Ents and the Entwives, and the birth (planting?) of cute little Entlings. BUT NO. I'm going to dig up JRR...

srah - Monday, 20 January 2003 - 3:46 PM
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With a Friend Like Harry, who needs other reading material?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix comes out June 21, 2003. I know, I know, I'm the last person in the world to know this, but I heard on the radio that it was coming out in the fall. It didn't occur to me that they were talking about the French translation. Duh. Amazon gives us a sneak peek at a few lines of the text, including the opening: "The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.... The only person...

srah - Saturday, 18 January 2003 - 9:42 AM
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Completely shameful and useless post

Remember in Sweet Valley High, how the twins were blond, tan, perfect-size-6s, wearing matching gold lavalieres? At some point at the beginning of every book, when it repeated all of that crap, it also told you that Elizabeth Wakefield drove a red Fiat. Presumably Jessica had a matching one at some point, but crashed it or sold it for smack or something. I am extremely disappointed, being in Europe, to discover that a Fiat is not necessarily the Barbie Dream Car that I had envisioned, but that it was more likely something downright European (by which I mean small, boxy,...

srah - Wednesday, 15 January 2003 - 10:59 AM
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srah doesn't speak British

I am inordinately proud of myself for picking up on one instance of rhyming slang in A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away. At one point, someone is mentioned as wearing a false moustache and Gregories. Gregories, as in Gregory Pecks, which rhymes with specs. I am such a nerd, to be so proud of myself as to need to record the feat here, but at least it only took me about five minutes to get it....

srah - Sunday, 12 January 2003 - 3:51 PM
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Homegirl

I can't find anything enticing enough to lure me out into the cold, so here I am, rotting in my apartment, snacking, and reading. I have now finished The Fellowship of the Ring and A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away and have already done the dishes and written a letter to Christopher Brookmyre that I will never send. I am now debating between starting The Two Towers or going stir-crazy and losing my mind. Insanity imminent....

srah - Sunday, 12 January 2003 - 8:49 AM
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In case you haven't noticed, I like quotes

Especially ones about diaries that I can apply to my blog. Before break, I read an English translation (yes, I am lazy) of A.O. Barnabooth: His Diary, one of the best-known works of Valéry Larbaud, namesake of my lycée, vichyssois author but perhaps best known as the translator-to-French of many a famous 20th-century anglophone writer - most notably James Joyce and William Faulkner. The book is the diary of an invented character named Archibald Barnabooth, a South American millionaire who has inherited his money from his father and wanders around Europe trying to figure out what one should do with...

srah - Saturday, 11 January 2003 - 8:05 AM
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Loverlas

I am reading The Lord of the Rings (well, The Fellowship of the Ring at the moment). I don't know if it has anything to do with the fact that we saw The Two Towers in Grenoble (in English!) or that I am just happy to have something new to read, but I am enjoying it more than I have on previous attempts. Maybe it's the fact that I read the Prologue and discovered that the book began as a linguistic guide to Middle Earth - a way of explaining all of the languages in The Hobbit. Speaking of the...

srah - Thursday, 9 January 2003 - 1:18 AM
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'The two kittens, ears flattened beneath the ribboned bonnets, looked both ridiculous and endearing.'

I have just been reading a neat little science-fictiony book by P.D. James. I thought that P.D. James only wrote mysteries and in fact, this one was in the mystery section, but then again so is The Bluest Eye, so I wouldn't really go by that. The Vichy Public Library's English books section is... creative. Anyway, The Children of Men takes place in 2021, when the human race has been afflicted with sterility and hasn't reproduced itself since 1995. People have lost interest in sex and there are a lot of unstable middle-aged women who went crazy with untapped maternal...

srah - Thursday, 12 December 2002 - 12:42 PM
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I, being of relatively sound mind and body...

After reading plenty of Saki, Wodehouse, and various other books that touch on the subject, I've decided that I want a big gang of relatives clamouring for my favour and sucking up to stay in my good graces, in the hopes that they will be the heirs to my enormous fortune. The only problem I can see so far is the absence of said enormous fortune, but I have decided that it would be a lot easier to inherit it myself than to earn it. So I've decided to become the heir to the estate of Arthur Sullivan or Richard...

srah - Saturday, 7 December 2002 - 4:26 AM
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Surely never had a male so adventurous a tale

I have started reading The Diary of a Nobody. "What a coincidence," comes a voice from the Peanut Gallery, "I am reading the same thing myself, this very minute." Quiet, you. The name of one of the co-authors of this humorous Victorian story of life in the middle-class suburbs sounded familiar to me. After some grueling research, consisting of reading the Introduction, I learned that it is, indeed, the same George Grossmith who was a member of the D'Oyly Carte theater company and who played such parts as John Wellington Wells and Ko-Ko in the original productions of Gilbert and...

srah - Friday, 6 December 2002 - 1:03 PM
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'Put that bloody cigarette ou--'

I have found something to keep me entertained for a while: 500+ small-print pages of The Complete Stories of Saki. Daddy had read them and suggested them but I never got around to it. I am quite enjoying them because in order to being a long, time-consuming book, the stories are sort of like a twisted P.G. Wodehouse. They're full of upper-class twits and overbearing elderly aunts, but also full of people being eaten by sacred ferrets and suchlike and whatnot. Ridiculous and twisted is just the way humour ought to be. 'And be surrounded by Americans trying to talk...

srah - Friday, 29 November 2002 - 9:43 AM
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Teacher, educate thyself

Whenever I'm in France, I undertake Attempts To Educate Myself, because the selection of English books available to me runs heavily towards the classics. I don't know if my vague memories are of the book or the film, but if I've read the book (or had it read to me) it was years ago. I am happy to say that I quite enjoyed Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass when I read them last weekend, because it was just the amount of whimsy and ridiculousness that appeals to me. "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in...

srah - Tuesday, 12 November 2002 - 10:17 AM
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Queen of Suspense

Thinking I was very clever to outwit my six-book check-out limit at the library, I checked out a book that was actually three novels in one volume, all by Mary Higgins Clark. How sneaky you are, srah. All of that reading and it only counts for one of your six. It will bring you hours and days of enjoyment. Of course, it would have helped if you knew anything about Mary Higgins Clark before, because it turned out to be hours and days of blah and screaming. While my solitude is slowly leading to insanity and making me talk to...

srah - Sunday, 10 November 2002 - 7:42 AM
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Next thing you know, I'll be working as an elf...

I was going to blog about this later, but I have also found a 2001 Onion A/V Club interview with David Sedaris. I am ecstatic. I want to go out for coffee with David if he's still in France. Find me, David! I have also just discovered that David and his sister Amy are both on What'sBetter.com, so here comes the long-waited (since this weekend) post: I am turning into David Sedaris. It's not that I can't ask for one of anything, it's that one carrot looks so lonely in the bag. He needs a friend to live with him....

srah - Monday, 4 November 2002 - 11:00 AM
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The Book-Monster Strikes Again

I am reading American Rigolos, which Agnès lent me. It's the French translation of a British book about America, written by an American. Bill Bryson worked in England for twenty years before going back to the US and bringing his British family with him. So, while he sounds American and all, he has trouble adjusting to the culture he knew a long time ago. He wrote this series of articles for a newspaper back in England, and they were published as Notes from a Big Country (in the UK) and I'm A Stranger Here Myself (in the US). The strange...

srah - Tuesday, 22 October 2002 - 1:55 AM
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Very Harry

There's a possibility that EITHER our old pal J.K. is planning on an eighth book OR they're just trying to cover things up by registering a lot of titles for upcoming Harry Potter books. Personally, I'm disappointed to hear them all at once and have the surprise spoiled. Just hurry up and get the fifth one out!...

srah - Monday, 21 October 2002 - 4:55 AM
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The voracious reader attacks an Orange

I read A Clockwork Orange this weekend and I think it's affected me. Not in terms of wanting to go out and kick people in the gulliver, thankfully, but in terms of wanting to call people my droogs and describe things as horrorshow. Being written in this strange Russo-Anglo-American slang made the book a lot more enjoyable to read and distracted me from the violent bits that the movie very graphically showed. In the book, I could concentrate on the language and get on with it. Have I mentioned that I hate Stanley Kubrick?...

srah - Monday, 21 October 2002 - 2:15 AM
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"If you think this country's bad-off now, just wait'll I get through with it"

"What type of music do you like?" my students have asked me. "I like lots of different kinds," I usually answer. Which is true, as evidenced by my choices at the library's discothèque: Satie's Oeuvres pour piano, Vanessa Paradis' Bliss, Echoes of Chile, and The Marx Brothers Sing and Play. My book selection ranged from Persuasion to A Clockwork Orange, so that's not much better....

srah - Saturday, 19 October 2002 - 10:00 AM
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Dippy hermaphrodite Austen character seeks new book to read

The book-monster that is srah has finished Northanger Abbey. I think Catherine is one of Jane Austen's dippier main characters, but I also identified with her a lot. Great, what does that say about me? I also identified a lot with Henry Tilney, the male protagonist. Great, what does that say about me?...

srah - Thursday, 17 October 2002 - 2:30 PM
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I bet Bath-water tastes better

Once upon a time, there was a girl who went to spend some time in a town known for its waters. When she arrived, she was very lonely. Sound familiar? I am reading Northanger Abbey and quite enjoying it, so I will share some of my favorite parts: "How uncomfortable it is," whispered Catherine, "not to have a single acquaintance here!" "Yes, my dear," replied Mrs. Allen, with perfect serenity, "it is very uncomfortable indeed." "What shall we do? The gentlemen and ladies at this table look as if they wondered why we came here -- we seem forcing ourselves...

srah - Thursday, 17 October 2002 - 12:40 PM
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Bibliothèque

I went to the public library yesterday to get a card and feed my voracious hunger for the written word. I am out of control. I will eat read two a night. I need to get started on French ones, because that will slow me down. So I have Foreign Exchanges in honor of me, Northanger Abbey in honor of Becky, and The Pyramid in honor of Piggy and his ass-mar....

srah - Thursday, 17 October 2002 - 6:50 AM
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Le plaisir des petites choses (28.9.02)

Agnès lent me La première gorgée de bière by Philippe Delerm. It's quite an enjoyable series of essays, each no more than three pages long, about some small pleasure or displeasure in life, described in great detail, à la Amélie Poulain or ickle. It's a pretty easy read and essays and short stories are always nice because you can put them down and pick them back up later....

srah - Sunday, 29 September 2002 - 2:56 PM
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Hey you!

It's Banned Books Week. Or maybe it was last week. Or maybe it's next week. Anyway, go find something scandalous to read....

srah - Saturday, 21 September 2002 - 10:39 AM
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Book-learnin'

I've gone all kooky because between my mother, my sister and I, we seem to have only brought books on vacation that had to do with old, dead English royalty. So I feel like calling everyone courtiers and knaves. So there. I finally got around to reading The Shadow of Albion, the book I mentioned searching for earlier. Boy was I glad I spent all that mental energy thinking about that book! Oh wait, no. It was a pretty interesting story, but it bothered Becky that as I read it, I would point out all of the mistakes, things that...

srah - Monday, 16 September 2002 - 3:10 AM
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It was me it was me it was me

A while ago, I blogged about a book: I remember someone I knew was once reading a novel that took place in a world where one of Charles II of England's children was found to be or was declared legitimate and inherited the throne. The modern world was very different in some ways, but the same in other ways. I can't be more specific because I think I only read the back of the book. I got very frustrated because I couldn't remember the title. I was even more frustrated because I remembered reading the back at my grandparents' house...

srah - Friday, 6 September 2002 - 3:41 PM
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Reading

Every summer, I sign up for the Summer Reading Program at the Ann Arbor District Library. I don't go to the library too often, so I often don't turn in my card at the end of the summer. I sign up for the program, not to get the prizes and free stuff (canoe rentals? Who wants canoe rentals?), but to encourage myself to read better. If left to my own devices, I would read smut, children's books, and books I've already read. By signing up for the reading program, I acknowledge the possibility that someone might eventually look at the...

srah - Thursday, 5 September 2002 - 5:10 PM
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The Red Tent

In the spirit of Krista, I will tell you about the book I just finished. It was The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant. Like a fool, here I am reading bestsellers before I go to France. The only English books you can find in France (if you're lucky) are classics and bestsellers. That's probably the only reason I read things like About a Boy and Bridget Jones's Diary before I saw the movies. Tangent. Anyway, I thought it was a pretty good book. It was a fictional retelling of the biblical story of Dinah, told from her point of view....

srah - Friday, 16 August 2002 - 3:05 PM
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Big week for Potterites

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire finally comes out in paperback today, years and years and years after it came out in hardcover. Notice no fifth book yet. Hmph. Anyway, anyone know what tomorrow is? It's J.K. Rowling's and Harry Potter's shared birthday! So I suggest we all write J.K. some birthday greetings that say "Hurry up and finish the goldarned fifth book. Srah is impatient. Happy birthday." Seems like they could have delayed the release by a day, just to match them up......

srah - Tuesday, 30 July 2002 - 12:46 PM
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Me learn Auvergnat? Mais oc!

A new guide to learning Auvergnat, the regional language of Auvergne (a variation of Occitan, one of the ancient forms of French) has just been published in France. Apparently there's a movement to revive the language. There is an immersion school at Aurillac (how cool would that be? Why didn't I go to an immersion school?) and you can study it at the university at Clermont-Ferrand. I'll have to buy the book and try to learn some while I'm in Cusset....

srah - Tuesday, 30 July 2002 - 10:32 AM
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About About a Boy

I reread the book About a Boy over Memorial Day Weekend. I really shouldn't have. About a Boy was a good movie. You should go see it and THEN you should read the book. And then you should read Bridget Jones's Diary and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They were good movies of better books. I was a bit spoiled for About a Boy because I'd read the book so recently and I was disappointed when they didn't follow it exactly. Of course, that would difficult. The problem is that the book uses the death of Kurt Cobain as...

srah - Wednesday, 5 June 2002 - 8:39 AM
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The Thursday Threesome

Onesome. Readin. Tell me about your favorite book you read as a kid. I had a lot of favorite books. I've been thinking about that over the last week, that I should blog a list of some of my favorites. Here are a few examples. Twosome. 'Ritin. Everyone does a Senior Research paper. What was YOUR Senior Research Paper about? Oh, everyone does a Senior Research Paper, do they? Well I certainly didn't. And I am all the better for it. It would have been amusing to do it on dying or dead languages or the historical relationship between the...

srah - Thursday, 23 May 2002 - 8:43 AM
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Harry up!

If I were an author, I think I would be pretty jealous of J.K. Rowling. Everyone else's editor/publishing house is on their backs, pushing them to put out another book. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was, I believe, originally supposed to come out last summer. Then they pushed it to the fall. Then to spring/summer of 2002. Then September. Now the vague "fall 2002", which is what the clerk at Border's told me on Saturday. I've heard rumors that she hasn't even started it yet. And is the publisher going to complain? No. "Oh, you're not going...

srah - Monday, 13 May 2002 - 1:03 PM
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Take a look, it's in a book

I remember someone I knew was once reading a novel that took place in a world where one of Charles II of England's children was found to be or was declared legitimate and inherited the throne. The modern world was very different in some ways, but the same in other ways. I can't be more specific because I think I only read the back of the book. I want to read it, but I can't remember what it's called. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?...

srah - Thursday, 4 April 2002 - 3:58 PM
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Recently re-experienced

Recently re-experienced: A Wind in the Door - I reread this Monday and Tuesday nights. I just made Alex read A Wrinkle in Time and lent him A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. I had nothing better to do, so I started rereading AWITD because I hadn't read it in several years. Then when I did have better things to do (or more important things to do, I should say), I was hooked and couldn't stop reading. Mmmmmmm, love it. Chicken Run - I love this movie, but I fell asleep. We had to watch it...

srah - Thursday, 17 January 2002 - 11:17 AM
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It's 2002

It's 2002. What does this mean? Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones (Spring) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Summer) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Fall) What are you looking forward to in 2002?...

srah - Tuesday, 15 January 2002 - 1:08 PM
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Ian Rankin has written

Ian Rankin has written the thirteenth Inspector Rebus book. Hurrah! Not that it'll come out any time soon in the US......

srah - Tuesday, 15 January 2002 - 9:11 AM
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Maybe tonight I will finally

Maybe tonight I will finally get around to reading some more of The Fellowship of the Ring and see what happens after Tom Bombadil... though I feel more like just skipping on to The Two Towers to see how Pippin and Merry turn out... "It comes in pints?!" - Pippin...

srah - Thursday, 27 December 2001 - 12:46 AM
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Dark Horizons is pretty. I

Dark Horizons is pretty. I just finished the Tom Bombadil chapter of Fellowship of the Ring. Will I get it done by next Wednesday? Only time will tell. I'm boring today. Sorry. (Readers are thinking to themselves: 'Today?...')...

srah - Friday, 14 December 2001 - 12:20 PM
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The librarian in me...

The librarian in me has to link to this: The Forbidden Library: Banned and Challenged Books Some of my favorite entries: The Bible, Call of the Wild, Don Quixote, Earth Science, Fahrenheit 451, A Light in the Attic... I really need to update my quotes page. For the time being, these will reside here: "Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance." - Lyndon Baines Johnson, February 11, 1964 "Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but unlike charity, it should end there." - Clare Booth Luce "Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't...

srah - Monday, 3 December 2001 - 1:41 PM
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Many that live deserve death

"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter II...

srah - Wednesday, 28 November 2001 - 3:42 AM
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Now and again he spoke to those that served him

"Now and again he spoke to those that served him and thanked them in their own language. They smiled at him and said laughing: 'Here is a jewel among hobbits!'" - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring, Chapter III Just goes to show... a little linguistic effort will go a long way to impressing the people you meet. And not just with elves. Give it a try!...

srah - Tuesday, 27 November 2001 - 4:54 PM
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I have joined the ranks of the Ultimately Dorky

I have joined the ranks of the Ultimately Dorky and am reading The Fellowship of the Ring. It's pretty good. I am on chapter VI, I think.Today is Girls' Day Out - Mommy, Becky and I are going to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone again. (Again for me and Becky, first time for Mommy). I think I have a lot of stuff I've told myself to do over break. I should get to doing it. Mi patito really likes exclamation marks....

srah - Friday, 23 November 2001 - 10:19 AM
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Speaking of André the Giant

Speaking of André the Giant, you know what's a good book? The Princess Bride. If I didn't already have assigned reading for Thanksgiving Break, I would read that. Maybe I'll have time for both....

srah - Monday, 19 November 2001 - 9:52 PM
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Would you rather...

Would you rather... ... have a digitally blurred face like criminals on TV or ... have your range of bodily movement rediced to that of a G.I. Joe action figure? Things to consider: brushing your teeth, cocktail parties - Heimberg & Gomberg's Would you rather...?...

srah - Saturday, 10 November 2001 - 12:28 PM
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