taelle: (cosy)
So I finished Broken Homes and read Foxglove Summer in the last week. In fact, I finished Foxglove Summer like ten minutes ago... The ending feels kind of abrupt and makes me impatient for the next book, but I was glad to see Peter out of London and more or less on his own.

The magic in those books is more or less traditional 'Renaissance' magic (unlike HP magic) which anyone can learn having worked enough - and Peter did say in this last book; but what about Lesley? Didn't Zach once say that she got magic after dealing with Punch and all that stuff?

... so I don't really know yet what I'll be reading next. I mean, I have some non-fiction lined up, but nonfiction-wise I still haven't finished the Companion to Modern Japan (it's funny about the different authors - I finished the article about school culture very quickly, and now there's one about work culture which is so dense, I have difficulty with it. A lot of difficulty). I am also reading Jan Morris's Oxford a little. But I do want to start some fiction too, not sure what yet. Maybe I shall go look at Rivers of London fic at AO3.

Oh, and I also reread Hamlet for the FL course. It's weird how most of my thoughts about that are kind of fanfic-shaped - about the characters' background and reasoning; not all, though.
taelle: (books)
What I have read recently:

Nightwatch by Sarah Waters: one of those writers I always hope to like but don't manage to. I took up this one because I am interested in WWII, and actually finished it. Found it well-written, but tiring because of not one of the main characters ever being happy.

What I am reading now:

Shadow Roses by Natalya Rezanova: a story collection based on Shakespearean plots - sort of like AUs intertwined with alternative versions of Earth history. Difficult to describe but interesting. I think my favourite was the story where Benvolio and Rosaline meet again many years in their future.

Pigeon Post by Arthur Ransome: I was curious because it seems to be popular, and it (and another book from this series) popped up in a nearby second-hand bookshop. I am not much of a fan of children's books, but this, even though the plot seems to be rather Enyd-Blytonish, is much better written (though I am not sure why they decided Timothy must be an armadillo).

Fanning the Flames, ed. by William Kelly: a collection of essays of Japanese fans and fandoms. Not about Takarazuka, but feels kind of recognizable, and also some interesting thoughts on fannishness in general (I don't read academic fan theory that much, I came to this mostly from Japanese modern culture angle)

Citizens, by Simon Schama - a Very Long book about French revolution. I have read Carlyle fairly recently - it's interesting to see a more objective angle, but I think after this I should look for something more pro-revolution, for comparison.

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Sep. 20th, 2012 11:55 pm
taelle: (Rylance Prospero)
"...if the skeleton does turn out to be that of Richard III, it will hopefully prompt us to reassess not only Richard himself – we’re thankfully beyond seeing physical disability as some sort of evidence of a twisted soul – but the reputations of both Shakespeare and, especially, More.

Should we conclude that the sainted More, a man of integrity who died a martyr rather than swear against his conscience, was a liar? That can of worms may be even more controversial than the story of Richard III himself." (from here)

What a peculiar way to put it, for an historian.

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Feb. 24th, 2012 02:34 am
taelle: (Rylance Prospero)
I am trying to work, and for relaxation (my mother's favourite idea: "Tired of working? Go iron some linens" etc.) I am reorganizing my English history shelf. It is a big shelf for two rows of books, but I am out of space anyway, and I don't have spare shelves. And I wish I had a separate Shakespeare shelf - I don't have that much, yes, but... I don't have much YET. So I am weeding out not-so-necessary stuff in order to put it away (xeroxed stuff, for example! I used to xerox tons of stuff from British Council books, for example. That was ten years ago).

In that vein, I was reminded of the Ricardians today. Funny people: maybe the English and/or USAian ones are different, but here, though I am kind of in favour of their theories, I got very tired of the Ricardians themselves. Two main reasons: (a) Shakespeare hate (also, Shakespeare as a Tudor hireling paid to besmirch Richard's reputation kind of breaks my brain), and (b) total unwillingness to acquaint themselves with actual modern history studies outside of their set list (and with history in general - the idea of historians being dead set against Richard because they' hate to rewrite the generally accepted view of history kind of breaks my brain too. A lot).

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Dec. 22nd, 2011 01:23 am
taelle: (London)
I finished the first draft of Yuletide story. 4,5 thousand words. Go me. Tomorrow I'll be rereading it and hoping it won't make me want to kill myself. Not sure about betaing, though - oh well, we'll see.

Also, the architectural bureau my sister and her friends organized won a competition for a project of a sign to be put on the highways at the entrance to the city. Good: they need a name even more than they need money.

I am still enjoying reading Contested Will.
taelle: (books)
It feels like for me it makes senst to blog in the environment where most readers don't know me personally. It's easier when it's all about words.

One of the weirdest things in the blogging fandom are people who complain in anonymous comms that they friended a person for cool fandom stuff and now this person keeps whining about their tiresome problems and personal life and you have to wade through all this to look for cool fandom stuff.

... this is not why I've been trying not to whine online: I just feel like I know all the comments I'll get to my 'woe is me' entry even before I write that entry.

Meanwhile I'm reading James Shapiro's 'Contested Will', which is amazingly interesting. Full of stuff which I did not know before and which actually answers many of my questions (I think this description is kind of weird, but. For now it's the most precise one that I can formulate).

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