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Jul. 31st, 2014 07:17 pm
taelle: (Leningrad)
I have been reading and rereading the latest poem by Dmitry Bykov (and reading it out loud to myself). The one about the Malaysian airliner, except that it's not. I kinda regret that it's an English-language blog that I am having here and I can't post it here too.

Because it's important to me. Especially the way it ends. You see, the way things are going here, at least 80% of the population support Putin's policy or are even more rabid than that. I am an alien here. I always knew my political and social position isn't that popular, but in the last several months it turned out that I am an alien even to a lot of ordinary 'neutral' people who keep turning out to be rabid nationalists (I am still reading Klemperer and not liking that feeling).

And on top of that, out of the remaining 20%, the ones on my side, keep saying that we are doomed to this. To madness. That my country will never ever be an ordinary country among others; that nothing will ever be right, that the country, the people, will be nothing more than a bad example to humanity: see this? Don't do things like this.

And Bykov is saying: no, that's not Russia, I don't know what it is and I am not sure how to deal with this, but there's no proof that this is actually Russia as it is.

... meanwhile I missed Wednesday again, so belated reading report:

I finished Emperor's Agent, and it was rather cool. I really grew to like those people towards the end (I had a problem with 'I remember my past lives, I was this and that great person' initially, since I have met people who said this and they were tiresome and unpleasant, but I guess you are allowed to remember being Hephaistion and Robert Dudley in past lives if you're Michel Ney in this one). I wonder whether I should now go read the first book, or whether it would be unpleasant - Elza's relationship with Moreau doesn't seem to have been a nice one.

I also finished the Robin Hood time-hopping book I mentioned last time: a lot of fun. Pity there's no sequel. And the hero's modern views are a lot of fun in contrast with those that surround him ("Robin also believes in God? Damn!")

I have read the first October Daye book and found it very good, reminding me of the first Anita Blake books (and the bit about the fish is really scary: a horror you _really_ can imagine in your life).

I have started the second one... and then, reading the blurbs for the following books on Amazon, was kind of spoiled, so I paused. But I definitely will finish this one, and probably go on reading them, so that's for my reading plans.

Meanwhile I also started a book called 'Poland: a neighbor for thousand years', which is kind of a historical guidebook. The author is confusing at times (I am not sure what he wanted to say about Polish pronunciation, for example), but less confusing in history and respectful and interested, which is good since Poland was always a touchy subject here.
taelle: (books)
Have read:

Finished Two Caskets, Made of Turquoise and Jade - even managed to catch some allusions to modern Russian writers (amazing, that - since usually I only know genre writers). Nicely done.

And I am about ten pages from finishing Edo culture. Later chapters on music and theatre were a bit less interesting because they went more into specialist subjects and evidence and less into stories. But still, there were stories. It was good.

Am reading:

The Emperor's Agent by Jo Graham apparently has an investigation subplot. Which is good. Though right now it's more a flashback about the heroine's relationship with Ney, which is bad because from the current events we know it ended unhappily, and such things make me tense. Also, this is apparently a second book, and I think the thing I miss most is the mystical stuff/the stuff about the Companions.

LTI - Lingua Tertii Imperii by Victor Klemperer, still fairly scary.

Also started a chance recommendation - a portal fantasy called Robin Hood's Friend and Lieutenant, by Anna Ovchinnikova. It has Little John being actually a modern Russian guy who ended up in Sherwood by chance magical means. Fun so far.

Am going to read:

Still thinking about October Daye books.
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This year I wrote a Scarlet Pimpernel fic - The Truth of Her Face, Chauvelin and some Marguerite, pre-books.

... I used Yuletide to write something I've been pondering for ages: Chauvelin's attitude to, well, revolution. Though of course I could have done more and better... Maybe it will be enough of a push to write more about ScaPim, which I love despite all its faults (well, I have tons of doubts about Sir Percy Hits Back, and I actually haven't read the last half of books because it was a bit too much for me. But I love the characters)

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Feb. 17th, 2012 08:56 pm
taelle: (crafty)
Today it got warmer a little and sun shone into my window in the afternoon. It's amazing how much better I felt. ... I made an effort and did not take a nap no matter how much I wanted to - it's time to switch to a more daytime regime.

I am sorting out my fabrics. It's amazing how much fabric I amassed for someone who sews at best for the dolls. Will I ever dare to sew for myself? I have some stuff that I'd really like to wear as clothing (temporary break of language - I don't mean I'd wear the fabric as it is). I guess once I'll finish the project of the basic wardrobe for each of my dolls, I'd have to find a courage to graduate to people-clothes. Maybe doing mock-up first, because I am really afraid to spoil the fabrics (one of the reasons I am not sewing; I am also afraid to knit stuff like sweaters, even though you can't spoil yarn, can you?).

Reading-wise, I picked up Buchan's Castle Gay again - I slowed down because I was not very interested in young protagonists, but now things are picking up; I am also in the middle of the 6th Thursday Next book - as always, I am amazed by Fforde's imagination.


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