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17 March 2005 @ 08:21 pm
La le Feile Padraig, suckers!  

So I totally wasn't going to spam today, then I saw two things -

Aon: Lotsa people calling it's Pat's Day and Patty's Day. No, no, no, minions - Paddy's Day, for ever and anon.

Do: minnow_53 's BIRTHDAY! I actually noticed that ages ago, because, hell, it's on Paddy's Day, and it's also my dad's birthday. So:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD AND MINNOW! Minnow, I hope you read this. Dad, I sincerely and devoutly wish and pray that you never will.

You can pretend I'm drunk if you like - that's what everyone does today, innit? Don't see a great night wasted, ahaha. Actually, fun fact - like most of our legal system and our better roads, ol' Paddy's actually English. (Trust me, it is yet another bee in your average Irishperson's bonnet that the English don't even realise this.)

 

By Gaiman (is it Gay-man or Ghai-man, will I ever know?), I've read American Gods and Smoke and Mirrors. I'd love to read Neverwhere, but I've yet to see it anywhere off Amazon.com, and as you all know, my father cruelly refuses to let me run amok with a Gold Visa on that site.

American Gods is great, particularly the Salim bit, which is so hot and touching that it's worth reading the book for, basically. (To quotegabbysun , I <3 SALIM!) However, it is of Smoke and Mirrors that I wish to babble. I read it overnight and it's struck me that Gaiman has an imagination the like of which I've never before seen. You think you have imagination? You don't. You merely have the capability to visualise events that aren't actually happening right before your eyes. Gaiman has imagination. And...I'm quite glad I don't have one. I think he takes the empathy for the bad guy too far sometimes. I adored his Lucifer but what he did to Snow White verges on blasphemy, imho. I kind of pity his wife, if his attitude to infidelity is in any way a pepper-jack. Odd. I'll never love him, but he has my undying respect.

Salman Rushie - I just finished Midnight's Children, after putting it on hiatus for about a month (shades of how I read LotR the first time, there!). I know it won a Booker and all *checks* Booker of Bookers, excuse me, but out of the three books of his I've read it runs least well. He writes in the time honoured Booker tradition of ending first, but he seemed to put all his effort into that. The story itself, when it comes, is rather a let-down. I liked it well enough, but Saleem is...well, he's a bit of a tit, isn't he?

The Satanic Verses and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, now, they are the books to die for. I understood very, very little of the first (it is very Muslim-history-oriented), but I still loved it. Not to ruin the story, but the three things that made me almost lose my mind with that book were: the butterflies, the crossing to Mecca and the rescue from the burning house in the riot. The Ground Beneath Her Feet is going to remain my favourite Rushdie, though, I reckon, and one of my all-time Big Ones. It's just so ... YES!YES!YES!. Not to mention for once I got the myth behind it - I know my Greeks a bit, particularly Orpheus and his lute.

One thing I worship about these two is that they are so obviously ex-fandomers. Rushdie talks about the LotR fandom - a direct reference! - in the very second page of The Ground Beneath Her Feet. Gaiman was a blatant Trekkie, not to mention in a load of other obscure fandoms, like Lovecraft's SF. There's hope for us all!

 
 
Current Mood: deviousdevious
Current Music: In honour of the day, 'C'est La Vie', B*witched
 
 
 
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 17th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
For serious! Disgraceful, innit? But now I can pronounce his name with authority, I can demand a copy from Waterstones! Cheers.

Blog? You where? @_@
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(no subject) - scoradh on March 18th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Minnow: minnowminnow_53 on March 17th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
Ignore first post in inbox: deleted cos of wrong icon.
Right, I copied this just before it got swallowed! Ignore first message: wrong icon.

Oh, thank you so much! Psychic one: I'm going to be honest here. I did think you'd forgotten, simply because it's also your Dad's birthday, and that might have put it out of your head.

So I am supremely, amazingly touched. I'm also not quite sober, but hey, it's my birthday.

Say Happy Birthday to your Dad from an anonymous admirer of his daughter! Not in that way, no! Phrase it tactfully. And say thanks again to you.

I'm giving you the special, amazing icon that cynicalpirate made for me.

Plus big hugs, and much love. ♥

^_^xx
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Life exceeds expectationsscoradh on March 17th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Ignore first post in inbox: deleted cos of wrong icon.
Even if it wasn't you, anything to escape his sulks, honestly!

I'm glad you're not sober, probably no one should be on their birthday. It's a tradition, or an old charter, or something. Have an EXCELLENT ONE, and if I ever manage to rephrase that, I will pass on your message to Die Pater. xD Go play and have fun now, dorlink.
hobviously on March 17th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC)
My best friend is telling me in Ireland people actually wear blue today. Please confirm or deny, as my world is threatening to crumble AS I TYPE!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Harry/Draco greenscoradh on March 17th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
Uh...oh dear. Because, right, my art college was doing part of the parade in Cork and we got the 'blue' theme. For serious.

As for the general outfiture, big stupid tricolour hats and garments that the drunken vomit'll easily wash off, mostly. Often green, don't worry!
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...chowburger on March 17th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
I want Neil Gaiman's babies! <3<3<3 And his blog's at officialgaiman, is you haven't seen it already. It usually makes for an interesting read.

But yeah, Smoke and Mirrors. Some of it's... rather strange, but I heart it anyway. I do, however, hope that my dad never takes it into his head to read it, since I made him read Neverwhere and he loved it to bits... That book is unsuitable for parents. As are his Sandman comics, but they're fantastic too.

I spent about six months looking for Neverwhere, and now O'Mahony's has it in constant stock. Grr.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bellescoradh on March 17th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Is there a reason he gets a little satellite dish? *pouts* Iwanone.

Oh man, he seems to have 'losing your brain through masturbation' ON the brain. But like I said, I loved the Lucifer story to bits. Totally, totally unsuitable for adults, mind, I agree. xD What is the Sandman about, exactly?

*le sigh* NOWHERE - neverwhere, aha - in Cork, I swear.
... where I get rambly, because OMG Gaiman! Squee! - cryptid on March 20th, 2005 05:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on March 17th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
La le Feile Padraig
Just to let u know that 'o'l Paddy' isnt English in fact he could be Scottish, Welsh or even French! U've let me down to night!!!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 18th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC)
Re: La le Feile Padraig
Henbock? That you? Actually, isn't he Roman? But I just wanted to confuse people, clearly, it worked...xD
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Caitcoralia13 on March 17th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
I don't know much about Gaiman or Rushie, but I hope that you had a lovely St. Paddy's Day. I have seen more green clothing since I left my dorm this morning than I knew existed.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 18th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
Aha, that would be because there's more Irish people in America than there are in the whole of Ireland, right? I mean, the NY parade is the world's biggest. Typical - foreigners are better at being Irish than we are!
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puabi on March 17th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
I found you through _eliza_b.
Funny how well I agree with you about both Gaiman and Rushdie. *is thoughtful*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Helen Kellerscoradh on March 18th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
Hi and welcome! I think I've seen you about - you have the cool Charlotte icon, right? (Charlotte - you gotta love the girl!)

Judging by reaction, some people do find it hard to love Gaiman. I know he swears too much for me and isn't quite as good at extending metaphors as Pratchett, but for Good Omens I will forgive much. *g*
Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on March 18th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
I knew that, but I'm a bit of a geek.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 18th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
Lose the accent, and you could be one of us!

Though why you'd want to be is anyone's guess.
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gabbysun on March 18th, 2005 09:38 am (UTC)
Happy birthday to thems both! And I'm not drunk either, so we can be not-drunk together.

Oooh, so this is your Gaiman rant! Vair nice! And I have to agree. I don't think I'll ever love Gneil as much as I do Pterry or Adams, but I do enjoy reading what he's written and respect him to no end.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 18th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
Wunnerful! I think I should start a not-drunk party! (Although in Ireland it'd go down like a lead balloon.)

You took the words right out of my mouth, yet again, babes. The new Pterry is going to be a Watch one! I hope it's not so...heavy as Night Watch, though...
(no subject) - gabbysun on March 20th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
amazing vaguely humanoid armadillopersoncryptid on March 20th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC)
... where the squeeing continues...
I think he takes the empathy for the bad guy too far sometimes. I adored his Lucifer but what he did to Snow White verges on blasphemy, imho.

Where? And how? I didn't think he showed much empathy toward Snow White, even if the Queen surely wasn't a spotless Disney heroine either...

Lucifer turns up in The Sandman too, btw. Yay!

I kind of pity his wife, if his attitude to infidelity is in any way a pepper-jack.

Okay... where does he have an attitude to infidelity? In Snow, Glass, Apples, or are you thinking of somewhere else? I mean, of course he writes about it, along with many other things that makes for good fiction, but I can't think of anywhere where it's even hinted at that he endorses it. :S

I'll never love him

... But... but... *pouts in confusion*
But he's Neil! who is, like, the avatar of Crowley (check the author's photo for Good Omens if you don't believe me)! and he blogs about Neptunian brain slugs! and he's alarmingly good-looking for a father of three in his mid forties! How can you not love him? O.o

Gaiman was a blatant Trekkie, not to mention in a load of other obscure fandoms, like Lovecraft's SF.

Obscure can be debated, of course. :p I don't recall any Trek references, but then I was never much of a trekker myself (my brother was/is, so I've picked up on some details through osmosis), so it may well have slipped past me. But I do love it when he goes fanboyish, like in the speech he linked to recently where he spoke about how much the Narnia books, LoTR and G. K. Chesterton has meant to him and his decision to become a writer. *pets the Neil* ^^
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 20th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC)
I just have more of a Pterry mind...or not much of one at all?
Oh, I meant Snow White the title of the story, not Snow White the girl. I think he made her so completely evil, it was just...evil. Gory, like. I lurrved Lucifer! I cannot say how much.

In the story about the troll, in the one about the gargoyle...that's when he talks about infidelity. Particularly the gargoyle one, that's the centrepiece. Also the Playboy one, to an extent.

I prefer Pterry's big rings and crazy hats and cloaks! Neil is almost pretty, whereas Pterry could be my grandad. I'd probably die if I saw Neil.

It may have been Star Wars - either way, it was in the story about the cancer-curing pill that turned everyone into hermaprodites (like, WOW). Sorry, I can't recall the names! I love it when they're fangurl (that's a gender-neutral thing, I reckon), it shows we could all make it, maybe!

I have no One True Author. I am such an infidel. - cryptid on March 21st, 2005 08:39 am (UTC) (Expand)