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23 May 2005 @ 08:30 pm
I have not got lezzie aunties!  


New ad runs thusly: "Get your manga head on". Squeeeeeee.

Although, is it me, or are they underestimating the ubiquitious manga readership in Ireland? I mean, the biggest nationwide bookshop carries ten titles ... which are mainly for those people for whom the seemingly endless supply of Love Hina is worthy of adulation ...

Memes. Lotsa lots of memes, have been tagged. *puffs up chest in manner reminiscent of gibbon. or some animal* Well, two, anyway.


1) Shopping = loverly or shopping = torture (the bad kind, guys)?  Shopping = books pour Rachel. All is good.

2) What stores would you consider having children with? D'oh, Waterstones.

3) Which stores would you gleefully hunt down and kill/destroy/maim? Jesus. Um. I'm not really what you'd called homicidal. Or shopicidal ... Perhaps boring shops -- ie, the ones that don't stock books, for whatever cruel and unusual reason.

4) Shopping in groups or alone? I no mind, once as I've paid a visit to Waterstones. *beams*

5) Favorite place to shop? *flails at the repetitiveness* Um, Waterstones?!

1. How many books do I own: Odds on only a thousand. *glares* I've only started actually earning money this month, okay?

2. Last book I bought: "A Hat Full of Sky," Terry Pratchett

3. Last book I read: Cannae remember -- I'm reading three at the mo', "Jonathan Norrell and Mr Strange" (still), "Tongue in Cheek" and "French Relations". Oh, and "Dancing in my Nuddy-Pants" for light relief, and my Bio and Chem textbooks, 'cause I sorta hafta. :)

4. 5 Books that mean a lot to me:

This is where the cut-tag became a thing of necessity and pearl. Well, not pearl -- where the hell did that come from? *sporks self. is over excited because of manga hair gel*

I’m not going to say Harry Potter. Screw being hoity-toity and intellectual and head-in-sphincter about this; I like the fandom more than the books. It’s conveyed a sense of belonging that I’ve never felt before. "For once, I’m not alone" -- that changed my life, not five books about wizards. Of course I love JK’s books. D’oh. But other books are more -- unimaginably complete in and of themselves, the kind of books you want to marry -- and these are mine.

1. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy.

I rec this to everyone. People may have noticed this. J Now, I know there’s a trend in either Booker Prize winners, or Anglo-Indian writers, or both, to use ‘family’ as the main theme and this holds true here. However, when well done, there’s nothing so absorbing as reading about really messed-up families and this book talks about one, amazing, one. Issues touched on: the Untouchables, incest, discrimination, abuse, political corruption, police corruption and abuse, broken families, money, death, murder, grief, problematic inter-racial marriage. Wow, that sounds really grim, doesn’t it? Still, this is a cracked diamond of a book, but you end up loving the cracks more than the diamond. I should just go with the actual summary of the book here. It’s about the Love Laws which, hundreds of years ago, lay down "Who should be loved, and how. And how much".

And about a family who broke them.

2. Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli

Deceptively simple: about an eccentric girl in an ordinary American school. She’s not bound by social convention; everyone else is, of course. It sounds trite the way I’m explaining it, but Spinelli’s straightforward tale-spinning makes you believe in love and want to be as free and wild as Stargirl. The ending, like that of The God of Small Things, is unforgettable.

*ponders* Although jeez, David Mitchell’s Number Nine Dream beat all out in terms of crazily stick-with-you endings.

3. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

*blushes* Not just for the slash, people. In fact, that’s a thing that I prefer to remain fandom. No, what’s great about this is Armageddon, or, specifically, the "phenomena" that come before it. Jaime and the tree? I mean, who could read about that and not long for it to happen -- to wish, in some secret part of their heart, that someone had the power to make that happen? And the nuclear reactors?

Everyone should read this book. EVERYONE. Not only to convert you to the cult of Pterry, but to change the way you see the world -- for the better.

4. The Red Tent, Anita Diamant

Another book that was just crying out to be written -- a Bible story, told through the eyes of the one who was there. The blurb -- ‘The Greatest Story Never Told’ -- says it all. It’s about Dinah, who was Jacob’s daughter, and her life up to her supposed "rape" in the Bible. It could have done without the second half, I reckon, but it’s another book worth reading for the mind-blowing power of the ending. Oh, and yay for feminist principles! *gyrates*

5. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelo

DUDE. *rolls eyes* If you haven’t heard of/read this book yet, run, don’t walk. Go to a bookshop, buy and read. It will take you -- well, it took me an hour. I never looked at the world the same way again. A book to give you faith -- not in anything, but in everything.

Aaaaand, for five bonus points, when I was a kid -- ie, five or six years ago, or still now, depending -- the five books were: 1) "The Webbed Hand", Jenny Jones 2) "The Secret of Nimh", Robert C. O'Brien 3) "A Fortunate Life", A.B. Facey 4) "Tailchaser's Song", Tad Williams and 5) "Through a Glass, Darkly", Jostein Gaarder. All the "great" kidslit came out when I was no longer one, typically. Anyone heard of these?

Tagging mostly the people from whom I'd like to hear about books. 8D

gabbysun cynicalpirate spectacular numena coralia13

Oh, and imadra_blue? balfrog tagged me for the second one, in case you think I've gone completely daft. As opposed to, say, three-quarters-gone daft. *le grand guigol wink*

Current Mood: mischievousmischievous
Current Music: "Beverly Hills", Weezer
Insufferable, man.: geekcynicalpirate on May 23rd, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
MANGA! I also felt joy when I saw that. Not because I like manga. Because I know what it is. And I know that people (like you) like it. Which makes my joy significantly less impressive, I feel.

GO YOU FOR NOT CHOOSING HARRY POTTER! It's all about the fandom.

I have only read Stargirl and Good Omens. Am practically illiterate. Alchemist and God of small things sound good though.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 24th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
*nodnod* It's the 'connexion' thing, baby. Even the girl I work with with felt it... for Pokemon. Which is ANIME. But still, I was all lovin' and did not, eg, kill her for that. :)

Duh. I'm even starting to get sick of hearing 'canon'. For, um, obvious reasons!

gabbysun on May 23rd, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
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I just ran to reserve The Alchemist from the library! Sounds sweet. xD

And dude, thanks for tagging me! *speshal* I've never been tagged before. *blushes demurely*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 24th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)


You will never regret it, I swear.

If you do... you can sue me. :)

*tags you extra, for luck*
...: OC slash // lidichowburger on May 23rd, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
*has not seen the Fructis ad*
*but wants muchly to*

I gave up on Jonathan Strange ages ago. I just couldn't get into it at all. It was so... I can't think of a word unexciting enough for it.
And I have a vague recollection of Stargirl... Mainly of the pink cover, though. I think my friend's had it since about first year.
And I have The God of Small Things in my room waiting to be read, will do so after my current P.G. Wodehouse book and Artemis Fowl!
I love the prospect of a good book.

*runs off to think about books*
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 24th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
It's on all the best bus shelters, DAHling!

Yes. DULL DULL DULL, much?! Gah, and Gneil rec'ced it! Is he mad?

The pink cover put me off -- that, and the fact that my cousin was reading it. But then -- long car drive in France, ran out of books by the trip home... the rest, as they say, is history. :)

Liz_eliza_b on May 23rd, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
The Red Tent? Really? The premise sounded cool, but the actual story was kinda blah. Not that it was bad, just not really memorable either. Although it is annoying that Dinah has maybe one sentence in the Bible. Grr.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 24th, 2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
Mmm, I suppose it was all about the one word: Selah. And the idea of Dinah being a ghost for eternity. Sometimes, I think whole books are written just to get one idea into print (Harry Potter: 'Death is merely the next great adventure" *winks*).

I don't suppose she was actually that important, in the grand scheme of things. Or are you annoyed 'cause Diamant made a whole story outta it?
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someone's always looking for DB Cooper: supergirl-shineon by flyingteapotnumena on May 23rd, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
I keep hearing about this manga commercial, but I still haven't seen it. Piffle.

Ohh, I've been hearing fantastic things about The Alchemist for years - I should really go out and get it someday soon.

Oh and by the way,
"I have not got lezzie aunties!"

....I do. *grin*

(as long as it means the same thing in Ireland that it does here at any rate.)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 25th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
It will come, as all good things do. :)


Lezzie == le female gay? Yeah. I don't, but it's a quote from '...and that's when it fell off in my hand'. Vair funneh book. :)
passionate trousersgalindaupland on May 23rd, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
OMGEEE I've read two of those books. Like cynicalpirate I am not cultured in the world of books (or anything else for that matter) but I've read Good Omens and Stargirl. She was odd. V.v.v.v.v.v. odd.

every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 24th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
I wish I were as cool as Stargirl. *sighs*
denial_girldenial_girl on May 23rd, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
I've only read one book on your list (The Red Tent). **is ashamed**

**adds to list of books to read this summer**
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 24th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
Hey, don't be! I've only read one on numena's. :) Book recs are great, though.
amberthefool on May 24th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
I completely and wholeheartedly agree about Stargirl and Good Omens :D Haven't read 4 and 5, but...but...I feel I have to protest....

The God of Small Things? Is your favourite book ever? *sob*

Sorry, it's a sort of personal peeve with the book that I have. I'm Indian, as is teh family, and all of us found it a bit difficult to stomach this book in that context. Also, Ammu seemed very much to be some sort of bizarre self-insert on Roy's part, and...okay I'll stop, because I think this is very much a book that people either love or hate, and we're on different sides of that fence.

There is just one last thing. My mum actually went to school with Roy (no this isn't one of those weird claim to fame-y things) at a boarding school in Ooty, South India, called Lovedale, and does not understand the way she seems to want to write her past as oh-so-very-tragick. Lovedale was exclusive and expensive (my mum only went because her dad worked there), and it's a bit unlikely that Roy's past is as bad as she seems to make it out to be :S

*reads rant back* Umm...I still love all your other book choices, and looking back at that it sort of looks like I'm trying to put you down, but I'm not, really. I do recognise that the writing itself is so rich and detailed but...I can't like the book. Okay, I've gone on for too long now.

Pleeeeease don't hate me
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 24th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
*grins* Why would I hate you? You have a valid argument. I'm just curious:

I'm Indian, as is teh family, and all of us found it a bit difficult to stomach this book in that context.

Precisely why? I mean, I don't know anyone from India, have never been there -- I took it as read that any traditions and whathaveyou that Roy mentioned were indicative of the general way of doing things. Are there -- I was gonna say OOC, but you know what I mean -- discrepancies in there?

See, I read it for the story, not so much for "India". :) I know a garbled history of the country through Salman Rushdie, but it wouldn't matter if they were Irish or Indian or Czech, I reckon the story's great.

As for Ammu -- well, I knew/know nothing about Roy, 'cept for what you just told me. I never caught on that she was pepperjacking, so I didn't mind Ammu. Anyway, I was more interesting in the twins, really. :)

I suppose it's a bit like me taking against the 'Sex in the City' Dublin that a lot of Irish chicklit authors are trying to put across? *raises eyebrows*

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Girl.On.The.Wingtoxic_asteria on May 24th, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
heeeyyyyyy I tagged you tooooooo!!!

Interesting memes, must say.

I'll be reading those books soon, me thinks. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 24th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
Cooool! xD

Book recs are love. <33
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Lord Marmaduke Newbrycatsmeat on May 24th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)

I've read more books than you've had hot dinners!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 24th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
*tags you*

Although I seem to recall... SOMEONE promising to hate me forever for tagging them for the DVD meme...
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Sparkleshxcpunkchick on May 24th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)

Sorry, it's a rule for me to do so every time I meet another Gaiman fan.
29 days until Neverwhere comic!!OMGSQUEE

I actually kind of agree with you about the HP books though. I love the books, but I loved them more once I got into the fandom.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 25th, 2005 12:27 pm (UTC)

Yes... once all the lovely SLASHY subtext had been pointed out to me, the Potterverse was a prettier, shinier place. :)