dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
1. Yay! You know the moment you get so excited in a bookstore? I am so giddy because I found, completely randomly and not looking for it, a complete English translation of Vis and Ramin, a Persian epic/romantic poem, I’ve loved since childhood.

You know you want to read about my childhood fixation on ancient Persian lovers )

Anyway, I’ve only been able to find abridged translations since, so this full one makes me incredibly happy.

2. Because Mr. Mousie and I saw a production of Macbeth recently, I was inspired to pull out arguably my favorite novel ever, The King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett, for a reread. It’s about historical underpinnings of Macbeth (it posts that the Earl Thorfinn of Orkney and Macbeth were the same person). I love this book so much, even this third time, but something tells me I will still be unable to finish it. I have never finished it precisely because I love it so, and I know what happens at the ending, and I can’t stand it. I just might love Thorfinn even more than Lymond (also created by the same author, hmmm), which would make him my favorite fictional hero, and…*gets all emo*. I also love that he is so not like Lymond and Dunnett does not repeat her characters. Just as Groa is very little like Philippa.

3. Mr. Mousie and I watched Season 3 ep “Dirty Hands” of Battlestar Galactica. I haven’t seen it before, and it temporarily made me hate both Adama and Roslin. Up with the underclass!

Character ramblings )

4. On a much less intellectual note, Romantic Princess continues silly fun. Just something I’d enjoy before or after a long day. Plus, whatever else the OTTness, Jin’s problem is real enough: he likes the girl he is arrange-engaged to, but staying by her would mean giving up any individuality and striking on his own, but being trapped in the family forever. His trying to convince himself not to fall for her is kind of awesome. But Cai is still my favorite.
dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
1. Yay! You know the moment you get so excited in a bookstore? I am so giddy because I found, completely randomly and not looking for it, a complete English translation of Vis and Ramin, a Persian epic/romantic poem, I’ve loved since childhood.

You know you want to read about my childhood fixation on ancient Persian lovers )

Anyway, I’ve only been able to find abridged translations since, so this full one makes me incredibly happy.

2. Because Mr. Mousie and I saw a production of Macbeth recently, I was inspired to pull out arguably my favorite novel ever, The King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett, for a reread. It’s about historical underpinnings of Macbeth (it posts that the Earl Thorfinn of Orkney and Macbeth were the same person). I love this book so much, even this third time, but something tells me I will still be unable to finish it. I have never finished it precisely because I love it so, and I know what happens at the ending, and I can’t stand it. I just might love Thorfinn even more than Lymond (also created by the same author, hmmm), which would make him my favorite fictional hero, and…*gets all emo*. I also love that he is so not like Lymond and Dunnett does not repeat her characters. Just as Groa is very little like Philippa.

3. Mr. Mousie and I watched Season 3 ep “Dirty Hands” of Battlestar Galactica. I haven’t seen it before, and it temporarily made me hate both Adama and Roslin. Up with the underclass!

Character ramblings )

4. On a much less intellectual note, Romantic Princess continues silly fun. Just something I’d enjoy before or after a long day. Plus, whatever else the OTTness, Jin’s problem is real enough: he likes the girl he is arrange-engaged to, but staying by her would mean giving up any individuality and striking on his own, but being trapped in the family forever. His trying to convince himself not to fall for her is kind of awesome. But Cai is still my favorite.
dangermousie: (HGD field by miss-dian)
1. Yay! You know the moment you get so excited in a bookstore? I am so giddy because I found, completely randomly and not looking for it, a complete English translation of Vis and Ramin, a Persian epic/romantic poem, I’ve loved since childhood.

You know you want to read about my childhood fixation on ancient Persian lovers )

Anyway, I’ve only been able to find abridged translations since, so this full one makes me incredibly happy.

2. Because Mr. Mousie and I saw a production of Macbeth recently, I was inspired to pull out arguably my favorite novel ever, The King Hereafter by Dorothy Dunnett, for a reread. It’s about historical underpinnings of Macbeth (it posts that the Earl Thorfinn of Orkney and Macbeth were the same person). I love this book so much, even this third time, but something tells me I will still be unable to finish it. I have never finished it precisely because I love it so, and I know what happens at the ending, and I can’t stand it. I just might love Thorfinn even more than Lymond (also created by the same author, hmmm), which would make him my favorite fictional hero, and…*gets all emo*. I also love that he is so not like Lymond and Dunnett does not repeat her characters. Just as Groa is very little like Philippa.

3. Mr. Mousie and I watched Season 3 ep “Dirty Hands” of Battlestar Galactica. I haven’t seen it before, and it temporarily made me hate both Adama and Roslin. Up with the underclass!

Character ramblings )

4. On a much less intellectual note, Romantic Princess continues silly fun. Just something I’d enjoy before or after a long day. Plus, whatever else the OTTness, Jin’s problem is real enough: he likes the girl he is arrange-engaged to, but staying by her would mean giving up any individuality and striking on his own, but being trapped in the family forever. His trying to convince himself not to fall for her is kind of awesome. But Cai is still my favorite.
dangermousie: (Equilibrium)
Has that happened to anyone else?

I was reading Dorothy Dunnett's "King Hereafter" (which is a novel that posits the historical underpinnings of Macbeth) and I have a 100 or so pages to go and I have put it away and I cannot make myself pick it up.

It's not that I don't love it, or care for the characters, or lost interest. On the contrary. Just like in Lymond, you read for the first 10 or so pages and while the details of the 11th century Orkney and Norse society are interesting, you find the lead character rather boring and with no inner life (Dunnett rarely goes into her leads' heads). And then, it's like a switch flips on, and you just fall in love with the book and Thorfinn, so deep that you feel hurt when he does.

I love his intelligence, quiet fierceness, and dead pan humor. I love his deep love for Groa (who is one of the strongest and most intelligent women I've found in fiction). I love the fact that he is so different from the flamboyant, perfectly spoken Lymond (I hate when authors repeat themselves).

And I put the book away and can't read it because I know how it ends and so I stopped reading before things go South. And I can't seem to make myself pick it up. This is ridiculous. This is the equivalent of throwing a reader tantrum, or pretending that in my AU Thorfinn and Groa ruled happily ever after. It's silly, and pointless, and ruins the arc and I can't seem to make myself read it anyway.

But what can I say: just reading this:
"'You are telling me to take to husband the man who will kill you?'

'You say that,' he said, 'as if it cost me nothing. O Befind, whose fair body is the colour of snow; smile at me.'

And from his courage she took courage, and smiled."


makes me bawl. And I don't think I can take it.

Has that happened to anyone else?

P.S. Another wonderful King Hereafter quote:

"He slowed and stood, the sobbing tale of relief in his throat, and found dragged ajar the dangerous
door that led back to the things that were normal and dear."
dangermousie: (Equilibrium)
Has that happened to anyone else?

I was reading Dorothy Dunnett's "King Hereafter" (which is a novel that posits the historical underpinnings of Macbeth) and I have a 100 or so pages to go and I have put it away and I cannot make myself pick it up.

It's not that I don't love it, or care for the characters, or lost interest. On the contrary. Just like in Lymond, you read for the first 10 or so pages and while the details of the 11th century Orkney and Norse society are interesting, you find the lead character rather boring and with no inner life (Dunnett rarely goes into her leads' heads). And then, it's like a switch flips on, and you just fall in love with the book and Thorfinn, so deep that you feel hurt when he does.

I love his intelligence, quiet fierceness, and dead pan humor. I love his deep love for Groa (who is one of the strongest and most intelligent women I've found in fiction). I love the fact that he is so different from the flamboyant, perfectly spoken Lymond (I hate when authors repeat themselves).

And I put the book away and can't read it because I know how it ends and so I stopped reading before things go South. And I can't seem to make myself pick it up. This is ridiculous. This is the equivalent of throwing a reader tantrum, or pretending that in my AU Thorfinn and Groa ruled happily ever after. It's silly, and pointless, and ruins the arc and I can't seem to make myself read it anyway.

But what can I say: just reading this:
"'You are telling me to take to husband the man who will kill you?'

'You say that,' he said, 'as if it cost me nothing. O Befind, whose fair body is the colour of snow; smile at me.'

And from his courage she took courage, and smiled."


makes me bawl. And I don't think I can take it.

Has that happened to anyone else?

P.S. Another wonderful King Hereafter quote:

"He slowed and stood, the sobbing tale of relief in his throat, and found dragged ajar the dangerous
door that led back to the things that were normal and dear."
dangermousie: (Equilibrium)
Has that happened to anyone else?

I was reading Dorothy Dunnett's "King Hereafter" (which is a novel that posits the historical underpinnings of Macbeth) and I have a 100 or so pages to go and I have put it away and I cannot make myself pick it up.

It's not that I don't love it, or care for the characters, or lost interest. On the contrary. Just like in Lymond, you read for the first 10 or so pages and while the details of the 11th century Orkney and Norse society are interesting, you find the lead character rather boring and with no inner life (Dunnett rarely goes into her leads' heads). And then, it's like a switch flips on, and you just fall in love with the book and Thorfinn, so deep that you feel hurt when he does.

I love his intelligence, quiet fierceness, and dead pan humor. I love his deep love for Groa (who is one of the strongest and most intelligent women I've found in fiction). I love the fact that he is so different from the flamboyant, perfectly spoken Lymond (I hate when authors repeat themselves).

And I put the book away and can't read it because I know how it ends and so I stopped reading before things go South. And I can't seem to make myself pick it up. This is ridiculous. This is the equivalent of throwing a reader tantrum, or pretending that in my AU Thorfinn and Groa ruled happily ever after. It's silly, and pointless, and ruins the arc and I can't seem to make myself read it anyway.

But what can I say: just reading this:
"'You are telling me to take to husband the man who will kill you?'

'You say that,' he said, 'as if it cost me nothing. O Befind, whose fair body is the colour of snow; smile at me.'

And from his courage she took courage, and smiled."


makes me bawl. And I don't think I can take it.

Has that happened to anyone else?

P.S. Another wonderful King Hereafter quote:

"He slowed and stood, the sobbing tale of relief in his throat, and found dragged ajar the dangerous
door that led back to the things that were normal and dear."

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