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It's the March Daylight Saving Time reading thread!

Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Mar 10, 4:00pm

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We "leapt forward" early Sunday morning and my biorhythms are still a bit off, yawn. While I'm not a fan of DST---we already have long too-hot-to-go-outside evenings here, thank you---I know people who like them very much. I've always wondered just why DST is supposed to save energy.

I'm just finishing the ebook of Terry Pratchett's Lords and Ladies, with its very different version of elves. His remind me less of Tolkien's than of Ben Aaronovitch's elves, as portrayed in the fourth Peter Grant novel, Foxglove Summer. But then, neither Pratchett nor Aaronovitch play elves as straight as Tolkien does.

On paper I'm catching up with the magazine subscriptions as well as enjoying a pretty little hardcover photography book, Carousels of Paris, by Kaye Wilkinson Barley. Kaye is a friend and Francophile. With her husband, Don, she puts her time in Paris to good use taking lovely photos of carousels (who knew there were so many?) and similar attractions.

I'm listening to Death Comes as the End, an Agatha Christie novel unique among her very long list of works because it takes place in ancient Egypt. IIRC, she wrote this during World War II when current events overran her usual story settings. It's basically an English country-house novel set on an ancient Egyptian estate where a killer is picking off the members of the extended family. Christie nicely splits the difference between the pleasure of a relatively familiar plot and the pleasure of an exotic setting.

The book is read by Emilia Fox. Her viewpoint character reminds me of Jo Grant, a companion of the third Doctor on the venerable Doctor Who series, while one of the household servants sounds like Andy Serkis's Gollum.

So what have you been reading?

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow....


Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Mar 10, 4:45pm

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I'm just finishing the ebook of Terry Pratchett's Lords and Ladies, with its very different version of elves. His remind me less of Tolkien's than of Ben Aaronovitch's elves, as portrayed in the fourth Peter Grant novel, Foxglove Summer. But then, neither Pratchett nor Aaronovitch play elves as straight as Tolkien does.


Whether you call them Elves or Fairies, the Fey are dangerous even when they are allegedly on your side. I also love the way Jim Butcher treats the Fey in his Dresden Files series.

Right now I'm just re-reading the second book in Troy Denning's Prism Pentad (which takes place in the D&D 'Dark Sun' setting). I've been re-reading the series when I don't have anything new on my plate. I'm also taking my time with the second of the new collections of Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura manga.



#FidelityToTolkien

(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Mar 10, 4:52pm)


Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Mar 10, 11:11pm

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Good book, that. Morris dancing gets a mention too - I do sometimes wonder what it was that was so lethal about the Stick and Bucket dance! I've just finished Carpe Jugulum, an entertaining and at times rather dark take on the vampire phenomenon.

 
 

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