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I keep meaning to post, and not getting around to it. I was going to do a post at the end of August, crowing about how many books I've read recently - it's like I've suddenly remembered how to read fiction. I re-read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and that seemed to spark something, and I managed nine books in August! I've read nothing much but non-fiction in ages, as I couldn't seem to concentrate on fiction. I don't suppose it will last (and okay, I started JS&MN back in July, and some of the books were pretty short!). But yay. I even made a little celebratory picture to show off with. But now September's practically over, so it doesn't work quite so well coming now. Nonetheless:



The Robert Muchamore books are children's books, but I don't care. I like children's books. They have all the fun and adventure, but none of the boring romance. Although I seem to have been good at choosing 'grown up' books without that lately too. Michael Crichton filled Jurassic Park with so many rampaging dinosaurs eating people that there wasn't time for making out, which is something that far more people should consider, if you ask me (I quite appreciate that you didn't). I can't think of a single book or film that wouldn't benefit from less romance, and more dinosaurs eating people. Even if they are slightly dodgy dinosaurs. I think everybody knows by now that he got Velociraptor wrong, so I shan't go there, and to be fair most of his other mistakes are fine for the 1990s. Basically we need a new Jurassic Park though. Preferably one without such a blatantly erroneous title. I'm sorry, it's dinosaurs, I can't not nitpick. Anyway, I was advised to read the book as I hate the film so much, and I'm glad I did. It made me hate the film even more though. Not only did they ruin a perfectly good story, but Bob Peck survived the book, damn it! What the bloody hell did they have to go and kill him for?! I'm guessing because they let Jeff Goldblum live, when he died in the book. Grr.

Anyway, yes. More dinosaurs, please and thank you. I might give The Lost World a go now too. What else have I read? Oh yeah. Some historical naval fiction that I nicked from my dad. The Gentleman Captain series is set in Restoration-era England, which is quite rare for naval fiction, which seems to be almost invariably Napoleonic. They're first person, which usually annoys me, but the narrator is telling the stories as a crotchety old man looking back on his life, and they're very enjoyable. I must hunt out book #4.

Books! I forgot that they're fun. So's non-fiction, obviously, but it's a very different sort of reading.

Elsewhere, following on from Beau Geste, I've stayed in the world of eighties BBC historical drama, and am now alternating between The Monocled Mutineer and Fortunes Of War, neither of which I've seen before. The latter is utterly glorious. So immersive. Lingering and leisurely, like proper vintage telly, with an amazing cast. I do so miss the days when Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh worked together. The Monocled Mutineer is good too, though in a different way. Short and sharp, and uncompromising. Also has a great cast. So many familiar faces from yesteryear. I've been spotting Grange Hill teachers, and people from The Bill and Soldier Soldier amongst others. But best of all! From episode two, look look look:



Tip Tipping. The mark of good vintage telly. :)

PS: Here, have a dragonfly. They're insane creatures. They basically have net curtains for wings, and I have no idea how they stay in the air, but stay they do. Also they have dinky little crash helmets.





Well, you'd need one, wouldn't you, if you insisted on fluttering about the neighbourhood on demonstratively ridiculous wings. Sorry, this camera has given me a whole new appreciation for little things.

I shall shut up and leave you in peace now. Tally ho.

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emeraldarrows
Sep. 12th, 2015 04:50 am (UTC)
Aw, I love dragonflies! I don't see them here nearly as much as I did when I was a kid.
swordznsorcery
Sep. 12th, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC)
I'll tell these ones to pay you a visit! :)
oonaseckar
Sep. 12th, 2015 07:53 am (UTC)
I don't know, where do people get the time to read fiction? (That said, I always seem to manage to prise a little fanfic into the day somewhere. Priorities!)

yay for JS&MN! I rather fear a re-read, though. I will probably attempt it at some point, but I'm not ready yet.

I'm not otherwise familiar with any of your reads (I mean I've heard of Jurassic Park, but so has the rest of the planet, and I haven't read it.) Yay for kids' books, though. If I had a choice between permanently consigning either ten years' worth of adult litfic award winners to the sea or the flames, or the collected works of Diana Wynne Jones, Richmal Crompton and L.M. Montgomery, then the conclusion is obvious.

I can't think of a single book or film that wouldn't benefit from less romance, and more dinosaurs eating people.
*snicker* It would be an interesting constraint while making a romcom. I'd like to see someone try it, though. Every kiss requires at least two rampaging velociraptors to balance it out...

Was Tip Tipping in Flambards? he looks awfully familiar. I remember Fortunes of War from the first time around. I had difficulty taking it seriously as I'd read one of the books, and knew that Kenneth Branagh's character was supposed to be magnetically attractive and fatally charming. Which, I've got nothing against the chap, but. But, that's all. I'm sure he's lovely, and he's perfectly pleasant-looking. There's a difference between that, and being a cross between Casanova and Stephen Fry. Haven't really liked anything he's directed, either. Especially Dead Again, gosh that was awful.

I'm actually reading something (fiction) this month, which is the first time since... I don't even know. It might actually, barring fanfic, be the first time since JS&MN. it's the latest Patricia Briggs paranormal, and it's... not very good. Reads like a lazy first draft, I guess with a devoted readership she feels she can just phone it in.

The first few Mercy Briggs novels in the connected series are fairly fantastic, though. Garage mechanic/coyote shapeshifter heroine, hangs out with fae, trolls and vampires, regularly gets herself into and out of trouble while stubbornly refusing to rely on the hero. There is romance in there, but generally fun romps anyhow. Yeah, don't we all try to sell our favourite books to everyone else!
meathiel
Sep. 12th, 2015 09:53 am (UTC)
Which is the latest Mercy book you're reading? The one with the ex-wife? I actually found that one quite nice ...
oonaseckar
Sep. 12th, 2015 01:57 pm (UTC)
It's Dead Heat, one of the related Alpha & Omega series. I quite like Anna but I find Charles persistently one-dimensional and unconvincing. (If she was going to go in-depth with any of that family I would rather have had Bran, much more 3-D and hottie and intriguing...) I have a whole fan-ficcy plot in my head about him, which I may as well write sometime if she's never going to do more than drop hints about his dark past and emotional troubles. *frustrated*

The ex-wife one isn't River Marked, is it? No, Night Broken, right? *checks* I quite liked that one. But River Marked was a bit, um, weird. And dull. Frankly I find the post-marriage relly a bit dull. I know, how awful. I don't know if that's down to Briggs, or my interest just goes off the boil without the pre-marital pursuit and tension.
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swordznsorcery
Sep. 12th, 2015 01:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, I hear you on the time thing. I've been trying to set aside at least forty-five minutes a day for a bit of reading, and so far it's working. I'm really hard to please with books though, so that can easily be a problem too.

"Flambards" was 1979 according to the IMDb, so it's unlikely. There's a lot of gaps in his IMDb record, as often TV shows only credit the stunt arranger, not the individual performers, but I'm sure 1979 is too early. He would still have been in the army then. Not surprised you recognise him though. He crops up everywhere in the eighties and early nineties.

I love "Dead Again"! :D
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meathiel
Sep. 12th, 2015 09:51 am (UTC)
That's a lot of books read. And just let us call the children's books All Ages books ... that does make it better, doesn't it? ;-)

Cool dragonfly photos!
swordznsorcery
Sep. 12th, 2015 01:47 pm (UTC)
All ages books. Yes, I like that!
lost_spook
Sep. 12th, 2015 10:11 am (UTC)
There's nothing to be ashamed of in reading YA & Children's books! You read whatever you like. I confess I like a bit of romance, but not the terrible M&B formulaic stuff, but I've got Georgette Heyer for that. :-)

The Tv series made me go re-read the book as well!

ETA: those dragonfly photos are wonderful!

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swordznsorcery
Sep. 12th, 2015 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not really ashamed. Just used to snarky comments about it! There are some properly good ones though, and far more adults ought to read them.

Thank you. :)
liadtbunny
Sep. 12th, 2015 11:16 am (UTC)
I can't think of a single book or film that wouldn't benefit from less romance, and more dinosaurs eating people. :-D

Well done on your mastery of book reading from a tortoise. Nice collage! I used to take photos of my records spread out on the floor when I was younger. And non-Raffles Hornung!

I would have bet you'd have seen 'The Monocled Mutineer' ages ago! It sounds your type of show so I'm glad you are enjoying it. I'll leave you to enjoy 'Fortunes of War' due to Kenneth Branagh on your own. After hearing the "what a coup to having K.B at wedding reception" story more than once I can't stick him! I do know somebody who was in a hospital bed in 'Fortunes of War' as well. So def not watching now;p

Can't beat a great cast that you just want to hug because you love them so though.

Dragonflies are the best. How do they fly so? They are like genius helicopter fliers. I live near a "drain" so I see them them regularly.
swordznsorcery
Sep. 12th, 2015 01:54 pm (UTC)
I don't know how I've left it so long not seeing TMM. I know I wasn't able to see it when it aired, as it was one of the things that my father refused to let us watch. Then I guess I had to wait until it came out on DVD. Probably forgot about it! I picked it up in a charity store the other day.

I like Kenneth Branagh. :p Oh, and thanks for the fanfiction.net review incidentally. Impressed at your detective skills!

PS: Just found this at YouTube: "Common As Muck" playlist, hurrah! Edward Woodward and co collecting bins. Thought you might enjoy it. I remember it being particularly good, but it was forever ago (1994). Very young Neil Dudgeon, pre his gig as Diana Rigg's chauffeur.
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heartonsnow
Sep. 12th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
Dragonflies are so beautiful when you are not running away from them!!!

When you read, you sure read!
swordznsorcery
Sep. 12th, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
But why would you run away from dragonflies?! You do realise that they don't actually breathe fire, right?! :p
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davesmusictank
Oct. 3rd, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
Impressive!
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