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It took effort (and I admit that I did skip some of the longer and more impenetrable chapters), but I have finished The Brothers Karamazov. Damned if I know what it's about though. I mean, certainly it's the tale of three brothers, and their father is murdered by somebody, but this apparently major event is probably only about a third of the narrative. The rest is wandering down lengthy side trails, talking of ailing schoolboys, boring monks, a veritable barrage of people with assorted ailments, and some people who may or may not be in love with each other. It must surely have been written whilst high. It's the only sensible explanation. (I'm guessing there's at least one level of allegory going on, and certainly there's comparative examples of fatherhood, and the importance of father figures, but jeepers). This is one book I'm not recommending! I've gone back to Sherlock Holmes now, and have just started The Hound Of The Baskervilles. It's a much better story, and Conan Doyle manages to tell in a dozen pages what Dostoevsky needs four hundred to even begin getting around to.

Boy Dominic remains entertaining, although it must be said that Richard Todd's bit of the plot (a short scene at the beginning and end of each episode) is infinitely more engaging than his wide-eyed son, still getting into assorted scrapes in the Yorkshire countryside. Each episode is only half an hour long though, and Brian Blessed is there, so it's enjoyable enough. Just had another Return To Treasure Island alumnus turn up, which was nice. Also falling in love with Sleepy Hollow all over again. Season four has been absolutely splendid so far.

Making use of last.fm's glorious statistics capabilities while it's still there (it seems forever in danger of falling before the unappealing juggernaut of Spotify), I see that my top five artists for the last seven days are:

1. George Harrison (14 plays)
2. The View (13 plays)
3. Kaiser Chiefs
3. Mika
3. Pulp (12 plays each)

I do like a nice list. Elsewhere I am mostly thinking about dragons for I Surrendered, and trying not to get sucked into the world of temptation that is Prompt Amnesty Week over at [personal profile] 100words. Every ten weeks you get to choose any of the previous prompts. They are very prompty.

I have finished my cup of tea. Woe.



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Feb. 27th, 2017 10:06 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I wonder how books get published and how they become classics. I specifically cannot stand Dickens who is supposed to be one of our best authors!!!
Feb. 28th, 2017 04:28 pm (UTC)
I enjoy a good Dickens, but yes, it's not a good idea to build a writer up as a Must Read. Many of these are only held in such regard because they're old.
Feb. 28th, 2017 05:04 am (UTC)
You watch Sleepy Hollow? Isn't that too new for you? ;-)
Feb. 28th, 2017 04:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is! But I fell in love with it anyway.

I also watch "Lucifer" and "Agents Of SHIELD". :)
Mar. 1st, 2017 03:23 am (UTC)
Wot? Lucifer and Agents of SHIELD as well? Colour me surprised!
Feb. 28th, 2017 12:52 pm (UTC)
Make another one:)

Hurrah!(!) Now you can spent the rest of the year reading good stuff.

I would say something about 'Sleepy Hollow' but I'm not sure what's going on yet!
Feb. 28th, 2017 04:30 pm (UTC)
Whatever it is, it's happening very fast and very loudly, and usually at night. :)

I just had some more tea, and now that's finished too. Why is this allowed? There should be a parliamentary inquiry.
Mar. 1st, 2017 12:58 pm (UTC)
:-D An accurate description!

Dunno, but I wish the milk lasted longer (no, not the uht!).
Mar. 2nd, 2017 10:31 am (UTC)
The Brothers Karamazov sounds positively dire! I get too annoyed with authors who meander all over the place. Get on with the story, dammit!

Brian Blessed is in an amazing amount of things. He once played Santa Claus on a BBC programme and he was a little bit too convincing, you know? My inner child is utterly convinced that Santa Claus is real and he's Brian Blessed.

Who was the other Return to Treasure Island alumni?

Edited at 2017-03-02 01:31 pm (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2017 09:06 pm (UTC)
Childhood impressions are strong that way! To me, Brian Blessed will always be Long John Silver. I love "Return To Treasure Island" a quite ridiculous amount.

The other person from it was an actor named Malcolm Terris, who played Doctor Leach in episodes eight and nine. In "The Boy Dominic" he was a fabulously nasty upperclass type, who delighted in setting man traps to catch poachers.
Mar. 3rd, 2017 07:39 am (UTC)
Brian Blessed was born to play Long John Silver! I don't doubt that at all!
Mar. 3rd, 2017 04:56 pm (UTC)
He's brilliant! Just the right amount of larger than life.

I think I feel a rewatch coming on. :)
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