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I was just randomly on wikipedia looking at authors (because I was just watching the BBC's Miss Austen Regrets and I couldn't remember what disease it was that historians eventually decided she died of) and I wandered over to Connie Willis' page. Wiki tells me that Willis is finally coming out with another novel (the last one she wrote was Passage in 2002). It also tells me (and amazon.com confirmed) that the new novel, Blackout (and it's second volume, All-Clear) will be set in my beloved 2060 Oxford! <3

Doomsday Book, which was her first novel set in the near-future Oxford college Balliol, was possibly the most brilliant work of contemprorary (are we still in contemporary?) science fiction literature I have read. Now, I know that doesn't sound like much because most of the stuff I read was originally published before the year 1900, but still. And To Say Nothing of the Dog, which is the second novel coming out of Balliol, is still, eleven years after I first read it, one of my favorite books ever.

So, needless to say, I am super excited for February when Blackout comes out! Yay, more Dunworthy!!! I hope Ned Henry makes an appearance, because I am a little in love with him. Gah, I love Connie Willis! Yaaaaay!

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The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you started but did not finish.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them.

Here be the books )

26 isn't bad. :/ 31 if you count the ones to-be-finished. Had hoped for a higher number, but then the most-published books aren't always the best (though I did smile when I saw both the Brontes and like four of Austen's).
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I fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinally finished Anna Karenina. I've been reading that damn thing since the backend of September. BLOODY HELL is it long. And not just because its like 800 pages - that alone is of no real concern. The thing is that there are like five hundred unrelated storylines in it and I was expecting them to sort of come together in the end, but they didn't. Anna herself is not even MENTIONED in the last fifty pages. I found the ending to be weirdly off topic.

Whatever, I'm glad I read it. Freaking Russians are crazy, though. They must be on permanent brainfreeze or something.


Anyway, here are the fun pictures of the stuff I made for Chels' birthday.

The Tardis and the DreamLord )

Blast it. Now I am having very bad thoughts about making an L doll with a second outfit (aside from his regular white shirt and jeans). And it shall be empire-waisted and blue because we all know that, with his complexion, gold would would wash him right out.

x-posted a few little places
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So, as some of you may be dismayed to hear, I have watched several period films since Jane Eyre, and, as you may have suspected, I intend now to unfold my feelings on all of them here since I no longer inhabit a scholarly community where I can just have my opinions out. Brace yourselves.

Persuasion, or, more appropriately, the lack thereof )
Sense and Sensibility, living in the shadow )
Emma, the brat of Highbury )
That's all the incoherence I'll submit you to at this time. Coming soon, to an lj near you - reviews of the new Mansfield Park, the 90's (but not MTV Wuthering Heights, and the digi Beowulf.

I really need someone I can talk about literature with, or I'm just gonna go nuts.
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Now that my computer’s systems have made their miraculous recovery from The Virus, I must report that I have seen the 2006 BBC Jane Eyre, which makes seven versions I have under my belt (Susannah and Orson, I’ve got my eyes on you) (one wonders how I can bear to watch so many versions of the same thing – it is only devotion, my love) and now I regret to inform you that I must pass judgment on it.

Out of courtesy for those who don’t really care, I have made a cut )

That said, I will soon be buying it. Now, if only I could get ten monitors and watch all ten of the versions known to me at once, comparing them to each other scene by scene, well, then I’d really have a project.

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