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Courtenay
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Posted by: @cyberlucy

I am currently reading The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg. He refers to it as a "biography" of the English language.  It's very entertaining and informative.  

I listened to the audiobook version of that just recently, read by the author — somewhat abridged from the book itself, but I agree, very entertaining and informative. I was particularly interested in his section on Australian English, though I'm not sure I agree (as an Aussie) with all his conjectures about it.

The worst part of that, mind you, was when he had the first verse of Waltzing Matilda read by a voice-over actor who was quite obviously an Englishman trying to do an Aussie accent... an absolutely ATROCIOUS attempt at an Aussie accent. D\'oh I'd rather have heard it read in a straight-out English accent of any sort — gosh, even in a traditional BBC RP accent, which at least would have been funny!! — than be subjected to that... (Not as bad as Dick Van Dyke's infamous attempt at a Cockney accent in Mary Poppins, but bad enough. Grin )

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Posted : November 16, 2021 4:59 am
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Posted by: @courtenay

 

I listened to the audiobook version of that just recently, read by the author — somewhat abridged from the book itself, but I agree, very entertaining and informative. I was particularly interested in his section on Australian English, though I'm not sure I agree (as an Aussie) with all his conjectures about it.

The worst part of that, mind you, was when he had the first verse of Waltzing Matilda read by a voice-over actor who was quite obviously an Englishman trying to do an Aussie accent... an absolutely ATROCIOUS attempt at an Aussie accent. D\'oh I'd rather have heard it read in a straight-out English accent of any sort — gosh, even in a traditional BBC RP accent, which at least would have been funny!! — than be subjected to that... (Not as bad as Dick Van Dyke's infamous attempt at a Cockney accent in Mary Poppins, but bad enough. Grin )

 Thanks for the insight on his thoughts about Aussie English.   I'm reading the book so I missed the accent attempt.  LOL  Sounds like I'm missing an element to the entertainment value.    

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Posted : November 16, 2021 7:03 am
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Col Klink
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A long time ago on this thread I mentioned that I didn't exactly love Jane Austen books but I considered them important because their messages aren't preached very often nowadays. (And they were arguably a bit controversial in the Romantic era when she was writing.) Well, if anyone would like clarification as to what I mean by that, I'd heartily recommend they read A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz, which I believe sums it up nicely.

I've read some people praising this book because the male author admits to having learned something from a female author. I'm kind of cynical about that take myself. Not that I have a problem with men learning from women, but I feel this does Jane Austen a disservice, implying that her wisdom came from being a woman, a pretty mediocre achievement. Wink Maybe I'm not giving women enough credit though. If, in your experience, women are more likely than men to understand that our feelings don't always reflect reality or that being good is more important than being fun, PM me. 

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Posted : November 24, 2021 7:08 am
Courtenay
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Posted by: @col-klink

Well, if anyone would like clarification as to what I mean by that, I'd heartily recommend they read A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz, which I believe sums it up nicely.

That sounds really interesting and I'll make a note to have a look for it! (Don't have much time to read at the moment and I already have too many things on my must-read list already...)

I reckon it'll be quite refreshing and interesting to read a book on Jane Austen by a man, simply because most of the books about her and her writings and their impact are written by women and it's nice to have a different perspective sometimes!! Grin And there's nothing wrong with men liking Jane Austen, or not liking Jane Austen, or learning something from her, or not, or whatever... we're all different. I also agree Jane's own wisdom didn't come from simply "being a woman", but it certainly came from being an incredibly astute observer of humanity and an absolutely brilliant writer, and it's always interesting to see how other fans (and non-fans) respond to her works. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Posted : November 24, 2021 8:05 am
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So for Black Friday this year, I did something I have never done before and I only bought books. Grin I preordered The Sinking City by Christine Cohen from Canon Press along with The Winter King also by C.C., The Legend of Sam Miracle by N.D. Wilson, and a few other books (a couple of them will probably be gifts). And my sister ordered from Ligonier, so I got two more in The Long Line of Godly Men series to add to my incomplete set. My sister is also planning to order from Thriftbooks over the weekend, so there might be more books in my future. Giggle  

I had been reading Laddie by Gene Stratton-Porter earlier this month and I did to return it to the library before I was able to finish it, so a sibling got it for me again this week. However I had started reading Seconds To Live by Susan Sleeman which I am very close to finishing. I'm going to try to finish Seconds To Live today, so I can spend part of Sunday reading Laddie which I was enjoying very much a few weeks ago. Smile  

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Posted : November 27, 2021 10:01 am
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I am an avid reader. Unfortunately, due college classes, I am unable to read nearly as much as I want to. Right now, if I have time to read, I am rereading childhood favorites that I can read mindlessly. These include the Boxcar Children series by Gertude Chandler Warner, the Nancy Drew series by Caroyln Keene, or the Hardy Boys series by Franklin Dixon.

I am really looking forward to the end of this semester so I can dive into some more time consuming books like A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War by Joseph Loconte, any teaching book, or any of the Kendrick Brother books.

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Posted : November 27, 2021 5:21 pm
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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow was excellent. The writing style was very nostalgic, and the way the story wove the portals throughout the pseudo-historical setting was a great read.

Managed to get an advance copy of Year of the Reaper by Makiia Lucier a few months ago. I think it's out now though? Anyhow, it's not as good as some of her other works, and reading a story inspired by the black plague while in the midst of a pandemic is not super enjoyable. However, Lucier is really good at characters and setting so although there was definitely stuff I didn't like it was still a mostly good read. I met her when she came to book club a couple years ago when we were reading Isle of Blood and Stone, and she mentioned that a plague story was her next project then, so the timing of the publishing is I guess just an unfortunate coincidence.

I recently re-read Brandon Sanderson's Skyward and Starsight in preparation for the third book, Cytonic, coming out last week. I pre-ordered it but it still hasn't come. Hurry up I also read the two new novellas, Sunreach, and ReDawn. You can tell Sanderson had a co-author because they're actually reasonable lengths. Giggle ReDawn wasn't as good as Sunreach, but they both had some interesting world building.

While waiting for Cytonic ( Waiting ), I read the novelization of Pan's Labyrinth. It's not quite as intense as the movie, but that might be because I already knew what happens. The extra Underworld stuff was great and the illustrations are beautiful.

For December, the YA book club I'm in is reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand. It's kinda-sorta but not really a retelling of A Christmas Carol. A teenager who didn't mend her ways after being visited by Christmas ghosts is now working through her afterlife as a Ghost of Christmas Past.

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Posted : November 28, 2021 9:55 pm
Jasmine
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This spring-summer, I've read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I kind of knew the story, but it wasn't what I expected. It had a plot twist. They want you to think that they were two different people, but it turned out that they were one of the same.

I've also read The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It's pretty sad and a lot of heavy stuff. Edmond Dantes was wronged, and put in prison for not doing anything. I actually felt bad for him. Eventually, he found treasure on the Island of Monte Cristo, and dressed himself as "The Count of Monte Cristo". He was trying to get revenge on those who wronged him.

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Posted : November 29, 2021 9:31 am
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