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Book Reviews: 27-37 
30th-Apr-2008 04:06 pm
So far behind!

Okay, for anyone keeping track, I'm going to put asterisks by the books I've read previously since I'm allowing myself to read some that are not new to me.

I thought that it would be easier to do all new content, but I find that sometimes I just really want to allow myself to sink into prose that I know to be delicious rather than try something that might not be to my taste.

The Discworld Companion by Terry Pratchett and Stephan Briggs

I think this goes back to my love of reading dictionaries and encyclopedias. (Side note, how irritating is it to be 8 and trying to read all the entries in a volume and have not enough lap to hold the rest when you want to cross reference?)

Funny, in that Pratchett-esque way. Also a good way to fall asleep.

Druids: Preachers of Immortality by Anne Ross

I picked this up in the Lake District. There seemed to be a lot of things to connect to Druidism down there, more so that up here. Though, I'm sure that's just my perception and probably not factual.

I found the book difficult to follow, but it wasn't because the writing was bad, it was obvious that the author knows her stuff. I think it was because I haven't ever read anything about Druids before and so constantly had to remind myself of the people/places/gods that had been mentioned previously.

The Pocket Guide to Scottish Words: Scots and Gaelic by Iseabail Macleod(Isn't that a great way to spell Isabel? Hee.)

I was loaned this book by a friend from church.
This was in response to my O.o look when she asked me to dicht the tables.

I have to say that Scots words are impossible to learn from a book. Especially since they are pronounced different ways in different areas. I'm starting to notice more and more when not only are accents bad in movies, but they aren't consistent.

That said, I myself have not acquired a Scottish accent, and it's a crying shame.

Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
(Yeah, lots of Pratchett. Blame ybunny. He had them before I even met him.)

I don't like this one much. Though, I was able to get through it this time.
I do like the idea of camels being mathematical geniuses. (Genii?)

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

I just like Granny Weatherwax.
Like every other person out there.

Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy

I saw Circle of Friends ages ago, because at the time I had the predictable crush on Chris O'Donnell.

I thought this made a better book that Circle of Friends, which I read last year. The details of how people grew apart and together were very well thought out.
I gather these are kind of beach novels, but since I don't do the beach thing, I read it without one.

The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay

Kay's plot line are always rich. They almost always start out with about 5 different scenarios that eventually wind up as part of one big end scene. This was no exception.

However, instead of his usual historical-fantasy genre, he branched out in something that could be true. It's a thinly disguised version of the interaction of Wales and England as well as the threats to the Isles from the Vikings.

Every time I read one of his books, I think, 'I must have missed that'. It's like getting an extended version of a movie without paying for the whole thing again. :)

King's Blood Judith Tarr

Although I often hope for another novel set in Egypt from Tarr, as I've said previously, anything she publishes, I'll buy.

This one is set in England and give a semi-alternate history of William the Conqueror's descendants.

I can't say anymore about this book, because if I do, I'd ruin it. If I can suggest one book worth buying of the 37 so far reviewed, I'd say this is the one.

Movies in Fifteen Minutes by Cleolinda Jones, aka cleolinda

Most of you know of her community m15m. I linked to her recap of 300 a while back.

Anycase, she saves the big guns for the book (Braveheart, LotR, Spider-Man, The Matrix, etc.)

Hard to find either side of the pond, but all but impossible in the US.

Monks, Miracles, and Magic: Reformation Representations of the Medieval Church by Helen L. Parish

I have to say, if you want something explained, ask a medievalist. Am I right, dativesingular? :)

This book boils down to the same arguments made against Christianity for appropriating pagan rituals. In the same way, Protestantism appropriated Catholic rituals/imagery.

The complete denial of all things Catholic by Protestantism is laughable at best and a quick skim of history shows that even Luther didn't break away as far as people might have liked for him to have.

This book would have been an easier read if I was a Church Historian, but alas, that ship has sailed.

Dubliners by James Joyce

I enjoyed these short stories, but I've always been a fan of the short story. (I put the blame for that squarely at Dorothy Parker's feet.)

While I enjoyed them, I can't say that I really liked them, however.

'A Mother' in particular made me squirm.

I think I'll reserve any more comment on Joyce in general until after I've read Ulysses.

Whew. I shouldn't put this off for so long.
I am now caught up, hurrah.
30th-Apr-2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
So what does "dicht" mean then? In German it would be used to describe something that was solidly full... like tightly packed.
30th-Apr-2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
I second the question, but only because my own English/Scottish pocket dictionary is at home as people got annoyed with me looking up obscure Scottish idioms to inflict on them for fun at work (also I am sure I pronounced the all atrociously, I blame Scotireland).
1st-May-2008 07:25 am (UTC)
The good thing is, they'll never know whether you pronounce them right or not. :)
1st-May-2008 07:24 am (UTC)
The definition says, 'to rub, to clean perfunctorily'.

Basically, 'Dicht the tables' means 'Wipe the tables', I think.

And yeah, it's a pretty sad day when I know what something means in German, but can't figure out the Scots.
I was thinking, 'you want me to fill the tables or something?' Ha.
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1st-May-2008 07:26 am (UTC)
Yup. :)
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