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Friday, March 27, 2009

The Pratchett Diet

This month, I'm on the Pratchett Diet. I've read "Nation" and am busy re-listening to "Good Omens". It must be the 5th or 6th time I'm going through the book and every time it becomes more Pratchett and less Gaiman. 

Apart from the very worthwhile issues discussed in the book, such as:
  • the nature of religion
  • God's greater plan
  • the nature of belief
  • the nature of angels, fallen angels and man
  • bending the world to your own will
  • the importance of saving whales
  • and the whole planet,
the quality of the book I love the most is its nostalgic make-you-feel-good rendering of The Childhood Summer (a bit like The Go Between and To Kill A Mockingbird, only better). 

The summer in Good Omens is not perfect, but it's hot and long and filled with friends (one dog included) and exciting naughty things to do. 

It's the summer you wish you've ever had. 

It's the summer you'd wish on your own kids.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Terry Pratchett's Nation

Terry Pratchett's "Nation": not a Discworld novel. Terry Pratchett's "Nation": classified as a "young adults' read. I would disagree.

Terry Pratchett's "Nation": not the best book by this author, not the funniest (see footnote 1), not the most polished. And yet, it's probably going to become one of the most unforgettable. 

I don't know, why. I've trawled the Internet, read articles, watch youtube, all in the vain hope that Sir Terry explains what he was trying to say with the books. You know, about gods and bad things that happen to good people and patriotism. Most of his books are an allegory for something (unless I've been reading them all wrong all these decades), and I'm failing to find the reference among all the pointers. HELP!

Footnote 1:
The funniest bit is Mau's interpretation of Daphne's invitation to tea.

Footnote 2: 
I am forever indebted to Sir Terry for my new motto: DOES NOT HAPPEN.

Footnote 3: 
For Imo's sake, get that book out of my mind, somebody!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Yvonne Walus chatting on Savannah Chase

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Billy Connolly Live - I went, I saw, I laughed

It would have been cheaper to buy the DVD. Undoubtedly. And my neck wouldn't have been so sore from craning to the right to see the stage. But there is something about the atmosphere of a live show that makes all the inconvenience (and the cost of the tickets plus petrol plus parking plus babysitter) worthwhile. 

You have to take your hat off to Billy Connolly. He worked hard for his money, pacing the stage for over two hours (no intermission) in front of thousands of people. It's not so much what he says (even though his being lesbian joke) - it's how he says it, accent, beep words and all. It's in his attitude, in his timing, in his rhythm.

Speaking of rhythm, he also taught us how to swear effectively. Now that will come in handy when I read my latest book reviews!

And speaking of book reviews: (Danger, Word Games by Eve Summers)

Friday, March 06, 2009

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Ebooks in Europe

While ebooks are gaining acceptance and popularity in USA, their journey down-under and in Europe is rocky. 

"... Digital publishing consultant Ralf Alkenbrechen said the American model could not be transplanted in Europe without a few modifications": 

Europe I can understand. Many countries, many languages, and the European Union Regulations are a joke (millions and millions of little laws about important matters like the maximum permissible curvature of bananas - I kid you not, up until a few years ago a banana was not a banana in Europe unless it was "free of abnormal curvature and at least 14 cm in length").

But New Zealand and Australia? Why are ebooks not a huge hit here, particularly with the cost of transporting paper books to the other end of the globe being what it is?

The mind boggles.

Some ebooks to start the discussion rolling:
  • "Eve Summers has managed to write a red-hot sexy romance story about two lonely people fueled with passion, hot sex and dirty talk A Slave of My Own Desire has you wanting to read this story from start to finish in one sitting. Eve’s erotic novella is a great short story, one that is well worth reading."