October 4th, 2009
|11:08 pm - Look, there are some things that should not just sneak up on you like that|
Oh, argh. Surprise Daylight Savings went and screwed up me good today, and that was on top of finding out in the middle of the night that my phone battery had died, and my phone didn't even have the decency to do that obnoxious beeping to remind me to recharge it. Which meant I missed several calls from my mother informing me she was in Melbourne and wanted me to come out for dinner with her and The Sister.
Yeah, that was kind of annoying.
On the plus side, the other day the HouseMatt came home utterly smashed, and proceeded to provide fa11ing_away and me with much entertainment. And lulz. Lots and lots of lulz.
Amongst other things, we ended up quoting large chunks of Romeo and Juliet at each other. Don't ask me why, since as far as I am aware the HouseMatt was the only one who'd been drinking.
And so ends my mid-semester break. *sigh*
In fannish news, I really hope the translators are quick with this weeks FMA, because there is flailing about it on my flist, and judging from the screencaps I've seen, I really want to see it. (And then there's rumours the next episode is going to include some anime-only Hohenheim flashbacks, and, well, it's Hoho!flashbacks. How could I possibly resist?)
And I am totally open to discussions of Unseen Academicals, since I am finished (and looking at discworld, so have some others). I quite liked it, though that is a given seeing as it's a Discworld book. It doesn't top Night Watch or several others of my absolute favourites, but I'll have to reread before I decide about where it fits on my personal ratings
Current Mood: awake
|Date:||October 4th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)|| |
My first impression of a book is rarely the lasting one. I didn't think much of Thud or Fifth Elephant at first, but they've both grown on me. And there's an audio vs book thing going on too - I loved the witches as books to the point that I can't really bear to have anyone read them to me because they get it "wrong," while I'm loving the life of Vimes in audio, listening to all but Guards Guards a couple times a year.
There are some books that I love on first read, and some that take a bit more time to get through to me. The fact that I read this one literally in the middle of the night - and there was an interruption part way through by drunk housemate and absurdity probably didn't help.
Though Romeo and Juliet was rather fitting given certain things in the book.
I don't listen to the Pratchett audios, so that isn't an issue for me.
|Date:||October 4th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)|| |
I've gotten to the point where I'm quite soothed by the sound of Stephen Briggs' voice. He does well with the audios.
I just have problems with listening to people just reading for long periods. I start to tune out fairly quickly.
FMA looked awesome indeed. Bit too many talky bits where I couldn't follow everything, though, so I'll have to wait for the sub to understand all the conversations. Heck of a cliffhanger, too.
As for Unseen Academicals, it seems to me that there was a bit more harking back to early, early books this time, what with the repetition of the 'dead man's pointy shoes' and Ridcully's origins and things like that. Not for the bad at all, but a bit different, certainly.
Actually, what quite a few of these last books read like (the Truth, Making Money, Going Postal, Night Watch in a slightly different way), is that, whoever the primary protagonist might actually be, the real main character is Vetinari, playing the game and making the city into what it is. Night Watch, then, of course, is the 'origins' of Vetinari.
Then again, maybe this isn't as new as it looks, because of course Vetinari always played that kind of role in the Watch books. But it seems a little more obvious in these later ones.
Edit because my inner spellchecker went rogue. Vetinari is Vetinari, not Vetinary.
Edited at 2009-10-04 04:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, talky bits are why subs are necessary, given my level of Japanese comprehension (aka basically nil).
I got the same feeling I got from the last HP book in a few parts, actually - there was a vibe that the author has gone back and reread some of their old stuff.
And the Vetinari stuff could be put down to something someone on TVTropes pointed out - while for the first bunch of books, Ankh-Morpork was in a sort static state, in the more recent books there has been actual technological process (making it a bit more steampunk). But in order for that to happen, somehow has to orchestrate the progress, or at least the people, so progress becomes accepted. Hence Vetinari.
Though I do wonder if Vetinari has a specific goal in mind sometimes.
|Date:||October 4th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)|| |
What a rude phone. My phone likes to flash, beep, vibrate and generally demand attention whenever it's remotely running out of battery, which is annoying in it's own way.
Attention seeking little toerag. I hate my phone :P
Yeah, so does mine normally. But for some unknown reason this time it didn't. Which was... inconvenient.