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  1. I recently gave up on a book after two paragraphs. This was very quick, and showed a lack of tolerance, even for me. (It was somethingompletelyunmemorable by an author named Karen Rose, by the way). The beginning of a book should be an author showcasing their best possible writing. If they can't get it right there - if I'm rolling my eyes at the cliches and obvious novelistic trickery - what hope is there for the rest of the book?
  2. I loved the first season, was soso about the second, abandoned it in the third. All because of so many unanswered questions... I was kind of tempted to watch the finale but here in Aus it's on at the same time as the State of Origin (massive rugby league game) so I suppose I'll have to decide if it's worth paying to download.... I was just remembering the first ever episode of Lost. Where Jack wakes up and goes running through the jungle back to the scene of the crash. It was amazing television... but the rest of the series never did live up to it.
  3. I knew working in the garden wasn't healthy! Seriously, Meg, your vertigo has sounded terrible. I hope the bite gets better soon and the vertigo stays away...
  4. For the past few days, most times I log on, I'm on my own with nudepiccs. For someone who doesn't say much (unless you think a picture says a thousand words), nudepiccs seems to be here a lot.
  5. Oh, LL, congratulations and best of luck.
  6. Maybe nothingness is to be without your presence, without you moving, slicing the noon like a blue flower, without you walking later through the fog and the cobbles, without the light you carry in your hand, golden, which maybe others will not see, which maybe no one knew was growing like the red beginnings of a rose. In short, without your presence: without your coming suddenly, incitingly, to know my life, gust of a rosebush, wheat of wind: since then I am because you are, since then you are, I am, we are, and through love I will be, you will be, we'll be.
  7. We just had the second part of the Angels story screened here last night. I was a bit disappointed, really. That episode Blink was such a good example of how to do thrilling children's telly. This one just diluted what that one achieved. The angels weren't mysterious enough, and the information we were given about them made them a lot less creepy (partly because it didn't make sense. Why did their quick, jerky movement become so slow when we saw it? I've always wondered why they have sharp teeth when they don't seem to bite anything, hearing them break necks made that even more puzzling. Before, I'd thought their teeth may have had some non-bitey purpose). I quite like the coloured daleks, they were a while coming. And i'm intrigued by Amy not remembering them or their attack on London. I don't remember that either. Perhaps the entire universe revolves around dates significant to me
  8. I'd never heard of this book until it was nominated and didn't vote for it - or any of the others - because I knew nothing about them and thought I'd go with the flow and just read whatever was chosen. I'm glad I did. I enjoyed this book immensely. The biggest worry I had was that it was going to get as ludicrous as that Nicholas Cage disaster flick, Knowing. Knowing was out last year and features a young girl who can predict all major catastrophes in the world, leading up to the End of the World in a scenario silly as a box of frogs. Liz Jensen and her publishers must have felt sick when they saw the preview. (It's availablehere - Nicholas Cage, Knowing. ) But this book doesn't get nearly as silly as the film and the main character, unlike Nicholas Cage, is nearly believable. Although her romance failed to convince me. She seemed ludicrously jealous, and - excuse me - but that Scottish guy who Jensen always calls by both his first and last names for no apparent reason, well, he loves her? I'm sure I rolled my eyes when I read that. All in all, a fun, light, read, with a couple of issues (don't let the earth get warmer! Stop Christian fundamentalists from abusing their children) thrown in for free.
  9. I am a part of all that I have met; Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades For ever and for ever when I move. How dull it is to pause, to make an end, To rust unburnished, not to shine in use! As though to breathe were life. Life piled on life Were all too little, and of one to me Little remains: but every hour is saved From that eternal silence, something more, A bringer of new things; and vile it were For some three suns to store and hoard myself, And this grey spirit yearning in desire To follow knowledge like a sinking star, Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.
  10. The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes, The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening, Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains, Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys, Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap, And seeing that it was a soft October night, Curled once about the house, and fell asleep. And indeed there will be time For the yellow smoke that slides along the street, Rubbing its back upon the window-panes; There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet; There will be time to murder and create, And time for all the works and days of hands That lift and drop a question on your plate; Time for you and time for me, And time yet for a hundred indecisions, And for a hundred visions and revisions, Before the taking of a toast and tea.
  11. ‘PUT off that mask of burning gold With emerald eyes.’ ‘O no, my dear, you make so bold To find if hearts be wild and wise, And yet not cold.’ ‘I would but find what’s there to find, Love or deceit.’ ‘It was the mask engaged your mind, And after set your heart to beat, Not what’s behind.’ ‘But lest you are my enemy, I must enquire.’ ‘O no, my dear, let all that be, What matter, so there is but fire In you, in me?’
  12. Thanks Lucy and Barblue. I've been wondering sofa-ish things myself... getting rid of this house and moving into another one which looks like having one less room, and twice as much furniture....
  13. I kind of hope they don't explain the role of the Queen as much as they do in the books. Exposition is one of the areas where the novels lose my interest, frankly. Partly because the whole hierarchy seems dramatically so uninteresting. I haven't read all the books by the way. At the moment I'm listening to #8 on audiobook, because I wanted to learn how the author deals with Hurricane Katrina. But it's just a loose thread in a story that seems mainly caught up with all the extra supernatural creatures she's brought into it. Once again the novel frustrates me because it seems there's the germ of a good story in it. Hopefully the TV scriptwriters will be able to save it from mundanity.
  14. Or here at BGO, we could adopt a system of preferential voting such as we have in general elections in Australia Seriously, I was gobsmacked when I discovered the UK doesn't have preferential voting. I can't think of a single reason not to.
  15. I've been getting my house ready to sell. Had the photographer in last Friday, having the first open house this coming Saturday. I'm periodically covered in splatters of paint, varnish and dust. Feeling a little tarred and feathered but hopefully it will all be worthwhile in the end. On a more exciting note, I got my first assignment back from the postgrad education course I started in March - 90%. I'm feeling quite pleased about that, and even more relieved. It's been quite some time since I submitted my last assignment!
  16. I just came across this description of Norman Mailer's The Gospel According to the Son - a not-very-well-received biography of Jesus - as the story of And it made me laugh out loud. I know there are some other good, short, devastatingly accurate reviews out there, so I thought it might be fun to have a place where we can collect them.
  17. The internet is really, really great (for porn).... Video from Avenue Q
  18. I thought the convention of climate change specialists who couldn't even keep their boot room in order was pretty funny. Everyone grabbing what they needed for themselves. Not to mention the scene on the train with the bag of crisps.
  19. I didn't vote because I don't know enough about any of the titles, but I've just ordered myself a copy of The Rapture (not through Amazon, I have to confess, their postage rates to Australia are horrendous) and am looking forward to giving it a go. It's sometimes fun when a group read is a book you'd never ever consider otherwise.
  20. Apple, the TV people have been quite open about the series diverging from the books. I think the change in name reflects that. Personally, I approve and think they've turned an only middling series of books into quite brilliant television. Anna Paquin is starting to irritate me a bit though. I can't quite work out why.
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