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About Athalia

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  • Birthday 14/02/1983


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    Married to a wonderful Fantasy g33k who is very patient with my wandering mind.
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    Reading, art, writing, film, theology/thealogy
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  1. I agree - as a book tends to take longer to read than the film does to watch I'd prefer to be disappointed for a few hours with the film than to continue to read a book after seeing the movie of it and constantly wondering where/when it would reference the movie! Still, disappointing movies of a favourite book can really grate! I can't think of any movies that were better than the book although I did enjoy watching Lord of the Rings more than I did actually reading it. Sometimes I'll just accept that the movie and the book are two different imaginings with the same characters and similar plot. The Queen of the Damned for example. The movie was pretty much completly different than the book in all but character names and some places...the ace soundtrack helped somewhat in making up for that and I now see movie/book as two different entities to be enjoyed for different reasons (Stuart Townsend being the main one )
  2. I don't know how it started but Fantasy has alwasy been my fave genre. It could have been the books my parents read to me when I was small or that series about a magical cat I read in school but I don't remember a time when I havn't been into fantasy. It is the escapism - the ability to read a book and be drawn into another world. Funnily enough, I find it easier to imagine main characters with wings (Lucifer Yaslana - The Black Jewel Trilogy) mystical beasties that can talk (Mr Tumness - Narnia) and cities under the sea or in the sky than I can get into books based in our here and now. Unless, of course, they are like Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere with strong other-world overtones. I also have a preference for historical fiction pre-1900's, mainly ancient times. Also, there are few books where a human stumbles upon a fantasy realm that I enjoy. I prefer to be completly immearsed so as to find it suprising to look up and I'm on a bus in the Real World!
  3. I too would love to hear of any authors with a similar style to Anne Bishop but have only heard the suggestion of Jacqueline Carey where the violent erotica really put me off and so I quit half way through the first book! Anne Rice is similar in some ways - her Mayfair Witches saga is a classic as are the original Vampire stories (Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat.) They are all set in the real world though, unlike AB and JC who set their stories in alternate worlds or alternate pasts. Until I hear I'll look forward to the new Anne Bishop paperback
  4. Hi Guys & Gals Got a question for the mums out there who have done an OU course whilest also looking after kids. Is it possible to do a Course at the same time as being pregnant/having a baby? I was wondering if its possible to do a Course when a baby may be due in the middle of it ...or is it too stressful for both mother and baby?
  5. I'm gonna have to at least read it just to ease my nerves. I dont think I could start the course without reading all the books. Even though its gonna be an uphill struggle! Reading 'In Search of Our Mothers' Garden' by Alice Walker and 'The Madwoman In The Attic.'
  6. Nearly finished 'A History of the Wife' by Marilyn Yalom which is briliant! As I am one now figured I'd look up where the tradition stems from - it's intreaging and very interesting spanning marriage from Biblical times to present day including gay marriage in Ancient Rome and Poligamy. Whoever says marriage has been unchanging thoughout the ages has chosen not to look into the history of this 'institution'. Nearly finished 'How To Read a Novel' by John Sutherland which is fun and informative. Still having trouble getting into 'Fathers and Sons' by Ivan Turgenev. I just can't stick with it. It's in my bag wherever I go but I just don't enjay it. Hoping it doesn't come up a lot in my Sept course!
  7. It's official! I start my A210 'Approaching Literature' course in September! I'm on the first steps toward my degree in Literature so all those who have gone before me and already done this course I'm sorry but I might be pestering you Hazel & Hilary - I bow before your greatness. Doing an exam while v pregnant and either experiencing bad morning/day sickness and labour pains ( ) and still going for it. Speachless!
  8. Watchmen - Alan Moore Sandman - Neil Gaiman or pretty much anything with his name on it Frey - Josh Whedon (standalone book on a futuristic vampire slayer) Liberty - can't remember X-Men - Josh Whedon. His work on what should have been the mvies is great. Origins: Wolverine Barefoot Gen - series Any World Of Warcraft GN but just for fun Those are my faves anyway
  9. Apparently all the gothic novels that Jane Austen mentions in her own novels do actually exist - or did at the time. I'm quite into the modern gothic novel and so have an interest already. Reading 'Frankenstein' for my Sept course got me interested in the birth of Gothic literature so I got a few books from the library ('The Rise of the Gothic Novel' is the best of the more recent books.) Ann Radcliffe is mentioned and her books annalysed for plot and characterisation as well as the purpose of such books and how they came to be. A quick summary of her most popular work is also found there. Anyone suggest another Ann Radcliffe novel that's not quite so long? Also I'm sure there is an art book out there full of scenes inspired by Ann Radcliffe's work Yummy is all I can say.
  10. Still reading it. It's getting better or at least I'm trying to ignore Pip being an idiot. Estella has arrived in London. Don't need to start annalysing it until October/November anywho
  11. "My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip." Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  12. 1- A Dolls House by Henrik Ibsen 2- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 3- The Color Purple by Alice Walker 4- Othello by Shakespeare 5- As You Like It by Shakespeare 6- Henry V by Shakespeare 7- Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen 8- Fathers and Sons by Yurgenev 9- Top Girls by Caryl Churchill 10- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley ...all for my course in September. What I read for fun will depend on the mood I'm in when I hit the bookstore or library Or any suggestions I get along the way.
  13. I'm currently reading 'GE' as part of my course. I had read part of it in school for GCSE and didn't enjoy it then (mostly because I wasn't ready for 19th C novels back then and it took ages to read as the class were expected to read it out loud in the summer heat!) I have to admit that I'm not enjoying it purely because of the narrator. Pip just annoys me and I can't sympathise with him. I do, however, really like many of the other characters like Joe, Biddy, Estella...I just find myself getting annoyed with Pip with his whole guilt tripping all the time and yet he continues to make mistakes even when he knows the results!! I much prefered Pip pre-Haversham visit. I find it difficult to enjoy a book when I really can't sympathise with the narrator. The use of language, the humour and the perfectly rendered characters I do like. The meanings of the names and how they reflect the character I do like. Although it doesnt show up in nature I think the author has a right to be playful with the naming. I hope to get into it more but as Im already half way through...I do want to know what happens to the other characters and hope that Pip redeems himself and gets himself sorted. I'll probably give Dickens another go after this as I don't judge an author on just one book.
  14. Thanks for the warm welcome Hazel I'll check the thread out and I'll know who to come to if I have questions about the OU course after reading that thread. V much looking forward to starting though Sept seems so far away
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