January 20th, 2005

fat pony like thunder


I don't think any of you lovely internet chums watch Coronation Street. But you should! Because not only is it the (intentionally) funniest, campest soap ever, it is currently featuring a huge, majestic pink poodle who was staying in Kirk's kennels and whose mad owner's sitting room was covered in pictures of said poodle, including a painted portrait. And in the same episode, someone made a decision by asking "hmmm, what would Angela Lansbury do?" which made me laugh for a ridiculously long time (as did the poodle). Hurrah for Corrie!

I do have to say, though, I hate Katy ("nooo, Martin, I want to have a beh-beeeeeeeh!" Oh, for fuck's sake, you're 17 and you're going out with a former friend's dad. Finish school). And I hate the way no one on the street ever goes on to further education when they have the opportunity to do so. And Sally's affair plot line is ridiculous. But then there'll be a line like "she's got money and a dog - that's all it takes to turn Kirk's head!" and all will be forgiven.
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Gentle readers, I need your literary advice. What shall I read next? I've been in one of those annoying moods all week when you wander around looking at bookshelves unable to decide exactly what you want to read. So now you can help me decide! But first, some background material:

What I am Reading Now
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (I'm re-reading it for umpteenth time since I was 13, and it's still as good as ever)
Jane Runs Away From School by Joanna Lloyd (very funny vintage school story)
Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey (Got one of her historical fantasy novels, based on the plots of various fairy tales and set in Edwardian London, for Christmas, and loved it so much I got the other three books in the series straight away. Her "straight fantasy" novels look absolutely godawful, but these are wonderfully entertaining. However, now I am on the last one, and will be craving more in vain very soon)

And now, to the future....
Poll #421796 gimme something to read

which of this pile should I read first?

The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (re-read)
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Northanger Abbey (re-read)
The Ready-Made Family by Antonia Forest
a book which I will suggest in a comment

Bear in mind I'm currently in the mood for:

  • Witty books written between the wars

  • Realistic fantasy novels (no horrible elves or stupid magical worlds ruled by warrior bards, thanks very much)

  • Something funny. My favourite funny writers, should you be unfamiliar with my sense of humour (unlikely, if you're reading this), include Geoffrey Willans, P. G. Wodehouse, Tim Moore, Richmal Crompton, Nancy Mitford, Joe Queenan, E. F. Benson, Meg Cabot and E. M. Delafield.

  • Nothing particularly gritty or disturbing.

Alas, I have read all the books I own which fit these categories far too recently (I am dying to re-read my Dorothy Sayers, but I read them just a couple of months ago and won't enjoy them properly if I read them now. Likewise just about everyone on my "favourite funny writers" list). Help me, readers!
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