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May. 24th, 2006

What the hell is up with LJ's update page? I can manage ultra-basic html, thanks! And there isn't even an option for "blockquote" - how will I format my recap-of-the-Dr-Who-recap now?

Anyway, I'm just really posting to distract myself from the review I am trying to write of a very, very, very boring book. I really don't see the point of this book - it's not campily so-bad-it's entertaining like Patricia Scanlan, it's not genuinely good and funny like Marian Keyes. It's not a trashy page turner. It's totally and utterly humourless. I don't know why anyone would want to read it. And that is all I can think of saying about it. Unfortunately, I've been asked to write 400 words on it, most of which will probably turn out to be a summary of the dull plot because otherwise I'll end up getting meaner and meaner about its every little fault.

However, last week my work was to read Just In Case, the new book from Meg 'How I live Now' Rosoff, which is absolutely amazing and features a hero with an imaginary dog. So it's not all bad. And I am also reading a totally addictive series of VERY silly teen witch books. Which is almost enough to distract me from the icy freezing weather. It's not just Ireland, though (for once). On Sky News last night the weather forcaster said that the weather across Ireland and Britain was so bad that (in despairing tones) "the only thing to do is to flee the country, ha ha". But you could tell he meant it. However, all of Europe is apparently suffering from this unseasonable chill, and apparently the nearest place that is vaguely experiencing its usualMay weather is Sardinia. Sardinia! That's how far I have to go to get some sun!

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lsugaralmond
May. 24th, 2006 11:21 am (UTC)
John's mum loves Cathy Kelly. Shall I ask her what the point of them is? Actually I think the point of them is that they are nice easy non-threatening gossipy stories for women of a certain age. That's why she likes them anyway. Very dull for the rest of us though. Poor you.
glitzfrau
May. 24th, 2006 11:26 am (UTC)
Get rid of the eeeevil rich text here! Spread the word! http://www.livejournal.com/settings/?tag=editor
hfnuala
May. 24th, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
Yay! All is back to normal now. Thanks.
stellanova
May. 24th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
You are an angel from the heavens! Also, that's where the "change your journal's title or subtitle" bit has disappeared to. It had vanished from the "edit your info" page.
glitzfrau
May. 24th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC)
An angel from BERLIN.

*flaps wings*
queencallipygos
May. 24th, 2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
There's still an option for "blockquote."

I've used it myself in the past, on my own entries and in comments. I believe unless something really strange has happened that I haven't noticed, that it still works.


bradybee
May. 24th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
I started reading How I Live Now at half eleven last night, having bought it as a pressie for my 15 year old sister, and it literally did not leave my hands until I had read the last page (plus the first three chapters of Just In Case, published at the back of the latest American edition). It's so damn good.

Any chance you will get to interview Roscoff about the new one?
stellanova
May. 24th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
I already did! That's actually why I got one of the much-sought-after proofs. I met her last week and I liked her a lot - she's very funny and smart. As you'd expect, really.
barsine
May. 24th, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
The witch books are fine literature. There's even French in them, what more do you want! (I'm glad you're enjoying them!)
stellanova
May. 24th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
French that even I can understand! And if I don't, they always repeat everything in English, which is handy. But yes, they are indeed great art!

bradybee
May. 25th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
Great, I'm really looking forward to reading the interview. Hasn't been published yet, has it? Will it be in the Saturday magazine about organic markets and the Chalets?
stellanova
May. 25th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
Heh, no, it's actually for the August issue of the Irish Glamour-Mammy's magazine of choice. I have been very remiss lately in pitching things to the Organic Veggies and Chalets Weekly and its parent paper, actually.
iliketea
May. 25th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
I used to like the oul' Cathy Kelly books. Haven't read any in a while, though. Not sure what one could say about them, there isn't anything terribly revolutionary about them. Can't you be scandalous and thought-provoking and write a dreadful review? ;)
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