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1. Happy birthday to the wonderful glitterboy1 and happy belated birthday to the lovely felinitykat! You both rock.

2. It's sunny again! And I am in work, trying to write a very silly article, even though I would prefer to be outside. On Saturday Patsington and I went on our first safari to the rural lane on the other side of the park in nearly a year. The sun was shining, there were beautiful birds everywhere, the fields were full of flowers, and in the ruined 18th century churchyard at the end of the lane was a horse and a (fairly newborn) foal, one of the cutest little things I've ever seen. It was a scene of rustic bliss.

3. Ever since I devoured them all on my honeymoon, I have been meaning to post about the genius of Philip Reeve and his magnificent Mortal Engines quartet. They're possibly the most well-realised feat of the imagination I've ever encountered in fiction - he's created that rare thing, an utterly original fictional world, in which most of the world lives by the principles of "Municipal Darwinism" in giant moving "traction cities" that consume smaller towns. The story races along, Reeve deals with big questions of morality and social justice and memory and what makes us human in an intelligent and thought-provoking way, and, most of all, the characters are complex and real. Amoral, messed-up Hester is one of the greatest anti-heroines ever. And the books are incrediby moving; just thinking of one scene at the end of the last book makes me tear up. In short: read them. And wonder why the hell Philip Pullman's pompous Dark Materials are heralded as works of genius and these book's aren't.

4. Patsington was interviewing gideondefoe on the phone this morning and had to stop the interview for a minute or two because a shouting, puffed-up Ju Ju was having a fight with the identical young cats known to us only as The Twins in the front garden and had to be rescued. We are a very professional journo household. BTW, the new Pirates! book is hilarious.

5. You know when a book looks like it'll be really entertaining and then just...isn't? Take Anna Godbersen's The Luxe. Gossip Girl meets Edith Wharton! It should be so awesome! And yet, it's not, mostly because the author can't write. Bah. Also, check out the "Luxe in the 21st Century" section of the website (it's under Extras). I weep for the future.


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May. 12th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's been a good day so far, and has just got even better with the advent of cookies! Mmmmm.
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May. 12th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Such a wasted opportunity!
May. 12th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, the Philip Reeve books sound ... intimidating, yet worth it.

And oh, new pirates book!
May. 12th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
I've only read the first two Philip Reeves, and they are super. Not intimidating at all, they are a cracking good read.

(actually if someone could loan me the other two in the quartet, that'd be fabulous...)
May. 12th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
I have put the first one on my library hold list!
May. 12th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
Put all of them on! I guarantee that once you read the first, you'll want to read the rest straight away.
May. 12th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Hee, I am limited to 50 holds at once, let me see what I can clear off to make room for these! :)
May. 12th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
The new pirates book rocks! The Pirate Captain versus Napoleon - how can you resist?

And the Philip Reeves are totally unintimidating - they're incredibly readable and really, really exciting.
May. 12th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Hee, OK, all four are now on hold! (I'm on a library hiatus right now.)
May. 12th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a very lovely and serene way to spend the weekend. Imagine having a ruined churchyard near your home!

The Luxe was just dreadful. I was seduced by the teen fin de siècle hijinks and bright cover! Will I never learn?
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