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Travel, Wedding, and Books

It's been a full week: full of visits and reunions, a fair amount of reading, and a whole lot of travel. Two days at the BL, two days in Whitehaven, and one visiting C.'s family. Lots of good food, but no exciting breakfasts. I also learned to play Settlers of Catan. Over the course of the days in Whitehaven, we played three games, including one with the groom on the morning of the wedding to help him pass time. There was a cealidh, and, to my relief, C. is willing to dance called dances!

Impressively, the food at the wedding was quite good, and the portions were very substantial. It's a challenge to feed lots of people at once and do it with tasty food, but this event succeeded. I think the starter was a squash-and-red-pepper soup. I couldn't even finish the main course, it was so substantial. We had pineapple cake (with an option of plum pudding) for dessert, followed by the wedding cake, a stupendous work of art, with gorgeously handmade flowers, complete with marzipan calyxes, and leaves.

I bought three books, and read two works of fiction, including Diana Wynne Jones' latest, The Merlin Conspiracy. I enjoyed it, but the ending finished in such a flurry that, while there was nothing major left hanging, I wished it had finished less breathlessly. Baker's Boy was typical fantasy but rather disturbing. I'm not sure yet whether or not to read the next two books in the trilogy.


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Apr. 29th, 2003 08:07 am (UTC)
Baker's Boy
i bought that for my younger sister one year for christmas, and she read it, but said she was shocked by the level of violence/blood/guts in it. or perhaps the detail with which it was mentioned.
Apr. 29th, 2003 08:23 am (UTC)
Re: Baker's Boy
It had pretty shocking levels of blood and guts in it. It wasn't the detail in which it was mentioned. It was the mere existence of the sorts of twisted tortures and effects that happened. Most of them were courtesy of a reliably ickily gruesome sorceror/black magic/poisoner type, but there were other ickily disturbing moments inadvertantly (or intentionally) thanks to some of the otherwise good-guys too.

I was always relieved when the storyline returned to the two young main characters who thus far have managed to avoid being associated with the worst of the ickiness, but I don't trust the author not to embroil them somehow or other in future books.
Apr. 29th, 2003 08:14 am (UTC)
I don't like Diana Wynne Jones because she stole my last name as her middle name.
Apr. 29th, 2003 08:19 am (UTC)
Re: growl
Would it have been better if she'd stolen it as her first or last name?
Apr. 29th, 2003 08:23 am (UTC)
Re: growl
no. She can't have it at all.

It is MINE.
Apr. 29th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
Re: growl
Do you cope with having family members who happen to have the same last name as you? Or is that a problem as well?
Apr. 29th, 2003 08:26 am (UTC)
Re: growl
Family members are fine. They earned the name fair and square. I don't know where she got her middle name, but I bet she made it up just so that it looks better atop a title page.

Apr. 29th, 2003 08:40 am (UTC)
Welcome back! :)

C. is willing to dance called dances!

*giggle* Yay for him! :)))
Apr. 29th, 2003 10:21 am (UTC)
Being back
Thank you! It's good to be back.

I'm particularly relieved that C. is willing to dance called dances at least, since he's not up to ballroom-type dancing. I was worried I would never get to dance with him, which was annoying which he's a very convenient dancing partner and I love dancing!
Apr. 29th, 2003 08:51 am (UTC)
yay settlers of catan! :D

once you master that, are you going to expand to seafarers of catan?
Apr. 29th, 2003 10:20 am (UTC)
Oooh! Is that the expansion pack? I heard there was one, but no one I was playing with had it.
Apr. 29th, 2003 11:52 am (UTC)
Re: Seafarers
i haven't ever played it, but andrei (who gave me settlers of catan, and whose entire family was addicted to the game a couple of summers ago) has it. i think he doesn't like it as much as settlers, but still, it provides some nifty options.
Apr. 29th, 2003 04:46 pm (UTC)
glad to hear that you had a great time and got home safely!
Apr. 30th, 2003 05:10 am (UTC)
J V Jones
I've read a few of JV Jones' books -- Bakers Boy, Barbed Coil, Cavern of Black Ice and Fortress of Grey Ice. To be honest, the former was so long ago that all I can remember about it was that it seemed a rather workman like book -- moderately well put together, but no flair, no new twists on pretty much standard plots and plot devices. The last two in my list are slightly better -- it's in a different section of the world and the communities she is working with are quite well fleshed out. A moderate level of gore (higher than, say, Hobb, but lower than Erikson). The one thing that irritated me about these two books was the fact that they seemed... hurried... 50 pages or so from the end, things suddenly started happening, as though she'd just realised that she needed to complete the plot before she ran out of binding space.

The Barbed Coil I quite enjoyed -- pacing was right, it hung together quite well and resolved neatly -- not too many loose ends.

Glad you had a good time on your visit, Rhys, Caroline and their daughter say hello :-)

Colin, you're letting the side down -- *dancing*? I'm shocked... nay, mortified... ;-)
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