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Five questions
Five questions stolen shamelessly from carmarthen :

1) Favourite book genre?

Fantasy, though I adore big Victorian blockbusters too. I love Diana Wynne Jones, Peter Dickinson (and his son, John. And his wife, Robyn McKinley)and I have certain "automatic buy" writers like Lindsey Davis and Jim Butcher. Oh, and Tolkien, of course - ought to go without saying.

2) Favourite moment in a book and why?

Good lord, too many to mention. Darcy finally asking Elizabeth to marry him, when she says yes? Or that gorgeous, messed-up proposal at the end of Emma? Jo's death in Bleak House - so painful and Dickens is so angry. Gollum falling into the fire. Maewen seeing Mitt at the end of The Crown of Dalemark. Why? Powerful, earned emotional climaxes, I suppose.

3) Favourite version of Les Mis?

It has to be the original London production I saw back in '85, still with most of the original cast (only six weeks after it transferred from the Barbican.) Alun Armstrong will always be Thénardier to me.

Second, the schools version I directed in 2006. (Links to two of about five posts on the topic - same tag. It kinda ate my brain.)

4) Do you have a braincrush on a fictional character? If so, who?

Apart from Spike, you mean? Francis Crawford of Lymond and Sévigny, because he is beautiful and damaged and witty
and very, very good in bed

5) Do you prefer long epic books or short ones? and why.

I really love Victorian mega-books by Dickens, Thackeray, Eliot and pals, and Jane Austen, who didn't write at quite such length (boo, hiss!) but filled three volumes nicely.

I like books that fit their length without padding (JKR, I'm looking at you) or rushing. I hate it when quite a nice fantasy idea is dragged out into the obligatory three doorstops, published a year apart. It was annoying when Philip Pullman did it, and it's much more annoying when people without half his talent (Trudi Canavan, for ex) do it too. Short and perfectly formed can be good, but I really like something with lots of substance to get my teeth into. I have to say I've loved some of the stuff I've discovered this academic year, like Winifred Holtby. (V Woolf, not quite so much.) Currently I'm reading and enjoying a lot of plays.

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ikel89 From: ikel89 Date: January 23rd, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you mean Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy? And what did you think of it?

I have't read any Dickens yet, and for the longest time I couldn't decide what to start with. I kind of settled on Tale of Two Cities as my first book, but it takes me aaaages to start on it.
gillo From: gillo Date: January 23rd, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved Pullman's trilogy, but I recall all too well the frustration of waiting for the final volume.

I'd be inclined to start with A Christmas Carol, frankly - it's short and very accessible, but with all sorts of extra bits the millions of film versions usually cut out. For the long novels, Hard Times or David Copperfield would be my suggestions, though I think his best are Bleak House, Great Expectations and Dombey and Son.
ikel89 From: ikel89 Date: January 24th, 2013 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, so there was a time gap between the second and the third volume? I thought you meant that there was too much of a filler writing in the trilogy. It's so interesting that everyone seems to have something different to say about HDM: I read all of the books in order, quite liked Will and Asriel&Mrs. Coulter, and my friend has only read Amber Spyglass - which she feels is quite enough - and liked Mary Malone's adventures best.

Christmas Carol! How did I forget about it:) Thanks, it does make a lot of sense to start from there:)
gillo From: gillo Date: January 24th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
A long gap - with publication date postponed at least three times. It was cruelty to readers, I tell you!
velvetwhip From: velvetwhip Date: January 23rd, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have some literary tastes in common. Yay!

gillo From: gillo Date: January 23rd, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not exactly surprised. ;-)
sensiblecat From: sensiblecat Date: January 24th, 2013 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi there! Mind if I friend? We have a few in common (Maia, alteriel) and seem to like similar stuff. I watched the 1974 South Riding DVD last year and would be happy to talk about that. Also, I did an MA in my early middle age, I have two young adult kids, I'm reading Les Mis...the list goes on.

BTW my other online home is

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gillo From: gillo Date: January 24th, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Delighted to meet you - it does seem as if we have plenty in common. Welcome aboard.
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