lunabee34: (tlgn bookclub by executrix)
After re-reading The Hobbit in preparation for the movie, I decided it was time to read LotR again since it's been more than a decade since I last read the series.

As always, enter at your own caution. Nerd lightning predicted.

The Fellowship of the Ring )
lunabee34: (tlgn bookclub by executrix)
I have read The Hobbit a handful of times in my life (starting with my introduction to it in ninth grade and ending with the last re-read 11 years ago before The Fellowship of the Ring premiered), but I didn't remember it being as elementary as I found it on this re-read. Which is not a criticism so much as an observation that surprised me. I can tell when we move on to the trilogy that I'm going to have a hard time not conflating the films with the books.

SPOILERS )

So, what did y'all notice about the book?
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1. We're driving to town with Emma, and Josh and I are talking about The Princess Bride. Emma's never seen the movie, so she asks us what it's about. Josh and I look at each other and say, "True Love." Then Emma says, hand to God, "But none of that mushy kissing stuff, right?" She could not understand the gales of laughter coming from the front seat.

2. We heard "Gangnam Style" on the radio last night. You've come a long way, rural Georgia.

3. Book Club post on The Hobbit will be appearing in the next few days. Dust off your copies if you haven't already and get ready to share your thoughts on Bilbo, dragons, dwarves, and how like Dumbledore Gandalf seems in this book!

4. Conference in New Orleans was spectacular. The Hyatt Regency on Loyola is one of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed in. Seriously swank. I wish it hadn't been so busy (in addition to our comparatively minuscule conference, NO was also hosting the Organo Gold coffee convention--think scamtastic Mary Kay--and a water/sewage/etc convention that was set to last a whole week long), but the amenities and the atmosphere were awesome. The conference itself was fantastic (yay for coming home with actionable info! Whoooo!), and they fed us very, very well. We ate at SoBou on Chartres St. pretty close in to Canal, and it was fantastic. The restaurant just opened this summer, and the same people who run Commander's Palace opened it. We happened upon it by accident, and I'm so glad we did. The decor is out of this world beautiful. Be sure and look at the photo across the top of the site that changes out because the pictures I took can't do it justice. Once whole wall is rows and rows of apothecary glass and another is apothecary glass set sideways into a light fixture, and the restaurant itself is this awesome mixture of industrial and quirky. It reminded me a great deal of Snack Bar in Oxford, MS, both in terms of the endearing hipsters pouring drinks behind the bar and the quality of the food.

5. I have been thinking a great deal this past year about karma (in the Western-lite sense of the word). I do not believe that when we get sick or misfortune is visited on us that we are being punished by God or the universe for sinning. I was raised to believe that, and I find it a vile and damaging belief. Bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people. Many events happen randomly and seem to have no clear antecedents. And yet, I also believe strongly that you get back what you put into the world; that if you are a negative person who fills the world with negativity, that negativity will be revisited on you in some way; that if you constantly tear others down or mistreat them or live a life of cruelty, you will find yourself without friends or help when you need it most; and that if you live a life of friendship and love, you'll always have hope and kindness even in the darkest times. A petty part of me finds a great deal of comfort in believing that those people who have wronged me or the people I care about will one day (sooner or later) get some sort of cosmic backlash for that behavior, but a better part of me finds comfort in believing that when I am kind to others, I am also being kind to myself. (I have no idea if that makes any sense. It sounds better at the pre-verbal level all swirling around in my brain. LOL)
lunabee34: (tlgn bookclub by executrix)
[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname and I are reading The Lord of the Rings starting with The Hobbit. So a post of my reaction to the book (open to anyone who's interested in talking about The Hobbit) will be up before long. TLGN will post on The Fellowship of the Ring and so on. :)

I am not doing Yuletide noms. Every year I try and get super frustrated because something I nom gets rejected. I'll just work with whatever the final list ends up being.

I have the afternoon to myself, so expect to see another 100 Things Post (I really hope the challenge is to post 100 things before you croak because that's about my pace LOL) and a New Girl episode review post. Also possibly a rec post. *cracks knuckles*

(Also, y'all, I am having a little squee-fest over the response to my Phil/Clint mpreg. Avengers fandom has eaten AO3 in the best way possible (well, except for the advent of tumblr!style paragraph tags EWWWWWWWWWWW), and I've gotten almost 7000 hits in the twenty days since I started posting it. I am extremely gratified, and also weirdly turned onto serially posting again which I have mostly eschewed.)
lunabee34: (tlgn bookclub by executrix)
[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname and I are gonna book club it again. We've been doing YA fantasy lit. Previous discussions include Earthsea, Chronicles of Prydain, the Belgariad and the Mallorean, A Wrinkle in Time, Dark is Rising, and Golden Compass series.

Any suggestions for what we should read next?
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[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname and I are at it again. This time we're reading David Eddings's The Belgariad series. She posted on the first book in the series, Pawn of Prophecy HERE.

Queen of Sorcery )
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Many apologies to [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname. *hangs head* She posted on Tehanu HERE about 1.83 million years ago; incidentally, I still have not read Tehanu. The public library here in Cochran apparently does not believe in sending books in a series in the order in which they were written. *sigh*

So, without having read Tehanu, here are my thoughts on The Other Wind.

Pretty much unabashed and spoilerific love underneath )
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I would really like an icon to use for the reading that TLGN and I do together. My tag is TLGN bookclub for these posts, but I would be open to anything. Anyone want to make me an icon? *bats eyelashes*

[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname posted on The Tombs of Atuan HERE.

THE FARTHEST SHORE: SPOILERS )
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[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname and I are once again reading kid lit--this time Ursula K. LeGuin's Wizard of Earthsea series.

SPOILERS FOR A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA )

I've finished the next book, The Tombs of Atuan, and I have much to say about it, so the series does get better, thank goodness.
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1. Happy birthday to both [livejournal.com profile] crazydiamondsue and [livejournal.com profile] lyrstzha. I missed both these lovely ladies' birthdays while in Georgia and I hope they had magnificent celebrations involving Sam Winchester's cake covered abs and some quality time with a healthy doggie, respectively.

2. [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname posted on The Amber Spyglass: HERE. Come talk about His Dark Materials with us.

3. My interviews both went amazingly well. I felt confident and comfortable and I think I acquitted myself smashingly. I think it's quite possible that I will be offered both jobs and then have some choice. (And I still may get interviews in OK and TN.) So, cross your fingers for me again as the waiting game resumes; I likely won't hear anything until the end of May as I was the first applicant to interview at both GA colleges.
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[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname and I are reading Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. She posted on the first book, The Golden Compass, HERE. (Which I still have yet to completely comment on, but will do as soon as I finish this post.)

I thoroughly enjoyed The Subtle Knife. It is everything I wished Harry Potter could have been. Don't get me wrong; I adore HP. But HP is not dark enough for me; there is darkness there (scads and scads of it) but that darkness is largely elided in order to make the novels more marketable to children. HDM embraces that darkness rather than ghosting over it; children are beaten in this story and abused terribly; sometimes they smoke and drink and talk crassly and OMG have sex. There is a level of realism here in terms of adolescent behavior that I found wanting in HP.

SPOILERS FOR THE SUBTLE KNIFE )

As always, everyone's welcome to chime in.
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May I just take this moment to whine about something completely off topic? Lamest SPN episode EVER last night!!!! I am so disappointed. Did they let my five year old write the dialogue? It sure felt that way. What was an AWESOME AWESOME AWEOME concept that could have been the best episode of all three seasons, instead ended up being a big old pile of emotionally flat stupid. I like my fanfic version of Sam in Dean's head better; I like EVERYBODY'S fanfic version of Sam in Dean's head better. And next week's episode will be a fandom staple as well and hand to God, if they screw that one up I will not be responsible for my destructive rage. /rant

[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname posted on The Grey King HERE.

Silver on the Tree )
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[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname and I are once again reading children's lit, so feel free to jump right in if you're interested. We're reading The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper. First up is Over Sea, Under Stone.

SPOILERS )
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[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname and I are discussing Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet Series. Join on in!

THERE BE SPOILERS HERE, CAPTAIN )

I think I need an icon for all these reading posts I've been making. Anybody want to make me one? *bats eyelashes*
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[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname and I are gearing up to read L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time series. We're beginning with A Wrinkle in Time, and I'll make the post on the book sometime this weekend or early next. Anyone else that wants to read along and discuss is welcome.
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[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname and I are discussing the five books in The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. She posted on the third book, The Castle of Llyr here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/thelastgoodname/36905.html

On to book four, Taran Wanderer SPOILERS BENEATH THE CUT

Taran Wanderer )

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