giovedì, marzo 15, 2007

This and that and IT'S MY LAST DAY AT WORK!!!!!

I was going on about reincarnation the other day, and thinking about Archy and Mehitabel a little later, and wondering - do you suppose there'd be some sort of indication to someone getting reincarnated a lot as a carnivore? Scarier, maybe? I don't know.

My brain hurts from doing stuff and I have a backlog of hours and hours on my review material. At least it's all read - more or less. Miss T still has my Story of French. I'll review that after I leave. The rest before. Just got The Reluctant Fundamentalist and that looks good. The best thing about this reviewing, besides the free books, is that it's brought me back into reading new novels, even if the novels I've looked at have thus far been shitty to a man. Maybe shitty is a bit strong.

Well, maybe it's not. I can feel myself getting crotchedy about new fiction - I can't remember the last time a new fiction novel has blown my socks off, Ishiguro excepted, and Suskind too if you imagine his fiction is still new, and waiting for those in paperback was always fine with me. I guess hardcover new release books have the sort of marketing behind them that should definitely not be paid attention to. Like that Martin Amis crap, for example. I should not have listened to the hype and wasted some hours of my life on it. Oh well. It was a pretty quick read.

Speaking of new . . . or something . . . yesterday at work I was a bad girl who watched the series premiere of The Riches. It was fine. Pilot/premiere episodes are usually pretty crappy as they try to get all that character exposition out there and this one was less crappy than most of them are. It will have to get a little more involved because right now I don't feel like anything is offering me layers to poke through. Very fond of Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard, though, who were fine.

15 commenti:

Sugarplum ha detto...

Congratulations! And now you're off touring North America on your way out of the continent. Have a blast.

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

Thanks, Sugar!

Melbine ha detto...

I suspect constant reincarnation as a carnivore has to mean something about a soul...I don't really know what though!

I haven't heard of The Riches, but Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard sounds like a wicked combo.

Last day of work - WOW! Say hello to everyone out west for me. :)

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

Sure. By the by, guess who's hen's night photos I FINALLY got developed when I found the disposable camera while packing?

Melbine ha detto...

Ummmmmm...I would say me, but that would be crazy!!?

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

Then call me crazy, you blushing young bride!

Dale ha detto...

I love Eddie although Minnie I can live without generally. I heard the show was good, I'll have a look for it. And maybe try and find a decent book to read in your honour. If I'm not reincarnated first.

Sugarplum ha detto...

You should post all those pictures on facebook! I bet they're a riot!

Jiri ha detto...

Congratulations! Have fun on your travels and then all the best in the new town.

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

I will, Sugar. Some of them didn't work but the ones that did are priceless.

Many thanks, Jiri, come visit!

Dale, I really reccommend "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" - read half of it on the plane after "Brooklyn Follies" (interesting) and watching "The Prestige" (hot). It's smashing so far.

Dale ha detto...

I'm nearly finished The Brooklyn Follies but preferred The Book of Illusions. I'll give TRF a try. The Prestige was decent and more satisfying than The Illusionist.

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

Yeah, try it - I finished it last night when every fibre of my being was crying for sleep but my eyes would not stop reading. Yummy book.

Dale ha detto...

I finished The Brooklyn Follies and enjoyed it although not as much as Auster's The Book of Illusions. I'm going to pick up your recommendation because I need something else to focus on rather than the stack of other unread books.

Whenever I read some of my favourite authors, it seems I end up in this strange place where I was either just discussing or doing something and then it shows up in their book. If I don't write a book soon, they'll steal all my meager ideas!

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

Do you mean "The Book of Follies" or whatever it was called? You could just embroider and do "The Book of The Times I Was Awesome." If it doesn't work as a novel, you could market it as a motivational text instead.

Dale ha detto...

It would be a small piece of embroidery. Plus they'd beat me to it. Bastards all!