litlover12: (CSL)
Hi, everyone. I'm still alive. :-) Sorry I haven't posted or commented much lately. Keeping busy here. I went to the C. S. Lewis & the Inklings Society meeting at Grove City College (which was fantastic -- nice group of people, beautiful school!). Unfortunately, it was FREEZING the whole time, and I'm now fighting off a cold (which is not fantastic, but I have hopes of being able to head it off before it gets properly underway).

And I bought EIGHT books at the conference, which I think is a record even for me. :-)

I've been keeping up with your posts and thinking of you all often!
litlover12: (Books)
Pretty much everyone else is doing a books post, so I figured I might as well join in. :-) Below (in chronological order of my reading them) are the books to which I gave five stars this year on Goodreads.

Read more... )
litlover12: (Cross)
NICODEMUS: I will not argue with you about the person of Jesus. His attitude at the trial has shaken me. I was ready to believe him a great teacher, a great prophet, perhaps the Messiah. I can do so no longer. He has claimed to be the Son of God -- not in a figure, but literally -- the right hand of the power and equal partner in the glory. That is either an appalling blasphemy, or else a truth so appalling that it will not bear thinking of.

CAIAPHAS: Are you saying that it might be truth?

NICODEMUS: I dare not. For in that case, what have we done? We have conspired in some unimaginable manner to judge and murder God.

Dorothy L. Sayers, "King of Sorrows," The Man Born to Be King
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When The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was named best crime novel ever, I opined on Facebook that of course it isn't -- Gaudy Night is. As it happened, I hadn't read Ackroyd -- I just knew it couldn't beat Gaudy Night! But then I thought, well, I should probably give Ackroyd a try. So I picked it up at the library.
Vaguely spoilerish talk below )

Meme time!

Aug. 16th, 2013 07:14 pm
litlover12: (DLS1)
From [livejournal.com profile] ever_maedhros: Leave me a comment o' randomness; your favorite quote, the best sandwich in the world, a good song lyric, what color pants you're wearing, and I'll respond with five questions you can answer in your own LJ leaving with them an open invitation for other people to give you comments o' randomness. Then you can ask them questions and before you know it we'll all know everything about everyone.

Here we go! )

Book meme

Apr. 15th, 2013 01:41 pm
litlover12: (Books)
Got this one here. I hope I haven't already done it -- it looks vaguely familiar, or at least some of it does!

1. One book that changed your life?

The Man Born to Be King by Dorothy L. Sayers.

2. One book you have read more than once?

An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. I was MAD about this book when I was a teenager.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

Only one? *sniffle* Guess I would have to go with the Bible (New King James Version). Or How to Build a Boat. (Sorry, old joke.)

4. One book that made you laugh?

Jeeves in the Morning by P. G. Wodehouse.

5. One book that made you cry?

A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery.

6. One book you wish had been written?

Whatever Dickens would have written after The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

7. One book you wish had never had been written?

Fifty Shades of Grey. I feel like the mere fact that it exists has lowered the national I.Q. about 10 points.

8. One book you are currently reading?

The Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Yeah, still haven't kept that New Year's resolution yet . . . but we've still got a good portion of the year left!

Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this one!

Book meme

Feb. 13th, 2013 08:46 am
litlover12: (Books)
I got this from a message board, and modified it a bit. The idea is simple: Suppose that for some reason you had to pare your library down to 25 single volumes, plus 1 series. You're allowed to read other books, but these 25 (plus 1) are the only books you're allowed to keep or to reread.

(The original meme said 20 books plus 1 series, but that would be inhuman. I think there's something in the Geneva Convention about it.)

You can put the series anywhere in your list, but mark it with an asterisk.

Here are mine . . .


The indispensables )

Conundrum

Dec. 13th, 2012 09:34 am
litlover12: (MST3K2)
I've made a rather interesting discovery. My online friends who are logical and rational love Sherlock Holmes because he's like them. My online friends who are guided by their emotions love Sherlock Holmes because he isn't like them.

Is a puzzlement, as the king of Siam said.

Me -- well, I love Peter Wimsey. :-) Okay, I know the two aren't mutually exclusive (Dorothy L. Sayers was very fond of Holmes, as I recall), but truthfully, I've never gotten much into Holmes at all. I have read some of the stories, but it was long, long ago, which makes me feel a little like the class dunce sometimes when everyone around me is conversing knowledgeably about hounds and dancing men and what not. Perhaps the larger conundrum is how I ended up belonging to such a vast online network of Sherlockians! It wasn't because of the BBC Sherlock -- I met most of my online buddies based on other interests, and before BBC Sherlock was born or thought of. But it was when the show came out that I became aware of just how many Sherlock-loving online buddies (SLOBs? Hee!) I actually had.

Well, Audible.com did recently supply me with a free audio version of "Blue Carbuncle," so perhaps I'll start getting caught up . . . 
litlover12: (DLS1)
Mary Magdalen: . . . The Master's the only good man I ever met who knew how miserable it felt to be bad. It was as if he got right inside you, and felt all the horrible things you were doing to yourself. . . . But I don't suppose Judas ever let him in. He was too proud. I think it was harder for him than for people like Matthew and me and that poor robber on the cross. We know we're so awful anyhow that it's no good pretending we're not, even to ourselves. So it doesn't matter if other people come in and see what we're like inside.

John: Blessed are the humble, and the wretched and the poor --

Mary Magdalen: And the lost sheep and the sinners. You know, when the Rabbi said that, he really meant it. . . .

(From The Man Born to Be King by Dorothy L. Sayers. If you haven't read it, please, do yourself a favor and get hold of a copy, even if you're not in the habit of reading plays. It's one of the very best books I've ever read.)
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[livejournal.com profile] rachkmc did this at her blog, and asked me to do it too. Since it's her birthday, how can I say no? (She just called hers "Rachel's Favorite Romances," but she stuck to literature and literary adaptations. I'm going to follow her lead in that, or I could never narrow it down to ten. But I'm counting plays as literature. Also, I stole one or two of the pictures off her blog. Thanks, Rachel!)


Image-heavy post ahead! )
litlover12: (MFL1)
Letter meme: Comment to this entry and I'll give you a letter. List ten things that you love that begin with that letter and then post that list on your journal.

[livejournal.com profile] keep_counting gave me D. ("It's Delightful, it's Delicious, it's De-lovely . . ." Sorry, feeling a bit punchy this morning!)


Dickens, Charles
Dorothy L. Sayers
dogs
detective stories
Dorothy Parker
dancing
Doolittle, Eliza
Dorrit, Amy
dolls
dogwoods
litlover12: (Casablanca)
Queensjoy at [livejournal.com profile] ogeecons is selling custom icons, banners, mood themes, and wallpapers to make a little traveling money. She does really nice work -- the Casablanca icon on this post is one of hers. She also made my Dorothy L. Sayers icon and my Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane icon. Her prices are reasonable, too. If you're in the market for some artwork, just go here and tell her what kind of package you want -- so many icons, a wallpaper of such and such a size, whatever -- she'll list it on her Etsy site, and then you can place your order. (Check the Etsy site first, because she already has a few packages listed.)
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16. Adaptation: What book would you most like to see made into a film? Do you like to read the book first or see the film? Any books you have read after seeing the film version?

Movie talk ahead . . . )

Book meme

May. 22nd, 2011 02:21 pm
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I swiped this meme from [livejournal.com profile] birdienl . Since it's so long, I'll be doing two or three answers per day. If you want to do it, consider yourself tagged!

All about books ) 
litlover12: (HP)
Queensjoy at [livejournal.com profile] ogeecons  has promised that when the community hits 600 watchers (she's at 594 now), she'll do a round of icon and wallpaper requests. She covers a wide range of fandoms -- classic movies and actors, M*A*S*H, mysteries, Doctor Who, Chronicles of Narnia, and more -- and does beautiful work. The icon on this post is one of hers, as are several of my other icons. So if you're not already a watcher of hers, but you like any of those things, you might want to head on over and join!
litlover12: (DLS1)
AbeBooks has a feature about the first ten books published by Penguin. Guess who wrote one of them!
litlover12: (DLS1)

I promised to answer the questions you posed me sometime this weekend. And I've got a lot of writing to do, which means I've got some serious procrastination going on, so now's a good time. :-)

[livejournal.com profile] jenny_wildcat asked, "If you could recommend only one restaurant to take a group of friends to lunch, what would it be?"

We've got a lot of good restaurants around here, but I think I'll go with Mike's American Grill. It's close by, the prices aren't bad if you're all up for a nice meal, and the food is excellent. Plus there's something for almost everyone, which is important when you know as many picky eaters as I do. ;-) You can get steak or chicken, seafood, pasta, a huge salad, soup, etc., not to mention some great desserts! My best friend always begs to go there whenever she visits; she's crazy about their salmon. I don't care much for fish, except shellfish, but I love the roast chicken salad, or, if I have a few extra calories available, the Louisiana pasta. (Mike's is one of the Great American Restaurants, which is sort of a chain around here -- that is, their restaurants all have some things that are the same, but some things different. We took my mom to Artie's, another one of them, this Mother's Day weekend. Whichever one of these restaurants we go to, she always gets the crab cakes, which she swears are the best anywhere. I'm pretty fond of them too!)

[livejournal.com profile] sonneta asked, "If you could recommend only one Dorothy L. Sayers book, what would it be?" 

I'll have to go with Gaudy Night, even though it's next-to-last in the series. It was the first one of hers I read -- for a college course -- and the one that made me fall in love with her books and start reading every one I could get my hands on. And it wasn't too difficult to pick up on what had gone before. And it had Harriet Vane. I fell in love with her when she cursed (to herself) at some noisy students outside her room -- which is odd, because I never curse. But in my own college experience, it seemed as if people were allowed to make all the noise they wanted, whenever they wanted, and you were supposed to politely pretend it wasn't happening -- so I just loved how honest she was. :-) Besides all that, the Oxford setting was wonderful. When I got to go to Oxford, I went all over looking for locations that had been featured in the novel.

If you like to read a series from the beginning, you'll want to start with Whose Body?, but if you want to go for the best one first, Gaudy Night is my recommendation.

litlover12: (DLS1)
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Dorothy L. Sayers.

Surprise! I'll bet most of you thought I was going to say Charles Dickens. :-) I adore Dickens, it's true, and if someone were to give me the gift of his writing ability, I certainly would be in no hurry to give it back.

However, Sayers wrote in a somewhat broader range of genres, and addressed many issues (social, theological, etc.) of particular concern to me. And she addressed them with great wit, logic, and profundity. I want to be able to do that. And that's why I have to pick her.

But I don't think I would exchange styles permanently. Because as much as I would love to have her style, I know it's better for me to develop my own.

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