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I got a lot of reading done yesterday and today. Finally finished In the Absence of Men. ) Was it worth $21? Hard to say. Yeah, I really liked it. The style was interesting, if somewhat confusing at times (often hard to tell when someone had stopped speaking as there were no quotation marks used). I would like more than 166 pages for $21, though, honestly. But I'd recommend it, if for no other reason than the fact that it's a m/m romance set during WWI. ^_^;;

I also read a couple more manga, Sensei! 18 and Naruto 15. Both were good, cut for some Naruto spoilers. )
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Finished reading it tonight. Amazing the things you can get done when you actually sit down and do them. :p

Vague, spoilery things thisaway. )

Not sure what I'm going to read next. I have two more library books, Faith of the Fallen and Assassin's Apprentice. The second, I've read before, but I need to re-read the whole trilogy before starting the new one as it's been too long. Faith of the Fallen, I'd like to re-read the whole series before starting it, as again, it's been way too long, but there are too many books and they're all too long, and I've already re-read several of them. I do need to find a detailed summary of the book that came before, though, just to refresh my memory. Maybe I'll google around for that tomorrow.

I also have Maurice here, and Go (and also Shounen Keisuuki, which I still need to finish the last story of), but those aren't library books, so I might put them off and try to do the library ones first.

There also seem to be a few manga sitting around my desk that I bought and haven't read yet: One Piece, Naruto, and Ppoi! among others.
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I was sitting for Miles last night and saw The Hours while I was over there. I didn't start watching it until after the American Idol special, so that was like 10, so I expected I'd have to stop in the middle and take the DVD home with me, but John & Debra didn't get home until right around 12, just as the credits were rolling, so it worked out perfectly.

I had no idea Toni Collette was in it! I've loved her ever since Muriel's Wedding. Anyway, this was just a bit role, but she did an excellent American accent. No slip-ups at all. She did one for Velvet Goldmine as well, but that was interspersed with British for the role, so it was hard to tell how she would have handled the accent if she had to carry it the whole time.

I am also impressed with how she's able to change weights for her roles. She did the chubby thing in Muriel and Emma and the stick-skinny thing in VG and About a Boy. She was rather large and busty in this as well. She also towered over Julianne Moore.

Julianne Moore was far from the perfect pretty look she had in Far from Heaven and Nicole with the false nose was interesting, but I still liked them both. Oh, and what's her name. My So Called Life girl. Haven't seen her in ages, but she played Meryl Streep's daughter.

And cut for spoilers... )

I also started reading a new book last night, John Rechy's City of Night. I read for about 3 hours before watching American Idol and then the movie and got about 120 pages into it. The story is good, and I'm really enjoying it, but God, if this were fanfic, it would be up for the next Mountain o' Mock, because the grammar is killing me!

90% or more of the time, there are no apostrophes. Everything is cant, wont, dont, Im, Ill, theyre, and it hurts. But sometimes, randomly, there are apostrophes. *shrugs* There's also a lot of Random Capitalization, random stringingtogether ofwords, and odd punctuation. Oh, not to mention the fact that tense is constantly shifting, sometimes within a single sentence. I don't know what the point of writing it this way was, but I don't like it. Really.

It's a very interesting look at male prostitution and gay life in the 50s (the book was published in 1963). That period has been so idealized, it's almost hard to imagine anything else. And it's one thing for someone to write a book now and say, this is how it was, but then you always have to take that with a grain of salt, because you're looking back at things through a modern perspective and that can skew things, but this was written then, this is what happened. The opinions of what was queer and what was not are very interesting.

And now, I suppose, I should get back to work.
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Well, I didn't finish my work for today, but that's all right because there's only a couple more minutes of footage and then I just have to run through and get the timing, so it'll be done in the morning.

I did, however, finish Night Watch. Oh God, Terry Pratchett never fails to amaze me. That was another absolutely spectacular book. I remember when Men at Arms first came out and I didn't like the Watch. I liked the old characters, Rincewind and Death and the witches. I didn't care for Vimes and Carrot and all the other watchmen. Well, I'm still not so keen on Carrot, I mean he's OK and all, but eh. But Vimes! The man just rocks.

And the end of this book had me absolutely drooling with desire to read more Vimes/Vetinari slash. Cause Vetinari is just so damned clever, and he figured out the whole thing, and just squeee! And he was so cool as a young assassin, too. He killed the old Patrician and hell, he probably killed that new Patrician, too, later on.
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Yesterday and today, in between work I've been reading Night Watch. Now when I first heard about this, about the plot, I thought it'll be one of those Discworld novels that I like, but I don't love. I'll like it because it's Vimes and God, but I love Vimes, but I won't love it, because it's taking place in the past and that means no Patrician.

But no! There is! Vetinari is a young member of the Assassin's Guild and he is oh, so very intrigued by Vimes and I am all over feeling the Vimes/Vetinari love here. Gah!

Er...but aside from my own slashy prejudices, the story's really great, too. There's this magical thingey that sends Vimes back into the past and Lu Tze the time monk makes an appearance! Woot!


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