Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Reading matter.

The summer is here because the rain is warm and the thunder is louder than usual. It's infuriating but this is Britain and the weather ignores instructions from forecasters as a matter of tradition.

So I have ordered some books, which have now arrived.

Night's Black Agents by Daniel Ogden promises a view of the ancient world's approach to witches and the dead. We shall see. The book of English magic, by Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate is a weighty tome, even in paperback. That'll take a while.

So. Reading in the rain sounds good for the time being.

Inside, naturally.

3 comments:

heyjude said...

Here's the Game: Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence AS YOUR STATUS.
* AND POST these instructions in a comment to this status.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST book.

Looking around, of course the nearest book is the novel I'm currently reading. so....
"He just said to give you instructions and not explain anything."

Next closest book = Mariana Legends.
p56 sentence 5 =
"It is easier to fool the fish when the water is not as smooth as glass."

Your turn!!!

Romulus Crowe said...

Hmmm...

The nearest book is 'Tic-tac Teddy Bears and Teardrop Tattoos' by Justin Scroggie. I don't think I've grasped what you mean by 'as your status' but the sentence in question is:

In Roman Britain, innkeepers used more readily available evergreens like the holly (from which come pub names like The Bush, and Holly Tree).

Next nearest is one of the new ones, 'Night's Black Agents', and the fifth sentence on page 56 is:

Two of the most engaging tales of witchcraft and related phenomena to have come down to us from the Roman world are are to be found in the 'Satyricon' of Petronius.


Now that's creepy. Neither of these books is specifically about the Romans.

Now I'll have to see if there's any convention in books that page 56 must talk about Romans!

Southern Writer said...

Ha. So it wasn't exactly sitting on the corner of my desk, but it was darn handy. The book: The Satyricon by Petronius, and the fifth sentence on page 56 is:

But Trimalchio dispelled such ideas by asking, "Which one of these hogs would you like cooked for your dinner?"


The actual closest book is an advance reader copy of Mazurka by Aaron Paul Lazar. Page 56, fifth sentence reads:

The roar of the train echoed from subterranean walls whipping past the grimy windows.

Does my "status," whatever that means, have to be associated with grimy windows? At least it's a train ride through Europe. I guess I can live with that. I could live with it better on the Orient Express.


Anyway ... I'm looking forward to reviews when your reading is done, Rom.

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