WWW Wednesday – Sept 3, 2014

The first book is very, very heavily into cricket neep, which I find hard to follow since I’ve never been educated in the game. That doesn’t matter, because the rest of this alien world is as rigidly courteous as a Regency romance in some ways, and as lawless as a cowboy book in thers. The language, mores, practices, and passions are all strange and compelling. One of these days, someone who knows cricket will sit with me through a game and my education will be complete.

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WWW Wednesday 4-16-2014

To my shock I have realized that these books are literally one hundred years old. My copies are first editions. This forces me to recognize that I am, in spite of a certain raunchy rowdiness when the moon is full, one of those old farts who read hundred year old novels and relish their grace, their command of English, and their depiction of a slower and more mannered time than our own.

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WWW Wednesday 1-15-14

I turned to KIM from Jennifer Crusie’s BET ME. This story is a delicious example of what I call “kneading”–when the author takes a handful of strong elements and folds them over onto one another and squishes the hell out of them, over and over, until something cracks and someone loses control and lovely big fat scenes blow up in everyone’s faces.

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