Replies to several posts (long and rambling =))

Tarja Rainio tarja.rainio at helsinki.fi
Thu Dec 16 14:05:21 EST 1999


Finally caught up with the messages. Sorry in advance if this post gets too
long, but I decided it would be easier to reply to the several posts that
interested me in just one big giant message ;).

Melissa wrote:
>This was what I *wanted* to write my honors thesis on!  My advisor
>discouraged me, mainly because she knew nothing about the subject and
>neither did anyone else in the English department and she thought it would
>be a disadvantage to me when it came time to defend it.  I was actually
>going to focus on Tanith Lee as well, though she and Angela Carter seem to
>cover a lot of the same ground.  You have simply got to tell me how it turns
>out!

Ok, I will tell more on this, when I get on with the actual work of writing
it, instead of just having vague ideas on an interesting topic =). Luckily
my advisor didn't frown at all on my choice of authors.

Satu wrote:
>P.S. And, Tarja, perhaps we'll see each other in the Finncon 2000 ?
You can bet on that.

Anita wrote:
>I am a Sherri Tepper fan,
>nonetheless, and would recommend her "The Family Tree" to anyone! Its a
>very clever and enjoyable book, and having read it, you *have* to read it
>at least once more. (Any more information and I would be spoiling it for
>you.)
I just have to second this recommendation. This book is excellent.

On Tepper in general:
I find the readability of her books varies a lot depending on whether she
is in a preaching mode (ie. the Angry Writer Mode) or not. I like the True
Game books (these were the first Tepper I read which is why I keep on
reading her stuff even though it is uneven), Enigma Score, Marianne books
and Plague of Angels. I find _Beauty_ disturbing, which is perhaps one of
the reasons why I picked it as one of the books to use in my thesis.

Philip wrote:
>The stage ends when you've read everything the library has that you like.
>Your
>reading of library books will then be limited by the library's acquisitions
>budget...
>
>Characteristic of the second stage is of course carrying home piles of books
>from book shops, charity shops (thrift stores in the US I think), market
>stalls,
>etc.
>
>I am now buying so many secondhand books - there is a really good bookshop in
>Leicester that specialises in secondhand fantasy and SF, not to mention
>another
>fantasy shop in Leicester, a really good secondhand bookshop in Loughborough,
>and several charity shops and a market stall on my weekly shopping trip -
>that I
>have difficulty keeping up with reading them.  Result, I almost never now
>visit
>the library - this must be the third stage?
>
>I also have difficulty storing the books....

Heh heh, this sounds just so familiar. I guess I'm at the third stage too
=). I have a separate shelf overflowing with I haven't read. Sometimes
digging through it I get these little surprises 'Ooh, didn't even remember
I had this books too, will have to read it soon...' And then I'll forget it
again for the next half year or so. =D I guess I'll never be able to catch
up with my back-reading. And now I've discovered the internet bookstores as
well. Heavenly (or maybe nearer to Hellish when it comes to temptations)
places where I can order all the books I wanted to have but which were
never available in the local bookstores except through special ordering...
Luckily I've managed to restrain myself somewhat or I would soon go
bankrupt :).

Max recommended  "Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit" by Jeanette Winterson.

I liked this one a lot. I would also recommend "Passion" (if I remember the
name correctly) -the one which takes place in Venice and the Napoleonic
wars.

Bodil wrote:
>Nat Case asked about an author:
>
>>book 1 involves a sorcerer who turns his school of apprentices into a flock
>>of ravens, in order to hide one of them who is being claimed by his true
>>love, who succeeds in finding him by "power of true love."
>
>This sounds very much like the wonderful German author called Ottfried
>Preussler (I am almost certain of this number of tts and sss in the
>spelling, ha ha).

YES, I *remember* this book. I had almost forgotten it, but now I'll have
to make a trip to the local library and reread it. I read it several times
as a child and thought it very frightening. I can even remember the cover
of the Finnish translation which had an orange base with black crow-like
figures flying across it. This list is just great for rediscovering authors
or books I'd forgotten about and for discovering new interesting authors as
well!

Max also wrote:
>If you can beg, borrow, or otherwise hunt down the video for the Comic Strip
>Presents (Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French et al) mini-movie
>called "Five Go Mad in Dorset" you will get a good idea of her mysteries!

I used to read a lot of Enid Blyton before I got tired of their
formulaicness. Have to say that "Five Go Mad in Dorset" is just hilarious.

Sorry for the extra long post, but I guess I'm at least delurking with a
vengeance =).

Tarja

p.s. Nat, I'm looking forward to the results of the survey.


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