Ven's delurk, treacle and rereading
ven at vvcrane.junglelink.co.uk
Sun Jun 18 21:48:37 EDT 2000
First I must apologise for my unfamiliarity with the technology,
which is inhibiting my ability to use the proper format for replies.
Also my control key doesn't appear to work so i can't for example
transfer multiple blocks of text into my reply. All of which makes it
difficult to say on such and such so and so wrote . Anyhow I
managed to do this with the 16 jun mail but it wouldn't let me put
anything form 17 in. I've only just found out about the control key
this probably accounts for a lot of the difficulties I've been having.
tsk tsk. you can't throw out challenges like that and expect to get
> it you know! what *are* your theories of the evolution of the
>And on Thu, 15 Jun 2000 21:28:25 -0400 (EDT)
> Mary Ann wrote
> And how do you like the work of radical archaeologists on the evolution of
> the state?
> Liz Brumfiel was a (wonderful) colleague of mine until recently, when I quit
> my academic job. :)
I knew I shouldn't have said that, I think I meant to highlight thre
area I 'm interested in whilst tipping people off that I do go on about
it sometimes.And maybe I was trying to sound interesting. And
being rather out of date it sounds like Mary Ann knows stuff about
this subject that I don't . I'm afraid I haven't heard of Liz Brumfiel --
anything I could read?
Anyhow I really can't muster my thoughts at the moment, ask me
again sometime, its bound to come up.
on Thu, 15 Jun 2000 21:34:22 EDT Max wrote>
> spotted dick? we used to have this at school. (a really peculiar name now I
> look at it)
Definitely not spotted dick, though I've never been exactly sure
what that is I think its heavier and has currants not sultanas. This
was light and fluffy and the treacle,being put into the bowl first'
blended with the top of the spomnge during cooking in a most
delectable way. Incidentally as an alternative to custard on this sort
of pudding (though not in fact the treacly ones) my Dad used to
sprinkle them with sugar and add a knob of butter. I regard this as
> have you tried them more than once? just curious. the first time I read
> Spellcoats I couldn't get into it at all, but the second time (when the 4th
> one came out--what's it called? Oh, Crown of Dalemark) i thought I'd better
> read it first, and I completely loved it. maybe they'll grow on you. or sneak
> up on you. (at least i hope so; i'm extremely partial to Hexwood!) :)
Tried 'em several times I'm afraid. I'm an avid rereader. I noticed
while gioing thru the archives that hexwood is well regarded I've
wondered if anyone would be able tro make me see it differently. I
think I have a problem with so much of it turning out not to be real.
And I don't like Verrian most of the time
and I never connected at all to Hume. Actually I've realised it
annoys me most of all because it is in fact a book with an awful lot
going for it, like Mordion and the whole voices in the head turn out
to be a hand of Reigners. bah
RThe topic of rereading reminds me of the Chrestomanci
discussion, to read by order of publication or chronologically. I
think its a good idea to reread nbooks in a different order now and
then- like doing a walk in the opposite direction to normal it opens
up unfamilair vistas. I used to only do this with series as opposed
to serial books now I've come to enjoy reading trilogies backwards.
That alll started with Stan Robinson's Mars books Red, Greenb and
Blue Mars I read #1 and 2 when they came out then reread #2
before #3 then went back to #2 because there were things i needed
to see again after reading #3, then I read 1 #1 then #2 then #3
again, this time paying special attention to the maps. Getting back
to Chrestomanci, my original order of reading was by publication. I
was amazed at how dwj got everything she mentioned in 9 Lives
into the prquel and I though it demonstrated very well where
Chrestomanci gets his compassion for the led astray.
> <g> Is it short for something like Vendela? or already complete?
Ha ha I wish! Its short for Vendersleigh. Background, my parents
called me Wendy. I've nothing against the name, except when
applied to me (it really doesn't help that I have a brother called
Peter). When I was 11 or 12 a schoolfriend announced she had had
a dream in which she called me Vendersleigh and proceeded to do
so. It was already the fashion for our group to use nicknames so
that stuck as mine. Trimmed down to Ven, as it soon was, its a
perfectly serviceable and much more suitable monicker so I've used
it ever since,.
Hey Chris I'll talk about Steven Brust on the next mail . Also
maybe Sophie and responsibility.
> - --
Fri, 16 Jun 2000 12:35:41 +0800 (WST)
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