Saturday, March 17, 2012

Irish Blessing

May those who love us love us.
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping.

Friday, March 16, 2012

My Weekend Plans

“What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?...Was ever anything so civil?” ― Anthony Trollope

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Midnight in Austenland

Midnight in AustenlandMidnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some parts of the book I really liked, but others didn't work for me, so overall this book is 3 stars. As in Austenland, the heroine comes into her own after a bizarrely empowering experience pretending to be someone else in a dream Regency-era vacation in England. On the positive side, the dialogue is quite good and moves apace. There were several passages that had me chuckling to myself, not least of all the heroine joking, "Colonel Mustard in the library with a hatchet!" While I liked the Northanger Abbey tie-in, having a real murder to deal with somehow didn't gel with the campy atmosphere of Pembrooke Park or Charlotte's goofy Inner Thoughts (which I quite enjoyed). I kept waiting for the murder to prove to be a misunderstanding, but it didn't. Also, the murderer's behavior after being discovered defied even my ability to suspend disbelief.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Happy Purim!

Cherry and (non-traditional) Nutella Hamentaschen to celebrate Esther's courage!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

It's Constitutional

“Why, I can't help smiling at people, and speaking prettily to them. I know I'm no better than the rest of the world; but I can't help it if I'm pleasanter. It's constitutional.” 
 Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley's Secret

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to PemberleyDeath Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?" Some of the reviewers of "Death Comes to Pemberley" put me in mind of Lady Catherine's statement. A little over the top? With great expectation can come great disappointment, apparently. Thankfully, I have experienced neither in my read of P.D. James's follow-up to P&P.

The whodunit part was not too surprising, one of the culprits acting suspiciously from the outset, and the killer being the person who seemed incapable of doing the deed. Some of the details of the crime and motivations of characters were not obvious until revealed at the end, so I enjoyed the mystery as well as the story. However, my favorite passages dealt with minor characters, rather than Elizabeth and Darcy. As a married couple, they seemed a bit dull. Here is a description of Caroline Bingley's recent activities that I enjoyed:

Her pursuit of a widowed peer of great wealth was entering a most hopeful phase. Admittedly without his peerage and his money he would have been regarded as the most boring man in London, but one cannot expect to be called "your grace" without some inconvenience, and the competition for his wealth, title and anything else he cared to bestow was understandably keen. There were a couple of avaricious mamas, long-experienced in the matrimonial stakes, each working assiduously on her daughter's behalf, and Miss Bingley had no intention of leaving London at such a delicate stage of the competition.

Overall, as a mystery this book was fun to read. As a sequel, it was less successful, but still worth reading.

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