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+ The Biochemist sent me info about their trip to town for Thanksgiving week. Yay! We don't usually do really exciting stuff, mostly watch football, go to the movies, eat out, hang out. Which leads to two more happy things...

+ Petit Louis has returned cassoulet to the menu. Mmmm. Does anyone really *need* sausage, duck, butter, and beans all in one dish? No, but it isn't about need, it's about want and the occasional indulgence.

+ Montgomery Alehouse & Cinema has opened. Planning a test run before TB & TC visit.

+ At my local Target, the Sony Reader and Esus minicomputer were set up on adjacent endcaps. The reader was pretty, but with such similar price points, I would go for the multifunctional device.

+ There's an article on transgender children over at The Atlantic that is worth checking out, if you're interested.

+ The book that KristieJ adores, Broken Wing? Bought a copy after reading her review, finished it last night. Very good book, an epic historical that seems a bit like a throw back to older historical romances. My admiration was not quite as unreserved as Kristie's, though, because there was a lot of telling rather than showing. Also, I thought Sarah was a bit of a Mary Sue, which normally would bother me, but I was fascinated by Gabriel and didn't mind how unbalanced the story was in that respect.

Date: 2008-10-22 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I didn't mind Sarah in Broken Wing - I felt Gabriel was the unrealistic character. I found him intriguing at the beginning of the book, but once he got to England he seemed to become almost perfect.
I know nothing about what life in a brothel in Paris at that time might have been like, so it wasn't that I was looking for realism, but I found it hard to reconcile the Gabriel at the beginning of the book - abused and self-harming - with the Gabriel who could speak English fluently, play music brilliantly, ride horses well.
I also thought his relationship with Sarah was very normal. I suppose, after reading the first few pages, I'd thought that he was going to idealise her - that he might fall for her because she rescued her brother as he had hoped to be rescued - but that wasn't the dynamic at all. And it seemed odd, given the role models in his life, that his views on relationships were so conventional.

Still, I'm glad I read it.

Marianne McA

Reminded me...

Date: 2008-10-22 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Writing that reminded me that I'd meant to check what £10,000 (what they offered Gabriel for a year's work) was worth today.

Apparently it's:
£520,282.33 using the retail price index.
£7,696,238.60 using average earnings.

That's a very reasonable wage.


Re: Reminded me...

Date: 2008-10-23 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't mind Sarah as much as I thought her character was a little Too Perfect while being sort of hollow at the same time. The entire concept of the plot required a lot of suspension of disbelief and divorce from reality. Gabriel's language skills, his mostly self-taught education, and his ability to just pick up all kinds of skills were a few of the little things that I wondered about. And the present value of the 10,000, too -- thanks for looking that up!

But I still enjoyed the book, and would be willing to check out James's future books. (The author's name was James, wasn't it?)


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