January 31st, 2009

nikau (NZ!)

Brought to you this time by the letter N

From vjezkova, the return of the first letter meme.

Use the first letter of your first name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real places, names, and things. Nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person you got it from had the same first initial. You can't use your name for the boy's/girl's name question.

I did it with V for Vilakins last time, so here it is for N.

1. What is your name? Nico
2. A four-letter word: Nerd
3. A boy's name: Noah
4. A girl's name: Naomi
5. An occupation: nuclear physicist
6. A colour: navy blue
7. Something you wear: necklace
8. A beverage: Napoleon brandy
9. A food: nougat
10. Something found in the bathroom: nail brush
11. A place: Noumea
12. A reason for being late: ninjas with nunchukkas battling nuns with nitro-glycerine
13. Something you shout: Nooooooooo! [camera pulls back]

Oh yeah, and I'm:
75% Geek

books

Mostly about books

I heard a transformer blew up in Melbourne and a lot of people are without power in the heat. I hope kerravonsen and anyone else in the area is all right.

I now have bronchitis; oh joy. The antibiotics the doctor gave me right at the start clearly didn't work at all. I'm supposed to go and see a contracting agency who used to get me work (all their staff have changed and they don't know me any more) but I can't feeling like this, and hacking disgustingly.

I am consoling myself with books.

I recently read An Assembly Such As This by Pamela Aidan; an account from Darcy's POV of the events of Pride and Prejudice, and the first in a trilogy. It's well written in the style of Austen (except for rampant said-phobia which Austen never suffered from; she never used "intoned" and "supplied" etc) and entertaining enough for me to want to read the other two. It was however full of the most terrible typos, spelling mistakes, and punctuation errors (e.g. "Here, here" instead of "Hear, hear", apostrophes in plurals, "who's" / "whose and "its" / "it's" being swapped). Was this even edited? Shame on you, Wytherngate Press.

I also enjoyed Sherlock Holmes: the missing years by Tibetan author Jamyang Norbu, which was recced on someone else's LJ. It covers the adventures of Holmes in India and Tibet in the two missing years after he was assumed dead, and is a ripping yarn with a touch of the Indiana Jones, told by Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, the Babu of Kipling's Kim. He makes an amusing and fun narrator (his Holmes is very in character too), and on the strength of this book, I've decided to reread Kim.

I'm also rereading the Earthsea Quartet, and am still slowly working my way through the Discworld novels, the last one being Carpe Jugulum, which was fun but not up to the level of a good City Watch book.