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Didn't get a chance to post last night, so here:

Day 9:
More time playing "Gay Mages in Love," aka Dragon Age 2.
Colossal prune-eating cleanliness failures.
Cutty's Roast Beef sammiches.

Day 10:
Cooperative doctors.
Encouraging advisors.
eBook checkouts from the BPL.

And a little more detailed:
I checked out the latest Stephen R. Donaldson book via my iPod Touch (whoa, I am in the future now) and am reading it bit by bit. And somehow, it's exactly what I need.

On one hand, I think this book is showing all his weaknesses in big capital letters: the language sends me running for a dictionary (surquedry? wtf?) and the first few chapters have consisted almost entirely of people standing around making expository speeches.

On the other hand, SRD touches some need within me, some resonance with the moral themes of his work, bleak and uncompromising though they may be. Trust. Love. Loyalty. The need to stand against "the dictates of despair." I need that now; that rejection of the self-loathing and emptiness that despair brings. The idea that sometimes it is simply enough to reject despair, even if we don't have the strength to do more.

Now if only the language weren't so...clenched.

Date: 2011-04-06 03:13 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Psholtii: in a bad mood)
From: [personal profile] sovay
(surquedry? wtf?)

It's in the OED, but that's the best I can say for it. What does he intend it to mean?

Date: 2011-04-07 12:12 am (UTC)
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Cutty's! Crap! I wanted to go there. :(

Date: 2011-04-07 03:04 am (UTC)
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I finally read the very first Covenant book some years back, but the title character was just too profoundly unlikeable for me to want to read any more.

And I read Mordant's Need so long ago (in the '80s?) that I hardly remember anything about it. I think I actually liked it, but the prose was pretty slow going.


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