wiseheart: (Valinor by Ted Nasmith)
I read the books back in the early 1980s and were of two minds about them. I'm the kind of fangirl who likes her genres unmixed. So, sci-fi, fantasy, post-apocalyptic stuff, all in their own places. Shannara is fantasy built on a post-apocalyptic background, and in the places when that becomes obvious, I was always alienated. But aside from that, it was an enjoyable read.

Now, when the TV-series came to Hungarian TV, I gave it a try. It took about 20 or 30 minutes - the horrible dubbing certainly didn't help. Finally, today it started on German TV, too, so I thought why not give it a second try? Perhaps I'd like it better for the second time.

Well... I didn't. The scenery is pleasant, and the young actor who plays Wil Ohmsford I could easily accept, but that's basically it. I found the rest of the casting as horrible as for the first time. I remember Amberle Elessedil being a dignified character from the books - in this, she isn't. Neither is anyone else in the elvish court, for that matter. And John Rhys-Davies as an Elf, even as an old Elf, is ridiculous. Especially in the role of Eventine Elessedil. Granted, the first book I read was The Sword of Shannara, in which Eventine was a young, heroic and dynamic Elf King, so the contrast was probably too great, but still...
wiseheart: (Tosh_flowers)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat over at [livejournal.com profile] little_details, I can point you all to this page, where you can download 20 fashion books from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free and completely legally. I've snatched myself a few from the historical stuff, go and take a look, they are gorgeous!
wiseheart: (Gildor)
I went to Bestsellers today, to order the Sherlock special and the last volume of WETA's Art and Design books to the Hobbit films. Taking a look around, I incidentally spotted The Story of Kullervo, which was the very first short story ever written by Tolkien. Apparently. I never heard of it before, although I the name of the hero is familiar from the Kalevala. The book was outrageously expensive, but it is beautifully designed, so I don't regret giving in to the temptation and buying it.

So, now I'm the proud owner of three of the Professor's books that aren't directly related to the Ardaverse and yet wonderful. the other two are The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun and The Fall of Arthur.

I foresee in the not-so-distant future the aquisition of Tolkien's Beowulf Translation and Commentary and Finn and Hengest, after which I'll probably be broke. Drat, but good books are an expensive hobby! Still, I could be drinking or smoking and it would cost more, right?
wiseheart: (Gildor)
... I'll also try to get myself this book and this book and this book, too.

Yes, I know they are specifically made the way that you have to buy all three of them to get the whole second Hobbit film covered. Especially presenting the dragon in a book of its own is shameless money-mongering. Considering that I absolutely hated the 2nd film, it seems insane to spend so much money on the artwork part of it, but actually the artwork is the really good part of it, and the Cloaks and Daggers part will be very good for my vocabulary.

It's my great regret that I bought the very first volume (Part 1 to the 1st film) in German cause I didn't think of the possibility of ordering it in original. All those wonderful terms and names and expressions re: the Dwarves clothing and tools and weapons, and I'll never have in English. Because buying the book twice would be a bit excessive, even for my Hobbit-related obsession. * le sigh*

Okay, I'll shut up here now. I actually managed to do some decent writing in the last couple of days, so I'll be busy typing everything up during the weekend and next week or so.
wiseheart: (Sherlock)
Abusing the shared computer in the school library again (godawful keyboard, by the way), since Help Guy still haven't found his way to us from next door. *sighs*

Anyway, Bestsellers (the English bookshop in the inner city) has worked its magic and my brand new Season 3 Sherlock DVDs have arrived yesterday. So far, I only had the time to watch "The Empty Hearse". My spoilery review is behind the tag, for people like myself who live on Mars.

So, Sherlock again... )

Also, I got myself the Torchwood novel "Another Life" by Peter Anghelidis. Mostly because I needed the whole background about the Bruydac for "Director Jones". Not a bad novel per se - the author writes Gwen as she should have been, instead of the unsympathetic idiot as she appeared in the series, but I can live with it. What got me really bored was Owen and his VR game - I leafed through those parts. Unfortunately, they were rather long. Tosh was great. Alas, Ianto got largely ingored.Just like in the series. But the book is useful for my writing, so I'm not complaining.
wiseheart: (Merlin magic)
Once again, I'm considering leaving the choir I once helped to create.
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On other news, I've finished Christmas baking. I think. It's highly unlikely that I'd do anything else for the feast. Added a few links for you, and will post the recipes I owe you as soon as I can bring up the energy to translate them from German into English. Too bad I didn't get these double-yolk eggs before I'd start baking. They're really funny; and they would be great for biscuits where you only need the eggyolks.

Oh, and have I mentioned that I got all Miss Marple books in English original? "Bestsellers got them for me, and they weren't even all that expensive. I'll try to order DVDs through "Bestsellers", too, perhaps they can get me the new Hobbit film and the 3rd season of Sherlock.
wiseheart: (Uhura_tribble)
Sooo, we're back, thanks for the good wishes. Dresden was wonderful and Berlin was - well, interesting. The Pergamon Museum was beyond amazing, but other than hat, I don't think I'd ever want to return to Berlin, while I'd use any chance to see Dresden again.

We got back last night very late, as we got into a 2-hour-traffic jam beyond Prague. Today I had to go to Bestsellers, the only English bookshop in town, where I fetched my shiny new US-version of Sherlock - the Case Book. It's great, has lots of background material to both seasons and very, very funny.

But: while I was waiting, I spotted two other little gems on the bookshelf. The one is The Fall of Arthur by the Great Professor Tolkien himself (edited, as usual, by his son Christopher), the other one a medieval mystery titled Hill of Bones by a group of authors who call themselves The Medieval Murderers and wrote the book together. I'm particularly looking forward to that one - it takes place at the end of the 12th century, also only slightly beyond Cadfael times, so it might prove helpful, aside from (hopefully) being a good read.

I also ordered 7 (!) Miss Marple novels - basically those who mostly take place in St. Mary Mead or in another village. I already have 5 of them, so my collection is going to be almost full. The only ones I didn't order were A Caribbean Mystery and Nemesis. I may buy them later, but they won't be of any use for my story Precious Like Rubies, so I'd rather spend my money on them later.

I must ask them if they accept orders for DVDs as well, although it's rather unlikely as they're not selling the things. It would be so nice if I could order the original, British editions of the 3rd series of Sherlock, or the extended edition of The Hobbit, or the second part of the movie, or older Dr. Who stuff - ah, well, one can't have everything.
wiseheart: (Mycroft_smoking)
On a slightly less whiny note, I've been watching TV-versions of the Miss Marple stories lately. And it has been fun, in more than one note.
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wiseheart: (Bilbo)
Thanks for the good wishes; we had a wonderful time. I'll tell you more and probably add a few photos, at least those about the Old Smithy - so wonderfully Dwarvish!

I also broke down and bought Volume 1 of "The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey Chronicles. Art & Design," which has the most amazing Dwarf desings, some of them a lot better than the end results in the film. The Dwarf women are espacially breath-taking; I'm actually reconsidering my aversion against them being bearded... to a certain extent anyway.

Volume 2 shows then the end results, the make-up and costume stuff, tells about the individual characters, the language and accents of various races and so on. Unfortunately, we had way too much luggage with us already, and even if I were ready to spend the same amount of money again (which I would, although it's a rather expensive book) I simply couldn't have dragged it home with all the other stuff. And Mum isn't allowed to lift anything that weighs more than two pounds, so she couldn't help.
wiseheart: (Buliwyf)
Mum and I went to Vienna yesterday. It was long overdue for our mental health - Vienna is the place where we can truly relax, even if we only go for a day and do nothing but walk around in the old town and absorb the atmosphere. Aside from that, it is the place where I can sometimes buy DVDs that I like. Not often, but sometimes, yeah.

In any case, it was a beautiful day, and while I did not find Camelot or A Game of Thronesor any Classic Who that I would have liked, I did find Ivanhoe. The original has been one of my favourite books for many decades, having read it before Tolkien even, and once, back in the Stone Age, I saw a TV series starring a very young Roger Moore in the title role. So, I was understandably curious, and as it was a boxed edition for a reasonable price, I bought it.

So far, I have only watched the first episode. It is... interesting. Certainly a great deal more down-to-earth than I would have expected, after all that fantasy stuff I've seen lately, and many of the characters look differently from my imagination after reading and re-reading the book uncounted times, but I think I like it. I would have imagined Ivanhoe a little more gracile, Bois-Gilbert more exotic-looking, Rowena a great deal more beautiful and many other characters, especially Gurth and Wamba, a lot younger, but I think Prince John was a good choice and Rebecca is fantastic. Some of the changes irked me a bit at first, but I understand that the creators wanted to put in a bit more excitement.

I'm curious what the rest of the series will be like.
wiseheart: (Merlin focused)
No, I haven't got the current bug, and it seems to have run its course, more or less. Kids are coming back to school in spades. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, you decide for yourself.

But: I've been having the most bewildering symptoms that prove that a) I'm either getting ill, or b) I'm getting old. My ears freeze. I kid you not! My earshells, while feel reasonably warm to the touch, are freezing. I have the feeling most of the time that they are ice cold. They are not. I checked them. Mum checked them. They don't feel any colder than the rest of me.

It's really, really weird. It reminds me of a short story by György Moldova, about a young man whose fingernails hurt. At first they thought he was simulating because he didn't want to go to the Army (it was mandatory in our country at that time). Then they put him into the madhouse, where already were three Christi, two Buddhas and a guy who only knew that he was a dove, but whether the Holy Ghost or the one from Picasso's paitning, he couldn't tell.

Well, the madhouse has been closed years ago, for economical reason (which is why so many madmen are running around free over here, most of them acting in politics), so I'm not in that particular kind of danger. But my ears still feel bloody cold!
wiseheart: (Lancelot)
Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] songfire3

Pick up the nearest book to you.
Turn to page 45.
The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

"Come south with me, and I'll teach you how to laugh again," the king promised.

- Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Wow, this is actually nice! I was of two minds whether to read the book at all, but after this, I think I will.
wiseheart: (Merlin focused)
I've lent the novelization to the pilot episode - a book I got from [livejournal.com profile] the_wild_iris to one of our eight-grade students. I got him hooked on Merlin, because he looks exactly as Bradley James must have looked when he was 14. We have this little insider joke that I call him my Prince - and he laughs his head off.

Anyway, I'm very impressed. He actually faced the challenge to read an English book, and one that hadn't been dumbed down to the level of foreing people who're still learning the language. He says that the first 30 pages were brutal - he had to look up every second word. But after that, words started reapparing, and now he's actually enjoying himself.

I'm very proud of him - and a little proud of myself. Considering how much this generation dislikes reading, for a 14-year-old to start reading a book in a foreign language and not giving up when he had to face the first difficulties, it's quite the feat. And I'm not even his English teacher.
wiseheart: (radek_working)
From all over my f'list...

The book I am reading: Fanny Hill or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland and A to Z of King Arthur and the Holy Grain by Simon Cox and Mark Oxbrow. Unless fanfic counts, that is. I simply don't have the time to read only one book at any given time.

The book I am writing: Whoa, which one? Still reworking the Grand Fantasy Epos (TM) in Hungarian. Also, "Everything Changes", "Eye Witness" (the Tosh romance), and about two dozen unfinished WIPs in almost as many fandoms, while researching for and fleshing out the detailed outline of the second part of Torchwood Virtual Season 3.

The book I love most: As others have pointed out, this is a silly question, but if I have to give one answer, The Lord of the Rings by Professor Tolkien.

The last book I received as a gift: Entanglements by Martha Wells; a Stargate: Atlantis novel. It was a Christmas gift from [livejournal.com profile] artemis10002000.

The last book I gave as a gift: Various thin booklets about Hungarian, history, architecture and artists that I gave as Christmas gifts to various friends in far-away countries. ;)

The nearest book: Ummm... on the closest bookshelf on eye level is a sortiment of Tolkien books, the entire Earthsea series by Ursula K Le Guin, Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer, The Black Arrow by Stevenson, Scotish folk tales and Arabian Nights.
wiseheart: (radek_working)
... I treated myself with new books today. Had two hours between work and choir rehearsal, so Mum and I went to our favourite self-serving restaurant, had lunch (it's quite the time-saver if you don't have to cook *or* to do the washing-up afterwards).

Next to the restaurant is Alexandra, a very large bookshop, with a decent selection of English books. No sci-fi or fantasy, alas, but I bought "Fanny Hill", just in case I might need that kind of vocabulary one day (and it was on sale, so I got it for half the usual price). And I bought "The Art of Mesoamerica", because, well, pre-Columbian cultures are a very old interest of mine. I might buy "North American Indian Art", too, eventually, but that was quite expensive, so I'll wait for another horrible period when I'll be in sore need of some book comfort.
wiseheart: (radek_working)
This is that infamous Wednesday every other week when I spend eleven (!) grueling hours at work. But today was a fruitious one nevertheless.
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wiseheart: (Lancelot)
The Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors who’ve influenced you and will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Consider yourself tagged if you want to be tagged.

My fifteen, many of whom would say absolutely nothing to you, I'm afraid...

1) Kodolányi János (historic novels)
2) Kovai Lőrinc (historic novels)
3) Mihail Bulgakov
4) Stanislaw Lem
5) J.R.R. Tolkien
6) Ursula K. Le Guin
7) Szabó Magda (children's books)
8) Henryk Szienkiewicz (historic novels)
9) Alexande Dumas
10) Jules Verne
11) Gárdonyi Géza (historic novels)
12) Jókai Mór (contemporary 19th century literature)
13) Móra Ferenc (children's books and historic novels)
14) Isaac Asimov
15) Iwan Jefremov (sci-fi)

I added the genre to those you might not know, just to give you an impression...
wiseheart: (Default)
Just a bit drowned in work. What little online time I've had this week, I've spent it with [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo. It's a very friendly comm, with great fun following the progress of my fellow writers. I probably wouldn't have finished the first Tosh series without them.

Now I'm on my way to finish "Sparrows" during November, if I can. It should be doable, unless work stays this crazy until the end of the month.
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wiseheart: (that-czech-guy)
... because I'm a greedy, greedy person.

Today - oh wonder of wonders! - I actually managed to get away from school in time, and so I hit some bookshops again. Not the second-hand ones, tho, although those had been my primary targets. There was simply not enough time. For those, I'll need a full afternoon.

In any case, I purchased the following shinies:

1. The boxed edition of Primeval's first season. I love that series. I love British series in general - people in them look like, well, like people, not like a species unto itself specially bred for television like in American TV. Besides, Series 1 is cute.

2. "The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún" by Master Tolkien himself, yeah! I don't know that one, but tell me honestly, could I have seen something like that in paperback, for a price I could pay without serious pain and not buy it???

3. "Pilgrim" by James Jackson, a historic novel about the Children's Crusade, taking place in 1212, also slightly post-Cadfael and post-Kingdom of Heavens. Even if it's a little behind "my" time, I think crusading vocabulary would come in handy when I finally get around to write that long-planned story about Cadfael's crusader years.

3. "Lords of the Bow" by Conn Iggulden, which is said to be the epic story of Genghis Khan. Which is an era and a slice of history of particular interest for me, taking place shorty before the Mongols overrun Hungary. Also vocabulary may be useful when I get around to write my story taking place in Harad.

Erm... isn't it a sign of serious obsession when I choose the books I buy based on the fact whether they will prove useful for writing fanfic? *g*
wiseheart: (Centaurus)
I felt a bit down due to yesterday's news, plus I had two hours between the end of work and the teachers' conference that ruined my otherwise half-free afternoon (and I only have two of those in the entire week!), so I decided to spend some money. It always helps.

So I treated myself to a decent meal in a nearby self-selving restaurant ([livejournal.com profile] the_wild_iris and [livejournal.com profile] rcfinch could give testimony that it's a good place indeed), and then I hit the bookshop next to it.
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Our choir is also starting to rise from the ashes. We've got quite a few new pieces this year, some of them very loverly.


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