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Oh oh oh I got mail!!! Wet mail, but it's okay inside! Mail from Scotland. Thank you, Hannah, that's so neat of you to find me books in charity shops *giggle* and really useful ones too. I have two big boxes of books in my classroom that we've collected for the poor and none of them were on philosophy so YAY you have saved the day! That was so kind.

And why the mail was wet? It has rained here. Rained and rained and rained. No soccer now for about six weeks, the grounds are sodden and large parts of the country are having serious flooding problems. Cows aren't getting milked, trees have blocked driveways up and down the country, roads are closed, cars washed away, coastal baches washed into the sea... Steve and his co-workers had to drive through a lot of flooded roads to get back to Christchurch from Queenstown. They agreed that if they could see the yellow line (of the road markings) under the water, they'd give it a go, otherwise find a detour! OMG! They made it and he flew back up this afternoon. It's raining again now. It rained all day yesterday and I mean ALL DAY steady, heavy rain. I can stand on my verandah at school and just watch the rain. It's amazing.

Going to bed early, it's not even half past ten. But netball stops for no man, or girl, and Christy's team has a game at 8.15 in the morning. It'll be cold and wet. No soccer though, so we can come home and get warm and dry. Then we'll buy paint and a few more tiles for the bathroom (damn the tiler who missed a wall in his calculations...)

And I'm tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiired. So, have a good day-evening-morning, my fellow friends. I'm going to read a novel, and I tell you it's a really badly written novel (some of Connelly's Harry Bosch novels are okay but this latest one is total crap, and explains everything like it was written for ESOL students or something). And some of it is just plain crap for no apparent reason. Just listen to this line:
But Bosch couldn't bring himself to roll over. Not even for Rachel and the memory of what they once had. Not even for the hope of a future with her that he still carried like a number in a cell phone's heart.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh *pukes*

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moth2fic
Aug. 2nd, 2008 09:13 am (UTC)
Looking on the bright side, if you'd had all the tiles first time your car might have stopped altogether.

I think writing makes you much more critical of other people's books - especially the ones that earn megabucks. That line is really something!! But I bet a lot of readers didn't even notice!!!

It's summer here - but it's gone back to warmish, greyish and not very interesting.
natesmountain
Aug. 2nd, 2008 11:18 am (UTC)
-Looking on the bright side, if you'd had all the tiles first time your car might have stopped altogether.
Hee, how optimistic.

-I think writing makes you much more critical of other people's books
I think you're so right. These days I am forever thinking things like 'that was good writing' or 'how could anyone publish this?'

-That line is really something!! But I bet a lot of readers didn't even notice!!!
I wonder. I guess maybe not. Most people just enjoy the reading LOL! Because this guy has written a series of these books, has the quality diminished with the desire to earn money or please readers? I wonder if I read them one by one, I'd notice a progression?!

-It's summer here - but it's gone back to warmish, greyish and not very interesting.
We had a beautiful, sunny day but it's raining again tonight.
moth2fic
Aug. 2nd, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
I think publishers put a lot of pressure on 'famous' authors to get the next book out quickly, and the editors aren't as careful because they think they can trust the famous author, so yes, I think the quality deteriorates. And I've noticed far more typos in published books since publishers started to rely on spell check etc. I also think that although a lot of readers don't notice the errors they still feel vaguely uncomfortable without being quite sure why. I certainly find a lot of published work is dross - and often I don't even finish it. I'm currently reading a fantastic fantasy series - every sentence is a delight, the plot is dizzying and the characters are alive in my head - and in 5 volumes (there are 7 altogether) I have only found two typos - both cases were 'form' for 'from'. It's quite a relief to have found something so good because I'd begun to wonder whether 'genre' novels - fantasy, thrillers, etc. - had all simply gone downhill recently. I know fantasy isn't your thing but in case anyone else wonders, I'm reading Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott.
natesmountain
Aug. 3rd, 2008 06:57 am (UTC)
-I know fantasy isn't your thing
*blush* I try to like it but... *g* just can't quite do it!

-I think publishers put a lot of pressure on 'famous' authors to get the next book out quickly, and the editors aren't as careful because they think they can trust the famous author
You might be right there. I did finish the book and it did have a good plot. Just lacked a lot of flow. And then at the very end there's an interview with the author because he apparently wrote this story as a lengthy serial for a newspaper, and then got the chance to rework it into a book with more plot additions and extra depth... so that says a bit more about the oddness of it in places!!
hannahfmuk
Aug. 2nd, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad the books arrived! I came home from buying them to see you'd made an lj post about the horrors of your postal system and how much mail was going missing, which is why I thought I'd let it be a surprise - that way, if it never showed up, you wouldn't have your hopes dashed.

I hope the books are useful. I'm actually back at my parents' just now, and the other book I mentioned in my note is "101 Philosophy Problems" by Martin Cohen.
natesmountain
Aug. 3rd, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
OMG I loooooooooooove that icon. I saw an old episode the other day and it was one Suilven uses on an icon, I think. I immediately thought, OMG I know that scene!

-you'd made an lj post about the horrors of your postal system and how much mail was going missing,
It wasn't our postal system, we have a brilliant one. It's sending stuff to friends who find it hard to find the time to tell me things arrived LOL! So I have to blame the postal system or else I'd blame them and that wouldn't be nice! And I am so grateful to you for sending the books. All the ones I have at the moment are library books.
Now I OWN some *g* and I know they'll be useful. And it was a wonderful surprise!

I'll have to look out for the Cohen book! We have a good second hand bookstore in town that ought to have a philosophy section...
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