Steph (normandie_m) wrote,

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I got soundly walloped at chess on Friday. Seriously, that's the only way I can put it. Obviously, I had forgotten more of rules than I thought. *crawls into corner and hides*

I finished 'The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana' on Thursday. And it had one of those awful endings that was open to interpretation. In terms of Eco books, it's not my favourite (that title still lies with 'The Name of the Rose'), but I would recommend it for the visual puzzle it presents, and the incredible insight you get into the author's collection of literature/comics/ads/everything else. I like the idea of illustrated novels, and this was an excellent example of it.

In a month, I'll have hopefully got my hands on a Loeb edition on the first three books of Tacitus' 'Histories'. And Casanova's memoirs. And maybe even the three books I'm missing from Anthony Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire. I got a set of bookshelves for Christmas and they're nearly full already! This does not bode well, so I think I may very well end up foregoing book and dvd shopping over Lent (I figure that kind of shopping probably goes under the deadly sin of greed, ha). Some books I've given consideration to selling (mostly the stuff I used in the Australian lit subject in Toowoomba), but most I'm not prepared to part with. Damn my sentimentality! And horrible spending habits, while I'm at it.

Oh, and finally: Imelda Staunton being cast as Umbridge? BRILLIANT.

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