June 20th, 2007

Slow Loris

book plug

Right. It's about time I started plugging books here, so the village bookshop is now open and the first volume I want to big up - and long overdue, it is, too, is With Nine You Get Vanyr by Jean Marie Ward and Teri Smith. Those who know the story will know what a bitter delight it is to finally read this book. It's a marvel, it really is.
The second book I want to mention is Eric Brown's Helix. Eric does place better than almost any science fiction writer I know of, and he's created for himself a place easily the equal of the Ringworld. It also strikes me, going back to a rant I had a while ago, that it's ideal entry-level science fiction, full of sense of wonder but properly focused on character.
Finally, it's not a book but I want to commend to you the BBC's new serial Jekyll, a modern retelling of Doctor Jekyll And Mister Hyde written by Steven Moffat, who created the wonderful comedy Coupling and more recently wrote one of the best episodes of Doctor Who I've ever seen (although not the best - Paul Cornell gets that gong) I'm a bit concerned at how Jekyll is going to develop - there's a bizarre conspiracy subplot rearing its ugly head and I think it might be too long at six hour-long episodes - but I enjoyed part one immensely and I'm looking forward to the next one.

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some kind of ancient greek meme thing

Your Score: Orpheus

33% Extroversion, 100% Intuition, 55% Emotiveness, 100% Perceptiveness

You are an artist, an aesthete, a sensitive, and someone who has never really let go of that childlike innocence. To you, all of life has a sense of wonder in it, and the story of Orpheus was written about someone just like you.

When the Argo passed the island of the Sirens, Orpheus played a song more beautiful than the Sirens to prevent the crew from becoming enticed. When his wife died, he ventured into the underworld to charm Hades but, in his naivete, he looked back becoming trapped there.

You can capture your unique world view and relate it to others with the skill of a master storyteller. Your sensitivity and creativity make you a treasure to the human race, but your thin-skinned nature and innocence can cause you a lot of disenchantment and pain. What's doubly unfortunate is that, if you try to lose those traits, you never will, and everyone will be able to tell that you're putting up an artificial shell to prevent yourself from being hurt.

Famous people like you: Hemingway, Shakespeare, Mr. Rogers, Melville, Nick Tosches
Stay clear of: Icarus, Hermes, Atlas

Link: The Greek Mythology Personality Test written by Aleph_Nine on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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