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About Nienna

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  • Birthday 04/25/1986

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    We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
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  1. Well, I don't know the book but (being Irish) I know that Tir Na Nog is a mythical place in Irish mythology. Also, Oisin was said to have come from there I think, and he wrote one of the old Irish epic poems, sort of like Homer to the Greeks, so I guess he could be considered a bard. Don't know anything about a hook though, but maybe this could be some sort of lead for you so just thought I'd mention it.
  2. Dear Franklin, I'm unsure why one trifling incident this afternoon has moved me to write to you. - We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver
  3. Bought this http://www.guardianbookshop.co.uk/BerteShopWeb/viewProduct.do?ISBN=5038495030245 a few days ago. Just had it delivered. Been missing poetry a lot recently. Can't wait to dip into these babies.
  4. Studies have me almost exclusively reading text books these days (current one on Tradition and Dissent; just finished), but I did manage to sneak in a few pages of We Need to Talk About Kevin today. This book has taken about 150 pages to grow on me, but it's becoming enjoyable. Still can't warm to Shriver, though. Anyone else feel the same?
  5. Book Related Careers

    That's awesome kmacdon! I've realised how hard it is to get a job doing what you want to do recently, so be grateful! Haha I'm sure you are. I bet it's fuuuuuuuun!
  6. First Person or Third Person?

    Infinitely prefer first person. I've heard people say what BookJumper pointed out before, but I've never experienced it myself. I guess I am a bit of a philanthropist and I like exploring people. I love the idea of having a characters thoughts laid bare to me. Also it allows us to understand the character where other characters in the book might not, which makes our own emotions towards the character so much more heightened. I find I have a lot more sympathy for them and it makes their opinions a lot easier to understand, be them bad or good!
  7. No age? No gender? You're a little mystery, aren't you... not sure if you legitimately know what you're talking about yet, but you have me interested.

  8. Finally finished American Gods and began the daunting task of surmounting The Count of Monte Cristo.
  9. Show us your desktop!

    Mine! It's Kate Beaton's depiction of the Bronte sisters. (The one on the right is Anne.)
  10. I didn't think it was offensive. It's a good question, really. I can see what you mean, I think, but I don't particularly agree. You assume that exploring the thoughts and opinions of writers means applying them or contemplating them without any relation to your own thoughts. I "enjoy my own thoughts" every time I pick up a book. When I read I compare the writers opinion with my own and just because someone that I might even really respect has given their opinion, this doesn't mean that it will automatically over-ride my own. It might, however. It might just shape my opinion and add to it, or it might simply allow me to understand the views of others better (even if I still disagree). I guess if I was ever to write it would be either to express an emotion or put forward an opinion, but it would be damned self-righteous of me to assume that because I put my opinion out there it should be taken as law, so I assume that other writers must (or should) feel the same. My writing, if I ever take it up in a more serious form, will be to share, not to dictate. I will enjoy it, surely, but I will enjoy it just as I enjoy discourse or debate with other people, and that has 2 sides.
  11. Deluxe edition of LOTR - worth about £300. I spilt milkshake all over them. >:| Let us talk no more of this.
  12. Books that made you cry

    The Book Thief was the most recent book that really made me cry for about a full half of the book. Prior to that I remember really welling up at the end of Peter Pan (JM Barrie) - they all grow up!
  13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

    I really mean to re-read this at some point, too! It's my favourite, favourite book and I feel like another read would bring out more of it that I never saw before! Great quote, too.
  14. Books devoid of Romance

    I would suggest A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin (controversial? ). Although there are of course relationships within the story and actually quite a lot of sex, there is no soppy romance, or romance in the most literally sense of the word - nothing ideal or lovely at all!
  15. 50 Best Author vs Author Put-Downs

    Unfortunately, this was what most male authors (and just males) thought at that time, Lily! I guess it was just socially unacceptable, probably because women didn't have the educational opportunities that men had, so they were supposed to be more stupid. I specifically remember Southey (I think) telling Charlotte Bronte to give up writing because she was a woman. Dear Jesus, imagine if they had...