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    Victorian fiction, science fiction, economics, sustainability

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  1. Is there a term for those comments on the back covers, or inside pages, that say how great the book is? They are often lifted from reviews in newspapers and magazines. For example, on the back of a Jack Reacher book, The Times is quoted: 'Busy, bloody and ingenious'. I ask because I was amused to see a quote from Samuel Johnson on the back of Clarissa: 'The first book in the world for the knowledge it displays of the human heart'. A recommendation from Samuel Johnson must be pretty hard to beat.
  2. Best seafaring books

    I started reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I do not think R.L. Stevenson was a sailor, so there is not so much furling of maintopstunsls or whatever they are. Main, mizzen and foremast is as technical as it has got so far. That puzzled me a bit. I thought mizzen would be middle, but then what's the main mast? I once cycled from Mizzen Head to Malin Head in Ireland, and Mizzen Head was at the extreme south, so maybe mizzen means rear. Aside from that, this is a boys' adventure book, but it is very good. The characters are colourful and the language is salty. It strikes me as being a bit like a western for dialogue. "No, not I,' said Silver. 'Flint was cap'n; I was quarter-master, along of my timber leg. The same broadside I lost my leg, old Pew lost his dead-lights. It was a master surgeon, him that ampytated me - out of college and all - Latin by the bucket, and what not; but he was hanged like a dog, and sun-dried like the rest, at Corso Castle."
  3. The Scarlet Pimpernel

    One interesting thing is Baroness Orczy's depiction of Jews is similar to Charles Dickens' in Oliver Twist. They have red hair. They are money grasping. There is over sixty years' difference in the date those books were written. Stereotypically I do not imagine Jews having red hair, so that has changed. Edit: Ashkenazi Jews are often red haired, although not as often as in some other populations.
  4. The Scarlet Pimpernel

    I wonder if this should be in the chick-lit section. It has a very strong female POV. I am glad to say I was right about my guess as to the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel. I would not really have run naked up High Street, but I don't like to be thought a liar.
  5. For me: Scum Rosemary's Baby Witchfinder General The Exorcist
  6. Hello from Ireland

    Hello. It has been a long time since I read Call of the Wild, but I remember thinking it was good. Jack London was unique. I liked Pride and Prejudice, which was far more entertaining than I thought it would be. The Count of Monte Cristo was great too.
  7. The Scarlet Pimpernel

    I think I have already worked out the identity of The Scarlet Pimpernel. If I am wrong I will run naked up High Street. Comtess La Just might be the cleverest woman in Europe, but I would be too many for her.
  8. By Baroness Orczy. Published in 1905 but set in 1792, so it is historical fiction. I am only three chapters in, but it is quite good so far. The way it reads makes me think of a 1940's British film. I understand a pimpernel is a type of wild flower.
  9. The Last Film You Saw

    Watched Benedetta at the cinema. It's about a Lesbian nun who fakes stigmata in order to aggrandise herself. It is based on real events, but I suspect it is very loosely based.
  10. I am reading Clarissa by Samuel Richardson, approximately 1748. Samuel Richardson was in late middle age, and a man, when he wrote that book. The protagonist was a teenage girl. I think he pulled it off. I cannot say because I am not a teenage girl. Notwithstanding Clarissa is not a typical teenage girl. She spends half her waking hours writing letters for a start. She is very high minded, and resolute. She could probably govern a small country if required. So there is Samuel Johnson. When I read War and Peace, I was impressed by the character of Natasha Rostova, another teenage girl. Leo Tolstoy had never been a teenage girl, but Natasha seemed real enough to me. So, who else gets away with it? From the female side, I thought Anne Brontë portrayed men very well in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
  11. Westerns

    Finished reading The Virginian. It is much less violent than a modern Western. It is actually more a romance, but from a male POV. The Virginian gets his schoolmarm by the end, although she is very difficult to win. I do not think that is a spoiler. There is a bit of violence towards the end. There is a bit of politics as well. Owen Wister did not think God created all men equal.
  12. 18th century literature

    Just as poor Mr Wyerley, and others we both know, profane and ridicule Scripture; and all to evidence their pretensions to the same pernicious talent, and to have it thought that they are too wise to be good. Another quote I like from letter 161: But indeed I have seen ladies, of whom I have a better opinion that I can say I have of Mrs Sinclair, who have allowed gentlemen and themselves too, in greater liberties of this sort, than I have thought consistent with that purity of manners which ought to be the distinguishing characteristic of our sex: for what are words, but the body and dress of thought? And is not the mind indicated strongly by its outward dress? I am afraid Clarissa Harlowe is like that. She has very, very high standards.
  13. The Continental Op

    Is it a Hard Case Crime publication?
  14. The term 'misogynist'

    Interesting to me, if not to you, I was reading letter 40 (only 497 to go) of Clarissa by Samuel Richardson, 1748, when Clarissa uses the word 'misogynist' in relation to a Sir Oliver. Sir Oliver who? The notes do not say. Mr Solmes, a fictional character, used his arguments, so presumably Sir Oliver was a real person. I thought the term 'misogynist' was a recent lab release from a social science faculty. When I first started hearing it, I looked it up and it meant someone who hated women, although now it seems a synonym for 'sexist'.
  15. The Hay Festival

    The Hay Festival is on again this year. According to the website you can camp. However,I have had a look at the line up and I don't want to go.