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prudens_mcgonagall: (Donna Noble)
Monday, April 20th, 2015 01:00 am
1. The Spook's Apprentice - Joseph Delaney
2. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
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Friday, January 18th, 2013 04:05 am
bold for first-time reading

 1. "Хоббит" Дж.Р.Р. Толкин (started in 2012)
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Sunday, October 14th, 2012 08:16 pm
1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
2. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
3. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
4. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
5. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
6. Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny 
7. The Guns of Avalon by Roger Zelazny
prudens_mcgonagall: (Ravenclaw - genius)
Monday, October 10th, 2011 03:00 pm
Looking through my bookmarks I found a link: 100 best first lines from novels
I was pleased to see that the first on the list was the line from my favourite novel - Moby Dick by Hermann Melville: "Call me Ishmael". And "Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself" from Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf is also on the list.
Don't know why but this fact makes me smile.
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Friday, April 8th, 2011 02:53 am
Catching up with two of my best school friends (we've been friends for... oh my God, for almost 18 years!) really helps to get rid of my usual spring depression (yep, usually people have depressions in autumn and adore spring, but with me it all goes other way round). Tomorrow (*looks at the watch* actually today *gg*) we are having dinner together in some Korean restaurant (one of my friends had his minor in Korean language and spent a year in South Korea - it explains his choice of the place )) )

I lost 15 pounds (almost 7 kilograms) in 95 days - I'm really proud of myself. It really helped a lot that after finally solving my knee problems I was given go-ahead to work out without grand limitations (jogging and jumping is restricted for me, but I hadn't done it for a long time before treatment for other heath issues - so not like I'll be missing them much). Watching me working out Stan says he understands why I love Norwegian cross-country skiers so much - I may be one of them as well )))

After almost eight months of reading I've finally finished Twilight. And having to spend three hours a day in the hospital for a month really helped. The breaks between treatment sessions were the only way to cope with this book. When I finished it the first thing I told Mom was "I can write such a book right now. Even in English!" (English is not my native language)
Years in the University trained me to reading from the beginning to the end every book and every series, so here I am reading other books from this saga. If Twilight is awful, New Moon is a tiny bit better. Now I'm reading Eclipse and it is turning to be in two tiny steps from awful )))

And I'm rewatching House M.D. again )) Although this time it's not every episode of every season but only those which I almost don't remember and my favourite ones. I'm already on season 3 :)

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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 05:03 pm
The Sons of Martha by R. Kipling

The sons of Mary seldom bother, for they have inherited that good part;
But the Sons of Martha favour their Mother of the careful soul and the troubled heart.
And because she lost her temper once, and because she was rude to the Lord her Guest,
Her Sons must wait upon Mary's Sons, world without end, reprieve, or rest.

It is their care in all the ages to take the buffet and cushion the shock.
It is their care that the gear engages; it is their care that the switches lock.
It is their care that the wheels run truly; it is their care to embark and entrain,
Tally, transport, and deliver duly the Sons of Mary by land and main.

They say to mountains, "Be ye removed." They say to the lesser floods, "Be dry."
Under their rods are the rocks reproved-they are not afraid of that which is high.
Then do the hill-tops shake to the summit-then is the bed of the deep laid bare,
That the Sons of Mary may overcome it, pleasantly sleeping and unaware.

They finger death at their gloves' end where they piece and repiece the living wires.
He rears against the gates they tend: they feed him hungry behind their fires.
Early at dawn, ere men see clear, they stumble into his terrible stall,
And hale him forth a haltered steer, and goad and turn him till evenfall.

To these from birth is Belief forbidden; from these till death is Relief afar.
They are concerned with matters hidden - under the earthline their altars are-
The secret fountains to follow up, waters withdrawn to restore to the mouth,
And gather the floods as in a cup, and pour them again at a city's drouth.

They do not preach that their God will rouse them a little before the nuts work loose.
They do not teach that His Pity allows them to drop their job when they dam'-well choose.
As in the thronged and the lighted ways, so in the dark and the desert they stand,
Wary and watchful all their days that their brethren's day may be long in the land.

Raise ye the stone or cleave the wood to make a path more fair or flat -
Lo, it is black already with blood some Son of Martha spilled for that!
Not as a ladder from earth to Heaven, not as a witness to any creed,
But simple service simply given to his own kind in their common need.

And the Sons of Mary smile and are blessed - they know the Angels are on their side.
They know in them is the Grace confessed, and for them are the Mercies multiplied.
They sit at the Feet - they hear the Word - they see how truly the Promise runs.
They have cast their burden upon the Lord, and - the Lord He lays it on Martha's Sons!
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Monday, August 23rd, 2010 09:30 pm
It is more easy to keep to a diet when it is a season for watermelons :)

I'm a bit ashemed of it, but I've started to read Twilight. Almost the whole world is crazy about this book - I got curious. In fact I was just looking for something to read in the foreign literature section in the bookstore. And I saw Twilight and thought, damn, I was teached to read books, I definetely could cope with this one.
As I've predicted, nothing special. So far the most interesting and exciting thing about the book is the fact that the plot is situated somewhere in Washigton, my favourite state.

My cats follow my every step when I'm at home and I'm sure, if I went to work today, they'd follow me to the train station.
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 05:09 pm
Ha, I've finally passed my foreign literature of the 20th century exam! Although with all my problems it took a year but at last I've done it.
This was the last course of foreign literature, so in my diploma paper I will be proud to read "History of foreign literature - excellent".
Speaking about Jorge Luis Borges's works (which I read long time ago and enjoyed) and style and Alfred Döblin's novel "Hamlet, or The Long Night Comes To An End" (which I read last summer when I was hoping to pass the exam in September) was a real pleasure. Although I hoped to get an examination question about Eugene O'Neill's dramas, which I had really enjoyed reading, or about Virginia Woolf whom I adore so much, that I'd be able to speak till tomorrow *gg* But everything was good as it was, if not to mention that I've frightened our lecturer a bit )) She asked one girl who the Fisher King was and I was so eager to answer (I've read Arthurian legends just several days ago, so I remember even tiniest details) that I even jumped a little on my place *gg* Yeah, I'm probably Hermione Granger %)))