sarah531: ([les mis] enjolras and grantaire)
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So, almost a full year after meeting Grantaire from Les Miserables, I met Sydney Carton from A Tale Of Two Cities, and oh god they would have gotten along so well.

Grantaire: “I want a drink. I desire to forget life. Life is a hideous invention of I know not whom. It lasts no time at all, and is worth nothing.”
Carton: “As to me, the greatest desire I have, is to forget that I belong to it. It has no good in it for me—except wine like this—nor I for it.”

Grantaire: "I am tired to death, and I am stupid!"
Carton:There is nothing in [me] to like; you know that.”

Hugo on Grantaire: "…humanity, civilization, religion, progress, came very near to signifying nothing whatever to Grantaire…He was, himself, moreover, composed of two elements, which were, to all appearance, incompatible. He was ironical and cordial. His indifference loved."
Dickens on Carton: “…the cloud of caring for nothing, which overshadowed him with such a fatal darkness, was very rarely pierced by the light within him.”

Hugo on Grantaire: “He had need of Enjolras. That chaste, healthy, firm, upright, hard, candid nature charmed him, without his being clearly aware of it, and without the idea of explaining it to himself having occurred to him…Grantaire in the presence of Enjolras became some one once more.”
Carton to Lucie: "I have had unformed ideas of striving afresh, beginning anew, shaking off sloth and sensuality, and fighting out the abandoned fight. A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it."

There’s more, loads more-

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sarah531: ([misc] my beach)
I read the book Unwind by Neal Shusterman the other day- anyone else read it? It's good, but disturbing as hell.

spoilers )

Also: I am an organ donor and I hope this book won't put anyone off being one, but OH GOD PLEASE MAKE EXTRA SURE I'M DEAD FIRST
sarah531: ([blackadder] planet earth)
Hollywood Executive 1: We have a book here called 'World War Z', it deals with the global impact of a zombie outbreak, features many different cultures and politics, explores the stories of many countries-

Hollywood Executive 2: Yes! I'm seeing, "White American Man Saves World From Zombies"

HE1: No, it's not about-

HE2: Get me Brad Pitt on the phone!

HE: No, you've missed the point entirely-

HE2: There aren't nearly enough movies about a man protecting his wife and kids from danger! We need to get Brad Pitt an adorable family! Is Angelina busy? Yes? Get me someone else!

HE1: But there's a huge, diverse cast in this book-

HE2: WHITE AMERICAN MAN. PURE BOX OFFICE GOLD.

HE1: Look, can we at least get the actual zombies right-

HE2: PURE. GOLD.
sarah531: ([hp] pretty)
I finally have it! And I read it! It was good, but so bleak and sad.

Thoughts with spoilers )
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  • Fifty Shades Of Gay: For homosexual folk
  • Fifty Shades Of Hay: For farmers
  • Fifty Shades Of Day: For calendar makers
  • Fifty Shades Of Pay: For bankers
  • Fifty Shades Of Nay: For Thor
  • Fifty Shades Of Tray: For waiters
  • Fifty Shades Of Pray: For religious folk
  • Fifty Shades Of Aaaay: For The Fonz
  • Fifty Shades Of (mocking)Jay: For Hunger Games fans
  • Fifty Shades Of Neigh: For horses
sarah531: ([hp] everyone needs a trio icon)
Went to pick up a copy of The Hunger Games from the library. All sixteen copies are out and the reservation list is seven weeks long. WHAT IS WITH THIS BOOK
sarah531: ([misc] mwa ha ha)
Who remembers the Babysitters Club books? These people do: [livejournal.com profile] bsc_snark. After all this time, I finally know what 'shortsheeted a bed' means. I was disappointed it was nothing filthy.
sarah531: ([blackadder] planet earth)
Finally been reading this. So many people talk about it, I figured it was time...

I read an interview with Lionel Shiver (the letter she wrote to Kevin, printed in the Radio Times) and assumed that that had given away the story's ending. It hadn't, there was still one horrible surprise at the end. Probably the nastiest thing that happened in the whole novel.

And I hated Eva. I can't even quite put my finger on why. I hated her use of the word 'retard', her pretending to be all liberal when actually she's kinda ableist and homophobic (well, by my standards, I guess, which I know aren't everyone's.) I hated her hypocrisy...I hated almost everything about her. It's rare for me to hate a fictional character, especially one we're meant to probably feel sympathy for, but...I didn't like her. Then again I didn't like Kevin either. Or any of the adult characters at all. It's a really bleak and depressing story...

Book rec

Sep. 29th, 2010 08:10 pm
sarah531: ([watchmen] silk spectre ii)
Has anyone here read Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera? I'm always grabbing YA books from the library and I grabbed that one, and it's really good, but made me really angry.

Get ahold of it! It's brilliant.

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