Books obtained at library sale. Please comment if you've heard of or read any:

Dangerous Waters, by John Burnett. Arrr - no, this is actually nonfiction about modern pirates.

The Final Solution: A Story of Detection, by Michael Chabon. Mysteries, Holocaust survivors, codes, and a parrot.

Folk Tales from the North, by Winifred Finlay. North England, I believe; titles include "The Laidley Worm of Spindlestone Heugh" and "Mary-Ann and the Cauld Lad of Hylton." This is exactly the sort of thing that makes library sales so great.

The Rocking Horse Secret, by Rumer Godden. Children's book, never read it. Godden's work is very much love-it-or-hate-it for me. Probably my favorites are Thursday's Children (ye Gods, what a hideous cover), about brother and sister child ballet dancers, but really about families, ambition, talent, and the longing for talent, which isn't the same as the longing for fame, and In This House of Brede, a beautifully written, meditative book about life in a nunnery - no, really, it's great. (Warning for non-graphic but upsetting death of a child.)

The Game, by Diana Wynne Jones. One of her last books which I haven't yet read. Whatever this particular one is like, her work will forever be a treasure and a joy to me.

By the Light of the Moon, by Dean Koontz. What can I say? I sometimes get the craving to read his books on plane trips, and I have a plane trip coming up.

Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory: Two Volumes Complete (Unexpurgated Edition). I've never read the whole thing, I want to check it for PTSD references, and I wanted a hard copy.

The Golden Nineties, by Lisa Mason. I enjoyed her time-travel sf novel, Summer of Love, A Time Travel (San Francisco Time Travels), but never saw anything else by her. Looks like she's putting her books up on Kindle.

Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, by Kayla Williams. Memoir by female Iraq War veteran.

When Nietzsche Wept: A Novel of Obsession, by Irwin Yalom. In nineteenth-century Vienna, a drama of love, fate, and will is played out amid the intellectual ferment that defined the era. Josef Breuer, one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis, is at the height of his career. Friedrich Nietzsche, Europe's greatest philosopher, is on the brink of suicidal despair, unable to find a cure for the headaches and other ailments that plague him. I have enjoyed Yalom's nonfiction. Dipping into his classic work on group therapy, Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy,, I was delighted to find a particularly annoying type of person/behavior pattern named and described as "the help-rejecting complainer."
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From: [personal profile] dsgood


I've just requested Folk Tales From the North from my library system. Thanks.
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From: [personal profile] tevere


I've read 'Love My Rifle More Than You' and posted some thoughts on it. I wouldn't say it's brilliant, but it did resonate strongly with my own personal experiences as a woman in a not-dissimilar work environment.
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From: [personal profile] torachan


I enjoyed The Final Solution, though I was not familiar with Sherlock Holmes enough at the time to realise it was Sherlock Holmes fanfic, so I missed out on a layer of it, I guess.
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From: [personal profile] intothespin


I have a few Lisa Mason books in the to-be-read pile, so I'd love to see what you think of her.

The Game felt like it should be longer, but it was still lovely.
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From: [personal profile] ursula


I like Lisa Mason a lot. I remember Golden Nineties as good, but not much detail. She also wrote a very interesting novel about the surrealists and a violent and pulpier/ less arty series called Pangaea.
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From: [personal profile] lnhammer


The Game was lovely, but sufficiently like other of her books that you will probably figure out what's really going on much earlier than is ideal for that type of story.

Yay Malory unexpergated. (I can't remember if I've ever admitted that my first experiments in fanfic was porny retellings of certain episodes of his that are already halfway there in the first place.)

---L.
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From: [personal profile] oursin


Oh yes on the love or hate thing with Godden - I tried to re-read The Battle of the Via Fiorita recently and couldn't finish it I hated it so much, and yet I love In This House of Brede and A Candle for St Jude.
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From: [personal profile] oyceter


I remember liking the DWJ but not thinking it was one of her best. Am really curious about the Chabon now!

From: [identity profile] naomikritzer.livejournal.com


I think I read "The Rocking Horse Secret" as a kid but I don't remember anything about it.

From: [identity profile] fiveandfour.livejournal.com


Have obviously heard of the Arthur book. Beyond that, I've purchased but not yet read the Kayla Williams book. I go into and out of phases where I'm fascinated by military culture. I bought it while in the phase, but haven't been back to it since.

From: [identity profile] spectralbovine.livejournal.com


I'm pretty sure I read some of the Malory in high school. It was assigned summer reading. And then it wasn't. So I read it for nothing. And don't remember anything from it.

I read a lot of Koontz in high school, but I haven't read him in years.
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From: [identity profile] radiotelescope.livejournal.com


My notes on DWJ's _The Game_: "A slight story in a standard Jones line -- a kid keeps up with a moderately whimsical magical reality which is far wilder than the understated prose might lead you to imagine. Short, and there's nothing wrong with it, but not the best of her stuff."

I don't remember any of the details at this point.

From: [identity profile] jinian.livejournal.com


I love that there is a memoir of a female Iraq War vet called that.

Oh god, Dean Koontz. I'm on the "not since high school" side here, but I will watch with anusement if you post about it!

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From: [identity profile] nancylebov.livejournal.com


I've read "The Game"-- it's the usual DWJ themes, done well, but without the highly complex plot she has in some of her longer works.

From: [identity profile] meganbmoore.livejournal.com


IIRC Ienjoyed The Game a good bit, but I don't think it's one of DWJ's more popular books.
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From: [personal profile] sovay


The Game, by Diana Wynne Jones.

It's a lesser novella, but still worth reading. If you've read almost any Diana Wynne Jones, you'll put the pieces together faster than the protagonist, but it has a pair of characters I really like. Everything else fits into a system; they're numinous.

From: [identity profile] tool-of-satan.livejournal.com


I agree with the general tenor of the comments about The Game. It's second-rate DWJ. However, second-rate DWJ is still better than a lot of things, and certainly worth reading.
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From: [personal profile] skygiants


I tried to read the Malory for research as a teenager at one point, and got through about the first volume before I got distracted. One of these days I'll read the whole thing!

The Game is enjoyable but needed to be three or four times longer than it was.

From: [identity profile] sienamystic.livejournal.com


In This House of Brede has been on my list for a while. I love Greengage Summer, disliked China Court (well, couldn't follow it). Thursday's Children sounds really interesting - I'll have to keep my eye out for it.

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The Final Solution: A Story of Detection, by Michael Chabon:
Read this one years ago. It's slight Chabon: fun to read (on the whole) but it mainly relies on a trick ending. I wouldn't reread it. He's written much better books recently, both fiction & non-fiction.

I dearly loved _In This House of Brede_ when growing up and reread it numerous times. It's been at least a decade since I last read it. I should try it again. I agree re Godden: some of her books delight me, and some I can't stand.

From: [identity profile] thinking-lotus.livejournal.com


I haven't read Rumer Godden in ages. I remember liking A Candle For St Jude, which is also about ballet, intertwining the memories of the company's director with the present-day experiences of some members of her troupe. I think it's set in postwar London.

I read The Golden Nineties when it came out, it's set in the same reality as Summer of Love, I believe. But it's been a while. I remember liking them both a lot.

Dislike Michael Chabon and Dean Koontz, can't imagine craving either. Don't think I"ve read the DWJ one.

From: [identity profile] mrissa.livejournal.com


I am with you on the love/hate of Rumer Godden. I loved In This House of Brede on the joint recommendation of [livejournal.com profile] papersky and my mother (together again for the first time!), picked up Pippa Passes on my own hook and went, "What. Is. This. Shit." So I am always glad to hear which Godden category a particular book is.

Love My Rifle More than You sounds fascinating.

From: [identity profile] erikagillian.livejournal.com


I wouldn't call the Game bad in anyway, just light, and maybe a slightly younger audience, though that's arguable. She has a new idea for where/what folklore/myth is and plays with it, is how I read it. And lovely characters but wanted much more of it of course. One of her last books, I'm afraid, may be why it's shorter. She did write at least one longer one after, I think, but I may be mixing it up. I haven't seen her last published book yet, they never released it here and pulled in in England I think. There is a last manuscript that her sister is going to finish. I wait for that with both eagerness and trepidation.

I read about the Arthurian stuff pretty recently and what surprised me was Malory was a political prisoner when he wrote it (during the Wars of the Roses I think), and that there's political satire in it. I'd love it have an annotated copy :) But now I can't find where I read that so I may be totally misremembering.

From: [identity profile] tool-of-satan.livejournal.com


I haven't seen her last published book yet, they never released it here and pulled in in England I think.

You mean Earwig and the Witch? I haven't seen it myself but the ISFDB says it was published in the US early this year.

From: [identity profile] erikagillian.livejournal.com


You're right, thank you! Well, it was supposed to come out shortly after her death I think, but I guess I hadn't checked! Now if I can just find my damn kindle...

From: [identity profile] erikagillian.livejournal.com


Oh! Gods save me from the Help-Rejecting Complainer! What a great name for it. One can vent, one can complain a few times before getting help/changing, but if you keep complaining without trying for help or change I do not want to hear it! Of course I fall into this pattern myself, and now that I've bitched about it I will have to watch myself too :) I wonder if it's more common amongst us addict/alcoholic effected peoples, I'm going to Al-Anon whenever able (only one meeting a week here) and I know alcoholics are famous for this but so are us non-addict 12 steppers.

Do you think the rest of the book would be enjoyable to a non-academic/professional reader?

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com


I haven't read the whole thing, but I'd say that a) yes, it's pretty easy to read, b) but only interesting if you want to know ALL about group therapy.
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