Sunday, October 3, 2010

Books and Miscellanea at the Do-tique 3

On the screen...

On the small screen, I have been watching both Gossip Girl and Mad Men online. I just heard this afternoon that the next season of The Tudors is also available and will be tucking into some royal drama a little later tonight...

From the stereo...

Hubby has acquired three CDs in honour of his birthday and we have them on rotation. Baby's favourite is the Muddy Waters one.

Off of the bookshelf...

I'm also starting into my next book club book, but not entirely sure it is a particularly good book. Since I'm a true keener, I will read to the end, no matter what, but I'm dubious as to whether this one is a winner. My question is whether the sections told from the first person perspective of the pet tortoise are perhaps taking the concept of representing the "voice of the other" in literature a bit far?

Finally, Hubby has been permitted the loan of Planet Narnia. You can read an excellent review on All Manner of Thing. Dr. Ward was so kind as to comment personally on this post, so be sure to check out the comment section as well. As a mediaevalist myself and a long time lover of the Narnia Chronicles, I have some interest in the book's argument that Lewis constructed the Narnia series out of imagery associated with seven heavens of the mediaeval cosmos. Dr. Ward's website is at: Planet Narnia for more info about the book. 

I'm pleased to share the warning that came printed on the bookmark included with this copy from Dr. Burrell:

For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members be blasted. Let him languish in pain crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to his agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him for ever.

I have to say, that probably didn't come from a do-it-yourself bookmark kit at Michael's!


  1. I watched a few episodes of The Tudors a few years ago, but was not much impressed with it. An exception was the portrayal of Thomas More, which I admired. Otherwise it seemed to be too much of a soap opera, albeit one with breasts.

    Terrific bookmark...

  2. Cburrell,

    They don't call it the "boob tube" for nothing! My favourite parts are the jewels and the costumes and maybe the horses. I agree that Thomas More was well portrayed.


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