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<a href="http://beatonna.livejournal.com/151658.html?nc=11#comments>Another Bronte smack down</a> No, really, I try Jane Eyre next time. Has to get better. Maybe I need to watch Olivier do his turn on this.
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John B.L. Goodwin's The Cocoon

You *must* read this of an evening. Scurry out to the library and see if you can find it in an anthology.
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Speaking with [livejournal.com profile] groblek and [livejournal.com profile] kay_gmd, I had one of my usual wandering conversations (well, we all three did), where you start one at point A, get to point B, and forgot where point A was.

I found it.

Point B was explaining Harry Flashman a fictional creation of George McDonald Frasier, and the source of the wonderful scoundrel who invades the honorable environs of the Adventurers Club in London every Christmas season.

And yes, [livejournal.com profile] groblek, the Wikipedia article does mention that Pratchett is a Flashman fan...and yes, there IS Rincewind. Oddly, this article does not mention Lord Flasheart of the Black Adder series, on of the most definite and acknowledged homages to this series (the character and series started in 1969).

And Point A? Because we started out discussing characters, such as Sherlock Holmes, that some people have come to believe was real.

From The Washington Post obit, 2008:

"When the first novel in the series appeared, "Flashman: From the Flashman Papers, 1839-1842," Mr. Fraser claimed to have edited manuscripts he had found at a household sale.

Several critics were initially taken in by the ruse and believed that the stories were drawn from a lost cache of authentic memoirs. But the character of Harry Paget Flashman originally appeared as a bully in "Tom Brown's Schooldays," a popular Victorian boys' book that Mr. Fraser read as a child. The story flagged whenever Flashman left the stage, Mr. Fraser noted, so he made the irrepressible rogue the central figure of his novels."
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1) Queen of Buttery Doom,

2) A nice way of exploring the world.

Re #2---
A. Look up on-line articles on poetry, as I've re-read my favorites* over much. Decide to see what wikipedians can come up with.

Here we go: Wikipedia Poetry Page
With a link to a page on Aristotle's Poetics. Cool enough, have never seen that. Ended up browsing the article while at work.

While scrolling down through the prosody section on meter, saw Henry Holiday's illustration for Lewis Carrol's "The Hunting of the Snark". Which of course, has it's own
wiki article

And, at the bottom of that article, links to two illustrated on line text of the Snark;
There are two, the 2nd one has larger illustrations, but is a bit clumsy to navigate. This
one is charming, for it led me to it's home page, for Bullfinch's, one of the best mythos sites on the net. If you drill down (up?) further, you find an extensive site dedicated to atheism. However, you view, the mythology/fable/tall tales collections is fantastic.

But back to the Wiki links. There is also a sound file for a reading of "The Hunting of the Snark". And through that I found the audio version of "WorldWideLibrary", "Bartleby's" "Project Guttenberg" and other public domain e-text.

The site is called LibriVox; here is the wiki article, and here is the home web site.

Hmmm. The wiki article also references and e-audio section at Guttenberg. And....
yep, here t'is. Oh my.

Back to Librivox. Went browsing through, and found, mentally circling back to the wiki article on poetry...
here is Aristotle's Poetics

Watch my brain wander.


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