Sep. 4th, 2010

Louisa May Alcott - A Long Fatal Love Chase


A Long Fatal Love ChaseA Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My love for this book really knows no bounds. It was recommended to me by a very good friend and I can now see why. This is the kind of story other gothic romance / thrillers strive to be but fall short of becoming. The villain is crafty and cruel, selfish and truly evil. The heroine is very brave and strong without it seeming unnatural or impossible for the time she lives in. The side characters are memorable and used well without taking away from the main characters.

What I found really fantastic about the side characters were the strong women shown who weren't made out to be jealous or petty toward Rosamond, but were shown to help her be her friends. It's something you don't really see enough of in stories, so it adds a wonderful and unexpected dimension to an already deep story.

The weakest part of the story, in my opinion, is the sub-plot of Ignatius' love for Rosamond. However, even this serves the purpose of clearly defining her choices. There's Tempest representing the temptation to give in to pleasure and the easy path and there's Ignatius who, by his own struggle between love and duty, represents the more difficult but ultimately right path of forgoing temporary happiness and pleasure.

Now, while being the representations of these two choices could lead to the characters being cardboard cut-outs, they are instead skillfully given depth by Alcott. Even Tempest, who could be nothing more than a caricature, is given a bit of humanity in that he did love his son and was thankful the boy was alive. Ignatius could have been represented as almost saintly, but we do have some human moments, such as when he slips up during the confrontation in the moor and attacks Tempest for insulting Rosamond.

To be honest, the icing on the cake –what really tips this story from 4 stars to 5– is the small and subtle foreshadowing we have for the ending given at the very beginning of the story when Tempest talks about the vision he saw in a mirror. Add to that the ending which was so perfectly dramatic and dark and I can't help but love this book.

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Sep. 2nd, 2010

Things That Would Make the Nook Better

I love my nook, but nothing is perfect. I have a list of things that I'd love to change about my nook and I'll force you to read (or scroll past) it.
  1. Sort by author should look the same in 'My Documents' as it does in 'My B&N Library
  2. When listing by title, the nook should automatically ignore the words 'a', 'an', and 'the'.
  3. I would like a cover flow in 'My Documents' like there is in 'My B&N Library'.
  4. I would like to have the option of having a series grouped together (in order) regardless of the list being sorted by title or author.
  5. Sort by most recent should list the most recent first, not last.
  6. In general, since people who read a lot of books usually have a specific way the like them arranged, sorting should be much more customizable
  7. You should be able to rate books in the 'My Documents' section
  8. You should also be able to mark books as 'read'.

Now that I've said all that, I need to get back to re-reading A Long Fatal Love Chase because, OMG, it's fucking epic. There will be squeeage when I've read it a couple more times. I'm also thinking of re-naming my nook to Jane. Any names you people like better for a nook?

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Making a Loud Noise Until Rescued

"I thought," said Piglet earnestly, "that if Eeyore stood at the bottom of the tree, and if Pooh stood on Eeyore's back, and if I stood on Pooh's shoulders----"

"And if Eeyore's back snapped suddenly, then we could all laugh. Ha ha! Amusing in a quiet way," said Eeyore, "but not really helpful."

"Well," said Piglet meekly, "I thought----"

"Would it break your back, Eeyore?" asked Pooh, very much surprised.

"That's what would be so interesting, Pooh. Not being quite sure till afterwards."

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