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Book Dragon is Reading - Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton

Had a lunch break and then three hours on a train earlier in the week so I managed to read the remaining half of Aunt Dimity and the Duke. Meanwhile I’ve been a lot tired and of correspondingly low mood, and persistently failed to find the time to write anything about it. Trying to fix that now before it fades any further into the past and becomes any more overwritten by the stories I have read since then.

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Book Dragon is Reading - Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton

Chapters 10-13

About half-way through. Still no sign of the promised ghost aunt. Beginning to think she won’t show. Meanwhile our protagonist finds the children growing on her with their quirky damage. Continues to feel like she is being fitted into a narrative she did not ask or want to be moulded to (new dresses appearing in her wardrobe, persuasion that gardening is her true passion, that sort of thing). Sometimes when I am reading this feels almost like a horror narrative.

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Book Dragon is Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

Volume 1, Act 4: Masquerade Dance Party

This is exactly the chapter I needed at this point. Promise of ongoing narrative, characters settling into themselves, Nephrite pledging to revive Jadeite…

Even the recap was changed up enough, and the dossier Luna is building on the computer was cute (especially that they have indeed identified Tuxedo Mask).

Basically, on a first reading I don’t have any complaints.

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Book Dragon is Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

Act 3: Rei, Sailor Mars

I was very surprised to find myself immediately drawn to Rei. I regard myself as a spiritually tone deaf sort of person and so a shrine maiden really does not seem the sort of person I would match to.

It’s a bit annoying having a recap and re-introduction of Usagi at the beginning of each chapter but I suppose that is useful to do when you are writing a serialised story. I assume at some point that will become impractical to maintain and be dropped.

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Book Dragon is Reading - Aunt Dimity and the Duke by Nancy Atherton

Now up to beginning of chapter nine. Has mostly been an exercise in getting introduced to the cast of the duke’s household, who are of course nearly all charmingly eccentric.

Especially, persuading our protagonist to be roped into the role of restorative gardener and out of the role of touring vacationer. This, mostly accomplished by an onslaught of British aristocratic charm and an appeal to the authority of the series-regular Pym sisters.

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Absurdly

Listening to an episode of The Philosopher's Zone this morning, The Sorites Paradox. I haven't listened to the whole episode yet but was struck by the guest Dominic Hyde's explanation of what a paradox is.

All paradoxes are characterised by the following general set of features: that we proceed by apparently valid reasoning, that is, apparently good reasoning, from apparently true assumptions to an apparently absurd conclusion.

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Filmmonger Podcast #11 -- Interstellar

Thrill as Matthew McConaughey fights Matt Damon on the ice planet! Wait, did I say "thrill"? I meant "yawn".

Somehow we return to review Christopher Nolan's sci-fi film, Interstellar.

Secure your five-point harness as we dive in, finding the writing as much of a hole as the one the character's orbit. And don't worry, if the film seems long, it's longer to everyone outside the theater. Relativity you know.

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Currently Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

Act 2: Ami, Sailor Mercury

I found this chapter a bit confusing to follow. I suppose it is appropriate to mention now that I am not habitually a reader of graphic fiction and perhaps do not have the reading tools to fully understand them. Especially, I tend to relatively ignore the images in favour of the text (I think of myself as a not very visual person).

Think this is the first appearance of Queen Beryl? Or whatever her name turns out to actually be, as Jadeite only names himself.

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