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What have you just finished reading?

The Shadowed Sun by N. K. Jemisin (re-read) and Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery.

I need to write up the Jemison properly.

I read and re-read Anne of Green Gables as a child, but I never got any of the sequels. They're all available for free online (I got mine from FeedBooks). Anne of Avonlea covers the time from Anne's receipt of her teaching certificate at Queen's Academy (you may recall that she went away from home to earn this) through a couple of years of teaching grade school.

One of the most striking thing about the book for me was how much the unequal treatment of the little Keith twins bothered me. Montgomery's interest is all too clearly only in mischievous Davy; well-behaved Dora is a piece of cardboard who gets only parts of a couple of scenes. The same thing is true to a somewhat lesser extent with Anne's school pupils: imaginative, attractive young Paul Irving is the only child who counts. I'm not sure why this irked me so much, but it did.

What are you currently reading?

Seanan McGuire's An Artificial Night (October Daye #3) and Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery (I've actually nearly finished this).

What do you think you'll read next?

I need to at least start Richard K. Morgan's The Steel Remains. I've ordered the manga volume Loveless 11 online and hope to have it by Friday, and I imagine I'll download the next "Anne" book (Wikipedia tells me that this is Anne of Windy Poplars).


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Jun. 13th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
I picked a whole bunch of Anne books off the boulevard last month. I think I'm saving them for hot weather reading. Am also nervous about Suck Fairy appearances, given that I did read many of them ohh yanno back in the 60s....
Jun. 13th, 2013 12:15 pm (UTC)

Yes, I have to steel myself up and be in the right mood for some of my childhood/young teen favorites. The Jungle Books, for example ... .

I have to say that I have been quite entertained by Anne's frivolous college friend Phil (Philippa), who calls people "honey." Of course the problem with that is it makes me want to read her dialog with a Baltimore accent.

Jun. 13th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
Maybe you're irked because it implies that only boys have interesting lives?
Jun. 14th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)

Well, yeah, that's the obvious thing. The trouble is, when I was growing up, I read lots of books where the main characters were boys. Yet somehow the unfairness of the situation wasn't my main thought, as it is in this case.

I think also that it's because in the first book, Anne of Green Gables, Anne and her girlfriends are always doing all sorts of interesting things and getting into all sorts of scrapes. So the contrast between the detailed way in which the author depicted not only Anne but also sweet Diana, practical Jane, vain Ruby, obnoxious Josie, and so on, is all the stronger when it comes to Dora and the little schoolgirls in this volume.

Edited at 2013-06-14 01:30 am (UTC)
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