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Jonathan Strange and Mr. iTunes

First set of numbers: Top reasons why you should read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke:

1. It rocks. (Duh.) Storyline, copied from one of the articles below: "...tells the story of two feuding magicians who attempt to restore English magic in the age of Napoleon, and combines the dark mythological fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien with the social comedy of Jane Austen."
2. Susanna Clarke will be writing more about that world, with some of the same characters, so it shall be more than a one-book experience. (Though the one book is long enough to hold you for a while, at some 800 pages.)
3. New Line Cinema--yes, the darlings who brought us the LOTR films--has bought the film rights, and assigned Christopher Hampton, the Oscar-winning director of Dangerous Liaisons, to adapt it.

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Second set of numbers, an assignment from bluesound:

01. Total volume of music files on my computer? A mere 9.5 GB. Nothing compared to Douglas.

02. The last CD I bought was: Two at once...Stars: 'Heart,' and Doves: 'Lost Sides'

03. The last song I listened to before writing this was: "Young Urban" - Ambulance Ltd

04. Song playing right now: "Devil's Dance Floor" - Flogging Molly

05. Five songs I listen to a lot or that mean a lot to me:
1. "Sometimes" - James. Puts me in mind of my early love for the U.K., and love in general.
2. "Elephant Stone" - Stone Roses. Not only my favorite song of theirs, but a bright spot in the darkness of living in California, when I discovered them. Perks me right up.
3. "Under Pressure" - Queen/David Bowie. It may be cheesy, but I have always loved this one. Another that perks me up every time.
4. "Tapioca Tundra" - The Monkees. An odd choice for favorite Monkees tune. It's associative for me: takes me back to sunny, happy, exciting childhood summers. Plus, after all this time, I still love Nesmith's voice.
5. "Just Like Heaven" - The Cure. A very common choice for favorite Cure song, but hey, there was a reason it was popular. Still, I could just as easily fill this space with other similar songs of the time, such as "I Melt With You" by Modern English (often mistaken for The Cure).

06. Five albums I listen to a lot or that mean a lot to me:
1. Pulp, 'Different Class.' The only reason I didn't list a Pulp song up there was that I couldn't choose just one. Get this album and see why.
2. Dead Can Dance, 'Within the Realm of a Dying Sun.' Listened to it on a loop one time when I had a horrible cold, and I think it welded into my brain in some important place. Grand and spooky and mystical.
3. Howard Shore, soundtrack to 'LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring.' Not that it's better than TTT or ROTK's scores, necessarily--they're all solid. But this one is planted in my memory as the soundtrack to the blossoming of one of my strongest fandom obsessions ever. So I *heart* it.
4. The Who: 'Tommy.' I was in a community theater production of this, back in California, which was quite fun, and I ended up liking the music way, way more than I expected to. The original album is much better than any Broadway version, though.
5. The Beatles: 'Help!'/'Rubber Soul'/'Revolver.' Yeah, I'm cheating; but they're short enough that if you add up these three, you might get 75 minutes. My favorite Beatles phase: the nice solid middle ground, between early-ditzy and late-drugged.

07. Which 5 people are you passing this baton to, and why?
Anyone who wants to...I've spent enough time on this already!

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modmerseygirl
Apr. 9th, 2005 09:47 am (UTC)
I've been wanting to read Jonathan Strange - will definitely have to pick it up now, for sure. :-) Thanks for the recommendation, dear!

Enjoyed your survey answers.....

1. "Sometimes" - James. Puts me in mind of my early love for the U.K., and love in general.

Ditto that. :-) I love that song.

And the Beatles....*sighs*