marycatelli: (Galahad)
There's a heroine who has to have a power, and it has to be the ability to drain life. . . .

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)
A troll-wife is indulging in philosophical speculation, loudly (volume is one of her faults), and I haven't even start to outline her tale. . .  .

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marycatelli: (sunset)
Was reading a passage allegedly from a peasant's point of view.  About seasons.

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marycatelli: (Galahad)
A Knight's Own Book of Chivalry by Geoffroi De Charny

A medieval knight discussing knighthood.

Bit different in structure than a modern treatment would be. Discusses what men-at-arms do in various ways, and how love ought to be secret (though he speaks of men who say they would not consent to be Queen Guinevere's love it were not known) and what sorts of virtues are and how they are important.
marycatelli: (A Birthday)
One thing you often get in time travel stories is ones where the time was changed -- o cursed spite -- and you have to put it back again.  To set it right.

What you do not often get is reflections on the people who will be annihiliated by this.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Why are orcs green in D&D?  Hmmm. . . I know!  It's the forces of Chaos that produced them.  Because random alterations in appearance are exactly the sort of thing that chaos would do . . . .
marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
The World of Odysseus by Moses I. Finley

Looking at Homer's works and the world they are set in.
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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione

A book to read to learn about the Renaissance and how they thought.

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marycatelli: (Baby)
There isn't much in Harry Potter.    Logical.  There frequently isn't.  When Sir Water Eliot raises his objections to the Navy in Persuasion, he just states the objection of social climbing:Read more... )
marycatelli: (God Speed)
So the king's going hunting, in a kingdom where they pride themselves on their old-fashioning hunting technique. . . but the vital thing is that he's prone to stop at an inn for refreshment.

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
I think I shall alter the collar. . . .

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marycatelli: (Cat)
Was recently reading an article about someone building a world.  He wanted to base it on a dichotomy other than Good vs. Evil.  So after playing about a bit -- Fire and Ice, Truth and Deceit, Mental and Physical -- he came up with Sun vs. Moon.

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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
Confucius Speaks by Tsai Chih Chung

A graphic format in which are recounted Confucius's life and selections from the Analects.

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marycatelli: (Golden Hair)
The Elizabethan World Picture:  A study of the idea of order in the age of Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton by E. M. W. Tillyard
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marycatelli: (Roman Campagna)
About the sort of time travel story in which a character gets dumped in the past and changes the world with his knowledge.
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marycatelli: (Reading Desk)
Many moderns will be heard scoffing at what they would call "chocolate-box art"; meaning an insipid and sickly art. And it is easy to call up the sort of picture that might well make anybody ill.Read more... )
marycatelli: (Galahad)
The world turns and the world changes,
But one thing does not change.
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marycatelli: (Baby)
To be sure, just because love has rendered life -- interesting for millennia doesn't mean that it's always done so in the same way.
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