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While my internet was broken, I managed so much excellent reading. So much. I have fallen absolutely for the Mosca Mye books and I do not care what anyone says, I will always like well-written adventure stories with female protagonists and understated social commentary, whether they're found in the children's section or no. Mosca is so great. 

And I finally, finally got round to reading Ink and Steel, which I've been meaning to read for going on about a year now. I didn't know I wanted historical fiction with Shakespeare and Marlowe and Morgan le Fay to exist, but it does and it's incredibly good and ow, my heart. Also, the author knows how to use thee/thy/thou etc and has characters tell others not to thee them because up yours, which makes me so happy. Also, messing about with folk tales and mythology and the power of stories, all of which I eat up with a spoon. 



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Apr. 1st, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
has characters tell others not to thee them because up yours,

Bear is the shit like that, isn't she?

Things like that make me happy too.

I don't get to do that in the Georgian era but I probably spend WAY too much time fucking around with introductions and forms of address and and all those little rituals of deference and who gets to be on a first-name basis and when it happens -- I mean, I have characters call the other ones different forms IN THEIR INTERNAL MONOLOGUES depending on how they're thinking of them right at the moment. It makes a difference if, in someone's head, he's currently thinking of this guy as "my lord" or as "Rockingham" or just as "Anthony." And it doesn't stay in the most intimate form in his head even after he's been specifically told to use the first name. It shifts. It's an emotional barometer.

I don't even know if anyone will fucking NOTICE. But if a reader ever picked up on it and mentioned it I would be SO PLEASED.

I bet Bear would be thrilled to hear how much you liked "don't thee me because up yours."
Apr. 1st, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yes she is! I'm really loving her attention to detail in the grand total of, er, two books of hers I've read so far.

I remember hearing about a couple of German professors who'd worked together for years, finally agreed they could call each other 'du', and then had a blazing argument and reverted to 'sie' for the rest of their lives, which I find hilarious and also rather sad. But in fiction, it's such a good form of showing-not-telling, and the same for what you're doing with the names. Even if it doesn't register consciously with the reader, it at least contributes to a general atmosphere of familiarity/discomfort/what have you.
Apr. 1st, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
... I need to try this Ink and Steel series. TIME TO ORDER NEW BOOKS METHINKS :DD
Apr. 1st, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
You really do, it's so good. Also, Kit Marlowe/everyone OTP.

I can't wait to read the second one, which apparently has a note on 'historical and linguistic liberties taken', which sounds promising.
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