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Books that scared me when I was a child

Posted July 20, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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GalleyCat posted a brief article about the books that scared us as children a little while ago. (You can read it here) and I thought, hey, why not? It could be an interesting topic to talk about.

Unfortunately, my memory of my childhood reading is incredibly spotty and I avoided horror books as much as I possibly could. I was a scaredy-cat. Still am, comes to that. So you’d think that I wouldn’t have a whole lot of interesting answers to give to the question of what books scared me as a child.

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TLU Read-along: Week 3 Part 2

Posted July 6, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 0 Comments

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And today we find the last post of the read-along before the grand wrap-up post a few days into the future. I’ll be collecting links to compile into a round-up post, so please do be sure to drop me links to any of your thoughts by Sunday!

Today we also talk about three different pieces: Two Hearts, The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon and the graphic novel adaptation. I’m talking about them in that order and I’m tackling their structure slightly differently from the other posts. There are no discussion questions available for these pieces. Instead, I’ve discussed Two Hearts and the graphic novel in brief mini-essay-like formats and I’m quoting liberally from The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon and commenting on the story (and its relation to the others) as I go along. It seemed like a good idea at the time, so let me know what you think!

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TLU Read-along: Week 3 Part 1

Posted July 5, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 4 Comments

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Welcome to the third week of the read-along! This week we’re talking about the movie adaptation, the novelette Two Hearts, the short story The Woman who Married the Man in the Moon, and touch briefly upon the graphic novel adaptation of The Last Unicorn just to round things off. This part discusses only the movie. It’s the last part of the read-along to feature discussion questions too.

The movie, while I love it, also casts a bit of darkness on my love of The Last Unicorn. It’s not the movie itself, but the legal dispute that has since been resolved. I’m afraid I didn’t really keep up with it at the time and I don’t have that much information to give you. I understand it was messy and stressful and it makes me sad.

But, yes. That casts a bit of shadow on my enjoyment of the movie nowadays, even knowing it’s been resolved. And to understand my love for this movie… I need to tell you a little about myself. I must have been around four or five when I first saw the movie. We taped it and we only caught part of the opening sequence. I rotated it regularly with my taped versions of Labyrinth and The Lord of the Rings (this one, which coincidentally Beagle also wrote the screenplay for and which, well read here. T_T) every morning.

So I know this movie very well. I was heart-broken when we lost our copy and grateful when I managed to replace it with a new one. (A dvd this time, though.) Even now, years and years later, the movie managed to surprise and delight me. I should know it inside and out – I do know it inside and out, certainly when I’m watching it – but it still catches me by surprise. I love the story so much and it’s a delight to be able to work out some of my thoughts. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

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The Last Unicorn Read-along: Week 2

Posted June 28, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 3 Comments

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Welcome to the second week of the read-along for The Last Unicorn! This week we’re reading and discussing chapter 8 through to the very end, so HERE BE SPOILERS for anyone who hasn’t finished the book yet.

I hope everyone’s had a good week and we’ve all enjoyed (or are enjoying) the second half of the book. By now, you’ll probably know why I ended the previous week with chapter 7 rather than chapter 8 and I hope you approve of the choice! (That could be an interesting discussion topic, actually: where would you have cut the week’s reading material off?)

This week/discussion we’ll continue talking about the way perception and illusion plays a role in the book as well as its relationship to myths and fairytales. And quotes. I’ll probably use less of them than in the first week, but that’s deliberate. I very much fear that I will not stop quoting once I give myself permission to do that.

I’m very much looking forward to the discussion! (Granted, I’m also still terrified. Did I mention my self-esteem issues last week? Yes? Oh, good. I has them. I try not to let them get in the way.)

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The Last Unicorn Read-along: Week 1

Posted June 21, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Other People's Creations / 4 Comments

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First up, the promised update on Luna. Every bloodtest we’ve done has come back negative, so we still don’t know what on earth is going on. That said, she’s doing a lot better, so we’re back to just monitoring things for a while. I’m just relieved things are going all right, even if we’re still working out what we can do and what we want to do.

Secondly, welcome to the first week of the read-along for The Last Unicorn! I hope you’re all enjoying the book! In… looking back at my questions (which are hopefully at least decently intelligent) I realise that they are rather geared towards new readers and not so much the rereaders. Um. Live and learn?

I’m reading ROC’s anniversary edition (ISBN13: 9780451450524), if anyone is curious. It’s the copy my mum got me before I went off to live half-way across the globe (sans parents) for half a year. It was my really early birthday present.

Below the cut, you’ll find discussion questions and my answers. You’re more than welcome to use them (it’s why I wrote them and all), but you don’t have to. ^-^

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